May Wrap-Up & Where I’ve Been

I know, I’ve made barely a peep on here over the past couple of months, and you’re probably wondering (or not) where I’ve been. I’ve been doing a lot of re-reading lately of the Skulduggery Pleasant series, in order to catch up and finally get to read the latest installment to the series, Resurrection. As such, I’ve not read much of anything that I’ve needed to review, which cuts out a pretty decent-sized chunk of what I use my blog for.

We’ve also hit winter now in Australia, which means our days are a lot shorter, and by the time I get home from work, it’s dark out. Personally, I hate trying to blog at night. My mind tends to switch off, and I get easily distracted by the internet. When it comes to my days off, or even just spare time during the daylight hours, blogging has just slipped to the lower end of my priorities list. But, it’s time I nudge it back up again.Read More »


Queens of Geek [ Blog Tour ]

aboutthebookqueensofgeekQueens of Geek by Jen Wilde
 April 26, 2017 by Swoon Reads
ISBN13 9781250111395
RRP $16.99
Young Adult Contemporary
Source: Publisher

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.



whatithoughtDo you ever read a book and find yourself relating to a character so much that all you can do is sit back and think to yourself, “damn son, it me.”? It’s actually not a common occurrence for me. Seriously, the last book I read where I felt that sort of connection was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and it’s been about two years since I read that one. But now, Queens of Geek has stormed in and taken over the roll as the story of my life.

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March Unboxing: The YA Chronicles

The YA Chronicles is a monthly subscription service based in Sydney, Australia. Each month, a box is shipped out containing a new release Young Adult novel, alongside a handful of bookish goodies centered around that month’s theme.

It’s time for another boxing! The theme for The YA Chronicles’ March box was Like a Fairytale! I guessed early on what book might be included in this box, and I was correct (and totally happy with the choice)! So let’s take a look at what’s inside, and see if you can guess what it is before we reach the end!

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March Wrap-Up: Back on track

I’m a few days late to the party here, but boy does it feel nice to be finally back on track with my reading! I finished a total of four books during the month of March, and am in the middle of two others at the moment. Four may not sound much, but after being a bit stuck for so long, it’s a great feeling to have accomplished so much!


A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson – ★★★★☆
This is was a super sweet read that I actually wish I’d read later in the year. I posted a review here on my blog a little while back if you’d like to see what I thought!

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton – ★★★★☆
I had a bit of a tough time with Rebel of the Sands, so I was unsure whether I’d enjoy Traitor to the Throne. But guess what – I LOVED IT! I summed up my thoughts in a mini review on Goodreads, so go check it out if you’re interested in what I thought.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – ★★★★★
I was having a bit of a shit time when I finally decided to read this one, and I’m so glad that I did because it was such a comforting read for me. I’m in the middle of plotting out my review, so keep an eye out for it on here soon.

The Silent Invasion by James Bradley – ★★★★☆
I was sent a copy for review from the publisher Pan Macmillan Australia, and honestly I didn’t know what to expect with this one. I was a bit sceptical as I thought it might end up ripping off The Fifth Wave a bit, but honestly I loved this book! I’ll have a review up for you guys soon!

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The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles: it’s x-cruciating

Please Note: I received a free copy of The Edge of Everything from it’s publisher Bloomsbury Publishing Plc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way, and all thoughts expressed are solely my own.

9781619637535.jpgThe Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
 February 9, 2017 by Bloomsbury
ISBN13 9781408869079
RRP $16.99
Young Adult Paranormal
Source: Bloomsbury via Netgalley (publisher)
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.

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If this book had been released back when I was 14 and still obsessed with Twilight, then this book and I probably would have gotten along really well. But sadly, times have changed, and that’s no longer the case. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good paranormal romance, but only if they’re done right. The Edge of Everything was not.

Basically, it’s the love story of a teenage girl named Zoe, and a bounty hunter from hell named X. Zoe meets X after a run-in with this creep-man named Stan who murdered Zoe’s elderly neighbours. X is tasked with bringing Stan back to the Lowlands with him to be punished, and boy does shit get weird really quickly. Whilst X is showing Stan a movie (on his back!??) of the sins that he’s committed, Zoe decides to take a picture of the whole show and upload it to instagram (creep much?). Aaaaaand the insta-love starts there. Aaaaaaand it never stops. #ImOut.Read More »

A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson: the weather outside is frightful

Please Note: I received a free copy of A Girl Called Owl from it’s publisher Pan Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way, and all thoughts expressed are solely my own.

“When you have a kid, don’t call it something stupid.
Don’t call it Apple, or Pear, or Mung Bean.
Don’t call it Owl.”

a-girl-called-owlA Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson
 January 31, 2017 by Macmillan Children’s Books
ISBN13 9781509832460
RRP $14.99
Middle-Grade Fantasy
Source: Pan Macmillan Australia (publisher)
Rating: ★★★★☆

It’s bad enough having a mum dippy enough to name you Owl, but when you’ve got a dad you’ve never met, a best friend who needs you more than ever, and a new boy at school giving you weird looks, there’s not a lot of room for much else.

So when Owl starts seeing strange frost patterns on her skin, she’s tempted to just burrow down under the duvet and forget all about it. Could her strange new powers be linked to her mysterious father?And what will happen when she enters the magical world of winter for the first time?

