The Woman In The Library by Sulari Gentill

‘Already watching my inbox for your next. Yours, Leo.’

I had heard so many mixed things surrounding this book that I knew I had to see what I thought of it and I am so glad I did. This book was so hard to put down and I was so invested in every second of it. It was a book inside a book inside a book which was difficult to wrap my head around at first but a couple of chapters in I was hooked on every second. As much as I was invested in the book my favourite part of this was the letters in between each chapter and I could not figure out where they were going.

‘And so we go to the Map Room to found a friendship, and I have my first coffee with a killer.’

This follows Hannah Tigone who is a mystery writer and her beta reader who is corresponding with her. The book features Hannah’s book and Leo’s responses to each chapter. In Hannah’s book it follows Winfred a writer who is in the library writing her newest novel when she hears a scream. On the table is Cain, Marigold, and Whit. As they work to figure out what happened they begin to realise everything is not as it seems.

My favourite part of the book was definitely the multimedia aspect of having both the letters and the novel going on. Each one surprised me more and I wasn’t sure where either of them were going. Leo was so interesting to read about. I especially found it interesting how Hannah’s responses were not included which just added to the mystery of the story.

Even though I did guess the ending of the novel part of the story it was still fun to figure out how it got to that part. All the characters were so interesting, and I loved Marigold so much. She was so fun and fresh to read about and was so unapologetically strange. At times I found Winifred a little hard to read from her perspective mainly due to the obsession she had with Cain despite his questionable choices, but I still loved them both as a whole.

Overall, this book was so interesting, and I had no idea where either of the mysteries was going so it kept my attention the entire way through. I gave this book a five star because I thought it was so interesting and this would be the perfect autumn cosy read. The whole multimedia aspect of the book was definitely my favourite part and I really hope I can find more like this in the future.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this copy!

Witch 13 by Patrick R. Delaney

I wanted a scary book and this gave me everything I could have wanted and more. This is the perfect atmospheric horror which the author perfectly depicts and makes you feel as though you are living through the horror with the characters. Even though I was reading this book in daylight on my commute to work I still felt myself getting goosebumps and I would love to reread this in the dark.

‘The woman didn’t move; she was still, like one of those Halloween witches people put on their porch to scare away kids like her.’

This follows Sheriff Sterling two weeks before Christmas just before shes about to leave her job hopefully quietly. However incidents begin occurring all over town including a truck crashing blocking the towns entrance, a boy going missing from a supermarket and her deputy is missing. When Sterling is called to the city hall she comes across a scene that is so unbelievable that she can not even explain it to the rest of her team. When she finds a woman on the scene she immediately knows something is wrong but she does not know quite how bad things are about to get.

I loved Sterling despite her flaws and her bad decisions she makes her choices based on the experiences and how someone in that moment would react to that situation. She felt very real to me and her relationships with those around her was so flawed but extremely realistic in terms of a workplace.

The witch also plays off the characters weaknesses in the book which was really interesting to read about. It showed how no matter how perfect you seem everyone has a past and the witch likes to depict that in such a horrific way it made me feel so interested yet so uncomfortable with how it played out.

This book is how I love witches to be portrayed rather than the more recent development of the ‘good witch’ and finding a horror book about witches is so hard to find recently. The violence of the witch was not over the top gory but still made you feel creeped out by the situations and the entire thing made you feel hopeless. I really enjoyed that you knew the book was not going to have a resolved ending as the witch made the entire situation feel despairing.

The illustrations throughout this book also made it even more interesting and added an interesting element which helped visualise certain situations throughout the book. I think more books need illustrations especially in the way these used black and white just added to the eeriness of the book.  

I ended up rating this book four stars which is a really high rating for me in a horror. It had everything I could want; witches, a creepy atmosphere and illustrations which is always a bonus in books. I really want to get to Delaneys other works around Halloween and see if I like them as much as I liked this one.

Thank you to Netgalley for this review copy!

Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy Review

I was so excited to receive this review copy after reading The Deal last year. Elle Kennedy’s books are so easy to read and always leave me with such a happy feeling after I’ve read them. This one especially gave me such a cosy and calm feeling after reading. The beach setting and the animal aspect of this book as well as the romance which left me craving more from the couple. This had all the best aspects of The Deal with the perfect location and the perfect guy added in.

