The Beginning

Well hello everyone. Thank you for checking out this little blog of books and nonsense about books (hopefully you like books otherwise your not going to like this page)

I will be doing book reviews, photos, unboxings and hopefully travel features.

Please note, all photos are taken by myself, bunibookphotos, unless stated otherwise.
This is all new too me so please have patience. There will be parts that need polishing and tidying up. Feedback welcome but please no negativity.


Review Sanctum by Madeleine Roux

Synopsis- Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they’d love to move on, someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Forsaking their plan never to go back, the teens return to New Hampshire College under the guise of a weekend for prospective students, and there they realize that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it’s here on campus, apparently for the first time in many years.

Sneaking away from sample classes and college parties, Dan and his friends lead a tour of their own—one through the abandoned houses and hidden places of the surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the influence of the asylum runs deeper than Dan ever imagined. – Goodreads

Spoiler Review- I read the first book last year and loved it. I was expecting high things for this book which, unfortunately for me, wasn’t met. Although from the beginning you get a carnival feel (which is creepy itself) I got the idea that it was going to be full of ghosts.

This didn’t happen. Yes there were the odd creepy ghost boy that appeared randomly and that was about it. It felt a bit like a Scooby Doo episode where odd things happened and and the end the mask is taken off the reveal the culprit (which to be honest is exactly what happens in the end)

Everything as well seemed to have just fallen into the trio’s laps regarding clues and plans. Also if someone is going to be in a secret organisation, don’t make it obvious from the beginning. I just wish more was done about the carnival and not in some random buildings where Dan finds all the clues.

There were obviously parts of the book I enjoyed otherwise I would have dnf’d it. It was nice to see the 3 friends back together again. I missed Jordan’s wit and humour. I also enjoyed the links with the photos provided and the story. The story was good but it lacked something that the first one had.

All in all, I was disappointed with this book and I really really wanted to love it as much as the first. I highly recommend reading the first one but then maybe leaving it at that.


DNF’d books

As I haven’t read alot this year I thought I’d take a look at some books which I dnf’d but really wish I liked. Even some I read but really wish I hadn’t.

I began reading this book when I first got into YA books and I only managed to chapter 3 before I had to give in. I tried again a year later, but I still couldn’t get past that chapter. I don’t know why I couldn’t get into it as for me it held alot of potential and sounded definitely like my kind of book. Unfortunately I ended up using this book for Instagram photos and tore in apart.

I tried so so hard with this book. I was watching Piéra Forde on YouTube and she mentioned this book. Again it seemed like my kind of book but when I began reading it I had a Memoirs of a Geisha feel. I got about a third of the way through and had to give in. I will actually at some point try and read this again as I went and brought the second book not long ago for some reason. (Again I’m blaming Piéra Forde 🤣)

This was the first book I got out of a book box subscription. I love the cover and even the pages (red ink) however I’m not keen on The Phantom of the Opera and this is a retelling. I must admit I went into this book not keen on the theme anyway so that probably didn’t help. I didn’t last long with this and ended up giving it away.

I really really wanted to like this book. I love Caraval and this was recommend to me. I got this on audio first and unfortunately could not get around the actors voice. That put me off straight away. Now, I’m not going to be dismissing this book as I went and brought a paperback version so I will be trying again (I love carnival feelings)

Oh……. what a dissapointment. I’ve had this book for ages and yes I picked it up due to the netflix series. I love the film and the series and the books are normally better….. right? I struggled so much with this book and it breaks my heart. I love a good ghost story and I was half way through this and nothing was happening. It took me 3 months to read around 100 pages. Not good.

Now this is a odd one. I’m listening to this on audio and I can not stand the actors voice. I have actually listened to The Raven Boys twice, The Dream Theives twice and now I’m on to Blue Lily Lily Blue. I have tried reading these and I can’t follow it and I’m not keen on the writing. However gor some reason I’m still going through them. I even ordered The Raven King. So yeah, I’m not enjoying them yet I’m listening to them…. 🙃

I would love to know what books have you dnf’d but wish you’d enjoyed? Any on my list?

Carla Kovach

I have been having issues with a reading slump again since around December. It could be the weather being miserable all the time, or it could be because I’m extremely tired and sick alot due to being pregnant so just haven’t got the energy or concentration to read. Either way this reading slump has hit me hard.

I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read or listen to and I found my anxiety increasing even higher (well ok its stress level anyway, but not having a hobby made things worse)

I decided to just try out a new author on audio, Carla Kovach.

I am so glad I did, her books are amazing and so easy to just stop doing what your doing to just listen to her books. I’m on my 3rd book within a month.

Her books are based around a UK detective Gina Hart and her team sloving missing persons and murders. I found all of the characters are so likeable (except her daughter who i find appreciative and rude) I root for Gina every step of the way. It actually feels as if you are following a real life detective and looking into the ins and outs of a police department.

If you like police crimes that are very fast paced but with details (some books I find are fast paced that you don’t understand whats happened) Carla Kovach does not miss a thing. I highly recommend her books. I’ve listed below the ones I’ve read so far and a synopsis to each of them.

