Booktube made me read it….

*A little spoilery*

Today I thought I’d do a fun little post about 5 books that I read this year because of booktube. These books I had either seen a bunch of people do reviews on, or everyone put them in their TBR’s the same month, or they would be in everyone’s top favourite books of all time or something along those lines and I was curious enough to pick them up and give them a read.

The 1st book I read because of booktube is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I didn’t hate 26032825this book, but I also didn’t love it. Jude just wasn’t a favourite character of mine; I didn’t find her to be likeable throughout the novel. Some of her choices she made just didn’t sit well with me and the relationships she formed Locke and Cardan just seemed a bit odd and cringey, especially after they made her life hell for so long. I much preferred her older sister Vivi, I loved that she rebelled from her father Madoc and how she tried to pry her younger sisters out of the world of Faerie and give them a normal life back in the mortal world. I did enjoy the ending however and I am curious as to how the series will be continued so I will be reading on. ⭐️3/5 stars

The 2nd book I read was Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. When this book first 220px-John_Green_Turtles_All_The_Way_Down_Book_Covercame out I seen it everywhere and everyone was raving about how good it was. I don’t read a lot of contemporary books but I was strolling through a bookstore one day and the title jumped out at me and so I immediately picked it up and proceeded to read it. I thought the plot was actually very captivating and original, I thought it was fast paced and entertaining. Aza as a character was very relatable and real, it was as if I could feel what she was going through and her anguish and pain was bleeding through the pages. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book and I am glad that I bought into the hype and read it. ⭐️4/5 stars

The 3rd book I read because of booktube was Graceling by Kristin Cashore. As fantasy 51vE64szi-L._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_is one of my all time favourite genres I regularly peruse YouTube for lists of fantasy favourites and Graceling would always make an appearance in those lists. I picked it up with not really any expectations, I just wanted to get into a good fantasy book as I was craving one at the time and I absolutely loved it. I thought the premise was amazing, people being gifted with different graces I just thought that was really creative and it was very engaging throughout the plot. Katsa, as a female protagonist was deadly, powerful yet still very feminine and graceful (lol) she was a joy to read and this book really caught me by surprise. ⭐️4/5 stars

The 4th book that booktube made me read was The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. 23197837Another book that I didn’t love but I also didn’t hate. Again it was just because I couldn’t quite gel with Camellia. I thought she was terribly naïve throughout the first half of the storyline and kind of put me off her as character. I did think she progressed throughout the story line and started to read between the lines of what was going on at the palace. I thought the premise of the book was interesting and original, how everyone is born grey and the Belles are the beautiful colourful young girls who have the ability to transform other’s appearances to follow beauty standards and trends. ⭐️3/5 stars

The 5th book I read because of booktube was Scythe by Neal Shusterman. Again at one 28954189stage in the booktube community it seemed like everyone was reading Scythe at the same time and raving about how good it was. I gave in and read it and of course I loved it like everyone else! I just thought it was so clever and refreshing. The premise of this book is just so thought provoking and it’s structured so well that I honestly didn’t know what was going to happen next. There are so many twists and turns and political machinations in the Scythedom and I highly enjoyed my time reading this book! ⭐️4/5 stars

Tower of Dawn Review

*Spoilers Ahead*

Oh my goodness, I am blown away. The intricacies in the storylines and how they have been woven together throughout the whole Throne of Glass series is simply masterful. I don’t know why I hesitated so long before picking up Tower of Dawn as it is simply 9781408887974amazing.

Tower of Dawn follows the story of Chaol and Nesryn as they arrive in Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan the most powerful ruler in the Southern Continent and to visit the legendary Torre Cosme to heal Chaol from the wounds he received in Rifthold.

The complexity of this book really surprised me. I didn’t realize all that was be gained by Chaol and Nesryn whilst in Antica. I honestly thought it would just be more focused on the political intrigue that the Khagan and his children brought forth as the main plot point of the story. Sure it delved a little deeper into the dynamics of this incredibly powerful family and we learnt a lot more about them but the main focus was really the character growth that we witness throughout the course of the book, in particular Chaol, Yrene and Nesryn.

