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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 ~~

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Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Published in 2017

297 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

My Review:

This was definitely an unexpected pleasure of a book, I didn’t know what to expect but it was such an addictive read, I couldn’t put it down!

The writing was utterly lovely, it was so visual, I felt like I could clearly see everything that I was reading about, and feel Isobel’s emotions, and think her thoughts. Isobel was such a fabulous narrator, I loved her so much and definitely admired her throughout! She was so fierce and didn’t back down! Rook was such a great male lead character, and both he and Isobel had such amazing scenes together, and I adored Rook’s wit, which Imogen just gave him a fun for his money! The story was so unique, I had no idea what would come next, and the ending, the build up (as well) to the ending filled me with chills!

As well as being beautifully visual, the writing and the story, had everything you could ask for, there was mystery, intrigue, romance, suspense, comedy and a hell of a lot of shape shifting! It was pure fantastical magic! Definitely recommend to all!!

Book Review: Toby – Margaret Wilde and Noela Young

Published in 1993

4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Toby is an old dog–and sick, too. He’s going blind and deaf and sometimes he smells bad. The family is gentle and loving with him–except for Sara. Margaret Wild has written a deeply affecting story about the loss of a beloved pet that explores the many ways of loving and grieving and adapting to change.

Mini Review:

Let me just start by telling you about how I heard of this book; a Library patron where I work said she had read it many years ago and it was something that had stuck with her all these years later, and I was instantly intrigued.

Being a children’s picture book, I read it in a few minutes and was moved to tears by the simplistic, human nature in this book, it’s something we all go through, growing up, and having to deal with changes and growing and pets getting old. This book definitely made me emotional, part of me was screaming at the girl to ‘wake up’ as it were, but things definitely went how I was hoping for them to go. So I’ll say that not only could this be for children, but I think everyone could get something out of this book. The illustrations were exquisite, too, and definitely added another element to the story!

Happy reading 🙂

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.

Book Review: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia 


Published in 2015

Pages: 428

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal. 

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up. 

My Review:


I’m honestly not even sure where to begin here, this was such a beautiful and unique read. I’ve rarely read books with such strong mental illness theme, and in this book, it’s the main character, Alex, who suffers from schizophrenia and paranoia. 

Now, as far as paranoia and mental illness goes, I’ve seen both closely; and I felt like I could relate to Alex, to a small degree. This book was honestly so well written and it was paced so quickly, I could hardly put it down. The reader is literally thrust into the world of Alex’s, where, without being too spoilery, we don’t know what’s real and what’s not; and honestly, I’ve read nothing like this before, and daresay I never will again, but hey, never say never. The emotions through this book were unreal, I felt like I was feeling as Alex was, and whilst I was expecting some things to not be real; when I found out what wasn’t; I couldn’t believe it! Honestly, it was such a shock, I’m still reeling even as I type. 

There was some really cute romance throughout this book, honestly; I loved how Zappia developed that part of the storyline, but at the same time, it didn’t feature too heavily throughout the story. Miles, who had gone through some hardships of his own; he was honestly such a fabulous character and I was cheering when he spoke towards Alex’s parents. Now, without being too spoilery, they were definitely interesting characters; but there were times where I didn’t exactly like her mum, I mean, she was brutal sometimes; but at other times you could tell both Alex’s mum and dad really loved their daughter; and there were definitely some tender moments between Alex and her parents, which I loved. 

What I loved even more though, is Alex’s bond with her little sister, it was honestly so perfect and beautiful. The whole book was such a unique, eye opening delight to read, and I definitely felt like it was an invitation into the character’s life, and I definitely felt like I went on her journey with her!
And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading, 

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater 

Published in 2017

Pages: 311

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle.
Here is a thing everyone fears: what it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect. 

My Thoughts:

Okay, let me begin my saying Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favourite authors ever. I fell in love with her writing in The Wolves of Mercy Falls and The Raven Cycle, and her characters in both those series are some of my absolute favourites and I relate to them big time; and I intend on reading both series again before long. I also adored The Scorpio Races.

When I first read this book, which was one of my most anticipated releases for the year, I definitely had high hopes. I can’t say it met my expectations, because I didn’t know what to expect, but it definitely was one of the most unique books I’ve read in a while. I was enchanted by the sheer unique-ness of the writing and the characters, and I was curious to see what would come next. 

However, I didn’t feel I was connected to any of the characters? And I felt like I quickly lost track of who they all were? I mean, I knew who the main ones were but there were a great deal of side characters and I feel like maybe that got in the way of me connecting with any of them? 

Also, I feel Stiefvater’s writing is better suited for series? The pacing of this book was odd, and I felt like in the middle of the story it didn’t really go anywhere, but that’s just me. 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Chasing Red by Isabelle Ronin

Published in 2017 by Sourebooks

Pages: 387

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

They said she was going to be my ruin…

Then let her ruin me.

Caleb Lockhart has everything—wealth, adoration, a brilliant future. Until a chance encounter with a siren in a red dress changes everything. Until he meets the woman he dubs Red.
Veronica Strafford’s past makes it hard for her to trust anyone. Now, kicked out of her apartment, she reluctantly accepts Caleb’s offer for a place to stay.
Caleb feels intensely drawn to Veronica. And, for the first time in his life, he really wants something—someone. Too bad Veronica’s heart might just be the one thing Caleb can’t win.

My Review:


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review; this in no way affects my thoughts on the book. 

I honestly don’t think this book was for me; I mean it had it’s funny moments but for most part I found it cheesey and cringey. Initially, I found myself liking Veronica, but then I honestly got so fed up with the lack of character development, and was irked that we didn’t find out more about her early life; see, I feel like this book could have been a hell of a lot more interesting than what it was; were it not for the fact that it was a cycle of Caleb and Red desperately wanting one another. 

