A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness | Spoiler Free Review

A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew – the forbidden love at the heart of it.

When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it’s an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she’s kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana’s discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels…

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Sarah J. Maas Title Reveal!

As you may know, I am a HUGE Sarah J.Maas fan… although I am yet to read Tower of Dawn and Kingdom of Ash but I promise I love her work I just suck at smashing my TBR pile.

Sarah for me, is an author I love because I find her writing consistenly great. She is an author that some love and some hate but for me I know I will always easily fall into her world. I lose myself in her writing style and characters so easily so when I heard she was bringing out another fantasy series I was SO happy.  This is actually going to be her first ever adult fantasy series and today the title has been revealed, are you ready…

Drum Roll Please…

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 
Genre: Historical/Fantasy/ Fiction
Pages: 502


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

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Why I love… 50 Shades of Grey by E.L James

Hi Guys, Today I want to discuss my reasons for loving 50 Shades of Grey by E.L James.

50 Shades of Grey is a book and film which I think is either Love or Hated, I was nervous to discuss this on my blog because I always feel like I should keep it Young Adult – I don’t know why, I think I just don’t like venturing too far off from other blogs and what other people post about but then I realized this is my book blog for me to share my love of a book with you and not everyone is going to like the same books as you and that’s ok. I shouldn’t stop myself from writing about things I like or be nervous for liking something others don’t like.

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Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

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Genre: Contemporary Humour, Romance


Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:

a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise

“123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)…”

Bridget Jones’ Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.

Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you’ll find yourself shouting, “Bridget Jones is me!”

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The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

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Title: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Rating: 5/5 stars


Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

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Dirty by Kylie Scott.

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Author: Kylie Scott

Genre: N/A Romance

Rating: 4 Stars



The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.



Dirty is the first book in the Dive Bar series by Kylie Scott, New York Time Bestselling Author. Like many of my other recent reads, this was my first experience with Kylie Scott as an author and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.

Dirty is a fast paced, light hearted romance novel that took me no time to finish reading, it is definitely a book I would recommend for those looking for something easy to get into, a book to wind down with.

Firstly when I say the book is fast paced, I truly mean that things move very quickly for Lydia and Vaughn. Although this fast pace doesn’t hinder the story to a large extent, the introduction Lydia has to Vaughn means they already know somewhat intimate details of each other lives. I mean Vaughn finding Lydia in his bath in her wedding dress having just ran out of her wedding and through his bedroom window surely means they are ahead in the getting to know each other scale… a little bit at least.

I decided to rate Dirty 4 stars because I had hoped for the pace to slow down so we could experience certain elements to the story in more detail, for example Lydia’s fiance is revealed to be gay (this isn’t a spoiler because it is in the books summary ) which his father pays Lydia generously to hide from the press in order to save their reputation. Yet he then jets off onto the honeymoon he was meant to have with Lydia with his best man/lover… Then we don’t seem to hear anything else about what happens next, I had hoped for more of a conflict or more detail regarding this element to the story however it almost felt like it was brushed under the carpet whilst Vaughn and Lydia took center stage.

Despite having felt like the story could of been more developed and detailed in some instances I did still thoroughly enjoy Dirty, I liked Vaughn and Lydia’s relationship. I liked how  despite having just met he took her under his wing and protected her knowing she had been manipulated and used by the people she thought loved her. As you can probably work out in places the story felt like it lacked something, it picked up in others especially in the personal relationship blossoming between our two protagonists.

One to check out for those who are fans of light hearted, easy to read New Adult Romances



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Goodreads – Dirty | Goodreads: Kylie Scott Author Page


A little note from me…

Hi Guys!

As of today I have 2 weeks until my last exam then I shall be free for summer and you know what that means? I shall be free to read! 

Yaaay I have so many books on my TBR which I hope to tackle, obviously I will also have my reading list for third year to tackle as well as my job but I will have more time to dedicate to my blog and keeping up to date 🙂

Are you currently taking exams too? Let me know in the comments how your getting on or when you finish. What are your plans for summer?


One with You – Sylvia Day



Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.

Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.

But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.



One With You is the 5th and final book in the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day and Boy Oh Boy have I been waiting for this. I began reading the Crossfire series a few years ago, after finishing 50 Shades of Grey by E.L James, Amazon recommend I purchase it and I owe my gratitude to Amazon for introducing me to such a wonderful series. I have loved each and every book in this series and I can’t believe it is over.

