August Wrap-Up 2018

August was another disappointing month for me in terms of reading. I only managed to finish two books but also managed to start three. So, without further ado here is my wrap-up!

Zenith – Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Zenith

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Published: January 11th 2018 by HQ Young Adult

Length: 534 pages (UK paperback)

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star

Synopsis:

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

-Goodreads

Short Review:

I don’t remember the last time I have read a Sci-Fi book and I felt that this book was a good one to ease me back into the genre. The writing style was easy to understand and most of the characters were enjoyable. However, I felt that the pacing was a bit off as some parts of the book were unnecessarily long winded.

 

Royals – Rachel Hawkins

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Published: May 3rd 2018 by Scholastic

Length: 304 pages (UK paperback)

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star

Synopsis:

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond. 

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

-Goodreads

Short Review:

I thought that this book was a very fun contemporary read. I enjoyed the variety of characters and loved the romance. However, I thought that this book could be a bit short at times and could have used a bit more description.

Read my full review here.


Currently Reading

The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

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Published: May 5th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Children’s

Length: 517 pages (UK paperback)

Synopsis:

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

-Goodreads

Thoughts So Far:

I’m really enjoying this book so far. I love the plot, I love the characters, I love the writing and, most of all, I love the dogs.

 

Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat

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Published: April 30th 2018 by Penguin

Length: 343 pages (UK paperback)

Synopsis:

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

-Goodreads

Thoughts So Far:

I absolutely loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I think that this is the perfect continuation.

 

City of Glass – Cassandra Clare

 

City of Glass

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Published: July 6th 2009 by Walker Books

Length: 508 pages (UK paperback)

Synopsis:

*CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES*

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

-Goodreads

Thoughts So Far:

I have already read about half of this book so I am only re-reading the book so far. I like the book but it feels a bit tedious reading something that I have already read.

 

Thanks for reading my Wrap-Up!

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The Disney Book Tag

This tag was created by Katytastic on Youtube back in 2015. I had completely forgotten that this tag existed until now but I am very happy it does exist because I love Disney and I love books, making this the perfect tag.

The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a ‘fish out of water’.

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I chose Daisy from Royals by Rachel Hawkins for this one. Daisy was thrown into a royal life of which was so different from her own life. Everything about Daisy’s new life was different from her old one from the way that she had to act around others to her mode of transport.

Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation.

HP

The only answer I could think of for this was Harry, Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter series. These characters experience so much development as they grow up throughout the series that they are almost completely different people by the final book than they were in the first book.

Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters.

ACOMAF

I love Rhysand and his friends! They are all so different which is what makes them such a great group. The characterisations contrasted and complemented each other perfectly.

Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep.

The Moonstone

I had to read The Moonstone for college and it bored me soooo much. I couldn’t connect or relate to any of the characters and, being half Indian, I didn’t enjoy the way in which Wilkie Collins portrayed the Indian Brahmins.

The Lion King – a character that had something traumatic happen to them in childhood.

Starfish

I can’t say what happens as it would spoil this book. Kiko has something very traumatic happen to her in Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. This book was very emotional, heartbreaking but beautiful.

Beauty and the Beast – a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.

ACOWAR

The Book Thief

Both The Book Thief and A Court of Wings and Ruin intimidated me very much with their length but once I started reading them I ended up absolutely flying through them and they’ve ended up being some of my favourite books.

Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or for worse.

Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not.

Cinder

I’m putting Cinder for both Aladdin and Mulan because in this Cinderella retelling Cinder so desperately wishes to be away from her horrible step mother. This is what pushes her to pretend that she is something that she is not and ends up getting her into a terrible situation.

Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

After watching the new Netflix movie, I just want these characters to come to life even more please.

Disney Descendants – your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character.

city of bones

I have always loved Valentine from The Mortal Instruments as a villain because no matter how awful he is, he truly believes that what he is doing is the right thing. This makes him such a complex character to me.

 

Thanks for reading!

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Royals Spoiler Free Review

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Author: Rachel Hawkins

Length: 296 pages (UK Paperback Edition)

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star

Synopsis

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

-Goodreads

Review

This book was so fun the whole way through that I almost finished it in one sitting. I especially loved the mix of characterisations and the large amount of character development written by Hawkins.

I adored the settings of Scottish castles, countryside and the idyllic town. I felt that the descriptions of the scenes and views were very well done, not too short or too drawn out. This book made me really want to visit Scotland!

I enjoyed the development of the relationships between Daisy and the other characters as her own character developed throughout the novel. I especially liked the relationship between Daisy and her sister, Ellie. I felt that, although there were strong romantic and friendship aspects to this story there was always enough of a focus on the Winters’ family relationships and dynamics. I have thought this about books a lot more recently!

There was one problem that I had with this book and it was the fact that there isn’t actually a Scottish Royal Family. I understand why Rachel Hawkins created a fictional royal family for her story as it is full of scandal, however, I would have liked a bit more context.

