Demigods and Monsters by Raye Wagner - Book Review #4

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Title// Demigods and Monsters

Author// Raye Wagner

Genre// Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult

Published// 25th April 2016

Source// I received a copy from Raye Wagner herself in exchange of an honest review

Edition// Kindle (ARC)

Rating // ½ Stars

Synopsis// *Could be a spoiler if you haven't read the first book* Can Apollo's Curse be broken? Seventeen-year-old Hope Nicholas is done running. Apollo's Curse has ruled her entire life, limiting her choices and robbing her of the things that matter most. But she refuses to live i fear any longer. In fact, she's ready to do whatever it takes to break the god's power over her existence. When the goddess Artemis instructs Hope to impersonate a demigod and infiltrates a conservatory to get access to the Olympian library, she doesn't hesitate. As she sees it, there's nothing left to lose. But once inside, Hope discovers the only way to get what she needs is to work with her sworn enemies. As the lines between demigod and monster are crossed again and again, Hope has to dig deep for the courage to accept her fate or fight for the freedom to save herself.

*Non-Spoiler Section of My Review* 

'Demigods and Monsters' is the second book to the 'Sphinx' series and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed it even more than the first book too. The story to me, was more gripping and on-edge, as within the first story, Hope is just trying to live as much of a normal life as possible but in 'DAM'* there is always something that could go wrong, making the story fast pace and gripping. Hope continued to grow within the story, making her a stronger and braver as the story went along. You saw her grow new friendships but also witnessed her suffering from the emotions of losing her mum and friends from the first book. 
It was interesting to witness a love triangle being thrown in to the story BUT I really liked it, it wasn't your normal love triangle where the girl plays both boys on, confusing the whole situation. This love triangle was really subtle and didn't really get more noticeable until the last few chapters of the book. I really enjoyed meeting Xan (the new love interest), his character was quite obnoxious and rude at the start of the book but you do start to warm with him and Hope's friendship with him grows (although I am still team Athan). 

*Spoiler Section of My Review* 

I think my favroutie parts of the story was when Hope met Artemis and Apollo for the first time, it was really interesting to see how Hope reacted towards both of them although when Apollo showed up, it left you answering questions. 
At the time of when Apollo appears she is being beaten up by the other demigods within the conservatory, they're doing this as they found out that she's the sphinx. When Apollo appears he ends up killing his own sons due to being angry with them for beating Hope up, as he tell's them that Hope is his and they are not to be the ones to kill her but he doesn't kill her, he heals her. This is where you start asking questions, as why did Apollo heal Hope?! 
I'm really excited for the 3rd book to be released so these questions can be answered! 
The book ended on Hope fleeing again and leaving Athan to search for her again too. It was so great to see Athan and Hope forgive each other close to the end of the book but it's so heart breaking that Athan has been left to search for her again, due to Apollo's curse. 
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Overall I loved this book, it was such a great 2nd instalment to the 'Sphinx' series and I can't wait to read more of Raye Wagners books! 
'Demigods and Monsters' will be released tomorrow and you can get it on Amazon! Hope you all enjoyed my review!

Love you all, 
  Tabitha x 

*'Demigods and Monsters*

Room by Emma Donoghue - A Book Review

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Title// Room

Author// Emma Donoghue

Genre// Adult fiction, Drama, Realistic

Published// 13th September 2010

Source// Bought myself

Edition// Paperback (movie cover)

Rating // 5 Stars

Synopsis// To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough... Not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

*Non-Spoiler Section of My Review* 

At first I was quite skeptical going in to this book due to it being an Adult fiction and it being written in the perspective of a 5 year old but I was pleasantly surprised. This book was brilliant, I enjoyed every moment of it. The story was haunting yet so compelling, reading from Jack's perspective was eye-opening and it was really interesting witnessing a 5 year olds thoughts on these adult topics. Emma Donoghue, has managed to really portrait a 5 year old through these pages and some of the characteristics and thoughts Jack has are spot on and I think she's done a brilliant job. Not only was the story brilliant but the imagery through Jack thoughts were great, it really helped imagine Room. His thoughts were also so naive and inquisitive which really reflected his age, yet he was also incredible intelligent for a 5 year old too, showing how Ma spent her time through the years of looking after him. This book is so brilliant I can't express it enough. I'm going to watch the film soon with my boyfriend to see the difference between the both but overall I loved this book.

