Monthly Archives: December 2016

Series I’m hoping to read in 2017

I swear this year I’ve accumulated a stack of anticipated and new release reads and haven’t had the chance to actually get around to reading them yet. Probably doesn’t help that my To Be Read list is over 57542456 books long (okay, I’m kidding, but it sure does feel like it, not that I’m complaining).

So these are just some of the books I’m going to read for sure next year, I’m going to continue with the Percy Jackson series after I finish my current read, Heartless; I’m looking forward to reading both The Iron Fey series and The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, by Julie Kagawa and Laini Taylor, respectively. The other series that I’ve shown here is one of my most anticipated reads, The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. 

Have any of you read any of these? If so, did you enjoy them? No spoilers please 🙂

Thank you for reading and I’d just like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year! 🙂

Happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

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Book Review : Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse

By Rick Riordan, book 3 of Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Published: 2007

Pages: 312

Rating: 5/5

My thoughts:

Once again, Rick Riordan catapults us into his world of fantasy, adventure and mythology. Every minute was pure excitement, mystery and suspense; and feelings! I was laughing and crying throughout the book. It was absolutely epic and just like books 1 and 2, there was never a dull moment.  

Throughout this, we meet many new characters, two of whom are Bianca and Nico Di Angelo, they are sibling half bloods that Percy and company try to help, and it’s in this scuffle that Annabeth is captured. We don’t know what happens to her initially, and I was on the edge of my seat as the plot unfolded further. 

It is back to Camp Half Blood we go, where Nico adjusts to life there and Percy rescues a sea monster, with the help of his Pegasus friend, Blackjack. I found Bessie so adorable throughout (the nickname Percy gives to said creature), and I love the bond between Percy and the magical creatures. 

Throughout the previous books, we are hinted of a great prophecy. This heightens throughout this book, and we learn all is not what it seems; and secrets of the prophecy come to light. I cannot rave enough about how epic I found the writing throughout the book, especially here; the concept of prophecies have always fascinated me. 

I loved the new characters here; but especially it was great reading more about Thalia; I admired her throughout the book, people who have read the previous instalment will know that she spent many a time as a pine tree, feeding strength to Camp Half Blood. Back in her human form, she has punky style and a similar personality to Percy, which results in many a clash between the two. 

All the Gods and Goddess characters are so freaking intriguing and well written! I especially loved meeting Athena and seeing more of Poseidon.

Nico and Bianca intrigued me from the word go, and I was definitely feeling for the both of them throughout. I really liked Bianca as a character and her actions were admirable. I hope to see more of Nico in the next book; there was a twist regarding their paternity which I so would not have seen coming, and it had me like:


Like wow. 

I’m definitely glad I picked up this series, I feel like even though I haven’t read any of them until now, there is something so special about this series, actually everything makes this series perfect, and they’ll definitely be among my favourites. 

Favourite quote:

Love conquers all,” Aphrodite promised. “Look at Helen and Paris. Did they let anything come between them?”

“Didn’t they start the Trojan War and get thousands of people killed?”

“Pfft. That’s not the point. Follow your heart.”

And there you have it, I mean, I feel like that review is slightly vague, but I try and keep them spoiler free. Alas, I hope you enjoyed reading it and until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Doctor Who – Revenge of the Judoon

By Terrance Dicks

Published: 2008

Pages: 102

Rating: 4/5

What I liked:

Well that was a jolly fun novella;

Revenge of the Judoon takes us to Balmoral in 1902, it’s there that our heroes meet Captain Harry Carruthers, friend of Edward VII; they go and meet the King, only to find that the castle itself has gone, a hole in its place. 

It’s these guys, of course:

The Judoon. 

While the Doctor finds himself in what should be the emptiest place on earth, Martha and the Captain team up in London to find answers and it’s here that the twists lie. 

Arthur Conan Doyle. Brilliant! It was so great how he was incorporated as a character in this novella, and the scenes with him, Martha and the Captain were just brilliant and amusing. 

I loved the time setting of this story, what with being history obsessed and everything. It was all just so brilliantly written and my only complaint is that I wish it were longer. 

I definitely recommend this to all Whovians, you will not be disappointed. Ten and Martha are written spot on and as I was reading, I was picturing everything play out as an episode, hearing the characters say the lines and everything. 

Thus concludes my review, thank you for reading, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Lady Jane Grey: a Tudor Mystery

By Eric Ives

Published: 2011

Pages: 372

Rating: 4/4 

What I liked:


I always feel so elated whenever I read a historical non fiction book that tells it how it likely was! No sugar coating whatsoever! 

