The Lightning Thief (2005) Review // You’re telling me THIS came out the same year as Twilight?? Oh God, I’m old…

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

Book 1/5 “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”

Fantasy, (Greek) Mythology, Middle Grade

Buddy read with Destiny

Publication Date: June 28th, 2005

Trigger Warnings: Bullying, talk of abusive relationship (marriage & parental) – mental & physical, control of money by abusive parent, gambling, loss of a loved one (past), arachnophobia, injury, confined spaces, caged circus animals, mistreatment and abuse of animals

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TITLE: The Psychology of Time Travel

AUTHOR: Kate Mascarenhas

SERIES? Standalone

GENRE/ AGE RANGE: Science Fiction, Young Adult

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Death, Violence, Sex

TAGS: Mystery, Time Travel, Sci-Fi, F/F Relationships, M/M Relationships, Feminist

PUBLICATION DATE: August 9th 2018

ACQUIRED: E-arc via Netgalley (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)

SYNOPSIS: 1967: Four female scientists invent a time-travel machine. They are on the cusp of fame: the pioneers who opened the world to new possibilities. But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril.

2017: Ruby knows her beloved Granny Bee was a pioneer, but they never talk about the past. Though time travel is now big business, Bee has never been part of it. Then they receive a message from the future–a newspaper clipping reporting the mysterious death of an elderly lady.

2018: When Odette discovered the body, she went into shock. Blood everywhere, bullet wounds, flesh. But when the inquest fails to answer any of her questions, Odette is frustrated. Who is this dead woman that haunts her dreams? And why is everyone determined to cover up her murder?



Final Draft

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So, the joke’s on me for thinking I would enjoy a happy contemporary book. This is a dnf review, so if you are looking for a full review you might consider looking here or here.

This book has gotten so much love and so many glowing reviews so I hate to burst this bubble but I got an arc and now I feel obligated to write a review, dnf or not. I only got 32% of the way in, but from page 1 I knew this wouldn’t be the book for me.


This book just didn’t work for me.

it’s a happy contemporary so really I should’ve known better. I prefer books like The Female of The Species or The Nowhere Girls, where the vibe is generally negative and the themes are heavier. Which is not to say, that there aren’t a few heavy plot points in this book (from what I read), because there are. This just isn’t my style. I’ve read a few that I’ve enjoyed, like Simon Vs The Homo Sapien’s Agenda & Queens of Geek, but I also don’t reach for them all that often on my shelves.

I found this book to be unrealistic to my experiences in high school. Now, take my opinions with a grain of salt, because everyone had a different experience in HS and also consider that I go to school in Australia and am also straight.

  • I don’t know about you and your experiences, but I spent pretty much every night in high school doing homework, reading or sleeping. There wasn’t much time for me to hang out at my friends’ houses and watch tv, then go home before 10/11ish, do homework and then get to school on time the next day and somehow still remain sane. It just wouldn’t have worked for me. So, will someone please explain how the friend group in this book manages to do it???


  • This is not a spoiler, but the mc is a writer and so, much like in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, there are a lot of excerpts from the mc’s wip (work in progress).

This was a bit weird for me, I’ll be honest. I wasn’t a fan of it in Fangirl (haha, get it?) and I wasn’t big on it here. It mostly served to take me out of the story as I was trying to get my head around what the hell is happening and why the heck we were in a spaceship. There were a whole bunch of these sprinkled throughout, as well as a lot of overly long explanations about tv shows, other books and games (I think), so I think this book felt more like a tv guide or a YA for Dummies instead of an actual ya novel tbh.

  • Also, and this isn’t too big a deal. But, I made it 32% of the way through this book had happened. Everyone was raving about the romance and to that I respond, WHERE???

I know, that I DNF’d this but the book is only 272 pages long. According to my math, I made it roughly 80ish pages through the book and all that happened was a few tv show explanations, some drama about an assignment, a spoiler thing and some teen angst. There are only 190 pages left, how are you going to a fit in a beautiful romance + the assignment drama + probably friendship drama + probably some teen angst, let’s be real + probably some family drama ???

I’m sorry, this book wasn’t for me. I wanted to love it which is why I requested it, but unfortunately, I was just not the right reader. I hope that you pick it up and love it more than I did!



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SPOILER FREE MINI REVIEWS: The Perfect Mother, To Kill A Kingdom, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Undead Girl Gang

WHOOP WHOOP YA GIRL’S BACK BEING A “REAL” BOOK BLOGGER AND POSTING SOME REVIEWS (All spoiler free, of course!) I haven’t posted a mini reviews post since back in 2016 so I thought since my ‘rtc’ list on Goodreads is getting larger I should really kick my a** into gear.

