Discussions, Writing

What makes a book engaging?

Hi guys!

So I recently got contacted by someone, and I decided to make my answer into a post. Unfortunately, the reason I won’t be responding to any author requests until after my exams is because I won’t be making an email account for my blog until after my exams! So if I don’t respond to your message (even when it’s not an author request), I will reply, once I make an email 🙂

Anyway, here’s what the email says…

I just wanted to tell I really enjoy your blog.

Quick question. As a reader, what makes a book engaging? Or in other words what makes you keep reading? I ask this because I’m a new writer of historical fiction and I’m finishing my novel. And frankly, I need a reader’s point of view on this matter so I don’t mess up.

Anyway. Thanks for your reviews. I’ve learned a lot.

Thank you for contacting me, I’m glad you enjoy my reviews and find them helpful 🙂

To begin with, I read books for pleasure and entertainment, so my ideal book would be a pleasure to read, and would entertain me. My musts for favourite books are:

  • an interesting and entertaining plot that keeps me guessing – I am curious to find out what happens at the end
  • at least one relatable or likeable character – I care about the character(s) so want to know what happens to them
  • a well-portrayed and explored setting – I like the setting and enjoy reading about things happening it
  • good writing – writing doesn’t become a barrier to enjoying the book – I’ve read books where the plot is amazing but the writing really brings it down, unfortunately… as well as that, good writing makes the story flow a lot better, and as a result makes it a lot more engaging
  • originality to it that makes it stand out against other books with the same genre – books like the Orphan Queen I simply could not get through because it reminded me so much of Throne of Glass (trust me I didn’t even get through the first chapter)

Let’s take one of my most favourite books, The Mysterious Benedict Society, as an example.

  • an interesting and entertaining plot that keeps me guessing 
  • at least one relatable (didn’t really have any to be honest, but the amount of likeable characters makes up for it) and likeable character (all of the Mysterious Benedict Society – Sticky, Constance, Kate and Reynie!!) 
  • a well-portrayed and explored setting (the Institute) 
  • good writing 
  • originality to it that makes it stand out against other books with the same genre (I’d say the entire plot and book has such a unique concept and I love it!) 

A bonus that I loved was it was hilarious and really gripping (as a result). Even after the third re-read I’m immersed in it and it’s just fantastic and I love the whole book and series to pieces!

Now trust me, I know that hitting the favourites bar is hard! I, as a writer myself, am still struggling to produce a manuscript that I am proud of. #thestruggleisreal. But this is what I look for in an engaging book 🙂

If you have any questions you want to ask me, be sure to leave them in the comments and I’ll respond to them there, or make a post about them! 🙂 

What makes one of your favourite books a favourite? 

Speak soon!

Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Image result for blue lily blueTitle: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

“What do we do now?” Gansey asked.
From the other room, Calla bellowed, “GO BUY US PIZZA. WITH EXTRA CHEESE, RICHIE RICH.”
Blue said, “I think she’s starting to like you.”

This book is BRILLIANT! My favourite of the entire Raven Cycle series so far. Main reason? It has so much Blue in it! Blue and Gansey are my favourite characters of the Raven Boys and they’re both really involved in this book (well, Gansey always has been, but if you’ve read this book, you know what I mean?? I hope, anyway?).

Sooo many things happened in this book, a rush one after the other, and so many subplots twisting and turning, weaving and connecting together. Ahhhh I love The Raven Boys! Every one of them. Gansey, Noah, Adam and Ronan. And I love Blue. And Calla. Except for the Gray Man. He annoyed me for some reason. And Piper. Oh dear. There was a magnificent amount of character development and I loved it all.

I really took my time with reading this book because I wanted to savour every turn of the page, but once I properly started, there was no getting out of it, or slowing down. I ploughed my way through with great urgency. It’s just so amazing. I was so dismayed when I reached the end, because it meant there is only one book left to this fabulous series.