Utterly fascinating throughout, it was never boring. I learnt more about Jane Grey, which was great; for the Nine Day Queen is one of my all time favourite historical figures. 

I love the structure of this book, while it was of course conventially written in chapters, each set of chapters made up a part which not only included Jane but various family members, eg her father and of course her husband, as well as Mary I and Jane’s cousin Edward. 

I had only known brief bits and pieces about Jane’s parents and sisters, this novel definitely drew on that knowledge as well as bringing many more interesting facts about the Grey family to light. 

I also loved how Eric Ives captures the Tudor Court, even though this was non fiction, I could still visualise the time and setting and it all played out in my mind as I read it. 

Jane Grey is someone who I definitely admire, and I look forward to knowing more about her and her family.

That concludes my review, thank you for reading. Until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

Book 2 in the Gemma Doyle trilogy

Published: 2006

Pages: 548

Rating: 5/5

What I liked:

Practically everything. This was a re read of one of my favourite books from one of my favourite series of all time. It had been some time since I’d read it so it was amazing to be surrounded by such a beloved group of characters; I felt really endeared throughout the story.

It’s funny, I remember not knowing that this was the second book in a series, and reading it before I read the first one. It was love at first page, and I remember that feeling well even now.

I love this second instalment, it’s set around the backdrop of Victorian London, in the city itself but firstly at Spence Boarding School, where Gemma, Ann and Felicity are introduced to their new Teacher, Gemma immediately takes a dislike to, though she doesn’t instantly know why; but when she does, her suspicions fall flat over the course of the novel, resulting in a climatic face off with one who she thought she could trust above all else.

For me, as well as the exciting plot, it’s the characters that have cemented a place in my heart, I’ll tell you why:

Gemma: she’s flawed, she’s a witch, a high priestess, but she’s a human! Having to cope with the fact that she’s the one that’s supposed to bind the magic together and restore the Realms and everything, as well as living with the guilt that she could have saved Pippa, her dear friend (refer to book 1, A Great and Terrible Beauty), her grief stricken, laundalum addicted father, and her potentional suitor, Simon, and much more, I think Gemma is doing pretty greatly. She is ever so brave and headstrong at times, I definitely admire her and she’s definitely on my list of all time favourite fictional heroines.

Ann and Felicity too are like dear friends: altogeth Fee can prove to be rather selfish at times, she truly cares about her friends and loves them in her own way. I believe that her heart broke when she lost the one dearest to her, and she’s facing some dark secrets of her own. Ann, though she’s a poor scholarship student at Spence, and very timid, I adore her. She, like many other girls of her time, couldn’t have asked to be born in such sad circumstances, unfortunately she has to grin and bear it, which she does as best as she can, which sadly isn’t all that well. An initial helpful lie from Felicity regarding Ann’s heritage doesn’t help matters, unfortunately.

Tom. Gemma’s brother. I believe he means well, and I enjoyed the sibling banter between him and Gemma. I felt sorry for him throughout, as he knows he’s the second favourite sibling, and that he is powerless to help his father overcome his addiction, even though Thomas is an aspiring Doctor himself. 

Simon Middleton. One of my first book crushes. Oh my. The son of Lord and Lady Denby, Simon makes no haste in his interest for Gemma. I ship them. Badly. Though I feel like I’m the only person in the fandom that does. He admits to Gemma that he’s dull, aside from the gambling and carousing, and that his parents expect him to find a suitable girl and carry on the family name. Despite Gemma breaking their brief courtship, I loved every minute of their chemistry together. 

Kartik. He’s such a darling. He went through so much both internally and externally from the start to the end of this book; you can most definitely tell that he has conflicted feelings about Gemma, what with Kartik being a member of the Rakshana, who are now the sworn enemies of Gemma. In fact, in the prologue to this book, Kartik is ordered to find out Gemma’s secrets and power regarding the Realms, and then kill her. The chemistry between the two of them is epic, as well, and it’s almost amusing how Gemma flits her mind between the two lads. 

I recommend this series to everyone! It is that amazing! You will not be disappointed; the characters and plot stay with one long after closing the book.

Favourite quote:

“Beneath the skin, there is fear. Pain. Remorse. Yearning. Desire. A fierce longing for power. All of this. We are joined. It is as if we live in the center of a great storm.”

