The Last Magician

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
500 Pages
My Rating – 5* – 5*

Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past. ‘

“The only rule that counted was to not get caught.” 

This book really surprised me.

I’m not sure what I expected when opening this book but I was incredibly surprised by just how much I ended up enjoying this book, I think if you are a fan of the six of crows you may end up liking this book. I think I have found one of my favourite reads of 2017, I was just blown away by how much I liked this book.

This is my first book by Lisa Maxwell and I can assure you that it won’t be my last. Yes, this book was a slow burn but I was hooked into the story pretty quickly, it got to a point where I didn’t want to put this book down when I eventually found time to sit and read this.

It’s full of badass character, manipulation, magic, betrayal and on top of those exciting things it also happens to have an amazing plot full of twists, a wonderful writing style and some of the best character’s I’ve read in a fantasy book for a while.


“But then, liars do make the best magicians, and he happened to be exceptional.” 

Esta is our main character and she is amazing, I found her cunning and sarcastic, brave and kind. SO stubborn but I found her easily relatable and I was rooting for her all throughout this book for things to go okay for her.

I also love Harte our magician, he was so sneaky and I just loved him – the banter between him and Esta was also hilarious and I loved anything that they ended up together.

There is also a big twist at the end which I won’t get into but I didn’t see it coming what so ever, I was blown away from it actually and that’s what I think makes a good book if the plot twist can make you do that.

The magic side of it was okay but it was mostly the characters that made me want to carry on this book, I wanted to know what was happening to each and every one of them.

I believe this is a standalone but I hope it isn’t because that ending had me wanting, no needing to know more!! I highly recommend this to anyone, especially those who have been hesitant on picking it up! 😀

Thank you to angelica @ the book cover girls for buddy reading this with me ❤️
If you haven’t already checked out her blog you really should as it’s amazing and she is so lovely! 😀


Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling
First book in the Harry Potter Series
320 Pages.
My Rating – 5* – 5*
‘Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.’

How can I even begin to write a review for a magical book that means so much to me?…

So I’m not going to.

All I want to say it bravo J.K. Rowling for creating a book that means so much to thousands of people, myself included. I remember my sister getting these books and letting me borrow them as soon as she had finished – these books are what got me into reading.

20 years down the line and a re-read that I thoroughly enjoyed, I think this is going to be one of those books that I will never get tired of picking up for as long as I live.

I just don’t know what to say other than this book is simply amazing and Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger will always have a special place in my heart.

“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves it’s own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.” 



The Goodreads Book Tag

Another tag!
What can I say, I really enjoy doing them 🙂

I haven’t been tagged to do this, it was one I saw that I liked the look of – and i’m goodreads obsessed so Y’NO! Couldn’t resists!

1.) what was the last book you marked as “read”?

Wonder by R.J Palacio, I gave it 5 stars – it was such a beautiful heartwarming book and I highly recommend it to everyone!

2.) what was the last book you marked as “tbr”?

The Duet by R.S Grey. I have never read a book by her before and i’ve been looking for some more NA to read and I was recommend any books by R.S Grey so I thought i’d give it a go 🙂

3.) what book do you plan to read next?

I’ll give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson – i’ve had this on my bookcase since 2015, it’s one of the books i’ve had the longest and I think it’s time I read it!!

4.) do you use the star rating system?
I do, my only pet peeve which this is there is no half star option, come on goodreads in 2017 what you waiting for?

5.) are you doing the 2017 reading challenge?


6.) do you have a wishlist?

Maybe, Sorta?
I mean I add book to my tbr that I want to read so I guess that’s a wishlist?





7.) which book do you plan on buying next?

I plan on buying three, treat myself you know.
(even tho i’m on a book buying ban)
I plan to buy We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson, An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson and Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling.

8.) do you have any favorite quotes?
Not reaaaallllyyy, I mean if I find one I like in a book i’  ll use it in my review.
Most of my favourite quotes are from Harry Potter anyway.

