Should I continue the Shatter Me series?

So a couple of days ago I did a post about continuing series I hate. Now while Shatter Me doesnt really fall into that category- because I did quite enjoy it- I did have my doubts about the series. So I figured I would lay it all out in a slightly different take on a book review and enlist your help to determine whether I should continue reading!

Shatter Me Review


Rating: 3/5 bananas

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What I liked:

  • It was well written and had a strong voice
  • The fast paced drama made for a fun quick read

What I disliked:

  • The world building was underdeveloped and left too much to the imagination- I have so many questions about it and given the author’s style, I don’t feel like they’re going to be answered!
  • I’m not invested in the characters at this stage in the narrative… And I should be

Other things to consider:

  • I’ve heard good things about the direction the series takes and I have to say I’m intrigued…
  • They’re readily available online- and as I’ve said many times before I HAVE A BOOK BUYING PROBLEM (not sure whether that’s a pro or a con to be honest!)
  • And lastly… the covers are so pretty!!! I mean- just look at these:


Okay, now that I’ve laid it all out I am more undecided than ever!!

What do you think? Is it worth investing in this series? Love or hate this series- let me know on the comments!

Scary Book Habits

So this is gonna be a really quick post- but thanks to Zezee’s comment on my last post, I thought I might expand on what I was discussing. Yesterday I talked about my horrifying habit of finishing series I dislike; today I’m going to give you some other examples of my terrifying bookish habits:

Buying too many books


Folding down pages and generally desecrating books


Not taking friends recommendations or getting to books in my tbr quickly enough!

(and maybe this one’s reasonable- but I still feel a ridiculous amount of guilt over it)

Staying up all night to read


Being generally uncommunicative and distracted

Because right now all I care about is what is going to happen to my favourite characters dammit!! When people speak to me it’s like this:


And that’s it for today! I don’t think I could bear to explore any more of my vices (of which there are many!) Let me know in the comments- do you share any of these habits? Do you have any others?

Why do I continue series I hate?

Okay, so the Halloween spirit is definitely starting to get to me, because I just realised something today that terrified me: it’s already the end of October!!!


Wanna know something else that scares me? The way I keep going back to series I already hate. It’s like I’m possessed or something.

soldier-julie-kagawaRecently I’ve been eyeing Soldier (the third in the Talon series)- feeling like it’s calling out to me saying “buy me, buy me!”– despite the fact that I’ve never liked this series! I have held firm… so far. But there are so many series I have continued even though I despised the direction they took/didn’t like them from the start. I figure there must be some reason why I keep doing this to myself. I’ll have to dig deep and take this on a case by case basis:

Addiction- pure and simple!


Okay, okay, I’ll admit that the Selection series had one good thing going for it- and that was how addictive it was!!

Misplaced loyalty



So Snyder is one of those authors I refuse to give up on. I adored Poison Study… but it’s been downhill from there. Even if I’ve never enjoyed another of her books (and I’ve read 7)

The bundle buy


Once I’ve bought a book, I *have to* read it. So when I buybooks in a bundle I feel duty bound to read the whole series- regardless of whether I enjoyed them. Even if they were a stereotypically dumb purchase like the Essence series was the perfect example of a dumb purchase- which I literally bought cos they were pretty and cheap!! So I blame booksellers! Which leads me to…

It’s other people’s fault!


Yup- sometimes it’s just not my fault at all. Like I said before, sometimes the book sellers. And sometimes- dare I say it– it’s the fault of the friend that recommended it. I’m just trying to give said friend the benefit of the doubt by reading all of them… (I still have no idea why Matched was recommended to me though)

And sometimes there are no excuses…


Yeah, there’s no excuse for this one. But I feel like I’ve been punished enough. Nothing could ever erase this writing:

“You smell good, too,” said Patch

“It’s called a shower… Soap. Shampoo. Hot water.”

“Naked. I know the drill.”

Yeuch!!! Is this supposed to be sexy?!? 

