I read eight books this month. I can honestly say that I enjoyed each and every one. There was a lot of YA this month as I seem to be on a YA, Fantasy binge at the moment. I was also really happy to discover some fantastic new authors this month, especially T.J. Klune and Cale Dietrich, I fell in love with their books and can't wait to read more! Here they are, just click the name of the book to head over to the review for each one 😊
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas - I had mixed feelings about this book. From a fan of the series, particularly a fan of Feysand, it was a great little companion novel to the series. However, in terms of plot, it was somewhat lacking.
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian - I snagged an ARC of this from NetGalley and really enjoyed it. I loved the magic, the character development was interesting and I'm looking forward to continuing the series.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber - I re-read Caraval in preparation for the release of Legendary and was blown away. I've never re-read a book before and felt as though I was reading it for the first time.
The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune - I LOVED this book! It was probably my favourite book of the month. It was sassy, fun, sweet and a giant adventure, I need more books like this!
Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake - This was my first ever FairyLoot book - I loved the mixture of Norse and Celtic mythology even if I wasn't too keen on the romance element which is pretty unusual for me.
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich - Another book I loved this month. I spotted this book on Twitter and loved the sound of it. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint. An action and angst filled LGBT story that I adored.
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning - I was a little less sure of this book. The premise was interesting but I was a little unhappy with how things played out.
A Touch of Magic by Isabelle Adler - This book was loads of fun. A new ARC from NetGalley and a really fun m/m romance.
Have you read any of these? What did you think?
I'm currently reading Legendary by Stephanie Garber and Killing It by Asia Mackay, and I can't wait to see what other amazing books I discover in June.
I am utterly thrilled and, completely shocked to have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by the very generous Bridie - do go and check out her awesome book blog Bridie's Book Abyss.
As I haven't been in the blogger-verse for very long, I hadn't heard of this award before, so here's a little background info to help those of you who, like me, are a little new to all of this!
"It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion."
The rules for the award are as follows:
So, first things first, here are 3 things about me that you might not know:
Here are the 5 questions that Bridie asked me:
1. What book character do you relate to the most?
Is it too much of a cliche to say Hermione? I was always the kid at school with few friends, my head constantly buried in a book - and nothing much has changed. However, I also HUGELY related to Molly in The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. While reading this book I felt like I'd been transported back into my insecure, anxious teenage self, always on the outside and stumbling through my first real relationship.
2. What is your proudest achievement in life so far?
My daughter is, of course, my proudest achievement. She makes me laugh every single day. She's creative, imaginative, bright, confident, considerate, caring, brave and fearless and I love her more than absolutely anything in the world. Also, being a mum is hard.
3. If you were an Animagus, what would your chosen form be?
Probably a horse. My Chinese Zodiac sign is the horse, I've also always had quite long hair, and a deep fascination and awe of horses. I absolutely love Heartland, the TV show. Have you seen it?
4. What song is the theme song to your life?
I found this question really difficult. I tried to enlist the help of my partner who suggested Chunky by Bruno Mars (LOL *insert eye roll here*). I honestly can't decide on this, so I'm just going to say one of my favourite songs which is I'm on Top of the World by Imagine Dragons. This song instantly puts me in a good mood.
On another note, I was named after a song (Kayleigh by Marillion) but I'm not a fan....
5. (The Weird Question) What is a smell you love? And what is a smell you hate?
Sizzling bacon is amazing! However, I have a vehement hatred for chicken soup. Honestly, if you bring that anywhere near me, I will vomit. Or beans. *shudders*
My Best Post(s):
I'm finding this one a little difficult because I'm still so new to blogging, and I'm also British, so I have an inherent inability to be proud of myself. Therefore, I've taken inspiration from Bridie's post and chosen some of the posts that show you a little bit more about how I like to do things. Here goes:
Weekly Blog Memes - I absolutely love taking part in two weekly blog memes, #Friday56 and #TopTenTuesdays as it's a great way to meet and connect with other book bloggers - here's my #TopTenTuesday - Books with the Best Character Names
Book Box Unboxings - I recently subscribed to a few UK book boxes including Book Box Club, FairyLoot and Illumicrate and I LOVE sharing my unboxings - here's my latest FairyLoot unboxing.
LGBT Books - I can't get enough of books with amazing LGBT rep, and what I love even more is chatting with people about them like on my review of They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera!
Book Recommendations - Besides reviewing, I like to quickly recommend a bunch of books that I've loved and that I hope you will too, such as My Favourite LGBT Reads So Far!
Readathon - I recently took part in my first ever 24 hour readathon and had such an amazing time!
