Top Ten Tuesday #22

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a book-related prompt for book bloggers to answer. This week’s prompt is an  All About Audio Freebie! I have chosen to talk about my Top Ten Current Favourite Songs.

I love music. I grew up singing in choirs, listening to early rock’n’roll, blues, and jazz music (thanks Dad!), and a day does not go by without me listening to music. For this week’s #TTT, I decided to list some of my current favourite songs – some are old(er) gems that I forgot existed until recently, some have only been recently released, but all of them make me want to get up and dance whenever I hear them.

Top Ten Tuesday #21

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a book-related prompt for book bloggers to answer. This week’s prompt is Top Ten All Time Favourite Classics

I love classic lit! As you probably know – because I mention it every chance I get – Jane Austen is my literary queen. However, she’s not the only one – the Brontë sisters, Elizabeth Gaskell, Sylvia Plath, and Virginia Woolf are just some of my favourites.

  1. Emma by Jane Austen: Jane Austen is the master of social commentary, and she contributed to much to what we know as the modern day novel. A lot of the techniques she used are pretty commonplace today, but she was actually the pioneer of these techniques, most notably free indirect discourse. Emma is Austen at her best – so simple, and yet so brilliant. It also features my favourite Austen heroine, Emma Woodhouse, who is an ‘obstinate, headstrong girl’ if you ever saw one.
  2. Villette by Charlotte Brontë: If you only read one novel by Charlotte Brontë in your lifetime, make sure it is Villette. It is fascinating how much you come to care for a protagonist that does not care for you.
  3. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë: Anne combines the social commentary you’d expect from an Austen novel with the absolute madness that is basically the Brontë trademark. It is so much more mature than Agnes Grey, and rumoured to be a response to Emily’s Wuthering Heights.
  4. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell: This is kind of like a politically charged Pride and Prejudice, if Lizzy had the personality of Darcy and Darcy was new money. I didn’t sell it well, but
  5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: People often associate this book with angsty teenagers who want to be different. It is full of dark, biting humour and bleak truths, but is mostly a poignant tale of an individual trying to come to terms with their personal demons.
  6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Who doesn’t love Little Women? My lifelong dream was to be one of the March sisters, and while everyone adores Jo, I always wanted to be Beth. As a child, I was impatient and a little fiery (not unlike Jo), and I always felt like Beth was the person I should aim to be. No matter how many times I reread, it always manages to break my heart (Beth, no!). This one is purely on the list for sentimental reasons, but always a fun, quick read.
  7. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: This one is mostly on the list because it is one of the defining series of my childhood. Before Harry Potter, before A Series of Unfortunate Events, there was Anne. There is something so charming about Anne, and I was always jealous of her red hair as a child (even more insulting: she didn’t appreciate it!). I enjoyed reading stories that revolved around a flawed heroine who constantly found herself in trouble. I appreciated the fact that Anne struggled with her temper, something that I struggled to do as a child. I identified with Anne, and her story is one that I love to revisit.
  8. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: Whenever I read Woolf, I get the impression that she understands life better than anyone else. She has such a beautiful voice – it’s so dreamy and wonderful. While reading, you float in and out of characters’ consciousness, and learn more about them in a few pages than other authors could pack into an entire book. It’s a wonderful character study.
  9. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: Is this not the most classic piece of children’s literature? It’s a complex story disguised as children’s literature, and has everything: brimming with adventure, tinged with nostalgia and filled with beautiful prose, I always walk away from this book wanting to hug my mum.
  10. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: Okay, so Alice in Wonderland has no plot and is a bit nonsensical – but therein lies its charm. It is whimsical and is able to bring me so much joy, even as an adult.

Top Ten Tuesday #20

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a book-related prompt for book bloggers to answer. This week’s prompt is Ten Facts About Me.

1. I love Austen novels dearly, and have been in two stage adaptations of her works.

This won’t surprise anyone who has been reading my blog on the regular, but I love Jane Austen, and have had an obsession with her novels since I was about ten. I was cast as Mary Bennet in Pride and Prejudice two years ago, and it was the most fun I’ve ever had. I finished up a production of Sense and Sensibility in February; I played Lucy Steele.

2. I am yet to fully jump aboard the ebook train

I mean, I can see the appeal of ebooks, and I do own some – it saves on shelf space, which is a bonus because I have limited space for bookshelves and am severely lacking in bookshelf space. I just prefer physical books, because reading is a sensory experience for me. I love the feeling of the pages between my fingers, I love the smell, I love the pretty cover art and deckle edges and decorative end papers.

