Bookish Christmas Gift Guide

I would love to be able to say I’m going to take part in blogmas, however I’m super busy in December with essays and revision and Christmas shopping, so I know that”s not realistic. However, I’m going to try and write posts more regularly than I have been throughout the year, and do some Christmas themed posts, so hopefully this is something I’ll be able to stick to.

For the start of the Christmas theme, and because December’s started now I decided to do a little Christmas Gift Ideas post but book themed of course. I’ve put together a list of a few little things that might make nice presents for friends or family that love books, and are certainly things I’d love to receive myself.

1. Bookmarks

I’m personally a big fan and big collector of bookmarks, and there are some shops that make some beautiful bookmarks that I’ve discovered recently. I find that Etsy is a really good place to shop for some lovely bookmarks, so I’ll mention a few of my favourite Etsy shops with cute bookmarks designs, and include a few pictures, but of course if you have anymore recommendations I’d love to know.

Fiction Tea Designs

Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FictionTeaDesigns

Instagram: @fictionteadesigns

fiction teas designsFiction Tea Designs is one of my absolute favourites, she has some beautiful designs, including this Mortal Instruments, Parabatai bookmark which my friend bought me for my birthday which I love. She has lots of designs based on so many different books including, Six of Crows (which I’m so tempted to buy myself I love it), Raven Cycle and Harry Potter among others, which are all so stunning, and I highly recommend checking out her shop!

Little Inklings Design

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LittleInklingsDesign

Instagram: @littleinklingsdesign

littleinklings design

Similarly, LittleInklingsDesigns has loads of beautiful designs full of lots of gorgeous colours and quotes. The picture shows an idea of the sort of thing she does, but there are so many more designs to look at. She does a selection of specific fandom bookmarks and more general book themes ones, and also other products such as prints that are equally as stunning. They’re very afforable and she does deals where you can buy sets of 3, 5 or 10 for super good prices. So I recommend you all go and check out her stunning shop for some beautiful designs!

Bibliophile Prints

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BibliophilePrints

Instagram: @bibliophileprints

bibliophile printsAgain with the beautiful bookmark prints, sorry to sound repetitive but I couldn’t not include this stunning shop. This shop also includes a wide variety of fandoms -not just books – such as Harry Potter, Throne of Glass, Star Wars, Game of Thrones and so many more! They have such beautiful colours with adorable characters on and I’m in love with them all. There’s also a variety of style of bookmark available, there’s the classic shape but also some adorable magnetic ones which are to die for! So whether for friends, family or a treat for yourself, be sure to check them out!

2. Not on the High Streetnot on the high street final

Next on my list is more specific than just an item, but notonthehighstreet.com is a lovely website that has a function that lets you narrow down your search for gifts based on hobbies, and there’s a “book lover” section. There’s such a wonderful selection of different items, including beautiful prints, bookends, mugs and so much more! They include things from lots of different companies and have such unique items that would make really lovely gifts.

3. Spineless Classics

spineless classicsSpineless Classics is a company that do gorgeousposters made from the text from classic books and they are so incredibly beautiful I’d kill for one! They have such a variety of books such as Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens and J.M. Barrie among so many others. All of them are stunning and I think this would make such a wonderful present for a book lover.

4. Bookishlybookishly

Another company that does wonderful book items is Bookishly. My favourites are their beautiful book covers that they’ve created for  some classics which are just so stunning and would be amazing on any shelf. They do amazing book crates including the beautiful books along with other amazing things such as prints and mugs. They currently have an amazing A Christmas Carol crate for the Christmas season and the book is just so beautiful!

5. Notebooks

waterstones notebookI don’t know about you but I for one love notebooks! I have far more than I know what to do with, and I just keep buying more, but there are so many beautiful ones I can’t help it. You can get notebooks of all kinds from all over the place, from any stationary shop or book shop and from so many websites, there’s such a variety. I’m not going to go into too much detail on where you can get them because I’d be here for ever, but Waterstones does some amazing Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Game of Thrones ones which are stunning (I have the Ravenclaw one shown and I love it), and as well as the classic stationary shops, websites such as Etsy and Redbubble do some gorgeous designs.

