Monthly Archives: November 2017

Book Review: Plague City by Jonathan Morris

Published by BBC Books in 2017

246 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

We should leave. We definitely should leave. But… chatty ghosts!”

The year is 1645, and Edinburgh is in the grip of the worst plague in its history. Nobody knows who will be the next to succumb – nobody except the Night Doctor, a masked figure that stalks the streets, seeking out those who will not live to see another day.

But death is not the end. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole discover that the living are being haunted by the recently departed – by ghosts that do not know they are dead. And there are other creatures lurking in the shadows, slithering, creeping creatures filled with an insatiable hunger.

The Doctor and his friends must face the terrifying secret of the Street of Sorrows – that something which has lain dormant for two hundred million years is due to destroy the entire city…

An original novel featuring the Twelfth Doctor, Bill and Nardole as played by Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucas.

My Review:

This was honestly such an awesome, fun read! As I read it, I felt like I was watching a Doctor Who episode; honestly the pacing was exciting, and I could see the characters saying their lines and everything! The premise definitely intrigued me from the start, and I was constantly trying to figure out what would come next; see, the writing wasn’t at all predictable, there were a lot of twists and feels! I loved all the side characters, Annabell was so sweet and brave, Thomas and Isobel were amazing and I couldn’t help but adore Catherine and Betsy! I would honestly read a sequel based on these characters!

I definitely recommend this to all fellow Whovians!

Until next time, happy reading 🙂

Brooklyn.

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Book Review: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

Published in 2016

388 pages

2 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

My thoughts:

Let me start by saying I had high expectations for this book! “All the Bright Places” is one of my all time favourite books, and when I saw Jennifer Niven being interviewed about this book earlier in the year, I was instantly intrigued; one of the main characters suffers a unique problem; he can’t always recognise faces; and Libby sounded like an intriguing character. When I started this book, I was definitely feeling like it was so unique! Jennifer Niven writes characters so intricately, you can’t help but be pulled in! I was excited to read more….

But, as I did read on, I just found the book didn’t really go anywhere? I mean sure, Libby did some great things, I’m glad how much she evolved as a character; same with Jack – but oh my goodness there were times when both characters started to get on my nerves; some of the things that they did made no sense! Like, what was with Libby’s sexual urges,the fact that she thought she could have sex to lose all the weight? Just cause she saw it on tv? Didn’t do it for me; and Jack was great, honestly, but ugh I got so annoyed when he suddenly decided something about 3/4 in the book, it’s like ‘what the heck?’ I then felt like Jack was the biggest walking contradiction. Honestly. And then the last 1/4 of the book didn’t do much for me at all, I feel like it was just even more repetitive. I really hope Jennifer Niven writes something similar to ‘All The Bright Places’ next! That book just tugged at my heartstrings in all the best ways, and honestly it’s still with me today!

I’ll leave it there, until next time happy reading!

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: As Old as Time by Liz Braswell

Published in 2017

485 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns–a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.

But Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind–images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making.

My Review:

Ahhhh oh my goodness what a fabulous reimagining of such a classic tale! This was honestly so perfect, I hardly know where to begin! It’s actually made me see all the characters in such a new way, and changed how I think about the classic story and all its characters!

Literally, there were a lot of twists and turns in this one that I didn’t see coming! It was brilliant! What the author did, how she twisted some characters and changed up their story arc from the original text, and the movie (I pictured the re make cast in their roles, I could see them saying their lines and performing the actions perfectly!) I definitely felt all the nostalgia for Mrs Potts and Chip! There was something that the author did, with Mrs Pott’s husband that I honestly did not see coming; and by golly it gave me ALL the chills! And honestly, the idea that it was Belle’s mother that cursed the Beast? Utter brilliance! This here actually provided a lot of awesome in the storytelling, it was told with multiple points of view, firstly from of course Belle, but then her father, Maurice! I loved learning about Belle’s parents, and honestly the book was just brilliant! It’s definitely become a fast favourite and I can’t wait to read the author’s other retellings! I’ll definitely read this one again too!

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

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: I Wrote This For You by Iain S Thomas

Published in 2011

196 pages

2 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you. Everyone else who reads it, doesn’t get it. They may think they get it, but they don’t. This is the sign you’ve been looking for. You were meant to read these words.

My thoughts:

I remember hearing about this book, I forgot how; but I remember being intrigued instantly; so I was excited when the hold for this book came through at the library; I mean the premise, as you can read above, is definitely inviting, and as I started to read it, I found it to be intriguing, it started off with some great poems, and the pictures were definitely amazing.

