Book Covers with Faces

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a cover freebie, so I thought I would go with 10 books I read in the last year with a face on the cover I love!

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

✨ NEWTS Magical Readathon Wrap Up ✨

Even though I am no longer supporting the author of the series this readathon is based on I (being the pedantic completionist I am) felt the need to finish off and complete the NEWTS this month! I decided to stick with my original career as a Spell Maker and I managed to complete and pass all of my NEWT exams which I am actually super stoked about! I needed an O in Ancient Runes, E in Arithmancy, E in Astronomy, E in Charms, O in History of Magic and an A in Transfiguration which is a total of 13 books.

A: Bathsheda Babbling – Author Name that stars with B (first or last)

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

E: Read a Classic

Anna K by Jenny Lee -best I could do lol

O: Love Rune – read a Romance

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

A: Precision is key – read a non fiction

Growing up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss

E: Book that ends on an uneven number

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

A: Star Chart – star on the cover/in title

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

E: Read a Sci-Fi

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

A: Cheering Charm – read a humorous book

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

E: Glacius Freezing Charm – read a book set in winter

The Missing of Clairedelune by Christelle Dabos

A: Read a historical fiction

Burn by Patrick Ness

E: Book with a mainly black cover

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

O: Book recommended by someone older than you

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

A: Lapifors Spell – animal on cover/title

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

August Wrap Up

Overall I had a pretty solid reading month, I ended up completing 14 books! I pretty much loved all of the books I read, there were a couple that were just ok but I’m really happy with what I ended up picking up!

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren⭐️4/5 stars

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai⭐️4/5 stars

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss⭐️5/5 stars

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff⭐️5/5 stars

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff⭐️4/5 stars

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty⭐️4/5 stars

The Missing of Clairedelune by Christelle Dabos⭐️4/5 stars

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor⭐️4/5 stars

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum⭐️5/5 stars

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron⭐️2/5 stars

Queen of the Conquered by K. Ancrum – ⭐️3/5 stars

Anna K by Jenny Lee⭐️3/5 stars

Home by Nnedi Okorafor ⭐️3/5 stars

Burn by Patrick Ness⭐️3/5 stars

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Cinderella is Dead Review

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Its 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sophia’s character was likeable. She wasn’t like a new all-time favourite or anything but I appreciated her for what she was. She’s very spirited and grounded in her beliefs and won’t be compromised by what the societal expectations are of her, even though it is very dangerous. I think she was still just a little naïve in her approach, not listening to reason and just flying off the cuff with no plan at the start. I think over the course of the story we see her evolve and become a lot more patient and willing to see other perspectives than her own.

I would have liked to see Sophia and Erin’s relationship a little more before the opening scene if that makes sense. We are just kind of thrust into the story and we see Sophia bearing her soul to this girl get rejected and then the next girl that comes along Sophia falls for her. Sure we see her battling with her emotions and she has to go and say goodbye to Erin closing off that relationship but I just thought her rushing into the next romance was unnecessary. I don’t think she needed to be in love with Constance at all, it didn’t really add anything to the plot and I think I would have liked it a lot more if she was just friends with Constance and didn’t just write off Erin.

I thought the concept of the story and the retelling aspect to be compelling; I just thought the execution was a little underdeveloped. I would have appreciated going a lot more in depth with all of the characters and their backgrounds. I felt it was a little lacking in the atmosphere of the story, it was quite bleak and one dimensional for me. I never really made a connection to anyone I just kind of along for the ride.

Overall I just think the novel as a whole read a little younger. The characters are all pretty juvenile and one dimensional. The twists that were thrown in were entertaining but still predictable. There was nothing in there that really took me by surprise and shocked me in any way. I appreciated the diversity in the characters and the topics that were discussed but I wasn’t wowed in any way by this story.

⭐️2/5 didn’t love it, kind of average…

🏴‍☠️ Scallywagathon Wrap Up 🏴‍☠️

I had a lot of fun during the course of this readathon. Unfortunately I didn’t end up completing the four books I had picked that corresponded to the path that I ended up taking I only read three…. I went backwards and started from 9: Black Sails to A: Washed Ashore and then 6: Bawdy Songs I just didn’t have enough time to finish off with 1: Captain’s Cabin! I did end up changing my TBR a little from what I posted but I completed some great books!!

9: Has a black cover- The Weight of Stars by K. Ancrum

A: A book published 3+ years ago – Binti by Nnedi Okarafor

6: Has Romance – Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron