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Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in The Universe by Lauren James

Published in 2017

290 pages

4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone .

My Review:

This one definitely caught me unawares, I had it in my TBR for a good while, and then happened to stumble across it at Target unexpectedly, and so I grabbed a copy and quickly became more excited to read it. The cover instantly drew me in and when I started the book, I was instantly hooked, the writing was fast paced, the setting was so vividly captured, I felt like I was there with Romy, who I pretty much instantly adored. I longed to know what would happen next, and I honestly felt like this could’ve been a potential favourite. When ‘J’ entered the story, the intrigue was definitely raised and I was dying for the characters to meet! I love how Romy found solace in one of her favourite tv shows, whilst being alone in space, she was constantly tormented by her demons, whether it be her anxiety, paranoia or general feelings of not being wanted. J had his own angst, and I love how the characters e-mail communications really felt like the two were confiding in one another. And I wanted to know what would happen next!

And then, plot twist.

For me, it practically killed the vibe of J’s character, like really? I get why the author did it, but I felt like it made NO SENSE?! And it came out so suddenly, and I hated how it all made Romy feel. Way to play with all our emotions, I felt like J’s character was unnecessary, after what I read! The ending felt very muddled, but aside from that, I really loved this book!

Happy reading 🙂

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Book Review: Phoenix Rising (a novel of Anne Boleyn) by Hunter S Jones

90 pages

Published in 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The last hour of Anne Boleyn’s life…

Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets of the last hour are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny’s stage.

A young Anne Boleyn arrives at the court of King Henry VIII. She is to be presented at the Shrovetide pageant, le Château Vert. The young and ambitious Anne has no idea that a chance encounter before the pageant will lead to her capturing the heart of the king. What begins as a distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction.

Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment… the execution of a queen. The history of England will be changed for ever.

My Review:

I was initially going to give this four stars based on its length, but then I realised, after I finished it, that it left me speechless! This book was impeccable! Do not be swayed by the length, it was such an emotional read! I mean, it chronicles the final hour of Anne Boleyn, and the way the author captured this, and the fact that she wrote it from different perspectives of player’s in Tudor England? Genius! Definitely a pleasant surprise and a raw read! Will stay with me for some time! I loved reading a chapter from Elizabeth Boleyn’s perspective, (Anne’s mother). I feel like the author captured all these characters, these figures, perfectly!

Pictured above is my personal favourite tv portrayal of Anne Boleyn, Natalie Dormer, from The Tudors 💕

Happy reading 🙂

Book Review: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis

First published by Geoffrey Bles, 1950

This edition (171 pages)

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

They open a door and enter a world

NARNIA…the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy…the place where the adventure begins.

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.

My Review:

I re read this book initially back in 2015, after many many years! I definitely discovered an old favourite as I started re reading this! I was immersed in the magic of the world of Narnia, I mean, Lucy discovers a magical land in the back of a wardrobe! Who doesn’t dream of this?! I love the Pensieve siblings, my favourite characters being of course Lucy, and surprisingly Edmund; I initially couldn’t stand him, but I definitely think he was regretting his actions early on in the book, and he, along with his siblings, all went through such an amazing growth! Seeing these characters grow, and go through what they went through, was amazing! This book got me in all the nostalgia feels, I had goosebumps at certain scenes, I was excited, happy and horrified throughout! The book will definitely be a comfort read, it was just perfection being surrounded by such familiar and cozy characters! And Aslan! How good to see that big cat again!

The writing, okay, sure it’s a ‘children’s’ book, but it’s really for everyone! It’s a classic for a reason! And I definitely recommend this to all! It was great reading the book as an adult, seeing things through ‘older’ eyes, but it was every bit as magical as I remember! The writing is rather fast paced, and it definitely moves along quickly!

Happy reading! 🙂

Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Published in 2015 by St Martin’s Press

517 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here – it’s their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words – to every ‘chosen one’ who ever had more on their mind than saving the world.

My mini Review:

This book was such an unexpected pleasure! I absolutely loved Fangirl and Landline, but I didn’t know what to expect from Carry On! The result is one of my all time favourite stand alone books! And I’m lamenting that it’s a stand alone because I’d happily read ALL the books about Simon and Baz! This book was full of so many delightful feels and ALOT of angst, it was such an addictive read and my heart was constantly feeling! The fantasy element felt really natural, and the writing was fast paced, I was constantly kept guessing what would come next! It was full of a lot of twists and turns, some things I couldn’t have guessed, and it was amazing! I buddy read this with one of my closest friends, we analysed every chapter; and I can safely say it’s something we’d both recommend to all! The characters will long stay with me and I can see myself re visiting this world! I would love to read more with these characters, Baz and Simon have got to be two of the most precious characters out there! Definitely an outstanding book!

