July 2021 Wrap Up

Hi! I’ve been MIA for a while. Life got a bit busy, with work, house and… a new kitten! His name is Zucchini and he’s the sweetest boy in the universe, and he also takes up a lot of my time and attention.

Despite being so busy, I still managed to read a good bit in the month of July. Here’s the stats:

  • Number of books read: 15
  • Number of pages read: 3250
  • Average star rating: 3.75
  • DNF: 0
  • Physical TBR at the start of the month: 48
  • Books read: 5
  • Current TBR: 51

Dustborn by Erin Bowman

I finally finished Dustborn this month. I started reading it in May… don’t be misleaded by it, I did enjoy it. But I picked it up at the wrong time, when my reading slump was at its worst and ended up not appreciating the story enough. I also think I hyped it up in my head too much and compared it to Vengeance Road, which is one of my favourite books. All in all, it was a very solid Western with a twist.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

I honestly don’t know why I continued with this series. I didn’t like the first book and surprise, surprise, I didn’t like this one either. The characters really just don’t do anything for me and I find Nova the worst of them all. I don’t care for the clumsy romance, for cookie cutter villains and heroes… yeah, I should’ve skipped it.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

ADHD 2.0 by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., John J. Ratey, M.D.

I’ve read this book because my partner was recently diagnosed with ADHD and I wanted to learn more about it. I tend to not rate informative nonfiction, because I never know how to, but for what it’s worth, I think the book does its job!

Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton

I am discovering I really enjoy short story collections where the stories connect with each other through minor characters or events. This one does just that, is set in New York during a blackout and is such a quick and cute read! I liked most of the stories, though, once again Ashley Woodfolk’s writing didn’t mesh with me.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Original by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal

This was unexpectedly good. I mean, of course I expect good stuff from Sanderson – there’s a reason why I pick up EVERYTHING by him. But I wasn’t sure where a cowritten scifi novella fit in that. It ended up being better than I expected. Fast paced, interesting, smart and sort of Blake Crouchesque – my favourite kind of scifi.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi

I thought this book would easily be a 4 or a 5 star, considering how I rated other books by Tahereh Mafi. I do love her writing, but this one just didn’t work for me. I don’t quite think the intention of it matched the tone and writing. For such a sad story, it felt jumbled up, unnecessarily dramatic just for the sake of it and uneventful… I thought it would make me emotional, but in the end it didn’t and I found it forgetful.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

Finally a YA mystery/thriller that I wasn’t totally disappointed in! I will be posting a full review at some point soon, so I won’t be going into detail, buy if you liked Sadie it might be something worth picking up!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones By Seanan McGuire

I binged the rest of this series in July and!!! Why did I wait so long? This one is probably my favourite (or one of two favourites). I loved both Jack and Jill and found the story the right amount of whimsical and… disturbing.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

While I enjoyed this one, too, I found it a bit scattered, and the weakest out of the ones I read. I did enjoy the world building, but Rini and her sense of humour… not so much.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

In an Absent Dream is my second favourite. I wish McGuire would write a full length novel about the Goblin Market. I really loved the premise of this one and all of the quirk that came with it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

I really enjoyed seeing Jack and Jill once again and continuing with their story, although not quite as much as their first one.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

Yet another quirky, whimsical story but much less dark, which is a shame. I did love the representation McGuire included with Regan being intersex.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas did it again! I loved THUG and I was dying to read about Maverick’s teens and it ended up being everything I could’ve wanted. From the writing, through the characters and their development, the plot – it was all perfection. I think I’ll post a full review of this one, soon!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin

I’m not sure what I was expecting from this but whatever it was, it wasn’t what I got. I think I wanted something like Northline. And in some ways it was similar, but while Nortline was depressing, yet realistic and somehow uplifting at times, The Night Always Comes was just plain depressing. I couldn’t deal with the main character and her making the same mistake over and over, nor could I read more of her whiny mother… I probably should’ve DNFed it.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

Oh, the disappointment of this one hurt… the marketing of this book really sold it to me – I wanted and expected body horror, spooky atmosphere and mysterious main characters. None of it really delivered. I haven’t found the book to be particularly atmospheric or spooky. I couldn’t care less about the characters. The pacing was off and it made the book drag. For such a short story (just under 300 pages), it was a real slug. Full review to come.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

As you can see, I had a pretty good reading month, although I have read MANY short books. How was your July? What was your favourite of the month?

Thank you for reading! P.S. My blog finally surpassed 5000 views! Hooray!

