Review: A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

In the underground city of Caverna, the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare—wines that remove memories, cheeses that make you hallucinate, and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. On the surface, the people of Caverna seem ordinary, except for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to express (or fake) joy, despair, or fear—at a steep price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. Neverfell’s expressions are as varied and dynamic as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, except hers are entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed…

Review: Unfiltered by Lily Collins

In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins—star of Mortal Instruments and the upcoming Rules Don’t Apply—is opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more. For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She's learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they’re not alone. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered.

Guest Post: Gabbie’s Comic Book Recommendations

Not too long ago Rachel came up with the idea of having some guests on her blog and approached me with the invitation to join, which I was more than eager to do! So hi, hello, this is Gabbie, only nineteen but my mind is older, INFJ, bibliophile and Lorelai Gilmore level coffee appassionato (or so I fancy myself). If I am to keep it completely real with you all, I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to actually have my post be about, so I thought I would take on one of Rachel’s suggestions and roll with it, so here are some of my favourite comics/graphic novels, in a very random order.

Tome Topple TBR

I'm not very good at readathons - I'm very much a "mood reader" so I tend to read only when I'm in the mood and then take long breaks in between. I'd like to challenge myself this month and try to haul myself out of my reading slump. I've never participated in Tome Topple before, so I decided this is a good time to give it a go! I have nothing to do with my days until college starts, so I may as well spend them reading. The readathon runs from August 4th to August 17th, so hopefully I'll get to read a few big books that I've had for a while.

Baking by the Book: Lara Jean’s Snickerdoodle Cookies

This post marks the first day of a new series I'm trying out called Baking by the Book. It's exactly what it sounds like - bookish recipes, along with photos, taken by moi, of some simple but delicious baked goods. Yay! The first recipe is inspired by the To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han. I read these books last month and I loved them so much that I literally marathoned them, one after the other. One of Lara Jean's signature recipes is snickerdoodles: soft, chewy cookies coated in cinnamon and sugar. They're absolutely delicious, and what makes it better is that a movie is being made of the first book! I can't wait to make these cookies to take them to the cinema with me when it comes out. Here's the recipe so you can join me!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter – My Experience & Haul! // Month of Magic

This month I got to fulfill one of my lifetime ambitions and visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Orlando. Because it's the first ever Month of Magic and today is Harry Potter's birthday, I decided to end this round with the most exciting post - my experience at the wizarding world and a haul!

Top 5 Wands in Harry Potter // Month of Magic

Welcome to another Month of Magic post! Today's post is about what I consider to be the top five best (i.e. most aesthetically pleasing and/or powerful and/or significant to the plot) wands in the Harry Potter series.

My Favourite Harry Potter Theories #1 // Month of Magic

Welcome to the first post of Month of Magic! Today I'm going to be discussing my favourite fan theories - several of which I think are completely possible. This is the first post in a mini series (within a series) of theories that I want to share - I love scouring the internet for new ideas. So let's get started!

Review: Blacklist by Alyson Noël

Everyone needs a lucky break. Layla Harrison, Aster Amirpour and Tommy Phillips always dreamed of the ultimate celebrity lifestyle. But Layla, Aster and Tommy never imagined it would come with a cost – their involvement in the disappearance of Madison Brooks-a story that's blinded the world like a starlet dazzled by paparazzi flashbulbs, Now, Layla is receiving mysterious messages from an anonymous source, Aster faces a looming murder trial and Tommy is retracing his steps as the last person who Madison saw alive. You can dig up dirt about celebrities that the tabloids miss if you search long enough. But when Layla, Aster, Tommy team up with an unsuspecting insider to unearth the truth, they will find that some secrets are best kept in the grave...

May and June 2017 Wrapup

If you read my May TBR you know I was very ambitious about how many books I planned to read that month. If you know me you know that I fail miserably under that kind of pressure. Also, for some reason, I was really in the mood to read when I was meant to be studying, but once I was finished my exams and had lots of free time, I didn't want to read at all. I managed to read seven books in May, three of which were Harry Potter books. I entered June in a huge reading slump and it took me most of the month to get out of it. I ended up reading ten books in June. Altogether in the two months I read seventeen books!