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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.

Book Review: The Love Killers by Jackie Collins

Originally published in 1974 under the title, Lovehead.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Pages: 194

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

POWERFUL MEN, BEAUTIFUL WOMEN AND EXQUISITE REVENGE… Beth, Lara and Rio– three exotic women with a common cause and vengeance in their hearts.

They’re out to avenge a murder and they’ll go to any lengths. Their targets: the heirs of the Bassalino crime family. Their weapon: sex. The result: a bloodbath of sexual mayhem through the lethal corridors of organized crime.
Three beautiful women set out to prove that when it comes to revenge, the female is far deadlier than the male– especially when they’re “The Love Killers”…
Let’s talk about the plot:

So when Lara, Rio and Beth find out who ordered the hit on their beloved Margaret, they want revenge; and what is most important to Enzio? His three sons. 

Three sons, three ladies; the plan, each lady will seduce and destroy a son. 

But of course nothing goes to the exact plan. 

Let’s talk about the characters – SPOILERS ahead :

Margaret, a women’s rights activist, who is killed in the first chapter. It’s her assassination that set the wheels in motion for the story.

Beth, one of Margaret’s half sisters, who is a young woman with a child of her own. Although thought to be too innocent to get swept up in the revenge acts, Beth is adamant and sets the task of seducing Frank, Enzio’s favourite son. Needless to say that doesn’t go to plan, well it does but tragedy strikes, and Beth flees to be with her child and boyfriend, shocked at what had happened (essentially Anna Maria, Frank’s wife, catches them in the act, but Anna Maria is pregnant. Frank, being the loudmouth he is, totally flips and accuses his wife of spying on him, causing her to hurl some physical abuse her way. Beth tries to help but long story short Anna Maria is injured, and her unborn baby and herself pass away in hospital shortly after).

Frank was honestly such a pig, just like his father, the golden son, loved by his parents the most. A semi doting father to his own children and careless to his wife, Frank immediately sets his sight on Beth, who has nothing but revenge on her mind; you could definitely tell how Frank modelled himself on his father, the two were much the same in their mannerisms and Frank was the one that had the eye for the family business.

Angelo honestly is your rebel brother, not really wanting much to do with his brothers or father, who frankly scares him, Angelo finds himself under the lure of Rio, one of Margaret’s followers and one of the women she rescued. Rio was the character I probably felt most for in this book, her ending parallels her idols’ rather poignantly. 

Enzio is a loudmouth, Italian stallion, who in his 70’s shows no signs of slowing down. He’s honestly such a nasty piece of work, he puts up with zero nonsense and hates cheaters or anything that might threaten what belongs to him.

Lara and Nick, the former being Margaret’s sister, the latter being the middle son of Enzio. Nick initially found himself enamoured with his schoolboy crush, who was enjoying the perks of dating someone almost as well as herself, but things are definitely thrown into chaos when Lara comes on the scene, and the unexpected becomes expecteded.

Rose is Enzio’s long suffering wife, through her own tragedy she is essentially a silent prisoner, and only comes out of her room to talk to her sons. When learning of her favourite sons’ death, she is catapulted into a rage of grief and sorts out her own revenge. 

Let’s talk about the writing:

Okay so you as you’re reading this might think, ‘ooh grizzly plot, horrible characters, why such a high rating?’

Jackie Collins, that’s why. She is flawless and once again this which is actually my third read of the book, was all the enjoyable! Jackie writes the Italian Mob set ups so well, and from the first page the reader feels like they are projected into the scene where Margaret is empowering women, and then shot horrifically, to when we learn about the ladies’ plans for revenge and to when the revenge gets played out. This book is witty, fast paced and there’s never a dull moment, the fact that the book is so short I definitely think adds to the potency of it. The mirror like ending to the start definitely has the questions regarding a sequel, but it’s a shame we’ll never find out. 

I recommend this book to everyone, it’s fun, fiesty, fierce and full of ‘bangs’. 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 



Book Review: Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie

A Hercule Poirot mystery first published in Great Britain in 1937.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Everyone blamed Emily’s accident on the stairs on her dog, but she was convinced someone was trying to kill her. She wrote to Poirot with her suspicions on April 17th, but the letter did not arrive until June 28th, by which time she was dead.

Let’s talk about the plot:

Okay bookish friends, I must say I knew what I was in for when I started reading this. Why, you ask? It was my third read, this is one of my favourites by one of my favourite authors. The first time I read this book I was so confused, I honestly thought it could’ve been any of the family members or even the outsiders, or the servants. 

