Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Girl with All the Gifts, by M. R. Carey

Hey, all! 

I just finished reading The Girl with All the Gifts, by M. R. Carey! This was not exactly YA - more of a general sci-fi book about a not-so-distant future in which zombies have taken over. Totally not my type of book, usually, but I heard so much about this one that I just had to pick it up. 

(Searching for the cover art, I just realized this was made into a movie! I might take time to watch it if I'm bored!)


"Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

The Girl with All the Gifts is a sensational thriller, perfect for fans of Stephen King, Justin Cronin, and Neil Gaiman."





This book was nothing I expected, and a lot more. I did have a few problems with it, but overall, it was an enjoyable, intense read that was difficult to put down. 

The first thing that struck me about it is that it's in the present tense. At least in YA, it is quite unusual to read a book in which everything is narrated as it is occuring. This brought a new angle to reading that I'm not used to, but it also made it a very cinematic experience. you discovered things along with the characters, and saw their actions as they played out. It was actually quite refreshing to read in the present! I did some research and found that Carey is/was an author for DC/Marvel, which you can really see in this book through the way it's written. 

The characters in this book were difficult to pinpoint, personality-wise. Melanie, the main character, was the most vivid. She was a smart girl who only wanted things to be good and sunny. She was actually adorable at her worst. Although she is a zombie, she acts and thinks like a normal child. But when the time comes for her to eat someone to save her teacher, Miss Justineau, the narrative keeps shifting from how gory it is to how much she's enjoying it. The wierd thing is that although she realizes that this is not 'normal', she's all sunshine and rainbows and shiny-anime-eyes when she first discovered eating. 



Miss Justineau is strong-minded and protective, but I would have loved to know more about her past. Through the book there is a feeling that her past before the zombie apocalypse may not have been very bright and sunny. This is one thing that I think having the book written in the present missed out on - we were missing out on backstories, which is something I think is important for character development. 

One character who goes through a lot of development is Parks - this man is completely military, and a real leader. He at first believes that everyone would be better off and safter if he killed Melanie, however he grows to trust her and show affection for her. 

We also have Ghallager, who was my favorite of the group - he's a young guy who is learning how to be a soldier under Parks. I could feel a real personality from him. Have you guys ever seen Pocahontas? You know the kid-setteler who John Smith teaches to shoot? I kept imagining Ghallager as him! 

Finally you have Caroline (ugh hate reading about characters with familiar names), who is a scientist (aw yeah!) in search for a cure against the zombifiying fungus. She is often seen as the misunderstoon villain of the story, as she wants to kill Melanie to find a cure. 

One thing I did NOT like about the book was its end. I'm not going to spoil it for you, but goodness it fell so flat in my opinion! But to be fair, it was 'realistic'. Depressing, but realistic. 

Overall, this book was fast paced, constantly shifting and moving, with interesting characters and plot, but I wish there could have been a bit more backstory and a more drawn-out ending

I'm giving this a 4/5 feathers! Worth the read, for sure! 


Have you read The Girl with All the Gifts? What did you think of it? Let me know!

Stay bookish, 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mosquitoland, by David Arnold

Hey all! 

I recently finished reading Mosquitoland, by David Arnold! 




"After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane."






When I started Mosquitoland, I had no expectations - I was lucky enough to meet David Arnold in April at YalFest.NL, but I honestly did not know what his books were about or what kind of author he was. 

Super prepared, right? 

Recently I decided to do a 24-hour readathon to see how much I could get done in a day, and to try to reduce my huge Goodreads Goal lag. I started with Mosquitoland, finished it in the day, and am now in the biggest reading slump I've been in for years. 

Why? 

This book was amazing! 



Mosquitoland follows Mim - a girl who ran away from home to visit her mom in Ohio, who she believes is sick. This book is in the style of a road trip, and each of her stops is stranger than the next, with complex characters and an incredible, funny narrative. 

Of course, her road trip does not go as planned, there are accidents, she meets strange people that may not want the best for her, etc. But she also meets good friends and gets pulled into stories that are almost unimaginable. 

I loved the way David wrote this - it was smart and funny and light on the heavy issues. It covered mental illness and societal problems in a really unique way, compared to contemporaries I have read before.

