Empress of Books Turns Five (Wow Time Flies) and My Review of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Sunday, 14 July 2019
I'm going to make this quick. I know I don't give my blog enough love, but sometimes I still can't believe that I didn't just delete everything four and a half years ago. Thanks to anyone who's ever clicked on my blog. Sending love, and loads of luck your way!

Anyways, onto the review (which honestly I should posted like a month ago now. Sorry. It'll probably happen again at some point).

Rating: 4/5 Stars (I don't know. Maybe I used to have lower expectations?)

Review: Okay so this book was adorable. However, I also went into it having already watched the movie. (Although I think I might like the book just as much as the movie? And I thought the movie was cute but nothing special.)

I think if I'd read this book when it first came out, I'd probably have given it five stars. It's a really cute book. It's also very easy to get through.

The main reason I didn't give it five stars is because the story overall is basic. The fake-relationship-to-lovers is nice, but some moments really highlight some of the characters' ages. (Also [spoiler] can Josh not try to hop between sisters?? The secondhand embarrassment was real.)

Overall, this book is forgettable for its content. There's nothing revolutionary about it. And that's okay because I didn't *want* something that was hard to digest. That's why I'm sitting here trying to remember what I thought of it and I'm drawing a blank: I can barely remember what happened. It was boring at the time but there's nothing I hadn't really seen before.

What I can remember are a few key moments in the book such as the notes, the ski trip, and Margot leaving for university. But to me that signifies that this book isn't memorable (to me) and it's not about to join my list of favourites or anything.

I recognize how this book influenced the conversation about the (still lacking) diversity in young adult fiction, and will continue to sing its praises for that.

And I'll probably finish the series because it's a cute series that's easy to read. Will I be rushing to buy the next book though? No. (Side note: I started this wanting a break from War Storm which is *dragging* and I was just about ready to give up that book altogether. To All the Boys I've Loved Before is *that* kind of book that's good for *that* kind of mood in my opinion.)

Always and forever,

A Miscellaneous Grouping of Reviews

Tuesday, 15 January 2019
So I haven't exactly ever been the best or most consistent blogger ever, but I miss blogging so here is a brief overview of books I've read recently or did not finish.

The Cerulean by Amy Ewing*

Lowkey just a repeat of Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano in terms of premise. I liked Perfect Ruin but I don't care enough for it to want to read The Cerulean. Also, I didn't get very far into it before I gave up.

Cool concept, but it's not necessarily something that I haven't seen before.

Fate, Fame and the First Kiss by Kasie West*

Cute! Fluffy and fun. Good for long subway rides when you've had a long day. It was honestly just cute and there's no better way to describe it. Nothing really more to say.

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Beyond cliche. Honestly, it screams of its time when Twilight was really big and we al just wanted to read supernatural fluff. Kind of reads like mediocre fan-fiction. Just watch the movie at this point.

Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow

I don't know why I stopped reading this one a few years ago, but I picked it up again and it's so addicting? Really great followup to the first one and honestly this series deserves more love. Will have to make time to read the third one.

(Books marked with an * were kindly provided as an eARC for review which has not influenced my thoughts or opinions.)

Now excuse me while I go do more readings for school. Not nearly as fun as this.

Four Years of Blogging

Saturday, 14 July 2018
I can't believe it's been this long? Even though I only really post on here when I have proper content to post now (no shade I just only want to post when I have something valuable to post like reviews and unfortunately I'm not reading as much as I used to be).

Thank you everyone for sticking around regardless of how long ago you stumbled across my blog. It means the world to me!

Love you all!

Review of The Queen's Rising

Tuesday, 1 May 2018
I guess you could blame my lack of reviews recently on the fact that I've not had the best of luck recently. There were several books that simply failed to live up to my expectations. This by no means that these books are necessary bad, but they just weren't for me.

Warning for subtle spoilers ahead.

The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross

Summary: When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

Why I Didn't Finish It: This book is full of so many cliches and I normally don't even mind cliches, but this was bad. Also the synopsis spoils at least the first quarter of the book?? 

So Brienna casually isn't a child prodigy, but that is honestly so irrelevant and doesn't count as a character flaw because it doesn't hinder her in any way. Seriously, all the other girls like her and even though she doesn't get a patron, her life is still great because *spoiler alert* her teacher (WHO SHE MET WHEN SHE WAS TEN BY THE WAY SO OBVIOUSLY NOT CREEPY AT ALL) falls in love with her and she falls in love with him and I'm pretty sure she's still only seventeen. That just did not sit well with me at all considering their power dynamic and how old they were when they met.

The concept sounds so cool until you start reading and they leave the school at which point it turns into cliche fest 101. I would have enjoyed this more if she'd actually gotten a patron but had been sneaky about it or if the patron was specifically her dad (I'm like 99% sure it wasn't her dad but I might be forgetting some details sorry!) and then she was brought to live with him and had to get accustomed to whatever her new life with him would entail.

There were about a million different directions this story could have taken that wouldn't have mimicked a bunch of YA books before it.

I don't have the time or energy for tropes I don't like. Next!

(Also I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review which has [clearly] not affected my thoughts and opinions.)

First Post of 2018 and It's Mid-March

Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Hey guys!

Yeah lol we're almost at April and I haven't blogged yet this year (no judgements please). I've been busy, and stressed and when that happens my blogging suffers. I'm truly sorry.