June 2021 Wrap Up

Hello! I am a day late, this post was meant to go up yesterday, but… I’m unorganised. And I did think for a second of skipping this wrap up altogether because I read so little in July.

Anyway, here are the stats.

  • Number of books read: 5
  • Number of pages read: 1385
  • Average star rating: 3.1 stars
  • DNF: 1
  • Physical TBR at the start of the month: 48
  • Books read: 0
  • Current TBR: 54

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

I have very much enjoyed this whole series, including the conclusion. I wish I read the books in a bit of a closer succession, because I think I would’ve retained more info and therefore enjoyed it more. But overall, I think this installment was interesting, well paced and I like how the story ended. And maybe I would’ve rated in higher if not the romance aspect.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo

I don’t have much to say about either of these. They were just okay, but I didn’t get anything out of them. I’ve no conclusive thoughts on either.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

I have a full review of this book here.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

This has been on my tbr for the longest time, I think I’ve added it before it even came out, and I might’ve hyped it up too much for myself. I did enjoy the story and Cordova’s writing, but it did read on the younger spectrum of YA and I think I’m growing out of those stories by now. I still think that any fans of paranormal fantasy should give it a go, even though it wasn’t my absolute favourite.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

As you see, I had a pretty bad reading month. The slump hit me hard. Let’s hope July is better.

I hope you had a great June. Thanks so much for reading.

April 2021 Wrap Up

Hi, there!

April is over. I’ve had a strange month for productivity, and an even stranger reading month. I did manage a good few books, though, so here are the stats.

  • Number of books read: 9
  • Number of pages read: 3523
  • Average star rating: 3.2
  • Physical TBR at the start of the month: 35
  • Books read: 5
  • Current TBR: 37
  • DNF: 1

I might’ve gotten some new books… and getting more soon, because it’s my birthday in 12 days. Am I ever going to get through my physical TBR? Unlikely…

The Darkest Bloom: Shadowscent by P.M. Freestone

I have written a review of sorts for this book, you can check it out here.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

I think it’s time to accept I might’ve grown out of my love for Clare’s books. Chain of Iron was a bit better than the first book in the series, yet it didn’t really grab me, and I am not attached to those characters, no matter how hard I’m trying to make myself attached to them. While the story was somewhat interesting, the amount of drama was unjustifiable, in my opinion.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

For Esme, with Love and Squalor – and Other Stories by J.D. Salinger

I love Salinger’s writing and characters, though they’re definitely an acquired taste. All of the stories in this collection were good, but I enjoyed the opening and the closing ones the most.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

The Glass Hotel was not what I expected. I enjoyed the reading process of it all, mainly due to the stunning writing, but I kept waiting for things to happen and they didn’t. Don’t get me wrong – I like character driven stories. I just don’t think this one is just that. I honestly don’t know where I stand here. On one hand, I found some parts of it engaging and enjoyable, and on the other hand… I don’t understand its point? I am not sure it makes sense, but it’s exactly how I felt about it.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

I couldn’t have hoped for a better conclusion to a fantastic duology. The Grishaverse became very dear to my heart, thanks to Nikolai Lantsov and Zoya Nazyaensky (and Kaz Brekker, but he and I go way back). Being back in this world was great. I loved everything about it, to be perfectly honest, because it wrapped up the story perfectly, and left us with a hopeful next book in a certain well loved series… I’m really trying to not spoil anything.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

I think I hyped up this book too much for myself, because, although I’m not exactly disappointed, Children of Time didn’t live up to my expectations. I don’t know what I thought when I heard “giant, intelligent spiders”, but it wasn’t what I got. The story was good and for most of it engaging, but I found it quite repetitive in plot and narration. I’m not sure if I’ll be continuing with the series.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Dark Stars by Danielle Rollins

Yet another absolute gem that saved this somewhat bad/average reading month. This is the last book in a criminally underrated YA sci-fi series of the same title, and I flew through it. I really enjoyed getting back into this world and coming back to the characters I grew to love. I think the reviews are split when it comes to this one, but I thought the ending made a lot of sense and wrapped up everything nicely.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

I kind of want to make a separate post ranting about Yelena and Valek, specifically about Valek calling her “love” on every single page of this damned book (and the other two books, too), but I’m not sure that’s entertaining. I don’t know why I thought I was enjoying this series, because this one was frustrating to say the least. I could honestly rant for a long time – it was formulaic, every exciting scene faded to black before it even began, and had Yelena wake up rescued. The political intrigue got lost between all the unnecessary character drama. I did not enjoy it…

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Speaking of being fooled in thinking I was enjoying a series… this book! I don’t know what happened, but I found Children of Virtue and Vengeance to be so vastly different from the first book in the series, it was hard to believe the same author wrote it. I adored Children of Blood and Bone. I thought the plot was fresh and exciting. I feel in love with the characters and how deep and real they were. The world was vibrant, the magic system… *chef’s kiss*. None of these were true in this second installment, but what hurt the most was the fact that it felt like the characters were completely different. I am so disappointed I might be skipping the last book altogether.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

And that is all I read in April. How was your reading month? Let me know in the comments.

