Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – Cress by Marissa Meyer

Image result for cress marissa meyer(see my review for Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) and Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Title: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy (and a bit of Sci-Fi… basically the best combination ever)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Pages: 552

Synopsis: In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


Every page was a turn deeper into this magnificent adventure. Every chapter was a gripping, glorious read. Every book further into this series is a spiral twisting deeper and darker into a long string of shocking, captivating and marvellous events that make up The Lunar Chronicles.

This book has so many twists to it. So many surprises I never expected! I love how everything fit together so perfectly, and simply cannot wait to continue reading this series. I’ve started reading Fairest now, I’m currently just at the beginning and a bit impatient to get it over with and reach the ultimate finale!

I loved all the action. Trust me, guys, if this book somehow seems to be boring or dull or monotonous for you, reconsider. It is one hell of a rollercoaster.

I love all of the characters! My favourite in this book is probably Cress, who is actually based off Rapunzel, just because she’s so sweet and lovable and so skilled and strong at the same time. But I also really like Thorne for his ability to crack jokes in such dire situations, and Wolf for being… well, Wolf.

I love all the different settings this book contains. Places such as the satellite, the Sahara desert, New Beijing, Lunar. There really is a very wide diversity of places included in this book, and I really enjoyed reading about them and exploring them with the characters.

The writing is pretty perfect! I didn’t have a single problem with it, it flowed very well, I really loved the variety of words used, and also the vocabulary of this world and time is amazing.

If you are a fan of YA Fantasy especially, this book will be totally perfect for you! If you generally don’t read fantasy, I’m still recommending it. It’s fantastic.

So, who’s your favourite character in the book? Who do you prefer more… Thorne or Wolf, Cinder or Scarlet? What is your favourite book in this series?

Speak soon!

Book Reviews, Mystery, YA fantasy

The Unbound (The Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab

Image result for the unboundTitle: The Unbound (The Archived #2)

Author: Victoria Schwab

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin

See my review for the first book here.

OHHH MYYY GOSHHH. I finished this book in one day. One day. That being the day I finished The Archived. I just sat down and read for six hours straight. That, is how good this book is. It is so much more action-packed than the first book (although I still love The Archived!).

The plot is absolutely magnificent. Some people find it slow in the beginning, or boring in general, but I genuinely did not. Everything was captivating and intriguing. This book is smart. I love all the flashbacks to Da, and all the questioning – of her past, the present, and the future. 

There is definitely a lot of doubt in this book. I found myself questioning everything more and more the deeper I went in. There are a lot of other alternatives to what could have happened, and that just makes it more gripping. I know with every book its like anything can happen, and I felt this very keenly with this book. The suspense was pretty much unbearable towards the ending. 

The charactersss… Mackenzie, Wes, Owen, Roland. Mackenzie. But to be honest, as much as I love Mackenzie, my favourite is still Guyliner. He’s just so amazing, basically. I also really like Roland (I mean who doesn’t?). I was debating the role of Mackenzie’s parents a lot. Like, were they bad parents in their ignorance, and believing all the lies? Or was it simply that Mackenzie was so good at what she did?

I’ll have to say it’s a bit of both. I understand that the parents may have had a lot of trust installed in their daughter, and she is definitely responsible and sensible in general, in that aspect. But also, they’re her parents. They should have been more aware of the lies, but also, this may not be fair since Mackenzie has been lying since a very young age, and even when things began to speed up considerably, they were distracted with their new lives.

There are so many twists to this book. You know that moment where you read a shocking line in a book and you’re just reading it over and over unable to comprehend it? Well, that moment happened quite a few times throughout this book. Definitely not a read you’d want to miss.

So, did you think that Mackenzie’s parents were bad parents? Which is your favourite character, Mackenzie or Guyliner? (AND WHO CAN ABSOLUTELY NOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK AND THINK ITS ABSOLUTE TORTURE THAT IT ISNT COMING OUT FOR YEARS YET?!)

Speak soon!


How to SLAY Your Exams #1

Hey guys!

This is the first study post I’ve done on this blog, and I figured this is about the right time to do it since a lot of people have begun to revise for their GCSEs. I’m not sure whether A Levels or SATs are taken around this time of the year too, but you can apply these tips for any exams.

These are what I use and what work for me personally. We of course all have our own personal preferences, so you’ll have to judge what you think would work would you also… if you’re definitely not a morning person, I wouldn’t recommend getting up early, some people really need their lie-ins 🙂

Start early. I mean both getting up at around 7-8am and beginning revision a couple of months before your actual exam. In the morning your brain is fresh, and even if you are a slow learner, a few months will hopefully be enough to help everything sink into your mind steadily. I think we’d all rather not cram the night before the exam, but who hasn’t done it?

Make a timetable! Or if you’re like me and just feel so daunted by sitting down and planning one out, at least write a list of the specific tasks you want to accomplish that day. It really helps. Personally, I designate a certain hour for something I want to get done, like if I wanted to cover a past paper for Geography. I’d work solidly for that hour, and then take a 30 mins break. This is just for me, I know some people like to have several small breaks within an hour, and that’s fine too, whatever works with you, basically 🙂

Use highlighters or coloured pens to underline/highlight key words. This really helps the main words to find out. If you are a visual learner, this could be the best thing ever. If you don’t know what type of learner you are, take this quiz to find out. I took this quiz a year ago and came out as visual learner, and then I took it just now and came out as auditory learner!

Switch off all electronic devices, including your laptop. If you need it for revision, try and download whatever you need and disconnect from the Wi-Fi. The internet is the number one place to go to for procrastination. Trust me, you don’t want to waste the amount of time I’ve wasted just aimlessly scrolling through YouTube and watching weird stuff I end up regretting watching. Even Googling unnecessary searches just leads to another click and another and another, and before you know it, a whole hour has gone by. And then you feel guilty and try and rush through your tasks.

That’s all for this post! I hope you found this helpful, and stay tuned for the next two posts of this series 🙂

Speak to you all soon!