BookoplAthon Wrap up

For those that follow my blog will know I took part in Becca’s BookoplAthon this past weekend. It was great fun! I managed to pick some short yet awesome reads which allowed me to fly through the prompts. In total I read 8 books over 8 prompts (doubled up on 1 prompt and an extra read) and got 40% of the way through a separate book for the 8th prompt before we hit midnight on the 12th. There wasn’t a bad book in the bunch and I even managed to get a couple of eARCs finished so I can write my reviews for them.



PAGES: 1260

(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)


5 STARS: 2

4 STARS: 4

3 STARS: 2


Roll 1 – 2019 BOARD : PARANORMAL

A Whisper in the Dark
Jessi Elliott and K.J. Sutton

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This isn’t my usual sort of read but I really enjoyed it. I started it at midnight as soon as the readathon started and happily finished it before bed. While I didn’t finish the second instalment as part of the readathon I am going to finish this four part novella series!

Roll 1 -2020 BOARD: CHANCE CARD!

This is How You Lose the Time War
Amal El-Mohtah and Max Gladstone

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I put a list of re-reads I wanted to get to as a Twitter poll and Twitter voted for my favourite out of the four reads. This is just so superbly written, a beautiful little sci-fi, that just has the magical lyrical purple prose that I just adore.


The Jumbies
Tracey Baptiste

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is one of Two group books for the Middle grade Marvels book club and I really enjoyed it. I have never read any Caribbean folklore before and this was just so atmospheric and creepy, but also filled with joy, family and friendship. It was a treat to read.


Voldie Vanve Vol 1
Hope Larson and Brittney Williams

Rating: 3 out of 5.

So cute with a really interesting style this was a fun little caper of a graphic novel. It has a real 1950’s esq vibe with a little bit of tounge and cheek fun the the writing. I think I will continue with the series whe I am looking for a fun quick read.


The Tea Dragon Tapestry
Katie O’Neill

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This entire series is just gorgeous from the art work to the message. It is sweet and wholesome, really inclusive and uplifiting. I was so lucky to be gifted an eARC of this amazing little read. I am sure to re-read when I when can get my hands on a physical copy.


The Necessary Arthur
Garth Nix

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read this even though it didnt really count for this prompt as a) it isnt YA and b) when I started reading it found it to be more Sci-fi than fantasy but who cares I read it anyway. Damn this little story packed in so much. I really wish there was more as I want to know how everything in this universe resolved and how they came to be also. Really enjoyed it.

Wild Magic
Tamora Pierce

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was the real surprise of the readathon for me. I was scrambling on scribd for a short YA Fantasy I could read in the time. Honestly, who would have guessed that would have been the hardest prmpt for me! I had heard Dead Good book reviews mention Tamora Pierces writing and really loving it (so I am counting this for the 2020 Board roll 2: Recommended read also). I really really liked it. This has a magical talking badger!!!! enough said.


My Riot
Rick Spears, Emmett Helen

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another eARC graphic novel which I counted for the contempory prompt, even though it was set in the 90s (for me that’s contemporary). The art for this was great and it was such an interesting story. I finished this at exactly 11:52 pm on Sunday so I think it was a good way to finish off the readathon.

I really did love this readathon! It was great to just sit down and unashamedly read all weekend! I enjoyed the jumping into all those little reads I have found some great series too that I can’t wait to read more from! It was just lovely to have a weekend of books!

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

Shadowhunters Saturday – City of Ashes

We are back for another Shadowhunter Saturday! Where Ellie (Read to Ramble) and I are discussing our journey through the world of the Shadowhunters! If you missed our announcement you can find all the details about this collaboration Here or if you are interested in our thoughts on City of Bones

The first section is my spoiler free mini review of what I thought of the book followed by my interview of Ellie and her Thoughts. If you would like to see my answers to the interview questions and Ellie’s mini review you can find it one her blog Here.

Title: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments #2


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

From Goodreads: 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?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

My Thoughts

I must admit I enjoyed this one so much more than the first. Again it is not the best written book. Its still filled with eye-roll moments and cheesy dialogue, but damn does it just pull you in.The pacing of this book was a little slow in the first half. I don’t think I was fully invested in the story until the last third of the plot where the pace just skyrockets. My biggest fault with this one is the age old gripe of YA. That is the behaviour of the Adults. Very few of the adults step up in this one. They either act just as immature as the teenagers or utterly fail to reign the teenager characters in and instead follow them blindly in there escapades. Its just such a common troupe.

There were also a number of plot points I would have loved to seen expanded but were just left hanging in the air with very little information. It were a lot of Oh, so we are just not going to address that moments. Which is a shame as they were mostly around areas of world building I would have liked to explore more. The last section of the book does have some great twists and cliffhangers that keep the pages turning. But we fly through elements of the plot here that could have used a bit more of a steady pace so the book seems very disjointed.

Just like the last one I think a lot of my overall enjoyment was from the buddy read as when there were plot twists I found myself rushing to DM Ellie to go “omg did you read chapter 17” etc. I did enjoy this, I did gasp where I was supposed to and was keen to find out what happens next and that’s what a solid read should do.

SPOILER ALERT! – The next section is full of Spoilers where I ask Ellie about what she thought of the book. We discuss key plot points and give away lots of detail so if you don’t want to read spoilers.


Fi: What was your favourite moment? 

Ellie: Oh my gosh, I have no idea. I talked about this later on, but even though I was surprised about Simon turning into a Vampire and being really surprised about it and not being able to wrap my head around it, I loved it! I love Vampires, and for Simon to turn into one I was just weirdly happy about it (don’t ask me why, I’m weird like that). Other than that, I also really liked when Clary exploded the boat with her rune because I’m really enjoying how powerful she is getting and I like the fact that she seems to be finally believing in herself and thinks that she is special.