*Spoiler Section of My Review* 


There were many iconic scenes, especially the scene where Jack and Ma finally escape from Old Nick. It was incredible tense and thrilling, especially reading from Jacks point of view, as he was terrified but he was also incredible brave. When Jack succeeded in escaping from Old Jack, you felt relieved and when Ma and Jack were reunited you felt an overcoming of happiness and relief for them. I loved that Jack was Ma's hero, he saved her in room when he was born and he also saved her escape room. It was really thought provoking to think, also symbolic. 
When jack was out in the open, it was interesting to see his thoughts on the world, watching him transition from Room to the outside. He was constantly questioning things and didn't like the idea of having no routine to follow. Jack then has to get used to being away from Ma, due to her overdosing. Again it was intriguing to watch Jack struggle to get on with day to day things without his Ma, he sucked Ma's old rotten tooth for comfort (almost like a dummy). 
The final scene was really thought provoking as Ma and Jack went back to Room, to settle Jacks thoughts. You witnessed Ma struggle with the idea of going back but it was really interesting to see that Jack thought that his Room was Room anymore, pushing him to say his final goodbyes and to push him to embrace him new life in the outside. 
Overall I really enjoyed 'Room' it was so riveting, compelling and thought provoking that I could hardly put it down. Brilliant piece of art, within a book. Have you read 'Room'?? 
Love you all, 
  Tabitha x 

My TBR Challenge 2016

Hey Book Lovers, 

I am incredible late with this post but better late than never, no? Recently I have noticed many people mentioning their TBR challenges when they discuss their monthly wrap-ups and I just thought, why don't I have some TBR challenges? It would make reading different books each month even more fun than it already is. Most people have 12 challenges (a challenge each month) but as I'm quite late to giving myself some challenges I thought I'd only give myself 10. I'm also not going to assign myself a new challenge as the months go by, I'm just going to go through each month and if it ticks a book corresponds with a challenge, I'll tick the box to that challenge. Below I have listed the 10 challenges I have given myself... 

  1. Read an adult fiction book // It's a genre I don't normally choose to go to 
  2. Read a classic book // It's a genre I don't normally choose to go to 
  3. Read a graphic novel // I don't pick these books up enough 
  4. Read a YA contemporary // I don't pick these books up enough 
  5. Read a book with mental illness involved // I just haven't read a book with mental illness involved 
  6. Read a new release // I'm always so behind when it comes to reading new releases 
  7. Read a large/big book (over 600 pages) // Just to challenge myself 
  8. Start a new series (a series I haven't read yet, but want too) // There are many series I want to start! 
  9. Finish a series (a series I have started but not yet finished) // I have started a few series and I haven't been able to finish them, so hopefully I will with this challenge 
  10. Take part in a read-a-thon // I haven't taken part in one, and so I'd like to experience them too. 
I have also decided that I will be tallying each challenge, so I'll tally any book that counts under each of the challenges, so if I read an adult book this month and in July, I'll write both books down under the challenge it full's under! - I hope that all makes sense! 

I'll update you later in the year what challenges I have completed and what book's I've read to complete them! 

Thank you so much for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it. 
Do you have any 2016 TBR challenges? 
Love you all, 
Tabitha x 

Currently Reading #4

Hey Book Lovers and All,
  Next week I'm back to college and my break will be over (if you can call it a break, I've been working non-stop and still doing so), I've enjoyed the Easter holidays and I now can't wait for May half term and the summer holidays! I've been trying to keep up with my college work as well as get some reading in and think I'm doing okay at the moment - here's hoping anyway! I've read two books so far this month and now on my third, although have only just started it so haven't got too much of an opinion on it just yet.


I'm currently reading 'Room' by Emma Donoghue and it's a book that I normally wouldn't pick up. As you may know, the film came out a few months ago and my mum went to watch it and said it was a really good film, this encouraged me to read the book. 
I'll be honest, I do know what happens throughout the story but I don't know all the specific information that happens within the book. I was really shocked when I realised that the book is written in the perspective of Jack (the 5 year old son), meaning the grammar and language within this book is quite basic and very much like a 5 year old, which so far I'm amazed with, I don't know how Emma Donoghue has managed to get it spot on but she has. 