Everyone that I've met and chatted with since starting my book blog and #bookstagram accounts have been truly amazing. I've never before experienced a group of people who are so welcoming and kind, so thank you again!
Here are my nominees for the Mystery Blogger Award:
Read It and Weep Girls
Jess Hearts Books
A Kernel of Nonsense
There's Something About KM
A Cat, A Book and A Cup of Tea
Flipping Through The Pages
Insert Bookish Title
There is absolutely no pressure to take part in this if you don't fancy it or if you've already been nominated. It's just something fun and my way of saying thanks for keeping me entertained with your fantastic posts, tweets and #bookstagram photos!
If you would like to take part, here are my five questions:
Please, please, please tag me in your posts as I'd love to know your answers!
Huge thanks again to Bridie for the nomination! I've had so much fun writing this post!
Rating: 3.5 STARS
Genre: M/M Fantasy Romance
Standalone/Series: Fae-Touched #1
How I got this book: ARC from NineStar Press, LLC via NetGalley
After returning to the straight and narrow, Cary Westfield hopes to rebuild his life as a stage magician. Only thing is, the success of his new show is entirely dependent on a strange medallion inherited from his late grandfather—an amulet that holds a rare and inexplicable power to captivate the wearer’s audience.
Ty prides himself on his ability to obtain any item of magical significance—for the right price. When a mysterious client hires him to steal a magical amulet from a neophyte illusionist, he’s sure it will be a quick and easy job, earning him a nice chunk of cash.
As it turns out, nothing is sure when greed and powerful magic are at play. When a mob boss with far-reaching aspirations beats Ty to the snatch, Cary and Ty form an unlikely partnership to get the amulet back. The unexpected spark of attraction between them is a welcome perk, but each man has his own plan for the prize.
All bets are off, however, when it is revealed the magical amulet holds a darker secret than either of them had bargained for.
If you’re looking for a sweet, fun m/m romance packed to the brim with magical artefacts, powerful sorcerers, a sorceress, mob bosses, thrills, danger, a daring heist, sleight of hand, and a hot and heavy romance, this is the book for you!
From the very first chapter, this book is packed full of action and chemistry.
Cary (I’m not too sure how to pronounce this so I went for Gary, with a C) – is an amateur illusionist whose popularity is spiking faster than it should which draws the attention of some rather unsavoury characters, and Ty, a very particular thief, specialising in magical objects.
After a rocky start to their relationship, involving a robbery at gunpoint, Ty and Cary’s relationship comes together really quickly (erm, no pun intended).
The romance/attraction did feel a little rushed at the beginning but as the story progressed it got decidedly better and felt much more natural. I think I swooned a little each time Ty said, ‘Baby.’ 😍
I really liked the magical element of the story and the supporting characters. There’s plenty of action and suspense that really help to keep the plot moving at a steady pace and I really enjoyed the light-hearted humour sprinkled throughout.
It was also a relatively short read which I read over two, 2-hour sessions.
Overall, I really enjoyed this sweet, action-packed story and I’m looking forward to the next in the series, which I hope answers some questions I still have.
Hi all, welcome back for this week's #TopTenTuesday!
The #TopTenTuesday meme is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl and this week's theme is 'bookish worlds I'd want to/never want to live in.'
I decided to split this into two halves, so first up are 5 bookish worlds I'd want to live in!
I would love to explore the world of Throne of Glass...fingers crossed I could get my own wyvern!!
Now it's time for 5 bookish worlds I would NOT want to live in!
Truth time, I am terrified of flying, and the thought of jetting off into space really freaks me out, so no. I wouldn't be jumping aboard this ship...
That's it until next week folks!
Don't forget to leave your links in the comments so I can check out your choices!
Rating: 3 STARS
How I got this book: ARC from HarperCollins UK, Children's via NetGalley
Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.
A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.
The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.
I spotted this book on NetGalley and was drawn to it for two reasons:
1.) The cover is gorgeous! It's a little superficial to judge a book by its cover, I know (yet we all do it!), but it really drew me in. I loved the creepy, mysterious vibe to it and had high hopes for a dark story.
2.) From the synopsis, it's obvious that this story is connected to The Little Mermaid and I've really enjoyed a lot of the fairytale retellings that have been released year!
On that note, as you can probably gather from the cover and the synopsis, this story isn't so much a retelling as an Ursula origin story, which I was more than on-board with! I love a good villain story!
My thoughts on this book are a little mixed, so please bear with me as I'm still processing!
The opening chapter was interesting but a little confusing and I wasn't entirely sure I'd be able to get into this book. However, I soon found myself flying through chapters, the pace really picked up and I became heavily invested and intrigued to find out what would happen next.
