2018 · Readathons · TBR

Lalathon TBR

Lalathon is basically a read-a-thon running from November 1st – November 9th, which I believe stemmed from Lala wanting to re-read her favourite books, and snowballed into a read-a-thon where we all read her favourite books! She explains it better in her video.

I’m really excited to participate in this read-a-thon because I have similar reading tastes to Lala, and going through what she considers her favourite books gave me a push to finally pick up these few books that I’ve had my eye on for a while.

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332942001. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

This book is, from what I can gather, written in verse and follows a young Afro-Latina girl called Xiomara Batista, who discovers slam poetry as a way of combating the various obstacles in her life. I think it’s a book about frustration, adolescence, religion, and finding your voice, which honestly sounds incredible. I’m going to try and find the audiobook for this one because I’ve heard good things!

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2018 · Book Tags

2018 Marvel Avengers Book Tag (Original-ish?)

I’m not sure if I’ve talked about this on my blog before but I am a huge Marvel fan, the MCU in particular. I never grew up with comics or graphic novels because they both were expensive and gave me migraines, but I’ve grown up with the films.

I’ve wanted to do this tag for a long time and know there are a few variants floating around, but I couldn’t find one with all of the characters I loved. So, I’ve decided to do a mashup of all of the Marvel tags I could find, and then added/adapted a few of my own.

Credit to: YA By the Way

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1. Captain America – A character you would follow into battle.

Elias from An Ember in the Ashes (review here) is a character I would follow to the end of the earth. Granted, I would probably die, but I’m too far gone for that to stop me now. He messes up but his heart is always in the right place. Plus, Laia would (and does) give him hell if he was being too reckless.

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2. Thor – A book you finished and made you immediately shout – ANOTHER!

The last book that did this to me is The City of Brass (review here). I have no idea how I’m going to be able to wait for the next book in January.

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3. Okoye – A female character you would fight alongside/hide behind.

It’s difficult to think of someone other than Okoye I would want to fight alongside, mostly because she’d deal with any situation in the seconds it would take for me to get my weapon out. But, if I had to go for another wing woman, I would go with Zélie from Children of Blood and Bone. Not only could she kick anyone’s ass, I would die just to see her and Okoye in five feet of each other.

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4. Iron Man – A character with a big ego, but a bigger heart.

I’m going with Cole from The Darkest Minds trilogy. I’ve only read the first two books so I’m not sure if this changes in the last book, but Cole always has his confidence and swagger, but he seems to genuinely care about his brother and

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5. T’Challa and Shuri – Siblings who mess with each other, but would rip you apart for doing the same.

Zélie and Tzain from Children of Blood and Bone came to mind straight away when I came up with this question. I loved their banter and the love and exasperation they have for each other, and I would not want to mess with Zélie and Tzain, or T’Challa and Shuri.

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6. Phil Coulson – PSYCHE! A character who would pretend to be dead just to mess with the other characters.

You know I’ve got to go with Nimona. Nimona is the ultimate jokester and would drive me to probably throttle her if I ever had to spend any time with her. I’ll give it to her that she would make me laugh, though.

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7. Loki – A character with kickass development/arc.

Laia from An Ember in the Ashes! Listen, you know how much I love Laia’s character development and the journey she goes through not only in the first book, but the rest of the season. I go way more in depth in my review but yeah, I adore her. She’s head and shoulders above Loki!

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8. Bucky – A character who needs a hug but could also kill you in the same second.

Dara from The City of Brass, without a doubt. I love him so much, and want nothing more than to just hug him and tell him everything will work out, but I have a feeling he would just tell me to shut up and break my neck or something. I think he and Bucky would get along either very well, or end up killing each other within the first ten minutes of meeting one another.

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9. Rhodey/Sam Wilson – ‘The people that shoot at you usually wind up shooting at me.’ – A character who’ll stand by their friend, but also exasperatedly try to drag them out of dangerous situations.

