Book Review

N.E.W.Ts Wrap-up

Okay, so here’s my wrap-up for my N.E.W.Ts which, sadly, didn’t go as planned. Turns out reading while travelling is alot harder than I expected and I had way less time. But stilll I finished ssome books, mostly before I left, and achieved some exams, WHOO!

Exams needed for my career:
A – Charms 🗝
A – Defence Against the Dark Arts 👹
A – Potions ⚗

A – Divination 🔮
E – Divination 🔮
A – Astronomy 🌌

So my career as a healer hasn’t happened this year, but fingers crossed for next year.

Hannah x

Books Read: 6

Total Pages: 1,832

Book Genres: Sci-fi, Historical Fiction, Romance

Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri

‘I think the biggest lie the devil ever told was that beauty and goodness are the same.’

Rating: 2/5 Stars

I found this at the book swap at YALC and was first intrigued by the cover. I sat and read the first few chapters and thought that it had everything I was looking for, a kind of Gossip Girl meets Charmed was my initial thoughts. And while I did enjoy the plot of this book, I’m sitting here really confused as to whether or not I actually liked it. There was alot going on with each of the 5 main characters, and personally I would have likes more clarity when the POVs changed. Plus my favourite of the 5 children is Bicé who, for me, wasn’t such a prominent character until the end of the book. Two things I was supprised to love about this books was how it wasn’t a classic romance or happy end book that I’m used to. However, overall I felt like I loved the idea of the book more than the book itself, and was abit let down with the ending.

I’m glad I read Another Faust, but it’s not one I’d read again and I’m not planning to continue the series.

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

“Never fall in love with a mortal, for love is an affliction. It always ends in blood.”

Rating: 5/5 Stars

I don’t even know how to explain this book. I was lucky enough to pick up the proof at YALC and couldnt wait to start. This book is such a rollercoaster of highs and lows of the characters. Plus I’ve now found my new book boyfriend Bastien❤ While the beginning felt abit slow, it allowed for character development which I loved. But the ending, OMG the ending of this book is unreal. I was in tears and feel like I don’t know what I’m going to do now until the sequal comes out.

The main character Celine felt so relatable and if you want to read about a kick-ass, fearless protagonist then this is definitely the book for you. Bastien, the main male character, is the dark and broody type, but also is so lovable from a few short scenes where emotion is shown. The one character I’m not sure about yet is Michael, the second main male character, as only towards the end of the book do I feel we really get to know him, but I’m definitely looking forward to finding out more in the sequel.

I have abit of a confession about Renée Ahdeih’s other books, I haven’t read any of them. But after reading this and the stunning writing style I’m certainly going to dust them off my shelf and give them a read too.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

‘Even in the future the story begins with Once Upon a Time.’

Rating: 4/5 Stars

This is probably the 4th or 5th time I’ve read this book, and it still gives me the same joy as it did the 1st time. Cinderella retellings are one of my favourite things to read, and this ones up there with the best. I love the character development within the books, and how the plot intertwines throughout the series. Cinder and Kai as well, OMG they are so adorable. However I hate how Kai acts toward the end of the book. Why does he have to become such an idiot! I know he feels hurt and everything and has to thing about the kingdom but come on!! Grow up!!!

Its been years since I’ve read this and am so glad that it was the book my friend recommended for this challenge. Let’s hope I continue the series, but lets face it, the others don’t compare to the first.

Furious Thing by Jenny Downham

“A healthy girl should be furious, because the world is an unfair place.”

Rating: 2/5 Stars

This is another proof I picked up from YALC and I so wanted to love it. Sadly I didnt. I dont know why exactly, the writing was amazing, the plot was gripping, and the characters were relatable. But I read the whole thing in one sitting and I struggled to get through it. I would definitely recommend it but personally I didn’t have a connection to the book that made me fall in love with it. That been said it could be because of the dark themes of the books, but who knows. Worth the read for anyone interested!

Virgins by Diana Gabaldon

Rating: 3/5 Stars

This is such a funny novella that was a joy to read. Not going to lie I’m still confused by the Scottish language at times, but once I got over that I loved it. Just wished it was longer because thrre csn never be enought Jamie Fraser❤

The Girl who became a Goddess by Theresa Fuller

‘If she was going to die, she would at least die speaking to the gods.’

Rating: 3/5 Stars

This collection of short stories is great! Combining different cultures myths and legends, as well as the brain of a young girl, creates a joyful read. Definitely worth picking up if you’re into myths and legends.

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