6. Books

I couldn’t do this gift guide for book lovers and not have books in it! There are so many pretty classics gift guidebooks that I could recommend, but I’m not going to go through them all, instead I’m just going to mention a few beautiful editions of books that would make a special present.

Firstly are the beautiful illustrated editions of the Harry Potter. The latest one to be published is the Prisoner of Azkaban, which – from what I’ve seen of the illustrations inside – is just as stunning as the others and would make an amazing gift.

There are also so many beautiful covers of classics that I love. Some of my favourites include the Penguin Clothbound classics (and every edition of penguin classics), vintage classics (particularly the Austen and Bronte covers) and finally for those in America I know that Barnes and Noble do some amazing flexibound covers!

I hope this gift guide was helpful in giving you some nice ideas for your friends and family (or even as a little treat for yourself), if you have any more recommendations for me I’d love to hear them!

Izzy xoxo

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Classics TBR

I’ve been slacking recently with my reading of classics – other than the plays I’ve read for University – and I really want to try and get back into it. I have a lot of other non-classics I also want to read, so I’ve decided that I’m going to try alternating between a classic and a non-classic. I’m going to try and make 2018 the year that I dedicate a lot of time to reading classics, so I thought I’d do a list of some of the ones I most want to read as a motivation to get started. I’ve just done my top 5 at the moment, but I’ll probably do another Classics TBR early in 2018 with more, because hopefully I’ll have got through some by then.

 

rebeccaRebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

This is probably the classic that I want to read the most, and that’s because it’s one of my mums favourite books, and I trust her judgement. I’ve seen the 1940 film with Laurence Olivier in it, but that was quite a while ago, so I can’t remember it that well. I do remember that I enjoyed it a lot, and the fact I can’t remember the entirety of the plot means – I hope – that I’ll still enjoy reading it because I won’t know what’s going to happen next. Rebecca isn’t talked about quite a lot and although it’s obviously pretty famous, I feel like it is perhaps a slightly lesser known classic compared to others such as Jane Austen’s and the Bronte sister’s books, but I love the concept so I can’t wait to read it.

 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontewuthering heights

As I write this I’m actually halfway through Wuthering Heights now. When I started writing this I hadn’t started reading it, but I decided to start off my plan to read more classics early. I’m really enjoying it so far, I’m finding it really interesting and I’m reading it quicker than I used to read classics. Hopefully when I finish it I’ll do a review with all my thoughts. The reason I chose for this to be my first one is because I have a beautiful copy that my mum bought me for Christmas a couple of years ago, so I couldn’t resist picking it up.

 

north and southNorth and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South has been adapted into a BBC mini-series that I’ve watched multiple times with my mum, and I love the story so much, that this is one of the top classics I want to read. I think it’ll be a good way to get into more classics by reading ones I already know I love the story to, and I want to read more Elizabeth Gaskell, so hopefully this will be a good introduction to her writing.

 

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austennorthanger abbey

I’ve read two Jane Austen novels so far, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, and I love them both, Pride and Prejudice in particular. I desperately want to read all of Jane Austen’s books, so I thought I’d add one to this list and make it a priority to get started on them early in 2018. I don’t know loads about all of Jane Austen’s other books, but I’ve heard bits about Northanger Abbey and it sounds really interesting. It’s described as a sort of parody on Gothic literature, which sounds very different from her other books I have read but very interesting so I can’t wait to read it.

 

19841984 by George Orwell

This one’s similar to Rebecca in that this is my dad’s favourite book which is a large part of the reason I want to read it. Also, the concept of it sounds really interesting, I’m a big fan of dystopian and haven’t read any in a while so it’d be nice to get round to reading a new one, especially one so popular, (and I’m sure it would make my dad happy if I read it).

 

 

If you’ve read any of the books on my list I’d love to hear your thoughts, or if you have any favourites you think I should read, please let me know!

Izzy xoxo

‘Zenith’ by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings Arc Review

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I signed up to netgalley a while ago but I didn’t request any books because I just assumed there was no way I’d be approved for anything, but on a whim I requested a few books I was interested in, including Zenith, and a few days later I got an email telling me I was approved!!!

