Book Review | Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken – spoilers


Texas, 1905

Etta Spencer didn’t know she was a traveller until the day she found herself not just miles, but years from home. Now, Etta is stranded in time and separated from the boy she loves. At the mercy of a family she once thought her enemy, Etta learns of a new Ironwood plot, more dangerous than she could have imagined: to destroy the future she longs to return to.

The Bahamas, 1776

Devastated by Etta’s disappearance, Nicholas enlists the help of Sophia Ironwood. But after a deadly mistake derails their search, an ancient power emerges, more frightening than the Ironwood’s plot – a power that threatens to eradicate time altogether.

Into the Unknown

From New York City to San Francisco, Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, Etta and Nicholas must desperately fight to read each other…

Disclaimer// I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher, Quercus for providing me an e-Book review copy of Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken, in exchange of an honest review.

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Book Review | What Light by Jay Asher

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Genre| YA, Contemporary,

Publisher| Pan Macmillan

Publication| 20 October 2016

My Format | eARC








Thank you to Net Galley and Pan Macmillan for providing me a review copy of What Light by Jay Asher in exchange for an honest review.

From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, buy soon have you believing again…

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon – it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives to lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other. By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover one thing that transcends all else: true love. What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

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Book Review | This Above All by Lindsey Roth Culli

  • Title | This Above All
  • Author | Lindsey Roth Culli
  • Genre | YA, Contemporary, LGBT
  • Publisher | Curiosity Quills Press e-book
  • Publication Date | 29 August, 2016
  • ISBN | 9781620073407

** First of all I would like to thank Net Galley for providing me a Review Copy of This Above All by Lindsey Roth Culli

Synopsis | Net Galley

All her life, sixteen-year old Piper has been content to go along with her ultraconservative family’s mission to warn the heathens of the impending judgment of God through anti-gay protests. So when she’s cast as Romeo in her school’s production of Romeo & Juliet, Piper is as shocked as everyone else. The production proves to be vastly different than her other on-stage experiences– previously limited to playing “AIDS Girl” in her church’s annual “Hell House”– and Piper soon discovers not only does she love acting, she’s also pretty talented.

The school principal, influenced by people like Piper’s dad, demands that the part of Romeo be recast “appropriately” or the show cannot go on. Now, Piper faces a choice: become the figurehead to appeal the principal’s decision– in direction opposition to her family and everything she’s ever believed–, or accept the message the administration’s ultimatum sends to gay students, including someone she has come to call a close friend. Namely, that they should be ashamed of who they are or whom they happen to love.

For the old Piper, it would have been a no-brainer. But being Romeo has affected her in ways she never imagined, and so has her new friendship. Now Piper finds herself face to face with the real cost of all her family’s efforts, and it challenges everything she thought she knew about life. And God.

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Book Review | Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

  • Series: A Paper Stars Novel
  • Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
  • Publication Date: 29th February 2016
  • Genre: Teens, YA, Historical, Social Issues, Physical and Emotional Abuse
  • Format: eARC

Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 9781634221

Amazon | Goodreads | Author’s Page

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Book Review | Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler

Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler

Description provided by NetGalley:

A brave and honest coming of age story about one girl’s exploration of love, identity and sexuality – the first YA novel from bestselling author Liz Kessler.

Ashleigh Walker is having a difficult year. She’s struggling at school, and coming home to parents who are on the verge of divorce. She knows she should be happy spending time with her boyfriend – but, for some reason, being around him just makes her worry more. It’s only in her English teacher, Miss Murray, that she feels she’s found a kindred spirit.

Miss Murray helps Ashleigh develop her writing skills and gives her newfound confidence – but what happens when boundaries begin to blur? What will the repercussions be for Ashleigh? And how will she navigate her own sexuality?

A thought-provoking coming of age story from a highly-skilled author, addressing coming out and LGBT themes. For fans of Sarah Waters and Jodie Piccoult.

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eARC Review: Risuko: a Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler

  • Author: David Kudler
  • Title: Risuko: a Kunoichi tale
  • Series: Seasons of the Sword
  • Format: eARC
  • Publisher: Stillpoint Digital Press
  • Publication date: 15 June 2016
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Historical

Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

Can one girl win a war?

My name is Kano Murasaki, but most people call me Risuko. Squirrel.

I am from Serenity Province, though I was not born there.

My nation has been at war for a hundred years, Serenity is under attack, my family is in disgrace, but some people think that I can bring victory. That I can be a very special kind of woman.

All I want to do is climb.

My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Squirrel.


Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan — or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems.

Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) is a young, fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn’t possibly have the power to change the outcome. Or could she?

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Currently Reading: The Emotional Edge by Crystal Andrus Morissette

Recently I have become a member of Blogging for Books and NetGalley, and for my first book I got approved for is “The Emotional Edge” by Crystal Andrus Morissette

Now, I’m not much of a self-help book reader but it is in our human nature to be curious of things not quite familiar to us – without our natural curiosity we wouldn’t be sending people out into space or trying to find life outside our solar system! But as usual I digress from the original purpose of my post.

The Emotional Edge is a book that guided you through ways in which you can become an empowered individual. It certainly is quite interesting to me as I am studying sociology and there’s quite some sociological concepts you can find in this book. Then there is the matter is psychology too… the concept of having an emotional age is quite interesting that it doesn’t have to do with our biological, sociological or pyschological age – but the way we act and present ourselves to others.

Certainly, many people have read the book and has given it great reviews about how it has helped them and the steps and what Andrus Morissette teaches help them in becoming empowered.

I on the otherhand am reading thi book for pleasure reading, yes the book is quite informative in the many different emotional ages and I found myself thinking about my own experiences…

Well, that is all for now.

I’m currently at work and taking my break and I go back in a few minutes (10.00 am) it’s currently 9.55 and I am out!