Going into this book, I knew very little, only what was in the Goodreads blurb (featured below), and that people on bookstagram had been mentioning it in many posts. It was somewhat of a shock to realise just how intimate some of the poems in milk and honey were.
“milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, and heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look” Summary from Goodreads.
“Three dark queens, are born in a glen, Sweet little triplets will never be friends. Three dark sisters, all fair to be seen, Two to devour, and one to be Queen.”
“In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose . . . its life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.” (Summary from Goodreads)
I received two copies of Three Dark Crowns in October last year. The black hardcover was a part of Owlcrate’s ‘Darkness’ box and the paperback came in The YA Chronicles ‘You Win Or You Die’ box. This was the first time I purchased two book subscription boxes in a month, and was surprised to get the same book, although I know realise how common that is. However, since the covers are different, I don’t really mind. Plus Owlcrate’s came with a signed book plate and letter from the author so that was really cool. However, I prefer to read paperbacks, as they are lighter to carry around so I am quite happy to have both editions.
I had no expectations going into Three Dark Crowns, I’d never heard of the book, but after reading the blurb on the book I was incredibly intrigued by the book’s premise. I was completely drawn into the world where three sisters are born with incredible gifts (or so we initially think) and are destined to kill each other. That part just breaks my heart, sisters having to kill each other; in fact, they are encouraged to do so.
“I could do this. If whole galaxies could change, so could I.”
“Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.
So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.
Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?” (Summary from Goodreads)
The Unexpected Everything is a light, enjoyable, and easy read. The perfect book to read whilst laying in the sunshine, while at the beach or beside a pool. It is just a lot of fun.
“I was taught that being myself was not only okay, but encouraged—and by being unapologetically yourself, you thrive and inspire others to thrive.”
“Pop culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays written in the voice that’s earned him more than 10 million followers across social media.” (Summary from Goodreads)
Tyler Oakley posted his first YouTube video in 2007, never expecting much to come from it. He definitely never thought that one day he would amass a following of over eight million subscribers on YouTube. Tyler has taken the online world by storm with successes including interviews with Michelle Obama and One Direction (both of which each have a chapter in the book, and one of them really pulls at the ole heartstrings), a worldwide live tour, a chart-topping podcast Psychobabble and a documentary titled Snervous. It’s crazy to think that all this started because a boy decided to film videos in his living room and upload them to YouTube.
“A day might be just twenty-four hours but sometimes getting through just one seems as impossible as scaling Everest.”
I was quite intrigued when I heard there was a sequel to If I Stay, titled Where She Went, because I considered the ending of If I Stay fairly satisfying. Sure there were some questions about how she would react to her life and if she would remember her out of body experiences. However, I didn’t entirely require those answers to think the book was great.
Where She Went proved that yes, yes I did need those answers, because this book is phenomenal. Better than the original which isn’t something that happens often. The great thing about this book is that it isn’t a rehash of the first book, its entirely different and very original. This book is told from Adam’s perspective after Mia leaves for Juilliard and never comes back, and the whirlwind his life becomes. By focusing on Adam, we get more character development, plus a fresh perspective on the events from If I Stay.
Let It Snow reminds me of Love Actually, where it tells a few stories about incredibly different characters, but in the end, you realise that they are all connected in some way. It’s a trend Hollywood loves these days. That was this book, though I hope that isn’t a deterrent, because it’s an enjoyable light hearted read.
Let it Snow is split into three short stories, each written by a different author: ‘The Jubilee Express’ by Maureen Johnson, ‘A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle’ by John Green, and ‘The Patron Saint of Pigs’ by Lauren Myracle.
I know people often talk about the feeling that lingers after you finish reading a great book. When the words from that book are still wrapped around you, lingering. I don’t often feel like that. But, finishing Words in Deep Blue made me feel that and more.
“This is a love story. It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets. It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea. Now she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal. She’s looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.” – summary from Goodreads
“I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children tells the story of Jacob Portman, and the stories his grandfather told him, the ones he daren’t believe were true.
“A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.” [summary from Goodreads]
I’d heard about this book for a while, but since the movie has been announced, I decided that I needed to read the book before I saw the adaptation. I borrowed a copy from my friend and was surprised by how quickly I read it.
” Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept I’m a complete disaster.”
This was my first ever Rainbow Rowell novel, I walked past it in the shops and instantly knew that I had to read it. I was hooked by the title alone.
Now I know this book isn’t going to be everybody’s cup of tea. But for those who are a part of any fandom on the internet, will undoubtedly be able to connect to some part of this book.
This book tells the coming-of-age story of twins Cath and Wren who are heading to college, and whilst Wren wants to go out partying and living the “college life”. Cath wants things to stay the same and is perfectly content writing Simon Snow fan fiction in the confines of her dorm room.
“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”
This was one of those rare times where I read the book after I had seen the film adaptation. The movie was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So when I stumbled across the book at Dymocks, I just had to buy it, I had to experience the story in its original format.
If I Stay is a powerful novel that is more about life than it is about death. More about taking the time to notice the special little moments in life and how they can change you without you even realising. It’s about the pause between heartbeats and those moments that just take your breath away. The things that can keep you going, keep you fighting, even when all odds have been stacked against you.