It was definitely an interesting start to the story. I was invested in the characters, most particularly Evie, her story of hardship and life as an outcast made her character much stronger.
I also really liked Tante Hansa and Annemette; the latter really comes into her own as we near the end of the book and Tante Hansa's no-nonsense approach to life made me an instant fan of hers, especially with this particular quote,
"Don't grant all the prince's requests, darling girl. Men are always asking for more than they should."
Sadly, I wasn't too keen on the other characters. Iker was predictable from the start and Evie's obsession with him never made sense to me.
Nik is a marginally better character but the 'romance' aspect of this book really threw me off. It felt a bit messy and wishy-washy in places, leading up to a 'surprise' reveal at the end that was quite strange and didn't really make sense to me.
Sadly, just over halfway through the book, whilst I didn't at all lose interest or get bored, I did become more and more frustrated with Evie. She's so naive and at times almost oblivious to what's immediately in front of her and I just found some of the storyline a bit repetitive as she goes back and forth over how she's treated by everyone, her attraction to Iker, and her guilt.
I did push past this and kept reading, which I'm really glad I did because things got decidedly better when a certain 'truth' is finally revealed, which does take the story to a much darker place, and I did enjoy this a lot more.
The epilogue was probably my favourite chapter, although I ultimately felt sad that what I'd hoped at the beginning would be an empowering female novel, ended on a bit of a sour note for me.
Overall, whilst I did enjoy the premise of the story and the backstory it provided, I just felt that the main character lacked a little punch.
Recommended for fans of To Kill A Kingdom, The Language of Thorns and fairytale retellings in general.
A quick note before I dig into the un-boxing, there's a slight problem with my blog today that's preventing some of you from adding comments. I've contacted Weebly, who host the blog, and fingers crossed they'll have this fixed soon.
In the meantime, feel free to leave comments on my Twitter and Instagram! You can do this for the giveaway also and they will count as your blog entries!
Anyway, onto more exciting news, my FairyLoot May box arrived late last night. I completely wasn't expecting it to arrive until today at the earliest, so I ditched my other half (sorry Jess!) and our plans to watch Westworld to go and take the photos for this unboxing!
This month, the theme is 'Save the Kingdom' and here's what FairyLoot told us about this box when ordering:
🏰 This box is inspired by stories that involve saving the kingdom (all in a day’s work, right?). You’ll find stunning items inspired by An Ember in the Ashes, The Winners Trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles and Throne of Glass.
🏰 The book we are featuring is a fantastic new release where the main character is a traitor with secret magic powers and has to save the kingdom. It’s the perfect blend of magic, romance and epic fantasy - we cannot wait for you to read it! It will come with a signed bookplate, a letter from the author and other goodies.
🏰 We are so thrilled to reveal that the copy we will be featuring in this box is a FairyLoot exclusive and will have special SPRAYED PAGES! This means that the pages will have a special colour (like the hardcover copy of Six of Crows and our special edition copy of Strange The Dreamer). It is seriously stunning and we are so excited for you to see it!
🏰 We are working with a variety of artists and creators this month and they have created some truly fantastic items for you guys. For now, all we are going to say is this box will have an exclusive BOOK SLEEVE! We love using book sleeves because they keep books in perfect condition, and the design on this book sleeve is divine! Stay tuned for more reveals on our social media platforms.
First impressions: Have I mentioned how gorgeous the FairyLoot boxes themselves are? They're perfect for taking unboxing photos, as there's no nasty label on the top and everything always arrives gorgeously packaged. The box arrived quickly via My Hermes, just a day after receiving my tracking number.
As always, let's start with the book!
It's another chunky (512 page) YA, fantasy hardback this month, Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett. It's the first in a series and the book is stunning. If you peel back the dust cover, the book beneath is a stunning white with black sprayed pages (I've included another pic below so that you can fully appreciate this book) which is a FairyLoot exclusive! The standard edition of this book won't feature sprayed pages, which makes it feel even more special.
This book was packaged in the customary FairyLoot bag, which I absolutely love - they're so cute and make opening the box an even bigger reveal. The book came with a signed bookplate from the author, a sticker and a gorgeous print of the two main characters from the book by Emily Haynes, which doubles as a cute introductory letter from the author.
Alongside this, is this month's issue of Fairy Scoop, a FairyLoot exclusive interview with the author.
I'm a little surprised that I haven't actually heard of this book before but it sounds intriguing and I've added it to my TBR. If you want to do the same, just click the photo above to visit Goodreads.
Up next, we have the exclusive FairyLoot book sleeve that was hinted at in the description for this month's box alongside a useful reading item inspired by Throne of Glass.
