Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday: Books Without Romance


This week’s topic is books without romance. This is quite difficult as a lot of books have a romance element to them. The books that I have selected either don’t have any romance at all or the romance element is minimal. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.


Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys- This book is set in WW2 and focuses on the events that took place during the Soviets rule. This is an area of WW2 that I knew very little about so it was interesting to read about other events that took place during the war that don’t get talked about as much as other events. I love Ruta’s writing as she makes the characters and situations feel very real and whilst this is a work of fiction it feels very believable.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak– This is another WW2 that absolutely loved. This book is really interesting as it is narrated by Death. I thought that this was a really powerful read with some really heartbreaking moments.

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness– Conor’s mum has cancer and a monster comes to visit him to help him come to terms with his mum’s illness. This is another really powerful read although the plot is predictable the way this story is told is really unique. If you do read this I would highly recommend the illustrated edition.

The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – This is the first book in a fantasy trilogy. Kelsea has to take the throne after her mum’s death. I think the world in this series is really interesting as it is set in the future but the world has medieval qualities to it. If you are a fan of fantasy then I would suggest checking this trilogy out.

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry- I find the world in this book really interesting. Everything is controlled and people get assigned their roles. This is definitely the best book in the series but the other ones are good too.

What books are on your lists?

Kirsty xoxo


Pretty Little Liars Finale Review (Spoilers)

Pretty Little Liars Finale

As the majority of you will be aware the Pretty Little Liars finale aired last week. I have been watching this show for 7 years and it is now all over and I wanted to share my opinions with you. This review will contain spoilers so if you haven’t watched the last episode then I would advise reading with caution.

Overall I was disappointed with the ending. The episode felt rushed despite being longer than usual, the reveal wasn’t as dramatic or surprising as I was hoping and there are still a lot of questions unanswered. I felt that the show went downhill after the first A reveal and whilst many people didn’t like the Cece reveal I didn’t mind it too much. I think the show should have ended after that reveal as I have not enjoyed this series as much.

I felt that a large proportion focused on the Liar’s relationships rather than the actual reveal. The show starts with a strange dream sequence which involved Lucas tap dancing and Jenna riding a horse which was very odd. Also, this is the only time Lucas appears in the whole episode.

We get to see Emily and Alison with their twins. I am going to say something that will be very unpopular but I have never been a fan of this relationship. Out of all of the pairings, this is my least favourite.

Mona is working for AD in this episode and for some reason, AD gets her to wear a Melissa mask and a black hoodie whilst spying on the girls. I’m not really sure why this was done apart from to shock viewers at the start thinking that AD was Melissa which I wouldn’t have minded as I have always thought that she was involved.

AD is finally revealed as Spencer’s twin which was not really surprising as there were so many fan theories about Spencer’s twin. Also, they’d already played the twin story with Charlotte. The way that the Liars discovered the twin was ridiculous. Jenna can smell that it’s not Spencer and a horse reacts badly to her and therefore the only logical conclusion is that is isn’t Spencer. The Liars accept this very quickly.

Alex’s accent was hilarious. As a British person, I can honestly say I have never heard anyone sound like that. Speaking of British Wren was involved I thought that he was going to be AD but I guess this is the next best thing. Although Alex did turn him into a diamond which is sad and turns out he is the father of Emily’s twins.

One of the questions I have is how on earth did Alex manage to build an underground dungeon. She mentions that she didn’t have the same wealthy upbringing as Spencer so how did she afford to build the dungeon and deck it out with expensive cages also how did no one notice all this building work being done.

Whilst the reveal was a little disappointing I did enjoy the bit at the end with Mona. We see Alex and Mary Drake trapped in a dollhouse showing that Mona won the game. I wished the episode had ended there but it continues with the high school girls at a sleepover and Addison has gone missing. The show hints that story is going to happen all over again with another group of girls which seems very unlikely.

I was hoping that the reveal would have been a character that we had known since the beginning rather than one that was made up in the last episode.  I do think that Troian did a good job in this episode even if I wasn’t happy with the reveal I can appreciate her acting skills.

Overall the ending did disappoint me and I would have liked to have seen it end differently but I have enjoyed watching this show ad I have a lot of memories tied to this show.

