Book Reviews, YA fantasy


Image result for gracelingTitle: Graceling

Author: Kristin Cashore

Rating: DNF-ed

Yet another review I’m doing on a book that I hadn’t finished, but like with the Shadow Queen I did read halfway through and then decided I might as well move on to what could be a more enjoyable read.

Despite the originality about the whole “Graceling” thing and all, it just really didn’t feel original. At this point I’m sick and tired of coming across books with PREDICTABLE romance. Yes, I don’t read romance until it becomes physical but I still have to go through all those confusing feelings that the character has to go through, and it’s just extremely frustrating. Thankfully, the Flame in the Mist finally gave me a book that surprised me on every aspect, but this book, in short, was just a disappointment.  Continue reading “Graceling”

Book Reviews

First Impressions: Children of Blood and Bone

Image result for children of blood and boneNo, I have shamefully not finished this yet. I’m putting this down to too much fantasy, and just not being in the mood for it yet. But, the other day I started it again, and now that I’m on the second chapter, I have a lot more interest.

I don’t think it’s because I set my expectations too high, I think it’s because I just wasn’t in the mood for that type of story, but I feel like I am now.

As soon as the narrative switched towards the palace, I was hooked, because I can literally never get enough of fantasies surrounding royalty and kingship and all of that fancy jazz.

I just find it so intriguing. Now I am even more intrigued. But because I started Flame in the Mist, I’m also officially torn. So.  Continue reading “First Impressions: Children of Blood and Bone”


How Do I Afford Books?

Hey everyone!

This post is on to a subject I feel isn’t really talked about that much in the book blogger community. There is a massive amount of conversation on books, but what about obtaining them? Because as sad as it is, books are so expensive – especially the gorgeous super aesthetically pleasing hardcover ones that just make me want to swoon from the beauty of it. 😭

As you can probably tell from this blog, I read a fair amount of books. Probably more than the average person, although the older I get the more doubtful I am of the very existence of an “average” person. So, I thought I’d share some of my “tips” on getting free (or cheap) books!  Continue reading “How Do I Afford Books?”

first-impressions, YA fantasy

First-Impressions: Flame in the Mist

Image result for a flame in the mistLast night, despite all of the many books I’ve already started, I decided to start a new one. Woohoo. This one, I just couldn’t resist, to be honest. I saw it on OverDrive, and then I looked it up on Goodreads, and wow those reviews were stunning. So obviously, I borrowed it immediately  and dove right in.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t that. I thought it would be more of a political story where Mariko needs to try and survive in the politics of court and everything. Okay, fine, I obviously didn’t read all of the synopsis, I just read it now and am shook. The author just took it all one whopping step further.  Continue reading “First-Impressions: Flame in the Mist”


top 5 cosy fall reads – Sept 25

It is once again – another Top 5 Tuesday! Hurrah! Today’s topic is top 5 “cosy fall reads” and to be honest I’ve never really had “cosy fall reads” in the sense where I’ve considered my book as such a cosy read and all… but this time I put a bit of thought into it, and have narrowed down 5 books which I think are ideal fall reads – and I talk a lot about YA on this blog so I decided to put all classics on this list instead

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Discussions, YA fantasy

My Favourite Genre – How I Got Into It

Hello friends! This post was something I suggested on this post, and since I got a few thumbs-up here it is – it’s a bit of a story! 🙂

I started reading YA Fantasy back in Summer 2017. Yes, it has only been a year. Yes, that is freaking insane, since I feel like I’ve read so many fantasy books since then I’ve literally lived, eaten and breathed them and hardly read anything else from any other genre. Continue reading “My Favourite Genre – How I Got Into It”

Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Ash Princess

Image result for ash princessTitle: Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1)

Author: Laura Sebastian

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner…(see rest of synopsis here)

I was so excited to read this book. First of all, the cover. It’s GORGEOUS 😍. Secondly, it’s well-known on this blog I am a sucker for YA fantasy and the whole reclaim-your-kingdom trope (which is one I feel I will never tire of)… so long as the author has a way of doing it to make it refreshingly original. And because I read a lot of YA fantasy, I found quite a few bits really predictable, especially towards the last 100 pages.  Continue reading “Ash Princess”