July Wrap Up

Hi! Long time, no see. I feel like I say it in every single post and it feels stale – but it’s been a hot minute. I contemplated not even posting a wrap up, but I changed my mind in the end. July was a slumpish month – I said the same thing about June, I know – but I still managed to read some books, so it clearly wasn’t as bad as I’m making it out to be.

Here are the stats.

  • Number of books read: 6
  • Number of pages read: 2024
  • Average star rating: 4.3
  • DNFs: 1
  • TBR at the start of July: 57
  • Books added: 1
  • Books read: 3
  • Current TBR: 48 (I’ve been unhauling like crazy)

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

When You Were Everything is a book I started in June but didn’t finish in time to include it in that wrap up. I have mixed feelings about it. I got invested in the story, I cared for what was happening to the characters and thought the plot itself was fresh. But what didn’t sit right with me was the overall message of the book, or at least what I took out of it – especially considering the ending. The heartbreak of losing a friend was overshadowed by a narrative that suggested girls will be bitches, especially the popular ones, and that’s it. The ending lacked resolution, and if I needed closure after reading what happened to those two girls, they definitely needed it more.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

You know when you read a book and there are things in it that irk you, or maybe you don’t agree with the decision the author makes, or… something? There’s just something that makes the book slightly imperfect. And yet you cannot rate it any lower than 5 stars. That’s me with this book. I don’t know if it makes any sense at all, but that’s just how I feel about it. Footnotes and sex scenes existed in this series since book one and I hated both, and the last book is also filled with them (and Mr. Kristoff pokes fun at people complaining about both in the damn book) and yet I can’t say they ruined the overall experience for me. Darkdawn was smart and heartbreaking and a perfect ending to a series that ended up adoring. That’s all I have to say.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall

The Write Reads hosted a tour for this one and so I have a full review (well… maybe not a full one, but a review nonetheless) right here if you wanna know my thoughts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

I also took part in a tour for this beauty and reviewed it here. Spoiler alert: I loved it!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

This was my second book by Acevedo and I can safely say that I adore her writing. With The Fire On High was such a sweet and warm book. It’s been a while since I read a contemporary novel that gave me a warm and cosy feeling, as I usually pick up the hard hitting, heavy ones. Don’t get me wrong, there are many serious themes in this book, but it’s mostly uplifting, which I enjoyed a lot. And like everyone else already mentioned in their reviews – it made me so hungry.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Lastly, I finished The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg. It wasn’t what I expected it to be, but I still very much enjoyed it. It’s a blend of sci-fi and other genres, so if you’re new to it and are not sure whether sci-fi is your thing, I think it’s an easy one to pick up and read, as it has some mystery/thriller elements. It wasn’t quite a 5 star read for me but I enjoyed the different formats and the discussion on ethics the book starts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

And that is all for today. How did your July go? Let me know your favourite read of the last month!

Thanks for reading!

May Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies. I can’t believe May is over. You know the drill – the last day of the month means a wrap up day. In May I’ve read 12 books, a lot of them were ones I agreed to review, too, which made the month a tad bit stressful. It’s time for some stats.

  • Number of books read: 12
  • Number of pages read: 4264
  • Average star rating: 3.7
  • DNFs: 0
  • TBR at the start of May: 59
  • Books added: 0 (well done, me)
  • Books read: 6
  • Current TBR: 52 (slowly but surely getting through my physical TBR)

Kate and Jesse by Erin Bowman

I loved nothing more than seeing Kate and Jesse again. Vengeance Road is one of my favourite books, and seeing those two again was great. I devoured it, probably because it is only 85 pages long.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

Retribution Rails had me excited and a tad bit scared. It’s a companion novel to Vengeance Road and I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to it, because the main characters were different (and the characters were what made me LOVE and OBSESS over Vengeance Road). I’m happy to report Retribution Rails is just as good!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

I’ve written a review for Harrow Lake which you can read here, but if you wanna know the speedy version – I wish the book picked what kind of a thriller it wanted to be and played into that instead of steering us towards the supernatural, just to have a “shocking” reveal and leave many things unanswered.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

I’m giving up on this series. It’s a first contact with aliens Chinese sci-fi, and while book one was okay and somewhat promising, I found the second installment to be boring as hell. Maybe its just not my cup of tea. I’m pretty sure I should’ve DNFed it, but I pushed through and didn’t enjoy it.

