Edition: Paperback, 495 pages
Published by: Orion Books, 12th July 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Completed: 19th May 2020
Rating: 4 stars
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
The Six of Crows duology is probably one of the most overhyped books out there. I initially wanted to read it when it was first released, due to the hype. I got the ebook on my phone ready to read but at the time, I don’t know why I wasn’t in the mood to read it and could barely get pass the first chapter! But having come across it again on Bookstagram, so many fans have raved about how amazing this duology is and I thought it was high time I jumped on the bandwagon and give it another go, and here I am finished with the book!
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Edition: Hardback, 590 pages
Published by: Walker Books, March 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Completed: 18th March 2020
Rating: 4 stars
Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.
James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.
Review may contain spoilers!
(It’s so hard to review Shadowhunter books without going into the spoilers)
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Edition: Paperback, 442 pages
Published by: Walker Books, July 2007
Rating: 4 stars
Completed: 23rd October 2019 (2nd reread)
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
The first time I read City of Bones was back in 2009; it was after I read Twilight, so I was in need of a new series to get back into reading and the Mortal Instruments was just the perfect series. I really enjoyed it. It has a good combination of adventure, fantasy and romance. It’s been a very long time since I read this series and the Infernal Devices, so I thought it was overdue for a reread!
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Edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Published by: Hutchinson, March 2019
Genre: Fiction, Historic-Fiction, Music, 60s, 70s
Rating: 5 stars
Completed: 31st August 2019
For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.
Why didn’t I find out about this book when it was first published?! I guess better late than never.
When it comes to music and fashion, the 60s and 70s is my favourite era and when I heard about Daisy Jones & The Six, it just sounded right up my street and what a rollercoaster of a read this was! It literally had me finding every opportunity possible to sit down and read this book, devouring it in less than a week. Needless to say, I’m in denial that this is fiction! I want to listen to the Aurora album so bad! This is my first Taylor Jenkins Reid and I was not disappointed.
Set in the sixties in LA, the story follows the rise and fall of Daisy Jones & The Six, which is led by Billy, a talented frontman and they were on the brink of success but when they met Daisy, they became even bigger than they ever could imagine and thus making a masterpiece of an album called Aurora. They were at the peak of their fame becoming one of the most iconic bands in the 70s before their sudden infamous split in 1979 after their performance at the Chicago Stadium.
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Edition: Paperback, 362 pages
Published by: Hyperion, June 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Mental Health, Young Adult
Rating: 2 stars
Completed: 4th September 2018
If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.
Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.
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With Game of Thrones, season 7 finally returning to our television screens on 16th July, I thought it was about time to compile a list talking through some of my favourite scenes and WTF moments.
WARNING: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS.
1. JON SNOW LIVES
Starks always do the right/honourable thing and it always ends up getting them killed. If George RR Martin was not afraid to kill off Ned Stark, then he will not hesitant to kill off Jon Snow. Even Maisie Williams said he was dead. There were many theories that he will be brought back to life by Mellisandra and what do ya know? It came true! It all went down in episode 2 and I have never ever been so satisfied by a fictional character. I thought the writers would drag it out and I am so glad that they didn’t! This is definitely one of my favourite scenes. JUSTICE! It was such a fangirl moment (and I don’t do fangirling…)
2. STARKS REUNITE
After Jon said “my watch is over” I thought, no no no, Jon you can’t leave the Wall before Sansa gets there! That would be a disservice to the show and to the fans, they
have to must reunite. It seems like the writers are listening to the fans 🙂 that scene where Jon and Sansa sees each other for the first time since the pilot was very moving. I watched that scene over and over again. It was a beautiful scene. It did that episode justice. It’s funny because in the beginning they didn’t mean anything to each other but now, they mean so much more to each other because they are all they have left.
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Edition: Hardcover, 163 pages
Published by: Vie, 12th August 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
Rating: 5 stars
Completed: 22nd April 2017
Do you ever wish you had more confidence in your abilities? Do you sometimes have negative thoughts, comparing yourself to others? Have you ever been afraid to speak up because you don’t think your opinion is valid?
You are not alone, and there is a way to tackle your low self-esteem. Packed with tips, suggestions and quotes, this book will help give you the strength to turn negatives into positives and BECOME MORE CONFIDENT EVERY DAY.
Believe In Yourself is a self-help book about self-esteem and confidence. It’s packed with highly motivating quotes, suggestions and tips on how to become more confident, especially turn negative thoughts into positive ones. This book is separated into eight parts, which is a helpful guide towards overcoming low self-esteem and becoming confident.
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