However, I noticed a repetitive pattern, and also for me the ‘poems’ started to not feel as impactful and they were definitely starting to sound like one another. It’s a shame, because I feel like this book could’ve been something amazing, but alas, it wasn’t to be. I just felt very neutral throughout, wishing the words were more impactful. Poetry often speaks right to my soul, but this just didn’t.

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

Book Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Published in 2016

Pages: 262

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.

My Review:

This was a re read, I read this book earlier in the year, but I really needed to re visit it, it’s one of my all time favourites. It’s geeky, fun, fabulous and packed full of fandom references and feels!

And it’s also got one of the most honest portrayals of anxiety, ever; Tay, who lives with social anxiety, is one of the most ‘real’, characters I’ve ever come across; the book is told in both her and her best friend, Charlie’s POV; both characters are honestly so strong and admirable, and they go through a lot of character growth, which I love. Charlie, whilst trying to overcome a slightly brash ex boyfriend, comes face to face with a crush of hers, and honestly their scenes gave me all the feels! Also, Charlie handles her bisexuality really strongly, and I definitely admire how both her and Tay are so comfortable in their own skin; it really just shows and reminds me that everyone should be proud of who they are! (I must add, both characters make me proud to be a nerd, hah) I love reading books with geeky fandom characters, it’s a lot of fun; and this has to be a favourite! The pacing to this book is exciting as always, and re reading this book made me feel like I was once again among friends.

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

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Published in 2017

Pages: 326

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

My Review:

This book is honestly everything! It moved me and affected me so much! Everyone needs to read this book; frankly it’s a shame it wasn’t out when I was at high school, I feel like I would’ve waved it in everyone’s faces and insisted they read it, honestly, this would be an amazing book to study too!

But above all, it’s packed to the brim with feminism and girl power, and girls joining together to make a difference! There is nothing to fault about this novel, Vivian is one of my all time favourite protagonists, the book is told from her perspective; and to be honest, I felt her drive and passion, and her determination to actually make a change; honestly, this book was also eye opening too, it felt real, nothing about it was forced; and it just made me feel so many emotions! My blood boiled at the sheer moronic audacity of the Principal and ridiculous teacher, for not seeing that male students were given the better treatment; and honestly, how dare they get away with treating the female students like that?! This book made my feminist heart so proud and happy, I felt like I was a part of Moxie! I want to be a part of the group! It applies to us today! And we all should embrace that!

Definitely an instant favourite here! And I’ll be longing for a sequel and re reading this many times over!

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

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Published in 2017

378 pages

3 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

My Review:

Okay, this book has had quite the bit of hype on Goodreads and around the bookstagram community; and I’d heard mixed things; however, when I started it, I really didn’t know what to expect.

At first, I was pleasantly surprised, I found Dimple to be a decent character, she was sassy, and sick of being bound to her traditional parents, who of course she loved dearly. Fair enough, and the book being told in her perspective definitely helped me get an idea of her character more, the way she thinks and feels; all good. Then we meet Rishi, who is a loveable dork, he’s so hopeful; it’s precious. I really liked his character; in fact, I wanted to pat him on the head; honestly, he introduces himself to Dimple and she flips out and throws her iced coffee at him? I felt sorry for both characters at this point, and I was happy even when they started being friendly, but now this is where things get interesting, actually no, frustrating. It’s freaking clear that the two are perfect together, yet Dimple isn’t sure if she wants a boyfriend, see, her time at school is all about her coding, and getting her app ideas together; and I loved seeing all that play out, but…of course, in the project, she’s partnered with Rishi! And the two grow friendly, he even defends her and himself in front of other people, which I think was awesome, yet I feel like the whole book was a loop of the two not fully acknowledging their feelings for one another?! When we all know they’re smitten?!

Look, it wasn’t all bad, it was just average. It was fun and frustrating, but there were some cute moments and some real fun moments too, and it also slightly dealt with the theme of not giving up on dreams, which I admired; I won’t lie though, I found it a bit of a struggle to finish, just because I found it was getting too repetitive, but all in all, a fine read; and I definitely will be keeping my eyes out for the authors new book.

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

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Published in 2017

Pages: 437

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.

My Review:

To be honest, I haven’t the faintest idea where to start. I am actually in proper shock, for so many reasons; but this book was nothing short of phenomenal and more than a worthy successor to Nevernight.

Kristoff joins few authors, in m opinion, that craft such a majestic book world, take readers along in said stellar world, set us up with the characters, get us to know everything and think we know what the score is…

Before totally flipping everything on it’s head!