Rating: 2 out of 5.
The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

Another book for which I have a full review. The idea was good, but the execution unfortunately didn’t quite deliver. It was too similar to Harry Potter at times, and it really overshadowed the original story.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B. Andersen

I’ve been consistently loving this series, since I started it at the end of last year and this one was no different. Again, if you want my full thoughts, I have a review for it. It’s a fun and unique Middle Grade/YA fantasy I would definitely recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Duckett & Dyer: Dicks for Hire by G.M. Nair

I buddy read this with my boyfriend and thought it was fantastic. It’s a sci-fi with time and parallel universe travel and it’s absolutely hilarious! It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, as the humour is quite specific, but if you like bizarre stuff and sci-fi, it might be for you. Another one I’d absolutely recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

This book has been on my TBR for a good while and I finally got to it. I’m not gonna lie, while I did enjoy it overall, I found the story to be a bit typical. I liked that it was Japanese inspired, but it was quite formulaic and like many YA fantasies I’ve read plot and structure wise.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts

I have a full review for this, too! You know what I mean when I said I took on a LOT of review copies? I did enjoy this a lot, though. It’s a nice witchy, though not spooky, Middle Grade with great friendships. Definitely one of the best MG books I’ve read in a while (though The Storm Keeper’s Island takes the crown, easily).

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Fallen Angel by Kenneth B. Andersen

Second last book in The Great Devil War series (are you sick of the review thing, because I also have one for this book) and it was the weakest in the series, in my opinion, while still being good. It just felt a bit like a filler book before the big finale.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman

I’m finally continuing with this series! I loved the first book, though I did not expect to like it as much, and this one was just as good and the ending killed me. I really like Citra and Rowan as main characters, though I didn’t much care for Greyson, hence the rating.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

I was confused for a good half of this book, trying to figure out where the story was going. But once it got going, I loved it. It’s quite different to The Raven Boys quartet, but Ronan is one of the main characters and if you liked him and Adam, chances are you’ll like this. I loved Hennessy the most, though, which took me by surprise. After that ending, I need the next book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I feel like this post is kind of scattered. Thank you for reading.

How many books have you read this month and what were your favourites? Let me know in the comments.

April Wrap Up

April has absolutely flown, hasn’t it? At least compared to March. I’ve taken advantage of the fact that I can’t go anywhere and see anyone and did a lot of online shopping… no, scratch that. What I was meant to say is that I did a lot of reading (and bought a crazy amount of stuff over the internet, too).

Let’s get into stats.

  • Number of books read: 14
  • Number of pages read: 5142
  • Average star rating: 4
  • DNFs: 1
  • TBR at the start of April: 61
  • Books added: 10
  • Books read: 8
  • Current TBR: 59 (yay for unhauling books!)

Final Girls by Riley Sager

I started the month with a fairly average but enjoyable thriller. The story follows a final girl (as the title suggests) – a sole survivor of a massacre, named by the media – Quincy Carpenter. The narrative alternates between current time and the past, giving us flashbacks from the night Quincy’s friends were murdered. I really enjoyed the latter parts, as what happened that night was a mystery that interested me more than the rest. Overall, although I hated all of the characters and found the ending disappointing, I still had fun reading the book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

Incendiary was released 2 days ago but I got to read it early. I have a full review on here, if you want to know my thoughts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Being back in The Lunar Chronicles’ world was an absolute delight. I missed those characters. Stars Above is a collection of short stories following our faves, and I loved all but one of them. It was a really fun and fast read, and if you enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles, but haven’t read this book, I’d highly recommend you do.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Northline by Willy Vlautn

This one has been one of the first books I added to my TBR on Goodreads when I first made an account and I finally got to read it this month. Full review here, as I don’t want to sound redundant.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B. Andersen

I’ve had lots of fun reading this series so far, and I will review this book in 2 days, when it’s my turn, as once again I’m on the tour for it with the lovely The Write Reads. Spoiler alert: I enjoyed it!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Magic Study by Maria V Snyder