It is a bittersweet feeling…

Firstly if you are new to this series then none of these books can be read as a standalone, they each follow on from one another therefore you need to start from the beginning. But don’t let this put you off because I actually re-read the first four books before reading One With You in a matter of days, they are easy to get into and you will be hooked from the beginning.

If you are a fan of the 50 shades of Grey trilogy then you will see similarities but they are also remarkably different, the Crossfire series spans over a shorter time period therefore there is more detail packed into these books without quickly jumping from one moment to the next. The Crossfire series also incorporates a lot of heavy content, such as child abuse, rape and emotional trauma. As the story develops we get to see Eva and Gideon embark on a truly emotional journey together and as a reader I myself felt sympathy for them which Sylvia Day as an author, has to pat herself on the back for. She managed to create so many emotions from me as a reader out of this series, she did a fantastic job engaging me and no doubt so many others into the world of Gideon Cross.

When reading some series, there is usually a weak link somewhere. A book that isn’t quite up to par as the rest of the books but for me this wasn’t the case for the Crossfire Series, I have felt fully intrigued as to what would happen next as well as feeling engaged throughout. Just as you think finally things are looking up for Gideon and Eva, something crawls out of the past and things take a turn again. This is one of the many things I love about this series, its ability to keep me engaged, interested and shock me. I never knew what to expect and considering I have read the first 4 books in particular 3 times now and I still feel as intrigued and excited says a lot about the series. It doesn’t matter if you read them over and over again, you won’t get bored.

One thing I have to say about this final book was I was ever so slightly disappointed but as you notice this isn’t reflected in the rating because I gave it 5 stars. Why? Well because it isn’t anything actually to do with the book itself, its my own wishes. Like anybodies favourite series, you don’t want it to end. I wanted to carry on reading and hear about Eva and Gideon beginning to work together or starting a family. Therefore my little disappointed feeling was simply that, my hope that the ending wouldn’t really ever come.

Perhaps somewhere in the future Sylvia Day may write a little snippet of what could of happened next? That or I will scour the internet for fan-fiction to see what wonderful creative writers have come up with!

Now as previously mentioned I decided to rate One With You 5 stars, I decided this based on how easily I got into the book, how it kept me engaged throughout as well as how I felt it to have kept up with the previous 4 books. One With You is just as romance and action packed as the first 4 books, it has continuously kept its pace throughout each novel and One With You also had the ability to shock me.  The ending of this book which I won’t reveal because nobody likes a spoiler sue, was something I never saw coming and the secrets that were revealed were equally just as shocking, this wasn’t something that was hinted at or you could decipher for yourself. It truly comes from nowhere, one minute everything is fine and the next your wondering what the heck just happened!

Now as I mentioned I personally wished the ending had more so I could read on and on, realistically I also have to mention how wonderful the ending is to the story itself.  After 5 books of drama and hope for contentment for this couple it is absolutely wonderful to finally have a happy ending, to see them content with each other and able to move forward with their lives and embark on new journeys.

In terms of writing style, Sylvia Day embarks on a unique writing technique for One With You, she firstly uses alternative points of view from Gideon to Eva to present a well rounded story. As readers we get to see a larger picture through the eyes of both protagonists, we get to experience their feelings as well as their hopes. Additionally to this, the nightmares which are a large part to the story as they haunt both protagonists are also shown, through either Gideon or Eva’s perspectives when ever they experience a nightmare Sylvia Day incorporates there dream and nightmare into the story. Presented in italics so we can decipher that this isn’t reality, we are able to read the harrowing memories they each faced and the fears they have. This added another element to the reading experience of the book because we were able to be taken into the past and understand what happened to both Gideon and Eva, this also makes us feel sympathy for the characters on a stronger level.

Finally I just want to reference the series as a whole, I commend Sylvia Day on her incorporation of the deeper subject issues such as rape and abuse. She did not just simply graze upon these subjects either they are weaved throughout the story and they play a large part in both protagonists lives. The series does not touch upon the events happening but rather how Gideon and Eva both suffered as children and as adults the series shows how emotionally scared they still are. This is shown through the therapy moments as well as the nightmares they each experience. As well as this Cary is another character who is an abuse survivor. The series shows the long journey they face to try and gain their lives back and their attempts to take back their happiness which was stolen from them, as each book ends you see how they are able to do this in some way or other or we see moments they are knocked back.

Furthermore the reality of these books is also something that kept me so interested and ultimately why I love them, the world of Gideon Cross is of that of a billionaire but it is easy to be drawn into his world, when Chris Senior finds out about Gideon’s Abuse he handles it in a way which I would expect to be very realistic, Gideon’s exchanges with his mother are also what I expect to be realistic.There is no rush for resolution and it is not forced upon the story as it strives for a happy ending, instead not everything is resolved. Like life, not everything will be perfect and this series touches upon that perfectly.

I am so sad to see the end to this series, Sylvia Day is truly a wonderful writer therefore I definitely have to check out her other work. Its sad to have to say goodbye to Gideon and Eva knowing there won’t be another book regarding them but there story has been heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. It’s strange how emotionally attached you can get to characters in a book, Bared with you was released in 2012 so you can imagine that this series has been a part of my life for 4 years. That’s a long time!

However as you may know the rights for this book series were acquired by Lionsgate for a television series. I believe this was in 2013, I hope that one day this is used. I would love to see Gideon and Eva’s story on screen.

Have you read this series? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, I would love to discuss this with you!




Get To Know The Author:

lvia.jpgSylvia Day (aka S. J. Day and Livia Dare) is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning novels sold in more than 40 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 28 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Her Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. Visit her atwww.sylviaday.com, Facebook.com/AuthorSylviaDay and on Twitter @SylDay.



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Goodreads – One With You | Goodreads – Sylvia Day | Book Depository – FREE WORLDWIDE DELIVERYSylvia Day.com

Me Before You – JoJo Moyes


Goodreads – Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

Me Before You is a book which has been recommended to me on various occasions and I never got round to picking it up. Frankly I had heard about the ending and being the giant emotional mess that I am, I think I was scared to experience it but I’m so glad I finally gave it a go because it’s beautiful and heart wrenching and it is easily my favourite book so far this year. (most likely forever)

I whole heartedly believe Me Before You deserves the 5 star rating in which I am giving it, JoJo Moyes is a writer who prior to this book I wasn’t familiar with but I found her writing to be exquisite; it was a perfect mix of just enough description to paint a full picture but not too much to make you bored. In fact I fell into the story so easily and felt like I knew the characters personally. Additionally to this her writing was consistent throughout and it kept me interested and intrigued as to what could happen next. Me Before You is a very emotional book, but I never expected it to fill me with so much hope for Will and hope for a certain outcome which ultimately I knew wasn’t going to happen but I held onto that hope with a very strong grip.

Additionally to this, I found myself laughing on numerous occasions throughout the book. Despite it being of a serious subject matter its filled with little jokes along the way and having seen the new extended movie trailer for the upcoming film I did picture Sam Claflin and Emelia Clarke as Louisa and Will. I think Emelia Clarke’s own personal tendencies and characteristics are perfect for Louisa’s Character.

As a whole Me Before You is a romance novel unlike any other, it is the first book I have read which features a protagonist who is suffering from a disability therefore it already set the book apart from others I have read but what also set this book further apart was the heart wrenching love blossoming between Louisa and Will. Firstly they both seem like polar opposites, she loves bumble bee tights whilst he likes to visit the Orchestra or watch Foreign Films with Subtitles. However opposites surely do attract and soon the tension began to build, as a reader I felt like Me Before You offered such a wonderful and unique experience as it drew so many different emotions out of me as each chapter passed and I felt like I was part of the story. It was as if I was experiencing it first-hand rather than as an outsider.

Another unique element to this book and JoJo Moyes writing style is her incorporation of numerous point of views, on the whole the book is from Louisa’s Point of View but as the book progresses and the heavier themes such as Dignitas (Assisted Suicide) are introduced we begin to experience Chapters From  Nathans point of view to Will’s parents. This allowed us to build a bigger picture of the story from his loved one’s point of views, we could experience more emotions and understand their thought processes as they each had known him longer than Louisa’s 6 months.

You can go into this book having strong views for or against assisted suicide but the book truly makes you see the point of views and arguments of the person who is suffering and their loved ones. Will’s story was heart breaking, I had so much hope that suddenly there would be a treatment that could fix his disability then he would go back to being the old Will and he and Louisa could live Happily Ever After, like a fairy-tale but the book stayed truthful to real life and their story ended in a much sadder but still beautiful way.

Overall I think Me Before You is a book worth reading no matter the genre you love, it is truly a beautiful but heart breaking story. I have recommended it to so many of my friends already. Once I had finished it I wasn’t sure whether I should do this review straight after or if I should of waited until the morning when my tears were dry, but I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts and hear what you thought during your readings of it.

Furthermore Have you read Me After You? What were your thoughts on the second book? I really want to read more based on Louisa and Will but I don’t know if I can cope with the emotions this book has made me feel. JoJo Moyes is absolutely brilliant!



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