Fi: What do you think is going to happen next? 

Ellie: At this point, I have absolutely no idea because this series is ALL OVER THE PLACE. But, in theory, I think that Madeleine will be able to wake Jocelyn up and there will be explanations and presentations and revelations maybe. Then, I think something might happen between Jace and Clary or Clary and Simon again. I would really like to see more of a relationship between Magnus and Alec because Magnus is really growing on me now. And I’m sure Valentine is going to pop up again. However, now having read two Cassandra Clare books, I think its fair to say there will be a lot more happening, and definitely a lot more “what the heck” moments to come.

Fi: What Has your thoughts about the series changed?

Ellie: Uhm, I wouldn’t say changed, because I’m still wondering why people rave about these books as much. Like, I understand they are cool and shocking and addictive, but I’m not 100% won over yet, I think mainly because I’m finding the incest plotline really yucky and just fairly unecessary, I don’t know why it is being pushed as much as it is, and I know that it’s a spoiler so obviously people don’t talk about it, BUT, I am surprised that no one that I’ve seen/heard has talked about this, maybe because they aren’t actually siblings? No idea lol, I’m just making up conspiracy theories now. So, I’m basically still unsure about the absolute LOVE and raving over this series, I am enjoying the series more now, the second book was better than the first, but still not OMG WOW AMAZING worthy for me personally. I think I might just be being picky and wanting it to be astonishing right from the start. I do now think that there is a lot more to this series and I’m looking forward to City of Glass.

What ELLIE Thought About the Plot

Jace falling out with Maryse

Ellie: I was actually expecting something like this to happen if I’m honest. Jace is really hot-headed and impulsive and I don’t think I’ve ever really appreciated Maryse, especially when she turned up and immediately started acting weird, pushing Jace away and blaming everything on him – so I could definitely see something like that happening between the two, but I still found the execution of this a bit strange? Or maybe the outcome, I’m not sure aha.

The Inquisitor arresting Jace

Ellie: This was quite surprising, for once, I didn’t think the Inquisitor was a sort of character that I expected to be bad or do something like arrest Jace. I was more surprised by everyone standing by and letting him be taken to the Silent City, I was surprised by Maryse’s attitude, she has known Jace for the past 7 years and suddenly now she only sees Valentine in him. I did think the Inquisitor had an ulterior motive or was blinded by something though.

The death of the silent Brothers

Ellie: No way did I expect this. The whole time Jace was being arrested, taken to the Silent City and locked in a cell, I was really surprised, and then when the Silent Brothers started dropping and Valentine turned up I was really shocked. I was afraid they would say it was Jace’s fault and at this point, I was starting to wonder if Cassandra Clare was going to turn the whole thing around and kill all the characters off. The Silent Brothers seemed immortal and un-killeable to me, so I was not expecting them to just basically drop dead, and when you find out they died of fear, I was even more surprised because as mind manipulator type people, I was expecting them to be able to face fear down or something, lol, I read too many books where things turn out good at the end I think.

The Clary/Jace Kissing At the Fairy court

Ellie: This was another WHAT THE HECK IS HAPPENING moment. A) I was really annoyed for Simon and I would have stormed off like he did too. B) I know Clary and Jace had to kiss to get out of the Seelie court, but seriously, I think they both enjoyed it a bit too much, and I’m still fairly shocked about the whole brother-sister situation. Even though Cassandra Clare writes some really yucky plot twists, I did think “wow, what is going to happen next”, she does have a bit of a shock factor, but it keeps you reading!

Simon is a Vampire

Ellie: This was one of the most unbelievable things I’ve read in a book, not that I didn’t believe it was true, but more like wondering how on earth it actually happened and where it all suddenly came from. You know how when you read books and something bad happens and you shrug it off and think it will all turn out fine, well, that was not one of these moments, I was expecting someone to say “lol, only joking” and for Simon to be human again, but the fact that he wasn’t and was now suddenly a vampire I found really strange, but also really great, even though I kept thinking “poor Simon”. My thoughts don’t make sense, but this has been whirling around in my head for the past week and I’m still not over it aha!

Jace visits Valentine/arrested again

Ellie: We have to admit that when you tell a character not to do something, they’re going to go and do it. I knew Jace was going to go back to Valentine, but I was surprised that afterwards, he didn’t take his deal. I think that after Jace nearly went through the Portal to Idris with Valentine in City of Bones, I always expected him to inevitably betray Clary, Isabelle and Alec and go back with Valentine, but I was pleasantly surprised that he stood up to him – even though he shouldn’t have gone to visit him in the first place.

Clary and Jace have special powers

Ellie: Cool plot twist! I hadn’t really thought about any of the things that happened and that Clary and Jace accomplished – and this makes me think that there are still things about them that we don’t know or that Valentine is hiding. Obviously, there will be something about HOW Valentine gave them special powers, and I think that just before the Inquisitor got killed on the boat, she said something to Jace which is going to resurface either in City of Glass or a future book, and I’m really intrigued to know what, apparently it’s something to do with a scar on Jace’s shoulder. I wonder when/if Clary’s mother is going to wake up, if she will be aware of what Valentine did to them, and if she did why she didn’t say something before? I think there is still potentially a lot to come out of this.

Simon captured by Valentine

Ellie: I completely forgot that Valentine had to go after a Vampire for the Ritual to change the Soul-Sword, so when he broke into Simon’s house and kidnapped him, I was quite surprised. I was expecting Simon to fight back a bit, you know “super strength” and everything else about Vampires, I think the whole kidnapping thing happened a bit too seamlessly, but I thought Valentine had already got what he needed so I was surprised that he captured Simon. It feels like everything he does is to go against Clary and Jace and to bring them to him, so it would make sense, but I didn’t think about it at all.

The fight against Valentine 

Ellie: I’ve read so many battles in fantasy books, and I actually found this one a bit underwhelming. I was expecting more casualties, or more OMG reactions from myself while I was reading, but it was almost like everything was happening in slow-motion, either because I was reading ridiculously slow for once, or because it was all a bit uneventful. I still haven’t really grasped the whole amazing hype behind these books yet, I do get it, they are addictive and the plot twists are really surprising, but I don’t think that the battles have been all that amazing YET (I hope it will get more deadly and end-of-the-world-esque in future books). It is only the second book out of 20 in the same world, so it’s not surprising it’s still fairly docile and it actually might just be a case of me and my high expectations anyway. But, long story short, I was more surprised by how it ended, I sort of knew Valentine was going to get away as I feel like there is more to him and what he has done to Clary and Jace, but I didn’t expect Clary to explode the whole boat to pieces.

Simon and the sun

Ellie: By this point, Simon had died, become a Vampire, got kidnapped by Valentine, been drained of his blood and sort of died again (or died more should I say), and then was revived by Jace’s blood, so by this point I thought “Is this it?” I was starting to panic because Clare had gone through all that and Simon surviving multiple times and for him to just died from the sun would have been like ARGH – I was very frustrated by this point, but!!!!! Then I wasn’t expecting him to be okay, and even in the epilogue I was like “What???”. Valentine said something about Jace and how he shouldn’t have given Simon his blood so I was a bit sceptical and frankly lost at this point. I could have been super angry if Clare had just killed Simon with the sun after he went through all that, so I’m glad he didn’t actually get burned right there in the truck-bed, on the river after the battle and the boat exploding and everyone being okay aha!!

Epilogue – break up/ Jace+Clary/ Jocelyn

Ellie: I did not expect this! I didn’t think that Simon and Clary were still actually together after all the events of the book, and then he was like “baby” and 3 seconds later he is breaking up with her? Gah, this book has given us so many plot twists in such few chapters that I was just screaming inside my head at this point. Have you ever seen that picture of that girl screaming her head off? That’s what it was like inside my head. 

Then, Clary was off to see Jace and to tell him she loved him and wanted to be with him (I suspect this is what she was going to see him for) and frankly, I’m getting annoyed at how hard Clare is pushing this incest thing. Valentine did a long monologue where he was explaining how mundanes and Shadowhunters/Downworlders are all different, and that their laws and customs are different, how mundanes will create enemies just for the sake of it and that Shadowhunters don’t see things in the same way, but I still don’t think all that explains why we need to have these two sibling teenagers fall in love and be together, like, that’s just yuck, not amused by this! So, I am sort of glad that Jace completely pushed her away, BUT, I know this won’t be the last of their relationship we see, so I expect there will be more yucky moments to come. 

And FINALLY, Jocelyn! Again, I thought that they ALL forgot about Clary and Jace’s mum being in hospital and in a coma, they went to see her and talked about her at the start but then they all went off to fight Valentine, so I thought that she was just forgotten about. I dropped the book at one point and opened it to that page and saw the last sentence (I got very annoyed at myself at that point), so I knew what was coming, but when it happened and Madeleine said that Jocelyn did it to herself and only she could reverse it, I was surprised. I feel like this book is all shock factor and plot twists that can’t be anything else than surprising, but this was one plot twist where I thought “ooooooooh!!”.

If you want to read my answers to the questions and read Ellie’s mini review you can find them all on Ellie’s Blog Read To Ramble

We also would love to know what you thought. If you have read City of bones let us know your answers to the questions! and come discuss the world of the shadow hunters in the comments!

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

BookoplAthon – Live Blog.

July 12th Midday

The final roll drop and my final update, as I am going to do a spereate wrap up!

Reading Upadate: I have finished both graphic novels so I can jump straight into the reads for the next roll.

ROLL 4: 2019 Board YA fantasy

Unusually for me I dont have a YA fantasy read at the moment. And While this is just noted as a Fantasy short story, the protagonist is still a student and I want to read it so I am counting it. I might start an actual YA fantasy if I get this finished I think I will

Roll 4: 2020 board CONTEMPORARY/romance

Again a bit of a cheat. This is set in the 90s but thats about as contemporary as I get! This is again another review copy so I am glad I can squeeze it into my TBR.

July 12th 8am

Seems like I fell asleep and missed the midnight roll drop (oops). I must have needed the sleep. I also didn’t finish A light in the Dusk but I am sure I can find some time to finish it

ROLL 3: 2019 board Mystery/Thriller

Goldie Vance Vol 1
Hope Larson and Brittney Williams

Decided to give myself a more relaxed morning and choose some graphic novels. I have had this one on my TBR shelf for a while as it just looks so lovely. A little mystery graphic novel on a sunny Sunday morning sounds perfect.

ROLL 3: 2020 Free Parking/gifted

The Tea Dragon Tapestry
Katie O’Neill

This has been gifted to me by Oni Press the publisher so I can review it. The sound of a lazy sunday morning is just too appealing so I opted for another graphic novel. The Tea dragon graphic novels are just so cute and diverse and all round gorgeous they are the per read for a lazy morning!

I think I will safely finish both of these. I do need to head out to the supermarket at some point, so we can eat next week, but I think I can fit that task and these books in, as soon as a grab my morning coffee!

july 11th 9pm

Reading Update: With Three hours to go until the next Roll drop I have managed to finish both

Book 2

This is How you Loose the Time War
which I read as my chance card prompt as I had time after finishing the Paranormal Prompt

Book 3

The Jumbies
which I read to fulfil the 2019 board prompt of read a culturally diverse book.