I’m not going to lie, the main reason I was interested in this book is because of Sasha and her presence on booktube, however the book itself did sounds pretty interesting. Sci-fi has never been a genre I tend to pick up, however recently I’ve bought a few other Sci-fi books and I’ve suddenly had the desire to read some, so it seemed like a good time to start Zenith. Going into the book I didn’t know a lot about what to expect because I decided not to read too much into the story as I wanted it to be a surprise to me.

I really enjoyed reading it, and although it took me a while to get into it – probably more down to how busy I was and then being ill – but then once I did get into it, I finished the rest really quickly.

Synopsis

Zenith follows a girl called Androma – also known as the Bloody Baroness – who is one of the most wanted criminals in the galaxy, on the run from her home planet. She travels around the skies on her ship Marauder with her fierce all-girl crew. This changes however when she is recruited by the General of her home-planet for a dangerous mission, with the promise of a pardon- and lots of money of courseif she succeeds.

Review – with spoilers

I loved reading the book and there are a lot of positive aspects to focus on, however I do also have a few small criticisms that I’ll come to later.

The book began strong, with a lot of intrigue and mystery, with vague references made to the past, particularly with Valen, which made me curious to find out what had happened and who the characters were, and encouraged me to carry on reading.

I loved the concept of Androma and her crew being recruited to rescue Valen – who you discover is the General’s son – from the prison he is being kept at, because it reminded me massively of Six of Crows which is one of my favourite books, so I was very excited about that! The recruitment of Andi gets more exciting when more complexities are revealed, particularly in relation to Kalee, the General’s daughter, and the part Andi played in her death. I really enjoyed the way in which the details of the events were slowly revealed throughout the book as events progressed.

After they’d rescued Valen, there was still about 60% left of the book, and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen then, I was praying it wasn’t going to be all boring, trivial talks with the general or just the whole time flying back, and my prayers were answered. The section on Adhira was exciting – and of course very dramatic – when they were attacked, and I liked the reveal of Lira being niece of Queen Alara, and the heir to the Adhiran throne, which kept the excitement up even through the less action filled parts of the book.

I thought the ball scene was very effective because it was  dramatic and tense, but also very unexpected, which made it all the more exciting. However, this is where my criticisms begin, because I feel like the ending was dragged out slightly too long. In my opinion it would have been slightly more effective to finish straight when the main action had taken place after Andi and the general had been stabbed, and when the other characters had got up so that the intentions had been shown, and the reveal of Valen calling Nor sister. The section after, when Dex escapes to the ship is good, however I think it could have been saved for the next book so the final scene has more impact.

My only other criticism is, as I mentioned previously, the fact that the adventure to retrieve Valen from his prison was such a small proportion of the book. I did enjoy the other aspects of book as I explained, but I was really excited about the Six of Crows-esque plot line, so I would have liked for it to have lasted slightly longer.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend you pick it up when it comes out in January, it was a lot of fun and I look forward to the sequel.

Izzy xoxo

 

 

October Wrap-Up/ Life Update

I can’t believe it’s November already, the last month has gone so quickly, but I can finally get excited about Christmas without being judged now so I’m not complaining. I unfortunately haven’t read much during October, which is why it’s more of an update as well, because I’ll talk about what I have read briefly, what I’m currently reading, and then why I haven’t been able to read a lot.

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silverathey both die at the end

I’m afraid to say that this is the only thing that I properly read in October. I was still powering on after my summer of lots of reading, and I was so excited to read it that I bought it as soon as I could after it came out. It was top of my Most Anticipated Releases in September after I read History Is All You Left Me. This book did not disappoint, Adam Silvera is a genius. It is set in a world where people get a call on the day they’re going to die warning them, however they don’t know when or how it will happen. The novel follows two boys – Mateo and Rufus – who are very different in so many ways, but meet over the ‘Last Friend’ app and spend their last day together. It’s such a beautiful story, and as expected there were a lot of tears shed, especially at the end!

titus andronicusThe Taming |of the Shrew and Titus Andronicus by William the taming of the shrewShakespeare

I had to read both of these plays for my university course, as one of the modules that I’m doing is about Shakespeare. I’m not great at reading Shakespeare plays yet, as it takes me quite a while, and often I don’t take in everything that’s happening because of the complicated language, but I’m getting better and I quite enjoyed reading both of these plays. I’m not going to attempt to summarise the plots of the plays because they’re pretty complex and I’d be here for a while, but they’re both interesting so if you’re interested in reading some Shakespeare I recommend them both.