3. I don’t organise my books in any particular order

I feel terrible about not really having a system – I know some people who order by genre, some who order by colour, but the limited space I previously mentioned means that it all gets shelved in one huge mess. The most organised my shelves get is having all the books in a series lined up next to one another (which is admittedly one step better than my sister).

4. Aside from J.K. Rowling, Melina Marchetta and Jaclyn Moriarty are the authors I’ve been following the longest.

I feel like they’re just taking off in the book blogger community – Marchetta because of the Lumatere Chronicles, Moriarty because of the Colours of Madeleine trilogy – but these two wrote the stories of my childhood. Looking for Alibrandi and Feeling Sorry for Celia are very much loved, well-read stories that have gotten through the harder times of my teenage years.

5. Books are my security blanket

Much like Rory Gilmore, I carry a book (or two) around with me wherever I go. Sometimes more, because what I read really depends on my mood.

6. I will often stay up late to read

I probably shouldn’t, because I have to get up so early for work (4.30am), but I will often stay up reading past midnight.

7. My favourite film adaptation of a book is To Kill a Mockingbird

Has there ever been a more perfect adaptation of a book than To Kill a Mockingbird? It hit all the important points of the story, was well-cast, well-acted, and well-written. I love it and whenever I have a bad day, it’s my go-to film.

8. I got my first library card when I was three

My parents taught me to read at a young age, and I was always desperate for books so… they did the only reasonable thing, and got a three year old a library card.

9. The book that really made me love reading was Harry Potter

I mean, I always liked reading. As a kid, I liked to read and read Beatrix Potter, Enid Blyton,  Little Women, Anne of Green Gables – all the good stuff. I discovered Harry Potter when I was nine, and like an entire generation of children, was inspired to really love reading.

10. I love stationary.

Like, the only reason to look forward to going back to school was the requisite stationary shopping.






Top Ten Tuesday #19

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a book-related prompt for book bloggers to answer. This week’s prompt is Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads.

I read a lot of the ‘big name’ books in YA, so this prompt was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, as even some of the smaller name books I’ve read had more than 2, 000 ratings. I ended up with a lot of books that are part of a series (but I wouldn’t have continued on with the series if I didn’t enjoy it), some poetry and older books, and a lot of Australian novels (but I am more than happy to promote Australian talent!). Here is my list of eight books I really loved, but have gone under the radar of the GR community!


Top Ten Tuesday #18

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a book-related prompt for book bloggers to answer. This week is a freebie week, and I have chosen the prompt is Top Ten Fictional Crushes.

Things I have learnt from writing this list:

  • I get literary crushes on male characters from the time period of c. 1800 – 1920
  • I will get attached to characters who exhibit the follow traits: kindness, loyalty, wit, intelligence, and/or compassion
  • But never underestimate the attractiveness of a so-called ‘bad boy’
  • Jane Austen wrote the best romantic interests (almost all of them are listed on this list – with the exception of Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park because blegh, Edward Ferrars from Sense and Sensibility because he has no personality, and Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility because while I love him and find him v. gallant, there are other fictional characters I love more).
  1. Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables: Gil was my very first fictional crush, only to be usurped by Laurie Laurence a few days later (I was a very fickle seven year old). Gil is kind, loyal, intelligent and witty – and his love for that Anne girl is #relationship goals.
  2. Laurie Laurence from Little Women: Laurie is the original broody musician. He’s charming and fun, although he does run off to Europe to deal with all his angst after Jo refuses to marry him (nobody needs that kind of diva behaviour in their life).
  3. George Knightley from Emma: Everybody knows and loves Mr. Darcy (see below), but let’s be honest: Knightley is the greatest of Austen’s leading men. He’s gallant; moving into Hartfield – the Woodhouse family estate – after he and Emma marry, because he knows that Mr Woodhouse wouldn’t be able to cope without Emma. He’s kind, principled and compassionate. Also, I am obsessed with the film Clueless (which is a loose adaptation of Emma), and honestly – Paul Rudd? Swoon.
  4. Frederick Wentworth from Persuasion: Daaaaaamn, the man can write a love letter:

    “I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.


