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Book Review (Spoilers): To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster

355 pages 

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

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.

My Review: 

This was a re read, I read this book last year and loved every minute of it, and when I started my re read, I remembered why! Lara Jean Song is one of my favourite fictional characters, not only because I relate to her a lot, but because she develops so much as the story goes along! Her and Margot and Kitty, and their father, are one of my favourite fictional families! I love their interactions, from their banter to just their undying love for one another! This book makes me feel like I’m part of their family, honestly! I could picture all their facial expressions and I was reading their lines in the specific tones that I felt like they were talking in! I love their undying love for their mother and her memory; the flashbacks to what happened that day were even more feely than I remember! From the first page, I was feeling all the emotions! This book makes me so fuzzy inside and that’s just one reason of many that it’s one of my favourites! 

There’s not even one character I don’t like! Even whilst I wanted to be angry at Genevive, I couldn’t be, because of a confession she makes near the end of the book! And at times Peter was a bit douchy, but I really like him! Whilst cocky, he’s cute and vulnerable too, and he really cares deep down! I really like Josh too, but it’s always been Peter and Lara Jean for me. From the start, their interactions made me laugh and feely. The angst, too! I need more of them in books 2 and 3! 

Margot is a character I really admire, she puts on this armor to not show her vulnerability and emotions at being the eldest sister, but deep down I, as well as Lara Jean and Kitty, know how much she cares for her family! The sibling bond between the three Song girls is one of my favourite things to read about; I can’t get enough of them, and love seeing them all interact together! Usually I would break up a book series that I’m loving but I want to start book 2 later! I want all the Lara Jean info! I need to know what happens with her and Peter! My heart!!

Lara Jean is definitley a character I relate to, rather than go out, for most part, she’ll sit at home and chill with her family, or spend time on her scrapbook. More so, I loved how she initially thought she’d spend the ski trip that the class was going on, curled up by the fireplace, reading and drinking hot chocolate. Ahh, heaven. Of course, it’s up to you, fellow book dragons, to decide to read this wonderful book; but I know I couldn’t recommend it enough. 

I shall leave you with a yummy quote regarding Lara Jean’s favourite food, yet another reason why I adore her: 

“My favourite food is cake.”
“What kind of cake?’
“It doesn’t matter. All cake.”
“You just gave me so much shit for not picking,” he begins
“But it’s so hard to pick one kind!” I burst out, “I mean, there’s coconut cake, the kind with white frosting that looks like a snowball – I like that a lot. But then I also like cheesecake and lemon cake, and carrot cake. Also red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting.”

– Lara Jean Song, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”.
Until next time, Happy Reading 📚

Brooklyn 😚


Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor 

Book 2 in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

Published in 2014

513 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war. 
This is not that world. 

 Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is–and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it. 

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life. 

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.  

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream? 

Note: I’m reverting back to my old structure; I just find ranting is more freeing 😉

My Review:

My heart! This book had me in pieces from the start; It was like I hadn’t been away from these characters, all emotions and actions were heightened, and I loved every word. Some scenes had me laughing, some had me crying, so there was definitley feels aplenty: a character I was apprehensive about after the devastating events in book 1? I was loving them in this book! angst everywhere! my heart ached for Karou, my queen! she went through so much and I was so proud of her throughout! I don’t want this series to end! I am in awe of Laini Taylor’s writing; she’s easily a new favourite author! 
I felt Karou’s pain throughout the book! Her story captivated me in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I couldn’t get enough! In Days of Blood and Starlight, I was with her every step and I felt like I was sharing her emotions, and I was so proud of her actions! I got chills, and I definitley understand why she did what she was doing! Zuze and Mik are two other favourite characters in the series, I loved their cute moments; and Karou and Zuze’s friendship is still one of my favourite things, ever! Akiva, oh, Akiva. My heart was feeling for him so much too, and by the end, I was a puddle of emotions! Chills everywhere! This book read so fast; there was never a dull moment and I was on the edge of my seat throughout, anticipating what could happen next; there were so many gasps throughout, and unexpectedly feels! I am in awe of these characters and the amazing world that Laini Taylor has created! I cannot wait to read Night of Cake and Puppets and Dreams of Gods and Monsters! The title significance of the latter is already making me think…and well, I’m scared, hah. 

