Book Review – The Heart of Betrayal

21569527Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 7th July 2015
Publishers: Henry Holt & Co.
No. Pages: 489
Source: Purchased
Buy at: BookDepository | Wordery | Amazon

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There’s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.

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Book Review – The Kiss of Deception

18490681Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 8th July 2014
Publishers: Henry Holt & Co.
No. Pages: 470
Source: Purchased
Buy at: BookDepository | Wordery | Amazon

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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Most Anticipated Releases – February 2017

When writing these posts I try to do them based on the UK publication date, since I am based in the UK. However, there are times when either I cannot find the UK date or publisher of a book, or I really want to read the book ASAP and so I’m willing to order the US edition. Some of the books in this post fall into either or both of these two categories.

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33854876Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen, Liesl feels that her childhood dreams are slipping away. And when her sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. But with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

This is a Labyrinth retelling and I’ve only seen the movie once when I was much younger. Yet I remember specific scenes from the movie so vividly and the basic plot. I’m really excited to revisit the story through this retelling and to see if it’ll entrance me as the movie did. I’m also going to use this release as the perfect excuse to rewatch the movie.

This book was released February 7th 2017

30626556History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

You’re still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world where this morning you’re having an open casket funeral. I know you’re out there, listening. And you should know I’m really pissed because you swore you would never die and yet here we are. It hurts even more because this isn’t the first promise you’ve broken.
OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner – in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo’s new college life, and ultimate death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth – both in terms of what he’s willing to hide, and what true love ultimately means…

I’ve heard great things about Silvera’s books but have yet to pick any of them up. This one in particular has been gaining praise for a good portion of the last few months of 2016, which has made me eager to get my hands on my own copy.

This is an #ownvoices books both in terms of the Griffin’s sexual orientation and OCD.

This book was released February 9th 2017

29939230A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Synopsis of book one, A Darker Shade of Magic, in the Shades of Magic series:

Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

I read the first book in this trilogy recently and really enjoyed it. I do still need to read the second book in this series but I wanted to wait until the third, and final book, was released so that I could marathon them.

This book will be released February 21st 2017

D24382227reamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Some bodies won’t stay buried.
Some stories need to be told.

When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past… and the present.

Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what’s right the night Tulsa burns.

Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham’s lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important question about the complex state of US race relations – both yesterday and today.

One of the reasons I love making these types of posts is because it lets me discover books I would’ve otherwise had no idea existed. This synopsis sounds so intriguing and it doesn’t hurt that the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I looked through the few early reviews and they’ve been positive so I am very excited to get my hands on a copy of this.

This book will be released February 21st 2017

32075671The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

This book doesn’t come out in the UK until April, however, I’ve been excited to read this for so long that I decided to just include it in this post (since there’s a very high chance I’ll just get the US edition). I honestly think this book will be both eye-opening and game changing.

This book will be released February 28th 2017  (US) and April 6th 2017 (UK)

Those are the February releases I’m most excited for. What February releases are you excited for? Have you read any of these already? If so, what did you think of them? Tell me in the comments!

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Monthly To Be Read – February 2017

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You may have already seen my February TBR post on my blog last Sunday, however, for some strange reason the post deleted itself and I can’t seem to find it anywhere to restore it. Originally, I was planning to just forget about it and continue blogging as usual but since I enjoy looking back at these posts at the end of the month I’ve decided to rewrite it.

Since we are over a week into the month I have already finished reading four books, which I’ll talk about in my wrap up post at the end of the month.

TBR Jar Challenge(s)


Read a book you’ve owned since 2014 or earlier

The vast majority of unread books on my shelf were purchased in either 2014 or earlier, so I have loads of options for this challenge. Currently I’m leaning towards Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins for a few reasons: 1. I own the sequel too so I must’ve thought I’d like this 2. It’s been so long since I purchased this that I can’t even remember what it’s about (I used to think it was the book with the darkling but I’ve read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo so I know that’s not true) and 3. I remember everyone used to love this a few years ago so I do want to see what all of the hype was about.