A glittering story of frost and friendship, with writing full of magic and heart, A Girl Called Owl is a stunning debut about family, responsibility and the beauty of the natural world.

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When I received this, I was absolutely delighted because what can I say? I’m a sucker for owls! But this wasn’t a story about owls (however they are a pretty common theme throughout the book. Yay!), but the story of a girl who happens to be named Owl.

Owl has never known her father. When she was younger, her mother would tell her stories of the charming Jack Frost, and the magical land in which he resides. But now that she’s older, she’s sick of the tales, and wants to know the truth. But when strange frost patterns start appearing on her skin, she discovers that there might be more truth to her mother’s stories than she initially thought.

This is the kind of book that would make for perfect Winter reading. I’m actually disappointed that I didn’t get to read this during the colder months. I can just picture sitting curled up on a couch in a cocoon of blankets, with a hot cup of tea. Mmmm, doesn’t that sound just perfect?Read More »

February Wrap-Up: I’m so behind on my reading! HELP!!

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It’s nice to finally be getting back on track with both my reading and my blogging. For the whole of February, I’ve read practically nothing. I’ve finished a grand total of ONE WHOLE BOOK over the course of the month, which I completed yesterday. And now I’m like three books behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge!! welp.

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles – ★★☆☆☆

This book was a bit too insta-love for my liking, plus it was soooo predictable. A full review will be posted here on my blog in the next few days, so be sure to keep an eye out!


To my own defense, I moved houses this month, and a lot of the time that I would usually have spent reading has otherwise been occupied with the whole moving thing. Once we’d unpacked the majority of our belongings, I was far too exhausted by the whole stressful ordeal that the thought of picking up a book felt almost sickening.Read More »

February Unboxing: The YA Chronicles

The YA Chronicles is a monthly subscription service based in Sydney, Australia. Each month, a box is shipped out containing a new release Young Adult novel, alongside a handful of bookish goodies centered around that month’s theme.

I can’t believe that another month has come and gone already, but I don’t mind because it brings yet another box from The YA Chronicles! The theme for February was Can you feel the love tonight? So let’s not hold back and get right to it!

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The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart: It’ll Give You a Sweet Tooth

Please Note: I received a free e-copy of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart from it’s publisher Bloomsbury Publishing Plc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way, and all thoughts expressed are solely my own.

26869768The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
 February 22, 2017 by Bloomsbury
ISBN13 9781408880319
RRP $14.99
Middle-Grade Fantasy
Source: Bloomsbury via Netgalley (publisher)
Rating: ★★★★☆

Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she’s ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.

But she’s still the fiercest creature in the mountains — and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time…won’t she?

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Do you ever read a book that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside because it’s just so darn precious? Well, that was The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart for me.

Aventurine is a hot-tempered young dragon who’s sick of being told that she’s neither old nor strong enough to face the dangers of the world outside of her family’s cave. Unlike her brother, there’s nothing that interests her enough to devote her life to, so life in the cave can be pretty dull. To prove to her family that she’s more than capable of taking care of herself, she ventures from the cave, unaware that the trip will change her life in more ways than she was expecting.

After being tricked by a food-mage who was initially her intended human prey, Aventurine becomes trapped in the body of a human, with nothing but a scale-patterned cloth to remind her of the creature that she was before. The spell that changed her was delivered to her through a pot of hot chocolate, and although the dramatic change has left her confused, she now knows that she wants to devote her life to the deliciously aromatic treat that is chocolate.Read More »

The Memory Book by Lara Avery: it’s raining on my face

Please Note: I received a free copy of The Memory Book from it’s publisher Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way, and all thoughts expressed are solely my own.

“Life is not just a series of triumphs.”

the-memory-bookThe Memory Book by Lara Avery
 July 26, 2016 by Alloy Entertainment
ISBN13 9781784299248
RRP $17.99
Young Adult
Source: Hachette Australia (publisher)
Rating: ★★★★★

“They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.”

Samantha McCoy has it all mapped out. First she’s going to win the national debating championship, then she’s going to move to New York and become a human rights lawyer. But when Sammie discovers that a rare disease is going to take away her memory, the future she’d planned so perfectly is derailed before it’s started. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. Realising that her life won’t wait to be lived, she sets out on a summer of firsts: The first party; The first rebellion; The first friendship; The last love.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.

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When I picked this one up to read, I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into. I hadn’t heard a whole lot about it. I’d seen a few people post about it on instagram, and got the vibe that it was going to be a bit sad. But what I didn’t know was just how sad it was going to be. Not even 10 pages in, I decided that this book was going to destroy me.

Samantha “Sammie” McCoy has her next few years all planned out. She’s going to win the national debating championship, graduate high school, and then move to New York to study.  But that’s not what life has planned for her. 

After visiting the doctors for what she thought was just a migraine, she is diagnosed with a rare disease called Niemann-Pick Type C. This disease starts out a little like dementia. It affects the memory, and then slowly attacks the body and shuts everything down. I generally tend to avoid books that focus around any sort of disease or illness, because I always start suffering from some intense hypochondria. And shit man, this book totally fucked me up.Read More »