This follows Mackenzie who has her entire life figured out; a perfect boyfriend, her career planned out and parents who expect the most. All she wants to do is focus on her business, but her parents are insisting that she gets a degree first. Cooper hates the prep school students that fill his beach for most of the year. When Cooper is dared to get close to Mac, he soon realizes that she is not like every other ‘clone’ that he’s ever met.

The romance in this book made the book for me. Although some parts of the book was predictable I loved how easy this romance was to read. There were some really cute moments between Mac and Cooper which left me smiling a little to myself. Cooper is everything you need in a book guy the tattoos, his personality and his vibes were perfect as well as the way he defends Mac against his friends made me so happy.

I loved the side characters in this book especially Evan. He was so calming and such a good energy in the book. Especially when him and Daisy are together it is the cutest thing ever. Although this book worked really well as a standalone, I would love to see a book based around Evan and him finding someone. Also, I would love to see his relationship with his brother and explore his feelings around his mum as well as his childhood. Mac and Evans friendship was so adorable to see develop throughout, and I would love to see this more in another book.

The one thing that I did not enjoy in this book was the ending. Everything felt really abrupt about the ending with the events that occurred at the end of the book. There felt like there was a lot of unresolved issue in the end and I would like to see these wrapped up in the next book. A lot of the characters have unresolved business so hopefully this will all be addressed.

Overall, this book was a cute, easy, fast read that I could enjoy on my way to work in a morning that I did not have to pay much attention too. I ended up giving it 3.5 stars because there were some things I loved about this book and some things that I did not enjoy as much. I had some issues with the ending and a couple of the events in the book but overall, it was such a fun book. Cooper and Mac are adorable, and Evan has my heart. I will continue with the series as I think this is the perfect beach read for summer and I can not wait to see where the series goes.

2022 Reading Goals

2022 is going to be my year surrounding my book goals. Last year I did not read much until around mid year so my goals got forgotten about a little bit however, I am officially in my reading era again. I have around seven book goals that I would like to get to this year. This may be a little bit ambitious but I am extremely ready to push myself and try and stick to some goals this year.

  1. Read 100 books

Last year I was at university for half of the year and did not really focus on reading till around July. I managed 76 books in 2021 so I have upped my goal to 100 this year to make up for the lost time I had during university now I have more free time.

2. Read more Stephen King

I always say that Stephen King is one of my favourite authors however I have actually only read a small amount of his books. The top of my list to read this year is Cell, Four Seasons and Misery. I really want to try and read one a month but at least one every couple of months.

3. Read horror books

I recently discovered my love of horror books and I really want to expand my collection and the ones I have read. This one ties in with reading more Stephen King who is supposed to be the king of horror. I have a list but I would to find more abstract recommendations of ones that are truly going to scare me.

4. Read my NetGalley books

I have been approved for many books on NetGalley however, I have not read as many as I would have liked, and I also have not reviewed enough of the ones I have read. I would love to get my score above 80% by the end of the year however that may be a little bit too high so realistically I would like to at least get it above 50%.

5. Finish the series I have already started

This is such a bad habit of mine. I will begin a series and then I will never finish it. I have around thirty-four unfinished series on my shelf. My goal this year is to at least finish ten of these series especially as some of the unfinished series are duologies.

6. Get my physical TBR down

This is my main goal of the year. I have definitely been buying way too many books recently and not reading as many. My TBR is way over where I would like it to be and I am officially on a book buying ban until the end of June in order to try and get my TBR under control a little bit more.

7. Update my blog more

This isn’t so much a reading goal, but I would love to get back into posting my reviews more and make sure my blog stays updated. I would love to do a review for the majority of the books I read however, making sure I do them for my favourite books is really important so that I can look back on them and see my thoughts.

I would love to make sure I complete at least some of these goals by the end of the year even if I do not complete them all. Through the year I really want to reflect on my goals and see which ones I need to work on more as well as which ones I have actually achieved.

Accidentally in Love by Belinda Missen Review

This book sounded like the perfect adult romance for me after loving the Flatshare by Beth O’Leary last year however, it just did not hit the mark for me. I do not know if I had too high hopes for it but I ended up not enjoying it which was really disappointing.