  5. Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey: I love Mr. Tilney for his wit and sass – it redeems his less admirable qualities (like the fact he basically proposes to Catherine because he’s flattered she’s got a crush on him).
  6. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice: Lizzie and Darcy’s relationship is a fairytale. He’s family-oriented and loyal, and once he realises how his behaviour is interpreted by others, he sets out to change his ways. He also saves the Bennets from social disgrace, which is a big tick in the swoony department (even if I get my feminist card revoked for saying it).
  7. Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre: Okay, so I’m kind of questioning my judgement by including Rochester on this list – he’s emotionally manipulative and tries to get Jane to compromise her morals to be with him and he plays mind games with just about everyone he comes into contact with,  but there’s also something very attractive about a bad boy, particularly one played by Toby Stephens.
  8. Charlie Taylor from Finding Cassie Crazy: I had the biggest literary crush on Charlie as a teen – he stole teachers’ cars, drove them out to Richmond and gave them a tune-up. He struggled his way through school (he once got 27% on an assignment and his teacher wrote ‘Great work, Charlie!’). He was a teenage delinquent, and I loved him for it. He was also kind, loyal, and sweet. He always went above and beyond for his friends, and I liked that.
  9. Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter: Everyone’s always swooning over Malfoy, Harry, and Ron – but WHAT ABOUT NEVILLE? Yes, he’s awkward and bumbling, but he’s also kind and sweet. He never makes excuses for himself, and soldiers on through life despite the fact he drew the short straw. He’s lovely, and the world should show Neville some more love.
  10. Adam Parrish from The Raven Cycle: Much like Ronan Lynch, I just want to protect Adam Parrish from the world.

Who are your favourite fictional crushes – do we have any in common? Comment below with your literary loves, and don’t forget to post a link to your #TTT!

Top Ten Tuesday #17

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a book-related prompt for book bloggers to answer. This week’s prompt is Top Ten Favourite Releases of 2016 (So Far).

My first thought upon seeing the prompt for this week was, ‘I cannot write this post.’ Why, you ask? I have not read ten 2016 releases, I have read five. That’s right, folks. FIVE.

I knew going back to uni would really cut into my reading time, but I didn’t think it would cut into it as much as it has. When I’m not doing uni work, I’m either:

  • at work;
  • doing work for the theatre company I sit on the committee of (as a hobby, mind you);
  • acting in shows and having to set aside time for rehearsals/to learn lines; or
  • stage managing shows and having to set aside time for rehearsals/organise everything before the show

Looking at this list makes me feel a lot better about being ten books behind in my GR Challenge (I have read 13/50 books, and I am ashamed of that number).

So, without further ado: the five 2016 releases I have read this year!

Glass Sword
Series: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Orion
Release Date: 9th February 2016
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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A Tangle of Gold
The Colours of Madeleine
Jaclyn Moriarty
Pan Macmillan
Release Date:
23rd February 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

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The Sidekicks
Author: Will Kostakis
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: 29th February 2016
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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The Winner’s Kiss
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 24th March 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

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The Raven King
Series: The Raven Cycle
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: 29th April 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Top Ten Tuesday #15

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a book-related prompt for book bloggers to answer. This week’s prompt is Top Ten Bookworm Delights.

My first thought for this week’s topic was, “only ten?” I love books, and I love being a bookworm. I could probably go on for days about why it’s so wonderful living the bookish life, but here are ten reasons why it’s so delightful:

