My Top 5 Books of 2017!

Hey everybody! Wow, it has been a very long time. I know, I know… BUT I’m going to try really hard to post on here once a week even if it’s something short.

Today I’ve created a list of my top 5 favourite books that I read in 2017. ( This list is not limited to books that were released in 2017 but ALL books that I read throughout the entire year). Let’s get started!

I read a total of 35 books in 2017. (28 novels, 1 compilation of short stories and 6 graphic  novels). A little shy of my target but I’ve been going through a serious reading slump that I just can’t seem to shake.

Without further ado, let’s get onto my list! >>>>

No. 5 : P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

PS I like you



This book is all about first impressions and how people aren’t always what they appear to be. It’s a cute love story between two teenagers who really learn to be themselves and find each other through a common interest.



No. 4 : Midnight Jewel – Richelle Mead 

Midnight Jewel


This book is interesting because of its format. Yes, it’s the second book but it’s not a sequel. It tells the story of Mira and her experiences in the Glittering Court so while it does overlap the events that take place in the first book, this one is entirely its own. Three words: love, politics, pirates. If any of those intrigues you, then pick this up! 



No. 3 : The Cinder Chronicles – Marissa Meyer

(I know this isn’t one book but shh I’m not cheating!)

The Lunar Chronicles  This series is GOLD! Sci-fi is one of my favourite genres and this series did not disappoint. It deals with the ever present idea of technology replacing humans and the creation of true AI. We follow a 16 year old cyborg who tries to find her place in a society where she isn’t wanted, however, her greatest secret may just save the people who hate her. Each book brings new characters and new fairytale retellings that tie into Cinder’s overall story. 

(Alright fine, if I had to pick one my favourite was probably Winter)

No. 2 : Geekerella – Ashley Poston


What can I tell you about this book? It’s amazing! This book is for every fangirl or boy out there who has ever felt that their likes/interests have separated them in any way from the rest of society. It’s a modern day retelling of Cinderella and it is done so wonderfully that you won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face. Definitely my favourite contemporary of the year.  



And finally, rolling in at number 1. My favourite book of 2017 was………………..







( ———imagine a drum roll———-)






No. 1 : Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows

I don’t even know why this is supposed to be a surprise. I’m sure this book is many people’s number one read of 2017, but holy guacamole! (That’s still a saying, right?) This book was a roller coaster of emotions in all the good ways that Cassandra Clare makes me feel. As usual, I was crying, laughing, gasping and overall thrilled with Lord of Shadows. I don’t know how she does it but with every shadowhunters book, she manages to make it better and better. 



And that’s it for my top 5 books that I read in 2017! I hope you enjoyed this little wrap up and I would love to know what your favourite books of last year were! 

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Anticipated Reads of Fall/Winter 2016

crookedkingdom.jpg Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

The second book in the Six of Crows duology:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

Release Date: September 27th 2016

GEMINA.jpg Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Second book in the Illuminae series:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and theHypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

Release Date: October 18th 2016

TALES.jpg Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare et al.

A compilation of stories following Simon Lewis after the events of The Mortal Instruments:

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Release Date: November 15th 2016

HEARTLESS.jpg Heartless – Marissa Meyer

A retelling of the Queen of Hearts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favourite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Release Date: November 8th 2016

million A Million Worlds With You – Claudia Gray

The third book in the Firebird trilogy:

A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the epic conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.

Release Date: November 1st 2016

Sorry it’s been a while guys, we have been EXTREMELY busy. Hopefully we will be back; thanks for reading!


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New Video! The Coffee Book Tag!

Check out the coffee book tag I just did over on our youtube channel! Don’t mind my super awkwardness..


Thanks for watching!


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The Hamilton Book Tag!

Hey bookies, I think everyone knows what Hamilton is by now. If not, it’s a musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda about one of American’s founding father: Alexander Hamilton. The music is A+ and the play is very educational; since we are not American and knew nothing about this before listening to the musical. Anyways, here is our rendition of The Hamilton Book Tag!

DISCLAIMER : Contains Spoilers for the Harry Potter Series and the Hunger Games Series

The Room Where It Happens
A book world you would put yourself into

Bia:TheRavenCycle.pngWouldn’t it be so cool to live in this world? The characters are all so great and unique that I would love to be friends with them. Also, the magic and eeriness of this world is fascinating!



