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🎄 Blogmas 🎅🏼 Top 8 Recommendations!

Top 8 📚 Historical Ficiton & Non-Fiction 🎄 Blogmas Day 29

Today is the last Top 8 I will be posting in 2020 and I’m talking about both Adult & YA Historical Fiction & Non-Fiction books! Let’s jump in.

1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea is a YA Historical Fiction that follows 4 POV, a pregnant Polish girl, a Lithuanian Nurse, a Prussian solider who are fleeing the advancing Red Army onto the Wilhelm Gustloff as well as a Nazi Peon who is working on the Gustloff. The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff in the Baltic Sea on January 30th 1945 is the single most tragic maritime disaster resulting in 9,000 people dying, of which 5000 were children.
Salt to the Sea is an absolutely beautifully written story. It is the most heartbreaking and impactful story I have read making it my all time favourite Historical Fiction. I highly recommend and the audiobook is also amazingly done and features a cast of 4 narrators, one for each POV.

2. A Tale of Two Murders by Heather Redmond

A Tale of Two Murders is the first book in an Adult Historical Mystery series following a young Charles Dickens as he works as a journalist.
I love when basically any genre is combined with mystery, so they one was amazing! I also loved that it featured an interpretation of a well known person as the MC. This one was really well written, gripping & completely unpredictable. I really need to continue this trilogy!

3. The Montague Siblings by Mackenzi Lee

The Montague Siblings is a YA Historical Diverse Fantasy series. It was originally a duology but now there is a third book coming out, so I am super keen for that to release in 2021! Book 1 in the series follows Monty, who is a ‘gentleman’ that has no interest in going away to a fancy boarding school & then return to take over the family estate and also has a huge crush on his best friend Percy. Book 2 follows Monty’s sister, Felicity, who is trying to avoid an unwanted marriage and go to medical school instead. However only men can be trusted with the secrets of science. Book 3 will follow Percy and I’m so keen.
This trilogy so far is super fun, full of adventures and things going wrong. Book 1 features alchemy & book 2 has pirates and I’m keen to see what craziness will be thrown into book 3! Highly recommend if you’re looking for a fun diverse historical fiction.

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Of course this one made it to this list. The Book Thief is a YA Historical Fiction that is narrated by death. This one shows each of the times death comes close to our main character, Liesel. This is beautifully and also very interesting written. The story is heartbreaking and emotional and I just love this book so much!

5. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

They Called Us Enemy is my most recent read on this list as I read it earlier in December. This one is a Historical Non-Fiction Graphic Novel which follows George telling his childhood experiences of being in American Concentration Camps during WWII. Even though George was American born, his parents were Japanese and he of Japanese descent. In 1942 President Roosevelt ordered that anyone of Japanese descent be rounded up & put in ‘relocation centres’.
This graphic novel has gorgeous illustrations but it is also beautifully written. It is a very impactful story and also a unique one to me as I have never read a WWII book based around what a Japanese person dealt with, or what it was like in America during WWII. Highly recommend!

6. Sherwood by Megan Spooner

Sherwood is a YA Historical Fantasy Retelling of Robin Hood. Sherwood follows Maid Marian as she finds out that Robin of Locksley is dead leaving the town without a protector. The sheriff’s right hand intends to take his place as both Lord of Locksley & Marians fiancé. Marian finds herself stepping into Robin shoes and becoming the symbol of Robin Hood the mysterious protector of Locksley.
This is such an interesting concept & it was very well written. I loved Marian as a character and this world and time period was so vivid! Definitely worth the read.

7. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

Fawkes is a YA Historical Fantasy that I also mentioned in a previous top 8 post! Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague & Igniters believe that Keepers caused the plague. Our main character Thomas has caught the plague and his eye has turned to stone & it will soon spread. His Keeper father tries to recruit him for a mission that will hopefully end the plague and save him. However, doing so will destroy the family of the girl he loves.
This one is such an interesting concept. A plague that slowly turns people to stone. This world is very well developed and atmospheric. I loved the characters and I also enjoyed the discussion of racism in this one as it was both historical accurate as well as being questioned. Highly recommend.