What I appreciated was the way he approached mental illness. So often, contemporary authors are put down for their portrayal of mental illness, saying it's 'romanticized' or not explained right. David Arnold does have some characters will such illnesses, but he never really puts a label on them. One of the side characters is described to have autistic-like characteristics, while the main mentions of Mim's illness are the fact that she needs to take daily medicine, and that she knows that people around her think she has a problem. They way it was described made mental illness a background feature of this book, rather than a pivotal plot point, which was very refreshing! 



A lot of this book was centered around personal relations between people - whether they are strangers, friends or people who have to be dealt with despite disagreements or dislikings. We saw Mim's perceived relations with both her mother and step-mother, her father, and strangers. Strangers always had a distinctive feature about them as their 'name', such as Poncho Man. People she considered as friends were called by their first names. I loved each of the characters, even all of the side characters that were only around for one chapter! 

The plot of the book was unexpected but done really well - nothing was so incredibly out of the ordinary that it fell into the ridiculous, which was great! Through the series of events, Mim goes through loads of character developments that I found amazing! She grew through friendships with very different people, which is something that I can relate to and really enjoyed reading about! 

The ending of this book was unexpected, emotional, and came out of nowhere. There was loads of redemption and none of it was cliche! 

I could keep gushing about this book for hours, but, because of upcoming travels, I have to stop my review here!! 

I'm giving this book a 5/5 feathers - it was so great! 


Have you read Mosquitoland? What did you think of it? Let me know!! 

Stay bookish, 




Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare

Hey, all! 

I just finished reading Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare! 

know, it took me absolute ages to get to this series! Especially for someone who loves Cassie Clare's work as much as I do... To tell you guys the truth, I tried reading this book already last year, but got bored 200 pages in, so stopped ^-^. However, with the recent release of Lord of Shadows, I just had to try again, as part of my Shadowhutners Re-read, for the Young Adult Dome I write for, and just for my own interest. 

If you guys want to see my reviews for all other Cassandra Clare books, you'll be able to find them at some point today up in the reviews tab! I'm taking the time today to refresh that page, finally! 

parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

So I have loads of thoughts about this book. Overall it was good, especially towards the end! However I feel like the first half was slightly loose and messy. So far, Cassandra Clare has written series in such a way that her first installments are slightly weaker than the rest of the series, before publishing an explosive finale. This introduction to The Dark Artifices (You guys have no idea how many times I think the Artificial Devices, it keeps mixing up!) was quite strong and very different from her other introductory novels. In Lady Midnight, our main character, Emma Carstairs, already knows everything about Shadowhunters, their laws and histories. In that sense the only thing that needs to actually be introduced is the family and their situation. Now, this gave us a fresh perspective on things: they didn't have to explain the world again, which was something I think was really needed. 

This book had a lot going on through it: Emma is investigating her parent's murder, Julian is taking care of his many siblings, and around all of that there is a pot of its own that advances through the book. I had a little bit of a hard time adhering to the plot but it got better, again, towards the end.

This book definetley has its place in the Shadowhunter book collection. It has great supporting characters, and goes deeper into the Shadowhunter universe. We have a new branch of Shadowhunters called the Scholomance who do all the research and have secret information, and who have a different fighting pattern. This book also teaches loads about Fairies, as well as dark magic, which were both very interesting to learn more about!


This is all I can really talk about without delving into spoilers! So if you haven't read it yet, make sure to come back once you have! If you have, read on! :D 

Ok let's do this one 'thing' at a time. 

The book opens with this guy called Kit, the son of Johnny Rook, a mundane who knows about the shadow world. It was a confusing way to start because you never hear about Kit again until halfway through the book. But at the end, Tessa and Jem show up, kind of out of nowhere, and announce that Kit is actually... 

Johnathan
Christopher
Herondale

I actually gasped and closed my book in shock! There's another Herondale and he has the same name as Jace and he's going to be protected by Jem and THERE'S ANOTHER HERONDALE!? I was not expecting it, at all. I thought Johnny was maybe some half-fey or something, but never a Shadowhunter! I cannot wait to see how that plays out!! 

Also, in this book, we are introduced to a warlock called Malcom Fade. He's a hopeless romantic who is sweet and funny, who hangs out with the Blackthorn family, watches movies with them, and kicks demon butt with them. He has this way of talking that reminds me a lot of the gods in Percy Jackson. And then he ended up being the bad guy of the book... That killed me! I mean you can sort of understand why he wanted to revive Annabel, his old love, and why he hated the Blackthorns - because they killed her. But it still really upset me that he would turn on them like that! However, I highly doubt he's dead. Cassie glossed over that much too quickly. Plus he's a warlock, isn't he supposed to be hard to kill? 