Read the final book in a series

I do have only twelve challenges in my jar, and so the obvious thing to do would be picking one challenge each month. That’s what I tried to do last year but I’ve come to realize there are two months (aka the month of finals and the month before) when I don’t read much at all and so I don’t want to have the pressure of trying to complete a challenge when I should be focusing on my exams or trying to find time to complete two challenges at a later month. So, I’ve decided to double up on challenges during months I think I’ll read a lot.

This challenge couldn’t have come at a more perfect time since I only have the final book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket to read (well, techniqually listen to but details). I am actually currently reading The End by Lemony Snicket.

Buddy Read(s) of The Month


Keep It Diverse’s BOTM

This month in celebration of black history month in the US we’ll be reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I’ve been seeing this around the book community a lot recently and I’m so glad I finally have an excuse to pick it up. 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!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This book is finally out and after months of seeing nothing but positive reviews for this I can’t wait to see if it lives up to the hype. I’ve heard the audiobook for this one is very good as the book is very atmospheric so I will probably end up listening to it.

Other Books


Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

This book is rolling over from my last month’s TBR and I have already started it but I’m not very far in. So many people have told me this book is going to break my heart and I don’t know if I’m ready for that kind of pain.

Unite Me & Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unite Me is a novella bind up and Unravel Me is the second book in the Shatter Me trilogy. I have already read the first novella in Unite Me and I am currently reading Unravel Me.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this trilogy overall but I enjoyed the first book and I do think I’ll be in the group that ends up enjoying this series (as a large portion of the people who didn’t like this trilogy were the ones who enjoyed a certain character who I currently don’t care much for).


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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Top Ten Tuesday (Feb 7th) – Books I Wish Had More Diversity In Them

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic. This weeks topic is “Top Ten Books I Wish Had More Diversity In Them.”

This is something I think about a lot. There are times when I absolutely adore a book, but I can’t help but imagine how much better it would’ve been with diversity (I know not everyone agrees that diversity makes a book better, but for me it does).

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

21523103Whilst this one was a fairly obvious pick, I was hesitant about including it. At this point, I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard about how disrespectfully Rowling treats her Asian characters in terms of naming them (There’s a character in Fantastic Beasts called Madame Asia… I mean… come on). Then there’s also the point of how she claims representation when it isn’t backed up in the text (i.e. Dumbledore being gay).

However, I can’t stop imagining what Harry Potter would’ve been like if it had been inclusive. Imagine a person of colour (POC) Hermione? Imagine if Dumbledore had been openly gay? Imagine if Neville had anxiety which was actually talked about in a positive light? Imagine a disabled Harry fighting to save the wizarding world?

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

17675462There is some diversity in this, in terms of sexual orientation. However, me and many other fans of this book have always pictured certain characters as POC but this isn’t backed up in the text.

Although, Stiefvater does include one man of colour (MOC), Henry, in the later books and he’s not treated that well. He’s the brunt of racist jokes which are turned into an inside joke for Adam and Ronan. Henry himself also mocks his own culture so ‘no one can do it first’, which is honestly so disheartening (If you’d like a more in depth post regarding the racial issues with the series I’d recommend reading this post). This makes me think that it’s good Stiefvater didn’t include more racial diversity since she obviously isn’t capable of doing it respectfully (but a girl can dream that she’d decided to do it right).

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

18490681Quick disclaimer: I haven’t read the final book so there may be some diversity in the last installment.

However, since I’ve already read the first two books in this trilogy which has already explored two out of the three major kingdoms (and we’ve met characters from the third) I think it’s safe to assume this lacks racial diversity. Pearson has done a great job at creating her world and it’s my favourite aspect of her books thus far. However, I don’t think it’s realistic to have all three kingdoms be all-white. Furthermore, I think some LGBT+ and mental illness rep wouldn’t have hurt either.

11235712The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Whenever someone asks me for a diverse book recommendation this is one of the first I go to, so I do feel slightly nit-picky including this one. However, whilst there’s disabled rep, a number of poc characters (from different parts of the world) and mental illness rep, had Meyer also included characters from the LGBT+ community this series could’ve had it all. Also, with four straight pairings one of them could’ve easily been a gay pairing. With glamour being an important part of the story there very easily could’ve been room for a non-binary character.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

23599075Honestly, I spent a good twenty minutes debating with myself if I should even include this in this post. By the various twitter discussions, blog posts and videos that have cropped up over the past few months it would’ve been hard to miss Maas being called out on her frankly racist and heteronormative books (this applies to both of her series, by the way).