9. The Complete MAUS by Art Spiegelman

I’ve also talked about MAUS in a previous Top 8 recommendations post but it is definitely worth the love! Another Historical book set in WWII but this one is not just based on a true person. It is the true story in graphic novel form. MAUS follows Art Spiegelman as his grandfather and him discusses what his grandfather, Vladek, and his wife endured during WWII as a Jewish family.
This is harrowing, heartbreaking and just amazingly done. I also loved that Art used different animals to represent the different groups in the graphic novel. I Highly recommend reading this one but just know that it is a hard book to read.

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Last Year I Was Reading… #14 🎄 Blogmas Day 24

So, I’m joining a weekly feature that is kind of like a Throwback Thursday! Last Year I Was Reading… was created by ReadingMaria!

Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to? Be sure to link it back to my blog so I can see them!

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The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

This series is actually so good & I don’t know why I have left it so long to read something else by Maureen Johnson. I’m glad I finally have! The Madness Underneath is book 2 in the Shades of London series and I’m really enjoying it! I love the mix of fantasy & mystery. It’s my two favourite genres so it’s amazing when they are combined & it is done well.

Last Year I Was Reading…

The Crimes of Grindelwald: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

It’s hard to judge this one when it’s a Screenplay script & not an actual novel. I did enjoy it. Especially reading it after I saw the movie because I could visualise everything & even hear some of the things being said in the actors voices. It’s also a stunning edition, so bonus points for that.


I’m going to have to go with The Madness Underneath. The Crimes of Grindelwald is amazing but it still isn’t a novel and it’s hard to say that the book on it’s own is better than The Madness Underneath. The movie/screen play in it’s entirety sure but the book as it is, no. If you are a fan of the movie I definitely recommend giving it a go though!

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🎄 Blogmas 🎅🏼 Top 8 Recommendations!

Top 8 📚 Books with Interesting Formats 🎄 Blogmas Day 22

Welcome to another top 8! Today’s post isn’t about specific genres/age ranges but instead I am talking about unusual formats. These are books that aren’t just a standard novel. They have other interesting features within like letters, pictures & more! These things make for a really interesting reading experience. So, let’s jump in!

1. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Firstly, I am mainly only recommending the original trilogy as latest 2 novels that are out in the new part of the series are good but not as good as the original trilogy. It would have made things a lot easier if the author made the new ones a companion series rather than a direct continuation. But oh well.
So if you don’t know the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children books feature unique images throughout. Similar to those on the covers. These images are old & creepy & are legit (not photoshopped). Most are optical illusions or miss prints of some kind but all of them are very hard to explain exactly how they came to be. Ransom Riggs collected these images mostly from other peoples collections. You can check out THIS article on HuffPost by Ransom Riggs himself if you would like some more info! These creepy images are what inspired Ransom Riggs writing. Which I think is very interesting and makes for a unique reading experience. Also the story is really unique and interesting, so that’s also a bonus.

2. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Yall knew this series would be on this list! The format of The Illuminae Files is just so unique. It is a full on dossier of files and includes everything from drawings, emails, interviews, maps & more. It is amazingly done & I love every moment of it. I especially love the audiobook as it is full cast narration and it’s basically a full on production of its own. I feel like you need to both read & listen to this one if you enjoy it as the experiences are completely different even though it’s the same story.

3. The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel

The Themis Files is an adult Sci-Fi that is written entirely in interviews/conversations. This on its own is an interesting read but it also has a hint of mystery because the majority of the time you have no idea who the interviewer/person the characters are talking to is. You spend the whole first book trying to figure it out. Which adds to the weirdness of the book! These books are intense but absolutely amazing! I cried multiple times just in the first book. It hooks you in very quickly and you can’t help rooting for these characters. Just amazingly written & also the audiobook is amazingly done too. Another one with full cast narration.

4. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This one is a bit lower on the interesting format level as it’s only things scattered throughout but this one features little info pages I guess you could call them. These info pages can be about certain characters or species or places in this world. Which I find fascinating. It’s like when you are reading and come to a place you aren’t familiar with & you think ‘I’m going to go research that’ but realise you can’t because it’s fictional. Well this book gives you that! I think it’s a really awesome addition and just gives you a little more info/background on this world.

5. The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss

Firstly, this series is amazing but also I love the format of this one. Not only is this a standard novel but it also has conversations between that characters throughout. This book is written as if a certain character is writing the story after the events happen. So these conversations are as if the other characters are reading along while she writes and occasionally throwing their two cents in. I loved it! It gave you more insight into who these characters are & their personalities.

