Reading List for Spring Break!


{1} Lord of Shadows

Cassandra Clare


Super, SUPER excited to finish this one! Lord of Shadows actually released in May, and I ordered my Waterstones Special Edition way before that. Even so, mine only arrived in August, and I haven’t had a lot of time to read, but I’m almost finished. You can 100% expect a review as soon as possible.

{2} Passenger

Alexandra Bracken


{3} Since You’ve Been Gone

Morgan Matson


{4} Beautiful Broken Things

Sara Barnard


{5} Just One Day

Gayle Forman


I actually finished this one in a whirlwind of two days, but it’s worth adding here anyway, because it was a super recent read of mine. Review soon. 😉

And that concludes it!



Series Discussion: 13 Reasons Why [Part 1]


13 Reasons Why | Discussion

Release Date: March 31 2017

Newcomer Katherine Langford plays the role of Hannah, a young woman who takes her own life. Two weeks after her tragic death, a classmate named Clay finds a mysterious box on his porch. Inside the box are recordings made by Hannah — on whom Clay had a crush — in which she explains the 13 reasons why she chose to commit suicide. If Clay decides to listen to the recordings, he will find out if and how he made the list. This intricate and heart-wrenching tale is told through Clay and Hannah’s dual narratives.

Probably half the world’s population might claim that I’m a little late in finally indulging myself in the Netflix Original Series that is 13 Reasons Why, but I knew I wanted to binge-watch it and it took some time for me to finally have time to watch this. But that’s what I did: I binged 13 Reasons Why over the course of three days, and I have now come to the firm belief that it is impossible to watch this show one episode at a time. But before I get into everything else, I’d just like to make a quick disclaimer: everyone has an opinion, okay? I’ll respect yours if you respect mine. Right. Moving on.


Non-Spoiler Review

It was great. For what it was, it was really, really great. The camera-work and casting was amazing, and the story was fabulously gripping and heart-wrenching – everything something like this is supposed to be. There’s nothing I can think of as I write this that I would change. I will not tell you much more about the actual show, but I will tell you this: be warned. Google a parental review and see if the stuff in there is what you can handle. Because I’m sure this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.



So, admittedly I felt like the first episode started off incredibly slow. More than that, I was so incredibly confused in the first couple of scenes with all the flashbacks and whatnot, because at the time it took me a while to realise that they were even flashbacks in the first place. But then I paid close attention to the slight shift of colour and I was totally good with it after. I was completely satisfied with the timeline and everything continuing throw the different episodes. Now let’s move onto the tapes.

Tape 1, Side A: Justin’s story. This to me wasn’t so bad. I mean, I’m not trying to undermine Hannah’s experiences or anything, but tons of girls go through this and surface stronger than ever before. I actually liked Justin a lot before he let Bryce send out that picture of Hannah (he was adorable, and the story of before the picture was cute), but the fact that he didn’t do something after the pictures were sent out showed that he’s actually weak. Very weak. I feel like he’s been exposed to peer pressure, but that could just be me reading into this too much.


Outside of the tape, I didn’t really like Clay all that much; I had yet to get to know him. And until I did, he remained bland and shallow. Tony was cool. I knew there was something up with that dude, and I was right.

Tape 1, Side B: Jessica’s story. The friendship between Hannah and Jessica was certainly incredibly strange to me at the beginning, but I definitely began to understand them and the basic dynamics of how they worked. They were good together. Hannah really tried to stay her friend through all of the misery that she went through later on, too. I kind of didn’t like Jess all that much, but as Hannah and Jessica’s friendship progressed, my liking of her only grew.


And then, after some time being best buddies, they meet Alex at their go-to coffee shop. I thought Alex was the nervous-new-kid-but-kind-of-sweet type: I genuinely did. And he was. For a while.


And then Alex and Jessica start to date, and believe me, I know EXACTLY what it feels like to have one of your close friends date some guy and forget about you. Trust me. I know. And it hurts. There aren’t a lot of things I find that Hannah did was justifiable, but throughout the whole thing she was nothing but supportive towards them. To Jess, anyway. You can see that she has slightly bitter feelings towards Alex when they show up at the cinema, but it’s brushed off with a couple of forced smiles and awkward words.

And of course Alex and Jessica broke up. OF COURSE. It always happens that way, doesn’t it? Admittedly the reasons why surprised me – I thought Alex was a decent guy, but apparently not – but that made it all the more reasons why he did NOT have the right to create that list. It’s his fault that they broke up, anyway. And he contradicts himself by saying those things about Jessica on the list especially since he wanted her so badly. Jerkface.

