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Book Review: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Book 2 in the Three Dark Crowns series 

Published in 2017 by HarperTeen

Pages: 448 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.
In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other. 

My Review:

Goodness, that was amazing. I was instantly hooked from the first page and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Straight away, I could tell this book was going to be a lot more insane than the first one, and I definitely wasn’t wrong. 

So much had changed since the first book, honestly, I couldn’t anticipate what was to come and I felt so conflicted about several characters. It was interesting seeing everyone interact after the events of the last book, and honestly I feel like my thoughts on the sisters (slight spoilers ahead) have definitely changed since the first book. It was definitely insane, Katherine’s intensity and hunger majorly grew, and she made me nervous, as she almost thought she was invincible. But honestly I still massively felt for her throughout, and let’s not even start on her and Pietyr. I’m still so freaking conflicted about him from the last book and now. I actually think now my favourite queen has changed and honestly I was shocked yet excited by the last few chapters! I need to know what happens next! And without being too spoilery I really hope there’s more of Camden and Jules, because I freaking adore those two; and honestly I need to know what happens with the whole story next. Honestly, it’s insane. 

Blake’s writing definitely improved since book 1, I found the pacing of this book to be completely insane! As I said, you couldn’t anticipate what was to come and it was just brilliant! This book was even full of more darkness and wickedness than book 1, it was addictive and I could picture everything as I was reading. Even one scene caused me nightmares, which was interesting. 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 


Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Book 1 in the Three Dark Crowns series

Published in 2016

398 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

My thoughts:

This was a re read, naturally. One Dark Throne, this books’sequel, came out recently and it’s high on my list of 2017 releases. I actually originally rated this book 4 stars but I had to change it to 5 after my re read because I cannot fault it! 

This book is so darkly unique, the writing pulled me in once again and I couldn’t put the book down! Though I did take a break near the start but that was only because I was immersed in my re read of Stalking Jack The Ripper. As I re read this book I had so many familiar feelings! There’s lots of emotions in this book, but honestly I couldn’t predict what would come next, even though I knew what was to come; I was still awed as if I was reading it for the first time! My favourite Queen is still definitely Katharine, though my next favourite is Arsinoe. The freaking ending though! 

And I think I’ll leave it there. I’m going to start shortening my reviews, for various reasons, namely though because we all feel differently about books and I honestly think that one can’t make other people agree on things. We all like different books for different reasons.

Until next time, happy reading 🙂


WWW Wednesday Post #1

Welcome to my first WWW Wednesday blog post! I had seen this prompt circulate amongst book bloggers and I’ve finally decided to give it a go! So it’s pretty much:
– What are you currently reading?

– What did you recently finish reading?

– What do you think you will you read next?

What am I currently reading:

For once, I’m trying to limit my current reads to two books at a time, and this is more for my own sanity rather than anything else 😂 so the two books that I’m currently reading are:

I’m re reading Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, in anticipation for One Dark Throne, which has long been on my list of highly anticipated releases. 

I am also reading:

I’m also reading The Bane Chronicles in between Three Dark Crowns, I’m three novellas in and I’m loving it!

What did you finish reading?

I recently finished reading City of Heavenly Fire, the final instalment of The Mortal Instruments series. It was honestly such an intense and emotional read and the perfect end to a perfect series. It’s funny cause I already want a re read of these. All 6 books were perfection! 

1q84 book 2 by Haruki Murakami. I absolutely loved this book and I found the emotions and mysteries definitely heightening from book 1 and I cannot wait to read book 3! 

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. I had no idea what this book would bring, Throne of Glass is one of my favourite series and I was definitely unsure as to whether I’d read it right away; but I couldn’t resist and honestly it was perfection, definitely one of Maas’s best books. 

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. Yet another re read. Hunting Prince Dracula, this book’s successor, is yet another that is one of my anticipated releases for the year. This book is an amazing take on the Ripper mystery. The characters are perfect and there’s every emotion in this book!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This is such a precious read and one of my favourite contemporaries. 

I’ve also read the first three novellas in The Bane Chronicles. What have you read so far recently?

As for what I’ll read next? Im honestly not sure! I’m definitely a mood reader so it depends on my mood, but it’ll likely be either Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory or The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. Or anything else on my TBR 🤔😂

Happy reading!

Brooklyn The Bookworm 🙂

Book Review: Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie 

A Hercule Poirot mystery 

Published in 1973

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Hercule Poirot is determined to solve an old husband and wife double murder that is still an open verdict! Hercule Poirot stood on the cliff-top. Here, many years earlier, there had been a tragic accident. This was followed by the grisly discovery of two more bodies — a husband and wife — shot dead. But who had killed whom? Was it a suicide pact? A crime of passion? Or cold-blooded murder? Poirot delves back into the past and discovers that ‘old sin can leave long shadows’. 
My Thoughts:

This was yet another re read on my part, but there’s something that’s always exciting about going back to an Agatha Christie favourite mystery and re reading it. No need to over stretch those little grey cells, the reader can just cruise along as one reacquaintes themselves with the story, the setting and the characters. 

What always stood out for me and sort of separated this one from many of Christie’s other mysteries, is that the murder in question took place in the past; we know the who, sort of. Well we know who’s deaths are being questioned, but we definitely don’t know the what’s and whys. Even re reading this, I was reminded of those feelings of intrigue and wondering what was happening. I really love how the reader is transported into the past as it were at the very conclusion, when Poirot is explaining what he thought was the conclusion; again, I’m reminded of the awe feeling I felt when I read the book initially, thinking of the immense tragedy that this case held. This is a mystery, yes, but what lies at the heart of it, in my opinion, one of the most tragic and heartbreaking murders ever; the reader, I find, is given hints throughout which lead to a conclusion of ‘whodunnit’, and even the first time I read this book, as I got absorbed into the story and followed Ariadne Oliver, a fictional version of Dame Agatha herself, as she familiarised herself with elephants (aka ‘once familiar faces’ that had ties to the mystery, I was captivated.

All in all, this is an enthralling mystery that will have the reader engaged from the word go, and there’s a fantastic cast of supporting characters; Celia Ravenscroft is headstrong and curious, easily one of my favourite supporting characters in Christie’s books; and Ariadne is always refreshing and fun to read about, I love her friendship with Poirot; this book is honestly one of my all time favourite Christie mysteries, and I’ll never tire of reading it. 

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

– BrooklynTheBookworm

Book Review: The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J Maas

The third novella in the Throne of Glass prequel short stories.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive. 

My thoughts:


I always found Ansel’s betrayal to be incredibly harsh, and it just really goes to show how anger and grief can push some people to such passionate hate. Even though I know Ansel appears in Empire of Storms, which I read last year, I honestly don’t know if I fully like her. She’s definitely a puzzle, but I hope she’s given some page time in the last ToG book next year, I would like to see her interact more with Aelin. 

This novella really shows us Celaena’s character development, I’ve found; it jumps back to her thinking about Sam, and how she can’t quite not picture him, and she hopes he’s okay, and she has his screaming cemented in her head when their master attacked Celaena. I know I’ve mentioned it before  but I positively hate Arobynn. Hate him! 

I really like the concept of the mute masters, I found them gentle bit unnerving, and I like how we actually learnt about how one thinks in particular. 

There’s some scenes in here that I’ll never tire of, it honestly was so exciting when Celaena was riding the Aesterin horse, and her unwavering heart in terms of Ansel and Sam I just adored. All throughout this novella, Celaena remained determined, sassy and fierce. 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Book 2 in the Infernal Devices series

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Pages: 498

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
My thoughts:

I don’t even know where to begin, honestly. This book is perfection, as is this series. The characters, the romance, the setting, the writing is nothing short of perfection. 

I was on the edge of my seat throughout this book, honestly, I couldn’t even anticipate what would come next and my heart was torn throughout. Jem, Tessa and Will are my favourite bookish trio ever, and I love their bond. Nothing compares to Jem and Will’s parabatai bond but then there’s Tessa and honestly I felt for her throughout, being so torn for many reasons. 

The characterisation for every character developed so much from book one! It was amazing, coming back to them after a short break, it felt like being with friends again! I can’t even process the beauty that is this book! Definitely remarkable, I love how Cassandra Clare makes the reader think one thing and then spins it all on its head and the outcome, oh my gosh! What I thought I knew was one thing but as I read this book I was stunned at all the revelations! Absolutely chilling and devastating and perfection! 

The word building was superb! And the setting as always is perfection, whilst I adore The Mortal Instruments, there’s something about the setting of Victorian London that just compliments the Shadowhunter world perfectly, it’s just amazing. I cannot fault this book, I even loved getting to know more about Gabriel and Gideon Lightwood, and I love how Sophie and Tessa’s friendship grew, it was super precious. Another friendship that I loved in this book was the appearances of Magnus Bane, he was crucial to a specific revelation about one of the characters, who I don’t think I’ll name, but for those who’ve read the book, you know who I mean and my gosh my heart ached for them after I read what I did and imagined how I’d feel about my life if I had been through and told what this character had. 

Just a side note, usually I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, but the one in this book is one of the most heartbreakingly exquisite ones in existence. I want more! It pains me that there’s only one book left in this trilogy! 

I’ll always sing praises about everything in this book, it made me feel every possible feel in existence! And it left on a fabulous cliffhanger, I cannot wait to read Clockwork Princess and get to know a certain character more, as well as indulge in the feelings that I can only imagine will ensue! 

And that concludes my review, as usual, thank you for reading, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Unfiltered, No Shame, No Regrets, just me by Lily Collins

Published in 2017

Pages: 221

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins—star of Mortal Instruments and the upcoming Rules Don’t Apply—is opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more.

For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She’s learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they’re not alone.
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered. 
My thoughts: 

This was such an enlightening read, I have liked Lily Collins ever since I saw her perform as Clary Fray in The Mortal Instruments; City of Bones film, and I always liked her personality and how she delivered herself when being interviewed.

Truthfully I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but as soon as I started reading it, I was instantly drawn in, honestly it felt like I had been invited to tea with her and she was talking to me about her life, broken down into different headings. 