The book sleeve was created by Reverie & Ink (sadly, I couldn't find the link to the creator for this item) and features a quote from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (yet another book series I need to read!)
I've never had a book sleeve before so I really didn't know what to expect, it's actually a lot bigger than I imagined it would be, possibly that's to accommodate this month's book, as it would bury some of my smaller books. It's a nice design though and well padded, so I'll definitely be trying it out!
I've also never used page flags before. These were designed by Fictiontea Designs and are really cute - I love the wyrdmarks! I'm interested to see if these will help with my book reviews. I currently write down my notes and pages for quotes in a separate notebook, but these might make things a little easier on that front, especially if they don't damage the page.
Next up is a selection of smaller bookish items from the box including:
Finally, this box also included a few additional bookish items.
I love the gorgeous prints by Tara Spruit that come in each FairyLoot box, I've made a cute little space above my desk where all of my prints are hanging on display, and the matching bookmark, which I've made a habit of leaving inside the particular month's book.
In this box there's also a Smoke in the Sun bookmark and a really cool little Legendary tarot card! I can't wait for Legendary to come out next week and this is probably going to act as my bookmark.
Which is your favourite item from this month's FairyLoot box?
One thing I truly love about these book boxes is how many books I end up adding to my TBR at the end of the unboxing lol it's never just the featured book, but also a range of other books that the items were inspired by. My current TBR is 928 books - what's yours?
Right, I'm off to read (sadly, this isn't true, I've got to work instead 😩)!
On a parting note, you can view a slideshow of all the photos from this unboxing below. Also, don't forget that you have until midnight tonight to enter my International Book Giveaway and stay tuned for my review of Sea Witch by Sarah Henning coming soon!
Happy Friday! I hope you have plans for a bookish weekend!
I'm just glad that tomorrow I have the day off work, I'm exhausted! 😴😴😴
Thanks for coming back for this week's Friday 56. I have so much fun doing these!!
The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. There are only 4 rules:
The book that I've chosen for today is The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton which came in my May Book Box Club! The cover is stunning, the stars and gold foiling are just too pretty, and the story sounds fantastic! This book is huge and I can't wait to dig in!
Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.
The king's three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm's only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.
Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.
This is the quote I've chosen from page 56:
She died at dawn on her first daughter's sixteenth birthday, twelve years ago this winter.
I literally chose the first line from the page, trying to divert my eyes from anything else as I'm really looking forward to reading this and don't want to spoil anything.
I feel like it's quite a good quote though. Sad with a tinge of mystery. I have so many questions now...
Are you intrigued? Would you keep reading?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and feel free to leave the link to your Friday 56 post 😊
After the epic fail where I forgot to post last week, I'm doing my best to get things back on track!
The #TopTenTuesday meme is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl and this week's theme is 'best character names'.
I found this week's theme pretty tough, because, to quote the bard, 'What's in a name?'
How do you decide which name is better than another? So, I'm putting my own spin on this and picking ten names of characters I loved or who's names I found particularly interesting. Here goes:
Mateo - They Both Die at the End - I absolutely love how sweet and pure Mateo is. He's the epitome of pure of heart. I also love the sound of his name!
Monty - The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - I can't tell you how much I love Monty's narration and his inner monologue, but I can certainly try. He's witty, roguish, self-deprecating and at times, down-right hilarious but he's also one of the sweetest characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading. As an aside, the audio book, which is read by Christian Coulson (a.k.a TOM RIDDLE!!) is one of the best audio books I've ever heard. I usually have trouble listening to audio books but this narration is amazing!
Manon - Throne of Glass Series - I absolutely LOVE Manon. She is my favourite character in this series so far (tied with Abraxos). She's ferocious, wicked and bloodthirsty, with an inner softness I can't help but be drawn to.
Jesper - Six of Crows - I love all of the characters in Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom, but Jesper is one of my absolute favourites. He's quick with his words, his guns and his feelings, and he really made these books extra special for me.
Lira - To Kill A Kingdom - Lira is fantastic!! I have to admit that I was never a huge fan of The Little Mermaid growing up, and I'm still not. I found Arial and Eric to be a pretty boring couple and hated that Ariel was willing to give up her entire life for a man. So, I can only praise the ground that Alexandra Christo walks on for giving me a Little Mermaid retelling that completely eradicates everything I hated about the Disney fairytale. These 'mermaids' are bloodthirsty, vicious and cunning. Prince Elian is brave, loyal and NOT THE HERO OF THE STORY! I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Roran - Eragon - Roran is my favourite character in this amazing series, yes, even besides the dragons. He's amazing and incredibly understated. He's one of the very few humans in this series and he's completely badass. He quickly comes into his own, thrives in the face of danger and is so completely loyal to his family that I can't help but love him.