And Hannah… poor Hannah. I can’t imagine the hurt that she must have felt when she was caught in the crossfire between Jessica and Alex. Now, don’t get confused: I think the way she acted towards her name being on the list was immature. But I’m talking about when Jessica slapped her and called her those vile names. That is hurtful, to know that the one person who you thought had your back would just turn on you with the crack of their hands against your face (literally) all for a guy that’s actually a self-absorbed idiot.


The one thing I don’t understand is why Hannah had to make Jessica a reason of why she killed herself. They were mad at each other, it was a mutual affair. Friends come and go, and Jessica clearly ditched her. Big deal.

And then there’s all that present day stuff: it’s hard to believe that Jessica would date Justin. I would have assumed that was like some kind of taboo. But she does anyway, and I guess it’s no big deal: Jessica is entitled to do whatever the heck she wants to do. We get to see Bryce a little more in this episode, and his and Justin’s bond. I thought it was kind of admirable, that they were that close.


So anyway, Justin hasn’t been at school for a while and it’s clear that Jess is worried. I was just curious. Clay talks to Jessica, and then we find out that the whole lot of everyone who’s on the tapes up to Clay’s tape has heard it all. And then when Jessica finds Justin at Bryce’s she all angry and upset that Clay’s going to go to the police and everything, and then they start talking about things that I had no clue about at that point about Hannah and lies and telling the truth. That, if not anything else, made me want to watch on.


This actually ended up to be longer than I expected, I’ll tell you that. I guess I have way too many thoughts on 13 Reasons Why. I didn’t want to make a blog post that was twenty thousand words, so I’m going to split this series discussion into parts. I’ll do one for each tape (Side A+B), if you guys comment down below telling me that you want to hear my thoughts and like this because honestly, I’m not sure anyone cares. 😛



How Many Books Will You Read in a Lifetime?

Kristen Twardowski


We readers like to imagine that we’ll always have time for a book. We’ll get to finish all the great ones. The classics. The new releases. The fantasy series that stretches on for book after book. The standalone memoir that somehow reflects our own lives.

But of course we won’t read all of the books in the world. We probably won’t even have the chance to read all of the books that matter. Time is finite after all. So are the number of novels we read.

That raises the question: how many books will we each read during our lifetimes?

Emily Temple over at Literary Hub set out to find the answer to that very thing. She found that the answer depends on several variables including how long we’ll each live and how many books we read per year. So Temple created three categories: an average reader, a voracious one, and a…

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Female Book Characters I Love!

Hello, and welcome back! I thought that I would share a list of a few of my favourite female book characters, and why I love them so much. Now, don’t get me wrong – I love a million more lovely ladies in books, but these are my top few that really hit a chord with me.

Celaena Sardothien


Celaena is one of the few female protagonists that have their own little niche in my heart. Everything about her is just so human, so raw and real – reading about her in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series was an absolute pleasure. She’s also one hell of a fighter, sassy, sarcastic – you name those fiery attributes and she’s most likely got it!

Just to clarify, I’m talking about Celaena Sardothien, and not Aelin Galathynius. And you might be like whaaaaat? But DUDE she’s the same person. Let me tell you something: she’s not. Not really. But more on that in a future blog post.

Drusilla Blackthorn


Drusilla Blackthorn is the sixth child from the Blackthorn family in Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices series. She is the first fictional character I’ve ever read that has insecurities so real and true and relatable (not to mention that she’s plus-sized by definition). Her quiet but brave thirteen-year-old personality is what we get to see in Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows, and something in me aches for her to have a happy ending. When The Wicked Powers series gets published, I’m sure we’ll get to know her a little better.

Mia Thermopolis


Okay, this one was a given. Which girl out there that’s read The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot doesn’t love Mia? She’s relatable in a far-off manner, but her quirks and personality and thoughts are absolutely page-flipping hilarious. While I felt like some of that childish aspect of her really dulled out in the last two or three books, you can’t help but love her as she was in beginning of the series anyway.

Luna Lovegood


I felt for Luna Lovegood. I really did. There’s not much I can say about her except for the fact that I saw her in me.

Nancy Drew


Gotta throw in a couple of the classics, right? I admire Nancy’s determination and the fact that she knows curiosity killed the cat, but continues on doing what she does anyway. She’s a freaking genius.

