Book Review: Dreadnought

Rating: ★★★★☆

* I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.

In a world where superheroes and villains are a regular occurrence, Danny finds herself being the passed the power of Dreadnought when he falls out of the sky and dies right in front of her. The side effects of this transform Danny’s body into what she thought it should be. To Danny, she now looks like the girl she knows she is even if everyone around her says otherwise. Dreadnought is her origin story which follows her first few weeks of superhero living. While trying to juggle her new life, she’s also trying to find the old Dreadnought’s murderer, who is still threatening the streets of New Port City.

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Book Review: If I Was Your Girl

Rating: ★★★★

“I’m not brave,” I said, smiling despite myself. “Bravery implies I had a choice. I’m just me, you know?”

Amanda is the new girl in school and she’s trying to keep a big secret. Amanda is transgender and moves to Tennessee in hopes of keeping her head down and getting through high school. Soon she makes friends and meets Grant.

If I Was Your Girl was such a charming read. I really enjoyed it. The plot, characters and hilarious sense of humour just made this a really great book. I really loved how the narrative jumps between real-time events and Amanda’s childhood. It added great suspense and was equally heart-breaking. (don’t want to spoil but my heart broke at the diary scene)

I’m not a huge romance reader, which is why I put this book off for so long, and while their romance came across generic, I found it so sweet. Maybe my cynical self needed some adorable picnic dates and cute film dates. They were so lovable and dorky together that I didn’t care it cheesy. I also may or may not had become a mushy mess on the train when I read the Halloween scenes. (Spoiler: Grant goes as Boba Fett and Amanda dresses herself as Leia. IT’S SO CUTE I DIED)

What I really enjoyed was the happy ending. In our media, TV, films and novels, there are so many characters who are LGBT+ and are constantly killed off for shock factor. I know it seems like a spoiler but I do see this book advertised like this, Amanda gets a happy ending, despite everything that happens, Amanda’s happy and alive.

Overall, I admired this book. The biggest issue I could think of was pacing in certain scenes but I definitely recommend this to anyone and add this to your TBR if you haven’t! (Also, I loved the separate author’s note Russo adds at the end: one for her cis readers and one for her trans readers.)

I should note while it’s wonderful that anyone reads my reviews at all, but I should remind you if you don’t know: this is a story about a trans girl written by a trans woman and I am a cis reader. This obviously means my perspective is limited and I will point you all towards reviews written by trans writers. (edit: i thought I bookmarked them but it appears I didn’t so once I find them I’ll link them up)


Book Review: Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel


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Rating: ★★★★☆

As an Iranian-American, Leila’s different enough but if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when Saskia shows up, Leila begins to struggle to sort out her feelings.

I really wanted to love this book. It’s diverse, challenging, and absolutely needed in YA. But Farizan’s writing style doesn’t appeal to me as all. What I liked about Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel was that it captured the awkwardness of high school. Leila has a great and sarcastic sense of humour. Her small comments were really funny and I think she’s a well-rounded protagonist. I liked reading about her cultural conflict, in both her sexuality and future. While I can’t relate with the former, I could certainly relate with the latter. This kind of cultural conflict introduces a newer perspective that isn’t really discussed in young adult literature.

However, the story, overall, felt extremely simplistic in terms of plotting and characterisation. And I felt like the story focused way too much on Saskia as an attempt to bring in some drama when Farizan gives us so much more that the novel could’ve focused on if the plot hadn’t revolved around Saskia so much. (Leila’s family, Lisa’s family history, the way she used Twelfth Night was a favourite part of the novel and I really wished that was introduced earlier into the novel and developed more.)

Despite the problems I had with Farizan’s characterisation, I did enjoy Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel. While the plot was a little cheesy and predictable, but the romance between Leila and a certain character was adorable, and I loved their backstory. (but their relationship did feel really rushed) I know I’ll be reading more from Farizan.

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Algonquin Young Readers

Book Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

25322449you can find the book at:
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my review:

*ARC received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Frances only had one thing on her mind –  study and make it into one of the UK’s elite schools. But when she finds out her friend Aled is the mysterious voice behind her all-time favourite podcast she find a new sort of friendship in Aled and Universe City. But when it goes viral everything comes crashing down and Frances has to confront her past.

I really enjoyed Radio Silence. Although I do tend to stray away from YA novels that attempt to mix in fandom into its plot because I often find it doesn’t use fandom as well as it could. But I really enjoyed how Alice used fandom to show the beauty and danger of the internet while creating a solid novel about choices, and whichever path you take doesn’t matter, so long as you decide the course of your future. Frances’ experiences felt so true to me, as someone who is currently in the position she’s in- the transition from college to university is scary. Frances has such a great character development- from a quiet girl who doesn’t feel comfortable about talking what she likes to openly enjoying all the strange things she thought people would judge her for.

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Book Review: Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman


Note: I'm currently on hiatus due to exams, this is queued.

you can find the book at:
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Author’s website

my review:
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

~Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~

Girls had to believe in everything but their own power, because if girls knew what they could do, imagine what they might. 

I have no recollection of requesting this on NetGalley, but I read it anyway since I hate leaving books unread on NG. But this book just wasn’t for me.

In the wake of a popular high school student’s suicide, it sends tremors throughout a conservative town. Hannah befriends Lacey and, together, they form an intimate friendship, luring Hannah into a lifestyle of rebellion and violence, as they bond over their hatred of Nikki, the deceased’s girlfriend.

While the writing was enjoyable, I just found the plot too repetitive and it became tiresome. I haven’t read much books like these – those bad obsessive girls type of books.  But this showed me that maybe it’s not my type. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting the reveal and it’s ending – mainly because I didn’t expect Hannah to be capable of doing so. But there’s not much else I can say, I’m very picky when it comes to contemporary, and though the writing style was nice, I just didn’t find it enjoyable to read.

Kindle Edition, UK edition, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 5th 2016 by Little, Brown Book Group


Book Review: Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3) by C.S. Pacat

26036399you can find the book at:
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my review:

With a battle looming over the people of Vere and Akielo, Damen must face Prince Laurent again, but not as his slave, but as Damianos of Akielos. His own hope of reclaiming his throne is working alongside Laurent.  But can their alliance stand long enough to achieve their goal?

Okay my original rating for this was 4 but now, looking back on it, I feel really bad for having to drop it down to a 2 but I’ll explain why later on.

For those who are reading this review, and have no idea what CP is, it’s important to note that this series contains many problematic and really triggering elements which many people will feel uncomfortable reading. Just to advise you in case you’re uncomfortable with aspects like that.

Kings Rising picks up exactly where it ends in Prince’s Gambit, and we’re pushed straight into the action. Damen continues to be our strong protagonist while Laurent is still our irritating but lovable anti-hero. Pacat actually does an amazing job with these two regarding their characterisation and development. It’s dramatic and complicated with its twists, adventure and painful heart break.

If you haven’t read the series yet, I advise you to stop reading because I’m going to talk about what I didn’t like which are major spoilers.
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Book Review: Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince #2) by C.S. Pacat

23398894you can find the book at:
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my review:

“To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.”

In Prince’s Gambit, we follow Damen and Prince Laurent travelling to the border of Vere. As they learn to trust each other, secrets from both of their pasts threaten to spill in this sequel.

It still includes topics like slavery, rape and physical abuse with mentions of paedophilia. Just a warning to those who do finds that topic uncomfortable to read.

I usually never like the sequel than the original book but Prince’s Gambit was an improvement to the first book. I have to admit that there were scenes where everything was moving so slow and I was extremely confused on what was happening. Especially when it came to revealing who betrayed who but once I got it, it was thrilling to read.

The story picks up where Book 1 finished, and C.S. Pacat doesn’t stop. The story is clever and intricate, and the way she writes really works well. It’s simple but complex with no extremely flowery words. And that’s what makes the story work, if the writing was any different, I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed the series as much. I think what appeals to me is the world it’s set in, and sometimes I wish C.S. Pacat wrote something else but in the same universe. Maybe if she steered away from the rape and abuse, and more on the world of Vere and Akielo, delving more into the culture and history of the two countries and the surrounding places.

I’m still not sure about Laurent. He still broody, and I was hoping it would go somewhere with that but it doesn’t, and I was quite disappointed with that. Overall, this one was decent – still not comfortable with some of the stuff, but I feel compelled to finish this series now that I’ve started it.

Book Review: Captive Prince (Captive Prince #1) by C.S. Pacat

9305362you can find the book at:
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Author’s website

my review:
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Damen is the rightful heir to Akielos but when his half brother seizes power, he’s stripped of his identity and sent to the enemy nation as a gift to the prince of Vere, Laurent. He fully intends to run away and reclaim his throne but finds himself mixed in the politics of the Veretian court and must work with Laurent to survive.

Let’s make this clear, this book contains torture, rape, physical abuse and pedophilia I made the mistake of not checking so when I went into this book, I’m not going to lie, I was uncomfortable reading it. This is a just a warning to those who may feel similar. The hype around this book is huge, and I was generally expecting this to be a typical NA BDSM story. But in just a few chapters, it literally takes off into a different, better than expected direction and becomes a story of political struggle.

Book 1 was disturbing and,in the first 20%, I felt so uncomfortable. But the plot and the characters kept my eyes locked to my Kindle screen. Pacat’s writing is intriguing. The world building is quite simple mainly because its more character driven but this book was weirdly unique for me, maybe because I haven’t read much novels like this. I’m not going to lie, I almost stopped 20% in and I’m not sure what kept me going. (maybe because every single person I follow on Tumblr as read this and I don’t like feeling left out lmao)

I liked Damen. At first he appears too naive, with him quite shocked that his half-brother would do something like this, and holds on too tightly to his own positive image of his brother. But he grows out of that and becomes a great character. Laurent was one I never liked. He’s a spoilt brat and extremely unlikeable at first, but Pact manages to grow and develop him into a likeable character in the end, a smart manipulator that is more than the image of an indulged royal brat. Even though he does develop as a character, I still didn’t like him. I appreciate the development but, overall, I can’t get over what he’s done to Damen.

However, the topic of rape/ slavery was the biggest issue I had with this book. I usually steer away from books like this. The first half of this book is basically a mix of explicit rape scenes and abuse, which is why I didn’t want to continue but once you push through, towards the end, it’s more interesting. But it is hard to read the series, knowing all that had happened in the beginning. I find the partnership between Damen and Laurent interesting, but I don’t ship them together.

Overall, Captive Prince is a captivating read in this first book of three, with an interesting albeit uncomfortable plot.

Kindle Edition, 3rd edition, 241 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Berkley (first published February 4th 2012

Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

28356624you can find the book at:
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Author’s website

my review:
Rating: ★★★☆☆

~ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~

To be honest, I gave an extra star because I had a soft spot for Baz.
Carry On follows the life of the worst chosen one ever, Simon Snow, as he struggles to survive his final year at school. His girlfriend broke up with him and his roommate/nemesis goes missing while the evil Humdrum continues to make his life a living hell. This standalone is based on the characters who feature in snippets in Rainbow Rowell’s bestselling Fangirl.

I’m probably in the minority here, but… I didn’t like Fangirl. People kept parading that book like it was the damn Dummies Guide to Fandom. But I didn’t feel that way at all. However, I was mildly interested in the snippets that were in Fangirl. But this book was really boring, at first. Nothing really happens until Baz turns up 30-ish% in the book. There were moments when I felt like I was reading angsty Darry fanfiction.

Looking back on it, this whole book was messy. I know it’s supposed to be Rowell’s take on the story, not Gemma’s (the author of the SS stories in Fangirl) or Cath’s fanfiction version. But the book is set up so it’s like the final story in Simon’s adventure, so there’s a lack of world building and the book leans on using the premises from Harry Potter so much that it wouldn’t have worked on its own. We’re just thrown straight in, having missed seven books worth of characterisation- it was probably Rowell’s intention to so but it was a bit tiring listening to them refer to their past adventures but we weren’t there.

Characterisation wise, I didn’t like anyone, at first, but they grew on me. Simon was so uninteresting and I still feel like I don’t understand him at all. Penny was smart and I liked her. I don’t even remember Agatha. The chapters with Lucy was interesting but I didn’t like how Simon doesn’t learn the truth behind his parentage? It would’ve made a better plot to seem him react to that news, even though I saw it a mile away. Baz was my favourite. Watching him struggle with his dilemma as a vampire was interesting but He was good but could’ve been way better.

Overall, I’m in the middle with this book. While in terms of diversity, Carry On has Harry Potter beat. I was hoping it would be more original.

Kindle Edition, 529 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
ASIN: B00V35U13W

The King’s Men (All for the Game #3) by Nora Sakavic

23667559you can find the book at:
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Author website

my review:

“Pull out all the stops and lay it all on the line. Fight because you don’t know how to die quietly. Win because you don’t know how to lose. This king’s ruled long enough—it’s time to tear his castle down.”

I can’t believe it was only fifteen days ago where I didn’t even know what the hell The Foxcourt Hole was. And it’s been almost a week since I finished The King’s Men and I’ve just been scouring Nora’s tumblr, reading everyone she’s written about post-TKM.

I genuinely thought I was never going to make it to the final book. Because I’m a realistic reader and there were times in this series where it’s so bizarrely unrealistic and none of their behaviour would be acceptable in real life. (for example, in book 1, I don’t think the NCAA would ever permit Andrew to play Exy on the condition he would be on drugs, and allow him to play with knives hidden under his clothing). You don’t understand how hard it was to read this without wanting to yell ‘HOW WOULD THAT EVEN BE PERMITTED???’

But putting that aside, The King’s Men was a really gripping read and I think it’s my favourite out of the trilogy. The action of the story keeps you on the edge with every turn of a page. It’s been a week since finishing this and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Nora takes the story and makes it even more brutal and heart breaking than its predecessors.

I’m just going make a small mention about the relationships within this- small because I know I’ll never shut up about them. The interactions between the characters are so cute, and I loved each and every single one of them, especially Neil, Dan, Renee, Alison, and, never forget my ultimate fave, Nicky. And despite the description heavily emphasising this book is about romance, it was subtle and doesn’t overpower the main plot of the team. I loved way the Foxes went from this dysfunctional team that had no hopes of even scratching the list for the championship to working together and growing together as a group. And this tumblr post sums up everything that is pure and good about the USC Trojans,but has huge spoilers, just to warn you.  (Yeah, small mention she said, well done Zaheerah.)

Overall, I might not have had the best beginnings with this series but the ending swept me away and I know I’ll most definitely be reading more from Nora Sakavic in the future.

Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published December 2nd 2014