My NetGalley tbr hasn’t exactly been getting away from me lately (It’s May when I’m writing my intro and including the arcs on this list, I only have 14 on my NG tbr). 

*Are you guys okay with swearing? I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable.


Thank you to Hachette Australia for supplying the e-arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


tags: mystery, suspense, adult, debut, may 2018 release

TW: Child abduction, rape


My official rating for this is a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The Perfect Mother is Aimee Molloy’s debut novel and I’d say she did pretty damn well. I don’t read mysteries as often as I would love to, and within that, I have also never read a domestic suspense novel. So, I was feeling both apprehensive and excited!

This was a really interesting book! Not only did it have some really interesting commentary about motherhood, what makes a mother and how mothers should act within society’s eyes. I really enjoyed that commentary, it was one of my favourite aspects of the book and what made it so enjoyable to read. It was really interesting (I’m so sorry I keep using that word ughhh!) to see how harshly mothers are judged by not only their husbands and the general public, but by other mothers too.

As for the mystery/suspense aspect of the novel, I did also find it quite intriguing. I found that I really enjoyed the idea of a domestic mystery. I thought that it was really cool for the mystery to be centred around a mothers group. It gave the story a different feeling and in a weird way made it feel more normal and more like this could happen to anyone. You really started to understand the characters and feel for them as the story went on and by the end, I was really enjoying myself, despite the subject matter/ type of mystery.

The author, Aimee Molloy has great writing and writes really interesting characters. She also clearly has a great mind for mystery. I can’t wait to see what she writes next!


To Kill a Kingdom


tags: Fantasy, Retelling (The Little Mermaid), Young Adult

TW: Non-Consensual kiss, Mental/ Verbal/ Physical abuse, Abusive parenting


My official rating for this is a 2.5 out of 5 stars.

I feel like I have a lot to say and no idea how to say it. This book had so much potential, and for a lot of people I think it reached that potential, but for me, this story just barely got off the ground. I think I’m in the minority when I say To Kill A Kingdom wasn’t good. This book was a clusterfuck of shitty people doing shitty things and I was not big on it.

I wanted so badly to love this book but, it rubbed me the wrong way, I guess you could say it got my goat?? To kill A Kingdom was going to be so good, it was going to be what finally gave me the push to finally watch The Little Mermaid (TKAK is a loose reimagining). I was determined to love it, which is why I finished it, instead of DNFing it which I came so close to doing around the halfway mark.

I will admit, there are aspects of this book I did really like. I love the title, I loved the ending battle chapter and I enjoyed the character, Kai. But, that’s around about where my love for the book is cut short. For the first 80% of this book I was going to rate this 2 stars, I was even tempted so many times to just DNF it and be done with it. But, I held on hope that it would get better and it did, a whole 0.5/5 better. No spoilers, but there is a character towards the end of the book with a massive battle and I actually LOVED that part of it, but then that ended and I pretty much went back to not caring.

Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities.

This is a mini review so I’ll try to keep it well, mini, and just tell you guys the long and short of it. While the author put a really cool and interesting twist on an old story, the characters suck and they are absolutely what ruined this story for me. It took me to around 75/80% of the way through this book for me to actually start appreciating them and by then the story was mostly over, so what was the point?

This book also felt very long. I read half of the book in one day, and the rest the next day and it felt like I had been reading for weeks, I had to make myself start playing the audio again. Also, I know this isn’t nearly as bad a case but you know how everyone and their mother complained that nothing was explained in Zenith? (Sasha Alsbberg & Lindsay Cummings). Well, the same thing goes on in this book, though to a lesser degree. Kingdoms, creatures and other names are just thrown around without any explanation and while it didn’t take me out of the story to the degree that Zenith did, it was still weird and confusing.

Also, PSA if you listen to the audio on Audible it’s going to be a bit shaky. The audio is pretty crap. I think they had to go back and re-record parts of the book (like, a lot of it holy shit) but, maybe they re-recorded with a different mic or something because it was weird and I was not about it.