Now, Emma. Emma wasn't my favorite. She was rebellious and snarky, but has a way of talking that made her sound like a side character, or someone who was trying too hard to be in the loop of things. Her parabatai is Julian. One of the big plot points in Lady Midnight is her and Julian admitting that they love each other - which is agains the Parabatai law. At the end of the book, Jem told Emma that when two parabatai are in love, they have warlock-like magic, that can be consuming and maddening, which is why it is against the law. Again I'm not convinced by the maddening part, so I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out. 

Additionally, at the end of the book, Emma goes to Mark, asking if they can pretend to be together to trick Julian. Mark turned and replied that they didn't have to pretend, chichis freaking me out a bit! We'll see. 

Back to Julian, he's really nice, but really intense. He'll suddenly go to Emma and say something brute and harsh, or recklessly start kissing her. At the end he managed to spin a whole lot of lies to get his family out of trouble, arresting an innocent vampire instead. (Vampire who's using 'addictive demon powders' in his pizzas which made me laugh until yin fen crossed my mind... Please don't eat the pizza, Jem!) Something's up with him, and I really want to know more about it. 

Mark is kind of strange - I mean he's completely in character, having come back from a land where things are totally different than what he remembers, but I felt like it dragged out for a bit too long. I really ship him with Christina, though! Despite the whole Kieran and Diego thing I really think they could be good together! Christina is also amazing, I can't wait to know more about her. 

The plot of this series is interesting so far - the blend of necromancy, murder and their connection to Sebastian and his story is something I'm interested in reading more about! 


There is so, so much more I could talk about - if you want to talk about anything I missed please put it in the comments! I'd love to talk to you about it! 

I'm giving this a 4/5 feathers! Fun reading experience, but, as expected, many loose ends.

Have a great day! 
Stay bookish! 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Han

Hey all! 

I just finished reading The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Han! 

It's so nice to have the time to binge-read again! I read this in under 2 days, and it felt great!




"Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along."






This book is a great summer read for anyone who wants to kick back and relax by the pool, or in the sunshine. It's light, fluffy, and not-too-serious. Plus, my favorite, it has short chapters! 

The Summer I Turned Pretty is about Belly (short for Isabel), who goes to the same summer house every year, and spends her time with the same people, summer after summer. Since she was young, she has been in love with one of the guys she stays with - the mysterious Conrad. She believes this summer might finally be the one where Conrad notices her. Yet, at a party, she meets Cam, a super sweet guy who becomes her first summer romance. 

This book was cute! I mean, none of the characters stuck with me as a favorite - you never really go deeply into these characters, their backstories or their appearances. 

Belly was kind of annoying in my opinion. She seemed to consider herself to be the center of the world, and every little action anyone did was for or against her. I was honestly uncomfortable with how she approached Conrad at the end of the book, trying to get him to admit he had feelings for her, even though there was no way for her to get any leads towards that. And I really didn't like how she used Cam to get Conrad jealous. 

Cam was adorable though! He was a Latin nerd, super sweet and considerate, and incredibly gentle. His character was a great contrast with Belly's, but he was only ever a tool for her - she was never happy about introducing him to her family and friends, and always seemed nervous or pushy around him. 

Conrad was fine, I guess. He was constantly moody and a bit of a jerk, but we never really got to know his point of view, or where his sudden anger stemmed from. I really wish we could have had one chapter with his point of view at one point! 

Jeremiah was actually great - he was always joking, smiling and simply happy! He was a steady, light factor in the story, however, I didn't appreciate it much when he suddenly told Belly that he liked her. It lasted one page

I loved their moms, though! Suzanna and Laurel were awesome friends and were always there for each other throughout the summer.

Now the plot was fine, very summery and very contemporary, yet slightly predictable and cliche. 

What was cool, though is that, like a good Coldplay song, this book was relatable in the sense that the characters could be anyone - yourself, someone you know, or fictional characters. The beach town could be any beach town, and the situations are common enough to be altered to be applicable to anyone. 

I really loved the flashbacks presented through this book! It was nice to have the characters mention a memory and then have the memories played out in the book, with just enough detail for it to even feel like a memory - slightly blurry yet crystal clear at the same time, if that makes sense! 

