October TBR

 

This is yet another late post and I don’t know whether to blame having so little free time or the fact that I have a new bullet journal that I’m obsessing over. When I do eventually have some time to myself I’m doing that.

I have another eventful month coming up with a trip home for a week and my engagement party / huge family get together. Due to this I fear that a weeks worth of reading time is probably going to be taken from me. This does depend on the plans my family make around my visit. I am selfishly hoping that there will be a couple of days where I can veg on my mum’s sofa with the dog and do nothing but read. I’m not going to lie, my mum’s dog is like a tornado and being alone in the house to read with the terror will inevitably result in no reading time. It’s most likely going to leave me with a half eaten book.

Due to the visit home I have purposely made my TBR small this month. This just means that if I do get some extra reading time in throughout October I can pick a few books out of my TBR jar.

So the three books I will read this month are:

Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness.

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I started this book at the end of September and I mean the end. I think I managed to pick it up on the last day of the month. I intend to get this finished at some point this week.

The Book of Life – Deborah Harkness

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The third book in the All Souls series is the second book I intend to complete this month.

 

His True Queen – Jodi Ellen Malpas

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I read the first instalment of this duology last month and I do intend to complete the series as soon as possible.

As I said it’s a short list this month.

It just feels so empty.

There is a fourth book by Debora Harkness called Times Covert which I have avoided looking into in case there are spoilers of the series around. As far as I am aware it is a follow on from the All Souls series. Depending on how the series turns out and if I am still in the mood for the story this may also be added into my October TBR.

Additionally, as I stated above my ever-growing TBR jar really does need some attention. Once I have completed the books above I will be selecting my next reads at random. Hopefully, if I start using the TBR jar to chose my next reads I will have more space on my TBR shelves by Christmas.

What is on your TBR this month?

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September Wrap-Up

September Wrap-Up

So this post is super late and it’s going to be brief for so many reasons but without boring you here is my September wrap-up.

With trips home at the beginning of the month and awful things thrown in in between I’ve been a little preoccupied. Sadly, not much reading took place over September.

I have managed a total of four and a half books this month which is awful.

 

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The Controversial Princess – Jodi Ellen Malpas

On a busy Friday rush hour train choosing something to read that requires my sole attention is probably the worst decision I could make. I get distracted too easily when I’m on trains. I will start up a conversation with the person at the side of me and my concentration disappears. A clear example of this is when I was heading down to Sheffield at the beginning of the month. A lecturer from The University of Sheffield sat down at the side of me and we chatted most of the way home about EVERYTHING. Our studies, our favourite classics, why we moved away from home and never moved back. The list goes on. With easy reads I can dip in and out of them without losing my place and forgetting things. Jodie Ellen Malpas’ writing is so easy to ready and follow so it is great for these moments.

 

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Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas

At the beginning of the month I decided to re-read Maas’ Throne of Glass so I could continue with the series. This backfired. As soon as I had completed the book and I was ready to move onto Crown of Midnight I found a copy of A Discovery of Witches. I’d heard that the show was coming out and all of the reviews online had hinted that it needed to be read so obviously I had to buy it.  The Throne of Glass series has been forgotten for the time being. I’ll get to it eventually I just hope this is sooner rather than later.

 

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A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

I am so glad a picked this book up when I did. I LOVE IT! It’s my favourite read this year so far. My review was uploaded a little while ago if you want to check it out. After reading the first instalment I needed Shadow of Night in my life. As usual when there is a huge hype about a book Amazon run out of their copies and there was a pre-order system going on. After stewing over the wait time for a while I decided to order elsewhere. (I am happy to announce my new books have arrived and I own the complete series)

 

I have only just noticed how specific my selection of books was during September. It seems I was in a Deborah Harkness and Sarah J Maas mood.

 

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A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J Mass

This is by far my worst read of September. I hated it. This is a new experience for me with Maas’ writing. I don’t think she has ever disappointed me before. I just can’t get over how poor this book was. Yes, I know it was a novella and it was released to fill the gap between Feyre’s story and the upcoming new release but the writing was dreadful and the way the characters were portrayed just didn’t work for me.

 

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Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness

I am still reading this book and was debating whether to add it to my wrap-up but I don’t think I could have finished the month with a total of 4 books. It would just make a shitty month even worse. This book has been stated and will be finished shortly.

 

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REVIEW – A COURT OF FROST AND STARLIGHT

Image result for a court of frost and starlightBook: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author:
 Sarah J Maas
Genre: YA 
Fantasy
Release Date:  1 May 2018
Pages: 250(ish)

My Rating:  2 Stars 

Goodreads

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

Review

So, it’s time for me to actually write down my thoughts on Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Frost and Starlight. People seem to be loving this book and honestly, I just don’t get it. The last thing I want to do is offend someone who really enjoyed this book but each to their own. I was so disappointed with this book. There were so many problems with it and absolutely nothing happened.

I was expecting so much more from this story. Maybe it’s because I have so much love for the series. From what I understood going into this story, it was a bridge between the old series and the upcoming new release. I thought everything would have been tied up and closed neatly in preparation for the next instalment. In my opinion this did not happen, and I am left feeling a little sad that Sarah’s writing for the first time has made me feel blah. I don’t even know what to call this mood that I am in.

At the end of A Court of Wings and Ruin I was a little sad that Feyre and Rysand’s story had come to an end. After learning this novella was being released I was a little excited because I’d be getting a bit more from the two of them. Never in a million years did it cross my mind that it would get to the point where I am over them and their relationship. I think this book just took it too far.

I know this book is focusing on the end of the war and how the group are moving on with their lives and coping with the aftermath of everything but there are things that I’m really struggling to appreciate. Feyre’s ongoing battle with having nothing to having everything got tiresome.  Additionally, Rysand’s constant I’m horny attitude got on my nerves real quick. I’m all for a little smut but I didn’t expect so much of it in a YA book. The worst thing is that it was cringeworthy and badly written. Especially in the later chapters. There was too much of and it was not needed. Image result for gag gif

“Do you want to begin at the wall, or finish there?”

NO!!!!!!!!!!! In  a YA book I think things should be left to the imagination. Especially if it’s badly written.

A part of the book that I hated involved Amren. Out of all the things we could have learnt about Amren from her past or currently life experiences Maas focused on her toilet habits. Since when has this been an interesting topic for anyone to discuss with their friends? Just no. That was a moment that could have easily been avoided.

Then there is Tamiln. Yes he’s the villain. He did some horrible stuff throughout the other books and everyone hates him. We get it. He’s lost everything. He’s alone and he’s clearly suffering. There was definitely no need for Rhysand to behave like he did.  I feel like this was taken way too far. Rhysand’s behaviour was just ridiculous. there was no need for the gloating and the ongoing ‘I want to kill him’ attitude. I think it is time that Tamlin is forgotten about and just left alone. The story can continue quite easily without him.

The fact that Maas included so many different perspectives in such a short book was great. I was so pleased to find out that we would be able experience the thought process of other characters.  Like Cassian and Mor. However, this was ruined with the first person and third person switch over. I don’t understand how it was okay for Feyre and Rhysand’s point of views to be written in a first-person narrative, but all the other characters getting a third person narrative. I just feel that the book would have flowed so much better if everything was the same. It doesn’t even matter which one. As long as it was the same the entire way through.

I feel like this book was pointless. The only positive thing to come out of this book was the teaser for the next instalment. After reading this book I’m actually relieved that Feyre and Rhysand’s story is over. I don’t think I can take any more of their relationship and point of view(s). We get it. They’re mates. They’re supposed to be together forever. It’s so shitty that a short novella can ruin two characters that you used to love. Can we just pretend that I never read this so that they can just stay great?

I can’t lie. It’s about time something new came out that focused on the side characters. I will absolutely be reading the next instalment(s). I just hope that it isn’t as forced and pointless as A Court of Frost and Starlight is.

The only reason this book got two stars was for the teaser at the end of the book. My fingers are crossed that the next book is an improvement.

 

Was anyone else as disappointed with this book as me?

 

Lucy
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Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday

It’s Top 5 Wednesday time.

This weeks topic is:

Top 5 Book Covers

 

Once again this is an awesome Top 5 Wednesday topic.

Now, when it gets to book covers the simpler the better. I hate it when they are over complicated and there is too much cramped into a small space.

Every so often an amazing cover will catch my eye and it usually deserve a spot on my wall instead of on a bookshelf but it is a rarity.

I just have a preference for simple, eye catching book covers with a little bit of colour.

There are way too many covers out there to choose from and the 5 that I have chosen are not in any specific order.

So here are 5 of my favourite covers from my ever-growing list:

 

Colleen Hoover – Confess

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I love this book cover. I was scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest one afternoon and this book randomly popped up.  I bought it straight. It’s so pretty! I think it was around the time the TV show aired in the US.

 

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology 

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I am obsessed with history and mythology and I heard about this book and wanted to read it. When I saw the book cover I got even more excited because I love it. This book was published with both a black and a white cover and although I like both the black cover is my favourite. It just really stood out to me.

I went to Budapest over the summer and due to a layover in Amsterdam and the 2 short flights in both directions I wanted something I could pick up and put back down easily without interruption. This is why short stories are great when travelling.

I intended to buy this at the airport before taking off to Amsterdam. Sadly, when I arrived they had sold out of the black cover. I looked around for a while to see if there was anything else I wanted to read but I couldn’t find anything, so I ended up buying the white one. I can’t lie I have no regrets it’s still beautiful.

 

Deborah Harkness – A Discovery of Witches 

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There are several covers for this book but just look at this one. It made it onto my favourite list straight away. It’s simple, effective and beautiful. It depicts important elements of the story brilliantly. The photography and the splash of colour just grab your attention straight away and I don’t have much to say other than I really do love it.

 

Naomi Novik – Uprooted

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Look how beautiful this cover is. One again it is simple with a splash of colour. You should be able to see the trend in my favourite book covers at this point. It’s a wonderful tale with a pretty cover that suits the story completely.

 

Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus

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I saw The Night Circus cover a long time after the hype of the book died down. I was in a charity shop browsing the shelves and this one just stood out. I know that there are so many different covers for this book and I honestly love them all. The one pictured above is the one on my bookshelf.

This is a story that I went into blind. I bought the book due to the book cover. I remember telling my friend that I had bought it and she started raving about the story. She had really enjoyed it and I’m so glad that I picked it up.

 

 

I literally can’t pick just one favourite book cover. Can you? What is your favourite cover?

 

 

Lucy
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A-Z Book Tag

I saw this tag online a long time ago and I’ve always wanted to give it a go.

The A-Z Book Tag.

So here goes:

A –  Author you’ve read the most books from

Jodi Ellen Malpas

Jodi is a romance writer and I read her books religiously. I don’t know what it is about her writing. Maybe it’s because her books are easy reads. Whenever I am in the mood for a romance book she’s great to turn to.

 
B – Best sequel ever

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Sarah J Mass – A Court of Mist and Fury

I was reluctant to start this book. I enjoyed the first instalment (A Court of Thorns and roses). However, something was lacking and it left me a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong! I still enjoyed the story. I just wasn’t left fully satisfied. I think it is a common belief that sequels aren’t as good as the first installment and this goes for books, film, TV and even music.

I was pleasantly surprised with A Court of Mist and Fury. I absolutely loved it. I think this book is the reason I love the series so much.


C – Currently reading

Deborah Harkness – A Discovery of Witches

I’m not too far into the book. Probably just over 100 pages but I’m really enjoying it so far.

The television series has been advertised for a while and I was really interested. I’ve decided to read the first book before watching the show and it is driving me crazy. All I want to do is sit at watch it but I’m determined to complete the book first.

D – Drink of choice

This depends on my mood and the time of year!

I do love a good cup of coffee.

However, sometimes I crave a cup of tea. Other days the idea of a hot drink just doesn’t appeal to me and all I want is a cold glass of something sweet and fizzy.

My current choice of drink is tea. I don’t know if it is to do with the cold weather we are currently experiencing or what.

E – E-reader or physical book

Physical Book!

Physical books all the way. There is nothing better than getting comfy and opening a new book for the first time.

I’m not going to lie, E-books / E-readers are extremely useful and I do mix it up. It just depends on what’s convenient for me at the time.

F – Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school.

When I was 16 – 17 the only person I wanted to date was Edward Cullen. Thinking back on this it’s embarrassing.

I tried to read the Twilight series again as an adult a few years ago and I had so many issues with it. I got half way through New Moon and gave up. Literally questioned my teenage thought process.

I don’t really know who I would have dated in high school now. However, since I left school 10 years ago this year I’m changing the question this to:

“Fictional character you would probably date now”

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JAMIE FRAISER! (Diana Gabaldon – Outlander)

 

Nothing more needs to be said.

 

 

 

G –  Glad you gave this book a chance

There are not many books that I’m glad I’ve given a chance because I’ve really enjoyed them. I have got to a point in my life where I will only read books if I want to. I feel that there is no point in wasting time on books that I already know I won’t like.

However, looking back at my days at University I can assure you there are plenty of  books that I would have happily overlooked but I gave them a chance and I can honestly say I’m glad I did. They brought me out of my comfort zone.

George Orwell  – 1984

I read this book during a Totalitarianism and the Holocaust module during my second or third year at uni. It was a tough module but I’m so glad a completed it. I learnt so much.

During this Module Orwell’s 1984 was on the reading list. I went into it thinking this will be fictional and I’m going to hate it and although it is not my usual genre of book I’m glad I gave it a go.  What freaked me out the most was the similarities of modern day life that were depicted. I’m glad I gave it a chance because it put so much into perspective for me.

James Joyce – Ulysses

Now, I did not complete this book and I don’t think I ever will. I had an entire module on this book during my Masters degree and it was the longest term I have ever experienced.

I hated the book. Absolutely hated it!

I had been introduced to Joyce during my first year at university when ‘A portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ was on one of my reading list. I couldn’t even finish the first page. Joyce’s writing style was not for me and I really struggled with it. I was so unhappy when I was told I had to spend an entire module on one of Joyce’s books. I dreaded it. However, I’m glad a gave it a chance and I’m proud that I tried to complete. This is yet another book that took me out of my comfort zone.

 
H – Hidden gem

Image result for terry nation rebeccas worldTerry Nation – Rebecca’s World

This book was read to me when I was in year 5 by my teacher. Every afternoon we would sit and listen to her read a chapter of an adventure book and this is the book I remember. I don’t think it is in print anymore either so buying a new copy is out of the question.

I loved this story growing up and everyone I have spoken to about it doesn’t know what I’m taking about!

 
I – Important moment in your reading life

Reading my first classic and falling in love with it.

Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre.

I don’t have much to say about this really. I always struggled to read the classics and I spoke to my teacher at the time and she told me to read Jane Eyre. Her advise was to take it slow and not to rush it. I’m So glad I listened to her.


J – Just finished

I had to visit home for a few days last week and while I was there I didn’t get much reading done. I did start Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter me but I was too distracted so it has been put back onto my to be read shelf for now.

K – Kind of book you won’t read

little girls no GIF by Jasmyn Lawson, EditorI am not a fan of crime and horror books. These genres are not for me.

People still recommend them to me and it’s just a big no! It’s not going to happen

 

 

L – Longest book you’ve read

I don’t know!

James Joyce’s Ulysses was up there but like I have said previously I didn’t complete it.

Harkness’A Discovery of Witches is pretty long too. There’s just under 700 pages I think.

I suppose it depends on what people class as a long book.

I can honestly say I don’t care how long books are. If I want to read it I will. Regardless of the amount of pages in it.

M – Major book hangover because of

Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thrones and Roses series ruined me for a while. I was in such a blip after completing that series. I really struggled to pick up a new book for a few weeks.


N –  Number of bookshelves you own

I have 4 bookcases in my dining room that are full.  3 of these cases have 8 shelves and the smaller one has 4 shelves.

I also have inbuilt shelves in my bedroom that I’m trying to persuade the fiancé to let me use. Otherwise I’m going to have to buy more.


O – One book you’ve read multiple times

Image result for tess of the D'urbervillesThomas Hardy – Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

It is my favourite book. I absolutely love it.

There is nothing much to say other than I recommend that everyone reads!

 

P – Preferred place to read

In the winter: I love to read on the sofa in my living room. I curl up in the corner by the bay window with a hot drink, my hot water bottle and a blanket.

In the Summer: I love to read outside. Find myself a comfy chair, with a cold drinks and music on in the background.


Q – Quote that inspires you

Winston Churchill: Success is not final,  failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.


R – Reading regrets

I have no reading regrets.

I might look back on a book later in life and disagree with my previous opinions but I won’t regret it. It’s just a lesson learned.

 
S – Series you’ve started and need to finish

Sarah J Maas – Throne of Glass Series. I read the first book and bought the next two but have yet to pick them up and complete the series.

T – Three of your all time favorite books

Image result for jane eyre bookThomas Hardy – Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre
Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

They all mean something to me in their own way.


U – Unapologetic fangirl

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series!! OMG.


V – Very excited for this release more than others

I’m trying to avoid new releases at the moment so I can concentrate on my to be read shelf.

I’ve not even thought about it.

W – Worst bookish habit

My opinion on this changes regularly because I change my mind constantly.  However, i like make a note on how I’m feeling when I’m reading so  I annotate my books a lot.

Sometime I regret doing it so i go though a post-it note phase. However, writing on post-it notes is just too much when you are sat on a Metro during rush hour and it’s just easier to whip out a pen and write what I need to before I forget.

I’s great when you go back to reread a book a few years down the line. When your feelings and opinions change and you can think about how your through process has changed.

X –  X marks the spot: Pick the 27th book from the top left shelf

Katie Contugno – How to Love

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Deborah Harkness – A Discovery of Witches

Z –  Z snatcher–book that kept you up way too late

K Brombergs – The Driven Series.

I was obsessing over it and I don’t know why. I just couldn’t put it down.

The Girl and Her Ren by Pepper WintersRomance Review


Book:
The Girl and Her Ten (The Ribbon Duet #2)
Author:
Pepper Winters
Genre:
Adult / Romance / Dark Romance
Expected Release Date: 05 June 2018

My Rating:

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Goodreads

“What do you do when you write down all your secrets? No…that’s not enough. What do you do when you write down all your secrets and the one person who should never read them does?
I’ll tell you what you do.
You hope.”

REN
Ren didn’t know the meaning of love until he took Della for his own.
To begin with he hated her, but as the months bled into years, he learned the opposite of hate, dedicating his life to giving her everything.
Every sacrifice, every gift, he gave wholeheartedly.
But then love turned to lust and ruined everything.

DELLA
I was stupid to write my secrets down, but I’d been stupid before so it was nothing new.
I couldn’t blame him, hate him, fix him.
I tried to move on without him.
But no matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to delete the secrets I’d written.
Until something happened.
Until he came back and read my stupid secrets.
And nothing was the same after that.

 

Review

There are those books that you read where once they’re complete you can just put them to one side and carry on with your life. You can move onto the next book on your reading list and be carried away into a new world so easily that you forget the last book you read. But there’s a small percentage of books that once they’re completed they embed themselves into your mind, heart and soul. As soon as you have finished reading those last few words you realise that you can’t just put it behind you. You know that the story is going to be with you for weeks, months, even years to come.

Ren and Della’s story was just as compelling throughout The Girl and Her Ren as it was when we were first introduced to them in The Boy and His Ribbon. This unique story is both heart-warming and gut-wrenching at the same time and it will consume you.

I can assure you this book will stay with me for a very long time.

Pepper Winters has created a heartbreakingly beautiful tale that has blown me away. Her writing is captivating and stunning through this duet and I highly recommend it.

I just have one warning. Make sure you have a box of tissues and a bottle of wine to hand because you’re going to need them.

I was provided with an arc in exchange of an honest review!

 

Lucy
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Review 10 – The Boy and his Ribbon

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Book:
The Boy and His Ribbon (The Ribbon Duet #1)
Author:
Pepper Winters
Genre:
Adult / Romance / Dark Romance
Expected Release Date: 03 April 2018

My Rating:

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Goodreads

“What do you do when you meet your soul mate? No wait…that’s too easy. What do you do when you meet your soul mate and have to spend a lifetime loving him in secret?
I’ll tell you what you do.
You lie.”

REN

Ren was eight when he learned that love doesn’t exist—that the one person who was supposed to adore him only cared how much he was worth.
His mother sold him and for two years, he lived in terror.
But then…he ran.
He thought he’d run on his own. Turned out, he took something of theirs by accident and it became the one thing he never wanted and the only thing he ever needed.

DELLA

I was young when I fell in love with him, when he switched from my world to my everything.
My parents bought him for cheap labour, just like they had with many other kids, and he had the scars to prove it.
At the start, he hated me, and I could understand why.
For years he was my worst enemy, fiercest protector, and dearest friend.
But by the end…he loved me.
The only problem was, he loved me in an entirely different way to the way I loved him.
And slowly, my secret drove us apart.

Review

This is the first arc that I have ever received courtesy of Netgalley and I am so happy that I got the chance to read this book before its release. The only downside is that I have to wait even longer for the second book in the duet. And gosh that was some cliffhanger!

Pepper Winters’ writing always pulls me out of my comfort zone which is something I love when reading. If you are wanting a lovey dovey romance you won’t find it in this book.

I am not going to lie, when I started this book I didn’t know what direction it was going in, especially at the beginning.  I found that I was a little apprehensive to continue. But (and it’s a huge but) I am so glad I stuck with it. I have finally found the book that has pulled me out of my recent reading rut.

This is a hard review to write because going into too much depth would ruin the book for others and I really don’t want to do that.

The Boy and his Ribbon is unique, gut wrenching and addictive. It will embed itself into your thoughts and take you on an emotional rollercoaster.

Throughout the book you follow Ren and Della as they overcome dangerous situations and develop into young adults.  Let me tell you it’s not the easiest journey for them or for us as the readers.

You become invested in both of the characters due to the duel perspectives. Usually when reading stories that include more that one point of view I find myself favouring certain characters. When this happens I tend to skim though chapters to get back to the point of view I’m favouring. There is definitely no favouritism through this book and both Rem’s and Della’s perspectives are enthralling and heart-breaking. I was invested in both point of views and just couldn’t stop reading.

This book is beautifully written and I recommend this to anyone who enjoys the dark romance genre.

 

I was provided with an arc by Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!

 

Lucy
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