The romance in this novel was so mushy and happy and lovely that I just couldn’t get enough of it! (Honestly I could read a whole other book with this romance and be thoroughly content). *SLIGHT SPOILERS FOR THE ROMANCE AHEAD*

I thought that Daisy and Miles’ personalities contrasted each other so perfectly and whilst they argued a fair amount they were also very supportive of one another which I absolutely loved! Seriously give me more of this romance please!

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This book is perfect if you’re in the mood for a fluffy and fun story with the perfect dose of royalty, castles and scandal.

Let me know what your favourite feel-good book is in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

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Classics to Read and What to Wear Whilst Reading Them

*PARTNERSHIP WITH LITERARY BOOK GIFTS*

 

Hey everyone!

For a long while now I have wanted to get into reading classic books as I have only ever really read them for school. Along with the classics that I want to read I am going to show you all some great clothes to go with them!

1.

Jane Austen

I read Pride and Prejudice in high school and I absolutely adored it! I found it easy to read, funny and romantic. I feel that this was the perfect introduction to classic literature for me and I think I should try and read the rest of Jane Austen’s books soon.

2.

Les Miserablés – Victor Hugo

I know, I know. This book is absolutely HUGE. Les Miserablés is incredibly intimidating, however, the musical has been one of my favourites for the longest time and I really want to read the book that it was based on.

3.

Little Women – Louise May Alcott

My mum loves Little Women and bought the book for me when I was younger. I have never read this book but I did watch the movie many times with my sister when I was younger.

4.

Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

I recently started watching the Netflix show Anne With an E and I love it so much! I think that this book would be such a lovely read.

5.

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

So many people have said great things about this gothic novel and I think that it would be great to read in winter all cosy in a hoodie.

6.

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

I really want to read a Charles Dickens book in my lifetime and A Tale of Two Cities is the one which appeals to me the most.

 

Literary Book Gifts

All of the clothing items that were shown in this post were from literarybookgifts.com. I really really love the huge range of bookish designs that they feature on their t shirts, hoodies, tank tops, tote backs and rucksacks. If you would like to buy any products from their store feel free to use my exclusive discount code: TimeTravellingReader20 for 20% off your purchase. There is no minimum spend for this discount and you can use it as many times as you like!

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Thanks for reading!

 

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Stalking Jack the Ripper Spoiler Review

Jack the Ripper

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Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Length: 326 pages (Hardback Edition)

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

-Goodreads

 

Review

This is the first five star book that I have read in a long while. The plot had the perfect pace as it wasn’t too dense with action or too drawn out. I feel that the romance was very well done in this book as it did not overshadow the main plot, but intertwined well with the mystery. Maniscalco made some changes to the real life mystery of Jack the Ripper and they made the story all the more intriguing (the locations and details of these changes were shown at the end of the book).

I loved the different characterisations and relationships in this book as the characters complimented and contrasted each other well. Audrey Rose was by far my favourite character as she defied unfair expectations of women in the Victorian era, for example: training for a job that was deemed ‘inappropriate for women’ and refusing an arranged marriage.

I felt that Audrey Rose’s relationship with Thomas Cresswell was realistic as there were both positive and negative aspects to it. Both characters could be difficult and stubborn at times but they both respected each other greatly and trusted one another’s opinions.

I liked the different types of relationships that Audrey Rose had with different members of her family. Her mother’s death caused some members of the family to become closer and created rifts between other members of the family as blame was passed around. Audrey Rose’s very close relationships with her brother and uncle contrast greatly with her very distant relationship with her father. I especially enjoyed the way in which Audrey Rose’s relationship with her uncle was both personal and professional.

I loved the mystery of this book as I didn’t guess who the murderer was until Nathaniel was revealed at the end. The use of red herrings was effective as my mind was changed so may times throughout the story as every red herring was realistic due to their personalities and motives.

Nathaniel being revealed as Jack the Ripper showed just how much of a complex character he was as he did it out of grief for his mother’s death and love for his family rather than pure malice.

Some parts of Stalking Jack the Ripper are quite gruesome and not for the squeamish, however, this book was absolutely brilliant and I would recommend this to anyone looking for an action-filled mystery.

 

What I’m Reading Wednesday

20/06/2018

 

Hi everyone!

What I’m Reading Wednesday is something that I started a while ago to keep track of what I am reading on a weekly basis. I haven’t written a What I’m Reading Wednesday for a while because of exams and such.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

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Page: 50 of 418

Thoughts so far: I can already tell that I’m going to love this whole trilogy. I love Laini Taylor’s use of imagery and I really enjoy the small doses of humour in this book. I can’t wait to continue with this book!

 

The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson

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Page: 122 of 517

Thoughts so far: This is the perfect post-exam contemporary read! I love the Summer setting, the friendship and, of course, the dogs. I’m really really enjoying this book so far.