9.) who are your favorite authors?

John Green, Sarah J Mass, Leigh Bardugo, V.E Schwab, Kasie West – I think they are my top ones, and the ones I have read the most from 🙂

10.) have you joined any groups?

Nope, they aren’t really my thing 🙁

If you liked this tag and want to do it, consider yourself tagged! 😀





Wonder by R.J.Palacio
316 Pages
My Rating – 5*-5*
I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?’

 This book was wonderful…

The fact that this book is so wonderful is why I’m finding it so hard to review, this book is for sure a must read and I really think everyone should pick this up at least once to read, regardless of your age.

I feel like August is a very relatable character, because at one point in our life I’m sure we have all had that feeling of not being accepted – we may feel that feeling once or twice but August felt it every practically every day and it’s heart-breaking.

One of the interesting things about this book is that it shifts perspective, not only do we have it from Auggie’s POV but we have it from his sister, his best friends Jack and Summer, his sister’s boyfriend and his sister’s ex best friend and it was refreshing to see August’s life but from someone else’s perspective and how knowing him has changed their lives.

I have no idea what to write about this book, other than the fact is was a beautiful reminder to be kind to others and I highly recommend it to everyone.

If you haven’t picked this up, please do so.

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.
The first book in The Witchlands series.
My Rating – 4.5*-5*
In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch. ‘

“It wasn’t freedom she wanted. It was belief in something—a prize big enough to run for and to fight for and to keep on reaching toward no matter what.”

All hail Susan Dennard for writing such a marvellous book!!!

I’ve heard such great things about this book and what I can tell you is that I was not disappointed, this book was fantastic.

Yes, the first bit of this book was a bit confusing for me, mostly because we got a lot of information all at once and my little brain just didn’t know what to do with it all, there were a lot of information of witches, lots of names for me to remember and yeah, just a lot of things to remember all at once which wasn’t the greatest but I can live with that because it’s worth it because the rest of the book was marvellous.

Dennard’s writing is truly beautiful, I swear I was on the ship with Safi it was magical and I loved it. I felt like because of her writing I was constantly questioning everyone’s motives and if they were trustworthy and were they really who they said they were, for someone’s writing to do that I just think it’s incredible.

“Yes,” Safi breathed, swaying into one of the men holding her up. She flashed a grin at him and said, “I’m Safiya fon Hasstrel, and I can do anything.”

The characters in this book were incredible. Safi was stubborn with a big mouth and a short temper that went nicely hand in hand and Iseult was the opposite, she was calm and level headed and I think that’s what makes their friendship so strong, they work so well together and they just want to protect each other.

I feel like Prince Merik deserves a mention here because he is perfect, he is loyal and determined and as strong and stubborn as Safi and I am really, really, really rooting for them to get together, like PUR-LEASE.

Overall, this book truly was amazing and full of action and a slow burning romance and just yes, please, please, please read it if you haven’t already!!

YA Life vs Real Life

We’ve all done it, we’ve been reading books and scratching our head because we all know that life is no way like that :):)

Here are just a few examples that I’ve found that no doubt we can all relate too!


Now, I don’t know about you but the boy’s in my school were all idiots and I couldn’t even bare to thing about spending the rest of my life with them??
However, in a YA book there is a 80% chance that they find there soulmate when they are 16/17!!!
In real life, that really doesn’t happen very often at all, if ever.


If you’re a girl like me, you will understand that once a month we get them. However, I could be three books into a series and the girl has not once had a period, suffered from stomach cakes, ate the pain away?
I only WISH real life was like that!!!


Sorry, but when I was sixteen/seventeen puberty was not my friend and I was in no way some gorgeous goddess that could run a thousand miles without getting tired or a hair coming out of place. You will be a genius getting great grades, you have perfect teeth and you’re a size 8.
I was not like that what so ever, I always feel like it’s always a bit fake when I read a YA contemporary, like really? Is anyone like that 🙁

4. FOOD.

This is mostly in some fantasy books I’ve read, they can go weeks without the mentioning of food and I’m just there like!?!?!?!?
I can’t go a few hours without thinking about food and then eating about food.


