Mini Review: Crown of Midnight (TOG #2) – Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

17670709Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

This book gave me a serious book hangover… it was just phenomenal. Everything that had been set up in book #1 (read my mini review here) was continued effortlessly, and both character and plot developed immensely.

Certain “developments” had me giddy with excitement, but then, without warning, BAM. All of my dreams were crushed, I sobbed and then the book ended, leaving me with a deep dark hole in my heart… so much so, that when I tried to read book 3, I couldn’t bring myself to accept the changes. I had to put it down for a while, but I’ll get into that more in my Heir of Fire review next time.

Overall, I have to say, so far this is my favourite book in the series. It’s not too long, yet there is so much action and drama packed into it. I loved it. One of my favourite reads of 2016.

View Crown of Midnight on Goodreads.

Liebster Award

Thank you to DeerTales for nominating me for the Liebster Award. This is a great way to meet new bloggers and learn a little bit more about each other.


  1. Acknowledge the person who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you.
  3. Give eleven random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs who you think deserve it. (11 is such a random number, and I’m pretty sure practically everyone has already done this!)
  5. Let the bloggers know you’ve nominated them.
  6. Give your eleven questions to the nominees.

11 Random Facts About Me:

I work at Waterstones, so I’m surrounded by books all day every day – yippee!

I haven’t been on holiday since I was 13. That was nearly 10 years ago… Lord I need one now…

I put my Christmas tree up mid November because I love Christmas more than Buddy the Elf!

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I’m obsessed with candles and mugs. I can’t get enough of them.

I moved to London by myself for Drama School 3 years ago. Now I’m finished and plan on staying here for the foreseeable future.

I spend hours a day looking at puppies on the internet because I want one so badly 😍

I love glitter. It’s a valid fact about me.

I’m taking part in #TBTBSanta this year, because I love the feeling of giving something to someone and wrapping presents is fun!

I suffer with anxiety, so I’m pushing myself to do more things every day to try and overcome the fear ❤️

I’m probably one of the most stubborn and determined people you’ll meet.

Writing this list was probably one of the most challenging things I’ve done this week so far…

Here are the questions I was asked:

1. Favorite book of 2016 so far?

Well, it wasn’t published in 2016, but it’s the bet I’ve read this year and may possibly be my favourite series now; Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

2. Who is your ULTIMATE book OTP?  You can only pick one!

Chaol and Celaena. Boy, that broke me…

3. Favorite candle scent concoction?  Bookish or not, doesn’t matter.

Pink Dragonfruit Yankee Candle. It is just absolutely divine.

4. Marvel or DC?  Who is your favorite superhero?

Ummm… I’m not going to lie, I don’t really know much about superheroes, and I couldn’t tell you which are Marvel or DC… Maybe I need educating?! But I did see Ant Man at the cinema earlier this year and that was pretty cool. I think that’s Marvel, right?

5. Is there a word that you just always misspell?

It’s a disgusting word… But diarrhoea (SORRY) I can just never spell it. Not that I need to in reference to myself, just when I’ve come across the word… Oh never mind, I’ll go crawl into hole… It was the first one I could think of, I’m pretty good at spelling!

6. Describe your version of the perfect day.  (Can be a holiday if you like!)

Get up. Have a coffee (vanilla latte is preferred), don’t get dressed, watch Netflix and read books with snacks. Go to sleep. I couldnt do this everyday because I get antsy if I do nothing for too long, but every once in a while, this is exactly what I need! If I were on holiday it would be getting up and spending the day in and out of the pool in the sunshine❤️

7. Do you have any pets?  TELL ME ABOUT THEM.

In my flat in London, I don’t (although I really want a little dog, but just can’t have one 😰) I do however have a lazy ginger cat called Tigger (original, I know) and a black Lab cross Staffie, cross Border Collie called Poppy at my family home back in Yorkshire.

8. What would be your death row meal?  (sorry for the morbidness, but this is important and I am judging you)

A massive Roast Chicken dinner with Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Puddings and stuffing… 😱😍

9. Scary movies or nah?

Nah. Mostly, I don’t find them scary, and the acting is usually so terrible I can’t stick to watch more than half an hour, so it doesn’t even get to the scary bit.

10. You get a free ticket to go anywhere in the world, where are you headed and why?!

Italy, because FOOD. I love Italian food more than anything, and also it just looks beautiful over there!

