Sunday, June 7, 2015

Review: Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Book 16/50 

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance
Series or standalone? Standalone
Pages: 303
Started// Finished: 25/05/15
I read the: UK paperback
Where can I buy this? Here! (via thebookdepository)
Goodreads: Right here!
First Sentence(s): "It's a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don't notice I'm being blackmailed."
Favourite quote: "'Me and Leah?', I ask. But I'm gay. GAY. Gaaaaaaaayyyyy." (pg. 52) 

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Book 15/50 
Photo by: Summer (

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Series or standalone? Last in the series
Pages: 568
Started: 26/04/15 // Finished: 24/05/15
I read the: UK paperback
Where can I buy this? Here! (via thebookdepository)
Goodreads: Right here!
First Sentence: '"I'm afraid," said the little girl sitting on the bed. "Grandfather, will you stay with me?"'
Favourite quote: "There's more to life than surviving." (pg. 150)

Synopsis: "Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy." (Let's face it. I can't put a normal synopsis on here, because who the hell wants to be spoiled?)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Liebster Award!

Hi everyone! I'm actually surprised to say that I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Emily ( gingerspicedlife )! I'm truly glad that I'm slowly becoming a part of the blogger community and I'm really excited to answer Emily's questions! 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Book 11/50 

Photo by: Luana (
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Series or standalone? Second book in the series
Pages: 496
I read the: UK paperback
Where can I buy this? Here! (via thebookdepository)
Goodreads: Right here!
First Sentence: "The fog was thick, muffling sound and sight."
Favourite quote: “We live and breathe words. .... It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt--I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted--and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”

Synopsis: In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Review: "The Blood of Olympus" by Rick Riordan

Book 10/50 

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Myth-Retelling-thing
Series or standalone? Last book in the series
Pages: 500
I read the: UK paperback
Began: April 8th 2015 
Finished: April 21st 2015
Where can I buy this? Here! (via thebookdepository)
Goodreads: Right here!
First Sentence: "Jason hated being old."
Favourite quote: Okay, I have to admit this was a tough one, because as we all know Rick Riordan has an amazing sense of humour. And there were some really good ones that I marked (47 to be precise), like "Leo, didn't really think of the ukulele as a sad instrument. (Pathetic, sure. But not sad.) Yet, the tune Apollo strummed was so melancholic it broke Leo's feels." and "'What if we promoted, like, Adidas shoes?'  Percy wondered. 'Would that make Nike (the goddess) mad enough to show up?'". But, rather stupidly, my favourite was "'My people were the original Athenians - the gemini.' 'Like your zodiac sign?' Percy asked. 'I'm a Leo.' 'No, stupid,' Leo said. 'I'm a Leo. You're a Percy.'" Yeah.

*MILDLY SPOILERY* Synopsis: Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.