Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with another book unhaul on my blog! This the second part in my 2018 unhaul series and it’s honestly so freeing just writing the intro for this post!

You can find my first unhaul of 2018 here


I was gifted these books or bought them a few years ago. Some of these I have read or do not plan on reading so they will either be getting sold on my Depop [LINK] or I will be giving them away at Book Swaps so others can read them.

So let’s get started!

book book book booksWe Were Liars    The Undelightened (The Undelightened, #1)    The Crowns of Croswald (The Croswald Series)

We Were Liars, The Undelightened, The Crowns of Croswald

book book book booksThe Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)     The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)     The Implausible Story of Olive Far Far Away

Cormoran Strike books 1 & 2, The Implausible Story of Olive Far Far Away

book book book booksInferno (Talon, #5)     Daughter of the Burning City     The Bear

Inferno, Daughter of the Burning City, The Bear

book book book booksChallenger Deep     Coraline     The Shock of the Fall

Challenger Deep, Coraline, The Fall




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Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a fun book tag that’s been going around lately. I was tagged by the ever beautiful Elizabeth @ RegalMusings, she’s a wonderful blogger and if you’re not following her you definitely should be!

Two of my favourite bloggers, Elizabeth & Malanie created this tag and I absolutely love it (and them, duh) so you guys should definitely do this tag too! It’s so much fun and spreading the blogger love is a wonderful thing to do!






I somehow only discovered Lily in the last month(ish) and that honestly seems crazy to me because her blog is absolutely beautiful. I love her posts and the gorgeous layout of her blog, it never fails to make me jealous!

Because I’m so new to her blog picking a book is a bit harder but, I think I’ll go with Emma. I recently read Lily’s top 5 favourite books post and she talked about how much she loved this one and she actually convinced me to pick this one up soon!


Emma – Jane Austen


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Destiny! This post is full of bloggers I love and admire but Destiny is absolutely one of the most inspirational bloggers for me! She is actually the reason I started writing reviews again on my blog and definitely a big part of the reason I have kept blogging. No pressure, but I love you, girl!

This is also a pretty recent one, but Destiny recently posted a review of City of Ghosts and convinced me to pick it up too! It was my first book by this author and I’m so glad I decided to go with Destiny’s recommendation and picked it up! It was such a fun read!

City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab


Emma is the queen of blogging humour and whenever she posts she absolutely makes my day. Emma’s blog is straight up fantastic anyway, but her blog posts always make me smile, no matter what she’s talking about! Emma did a post a while ago, talking about some of her favourite books and she gushed so much about Jane Eyre that I immediately went and picked it up. Technically I still haven’t finished it (I binged it for a bit and then straight up stopped and never picked it up)  but I was really enjoying it and  I can see the book becoming a solid 4 stars for me whenever I finish it.

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë


✨ Chelsea ✨

Chelsea is always writing great reviews and really helpful recommendation posts on her blog. I’ve followed her for years and when I was first starting out she was a big inspiration for me!

Chelsea loves Upside and is always gushing about it, so Upside is always the first book I think of when I think of her!

The Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli


Rebecca ofc! Emma is one of my best blogging friends and I love her with my whole heart! I want to say that she reminds me of Emma Mills books because Rebecca LOVES her books, but I feel like we talk about STaking Jack The Ripper more often and we’re planning on buddy reading book 3 as soon as our copies arrive so I’m going with that series.

Rebecca is my favourite and whenever I see her blog pop up on my Feedly/Reader my mood immediately lifts and she just makes me so happy okay???

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)

Stalking Jack The Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco



I tag every blogger I recommended above +

Emma @ Reading Through The Night // Tiana @ The Book Raven //  Carolina @ Fictionologyst // Emma @ Corn Reviews Books // Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight // Eliza @ DuskAngelReads // Lexie @ ReadingByStarlight // Ally @ AllyWritesThings // Deanna @ DeeReadsThings




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Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep, #1)

TITLE: Into The Drowning Deep

AUTHOR: Mira Grant (pen name) aka. Seanan McGuire

SERIES: Standalone (there is a prequel novella)

GENRE/ AGE RANGE: Mystery/Horror, Adult, Science Fiction/Thriller

PUBLICATION DATE: November 16th, 2017

ACQUIRED: Library Copy

SYNOPSIS: Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend.