I’ve started the Study series years ago and never got around to reading anything past the first book. I finally decided to pick up Magic Study, as it’s been gathering dust on my shelves for forever, and it was a really fun and fast read. I needed to read a comprehensive synopsis of the first book, though, before diving into this one. I will say, altough since this was released, there are so many similar fantasy stories out there, I do think this one is worth a read.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

I was lucky enough to get approved for an eARC of Clap When You Land and I absolutely loved it. It’s a sad read, and I’ll be talking about it in depth on its release date on May 5th.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan

To be perfectly honest with you, I expected more from this book. It’s a collection of 13 retellings of classic fairytales and I wanted to love it, but it turned out quite… meh. What bothered me the most, I think, was the narration style, as most of these were told in the second person. The tone of this book is quite dark, and maybe I wasn’t in the mindset to read that, either.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

My lowest rated book of the month. I got to read an early copy, and I was excited because Seven Endless Forests is marketed as a King Arthur retelling. Apart from 2 borrowed names and a magic sword, this was nothing like the legend, and the way the story was told didn’t work for me, either. It was slow and hard to get through, as it lacked plot. I will post a review for it at some point, I think.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

I started reading this book back in 2018 when it first came out and didn’t finish it until now. Why? God knows, because I loved it! I’ve raved about it here, so if you want to read my full thoughts you can head there, but to sum it up, it’s a great and atmospheric middle grade set in Ireland and it’s delightful.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

If you like complex fantasy, The Fifth Season is for you. I didn’t know much about it before I started it, just that it was a dystopian fantasy where the world was plagued with natural disasters. Honestly, after reading a short story by Jemisin and hearing all the rave about this series, I didn’t need convincing to pick it up. I can’t say much about it because the story is easy to spoil. I docked half a star for sex scenes, though, because there’s quite a few.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I listened to Sadie on audio because the way it’s done is an absolute masterpiece. It has a full cast and half of the story is told in a podcast form, which really works well in that format. The book deserves a separate reiew, so I’ll be posting one soon. I’m suprised how much I enjoyed it – some books get so overhyped, it’s crazy.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

I love Sanderson but his introductions to new series are always so slow! It’s just his style and I understand it completely, I just wish it picked up from time to time. The snail’s pace was worth it, because we got a lot of info about the world the last 60 pages were wild. What I’m trying to say is… I enjoyed it a lot, I just wish it had a side plot or two at the start to tie it all together move a tiny bit faster. I’m not gonna summarise the plot because I bet ye already know what it’s about.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

So, technically I still have around 30 pages left in the Goblet of Fire, BUT there is no doubt I’ll be finishing it the second I post this. I’ve decided to continue with my reread of the series this month. It’s crazy how many things I’ve forgotten. Needless to say – I loved it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

And that is it for today.

How many books have you read this month? Any new favourites? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading, and as always, I’ll see you soon!

March Wrap Up

Hi! Let’s talk books because I need to talk about things that are not in any way related to the virus or my head will explode. Deal?

March has been good, reading wise, as I have completed 10 books. That’s the most so far this year, but I am determined to beat it. What can I say? I’m a bit of an overachiever sometimes.

  • Number of books read: 10
  • Number of pages read: 4029
  • Average star rating: 3.7
  • DNFs: 1
  • TBR at the start of March: 60
  • Books added: 5
  • Books read: 4
  • Current TBR: 61

I have a feeling no matter how many books I read in April, my TBR will keep growing.

There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

I’m wondering now why I never posted a review on here for this one (insert thinking emoji – I’m addicted to it)? I got an eARC and I usually post reviews for those on here… Anyway, it matters not! I knew what the book was about when I requested it, but by the time I got approved for it I had no idea what to expect. So I dove in blind and it was a really good surprise. It’s a debut fantasy about a prophecy that foretells the “age of darkness”, told from 5 POVs, which I was apprehensive about at the start, but which ended up well executed. There Will Come A Darkness is an ambitious story – there’s a lot to the plot, magic system and the characters – but it delivers. It’s fast paced and engaging. The world building is solid. 5 POVs is stretching it, but for most of it, it works. I’ll definitely be picking up the sequel and more from Katy Rose Pool.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

Another great read! I finally finished the Three Dark Crowns series and it was everything! (don’t let the picture fool you, I know I put Two Dark Reigns there, but it’s cause I got this one out of the library and I don’t own it YET) This last book absolutely broke my heart but I weirdly enjoy that, so coming from my lips it’s a compliment. For a series that started mediocre for me, it really grew with each consecutive book and I can honestly say it became one of my favs. If you haven’t read it yet – you should.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

I’ve posted a review for The Poppy War already, so I won’t be saying too much here. Another well done debut. It was exciting and well crafted. It’s not without faults, obviously, but I enjoyed it overall and will definitely pick up the sequel.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Locke & Key Vol. 1 by Joe Hill

I’ve no idea how to review graphic novels. I picked up Locke & Key because I’m curious to start the Netflix show and I’d like to compare both. I’ve heard they’re quite different. This was a really gory and dark horror and I actually really enjoyed it. It made me very uncomfortable at times and we’ve already established that constitutes a good time for me (in case of books and movies ONLY, in case I need to specify).