Who wouldn’t want to be a witch or wizard studying at the infamous Hogwarts? I would just like to ride Buckbeak around all day, study with Dumbledore and read all the books in the Library!

The Schuyler Sisters
An Underrated Female Character

Bia:The Testing

More people have to read this book! It is so good and Cia Vale is a really smart, determined main character that deserves more credit.


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I think people just need to pick up a Kelley Armstrong book ASAP, because her characters are so diverse and so easy to adore! The Gathering is set in the same world as The Darkest Powers and each character gives an important essence to the story, plus Maya Delaney is just a character you’ll automatically love. She’s badass, intuitive and spoiler she’s a freakin’ shapeshifter!

My Shot
A Character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them


Moira is so badass and she does not let anything get in the way of doing what’s right or protecting her sister and even if you can’t relate to her stubbornness and/or brashness, you will definitely admire her loyalty.


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There’s too much I can say that’ll definitely express how badass Celaena is in the Throne of Glass Series. She always strives to protect the ones she loves and doesn’t let anyone or anything get in the way of her mission. She’s witty and cunning and handles a sword better than any assassin I’ve read about. She to a “T” the sassiest, strongest and loyal character I’ve ever read.

The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

Bia:A Walk to Remember

Nicholas Sparks… WHY?! I cried forever after this… No Spoilers but… I mean, if you know Sparks than you probably have an idea.


Nothing in this world can express how saddened, broken and defeated I felt when these two went their separate ways. I don’t care if this is the hugest spoiler to ever happen but really, Rowling? I was an absolute wreck after reading this scene.

You’ll Be Back
The Sassiest Villain

The Hunger GamessPresident Snow

You may not be thinking about President Snow as sassy… but damn, he is. He put everyone back in the Hunger Games JUST CAUSE. He LAUGHED when Katniss shot Coin. I mean thats’s pretty sassy.

Cass:The Lunar Chronicles Queen levana.jpg

Queen Levana…. Need I say more? Whether you have a murderous bone in your body, you will wish this character death and her sassy mouth doesn’t help much either.


The Reynolds Pamphlet
A book with a twist you didn’t see coming


I’ll be honest, I did not see that coming. I had a feeling someone would… but not her. Veronica Roth got spunk, I’ll give her that.


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SPOILERS SPOILERS SO MUCH SPOILERS!!!! If you’ve read LM by Cass Clare you’ll know what I’m talking about but forreals?! Those last 10 pages… grr.

A book series you marathoned


Love these books! Each one is unique and super cute. I read Anna in one sitting and picked up the other two right away!



How quickly I binged this series, I was a bit hesitation going into this series but boy was I wrong! Read all four books in the series as well as the prequel/ collection of short stories in a week’s time.

A book with multiple point of views

Bia:14. salt to the sea

I’ll just keep mentioning this book until everyone in the world has read it…


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The multiple POV’s of this series really makes you attach yourself to each and every one of the characters. Sarah J Maas kicks ass at kicking ass!

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
A book/series you believe will be remembered throughout history


Whether you were the person who:

  1. Hated the series but never read it
  2. Loved the series but never read it
  3. Hated the series and have read it
  4. Loved the series and have read it
  5. Hated the series but secretly loved it
  6. Or Loved the series but secretly hated it

You have to admit that EVERYONE knows about Twilight. It’s what started Young Adult for a lot of readers today.


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I’m a tad biased with this choice, mostly because this series changed my life and really got me hooked on the high fantasy lifestyle. Whether you watched the films, read the series or just wish deep down you were a hobbit you have heard of Lord of the Rings. It will forever be the high fantasy that brought together a multi million franchise, and it will follow me till the end of time.