The whole concept and the story to this book is incredible intriguing and I can't wait to get further in to the book, I'll definitely be writing a review later on to let you know what I thought of the book overall. 

Have any of you read 'Room'? & if so, did you enjoy it? I would love to know. 

Until next time, Love you all, 
Tabitha x 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling - A Book Review


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Title// Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Author// J.K. Rowling

Genre// Fantasy, Magic, Adventure

Published// 8th July 2000

Source// My own purchase

Edition// Paperback

Rating // 5 Stars

Finished // 14th April 2016

Synopsis// *Could be a spoiler if you haven't read the first book* The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can't know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable ...With characteristic wit, fast-paced humour and marvellous emotional depth, J.K. Rowling has proved herself yet again to be a master story-teller.

*Non-Spoiler Section of My Review* 

This is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not too sure why it took me so long to finish but it was still a brilliant book. So much happened within this book and it was all so gripping and magical. It sounds silly but the movies make so much sense now, every time I watch the movies, something new pops up, making me piece together the story even more and the books have really helped with understanding the story more (even though I thought I understood the story already). I loved watching Harry challenge himself through the 3 different tasks and it was interesting to meet new characters such as Krum and Fleur. Another factor I loved about this book, more than the movie was that Sirius played a bigger role throughout the book and I understand why everyone loves him so much, as you look up to how determined he is to keep Harry safe, being loyal to his best friend James (keeping his promise of being a godfather).
I also enjoyed watching Ron and Hermione evolve and grow, as well as read about Fred and George and their personal journey (I also love their parts as it brings comical value to the story, which makes the book brilliant, portraying many different emotions throughout the story). 

*Spoiler Section of My Review* 


My love for Cedric Diggory grew whilst reading this book, he has such a loyal heart and I loved how he would try and shush his dad, every time his dad would try and put down harry (boast about Cedric) it just showed how just and loyal he was to his friends and he was only in the tournament to have fun and make new friends through the experience. So when Cedric was killed at the end of the book, it hurt so much more than it did when watching that scene in the movie, it happens so suddenly that you almost have to back track what just happened. I also loved how Hogwarts payed their respects to Cedric at their last meal, truly heart wrenching. 
Actually learning how Voldemort survived the 13 years after he was defeated by Harry (Harry's mother's love) was really interesting. It explained why Voldemort burnt away in the first book when Harry touched his (and professor Quirrell), it also explained how Wormtail found Voldemort. I just found that really interesting, looking a bit more in to Voldemorts past and struggles. 
Harry says something perfect at the end of the book to Fred and George when he insists that they take the reward money he won from the tournament. The line he said was "We could all do with a few laughs. I've got a feeling we're going to need them more than usual before long" - I like this because it really does prove that we should all just laugh when times get tough, bring out the best in us, if you get me? 

I really loved the fourth instalment to the Harry Potter series, probably tying with first place with 'The Prisoner of Azkaban', I just loved every minute of reading this and likeI said it was so interesting to see how everything pieced together, making me understand the movies even more. 
I'm so glad I picked up the Harry Potter series and I don't know why I didn't pick them up sooner, I can't wait to continue on with the story in 'The Order of the Phoenix'. 


Love you all, 
  Tabitha x 



Life Update - Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane 2016

Hey Book Lovers and All,
  This post is a little different to my normal posts but like I said in my 'Little Changes' post, I want to upload some lifestyle posts as well, documenting events in my life. I hope you like this little change and enjoy reading this post and enjoy watching my FIRST EVER YOUTUBE VIDEO!. Yep, you heard it, I uploaded my first youtube video, it's a 'day in a life' kind of video and I hope you like it!

Last week, my mum, brother and I went on a spontaneous trip to London to explore some markets. The markets we went to were Spitalfields Market (old and new) and we also explored the markets down Brick Lane (and there was a lot of markets!). There were so many quirky and lovely market stools and I loved looking round them, there was even a book stool, where this man sold brand new copies of books at lower prices and of course I bought a book or two. We also discovered a cute coffee shop within one of the market areas, it had books everywhere (including Alice in Wonderland) and it had such a lovely feel to it (there coffee was great too!). Below are some photo's from our day out in London, I hope you like them.
Overall, I had a lovely day and it was fun to just explore these markets as you can find so many gems within them. Only a short and sweet post, so I hope you all don't mind but below I have linked my very first youtube video so you can all watch it! I would love to know what you all think of it, so please comment below or on the video so I can hear your feedback.