The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers Australia for supplying the e-arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


tags: Adult, Contemporary, Australia

TW: Animal Abuse, Abusive Parenting, Physical Abuse, Abusive Relationships, Death, PTSD, Panic Attacks, Rape


Holy Crap you guys, This book is absolutely brilliant. As you can see by the trigger warnings (tw) this book is pretty heavy. It’s based around a girl raised in an abusive home and features many types of abusive relationships from different perspectives. It’s a really interesting and heartbreaking read and if you think you can handle it I honestly do recommend it. Though, I do want to stress that, yes there are multiple abusive relationships there is also animal cruelty (all inflicted by male characters) towards dogs in this book. I know, that more that anything that is what almost set me off many times while reading this book, and it didn’t help that I read the whole book in one day.

I will say that I don’t know if everything in this book is a good depiction of grief or abuse but, I will say that in the way it was written, it felt real. Because of the amazing writing, everything in this book felt real, I felt like I knew the characters in this novel and I really felt like I understood the main character.

This was fantastic, especially for a debut novel. This book tackles so much and handles grief and abuse in a very real way, in that you don’t always know it’s abuse until it’s too late, which is a very honest portrayal of abuse. Holly Ringland has written something truly special with this book.


Undead Girl Gang


tags: YA, Mystery, Magic

TW: Death, Funerals, Zombies, Magic, Bullying, Murder, Fatphobia, Grief, Guns, Self harm


Here I am… again… probably rating one of your faves low. Sorry guys, I swear I’m not doing this on purpose but Undead Girl Gang was mediocre at best. Originally I gave this a 3 stars but, since then I have changed my rating to a 2.5, purely because the plot was somehow boring to me, I thought the main character was kind of horrible and it just made me feel bad while I was reading it.

A few years ago I’m sure I would’ve loved this but I just don’t think it’s for me anymore. I’ll be honest, this book was just too much rolled into a really short space of 300 pages. Some authors can write an amazing story that tackles all kinds of subjects while also having a fantastic plot (See: Seanan McGuire). Amber Robertson was trying to prove that popular girls have hearts, fat people have feelings and opinions, there’s a line between good and bad, friends can change, people aren’t always who you think they are, and Hey! Magic is real! Also, Zombies.

And, speaking of, Robertson used one of my least favourite topes (in any media) – The Populars™ being B*tches. I’m sorry, I’m sure there are some sucky “popular” kids in the world, but not all of them are horrible people. It’s an overused and offensive trope and frankly, I’m sick of seeing it.

So, back to the actual plot of the book. This is a mystery, or so they tell me. Three girls end up dead, one of them being the MC’s best friend. And, now the MC has to try and figure out who killed them all, so naturally, she raises them from the dead. To me, the mystery was why I kept reading the book. I couldn’t dnf because who dnfs in the middle of a mystery? Either way, the mystery was a bust and easy to figure out, the main character was horrible, there were pacing issues and there was self harm not being called out, but instead recommended as a coping mechanism.

I think it’s great that so many people loved this book and that it had some good fat rep, that didn’t actually shy away from the word “fat”. But, this book was just not for me, hopefully, you guys will like it more than I did!



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JULIET TAKES A BREATH SPOILER-FREE REVIEW // A book everyone should read


my rating: ★★★★☆

tags: LGBTQIA+, YA, Feminism

goodreads rating: 4.27

Juliet Takes a Breath

Thank you to Riverdale Avenue Books for supplying the e-arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

All opinions are my own.


Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favourite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.


“Feminism. I’m new to it. The word still sounds weird and wrong. Too white, too structured, too foreign: something I can’t claim.”

Juliet Takes A Breath is a must read, not just for women, but for everyone. I will admit that it might be more relatable for women, and in particular women of colour. But, I think this book and the character of Juliet is what makes the book so special. She learns so much in this book and I think that is the point. She makes the story relatable for some readers and she makes it a slap in the face for others.

This story handles feminism and what it means to be a woman. Juliet goes through every feeling under the bus in this book and learns so much throughout her short journey in the novel. She learns some really helpful tips and tricks on how to make your period easier to handle, which I’ll be honest I had never heard before but, will definitely be trying out in the future.

“You control the energy in your body. Never forget that, Juliet.”

This book is fantastic and I think everyone should read it. Juliet is a really interesting character and I think there is definitely something to learn from her and her experiences, no matter who you are. What I loved most about this book was that it took me for a total learning curve. I have very little in common with Juliet. I am white, straight and share pretty much none of her experiences, I also don’t live in the US.

“None of the clothes were made to fit me. None of the people shopping in there look like me.”

On that note, what I learnt from this book was something particularly interesting about the store Banana Republic. I have never really heard of the store so learning about its history was quite interesting and very disturbing.  It’s actually kind of horrible that I had never heard about their history but, I guess that is the kind of world we live in now.