This plot is, like many other Agatha Christie books, so brilliantly simple but honestly it never gets boring! The reader feels like they are there, alongside Poirot and Hastings, as we meet these family members. We don’t know who to trust, what their motives are, but we know Poirot will soon unearth all.

Let’s talk about the characters:

Poirot is on form as ever, this case puts his ‘little grey cells’ to the test, and he stops at nothing to make sure he finds out what happened to Mrs Arundell.

Hastings let’s face it, is the reader, he acts as we would, questioning Poirot when he’s dubious, and always that one step behind our favourite Belgian. I always enjoy novels narrated from Hastings perspective, he’s just fabulous and balances out Poirot perfectly. Their friendship is one of my favourites, and the pair are definitely atop my detective/ sidekick list. I love how, through Hastings, Dame Agatha Christie has expressed her love for dogs, Hastings’ interactions with Bob (the dog) were and remain so endearing.

Bob, is the dumb witness, the clever pooch who’s owner is killed. His presence is prominent throughout the book, and I love how Agatha writes him not just as a character, but as a dog with human thoughts. It really just highlights her love for these creatures, and she based Bob off her own dog, and dedicated this book to him.

Emily Arundell , the victim, I liked her from my first read and even though she’s horrible to some of her relatives I don’t blame her! They’re not altogether nice people, and Emily, not having married and being the last surviving sibling (her 4 siblings predeceasing her) she has to sort out what she’s going to do with her wealth.

Theresa Arundell, I like her, she was vain and fashionable but I saw nothing wrong with her; she’s not yet 30 and engaged to a Doctor, and she enjoys her indulgences, having spent most of her inheritance from her father. 

Charles Arundell, much like his sister Theresa, he enjoys the finer things and he too spent most of his money. This lands him in hot water from his aunt Emily, as he tries and fails to ask her for money. 

Bella Tanois , Emily’s niece, she is a wife and mother, who wants the best for her two young children. She will literally stop at nothing to ensure they have a solid future. 

Jacob Tanois is Bella’s Greek husband, when they married it caused quite the stir within the family, what with Jacob being a foreigner. 

Let’s talk about the writing:

Agatha Christie writes brilliantly; she takes all these characters and structures them perfectly. The chapters are divided into Paris where Poirot gets to know each character and possible motives and causes of Emily’s death. Fast paced, filled with surprises, and never dull, Agatha Christie strikes once again with a tale of family drama at its best. 

And that concludes my review, thank you for reading, til next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Goodreads Monday

Hey bookish loves, welcome to another Goodreads Monday post! The weekly meme where one picks a book off one’s TBR to showcase!

Let’s get into it! Without further ado, today’s choice is….


Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine! 

Sypnosis from Goodreads;

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn. 
I heard about this book both from Bookstagram and Goodreads, a book set in / about a library? What is not to love 😱 I have a feeling this and it’s sequel will be brilliant! And the author is fantastic, apparently. While I haven’t read anything of hers before, I’ve only heard positive things about her books!

And there you have another Goodreads Monday post! Thanks for reading! 

Happy reading!

Brooklyn:) 

Book Review: Veiled Angel by J.J Nite

Published 2016 by Clean Reads

Note: I was given a copy of this book for an honest review, please note that doesn’t influence my thoughts on the book.

Rating: 2 stars 

Let’s talk about the writing:

Okay, I see what the author was trying to do, and she did well thinking up a brilliant and unique concept which seemed refreshing at first; sadly it ended there for me, the book was rushed and the author could have planned out events and characters further so the reader could have engaged with them more. But at the same time I did like how the writing was simple, and the storyline was easy to follow; also I could picture everything as I was reading it. 

As I said though it was an exceptionally rushed book; it was also incredibly predictable, and when I reached the face off that had been mentioned at the end, I was left underwhelmed. I do know though that there’s other books in this series and that gives me hope for what’s to come. 

Let’s talk about the characters: 

Eden, is a down to earth girl who is plucked from everything she knows when her mother becomes tragically ill. She was initially a solid character, but she was acting pretty immaturish until about halfway through when the reality of her circumstances grew on her and she actually accepted what she had to do. 

Atlas is my favourite character in this book, at first he is Eden’s guardian coyote. I thought it was clever that the author chose what are considered dangerous and sometimes feral animals to watch over her main character. Atlas, as he is dubbed by Eden, is cute, funny and wise and I honestly wish he was real, which is not something I thought I’d ever say about a coyote. That just goes to show the effect of books. 

