BLOOD MOON


Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew is a very powerful, prose story. It’s a story of friendship, love, loss, slut-shaming, sex and periods.

Wow, I read from page 52 right through to the end in one sitting.
It became completely addictive.


I found it really moving at times. Particularly the moment where going viral was impacting Frankie very negatively. Those scenes were absolutely heartbreaking.


Parts of this novel were definitely difficult to stomach. Largely because in this day and age, the events of the book happen all too frequently. Sex shaming, slut shaming and period shaming happen daily. I know on more than one occasion during high school it happened to me. Not to the extent of what Frankie goes through, but I remember being called a slut, a slag, frigid. Every name under the sun. At a young age it definitely has a lasting detrimental impact.
Even now, as a 24 year old woman I feel embarrassed to talk about periods, because from a young age we’ve been taught that it’s not an acceptable topic of conversation.
But why isn’t it? As Frankie points out, it’s only blood.
This novel really got me thinking.


I sincerely hope others will read this, specifically people who have slut shamed or period shamed someone in the past for their own comedic purposes, and I hope this will have them second guessing their actions.
Beautifully written and fantastically executed.

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was gifted an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Here is the synopsis:

PERIODS, SEX AND ONLINE SHAMING. AN EXTRAORDINARY VERSE NOVEL FROM A BOLD NEW VOICE IN FICTION.

During Frankie’s first sexual experience with lovely Benjamin, she gets her period. It’s only blood, they agree. No shame. 

Then a graphic meme goes viral, turning their fun, intimate afternoon into something mortifying and damaging. And Frankie begins to wonder: is she disgusting?

As the online shaming takes on a horrifying life of its own, her universe implodes. But can laughter, bravery and the fiercest of friends help Frankie find her way out of the darkness?

THE COURT OF MIRACLES

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020. From the moment it was announced I have been dying to read this and I’m so thankful to NetGalley and Harper Collins for an e-arc of this. I was not disappointed!

Firstly, I want to say I’ve never read or watched Les Miserables, so apart from reading the blurb and what I’ve seen on social media, I went into this blind about what would happen. I know it’s a reimagining but I don’t know how similar or different this is to Les Mis.

This was truly, beautifully written. It had me from the first sentence. I was captivated. I enjoyed every word, every letter, from start to finish. I normally devour books, but this is the first book I’ve read in a long time that I felt the need to make last! I just didn’t want it to end.

I adored Nina and Ettie and the bond they made. I LOVED the Ghosts and Orso himself. The vibe of The Court of Miracles was so dark and mysterious and I really felt ruthlessness and also their dedication to their Guilds.

Nina was such a strong character, so devoted to those she loves and I really admired that. Her dedication to getting her sister back, her dedication to protecting Ettie. She’s an incredible character and I can’t wait to see where her story goes.

Not only is the STORY beautiful, but the DESIGN. This is quite easily the most beautiful book of 2020. I don’t think anything can top it either. I’m just head over heels in love with everything about this book.

#JOINTHECOURT

I need the next book like, yesterday…

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

LOVE BITES

What’s the last paranormal book you read?

I’ve just finished Love Bites by Ry Herman which is out TODAY and I’m excited to be part of the blog blast as part of its release!

Love Bites follows two characters struggling with their lives in very different ways. While both are dealing with bad break ups, Chloë is dealing with mental health (TW: suicide is contemplated regularly) and Angela is dealing with, well, being undead!

When their paths cross, they tumble into an unexpected whirlwind romance and they’re both hiding their struggles from the other.
I really like both characters. If you ignore the fact one of them is a vampire, they’re very realistic characters! I do wish there was a bit of a warning in terms of Chloë’s mental health, because it’s a lot more severe than I expected it to be. There’s a lot of domestic abuse too.


The narrative is VERY jumpy. The narrative seems to change randomly, switching to first person from Angela or Esther’s POV every few chapters. It made the narrative a bit disjointed and all honesty it didn’t add to the story for me at all.
I liked the romance. I love that two people with difficult past relationships found each other. I found as well that their relationship actually helped develop their characters more. As their relationship grew you saw each character open up more.
It did seem a liiiittle cliche at times. Particularly the last quarter, like once you’ve found out one paranormal entity is real you suddenly find out two others in your life are also paranormal.
I enjoyed it overall though!
TW: domestic abuse, women being spiked with drugs, mentions of suicide.