There are so many shocking twists in this book I did not expect, but in a way, it’s pretty hard to guess things in Stiefvater’s books because they’re so out of the ordinary, totally extraordinary, so ANYTHING can happen. Literally anything can and does happen. So really, it’s just one whole rollercoaster where no matter how wide you open your eyes something will still jump out at you from a corner you didn’t see.

GUYS I HOPE THE WISH TO THE RAVEN KING IS FOR GANSEY’S WELL-BEING. I simply would not be able to handle it otherwise. I AM NOT kidding! I have to read the next book ahhhh. I can’t wait to get my hands on it, and it depends whether I’ll have the patience to wait for it at the library or end up giving in and purchasing it on Kindle?? (the latter is very likely considering the popularity of these books at our library)

Anyway, have you read this book? If so, did you agree/disagree with anything I said?   And wouldn’t it be pure torture if I had to wait for this book to be written?!

Speak to you all soon!

Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Image result for the young elitesTitle: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)

Author: Marie Lu

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

“Be true to yourself. But that’s something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.”

This story is very original compared to my typical YA Fantasy read. It is very original compared to what I initially expected, and believed this book to be, until right at the end, when I knew, no matter how hard I wanted it to be, it wasn’t going to happen. I still loved this book.

This isn’t a hero’s story, fellow readers and bloggers, this is a villain’s story.

This book, no doubt, if it isn’t obvious already, surprised me. I had plunged into this book without reading any reviews on it, and if I had I had forgotten them but the idea of teenagers/children possessing powers unlike any other, and that whole scenario, bound together by the fact that Marie Lu wrote it, enticed me to borrow it from the library and give it a shot.

Now there is a reason why I love Anne of Green Gables. It’s a sweet, happy, funny, loveable story. Lovable protagonist? Check. Beautiful setting? Check. Memorable, hilarious characters? Check. Gorgeous character development? Check. The Young Elites is the complete opposite of that, no matter how hard you try to go around it.

Let’s talk about Adelina first. I’m going to be frank, I did not like Adelina too much throughout this book, because like I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, if not in this post then some other, that I’m a very typical reader/person. I love hero’s, hate bad guys. So Adelina didn’t really click with me, at least not until half way through the book.

Instinctively, I disliked the whole dark aspect about her, and how she would be a little cruel to her sister, despite her love for her, despite the fact that she kind of has every right to be, considering her circumstances? If you’ve read the book, you know what I’m saying (I hope?). The flashbacks to her childhood always made me a bit uncomfortable, and the whole aspect of her escape in the first place chilled me because… who wouldn’t be chilled about that?

Then, as the story unfolded, and we begin to learn more and more about Adelina, and with that, I liked her more, understand her more, empathise with her feelings more. I cannot wait to get through the second book and really begin to learn even more about her. I’m actually already around forty pages through, and really loving it.

Moving on to Enzo. I honestly struggled with myself as we learn more about him, because as with Adelina, I was unsure about whether he was actually a good person or not, whether I actually like him or not. Because like I’ve said before, I’m a very typical reader, and it’s not usual for me to like bad guys, though I have before, in the past. He no doubt has good intentions, and I understand the seriousness of his situation, but killing people who make a single mistake, for the safety of others is… harsh, efficient, harsh… efficient (is it obvious I’m torn?).

That said, I rather liked Enzo. Keyword: rather. I still think he’s pretty cruel, and am unsure about this whole good-bad-thing, but I still liked him. I mean, come on, who couldn’t? He’s such an awesome character, and like I mentioned before, with good intentions, and he has every right to want to move forward with them.

I really liked Raffael. So kind, intelligent, wise. Honestly and genuinely a good person, and he honestly and genuinely, spoiler>tries< helps Adelina. Either way, he’s a great character. At some points of the book I thought he was the only great character.

The plot… wow, this story is very intriguing, gripping. Could not put it down, I read from 5.30-8.30am and ultimately finished off the final two hundred pages. The ending – oh, the ending! It left me so dissatisfied, that I even felt put off from reading the second book, which was patiently waiting on my dressing table. Eventually (it didn’t take long), two days later I picked it up, started it, and caught up in it all once again.

I also loved the whole setting of this whole world… caught up with darkness, death and the ever-growing golden spiral of hope working its way through the maze of corruption and working into people’s hearts, and driving through the force of justice, in which I hope it will continue to drive forth in the second book, despite a particular lacking.

This is the first book I have read from Marie Lu, and it most certainly left me reeling. Amongst the pile of books in my room is Legend, and I think once I’ve finished with The Rose Society and am waiting for the last book in the library, I may give it a go.

The Young Elites is an amazing read, and I highly recommend to the ages 13-15+ (it honestly depends on what you’re okay with personally, I would recommend reading the Common Sense Media review, and the Goodreads reviews (as well as the Q&A section because people usually ask things concerning romance there) who are interested in a original and definitely different YA Fantasy book to the typical!

So, have you read this book, and what did you think about the ending? Did you agree with anything I mentioned in the review? And, if you haven’t read the book, now that you’ve read my review, do you feel inclined to want to pick it up now and why?

Speak soon!

Book Lists, Other

Bookworm Stereotypes!

Hey guys!

This post is inspired by Paperfury’s post on ARE BOOKWORMS STEREOTYPES TRUE OR HAS SOMEONE BEEN LYING TO US ALL?! I’m going to be going through each of the stereotypes she listed in her post, and let’s see if they fit me (or any of you? Let me know in the comments).

1. Bookworms wear glasses

So the first stereotype Paperfury listed was how bookworms wear glasses. Now as a stereotype, this is very true. But I don’t wear glasses, despite reading in the dark, studying in the dark, too much screen time… but the last time I went to the optometrist I was told I was on the brink of getting glasses if my eyes didn’t sort their act out (aka if I didn’t sort my act out).

2. Bookworms drink tea while reading

This is true for me! I am a tea-lover so of course I drink tea while reading, writing, studying, eating, etc. I really don’t like coffee, I hate the smell of it (which is too bad for me, since we have a coffee machine in my house, and I have to smell coffee every single daaayy…).

3. Bookworms think about what they read and get very smart

This is 50/50 for me, like Paperfury said in her post, I can read a book and really think about the concepts going on and be really intuitive, etc etc, but I can also read a book and  not really think that much about it at all. Usually “meh” books, but a favourite would probably drive me to think a lot about it, which I guess is (one of the things) what makes it a favourite, right??

4. Bookworms hoard books

This is… oh so very true. And I know the average bookworm probably has a lot more physical books than I do, it’s only because we travel a lot and hauling around books from country to country can be very expensive, but hey, I have like 200+ books on my Kindle.

5. Bookworms have no other hobbies or life… just books

This isn’t exactly true for me. Of course, I love reading books and I love writing books and I love blogging about books. But I also like other stuff like watching movies, listening to music, going to the mall, hanging out with my friends, playing FIFA or Star Wars Battlefront on our Play Station, or kicking a ball around with my brother.

6. Bookworms want to be writers

Yes, yes, this is very accurate. But it only makes sense. If you love something so much, then it can only be expected that you’d want to create something like that too? Like people who love watching movies may want to make their own movies, or people who love watching sports, the majority may naturally love playing sports (I know this is true in our family). So yes, I really want to become a writer, publishing a book is definitely on my radar, somewhere in the not-too-far future (I hope, anyway).

7. Bookworms prefer physical books to ebooks

You know, both things I have their pros and cons. I think I’m half and half with this one, too. Physical books are really nice to read with – it’s lovely to feel the pages, turn the pages, slide your fingers over the glossy cover, enjoy the feel of the book in your hands, etc etc. But then, with ebooks, sometimes it’s just too much work for me to have to turn the page, and it’s much more comfortable to read in bed with my kindle, and it’s more convenient for to take my kindle places instead of a book. So I don’t know, it really depends on my mood.

8. Bookworms are all introverts

Not really true for me. It’s funny because I took an introvert/extrovert test/quiz the other day, I actually took quite a few to be certain, and I got 100% extrovert in all of them, so that’s that! 😀

9. Bookworms love going to book stores

Yasss! That is me – the girl who haunts her local book store. Quite literally. If I’m bored at the mall, I go to the nearest book store. If I’m not bored at the mall, I go to the nearest book store. If I already have too many books I want to read or am reading, I go to the book store, and vice versa. Either way, I’m going to the book store.