Juliet Takes A Breath also goes into the education system and how we are often not taught about our own histories. We are rarely ever taught about the “bad side” of the history of our own countries and that often leads to ignorance. I  personally related to this because I know that Australia’s past is certainly not squeaky clean, but we really don’t learn about it at all in school.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t recommend it enough. if you’re looking for a short and bingeable modern contemporary to put on your tbr, this is perfect!



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WILD BEAUTY SPOILER-FREE REVIEW | The book that gave flowers a glow up


my rating: ★★★★☆

tags: lgbt, f/f romance, magical realism, standalone, young adult

goodreads rating: 3.69

publishing date: October 3rd, 2017

Wild Beauty


Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.



I did not think I would enjoy this. Like, at all. But, everyone assured me I would and so I put it on hold at the library and then went to pick it up. So, that afternoon I made a cup of tea, cracked open the book and dove in. Anddddd, then I was 30 pages in and forgetting names and getting confused. And then I was 50 pages in and mainly just confused. And then, I was 80 pages in and starting to get used to the writing and the characters.

And then, I was in love. I was really digging this and getting really into the repetitive nature of the novel and the way the author described everything through flowers.

Example of flowery writing: *Kind of spoilery/ no names*

“He kissed her, and she was a world in bloom, her skin becoming starflowers. His tongue between her lips was borraja, that blossom of hers that he’d taken into his mouth.”



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This is a story about a family of women. This is a story about women understanding and appreciating each other. This is a story that focuses on women and for once, puts the men on the backburner.



“Men and boys had no claim on their secrets or their bodies. La Pradera was a world in which women did not listen to men just because they were men.”

This story revolves around women and stays that way, there are only two male characters and neither fills the typical YA male mould that we see so often in most novels from this age group.

Each woman has a different personality, a different way of thinking and each of them plays a different part in the story.

This is a story about women – about the relationship women can build between one another and about how women hold themselves up and achieve greatness when they put their minds together. This story is what we mean when we talk about girl power, this story is what we need more of, not just in YA but in the bookish world, in general.


“Nothing else in the world makes a man like that more afraid than five girls on their periods”

There are only two male characters in this book, both stark contrasts ofeach other. One uses women and one resects them.

This is a non-spoiler review but I will say this, I have to. Fel, one of the only men in this book, is probably one of my favourite male characters (he’s seriously competing with Thomas Cresswell at the moment). He is not your typical YA male, he respects women, expects nothing from them and appreciates them. He is not cocky or sarcastic unlike the vast majority of male YA characters.


This is an #OwnVoices novel about queer women of colour. It is also about a brown-skinned man who had been driven out of existence by the woman he loved.

This is a story that explores the relationship between women and I loved it.

  • Did I love it? Yes, the last 200 or so pages were fantastic!
  • Is it slow? Yes. Don’t expect some crazy action.
  • Is it repetitive? Yes.
  • The writing is amazing.
  • Would I recommend it? Yes, definitely.



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The Sandcastle Empire | SPOILER-FREE ARC REVIEW

The Sandcastle Empire by  Kayla Olson

my rating: ★★★★☆

tags: dystopian, young adult

goodreads rating: 3.64

The Sandcastle Empire

I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


When all hope is gone, how do you survive?

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores…



Okay, so it’s been quite a while since I’ve actually read a proper dystopia so this was quite the change of pace (and storyline) for me. Since I haven’t read a dystopian novel in what feels like years I really didn’t know what to expect with this, and it also didn’t help that I haven’t read a survival story like this is months didn’t really help. Honestly, I don’t know why I requested this book, but I am really glad I did? This book is a survival story, a dystopia (the general x group takes over, people run & hide) and a mystery all tied into one, and I seriously had a great time reading it.


I think in general, the romance was my least favourite part of the novel. I didn’t feel like it was necessary for most of the novel and because of it some of the plot twists felt lacklustre and obvious.


As a whole, I did really enjoy this novel but I thought the romance felt slightly forced, but I did really enjoy the novel.

So far this is a standalone, but you know how publishers are. Honestly, if they did continue this series I don’t think I would continue it, the story just flows so much better as one book wonder.

I feel like my review has come off as sort of negative, but I really did enjoy this novel and I would definitely recommend it if you feel like a change of pace or want to try something new (especially if you enjoy the mix of genres).



When was the last time you read a dystopian? Have you read The Sandcastle Empire?