It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a tragedy; others have called it a hoax.

Now a new crew has been assembled to investigate. And they’ll discover that it sown there is definitely no joke…


I don’t write reviews often (though, I’ve been working on changing that lately), and it’s especially rare for me to review a book that wasn’t an arc or a review copy from a publisher, so I think that’s a testament to how much I want you guys to go out and read this book!

This book is fantastic! It’s full of horror, sirens and representation for minority groups we don’t get to read about often. Aka. there’s an Autistic character and deaf characters! It’s a lot of fun if you can believe that, and now we finally have a book that doesn’t do Sirens dirty, Mira Grant leaves nothing out! You should not sleep on this book!

“People were strange. People were also wonderful.”

I’m going to bullet point everything I love about this before I gush, because I have a lot of feelings:

  • Creative, Intense, Atmospheric
  • Great writing
  • Compelling plot
  • Wonderful love story – slightly slow burn
  • Great representation – Social anxiety, Autism, Deafness
  • Actually well-written Sirens – hella scary
  • Flawed characters – no one is inherently good
  • Fantastic audiobook
  • The plot + writing really draw you in! Because of this, the book looks longer than it feels.


Cute & slow romance

I’ll be honest the draw of Sirens and a wonderful F/F romance is what drew me to read this book. It also helped that Mira Grant is a pen name for Seanan McGuire, the author of one of my favourite series, the Wayward Children series.

I won’t go on about it forever, but the romance in this book is, I think why a lot of people will read this one so I’m going to talk about it. No spoilers but there is a wonderful and cute (but slow) romance between two women (bisexual and lesbian rep) and I love it. The MC’s love interest is cute af and also Autistic, and here’s the kicker – the mc does not give a sh*t. I love it. She doesn’t even blink an eye and I really appreciated that because usually it’s a big deal in writing, when it doesn’t always need to be.

How I remember it:

“Hi *is cute and awkward af* can I interview yo-“


This book is so so dark but, that’s what makes it so good! The Sirens are not played down or sugar-coated and that’s probably what I loved most about this book. Usually, when you read about Mermaids or Sirens you get books like To Kill A Kingdom where they’re really romanticised. Well, you won’t make that mistake with this book.

They’re totally badass and scary – combined with the beautiful writing style, you really get the feeling that if you came up against them in real life, you wouldn’t survive.

“The seas did not forgive, and they did not welcome their wayward children home.” 

^^I’m dying at this quote, honestly


  • Autism & Lesbian – Olivia
  • Bisexual – Tory
  • Heather & Holly – Deaf (they use ASL)
  • Mr Blackwell – Physical disability that affects his ability to walk

This book is chock full of representation, and is a wonderful model for how other books should be written, in terms of diversity! It has characters from all over the world and of all different ethnicities, it also has deaf characters (at least 4 characters who know ASL) and a love interest with Autism. None of this is used as a plot point in the story and it’s all treated as normal, which is honestly so refreshing to read about!

There is also another character in this book with a physical disability that makes it difficult for him to walk and I just wanted to mention him here because i haven’t seen him mentioned much in other reviews. We don’t see much of him throughout the novel, but I really enjoyed him in the novel because he is a really complex character (like most of the characters in the novel) and isn’t defined by his disability.

Also, can I just take a moment to scream about deaf characters who are actually represented well??? I legit cried guys, this made me so happy.

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Okay, I’m done thank you.

“It was beautiful, in its own terrible way.
So many monsters are.”

My only real issue with this book was the ending, but that’s a minor fault and I get the feeling there’s going to be a sequel so it’s okay! There’s been no wind of a sequel so I put this down as a standalone, but I would definitely love to continue. I loved this book and found the creatures to be really interesting, though this definitely still works as a standalone if that’s what you’re into!

TW: Social Anxiety, Murder, Loss, Horror, Animal deaths, Minor body horror, Physical disability

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THE MONSTERS WE DESERVE BOOK REVIEW // Atmospheric + Pretentious = My worst read of 2018

TITLE: The Monsters We Deserve

AUTHOR: Marcus Sedgwick

SERIES? Standalone

GENRE/ AGE RANGE: Historical Fiction, Young Adult


PUBLICATION DATE:  September 6th 2018

ACQUIRED: E-arc via Netgalley – Head of Zeus

SYNOPSIS: The Villa Diodati, on the shore of Lake Geneva, 1816: the Year without Summer. As Byron, Polidori, and Mr and Mrs Shelley shelter from the unexpected weather, old ghost stories are read and new ghost stories imagined. Born by the twin brains of the Shelleys is Frankenstein, one of the most influential tales of horror of all time.