 

Let me know what you’re reading at the moment in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

My June TBR – The Summer of Series

Hey everyone!

I have decided that I would like to use the free time that I will have this summer to catch up on series that I feel I am taking too long to read. I will read a few other books during my time off uni, such as contemporary stand-alones, but I will mostly be focusing on series’ during this long summer.

So, without further ado, here is my June TBR:

 

city of ashes

City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare

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*SYNOPSIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR CITY OF BONES*

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

 

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

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In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

 

 

The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson

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Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

 

heir of fire

Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

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*SYNOPSIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE THRONE OF GLASS SERIES*

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

 

Let me know what you’re planning on reading this month in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

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What I’m Reading Wednesday

04/04/2018

I have been slowly plodding along with Scarlet this week. I have decided that it would be best to just put all the other books that I was reading on hold and just work on finishing one book at a time.

Scarlet

I am now halfway through Scarlet and I am really really enjoying it! I am so happy that I decided to delve back into the Lunar Chronicles and I look forward to reading further into this amazing series.

Scarlet is really bringing me out of the horrible reading slump that I was in. I feel like I will fly through the second half of this book. I am loving the new characters that have come into the second book and I love the way in which the stories inter-twine.

I think that these updates are a good way to track what I’m reading and how fast I’m reading. I’m hoping that this will bring me out of my reading slump once and for all.

What I’m Reading Wednesday

28/03/2018

I’ve found that, since I moved away from home and started university, I’ve completely lost all motivation to read. This is because I’m always either at uni, with my flatmates, working or sleeping. Reading is one of my favourite things to do and I hate that I feel like I have no time for it anymore.

So, to try and motivate myself to read more I am going to set myself the challenge of reading for at least half an hour every night before going to sleep. I am also going to upload short update every Wednesday.

I really hope that this is going to encourage me to do more of something that I really really love to do. It’ll also just give me some time to myself to just relax and read.

I currently have quite a few books on the go due to this terrible reading slump.

TBDATE

The first book that I started reading was ‘They Both Die at the End’ by Adam Silvera. I was absolutely loving this book but I guess I just forgot about it. ‘They Both Die at the End’ is set in a world where people get a phone call on the day that they’re going to die. The book follows two boys who receive the phone call on the same day and end up meeting through an app which helps people find a friend on their last day.

Gentlemans Guide

The second book was ‘The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue’ by Mackenzi Lee. I was absolutely loving this book and got about half way through, but, I decided to take a break on it because it was quite a long book and after going through such a huge reading slump, I decided to go back to it later and read something different for a bit. ‘The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue’ follows a boy called Henry Montegue, or ‘Monty’, as he sets off on his tour of the continent with his sister and his best friend, Percy.

Shatter Me

I then started reading ‘Shatter Me’ by Tahereh Mafi. I only got a couple of chapters through this book before I decided that I wanted to read something a bit easier to get me out of this slump. I really don’t know anything about the plot of this book as I want to go into it knowing as little as possible.

Scarlet

I am now reading ‘Scarlet’ by Melissa Meyer. I decided to read this book because I read Cinder a few years ago so I already know that this is a world that I love, and I’ve been meaning to carry on the series for a while now. ‘Scarlet’ is the second book in ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ series, so I’m not going to include a synopsis here as I don’t want to spoil ‘Cinder’ for anyone.

 

Thanks for reading! Comment what you’re currently reading below.

 

The Hazel Wood – Spoiler Free Review

The Hazel Wood

Author: Melissa Albert

Length: 359 pages (UK paperback edition)

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarNo StarNo Star

Synopsis

Alice and her mother have always lived life on the road, running away from the strange bad luck that plagues their lives. When Alice’s mother is kidnapped Alice must travel to her estranged grandmother’s fairytale estate to retrieve her.

Review

I loved the plot of this book. I found it mysterious, magical and addictive. I thought Albert manipulated the fairytale genre perfectly to create a wonderful and intense book.

The writing style of this novel is very descriptive, and Melissa Albert uses a lot of imagery to make The Hazel Wood almost seem like a fairytale itself. I very much enjoyed this aspect of the book.

I really loved some of the characters such as Ellery Finch and Janet as I enjoyed their backstories and characterisations. I also enjoyed the physical descriptions of characters as I thought there was the perfect amount. However, I didn’t feel like I could really connect to Alice or Ella which made this book feel like it dragged a little because they were two of the main characters, especially seeing as Alice is the protagonist of the book. I believe that the reader should be able to connect with or understand the protagonist to an extent.

I also felt that the proportions of the book were a bit off. I found myself getting bored of the lead up to the main core of the book and I found myself getting confused during the main part of the book as it was too short and rushed.

Overall, I really loved the concept and storyline of this book but I just wish it had been executed a bit more effectively.

Please leave a comment with your own opinions!