Sunday, 14 October 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Legendary - Stephanie Garber

Book: Legendary
Author: Stephanie Garber 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Synopsis: A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.
After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

I read Caraval for the first time at the end of last year and fell in love with the world that Stephanie Garber had created! There were so many unanswered questions at the end of the first book that I knew I needed to get the next one as soon as it came out.

This review will contain spoilers, but check out my review for Caraval if you haven’t yet read Legendary :)

Monday, 19 February 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow - Jessica Townsend

Book: Nevermoor - The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Author: Jessica Townsend
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Synopsis: Morrigan Crow, a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

I was kindly gifted this book at a publishing event I attended last year at Hachette Publishing Group in London. I’d seen them promoting the book on their twitter as it was one of their newest releases around the time, being hailed as the next Harry Potter. Now that is a massive statement to make, and I know that the Harry Potter series means so much to so many people, so obviously I was intrigued!

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is the story of Morrigan Crow, a child who happened to be born on Eventide which, in the world she lives in, means that she is cured and destined to die on her 12th birthday. However, things take a turn for the worse on her 11th birthday, and the next Eventide starts a year early. Having accepted her fate, Morrigan believes she is to die, until a strange man named Jupiter North turns up and whisks her away to a magical world she had no idea existed.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Book Review: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl


Everyone has heard of Anne Frank. Everyone knows she went into hiding with her family to avoid falling into Hitler’s hands and his Nazi regime. I knew all of this, and I knew that her life ended just before the concentration camp she was in was liberated. What I didn't know was that they were in hiding for just over two years. I didn’t know they were in hiding with another family and a local dentist, that there were eight people shut away above a warehouse.

Friday, 8 December 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Turtles All the Way Down - John Green


Book: Turtles All the Way Down
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary 
Synopsis: Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 

Previous to this, I have only read two other books by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. I loved TFIOS, and I enjoyed Paper Towns, just not as much. I know there was a lot of expectation surrounding Turtles All the Way Down because there is such a huge gap between it and his last novel. I have to say I am so glad that I read this book!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Carval - Stephanie Garber

Book: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy 
Synopsis: Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

I read so many amazing reviews for this book when it first came out and the premise intrigued me; a mixture of magic, sisterly love and not knowing what was real? It just sounded fascinating! Even though it has taken me nearly a year to read, I am so glad that I did!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

#InsideStory Hachette Publishing Event 2017

I’ve always loved books. Ever since I was little I’ve loved reading stories and would much prefer to do so than go outside. As I’ve grown up, the love of books has just grown so what better industry to work in than Publishing?!

I found out about the #InsideStory Event on a total whim. I’d liked a lot of publishing houses on Facebook so I could keep in the loop with all that they were up to, when a sponsored post came up for Hachette, advertising this event. I read through what it was all about, and it sounded perfect! I knew that I would love a job in publishing, I just didn’t really know which sector I would like to go in as there is a wide range of different jobs, not just editorial as most people think!

Monday, 13 November 2017


For my boyfriend’s birthday, I surprised him with tickets to go and see Aladdin in London. We both love Disney, and we had both said we wanted to see it, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity!