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Let me preface this by saying I haven’t read many vampire books in my lifetime. It’s a tragedy, I know, a heresy, how terrible – but given the overwhelming choice of not-very-appealing-to-me books for my beloved vampire genre, I chose instead to watch things like Buffy or reruns of Dracula.

Because to me, vampires have become pretty diluted – either sparkly or romantic, with none of the menace vampires were originally known for.


This was my first Holly Black book and I’m very eager to read another. Her protagonist was realistic, all of her choices were exactly the same as the ones I would do, she was not whining, she was incredibly mature and basically… I would be her friend, if I could. I really appreciated the time and effort that was taken into making sure she was a fleshed out and realistic character.

Another plus was the inclusion of bisexual characters without it being a Big Thing and also a trans character who I absolutely loved – she was so sweet, and (SPOILERS) she was able to get the boy, too, which was A+ in my book.

On to… Gavriel. Sweet Gavriel. Gorgeous Gavriel. I have another favourite oh dear. He was such an interesting character that I found myself looking for him on the page, and I adored him.

Holly’s writing is so… effortless in this book and I easily swept along with the world. I adored it. I understood every choice, every beat. I would have loved to spend more time in Gavriel’s past – the chapters where we slunk back into the 1800s felt lush as a chaise lounge, and incredibly rich. I’m waiting for Holly Black to write a historical fantasy, cause damn.

AND IT WAS GORY. It never shied away from the realistic truth that vampires are brutal, and turning changes you. I loved the modern inflections cause let’s face it, everyone would watch a vampire reality stream if the world turned out the way of this book, so yes. Adored. It.

A rare 5* to this one! Another favourite.

Going to try and find a hardback, since the copy I bought was ex-library.



REVIEW- Final Draft by Riley Redgate

As you may know from the previous post, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately. But before I hit that reading slump, I read Final Draft via eARC from NetGalley, courtesy of ABRAMS Kids.

Pub Date 12 Jun 2018

Thank you!

In the end I gave this book 3.5* out of 5.

I enjoyed a lot about this book, but after my original review, of which I will post below, I was kinda left thinking… what was the point of the book? It was a bit of a filler, to me.

Original review:

I can see that this book might get comparisons to Fangirl, but it seems much more grounded to me. It’s such a refreshing read and I related SO MUCH to the struggles Laila went through. I enjoyed the nuances throughout, the diversity, the humour. Sometimes the backstory was a little full on with descriptions but otherwise – a joy to read.

I stand by that, too. But at the same time I wasn’t really sure what feeling I should have been left with, or whether this was open-ended to go into something else, or… whether it was a happy ending, whether our main character had actually learned something from the teacher who came in, why the death was actually there.

The first parts of the book were 100% relatable, with the sci fi nerding and the keen sense of writing. But after a while I didn’t really understand it. The representation of depression was, to me, something that hit home but nothing ever seemed finished off in the story itself.

I did enjoy the romance, but even that felt like an add-on to me. I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to take from it, like it was a snapshot of her life. Nothing mentioned ever seemed to come to fruition, things that seemed like they were going to be a big deal ended up being… left unanswered or never mentioned again.

It was well-written and I really think it has potential to affect many teenage readers in the right way, but it wasn’t 100% for me.



Random Musings · Reviews

The Problem With Jessica Jones Series 2

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SPOILERS WITHIN – If you haven’t seen this series PLEASE don’t read this. Unless you CBA watching series two, in which case read on.

Almost everyone I know was excited for season two of Jessica Jones. Easily the most dynamic Marvel hero (don’t @ me) with her complicated past, box-breaking character and general sarcasm, Jessica Jones’ first series showcased a wonderful balance of heartbreak and malice at every turn.

Sure, it wasn’t without its faults. Some people lamented at the pacing, the straightforward plot, but I never found it dull. At the heart of it, the characters were what mattered, and they drove it. A wonderful sister duo were at its heart, who loved and supported each other completely, proving that not all female leads need to be loud, brashy and generally mean to other women to be written well.

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – Review!

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Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.


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Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy- REVIEW!





Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

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