And that concludes my Review, until next time, happy reading 🙂


Book Review: By Familiar Means by Delia James

Published in 2016

328 pages

4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

In the latest from the author of A Familiar Tail, a witch and her familiar find trouble brewing at a coffee house.
After discovering her mystical heritage—and being adopted by furry feline familiar Alistair—artist Annabelle Britton has decided to make picturesque Portsmouth, New Hampshire, her new home. Now, she can take the time to figure out her new abilities and welcome her grandmother, who is visiting Portsmouth, and her old coven, for the first time in thirty years.
But being a witch doesn’t magically put money in the bank. When she’s hired to paint the murals for a new coffee house, it seems like a wish come true. But then a series of spooky sounds and strange happenings convince the owners that their new shop is haunted. They want Anna and her coven to evict the restless spirit before the grand opening.
Annabelle is certain the haunted happenings at the shop are just hocus pocus. But when her search reveals hidden smugglers’ tunnels beneath the shop—and a dead body—Annabelle, Alastair, and the coven suddenly find themselves in a cat and mouse game with a killer.

Let’s talk about the plot: 

The plot was exciting, truthfully I had no idea of the twists that were to come! I love the combination of witchcraft and murder mysteries, so this series has been a lot of fun so far! We essentially have a witch trying to get rid of a spirit out of a coffee house before it’s grand opening, along with her familiar, the disappearing cat, Alistair, who helps her every step of the way: and Annabelle’s grandmother, who has come to visit Portsmouth. 

However, I do find this book to be more character orientated than plot, personally, so without further ado:

Let’s talk about the characters:

Annabelle had definitely grown since the first book; and in this one here we see her settle into her powers even more, although not without difficulty; but she’s surrounded by a great supportive network of coven sisters and friends, and a feline familiar that will always be there to get her out of trouble; and a loyal grandmother who has returned, caring and loving as ever. I really loved the scenes between Annabelle and her Grandmother, you can tell how much they loved one another and I love how Alistair interacted with both of them!  

Alistair had most of my favourite scenes, Delia James really knows how to write cats, there were times I was just laughing out loud: it was great, I could picture the cheeky kitty’s interactions throughout; and I love how he popped up when he knew he would be needed. 

It was great reading about Valerie and Kenisha again, they were both characters I enjoyed in book 1 so it was great that they featured again so prominently in this book, and Julie too. I remember being weary of her in the first book, but then loving her, so I’m hoping all these characters are in book 3!

Let’s talk about the writing:

The writing was addictive, I definitley couldn’t put it down, I actually spent most of the day reading it, with little breaks in between. I was loving every moment: the author manages to keep things interesting and suspenseful, and definitley mysterious; albeit the mystery, I found, lulled in the middle, I was kept entertained by Alistair’s antics and wondering how the devil would this story wind up? But I loved the ending, and I’m definitley looking forward to reading book 3! 

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


Book Review: A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Published in 2017 by MacMillian Children’s Books

415 pages 

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .

Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. 
Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding. 

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. 

And now there’s a spirit inside her. 

The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father’s rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret. 

But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.”

Let’s talk about the plot:

I recieved a copy of this book from Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review; this does not effect by thoughts on the book. 

However, I must admit when I started this book, I knew I hadn’t read anything like this before. I was capivated from the start and I wanted more! 

The plot in itself was utterly remarkable! It had me constantly guessing; I never would’ve anticipated some of the twists and turns that came about: and there was nothing overwhelming in this book! It felt like I could see everything from Makepeace’s point of view: even though it was narrated in third person, so it also felt like I was right there, seeing everything as she did. 

So without being too spoilery, the whole concept of this book follows that when people or even animals die, their spirits can venture into other people. This is one of the many things that made the book memorable, and it’s not just the plot; but what followed remains one of the most brilliant and haunting stories I have ever come across! And I love how this was written, like, I definitley want to read the author’s other books! I could also read endless books on Makepeace, what a freaking brilliant character! 

So without further ado,

Let’s talk about the characters:

Honestly, for me, this was all about Makepeace, and well a few others, but Makepeace mainly. From the start, she was instantly a fierce young girl, she read older than 12 but given the circumstances, it makes sense! I had tonnes of questions about her, and so did she! Yes, at times it was a journey of self discovery, and as a reader, we learnt a lot about not only Makepeace, but about the origins of a certain family and how the spirit invading works. Through this, we definitley meet a colourful selection of characters and in very different circumstances too! Some definitley more tragic than others….other memorable characters include Bear, a certain Doctor and James. These characters, but Makepeace especially, felt like my feels were going in a blender and it didn’t get turned off even after I closed the book. It was THAT memorable! 

Let’s talk about the writing:

The writing was flawless! It was magical, visual, lovely, and addictive! There was never a dull moment and the plot twists had me reeling! When I thought something was about to happen, something would turn the story on its head! I was truly gasping at some character’s actions and at generally what occurred throughout the story! I really feel like this book and Makepeace will be on my mind long after finishing, even as I type, I’m still thinking about the story! Endless fascination and all round marvel! Perfection! I recommend to all! 

I’ll leave it there; thank you again to Hannah over at Pan Macmillian Australia for the review copy! 

Have a great weekend! 


Book Review: Wonder by R.J Palacio

Published in 2012

310 pages 

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? 

Let’s talk about the plot:

This was such an exquisite read! It was so heartwarming and I was moved from page one and I knew this would be a memorable read! The story follows August, as he ventures into 5th grade school after being home schooled for all this time: we learn about his condition, which makes others perceive him differently, and through not only August, but those around him, we learn about how other people perceive he who looks different. 

Let’s talk about the characters:

August is so precious! My heart was with him all the way, I thought, how can someone have so much sadness thrown in his face but still be so loving and fun? I wanted to hug him so much! The book took us right into his emotions, I felt everything that he felt and honestly I was so proud of how much he grew throughout the book! I loved his interactions with every character, especially Daisy! And I loved his perception of everything and how wise he is. 

August’s parents were so lovely! They honestly loved their son and daughter so much, I love how much love their is in the family, and how they weren’t afraid to admit it. August’s parents and sister supported him constantly, and only had positive things to say to him! And the whole family’s interactions with Daisy, the aging family dog, melted my heart constantly and at times had me so teary! 

August’s friends at school were all really interesting! I loved reading about their backstories and seeing them interact! I was glad to see characters like Miranda grow too, although I shall refrain from saying why, because I truly think this book needs to be read by everyone! No matter what the age, everyone will get something out of this book! August makes me want to be better! This book impacted me THAT much! 

Via, or Olivia, is August’s elder sister, I loved her chapters so much!! I had a lot of questions whilst reading her parts, and so it was great to learn all about her, and I loved her bond with August; though I felt sad at times when Via was admitting some things, and I was all “but why?!” – but alas, Via is another who had great character growth.

Let’s talk about the writing:

I couldn’t get enough of the writing, the characters had me emotionally invested and the writing was amazing in itself. The story was broken up into short chapters, which were contained within a specific characters’ narration. One of the many reasons I loved this was because it allowed for lots of character perception, interaction and of course development! I can wait to read the ‘Wonder’ short stories; and I would happily read infinite stories on Auggie! 