10. Bookworms think the book is better than the movie.

This is also 50/50 with me. I love love The Help movie but I also love love The Help book. I am obsessed with both movie and book. I love The Scorch Trials but also love the movie adaptation. That being said, there are movie adaptations I dislike, but more on that in a coming post which I have been developing, The Book VS. The Movie, which will be launching onto here sometime soon, I hope!

So that is the Bookworm Stereotypes post. These stereotypes were not anything I came up with, they’re all from Paperfury’s awesome post here, so be sure to check it out, thanks for the amazing post, Cait 🙂

Sooo, what stereotypes fit you? Let me know in the comments!

Speak soon!

Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – Winter by Marissa Meyer

Image result for winter marissaTitle: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 827 (!!)

Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”

THIS MAGNIFICENT SERIES, FINALLY OVER (I finally made it through that monster of a book, goodness me). Ohhh my gosh! I am so, so glad I decided to pick up The Lunar Chronicles. Definitely one of my most favourite series ever. My goodness that was some long journey to the end, I’m like gasping for breath here.

I love love love love the balance between retelling and also the original flair of this series, another thing to add to the list of perfect stuff jammed into this glorious series. I love the characters. The plot. The setting. THE ENDING.

Allow me to elaborate…

Cinder: tough, hardworking, determined. There was a lot of character development from her throughout the book, and I felt like she certainly dominated this book, despite the title being dedicated to Winter? Either way, I loved her whole show – so – I’m not complaining here!

“Did you see any rice in there? Maybe we could fill Cinder’s head with it.”

Everyone stared at him.

“You know, to…absorb the moisture, or something. Isn’t that a thing?”

“We’re not putting rice in my head.”

Kai: what to say about Kai?? He’s just the same old dude since the first book. Obviously his behaviour/attitude has altered (and like I’m telling you in what way!) and of course he’s a bit more mature and all (but then, haven’t they all matured to a certain degree?). I really like him in this book more than any of the other books, especially his ability to whisk out the most elegant speeches within seconds!

“You mean she doesn’t intend to blow me up before the ceremony?” said Kai, taking the box. “How disappointing.”

Scarlet: My favourite character! Deciding who is more kickass, Scarlet vs. Cinder, is a real war, I honestly don’t know. But so much torture for her throughout this whole series (and I mean unusually)! She’s spunky, lippy and has a bossy attitude to her that I really like. She’s basically stolen the title of every red-headed girl in the entire universe in these books.

“He growled at her. Scarlet growled back.”

Wolf: woahhh! (so much torture for him, in this whole series, too…) He’s all action in this book, including his wolf-like instinct of protection. He’s the same in the last book, doesn’t really change too much mentally, I guess?

His brow creased. “Though there were a couple times when I went a little insane anyway.”

Cress: I love how she’s so shy and small but with a port screen in her hands can be terribly powerful. I love how underneath all of that timidness she is a strong woman, ready to fight for what she believes in the most, and whom she loves/believes in the most.

“She was trapped. Thorne was captured. But they had been heroic.”

Thorne: My favourite of all of the male characters. He is absolutely hilarious, a very memorable character.

“Thorne scoffed. “Careful is my middle name. Right after Suave and Daring.”
“Do you even know what you’re saying half the time?” asked Cinder.”

Winter: Such a sweet character! I have to say at first, I was a little annoyed with her because I kept thinking well if she could just use her Lunar powers then Jacin wouldn’t have to worry so much, and all would be well, just a little bit every morning to keep things going. But as the book progressed, by admiration for her grew, and she really is a very sweet, kind, strong, lovely person.

“Winter reached over and pulled the pilot’s harness over Scarlet’s head. “Safety first, Scarlet-friend. We are fragile things.”

Jacin: Honestly didn’t really like him that much until this book, but it’s impossible (in my view) not to like him at least a little bit in this book, because he’s just so… sweet? I’m sorry, but really! “Good” sounds somewhat wrong in describing him.