Tessa Gray


She loved two guys. She couldn’t be with two guys. But she ended up getting both of them at different points in her life anyway. Her love for reading and her belief in books and strong women are probably what landed her on this list. Also… she’s from Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices. Pretty much all of the characters in TID were lovable.

Scarlett Adams


She was a normal teenager in a world full of horrors. If you don’t know who Scarlett is, then give Anthony Horowitz’s The Power of Five series a read. Her character development was great throughout the two books of that series that she featured in.


And that pretty much concludes my list (for now, at least!)! Who are your favourite female characters, and why?


Book Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan



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Author: Sarah Crossan

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series: Breathe (#1)

Genre: YA / Science Fiction

Years after the Switch, life inside the Pod has moved on. A poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for running, dancing and sports. The rich Premiums, by contrast, are healthy and strong. Anyone who opposes the regime is labelled a terrorist and ejected from the Pod to die. Sixteen-year-old Alina is part of the secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. With only two days of oxygen in her tank, she too faces the terrifying prospect of death by suffocation. Her only hope is to find the mythical Grove, a small enclave of trees protected by a hard-core band of rebels. Does it even exist, and if so, what or who are they protecting the trees from? A dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart.

I first bought Breathe at a book fair at school. I quite liked the cover, and after reading the book, came to the conclusion that it’s actually quite fitting for the theme and setting of the book. The cover gets a smiley sticker from me.

As for the actual book…

I feel like when people read Breathe, they either love it or hate it with not much in between. I probably fall into those one percent of people who neither love it nor hate it. It definitely needs more recognition, though, as I feel like it is a good book to make you want to venture more into the Science Fiction genre.

To sum it up, trees are no more. There are a few major cities in the world surrounded by a giant dome of sorts that encloses man-made oxygen, and that is where the people live. Oxygen is expensive, but not everyone is wealthy enough to comfortably afford it, so the community is divided into two categories: the Premiums and the Auxiliaries. The summary at the back of the book is a fair fit, so I won’t delve into that further.

The plot was somewhat interesting, and the root of the problem was unlike one that I’d ever read before, which is a wonderful thing. It was a nice story, but the basic structure of the plot was one that we read in most sci-fi/dystopian books: there are a few teenagers that know the real truth about what the government is hiding, the government dudes are the bad guys, the teenagers try to lead a rebellion/become part of a rebellion, and the commonfolk live in oblivion. When you look at it that way, it isn’t very appealing.

One thing that I’m going to be honest about here is that I expected a lot more of the characters. I feel like they were just the tiniest bit flat, and maybe needed to have a little more… personality.

Overall, I like Sarah Crossan’s writing, and I don’t know what it is about it but there was some magical thing (not literally, guys) in Breathe that made me want to continue reading it, if only so I could find out what happened at the end. So, Breathe it by no means a bad book; but it’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to buy it! But give it a chance. You could end up loving it to bits.

3 stars

Personal Rating: 3/5 stars

It was nice


Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Throne of Glass

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series: Throne of Glass (#1)

Genre: Fantasy

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

One of my first thoughts about the book, before I’d even read it, had to be: the cover sure does the summary justice. It’s beautiful, and the model is perfectly manipulated. The book is about a teenaged, lady assassin, and that’s exactly what the cover depicts. Even the feel of the book in my hands was simply amazing. And for just those two categories alone, I’d rate it 10/10.

The protagonist of the story’s name is Celaena Sardothien, and we find out within the first couple of pages that she’s been captured and forced to work as a slave in the salt mines of a place called Endovier. It’s clear from the start that she has had a rough background and was once a notoriously famous assassin.

The King decides that he needs his own personal champion, and goes about finding the best one in the land by hosting a tournament. Various councilmen and nobles are to choose a champion representative of their own to add a little more fun into the whole ordeal, and the King’s own son Prince Dorian Havilliard has his eyes laid on Celaena.

So, together with the Captain of the Guard (Dorian’s best friend) Chaol Westfall, they go about extracting her from the mines and placing her in the competition, with the promise that if she were to win the tournament, she would only work for four years as the King’s assassin before they would grant her freedom.

Celaena doesn’t realise that she’s signing up for a whole lot more than a mere tournament.

Overall, the book has a strong plot and wonderfully crafted characters. Sarah J. Maas’s writing is beautifully descriptive and draws you in so much that you’ll probably be pulling an all-nighter trying to get to the end of it. Only to find that there are five more books to read, to your relief. It works together like clockwork to create an unforgettable tale.

5 hearts

Personal Rating: 4/5 hearts

I really liked it