What did you think of the ending?

Kirsty xoxo


Something In Between by Melissa de la Cruz Review


Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Plot Outline

Jasmine is a hard working student and she has big ambitions but when she finds out that her family is in the country illegally everything changes. She starts to rebel and do things that she never did before.

My Opinion 

The topic of this book really interested me and I think that it is a really important topic. The author used some of her own experiences to create this novel which is really interesting. I did feel a little disappointed that the romance overtook the main plot of the story. The romance was very insta-love and had too much drama. The boy that Jasmine was seeing was the son of a congressman which was very convenient and helped the author to create a happy ending for Jasmine. I found the relationship very realistic and Jasmine seemed to fall in love very quickly and she kept saying that Royce was The One which did make me roll my eyes a little. Whilst the romance felt unrealistic the whole situation did feel very realistic. I think the author did a good job at showing the emotions that go along with finding out that you are in a country illegally. I think drawing on her own experiences really helped to give this book a realistic portrayal of the situation. I did mark this book down because of the romance element of this book if it had been a bit more of a side plot I wouldn’t have minded but it did become the main focus of the story in parts. Overall I think that this is an important book as it addresses an important topic. If you were looking for another book that covers this topic then I would suggest The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon.

I received a copy from Net Galley.

Kirsty xoxo3 Stars


July TBR

Today I am sharing my TBR for July. I only managed to read 5 books in June so I didn’t want to make this month’s too ambitious so I decided to pick 5 books that I hope to read this month. I’m really hoping that I will be able to read more but I know this month will be busy as I am now working full time so I don’t have as much time to read as I did before.

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt– I started this book last month but only got about 30% read. This book is over 800 pages so it is going to take me awhile to finish. I am finding it interesting although it has been a little slow so I am hoping that the pace will pick up.


Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare– I have had this book since it came out in May but I am still yet to read it. I loved Lady Midnight and I can’t wait to see how the story continues. I really want to read this book before I get spoiled for it.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor– I really enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy and I am looking forward to seeing how the story gets wrapped up. I liked Laini’s writing and I love the characters in this series.

Return to the Isle of the Lost

Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz– I liked the first book in this series and I really want to continue with the series.  If you are a fan of Disney then I would highly recommend this series. I also picked this book as it will be a bit of an easier read compared to the other books on my TBR.

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee– I am trying to read a classic a month although I didn’t get one read in June. This month I want to read this one as my mum really liked it and she told me that I would like it. I might try and read another classic this month to make up for last month but I don’t know whether I will be able to so I didn’t put one on my TBR.

What books are on your TBR this month?

Kirsty xoxo


Wrap Up

JuneWrap Up

Today I will be sharing with you all the books that I read in June. I didn’t have the best reading month in June as I was only able to finish 5 books. I’ve had quite a busy month as I have started a new job and moved flats. I am also reading The Goldfinch which is over 800 pages so it is taking me quite awhile to get through. I’m hoping that July will be a better reading month but I am moving again in July so I am not sure how much I will be able to read.


Ignite by Kaitlyn Davis– This is a vampire novel where conduits are the only people that are able ton kill vampires. The conduits are split into two groups and the main character Kira is a mix of both. At the start of this book, I did get a lot of similarities to Twilight but there are a lot of differences. I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance in this book but I did like Kira as the main character. Overall I thought that this was an ok book but I probably won’t continue on with the series.

The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee– I really enjoyed this book. It is set in a futuristic New York and follows a group of teenagers. This book had a lot of Gossip Girl vibes which I really enjoyed. I can’t wait for the second book to come out as this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour Read

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson– If you are looking for a cute summer contemporary read then this is the book for you. This book follows Amy and Roger as they make a road trip across America. This book made me want to go on a road trip so badly. I am really looking forward to reading more from Morgan Matson in the future.

Where Rainbows End Read

Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern– I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book as it is told through letters but I ended up really enjoying it. We get to see two best friends group up and start their own lives. I thought that the characters were really realistic and although the ending was predictable it was still an enjoyable read.