I’m going to do a full post on this soon, but the character who inspired this was Jacob from City of Ghosts. He is the level-headed, rational one trying to reign Cassie in, but when he’s unsuccessful, he’s going with her anyway. You definitely see that with Rhodey and Sam, as well as with Zélie and Tzain again, too. It’s a trope I never get tired of seeing. ALL THE FRIENDSHIP ALL THE TIME, OKAY?

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10. Shuri – A beautiful, clever bean who must be protected.

Confession – I wrote this question initially without a character in mind, and so have left it blank for a few days. That was until I read Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, and I immediately thought of Shuri. Binti is the cleverest protagonist I’ve read, with more courage than I can ever hope to have, and who I would protect with my life. And it fits even more because Nnedi Okorafor is writing the Shuri comics right now! Please, if you haven’t picked up Binti yet, you must.

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11. Spiderman – A character you want to take under your wing.

Another recent read, I’m going with Sadie from Sadie by Courtney Summers. While I wouldn’t be a mentor to Sadie, I just want to wrap her up in a blanket and tell her not to worry. I’m very protective over my girl and never want anything bad to happen to her, because she’s had enough of that in her life.


It would be awesome if you wanted to do this tag, so I tag you! Please link back so I can check out your answers!

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2018 · Book Reviews

Sadie by Courtney Summers Review

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Congratulations,Class of 2018!

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.


TW: murder, rape, sexual assault, pedophilia, child abuse, drug abuse, alcoholism, death.

Congratulations,Class of 2018! (1)And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.

This is a book I went into knowing I was probably going to love it and give it five stars, which as you can see, ended up happening, but I still managed to underestimate how much I loved Sadie. 

I listened to the audiobook, and it is without a doubt, my favourite ever audiobook. There are so many voices, and the podcast formats just lends itself so well to audio. Every performance was superb, and just took the emotion to a whole new level. If you can get your hands on the audiobook, I’d definitely grab it!

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2018 · Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Weight of Stars by K. Ancrum

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Jill at Breaking the Spine which highlights upcoming releases we are excited for!

This week, I’m going with…

Weight of Stars by K. Ancrum

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Release Date: 19th March 2019

Publisher: Imprint

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Contemporary/Romance

I am so hyped for this book, not only because it centres around protagonists of colour, is apparently queer as all hell, and is about space, but because it also just seems so damn up my alley.

Have a scan of the synopsis and tell me it doesn’t!

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2018 · Book Reviews

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab Review

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Congratulations,Class of 2018!Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

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I went into this book with pretty much no expectations because I don’t read a lot of middle-grade, and so don’t really know what to look out for in terms of what I do/don’t like. I understand that I’m not the intended audience so kind of had to rethink the way I approached the book, which was interesting. I also feel that because of this, I’m going to review the book in a slightly different way.

So, this is going to be a sort of mini-review.

City of Ghosts is eerie enough to firmly belong in the paranormal genre and to give kids a Halloween kick, but doesn’t reach quite to the traumatising levels Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, for example, does – which I don’t think is a bad thing! I know Schwab is capable of going a lot darker, but I get why she didn’t with this one.

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2018 · Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Jill at Breaking the Spine which highlights upcoming releases we are excited for!

This week, I had to go with The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty.

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Release Date: 8th January 2019

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Genre: Adult/Historical Fantasy

I know this release is quite a way away but it is a book I am just way too excited for. The Kingdom of Copper is the sequel to the perfection that is The City of Brass which I read and loved recently. My review is here!

Because it is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil, I’ll leave the synopsis for the first book below.

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. 

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…

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Have you read The City of Brass and if so, will you be picking up The Kingdom of Copper? Are there any 2019 releases you can’t wait for?

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2018 · Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme over at That Artsy Girl which I absolutely love. I often don’t manage all ten, but I give it a good go! Check out the link for a list of previous and future topics.

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The theme this week is the longest books we’ve ever read, and I’ve read some pretty long books – whether or not they were worth it remains to be seen!

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The first two on this list shows my Stephen King phase, and phew, that guy writes some chunky books. The Stand is the longest book I’ve ever read and I do remember enjoying it, even if it was very dense and long.

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This is my favourite Stephen King book, just because of how absolutely terrifying it is. I’d love a re-read some time soon, when I can carve out the time!

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2018 · Uncategorized

Movie Roundup: Skating, Thrillers, and the MCU

This is a new feature on my blog and has arisen from me starting to watch a lot more movies than I have done over the summer. It’s something I want to continue in the future as I delve further into screenwriting.

Movies and I didn’t get along for a long time, and I think that’s down to me trying to watch films I have no interest in, or are detrimental to my mental health in whatever way. These are definitely war films, both present time and historical wars, which is mostly what my family watch.

However, recently I’ve been finding many more films that are much closer to my interests and don’t make me feel terrible for the rest of the day, and also am not just rewatching my favourites over and over.

So let’s get into the last handful of films I watched!


I,_Tonya1. I, Tonya (2017)

Director: Craig Gillespie.

Writer: Steven Rogers.

Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney.

I was totally blown away by this movie. Following ‘The Incident’ involving figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, in which Harding’s ex-husband took out Kerrigan’s knee before a national competition. The biopic follows Tonya’s life both pre and post The Incident, from being a very young child to what she had to resort to after The Incident.

Regularly breaking the fourth wall and interspersed with interviews, I found the film to be so unique and captivating. You’d be so wrapped up in the story that you forget it happened to a real person, until those interviews pop up and pack even more of a punch.

Being set in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, it definitely had the nostalgia factor that I love in films, and though the news stories exploded long before I was born, it was interesting to see other people remembering what happened. It’s so interesting to me that one moment in history, one person’s knee and the swan-dive of another’s career, is such a pivotal moment in people’s memories. Even in non-US countries, everyone knows the story – or at least thinks they know it.

The acting was perfect. Margot Robbie was nothing short of stunning in every scene, as was Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan. Honestly, the entire couldn’t be faulted in any way.

If you do decide to watch this film, however, be aware of scenes of child abuse and domestic abuse. I feel like they were very well-acted, which makes them even more realistic.

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2018 · Book Reviews

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty Review

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Congratulations,Class of 2018!Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…

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Congratulations,Class of 2018! (1)I don’t think a book has jumped so high on my all-time favourites list quicker than City of Brass. Within the first fifty pages, I knew it was going to be a five-star read, and for a book that’s ten times that size and more, that’s a lot to say.

Worldbuilding:

The worldbuilding in this book is nothing short of phenomenal – definitely the best I’ve ever read. The world is inspired and deeply ingrained in Middle-Eastern culture, which was such a great change from the typical western fantasies on the market. We first meet Nahri in 18th century Cairo, and I just loved reading about such an interesting setting.

A huge part of City of Brass and my favourite aspect was the inclusion of so many mythical/fantastical creatures, such as djinn (obviously), ghouls, marid, and ifrit. There are so many more and I would highly recommend reading the glossary in the back of the book, not just to keep them straight in your head, but just to appreciate the world S.A. Chakraborty has created.

However, instead of merely including the creatures to furnish the story, they are their own characters with their own cultures, history, and politics, each of them being so interesting and intricately detailed. It really just takes the book to a whole other level. I’d love to hear S.A. Chakraborty talk about her worldbuilding process because it truly is amazing.

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2018 · Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d Like to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme over at That Artsy Girl which I absolutely love. I often don’t manage all ten, but I give it a good go! Check out the link for a list of previous and future topics.

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The theme this week is Authors I’d Like to Meet, which is such an awesome prompt. I get very anxious thinking about meeting authors, especially if I admire and love their work, but I’m going to answer as if that wouldn’t hold me back. Let’s go!

77708731. Sabaa Tahir

It’s no secret that I love the Ember in the Ashes series (if you haven’t picked it up yet, I highly recommend you do), and to meet the woman behind the story and characters I’d love would be unbelievable. Sabaa also seems like such a cool, nerdy person from her social media, and someone I could definitely connect with.

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