Of you have read any of these, please let me know, I’d love to duscuss them.

She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong.

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again …

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results.

The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

Anything can happen behind closed doors…

The gripping new novel from the author of bestseller THE NEXT GIRL. Her Final Hour will have you hooked!

Melissa Sanderson is the perfect wife and mother. She dotes on her daughter, and lives in her dream home in a quiet cul-de-sac in the suburbs.

But looks can be deceiving.

Something is amiss in that house – all the neighbours think so. Some say Melissa is having an affair. Others say she’s been drinking too much.

Then one night, sirens wake up the whole neighbourhood.

Melissa Sanderson is dead.

She’s just the girl he’s looking for…

A young woman falls from a van speeding down a quiet road. Battered and bruised, she turns her head to the person who comes to her aid. ‘Help her’, she whispers before her eyes close.

Days later, the body of another young girl is found in a shallow grave just a few miles away. The similarities between the two girls are startling – same age, same frail body, same shocking red hair.

As the town fears there’s a serial killer living amongst them, Detective Gina Harte must put aside her own struggles at home, and catch the killer before he finds another perfect girl.

The Date by Louise Jensen Review

Synopsis – Something bad has happened to Alison Taylor.

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future.

By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her. She can’t recognise her friends and family. And she can’t recognise the person who is trying to destroy her…

I’ll start this by saying I hadn’t expected this story to go the way it did.

Its starts off by being introduced to Ali who’s brother has taken her to the doctors due to her wounds and lack of memory, including her inability to recognise faces, including her own. Everyone jumps to the conclusion that her blind date has drugged and raped her.

On top of the attack, her friend Chrissy who she lives with has gone missing and Ali believes she has something to do with it.

The story follows Ali trying to regain her memory from that night, she tries going back to the bar where she had her date, looked back on the CCTV where she thinks she sees herself arguing with Chrissy and her own Ex-Husband. She also tries hypnotherapy but her friend Jules stops it before she remembers anything.

The story bounces back and forth between present day and to the time she turned 12 where something tragic happened to her. We find out that her father was arrested when he and a few others tried to rob a post office and a customer was tragically shot and killed in front of her 2 young children.

I feel you have to be careful when speaking about about the story as so much happens I’m worried incase I spoil the story. And I really don’t want to. I loved this story and I feel you need to read/ listen to it.

Its full of twists and really keeps you guessing.

Sorry its a short review but I really don’t want to ruin this story. If you enjoy psychological thriller, give this story a try.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Is this on your list?

December Book Haul

I went a bit mad with book purchases through December. I couldn’t help it, there were so many good deals 🤣

What with vouchers, Christmas, Christmas sales, boxing day sales, general sales, I just couldn’t resist. My Total of books for December is 22 (including presents) and 1 audio book.

I must admit, 4 of these books I ended up getting after watching Piera Forde on YouTube. These were Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (I already had Bone Witch) and The Dark Artifices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare.

The next 4 were books I had listened to on audible and wanted the physical copy.

I had been wanting to read the Red Queen series for a while now and I know I didn’t get the forth book (only one not on offer at the time) I am excited to read these. Fantastic Beasts, The Crimes of Grindelwald to be honest I just brought because I had the first book.

The last 2 books for the YA category is Vicious and Vengeful byV E Schwab. Vicious I purchased for myself and my friend to buddy read and she brought us Vengeful. I am so excited to start these. Who doesn’t love V E Schwab?

I love Carole Matthews and was missing a few of her books. I received these 2 for Christmas. I’ve already finished Christmas cakes & Mistletoe Nights.

The final 6 books I brought were mainly crime and horror books. These are normally my go to books when I’m struggling with reading slumps.

The final book/audio I brought was The Raven King. I’m listening to these on audio. It’s a bit of a slow process as I’m bot overly keen on the narrator. But still, I’m enjoying them.

I know these books are going to last me a good while, well I’m hoping anyway. My new years resolution was to stop buying so many books and just read the ones I have already 🤣

Have you read any of these books? Did you go on a book buying spree of Christmas?

2018 favourite reads

Its the first day to a new year, fresh start to reading, challenges and attitude.

I thought I’d share some of my favourite reads from 2018

I read Frozen Charlotte the beginning of 2017 and loved it. It was creepy and freaked me out big time. It was no brainer i had to read Charlotte Says.

I really enjoyed Alex Bell’s writing and after reading Charlotte Says automatically brought The Haunting. I recommend this book for anyone wanting to read a light horror book.

As The Haunting was about witches I was in the mood for a good book about witches. I picked up The Wicked Deep (okay mainly for the cover) and was pleasantly surprised. It could be repetitive but overall and fun little read about ghosts and witches.

I received The Hazel Wood in a Fairyloot box. I buddy read this book and we both had mixed feelings about this book. I read this quickly until the end where I felt the book took a very quick pace. Still, it was still 5 stars for me.

The Cruel Prince I also received in Fairyloots box. I’m not nornally a fan of fae stories but wow I couldn’t get enough of this book. I’m waiting patiently for Jan 8th to get the sequel.

I love Amanda Foody’s writing in A Daughter of a Burning City and didn’t think twice to pick up Ace of Shades. I’m glad I picked it up. I still think about the story now.

Legendary, nothing to say here. I love Caraval and I love Legendary. Simple.

Six of Crows has been on my shelf for a while now and I don’t know why it took me so long to start it. Its brilliant, I highly recommend it if you enjoyed the Grisha Universe.

So there we have it, my favourite books from 2018. Are any of yours on this list? What was your favourite from 2018?

Fairyloot Unboxing December

This months theme is Dragons. I have to be honest, I was expecting alot from this months book due to the theme but I was a little dissapointed. I feel there was so much you could do with Dragons yet we received 2 paper items (which I never use) and 1 item was missed out of the box. The rest of the items were ok. On the plus side, we did receive 2 books.

Glow in the dark Dragon Necklace (I haven’t tested out the glow in dark wings yet)

Pin flag (pins not included)

I love book sleeves, unfortunately though, I’m not over keen on this one. I don’t really like the design and colour.

Art prints, this is a double sided art print.

Book One, this is a ARC copy. I love getting arc copies 😍

Book of the month is Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst.

Synopsis- In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone–even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern–a human capable of turning into a dragon.

Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.

With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society–a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

Did you get this months box? What did you think?

Winter Blues

Its been a while since a made a post. Its common knowledge that this time of year people feel down due to the weather, dark days and general stress over christmas. This is certainly true for me. I have tried multiple times to read a book and put it down even though I’m enjoying it. Its not only affecting my reading, but also my get go, drawing, exercise and food.

I will be breaking up for work soonish for the Christmas period and I’m hoping that that will help eliminate a lot of stress. I had 4 books I was hoping to read this month but haven’t touched any of them except one and a random one.

I mannaged to read the first few chapters before putting it down. I keep picking it up as I really do want to read it.

This has been on my list for a long time (before the netflix series came out) After watching the Netflix series I decided to pick it up. Again, I’m really enjoying it but I have no effort in picking it up to try.

I’m interested to know how other people cope in periods like this? Do you suffer from the winter blues?

November reads

Another good month, although yes it was mainly audio books as work has been extremely busy. I manged to get through 7 books and all i thoroughly enjoyed.

The 2 books I read were Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I can not believe it took me so long to start this book. I loved it and can not wait to start Crooked Kingdom and Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, I have a review of this book in the last post .

As I said, I mainly went through audio books this month due to work.

I’m always repeating the Harry Potter books so again I listened to the first 2 this month (these books also cheer me up)

I also listened to The Birthday Girl by Carol Wyer and Bring me Back by B.A Paris (both which I have a review for) I had to get City of Ghosts by V E Schwab because who doesn’t love her books. This for me was a easy 5/5⭐

I’m interested to know if anyone else read any of these? What did you read this month?

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan- Review

Description – Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

TW: violence and sexual abuse. – Goodreads

I received this book in October’s Fairyloot and tried to do the readalong with Fairyloot, however due to other commitments I was unable to continue it. However, no loss as I read this book in my own time and enjoyed it alot more

I just want to start by saying that this very much reminds me of memoirs of a geisha. A young girl with beautiful eyes is taken from her home to become a prize concubine for a man in power.

Lets start off by describing the different castes of people. Paper caste are humans with no demon (animal) features what so ever. These are the lowest of the castes and are looked down on by the others. They are looked at as slaves. Next there’s Steel caste, human’s but with a bit of demon feature, e.g. ears. The highest caste is Moon. These are people that are mainly demon, full face of a Ox for example and hoofed hands/feet. These work for the King. Lei works in her fathers herb shop. Since here mother was taken 7 years ago by the kings army it is just her, Baba (father) Tien (who is a Steel, part Lynx. She works in Baba’s shop) and Bao their dog. Lei has golden eyes which is extremely rare and even unheard about in Paper castes. Because of this she is thought to be lucky. One day they hear horns being sounded in the distance. General Yu (a Moon caste, Ox) and his army have came to the village to take Lei, due to the rumours, for the demon king.

I don’t know if its because modern times are ‘slightly’ better or that I know this used to happen (still does), but I found the ignorance in lesbianism and the acceptance of rape upsetting. I understand that the book was written in a era where this was the case and it was written brilliantly, i just don’t like it in general. I upsets me that its still the same in a lot of countries. Also the disregard of woman, they are seen as just pretty things to show off to others and use. When they have done their duty they are given away as gifts. The way Ngan has written the Demon King was cleverly done. She shows how good he is at manipulation. Acting sentimental and understanding, but if he doesn’t get what he wants, he will take it, including a girls innocence.

Now I apologise if the last part has made the book sound rather difficult to read but I can not recommend this book enough. I felt that this book/story could me much bigger. After meeting the rest of the paper girls at the palace I want to know more about them. Especially Wren (who I adored💛) and Aoki. There were so many characters that was introduced then almost forgotten about, yet I want to know more about them. Also Lei’s mother. We find out what’s happened to her but again, i need more.

In general, brilliant book, definitely a must read and hopefully there will be a sequel.

5/5 ⭐