Book Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Book 1 in The Wrath and The Dawn duology

Published in 2015

344 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Let’s talk about the plot:

I’ll keep this brief, and spoiler free. Oh my goodness this book! Where do I start? It was utterly insane, from the word go I was instantly obsessed and with Shazi all the way! I wanted answers and I wanted revenge on her part! What followed is a twisted tale of betrayal, heartbreak, sacrifice, deciet and love! And it was honestly wicked and wild every step of the way! 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Shazi was easily my favourite character, I couldn’t get enough of her! She is so wild and witty and loving and brave above all! I definitely think she’s one of the bravest characters! And I loved how loyal she was with Shiva, the flashback scenes were so emotional and I definitely felt Shazi’s grief, as well as her thirst for revenge; but of course not every thing is as simple as that, as Shazi found answers to questions that she’s long been seeking, what follows is conflict, torment, acceptance and love. I admire Shazi for many things, one being her undying love for her family, the other being her quench for answers, period; and I loved her friendly banter with Despina, although there were times when I was weary of Shazi’s handmaiden, too. 

Khalid honestly was a character that had me furious at the start and then by the end I was floored. I was furious because I didn’t understand how he could constantly do what he’d be doing but with zero remorse? And as the writing progressed, I was shocked and devastated by what came about, not to mention speechless; I never could’ve seen any of the revelations coming! 

Let’s talk about the writing:

The writing was so vivid, beautiful and emotional! All this and more was packed into Shazi and Khalid’s story, and honestly I cannot even anticipate what will come in book 2! The fact that this series is only a duology scares me, because I already love these characters so much! The book had some sure fire funny moments, and at other times I was terrified for what could happen next, and this increased as the story went on. 

What concluded was such a unique, horrific and emotional story if there ever was one! Can’t wait to read The Rose and the Dagger.

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

Brooklyn xx

Book Review: Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Published in 2016

271 pages

5 out of 5 stars 

Goodreads Sypnosis:

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knowsthat fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?

Let’s talk about the plot;

For me, this was all about character. Norah was one of the most brilliantly written characters ever, Gornall has captured mental health so perfectly, I was definitely awed.  Norah’s agoraphobia and anxiety were both captured vividly, and real. I could sympathise and relate, I felt things that she had.

Now, I know what you might think, the Goodreads Synopsis almost reads like a potential insta love story, but honestly it was so much more than that. I think rather than love at first sight, Norah had finally realised that in Luke, there is someone that accepts her for who she is, I mean, her friends, from the gist of it, didn’t attempt to visit her at home, and it seems that they just didn’t want to understand what she was going through. Enter Luke, and also enter a journey of grief, illness and love.

Let’s talk about the characters:

Norah is definitely relatable with her thoughts. I was with her every step of the way, and their were so many times that my heart just broke for her. She was so brave, even when she felt most scared, I admired scenes when she tried to be rational, yet I couldn’t help but ache for her when things became tough. I definitely feel like she’s one of the most real characters in YA Lit, and this book is definitely one of the best contemporaries I’ve read in some time. Actually since Turtles all the Way Down! I  felt every emotion that Norah did, I wanted to hug her so much and tell her every thing would be okay.

Luke was so precious too! He was an utterly unique and not at all what I was expecting. His character definitely contrasted to Norah but at times they had slight similarities and I loved every minute of seeing their interactions develop! In a friend and confidante; and vice versa too, it was amazing seeing these characters open up so vastly and deeply. 

I really loved how supportive Norah’s mum was of her, I feel like that’s semi rare sometimes. But I could feel how much love their was between Norah and her mum, it was just amazing, lovely and touching to see how much her mum had sacrificed for her daughter’s wellbeing: and she wasn’t one of the suffocating mum types, she just wanted Norah to be happy and well.

Let’s talk about the writing:

The writing was so addictive, I couldn’t stop once I started, and I wouldn’t put it down. The writing was done so well, not only could I see everything played out in my mind, but I felt suspense when Norah was scared, uncertain when she was, and so much more, and when Luke admitted something to Norah, I honestly had to chuckle because of how the events of the book played out. Utter brilliance, and there was a scene at the near end that actually terrified me, I was so nervous and proud. 