  1. Lying in bed on a rainy day with a cup of tea and a book: There are few things I love more than curling up in bed with a good book. I know it sounds odd, but there’s something lovely about having the sound of rain hitting the roof as you read, perhaps the thunder rolling. You fall into your own little world when reading while its raining. Besides that, I love being in comfy clothes under a cocoon of blankets and knowing that I have zero obligations. It makes the reading experience all the more enjoyable.
  2. Someone loving a book rec you gave: there is no better feeling when you tell someone: “Oh, you should read this!” and they do, and they love it. Alternatively, I love it when a librarian, a bookseller, a friend – anyone, really – will just be like, “here, this is a you book!” and then I find out that yes, it is a me book. I have a few friends who love YA, and we all give each other recs and swap books, it’s great.
  3. Book sales: Nothing warms my heart more than realising that Dymocks or QBD are having a book sale. I will literally go out of my way to stop off at a bookstore if they have a sale on (bad for my bank account, good for my soul).
  4. Hardcover books: I don’t often buy hardcover books (because they’re crazy expensive), but all bets are off if they have gorgeous cover design. I seem to have this problem a lot with the Penguin Classics (case in point: Penguin’s Fitzgerald Classics, Woolf Classics , Mr Boddington’s Penguin Classics) but I will honestly spend good money getting a good story and a gorgeous cover.
  5. Good cover design, in general: there is nothing worse than a book with a generic cover or a cover that doesn’t give a feel for the story. I hate lazy cover design, more than I hate awful typesetting or basic (and I mean baaasic) spelling/grammatical errors (looking at you, Collins Classics). This is probably a trend more noticeable with classic literature (because anyone and everyone can – and do – publish them once they’re in the public domain), but I love it when a publisher will go above and beyond to make their books stand out from the crowd. And on a slightly related note…
  6. Deckled edges: is this a weird one to list? I feel like this is a weird bookish love to list, but I LOVE  deckled edges! For those of you who don’t know, deckled edges are the rough cut edged pages. The first time I bought a deckled edged book, I just sat staring at it, I thought it was so cool (in my defence, I was about twelve). I still think it’s cool. I’ll still run my hand across the edges to feel the rough cut, the unevenness of the pages. I love it. So cool.
  7. That book smell: whether it’s that musty, pre-loved book smell or that new, fresh-off-the-shelves book smell, I love being able to smell that book smell. Whenever I read a book on my iPad, it’s the smell that I miss the most – because the smell tells the book’s history.
  8. Book hunting: my normal book reading process goes like this: I see a book on GR/someone’s recommended a book to me, I check out the reviews, weigh the pros and cons of reading said book, decide whether or not I think it is a book I’d like or if I should pass. There is nothing better than browsing in a book store, finding a book that sounds interesting, and just throwing caution to the wind and buying it.
  9. Finding an underrated novel: Since I joined GR, I read a lot of the well-known books, or the books that are trending right now. It’s nice to find a book that you haven’t heard a lot about and reading for yourself. Reading for myself isn’t something I do a lot nowadays, so it’s nice to go back and remember why I fell in love with reading in the first place.
  10. Connecting with someone over a book: Last, but probably the most important on the list: being able to connect with people over a book. I’ve made so many friends this way, it’s why I got into book blogging – I love being able to talk about books, and tell people why you loved a book (or why you didn’t). There’s nothing lovelier than bonding over books.

Top Ten Tuesday #14

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a book-related prompt for book bloggers to answer. This week’s prompt is Top Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh

Long time, no write! Between my uni classes and my theatre commitments, I’ve had no time to sit down and write (not to mention, the class I’m taking this semester is Freelance Writing, which means that when I do have time to sit down and write, I have zero inclination to because I’m doing it virtually all the time). But I am back, and reading to crank out a few posts!

This week’s topic is a little hard because I don’t read books that are strictly considered ‘comedic’ books. Some people might look at this list and think that I have an incredibly weird sense of humour – but that’s okay, because I do.


Looking for Alibrandi – This book has one of my favourite opening scenes, ever.  For those uninitiated into Marchetta appreciation (for shame!) – “Panic was my first reaction to the multiple choices options in front of me. I glanced at the students around me before turning back to question three. I hated multiple choice. Yet I didn’t want to get question three wrong. I didn’t want to get any of them wrong. The outcome would be too devastating for my sense of being.” What exactly is our esteemed heroine doing, you ask? Why, she’s taking a ‘What Kind of Friend are You?’ quiz in Hot Pants magazine. It’s brilliant, I know.
The King of Whatever – This one is possibly the only book on the list that falls in the ‘strictly comedy’ category. It’s very Australian in its humour, and a sweet YA book that’s a quick, easy read.
Northanger Abbey – How do I begin to explain Northanger Abbey? The reason I love this book so is because of the ever-sassy Henry Tilney, who gets the best one-liners.
Emma – Jane Austen is the Queen of Social Observance, and this is most apparent in Emma. Emma Woodhouse is delightfully clueless, and an unreliable narrator (which means that you will wind up every bit as clueless as she is). This book is so much fun to read – no matter how many times I read it, I still end up chuckling.
Three Wishes -Oh my God, this book. It is so off-beat and quirkly that it’ll have you laughing from beginning to end.
The Nanny Diaries – Regardless of what industry you work in, you will have some horror stories. Sometimes people will get them, sometimes people won’t. When you read The Nanny Diaries, you get the feeling that these authors have had their fair share of nightmare experiences as nannies. There are moments with awful parents that’ll make you giggle, and moments with tiny tots that’ll warm your heart and make you smile.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – I’m pretty sure everyone has read this book by now, but I can’t help but include it on my list. It’s fluffy in the best way imaginable, and there are moments that are laugh-out-loud funny.
Feeling Sorry for Celia – Anyone who has ever been a teenager will be able to pick up this book and have a good little giggle. You can’t help but find this relatable – feeling like you don’t fit in as a teenager is a universal experience.
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Bridget Jones’s Diary is one of the funniest books I have ever read. There is something so relatable about Bridget, so even when she’s in an outlandish predicament, you can’t help but sympathise with her.
Hating Alison Ashley – This is a childhood favourite. Although I find it less funny now, there is something about this book that just makes me smile.