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Diviners by Libba Bray

This book has been on my radar for forever. I didn’t love it as much as I expected to, I found it a bit tropey and predictable, but it was by no means terrible, either. Some books just don’t age as well as others, and I’m sure have I read it when it was first released I would’ve liked it more. I think it tried to cram too many plot lines into this first book alone and hence felt disjointed at times. There was also some insta love I didn’t quite enjoy. I have a feeling the series gets better with each book, though, so I will definitely be continuing with it.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

You might already know what I think about this book, and if you don’t check out this review, because I cannot rant any more.

Rating: 2 out of 5.
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

I needed a break from fantasy and sci-fi, so I picked up this book because I heard, style wise, it was similar to Celeste Ng’s stuff. I do agree with that a bit, but nothing is as good as Ng’s books (in the hard hitting contemporary genre at least). The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a story about grief and teen suicide and (as I said it in my Goodreads review) deals with it better than Thirteen Reasons Why. I really connected with the main character. I almost cried once, and that deserves 4 stars.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Die of Death by Kenneth B. Andersen

Another book for which I have a separate review, that you can read here. I’ve nothing else to say. It was good, can’t wait to read the next book (I’ll be reading it in April).

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Sword in the Stars by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

I know what you’re thinking! Zaneta, why did you read this book if you hated the first book in the series? Well… that’s what happens when you go on a requesting spree and press that green button when you haven’t even read book 1 because you “have a feeling you’ll enjoy it”. Feelings LIE. And I committed. Review to come very soon.

Rating: 2 out of 5.
Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins

I’ve decided to start utilising a TBR jar this year to finally get to some of the books that have been sitting on my shelf forgotten and unread. Stolen Time was my lucky pick. I got it in a subscription box last year and expected a tropey romance. Instead I got a book in which time travel actually make sense, with great and loveable characters and an exciting plot with sort of a heist. In other words – exactly my jam. I loved it! (even the romance) Can’t wait for the sequel to come out in 16 days!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My one DNF this month was Wakenhyrst. A friend of mine read it and liked it, so I decided to try it out. There was nothing wrong with it, it just wasn’t my cup of tea, so I decided to put it down.

And that would be it. How many books have you read in March? Have you read any of the ones mentioned above? What did you think?

Until next time!

February Wrap Up

Hi! I’m a bit late with this post as we’re already 4 days into March! Honestly, where does the time go? I had a really good reading month in February, at least quantity wise, I’ve read 9 books and it’s the most I’ve read in a month in a looong while. Quality wise? Well, I haven’t had a proper 5 star read since the very first book I finished this year (not counting a comic I’ll mention below) so that’s not ideal.

  • Number of books read: 9
  • Number of pages read: 3452
  • Average star rating: 3.4

I’ve decided to add stats of the number of books on my physical TBR at the start of each month, how many books I’ve read from it and how many I’ve added to it.

  • TBR at the start of February: 63
  • Books added: 2
  • Books read: 4
  • Current TBR: 60
Birthday by Meredith Russo

This book has been on my radar for a couple of months, and when I realised my library had an ebook version of it, I decided to pick it up. Birthday is an own voices novel with a trans main character. It spans over 7 (?) birthdays and is told from the perspective of two best friends, Morgan and Eric. This book hurt me emotionally, as it deals with some difficult subjects. It’s gut wrenching and frustrating at times, but also lovely and hopeful. I think it’s an important read and a topic that should be discussed in YA more often.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I have a full review for this book here if you want to check it out. I don’t want to repeat myself, so I’ll make this short and sweet. I liked the way the story was told, though I think it limited the amount of info that could be conveyed (world building, magic etc.). The Name of the Wind was a really cosy read. I wanted a bit more from it, but I still really enjoyed it for what it was.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I buddy-read this with my boyfriend (it was my pick) and LOVED it. It was a great mix of sci-fi and mystery/thriller. Dark Matter deals with parallel universes and along with time travel, that’s my favourite kind of sci-fi, so I was hooked on it from the start. The story did take a while to unfold and I needed to wrap my head around what was going on, but it was the good type of confusing. And once it got going… oh my god, was it suspenseful and mind-blowing and just a good fucking time.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power

