Diverse Books, YA Books

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala – Book Review

I had been excited about reading this book ever since I heard about it! It’s inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology and I immediately added it to my tbr. This book did not disappoint!


Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.
Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.
Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.

This book is fast paced and intense especially in the second half of the book. I really loved reading this and kept wanting to read just one more chapter which kept me reading well into the night! I adored Esha and Kunal and watching their story unfold was so much fun!

This book is told from two points of view so we get to see things from both Esha and Kunal. I really loved that as we get to see both sides of the story and it gives us a view of the world from both their opposing sides. The world building is incredible, it was intricate and detailed. I adored the vivid descriptions from the landscape, to the food and clothes. I absolutely loved the way Indian culture was incorporated into the story and how different Kunal’s clothes were as a soldier compared to other fantasy books. I loved that Esha wore sari’s and the food they ate and even the way that people lived and the traditions they had. It was all so refreshing to see that in the book!

Both Esha and Kunal are really complex characters, as the story progresses we learn more about each of them and we realise that there is more than meets the eye. They show themselves in a certain way to everyone else yet they are so much more than that and it was so nice to see them slowly discover that about each other. We quickly realise that it isn’t as simple as just black and white, good and evil. They are all morally grey and especially in the case of Kunal and Esha, they have both killed but they both justify why they do these things. Kunal is a soldier and Esha is trying to save her people.

They both start out on opposing sides of the war that has ravaged their countries for years yet they are attracted to each other and I loved seeing the enemies to lovers trope! They don’t immediately fall in love but as they interact and learn more about each other they develop feelings for each other and the slow burn romance killed me! I was literally screaming at them to admit already! Another thing I loved about their interactions was the banter and sparring that happens whenever they meet. It left me with a big smile on my face each time.

The end of the story where mysteries are unveiled and we find out what has been happening, it kept me on the edge of my seat! We find out some things that I can tell will play a huge role in the next book and I am already excited to read the next book!

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

Hey booknerds! It’s another Top 5 Wednesday post! This is hosted by Sam over on Thoughts on Tomes where you share you top 5 for the chosen topic for that week. You can check out each weeks topic over on Goodreads.

This weeks topic is my most disappointing reads of 2018.

There’s always books that don’t live up to our expectations and I always feel so sad when they don’t. These are the books I was most disappointed by are:

1 Sky in the Deep – I know everyone seems to love this book but I just couldn’t get into it. I felt like nothing really happened in the book and I was a bit bored.

2 The Surface Breaks – I got bored reading this book and just ended up skim reading most of it

3 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – I actually preferred the film than the book. Especially didn’t like Kavinsky in the book

4 The Caged Queen – After reading The Last Namsara I was really looking forward to reading this but I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first book. I think it was because I didn’t find the main character as interesting.

5 Love, Hate and Other Filters – man this book made me so mad. The Muslim rep was so bad that I still get angry thinking about this book even though I read it a year ago. Seriously do not read this book if you’re looking for Muslim rep.

What books were you disappointed by in 2018?


Percy Jackson Nerdy Post Box Unboxing

Hey booknerds! So this is another Nerdy Post box unboxing! This was a special one off box based on Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. As soon as I heard them announce the box I knew I had to buy it! I adore this series and I can never find much merch for it.

I absolutely love this box and I am so glad I was able to buy it. Me and my sisters all bought a box and the nerdy post team were kind enough to combine the boxes so that I wouldn’t have to pay multiple shipping.

So lets get to the unboxing!

percy jackson unboxing

So the first item in the box was a beautiful art print with the quote: If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.

nerdy post big print

The next item was an iron on patch which says Camp-Half Blood!

A mini print inspired by Grover Underwood with the quote: Remake the wild a little at a time. I love it so much especially as Grover is so underrated.

A second mini print inspired by Annabeth Chase and one of my favourite characters! The quote says: Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes. This is also one of my favourite quotes!

percy mini prints

They also included an enamel pin of Blackjack which says Hey boss. Blackjack is Percy’s Pegasus and I love it!

There was a double sided bookmark which I love getting in these boxes! One side says: Look I didn’t want to be a half blood. And the other side says: Seaweed Brain. I love this nickname that Annabeth gives Percy.

percy bookmark

There was also a beautiful booksleeve which shows the hippocampi or as Tyson calls them, Fish Ponies!

There was a sticker which says: I can do this, probably. I relate to this quote so much!

