Fiction Books, YA Books

Light Years by Kass Morgan – Book Review

I received this book in an illumicrate box and I’m really glad I did! I really loved the story and I’m so excited to continue with this series. It did take me a while to pick up as I just didn’t find the cover appealing but it just shows that you should never judge a book by the cover!


Rating: 4/5

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.
Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain – but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy – even if he has to steal someone’s identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong – he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret – she’s infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it’ll be her life on the line.
These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team to defend their world from a cunning enemy – but the danger might be lurking closer to home than they think…

This book was honestly such a wonderful surprise, its fast paced and fun to read. I loved all the different points of view as we got to see things from different perspectives which created a much wider view of the world. This helped with understanding the characters and their motives and it meant that I could see each character through their own eyes and through the others. Their differences in how some were rich and some were from poorer backgrounds and how the rich looked down on the poor and felt they weren’t as capable. I loved that those from the poorer backgrounds proved them wrong!

The story not only deals with socio-economic divides but also prejudice, hate crimes and racism. It was woven into the story really well and didn’t feel like it was out of place and just there to make a point.

I felt the same about the diversity in the book from LGBT rep, to a character that was an amputee and racial diversity. The characters weren’t there just to make the book diverse but had an actual story and character development. I felt it was done really well.

The one thing that surprised me was that we saw from the “enemies” point of view too, which meant that it wasn’t actually clear who the “bad guy” really was. Each side had their own justification as to why they went to war with the other and the morally grey characters made the story much more interesting.

The one thing that I would say is that the story is very character driven, it revolves around the four main characters journey in the school and so, plot wise, not a lot happens until the very end. I really enjoyed the characters so this wasn’t an issue for me but it did mean that there wasn’t as much world building as I would have liked. I wanted to see more of the planets they lived on and how the world works. It was actually difficult for me to actually visualise the world and places they describe. Hopefully we will see more of that in the next book.

This book has lots of political intrigue, drama and space adventures and the training that the main characters go through reminded me a little of Star Trek, which I loved! I definitely recommend picking this book up!


Illumicrate Unboxing – Clever Ruse November Box

Hey booknerds! I have an unboxing for you today! This is the Illumicrate November box and the theme was Clever Ruse. As usual the box was amazing and I loved all the items! Plus this month they included two books as it was their anniversary box! So lets get to the unboxing.


The first item included was a woodmark inspired by Warcross. I love the design and the quote! The artwork is by @chattynora


They also included a pin banner inspired by The Night Circus, Caraval and all things Circus! I love that it looks like a circus top! As you can see I have already filled it with all of my pins! It was designed by illumicrate themselves!


They included some unique items this month and one of them was this drink cosy inspired by To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I really love the artwork which is designed by @giacatam


I adore this item that was included, a Throne of Glass inspired necklace. It’s so beautiful and designed by @fableandblack And of course I just had to have my cat, Sherlock, model the necklace for me!

They also included an exclusive edition of Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce. I have heard such great things about this series and this is the perfect excuse to start reading!


The last thing included is a Mulan inspired scarf which has some beautiful artwork on it. The artwork is by Feifei Ruan. It’s absolutely stunning!

The book included in this months box was Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean. This edition has an exclusive cover and sprayed pages. It sounds like such a great story and I’m super excited to read it!

The extras that were included in this months box are a bookmark inspired by The Poppy War and a This Mortal Coil DNA helix

So that’s everything in this months box! I loved everything and I am so excited for the Saints and Scars box and their next quarterly box!


Illumicrate Unboxing – Magic and Mayhem Box

This is super late but I still wanted to share this unboxing with you all. This was a special edition box by Illumicrate. It was inspired by V.E. Schwab’s books and as usual this box was amazing! I absolutely loved everything in the box.


They also recently released their next special edition box which is inspired by the Grishaverse. It will be sent out in time for the release of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. I cannot wait to get this box!

So back to the unboxing of the Magic and Mayhem box. There was so many amazing items in this box and I just cannot choose what my favourite item is!


The first item is a double sided tote bag, one side inspired by shades of magic and villains inspired on the other. I love this bag so much! The artwork is by @rowatree

They included a make up bag with a Lila Bard quote designed by @stellabookishart and it’s beautiful and such a great size.