First of all, can we please acknowledge how beautiful this cover is?! Okay, now that we’re all in agreement… This book was great. It was gory and atmospheric and gross and creepy. I’m surprised how much I enjoyed it – lately I’ve been disappointed with every hyped YA book out there. Also, it turns out horror is my genre. The ending wasn’t to my liking, though, so it wasn’t perfect, but I guess you can’t have everything.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Strange Planet by Nathan W Pyle

Here’s my one and only 5 star read of this month. My boyfriend got me this for Valentines and I read it slowly throughout a week or so. I’ve been obsessed with these comics since I found them on Twitter, and I think they’re just adorable and funny. I’ve nothing else to say, really.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

This one disappointed me immensely. I love Brandon Sanderson, but something about Warbreaker just didn’t work for me. If you want to read my full thoughts, a review can be found here. Ultimately, this read like a wannabe Sanderson book.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
The Silent House by Nell Pattison

I hate rating arcs low, but it has to be done sometimes. The Silent House seemed like a book right up my alley, but ended up being a huge disappointment. It’s releasing tomorrow, so I will be posting a full review either later on today, or tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I have an issue with picking up books from my physical TBR (don’t ask me why, I have no clue), so as an incentive to read them instead of getting new books, I made a TBR jar. In February, my lucky pick was Fahrenheit 451. I’m sure if I didn’t force myself, I wouldn’t have read it for years, because I’m not that big on classics. I ended up really enjoying it, to my surprise! I’m sure I don’t need to summarise the book for any of you, I also don’t have anything profound to say about it. I enjoyed the writing and the message. I think it’s insane how valid and relatable it still is, 50 years later.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Lastly, I kind of set myself up for fail with this one. I don’t read self-help books, they’re not for me, I don’t enjoy them. Why did I pick this one up, so? Honestly, I have no idea. Partially because I’m an anxious person myself, partially because everyone raves about this book and also a bit because I liked Haig’s Humans. As I should’ve expected, I didn’t get anything out of it. I didn’t relate, as my anxiety is triggered by the news or social media. I also thought the solutions listed in the books were very cliched and targeted at a very specific demographic which I’m not part of, and nor are all the people I know who deal with anxiety on a daily basis.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

As you can see, February was a mixed bag. March has been much slower reading wise already, but according to my Goodreads, I’m 4 books ahead of schedule, so I’m trying not to stress myself out too much about it.

I won’t be posting a TBR for the month, as I’m trying to not restrict myself too much and read whatever I’m in the mood for.

How was your February? Let me know down in the comments! I’ll talk to you soon.

November Wrap Up

Hi! I can’t believe it’s December already.

Let’s talk stats for November, and how much I failed my TBR, shall we?

November has been a strange month reading wise. I have gotten myself into a reading slump and didn’t really get out of it until now (at least I hope), so I’m in the middle of 2 books at the moment, still. I’ll talk about them tomorrow, in my December TBR post.


  • Number of books read: 4
  • Number of pages read: 2520
  • Average star rating: 4.75
  • DNFs: 1
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go was a leftover from my October TBR and I finished it at the start of the month. I really enjoyed the book – it was a perfect thriller full of suspense and plot twists, and it really cemented my interest in Clare Mackintosh’s books. I did find the themes of it heavy, though, so I found it hard to fly through the book – it made me sad and uncomfortable. While I think the book was incredibly well done, my enjoyment of it was definitely hindered by how stressful and weighty I found some parts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I’m not gonna blabber about this one for too long, because I have a review for it right here. Ninth House is probably one of my favourite books I’ve read this year and Bardugo is a Queen. The book is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but if you can deal with violence and drug abuse, among other things, and you want a good urban fantasy – pick it up.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

I am slowly but surely continuing with my reread of Harry Potter. Like for every book so far, I’ve a twitter thread, live tweeting my experience, rereading the books for the nth time. I don’t think I have to say much about it – it was clearly 5 stars, though I think it is my least favourite of the series (don’t @ me).