Overall, it was an enjoyable read, even though I had some problems with the characters. 

I'm giving this book 3.5/5 feathers! 

Have you read The Summer I Turned Pretty? What is your favorite summer read? Let me know! 

Have a great day! 

Stay bookish! 

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare - Series Review

Hey all! 

I just finished reading the entire Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare

*I'm sorry I've been MIA for so long - uni just ended for the summer so now I have loads of time to read and interact more with you guys, my lovely readers!*



So this review will be a whole lot more straight-forward than my single-book series, as I'm reviewing it as a whole. This series is an amazing roller-coaster of emotions and plot, with tiny details that fit together like puzzle pieces to create an amazing story. It has its ups and downs, like any long series, however is wrapped up amazingly in the end!

I did review the first three books separately, you can find that review by clicking each of the names: City of BonesCity of Ashes, and City of Glass

Now I did the thing that so many people recommended, and read The Infernal Devices before reading the last three Mortal Instrument books, and, I must say, that that was the perfect way to read the series! The last three books are so much more emotional when you actually know who Brother Zachariah and Tessa are, and why Magnus mentions a loyalty to the Herondales! It was also great to have read The Bane Chronicles in between, because he talks about those stories a lot! I also have reviews for both of those sections of the Shadowhunters books! 

And now for the last three books; City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire! 

These three books really felt separate from the first three - whether it is because the main villain of the first 3 books is no longer a concern, or if it's because I waited a while before reading the last 3, but there was a different vibe for sure. 

Books 4 and 5 felt like they could have been combined in one - they both seemed loose, not deep enough compared to the others. While the stories were interesting, they felt fluffy. I am sure that the two stories brought from these books could have been put in one big book and would have been just as great! 

In this second half, we meet loads of new characters - we get to know Sebastian and his motives better, Jordan is presented, as well as a bunch of other secondary characters that all become increasingly relevant in the best ways. 

What I loved is that we get to know the secondary characters more - the first three books were heavily centered around Clary and Jace: Instead, these books show you deeper aspects of Isabelle, Alec, Simon, Magnus, and Maia, which was incredibly interesting! Their backstories and personal stories really bring another color to the books that I loved! I actually really like Sizzy and Malec! While Clace was annoying in books 1-5, they were a lot more credible in book 6! 

In general, book 6 was the one that brought out the most emotions in me - Simon's sacrifice, in the end, was heartbreaking! However, I was never 100% sure that some characters died until the book was over and they never showed up again - it just never sank in? But the whole plot of book 6 was intricate and well done, and very unique compared to the rest of the books. 

Another thing I liked about book 6 is that it tied a lot of loose ends - are there really several dimensions of Hell? What if Sebastian was never evil? What about Magnus and his past? What if Clary never told Simon about the Shadow World? So many of these questions were answered and it was done elegantly, cleverly and incredibly well! 

And now I'm going into spoilers! Stop here if you haven't read the whole series! 

There were so many parts that I loved, while there were others that I didn't like as much. 

Simon is one of my favorite characters - he is so nice and honest yet a total nerd. But I can't believe that he was two-timing Maia and Izzy... I felt like that was out of character, but the way he handled it was totally in character, if that makes sense. 

BUT when Simon's memories are taken away at the end of book 6, I almost cried. How could he not know anyone, not even Clary?! I was broken! But then he calls his band The Mortal Instruments and I squealed a bit because his memories were coming back! Cassie Clare you are cruel! 

Also, you guys by now know my love for Jem, from The Infernal Devices. My favorite character ever, he is back in these books as Brother Zachariah, but there are LOADS of hints as to who he is - his 'need' to protect Jace due to his Herondale bloodline, his past love towards two people, his casual Chinese phrases... MY HEART! So in book 6 he touches Jace with a special rune, and the Heavenly Fire from Jace cleans the demon poison from his blood and he is healed and becomes himself again! Then he shows up with Tessa at Jocelyn and Luke's wedding and my fangirl heart was happy. 

These books got increasingly lovey-dovey, though. It some ways it was nice and sweet and other times it just felt in the way, or enforced. 

Also can we talk about how Jordan just dies, and then is ignored? By the end of the book I had forgotten that he died until someone mentioned it again. I wish that could have been drawn out a bit more. 