They also included an As Travars keyring designed by @fableandblack


They included a set of 4 beautiful character bookmarks inspired by the shades of magic books. The artwork is by @merwild

I loved that there was useful items included too like this travel bottle. The lettering is by @xcrini


There was a set of 6 tarot style character cards which are all stunning. Artwork by @amaretta_

Also included was a beautiful art print of Lila and Kell designed by @victoriaying


I love getting candles in book boxes so I absolutely loved that they included a layered candle inspired by the four Londons. Made by @ameliakitchencandles

Mugs are another favourite item of mine so I loved that they included one! This beautiful mug artwork is designed by @temporaryplacesshop


I love that a knitted scarf was included as it’s getting cold and I can’t wait to use it! It’s designed by @fableandblack

They also included a set of 4 postcards which is inspired by the 4 Londons. I love the artwork on the cards. They were designed by @moledrocraftco


A beautiful booksleeve inspired by Victor Vale’s love for black out poetry designed by @illumicrate

Another of my favourite items is enamel pins so I love the one they included! It’s stunning! And designed by @fableandblack

Lastly they also included an exclusive cover of Vengeful by V.E. Schwab and a letter written by her too. I love this cover so much!


So this was everything included in the box! Seriously guys, I highly recommend buying their boxes, both their special edition and quarterly boxes. I love getting both! They are worth every single penny and I know that if I ever didn’t get a box I would really regret it.


Illumicrate Unboxing – Oh So Criminal August Box

Hey booknerds! I have an unboxing for you today! This is the August Illumicrate box and I loved this box! They had items inspired by some of my favourite fandoms and I love the villains in the stories so I knew I had to get this box and they did not disappoint.

So lets get to the unboxing!

The first thing included in this box is a nail file inspired by Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff. This was such a unique idea and I loved it! The artwork is by @heyatlascreative

The next thing is the Easiest Lies mirror inspired by the curseworkers books by Holly Black. Although I haven’t read the books I still love this mirror! Designed by @reverieandink


One of my favourite items was the Sirius Black coaster! It’s so cute and I love that it says Sirius snacks! Designed by @katieabey


Also included was a Six of Crows lanyard! I’ve been wanting a lanyard for ages so I’m glad I finally got one and even better that it’s one of my favourite books ever! Designed by @fableandblack

Another item that was included that I love was the Perfect Heist candle. I am obsessed with bookish candles so I love getting them in boxes! Especially as they’re exclusive! Made by @elvenwickcandles

They also included a necklace which says antagonist on one side and protagonist on the other. Made by @_down_the_rabbithole_


They also included a tote! I love bookish totes and I adore this one as it says Villains are my bag! Artwork by @kdpletters


The last thing that was included was this amazing Gothan Sirens print. I love it so much!

And of course the book this month was Catwoman by Sarah J Maas! This was an exclusive hardcover with sprayed pages! I love books with sprayed pages and this one is especially stunning! They also included a catwoman bookmark.


So there you have it! The August Illumicrate box!

Did you get the box? What was your favourite item this month?

Monthly Wrap Up

August Monthly Wrap Up

Hey booknerds! Another month is over! So that means it’s time for a wrap up. This month has been crazy busy for me with my family staying over and me going to my parents and it’s wedding season so with so much going on my reading has been neglected and so has my blog. But I will be a lot more active next month! And also why this wrap up post is super late!

So I think because I have been so busy I think my enjoyment of what I read has also been affected. I felt like I wasn’t able to enjoy the books as much as usual. Although I did read a few books I really loved.


But here is what I did read this month:

1 A Treasury of Ghazali by Abu Hamid Ghazali – I read this book slowly over a few month as it’s a book to read and reflect and I really did enjoy this book.

2 Jinxed by Amy McCulloch – I picked this up at a book event and I absolutely loved it! It is such an interesting story and I adored the characters. You can read my full spoiler free review here

3 Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi – I enjoyed this book a lot more than Shatter Me so i’m looking forward to continuing the series.

4 The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – This is a reread as part of a readalong and I really loved being back in this world

5 Cress by Marissa Meyer – This was a reread via audiobook and I loved it even more the second time around!

6 The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green – I got an ARC of this in an illumicrate box and I’m so glad they included it! I really enjoyed the book and I’m excited to read the next one! You can read my full spoiler free review here

7 The Golden Child by Wendy James – this is such a thought provoking book! I really enjoyed reading it and I highly recommend picking it up. The story is about bullying amongst children. You can read my spoiler free review here

8 Moonrise by Sarah Crossan – This book was a quick read but I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as other people. I think partly due to the way it was written.

9 Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – I had heard a lot about this book before it was released so I was excited to read it and I really loved it!

10 Fairest by Marissa Meyer – another reread via audiobook and I just loved it! Levana’s backstory is so interesting and I really enjoyed hearing it again

11 A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan – A story based on King Midas and has pirate adventures?! I seriously needed to read this book! And I really loved it! I really loved the characters and the story!

I also DNFd Mister Monday by Garth Nix as I just could not get into the story at all. I didn’t find it interesting and just made me feel slumpy so I gave up.

So here are all the books I read in august! Let me know if you read any of these and what you thought!

I also posted a review of:

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar. You can read the spoiler free review here