Sami was a character that confused me initially, I mean her appearance felt out of the blue and sudden, but it makes sense now that I look back. Her characteristics just felt underdeveloped, and to avoid being too spoilery, I don’t really understand why she was doing what she was doing, when it boils down to it, which backs up my point of this book being underwhelming. 

Kiah was a character that came into the story when he needed to, and I must confess I thought he was cute with Eden. He was the rock that she rested on during her trials and tribulations through the book, and I mean this as a pun as Eden seemed to sleep at the end of every chapter. But at the same time I have so many questions about all of these characters so I can only hope the author draws them out more. 

Sefta was a character that ironically I was instantly weary of, though I have no idea why. Perhaps I thought that it was too good to be true for Eden to be safe with her grandmother right after her mum died? But then I didn’t get why Sefta wouldn’t let Eden get her belongings out of the truck, but there you go. When it came to it, Sefta was Eden’s other guide during the big revelations of this book, and you could tell that she really cared about her granddaughter and only wanted her to be safe in the dangers that were about to come. 

All in all a very mixed read, but in time I will read book 2, because I’m curious to know how this series continues. 

A big thank you again to Mallory McCartney over at Clean Reads for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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

Brooklyn.

Book Review: Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror by Mike Tucker

Published in 2014 by BBC Books, an imprint of Ebury Publishing, A Random House Group Company.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

“Well, I doubt you’ll ever see a bigger insect.”

Gabby Nichols is putting her son to bed when she hears her daughter cry out. ‘Mummy there’s a daddy longlegs in my room!’ Then the screaming starts… Alan Travers is heading home from the pub when something rushes his face — a spider’s web. Then something huge and deadly lumbers from the shadows… Kevin Alperton is on his way to school when he is attacked by a mosquito. A big one. Then things get dangerous.

But it isn’t the dead man cocooned inside a huge mass of web that worries the Doctor. It isn’t the swarming, mutated insects that make him nervous. It isn’t an old man’s garbled memories of past dangers that intrigue him.

With the village cut off from the outside world, and the insects becoming more and more dangerous, the Doctor knows that no one is safe. Not unless he can decode the strange symbols engraved on an ancient stone circle, and unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War.
Let’s talk about the characters:

Twelve aka The Twelfth Doctor as played on the show by Peter Capaldi:


Finally, a book that portrays 12 to a tee! About time! As a Whovian, I always doubly enjoy books that are written canon to their respective Doctor. I have read but a few books that portray 12 perfectly, this was one of them! The other being Silhouette by Justin Richards. But this book was written perfectly and I could read 12’s lines in his voice and see him doing the actions in the book. This was written in his early stages of regeneration, so I enjoyed the Doctor adjusting to his new skin, and I love the bond between him and Clara; it was obvious from the word go how protective and fond of her he is, and the two of them are among my favourite Doctor Who pair. 


Clara as played by Jenna Coleman on the show:


Clara went on such an adventure through this book, there were times when I was terrified for her. I mean without being too spoilery, her brain gets possessed! Insane much? Definitely gave me vibes from her Oswin Oswald days, but also her time in the season 8 when she is forced to become a dalek. Like 12, she was written perfectly, I could see Jenna as Clara as I was reading. 

There’s a cast of supporting characters that are all whacky but hilarious, some are insane and just trippy as anything. This book blended a lot of history into it, and as a huge history enthusiast, I thought that was brilliant, and Mike Tucker definitely did an exceptional job blending fact and fiction.

Let’s talk about the writing:

This was actually really well written, and initially all the descriptions of the creepy crawlies wete enough to draw one into the stuff of nightmares. I’m not good with bugs, not at all. So I definitely was kept awake at night picturing all the scary creatures. It was insane how well they were written, I could see them as I read them and it was definitely terrifying, I could almost hear the scary noises they made. 

So yes, all in all this novel was definitely brilliant, unique and clever, but the downfall for me was that it was constant plot building. I mean I get Tucker was trying to write it like a TV episode but still, it would’ve got 5 stars if it was more structured to have a less rushing ending. 

Nonetheless I recommend this book to all Whovians! And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading!

Brooklyn.

Goodreads monday

Hi guys, welcome to another goodreads monday post. Its been a while since I’ve done one of these but I definitely need to get back into the swing of things so I’m hoping this will help. 

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme I heard about from www.pageturner20.wordpress.com 😃 essentially you pick a book from your TBR and showcase it here. 

