2018, A Year In Review

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For me personally, 2018 has been a pretty rough year. I lost my crappy job (which was a bonus in a way), then got myself a new job, but also fell out with family. There was very little good in 2018 for me, so I’m looking forward to a new year and a better year.

In terms of reading, I’ve had the highest number of reading slumps ever, and thus read the least amount of books I ever have throughout the 6 years blogging. It totaled 48 books in total, but this included a large volume of graphic novels.

For my blog, well, this is actually one thing I’m proud of. I’ve had WordPress for years, but this year I really devoted all my time and energy to focus on this platform than any other. I hit over 500 followers and saw my Twitter followers rise to over 2,000, and this feels like such a huge win for such a crappy year. I’ve written blog posts I’ve actually liked, reviews I’m not ashamed to read back on because they’re actually decently written, and also started receiving more physical ARCs and making more connections with publishers.

2018 might have been a crappy year personally and for reading, but for my blog? I’ve had the best year ever. This blog post is purely to look back on the last year, highlighting some of my favourite books and reviews, blog posts, and anything of interest I stumble upon.


FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2018

We have read so many fantastic books this year. A lot of have been five star reads for us, and so here’s just a quick list of books that, if you haven’t already, you should check out in 2019.

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FAVOURITE BLOG POSTS I’VE WRITTEN


MY ATTEMPT AT NANOWRIMO

Short version? I failed, miserably. Long version? Well I did a post here, if you wanna give it a read.


So that’s it! Wishing you all the best in 2019…

Waiting on Wednesday (16/01/2019)

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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A feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears. This fresh, new debut is a mind-bending novel unlike anything you’ve read before.

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.


Publisher: Delacorte Press| Release Date: June 9th, 2019  | Goodreads

This is probably one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve seen and I get all ARGHDFJKGDF when I think about this book.

The Disasters by M. K. England

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The Disasters

by M. K. England

my rating: ★★★☆☆ |  published december 18th  |  book depository

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

The Disasters follows four teen washouts from Ellis Station Academy, an elite school for all things space. Nax, our protagonist, is a pilot, and a damn good one at that, but he’s also a bit of a troublemaker. When Nax and the other teens find themselves barely escaping a terrorist attack at the Academy, they become the sole witnesses the biggest crime in the history of space colonization, and also the perfect suspects. On the run, it’s up to these four teens to spread the truth about what happened and save the galaxy. Continue reading “The Disasters by M. K. England”

Waiting on Wednesday (09/01/2019)

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Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Here we shall begin to tell a story: a tale of a throne lost, of monsters and magic. A tale of gods and of the shadow realm. But this, our story, it begins in our world, in the land of mortals.

It begins with a woman. For this story, it is her story. It begins with her. 

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty, small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it–and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan God of Death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey, from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City–and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.


Publisher: Del Rey| Release Date: August  6th, 2019  | Goodreads

That cover! That synopsis! Who else is excited!?

This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow

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This Is What It Feels Like

by Rebecca Barrow

my rating: ★★★★☆ | published november 6th |  book depository

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes. 

This Is What It Feels Like follows a trio of girls – Dia, Jules, and Hanna – who were in a band when their friendship fell apart. This year, the prize for the Sun City Original contest is fifteen grand. But Dia knows that without a band she hasn’t got a shot at winning the contest, and there hasn’t been a band since Hanna’s alcoholism took over her life, and Dia and Jules found themselves no longer part of it, and thus, the band. And now there’s a baby, a stint in rehab, and a failed relationship, and no contest can undo the disruption to their trio. But the girls find themselves facing old memories and passions, and in order to win the contest they need to put the past behind them and find peace with the girls they were, and the girls they are finally letting themselves be. Continue reading “This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow”

Waiting on Wednesday (02/01/2019)

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Blood Heir (Blood Heir #1) by Amélie Wen Zhao

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The Cyrilian Empire: a glittering white sprawl of frozen tundras and ancient, snow-capped forests, where ice spirits roam beneath the flickering northern lights, and where slavers hunt Affinites — those born with powers to manipulate elements.

Born with an horrifying Affinity to blood, Anastacya Mikhailov has never believed herself to be anything more than a monster. Her curse rings true when an accident in the dead of the night results in the death of her father, the Emperor of Cyrilia — and she is sentenced for his murder.

But Ana knows what she saw that night: the scent of poison in Papa’s blood, and the face of a murderer vanishing into the dark.

Alone, hunted, and on the run, Ana makes a bargain with Ramson Quicktongue, a handsome yet dangerous underground crime lord: help her find the true murderer and clear her name in exchange for her alliance.

When Ana’s search lands her in the lair of the most powerful slave trader in the Empire, she uncovers a horrifying truth. A new monarch stands poised to lead the empire to a path of hatred and divisiveness, and Ana must stop her before Cyrilia falls to darkness. But first, she must come to terms with the monster she thinks she is and the heir she was destined to be.


Publisher: Delacorte Press| Release Date: June 4th, 2019  | Goodreads

Anastasia is one of my most favourite animated movies, and this is a retelling so OF COURSE, this is on my radar!

Waiting on Wednesday (26/12/2018)

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

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With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.


Publisher: HarperTeen | Release Date: May 7th, 2019

I adored Elizabeth Acevedo’s book THE POET X, and I am so excited about this. All the more excited, too, because the cover is sooooooooo beautiful!

My Favourite Books With The Enemies-To-Lovers Trope

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I’m most definitely not alone in this, but I absolutely ADORE the enemies-to-lovers trope, and it is pretty much my favourite trope ever — I also love friends-to-lovers and fake dating. I’ve put together just a small list of some of my absolute favourite books that feature enemies-to-lovers:4c1e76f122d0059e480e4c157f0416dfff00 Continue reading “My Favourite Books With The Enemies-To-Lovers Trope”

Waiting on Wednesday (19/12/2018)

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The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos

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Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of them comes of age, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies—a destiny as inescapable as it is inevitable. Ruby is no exception, and neither is her mother, although she ran from her fate years ago, abandoning Ruby and her sisters. It’s a fool’s errand because they all know the truth: there is no escaping one’s Time.

Until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away, and, for the first time, a Chernyavsky’s death does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she’d be allowed to hope for—life, love, time—seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cece begin to dig into the family’s history to find out whether they, too, can change their fates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope.

From Lambda Literary Award–winning author Rebecca Podos comes a lush, dark, and unforgettable contemporary fantasy—a story of the power of the past to shape our futures, and the courage it takes to change them.


Publisher: Balzer + Bray | Release Date: May 28th, 2019

I adored LIKE WATER, Rebecca Podos’ previous book, and I am a sucker for magical realism so here we go!