In a remote mountain house, high in the French Alps, an author broods on Shelley’s creation. Reality and perception merge, fuelled by poisoned thoughts. Humankind makes monsters; but who really creates who? This is a book about reason, the imagination, and the creative act of reading and writing. Marcus Sedgwick’s ghostly, menacing novel celebrates the legacy of Mary Shelley’s literary debut in its bicentenary year.

Thank you to Head of Zeus for supplying the e-arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


This book is a clusterfuck of nothing and I was sorely disappointed by it.

I’ll be completely transparent with you guys, I requested the book purely based off the front cover and because I’d read and enjoyed some of the author’s works in the past. However, this was a huge mistake for me. I never read the blurb because I generally don’t do that for most of the books I read, and I won’t be making that mistake again with a Sedgwick novel.

I had no idea what this was about and so I had no idea what to expect. The story launches completely into itself with no explanation and no way for you to understand the context of the situation without having read the blurb for the book. I hate this about books. I don’t read blurbs and I know a lot of other people don’t, so when I started this I was at a loss for what was happening. This book is confusing and strange, a combination that doesn’t always play out well.

You’re better off reading something that can do this better like The Raven Cycle or Space Opera if you’re looking for a weird story.

“The night is when monsters arrive, when monsters are made.”


I mean, wow… what can I say? This was my first 1 star of 2018. The Monsters We Deserve really takes the cake! It even beat out Zenith, which I only rated 2 stars, for my worst read of the year!

This book has received a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews but I think it really missed the mark for me. In general, a lot of things were about this one. The writing style was pretentious to the point where he was coming off not only as rude but as judgmental and arrogant. Also, at one point in the beginning of the story, and this is what really gets me, he schools the reader on how to use a comma. Thanks, you pretentious asshole, I’m a literature student, I know how to use a comma. And then throughout the whole novel, to keep this pretentious and horrible book going he proceeds to place a whole lot of unnecessary commas in his book. I just hate it so much???

There was so much borderline offensive stuff in this that is never ceased to piss me off. I basically hate-read this and would never have finished chapter 1 if this wasn’t an arc copy. Throughout the book, the author continually treats his reader/s as if they are dumb and no better than the dirt under the author’s shoes.

(There’s also another instance where he goes over what the word for-bidden means. Honestly, this did nothing to help him because the book already feels as if the main character looks down on the reader. You don’t sound smart, you sound like an asshole.

And this is a really minor note, but considering this book is only just over 100 pages, it took me a ridiculous amount of time and determination to finish it. 4 days and something like 40 notes left on my kindle as a result of this book. What a wild ride of hatred and rage.

“I would like to mention that you sent me here, It was your idea.”



My main takeaway from this book is that the author didn’t know what he wanted it to be. There is so much genre-splicing that it’s silly. This book feels like the author was trying a whole bunch of different things all in one go and it didn’t pay off. If anything, it felt unedited.

In the beginning, I could picture this as one of those shitty fake-deep oscar nominated movies that you get around the Summer time. Then it turned into a mystery and then a ghost story then a weird coming of middle-age story and then it was straight up an analysis of Frankenstein ft. Mary Shelley was racist and also classist (duh) and also here’s an a-z of why you should not read this book. I saw another reviewer say that reading this was like reading a thesis on Frankenstein and I have to say, I completely agree with them. [LINK]


I titled this section the way I feel because at this point it’s 6:15 at night and I’m tired and I just want to go to sleep. This book was just over 100 pages and yet it managed to piss me off completely and really turn me off the author’s future novels. It grated on my nerves and irritated me the entire time I was reading it. It was also so repetitive I

couldn’t believe what I was reading. At first I thought it was just a typo because i was reading an advanced copy but… the repetition stayed throughout the whole novel and it was confusing and weird. It honestly felt like Sedgwick was just trying to get the word count up and thinking his pretentious writing/character would cover him for this one.

Here are some examples if you think I’m being dramatic:

“…beaten and drawn, beaten and drawn”
“Put the shopping away, I put the shopping away and the…”
“I stared at it for the longest time, the longest time…”

The main character is dramatic and obsessed with Mary Shelley and her book, Frankenstein. I’m not entirely sure what the author was trying to accomplish with this book. Maybe he just got fed up one day and wrote a book trying to prove that the author is sperate from their works??? I don’t know, but this book turned out to pretty much just be an ode to why the dude hates Frankenstein.


Honestly, no. I thought it was pretty terrible. But maybe if you enjoy Frankenstein or have to do an analysis on the book, this might be the novel for you.

Take my review with a grain of salt though, because as of me writing this, I am the only reviewer to have rated this one star (out of 54 reviews). That being said, it’s still a pretty new release and not many people have actually read it yet.

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Hey guys! Today I’m continuing my obsession with Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco and also going out of my comfort zone for a bit of a change! I decided I would change things up a bit for this instalment in my series and today I tried my hand at making aesthetic boards??? Is that what they’re called???

I have never made these aesthetic mood board thingos before so this was a whole new world for me. I wasn’t quite sure how to make them but I think I figured it out in the end??

  • To make these I used my laptop, good ol’ Pinterest and Spark Adobe.
  • You can find the Pinterest board I developed making these here.




I wasn’t really sure what I was doing but I didn’t really want to listen to my history lecture at the time, so I decided to stalk (haha, I’m a comedian) Pinterest. I searched for Stalking Jack The Ripper, Blood aesthetic, Audrey Rose Wadsworth & Thomas Cresswell.

I had a lot of fun creating this. I don’t think it’s perfect but I think it was worth it for the experience alone. Who knew this was so much fun??? (literally everyone but me)


Hunting Prince Dracula

I’m definitely a lot happier with my Hunting Prince Dracula layout. For this one, I went with a darker tone because the book itself is a lot darker. I also used black and red as the base colours (with grey as a background). I tried to use what I thought summed up the book the most (no spoilers) while also trying to make it look cool. And I think I succeeded? Honestly, I really love this one.




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Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)

TITLE: Hunting Prince Dracula

AUTHOR: Kerri Maniscalco

SERIES: Stalking Jack The Ripper, #2

GENRE/ AGE RANGE: Mystery, Young Adult

PUBLICATION DATE: September 20th 2016


SYNOPSIS: Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

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But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

book 1 | book 2 | book 3 [LINKS]


This is such a tension-filled and fun mystery! It’s full of feminism, mystery, murder and an amazing setting! Honestly, now that I’ve read this one I kind of want to go to Romania, which is saying something because I’m really not a traveller.

Also, just a quick mention but there is a f/f romance in this book between two important characters so that was lovely to see!

“Monsters were in the eye of the beholder. And no one wanted to discover their hero was the true villain of the story.”


The development n this book is pretty solid and a definite improvement from book 1! I talked about this in my review, but book 1 Audrey Rose doesn’t handle feminism very well. But, in this instalment, her commentary on other women improves tenfold. In the first novel, she couldn’t stand women who were okay with marriage or who didn’t mind the if they had set out for them. Whereas, in Hunting Prince Dracula she’s a lot more respectful of the women around her and she has an appreciation for them even if they don’t want to follow the path she does.

We also learn more about Thomas throughout this novel which was really interesting. He’s kind of elusive throughout the first novel so getting to know him more, especially considering he’s the love interest, was really cool. His character develops a lot emotionally and in terms of learning how to act around other people and he also reveals a lot about himself throughout the story. So, he is one of the highlights of the novel since he’s such an up and down character in the series. Honestly, Thomas is one of the main things I’m most looking forward to for book 3.

“Perhaps it was time for fathers to teach their sons how to behave around young women. They were not born superior, no matter how society falsely conditioned them. We were all equals here.”


Hunting Prince Dracula definitely has the best background and atmosphere yet! This book has a brilliant atmosphere to it that totally suits the mystery and tone of the novel – HPD is a lot darker than Stalking Jack The Ripper, even the title sounds more menacing!

Another thing I really loved about this book was mental illness. It’s not explicitly said, but Audrey Rose definitely has PTSD. I think it’s generally agreed upon that she’s suffering from it because of the events of book 1. I mean, how do you come out of that unscathed anyway? I think her PTSD is also really well represented, so that’s a plus as well!

