The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Spoiler Free Review


Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Genre: Historical Fiction/Young Adult
Publication Date: 14th March, 2006
Publisher: Black Swan
Pages: 554
Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


Going into this book, I kinda knew I would enjoy it and that it was probably going to make me a bit upset. I never expected to enjoy it this much and that it would make me cry. Besides the Harry Potter series, this is the first book to make me cry and I didn’t expect it to happen. But, I’m glad it did.

This is the 3rd Historical book I have read, one was Non-Fiction (Where the Outback Drovers Ride) and this and the other (Traitors Gate) was Fiction. I have really enjoyed all three of these books and I really want to read more Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction. I’m thinking of going for Code Name Verity for my new Historical Fiction read, any other suggestions??


The writing is just amazing. I loved how this was written from the point of view of Death. That kinda confused me at first as to how that was going to work, but it did! It was amazingly written and it draws you in and you feel like you have met the Characters and you feel for them. The writing is key to what makes this book so emotional and that also makes it amazing and I don’t think the story would have been captured the same if it had been written from anyone else’s point of view.


The plot was amazing and to me portrayed another level of seeing what it was like in the war at that time. There isn’t much I can say about as it just all felt so real and I kinda feel bad for saying the plot was good then, when in actual fact this crap was actually happening and it was beyond shitty.

I hope that makes some type of sense haha!


The characters were amazing too and as I’m writing this I am realising that, that is how I have started every subject now.. My bad! But, oh well. Liesel was extremely interesting and at times I kind of forgot that was was only a kid in the book. Hans was an awesome character who just made you feel kinda warm and okay when he was talked about. Rosa at first, I didn’t know how to take her but when you realise that Saukerl and Saumensch is a name she uses for everyone, everything is okay.


I adored this book and is one of my favourites. I know I say that about a lot of books, but this is probably my second favourite book that I read this year. Second to Miss Peregrine’s. Highly Recommend!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! No spoilers please!



Wrap Up

November Wrap-Up


So, this month was better than last month for reading! I’m slowly getting back to reading as much as I used to!

Books Read:

So, I finished 3 books this month! Which is better than the 1 book I read last month!

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Audiobooks Listened:

I listened to the last 3 books of the Harry Potter series in one month! Pretty proud of myself!

Started Reading:

Well, I started reading Tales of the Peculiar straight after Library of Souls and when the Tome Topple ReadAThon started I stopped reading it and Started Gemina. I also started The Book Thief for the Tome Topple ReadAThon, the ReadAThon finishes on today the 1st, so I still have a little while to finish it!

I was about half way in The Book Thief at midnight last night and I’m at 83% of Tales of the Peculiar

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

What I posted:




Goodreads Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 5 Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

Book Travelling Thursday

Friday Finds

Read-A-Thons & Reading Challenges


Tags & Awards:




Book Travelling Thursday – A Book from your Favourite Genre


Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

This week’s prompt is: Because we all have the right to our own opinion… Choose a book from one of your favorite genres!

So, I’m choosing Divergent

Original Cover:


Favourite Covers

Top Left: English Katherine Tegen Books

Top Middle: English HarperCollins Children’s Books

Top Right: New English HarperCollins Children’s Books

Bottom Left: English Film Tie-In HarperCollins UK

Bottom Right: English Movie Tie-In Katherine Tegen Books

Least Favourite:

Left: Italian DeAgostini

Middle: Newest English HarperCollins Children’s Book

Right: French Nathan Edition

Well, that it for this weeks BTT! Let me know which is your favourite in the comments




December 2016 TBR


Well, this is my TBR for December. I am participating in a ReadAThon in December, so those books will be on here as well!

Already Started Reading and will finish in December:

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I only have about 30 pages of Tales of the Peculiar left and I am also about half way through The Book Thief. I hope to finish it tomorrow as I am reading it as part of a ReadAThon that finishes on the 1st and I have another starting on the 2nd, so I want to get this finished!


First is the books that I will be reading for the ReadAThon, I am reading 4 books, even though I am meant to read 5 books.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Now, for what else I plan to read after the ReadAThon, if I get those finished!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I am going to leave An Ember in the Ashes until last in the ReadAThon so that I can read A Torch Against the Night straight after it if I enjoy An Ember in the Ashes.

Well, that’s it! Let me know if you have read any of these and your thoughts!



Top Ten Tuesday – Books to Buy the YA Lover in Your Life


Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

This week’s prompts is: Holiday Gift Guide freebie (ten books to buy the YA lover in your life, 10 books to buy for your dad, etc.)