Stay Alive
A character you wish you could bring back to life

Bia+Cass:Harry Potter

I feel like I need to create a list for… well okay, here we go:

  1. Sirius Black
  2. Severus Snape
  3. Hedwig (I mean really Rowling!?)
  4. Dobby
  5. Fred Weasley
  6. Albus Dumbledore
  7. Cedric Diggory
  8. Alastor Moody
  9. Remus Lupin
  10. Nymphadora Tonks
  11. AND SO MANY OTHERS including (but not limited to) Dean Thomas’s father and Neville Longbottom’s parents and Luna Lovegood’s mom

And that’s all for The Hamilton Book Tag! It was lots of fun, and anyone who wants to do it, consider yourself tagged! (:


B + C ❤

The DreamWorks Book Tag


The DreamWorks Book Tag

by: Bianca and Cass


How To Train Your Dragon – Favourite Mythical Creature


BandC : Buckbeak!


Madagascar – The Best Heist Book


B: The Mistborn Trilogy


C: The Gallagher Girls


Kung Fu Panda – The Unexpected Hero


B: Shatter Me


C: The Dark Days Club


Rise of the Guardians – Favourite Anti Hero


B: Ronan Lynch from The Raven Boys Quartet


C: Adrian Ivashkov from The Bloodlines Series


The Croods – Favourite YA Family Dynamic


B&C: Any Sarah Dessen book!

Sarah Dessen Wallpaper

Shrek – Love With No Bounds


B&C: Rose and Dmitri from The Vampire Academy


Home – The Unlikely Duo


B&C: Simon Lewis and Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments Series


Megamind – The Villian You Can’t Help but Love


B&C: Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments Series & Malcolm Fade from The Dark Artifices Series



Monsters VS. Aliens – The Most Anti Climatic Sequel


B&C: Breaking Dawn by: Stephanie Meyer & Ignite Me by:Tahereh Mafi




Shark Tale – Most Unlikely Friendship


B&C: Katniss & Wiress Catching Fire by: Susanne Collins


The Road to El Dorado – Favourite Adventure Book


B&C: Rebel of the Sands by: Alwyn Hamilton


The Prince of Egypt – Most Hated YA Parents


B: Etienne’s Father from Anna and the French Kiss by: Stephanie Perkins


C: Elias’ Mother from An Ember in the Ashes by: Sabaa Tahir


Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron – The Character You Always Rooted For


B&C: Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse Trilogy


Sinbad Legend Of The Seven Seas – Favourite Book that Takes Place on Water


B: TruthWitch by: Susan Dennard


C: Peter Pan by: J.M Barrie


– Sincerely, B&C!

March Wrap Up (2016)

It’s time for our March wrap up! Cass and I read a lot of books this month and we would like to share some of our thoughts on what we’ve read!




Dr. Moreau            As the first science fiction novel published in England, I was expecting this to be weird… but not THAT weird. We follow a young man whose ship wrecks in the middle of the ocean. He is rescued aboard another ship sailing by and soon finds himself on an island with a once reputable doctor and his assistant. It doesn’t take him long to learn why the doctor is experimenting on an island no one knows about and starts to question his own morals. I’m glad science fiction has evolved since then because if it were all like Dr. Moreau I would be continually freaked out.

3 / 5 stars

summer of chasing mermaids            I was expecting a lot more from this story. Now, that’s not to say that it was bad necessarily, but it wasn’t what I was looking for. We focus on a young girl who lost her voice in a terrible boat accident. For her and her twin sister, singing was everything. After this tragedy, Elise moves away from her home near the Philippines and moves to America to live with her cousin. There she meets a boy (of course, haha) and eventually learns to love him and her new self. I was really hoping to love this story but I couldn’t really connect to any of the characters. That being said, the writing itself was well done and I won’t rule out her other books just yet.

3 / 5 stars

missperegrine            Ransom Riggs really surprised me with this book. Miss Peregrine’s is his first published novel so I went into it expecting some flaws, which obviously there are, but because of this, I was thoroughly surprised. The writing style is quite poetic which reminds me a little of Shatter Me, (makes sense since the authors are married) but it is also very gripping. The story moves along really quickly so I was never bored with what was going on. I was also expecting it to be creepy, and although the pictures definitely contain a creepy factor to them, the story itself was not. Jacob is relatable and all the peculiar children are unique. My only problem with this book is that I didn’t love Emma and Jacob’s romantic relationship. It felt forced and all around, kind of weird. Can’t wait                                                to read book two.

4 / 5 stars



saving june            I loved this story! The characters are genuine, strong and raw which is exactly what I want in a contemporary. When Harper’s older sister commits suicide her entire world changes. She grew apart from her ‘perfect’ older sister years ago and when she dies, Harper does whatever she can to make it right; which means going on a road trip to California to sprinkle her sister’s ashes over the ocean (a place she always wanted to visit). Tagging along with her is her best friend and a stranger her sister used to be friends with. Along the way, Harper learns more about her sister, learns how to love and more importantly figures out the kind of person she wants to be. I love all the relationships in this book, the constant                                                               bickering between Harper and Jake is always amusing.

4 / 5 stars

Ill meet you there

If you’re looking for a book to make you cry sad, happy and mad tears, then say hello to I’ll Meet You There. This book made me feel so many feels, and it goes something like this:
Girl + Boy: friends/co-workers
Boy: joins the army; girl: stays home
Girl: wants to go to art school; boy: returns home from war sans limb
Girl: starts falling in love; boy: asshole (of course he is)
Boy: realizes he’s an asshole; girl: tries to move on from said asshole
Girl + Boy: have heart-to-heart meltdown
Girl + Boy = LOVE
And all of this together equals my heart in pieces on the                                                        floor… in the best way possible.

4.5 / 5 stars

lady renegades           So, as usual with this series, Harper is badass and reaches sass of unattainable magnitudes. However, she is also very vulnerable in this last book of the trilogy and super strong. I would not be able to handle it all if I was Harper. I cannot say much about this because it is the third book but I can say that Rachel Hawkins’ writing is fun and the plot moves along really quickly. The only negative thing I have to say is that it is too short. I was hoping for more, but I guess that means I enjoyed it so much, right?

5 / 5 stars

nimona            I loved this graphic novel. The art style is so well done, consistent and clean, and the writing is fresh. Together it’s innovative and unique. The author did a great job keeping Nimona true to her age while also making her brave and persistent. I loved the subtle (or maybe not so subtle) relationship between Lord Blackheart and his former best friend Sir Goldenloin. My favourite character is probably the Doctor, a minor role but quite important to say the least. I hope Noelle does more of this kind of work because I really enjoyed it and I want to read more.

5 / 5 stars

rebel of the sands            Debut novel from Alwyn Hamilton and I’m already itching for the second book! The world she created is so incredible, with monsters and powers, and yet it is still so incredible based on our own world, discrimination against those who are different and those who are female. Amani is a strong, independent woman who is so ruthless it left me dumbfounded and I couldn’t help laughing. Jin is… well he’s bae, that’s for sure. I really loved how their relationship grew and Hamilton handled it beautifully. Yes, there was an initial attraction but that was all it was; physical attraction, and she paced the love that followed very well. I can’t wait to read more about this world, and SPOILERS ahead >>>> ……………………………… we get to meet her Djinn father, so I’m                                                                excited how she writes him in.

5 / 5 stars

salt to the sea            THIS BOOK… I have so many words, and yet no words at all. Ruta did such an incredible job writing about a REAL event in our history that is so unfortunate and tragic, and killed millions of people: WWII. More specifically, the people lost on the ship: Wilhelm Gustloff. I wanted to cry the entire time reading this book but I forced myself to be separated from the characters because I knew most of them would die. No one should have to go through something like that, especially people that young and yet, not many people know about the real tragedy that is Wilhelm Gustloff. I feel for those so few survivors whose voice is forgotten, and even more for the numerous lost… who will never have a voice at all.

5 / 5 stars

Lady midnight            I don’t know what to say… I’m still very emotional from reading this. Cassandra Clare ALWAYS DOES THIS TO ME! I just feel like SOS. What I can say is I love this and need book 2 ASAP. ASAP I TELL YOU…. Okay, I’m okay…  (no I’m not….)
Emma + Julian
Emma + Cameron
Emma + Mark
Mark + Kieran
Mark + Cristina
Cristina + Perfect Diego
(I will hopefully make a more coherent review when my thoughts                                                 are… well coherent)

5 / 5 stars


This what Cass read: (she currently has no words and so, will get back to you lol)

Thanks for reading! Let us know if you’ve read any of these, and if not, what was your favourite book you read in March!


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