You’re parents totally don’t mind you disappearing for weeks at a time? Oh not, they are totally cool with that.
You may even possibly find out that you aren’t who you were supposed to be and you are half with, fairy, vampire, demon.

I can assure you real life isn’t like that and I get a text on my mom every day xD


Hygiene, what’s that?
A shower? I don’t think so.
A toothbrush, what’s that?

Basically, YA life is very unrealistic but totally fun to read about!

Is there any that I’ve missed off?
I’d love to see about them in the comments! 🙂

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch.
The first book in the Snow Like Ashes series.
My Rating – 5*-5*
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.’

“No matter what happens, no matter who turns on me, no matter what pompous swine thinks he has power over me, I am still me. I will always be me.” 

Wow. This surprised the heck out of me, I’ve had it on my TBR for quite a while now and I think I’ve owned the book since the start of the year, I just kept putting it off and picking up something else. No idea why now as since I’ve read I’ve been kicking myself for waiting so long because this book is good.

Of course there is one unfortunate problem and that is there is a love triangle. Now, I don’t mind love triangles occasionally, but what I do mind is love triangles when they aren’t needed whatsoever and this is one of them, just leave it alone – just let her love one man and him to love her back, is that too much to ask!????

But, regardless of the stupid love triangle there are some very good bits of this book, for starters the setting is absolutely amazing, I can tell that the writer has put in a lot of thought into it. I believe this book has been compared to a GOT but young adult? I may be mistaken though. I love Meira who is our main character – it’s nice to see a strong, complex female main character.

“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” 

The romance is good, I know stupid love triangle but it’s a difficult one because both love interests are likeable, I have no issues with either of them and I don’t really mind who Meira will finally end up with.

One thing that was really interesting about this book was that the colouring of each person matches their country, so all winterians all have snow white hair and skin – I thought that was quite interesting to read.

The world building in this book was just amazing, it’s quite a long book but not once did I think it was long, I got through it quicker than I thought I would as well which is always a bonus! ?

Now, I’m gonna talk bout Meira again because I was so impressed with her, there has been a lot of main characters in fantasy that I have read this year that I’ve had a few issues with but I don’t think I found any with Meira – she is a soldier all the way through and she will fight for herself and her country and it was so refreshing to read. Also, her feelings are amazing, sure she is a teenager and there are times when she acts like one when it comes to relationships but there is no insta love or anything in your face, the romance between Meira and her love interests is actually really sweet.

“I don’t need made-up strength. I’m strong enough on my own—me, Meira, no magic or conduit or anything.” 

The twist in this book towards the end I actually didn’t expect, I know quite a few people who have read this guessed this within the first half of the book but I totally didn’t see it coming so it was a lovely surprise!

Overall, this book was really enjoyable and quite possible has become one of my favourite fantasy reads of the year! If you haven’t read it yet I recommend you do ?



A Taxonomy of Love – Arc Review


A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen
My Rating – 4*-5*
‘The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too.

Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.’

This book was adorable…

I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I read the blurb and saw the amazing cover, so when I saw it to request on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to receive a copy of it to read and review ?

I really enjoyed the writing in this, I like how the books tarts off when Spencer and Hope are just thirteen and follows there story, the final chapters being when they are nineteen, it was done so well and I didn’t find it confusing to follow at all. The layout of this book was really interesting too, it went from Spencer’s POV to letters from Hope to her sister Janie and messages between the two of them. I also loved the little taxonomies that Spencer writes out, they were so cute and fun to read.

The characters were really interested, especially Spencer our main character, watching him grow up while living with Tourette’s syndrome, we are following his relationships with his best friend Hope, his brother, his father and step mom. He was just a lovely character and I was rooting for him so much, I just wanted things to work out for him, he deserved a happy ending! ?

I also really loved Hope and I thought she was also an interesting character – with Hope’s story I like how the grief is handled, Hope does go through it in her very own way which I think was great because everyone deals with loosing someone differently.

So why not five stars you say?
That’s because I myself do not have tourettes syndrome, nor do I know anybody with it so I can’t actually say if it’s been handled well or anything like that, so that’s the only reason I haven’t given this book the full five stars.

Overall, this was a lovely coming of age book and I highly recommend it 😀

➡️ thank you to Amulet Books publishing and Netgalley for the arc in return for an honest review.


Wonder Woman Book Tag


Yep, it’s tag time! 🙂
I’ve seen this tag around a while now, it’s pretty old but it looked like fun so I thought, why not?!

1. Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book character

Mia Corvere – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.
I mean come on?
You wouldn’t mess with her, and you would definitely run away if you saw her in a dark alleyway.
Or I would anyway :’)

2. Fantasy Island: A book setting you want to escape to

Hogwarts – Harry Potter by J K Rowling.
Come on, don’t deny it, we all want to go to Hogwarts – me especially.
I’m still convinced my letter got lost in the post and the life i’ve been living has been a lie all this time.

3. London: A hyped book that let you down

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.
Just no, we didn’t get along.
The amount of five stars reviews it has on GR from my friends and other people did shock me, I just wasn’t that keen on the book, the only good thing about this was Warner.

4. Steve Trevor: A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (i.e. great personality)

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
and i adored the actual book too, yay!

5. Lasso of Truth: A book you hated

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.

6. Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad you need a shield

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.
It broke me 🙁

7. No Man’s Land: A book that you want to send through No Man’s Land (i.e. shoot it to death)

See number 5 and it would be that book!!!!!

8. Ares: A villian that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate

Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
I just love The Darkling even though i’m supposed to hate him!

9. Dr. Poison: A villian that has no reason to exist.

I have no idea, none. 🙁

10. The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
I’d have loved to have seen some LGBT+ in this series!  

11. Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag?

Since I didn’t get tagged, if you want to do it go for it! 🙂



Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
The first book in the Nevernight Chronicles.
643 Pages.
My Rating – 5* – 5*
‘Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.’

I feel like I’ve put off this review as long as I put of reading the actual book…. 

Nope that’s a lie, well sort of. I haven’t written a review yet because I have no idea what I wanted to write. I did however put off reading this book forever, mostly just because of all the hype surrounding it. I just kept thinking to myself could a book really be this good. All I can say is yes, apparently a book can be this good. I should have known really, not only was there a huge amount of hype surrounding this book it was a dark fantasy about a school of assassins? I should have read it ages ago.

Mia as a main character was brilliant, I loved seeing her development throughout the book and at the Red Church she is able to show just how deadly and clever she really is. Her whole life is about violence so I feel like an assassin suits her. What surprised me in a nice way was how Mia being in the red church really brought out the nicer side of her as she begins a friendship with her fellow assassins in training, I especially love her relationship with Tric who is one of my favourite characters.

Nevernight is full of gore, violence, sex and strong language , four of my favourite things! I love the world that Jay Kristoff has created in this world, the Red Church is so unique, it sort of reminds me of Hogwarts but a lot more dangerous and the Shahiids aren’t afraid to kill their students.

The footnotes were both annoying and interesting! I tended to prefer the shorter footnotes as I found the longer ones was a lot of information all at once – that and I had a tendency to forget what bit it was for and had to go back and read it so that it made sense. So yeah, not going to lie I may have skipped a few of the footnotes, especially the larger info dump ones.

Overall, this book truly was an amazing read and is so worth the hype. It has an amazing complex main character, interesting side character, beautiful writing and word building and is full of violence and friendship and has twist and twist.

Of course, after that cliffhanger, I can’t wait to pick up the next book.

Thank you to melanie for buddy reading this with me! ❤️


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