Each topic was so heartfeltly written, it was fabulous, she talks about her eating disorders, to her absent father, to her heartbreaks, but nothing at all was like “oh, woe is me.” Lily Collins is engaging with the reader and invites them to learn from her experiences, and what she’s taken from them and how she’s grown for the better. 

A highlight for me throughout this book was just how her radiance and unique personality shone through, she encourages the reader to own their quirkyness and to stand out from the crowd. Lily was never one to conform, I mean sure there’s a point in this book where she explains her insecurities, having come to the States from the UK, but she then explains how she started to own her accent and be proud of it. 

Each essay component is marked with an uplifting quote, I think my favourites are:

‘I will never need anyone to complete me, I am enough on my own.’

‘Standing out in a crowd is much more rewarding then blending in.’


Sources of weakness can transform into your most important and influential sources of inner strength.’

Collins also talks about the importance of relationships, and I really admired how she handled the toxic ones in her life, and how she learnt to grow from them. Throughout the book, there’s a constant female empowerment, how girls can learn from one another and everything. 

Hands down, an amazing memoir, and I definitely recommend. 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

Goodreads Monday

Hi all! And welcome to another Goodreads Monday post! I missed last week’s purely because time got away from me, but I’m definitely being more organised now and getting them put together! 

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where one picks a book off their TBR and shows it off, so without further ado, here’s today’s Goodreads Monday choice: 

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson! 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Jack the Ripper is back, and he’s coming for Rory next….

Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him – the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target…unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.

This is one of those books that I picked up at a second hand store, the sypnosis definitely appealed to me, I love Jack the Ripper inspired stories so I’m definitely interested to see where this goes! 

And that concludes this week’s Goodreads Monday! Happy reading, bookworms! 

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley 

Published in 2016

Pages: 352

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Love lives between the lines.

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. 
Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.

Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough. 

My thoughts:

I was given a selection of books to review for work and told to pick one. Instantly, the cover to this book jumped out at me and I was instantly moved by the blurb on the back, so I chose this. 

I started it the next day and was instantly in  awe. The layout was and is absolutely beautiful, the writing captivating. It jumps between Henry and Rachel’s perspectives, as well as letters which are found in various books in the bookstore. The setting to this book was perfection, the bookstore and the stories inside held so much symbolism for the plot, what had happened, what was to come, and what the characters had gone through. 

Both Henry and Rachel went through their own angst through the story, and from the narrative the reader definitely got a tragic feel and I felt so sad for Rachel throughout, she was missing her brother greatly and his death impacted her so much, she had definitely changed, Henry hadn’t heard from her in some time, but when their paths cross, he knows how absent she is, there’s very little of the Rachel that was his best friend and she doesn’t tell anyone about her brother, she hardly talks to him.

I feel this book was definitely about both characters’ journies, but there were some great side characters that featured in this book too. Henry’s family, especially, they all had their things to deal with, and there was definitely a great amount of mystery as George (Henry’s sister) tried to figure out who was writing the secret letters under the mysterious pen name. I honestly didn’t know who it could’ve been but there was a tiny clue offered to the reader, and it clicked and the tragic irony was unlike anything I’d read in a YA contemporary fiction book before. 

There were so many bookish moments a book lover can appreciate, whether it’s the letters being shown that are found in the Howling Library section, and from what books and pages they were from, to the open book discussions that were in this book. Henry’s family had regular book group meetings and I thought that was so sweet. 

Definitely a book that will stay with me for some time, it had lots of light moments too, it washonestly a unique, precious read, and I recommend it to all! 

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


Book Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Published in 2017

Pages: 263

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
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 Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
My thoughts:

This was such a cute read, I loved how passionate each character is about their fandoms, and fandom life in general so that’s definitely something I could relate to on all the levels. And I love that both Charlie and Taylor learn to speak up for themselves too, both female characters went on a great growth journey through the book. 

It was told in split points of views, from both Taylor and Charlie’s perspectives, and that was great because I felt like I was feeling all their emotions and thinking what they were thinking. On a personal level, Taylor is one of the most relatable characters ever, not just for her geekiness, but for her social anxiety and her constant overthinking. Throughout her chapters, she internally vocalises her thoughts, fears and feels, and that’s something I definitely understand. I was so proud of her as she learnt to accept herself and see herself ad the amazing girl she is, and she once posted the most uplifting messages to everyone on Tumblr after she was bullied. 

Charlie herself was a great character too! It was amazing to have a diverse character that is just so open and comfortable in herself. Whilst trying to escape her ex boyfriend, Charlie runs into her vlogger idol and it was amazing to see what happened next. 

There were two sets of romance in this book, and it was so cute seeing both develop. There’s something in this book for everyone, and it is something I’d definitely read again! It was definitely refreshing and will become a bit of a comfort read! I found Alyssa and Charlie’s conversations to be empowering, and these characters felt like friends! I also loved the banter between the trio of Charlie, Jamie and Taylor, they have such a beautiful friendship and they’re definitely there for one another through it all. 

A fantastic book that I recommend to all! And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