Top Ten Tuesday #13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a book-related prompt for book bloggers to answer. This week’s prompt is Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While.

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post for Top Ten Tuesday! Life has been insanely busy lately, and I didn’t set aside time to blog. I wasn’t sure what to blog about this week, because when I love something, I talk about it. Incessantly.Constantly. Non-stop.  I really had to think about this week’s post, but without further ado:

10. Little Women


Little Women was one of my first (book) loves. When I was younger, I wanted to be as fierce as Jo, and as kind as Beth. I found a kindred spirit in Amy, who I felt understood the trials of being the youngest sibling. Much like Harry Potter, Little Women is less a book I love and more a part of me.

9. Bridget Jones’s Diary


I like to pretend that Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy doesn’t exist, and I can take or leave Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, but Bridget Jones’s Diary is where it’s at. Bridget is laugh-out-loud funny and witty – in a kind of unintentional way – and she’s such a relatable character.

8. Newsflesh trilogy

I’m not much of a zombie person. I’m not really interested in discussing how I’d survive a zombie apocalypse, or the technicalities of how a zombie is made. I guess this is why Newsflesh was such a perfect trilogy for me – the zombie apocalypse has come and gone, and now the survivors are dealing with living in a zombie-infested world. More to the point, this trilogy is about politics and journalism and ethics – all things that interest me immensely.

7. Chaos Walking trilogy

My shelves are populated with books by and about women. The Chaos Walking trilogy is one of the few I’ve read that a) features a male protagonist and b) is written by a male author. This trilogy is so unique and captivating, it left me thinking about it long after I’d finished it.

6. The Hunger Games trilogy

I don’t think I’ve ever spoken about The Hunger Games in all the time I’ve been book blogging. Perhaps it has something to do with Jennifer Lawrence turning me off the films (she’s a great actress, but the more I see of her in interviews, the less I care for her); perhaps it’s just because you have to have been living under a rock to have not heard of the books. Either way,

5. Dreamblood duology

If you are sick of Eurocentric fantasy novels, then I highly recommend picking up the Dreamblood duology. Jemisin has created a world that is based on Ancient Egyptian mythology and populated by people of colour. She has completely turned the caste system on its head – in this world, the darker your skin is, the higher up you are. There are strong female protagonists – and not just in the “can beat you up” kind of way – and all of the characters are compelling and three-dimensional. Also, the ninja priests are pretty cool.

4. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender


This book is, as the title suggests, strange and beautiful. I didn’t really have a whole lot of experience with magical realism before picking up this book, and I spent the entire time reading it in a state of wonder. Very few books have the ability to make me cry, but this one did.

3. The Golem and the Djinni


I love this book – I think it’s brilliant. It so wonderfully describes the migrant experience while telling the story of two mythological creatures. It masterfully weaves together two mythologies, two cultures, and creates something entirely unique and completely different to anything else I’ve ever read. If you pick up one book this year, let it be this book.

2. Starbound trilogy

This trilogy started out as a guilty pleasure, but blossomed into full-on fangirling. I initially picked up These Broken Stars because I was looking for a light read, and the cover led me to believe that this would be just that: a book that would provide a fun escape for a couple of hours. However, this trilogy has some of the best world building I have ever seen in a YA series; Kaufman and Spooner are experts at dropping hints that don’t flesh out until a book or two later. My jaw was constantly dropping in Their Fractured Light because tiny plot lines from the first two books turned into huge plot twists in the final one. Amazing!

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy

I don’t think I’ve ever really talked about my love of Laini Taylor. I think this mostly stems from the knowledge that the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is quite popular with book bloggers (as is Taylor herself), so talking about how brilliant this trilogy is would be kind of redundant. I love how finely drawn the characters are, the prose, and how Taylor has managed to put her own spin on an old and deep-rooted mythology. I love how Taylor has taken a tired YA formula and breathed some life into it. I have nothing but praise for this series, and love it immensely.


What are some of the books that you love but don’t talk about? Don’t forget to comment below with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday!