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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 🙂 

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: The Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

The second novella in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

98 pages

Published in 2015

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Simon learns the worst crime a Shadowhunter can commit: desertion of their comrades. In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived… could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today? 
My Review:

I really enjoyed this one, it definitely gave a fascinating insight into Tobias Herondale and there was a little hint, well okay more than that, about another character possibly still lingering; I wonder if that will get explored in future novels? But regardless, I absolutely loved the interactions between Simon and Catarina, and Izzy and Clary’s appearances. Both definitely firmly helped Simon, I think; he’s still getting used to his patchy memories, and of course he feels bad about things, but I definitely think that Clary and Izzy have helped him in the long run, 

Even though I’m only two stories in, this has been so addictive so far and I can’t wait to see where the other stories take Simon and to see what familiar faces show up! 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Saving Raphael Santiago by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

  • The sixth novella in The Bane Chronicles 
  • 40 pages
  • Published in 2013 
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

A Manhattan teen—Raphael Santiago—is missing, and Magnus Bane must track him down before it’s too late. 

In 1950s New York City, a distraught mother hires Magnus Bane to find her missing son, Raphael. But even if he can be found, is Raphael beyond saving?

My Thoughts:

This one was actually really beautiful and I found it very emotional, knowing what happens with Raphael in The Mortal Instruments series. I found, when I was initially learning about him in the Mortal Instruments books, that I wanted to know more about his early days as a vampire, and this novella definitely answered that. 

It also made me see him in a different light, a really feely one. The fragility of the state that he was in at the start of this book, and his growth throughout, it honestly was amazing to read about. Oh boy, was there some banter with Magnus? Oh yes! It was fabulous and I definitely felt emotions for Magnus because you could tell how much Magnus cared for him, and wanted to fulfill that promise to his mother. That was another thing, reading about Raphael’s mother was interesting too, it definitely gave me a more humane view of him. 

So yes, all in all this was utterly beautiful and made me laugh and even made me teary! 

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


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: The Runaway Queen by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

The second novella in The Bane Chronicles

Published in 2013

59 pages 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Magnus Bane has a royal role in the French Revolution—if the angry mobs don’t spoil his spells. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape calls for invisible air balloons…
This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles, The Runaway Queen, is written by Maureen Johnson and Cassandra Clare. 

My thoughts:

I definitely felt like this was a fun read, I mean Magnus in Paris and taking care of the royal family, to an extent? Honestly he was quite sassy here and it was just great getting his thoughts and views on everything. I liked his interactions with Axel, honestly Magnus is a character and he just keeps giving. The plot of this one I must admit took a while to actually take place but when it did I found I was laughing a fair bit at the hilarity of it. See, I’m obsessed with history but I found the idea entertaining of Magnus being present during the French Revolution. The characterisation of Marie Antoinette and how the authors captured the time was really good though, I felt, and all in all this was a great, fun read. 

Until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn The Bookworm 🙂 

Book Review: Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Published in 2015 

Pages: 303

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. 

My Thoughts:

Well, this was definitely an addictive read. I finished it in the space of an afternoon and evening, only stopping for my work shift and food. I enjoyed this even more than Albertalli’s “The Upside of Unrequited.” It was such an endearing and empowering read! 

Firstly, I felt so sympathetic to Simon! He was an amazing narrator and I was instantly drawn into his world, his friends, his rehearsal of the school musical, his family and his emails with the mysterious Blue. Albertalli definitely wastes no time getting into the story and building her characters, for each of them goes through a fair bit of growth, namely Simon! Who doesn’t want to come out to his family or really his friends, he prefers his drama to be in the rehearsal room! But this made me feel sad at times because no one should be afraid to express who they are! Simon projects his thoughts and feelings via email to Blue, who he doesn’t know, for neither of them have actually met. 

Or have they? 

I can’t go into too much detail because of spoilers, but I loved how the book was split up into the chapters and then inside the chapters were the emails between the two characters. These scenes were so precious! It gave the reader such a great insight into both these wonderful humans, and how they think and feel; and gosh did they have some laughs too, and friendly banter. It was amazing! They bonded over a love of Oreos (might I add here that this book made me hungry) and honestly so much more than that. I was constantly dying throughout for them to meet, and I was definitely feeling angst when one said they didn’t want to exchange numbers. Also when someone pretends to be Simon on “the Tumblr” and posts something mean. 

All the characterisation in this book was perfect. Actually, no, this whole book was perfect. I can’t fault it. I was hooked from the start and couldn’t put it down. It’s a contemporary full of feels, and I promise you’ll love it too! This book is definitely a perfect blend of friendship, family, love, and more! 

I could keep ranting but no spoilers so I’ll leave it there. Until next time, happy reading!

Brooklyn The Bookworm 🙂