I am hoping in the next few hours I can squeeze in A Light in the Dusk. At just 107 pages I might be able to do it.

JULY 11th MidDAY

Reading Update: I have yet to finish This is How you Lose the Time War. I have about 50 pages left So should be fairly quick to finish. I ended up mostly reading the ebook instead of listening to the audio as it is just too beautiful a read to not highlight favourite bits. I think on my next re-read I will need to fully annotate it.

But for now It’s time for the second prompt.

Roll 2: 2019 board CULTURALLY Diverse

The Jumbies
Tracey Baptiste

I am reading this as part of the Middle Grade Marvels group read We have read 50 pages and I am just adoring it so I might have to just jump into this and finish it. Its based on Caribbean folk tales and I absolutely adore the narrative voice.

Roll 2: 2020 Board VIEWER Recommends

A Light in the Dusk
Jessi Elliot and K.J. Sutton

Seeing as I read the first instalment for the first prompt and I originally got that recommendation from Becca I think its fitting to continue with the second instalment. I really enjoyed it.

I think I will decide which one I fancy diving into first when I I have finished This is how you lose the Time war.

July 11th 6am

Good morning lovelies. A quick updated to say I managed to finish my first book. And most importantly I got some sleep!

Book 1

A Whisper in the Dark

I enjoyed this. It’s not my usual kind of read but it had a really interesting concept and I could see myself continuing with the series.

I am now going to move on to read How to loose the time war as a bonus book while I wait for roll two!

July 11th midnight

It begins! And I don’t know what to start with. Twitter spoke and for my re-read it picked:

This is how you Lose the Time War
Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

I adored this book when I first read it and I have been wanting to re-read it. While I don’t currently have my physical copy (My dad borrowed it just before lockdown), I do have access to the audio.But I fancy starting with a physical read so it think I will see how far I can get with A Whisper in the Dark before I need to sleep and hopefully fit in How to loose the time war while I do house work in the morning. So my official first read will be:

Roll 1: Board 2019 – Paranormal

A Whisper in the Dark
Jessi Elliot and K.J. Sutton

July 10th 6pm

Hello, I am trying something new! I have decided to do Becca’s BookoplAthon. Which is a 48 hour readathon that starts at the stroke of midnight tonight and finishes when the clock strikes midnight on the 13th.

If you are not familiar with Becca and the Books, Bookopoly TBR game works I encourage you to go check it out. Her explanation of how it all works can be found HERE. This is a super interactive readathon, with the reveal of the next set of prompts happening every 12 hours over the 48 hour period. So I wanted to do something a bit more active for the experience. I thought about all the ways this could happen! Instagram updates, twitter threads I even toyed with the idea of attempting a vlog (I don’t have a Booktube channel and I am still trying to work up my confidence to actually start one, I keep talking myself out of it) . And I sort of settled on this strange live updating a post as the readathon goes on, we will see how it works.


Becca has two different Bookopoly boards so we will be given one prompt from each board and we can choose which one we want to read.

2019 Board : Paranormal

I am currently reading City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare for my Readalong with Ellie from Read to Ramble we need to finish to to get out post up tomorrow! Yikes so I am hoping to finish it before the readathon starts but if I don’t manage it I might count it for this prompt.

If I do manage to finish City of Ashes I have A whisper in the Dark by Jessi Elliott and K.J. Sutton. This sounds like such an interesting premise and I am intrigued. At only 95 pages it is perfect for this kind or readathon.

2020 board: CHANCE CARD!

This is an interesting one. I have pulled four re-reads off of my shelves and I am going to give you guys the choice. These are all novellas/graphic novels that I have loved and would like to re-read. So I am giving you guys until midnight to decide! Check out my twitter Poll HERE

You can pick between:

So they are my picks for the first prompts. I will be back at Midnight to tell you which prompt I pick and what book I will be reading.

WWW Wednesday – 8/7/2020

Another week has flown by! This has been a much more relaxed week for me. Starting a new job is always a frantic and even more so now that I am work from home, but I have been able to stick to a proper working schedule which means I actually had time to read! I am also hoping that with Bookopolathon happening this weekend I will be able to get some more books ticked off but I will have to wait and see what the prompts are for those

Happy Wednesday!

Its that time of the Week again! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that was revived by Taking on a World of Words. I like it cause it is fairly simple but allows me to check in with my reading but also with you!

WWW Wednesday asks just three questions:




Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows
J.M Bergen

Yes another Group book. This is the second book I am reading as part of the Middle Grade Monthly group this month. We just finished the first section discussion on Monday and it looks like we are all kind of intrigued as to where this one will take us. Lots of fun theories bouncing around. I am very interested to know what the Book of Sorrows has in store for Thomas and hopefully we will spend some more time at the mysterious bookshop too.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Melissa Basherdoust

I had an eARc copy of this beauty and I just posted my spoiler free review yesterday. This was such an interesting read. It did have a disappointing lack of world building for my personal tastes but I really enjoyed the love triangle which is not something I usually gravitate too. You can read my full thoughts HERE

The Ship of Shadows
Maria Kuznar

Another middle grade on my list this time as part of a Blog tour that is sneaking up on me fast. As this is not a group read I don’t have to stick to a schedule so I can just sit down and enjoy this one at my leisure. I fully anticipate this will be a fun read.

So that is my WWW post for this week. I will see you next Wednesday to update you. What are you reading this week? Have you finished anything lately you loved?

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

June Wrap up.

June was a bit of a weird month for me. It started on a real high with my Birthday and lots of lovely and generous bookish post from some amazing bookish people. I will be doing a birthday book haul very soon! But then as the month went on I ended up extremely busy with work and found little to no time to read. As I have mentioned before in my WWW Wednesday posts, June was my last month at my current position and I have now moved to working with a new lab in a different university (not physically as we are still under social distancing in the UK). This made for a crazy last few weeks of June and I am behind on both my reading and my review write ups.