I don't really know why I'm doing this, but I guess I'll post a bit of my writing because I just need a create outlet, and as I've proven over the past three and a half years: This is my blog and I'm going to do what I want with it.

So without further ado, enjoy! (Also sorry for typos and the like. Whoops.)

Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds

The air inside the club was stuffy and humid that night. It reeked of cheap perfume and alcohol — he’d drunk way too much already, and now he felt dizzy and lightheaded. He was on the verge of either throwing up or passing out.
“Christ,” he cursed. Luke couldn’t remember much of his night, but he remembered her.
Lucy Sky had long wavy marmalade-coloured hair, psychedelic neon eyes, and full tangerine lips. She’d given him a “magical diamond pill” as she’d called it. The sun in her eyes had shined bright as she giggled while he’d swallowed it.
Luke remembered the light and bright voice that whispered in his ear, “Wait here. I’ll be right back.” Then she’d gone off to some unknown place.
He couldn’t remember how long ago that was. The friends he’d come with had abandoned him by that point, leaving him lonely. He wished she’d come back already.
He didn’t usually go clubbing, but that night his friends had coerced him into coming along. They said it would be fun.
They were wrong — at least until he saw her. The cellophane flowers in her hair seemed to change colours the more he stared at them. Her kaleidoscope eyes captivated his attention like no other — he’d never seen anything like them. Her voice was like a siren song as she’d said, “Hi. I’m Lucy Sky.”
Everything else about their encounter was a bit hazy, and the euphoria he’d felt with her was fleeting now that she was gone.
He was fiddling with his fingers by that point, his breathing getting heavier by the minute. Butterflies erupted from his stomach, swarming around him. The room was shaking — or maybe he was shaking, he couldn’t tell. Venus flytraps grew from the floor, trying to eat him. A butterfly landed on one, and it snapped the poor thing right up.
It was bright, like someone had turned up the saturation in the room. He dove under the bar, trying to escape the man-eating plants.
“What are you doing?” asked the bartender. The man’s head was spinning — everyone’s heads were spinning. He needed to find that girl to keep her safe from the ever growing Venus flytraps. They’d begun to eat the other clubgoers.
“Don’t you see the massive Venus flytraps? I’m trying not to get eaten alive!” Luke screamed. The bartender just gave him a strange look.
That’s when the bartender’s eyeballs fell out.
“Lucy! Where are you Lucy Sky?” Luke shouted, urgency lining his voice. He got up from under the bar and ran towards the exit. “Lucy!” he tried again to no avail. Where was she?
In his haste, he tripped on a Venus flytrap’s leg, and it immediately turned its attention to him. The flower roared in anger and began to snap away, trying to eat him whole. It only made him run faster.
“Lucy Sky!” he yelled.
He ran faster and faster towards the door, until he bumped into something.
Or rather someone.
“Lucy!” he nearly cried when he saw her, safe and laughing.
“You’re high as the sky!” she exclaimed. “No. Higher than the sky!” Her kaleidoscope eyes were spinning. There were skies in her eyes, and within them, diamonds that shone too bright. Lucy Sky was utterly magnificent.
She was still laughing as Luke felt someone shake him, almost as if they were trying to wake him up. “Dude, are you alright? You were tripping hard as fuck last night. Next time, save some for the rest of us.” It was one of his friends who’d abandoned him earlier.
“Not now. We have to get out of here before —”
But the carnivorous plants were gone. The room had gone back to normal.
Actually, he wasn’t even in the club anymore. He was on his friend’s couch, a thick blanket covering him. “I didn’t want to leave you alone last night. I was worried you might do something irrational like accidentally get yourself killed.”
“Where’s Lucy?” Luke asked his friend.
“Who’s Lucy?” his friend replied.
“Lucy. Lucy Sky, the girl with the kaleidoscope eyes and the magical diamond pill,” he explained.
“Yeah, you were experiencing some weird ass hallucinations last night. She was probably one of them.”
Luke could still hear her laugh though, the laugh that would linger from now on wherever he went.

“Lucy, where are you?”

Okay well I hope you enjoyed that!!

Goodbye 2k17

Sunday, 31 December 2017
I can't believe I'm calling this post that. Jesus, I'm a mess.

Um I don't really know what to say except thank you to everyone who read my blog this year even though I'm the worst blogger and the most inconsistent blogger because sometimes I have no ideas and I'm super stressed. 

Love you all and I wish you guys a happy and healthy 2018!!

Halloween 2017

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017:

I've been having the worst day, and I totally forgot to blog. Whoops I am so sorry.

Anyway, it's the last Friday before Halloween and I think I should crank out one last Halloween post for the year, right?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017:

Lol so I decided to just post on Halloween instead.

Here are a couple last minute bookish costume ideas for you all!!

1) Katniss Everdeen

So all you have to do is put your hair in a braid, wear black, and you're Katniss. You're welcome.

2) Celaena Sardothien

So basically wear all black and carry around two fake swords or daggers and you're done. Easy, right?

3) Clary Fairchild

Literally just a leather jacket over any outfit + runes that you want to draw on.


Not book related, but wear a black dress, and pigtail braids and you're my personal icon, Wednesday Addams.

Wow. I just realized that 99% of popular YA characters dress the same. Why am I not surprised??

Happy Halloween, and stay safe out there tonight!