And now the real kicker! Two words: Sexual tension. Oh my god, you could cut the tension with a knife it’s A LOT. And. I. Love. It. Audrey Rose and Thomas have such good banter and respect for each other and it’s really great to see that level of respect ina romantic pairing in YA.

“Monsters are only as real as the stories that grant them life. And they only live for as long as we tell those tales.”

This is definitely my favourite book in the series so far, though that being said, book 3 is really close up and I’m definitely excited for it, even though I don’t think my preorder will come in on time (damn you, Bookdepository!). This is definitely a brilliant book with fun characters, great development and a phenomenal background in Romania!

You guys should definitely pick this one up if you even somewhat enjoyed book 1! This is such a brilliant step up from the first book, and Escaping From Houdini is coming out tomorrow!

TW: PTSD, Death, Loss, Sexism, Murder/Gore

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Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

TITLE: Stalking Jack The Ripper

AUTHOR: Kerri Maniscalco

SERIES: Stalking Jack The Ripper, #1

GENRE/ AGE RANGE: Mystery, Young Adult

PUBLICATION DATE: September 20th 2016


SYNOPSIS: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Related imageAgainst her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

book 1 | book 2 | book 3 [LINKS]


I love this book. If you’ve been following my blog at all this year then you probably already know that. Book two is definitely my favourite (so far) in the series but I love this one all the same. This was Kerri Maniscalco’s debut novel and wow, for a first novel it’s pretty fantastic.

“Death was not prejudiced by mortal things such as station or gender. It came for kings and queens and prostitutes alike, often leaving the living with regrets.”


This is definitely not the best book on the planet, but it’s fun, it’s exciting and I love it. Also, it’s a debut novel so give the author credit where it’s due. Aka. here. It’s a fun mystery with cool characters, a great love interest and fun story backgrounds! In book one we have the classic mystery background of London, in book 2 we visit Romania and in book 3 we get to go to NY and visit the circus. It’s kind of amazing and I love it. Maniscalco really knows how to write an enthralling background location.

What I think so many people love about the series, and what I also love about it, is the romance! It’s definitely a high point f the series for me! The love interest (not a spoiler!) is not your typical a**hole YA hero. When you’re first introduced to him he comes across as pretty coldhearted but as you continue to read the book (and the series) he unravels his outward persona a bit more and we see that he’s actually quite different. He’s a feminist and actually does have a heart. It’s wonderful to see. Instead of pushing Audrey Rose aside, he lets her step forward he lets her save the day.

“There’s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romance.”


Aside from the issue of Audrey Rose’s heritage (it’s mentioned once and basically never brought up again), for me, there are only two big and notable downsides to this book. Feminism and the mystery.

  • Feminism

This is dealt with much better in the second book but for now, we’re just going to talk about the first book! Audrey Rose is a cool and quick thinking character and I love her for that but she also thinks she’s somewhat of a special snowflake just because she does autopsies and not many other women are fond of the idea. She seems to think that just because she doesn’t want to get married, she can judge the women around her who do. She is incredibly unforgiving towards pretty much all other women in the novel and never really seems to grow out of her way of thinking, so until the second book there’s no real development on that front.

You can read more about these two points here in Elise’s review.

  • The Mystery

This is something I’ve never really had much trouble with, aside from my inability to never guess a plot twist or who the murder is! But, I do know that others have guessed who Jack The Ripper is within the first few chapters. So, while it wasn’t a big issue for me, I did want to just point it out for anyone who frequently reads mysteries. That being said, it’s the general consensus that the mystery in book 2 is much better!

“Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.”

I don’t have much else to say other than that I loved the experience of reading this book and I’ve definitely re-read it a couple of times since my first reading. I really enjoy all the characters and I adore the backdrop of London for this gloomy mystery.

It’s a totally ridiculous thing for me to add here, but I will definitely be continuing this series. I’ve already read (and re-read) book 2 three times this year (I kind of love it a lot) and I am highly anticipating book 3 this week!

I totally recommend this if you love the banter and vibe from the Sherlock and Watson characters. Audrey Rose and Thomas are totally suave and have A++ banter, it’s a large part of why I love this series and what I think a lot of people also love about the characters!

TW: Murder, Descriptions of dead bodies, Mystery, Loss, Parental disregard (of children)

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