July has been a lot easier on me so far and despite a number of group reads I am managing to get a lot of pages read. I am also taking part in Becca’s Bookopolyathon which is a 48 hour readathon based round Becca and the Books’ TBR game. I am hoping to live blog both here and on my Instagram so keep and eye out for that from the 10th.



PAGES: 3707

(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)


5 STARS: 5

4.5 STARS: 1

4 STARS: 1

3.5 STARS: 1

3 STARS: 2

Book of the Month

A Deceleration on the Rights of Magician
H.G Parry

Rating: 5 out of 5.

H.G. Parry is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Both of her books that were released this year in the UK occupy the top spots on my best reads of 2020! The thing is I am struggling with how to review this book as I just don’t know how to express what i adored about it. It is a dark subject matter that is treated with upmost respect and historical accuracy using the introduced magic systems to highlight and convey emotion and feeling that would otherwise be out of reach. It is so different from the Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep yet just as well written! I know I will have to re-read this one. I am hoping to get my full thoughts in some kind of order soon.


Aurora Rising
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Aurora Cycle #1

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I found this one to be a little disappointing. I really enjoy both Kaufman and Kristoff’s writing and I loved the Illuminae files, However, this one promised me a space heist and just didn’t deliver. It was still a fun read and contained all the aspects we expect from this duo. I will be continuing on with the series in hopes that it gives me a bit more of what I was wanting.

Guards! Guards!
Terry Pratchett

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sometimes you just pick up the perfect book and the perfect time. The beginning of June was a prominent moment for the world and this book offered both the humorous relief but also the perfect reflection on the current political climate. I have a mini review that gives more of my thoughts HERE

Tilly and the Lost Fairytales
Anna James

Pages and Co #2

Rating: 4 out of 5.

After reading Tilly and the book Wanders with the Middle Grade Marvels bookclub I just had to pick up the next in the series. While I didn’t adore it as much as the first book in the series is was still a magical read. I cant wait for the third one out later this year. I have a non-spoiler series review of both books one and two HERE

Crossing in Time
D.L. Orton

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was an interesting Time travel romance that didn’t do a whole lot of time travelling. I read this as part of The WriteReads books tour and I did enjoy it, but I also had my problems. It is very slow to build and it left me with more questions than answers. I did in the beginning enjoy the romance but then it turned sour for me due to actions of the plot and over all I was just left with mixed feelings. You can read about all of those thoughts as well as my most burning question – HERE

The Court of Miricles
Kester Grant

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. I will admit I have no previous knowledge of Les Mis (which this claims to be a retelling of) so I had no expectations and I found this to be an interesting world with engaging characters. I am hoping that the world building, which was by far my favourite part, will continue as the series goes forward. I have a full review HERE.

City of Bones
Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments #1

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I read this as part of Ellie (Read to Ramble) and I’s journey through the world of the Shadowhunters. This was a re-read for me but I must admit I enjoyed this read so much more than my previous read. Reading these books with Ellie is so much fun. We are currently reading City of Ashes and frantically DMing each other to giggle, gag and gasp! If you haven’t read this series I highly recommend buddy reading it. We have a full discussion post where you can find out both Ellie and My own thoughts HERE.

Artifical Condition
Martha Wells

Murderbot Diaries #2

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My love and appreciation for MurderBot just grows and grows! I adore this Character, and the Introduction of ART (Asshole Research Transport) a ship AI with an attitude I was sold even more. I am sure to have a mini review up for this soon but I love love love this series.

Emergency Skin
N.K. Jemisin

Forward collection

Rating: 5 out of 5.

When ever I have been looking for a quick read to fill some time I have been dipping into the Forward collection, a collection of Sci-fi stories from various authors and I am yet to be disappointed by them. This was just a fantastically paced and relevant short story with a dash of dark humour too. There were so many layers, reveals and world-building all in such a tiny package it was just engrossing. I will probably do a mini or series review for this story/collection hopefully soon.

Nevermoor: The Tails of Morrigan Crow
Jessica Townsend

Nevermoor #1

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ending the month on a re-read as part of the Middle Grade Marvels book club. I am glad I picked this up again as I love it. I am hoping to continue with the series in anticipation of the third book, Hollowpox, being released in August. I just think this is just such a magical and creative world and I do love a good magical competition. While I have previously read this I have never written a full review so I am hoping I can write one up soon.

Overall, I am not unhappy with my June reading. I read some awesome books. I also have a couple of started but yet to finish books that I hope I can clear up in July.

How was your reading month of June? What was your book of the month?

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesday- 1/7/20

Happy Wednesday! And Happy July! It’s not just a start of a new month for me but I have officially changed jobs. While not physically moving to my new office as we are still socially distancing in Scotland, I am officially working for a different university now. Therefore, the last week has been a bit hectic with trying to finish projects off in anticipation of my last day. However, I did manage to finish off a couple of quick reads and a re-read!

Its that time of the Week again! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that was revived by Taking on a World of Words. I like it cause it is fairly simple but allows me to check in with my reading but also with you!

WWW Wednesday asks just three questions:




City of Ashes
Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments

I am doing a buddy read for the whole shadow hunters universe with Ellie from Read to Ramble. We both really enjoyed City of Bones (you can read all our thoughts HERE) and I hope we will enjoy this one too.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Jessica Townsend

This was a re-read for me that I read for Middle Grade Marvels Book of the Month for June. I am also re-reading this series in anticipation for the release of Hollow pox in August. I love this book. It just just so magical and filled with detail. I am sure to jump into Wundersmith in July.