6. MAUS by Art Speigelmann

This one isn’t necessarily a format per se, it’s more the art style chosen. This one is a non-fiction set during WWII & the author decided to represent each of the different groups/races by different animals. Which I loved! It made it unique but it also made it very easy to figure out who everyone was. I’ve read 1 other war based graphic novel and I did at times have trouble figuring out whether the people in the image were ‘bad guys’ or not. This made it a lot easier to follow & more reader friendly.

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

You could argue that this isn’t necessarily a format thing exactly as this is simply how screen plays are written. Which totally understand, but how many screen plays in the YA genre are actually published books you can read?? So I think it’s interesting. I loved that I am able to picture the movies perfectly when reading the screen play & can even hear the actors saying certain lines. I just think it makes for a fun reading experience & I really enjoy it.

8. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

I am yet to read book 2 in order to recommend it so we are just talking about Dear Martin but I assume this format continues into Dear Justyce. In Dear Martin at the start of (i think only some) chapters the MC is writing a letter to Martin Luther King Jr. Hence the name of the book. I found this fascinating as it allows you to dive into the main characters thoughts & frame of mind as he is spilling this to Martin Luther King Jr. on paper. Added such an interesting aspect.

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21 Most Anticipated Releases of 2021 🎄 Blogmas Day 21

Today I am going to talk about my 21 most anticipated releases of 2021! Let’s jump in!

January 2021

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Lore is set to release 5th January 2021 & is a YA fantasy retelling of Greek Mythology. I love The Darkest Minds so much so I can’t wait to get to Lore!

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

Across the Green Grass Fields is the last book in the Wayward Children series and is set to release January 12th 2021! I love this series so much, so I’m keen to see what’s next but I’m also sad that this will be the last book in this series. I feel like this series could go on forever and I would read every one!

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Concrete Rose is a prequel to The Hate U Give and is set to release January 12th. I can’t wait for this as I loved Maverick in The Hate U Give & Concrete Rose follow Maverick! I am so freaking keen!!!

A Vow so Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

A Vow so Bold and Deadly is the last book in the A Curse so Dark and Lonely and will release Jan 26th. I loved A Curse so Dark and Lonely & A Heart so Fierce and Broken so I am very keen for this one!

February 2021

Liberté by Gita Trelease

Liberté, also known as Everything that Burns, is book 2 in a historical fantasy series and it’s set to release Feb 2nd. Enchanteé was really good & I’m so keen for book 2, even if I’m really not keen for that name change! I’m really hoping I get a copy that say Liberté as that is what I pre-ordered… Either way I’m really excited for this one!

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken, Leigh Dragoon & Kit Seaton

Another from Alexandra Bracken but this time a Graphic Novel. Brightly Woven is a graphic novel adaptation by Leigh Dragoon, of a YA novel Bracken released backed in 2010! Brightly Woven is set to release Feb 2nd. While I haven’t read the book I am still keen to check out this graphic novel and the are done by Kit Seaton looks so good!

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Next I have The Gilded Ones which is a YA fantasy set to release Feb 19th! I have heard amazing things about this book and the cover is stunning!

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within is the 4th book in an Adult Sci-Fi Companion series called Wayfarers. This one is set to release Feb 16th. I have loved the last 3 books in this companion series so I am so keen to get to this one. This series is so diverse, wholesome & the world is very detailed! Amazingly written.

The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon

FINALLY!! This is the 4th book in The Bone Season series & is finally releasing Feb 16th! I am SO FREAKING KEEN!

March 2021

Red Tigress by Amélie Wen Zhao

Blood Heir was absolutely amazing, so I am so keen for the sequel, Red Tigress which is set to release March 2nd.

Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall

Our Last Echoes is a YA Thriller that is set to release March 16th. While I still haven’t read anything by Kate Alice Marshall I am hoping to get to Rules for Vanishing & I Am Still Alive soon as I’m on a huge thriller kick! So I’m also super keen for this one.

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Namesake is the sequel to Fable which was book 1 in a YA fantasy series and Namesake is set to release in March 16th. I absolutely loved Fable so I’m highly anticipating Namesake!

April 2021

The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

New Lynette Noni?! HELL YEAH! I love The Medoran Chronicles & Whisper by Lynette Noni so I can’t wait for her newest book which is set to release Apr 13th.

The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

I recently read The Silence of Bones and it was really good so I’m keen for this authors newest release which is coming out April 20th! Like The Silence of Bones, The Forest of Stolen Girls is also a YA historical mystery and it sounds so freaking good!

