Friday, 24 June 2016

My love of A Court of Mist and Fury Expressed in Hamilton GIFS

Hi Bookish People,

Today, I am going to be talking about A Court of Mist and Fury. This is a Non-Spoiler Review for ACOMAF but there will be spoilers for the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, so if you haven't read that, READ IT and come back! Anyway, thanks SO SUPER much to Bloomsbury for this INCREDIBLE book! I thought to review this book, I should chat in Hamilton Gifs, because, Hamilton is my new obsession. If you don't know what Hamilton is, FIRSTLY, HOW?! Secondly, it's a musical based around Alexander Hamilton and his life founding America. YES OK IT'S AMAZING! WHAT'S THAT? STOP RAMBLING? Yeah, LET'S GET IN TO IT!

Also, SORRY, but have to thank Jenna, my friend for recommending me Hamilton. 

A Court of Mist and FuryA Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) by Sarah J Maas

Published by Bloomsbury Australia
YA Fantasy
Published: May 2016
Australian RRP: $17.99

Thankyou SO much to Bloomsbury  for sending me an ARC for review!


My rating: ★★★★★

Rhysand (pronounced Ree-sand if anyone wanted to know, especially since this whole time I'd been calling him Rye-sand) was just perfect. Utterly amazing. And I geniunly don't want to spoil you, because he was just THAT ONE PERSON WHO IS ALL THE THINGS! He was, witty, sarcastic, romantic, smart, inclusive (COUGH COUGH Tamlin could learn a thing or too) and hilariously arrogant. And no more spoils but if you want to ramble with me comment below because I'm always open to talking about Rhys whenever.

2. The Settings
The world and settings in this book were so well done and excellently described by Sarah J Maas. I especially liked when we traveled to NAMELESS (see, I am trying) Court and we hear all about their descriptions and their land which just blew me away! I genuinely felt like I knew the two NAMELESS courts from being on a holiday there (which would be amazing, Maas email me about this)

3. The Witty Banter

Ok, yes, ummmmmmm. What do I say about this one ACOMAF readers? Things get heated and Sarah kills it with the writing of these parts. They just had me smiling every time I read any of it. (This is something ummm a certain character who starts with a C might say (GIF) tell me if you think you know who it is)

4. The Representation of Mental Health
We all know what happens to Feyre Darling (hahah does anyone get these little puns I'm putting in?) in ACOTAR. AND YES, FINALLY A FANTASY WERE SHE DOESN'T JUST ACT LIKE EVERYTHINGS FINE! She has mental struggles and I love her even more for it. I was so happy to see this, because in Fantasy novels, mental health is rarely talked about in fantasy novels, AND PEOPLE ARE GETTING KILLED ALL THE TIME! Maas absoloutley nailed it with this, and I especially got hit by the feels in one particular scene which I yet again can't speak about. ALSO if you guys want me to chat about some scenes SPOILERY let me know... I'd love to!!!!

I have a slight obsession with the faeries. And yes, ACOTAR was based around the fae aswell, YES the whole plot is about fae, but just wanted to say, the Maas writes the fae so uniquely and you will be able to see what I mean if you read the book (pick it upppp pleassseee dooo) She writes them with such heart. They aren't the deception-ly (I created a word) lying, cheating fae people are taught to know. They are loving and caring and I'm ranting and sounding really corny but I just love them. Maybe that's just me though.

Also my thoughts on TAMLIN:

Burr  Tamlin, you disgust me. Although Burr.... anyway that's a new topic...

Have you read ACOMAF? What did you think? RHYSSSSS.....

My rating: ★★★★★

Julia x

Friday, 17 June 2016

Too Close to the Truth for Comfort with MARTians

Hi Bookish People!

Welcome to the Picnic! Today I am reviewing MARTians. In we go with my NON-SPOILERY opinions.

MARTians by Blythe Woolston
Published by Walker Books Australia
YA Dystopian

 Last girl Zo Zindleman, numerical ID 009-99-9999, is starting work at AllMART, where "your smile is the AllMART welcome mat". Her living arrangements are equally bleak: she can wait for her home to be repossessed now that AnnaMom has left, or move to the Warren, an abandoned shopping centre, to live with the other left-behind children. As Zo struggles to find her place in a world that has consumed itself beyond redemption, she realizes she isn't ready to disappear into the AllMART abyss quite yet. Zo wants to live.

Thankyou SO much to Walker Books for sending me an ARC for review!


