Very Late January Wrap-Up 2019


So this wrap up should have gone up long before now but life has been hectic recently, with work being busy and life being busy. January was quite a good month for me, I didn’t read as much as I have in previous Januarys but I did complete 7 books which include the following:

Lullaby by Leila Slimani – 4 Stars – 224 Pages.

The Cruel Prince (re – read) by Holly Black – 5 Stars – 370 Pages.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – 4 Stars – 226 Pages.

Mary Poppins by P.L Travers, Illustrated by Lauren Child – 4 Stars – 204 Pages.

Vampire Knight Vol 1 by Matsuri Hino – 5 Stars – 192 Pages.

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald Screenplay – 4 Stars – 304 Pages.

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black – 3 Stars – 50 Pages.

So there you have the list of books I read in January. I would say my favourite read of January was Vampire Knight Vol 1 by Matsuri Hino, this was a manga and I don’t usually read manga but I adored this one and can’t wait to read the rest in the series. I would say unfortunately that The Lost Sisters by Holly Black was my least favourite read, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.




My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Review

Title – My Sister, The Serial Killer

Author – Oyinkan Braithwaite

Publisher/Published – Doubleday books / November 2018

Genre – Fiction, thriller, mystery

Pages – 226

Summary from Goodreads

“Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic.

And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they’re perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it.

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that’s as fun as it is frightening.

My Thoughts

4 out of 5 Stars

Wow this book! This was a highly anticipated read for me and I must say it delivered and is easily my favourite book so far. There just isn’t enough ways to describe how much I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down, it was so short but packed a punch. The chapters helped me fly through it because some were so short. I loved the writing style and I really enjoyed the plot which I won’t go in to as not to spoil it. When it ended I was so sad and I wanted more. I really hope there is a sequel.

I must say though if you love thrillers I would pick this one up. A short book that packs a punch and leaves you wanting more.

Lullaby by Leïla Slimani Review

Title – Lullaby

Author – Leïla Slimani and translated by Sam Taylor

Publisher / Published – Faber and Faber / July 2018

Genre – Fiction, thriller, mystery, Contemporary

Pages – 224

Summary from Goodreads
When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the family’s beautiful apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late whenever asked, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment, and frustrations mount, shattering the idyllic tableau.

My Thoughts

4 out of 5 Stars

Well this had me hooked. The beginning was eventful and instantly pulled you in. Lullaby starts by describing an awful event committed by Louise, the main character and then the story goes back, where we follow Louise on a downward spiral leading up to the event and what happens shortly after. It was quite captivating reading about Louise and her life but was also sad as her mind unravelled.

At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy the book as the translation came across a bit clunky however I got past that and the plot kept me eager to read on.

Onto the characters, I could not stand the children’s parents, they were self-centred, complained so much and thought they were better than everyone else.

Louise was a captivating character and like I said before it was sad watching her mind slowly unravel as the story went on. However I couldn’t feel sorry for her or sympathise with her because of the horrendous thing she did. Unfortunately for Louise no one paid enough attention to notice she needed help, and in the end it was too late.

This was a solid book, with a captivating plot and I highly recommend people to read it.

December Wrap Up 2018

So December has been another quick month for me and also quite a successful read month. I read a total of 8 books this month, which include:

  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S Lewis – 4 Stars – 175 Pages
  • The Curious case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 3 Stars – 56 Pages
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman – 5 Stars – 162 Pages
  • Prince Caspian by C.S Lewis – 4 Stars – 240 Pages
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – 5 Stars – 144 Pages
  • Never Kiss A Man in a Christmas Jumper by Debbie Johnson – 3 Stars – 186 Pages
  • House Swap by Rebecca Fleet – 4 Stars – 304 Pages
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling – 5 Stars – 607 Pages

So there you have all the books I read in December. I also just met my Goodreads goal after I had to lower it but for 2019 my goal is 90 books and I’m determined that I won’t be lowering my goal !

What is your 2019 reading goal?

Mad Love by Paul Dini and Pat Cadigan Review

Title – Mad Love

Authors – Paul Dini and Pat Cadigan

Published/Publisher – November 2018 / Titan Books

Genre – Fantasy, Super heroes, DC Comics, Science Fiction, Media Tie in

Pages – 336

Summary from Goodreads

Dr. Harleen Quinzel grew up in an abusive household with a criminal and became a psychologist to deal with her own broken family. At Arkham Asylum, she attempted to treat the Joker and instead fell hopelessly in love with him, helping him escape and becoming a member of his organization. Quinzel became Harley Quinn, a bizarre contradiction of violence and mercy. She blames Batman for her inability to maintain a stable relationship with the arch-villain, and that causes her to have an abiding hatred for the hero, who she seeks to kill. Upon capture she becomes a violent inmate at Belle Reve Penitentiary, and is assigned to the group of government-maintained super villains known as the Suicide Squad.