The Jumbies
Tracey Baptiste

Another Buddy read. This is one of two July books for Middle Grade Marvels. My physical copy just arrived today and I am keen to get started. I have lots of fun new middle grade to read this month and this book seems a great place to start.

So that is my WWW post for this week. I will see you next Wednesday to update you. What are you reading this week? Have you finished anything lately you loved?

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesday 24/6/2020

Happy Wednesday!

Its that time of the Week again! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that was revived by Taking on a World of Words. I like it cause it is fairly simple but allows me to check in with my reading but also with you!

WWW Wednesday asks just three questions:




The Angel of the Crows
Katherine Addison

This is an eARC and I was really excited by the blurb which promised a really interesting world building. What the blurb doesnt mention is is is a paranormal retelling of a couple of the Sherlock Holmes stories. In fact calling it a retelling is generous as its more like a regurgitation with some names changed (but not all) and some paranormal elements jammed in. Which so far has made it pretty disappointing. I am hoping if I continue it will diverge from A Study in Scarlet into its own story as I could have just as easily read A Study in Scarlet!

A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians
H.G Parry

Anyone that has read anything on my blog or Twitter this year knows how much I loved H.G. Parry’s debut, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep, I haven’t stopped talking about it. Even though it was one of the first books I read this year It held the spot of my favourite read firmly. Until now! As this was an eARC I will be publishing my full review very soon but spoilers I will be gushing

Lies, Damned Lies and History
Jodi Taylor

Chronicles of St Mary’s #7

I am missing Max, Peterson and Markham. I was gifted the remaining books in this series (with a promise of book 11 when it is released) for my birthday and they have been sitting in my TBR cart looking all pretty waiting for me to pick them up. I am having to hold my self back and ration them out as they are just so fun and fast paced.

So that is my WWW post for this week. I will see you next Wednesday to update you. What are you reading this week? Have you finished anything lately you loved?

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

Sunday by my Shelf – 21/6/2020

Another Sunday and while not as lazy as previous weeks as I have housework to do and ARCs to read I am still taking some time out to assess the books on my shelves.

Sunday by my shelf is a feature I started, which makes me really focus on the books I own, highlighting those that have been sitting unread for a while and reminding me to try and get to them soon. I am being easier on myself in June and taking my time with some books that I have really been wanting to get to but haven’t managed to fit into a TBR. And despite having a couple of slump days I have also enjoyed what I have been reading. One of the best ways I find for getting out to a reading slump is actually this weeks topic!

This weeks topic is :

Incomplete series on my shelves – what I am eagerly awaiting..

These are some books I am eagerly waiting on. I am either up to date, or nearly up to date with these series and I am eagerly waiting the release or announcement for the next in the series.

Rivers of London
Ben Aaronovich

This is one of my all time favourite series and I am very very fortunate that Aaronovitch keeps to such an awesome and regular publishing schedule as there is always something more in this world to read. Currently there are 8 novels, 8 graphic novels, 2 novellas and a smattering of short stories to read. I need to re-read False Value so I can review it as I tend to tare through the books in my first read and only seem to just be like “OMG I LOVE” we also have the next graphic novel coming out in November and the promise of a new novella on the horizon.

The Chronicles of St Mary’s
Jodi Taylor

I only discovered this series late last year and devoured the first 6 books of the 9 that were released. The 11th has just recently hit the shelves and we also have a spin off series with the second book in the Time police hitting the shelves later this year. I do have some catching up to do but I know I am going to be eagerly awaiting any sequel to this series. I just love Max and the Gang and with all of history as there playground I hope there are many more books to come.

The Wayward children
Seanan McGuire

This novella series is just awesome. I love the mix of books and how we get the continuation of the first book and side stories into different available worlds. The seventh book is out in January 2021 and I cant wait! It seems like we will be getting a fresh new world and a brand new character and it is going to be interesting.

The Fetch Philips Archives
Luke Arnold

The Last smile in Sunder City was a debut, first in a new magical detective series. I have a full review (HERE) which talks about all that I loved about it. I thought I would have to wait a while for the next book but Dead man in a Ditch is scheduled to be release in September so I am very keen to get my hands on it.

Hell’s Library
A.J. Hackwith

I adored this book and I really need to get my review up. It was just so inventive and really really entertaining. It was one of my most anticipated reads and I had wait till the UK release date, watching all these awesome reviews flood in. The release data for the 2nd book is noted as this year but it has not appeared on UK booksellers yet so I am hoping we are not waiting for the UK book for ages.

The Murderbot diaries
Martha Wells

I need to catch up with this series. The 5th books and first full length novel of this series has just been released and a 6th book is on the cards and I am excited for them even though currently I have only read the first book in the series (twice). I have the second book sitting in from of me at my desk right now and I just want to crack it open and read it. I love Murderbot!

Brandon Sanderson

I am a recent convert to the ways of Sanderson and i am slowly making my way through his Cosmere but I started my Sanderson journey with Skyward and I actually likes Starsight more! The audiobooks are brilliant and I am really looking forward to this next in the Series but I will need to wait till 2021 for that.

Pages and Co
Anna James

I kismit discovery as part of the Middle grade Marvels book of the month. I devoured both of these books. I have a series review for both of them here. I am so excited to continue. The second book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and I need to know how it all wraps up. The third book is due out in September

Jessica Townsend

We have waited so long but Hollowpox is out in August and i am currently doing a re-read of these gorgeous books in preparation. I love this series, its one that just whips you away to the most exciting world and I can’t wait to get back and learn more!

First Damn, it seems like September is going to be an expensive book month! I am really looking forward to all of these squeals along with a good few more!

Please feel free to join in with this series. A new prompt will run every two weeks. I am currently out of prompts and need to have a bit of a think and a look at my shelves to see what I can chat to you about. If you have prompts you would like to see please leave a comment below.

