Goodreads Monday

Hey guys, welcome to yet another Goodreads Monday, a weekly meme where one posts a book from the TBR and showcase it! 

Presenting today’s Goodreads Monday choice:


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor!

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
This has been on my TBR for some time now, actually the whole trilogy has! I’ve only heard the best things about it and I can’t wait to read it!

And that concludes this week’s Goodreads Monday! Happy reading, bookworms! 🙂 

Brooklyn 😀

Book Review: The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Published in 2017 by Ballentine Books

Pages: 406

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.
Emma
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

Jane
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before. 

Let’s talk about the plot:

Okay, so I was definitely intrigued when I first started this. I enjoyed the multiple chapter point of views, and it was definitely reading as something unique – initially it all read as one long paragraph in the chapters, and even when there was dialogue, there weren’t any speech marks. This gave me Illuminae type vibes; it felt like I was reading an undesclosed document. 

So from the past we have Emma and Simon, two seemingly in love people who have moved into this insane house, which sort of reminded me of the futuristic home in the Simpsons, voiced by Pierce Brosnan. It was high tech and there were a crazy set of rules and regulations Simon and Emma had to abide by, why they even wanted to live there? I don’t know. I have so many unanswered questions it’s infuriating. 

And we have Jane, in the future; who is moving into the same house many years later; and seemingly has lots in common with Emma, who we learnt met her fate in the house. 

This is where the mystery sets in, and its full of dramatic irony which was brilliant, but the ending ruined it for me. Okay so i was really annoyed by the revelation, of who killed Emma, I didn’t see it coming; but the ending, as it were, of Jane’s story, just made me think:


‘Are you kidding? You went through all this crap and that’s how you react?’ 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Emma (past) Jane (present):

Both characters had much in common, they even shared an appearance. Literally their lives were almost identical, and even though they never met, Jane definitely felt Emma’s prescience throughout (and Jane finds herself caught up in Emma’s murder, seen as her ex boyfriend thinks it’s Emma’s lover who killed her). Essentially this book was full of a love square, even though it happened over two different times. I found both Emma and Jane to be fickle, their mood swings annoyed me, they went from feeling love to hate in half a minute. Ugh! 

Edward, the architect of this ridiculous house, annoyed me from the start. So we initially feel sorry for him because his wife and infant son are killed prior to this book, but we don’t know how, exactly. Well we’re given a reason but I didn’t buy it, it might have been a cover up, but who knows. 

He’s a psychopath, he treats both Emma and Jane despicably, and Simon isn’t much better; Simon says that he hates Edward, but honestly, he’s not much better, in fact, I don’t know who’s worse by the end. They’re both egomaniacs and it’s ridiculous, I hate any novel that is so suggestive towards domestic violence, so that made me particularly angry. 

Let’s talk about the writing:

Okay, so as I said, the writing was unique to start off with, and defined atmospheric. But it got repetitive, and it was frustrating reading it continuously without the speech marks (unlike Illuminae, the novelty wore off pretty much instantly). I felt also that this book definitely dragged in places, it felt so much longer than its 406 pages. The one twist wasn’t nearly enough to save this book, and I can’t say I’d recommend it to anyone else in a heartbeat, but again, this is just my thoughts. That one decision of Jane’s annoyed me so much, I felt like it went against her character entirely. 

And as for Astrid, who we meet at the end, all I’ll say is, good luck. 

And that concludes my review, thanks for reading,

Brooklyn. 🙂

Goodreads Monday

Source: Goodreads Monday

I do enjoy this weekly meme! And with my TBR ever growing, what better place to showcase a book from there!

Presenting, today’s choice for Goodreads Monday!

 

To All the Boys I’ve Lovdc Before by Jenny Han.

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times bestselling “lovely, lighthearted romance” from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series. 

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
I confess I actually started this book recently but fell so deeply with it I decided I wanted to order my own copies and therefore I’m not reading the library copy, rather I’m waiting for my box set of the three books to come. 

And that concludes this week’s Goodreads Monday, Happy Reading! Brooklyn. 

