TTT – Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Worlds I’d Want To/ Never Want to Live In

Hey Everyone,

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and Bookish and has now been transferred to The Artsy Reader Girl.

This week is Bookish Worlds I’d Want To/Neer Want To Live In, I couldn’t think of ten answers so I have six instead.

A Darker Shade final for Irene


Red London from the Shades of Magic Trilogy (Want to Live In)

Red London is the home of Kell and Rhys, my interpretation of this world is a mix between Asgard and 1600s, because of Pirates!!. I would love to walk around the palace, look at all the rooms and I want to sneak into Kell’s room (creepy fan breaking into someone’s room and smelling everything). I want to visit the docks and the black market, I would also love to learn Arnesian.

White London from the Shades of Magic Trilogy (Don’t Want To Live In)

White London is not a place that I would like to live in let alone visit. Even with the laws that had been made but also magicians enslaving magicians. And also a place where everything is white would be very depressing.



Cainsille from the Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong (Want To Live)

I love small towns. And this town I would love to go to. It’s filled with mystery and magic, a love triangle that has been the towns struggle to survive, Welsh mythology and GARGOYLES!! I’m not a big fan of gargoyles since watching the Doctor Who with Carey Mulligan but there are about 100 gargoyles in the town of Cainsville and there is a festival to find all of them (Doesn’t that sound exciting).



Rockton from the Casey Duncan series by Kelley Armstrong (Want To Live)

Ever wanted to leave your life for two years away from your friends and family with no technology and living in the middle of nowhere. Urm I do! This place may be crawling with criminals and other people who just want to hide like Casey Duncan but you are so engrossed with the mystery and the locals, who wouldn’t want to live there.



Victorian London from the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (Want To Live)

In the second book of the trilogy, Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont travel in time for Diana to learn more about her magic and find the Ashmole. And I would like to meet the people that they encounter along the way especially Matthew’s father. Also, I knew there was going to be an adaptation but I was honestly surprised that it was coming out this year.



1209 France (Alias) from Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (Don’t Want To Live)

This was not an ideal place to live at that time. People were killed, Alias was betrayed by her husband as well as her sister. She was on the run and it was not good for her. While I am intrigued what that place would be like at that time but I don’t want something handed to me in order to protect but your sister will do anything in order to get her hands on it, no thanks. And Alias’s death was awful 😦

I couldn’t think of any other worlds that I would like/dislike to live in. But I think the ones mentioned I would like to see the most.


TTT – Top Ten Tuesday | Best Character Names


Hey Everyone,

Top Ten Tuesday was created by the lovely women on The Broke and the Bookish. I have been seeing this for the last couple of years and decided to take the opportunity to participate. It has now been transferred to only one of the ladies of The Broke and Bookish to Jana at The Artsy Reader Girl.  Basically, every Tuesday is a topic anything book related, I have been wanting to do this because the topics are always fun and interesting. I am unsure as to answer some of the topics but I am really excited to participate.


Also my favourite characters as well.

Delilah Bard-Shades of Magic by V.E.Schwab

Celaena Sardothian/ Aelin – Throne of Glass by Sarah.J.Maas



Olivia “Liv” Tyley – Cainsville Series by Kelley Armstrong



Prudence “Rue” – The Custard Protocol by Gail Carriger

Zatanna Zatara – DC Comics – Paul Dini



Lisbeth Salander – Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larsson

Karou – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Sarai – Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor



Kvothe – The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss



Makepeace – A Skingful of Shadows by France Hardinge


Reading Habits Book Tag

Hey Everyone,

I thought of doing a book tag this week since I have been doing a lot of book reviews. I found this tag a couple of weeks ago and since I don’t think anybody tagged me, I am just going to do it out of sheer fun. It’s also a good opportunity for you to get to know me, I have been blogging for almost 4 years now but I converted to WordPress at the beginning of the year so you have no clue about me. I hope this tag gives you a bit of an idea of who I am.



The tag was originally made by somebody called The Book Jazz on Youtube but it has now been deleted. I found the tag on The Bibliophile Girl’s blog 


Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I tend to read mostly in my bed, but I do enjoy reading my books on the sofa in the living room whenever I get bored of my bedroom.

Bookmark or random piece of paper

I have quite a bit of a collection of bookmarks but my go to bookmark is an old train ticket.



Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

I kind of do both. Sometimes when I am reading a book and I am really enjoying it I would always stop at the end of the chapter. But when it is a book that I have started and unsure of, I would stop whenever I feel like it.

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

I always have a snack while I am reading a book, my go-to is a bag of popcorn and a bottle of Pepsi Max. But if I am feeling a bit splurgy I would get a tub of Ben and Jerry’s.

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Multitasking: Music or TV whilst reading?

I can’t read in silence, I find it too quiet. I have recently gotten into listening to thunderstorm sounds, I found myself focusing a lot more while listening to sound effects, you should check out ZHAANTI. I used to listen to music while reading when I was younger but I decided to stop because every time I listen to the song 369 by Cupid feat B.O.B. I think of Twilight because I listened to the entire soundtrack while reading the book.