(The other authors that do this are of course Agatha Christie, JK Rowling, Cassandra Clare and Sarah J Maas!) but honestly I cannot rave enough about everything in this book. And I’m purposely being vague, for the Nevernight Chronicle reading experience ought to be experienced without knowing any great detail! I feel!

Everything in Godsgrave was just flawless! The pacing was fast and addictive, the writing vivid, Kristoff’s wit still prevalent, and the shocks a plenty. When I learnt many a things, I was gasping, and even when I tried to savour the book, I was left wanting more! So I could definitely not put it down, and oh my god the characters! There was so much angst and it left me hungry for more! There were times when I was laughing, giddy, screaming, teary; this book definitely messed up my emotions and I need to know what happens next! That ending, these characters and this whole book definitely joins my favourites list! And I know I’ll re read them long before book 3 is upon us!

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

Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


The first bookin the Nevernight Chronicles 

Published in 2016

Pages: 429

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. 

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything. 

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult. 
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear. 
My Review:

Okay, where to begin. I don’t know, to be honest. Truthfully, one probably couldn’t call this a review. More of a ‘oh my god what did I just read, it was perfect in all its stabby glory!’ For it was oh so dark, and oh so stabby. And I loved every moment! 

Mia Corvere is my hero! I have read many a book with an amazing heroine but I will just say that Mia is one of the best characters, ever! She’s so inspiring, what she went through, throughout this book was so chilling and skin crawling and she is such a Queen throughout! Honestly, there were times when I was cheering for her (mostly the whole time I read the book) and oh my god I was so proud and emotional and shocked by the end! The journey Mia goes through is incredible! And she meets many a mysterious character along the way, my favourite being Ash, who I also instantly liked! She was another character who had some wicked development but honestly Ash and Mia had some amazing scenes together and I need to know what happens with Ash’s character next! Like…Aah I can’t say too much more for fear of spoilers but you’ll see what I mean! I am still freaking out as I type! I also adore Mr Kindly, he is such a unique and precious character, I love his undying wit and loyalty to Mia, the concept behind his character is amazing!! 

The whole reading experience of ‘Nevernight’ was freaking flawless! The structure was unlike anything I had ever read before; I found the footnotes to be fascinating, for they provided an insight into the history and lore of the book world (which might I say was freaking epic!) and there was such wit in some of them too! Kristoff’s writing is absolutely incredible, I can now happily call him one of my favourite authors, and I need more of these characters, so I’ll be diving into Godsgrave right away!! The writing was fast paced, edge of your seat, something was always happening and I was definitely left hungry for more! Perfect! Nevernight is officially one of my new favourites! And I can see myself re reading this book, and it’s successor, many a more time!

I’ll leave it there, but honestly this book needs to be read to be experienced! 5 stabby stars! 

Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


The first bookin the Nevernight Chronicles 

Published in 2016

Pages: 429

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. 

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything. 

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult. 
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear. 
My Review:

Okay, where to begin. I don’t know, to be honest. Truthfully, one probably couldn’t call this a review. More of a ‘oh my god what did I just read, it was perfect in all its stabby glory!’ For it was oh so dark, and oh so stabby. And I loved every moment! 

Mia Corvere is my hero! I have read many a book with an amazing heroine but I will just say that Mia is one of the best characters, ever! She’s so inspiring, what she went through, throughout this book was so chilling and skin crawling and she is such a Queen throughout! Honestly, there were times when I was cheering for her (mostly the whole time I read the book) and oh my god I was so proud and emotional and shocked by the end! The journey Mia goes through is incredible! And she meets many a mysterious character along the way, my favourite being Ash, who I also instantly liked! She was another character who had some wicked development but honestly Ash and Mia had some amazing scenes together and I need to know what happens with Ash’s character next! Like…Aah I can’t say too much more for fear of spoilers but you’ll see what I mean! I am still freaking out as I type! I also adore Mr Kindly, he is such a unique and precious character, I love his undying wit and loyalty to Mia, the concept behind his character is amazing!! 

The whole reading experience of ‘Nevernight’ was freaking flawless! The structure was unlike anything I had ever read before; I found the footnotes to be fascinating, for they provided an insight into the history and lore of the book world (which might I say was freaking epic!) and there was such wit in some of them too! Kristoff’s writing is absolutely incredible, I can now happily call him one of my favourite authors, and I need more of these characters, so I’ll be diving into Godsgrave right away!! The writing was fast paced, edge of your seat, something was always happening and I was definitely left hungry for more! Perfect! Nevernight is officially one of my new favourites! And I can see myself re reading this book, and it’s successor, many a more time!

I’ll leave it there, but honestly this book needs to be read to be experienced! 5 stabby stars!