Book Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 


Published in 2016 by HarperCollins Books

Pages: 321

Rating: 2/5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
Let’s talk about the plot:

Okay, let me start by saying I’m obsessed with all the Sherlock, I love the Arthur Conan Doyle canon and the BBC series, and I’m all about retellings or YA inspired adaptions of all the things. 

This did not do it for me, not one bit. Okay at first I was intrigued, I liked Jamie and Charlotte but aside from that the book even in its early stages just seemed to majorly drag. 

So the idea is that someone is taking ideas from the Holmes canon and adding them to murders, perhaps Charlotte or Jamie might find themselves the target? Might I add both Jamie and Watson are the descendants of the original Holmes and Watson, but honestly there were times when this book read like fan fiction, and I’ve read some epic Sherlock fan fiction but this didn’t live up to my expectations. 

Let’s talk about the writing:

Honestly, the writing was fine in some parts, I confess, I like how the author made Charlotte so much like Sherlock, her having his mind existent sleeping pattern and an unhealthy arttitude towards drugs. But Charlotte went through her own angst, I did enjoy her friendship with Jamie, and the references to Holmes canon; but that’s all. The chapters were honestly so long and I feel like the book might’ve been better if it was shorter. Sure, at times Jamie was cute, hell I even had a bit of a crush on him throughout, but that couldn’t save it for me.

And that concludes my review, truthfully I don’t feel there’s much I can add. 

Happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


Published in 2013 by HarperCollins 

Rating: 5/5 stars

Book 2 in the Juliette Chronicles 

Pages: 461

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

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time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.
Let’s talk about the plot:

Okay, so it’s been a while since I read book 1, but the events of Shatter Me stuck in my mind, so when I saw Unravel Me on the shelf on my library I couldn’t resist borrowing it and diving in.

Unlike book 1, Unravel Me started off with a bang! I instantly remembered where Book 1 ended and already I had my suspicions and was thinking what would happen next. 

This was absolutely action pack, starting with Juliette’s escape and then wondering could she finally find happiness with her love, Adam. 

And then a twist happens, which literally left me like:


Like honestly, I never could have seen that happen. Wow! And it’s this revelation that sets the wheels in motion for a non stop, action packed read. 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Juliette is honestly an amazing character, I felt so sorry for her from book 1 when we learnt what she caused; she can’t help who she is, she can’t help her destructive powers. Juliette is capable of earth shattering destruction, she doesn’t want to have the power to kill by touch, she hates her own skin. The book is told from her point of view and we absolutely feel for her throughout; I felt her torment and her narrative is full of angst. I love her character development from book 1 and she evolved all the more in this book, I can’t imagine what book 3 has in store for her. 

Kenji honestly made me laugh so much, I can’t believe I didn’t like him much in book 1, seriously? He’s so sassy and cocky and sarcastic and definitely provided the comic relief in this book, openly jokingly pining for Juliette and flirting with her. But at the same time he knows how to push her and he really cares for her and has her best interests at heart. 

Adam and Warner – I was honestly amazed with both of their transformations.

I confess, I have had what ends up with Warner spoilt for me, so that sort of framed my attitude towards Adam. So I went into this book with a weary attitude towards Adam.

Needless to say joke was on me. 


Like, honestly? What on earth was I thinking? Adam meant well and genuinely loves Juliette, even when we learn that…well…I’m not going to say more because I don’t like massively spoiling books. 

Okay so at first I was kinda staring at Adam wearily throughout the book, waiting for him to mess up. 

Didn’t happen. 

I did feel for Adam throughout, he’s a victim, he was put through his own trials too. 

Warner though I think was the character who struck me the biggest. We find out a lot about his character and I was definitely loving him by the end of the book and I sympathise with him more. I loved how he was brought into the story about a quarter of the way through and his character definitely had an important role to play in the book; throughout the book there were loads of events that had me gasping, I never could have seen them coming.

Let’s talk about the writing:

Mafi’s writing is so unique, it’s full of music and electricity and destruction. I love how some of her sentences were spaced out, it was full of drama and emphasis to the story. And also, as it was in book 1, there’s sentences with a line through them, as if Juliette shouldn’t even be thinking what she’s thinking. 