Love you all,
  Tabitha x

April TBR #3

Hey Book Lovers and All!
  So in regards to my 'small changes' post (you can read it here), I'm not going to stress myself out by trying to reads lots of books during the months I still have college. I'm still going to continue with my 'To Be Read' posts but I'm only going to mention two books I know I really want to read that month. One book you can expect me to read each month (which I won't be mentioning as a main read) is the Percy Jackson books. As you may know, I am currently buddying the book series with one of my friends, so at least one of the percy jackson books will be on my monthly TBR and so I don't feel the need to mention those books within this post! (If you'd like to read about Ellie and I's Buddy Read, here's the post).

Here are the two books I know I want to read in April// 



Room by Emma Donoghue
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I kid you not, I just can't stop watching mini clips from the movie 'Room', I think I'm obsessed but I just can't let myself watch the film before I read the book, so 'Room' is definitely on my April TBR and I can't wait to get in to it, although nervous. Nervous, because this would be one of my first adult fiction reads and I don't know, it intimidates me but hopefully I'll enjoy this one (maybe it'll introduce me to a new genre!?).
  I want to give the Immortal Instruments another shot, I'm embarrassed to say I only made it to 'City of Ashes' and then gave up. I have also heard that the series picks up in 'City of Glass' and that was the book I had to read next but just gave up too soon but hey, I'm trying again. I thought I'd start from the beginning again as I hardly remember anything from the first two books and I want to read it this month so I can TRY and catch up as much as I can this year with all the Cassandra Clare books and as you may know, there is a LOT of Cassandra Clare books.

These are the two books I want to read this month and I can't wait! (Also I tried to describe what happens within these books without spoiling but it turns out I'm rubbish at writing my own synopsis, so I deleted them - Maybe next time?).

Love you all,
  Tabitha x

March Wrap Up #5

Hey Book Lovers,
  How has your March been? Been up to much? My March has been full of college assignments, work and reading, so not much different than last month. I've read some great books this month and I can't wait to share them. One book I loved and finished this month was 'Winter' by Marissa Meyer, definitely one of my favourite book series I've read this year. Also, I've taken photographs of the books I've finished this month instead of using the cover photos, I think I prefer how it looks, what do you think?
  I have also linked the goodreads pages and where you can buy the books that I have mentioned below!

// Winter // Marissa Meyer // 4 1½ Stars // 

I can't believe this series has come to an end. I loved this book, there really wasn't any downside to this book (other than the length, which is why I gave it 4 1/2 stars and not 5). I loved seeing how this story concluded and where everyones story led, there was also so many emotions thrown in to this story which just made the story even better. I don't want to say too much as this is the final book in the Lunar Chronicle series and do I don't want to spoil anything but if you haven't read this series yet, I definitely recommend you do as it's brilliant. Check out my book series review on The Lunar Chronicles here if you haven't seen it already.

// The Wicked Will Rise // Danielle Paige // ½ Stars //

I was really excited to read the sequel to 'Dorothy Must Die' this month and I wasn't disappointed. 'The Wicked Will Rise' was a fun read, there was so much world building as we saw lots of different places within Oz and the descriptions were great. It really helped when imagining them. Amy Gumm's character really grew through this book as she was put in situations where she had to make the full decision. The only think I can say about this book, is that I got quite confused near the end so all I hope is that answers will be shared in the final book! 
  If you want a full review on this book, then you can read my one here!


This month, my friend and I decided to buddy read 'The Lightening Thief' which is the first book in the 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' series by Rick Riordan. I thoroughly enjoyed the first instalment to this series and I'm looking forward to reading the next book. I'll be uploading a better review of this book soon, with a review from my friend too! So keep an eye out for that.

My Total Page Count So Far in 2016: 3,508 


Like I said in my 'small changes' post, I'm trying to not stress myself out when it comes to reading many books within a month as with college coursework and work in general over my head, I don't need the added stress (and reading should be fun, not stressful!), so overall I am happy with what I've read this month and I can't wait to continue with reading some more amazing books! 

Love you all, 
  Tabitha x 

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