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

My god! This one’s a wild ride. Sanderson is a master of fantasy – I thought that after reading Mistborn and I am sure of it now. Words of Radiance is such a complex and detailed story, it’s gripping, it’s fast paced, it gives you characters you love, ones you hate, ones you want to hit over the head with a wooden spoon and tell them to cop on (yes, I’m talking about Kaladin). I loved everything about it and I need to pick up Oathbringer asap.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

And my one DNF of the month

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

I gave it 100 pages, but it failed to grab my attention. It was unnecessarily violent with no substance behind it. I don’t mind violence (clearly – I rated Ninth House 5 stars), but when it’s the only thing mentioned in the book – it gets tiresome. I wanted world building – I got none. I wanted more than a murderous child. I was very disappointed in the book – especially that it’s been on my TBR for a really long time.


That would be it for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with my TBR, I still need to fine tune it and make sure I don’t overdo it, like always.

How many books have you read in November? Any new favourites?

October Wrap Up

Hi, friends!

Since I’ve last posted, my numbers have gone up a good bit, so hi to all of you lovely new people, thank you for following and reading my blabbery posts! You’re the best.

I have set a very ambitious TBR for myself this month and *drumroll* I have failed by half a book. Yes, you’re reading it right – once again, for the third month in a row, I have failed by half a book. I guess it’s a tradition by now. It is still the 31st of October and I could’ve possibly made it if I wasn’t such a dummy and didn’t leave my book at work.


  • Number of books read: 8
  • Number of pages read: 3252
  • Average star rating: 3.6 stars
  • DNFs: 1
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

I hyped myself up A LOT for this book and I think I set my bar too high, because, while I enjoyed the story and think it has a potential as a series, it didn’t blow me away. I have a review on it one here, it’s not formatted though, so it looks horrendous (be warned), but I think I explain my thoughts on the book semi- coherently in it, so if you’re interested – check it out.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

October was my month of thrillers, so I tried to make my way through most of the ones I own, this one being one of them. It’s about this couple who go to their next door neighbours for a party and leave their baby at home (I mean, who does that?!) and, surprise, surprise, the baby is kidnapped! I flew through this one, it’s a very quick read, but I also called all the plot twists from a mile, and hated all the characters. All those things aside, I kinda maybe enjoyed it, too. I’m conflicted on my feelings – I acknowledge it was pretty bad, but I guess it was also what I was in the mood for at the time.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Like, Follow, Kill by Carissa Ann Lynch

I received an ARC of this from Net Galley and have a full review one here, if you have any interest in knowing my thoughts on it. It was another typical thriller which relied too much on unbelievable plot twists for the sake of plot twists to shock the reader, and so I gave it 2.75 stars. Too bad, because I loved the idea.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

Oooh, I really liked this one. It’s a witchy story set in Galway, Ireland (one of my favourite places in the country) and it is exactly what I wanted to read around Halloween. It was spooky, dark, funny and overall a great time – the writing and language so familiar to someone who’s been living in Ireland for 10+ years. It’s a pretty short book, though, and I wish we’ve gotten more – there is definitely a lot left to the imagination, a lot of mysteries unsolved, and I lowered the rating wishing this was a series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

This month has been pretty underwhelming for thrillers for me. Another hyped up book that didn’t live up to my expectations. I was very intrigued by the synopsis, of two strangers (a man and a woman) meeting at an airport while their flight is delayed, chatting about personal stuff and kind of, sort of fantasising about killing the man’s wife, who he caught cheating. I really liked the writing, the characters were interesting at the start, and then at the halfway point, everything went downhill for me. In the end the book turned out to be only meh…

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

I will repeat it every single time I read a V.E. Schwab’s book (which I’m caught up on, yay!) – the woman can do NO WRONG. Tunnel of Bones was a great continuation to City of Ghosts, in the very same vein, the right amount of spooky and I enjoyed it so much! I love middle grade because those books are fun and full of adventure, and this one definitely delivered! Big fan. 4.5 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Another great Halloween read – a retelling of Frankenstein. Although I haven’t read the original (I am very familiar with the story nonetheless), I think this retelling is a close one, with the difference being Elizabeth – the main character in this story, and an incredibly strong one at that. I love Kiersten White’s writing, I love her characters. It was a really well crafted story, spooky and disturbing at times.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
IT by Stephen King

I finished IT today and I’ve yet to write a full review on it, but I have a lot to say about it, so you can expect one in the next few days. All I’m going to say right now is that it was my first Stephen King and I enjoyed it A LOT. I did skip the infamous scene, as I didn’t want it to ruin the book for me (I know it would, so I prefer to be oblivious and pretend it doesn’t exist).

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I have DNFed The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty at 200 pages because I felt it would bore me to death.


And that is it! I’ll be back tomorrow with a TBR for November, if I plan what books to read.

Thanks for reading!

How many books have you read this month? Which was your favourite?