Dustborn by Erin Bowman

Dustborn is a standalone YA Sci-Fi book set to release April 20th. I read Contagion by Erin Bowman and absolutely loved it so I’m very curious to see what the author releases next!

May 2021

Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller

Another Tricia Levenseller? I’m keen! I have read 4 of Tricia Levensellers books & have rated all of them 4 or 5 stars, so I am definitely going to pick up her newest one which sounds amazing! Blade of Secrets is set to release May 4th.

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

While I still haven’t read Descendant of the Crane by Joan He but I am curious about it. However, The Ones We’re Meant to Find sounds even more up my alley at the moment as I’m really into YA mystery’s, especially a Mystery Sci-Fi combo! This one is set to release May 4th.

June 2021

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

Is this my most highly anticipated along side The Mask Falling? Ahhh yep! I am SO freaking keen for book 4 in the Truly Devious series! This one is coming out June 15th.

August 2021

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

A YA Fantasy Horror with LGBT rep? I’m sold! This one sounds really fascinating & the cover is stunning! The Dead and the Dark is set to release August 3rd.

September 2021

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmemer

Why did I not know this was even a thing until going through 2021 release list to make sure I didn’t miss anything?! I love A Curse so Dark and Lonely and this is another YA fantasy & I’m keen. This one is set to release September 7th.

November 2021

All of us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

I am so freaking excited for this author combo! I have loved both the Ace of Shades series & Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody as well as book 1, The Devouring Gray but Christine Lynn Herman! So this is a dream. I am so curious to see what these two dark fantasy authors come up with! All of us Villains is set to release November 9th!

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Books I Reread in 2020 🎄 Blogmas Day 20

Today I’m going to show you guys all the books I reread in 2020 & what format I reread them in!

Audiobooks

Graphic Novels

Physical/eBook

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
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🎄 Blogmas 🎅🏼 Top 8 Recommendations!

Top 8 📚 Adult Books 🎄 Blogmas Day 19

I don’t read adult too too often so I wanted to feature adult books on their own. These are books that I think are good for a YA reader! Let’s jump in.

1. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Also known as The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is an adult mystery & is about Evelyn Hardcastle being killed at her families gala party. We follow Aiden Bishop who relives the day of Evelyn’s death over and over but he is always too late to save her. He thinks the only way to save her and escape is to solve the crime but he has no idea who to trust.
This book is AMAZING! It is such an interesting and unique concept. I had no idea who the killer was until it was revealed and it was edge of your seat thrilling at times. This is such an awesome book and I really need to give it a reread!

2. The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel

The Themis Files is a Sci-Fi that follows Rosie who, as a young girl, fell into a hole and woke up sitting on a giant metal hand buried in the earth. Seventeen years later it is still and unsolved mystery & Rosie is hired, as a physicist, to uncover the secrets.
Another really unique concept. I also love the format in which this one is written. It is written as interviews between the characters who are researching it & this mysterious stranger. It’s both a mystery about the hand and also a mystery as to who this man is. It’s absolutely fascinating and I was invested in this after the first chapter! I even cried a couple times in this series. It is beautifully written!

3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a Historical Fiction set in April 1942 and follows Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, who is taken to a concentration camp. We follow him whilst in the camp and as he is put to work tattooing the ID numbers on thousands of prisoners who entered the camps.
This is such a beautiful story and it’s also based on the real experiences of Lale Sokolov who tattooed thousands of prisoners. I loved immersing myself in this story. It was both heartbreaking and powerful. It truly shows how much we can go through and still survive and love and live. It’ absolutely amazing.

4. Wayfarers by Becky Chambers

The Wayfarers series is a sci-fi series & is actually companion novels. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet follows Rosemary Harper who joins the crew of the Wayfarer to escape her past and experience new corners of the the galaxy. She did not, however, predict the oddball crew she would be living with. As she gets to know the crew & starts to feel like a family isn’t the worst thing she could find out here, the crew is given the offer of a lifetime. Tunnelling wormholes through space. Risking her life wasn’t exactly part of Rosemary’s plan though.
This series is just so wholesome to read. It is FILLED with diverse characters of all different species. This world is so well developed including so many new & unique species that get mentioned along the way! I love that these are companion novels but characters from other ones can sometimes pop up. I am so keen for the 4th book which is coming in 2021! This is just so amazingly written and I really need to give them a reread before book 4 comes out!