And thus concludes yet another review; I do hope you enjoyed it. Until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

Book 2 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series 

Published: 2006

Pages: 279

Rating: 5/5

What I liked:

Pretty much everything. From the first page the mystery was there, and it felt like I hadn’t spent any time away from Percy Jackson. 

The book has a catapulting start into Percy’s nightmare, which essentially sets the foundation for the rest of the book; the reader is instantly engaged, we want to know what’s happened to Percy’s best friend, Grover. I adore him, and was rather nervous to learn what would become of him. 

Book 2 was definitely an exciting journey though, we meet some faces that we have heard whispers about throughout the first book, such as Luke’s father, Hermes. He was definitely a fascinating God; we also see his son Luke once more, up to treacherous activities that put our half blood friends into dire situations. 

I loved Chiron’s return and learning about his background. He’s such a great mentor to Percy. I really like Tyson, who had a surprising connection to Percy himself. When I found out what that connection was I was literally like:


Again, what a freaking epic cliffhanger! I definitely could not have spotted that coming, though I hoped it would! It was like:


 I cannot wait to see more of these characters and lore in book 3! Again, Rick Riordan has added so much to this book; the series will progressively get better, I think, if that’s possible. He blends Greek mythology, fantasy, action and suspense so perfectly. It’s all blended with comedy and cute friendships that make me smile. I love all these characters and I love how Clarisse stepped up in this one; this book series has fast become another favourite. 

And with that ends another review, I hope you all have had a very merry Christmas 🙂 until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 xx

Book Review : Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Book 1 in the Stalking Jack the Ripper Series, published 2016. 

Rating: 5/5

Pages: 326

My initial reaction after reading this book:


That was freaking outstanding! Oh my gosh.


I can’t. I actually can’t. This is possibly one of the best books I have ever read. 

EVER. 

Okay, no, it’s official it’s definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read. 

It is everything. I need book 2 already. 


That was one of the most fantastically written books, ever. What a stellar debut novel! I cannot wait for Audrey Rose and Thomas’s further adventures. 

Kerri Maniscalco has weaved a fabulous, intriguing re telling of such an iconic killer during Victorian London. Throughout every page, I felt like I was there with Audrey Rose, seeing and feeling things as she did. Usually I don’t read a lot of gothic killer fiction, but gosh I’m glad I’ve picked this up. I was hooked from the word go and on the edge of my seat. Thomas and Audrey, I started shipping them instantly, their banter was delicious and I have a total bookish crush on Thomas Creswell, and Audrey Rose is literally a book bestie of mine. I love how her mind works, she’s not only quick witted and enjoys the finer things in life and has immaculate style, but she would rather battle it out looking for the notorious Jack The Ripper rather than endure endless gossip. I definitely couldn’t help but admire her fascination with the Sciences.

Nathaniel.


My gosh. I loved the sibling bond between him and Audrey Rose; I instantly thought that he was the yin to her yang. They were so close even though on the surface they were exact opposites; and to avoid spoilers I’ll leave it there. 

The writing style was excellent! It was never dull, and I was constantly changing my mind as to who I thought the Ripper was; and even though I had an ill feeling as to who the killer was; and when I found out I was right, I swore loudly and starting shrieking. Total shock, even if I slightly expected it, I was dreading it. My reaction was …


Followed by this…


Look, everyone. Add this to your TBR. Get a copy. You will not be disappointed! Hands down, you will not be disappointed! These characters and the plot will stay with me for some time yet. 

Hats off to you, Kerri Maniscalco. I can’t wait for more.

Favourite Quote:

Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.

Book Review: The 12 Doctors of Christmas 

Doctor Who: The Twelve Doctors of Christmas by various authors.
Rating: 5/5
Published: 2016
My Thoughts:
Firstly, let me say that I’m going to review these short stories collectively, because they all had similar themes set to them against the backdrop of the festive season.
I’m trying to think of one of these stories that I didn’t enjoy as much as the others, but truthfully I can’t think of any of them. They were all so endearing and entertaining in different ways! 
I’ll point out some highlights; 

In story 3, the Third Doctor meets the Tenth Doctor, well not quite, but he does meet Jackie Tyler! That’s right! Jackie Tyler! You can imagine my reaction went a bit like this..

The fourth doctor mentioned jelly babies! That in itself made me happy!
The fifth and eighth Doctors had such endearing stories, that I believe showed how they have been affected by various circumstances in the past. I actually teared up when Eight had heard Susan and everything that she had done since their travels. 

Oh Nine. Such a sweetheart as always, just wanting to make Nine year old Rose happy without defying the laws of time. Add a bicycle thief and you have a story that is fantastic 😉

Ten. Lovely, charming, glorious Ten. He was there right when he needed to be and it was great to see the Wire (monster from the second season, episode The Idiot’s Lantern, of new Who) again! I found the monster both horrifying and intriguing! As like most stories with Ten, this one was…

Eleven. Oh my Doctor. From the first few pages he was bounding around and happily singing like the jolly Doctor I love.
The story briefly turned dark, but gosh I loved it and it was resolved quickly with the help of a little girl who learnt a few things along the way.

A short story that was written canon to 12! Eeee! And he meets a rather rugrat type kid that is yet very smart, and quite sassy. The two of them join forces to seek out the Loch Ness Monster! It was such an amusing read, as they all were.
I’d like to praise these authors for writing such excellent short stories that remained so canon to the Doctor. Each of them were utterly fabulous and I’ll definitely be the reading this book every Christmas! 

Thanks for reading! And until next time, happy Reading, Brooklyn 😉

Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Book 1 in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Published: 2005

Rating: 5/5

My thoughts: 

Well that was a bit awesome. 

Actually that was a lot awesome. That was epic! Such an adventure! I loved every minute. 

I confess, until now really the series has eluded me. I had heard lots of great things about the books and many people recommended them; I just didn’t know when and if I’d get the chance to read them. So after finishing my previous read, I thought, no time like the present. I started with this book and didn’t look back. 

I was instantly drawn into the world of Percy Jackson, who initially only thinks of himself as a troubled twelve year old. After a scary encounter with a maths teacher in a museum during his class trip, the world as he knows it is changed forever. 

And it was awesome! Which I know I’ve mentioned already, but I truly can’t think of another word to describe this series! I can’t flaw it! Every thing was brilliant! The Greek mythology was blended perfectly throughout the story, and I loved learning about all their Gods and the characters connections to them. The writing itself was exceptional, from the description of Camp Half Blood, (can I go there?!) to the trippy hotel full of games and everything in between! 

The characters were and are amazing! Not just the slightly terrifying, equally fascinating and wicked Gods, but I just adore Percy! He grew so much throughout the book and I can smell some shipping with Annabeth in the future, which I’m looking forward to, the two of them are sweet little cupcakes. 

Grover! What a great best friend to Percy! He was curious to me from when I first met him, and I really hope we can see him again, though I’m not sure. Cheron too, was intriguing! What a cool professor turned activities director at Camp Half Blood. 

(Spoilers) Like! Why! Gosh! I really liked him! I mean he didn’t die, per se, but he betrayed Percy! I never saw that coming and my jaw dropped like this when I read that he was the prophecied betrayer:

I actually cannot wait to read the rest of the series! I’m so happy I picked this up and look forward to further adventures with Percy and the gang.

Until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn. 🙂 

Book Review: The Illuminae Files #1

The Illuminae Files #1 By Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Published: 2015
Rating: 5/5
My thoughts:
Holy wow. Big fat wow. 
That was freaking awesome! It was all the awesome!
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the hype, I didn’t know if I’d like it, I never really had read space opera before, nor had I read anything from either of these authors. 
But gosh, I am a convert! 

This instantly went on one the list of my all time favourite books! 
What I liked:
Everything! I’m not even kidding, from the word go I knew I was on a wild ride. I had never read a book written in such a format before, and it was like I had discovered a historical document buried many worlds ago.

Kady and Ezra. My darlings! I adored both of them instantly and it was an instant ship there, and it was cheesy, it was painful but good gosh I loved every minute. You can call me Illuminae trash, I’m guilty as charged! But I loved every minute of these two and their secret chats. The fact that they could only talk for such a limited time really added to the tension and feels. 
The book was so fast paced, the black countdown pages definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, and I was constantly wondering what would come next. 
To keep spoilers to a minimum, I’ll try and be vague here. There were several points throughout the book that made me scream loudly in shock, again, it had been a while since a book affected me in such a way, and I was crying from those heart wrenching feels. The supporting characters were complex too, and Jimmy is one I’ll never forget, I adored him too. 
The twist at the end! I would’ve never seen it coming! I was totally reeling and it made what was being hinted at early in the book make perfect sense. 
Favourite quote:
“You have me. Until ever the last star in the galaxy dies. You have me.”

And just like that I’m feeling again. I freaking love this book world. I cannot wait to read Gemina and both of the authors’ other books. 
Until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn.