I Was Born For This by Alice Osman | Non-Spoiler Review + YA Room BOTM

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This month I’ve actually decided to revise my TBR slightly and finally make time to participate in The YA Room’s book if the month: I Was Born For This by the talented Alice Oseman

If you don’t know who or what The YA Room is, they’re a book club in Melbourne, Australia (and also on Instagram, twitter, etc.) run by two girls who organise book meets once a month at Dymocks on Collins St. To discuss the book of the month. This month we’re reading I Was Born For This by Alice Osman and it is everything people beg for in a book.

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For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.

Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.

Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

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LIFEL1K3 BOOK LAUNCH & I Have 10,000 Words on my Book!

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You’ve all seen the title, so let’s begin with what you all came here for.


LifeL1K3 by Jay Kristoff officially launched in Melbourne last night and it was amazing!

To celebrate the official Lifel1k3, Jay blessed us with AI facts from Google and Facebook, while MC Amie tried to reassure us that we are all safe, and won’t end us in the same situation as the characters in LifeL1k3 – and yes I’ll continue to spell LifeL1k3 like that.


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Reign the Earth by A.C.Gaughen | Semi-Spoiler Book Review

This book was kindly sent to me from Bloomsbury late last year in exchange for an honest review. It was released on the 30th of January 2018 and is approximately 340 pages.

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TWO REVIEWS IN TWO WEEKS?!!! Damn, I am on a roll and so so proud of myself!

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Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

Despite this book taking me a month and a half to read (*insert dates*) I absolutely enjoyed every moment of reading it, and if you are in need of a diverse dystopian-type fantasy novel, this is the book for you.


This book, written by A.C. Gaughen is marketed as the first in a new series titled The Elementae. This book has made appearances on my February, March, and April/ May (unofficial) TBR’s, to the point where I’d finally picked it up on the 20th of March, finishing it only a few days ago on the 3rd of May.

There is one quote that I really love from this book; and to the protagonist, it is very much a survival mantra; “I am a daughter of the desert, and my feet will never fail me.” I loved how she still has values and morals despite being in the clutched of a selfish crazed ruler. This leads into her love of family and her heritage, and how despite the repression she’s faced while married to a king, she stayed true to the woman she was raised to be.

The family values in this novel were tremendous. It was made to seem like an underlying issue under all the torture, fight for rights and survival, but it was really at the forefront of the reasons behind everyone’s actions. Whether it was love, rebellion, and loyalty, everyone did things that they believed was the right thing to do by their family, and half the reason people stuck by one another was due to a blood relation they had or a traumatic upbringing that kept them loyal to one another.

The ending just petered out, where a cliffhanger would’ve left me begging for the next book, whereas now I’m quite content and sadly a little disappointed with how it ended. The book was so packed with action, suspense and magical elements, I thought the ending would really leave me screaming and crying for answers; where now I’ve fallen into an everything will be okay mood with this book and I don’t like that!!!

I feel that they could’ve made more mention of the dark colour of her skin. It’s not a big issue but the representation in the novel was slightly underrepresented, especially when there is a powerful white male trying to overshadow her.

★ Rating ★

I rated this book ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars) on Goodreads because of the strength Shalia had despite being in a situation where she was being repressed and ignored because her husband believed he was a God and she was only there to bear children and show off like a trophy. The ending as mentioned above decreased the rating from 4/5 to 3/5, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the book.

I had a wonderful time reading this book and I took away the value of humanity, family, and that as a woman I should stand up for what is right even if a crazy white male is being overbearing and suppressive. I’d recommend you read this book especially if you love books about women who aren’t afraid to shy away from a fight and will fight for peace and equality regardless of the benefit to themselves.

Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!


Thank You so much for reading! I hope to see you all back here on Wednesday 🙂


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FIRST IMPRESSIONS Book Haul + April Wrap-Up!

Disclaimer: This is NOT A REVIEW! This post is not sponsored by Bloomsbury Publishing but they were kind enough to send me the book that is the inspiration and centre of this post.

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I see people on YouTube all the time doing these first impressions clothing and/or makeup hauls where they receive products from a company and share their first reactions on camera. So I thought, since I never read the blurb before I read the book, what better way to do a wrap-up and haul of only 1 book, than to do a first impressions/ what I think will happen based solely off of the title and any other snippets on the book’s back and front cover.

On Monday, I received a package from Bloomsbury which contained a red book with large white writing on the front: ALL OF THIS IS TRUE. Written by Lygia Day Peñaflor – an author I’d never heard of before – this uncorrected proof doesn’t have the final cover, and instead of a summary on the back cover it has two quotes from the text, which makes this game all the more fun!

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April 2018 TBR + Potential YouTube Channel?!

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I’m probably going to say this at the beginning of each month, but I seriously cannot believe it’s April already!

I have yet another TBR to share with you, and like last month I have stuck to 4 books and a special theme to help me in choosing these books.

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March Wrap-Up + Huge Book Haul!

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Earlier this month (or it could’ve been last month), I made a post where I listed which books I hoped to purchase in the month of March; and I am proud to say that I purchased 6 out of those 9 books AND MORE!

March TBR!


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Warcross by Marie Lu | Spoilery-ish Review

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I finally read Warcross. 

If you haven’t yet seen my March TBR that was posted two weeks ago (please click the link and read it!), Warcross was a book that I had started at the end of Feburary (21st is not the end but who cares…) and made it my life goal to finish before mid-March. I did that and I have a bit to say about the experience.

Warcross Book CoverGoodreads Synopsis:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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Obsidio Book Launch Melbourne!

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Last night I went to The State Library of Victoria to attend the book launch for Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman’s new book Obsidio, the third book in the Illuminae files trilogy!


I dragged my friend Tatiana, and my Dad along to the event that was MC’d by the wonderful girls of TheYARoom Melbourne Book Club – Sarah and Alex (pictured above). Also if you follow @trufflebooks on Instagram, you’ll notice Tracy’s purple hair as she is seated a couple rows in front of me  Continue reading “Obsidio Book Launch Melbourne!”

Tin Heart Book Launch!!!

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Last night I attended the book launch for Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza. The event was located at Dymocks in Melbourne’s City, and hosted by Allen & Unwin and Inside a Dog – who are responsible for The Inky Awards of which the longlists have already been released.

It was such an amazing night! There was lots of laughter, chatter, and socialisation especially on my part.


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