Caleb honestly annoyed me to the core, he was so spoilt and personally I think he was selfish and rude; initially I think he shows signs of being an abusive character and honestly he makes some childish decisions throughout the book; which just annoyed me; his actions felt melodramatic, and every second thing he said was a sexual innuendo; and I didn’t think that was necessary; honestly the whole book played out like a cliche soap opera; I felt like there were opportunities for character development, but as the title suggests; the author focused heavily on the romance in this book, and for me it was just way overdone. 
Then again, this is of course my sole opinion; and just because I don’t like this book, doesn’t mean someone else won’t. From what I can see, the author and these books have a huge following; and that’s good for her and once again, thank you to Harriet McInerney over at New South Books for the review copy.
Until next time, happy reading,
Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Bitter of Tongue by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The 7th story in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

Published in 2015

57 pages 

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:


When Simon is kidnapped by the fey, he’s amazed to find a friend in former Shadowhunter Mark Blackthorn. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

After Simon is kidnapped by faeries (why is he always kidnapped?), he uncovers rumors of a secret weapon Sebastian left behind for the faerie queen. He must escape the Fey, relying on his only ally, former Shadowhunter and Dark Artifices character Mark Blackthorn.
This standalone e-only short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, the Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series. Bitter of Tongue is written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.
My Review:


Yes, you read rightly. Yet another Cassie Clare novella that I’ve rated 5 stars. Honestly, I cannot get enough of these! Each story brings something incredible to Simon’s character; they impact him and you can tell he’s slowly piecing things together of who he was, even though he knows he’s someone different now, as it were. But in saying that, each occurrence in each of these novellas are adding all different thoughts and feelings to Simon; and it’s amazing seeing him grow from his time at the Academy; I can’t believe he’s in his second year now! It’s amazing how quickly the time has gone, honestly! 

I really felt sorry for Mark, in this story; I adore him and I know he’s going to feature more in The Dark Artifices; I cannot wait to read more about him; he’s so precious; and he certainly brings some humour and even more feelings too; honestly; his undying devotion to his family made me ache. And I felt all the feels as I saw Julian and Emma at Helen and Aline’s wedding, honestly I love all these characters and I can’t get enough of them! Mark definitely made his… mark (yes, I went there), on Simon – and it was amazing seeing the two characters interact. I wod happily read an extended version of this story, honestly! And Isabelle! When she was there I cheered. I really really cheered! I honestly cheered..okay I said that already, but you get it. Ya’ll know I’m Sizzy trash 😉 I love how in each of these novellas, that the two have some amazing scenes that get me right in the feels! My heart needs them to get together already! 

Honestly, I could continue, but I feel I’ve covered everything?! I cannot wait to continue these, and see these characters again! Definitely an all time favourite here yet again, I thank you Clare..you’re a queen and I’m always going to be hooked and bewitched with the Shadowhunter world. I rarely binge books, but I can’t help it with Clare’s books. The Shadowhunter world is one of my favourite obsessions! 

Okay, that’s truly all, until next time, happy reading –

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman 

The sixth novella in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

Published: 2015

Pages: 40

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Simon has an encounter with Downworlders and is reprimanded for not following the rules for Academy students interacting with Downworlders. A story within a story: Andrew Blackthorn, while a student at the Academy, becomes enthralled by a faerie and has two children with her: Mark and Helen.
My Review:


This was honestly so perfect, it got me right in the feelings throughout; what with Simon and Izzy, and Helen Blackthorn explaining her parents story to the students. Honestly, her being there just explains how brutal and cruel the Clave can be; but we are definitely given both sides of the argument, from when Isabelle and Simon talk about the Shadowhunter mentality; what I did love honestly was both of their support towards Helen, her presence in this story was honestly amazing and I loved her from when we initially met her in The Mortal Instruments; and I’m proud of her because it was definitely brave what she did, even if she didn’t have a choice. 

As I mentioned, her appearance definitely set the foundation for a fair bit of Sizzy angst, I was cheering throughout though; and definitely tearing up; Simon remembers fragments of things, and people; Clary of course is fundamental with this and I love how supportive she is of her friend, as he tries to piece bits and pieces of who he once was. I really feel for Simon still, he’s honestly grown so much and I cannot wait to read the rest of these novellas! This was another great perfect addition to the story, and honestly every moment has been a roller coaster of feels! 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan 

The fourth novella in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

Pages: 96

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Published: 2015

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Simon learns about James Herondale’s time at Shadowhunter Academy. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

It’s hard to be a Shadowhunter when you’ve got demonic powers. Simon learns about the school-time struggles of half-warlock James Herondale in this prelude to The Last Hours.

This standalone e-only short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis.

My Review:


This was honestly perfection, I can’t fault it. It was literally a prelude to The Last Hours, and I loved every moment! It was honestly heavenly reading about little James Herondale and getting snippets of his sister, I cannot freaking wait for The Last Hours; I need more of the Herondales/Carstairs in my life! 

I especially loved the growing friendship and bond between Matthew Fairchild and James, honestly, Matthew had some freaking amazing character development!! And James did too; although I knew of his power from reading The Midnight Heir in The Bane Chronicles; I thought this story was honestly really well done, in getting James used to what he can do. 

Other characters that were in this novella were interesting too, knowing how they all connected to the main characters, but for me this novella was honestly all about James, Matthew and of course Simon- and Jem, oh my heart the scenes with Jem were so beautiful! But as for Simon – He learns a lot from this story, still also dealing with his little memory fragments, and knows who he could possibly turn to in order to get his own parabatai. I for one cannot wait for that to get explored more!

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

Brooklyn 🙂