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

Shadowhunters Saturday – City of Bones

The first Shadowhunter Saturday is here! Where Ellie (Read to Ramble) and i are discussing our journey through the world of the Shadowhunters! If you missed our announcement you can find all the details about this collaboration Here.

The first section is my spoiler free mini review of what I thought of the book followed by my interview of Ellie and her Thoughts. If you would like to see my answers to the interview questions and Ellie’s mini review you can find it one her blog Here.

Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal instruments

3 stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

My Thoughts

So I originally read this book in 2017 and had real mixed thoughts about it I gave it 2 stars and the following review on GoodReads:

I went into this book knowing it would not be the peak of the literary world. I didn’t want it to be. I enjoyed this book because it is the literary equivalent of a Burger King bacon double cheese burger…. not the best thing in the world for you but it sure as hell tastes good at the time and it surprisingly moreish. This was a reading slump buster it got me reading again and at pace because it it simple and flows, with a little cringe thrown in for good measure. There is nothing wrong with delighting in such books once in a while.

I still sticking by this. It is a big old Cheeseburger of a book and that’s what makes it awesome. My rating this time has gone up not because I think anything more about the plot or the character development and world-building but more that I just had so much more fun buddy-reading it. This is a book made for buddy-reading, for texting your friend when you reach eyeroll moments or sending gifs when a plot twist hits. I did a lot of that during this read and it really is a book made for that kind of interaction. There is always something happening, a twist or turn and that what makes this such a fun and engaging read. It takes it from those groan out loud cheese moments into a book you cant put down. Sometime you just need a read like this to dive into and have fun.

I genuinely just enjoyed it a bit more, i looked over the plot holes a little more and gave some of the characters a bit of a break and just enjoyed myself.

SPOILER ALERT! – The next section is full of Spoilers where I ask Ellie about what she thought of the book. We discuss key plot points and give away lots of detail so if you don’t want to read spoilers.


Fi: Who was your favourite character? Why? 

Ellie: I think my favourite character was Simon actually! I found Clary to be a bit immature at times, and I didn’t really like how she treated Simon at the start of the book, but I feel like Simon brought out a lot of good things from other characters. He seems really level-headed, he has his own funny side, but he cares about Clary so much and would do anything for her, I found that really sweet. I want to learn more about him, I think he’s a great character! 

Fi: What character would you like to see more of in the series? 

Ellie: Ohhh, I think maybe Isabelle? I got annoyed with Isabelle and Clary a few times in the book because of their behaviour towards one another, but she changed a lot by the end – or should I say, she came out of her shell, I feel like I want to learn more about her, she fascinates me for some reason.

Fi: What was your favourite moment? 

Ellie: I have to admit, I have a few. I liked the picnic moment with Clary and Jace in the greenhouse, but then with what we learn later I was a bit shocked and found that moment a bit less “good” aha! But I also really liked the scene in the library with Jace, Clary and Hodge when Valentine comes to get Cup! I was really not expecting it and read that scene as fast as I could because I couldn’t believe it and wanted to throttle Hodge. And finally, the battle bit at the end was cool! 

Fi: What do you think is going to happen next? 

Ellie: I have no idea, this book surprised me so much, I wasn’t expecting anything that happened and the things I suspected would happen didn’t aha! I suppose it will just go on from where it ended and maybe Alec, Isabelle, Clary, Jace and Simon will get to know one another more, will go on a new mission, and I suppose Clary will learn everything about Shadowhunters. I’m curious to see Clary’s mum wake up and for her to meet the other Shadowhunters. 

Fi: What did you think of the romance? 

Ellie: Well… Uhm, I was completely rooting for them after the picnic scene, I was a bit surprised because I wasn’t really expecting it. I knew from the start that Simon liked Clary, wasn’t expecting a love triangle though, and then with that last reveal, I was sort of yucked-out. After that point the whole “romance angle” made me feel sick aha! I’m also worried that Clary is going to fall back on Simon when she hasn’t felt the same way about him as he does about her – it wouldn’t be fair to him to fall in love with him all of a sudden just because Jace isn’t who she thought he was. Make sense? 

What ELLIE Thought About the Plot

Clary finding out she is a shadowhunter

Ellie: It sort of just happened didn’t it? I guessed right from when she met Jace, Isabelle and Alec that she obviously wasn’t a mundane. I don’t know, it felt a bit underwhelming cause you can guess that’s what is going to happen. And I felt that she took it a bit too easily, like it all clicked into place when Hodge and the other Shadowhunters explained stuff to her, maybe it was a bit too convenient for my liking. 

Luke abandoning CLary

Ellie:I was surprised about this and a bit angry at Luke, but at that point we didn’t really know much about him. I was more surprised about him being in his bookshop with Valentine’s men to be honest. I still thought it was a bit shitty of him. 

Simon becomes a rat

Ellie:One of the biggest shocks I’ve had in my life! I did not expect it AT ALL and I was totally hooked from that point on, before I was just pushing through, enjoying it a bit and rolling my eyes a lot, but when that happened I became really invested and loved it from then! I didn’t even think that type of shapeshifting was possible, but I thought it was great!! 

The Clary/Jace Romance

Ellie:I didn’t really expect this either honestly. A few times I thought there was something between the two but it was almost like Clary was imagining things, and then when it happened I wasn’t that surprised, but still a bit. And then I was completely rooting for them, until we discovered that they were siblings. 

Finding the Mortal Cup

Ellie: I love a good mission in a fantasy series, and this one was no exception, I thought it was a great plot twist, but I also thought it was a bit too easy, I would have prefered more of a build-up, I felt like they were just going along with their lives and all of a sudden they started running around being Shadowhunters and bringing the Cup back. I also didn’t think that they showed much interest in finding it until Clary drew Jace with the runes and could touch the feathers inside the drawing, and then hey-presto. Yeah, I felt it was a bit too easy. 