Happy reading 🙂

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Published in 2013 by St Martin’s Press

459 pages

5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

I read this book last year and instantly became obsessed with everything about it! It was my first Rainbow Rowell book, and it instantly became a favourite! Cath is such a relatable character, if not the most relatable character ever! She and Wren, twin sisters, have such a unique bond, and I loved her quirky friendship with Reagan as it developed! It’s funny, as I read this, I found I was experiencing similar emotions to the first time I read it, I absolutely HATED Nick (I have reasons!) and I found the writing to be as fun and addictive as the first time! I feel like it’s still pretty rare to have a character that is a canon Fangirl (no pun intended), but it’s one of my favourite things to read about! And I have to acknowledge how clever Rowell is to take her own characters from her work and completely change it up. I loved the page breaks in between with Cath’s fanfiction! So unique and refreshing and fun.

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

Brooklyn ~

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! 

Book Review: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson


Published in 2010 by Walker Books Limited

Pages: 310

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey.
But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to centre stage of her own life – and suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two boys. One boy takes Lennie out of her sorrow; the other comforts her in it. But the two can’t collide without Lennie’s world exploding.
My Review:


Let me just say, firstly, I had high hopes for this book, partially because the sypnosis sounded really feely, and it was; and also I’ll Give You The Sun (by the same author), is one of my all time favourite reads. 

So when I started this book, I found it raw and emotional; what with Lennie explaining how her sister had died suddenly, and it was definitely sad to read about; I mean, how would I feel if I lost a loved one? Heartbroken, definitely. Throughout this book, Lennie goes on a journey of sorts of dealing with her grief, and I definitely found that aspect effective and emotional, however; I didn’t like how much romance was brought into this story; honestly, it wasn’t necessary and in my opinion, both make love interests were exceptionally underdeveloped and tiresome characters; and it is these characters that change Lennie, honestly she started to annoy me with her constant thinking of both of them; however, I did love the flashback notes between Lennie and her beloved sister Bailey; I loved how Bailey’s presence was constantly felt throughout the book, along with various revelations that definitely made her death even more sad! 

I also enjoyed the interactions between Lennie and her grandmother; it showed how grief affects everyone and there were definitely some sad moments between the two, I only wish we learnt more about her gran’s thoughts; and love interests aside; I did like Lennie’s character, for most part. I mean she was definitely unique, named after John Lennon, a bookworm (yet I still don’t understand why she and her gran hacked up a copy of her most beloved book?) because, to me, the literary references throughout were always a part of Lennie’s character, and indeed I related; but anyway; this was definitely an interesting story of love and loss, and coming to terms with grief. I just wish some things were given more page time than others. 

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: The Fiery Trial by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

The eighth story in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

Published in 2015

64 pages 

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:


Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn become parabatai. Simon and Clary both act as their witnesses, so they can see what a parabatai bond forming looks like as they want to become parabatai as soon as Simon graduates — and because Emma asked Clary. The ritual goes unexpectedly …

My Review:


This was honestly perfection. It definitely leads into Lady Midnight, which I couldn’t be more excited to read; and honestly it had so many feelings, and I was left wanting more! I was excited to read about Emma and Julian’s parabatai scene, and honestly when Jem was telling Simon and Clary before hand about the parabatai bond I was feeling all the HeronStairs feels. No I don’t ship Jem and Will but honestly they are parabatai endgame as far as I’m concerned; though honestly the whole parabatai bond moves me, and I love Jace and Alec as parabatai too, and now of course Emma and Julian…and another new parabatai pair. Honestly, when it was suggested and both characters were for it my heart was honestly so happy! So you can definitely say that this novella was full of lots of happy feels too; although when Simon was going through the memories honestly there were a lot of sad feels there, it was all done so well! And there was of course light comedy provided by Jace, which I feel made me laugh more than it should’ve. 

But honestly, another perfection edition to a perfect book. Cannot get enough of these! And I can’t wait to read more about Emma and Julian especially! I freaking adore both of them! 

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

Brooklyn 🙂