Book Review – The Princess Saves Herself in this One

32334098Author: Amanda Lovelace
Series: None
Genres: Poetry
Release Date: 23rd March 2017
Publishers: Andrews McMeel Publishing
No. Pages: 208
Source: Netgalley
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the princess saves herself in this one is a collection of poetry about resilience. It is about writing your own ending.

From Amanda Lovelace, a poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.

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Monthly To Be Read – March 2017


February was an incredibly good reading month for me, and I have high hopes that March will be either equally as good or even better. However, this TBR is going to include fewer books than what I’m actually expecting to read since I do still want some room for flexibility.

TBR Jar Challenge(s)

Read a book from my 17 books I want to read in 2017 list

I couldn’t have picked this challenge at a better time, since I’ve been doing horribly at actually reading the books I mentioned on that list. For this challenge I’m going to read The Archived by Victoria Schwab. I’ve read only one other book by Miss Schwab, which was the first book her in Shades of Magic trilogy, A Darker Shade of Magic, which I really enjoyed. I haven’t heard much about this one and if I’m being honest, I have no idea what it’s actually about but I’m looking forward to finding out.

Read a 2017 release

Whilst we’re only in the third month of 2017, I still have quite a few options for this one but I do think I’m going to end up reading the second book in The Witchlands series, Windwitch by Susan Dennard. I read the first book in this series last year when it came out and whilst I thought the world building could’ve been stronger, I did really enjoy it for the most part. I’ve heard great things about the sequel and the first book left off on a cliffhanger so I’m eager to finally get some answers.

Buddy Read(s) of The Month

 Keep It Diverse’s Book of The Month

This month we’ll be reading A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson, which whilst listed as the second book in a series on goodreads can be read without reading book one. Both books are set in the same world but the characters and plot is different, I believe. If you’ll be reading with us don’t forget to join the goodreads group, follow us on twitter/instagram because we’d love to discuss the book with you!

We will be hosting a twitter chat at the end of the month where we will be discussing this book so keep an eye out on our account for the date and time, which will be announced soon.

An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

As always, each month I buddy read a book with a friend of mine and this month we’ll be reading An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This book was getting so much buzz when it first came out and whilst I grabbed a copy I never ended up picking it up.

Other Books

Do you ever have a hard time deciding what to read next because you want to read all of the books at the same time? That’s me right now. I had a really hard time picking which books to include in this list but I decided to focus on finishing series which I’d already started this month.

Never Fade & In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

These are the second and third books in Bracken’s The Darkest Minds series. I started this series last year and whilst I didn’t love it as much as everyone else seems to, it was still a solid read. The first book does leave a lot of room for questions, and I’m looking forward to finally getting some answers in these sequels. This series is also becoming a movie soon and I definitely want to have finished the books before that comes out.

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

This is the third book in the Falling Kingdoms series. I listened to book one and book two in this series last month and whilst I really didn’t like book one, book two was a lot better but I still didn’t love it. I have heard that this series gets really good from book three onward, so I do have fairly high expectations for this one.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

This is the third and final book in the Shatter Me trilogy. There was a pretty long period of time after The Hunger Games hype where I really wasn’t in the mood for any more dystopian books. Which meant that I didn’t end up reading half of the really popular series back in 2013/2014 but 2017 seems to be the year where I’m finally completing/catching up with all of those series.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

I read 1984 by Orwell last year, and whilst I loved the concept I absolutely loathed the narrator. However, I do still want to give more of his books a try. I’ve read passages from this book before for school, but I’ve never read the entire thing. I do think now’s the right time to change that and since this is incredibly short I could probably finish it in one sitting.

What books are you planning to read in February? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? If so, what did you think of them? Tell me in the comments!

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Book Review – Peter Darling

33358438Author: Austin Chant
Series: None
Genres: Fantasy
Release Date: 15th February 2017
Publishers: Less Than Three Press
No. Pages: 164
Source: Netgalley
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Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

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Book Review – The Blazing Star

32182684Author: Imani Josey
Series: None
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 6th December 2016
Publishers: Wise Ink
No. Pages: 286
Source: Netgalley
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Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.


Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.

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Book Review – The Girl From Everywhere

25950053Author: Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl From Everywhere
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 3rd March 2016
Publishers: Hot Key Books
No. Pages: 343
Source: Netgalley
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It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.

Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question…

Nix has grown used to her father’s obsession, but only because she’s convinced it can’t work. But then a map falls into her father’s lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it’s that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.

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17 Books I Want To Read In 2017


If you’re been following my blog for a while, you may have seen my previous posts titled 15 Books I’ll Read In 2015 and 16 Books I Want To Read In 2016. I’ve failed to complete either of those lists but that’s not going to stop me from making a similar post this year. I must admit that I do primarily make these lists to see how my reading taste changes over the year compared to what I wanted to read in the beginning.

This year I’m determined to finally read all of the unread books on my shelf, so this list is going to reflect that. The majority of books on here will be books I own physically but I will include a few new releases, books I own as ebooks and audiobooks. I decided against including new releases but that doesn’t mean I won’t be  reading any (obviously).


Books I Own as Physical Copies

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
A Storm of Swords: Part 2 by George R. R. Martin
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Books I Own as Ebooks

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin

Books I Own as Audiobooks

Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

Those are the 17 books I really want to get to this year. Which books are your top priority to read this year? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? If so, what did you think of them? Tell me in the comments!

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Book Review – Heartless

31458203Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: None
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 9th February 2017
Publishers: Macmillan Children’s Books
No. Pages: 464
Source: Netgalley
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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