An utterly beautifully put together book, I know I’ll definitely revisit it.

Happy reading 🙂

Book Review: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Published in 2017 by Hodder and Staughton

532 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Strange the Dreamer is the story of: 

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Let’s talk about the plot:

For me, this plot had me constantly guessing, I was loving every minute and was amazed with what Laini Taylor has created, and what a unique story! I feel like it was more character orientated than plot, even though I was constantly kept guessing, I didn’t know what would happen next!

I’m going to keep this review exceptionally short, because everyone needs to read the living daylights out of this Book! I cannot express my love for this story and the characters!! 

So, author further ado…

Let’s talk about the characters:

Lazlo and Sarai – it only feels rignt to discuss them together, they are honestly for me what this book is all about! The book followed their journey and so much more, what a journey that was! Looking back to the start, Lazlo had come so far, he has so many amazing traits, he has got to be one of my favourite fictional characters ever! I love his dreamer nature and his love for stories, and his thirst for knowledge! I could definitely relate to all this and it was fun reading this book with one of my closest friends, I loved fangirling over it all with him 😊.

Sarai, such a precious character. My heart constantly ached for her, and I love how much she grew and what she went through. Her interactions with Lazlo are precious and gave me life. I couldn’t get enough, and there’s nothing about either of them I could fault. For so many reasons this book made me feel so much, it was so unique and I daresay it’s become a fast favourite. 

Let’s talk about the writing:

Laini Taylor has one of the most visual and magical I’ve ever read, she definitely awes me! Her world of Weep is endless and the magic is real! There was times when the writing stalled a bit, but honestly then things would get crazy and mysterious! Every emotion was coaptured here, I laughed, I cried (still not over what happened), and I was on the edge of my seat. 

Book 2 now please – this is something that’ll stay with me, and everyone, for time to come. 

Happy reading 🙂 

Book Review: Molly and the Cat Cafe by Melissa Daley 

Book one in The Cat Cafe series

Published in 2015 by Macmillan

300 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

When two-year-old tabby, Molly, loses her beloved owner, her world falls apart. Re-homed with three cat-hating dogs, she decides to take matters into her own paws and embarks on a gruelling journey to the nearest town. As Molly walks the cobbled streets of Stourton, she begins to lose all hope of finding a home . . .
Until one day she is welcomed into the warmth by caring café owner, Debbie. Like Molly, Debbie is also an outsider and, with a daughter to care for, she is desperate to turn around the struggling café.
But a local battleaxe is on the warpath and she is determined to keep out newcomers, especially four-legged ones. It looks as if Debbie will have to choose between the café and Molly. Yet maybe the solution to their problems may not be as far away as they think.
Will Debbie and Molly be able to turn their fortunes around to launch the Cotswolds’ first Cat Café?
Let’s talk about the plot:

Okay, so I kind of knew what was going to happen in this book, having read its sequel first, but nonetheless I was so excited to read this! And it made me so emotional, seeing all these characters again, especially Molly. She’s definitely become one of my favourite fictional felines! It’s such a great read, easily something I would read over and over again. I can definitely say its more character orientated than plot, having been told from Molly’s perspective, but even as the story unfolded and I knew what would happen, I was still on the edge of my seat throughout: and there was never a dull moment! 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Molly, our narrator, is a tabby cat who goesthrough it all! I was feeling so much for her thtoughout, I loved reading about her life before she met Debbie, and how much she grew through the book, as well as her observations on everything. She was written so well! I wish the book was more than a duology, I need more Molly in my life 😂. Honestly, I can’t rave enough, Molly was just the perfect narrator, and I really love her character! I don’t want to spoil it, because I think everyone should read it, but Molly goes through so much and develops of course not only as a cat but as a character too! I definitely was left wanting more, but I know I’ll re read the sequel at Christmas 😂 I loved especially Molly’s intereactions with Debbie, I love how much Molly loved and cared and understood her! I felt like the loyalty of Molly really shone through the book, I could picture her every movements and hear all her purrs. There was one scene towards the end, she made me laugh so much, I could just picture her expression, it was brilliant! And at the very end I definitely felt so proud of her and how far she’s come, and nostslgic too, having come full circle with Molly. I definitely think there’s plenty of potential though for more books with these characters, and they’re definitely among my favourites for that reason. I haven’t read anything like this before and doubt I will again!