When Sebastian was killed by Clary (which was a strange scene but eh you can't have everything, right?) he becomes himself again - the person he would have been without demon blood, and we get a bit of Sebastian redemption. He apologizes for his actions and wishes things could be different. In a way it was nice to know that he wasn't a bad person on his own account. 

But he's still a really intense villain!

One of my favorite parts of book 6 is when each of the main characters were in one of the demon realms, and they each started dreaming of their deepest desires. This was done perfectly, and really reflected each of the characters unexpectedly. Honestly was an amazing section, but at the same time it was super dorky and sweet and I loved it! 

There is so much more I could talk about when it comes to this series, but don't want this review to become pages and pages long! 

I'm giving this entire series a 4/5 feathers! 


Who is your favorite member of the Shadow World? Let me know! 

Stay bookish! 


Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas

Hey all! 

I just finished reading A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas! 






Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.








So so so, I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this book. This was one of the most highly anticipated books of 2017. When an excerpt was published, people freaked out, both positively and negatively. This book has the biggest amount of hype surrounding it. 

But once it was published, the buzz kind of fizzed out around bookstagram, booktube, and blogs... 

I read this, curious about why the hype vanished. And now I kind of get it. 

This book was really good! But I think the problem was that people were expecting something more explosive than ACOMAF, but they were a bit on the same level in my eyes. 

Okay! So now for my review! 

Sarah J Maas is usually the queen of being able to find the right balance between talking about plot, and creating amazing characters. This book was more plot-driven, which is something that wrapped up this trilogy nicely! Since book 1 we know that there is this war coming up, between Hybern and, well, the rest of the world. This book is mostly war preparation, but partially epic battle. 

As always, SJM's writing style is glorious. While most of her books are YA, this one definetly takes a new adult/adult vibe, both in writing style and what happens through the story. There are so many new characters, crazy detailed descriptions, and it just felt more mature altogether. 

My only concern is that Sarah could have taken some characters and events in a deeper direction (this will be explained more in the spoilers!). Also, I had quite a hard time getting into the book. I kept thinking 'oh it's the beginning, it's slow', but then the beggining feeling dragged on until the end ^^. I still love the characters she creates, as well as the world she puts them in! It is incredibly elaborate and I believe would be amazing to visit! 

That's it for my non-spoiler review! If you haven't gotten around to reading A Court of Thornes and Roses, what are you doing? Put that book down, go to the bookstore, and pick up a copy! It's super worth it, SJM is a new huge author in YA/NA fantasy! 

Now I'm going to be writing a whole bunch of notes that will contain spoilers! I have a lot to talk about with you guys! 

Alright! Let's get into the juicy stuff. 

So we start off here with Feyre back in the Spring Court, acting as some kind of double-agent. I absolutely loved how she was acting every single line she said. Nothing was honestly said to Tamlin, and it was some kind of nice, snappy attitude between the two of them. And Lucien is still one of my favorite characters! 

About favorite characters, the ones that stand out to me more than the others are Lucien, Cassian, Nesta and Azriel. Oh my goodness, these characters are a part of me, they're my favorites, my babies. When Cassian was practically dead and broken I almost cried, especially when Nesta just was willing to sacrifice herself for him! And then Elain sneaks up behind Hybern and stabs him in the neck, and it was the most amazing scene ever! 

The whole battle scene was epic! It reminded me of the Lord of the Rings movies, with a bad guy here, a hero there, with a whole bunch of beasts scattered around, with constant back-and-forths between battle and camp. I loved the tensions it created just as much as the bonds that were made, the way characters turned out (Tamlin went from sketchy and rude to wishing Feyre's happiness!), and just every bit about it! 

Except for one point - I know it's awful of me, but I think that this book could have played a bit more with my emotions if one of the inner circle didn't make it through the battle. Yes the Suriel died, and Feyre's father, which was all sad. There were plenty of emotional parts - when Rhys 'died' I freaked out! But I feel that the ending could have been stronger if one had not made it. I almost thought Cassian wasn't going to. Cassian is my favorite and it was crushing, but it would have fit better? They thought they would all die and none did? I usually hate it when people die in books, it's shattering! But I feel like such a high fantasy world, with such a huge battle, should have ended with a loss. 

ALSO! I absolutely loved the Bone Carver - he was so dark and mysterious and strange! I love how he took the image of Feysand's son, and made Feyre get the Orobouros just to see if she was worth helping. But, there's one thing I wish could have happened in this book that didn't. 

A few times in ACOTAR/ACOMAF, it's mentioned that fae children are rare. I would have loved for the book to finish with a future Feysand baby! Am I the only one who thought that that should have totally happened?! 

There was so much amazing banter between characters in this book, which made me love the inner circle even more! I'd love to be a part of that, every character brings a new depth, history and perspective to the group and to the story overall! I'd love to have more about Cassian, Azriel and Mor! Even if it's the same story from their perspective, I think it would be super interesting! Or maybe their backstories? Oh and I'd love a story or novella that would tie up the Nesta/Cassian and Elain/Lucien loose ends. I totally ship Nessian, and in a sense, Lucain too, but I want more about that! 

I. Love. Characters!

I also quite liked that we got to meet all of the high lords in this book - they were all very unique, fit their courts, and had different alliances. Super cool to read about! Oh another idea! How about a novella with short stories or histories about each of the high lords and their courts?

I'm going to cut this review a little short and end here! There's still so much I didn't talk about - if you want to know what I thought about something, let me know! 

I'm giving this a 4/5 feathers! 



Have a great day, everyone! 

Stay bookish, 



Sunday, June 11, 2017

My Dream Reading Nook

Hey all! 


I was recently contacted by Arhaus, a company that specializes in living room furniture company. At first, I thought it was a little strange, but then I realized that they wanted me to write about what my dream reading nook would look like, and I didn't hesitate - of course, I would do a post about that! 





Now, I thought about this for a while. I love reading, obviously, but I also love astronomy! So my dream reading corner would be full of stars, pillows, and lights! 



So the first thing any nice reading nook needs is - obviously - a comfy place to sit or lay down. One thing that I love, and that seems to be most people's dream, is the idea of a window seat with loads of pillows! Something maybe like this:




Something with soft colors and a cozy blanket. I can also imagine fairy lights hanging around, as well as maybe a lamp on the wall to read at night, like these:




I'm loving this so far! Let's see, what else is important for a reading nook? Aah, throw pillows! Now, Evie @eviebookish has some AMAZING bookish designs, based on all kinds of stories! But, Redbubble and Etsy also have all kinds of pillows that could fit! 



I decided I would go for some star/space themed pillows to go with my astronomy obsession, so here's a small selection of those,




Now for the actual bookshelf. I'm not sure I'd want a whole shelf in my reading nook - maybe a small shelf with a few favorites, decorative items, a spot for bookmarks, etc. I wouldn't want to get distracted from the book I'm reading, you know? So I'd probably go with something like this: 




I loooove these tree -shelf designs! You can keep all kinds of things on it - pretty YA books, astronomy books, cute tea cups, music... oh how I'd love to have this in my room! Maybe one day? 



Next you need a little table to put your book down on, or a glass of water or something, so here's something cute! 





Then, you need some cute prints! Here are some of my favorite star-quotes! 




- "Second star to the right and straight on 'till morning" - Peter Pan

- "Let's go rattle the Stars" - SJ Maas
- "My Thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations" - The Fault in our Stars, by John Green
- "To the stars who listen and the dreams that are answered" - SJ Maas
- "I've loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night" - Galileo 


You could even set up a mix of everything and have an 'exploration' corner like this! 




Next, you need candles! I'm a candle nerd (is that even a thing?) I am still a rep for Nox to Lumos Candle co, where you can find amazing home-made soy candles! (If you're interested in getting some, you can get a discount by using CAROLINE20 at checkout!) 

So I've had the opportunity to try out a lot of candles by her, and they each have their own unique personality to them. Yes, they have personality. I made one called 'My Bookish Corner' that smells like, tea, vanilla, rain and parchment, which I love! But, to keep the theme going, I decided that this Night Court candle might be better! 



Yep this is my photo of my candle! Love fairy lights, and this candle smells amazing! (@Justanotherbookishblog on insta)



And finally, no reading nook is complete without the last essential - tea! My personal favorite is caramel-vanilla-apple rooibos tea, but there are so many to choose from! So a nice selection box would be amazing! 





So overall, I guess this would be my style board! 





What would you guys have in your dream reading corner? Do you think I missed out on anything at all? Let me know! 



Have a great day! 

Stay bookish!