5. The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen

The Wicked + The Divine is a fantasy Graphic Novel series where every 19 years 12 gods are incarnate as humans. After 2 years they will all be dead.
This series is actually 9 Volumes that are currently out & I’ve read 7 of them. Firstly the artwork in these are stunning & super colourful! I love getting to know these characters & see all the chaos that goes down. These ones are pretty vulgar/violent at times, so just be warned of that. Highly recommend.

6. The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

The Flower Girls is an Adult Thriller and the synopsis for this is SUPER vague, & I don’t want to spoil anything, so here is the synopsis.

YOU’LL NEVER FORGET THE FLOWER GIRLS
The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.
One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.
Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.
And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…

Goodreads Synopsis for The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

The Flower Girls was very thrilling & gripping! I was on the edge of my seat & I loved the mystery of it. Highly recommend.

7. Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie

I don’t think I really need to describe the Hercule Poirot series! We follow Hercule Poirot, an eccentric Belgian detective as he solves murders. There is 45 books in the Hercule Poirot series & I’ve read 40 of them!
Absolutely amazing and mysterious! There is very rarely a time that I guess who did it before the reveal and I just love Hercule Poirot as a character!

8. The Complete MAUS by Art Spiegelman

Another Historical book set in WWII but this one is not just based on a true person. It is the true story in graphic novel form. MAUS follows Art Spiegelman as he describes what his grandfather, Vladek, and his wife endured during WWII as a Jewish family.
This is harrowing, heartbreaking and just amazingly done. I also loved that Art used different animals to represent the different groups in the graphic novel. I Highly recommend reading this one but just know that it is a hard book to read.

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Last Year I Was Reading… #13 🎄 Blogmas Day 17

So, I’m joining a weekly feature that is kind of like a Throwback Thursday! Last Year I Was Reading… was created by ReadingMaria!

Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to? Be sure to link it back to my blog so I can see them!

This Year I Am Reading…

None Shall Sleep is a very gripping thriller so far! I am very invested in it! I love the concept and I’m very keen to find out what is going to go down! I feel like we are still building up to something, as I’m only 121 pages in, and I can’t wait to find out what that is. I was hooked from the first chapter though!

Last Year I Was Reading…

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent & Dove was surprisingly good. I was a bit nervous as it sounded romance heavy and while there was romance, and pretty unrealistic romance at that, it wasn’t overpowering of the story. I really enjoyed the world & the plot was engaging! Definitely recommend giving a go. I still need to get to book 2 in the series though.


I’m going to have to go with None Shall Sleep for this one! It’s so gripping and I’m just loving it so far! There isn’t anything in None Shall Sleep that I dislike, so compared to Serpent & Dove, which did have an aspect I didn’t love, None Shall Sleep comes out on top!

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Top 8 📚 YA Fantasy Series 🎄 Blogmas Day 15

Time for the next Top 8 post! Today I am talking about YA Fantasy Series and all of these are series I’ve either completed or am up to date with all the books currently released. Let’s jump on in!

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Let’s get the obvious one out of the road first. I adore this series and I nothing is going to change that. Even if the author is a twat.

2. The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni

Another one that might be pretty obvious if you have been around a little while. I love love love The Medoran Chronicles, the world, the friend group, the magic system, all of it! Amazingly written, action packed and set in a portal fantasy world with dragons and featuring the chosen one trope but done amazingly!
The Medoran Chronicles follows Alex who goes through a door at her new school & finds herself in the middle of a forest. She soon discovers that she is in a completely different world & the only person with the ability to send her back is missing. In the meantime she enrols in Akarnae Academy, a boarding school for people with special abilities. Something sinister is approaching however and Alex might be the only one that can save the Medorans.

3. Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire

There is only 1 book book, as far as we know, yet to release for this series but I have read all 5 of the current releases! Every Heart a Doorway is set in Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children which is a safe place for children that have returned from magical realms (portal fantasies) to live & hopefully find their way back to the world in which they belong. However, tragedy strikes & it’s up to our main character, Nancy, & her schoolmates to reveal what’s happening.
I love how unique and interesting each of the fantasy worlds we discover are! I love learning about the characters and discovering new worlds. These books are super short but pack a lot of info & you are never left underwhelmed or without info because of the length! Highly recommend.

4. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (original trilogy)

While the new additions are good I personally preferred this as a trilogy and that’s why I’m only including the original trilogy in this list!
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children follows Jacob who journey’s to a mysterious island that his late grandfather supposedly grew up on in an orphanage. He discovers the orphanage abandoned and everyone gone. However, it might not be quite as it seems and the peculiar children his grandfather knew might just be alive, somehow.
I loved this series so much! It was such a unique and interesting world. The concept was fascinated & I loved discovering everyone about this world & magic system.

5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season is incredible! This one is a dystopian style fantasy where we follow Paige, a dreamwalker, who is employed by Jaxon Hall of the Seven Dials apart of the criminal underworld of Scion London. Paige’s job is to find information by breaking into their mind using her ability. Until one day when she is attacked & kidnapped. She wakes up in Oxford a secret city controlled by a powerful otherworldly race.
The Bone Season is absolutely amazing and I’m so glad we are finally getting book 4! It’s been soo long waiting for it. Incredibly written, unique, action packed & gripping. Highly recommend!

6. The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss

This series is incredible!! The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter follows Mary who is left with little money after her parents deaths. She decides to investigate Edward Hyde, a former friend of her father & a murderer, because there is a reward being offered for information leading to his capture. In the process Mary discovers Hydes daughter who had been abandoned to be raised by nuns. With the help of Sherlock & Watson as well as 3 unique women who were all created because of terrifying experiments she continues her search. They discover a secret society of immoral scientists and it’s up to them to put a stop to it.
This is such a unique concept. In a way it’s a bit of a retelling as a lot of the characters mentioned are based on fictional characters from books/stories such as Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, The Island of Doctor Moreau, Rappaccini’s Daughter, Strange Case & more. I loved this mash up and I loved that it had a strong focus on badass females taking back their lives! Definitely recommend and this one is not talked about enough!

7. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is an amazing portal fantasy Beauty and the Beast retelling. We follow Harper who attempts to save a stranger on the street and ends up being dragged into a magical kingdom, Emberfall. We also follow Rhen, a prince, who is cursed to relive the Autumn of the year he was 18 over and over until someone falls in love with him & the curse breaks. However that’s not the only problem. Powerful forces are trying to destroy Emberfall.
I love retellings and this one was done so well. A subtle retelling in a unique & interesting world. This one also has amazing disability rep which is rare in fantasy books! This one is definitely worth the read & book 3 isn’t too far away.

8. The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields

This is another very unique story. The Bone Charmer follows Saskia, who’s mother is a seer who does reading for the townsfolk & performs kennings which determines what apprenticeship each teen goes into. During Saskia’s kenning she is chosen as a bone charmer (like her mother) & given a match-making reading which pairs her with Bran. Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths yet still chose the one that she knew Saskia didn’t want. The argument results in a fracture in one of the bones used for the reading. This leads to Sakia’s future being split & her living out two of her possible paths. However, only one path can survive and her life is in danger in both paths.
I love the concept of bone magic & I loved how well the alternate paths was written! You see Saskia grow in two seperate ways depending on her experiences and it was written so well that you could easily tell the difference between the two versions. It was amazing!

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The Anti TBR Book Tag 🎄 Blogmas Day 14

Today I will be doing the Anti TBR Book Tag which was originally created by Nicole & Her Books over on YouTube. Let’s jump in!

1. A popular book EVERYONE loves that you have no interest in reading?

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I have never had even the remotest interest in picking up The Cruel Prince. It’s compared to ACOTAR, which I didn’t like. It’s romance, which I don’t like. It’s been rated poorly by people with similar tastes to me. I just really don’t care to read it.

2. A classic book (or author) you don’t have an interest in reading?

Can I just answer with every classic because I basically have no interest in classics. I tried a couple and just really couldn’t get into the writing style of any of them. Also there isn’t any I’ve found where I’m like ‘hell yeah that sounds awesome!’ I feel like most of the ‘classics’ that are talked about most are contemporaries and majority are romance and I’m just not interested.

3. An author whose books you have no interest in reading?

Cassandra Clare easy. I could also say Holly Black but I’ve already used The Cruel Prince as an answer, so giving someone else a go. I have read 2 books by Cassandra Clare (City of Bones & City of Ashes) and I didn’t care for either of them at all. I know people say that the newer series are better and to just push through The Mortal Instruments but I am not forcing myself through 6 possibly mediocre books just in the hopes that the next series is better. Waste of time!

3.2 A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?

Sasha Alsberg. Do I need to say more? Also Zenith was not good at all, so not interested for that reason also.

4. An author you have read a couple of books from & have decided their books are not for you?

Neil Gaiman easily. I have read The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane & Coraline and all were 3 stars which for me is just average. I didn’t hate them but I wasn’t exactly excited, so I don’t think I’ll bother with anymore by Neil Gaiman.

5. A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into & couldn’t?

Romance is a pretty obvious one for me. Westerns is another that I’ve just never been interested in.

6. A book you have bought but will never read? (this can be a book you have unhauled/returned to the library unread)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I bought this one years back when everyone was hyping it after the movie came out & I’d just joined the blogging community. Let’s be real though I never had a chance of reading this… So I unhauled

7. A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started & have dnf’d?

I read and enjoyed Strange the Dreamer but I wasn’t a fan of the romance so I basically ignored it. When I attempted to read Muse of Nightmares it was just full on romance from the very beginning. Just couldn’t keep going, so I DNFd and will never finish the series!

8. A new release you have no interest in reading?

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

This is nothing against Aisha Saeed but I have had no interest in reading anything by Becky Albertalli since reading Leah on the Offbeat which I found very harmful & problematic towards the Bisexual community. Like I’m cool with problematic characters but at least have some representation that they are wrong/harmful. We don’t need to emphasise that it’s okay to try and force people to come out before they are ready or that it’s okay to lead people on or that it’s okay to tell someone that what they have labelled themselves doesn’t exist. THIS IS REALLY NOT OKAY and I can’t support an author that puts that message out.

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Top 8 📚 YA Contemporary Recommendations 🎄 Blogmas Day 12

It’s another Top 8! Today we are talking about YA Contemporary books I loved. This will include both standalones & series but I will only include series that I have read at least 2 books in the series. Let’s jump in!

1. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

This is one of may favourite graphic novels! It’s just such a fun & cute read and I love it. I know I’m not usually a romance fan but when I feel like reading something cute & romansy I go to Alice Oseman books, which is why there is 3 on this list!

2. Once Upon a Con by Ashley Poston

The Once Upon a Con series is made up of 3 nerdy but contemporary retellings of common fairytales, Cinderella, The Prince and the Pauper & Beauty and the Beast. I’ve only read the first two but I’m really keen to get to book 3! These are fun & nerdy reads! I love contemporaries that have just that little bit more & this one definitely has that with the ExcelsiCon aspect. Definitely recommend!

3. The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

This is another contemporary that has just that bit more! In this one our main characters is the drummer in a rock band and she is trying to balance life & the band. This one is super diverse with most of the characters being diverse in some way or another. I did also like that this one dealt with some harder topics like parental manipulation, substance abuse & homophobia/transphobia. Overall a really good read!

4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is technically part of a series now but Concrete Rose is a prequel, so I’m still including this one as it can be read alone without any confusion. I also don’t think I need to talk about The Hate U Give too much. It is amazing and so damn important! Highly highly recommend!

5. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Another Alice Oseman book! This one is definitely less romance and more just dealing with life. This characters are all amazingly diverse and there is so much discussion on their sexuality & their thoughts & feelings. It’s just amazing. There is all representation for depression which is done very well. Overall this is an amazing story with awesome quotes and an amazing message.

6. Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now is one of those books that simply aren’t talked about enough! This one follows a POC and deals with mental health as well as family issues. There is so much that happens in this one and it’s an emotional rollercoaster. I was crying & laughing throughout. It was just amazingly written and more people need to read & hype this book!

7. I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

This one follows multi POV, one of which is the lead of a boy band & the other a girl who is a huge fan. This one also deals with mental health as well as just facing reality. This one also features LGBT characters, which at this point I’m pretty sure all Alice Oseman’s books do. Which is amazing! It should be the norm! I love the band aspect of this one and it just a really good read!

8. I Am Change by Suzy Zail

This book is on the complete other end of contemporary to all the rest in this list and I think it’s extremely important! I Am Change was written based on the stories of 30 Ugandan girls who shared them with the author. It shows the daily & normal life that girls in Uganda have to face. This is not an easy book to read and it deals with some very difficult topics from rape & domestic violence to child brides & genital mutilation. It is not easy but it is extremely important as it shows just how powerful and inspiring a young woman can be!

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