December Wrap Up!

Hello friends.

I had an okay month of reading. I am really enjoying getting back into the swing of things with blogging, and booktube so far has been a real adventure, but I’m liking it!

I still haven’t really decided what kind of content or how regularly I want to post. I’ve decided that I don’t like most of the features I used to do, except for the music and quote related ones. But I’m excited for next year and what it will bring.

In the meantime, watch the video below to see what I read and my thoughts in the month of December.

Happy reading ❤


Infinite Sky; a romance among the corn crop



Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood


Published February 2013 by Simon & Schuster

When Iris’ mum leaves home, her brother, Sam, goes off the rails and her dad is left trying to hold it all together. So when a family of travellers sets up camp illegally in front of their farm, its the catalyst for a stand-off that can only end in disaster. But to Iris it’s an adventure. She secretly strikes up a friendship with the gypsy boy, Trick, and discovers home can be something as simple as a carved out circle in a field of corn…

Cute. Cute. Cute. Super cute. SAD. These were my emotions whilst reading Infinite Sky.

A first romance set amidst cornfields and bright skies in Britain (bright skies-Britain, is that right?) this first hit me with good feelings cause it was so damn cute. And then something bad happens. AND THEN IT ENDS.


So this book essentially follows the series of events that lead to a tragedy. It tells the story in a very straight forward manner. You are expecting something bad to happen because of this line in the synopsis.

Is it possible to keep loving somebody when they kill someone you love?

Once I started the book I picked out two possible contenders for the grave which I was unable to guess until it actually happened. Claps for that, Flood!

However I think this book ends quite abruptly with not a lot of closure. I personally prefer deep exploration of themes in books and this is very much straight story telling.

I think the characters were quite simple, the only exception being Iris, the female MC. I think the author used a very young and naive voice for her brother who was an older teenager. I don’t understand the gypsies, they remain mysteries to me throughout the book and they do weird things I don’t get.

In saying this I can see how this book would appeal to people, especially to those where the events in this book could relate to their own personal experiences. I would recommend this to people who like straight forward contemporary’s, cute first love and feel like being sad. And don’t mind open endings.

I give it a 3 stars.


Paper Valentine – not as cute as the title suggests


Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

I read a paperback

Bought for myself

Published Jan 2013 by Simon & Schuster

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realises that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life – and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.


What a surprising read! I love it when books are unexpectedly good. This is the second book I’ve read by Brenna Yovanoff and there is such an addicting, unique quality to her writing, I find her style so unique and she is now officially an autobuy author for me! It’s my mission to read the rest of her books.

Paper Valentine is a murder mystery/ paranormal mash up where the main character Hannah is haunted by her dead best friend, Lillian, and together they begin to get caught up in the current murders that are happening to young girls in their community.

Freaky alert. This book gave me the creeps at times. Be prepared to get a little scared as there are ghost flashes, graphic murder scenes and disturbing things all round. Though disturbing seems to be Brenna Yovanoff’s forte and she does it very well.

This had some tropes that in a normal circumstance, I would not like such as bitchy popular girl group, toxic relationships, the bad boy that is actually good and a hint of insta love. Maybe I was in the right mood, but these things did not bother me so much. The bitchy girl groups was surprisingly dynamic and the insta love was reminiscent of high school first love. I found it to be more cute than annoying.

There was also the issue of anorexia is this book. Dead bestie Lillian succumbed to anorexia and I liked Yovanoff’s portrayal of the illness. This does not happen often, as I find most portrayals to be highly unrealistic and not at all what dealing with anorexia is actually like. The complexity is shown really well through Lillian’s multiple discussions with Hannah and it made total sense to me.

Overall I loved this book and I think it deserves a solid 4.5 stars. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good young adult murder mystery.

Drowned is drowning in uniqueness


Drowned by Nicola Reily

I read a paperback copy

Published: June 2014 by Harlequin Teen

I bought this book myself

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

What an amazing surprise this book was! I bought it on a whim whilst browsing at BIG W. Took me a year to pick it up but I’m so glad I did.

Drowned is set in a futuristic setting after the oceans has risen and humans have been living on a small island for a very, very, very long time. The sea level is so high that it covers the entire island at high tide every day.  Our MC, Coe, is a young girl on the island who is disliked by most and is doing her best to survive when she suddenly gets noticed and becomes the princess’s hand maiden.

In general I enjoyed the variety of characters is this book. Coe is a fantastic character and I grew to like her personally a lot. Despite her situation, she is very relatable and still retains normal, teenage feelings and emotions and it doesn’t feel weird.  She begins quite closed off and a bit numb, but then she just grows into herself and gains confidence and experience and it’s a fantastic, slow transition that I appreciate so much.

Love is an interesting point in Drowned. We see it from so many perspectives and what it means for different people. By no means is it the focus of the book but it is definitely an important aspect that I enjoyed.

Also, there is this fantastic twist at the end that people have been describing as fantasy, but I think it has more to do with evolution. Maybe not realistic evolution, but whatever. I still like it and I would like it more if that as the author’s intent. So that’s what I’m going to believe. 😛

All in all a fantastic book that I believe is immensely underrated. Great characters, plot arc, twists that I didn’t predict and has such an interesting setting that I haven’t seen before in YA. Highly recommend.