Hodge’s betrayal

Ellie: I didn’t expect it and I was so annoyed at him when it was revealed that he was a baddie! I thought he was a bit like all these great wizards in other magic books that have so much wisdom and are cryptic, but always turn out to be great people, and I was shocked when this didn’t happen here. Looking back, I’m sure there were clues, but I thought it was a great plot twist and it really made the story move forward, I just wish Luke would have mangled him a bit more lol.

Luke is a werewolf

Ellie: I didn’t expect this either, I honestly forgot about the whole werewolf thing until the pack arrived at the Vampire’s lair, and then I forgot them again until the wolf tackled Hodge in the alleyway. I was so focused on the Shadowhunter and demon bit that I forgot they weren’t the only creatures, so it definitely surprised me (I’ve said that a million times already but I was surprised!). It was an interesting plot twist and hopefully, we’ll learn more about it in the next book! 

Clary kissed her Brother!!! – incest plotline?!?

Ellie: Well, Clary kissing Jace was okay before we found out they were brother and sister and I thought this plot twist was YUCKY! I could never have predicted that this was the big reveal, and it felt so strange, I was expecting the author to be like NO JUST JOKING LOL! But she didn’t and when I closed the book and realised all the implications and saw everything that happened through this reveal, I was rather shocked. I’ve never read an incest plotline so I’m finding it weird to, not deal with, but sort of to comprehend, like why would the author write that? Lol, I hope there aren’t more yucky plot twists like that in the next books! 

Her mother getting kidnapped and Clary going after her – when is she going to wake up? 

Ellie: I thought Clary had forgotten about her mum and the Cup for ages when they were off doing other things, and even though I knew they were trying to save her mum and find the Cup, it was almost like they also didn’t care, if you know what I mean. And then they found her, and she still didn’t wake up! I thought this was a better way to end the book because in most books like this, the character always wakes up and everything is fine and dandy, but it sort of made it better and more believable for her to still be asleep and no one knows why. I hope she is going to wake up though, I just worry she’ll go back in a type of coma when she learns about Jace aha!

If you want to read my answers to the questions and read Ellie’s mini review you can find them all on Ellie’s Blog Read To Ramble

We also would love to know what you thought. If you have read City of bones let us know your answers to the questions! and come discuss the world of the shadow hunters in the comments!

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

Tag Tuesday – Currently reading tag

I have been a little rushed off my feet lately so haven’t had time to sit down and write a review in a long time (though I do have a couple coming up in the next few days). So instead of stressing out and throwing a review together I have decided to do this quick tag that I can fill in the answers between zoom meetings!

I am not sure who created this tag or where I found it. I the questions siting in my draft posts for over a year so I am probably resurrecting a long dead tag at this point but the questions seem fun. If you do know who created this tag please let me know so I can add credit to the post.

1. How many books do you usually read at once?

Anywhere form 2 to 6. It really depends on the mood I am in. Currently I am a bit slumpy so I am flitting from book to book , right now I am reading these three:

2. How do you decide when to switch between multiple reads?

Again it is all to do with mood. I tend to try to read from different genres or very different settings/writing styles. For example, I am working on finishing the Court of Miracles which I have as an ARC and it requires a lot of my attention which I have been struggling with so when I can no longer give it full attention I switch to City of Bones which is a re-read and a little fluffier of a read for me. I have Descendant of the Crane as an audiobook so I can keep reading while working.

3. Do you ever switch bookmarks partially through a book?

Yes, usually because I take my current bookmark out put it down somewhere in the house, wander around the house with my book and forget where I put my bookmark and have to grab a new one from my bookmark pot.

4. Where do you keep the books you are currently reading?

TBR cart, TBR shelf in the living room, TBR shelf in my library, random shelf in my library, on the couch in my library, on the side table in my library, on my desk, on the side table bhind my desk, on the coffee table, under the coffee table, on the arm of the couch, on my reading chair, on the little shelve that houses the remotes beside the couch, on the side table in the hall, on my beside table, on my window seat, in my handbag (not so much lately) in my work bag (again not so much lately) …… basically my house. I spend a lot of time looking for where I put them down I guess that why I read so many at a time, I keep loosing my current read and starting a new one.

5. What time of day do you read the most?

It used to be on my commute which was 1.5 hours each way by train but since lockdown I do all my reading at night. It really changed my reading habits as I just dont have that dedicated time anymore. As this will probably be my life for the next few months as even with stuff opening back up I will be remaining work from home, I think I need to start setting up a more structured reading schedule.

6. How long do you typically read in one session?

Again I used to read for at least 3 hours a day 1.5 hours each way but since lockdown I tend to read for 2/3 hours a night. But that depends if we watch TV or play games then its just a few pages before bed. I really need to get back on a schedule.

7. Do you read hardbacks with the dust jackets off?

Off. I put them on a high shelf to keep them safe from the cats and it means I can get my grease paws all over the hardcover without worrying about how it looks as once you put the dust jacket back on it looks all lovely and new again.

8. What position do you mainly use to read?

I am usually in my reading chair or on the couch with my book in my lap but my readaing chair is large enough dor me to lie on my back with my legs over the arm and I do like reading like that too (usually with my kindle as its lighter to hold and doesn’t hurt as much if I drop it on my face)

9. Do you take your current read with you everywhere you go?

Usually yes I do take a current read with me everywhere, but as we haven’t been going anywhere for a few months, no. I do walk around the house reading though.

10. How often do you update your Goodreads reading progress?

I try to remember and do it often but usually I get distracted and forget and only end up updating when I start and finish a book.

If you would like to do this Tag I tag you!

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!