Fiction Books, Middle Grade Books

The Outcast Book Review

Recently I took part in the summoner book club on twitter hosted by @teambkmrk and I was lucky enough to win a proof of The Outcast, which is the prequel to the Summoner trilogy by Taran Matharu.

I have been wanting to read these books for ages so when I found out that The Novice was one of the world book day books I thought it would be the perfect time to read these books. And I loved the trilogy and The Outcast was amazing too!
Basically I’ve fallen in love with these books and you all need to read them! The Outcast is a prequel but I am glad I read the trilogy first.

The Outcast is releasing in the UK on May 3rd so you still have time to pre-order the book! Read on for my review!


As I’ve already said I loved this book! It was great to be back in this world and get to see some of the adult characters in the trilogy as teenagers. Like the trilogy the book is fast paced and totally engrossing. I loved the world building, the friendships and the fierce female characters that we get to see.

At the beginning of the story we see the main character Arcturus, who is a commoner, accidently summon a demon and discovering that he is a summoner, which until then is only an ability that nobles have. Because of his ability the king decides to send him Vocans academy to train him as a summoner.

Arcturus is kind and brave and I loved reading this book from his point of view. His demon, Sacharissa is one of my favourite characters! She’s loyal and protective of Arcturus and goes above and beyond to help and protect him. She is absolutely adorable! I loved the relationship between her and Arcturus.

This book deals with the social divide in society where the wealthy (nobles) think they are superior to the commoners. We do get to see that not all nobles are like this and Alice and Elaine are definitely my favourites! Elaine especially is probably one of my favourite characters throughout all the books. I loved how protective Arcturus was over Elaine but we also got to see that she is strong and brave and can take care of herself.

As I said before one of the main themes throughout these books is friendship and The Outcast was no exception. It was the love of their friends that spurred the characters on to keep fighting to not give up. There isn’t much emphasis on couples and I loved that about these books. We see glimpses of it but the platonic friendships are much more emphasised.

There is so much more I want to say! But I want to keep this spoiler free so that is all for now. But if anyone has read these books do comment and let me know what you thought!

Rating: 5/5


Monthly Wrap Up

April Wrap Up

Hey everyone! Its already the end of April! Honestly this month has gone by really fast! So this post is about the books I read this month. I managed to read 14 books and a short story. I took part in the #TotalCoverLover challenge and readathon over on Instagram so a lot of these books are for that challenge. I also took part in the #CroneBookClub this month on Twitter. So I’ve had a really fun reading month!

These are the books that I read this month:

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The Truth about Alice by Jennifer Matthieu

Rating: 4/5

I read Moxie last year so when I heard this was being released I just had to pick it up! I really loved this book. It is a difficult read as it discusses slut shaming and how things like gossip and rumours could cause so many problems for a girl. I would definitely recommend this book!

Artemis by Andy Weir

Rating: 2/5

I was really disappointed with this book as it seemed like a book I would love. The story wasn’t that interesting, I hated the stereotyping and I really disliked the main character, Jazz. It did start off well but sadly it wasn’t a book for me.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


I had heard so much about this book on bookstagram so I was excited to read it and it did not disappoint! I loved the writing style and how we see a totally different take on a famous historical event and person. Patroclus was by far my favourite character and even though I knew it would end tragically I still needed to read to the end. This book had me totally hooked.

Everless by Sara Holland

Rating: 5/5

This book was recommended to me by Violettereads and yes I did end up loving it! The whole concept of time is money was so interesting and I could see parallels between the story and society. I also loved the mythology side too with the backstory slowly being told to us which kept me reading late into the night. And the ending with those plot twists…it’s safe to say that the next book cannot come out fast enough!

Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

Rating: 5/5

This book came in the February Illumicrate box and as soon as I read the synopsis I was pretty sure I would love it! The premise that, what if Spartacus was a woman, instantly had me intrigued. This was a really fast paced book with plenty of characters that I loved! The cliffhanger ending and the insane plot twists left me devastated and in desperate need of the next book! If you love historical fiction and retellings then definitely pick this book up!

The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

Rating: 3/5

I basically bought this book because of the cover. Its just gorgeous! And for some reason reminded me of Six of Crows for kids. However this book kind of fell flat for me. It had a great premise but I felt the story was quite simplistic and didn’t keep me entertained. This is a middle grade book so maybe it will still be a good read for younger readers. I did love that it was interactive, which I’m sure kids will love.

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

Rating: 4/5

This book I had heard great reviews for so I decided to pick it up as it was on offer. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It had an interesting world and some great characters. The plot went in a completely different direction than I thought It would so that kept me intrigued. The only thing was it was really short, just over 100 pages and I felt that had it been longer we would’ve been able to see more depth to the characters and the world.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Rating: 5/5

This book has dragons so I was a little biased when I picked it up. I love books with dragons! The story was so interesting and the characters were complex. Of course I loved the dragons! I also loved that the author included legends throughout the story to fill in the back story without it feeling like an info dump. The book ended on a cliffhanger so im looking forward to seeing what will happen next.

The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson

Rating: 5/5

I read this book as it was part of the #CroneBookClub and I read it all in one sitting! It’s intense and has your heart racing throughout! I literally couldn’t put it down! I loved the dual point of views and I am definitely going to need to buy the next book as soon as it releases!

A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Rating: 5/5

Chimamanda is amazing! I love her so much and so glad I was finally able to read this book! It’ such an empowering book and I just loved all her suggestions. So many points she makes had me screaming THIS! And reading paragraphs out loud to my husband. Honestly reading this book was such an amazing experience.

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Rating: 3/5

When I first started the book I was really intrigued and it kept me wanting more but after a while I began to feel bored with the story and felt it dragged on for too long before actually telling us what had happened to the main characters. I loved Min and Tack but really disliked Noah so reading his POV was harder for me. I wasn’t expecting that ending so I’m still kinda interested to know what will happen next.

The Outcast by Taran Matharu

Rating: 5/5

I was lucky enough to receive an arc of The Outcast so look out for a full review soon! But if you loved The Summoner trilogy then you should definitely pick up this book which out in May. This is a prequel, set before the main characters in the trilogy are born. I loved seeing younger versions of some of the adult characters from the trilogy and it delved deeper into the events which we hear about in The Novice.

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Rating: 5/5

I received an arc of this book and it will be out in the UK in June. Oh man this book, it tore my heart to pieces. I really loved it and stayed up all night reading it. It’s about the right for girls to get an education and the difficulties they face living in a village where girls are considered inferior to boys. I would definitely recommend getting this book once it’s out! I will share my full review soon!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 5/5

This was a reread via audiobook and let me tell you, I have LOVED being back in this world! This is one of my all time favourite books and it made me love it even more! Everyone needs to read this book!

Okami by Renee Ahdieh

Rating: 5/5

This was a short story that recently released that is set after Flame in the Mist and before Smoke in the Sun. It’s told from Okami’s POV and I loved it! It’s made me even more excited to read Smoke in the Sun! This is a free ebook download so if you read Flame in the Mist then definitely read this!

Anyways that’s all of the books I read this month! Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of the