Reichis - Spellslinger - I could not make a list of my favourite character names without including my little blood thirsty, squirrel cat. I adore Reichis. He's a loyal friend, a brawler and he won't say no to a relaxing bath and a tray of of butter biscuits. In fact, I think he'd take your eyeballs for it.
Ferius - Spellslinger - Ferius is amazing. I love her name, her spirit, her devotion. She's fierce, wise and caring and I can't wait to see more of her as this series continues.
Hermione - Harry Potter - Probably one of my first feminist heroes, how could I not include Hermione on this list? I related to her so much growing up that I wanted to be her! She is, and always will be, one of my favourite female characters because, let's face it, without Hermione, Harry and Ron would never have defeated Voldemort.
Minerva - Harry Potter - Like Hermione, I love how strong and intelligent Professor McGonagall is. I love that she takes part in the battle, that she guides our three heroes whilst remaining fierce, and yet she also has moments of pure tenderness that break your heart. She really is the perfect teacher.
There you have it, my #TopTenTuesday character names. Who would you choose?
Don't forget to share the link to your post in the comments below!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
To everyone who's followed me on Instagram and Twitter, and to those of you who've been reading my blog.
I only started my blog and my bookstagram account recently and the response from the reading and book blogger community has been amazing. Everyone is so nice and welcoming and I really wish that I could get paid for doing this because I love it so much!!
Anyway, as promised, as a thank you for helping me to reach 500 Twitter followers and 200 Instagram followers, and to celebrate that my blog has been up and running now for almost two months, I'm hosting an international book giveaway.
The giveaway is open to anyone, as long as Book Depository ships to your country, and I'm giving away up to £10 worth of books of your choice.
Here's how to enter:
Entries are open until 12:00am Saturday 26th May! Good luck!
Rating: 4 STARS
How I got this book: Bought
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
This book is a prime example of why, whilst I absolutely love reading (spoiler-free) book reviews, I don’t allow them to completely dictate my reading choices.
It’s also why, whilst I love writing book reviews (so much so that I decided to start this blog), I will never write a review for a book that I didn’t connect with or enjoy because I firmly believe that each and every person gets something different from reading a book and that no two people will have exactly the same experience when reading the same book.
I came across The Love Interest on Twitter and was completely intrigued by the synopsis, an LGBT Spy YA novel!! When I went to add it to my TBR on Goodreads, I noticed a couple of not so positive reviews of the book, and whilst I respect the opinions of those readers, I enjoy forming my own opinions, especially since the book already had me excited from the synopsis alone, and I’m really glad that I did!
The Love Interest is fantastic! I think the concept is original and fantastic, it gave me sort of sci-fi vibes too which was really interesting.
The characters are likeable and somehow relatable even despite their unusual circumstances. I loved Caden and Dyl so much!! Every interaction made me smile and swoon just a little bit more.
I think the author does a fantastic job in providing a fantastical plot that’s filled with relatable characters who you can’t help but care about whilst also featuring a really strong LGBT message, as well as being a strong advocate for self-acceptance.
"I didn't exist to teach her a lesson, and it irks me that she thinks labelling me is okay now. Like, by liking guys I automatically take on that role in her life. That I'm suddenly a supporting character in her story rather than the hero of my own."
I was asked in another post if this story features a love triangle, and without giving too much away, whilst it does feature certain elements of a love triangle, it certainly doesn’t follow the usual stereotypes.
The pace is great, I never once found myself drifting off or getting bored, I was fully invested in the story from the very beginning. The characters are compelling, the ‘antagonists’ are menacing and, in some cases, downright creepy!
The slow burn romance was perfection, it was so sweet (even with the slight confusion towards the end) and features probably my favourite romance trope of all time! It was light-hearted, sweet and so much fun to read.
There were a couple of plot points I was unsure of and have a few questions about, like, why Dyl lied, and why the LIC feel the need to incinerate EVERYONE, but it was nothing major and certainly didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.
Overall, I’d highly recommend this fast-paced, action-packed, diverse YA to anyone looking for a new take on the traditional ‘spy’ storyline. It actually reminded me a little bit of the film ‘This Means War’ (if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it) but with more creepy robots, cool inventions and teenage angst.
Oh, before I forget, I also wanted to go on a weird tangent and talk about the book itself, as in the physical paperback. This book has a really stunning cover, and it feels so weird!! Most books are glossy and smooth, but this book is sort of rough, which I absolutely love for some reason! It really stands out!
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