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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: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Book 3 of the Heroes of Olympus 

Pages: 574

Published: 2012

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Annabeth returns in the third installment of the biggest series yet from Rick Riordan, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Half-blood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six—who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land—Greece itself—to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery…

With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

My thoughts:

Firstly. Let’s start at the end:

How do I explain that??? Like honestly, my feelings are a wreck right now! I didn’t expect that! Utterly beautifully brilliant! Wicked! Insane! Chilling!

Annabeth definitely had a few burdens to carry in this novel! The title suggests she would play a major role, and that’s true! I for one was definitely happy to see her back! She’s my favourite character in the Percy Jackson series and I was excited to read chapters from her perspective! I didn’t know what to expect from this, only that the prophecy, “wisdoms’ daughter walks alone, the Mark of Athena burns through Rome” would be coming to fruition. Reading Annabeth’s chapters gave me an insight into how that prophecy came to light, reading about her flashbacks to her ‘fight’ with Athena, her godly mother, was proper insane! And having Annabeth with Percy once again pretty much cemented my shipper heart in happiness! I love them together and while I adored seeing previous relationships with characters come to light, there’s just something so special about Percy and Annabeth together!! 
This book is also narrated by Percy himself, Leo and Piper. Each character narrations were mostly presented in three chapter per characters, which once again was brilliant because it allowed the reader to see and feel how the characters do, after all this time. 

Which brings me to the point, each character has matured so much across these books! It’s been amazing because I feel like I have been there right as each character goes through everything! 

I love how the friendships grew and developed even more in this book! Leo, Jason, Percy, Frank, Hazel, Piper and of course Annabeth are essentially squad goals and they’re all on my favourite character list! Each character is freaking amazing and had some wild and epic scenes in this book, but I must take a moment to appreciate Leo and those fabulous one liners of his! 

For all these reasons and many more, The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan is by far my favourite book in this series, the characters massively stepped up and worked together and Rick’s writing blended so well with everything! He covers so many emotions and adventures wound into 574 pages and I didn’t want it to end! And only he could create villains that take on the appearance of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn! This is just one example of how cleverly wicked his writing is! Only he could pull this off with such brilliance! 

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


Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Published in 2017 by Bloomsbury 

Pages: 699

The final book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, that focuses on Feyre Archeron. There are more books to come set in this world though. 

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
My thoughts:

As I write this, I’m feeling so lost, and hollow. And empty. I cannot believe that Feyre’s story arc has come to an end. I, like so many others, went on a remarkable journey with Feyre and felt like I was her as she laughed, cried, loved and triumphed and so much more. So bear with me as I review this, I feel like there’s no words to describe how I feel after finishing this. 

I had to give this book 5 stars, even though I feel like it was incredibly underwhelming and rushed at some times. There were so many action packed scenes which were epic but they didn’t give us a lot of “what was that about?” 

But this book was always going to be more action packed than it’s predecessors, and that was expected. There was constant foreshadowing which was heartbreaking and clever lies throughout. This book definitely had me laughing, crying, shouting and feeling all the feels. A Court of Thorns and Roses is not only one of my favourite book series, it’s one of my top fandoms and these characters are so close to my heart. 

So with that,

Let’s talk about the characters:

Feyre, from the word go, was insane. She was not going to put up with any bullshit and I was with her all the way. I am so proud of how far she has come and even in ACOWAR her character went a long way, it was absolutely awe inspiring to behold as she literally stopped at nothing to do what she had to do – some of her actions had me gasping but then I was still wanting more from what some scenes gave. The book was mostly told from her perspective, as it should be. The trilogy was always about Feyre, it has been her story through and through, and that’s how it should be. Feyre is hands down, my favourite fictional female, (okay, maybe one of them, there’s loads), and this journey of hers was definitely heart stopping at times. 

Nesta was almost as much of a hero in this book like Feyre. At first she was very cold still, having to deal with her new found fae powers and what the Cauldron did to her. From ACOMAF I instantly shipped her with Cassian, and their chemistry and banter is freaking electrifying! They were so addictive to read about and I couldn’t get enough of them, and I also loved Nesta and Amren’s sass offs. Utterly fabulous! As I said, Nesta was a bit scowl – worthy throughout the early points in the series, but she stepped up big time, always stubborn but definitely reliable when it counted.

Elain’s character went through a massive charscter transformation in this book; after the end of ACOMAF the reader had a lot of questions regarding her and her possible ship, and most of this was answered in this book, but I really hope her and Lucien have a story arc in the upcoming books and / or novellas. There definitely could have been something there between her and one of the other characters but to avoid spoilers I won’t elaborate. There were times when I was afraid for Elain but wow she did amazing when it came to it! 

Mor and Amren remain as fabulous as always! I adore both of these ladies and I have come to admire them both so much. They both went on their own journey of discoveries here, and again to avoid being spoilery I will refrain from talking more about that. But I was so proud of both of them: when we learnt about Mor in specific aspects my heart broke for her and Amren had me screaming towards the end of this book. I was so confused when she told Feyre something and hated Amren for half a second and then BAM it all made sense. These characters never disappoint. 

Ianthe oh my gosh I thought I couldn’t hate her any more than what I did in ACOMAF. She is one of my least favourite characters ever and she’s pure evil and just all the awful. She made me rage through this book, and honestly I think she deserved far worse than what she got. But nonetheless it was good to see her finally suffer. 