“I am your guard. I’m here to protect you and keep you out of trouble, and that’s it.”

Levana: Well, what can I say? Evil queen, as always. She was pretty much the same from the rest of the books, because we already get a huge side of Levana in Fairest, but here it’s just her personality is the same as the other books, although of course her involvement is a lot more and I definitely felt zero sympathy for her.

“I intend to put an end to the rumors of the darling Princess Selene once and for all.”

Honestly, though… it was too long. Really. I think another edit could have saved our souls from drowning amongst 800 pages, because there were a lot of unnecessary words and detail here and there. I also have to confess and I did feel rather bored 300-400 pages through.

So, that is my review! I hope you all enjoyed it, I know it’s a longer review than normal but it’s marking the end of The Lunar Chronicles for me, and also, well, it’s a pretty long book, if I do say so myself.

What were your thoughts on this book? Did you think the finale was appropriate? 

*also* I do intend to pick up the graphic novels soon because they are a continuation of our beloved characters but in lighter, more fun reads starring Iko as the main character. Check them out here.

Speak soon!

Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Image result for fairestTitle: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Pages: 222

This book is crazy. First of all, it must be understood that this is a story of a villain, so it’s not going to be a happy fairy tale. It has a pretty dark aspect to it (okay, a very dark aspect to it) and has some more than a little disturbing scenes that I chose to skip/skim as much as possible.

But why do I rate it four stars? Because everything was portrayed in a very well-done manner. Nothing seemed forced (as in more telling than showing) or anything. I had a lot of doubts about Levana, and as I delved through this book, I was debating whether it was really her fault she was such an awful person. Conclusion: you have to read the book and make your own mind up.

I’m still torn, really. In a way, I do understand how she is so bitter and evil but I also don’t think that excuses her behaviour. It’s hard, because I pity her but I also loathe her actions. I think I do hate her more than I pity her, because any naturally kind person would be much more forgiving, although I do understand how she is the complete opposite of that (you guys basically need to read the book to find out and actually understand what going on about here).

This book answered a lot of questions for me, another reason why I finished it within a day (and also because it is a novella). It is intriguing, and I was completely gripped, as much as I disliked the dark aspects of it, hey, this is an evil queen we’re talking about here. If this was really going to be realistic, what can we expect, right?

Another reason why this book is so good is how it managed to twist and turn my emotions with every step into the plot. I was doubtful about her goodness and evilness through every turn of the page, and even now, having just finished it, I still wonder whether hating her might be a bit harsh. No doubt she has done some absolutely horrific, horrific things, but what can you expect when you look at her upbringing? I definitely hate her, but do pity her as well.

You can’t really skip this book in the series, as it answers a lot of important things that I’m assuming will be needed for the final book.

Anyway, what were your thoughts on this book? Would you skip this book on a reread of the series? And who do you think is more evil, in the end, Levana or her older sister? 

Speak soon! 🙂

Blog Updates, TBRs

February Reading!

Hey guys! It’s been ages since I did one of those monthly reading things (but if you think about it, I haven’t been doing blogging for very long either, sooo), and even though my reading for this month (as you will soon see) is a bit of a (diverse?) mash-up, I’m still going to try and make it look organised 😉

What have I completed this month so far?

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Related imageRating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

What am I currently reading this month – novels – for pleasure? 

Blue Lily, Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Image result for blue lily blueSynopsis: The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Image result for the falconerSynopsis: One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale

She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

What am I currently reading this month – for studies?

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What am I currently reading this month – ongoing non-fiction?

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Other current on-going reads…

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Sooo, that is all the books I’ve got going on in February! Also, please keep in mind I have upcoming exams, which means lots and lots of revision, which means lots and lots of time spent… which means limited time on reading (sadly). So, I’m not going to do a dedicated TBR for the month, I’m just going to see what happens – f I even get a book done this month (who knows?)… and stuff.

Anyways, you guys, tell me about your February reading? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned in this post?

Speak to you later!