Days of Blood and Starlight Read

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor– This book wasn’t as good as the first book but I still really enjoyed it. I find the world in this series really interesting and I love Laini’s writing. I can’t  wait to see how the series will be wrapped up in the next book.

What did you read this month?

Kirsty xoxo

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday: Hate To Love Ships



This week’s topic is about hate to love relationships. This seems to be quite a common trope where two characters start off by hating each other but then grow to love one another. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.

Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- This is probably one of the original hate to love relationships. At first, these two characters really do not like one another but as time goes on they get to know one another and begin to fall in love.

A Court of Mist and Fury

Feyre and Rhys from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas- In the first book Rhys is portrayed as a villain but we get to see a different side to him in the second book. Feyre doesn’t like Rhys at first but she makes a deal with which means she has to spend time at his court. She does not want to be in his court but the more time that they spend together the closer they get.


Penryn and Raffe from Angelfall by Susan Ee- These two start off as enemies. Raffe is an angel and they have taken over the world. Angels are portrayed as bad guys in this world and Penryn is human. Whilst the romance isn’t a huge part of the plot there is a bit of a romance between these two characters and I loved it.

Me Before You

Louisa Clark and Will Traynor from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes- When Louisa starts a new job as Will’s carer neither are too happy about the situation. As they spend more time together they grow to love one another. Although this romance doesn’t have a happy ending I still enjoyed seeing it develop.

Poison Study

Yelena and Valek from Poison Study by Maria V Snyder- There was so much sexual tension between these two characters at the start despite them hating one another. Yelena is due to be executed and Valek offers her the job of food taster which involves her tasting foods for poison. I loved these two together and I was disappointed that we got to see them together as much in the later books.

Which couples did you pick?

Kirsty xoxo

Top 10 Tuesdays

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Books I Have Read In 2017 So Far


Today’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is the best books that we have read so far this year. This topic was quite difficult as I have only read five 5 star books this year and one of them was a reread. It was difficult to narrow down my nineteen four star books to put my favourites on this list. If you want to see more of my favourites then check out my Top 5 books I read in Spring and Winter.


Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys- This book is set in WW2 and follows the events that took place during the Soviet rule. I love Ruta’s writing and I like that with both of her WW2 novels she has chosen to write about events that are not as well known as some of the other events that took place during the war. This book was a really powerful read and I would highly recommend it if you were looking for some WW2 fiction.

Caraval Read

Caraval by Stephanie Garber- Caraval is a mysterious game which people pay to participate in. I really enjoyed this book. The world was really unique and mysterious. There were lots of twists in this book and I really liked the characters. I had no idea who to trust for the whole book and I am looking forward to the second one.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- I really enjoyed this book. I liked Laini’s unique take on angel and demon mythology. I loved the characters in this book and I sped through this book. I am currently reading the second one and whilst it isn’t as good as the first one I am still really enjoying it.

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas- I thought that this was an excellent continuation of the story. We got to find out a lot more about Rhys in this book which really helped me to like him as a character. We got to see a lot of character development in this book and the ending was very shocking.


Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard– This book is about friendship which I really enjoyed reading about. It made a change to read about friendship rather than romance. This book also dealt with mental health in a really realistic way. I thought that the characters were very realistic and relatable.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline- Not my typical sort of book but I really enjoyed this one. The majority of this book takes place within a virtual reality. The concept behind this book was really interesting. This book was really fast paced and gripping and the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because the ending felt a little rushed.

My Name is Victoria

My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley- I love historical fiction and this book follows a young Queen Victoria. After watching the TV show Victoria I have wanted to read more about her. I enjoy Lucy’s writing and I hope that she will release more of these novels in the future.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie- I really enjoyed reading this book especially as it made me see Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in a different light. This book is quite sinister as the lines between reality and fantasy become blurred.

Oliver Twist Read

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens- This was a little slow to start with but the story soon picked up. I think that Dickens has created really memorable characters particularly Fagin who is a very sinister character.

The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee- This is my perfect sort of book as it follows a group of rich teenagers with a bit of a mystery. This is set in a futuristic New York and all of the characters have secrets which we slowly discover throughout the book.


What books made it to your list?

Kirsty xoxo