So, I’m doing books to buy the YA lover in your life. I will try and have books from as many genres as I can.

1. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This is a Science Fiction Series that also has Dystopian vibes. This book is amazing and is one of my new favourites! This book is made up of emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more, rather than just paragraphs of text narrated by a main character. This series is made up of Illuminae and Gemina

2. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs

Another of my new favourites. This series is Fantasy/Paranormal series. It is an amazing series and will get you hooked! This series consists of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City and Library of Souls


3. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan 

This is an LGBT Contemporary. It was definitely an easy, quick and fun read! If you are looking to get more into LGBT/Diverse books I would highly Recommend this one!



4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

This is a Contemporary read. I don’t particularly like Contemporary books, but I did really enjoy this book! I like that they also included snippets of a fantasy story that one of the characters are the author of.






5. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands is a Fantasy novel! It is also the first book in a series, with the next book Traitor to the Throne is set to release in February next year! This is another new favourite and I can’t wait for the next book to come out!





6. Ready Player One by Ernest Kline

Ready Player One is Science Fiction/Fantasy novel. This book would be good for people that like gaming! I listened to this book on Audiobook, and I highly recommend it! It is narrated by Wil Wheaton and it was really fun to listen to.





7.  The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

This is awesome Fantasy book. It is part of a series, but so far I have only read the first book! But I want to finish the series soon! The other books in this series are The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, The Iron Knight.




8. The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

This is another amazing Fantasy series. I have read all the books in this series and also the companion series The Kanin Chronicles. The Series consists of Switched, Torn & Ascend.

9. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


I’m pretty sure this series is on any YA or Fantasy recommendations list I have ever written! I absolutely loved this series! The series consists of Vampire Academy, Frost Bite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound & Last Sacrifice.

10. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling


Of course this series is on here! How could it not be with me writing a YA recommendations.

Well, that is it for this weeks TTT!




November Haul

The Book Depository links are the paperback editions..

Physical Books


Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screen Play by J.K. Rowling

iBooks & eBooks

I discovered this app called BookBub. BookBub shows and links books that are free or cheap on the iBooks App. There is a fair few, So I am only going to link the Goodreads links

Books bought from Scribd


Subscription Boxes

Funko Pops


Well, I’m pretty sure that is everything!



November World of Wizardry Geek Gear Unboxing


Geek Gear never disappoints! These boxes are absolutely amazing!

As usual I will put below all the pricing and info you need if you were interested in this box!

What you need to know about the subscription box

So first I’ll tell you all you need to know about this Subscription box.

Here is the link to the website.

This subscription box is based in the UK and I live in Australia.. So, I will have UK pricing and Australia, but only shipping prices for Australia.

This subscription service offers a standard GeekGear box, a Harry Potter themed box (World of Wizardry), Mystery Mixed Past BoxMagical Mug Gift Box & Magical Git Box.

They also offer an automatically renewable subscription that is cheaper than a non-subscription. The links above are for the non-subscription box and here is the link for the cheaper auto renewal subscription.

World of Wizardry box and GeekGear boxes (Non-Subscription) are both £24.99 or $41.69 AUD
World of Wizardry box and GeekGear boxes (Automatic Renewal) are both £19.99 or $33.37 AUD
Mystery Mixed Past Box is £12.99 or $21.69 AUD
Magical Mug Gift Box is £9.99 or $16.67 AUD
Magical Gift Box is £19.99 or $33.37 AUD

Shipping to Australia is £5.99 or $10.00 AUD
Which is extremely good compared to a majority of international subscription boxes!

What I received

As normal, under each item’s individual picture I will write the descirption from the item info booklet thingy.

I am also going to add photos of some of the packaging as most of it was Christmas themed and it is really nice and just adds that extra touch to the box


Harry Potter Wand Replica


A beautiful replica of Harry Potter’s Wand, hand painted in high detail.

Treat it with care, this wand has a lot of history attached to it!

The wand also came with this little card and also the below photos are the packaging!

Gringott’s Bank Coin!

A beautiful coin from the wizarding world’s very own, Gringotts Bank!

Don’t spend it all at once!

Harry Potter Piggy Bank

Start saving money in your very own Harry Potter Piggy Bank!

PS. We are not saying Harry Potter is a pig!

Hogwarts House Lanyard!

Show your house with pride by wearing your very own house lanyard!

“The Weasleys Family Christmas” Art Print


A beautifully designed art print by the very talented Aliana Steputat.

Exclusive and Limited!

Fantastic Beast Pot Card

Magical Christmas Cards!

Give Someone a magical Christmas card!

4 Cards + 4 Envelopes!

Magical Congress Fantastic Beasts T-Shirt


A Fantastic new T-Shirt from the new Movie!

The Box!

As you can see, the normal box is in the background!


I absolutely love this box!

I seriously need to buy a new bookcase! I have no room left to display all the amazing stuff that comes in the GeekGear boxes on my Harry Potter shelf anymore!


Monthly Releases

December Anticipated Releases


Here is my most anticipated releases for the month of December!

So, things are going to be a bit different in this post.

I have noticed that there is a tonne of books being released that are next books in a series. But none of them I have read.. There is only actually one book that I am anticipating! So, I’m going to put it first and then put books that are a part of a  series that sounds interesting, but I haven’t read yet but want to after that. Hope that makes sense

My Anticipated Releases

Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill



Genre: Fantasy/YA
Pages: 400
Publication Date: December 27th, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

Other Releases That I Haven’t Read The Start Of The Series Yet!

All Synopsis will be for the first book in the series! To avoid spoilers! Obviously I can’t actually tell what is a spoiler or not when I haven’t read the other books in the series, so I’m just being safe.

Spindle (A Thousand Nights #2) by E.K. Johnston



Genre: Fantasy/YA/Retelling
Pages: 368
Publication Date: December 6th, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis for A Thousand Nights:

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5)  by Morgan Rhodes



Genre: Fantasy/YA
Pages: 432
Publication Date: December 13th, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis for Falling Kingdoms:

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

Black Moon (Zodiac #3) by Romina Russell



Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/YA
Pages: 320
Publication Date: 6th December, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis for Zodiac:

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

The Burning Pages (The Invisible Library) by Genevieve Cogman



Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/YA
Pages: 400
Publication Date: 15th December, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis for The Invisible Library:

The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies – think Doctor Who with librarian spies!

Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.

Rebellion (The 100 #4) by Kass Morgan



Genre: YA/Science Fiction/Dystopian
Pages: 304
Publication Date: 6th December, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis The 100:

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

That is all for this months Monthly Anticipated Releases! Let me know what you’re looking forward to!



Goodreads Monday – My Blood Approves


This meme was created by Lauren @ Lauren’s Page Turners and I think it’s such an awesome idea to share books on your TBR and introduce people to new books! The point of this meme is to pick a book on your TBR and show it off!

If you have read this book please tell me your thoughts, with NO SPOILERS please!!!


My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

My Comments:

I love Amanda Hocking and I have previously read her Trylle Series, the Kanin Chronicles and the Watersong Quartet. So, I really want to read more of her work and I also want to read a book or series that has Vampires in it again as I haven’t read one since reading Vampire Academy and Bloodlines about 2 years ago.

This book is a part of the My Blood Approves series which also has Fate, Flutter, Wisdom & Swear

Publication Date: March 17th, 2010

Publishers: Lulu

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy/YA

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham’s life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack’s unlike anyone she’s ever met.

Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he’s around. Even though he can’t stand the sight of her, she’s drawn to him.

But falling for two very different guys isn’t even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood..

The Full series:

Well, that is is for this weeks Goodreads Monday! Let me know if you have read this book and your thoughts on it! No spoilers please!



2017 Beat the Backlist | Reading Challenge


This is a challenge that aims at you getting rid of books that have been sitting in your TBR pile! This challenge was created by Austine @ Novel Knight. Go check out her announcement post to check out the guidelines and to sign up.

The challenge runs from the 1st of January till the 31st of December 2017. The aim is to get rid of books on your TBR pile. The only other guideline is the books can’t have been released in 2017.

Along with this challenge, she is also running a Hogwarts House Cup Mini Challenge! Again check out her post on details for that and for sign up for that is under the sign up for the Beat the Backlist challenge.

For the challenge I am setting myself a goal of 20 books.

This will probably change between now and 2017, but these are just some of the books I either have physical copies or iBooks of.

It’s possible that I may read a couple of these before the end of the year though. I have stopped buying books as I quit my job and am not currently working and also my bookcase is FULL and I can’t afford one ATM, let alone how much it would cost to either drive and pick one up or get it shipped to here.


I am also choosing to help out my Hogwarts House to win the House Cup! I’m a proud Gryffindor!

‘Win the House Cup’ banner and image above on right are both made by Novel Knight and the image above on left is a screencapture of my Pottermore profile!

Are you participating in this awesome reading challenge in 2017?! Let me know!