However, there was a time when I adored this series. When I would spend hours talking about this worlds, these characters and this plot. And sometimes, I miss that. I wish mass didn’t use her POC characters as plot devices, I wish she didn’t murder them to further her white characters plots and I wish her world(s) weren’t so hetereonormative. Maybe it’s unfair for me to include this series/author in this post, because at this point I don’t think I could read any more of her books.


What are some books you think would’ve been better with more diversity? Have you read any books which have really good diversity? Tell me in the comments!

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Monthly Wrap Up – January 2017

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January was a weird month for me. On one hand, I read a lot more than I expected to despite having to study for university exams. On the other hand, I’ve been neglecting my blog again despite creating a posting schedule.

I guess, you win some you lose some eh?

What I Read


The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – ★★★★★
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace – ★★★
The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket – 
The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket – ★★1/2
• The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket – ★★1/2
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – ★★★★1/2
• The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket – ★★★
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – ★★★★
Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour – ★★★1/2
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – ★★1/2 
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – ★★★
The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis – ★★

I’m really happy with how many books I read this month, especially since the first half of the month started off really slow for me. In terms of quality this was definitely a very mixed month but that’s becoming a common theme for me.

My favourite read was definitely the first book I finished and my only five star read of the month – The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. I honestly just love camp halfblood and Riordan’s’ take on Greek mythology a lot and as much as I love his Magnus Chase series I just have a very special place in my heart for this world. Also, Apollo was such a hilarious narrator, the characters were great and I just had a lot of fun reading this book overall.

My lead favourite was The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket. Whilst I do find this series entertaining, despite my low ratings, there was just something about this installment that I just did not enjoy. If it wasn’t for the fact that I was already so far into the series + that I was listening to it, instead of reading it for myself, I may have put it down.

If it wasn’t for #DiverseAThon I probably wouldn’t have ended up reading nearly as much as I did. I was originally planning to do an individual wrap-up post for it but time got the best of me and now I think it’s a little late. So, I’ll just quickly mention the four books I read during the read-a-thon and what I thought of each of them briefly.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han was definitely my favourite read from the read-a-thon and it was definitely a pleasant surprise for me (I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did). I finished this book in one sitting, simply because it was just so addictive.

Whilst I did enjoy Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour I was expecting something more. I do think if it was a little bit longer, so we got to see the characters as an actual couple, this could’ve been a solid 4 stars book.

When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore is very beautifully written. Unfortunately, it’s a little too whimsical at times and I found myself getting really confused. However, I did love all of the characters and the plot was semi-interesting.

Lastly, The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis just wasn’t a book for me. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like contemporaries and this is an example of the types I’m not a massive fan of. I didn’t enjoy the writing, the plot was lackluster and I just really didn’t care about the characters. I do, however, think that had this been a full-length novel instead of a novella I would’ve enjoyed it more. I also want to mention that I wasn’t in the mood to read this type of story and I was forcing myself to finish it for the sake of the read-a-thon.

The Candle Codex


This isn’t really relevant to my blog per se but I’m still very excited about it so I thought I’d talk about it. I was chosen as an Instagram rep for The Candle Codex (If you want to see pictures of their products make sure to check out my profile), which is a company that makes homemade bookish themed soy candles. This is both my first time being a rep for a company and owning bookish-themed candles so I’m doubly excited.

For January I received their Mrs. Weasley (scent: caramel and cinammon) and Dumbledore (scent: sherbet lemon). Out of the two Dumbledore is definitely my favourite it has such a refreshing smell and I will confess I did sit there for 20 minutes just sniffing it when I first opened the package. They do have other scents (including other Harry Potter themed ones and a Throne of Glass inspired candle) so definitely do browse their shop. Also, compared to a lot of other companies their prices are pretty reasonable.

This isn’t a sponsored post.