Today’s choice is:

History is All You Left me by Adam Silvera. I adore anything with LGBT themes, and I’ve only heard good things about this, so I’m definitely hoping to read it soon and feel! 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.


If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.


Fanfiction ramble: “You are my Tribe: An American Horror Story Coven” fanfiction 

I think you’d like this story: “‘You are my Tribe’- an American Horror Story fan fiction” by AmericanLoveStory on Wattpad http://my.w.tt/UiNb/FHvQzkNY9C

Note: The original characters in this story belong to Laura Morkel, with of course the originals belonging to the (let’s keep it clean here, creative, Ryan Murphy).

I direct this post to all fellow American Horror Story fans, but also to anyone who loves a great read. 

This is so much more than a great read though, its a journey. What Laura has done with Murphy’s canon is brilliant, in my opinion much more creative than Ryan himself. I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I was left feeling angry and dare I say underwhelmed and enraged at Murphy’s lack of creativity towards his characters. I mean, what was their back story, why did they do what they did? Why did they think how they did? 

This story reuintes us with our favorite Coven characters, as well as some brilliant new ones. Our main focus of this story is the beautiful Misty Day, and one Edmund ‘Teddy’ Wesley, though we hear and see classic Coven characters, such as Fiona and her daughter Cordelia Goode, as well as Madison Montgomery and Queenie, Nan, Myrtle and everyone’s favorite tongueless wonder, Spalding.

But, as I mentioned, its packed full of new ideas and other characters, much more creative and unique and clever than what Murphy could’ve dreamed up. 

Laura utilizes everything under the sun to get the most out of these characters, and she connects everyone and everything together brilliantly. Taking the reader on a roller coaster of fun, heartbreak, tragedy and love, this is something for everyone, AHS watchers and non alike. 

Stay tuned, because I’ll be doing a full review of book 1 of this fic, which is “You Are My Tribe,” soon, but in the meantime, follow the link above and read on!

Happy reading,

Brooklyn. 😃

Book Review: Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

I was given an e copy if this book in exchange for an honest review: this does not in any way effect my opinions of the book. 

Note: how cool is this cover, though? 😍

Published in 2017 by Clean Reads

Book 1 in the Black Dawn series

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. 

 With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

 

Lets talk about the characters:

Emory is a character that I instantly loved, she is fierce, fearless and can definitely hold her own. Initially weary of her surroundings, she doesn’t back down and takes her reclaimed duties and tasks with full force. I love how we instsntly get to know her inner thoughts from right off, she is a character that comes across as wiser than her age of 21.

She’s fierce, badass, and she doesn’t back down to those that oppose her on Black Dawn. Presumed dead, missing memories, but none of this phases her all that much: she is such an addictive character to read, I couldn’t help but admire her more and more as she’s put through seversl trials and tribulations.

By the end of the story, she’d evolved so much, it was utterly brilliant and I couldn’t be more proud of her. I cannot wait to see what book 2 in store for her.

Brok is honestly such a darling, he’s so just…wow: I don’t mean this wholly in a swoony way, no. It’s just a combination of his humbleness, loyalty, and fierce gentility towards Emory that I love. He too, had a massive character journey throughout, and every bit of it was thrilling.

Memphis, Adir and Nyx: Where do I begin with these three. Each I swear were as cunning as the other. Its funny, I wanted to hate Nyx, she could be so spiteful at times, but I get why. And that is a massive kudos to Mallory for writing such brilliantly wicked but fabulous characters. Adir, our general antagonist, wasn’t hateable either, he’s just ruthless and manic, yet I felt for the chap. Memphis, I definitely thini his role will be elevated in the next book, and I can’t wait to see how his character comes into play further.

Lets talk about the writing:

Mallory McCartney writes brilliantly! She weaves characters of different species together so well, I could clearly visualize her vindictive fae, her witches and time travelling gent. I feel like I have a clear picture in my head of what these characters look like, and already after this first adventure of theirs, I feel like I know them so well. 

McCartney writes in character chapter POV’s, which just adds to the personal element of each of the characters. I loved each chapter from the narrating character, it feels like it gives us a further insight into their minds and why they do what they do. Full of twists and turns, this book will definitely leave you wanting book 2 right away.

An epic start to what I know will be brilliant, and I can’t wait to see what book 2 reveals. Thanks again to CleanReads and Mal for providing me with a copy of the book.

And that concludes my review, until next time, 

Happy Reading.

Brooklyn 😊