11. Coffee or tea?  Can you show me your favorite mug?!

I would have used to say tea even though I don’t drink it often, because I didn’t like coffee at all. Now, however, a nice vanilla latte is my jam.

My favourite mug as of recently, is the one that came in November’s Fairy Loot. It says “Queen of Books” and I love it because I am.

Bloggers I’m nominating:

(Apologies if you’ve already done the tag, but feel free to answer the questions anyway because it’s fun and I’m nosey…)

Eva @ BrilliantlyBookish

Kirsty @ KirstyReadsBlog

Lauren @ WonderlessReviews

Melissa @ BookNerdMomo

Lu @ GirlWhoReads

Your 11 questions are:

  1. Book you wish had never been written?
  2. One character you wish was your best friend?
  3. If you could pick one place in the world to spend the rest of your life, where would it be?
  4. What one item would you save from a fire?
  5. One thing you’re obsessed with and just can’t get enough of? It might be something you collect, like candles or mugs.
  6. Favourite book you read this year?
  7. Most anticipated release of next year?
  8. If you could recommend one book to anyone, what would it be and why?
  9. Summer or Winter?
  10. An author you wish would write more?
  11. Favourite part of Christmas? Because I’m excited already…

Make sure to link your responses below so I can check out your answers. Oh, and even if I didn’t tag you, you can still join in too!

Mini Review: Throne of Glass (TOG #1) – Sarah J. Maas

This is the first instalment in the Throne of Glass series. In total, there are currently five books, with a 6th yet to be released as the finale, and a companion book of prequel stories.

With this being a pretty long series, I thought it best just to do a brief review of each book, rather that go into depth, and then do a full review of the series once I’ve finished every book, simply because I feel that each book affects each other, particularly in the middle of series’, so it wouldn’t make much sense to review them on an individual basis.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: 13519397

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

What a start to a series this was. I’m totally hooked! The protagonist, Celaena, is a fierce female assassin who just completely wins at being totally awesome. Aside from the killing part, I want to be her (and in most ways I totally relate to her. Is she my spirit animal? Quite possibly…) Her character traits are written in so brilliantly and her personality is so three dimensional; you can just picture her little quirks perfectly.

Chaol, the King’s guard, is my new book crush. Sexy. Very, very, sexy. On paper anyway. If someone could bring him to life that would be great. I like Dorian too, but he just seems not my type. I’m going off on a tangent here. The book, talk about the book…

Yeah, it’s great. A fabulous start to a series that I know I’m going to love, and is quickly becoming my favourite. If you like semi-historic fantasy with assassins, bad-ass females, magic, demons and sexy men… This book is sooooo for you! If you haven’t read it yet, what on earth are you waiting for?! Get it! NOW!

View Throne of Glass on Goodreads.

Review: Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

18692431Synopsis:  My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog – sorry everyone! I’ve been going through some personal struggles recently, so I thought it was best for my bookstagram and blog to take a back seat whilst I got myself back up and running.

It’s also been a while since I read this book… But it was really great so I still wanted to do a review, so that if you haven’t read it, there’s another recommendation for you to read and tell you exactly why you SHOULD read it!

Firstly, let me just say: a mixed race, female lead character – POWER! In light of this recent *ahem* political twists, it’s never been more important to get those voices out there. It’s also great that her life is far from perfect, but she defies the odds, finds her strength and kicks ass, despite the consequences it may have, because she’s fighting for her happiness and independence. Glorious.

The writing for me, wasn’t seamless, but still flowed beautifully. I absolutely flew through it. Time wise it only took me a couple of days, and that was with only a couple of hours reading time available. Had I have had the opportunity, I think I would have devoured it in one sitting.

The romance was beautiful. I have some issues with the whole “love-at-first-sight” concept, and teenagers declaring that they’re in love with someone they talk to online, but in this case it really didn’t bother me that much. In fact, when things got difficult for them I found myself sobbing just a bit… Shameful.

Now, there’s one thing I really dislike about contemporary novels, and that is their abrupt endings. This has that… I just wanted MORE, I mean, why did it just end there? But I guess that just goes to show that I really did love what was written.

If you want a quick, action packed, romance with diversity, twists and turns and lots of household drama, then I urge you to pick up this book.

I can’t wait to get my copy of The Sun is Also a Star – I have very high expectations Ms Yoon! ❤️

Read it? Let me know your thoughts below.

View Everything, Everything on Goodreads