“I Love Postcards – It means someone’s thinking enough about me to want to share something with me.”

Accidentally in Love follows Katherine Patterson who has grown seemingly bored of her 9-5 life. After quitting her job surrounded by overbearing males and leaving her boyfriend she decides to move back home to Sheffield. She decides she’s going to finally open the art gallery that she has dreamed of since she was younger, and she has one artist that she has her eye on for the opening. Kit is a local artist, but his stubbornness and lack of communication is not what Katherine is after. But when the two seem to be attracted to more than each other’s work things begin to go wrong.

The book started out pretty strong in the beginning where there was a strong feminist theme with Katherine quitting her job because a male has got the position she is more qualified for the third time. The thing I loved most about this book was the references to Sheffield. I am from that area which was exciting to see within a book as it’s not a usual setting. It was the small details but Missen did such a good job of describing the area. There was a good sense of humour throughout the narration which did have me laughing out loud at some moments. Also the cover is so cute and adorable!

The thing I disliked the most about this was the romance. I just found that the communication between the two characters were lacking and I feel like Kit’s character started to rub me the wrong way. The development between the characters seemed rushed and the ending was so fast I could not quite believe I was reading it. It felt like all the conflict occurred within the last fifty pages which took me by surprise. I think that the romance did have somewhere to go but it just did not quite achieve it. The timeline got a little bit lost.

Overall I planned to love this book but it just fell flat for me. I ended up giving it a two stars for the humour and the location of Sheffield! I feel like if you do enjoy a fast, movie romance then this book is for you but I was hoping for a more of a slow burn romance.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review!

Top Five Wednesday, Furry Friends

This is going to be the first post in my top five Wednesday series and I am so excited to start this little series! I joined the goodreads group which gives out prompts monthly for each Wednesday of the month and you choose five books that fit. I’ll link the group here if anyone wants some more information about the group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday . This weeks prompt is furry friends which is all about your favourite animals in books so today I will be discussing my top five favourite book creatures. These are just the ones I can think of I am sure there is more that I love but these are the five I came up with.

5. The Dæmons from His Dark Materials by Phillip Pulman

Art by: @KhaliaArt

I love the concept of the dæmons. During the series they are the physical manifestation of the characters souls. Even though they often have a form that they rely on they can adapt to their environment by changing into a different animal. They represent the characters personality and they share their emotions and traits. Dæmons are able to communicate verbally with their partner and other dæmons but should not be touched by other humans. I’d like to think if I had a dæmon it would be my rabbit which I would love to be able to communicate with.

Pantalaimon is the main dæmon in this series and I love him so much. He is extremely funny but also just a good addition to the book. He is the voice of reason to Lyra and has many forms like a puppy and a mouse but is mainly an ermine. I think without Pantalaimon I would not have enjoyed this book as much as I did.

4. The Direwolves from Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Art by: @AlectorFencer

I loved the Direwolves in Game of Throne so much. They were such a good and interesting aspects in the show despite not appearing too often throughout. Direwolves are huge wolves that appear on the Starks coat of arms within the series. They are huge beasts and are extremely intelligent and have huge emotional attachments to their owners. Around the size of a small horse they are extremely loyal not only to their masters but to their masters friends. I would love a direwolf to follow me round and they look

During Game of Thrones there are six main direwolves after their mother is found dead at the beginning of the series. The six wolves are Shaggydog belonging to Rickon, Summer who belonged to Bran, Nymeria who belonged to Arya, Lady for Sansa, Grey Wind for Robb and my personal favourite Ghost who belonged to Jon Snow. The direwolves go on such a journey within the story and I love watching the scenes that they are in.

3. Mister Kindly from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Art by: @Pinktofu_art

This is another form of daemon who is attached to Mia within the book. He is made out of shadows and takes the form of a cat although he is not truly a cat. During the book he helps Mia on her journey and adds a lot to the story. He is created by rage; Mia’s rage at the outcome of her family and then has remained with her ever since. By living alongside Mia he devours her fear so that she can not feel it and that is so interesting to read about.

He is very witty and clever within the book and is another voice of reason overall. I think the reason I love Mister Kindly so much is the way he interacts with Mia and also the quotes he comes out with are some of my favourite parts of the book. “…bravo…’ Mister Kindly said, ‘..if only I had hands to applaud..’ The cat is literally so sarcastic, and I love it so much.