Anyway that casual psychoanalysis didn’t reveal any childhood trauma of not finishing a good series or any other creepy skeletons in the closet- maybe next time!

How about you? Do you have this same scary habit of continuing series you hate? It can’t just be me!! Don’t leave me hanging!

Royally Pleased With The Raven King

*Warning! There be spoilers afoot!*

raven-kingWell Halloween must be approaching cos I feel like a bit of a horror show. I swear my head feels like it’s been microwaved and I’m a phlegm monster! (now if that image is not scary I don’t know what is) So if I sound a bit lacklustre or addled in this post, don’t blame the book– as the title suggests I was pretty darn happy with how it ended!

Now I was incredible impatient for this one- so naturally I read this back to back with Blue Lily, Lily Blue! Because of that it definitely felt like one long book. In many ways, that was a good thing, as it allowed me to settle the mystery of where this story was going once and for all! And *spoiler alert*– it had a happy ending!!! My months of stressing over what would become of Gansey and the whole crew were finally put to rest! I definitely felt a gasp of relief for it to just be finished.

But on the flipside of that, I did feel like the story dragged a little. Some of the story and, dare I say it, felt a bit like filler. And the writing, which has always been a little longwinded, was a little sluggish. At the same time, however, it felt like Stiefvater had saved up a lot of the plot for the finale. The book simultaneously managed to make me feel impatient for it to end and like a huge amount of the plot was crammed into the last book.

For all my whinging- I was really pleased with how it ended. And how could I not be? It gave me everything I ultimately wanted. MOST IMPORTANTLY it gave me the Ronan and Adam moment I had been waiting for!! (eek!!!) Let’s just all bask in how wonderful that is for a moment!

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Okay, now we are done basking (for the time being) let’s talk about what else I enjoyed about this book. Namely that this was Gansey’s story. I have adored his character from the beginning and have truly felt invested in his quest for the Raven King. I was delighted to witness the culmination of his work (regardless how satisfied he was with that) and the discovery of his own inner kingliness.

It was also great to see their feelings take centre stage for this one- it really felt like the perfect ending for what is effectively a coming of age story. And there was also Stiefvater’s usual ingeniousness in the *big reveal* that Cabeswater was all a dream! Even the villains were taken to a whole other level. While Piper was already scarily crazy, I have to say she was even freakier attached to a demon.

But one there was one last thing in the book that I didn’t like- and that was the cut to the end. Aka one minute we’re trying to figure out if Gansey’s gonna come back, then Blue says “Wake up” and… the next chapter starts with a scene between Adam and his father. Way to leave us hanging! Because let’s be honest no one would like it if-

Rating 4/5 bananas

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So what did you think of the finale to the Raven Cycle? Satisfied? Dissatisfied? Let me know in the comments section!

And big shout out goes to the incredible Jill @rantsandravesaboutbooks – I won amazon vouchers from her a while ago and this book was part of what I bought with it🙂

Coincidentally, I Read Blue Lily, Lily Blue

blue-lily-lily-blueHiya! So this will be a relatively short post cos I’ve been a bit under the weather the last couple of days. BUT since I’ve been meaning to post this review for a while, I figured I could drag myself out of bed for five minutes… (Okay- let’s be honest- this blogging thing is a dangerous addiction!)

Now I don’t suppose it was such a coincidence that I enjoyed this, all things considered. I mean, it’s no secret that I’m into this slightly creepy paranormal series. And as the third book in the series, the plot has been building quite nicely. Yet, unfortunately, given how much I loved the last one (feel free to read my gushy review here), I have to admit that I wasn’t quite as blown away as with the last one.

There were some flaws that (like many books in the middle of the series) it did at times feel a little bit like filler. And, while Piper made a good villain, Greenmantle was just not especially scary.

That said, I really liked how this one develops Blue’s powers. And I adored watching Adam and Ronan team up. And like the rest of the series it had a good ominous feel and the plot twists and turns were really clever!

So while it wasn’t as good as the last one, I reckon it deserves a solid:

4/5 bananas

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So I have to end with a question to everyone that’s read this: was “coincidence” really a thing in this series? Because it totally flew over my head, but my sister insists they were always saying it. So can you settle this dispute? Let me know in the comments who is right!!

Celebrating The Little Things Tag

I have talked about some very heavy topics in the last few days, so I thought I’d do a more upbeat post! Thank you so much to the lovely Rivermoosereads for tagging me to do this one!

Who was your very first follower (if you can find out) tag them and give them a shout out!

My first two followers (apart from my sister) were Sherlockian Book Lover and Zezee!! Both of whom I love and you should definitely check out!

What was the last milestone you reached?

I believe the last badge WordPress gave me was the 200 posts one


What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us! If you can find out.

I’ve mentioned this a few times, but it was my very ranty review of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (that book was part of the reason I started this blog- because I desperately needed to vent!)

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Who was your most recent follower, tag them and give them a shout out!

Sparkle With UC and By Book Or By Hook– welcome aboard!

What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

The last thing I posted was “Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel is One of the Most Important Books I Have Ever Read” (phew- I only just realised how ridiculously long that title was!) And at the time of writing the last person to like this post was Red String Papercuts… and now it’s Bibliophile’s Obsession– these things change fast!

How many months have you been blogging for?

It’s been about one year and four months- although I didn’t start posting till about a year ago- wow how time flies!

Do you have any bloggers your friends with? Give them a shout out.

Gosh where do I start? Jill, Codie, Kat, Marie, Donna, Anne, Rosereads, Alanna, Invisible Moth, Nicole and so, so many more!

If I missed you out then I’m truly sorry! (and if I mentioned you and you don’t consider yourself my friend than I’m even more sorry!)

Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

Shamefully I don’t know who created the Freedom to Read Tag… *goes to check*

Just found out it originated on Youtube- everyone’s linked in the description of this video:

Have you any social media related to your blog?

Just Twitter! Check me out if you haven’t already!


My goodreads is not related to my blog. I considered linking the two- but thought this would happen:

Last but not least …. Just give say thanks to all your followers.

***THANK YOU*** Seriously I love all you guys!!!🙂

And I’m going to follow River Moose Reads lead and tag all of the people who have been given a shoutout during this post!

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel is One of the Most Important Books I’ve Ever Read

infidelWell after my discussion of freedom of speech and censorship, I could not speak of a more important book. No not just important- but IMPORTANT (in caps!)

I don’t really read bios as a rule- I read a famous one earlier this year and just shrugged my shoulders at it. But this- this was different.

To say Ayaan Hirsi Ali is remarkable is an understatement. For those of you that do not know who Ayaan Hirsi Ali is I would describe her thus: a refugee, an intellectual and a former member of the Dutch parliament. Above all, she stands up for freedom of speech- at great personal risk- if you don’t know who she is, you should check her out. I’d say she is one of the most important people in the world.

Now, if you have ever heard Ayaan Hirsi Ali speak you will know she is softly spoken- but at the same time delivers hammer blows of world shaking magnitude in what she says. This book is written in the same lyrical style. Though it took some time to get into, once I did, I found it was completely absorbing and compelling- I was obsessed with it. It was one of the most addictive of books I have ever read.

As for the content, the abuse she suffered is horrifying, but this is in no way a despairing work. It is a book about finding your courage. As I have already said, Ayaan Hirsi Ali being is an admirable woman and dare I say it, she is one of the most courageous women that has ever lived.

I cannot shy away from how controversial people find this book- yet I have to share it- I cannot hide from my own mind and fail to talk of something of this magnitude. This is a book for anyone who believes in free speech. It is to society’s shame that it is radical to support a woman who stands up for civil rights, women’s rights and freedom of speech. It is up those of us who feel otherwise to raise our voices when we can against this outrage.

Rating: 5/5 bananas

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That’s all for now! Have you read this book? Do you plan to? Are you a fan of Ayaan Hirsi Ali? Let me know in the comments!