Debbie, I practially squealed when I saw her in this book for the first time, I loved her character in book 2, but even more so in book 1, it shows us how far she’s come! I was with her every step and cheering her on, she had been through so much in the past, we definitely learn to the extent of what, but despite all this she’s such a treasure! She’s kind and caring and only wants what’s best for her daughter and Molly. I loved Debbie’s interactions with Molly, and loved the awkward scenes with potential partner John. Molly intervened here for the better, and it was fabulous! I also loved how accepting Debbie is of Molly’s previous owner, something happens towards the end of this book which leaves a catalyst for the events of book 2. 

There’s plenty of other colourful characters, both human and feline: Sophie, Debbie’s teenage daughter, I loved her growth through the book, and also Jo, Debbie’s closest friend, she named one of Molly’s kittens, and knowing what happens in book 2 that is definitely such a precious moment!! And I loved meeting John again, he’s so lovely! I only lamented lack of Jasper, a tom cat of significant proportions to Molly, but again, I couldn’t worry too much because of what happens in book 2.

Let’s talk about the writing:

The writing was so addictive, I couldn’t put this book down. I already know I’m going to hopefully get my own copy of the book, it’s something I know I’ll revisit again and again! Melissa Daley combines laughs, love, feels and sometimes suspense in this beauty and it’s something I’ll always recommend to everyone!

Happy reading 😊

Book Review: Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

Published in 2017

294 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t.

Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

Let’s Talk About The Plot:

This was definitely more character orientated than plot orientated, so to keep this spoiler free I’ll keep it short. The reader is taken into the life of Adam, who had recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and it really just gives us an insight into his everyday life, as he navigates through school and life in general.

Let’s talk about the characters:

Adam is our narrator, as I mentioned, I honestly thought that he was an amazing male narrator. I felt like I was seeing everything through his eyes, and I felt his torment and intensity when he was having his delusions. He was so smart, and witty, and having the book written as a journal format, in his thoughts, worked so well, because I felt like it was bringing me closer to Adam, seeing other characters as he did, as well as thinking his thoughts about everything and every one.

Maya was a great character too, I felt like she complimented Adam really well, and the two had some great interactions! I also adored Adam’s mum, she was so loyal and protective of her son, and unafraid of him. Hats off to Paul too, Adam’s stepdad, who was such a great male father figure. Every character worked so brilliantly, I felt like they were brought to life in this book so much!

Let’s talk about the writing:

I finished this book in the space of an evening, I couldn’t put it down! The writing felt so natural, it honestly felt like someone’s journal! The pacing was quick, I couldn’t guess what would come next, I was even second guessing what was real in the book and what wasn’t.

Schizophrenia is portrayed so vividly in this book, the illness is something I’ve seen close hand, and the book captures it well! I was actually addicted to reading this book, I tried to pause in between but it wasn’t happening. It was all so vivid! I felt like I was adam, I felt like I could literally see what he saw, literally.

Everyone needs to read this book! I feel like it should be compulsory reading in late high school stages too, honestly. I felt like I learnt a lot from this book, and I hope people that feel like they’re suffering from any mental illness know that they’re not alone.

Also, the quote from Dumbledore, the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince reference:

“Of course it’s inside your head, Harry. But why does that mean it’s not real?”

Couldn’t be more accurate, period.

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

Brooklyn ~~