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 Stars

This was fantastic, I adored this book so much. Harley Quinn is one of my favourite villains so when I was offered this book from the publisher I immediately said yes. Also this cover is simply gorgeous.

This story is the origins of Harley Quinn. The story begins when Harleen Quinzel is seven and then we follow the events that led to her meeting the Joker and becoming Harley Quinn.

I adored Harley Quinn in this story, she was such a strong character. I couldn’t put this book down and I had to keep reading.

As usual I’m not going into too much detail about the plot so I don’t spoil it, I will say however it is very well written.

This book is a must read for any fans of Harley and DC Comics, and I must read the others in the series aswell.

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Hey Guys, so I have a tag for you all. I was tagged by Misty over at mistys book space. I’m really excited to do this tag and I enjoyed answering all the questions.

So the rules :

  • Tag and link the person who tagged you.
  • Tag and link me/this post ( Jenn ) (If you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done.
  • Tag another 10 people.

Onto the questions:

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it.

  • I am guilty of this, I request ARC’s and get so excited but then I find it hard to get them all read. However I do plan on tackling my ARC’s in the new year.

2. Have less than 60% feedback on Netgalley.

  • Well my feedback ratio is only 16% I know it’s embarrassing. A lot of books I’ve got to review on it I requested on it when I first joined and then I took a break but I’ve finaly got back into it and I’m hoping to get my ration back up next year.

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did). ✔

  • Yup I’ve done this on quite a few occasions.

4. Folded down the page of a book. ✔

  • I’ve done that a lot this year as I have also started annotating my books too.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book ❌

  • Finally one that I haven’t done.

6. DNF’ed a book this year. ✔

  • Yep I’ve done this a lot this year. There are just so many books I want to read and so little time, so I a book doesn’t grab my attention it’s onto the next one.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it. ❌

  • I have bought books just for the cover but it is always books I want to read eventually.

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework). ❌

  • For this I’m going to say no because I always read because I want to or I have time too.

9. Skim read a book. ✔

  • I did this once with a book I wasn’t enjoying but I needed to finish it and only had 50 Pages to go so I just skimmed the last pages.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal. ❌

  • Nope I usually reach my goal.

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it. ❌

  • No way, I’m always checking when my book are due back and if I know I won’t have the books finished I renew them online to get longer with them.

12. Broke a book buying ban. ❌

  • Hmmm not really, I always say I should go on one but I never actually go through with it therefore not breaking a ban.

13. Started a review, left it for ages and then forgot what the book was about. ✔

  • I’ve done this quite a few times, so what I try and do it write my review once I finish the book, or take notes and write down quoted to help me remember.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading. ✔

  • I never used to write in my books but this year I decided to annotate books as I read them because they are my books and I want to be able to go back and look at my thoughts.

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads. ❌

  • Nope I’ve never done this, I’m always checking good reads and updating my progress. I also have the app on my phone for easy access to my Goodreads.

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend. ❌

  • I’ve never borrowed a book from anyone but the library so nope.

17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book. ❌

  • Nope, I don’t have anyone that would ask to borrow my books.

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book. ❌

  • Nope I haven’t done this.

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged. ❌

  • Nope, I take the dust jacket off when I’m reading because it gets annoying and gets in the way, but I haven’t damaged them.

20. Sat on a book accidentally. ❌

  • Nope I haven’t done this, I usually have my book within arms reach but I’ve never sat on a book.

I actually thought I would score a whole lot higher than I did so it was a nice surprise that I only got 8.

I tag :

The Wanderlust Reader

Word by Word


On The Shelf Reviews

Alicia Reads

Bookish Brooklyn

The Biblio Sanctum

The Opinionated Reader

Nemesis Book Blog

Aurora Librialis

A Blade so Black by L.L McKinney Review


Title – A Blade so Black

Author – L.L Mckinney

Publisher/Published – Titan Books / September 2018

Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Urban Fantasy

Pages – 400

Summary from Goodreads

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 Stars

First of all I’m going to start this by saying how much I adore this cover, it is stunning!

I am a huge fan of anything Alice in Wonderland related so when the publisher offered me a copy I had to say yes.

This was an amazing retelling that I devoured and I just couldn’t get enough. I adored the writing and I thought the plot was awesome. The main character Alice was freaking amazing, a total bad ass and I loved her.

I cant help but rave about this book, I just want to fan girl about it to anyone who will listen. I’m not going to say much more as I don’t want to spoil the book, but there was a part of the book that left me gob smacked and I still can’t quite believe what happened also I need book 2 like now!!

I can’t recommend this highly enough so go read it.

Disclaimer – I was given a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However this doesn’t affect my thoughts and opinions. All thoughts and opinions are my own.