One book at a time or several?

I find reading one book at a time can drag for such a long time, I like to read more than one so then I can just jump to another book if I feel like, like Rory Gilmore.


Reading at home or everywhere?

Mostly home but I do tend my time reading books on the bus to work, in the coffee shop and even in the garden.

Read out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head mostly, occasionally I would read it out loud it is mostly because I didn’t read it properly, so I would go back and read it again.



Do you read ahead or skip pages?

It’s an old habit of mine to read the last page of the book because most of the time I have no clue what is going on. I think I did it because I wanted the book to have a happy ending. But most of the time I am very confused with the ending and I understand it a bit more when I finish the book.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I like to keep my books in nice condition, there may be a few dents here and there but it comes from the love and care I give to that book.



Do you annotate in your books?

I am getting into the idea of annotating my books, so far I enjoy tabbing them and underline passages that I really like in pencil but I am not that fearless with a pen just yet, baby steps.


P.S. I have another blog post uploading tomorrow, it’s not going to be another book review. It’s going to be something that  I have been wanting to inlude in my blogging life. Enjoy xx

Book Review | A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

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A Skinful of Shadows by France Hardinge

We See Ghosts. And They Are Drawn To Us.

Sometimes when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.

Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts that try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge – but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard.

Now she has a spirit inside her. The spirit is wild, angry and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father’s cruel and powerful ancestors. But as she plans her escape to a country torn apart by civil war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.

Published: Sept 2017
Published Edition: May 2018
Publishers: Pan Macmillian
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Pages: 448

Format of Reading: Paperback

Goodreads Star Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


I had my doubts with this book, it was recommended by an employee by Waterstones and sometimes whenever an employee from the store I visit, they would recommend a book and I would just leave it on my TBR pile until I decide to give up on the book.

I have heard about one of her other book, The Lie Tree last year but I didn’t put two and two together. After reading this book, I definitely am purchasing the rest of her work because I was completely transfixed in this book and I couldn’t let it down.

But this book really surprised me, the writing was spectacular I felt that I was in that world with Makepeace, I love the young and innocent Makepeace, and I loved the character growth throughout the book. She became a stronger version of herself.

I loved the magical realism in this book, the interactions between Makepeace and the ghosts but also the family members being possessed with their ancestors, the description of the ghosts coming out of the body like a slithering snake. Oh my goodness, I loved it.

And to top it off with a cherry, I got an opportunity to meet France Hardinge. In my hometown with a collaboration with Waterstones and Timezone Tours, there was an offer of a Ghost Tour around my hometown and I learnt a lot about my hometown. And I got my book signed by the author. EEEPPP! And she even asked if I would like a goose, which I obviously said yes.











Book Review | The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye by David Lagercrantz

Hey Everyone,

How are you? Are you enjoying the weather lately? because I have to say it is so nice to see some sunshine.



The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye by David Lagercrantz

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo does not forgive.

Salander is confined to the secure unit of a women’s prison, with violence all around her, but for a hacker of her skills there are no boundaries.

She gives Mikael Blomkvist a lead that could give him an important expose for Millennium magazine, an investigation into a sinister experiment that may also unlock the mystery of her harrowing childhood.

The dragon inked into Salander’s back is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight the injustice reminder of her pledge to fight the injustice she finds on every side, and she will discover the truth, whatever the cost.

Published: Sept 2017
Published Edition: April 2018
Publishers: Maclehose Press
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 448

Format of reading: Paperback/Hardback (I own both copies, started in the hardback but finished in paperback)

Goodreads Star Rating: 🌟🌟🌟


“I said it was the same fire that burns inside everyone who is being trampled on. The same fire that can turn us into ashes and waste, but which sometimes, if some old fool like Holger spots us, plays chess with us and talks to us and just takes an interest, can become something totally different: a force which allows us to strike back”

I really like this quote from the book it’s more of the meaning as to who Lisbeth has a dragon tattoo but it is a really good description of Lisbeth herself.

I have a lot of mixed feelings about Lagercranz continuation of the Millenium trilogy. And after reading this book I was even doubting picking it up the next one (if there is one). The plot was dry, a plate full of meat dried out in the sun would be a lot more enjoyable and even tastier, geez I am now craving for it.

There were too many new characters and their background story was soo boring I even wanted to give up on the book. I felt the connection to each of the characters to be so dull.

I want to give Lagercrantz the benefit of the doubt but this book really tarnished the characters that Larsson created. While I found the reason why Lisbeth got the dragon tattoo but she and Blomkvist had not much interaction with one another and it frustrated me even more because these two characters know each other so much and in this book they only had a few bits of conversations, vocally and hacker, but not enough together working together.

I don’t know if I am going to pick up the next book in the series after reading this book.