As this was the ultimate they also included a candle which is called Ol’ Barnacle Beard which was made by My Wick of Tea. It smells amazing!


The last item was a badge. In my photo you can see all 3 variations as I ordered 4 boxes (for my sisters) They tell you who your godly parent and which cabin you belong in. You could have gotten: Poseidon, Athena or Hades. I still haven’t decided which I want to keep and which to let my sisters fight it out over!

pjo pins

So that’s everything included in the box! I loved this box so much! I adore the Percy Jackson series and I am so happy to finally have amazing merch for these books!

There was also a t-shirt which had a Nico Di Angelo quote and I wish I could have gotten that too.

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


Fairyloot Unboxing – April Whimsical Journeys Box

Hey booknerds! Today I want to share an unboxing with you all! This is the April Fairyloot Whimsical Journeys box!

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What’s Fairyloot you say? Well Fairyloot is a book subscription box! It features newly released YA books along with a selection of amazing bookish merch! Basically it’s every booknerds dream box! Each month has a theme and the April theme was Whimsical Journeys which included all things magical beasts and mythology!

I have to say I was so impressed with this box, it’s probably my favourite box that I’ve gotten from them so far! And it had some of my most favourite fandoms! So yes, I pretty much squealed the whole time I was unboxing it!

So lets get to the unboxing shall we…

april fairyloot
So the first item was a really cool reusable Narnia travel mug! It has a stunning map of Narnia on it and was designed by Ink and Wonder

The next item was a beautiful tote bag which had one of my favourite quotes from The Hobbit on it! This was designed by Stella Bookish Art.

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There was also a Magical Beasts luggage tag designed by Lovely Owls Books. It is of course based on Newts suitcase from Fantastic Beasts!

We also got a Blackjack enamel pin which is based on Percy Jackson and his Pegasus! It was designed by Taratjah and I loved it so much!

There was also a Carpe Diem notepad designed by Little Inkling Designs. It is based on The Darkest Minds and I loved the way they used the phrase carpe diem on it!

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We got an amazing Fictional Places art print designed by Fictiontea Designs which features some of my favourite fictional places!

Lastly we also got a Leif’s Ship candle made by Flick The Wick. This candle is actually based on this months book!

So now for the book! The book of the month is Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake. It’s a standalone based on celtic and norse mythology! We also got a signed bookplate, sticker and a letter from the author which has some amazing artwork of the characters in the book on the back!

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We also received two bonus items: an Ace of Shades badge and a These Fates Divide bookmark.

So that’s everything in the box! The May box is called Save The Kingdom and I am so excited for it!

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you got the box let me know what you thought! What was your favourite item?


Adult Books, Fiction Books

The Ganga Shift eARC Review

I was sent an eARC of The Ganga Shift by Mary Bernsen, published by Parliament Publishing House in exchange for an honest review.

the ganga shift

I don’t usually read paranormal books so I was unsure what to expect but this book was a pleasant surprise! I really enjoyed this book! It was so different and a unique read.
It is a really fast paced book and totally engrossing, I could not put it down! The concept of the gene re-sequencing was really interesting and I loved the Hindu mythology that was woven into the book. It’s not a culture and mythology we usually get to see so that was a nice change.

This book will have you hooked, wanting to read one more chapter. There’s plenty of untrustworthy characters and we have to slowly work out who Isabella can and cannot trust. Who has an ulterior motive and that was done really well.

This book had a Hunger Games feel with a lot of the book taking part in a pod created by the government organisation that is using prison inmates as guinea pigs. A group of shifters are sent there with Isabella to hunt her to force her to shift. This was quite intense and it really made me root for Isabella.

I loved Isabella, who was smart and fierce, yet we also got to see her vulnerabilities and see her make mistakes. This makes her so much more relatable and realistic as a character. I also really liked Brayden and Shannon. I wasn’t always a fan of Chase who I felt had the least character development. I also wasn’t a fan of the insta-love though by the end of the book we learn more about why they instantly were attracted to each other and it makes more sense.

We get multiple POV’s in this book from Isabella, Brayden and Chase and occasionally from Shannon so we get a much wider view of the story which makes it more interesting. Though the way it was set out can be a bit confusing at times.

The end of the book was left open with just the indication of what happened. It does leave more to the readers imagination though I wish there was more closure and we got to see what happened.

Overall it was a great read and if you like paranormal or thriller with shifters then definitely pick this book up. I would love to read more of this world and see what happens to all the characters!

Rating: 4/5