Chaol is wounded, he’s grief stricken, and guilt ridden and strong beyond measure, watching his character grow throughout the course of this book was spectacular. His narrative is so intimate as we watch him overcome his personal demons as he fights off the demons that have latched on inside of him in his wound. The transition from the man he is when he is wheeled off that boat by Nesryn to the man who walked aboard the vessel to sail back to Erilea with Yrene by his side was so well thought out, genuine and heartfelt. I loved him as a character and I have definitely been swayed, as he wasn’t really a favourite of mine in the rest of the series.

I thought Yrene was also a delight to read. Her strength and resilience in the face of danger is really something to be commended. We see her grow from being timid, yet quietly assertive to being the commanding, powerful tenacious woman that she is meant to be. Seeing the slow build up of their romance through the course of the book was also great. It wasn’t rushed at all and we could really feel the genuineness of the relationship spilling out through the pages.

Nesryn was kind of in the background for the first half of the story for me. I had inklings about her and Sartaq from the first night he followed her to the Torres Tower and I thought he was a good match for her. She is so used to being disciplined and in control and he really counteracted all of that as the carefree, cocky prince. I enjoyed seeing their relationship build and seeing Sartaq’s backstory unfold at Altun and their adventures and discoveries they found during their time there and how it drew them together was worth the read.

This story was full of adventure, heartaches, plotting and revelations and it had my heart pounding the whole time. It was thrilling to read, and seeing the plot points all align together from the last six books in this series was expert. I applaud Sarah J Maas and I am eagerly anticipating the next book in the series later this year!

⭐️5/5 stars nothing more to say!

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

IMG_1547I am finally going to be picking this up and starting it this week! Ever since the movie adaptation came out earlier this year I have been seeing this book everywhere. I don’t really read a whole lot of contemporary simply because it’s not my favourite genre, but I do like to dip me toes in every now and then and pick one up that seems to be popular at the moment and see how I like it. I have heard absolutely nothing but good things about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I am looking forward to getting into this and seeing whether or not the hype behind it is justified in my opinion. As far as I know it’s about Simon a homosexual male in high school who hasn’t come out to anyone yet but someone finds out and threatens to expose him… I am excited to get started and I will definitely be getting back to you soon with my thoughts and review.

Happy Reading 📚

To Kill a Kingdom Review

*Spoiler Free*

“A princess must have her prince.”

th61RJURL9I loved it! This book was amazing. I loved the dual perspective of Lira and Elian. I thought they complemented each other perfectly, both ruthless and cunning yet still so endearing and likeable. To Kill a Kingdom was dark and atmospheric and really had me guessing at every stage.

To Kill a Kingdom follows Lira a siren that is the heir to the throne of the Sea Queen who rules over all of the sea and the creatures that live there. Lira disobeys her mother and is transformed into a human and banished to the surface with a mission to seize the heart of the infamous siren killer Elian and bring it back to her mother as an offering. Elian is a reluctant royal heir to the throne of Midas the most powerful of all the 100 kingdoms. He has charged himself with the quest to rid the earth of all the sirens and has set his sights on one siren in particular and he will stop at nothing to find her and kill her.

The premise of this book really called to me (lol) and the plot as a whole really captivated me and catapulted me into the world that Alexandra Christo created. I thought the establishment of the 100 kingdoms and the different lore and legends that each of the royal families have really expanded the world and enriched the storyline. I also loved the duality shown in both Lira and Elian and I thought that the way they both grew and progressed was well executed and refreshing. Elian’s relationship with the crew of the Saad was another element that I enjoyed. The banter and respect that was shown between the crew and their captain really brought out a softer side to Elian and revealed him as more trusting and warm. Lira and Miriam’s storyline was another feature in the novel that I enjoyed. Especially when we were exposed the backstory of how they became so close and how willing they were to sacrifice themselves in order to save each other after everything they have both been through was a compelling plot point.

There was intrigue, drama, secrets and surprises woven very intricately throughout the novel and it kept my curiosity piqued enough that I couldn’t put it down.

⭐️4/5 stars highly recommend it was great!

Words of Radiance

IMG_1527I am about to finally start this behemoth of a book. I can’t stop talking/thinking about The Way of Kings after I completed it last month and how amazing it was….so I have been eagerly anticipating picking up Words of Radiance and continuing on in the series. I am going to try and drag out this book for as long as possible because I don’t want to get to the point where I have nothing left to read in the series until book four comes out in I think another few years. I know there is still the novella Edgedancer and then Oathbringer to go but I want to cherish my time reading these books. So I think a couple hundred pages every other day and I should have it finished by the end of the month!

Happy Reading 📚