Life, Essays and Other Problems

So that’s all I managed to read in October, and I’m really disappointed because I was going so well up until then with my reading progress, but life just got in the way. As I mentioned I’m at university, and in October I was suddenly drowned with work to do from essays to reading, so between that and keeping up with my societies I just really struggled to manage my time and fit in reading. As well as that, towards the end of October I got ill and I was stuck in bed unable to work or read or do pretty much anything for nearly two weeks which was incredibly annoying (and boring!).

zenithZenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

There is a small bit of reading that I didn’t mention, and that’s because I haven’t finished so I didn’t count it in my Wrap-Up, however I was lucky enough to receive the proof version of Zenith on Netgalley, so I started reading it at the end of October. I’m really enjoying it so far, so hopefully when life calms down a little bit I’ll be able to read more and finish it this month. I’ve started planning my review for it, so that should be up as soon as I finish it!

So that’s how my October went, not the most successful month reading wise, and it was very crazy and busy, but my birthday was in the middle which was an amazing day, and I collected a lot of books across the month, so all in all it wasn’t so bad. I hope you enjoyed seeing what I read last month, and hopefully I’ll have more to discuss next month!

Izzy xoxo

Autumn TBR

I know we’re already a good way into autumn already so I’m a bit late with this, but it’s one of my favourite seasons so I couldn’t not do a post. I’ve read a few books already during autumn, so I’ll most likely do an autumn wrap up and talk about those then, but here are the books I’m planning on reading for the rest of autumn. I’m not really into creepy horror book, even though I know they’re popular around this time, so these aren’t necessarily autumn related books (but hopefully still good ones).

 

ready player one1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I’ve wanting to read this for so long, I hear about it constantly, and it’s always recommended to me. I saw it in a book shop when I was with my friend and we discussed how we both wanted to read it, so then a few weeks ago he bought it for both of us to read! I haven’t read a dystopian book in a long time, so I’m very excited to read this one. I’ve heard there are a lot of gaming references which I almost certainly won’t understand, but I hope I can still enjoy the book and understand the story regardless.

 

2. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid the diabolic

I won this book, among many others, in a twitter competition run by Hashtag Reads (the YA section of Simon and Schuster), and it sounds incredible. It’s a sci-fi book – which I haven’t really read a lot of before, but I’m interested in trying – and is about Nemesis, who is created to protect a Senator’s daughter, so travels under the disguise of the girl she’s protecting and must try to keep her abilities hidden. That’s all I really know going into the book, but it sounds very exciting, and I can’t wait to pick it up soon.

 

everless3. Everless by Sara Holland

I was lucky enough to win the proof of Everless in a competition on twitter –run by @teambkmrk – and I’m super excited! I first heard about this book when I was at YALC over summer, and it sounds incredible, so I was thrilled when I won. Everless is set in a world where time in used as currency, and the main character Jules takes a job at a wealthy estate to help out her poor family. I don’t know much more than that because I’ve only really read the blurb, but it sounds interesting, and I’m hoping to get round to it soon.

 

4. The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebethe ice beneath her

I bought this over summer, after reading a few other psychological thrillers, based on the very vague blurb because it sounded very tense and exciting, but I never got round to it in the end. I decided to bring it to university with me, and I’m glad I did because it’s the perfect read for autumn. I didn’t know many details when I bought it, because as I mentioned the version I have is very vague, but I do know it’s about a woman who is killed, and a CEO who goes missing in Stockholm and trying to find out what’s happened. As I mentioned, I read a few psychological crime thrillers over the summer, but I haven’t read any since, so I’m very excited to get back into the genre!

 

flora banks5. The One Memory of Flora Banks

This one isn’t much of a typical autumn read, but I bought it recently from a charity shop, and it sounds really interesting. It’s about a girl with no short-term memory, with her memory resetting every morning, however that changes when she has her first kiss, the one memory that sticks with her. The concept sounds very different from anything I’ve read before, so I’m excited to read it soon and see what happens.