On The Blog


Top Ten Tuesday 

2017 debuts I’m excited for (02/012017) – 2016 Reads I Meant to Get to But Didn’t (10/01/2017) – Underrated Books I’ve Read in The Past Few Years (19/01/2017)

Discussions + Other Posts

2017 Bookish + Blogging Resolutions/Goals  #DiversityBingo2017 Announcement Post + Recommendations Part 1#DiverseAThon TBR

Monthly Posts

December Wrap UpJanuary To Be Read Most Anticipated January Releases

I knew I’d had a bad blogging month, but until making this list I didn’t realize just how bad. I definitely want to focus a lot more on my blog this month, since there’s a strong chance I’ll have to take a break in the next few months because of finals. I do have loads of posts that should’ve gone up in January to get up so at least I’m not lacking any ideas, right?


How many books did you read in January? What was your favourite read of Januaryr? Tell me in the comments!

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#DiverseAThon TBR

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Today is the first day of #DiverseAThon and to celebrate I thought I would share with you the books I plan to read during the read-a-thon. If you don’t know what #DiverseAThon I would recommend you watch the annoucement video but essentially it’s a week-long read-a-thon starting today and ending on the 29th. There are no challenges but all of the books you read during the week must, obviously, be diverse.

If you’re participating in the #DiversityBingo2017 then this is the perfect time/motivation to complete some of those squares!


Everything Leads To You by Nina Lacour

18667779Despite having this book on my TBR for the longest time I only know two things about it: 1. It has a lesbian romance and 2. Everyone who has read this, that I know, has loved it. As I mentioned in my January TBR post this is also the Keep It Diverse‘s BOTM for January so this’ll definitely be the first book I’ll be picking up during the read-a-thon. Also, correct me if I’m wrong but this is an #ownvoices book.

Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

22501055Next, I’m going to talk about another book that was mentioned in my January TBR post. If you don’t know me and a friend of mine are buddy reading one book per month, every month of 2017, and this is our pick for January. I was actually going to pick this one up last week, but I decided to save it for the read-a-thon.

I believe this is a historical fiction set during the gold rush. We’re following a Chinese girl named Samantha who wants to be a musician and a runaway slave named Annamae. That’s really all I know or want to know about this book but I have seen really great reviews so I’m excited. Also, the author is Chinese-American so this would qualify as an #ownvoices book too.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

15749186Out of all of the books mentioned on this TBR this is definitely the one I’ve been meaning to get to for the longest time. This book follows Lara Jean who writes a letter each time she gets a crush and then puts it away in a box, but one day someone mails out all of these letters and now she has to deal with the consequences of that.

I’m the type of person that experiences second-hand embarrassment whenever watching a film or reading a book and the character(s) is put in am uncomfortable situation. So, this could potentially be a very cringe read for me but I also think it’s going to be a fun read too.

I believe this book is also an #ownvoices but I’m not 100%.

When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

29510699I’m probably venturing into ‘over-ambitious’ territory now.

This is a book I’m having a hard time summarizing and so I would recommend you read the full synopsis on goodreads instead. However, from what I understand this is a magical realism book following two best friends, Miel, who has roses growing out of her arm, and Sam, a transgender boy. When the Bonner sisters, four beautiful girls who are believed to be witches, set their sites on Miel’s roses, they’re willing to use all of Miel’s secrets to make her give them up.

Including this book on my TBR for the #Diverseathon was definitely a spur-of-the-moment thing but as soon as I found out that this features a Pakistani character I knew I had to read it ASAP.

The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis

31193155And lastly, this is a novella following Chris, who after dropping out of university gets a job at a bookstore in a small town. She eventually meets Josie, a flirty new bookseller who always has a new book in her hand, and romance ensues. I believe one of the main character’s is pansexual and that this is #ownvoices in terms of the relationship.

Whilst there is a group book, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, I’m unlikely to get to it during the week. I’ve actually had my eye on this book for a few months now and I had planned to buy it soon but sadly I found out about the read-a-thon too late for the book to arrive on time. However, if you do read the group book definitely tell me what you thought of it and if you think I should pick it up.


Are you participating in the #DiverseAThon? If so, which books are you planning to read? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? If so, what did you think of them? Tell me in the comments!

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