I definitely recommend this series to everyone, I cannot wait to see what book 3 has in store and I’m excited that Mafi has extended the series to have more books in them. This is a series I could happily keep reading. 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂


Book Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Book 2 in the Heroes of Olympus series

Published by Disney Hyperion in 2011

Pages: 513

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

ONE CURSED DEMIGOD. 

TWO NEW HEROES.

A QUEST TO UNLEASH THE 

GOD OF DEATH….. 

Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die.
But they’re the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn’t ring any bells for him. There’s just one name he remembers from his past. Annabeth.
Only one thing is certain–Percy’s questing days aren’t over. He and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all: The Prophecy of Seven. If they fail, it’s not just their camp at risk. Percy’s old life, the gods and the entire world might be destroyed.
Let’s talk about the plot:

So my first reaction when I was reading this was yay! Percy is back! I missed him in book 1 but his presence was definitely felt in The Lost Hero! And that cliffhanger at the end of said book sort of promises us that we’d definitely see more from him in the next book.

And that we did! At first he doesn’t realise who he completely is or very little of his menories, but there’s that flicker to Annabeth, he knows she’s important to him.

When he meets Hazel and Frank, things slowly start to come together, slowly but surely. This book takes us to a whole other side of Camp, to the Roman camp in fact! And we meet new monsters which definitely keep our heroes on their toes.

Throughout the book I felt like I was there! Seeing everything as Percy, Hazel and Frank have and feeling their emotions. Rick Riordan’s writing is as amazing as I remember it and once again this book is full of gasps, happy and sad tears, excitement and foreshadowing! 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Percy has matured so much across this book, I remember being in awe as I read how he grew up through the Lightning Thief series but his development here was even more impressive! Without being too spoilery he goes from not being fully aware of who he is to owning it! His character greatly transforms as he comes to realise the importance of himself and the role he plays in everything. As always, even when he’s not Percy, without his menories, he’s still sarcastic and fabulous and witty like we remember him to be. He always has hope and has faith in Frank and Hazel, both of whom I instantly fell in love with.

Frank and Hazel are our other two narrators, both have had such sad pasts and we come to know how sad as we read on about them! Both these characters had such little faith in themselves throughout but I was rooting for them all the way! I loved their friendship with Percy, and they were a couple that I instantly shipped! Both saw a Confidante in one another and knew that they weren’t alone, through the work of the monsters, the characters were all put through trials of their own where they had to face their inner demons and I love how we got to read about their flashbacks as we went, it definitely aided us in knowing them more and feeling their inner torment!

Let’s talk about the writing:

Rick Riordan wrote this book in my favourite style of writing; multiple POV’s! Multiple chapters from Percy to start, then some Hazel and then some Frank; I love how he did this because it allows us to connect with the characters and get into their minds more! 

The writing was never boring, epic is definitely the word for this series, it’s going on my favourites list and everyone needs to read these books! They are fun, full of fascinating trivia, so atmospheric and utterly magical! This was such an amazing adventure I loved being a part of every moment! There were scenes within the last few chapters that had me so emotional and with goosebumps that I was so lost for words as I read on! And it’s something I know will stay with me for a long time! 
and that concludes my review, thank you for reading,

Brooklyn. 

Book Review: The Wild Princess by Mary Hart Perry


Published in 2012 by William Morrow, an imprint of HaperCollins Publishers

Pages: 417

Rating: 4/5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The Wild Princess transports us back to Victorian England and plunges us into the intrigues of the royal court, where the impetuous Louise brazenly followed no one’s rules but her own—even marrying a commoner, which no one of royal blood had done in the previous three centuries.

Let’s talk about the plot:

Okay, so let me make this clear, this book is most definitely not fact. I mean it’s well researched in places, and I love what the author has done with Louise’s character, but her husband was mostly fictionally portrayed.

I couldn’t resist borrowing this one when I saw it getting returned from the library, I’m fascinated with the House of Hanover and I adore Princess Louise. I admire the fact that even though she was a royal princess, daughter of Queen Victoria, but she was definitely rebellious and was all about women’s rights. 

This book mostly focuses on Louise, but other royals are seen, including Victoria, who is portrayed in her older years as the grieving window we know her to be; but this book is definitely all about Louise.

Let’s talk about the characters:

Louise is written as a headstrong, rebellious girl, who refuses to abide by her mother. She doesn’t understand why women shouldn’t be able to work or why girls shouldn’t be able to study in the same rooms as boys. So the author drew on the times well because I felt like I was in the era as I was reading. But all the way through I loved Louise, and I definitely cannot wait to read more about her in both fiction and non.

Let’s talk about the writing:

Okay, the writing was great, atmospheric but towards the end it felt gappy. It was filled with action at the beginning and had me on the edge of my seat, but then towards the end, when the action was supposed to be happening, nothing happened; or when the action happened it was over too fast. I was expecting more, a reunion between mother and daughter, and a reunion between friends. 

In terms of romance, the writing was predictable; but it was so cute, albeit bittersweet. I also enjoyed the time jumps throughout the book, from the past to the present, and then to the future. 

Below: Louise, Duchess of Argylle:


And that concludes my review, thank you for reading, 

Til next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn. 

Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Published in 2017 by Bloomsbury 

Pages: 699

The final book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, that focuses on Feyre Archeron. There are more books to come set in this world though. 

Rating: 5/5


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
My thoughts:

As I write this, I’m feeling so lost, and hollow. And empty. I cannot believe that Feyre’s story arc has come to an end. I, like so many others, went on a remarkable journey with Feyre and felt like I was her as she laughed, cried, loved and triumphed and so much more. So bear with me as I review this, I feel like there’s no words to describe how I feel after finishing this. 

I had to give this book 5 stars, even though I feel like it was incredibly underwhelming and rushed at some times. There were so many action packed scenes which were epic but they didn’t give us a lot of “what was that about?” 

But this book was always going to be more action packed than it’s predecessors, and that was expected. There was constant foreshadowing which was heartbreaking and clever lies throughout. This book definitely had me laughing, crying, shouting and feeling all the feels. A Court of Thorns and Roses is not only one of my favourite book series, it’s one of my top fandoms and these characters are so close to my heart. 

So with that,

Let’s talk about the characters:

Feyre, from the word go, was insane. She was not going to put up with any bullshit and I was with her all the way. I am so proud of how far she has come and even in ACOWAR her character went a long way, it was absolutely awe inspiring to behold as she literally stopped at nothing to do what she had to do – some of her actions had me gasping but then I was still wanting more from what some scenes gave. The book was mostly told from her perspective, as it should be. The trilogy was always about Feyre, it has been her story through and through, and that’s how it should be. Feyre is hands down, my favourite fictional female, (okay, maybe one of them, there’s loads), and this journey of hers was definitely heart stopping at times. 

Nesta was almost as much of a hero in this book like Feyre. At first she was very cold still, having to deal with her new found fae powers and what the Cauldron did to her. From ACOMAF I instantly shipped her with Cassian, and their chemistry and banter is freaking electrifying! They were so addictive to read about and I couldn’t get enough of them, and I also loved Nesta and Amren’s sass offs. Utterly fabulous! As I said, Nesta was a bit scowl – worthy throughout the early points in the series, but she stepped up big time, always stubborn but definitely reliable when it counted.

Elain’s character went through a massive charscter transformation in this book; after the end of ACOMAF the reader had a lot of questions regarding her and her possible ship, and most of this was answered in this book, but I really hope her and Lucien have a story arc in the upcoming books and / or novellas. There definitely could have been something there between her and one of the other characters but to avoid spoilers I won’t elaborate. There were times when I was afraid for Elain but wow she did amazing when it came to it! 

Mor and Amren remain as fabulous as always! I adore both of these ladies and I have come to admire them both so much. They both went on their own journey of discoveries here, and again to avoid being spoilery I will refrain from talking more about that. But I was so proud of both of them: when we learnt about Mor in specific aspects my heart broke for her and Amren had me screaming towards the end of this book. I was so confused when she told Feyre something and hated Amren for half a second and then BAM it all made sense. These characters never disappoint. 

Ianthe oh my gosh I thought I couldn’t hate her any more than what I did in ACOMAF. She is one of my least favourite characters ever and she’s pure evil and just all the awful. She made me rage through this book, and honestly I think she deserved far worse than what she got. But nonetheless it was good to see her finally suffer. 