2. Hippogriffs from the Harry Potter series

Art by: Jim Kay – Harry Potter Illustrated

I love the hippogriffs. So, so much. I would love to have one. It is half horse and half griffin. The body is that of a horse and its head is that of a griffin. It is covered in feathers and has talons for claws. Buckbeak is introduced in the third book and appears in the fifth book as well.

I like Buckbeak mainly because of how proud he is. He does not like insult, and he is extremely proud of himself. I love his loyalty to Hagrid and how he defends himself from Draco. I wish that he had been in the fifth movie and not forgotten about completely. I love the friendship which is formed between him and Sirius.

  1. Syrinx from House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
Art by: @_artjake_

Finally, we have Syrinx who I have grown to love this year. Syrinx is a chimera who has the appearance of a lion with wings and lives with Bryce within the book. She is best friends with Lehabah which I think is the cutest thing in the world. He often takes up residence within the library alongside the sprite which is just such a beautiful and cozy image.

The friendship between the two is the thing I love the most with these creatures. This image of the two within the library made me love this duo and Syrinx even more. I wish I could come home and find syrinx laid on my bed to lay with. He is the most beautiful creature which is why he is my top creature.

That was my first top five Wednesday! I hope you enjoyed and let me know which creatures you love in the comments! Thank you for reading and please follow down below. See you in the next one tomorrow!

The Most Disappointing Books of 2020

In 2020 it was such a good year for reading. I found some new favourites that I am obsessed with. However, with any good thing there is an opposite and these are some of the books that I am really disappointed by. I know that some of these are very popular books and these are controversial opinions, but this is how I personally felt about these books. I am not saying that no one should read them because you might love the books, but this is just how I feel.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This book is loved by a lot of people so when I came to read it last year, I was extremely excited for it. However, when I actually got to it, I was disappointed by the message that is created around the representation of disabilities. This book follows Louisa Clarke who takes a job caring for Will Traynor who has recently been left in a wheelchair. Louisa sets out to make Will realise that he can still live his dreams despite being bed bound.

The first problem I had with this book was the pacing. I found that in parts the plot felt like it was not moving forward. My other issue with this book is the representation with the disability in this book. Will acts as though once you have a disability that your life is not worth living. That you cannot do anything. The ending seemed to have morally and ethnically apposing ideas and something did not sit right with me in the way this book played out.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I was really disappointed with this one. This was on my most anticipated books of 2020, but I was let down a lot by the ending. When NoemÍ receives a letter from her cousin begging for someone to save her, she rushes to help. NoemÍ is not sure of her cousins’ new husband and the house he is living in. Once she begins getting nightmares in the house, she knows something is wrong and being kept secret. Eventually she begins to realize she needs to find out what is going on before she cannot leave the house herself.

I loved the beginning of the book. It was looking to be one of my favourites of the year. The atmosphere and the characters were beautifully written. It felt like a slow burn mystery romance which was looking to have an amazing twist to it. Also look at the cover; it’s gorgeous! As soon as I found out what was occurring at the house, I was immediately put off reading it. The characters were creepier in a weird way than an atmospheric way. And the ending, I honestly just did not understand it in the slightest. There also seemed to be barely any Mexican setting in it whatsoever.

Regretting You by Collen Hoover

I have heard such amazing things about Collen Hoover that I was really let down by this book. It follows a mother and a daughter after their family is struck by tragedy. Chris the husband and father is killed in a questionable accident. As the two attempts to get along they find themselves being torn more apart by secrets.

I found the characters quite unlikable in most of the scenes within this book. Throughout I really hoped that the book would focus on grief and heartache, but it seemed to focus more on teenage drama than the accident. It needed the characters to communicate instead of making matters worse by lying. I do want to try and give more of Collen Hoovers book a chance, but this was not my favourite.

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

This was a book that has sat on my shelf for a long time and I think I knew I was not going to enjoy it. This is about two teenagers; Stutter who is the popular guy that everyone wants to be but has a serious drinking problem and Aimee. The clueless naive girl who has her entire life planned out but is a disaster when it comes to real life. When the two meet and Stutter decides he’s going to help Aimee but soon realises the situation is more than it seems.

The whole book just fell a little bit flat for me. Aimee seemed to have no personality and the whole narrative of the book just felt like a teenage boys rambling. The way that girls are spoken about depending on their weight. My main issue was that the book was completely unmemorable. I felt like the plot went nowhere and the ending was just a little underwhelming regarding Stutters drinking problem. I just felt like the whole plot was unrealistic and uninteresting.

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Finally, we have the sequel to Carry On. Carry On is the fanfiction that Cath writes in Rainbow Rowells other book Fangirl. It’s almost a retelling of Harry Potter with the chosen one trope but if the chosen one was not as good as everyone makes him out to be. It features a magical school and vampires and all the stuff that sets up for this to be a really good book.

I did love the first book; it was cute, and I loved the characters in the book. But this one just did not give me the same feeling as the first one did. It just felt so flat to me and it was almost as though this was a filler book between the first book almost a ‘second book syndrome’. The ending felt very abrupt and dissatisfying overall.

So, these are the very few books I did not enjoy last year. Overall, I had a very good reading year, but these were the few that let it down. I’m not saying these were bad books, but they did not work for me personally. Thank you for reading and let me know if there were any books you found disappointing in 2020. Please follow down below and I’ll see you in my next post!

Book Series I Need to Finish Part One

One of my resolutions for this year is to finish more of the series that I have started over the years (if you would like to see what other resolutions I have this year I did a post about it!). During today’s post I’m going to speak about the book series that I really need to finish. The list is in alphabetical as I have none that I want to get to more than others. This post is going to be quite long  but it is going to be split into two posts as it is more of a list, but I hope you enjoy!

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

This series is more commonly known as Game of Thrones and I am always intimidated to pick up the next book. I read the first book in this series during 2018 and the second book at the beginning of 2019. I really want to at least get to the third book this year if not a few of them.

For those of you that do not know (although I presume everyone will) A Song of Ice and Fire is a high fantasy series that follows several families as they compete for the Iron Throne; the ruler of the seven kingdoms. After the hand of the king is killed Ned Stark is sent to the Red Keep to help rule the seven kingdoms but there is something not right in the kingdom and the stakes are very high.

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

This series includes a Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life. I read the first book in 2020 and it did make my top books of the year. I adored the first book and I will definitely be getting to the second book in 2020 without a doubt and hopefully finishing the entire series this year. I adore this story and this world, so I am excited to continue with the series.

This series follows Diana Bishop; a witch who has denied her powers ever since her parents were young. When she uncovers a book that has been missing for centuries where she sets off a chain of events including her involvement with Matthew Clairmont. As it becomes clear the Diana is in danger it is up to her to figure out if she truly wants to turn her back on magic or embrace who she is.

Arc of a Scythe by Neil Schusterman

This book trilogy includes Scythe, Thunderhead and The Toll. I read the first two books in this trilogy back to back in 2018 and I adored them. The second book left me on such a cliffhanger and I could not wait for the third book. However, I have been putting off finishing this series for so long because of how much I love them (I know I sound ridiculous) even though I do own the third book and I am so excited to eventually get to it.

This series follows a world without death; there is no disease, no hunger or war. The only way you can die is by a Scythe in order to keep the population controlled. When Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice a scythe, they must compete against each other to become the next scythe; or die as a consequence.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

I read this book during my original vampire stage back when Twilight was huge. Before this I had read the Vampire Academy series and absorbed all six of them and then immediately read these books. Even though I really enjoyed this book for some reason I did not end up reading the rest of the series and I have no idea why! I plan on reading this book this month and then hopefully moving onto the rest of the series.

This book follows on from the Vampire Academy series however, the focus is on Sydney; an alchemist whose job is to keep the peace between vampires and humans. Sydney’s decisions during the Vampire Academy lead to her being charged with the protection of Jill Dragomir at a human boarding school.

Crave Series by Tracey Wolff

This is another book series that I started in 2020 which I reviewed for NetGalley and my review will be up on this account soon. This is the book that kicked off my recent vampire addiction; I adored it. I have recently brought myself the sequel Crush and I know the next book is coming out soon so I really want to catch up with the series before the new book.

Crave follows Grace after her parents are killed and she is sent to her uncles boarding school but things are not as they seem. The school is home to people Grace never thought to exist; vampires, werewolves and witches. But when a particular vampire named Jaxon Vega begins to show an interest in her Grace’s life is turned around.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Another series I began in 2020 after watching the movie again I decided I wanted to get to the source material and see if the book was as good. As much as I enjoyed the first book I’ve heard the rest of the series is not as good so I am unsure about whether I want to continue with this series or not. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

This follows China’s elite families and their dramas within the families. After one of the richest family’s children brings back his American girlfriend to the wedding event of the year she is thrown into a world that she never knew existed. This book has scandals, heartbreak and all the things you expect of the world’s richest families.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Last year must have been the year that I started most of my series because I also read this one during the summer last year. I was hooked by this series immediately and I can not wait to get back to this world hopefully this month. This has the possibility to become one of my favourite series because I just love the setting and the characters; just everything about this book.

This is set in the jazz age New York where Evie O’Neil is struggling to hide her unacceptable supernatural power from the world. But when a murder is revealed Evie realizes she could help. But she isn’t the only one with a power. Memphis, Theta and Jericho are hiding there own secrets but with a dark secret unfurling they might be forced to reveal it.

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I read the first book in this series in 2017 and the second book in 2018 before I forgot to keep up with the series after that. I loved the first two books in this series, and I don’t know why I did not keep up with the releases because I love the characters and the stories within this series. I do plan on binge reading the entire series soon so that I can finally get to the final two installments.

This follows Elias and Laia within the Martial Empire where if you don’t follow the rules you die. When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason she makes the choice to join the rebels who will free her brother if she spies for them within the academy. Elias is the academy’s finest soldier but all he wants is to be free. But when their fates come together they need to realise who they truly are.

Gumiho by Kat Cho

This is a duology featuring the books Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits. I read the first book last year during the lockdown due to Books with Chloe’s recommendation and I loved it. It features Korean mythology focusing specifically on the nine tailed fox but has other elements mixed in. Hopefully I will be reading this book within the first few months of this year.

Wicked Fox follows Gu Miyoung; a gumiho who must devour the energy of men. Set in modern day Seoul she takes evil mens lives without anyone noticing. But when she comes across Jihoon, a boy getting attacked by a goblin she saves the boy but loses her soul in the process. When there friendship becomes something more she must decide between her life or his.

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

This series is initially made up of three books; The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass but it has since been extended. Once again I have only read the first book in this series but I really want to catch up before too many books come out. I really enjoyed the first book when I read it around three years ago but I might have to reread it before I carry on with the series.

It follows Lyra after Gobblers steal her best friend Roger. In a world where humans are born with a daemon; an animal bonded to their spirit. She begins to travel North where witch clans and bears that wear armor live in a hunt for her uncle Asriel and the children that have been stolen.

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

This is a book series that I read when I first properly began to read. I loved it when I read it but I’m not sure of what I’d think of it if I read it now. I read three out of the four books and I have no idea why I didn’t read the fourth book at the time but now I am not sure if I ever will but maybe one day.

Nora Grey has never been interested in boys until Patch comes along. But even though Patch attempts to push Nora away it only makes her want him more. When Nora’s life is threatened more than once she doesn’t know who is to trust. Especially when she finds out Patch isn’t human.

Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I read the first book in this series back in May 2018 and I did not love it. I thought the concept was amazing and the mix media is one of my favourite formats but for some reason I couldn’t get into the book. However, I think my reading taste has changed in the last two years and now I really want to read the entire series to see what I think of it now. There is three books in this series the second one being Gemina and the third being Obsidio and I know a lot of people love this series so I really want to be able to get behind the hype.

The first book in this series follows two rival corporations who are at war over a planet which is forced to flee. But when a plague breaks out the two realise that from opposing ships they have to communicate to try and figure out what is going on with the ship and stop everyone from being taken over before it is too late.

Legacy Of Orïsha by Tomi Adeyemi

I’m not sure how long this book series is going to be but so far there is two books out; Children of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengeance. I read the first book as soon as it came out in 2018 and I loved it! I was so ready for the second book but when it came out, I just did not get round to buying it!