Tamlin made me angry too. I hated him in ACOMAF and had possible hopes for redemption, but wasn’t altogether convinced that he could even be redeemed. There was one sentence that he said that made me feel disgustingly angry. I mean who says something like that? He was shown as nothing but a scornful pig throughout, except for one small scene where he did something half decent. But even after everything he was still an asshat.

Azriel and Cassian, always amazing characters. Such strong figures in battle and out. Cassian again was faced with angst and pain which was heartbreaking to read about especially after the end of ACOMAF, but I love the roles both characters played in this book. Their first appearance had me fangirling, they entered at the right moment and I love how accepting they have always been (along with Mor and Amren) of Feyre as their High Lady; and I love how they were accepting of Elain and Nesta: as I said earlier, Nesta and Cassian were addictive to read about and I want more of them. Heck I want 6 novels of Inner Circle fluff, I can’t get enough of them all. The interaction between them all is perfection, they are family but they are so much more. They all share such a deep bond, and are forever there for one another.

Lucien sort of went on a journey of self discovery, but I love how he was united with Feyre in the early stages, even though he was initially torn with his former loyalties. But old loyalties were forgotten, and new ones formed. He definitely played an interesting part in the book, and that was great. We also met his long talked about brothers, which was interesting to say the least.

Rhysand – remained perfect. He and Feyre are my all time favourite fictional characters and couples, they were the beauty among the pain and everything. They had some beautiful scenes in this book, and it was so sweet and sad in places. Their love for one another knows no bounds and I love how Rhys treats and acknowledges Feyre as his equal, and his love for his inner circle is beautiful. Rhys is amazing, brave, cocky, fabulous and just all round divine. 

I’ll end my character talk there, even though there’s loads more characters. I’ve just spoke about the main ones, mostly, but we’re presented with a selection of old and new faces, which were full of all the reactions from me and the characters. It’s because of the Inner Circle and Feyre that I have given this book 5 stars, I couldn’t bear to rate them any lower. Maas has done amazing things with them, and I can’t wait for what is to come in time with the other books; which brings me to the writing;

Let’s talk about the writing:

Maas never fails to disappoint, it’s safe to say this book was definitely my most anticipated read, well since A Court of Mist and Fury. Maas teased about what was to come in ACOWAR, so that definitely elevated all our hopes.

Yet, not all my questions were answered, e.g.

What is Amren’s true form? We get a vivid description but nothing concrete? Even though Maas said we would find out!? But it’s okay because it’s left to our imagination. 

The book did feel rushed, and the action scenes and other specific scenes could have been drawn out more; like we want to know what was seen, and what came of the revelations. 

Nonetheless this was an amazing conclusion to Maas’s Feyre and Rhys, and I was laughing, crying, shouting and I literally felt all the feels throughout. I didn’t want to finish this book and I know I’ll read it many times more. This book trilogy will forever be in my all time favourites, and I will always be thinking about these characters and I can’t wait to see what happens next in this book world. 

Okay bookish loves, thank you for reading. That concludes my review, until next time, happy reading. 

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Veiled Angel by J.J Nite

Published 2016 by Clean Reads

Note: I was given a copy of this book for an honest review, please note that doesn’t influence my thoughts on the book.

Rating: 2 stars 

Let’s talk about the writing:

Okay, I see what the author was trying to do, and she did well thinking up a brilliant and unique concept which seemed refreshing at first; sadly it ended there for me, the book was rushed and the author could have planned out events and characters further so the reader could have engaged with them more. But at the same time I did like how the writing was simple, and the storyline was easy to follow; also I could picture everything as I was reading it. 

As I said though it was an exceptionally rushed book; it was also incredibly predictable, and when I reached the face off that had been mentioned at the end, I was left underwhelmed. I do know though that there’s other books in this series and that gives me hope for what’s to come. 

Let’s talk about the characters: 

Eden, is a down to earth girl who is plucked from everything she knows when her mother becomes tragically ill. She was initially a solid character, but she was acting pretty immaturish until about halfway through when the reality of her circumstances grew on her and she actually accepted what she had to do. 

Atlas is my favourite character in this book, at first he is Eden’s guardian coyote. I thought it was clever that the author chose what are considered dangerous and sometimes feral animals to watch over her main character. Atlas, as he is dubbed by Eden, is cute, funny and wise and I honestly wish he was real, which is not something I thought I’d ever say about a coyote. That just goes to show the effect of books. 

Sami was a character that confused me initially, I mean her appearance felt out of the blue and sudden, but it makes sense now that I look back. Her characteristics just felt underdeveloped, and to avoid being too spoilery, I don’t really understand why she was doing what she was doing, when it boils down to it, which backs up my point of this book being underwhelming. 

Kiah was a character that came into the story when he needed to, and I must confess I thought he was cute with Eden. He was the rock that she rested on during her trials and tribulations through the book, and I mean this as a pun as Eden seemed to sleep at the end of every chapter. But at the same time I have so many questions about all of these characters so I can only hope the author draws them out more. 

Sefta was a character that ironically I was instantly weary of, though I have no idea why. Perhaps I thought that it was too good to be true for Eden to be safe with her grandmother right after her mum died? But then I didn’t get why Sefta wouldn’t let Eden get her belongings out of the truck, but there you go. When it came to it, Sefta was Eden’s other guide during the big revelations of this book, and you could tell that she really cared about her granddaughter and only wanted her to be safe in the dangers that were about to come. 

All in all a very mixed read, but in time I will read book 2, because I’m curious to know how this series continues. 

A big thank you again to Mallory McCartney over at Clean Reads for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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