Tamlin made me angry too. I hated him in ACOMAF and had possible hopes for redemption, but wasn’t altogether convinced that he could even be redeemed. There was one sentence that he said that made me feel disgustingly angry. I mean who says something like that? He was shown as nothing but a scornful pig throughout, except for one small scene where he did something half decent. But even after everything he was still an asshat.

Azriel and Cassian, always amazing characters. Such strong figures in battle and out. Cassian again was faced with angst and pain which was heartbreaking to read about especially after the end of ACOMAF, but I love the roles both characters played in this book. Their first appearance had me fangirling, they entered at the right moment and I love how accepting they have always been (along with Mor and Amren) of Feyre as their High Lady; and I love how they were accepting of Elain and Nesta: as I said earlier, Nesta and Cassian were addictive to read about and I want more of them. Heck I want 6 novels of Inner Circle fluff, I can’t get enough of them all. The interaction between them all is perfection, they are family but they are so much more. They all share such a deep bond, and are forever there for one another.

Lucien sort of went on a journey of self discovery, but I love how he was united with Feyre in the early stages, even though he was initially torn with his former loyalties. But old loyalties were forgotten, and new ones formed. He definitely played an interesting part in the book, and that was great. We also met his long talked about brothers, which was interesting to say the least.

Rhysand – remained perfect. He and Feyre are my all time favourite fictional characters and couples, they were the beauty among the pain and everything. They had some beautiful scenes in this book, and it was so sweet and sad in places. Their love for one another knows no bounds and I love how Rhys treats and acknowledges Feyre as his equal, and his love for his inner circle is beautiful. Rhys is amazing, brave, cocky, fabulous and just all round divine. 

I’ll end my character talk there, even though there’s loads more characters. I’ve just spoke about the main ones, mostly, but we’re presented with a selection of old and new faces, which were full of all the reactions from me and the characters. It’s because of the Inner Circle and Feyre that I have given this book 5 stars, I couldn’t bear to rate them any lower. Maas has done amazing things with them, and I can’t wait for what is to come in time with the other books; which brings me to the writing;

Let’s talk about the writing:

Maas never fails to disappoint, it’s safe to say this book was definitely my most anticipated read, well since A Court of Mist and Fury. Maas teased about what was to come in ACOWAR, so that definitely elevated all our hopes.

Yet, not all my questions were answered, e.g.

What is Amren’s true form? We get a vivid description but nothing concrete? Even though Maas said we would find out!? But it’s okay because it’s left to our imagination. 

The book did feel rushed, and the action scenes and other specific scenes could have been drawn out more; like we want to know what was seen, and what came of the revelations. 

Nonetheless this was an amazing conclusion to Maas’s Feyre and Rhys, and I was laughing, crying, shouting and I literally felt all the feels throughout. I didn’t want to finish this book and I know I’ll read it many times more. This book trilogy will forever be in my all time favourites, and I will always be thinking about these characters and I can’t wait to see what happens next in this book world. 

Okay bookish loves, thank you for reading. That concludes my review, until next time, happy reading. 

Brooklyn 🙂 



Book review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Published in 2017 by Penguin Books

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Pages: 336

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Let’s talk about the plot:

It also focuses on the relationship between Molly and her twin sister, Cassie. The two slowly drift apart but it doesnt mean they love one another any less.

Let’s talk about the writing:

This was my first book by this author, and I definitely want to read her other books. Her writing is so natural and flows so beautifully, I love how she has the majority of characters in this book as LGBT; I mean Cassie is gay, Mina is pansexual and Molly and Cassie have two mothers, who are ecstatic when the marriage bill for same sex marriage is passed.

One tiny thing that annoyed me about the writing, is it was too full of romance; I mean, Molly filled herself with the notion that she was the only virgin in the State. But she put so much pressure on herself to have a boyfriend, but aside from that it was fine. I love how relatable Molly is, she’s conscious about her weight, she’s anxious, she doesn’t like arguments. All things I relate too. She thinks to herself a lot too, which is something I found refreshing and relatable too.

Lets talk about the characters:

Molly, as I said, is our narrator, she’s 17 but comes across as much older than her years. She’s been called all sorts of insulting names, whether it be from her own grandmother or from boys at school. I was cringing for her when a guy said “you’re hot, for a fat girl.” I mean who says that? But I love how we get Molly sort of loosen up around Reid, he definitely made her feel at ease. Molly enjoys fandom but in Reid she meets a Tolkien fanboy, which is so cute and I love the fandom references throughout.

Cassie is Molly’s twin sister, definitely more extroverted than her twin sister, there were times I thought Cassie was being a brat; eg when she breaks the rules at home when Mina and their friends are over, but she does apologise and all is well. I loved her sisterly relationship with Molly, it felt so real; all these characters did. As I was reading this, I felt like I was there and that I’d become friends with them all.

Mina and Reid, the sisters’ crushes, respectively; both are perfect for Cassie and Molly, I loved Mina and Cassie’s cute moments, and when we got an insight to Mina’s family life; and when she met Cassie and Molly’s family, it was full of sweet and endearing and laugh out loud moments. I had a crush on Reid throughout, his fanboy self is precious and he’s just so nerdy and proud of who he is; Mina too is down to earth and calm and so enthusiastic about Cassie.

I definitely recommend this book to everyone, it’s so refreshing and fun but full of feels and relatable!

And that concludes my review,

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn:)

 

Book Review: Charity’s Heart by Sofia Diana Gabel 

Published in 2014 by Astraea Press

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars 

Note:

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not impact my thoughts on the book.

Setting:

1800s England, we definitely get a taste of the lives of the upper class compared to the lowly born, the author has done a great job conveying that image across, and as a history enthusiast, I definitely think she did an accurate job. 

Plot:

Charity, a young highborn girl, feels trapped, she doesn’t want to marry her intended betrothed, Mathias. She loathes him to the bone, why shouldn’t she marry for love? Her mother tells her it is her role as a young lady in society to marry for title and status, as it definitely was back then. In comes Alexander Sutton, a fiend, or not? 

Lets talk about the characters:

Charity- I liked her, and definitely felt sorry for her in the beginning. I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to marry Matthias, and her parents couldn’t see how desperate Charity is to get out of the situation. She even feels trapped in her own home, so she runs away briefly to London. Charity is a good character, exceptionally kind hearted and giving, she tips a young shop assistant generously, and then she helps ‘lower’ characters when needed. I enjoyed reading as her character grew throughout the book.

Lillian- Charity’s best friend, annoyed me: I get that she was hopelessly jn love with her family’s butcher son, but she was unsupportive of Charity at times and wouldn’t hear her out when Charity was trying to talk sense into her about Rowan, her family’s dodgy footman. There were times when Lillian was reasonable, but her character just frustrated me.

Mathias – a swine. Reading about him made my blood boil, he honestly thought he could force Charity to marry him and he was abusive to her every time she protested. He made me feel ill, how dare he think he could get away with how he treated her? Thankfully he got what he deserved in the end, to a degree.

Alexander – at first I didn’t really know what his game was, but once his true intentions were revealed he fast became my favorite character. I enjoyed his back story, it was rather poignant, he’s seeking justice for his father, but also carrying along with his father’s constibulary work. He is a kind hearted, tender man who met several close fates throughout the book, I honestly didn’t know where he would end up.

Lets talk about the writing:

Gabel was good, yes, but perhaps I’m spoilt because I’ve read better, I don’t know: I think I would’ve appreciated this book more as a young teen, but now I just found that the writing lagged massively. The characterisation was so fickle, Charity jumping to conclusions and saying she hated Alexander but then loving him? Like really, you don’t properly know him! 

Perhaps if the plot was less drawn out, the book might have been more enjoyable too. I mean it was 280 pages and at first I felt I’d love it but then the story got so repetitive. I feel like some of the scenes didn’t need to be there, it was just a matter of filling pages until the end.

Nonetheless, these are of course all my own views, and once again I thank Mallory McCartney over at CleanReads for the review copy of the book. 

And that concludes my review, until next time, Happy Reading.

Brooklyn.