The first book follows a world without magic and Zélie has one chance to bring back magic. In order to do this she must strike against the monarchy and outrun the prince who wants to rid the world of magic once and for all. But as Zélie struggles to get her powers under control she threatens to destroy herself.

Lunar Chronicles by Marrisa Meyer

The final one for today’s post is another series that I am not sure if I am going to carry on with or not. There is four books in this series and a couple of novellas. I did not love the first one and I was never interested in picking up the rest of the series but I have seen people saying how it does get better each book so let me know if you think I should pick this one up or not! I do love a retelling so I thought I would love this series but I am not sure.

The first book is a Cinderella retelling but with androids. A plague is destroying the population and only one girl Cinder, a mechanic, can fix it. But Cinder is an android, a second class citizen who is hated by her step-mother and blamed for her sisters illness. When she meets Kai, who also happens to be the prince she must figure out her own secrets in order to protect the world.

So this is the first half of book series I need to finish! Let me know what series I should finish first and whether I should not finish some of them! I can not wait to share the rest of my list with you tomorrow. Please comment and follow down below!

Books I Need to Get to in 2021 Part 2

This is part two to the blog post I put up yesterday telling you about the other ten books I plan on reading in 2021. I don’t really have much else to say so enjoy!

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

This is a debut novel by Chloe Gong that came out in 2020 and I could not be more excited for it. I love retellings, it is a favourite trope of mine especially if they are done well. This book has been receiving so much hype towards the end of the year which makes me so excited to get to this book.

It’s a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in the roaring twenties where a gang leaders’ daughter has been betrayed by the rival gangs’ heir. But when a monster begins killing throughout the city the two heirs must put their issues aside to discover what is destroying their city before it destroys them.

Circe by Madeline Miller

This book was popular a few years back especially on BookTok, so I bought it for my mum for her birthday and then she loved it. She gave it to me, but this is another one that I have never got around too. It is also another book based on Greek mythology which is one of my targets for this year.

Circe is about the daughter of a titan who turns her back on the gods and enters the world of mortals. When Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, she tames wild beasts and meets several of the most famous creatures within Greek mythology. She eventually has to choose between the Gods and the mortals that she has grown to love.

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

This is another book that has become popular more recently. This book has the most gorgeous cover, but I do not know that much about it. I know it surrounds Bolivian politics and is about magic in tapestries. I really want to read this book because of all the amazing reviews I have heard about it.

This follows a girl who is a stand in for a royal but when the prince proposes marriage to the royal, she takes her place. She goes to take revenge for her people who were pushed away by an ancient relic. When the girl takes her place, she finds out the relic is no longer with them and tries to find it in order to regain her people’s lives.

 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I tried to read this book about two years ago but never fully got into it. After reading This Savage Song earlier this year I now really want to read more of V. E. Schwab’s writing because I loved that book. I know that this is her most popular series and everyone loves it so hopefully I can finally get around to reading it.

This is about a world where four London’s exist; red, white, grey and black. Kell travels between the London’s as an ambassador smuggling pieces of the different worlds that others will never get to see. After he meets Delilah who robs him before saving him, he takes her to another world for an adventure.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This book is BookTubes baby. Everyone and their mum read this a few years ago but for some reason I never got myself a copy. I have however read Daisy Jones and the Six which was one of my favourite books a few years ago. I am also obsessed with old Hollywood and the lives of actresses so this one sounds amazing.

This is about Evelyn Hugo, a glamourous actress who is finally ready to tell all about her scandalous life. When she chooses a journalist that no one has heard about the whole community is confused. Evelyn tells about her making her way to LA before deciding to leave show business as well as all about her husbands. They soon realise their lives are intersected together.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire

I have slowly been making my way through Cassandra Claire’s books and this is the next trilogy on my list now. I’ve really been enjoying revisiting these books especially now I am on the books I have not read before. This is the first book in the Dark Artifices trilogy which is set after the events of The Mortal Instruments series.

This picks up five years after the events of City of Heavenly Fire and Emma Carstairs is set on revenge. Alongside her parabati Julian Blackthorn she has got to figure out a demonic plot that is taking over Los Angeles. After a face from the past is returned by the faeries as a peace offering to try and figure out who is killing their kind the everything gets a little more complicated.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Another one of BookTubes babies that I haven’t yet got around to. If anyone is interested in me doing a series reading old popular BookTube books, then let me know in the comments! This was A Clockwork Readers favourite book and I know it is supposed to be amazing. It also has a competition trope as well as an enemy to lovers.