****3 out of 5 Stars****


The plot was great for this book. If you’re looking for an action filled adventure novel though, this is not this book. This book is freakishly real. Based around consumerism and what employees are told this book is very interesting and I learned heaps. It was interesting to read about Zo. She lives in a world where you learn how to sell things instead of learn in subjects. As soon as she finishes school there are three different stores she can work at. We look at how shops work, and we see how shops and employees just want to make consumers buy, buy, buy. Although the main setting of the book is based around scenes in her workplace, it is all very well written and keeps you reading and enjoying it! This novel scares me because it seems all too real. The only part of the plot that confused me was how Zo meets a boy and they live together in an abandoned shop. This just confused me and took away from the plot. Another issue I had was that the ending was really rushed and we didn't really get the satisfaction at the ending that a stand alone needs.


Zo was a great character. She kept her wits about her and was overall very smart. She was aware of what big shops have been doing to get consumers to buy their products and was careful around the dodgy-ness of the super store she works at. As an employee, she was always helpful and not in an over-bearing way (like her boss wanted her to be.) She was never ‘hypnotised’ by the onslaught of information that her employers fed her and always kept things real with the reader.

  • Writing was done well, slow paced and although this book may not have action in it, it was a very intriguing dystopian that would appeal to those in the mood for something slow, short and interesting.
  • Setting was great and even though we stick in the same store with Zo, it is still great to read.

Rating: ★★★★

Hope you enjoyed!

Julia x

Friday, 10 June 2016

FINALLY a modern day mystery (Moth Girls Review)

Hi Bookish People!

Welcome to the Picnic! Today I am reviewing Moth Girls. In we go with my NON-SPOILERY opinions.

9781471405112.jpgMoth Girls by Anne Cassidy
Published by Allen and Unwin (Bonnier)
Imprint: Hotkey
YA Thriller/Mystery
Published: March 2016
Australian RRP: $16.99

Helplessly drawn like moths to the light, two girls go missing in an evocative and gripping tale . . .

They called them the Moth Girls because they were attracted to the house. They were drawn to it. Or at least that is what is written in the newspapers that Mandy reads on the anniversary of when her two best friends went missing. Five years have passed since Petra and Tina were determined to explore the dilapidated house on Princess Street. But what started off as a dare ended with the two girls vanishing. As Mandy's memories of the disappearance of her two friends are ignited once again, disturbing details will resurface in her mind. 

Thankyou SO much to Allen and Unwin for sending me an ARC for review!


****3 out of 5 Stars****


The Plot was long and felt like it dragged on forever. Especially in the beginning, where we are learning about Mandy, when honestly the reader just wants to learn about what happened to the girls that disappeared! The middle part of the novel was so gripping, I just wanted this to be the case for the whole novel. I did love how the point of view switches throughout the novel, from Mandy to Petra and how the book was split in to parts from past and present, that was great! The ending was done well, it was excellent and closure was given well. The suspenseful scenes were done really well.


Mandy was a very bland main character. This was the main reason I was so glad to have P.O.V switch ups. It becomes very evident that she was the third-wheel in Petra and Tina’s friendship and she always acts a bit like a victim. She was very shy and anti-social which made it hard to read about because it made her one dimensional. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy reading books about introverts, but the way she was written didn’t portray her well. After saying all of that, I did enjoy her hobby and the positive representation of counselling. I liked how Mandy suffered post traumatic stress, after all that’s happened and that she isn’t just fine! 

Petra’s P.O.V was great. She was a really great character to read, but I wouldn’t want to get in her way. She was controlling and demanding as a friend, and wanted Tina all to herself. If you didn’t know her family life you wouldn’t know why she had always had it out for Mandy. The family conflict and struggles in Petra’s life were portrayed well. It was great to finally see the behind the scenes of someone who would otherwise hide their emotions behind a wall of controlling-ness. It really displays the message that you don’t always know why people act the way they do. This message was excellently displayed and subtly enough that the reader can figure this out themselves.

Tina’s tale of being stuck in the middle of the friendship was really relatable. Having been Petra’s best friend all her life, she was prone to doing whatever Petra wanted, but when she meets Mandy, she might have a new friend (who of course Petra is very anti-Mandy.) She loved Mandy and Petra and was the one person that kept Petra and Mandy together. Although she is great friends with Mandy now, she still has loyalties with her best friend, and so she will do whatever Petra desires. Being stuck in the middle of a friendship, can be a sticky place to be in, and it certainly get’s this way with Tina. I’m glad we have this trio as the main group as we see a little of each social place. Tina, Stuck in the middle, Mandy, Third-Wheel, Petra, Queen.

+Enjoyed seeing flashbacks.
+Chapters were short and sharp
+Cover is gorgeous
+The writing ran smoothly and quickened pace towards the end of the novel!

Rating: ★★★

Hope you enjoyed!

Julia x