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Book Review: Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Publication Date: October 2nd 2012

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.” There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.


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Series Review: The Ravens by Kas Morgan & Danielle Paige

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Today I come to you with a review of The Ravens duology by Kas Morgan and Danielle Paige. I’ve been excited to read these books since before even the first book was released. I was super intrigued by the concept of a college sorority that doubles as a witches coven.

It took me a little while but this October, just in time for the spooky season, I binged both books back to back and here are my thoughts 🙂


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Series Review: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

I would like to say for the record: I did not read this book because of Isaac from Heartstopper. Yes A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson is one of the many books he reads in the series and yes I picked it up just a couple of months after the show’s release but there is no correlation. Me and Isaac just both have really good taste in books.

None of this is relevant to this review but I think it would be a nice little touch in season two if we see him reading the sequel. I’m not here today to talk about Isaac though (sadly), I’m here to review this trilogy that I completely ate up over the summer!

Out of all three of these books, the first is definitely my favourite. Hands down, no contest so don’t mind me if I go ahead and gush about this first book before getting to the rest.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder follows seventeen year old Pip who’s investigating the five year old murder of Andie Bell, a girl from her town, for her final year project. The problem is, however, that the murder has already been solved and the case is closed – five years ago Andie Bell was killed by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself too. Only, Pip isn’t convinced. Teaming up with Sal’s younger brother Ravi, the two of them set about to clear Sal’s name and find out what really happened to Andie Bell.

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I will never publicly admit to reading this series … but I loved it.

If you’re that one girl from my english lit uni course who said I couldn’t read her poetry (despite never asking to) because I give off the vibe of a “golden retriever who’s just happy to be here” please stop reading this post right now. You already think so little of me, I don’t need you to know that while you were spending your summer reading top-tier literature … I was reading the Mindf*ck series by S.T Abby.

If you’re thinking “Elli, if you’re never going to publicly acknowledge reading this series, why write an entire blogpost about it?” and the answer to that is that this blog is a safe-space. I trust you not to judge me too much.


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Reading The Bromance Bookclub was good for my anxiety :)

Hi, hey and hello, welcome to my blog.

I am happy to announce I have finished one of my many reading and overall life goals that I set myself for 2021: reading the entire Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams!

Let’s not dwell too much on the fact that this is one of the only goals I’ve completed and instead celebrate!!

I saw this series all over the interwebs back when it was first released and had the thought of “I need to read this series” every time any of the books were mentioned. Finally I’ve done that. Reading romance novels has been the perfect thing for me recently as they’ve balanced out how much academic and the fact that I’ve been reading companion romances has been even better.

I can now cross this series off the TBR and talk about my thoughts and feelings with you today :))


The Bromance Book Club

I feel like these books got better with each newer release so this first book is my least favourite of the four. That’s not to say it’s not still really good though! I thought it did a really great job of introducing what this series was going to be all about. If I hadn’t enjoyed this, I probably wouldn’t have carried on.

The first book follows baseball player Gavin who is heading towards divorce. When his friends catch wind of this they let him in on their secrete: they’re part of a secrete romance book club that helps them be better boyfriends and husbands. Gavin is reluctant to say the least but still willing to do anything to save his marriage.

I loved reading about an already established couple, a married couple at that, going through a rocky path, but I just couldn’t connect with their initial conflict, and also the conflict that keeps them apart near the end.

Like I said, this was a good first book to the series evident in the fact that I kept reading!


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I read the entire Vampire Academy series in a week. (why am i like this?)

Howdy doodle 🤠😊 Welcome to my blog.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you may recall that a week and a half ago I made a whole post discussing the news of Vampire Academy being adapted for a TV show, while also complaining that the movie deserved better.

Well. Inspired by my own rambles, I picked up the first book to re-read just for fun but then one things led to another and ten days later I officially finished the entire six book series.

5 years these books have sat on my shelf and I read the lot in 10 days 😂😂 I don’t know what came over me. Actually I do. It was ✨anxiety✨ that prompted me to hide from life by reading these books at an onbsessive rate but that’s besides the point.

I really, really enjoyed my time re-reading the first four books and then finally finishing the final two novels and I’m here to talk to you about the series today.


*the covers are ugly. please enjoy this instead*


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Series Review: Off Campus by Elle Kennedy … (I feel bad for thinking this was going to be bad)

I like reading bad books. Every now and then, I pick up a book, sometime’s a whole series, knowing I’m probably not going to like it but I do it anyway because in their own way, bad books can be fun. My feelings can be summed up by the Iconic™ Kat Stratford:

The types of books I usually do this with are the typical All-American teen romances (like The Field Party series) . There’s just something about these books that I love to hate. I have so much fun rolling my eyes while reading and then ranting once I’ve finished. It also helps that they’re super quick so if I’m in the right mood I can fly through a whole series in like a week.

I thought that was going to be the same case with the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy but I was so wrong! This series was a lot of fun (in a good way not a “I had fun hating this”) and I’m gonna talk about them today.


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My thoughts on Heroes of Olympus!

Hi. I had my evening all planned out for tonight and I was really looking forward to it but then the game I was going to waste my night playing decided not to work, I’ve spent two hours trying to fix it and I’m close to losing my mind.

So instead let’s talk about: The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan.

This is, of course, the sequel series to the forever iconic Percy Jackson series which I re-read during lockdown to bring some happiness into my life and decided “hey, why don’t I re-read every single book in the series”. It was a stupid idea that I didn’t think I’d follow through on and yet here we are.

I have mixed feelings about this series and that’s what we’re gonna discuss today 😊



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Series Review: The Field Party by Abbi Glines … (this was a rough one folks)

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Today I’m here to review The Field Party by Abbi Glines.

 

Reading this series was kind of painful. You may be asking yourself “Elli. If this series is so bad why did you read all five books?” and to that I say: because sometimes I like reading bad books and I like having something to complain about. Or maybe I just like my own pain or suffering.

Also I thought it might make good content and so here I am.


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Series Review: The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

 

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I can’t believe it’s been three years since I first picked up Lady Midnight, my first time following along with each new publication of a Cassandra Clare book and being swept along with all the hype of an upcoming book and all the theories and everything. It was a lot of fun.

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