This follows a circus that appears overnight. It is only open to the public at night and it is spectacular. But this is a fierce competition between two of the magicians. However, only one can be the winner but when the two become closer than they should have. Despite this they must continue with the game or the fates will destroy everything.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I cannot believe I have not got to this one yet. This one has been living on my shelf since BookswithChloe recommended it years ago. It was huge on BookTube years ago and is one of the most popular duologies out there. The whole plot of the book sounds amazing and I know I am going to love it when I eventually get to it.

This follows Lazlo Strange who is obsessed with the lost city of Weep. When a group decide to go on an expedition to try and find the city, they choose Lazlo to find it. There is so many unanswered questions but also a mystery to figure out. Who is the woman that keeps appearing in Lazlo’s dreams and why does she seem so real?

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

Another series that has been raved about this year, but I just really want to try and get to the first book. I tried to start reading the e-book this year, but I could not focus on the story due to it being on my phone. I have since picked up the physical book but have not got to it, so I am excited to finally get to this one this year.

This is another one that I am not quite sure what it is about. I know this is about a war-torn county and a girl is studying to try and get into a school. After she aces all her exams much to the surprise of everyone around her. But being at the school is harder than she realises, and she might lose herself in the process.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Finally, we have Godsgrave which is the second book in the Nevernight trilogy. I read the first book earlier in 2020 and I loved it. It made my top ten books of 2020 and I can see this becoming one of my favourite trilogies. Jay Kristoff’s writing is so unique especially with the use of footnotes which I know a lot of people don’t like but I personally loved this little extra.

This series follows Mia Corvere and her shadow cat Mr Kindly as she trains to become an assassin as revenge. She travels to join a school of assassins where she has to beat the rest of the students in several tasks to become a Blade of the Lady Blessed Murder. But when people start to be murdered within the keep Mia must figure out who is behind them before it is too late.

They are all the books that I want to get to in 2021. I am not sure how many I will end up getting to but hopefully I will get through over half of the books on this list. Next year I am going to look back on this list and write a post about if I got to these books or not, but I hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment if you have read any of these books and please follow if you enjoyed!

Nick by Michael Farris Smith Review

“Your world is a place unto its own… it is a place of its own truth and its own consequences and it is invisible to all.”

Nick by Michael Farris Smith is a masterpiece in its own right. I love The Great Gatsby; it’s my favourite classics and one of my favourite books. I am always wary of retelling of classics in case they do not portray the character right or get the true essence of the story. However, I have always wondered what Nick Carraway did before arriving in West Egg as it is not said much in the books which is what led me to this one. This book made me love Nick’s unreliable character even more and this story made me love the Great Gatsby more if that was at all possible. It moved me and kept me wanting more the entire way through this novel.

This follows Nick throughout his life starting within the war and his fight in the trenches whilst also showing the horror of war and PTSD. Whilst on a short leave he travels to Paris and meets Ella, an interesting French woman who shows Nick how to love. Whilst flashing back and forward between his time in the trenches and his time with Ella it shows how Nick copes being alone. It goes into his loneliness at home as a child, caring for his mother during her dark periods and his time with Ella. He spends time traveling the world in order to not return to his overbearing family ending up in New Orleans. Here he meets two ex-married people who are having trouble with their own lives after the war.

“And he raised his arms and reached out for the dawn as if to warm his hands on the rising sun”.

Smith brought me straight back to The Great Gatsby with his use of vivid descriptions of the war as well as the places Nick travelled too during his time. His unreliable narration and long, expressive sentences are similar to that of Fitzgerald himself. Through vivid, haunting nightmares of Ella and the bloody, torturous war it felt like I was living this life alongside Nick; feeling his pain and longing. It perfectly displayed how characters do have lives before we join them on their story and how it shapes them into the characters we see.

This book details the love, loss, friendship and heartbreak that outlines a person’s life. I could not put it down and I am looking forward to reading more by Michael Farris Smith in the future.

Thank you to Little Brown and Company and Net Galley for letting me read an advanced copy of this book!