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Make sure you check out the other bloggers taking part in the blog blast for release day!

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

I reread ACOTAR last month to celebrate the publication of the new editions! Here are my thoughts:

I enjoyed this book just as much this time as I did the first! If not more due to all the anticipation of knowing what happens.

A Court of Thorns and Roses starts as a loose retelling of Beauty & the Beast. Huntress, Feyre Archeron, murders a fae, and to rectify this she must live out the rest of her days in the immortal land of Prythian. A life for a life. ACOTAR follows Feyre’s journey as Prythian becomes her home and she must fight to keep it that way.

This book is by no means perfect. The writing style honestly isn’t great and there are many problematic points but on a frivolous level it’s a hugely entertaining book.

So, the problematic points! Tamlin is, on the whole, quite controlling, but I feel like Feyre doesn’t always see it through the whole mess of emotions she’s going through as a result of being teared away from her family and the overwhelming feelings of first love. There’s also the fact that Tamlin lied to get her to Prythian and continues to lie to her throughout the book but he was forbidden from telling her so I’ll let him off for that one. Then there’s the fact that Feyre is continuously drugged Under the Mountain and made to dance for another High Lord in a shallow attempt to annoy Tamlin. I still don’t understand why Maas chose to do this as it didn’t add anything to the story? It made the character who drugged her unlikeable, cruel and disgusting, but then that contradicts a lot of other things Maas has him do, like help Feyre during her tasks. I think it was a futile attempt of making him a morally grey character.

I do love Feyre’s character. I thought her character development throughout the book was ok. It was nothing special but I did love how a girl who killed a Fae for her own profit at the beginning of the book was so torn to pieces by the thought of doing the same by the end of the book. I think she really grew as a character.

I love Rhysand too, I HATE certain things about him but his wit, sarcasm and heir of darkness and mystery is great. Rhys and Feyre are so like minded and I loved that you get glimpses of Feyre being herself around him in ways she can’t be with others. She’s not afraid to talk back to him and after doing so she even mentions she’d never dream of talking to Tamlin or Lucien like that. At times I think they bounce of each other and truly help each other through the trauma of being Under the Mountain.

I think if you’re looking for a book you can analyse and still come out with a 5 star read, this is NOT it. There are problems with it, it’s not perfect. If you’re looking for an easy read that’s going to make your heart race, have you gasping and rooting for the main character; a book that’s steamy and brimming with magic and found family, then I’d wholeheartedly recommend it!It’s honestly one of my favourite series. It has some of my favourite tropes, some great magic and some interesting characters!

I think I originally rated this 5 stars, and if I’m not analysing it and rating it based on its entertainment, it would still be 5 stars. However, I wanted to rate it more critically this time and I’m marking it down a star due to the negative aspects I’ve mentioned!

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

JULY TBR

What are you reading this month?

I read 8 books last month, but as of late I’ve been reading more than that. I’m still super busy I’m work so I’m aiming for 10 books in July!

The Betrothed – Keira Cass

Love Bites – Ry Herman

Where Dreams Descend – Janella Angeles

The Cruel Prince – Holly Black (reread)

A Girl Made of Air – Nydia Hetherington

The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E Harrow

These are the books that I’m planning on DEFINITELY reading this month!

Like I said, I want to read ten… but I don’t like making a set TBR of ten books because WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND?!😂

So we’ll see at the end of the month when I do my wrap up what I added on! (And also if I actually read what I said I would… spoiler alert, I probably won’t have!)

JUNE

Hi all!

I took an unintentional hiatus from my blog (woops!) but I’m BACK. I was at a bit of a loss with content, unhappy with my theme. I’m feeling refreshed and ready to rolllllll with the new theme!


Here is my June wrap up!

Books read: 8

Highest rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Lowest rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

TWO of my June reads were rereads, which is bizarre for me because it’s SO rare for me to reread a book.


Nevernight – Jay Kristoff (reread)

Original rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reread rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I feel like my love for this series has grown over time. The more I dwell on it the more I think Jay Kristoff is a genius. I listened to the audiobook this time rather than reading a physical copy and it definitely helped with the difficulties I faced with the footnotes the first time around.


A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas (reread)

Original rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Reread rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I think the first time I read this I was so wrapped up in how enjoyable it was that I ignored any problematic points. I was more critical this time around! I’ll be posting my full review soon!


Modern Wicca – Rowan Morgana

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

My lowest rating went to Modern Wicca – it didn’t give me as much useful information as I’d have liked… but to be honest that could be because I’ve been reading at least one book a month about Wicca or witchcraft as of late so I’m not sure if I’ve just exhausted the topic (for now).


The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I read this because I wanted to understand the BLM movement from a POC’s point of view. I wanted to do better and part of working to be better is to understand more. I can never understand, as a white person who undoubtedly has white privilege in this world. It’s impossible to me to know how black people are feeling right now, but Angie Thomas definitely inspired me to further educate myself. This was such a powerful book.


The Black Flamingo – Dean Atta

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

THIS. BOOK. WAS. BEAUTIFUL.

This book wasn’t on my radar until recently. I’d never heard about it until I saw my lovely friend Haf (librarylooter) post about it on Instagram. In the middle of Pride month and in the midst of the BLM movement growing, it was the perfect time to read it. It’s beautifully written. Dean Atta covers gender, sexuality. race and identity in the most phenomenal way.


Take a Hint, Dani Brown – Talia Hibbert

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Talia Hibbert might just be one of my fave contemporary romcom novelists. I read Get a Life, Chloe Brown last month to prepare myself as I was kindly approved for an ARC of Dani Brown on NetGalley. I think it’s so amazing that a romance writer is finally talking about their characters as if they’re REAL. Hibbert’s characters range (as us normal humans do) in all ways from race to sexuality, chronic illness and mental illness, they’re not stick thin, they’re problematic and ADMIT it. I love that her characters are so real. The steamy romance helps with loving the book too!😍


The Near Witch – V E Schwab

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I think everyone could’ve called that I would rate this five stars!😂 I love witches, fairytales and folklore and have a recent obsession with V E Schwab. The Near Witch was told in folklorey (not a word but it SHOULD be) fashion. It was so eery and I just adored it.


Cinderella is Dead – Kalynn Bayron

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read my full review of Cinderella is Dead in my previous post! This was such a unique retelling. It blew me away!


It was a good month for 5 star reads!


I’ll be posting my JULY (HOW IS IT JULY?!?!) TBR sometime this week so keep an eye out for that!

Stay safe and riddikulus 🖤

CINDERELLA IS DEAD

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

A stunningly unique, dystopian reimagining of Cinderella.

This is what a retelling SHOULD be like!I was highly anticipating this book and it really didn’t disappoint. Thank you so much to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for sending me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Bayron wholly reinvents the story of Cinderella, from the black protagonist, to the f/f romance, to the destruction of a sexist patriarchy. There wasn’t a lot of character development, but there didn’t really NEED to be because from the outset Sophia is a fantastically strong-willed, brave and powerful woman. I admired that everything she did throughout the plot just strengthened the character traits that Bayron consistently implemented to begin with.

The plot was a bit too information dense at the very end of the book. The last few pages I felt like I was being told what was happening more than being shown through Sophia’s eyes. I would’ve liked the events of what happened after to be a little more descriptive. The imagery from the descriptions in the majority of the book were so vivid but that didn’t come off in the ending. A lot of information about what happened next was squeezed into a rather small paragraph and I feel like I didn’t find out about what happened to everyone – Erin for example – it seemed like quite an abrupt ending.

It was such a unique plot though, which is something I rarely say when reviewing a retelling because you don’t EXPECT it to be unique. Obviously certain aspects were drawn form the original but I loved the way Bayron reinvented the typical Cinderella story and turned it into something much darker.

I think this is a book every YA reader should have on their bookshelves, especially young women. It was so refreshing to see a fairytale turned into a story about the power of women, specifically women that have no need to rely on finding “Prince Charming” AND how, Prince Charming may not always be as perfect as they seem on the surface, but if you’re not happy with it, you shouldn’t settle!

CLAP WHEN YOU LAND

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

What an absolute gem of a book!

This book was BEAUTIFULLY written. From the start I was so taken aback by the poetic form of the prose, it was so refreshing and calming to read.

The story was powerful and Acevedo touched upon a number of current issues, race, sexuality and abuse to name a few. The issues were covered in a realistic manner and I liked that they weren’t the main focus of the plot. I think the fact that the sisters were experiencing such issues, particularly abuse, while going through the traumatic experience of losing their father almost made those even more powerful because they were already going through so much, but had that to deal with as well.

More than anything, this was a story about the power of love and loss. That the love and the loss of one person can link so many people together. Despite the negativity surrounding how the sisters came to know of each other. I think one of my favourite parts of this story is that it did show the ugly parts of that. It showed the betrayal the sisters felt and it showed them fighting with their inner selves to be happy that they found each other. I loved that the sisters didn’t meet and immediately have a happy ending and walk off into the sunset. It showed their trials and tribulations and their hesitations too.

I really enjoyed this and I’ll definitely be reading more of Acevedo’s work!

This book is out NOW, and I’d highly recommend picking it up!

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other. 

THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

When I saw someone say The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller has a great hate to lover plot I knew I needed to read it. Enemies to lovers is one of my FAVOURITE tropes of all time. The Shadows Between Us has also been described as a “Slytherin romance”, and boy was that accurate. I just LOVED it. Was it perfect? No, I have unanswered questions and the ending felt a bit rushed. Was it entertaining? HELL. YES. Alessandra is a bruuuutal human being, after murdering the first man she fell in love with, she comes up with a plan for power. She decides she’s going to woo The Shadow King and once she’s married him, she’ll kill him and claim his kingdom as her own.

I will say it’s not ENTIRELY enemies to lovers, they don’t really start out as enemies despite Alessandra’s plan. They’re friendly from the outset really, it’s more of a slow burn. I loved the whole dynamic of the Slytherin romance, like neither of these people are really GOOD people, they do very questionable things and at times when others would be disgusted, they encourage or validate each other’s bad behaviour. I feel like this aspect of the book was so brilliantly thought out, because one different would have had their chemistry all off, but their chemistry worked because they’re both as bad blooded as each other. It was kind of a weird element because I found I didn’t want to like them? But I did! They’re not ALL bad either, while they do bad things, some of the bad things they do have better motives underneath and I liked that part of the character development.

The fantasy and magical system was different to anything I’ve read before as well. I found it interesting to see how the shadows worked and developed and seeing that through Alessandra’s eyes as someone so close to him was equally fascinating.

It was such an entertaining, fun and easy read. I loved the romance and the fantasy elements that surrounded The Shadow King (literally!)

Really enjoyed it!!

KIM JIYOUNG, BORN 1982

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Who knew a book of 163 pages could hold so much power?

This book really made me think, it made me consider all the times in my life where I’ve felt like a lesser person, or unequal. I’m lucky that I don’t feel oppressed on account of my gender on a day to day basis, but I know there are so many woman across the globe who don’t get to feel the same way. I’ll always remember when I was in university, a woman said that she didn’t believe in feminism and she didn’t support it. She said she didn’t feel oppressed, she felt equal to the males around her and therefore didn’t feel feminism was something she needed. This book shows just how badly feminism is needed. There were so many moments in this book where I found myself shaking my head wondering how this is still a problem in recent times. There were so many points when my heart just dropped and I really felt for Kim Jiyoung. I felt for the women this is still happening to. This is such a small but substantial book. The message is so powerful. I can’t not give this 5 stars, it was so simply but eloquently written. From start to end it had me in its vice and since I put it down I can’t stop thinking about it!

Here is the summary that came in the press release if you’d like to read it:

Kim Jiyoung is a girl born to a mother whose in-laws wanted a boy.

Kim Jiyoung is a sister made to share a room while her brother gets one of his own.

Kim Jiyoung is a female preyed upon by male teachers at school. Kim Jiyoung is a daughter whose father blames her when she is harassed late at night.

Kim Jiyoung is a good student who doesn’t get put forward for internships. Kim Jiyoung is a model employee but gets overlooked for promotion. Kim Jiyoung is a wife who gives up her career and independence for a life of domesticity.

Kim Jiyoung has started acting strangely.

Kim Jiyoung is depressed.
Kim Jiyoung is mad.
Kim Jiyoung is her own woman.
Kim Jiyoung is every woman.

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is the South Korean sensation that has got the whole world talking. The life story of one young woman born at the end of the twentieth century raises questions about endemic misogyny and institutional oppression that are relevant to us all.

Riveting, original and uncompromising, this is the most important book to have emerged from South Korea since Han Kang’s The Vegetarian.