 

6. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren Jamesloneliest girl

As I mentioned for The Diabolic, I haven’t read a lot of sci-fi previously, but I appear to have gathered quite a few recently that I’m excited to read, so hopefully I’ll enjoy them. I initially heard about Loneliest Girl at YALC where they were doing a fair bit of promo for it, including face glitter which was awesome! After that, I looked more into it, and it sounded so interesting that I couldn’t resist buying it as soon as it came out – and have you seen how pretty the cover is !? It’s about a girl who is the only survivor on her space ship who hears about another ship with only one passenger, and their only form of communication is emails which takes months to send. I’m really interested to see where this story goes and hope to pick it up soon.

 

There aren’t a lot, but I’m very busy at Uni at the moment with essays and reading, so I’ve tried to keep it as realistic as possible. If you have any opinions on the books I’ve mentioned, or any recommendations, just comment below. 

Izzy xoxo

Popular Book Series I Won’t Read

There are so many hyped teen and YA books series, many of which I’ve read, however there’s a few that don’t appeal to me for various reasons, so I thought I’d go through the book series I won’t read. There are also a number I’ve started but don’t plan on finishing, but I think I’ll save those for another post.

fallen1.`Fallen series by Lauren Kate

I did used to own the first book in this series – I think I bought it for about 50p in charity shop – because I had heard quite a lot about it, and at the time it sounded interesting to me, however over summer when I did a big sort out and unhaul of my books I decided that it just doesn’t appeal to me anymore. It’s the sort of thing I would have liked as a young teenager, but just isn’t the type of thing I read anymore, therefore I’ll never read the series.

2. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Steifvatershiver

I bought the whole series for quite cheap during the Twilight era when werewolves were big (and also because the covers were pretty…). A couple of my friends read Shiver and said it was okay (they didn’t rave about it but I think they quite enjoyed it) so I contemplated reading it, but then they read the next book – Linger – and they both hated it. One hated it so much that she couldn’t bring herself to finish the series, and one finished, though reluctantly, but either way it seriously put me off reading it. So, about 5 + years later I still haven’t read them, and unhauled the series a few months ago. Werewolves aren’t my thing anymore anyway.

beautiful-creatures-cover3. Castor Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I heard about this series primarily when the Beautiful Creatures film came out, and I heard quite a few good things about it but it just really never appealed to me. I can’t put my finger on why but I just never had any inclination to read the book or watch the film, and even less so now, so for that reason I’m pretty positive I’ll never read the series.

 

4.Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggsmiss peregrines

This is a very popular series – probably one of the most popular I’m talking about – but as with Beautiful Creatures I can’t put my finger on why exactly but it just doesn’t appeal to me. I think possibly because it sounds very creepy, and that really isn’t my thing. I don’t particularly like things that are scary , especially not  supernatural (I’m not sure because I don’t know all that much about it so forgive me if I’m wrong, but it think it has supernatural elements?). Either way, something about the book just doesn’t seem like the sort of thing I’d enjoy, however this is probably the one out of all the books on the list I’m most likely to change my mind on.

song of ice and fire5. A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin

This is probably an unpopular opinion because the TV show is so popular, and maybe it’s just because I don’t watch the show that I’m saying this, but I have no inclination to read Game of Thrones. Everyone tells me I should watch it – and I do plan to at some point – but the books are so long, and there are so many I just don’t think I’ll ever be bothered.

6. Gone by Michael Grantgone

This is a series that seemed popular a few years ago, I never knew a lot about it and couldn’t tell you to this day, so maybe I’m being judgemental but realistically I just know I’ll never read it because there are so many amazing sounding books and series that I want to read.

House_of_Night-Marked_coverart7. House of Night by P.C. Cast

There was time (once again, Twilight era) when I considered reading this series, but I never got round to buying them because there were just so many of them, and now I’m kind of out of the vampire phase, it just doesn’t appeal to me anymore so I just know realistically I won’t want to read them.

8. Lorien Legacies by Pitticus LoreI_Am_Number_Four_Cover

I keep repeating myself, so as you can see the common theme here is that the series just really doesn’t appeal to me. I know these books were fairly popular – enough so that there was a film made of the first one (I Am Number Four) – and my brother had and enjoyed the books, however neither the book nor film ever intrigued me enough for me to pick them up, and at this point I doubt I ever will.

vampire diairs9.Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

I loved the TV series for the Vampire Diaries series a few years ago (however I stopped watching so I haven’t finished the last few series) and I think the reason for this is just that my tastes have changed and, as I said previously, vampire stories don’t appeal to me so much anymore. I did have some of the books, but I unhauled them a while back because they were just sitting on my over-cluttered shelves unread.

10. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrickhus hush

I feel like I’m becoming very repetitive so I’ll keep this short, but I did own the first one, and around the time I was into vampires I thought I’d like angels, but now it doesn’t interest me so I unhauled the book.

iron king11. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

I never really knew a whole lot about the series, but I got a lot of them cheap (3 for £5 in The Works!!!), so I just kept buying the series, but they sat there for a long time, so when I did my big unhauling over summer I thought it was about time to give someone else a chance to read them rather than leaving them to gather dust on my shelf.

12. Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentroutlux

This ones slightly different, because it’s not on here because it doesn’t sound good or it was sitting on my shelf for too long, because it does sounds interesting and maybe I would like it, however there are so many other series that sound so amazing and that I can’t wait to read I just can’t see myself investing my time into reading this series.

gallagher girls13. Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Finally, is the Gallagher Girls series, and this one is similar to the last one. I did own the first one, and it does still sound like it could be good and maybe in the future I might try it, but it was sitting on my shelf for so long I decided to unhaul it for the moment, and there are a lot of books in the series which also put me off.

 

As I mentioned for a couple of them, this isn’t set in stone, it’s just how I feel at the moment, and maybe in the future I will change my mind, but as it stands these are the books I don’t think I’ll read. These are just my opinions and other people may love the series I’ve mentioned so I don’t mean to offend anyone.

Izzy xoxo

‘Ink’ by Alice Broadway Review

IMG_2115This review is coming a lot later than intended, but I haven’t had wifi for weeks so I haven’t been able to upload it, but anyway here goes…

I had briefly heard about Ink when it was released, but didn’t know a lot about it – other than that it has a beautiful cover – but this meant that I didn’t particularly plan to buy it. However, I was browsing at the books in a charity shop and came across it, and at 50p it would be stupid not  to buy it. As I have a habit of buying lots of random books and then leaving them to gather dust on my shelf for the next 5 years, I thought I’d do something radical and read it straight away.

The blurb on the copy I have was pretty vague so I didn’t know a lot going into other than in the world it’s set they get tattoos on their body of their every action.  I actually quite enjoyed not knowing what the story was going to be, but nonetheless I’m going sum it up now.

Ink follows a girl called Leora who lives in a town called Saintstone, where they believe someone’s life should be told In ink to clear the soul, their skin is then made into a book to preserve their stories. After death their books are weighed and a judgement is made whether they are to be remembered – and if so their books are kept – or forgotten and their books burned. Leora believes deeply in the inking, however when her father dies and she discovers the story on his skin is not true and good as she believed, she begins to question the system she believes in.

Now I’ve done a brief summary I’ll go into more spoiler filled thoughts.

I instantly got so hooked to the story I just couldn’t stop! I read a few pages (maybe about 20/30) one night before bed after I’d finished my previous book, however I finished the whole rest of the book in one day. Granted I was ill, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a book in one day before, or not often anyway but it was so amazing to immerse myself in the story.

I loved the character or Leora, she had amazing character development, although I did question some of her actions, particularly her decision to condemn her father and burn his book so quickly. I guess it’s different for me though because I am a ‘blank’ and haven’t grown up in her world so maybe in her situation it would be different. Aswell as Leora, I enjoyed reading about a lot of characters, I really loved how her best friend, Verity, was smart and driven and successful and that because of this Leorna saw how brilliant she was rather than being bossy or hard as women in her situation often are.

The ending was so action packed and dramatic, I can’t wait for the next book! I had such a beautiful imagine of Leora with the crow tattoo, and I really can’t wait to see how the next book will follow on from the ending and how all the relationships will play out.

There’s so much more I’d love to say about this book, so maybe in the future I’ll do a more in depth discussion, but for now those are my thoughts, I gave it a 4.5/5 and I highly recommend, it was a beautiful read very quick and easy, but lovely read.

Izzy xoxo