Book Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

I did not expect this book to be what it turned out to be. Quite frankly, I didn’t know what I was expecting. But this book took me by surprise and I loved it. I’ve sort of been in a reading slump and hence hadn’t touched a book in the whole month but I couldn’t sleep one night and decided to read this. And oh my God!

Firstly, I would like to point out the highly vivid descriptions the author paints, the wonderful, beautiful writing style she uses. I honestly loved how she described things, scenes, emotions. Secondly, the plot line—-wow. It wasn’t weak, and the romance didn’t felt unnecessary… it was actually a vital part of the story. The story was well paced.

It wasn’t quite action packed, but it kept me on the edge of my seat (bed?) still. I wanted to know more and I just turned page after page. I liked how each of the Swan Sisters had been given their own personality.

There’s this plot twist too (one that I saw coming- but loved nonetheless). I liked the character of Rose, the mc’s best friend…. she didn’t vanish and appear when it suited the story. She actually had her own personality.

Bo Carter, smol, cute, hot, hurting boi. He was doing what he felt right and I loved how he started helping around the island! It was great knowing as his backstory was revealed (which lead to anGST later on). The ending left me satisfied too, a big feat lol.

Also, I liked that the book wasn’t longer than necessary, didn’t feel stretched out. Had amazing plot line,writing style and characters. Hence, I’ve decided to give it 5/5 stars. Ya’ll should read if you’re looking for a standalone novel with supernatural stuff, curse and a bitter sweet romance.

“We wait for death. We hold our breath. We know it’s coming, and still we flinch when it claws at our throats and pulls us under.”

If you’ve already read it, what were your thoughts? I wanted to add more quotes but I don’t want to spoil. If you wanna discuss it or plan on picking it up, let me know. You can dm me on my Twitter @stardustxashes :). What are you guys currently reading?

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

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Alright, first of all,  I would like to mention the fact that I am a fan of marvel and DC although I don’t read their comics (partly because I’ve never read a comic book- secondly, I give priority of my time to like other books, so don’t have time for comics, thirdly because there are so many issues out there I don’t know where to start. But growing up, I’ve learned about the characters, mostly from this game called Injustice (which I have stopped playing now) so when I heard about this whole DC icons having some small part of their story told by famous authors, I was beyond excited.

Marie Lu has actually done a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the character of Bruce Wayne, before he became batman. I mean she made him crazy attractive, stylish, principled yet willing to defy the laws to carry out justice but at the same time, being so morally great that he wouldn’t kill an enemy, only disarms or makes them unconscious. I guess this is one of the things I like about most superheroes, showing mercy to their enemies and their enemies getting bewildered at that.

Now, the character of Madeleine Wallace, a criminal who is locked up at Arkham Asylam. She was certainly an interesting character but for me, nothing in particular stood out. Except maybe at the end (* spoiler when she donates all the money to charity). I admit, sometimes I got frustrated at Bruce having feelings for her… I mean his parents were murdered in front of him. And since she’s accused of three murders, how can Bruce see her in a different light? But Bruce was giving himself a hard time at those feelings himself,  and their relationship was sort of significant to the story so I understand.

I’m glad Harvey Dent was mentioned as his close friend and I wanted to see more of Alfred, but all the action in it is amazing. Lucius Fox is also mentioned and it was incredible to see characters that I had heard of before, interacting with the Bruce before batman. Though I must say, I would have wished entry of detective Gordon earlier in the story.

The one thing I didn’t understand was the fact that Bruce was sent to Arkham Asylum for his probation, an institution which houses the criminally insane… I mean could the court even consider that? An eighteen year old boy sent there…. wasn’t there some rules against the fact that he could be psychologically damaged by their taunts and stuff?

It was slightly underwhelming than what I had expected from the synopsis but the good take on Bruce’s character made up for most of it. Soooo I think I’ll give it a 4.5/5 or 4?

I can’t decide. Have you read it? If yes, what did you think? What are you guys currently reading?   

WWW Wednesday (&reading update!)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme held by sam and the three Ws are:

1)What are you currently reading?

2)What did you just finish reading?

3)What are you going to read next?

What I am currently reading:

So far, it’s amazing. I love how badass and clever Kestrel is (even more than the first book) and absolutely love my baby Arin. Prince Verex and Risha also sound quite interesting and I think I might develop a crush on Verex too (we’ll see). Also, Tensen, i love side characters like him.

What I just finished reading:

So review will be up soon *pretends to not know how long soon is*

What are you going to read next?

The third book in the series, but probably not for a month. So I should deliver the news that due to having exams from 11th May to 11th June (my AS Level GSCE) I’ll not be able to put up any posts and not read any books either. But after 11th June, it’s summer holidays so lots of time for reading (and writing the story that’s been in my head for a long time) so yeah i’m very anxious and nervous and just so… I really need to do well in them or I’ll just be so disappointed in myself and feel like a failure so yeah :)))

Hope you guys are having a productive week and that you do well in your exams or whatever you are doing.

This or That Tag


This or That

1. Mention the person on whose blog you saw this tag.
2. Tag up to 10 people.
3. Post the rules.

Hardcover or Paperback?

Though I love feeling the hardcover in my hands, paperbacks are much easier to hold and read and cheaper!!

reading while sitting or lying down?

I read while lying down.

snacks or drinks during reading?

If it’s an e-book I can have snacks/drinks but I usually don’t eat or drink when I’m reading a physical one because HELLO, it can get ruined.

fantasy or contemporary?

Fantasy ❤️

bookstagram/booktwitter or book blogger?

Umm while blogging is certainly fun, I’ll have to say book Twitter!

standalone or series?
Series (likely trilogies) because sometimes the story feels dragged on for 4 books but if it’s a really good series with an amazing world and characters, I’d like it up to 7 books even. And I like my contemporary to be standalones.

plot or characters more significant to you in a novel?
Well, I certainly want a book to have amazing characters that I can connect to and feel attached to but sometimes this isn’t the case… So I guess plot.

first POV or third POV?
Tbh, it doesn’t matter much to me. But usually the books I read are in third POV 🤔

audiobooks or ebooks?
I’ve never listened to an audiobook so I’ll have to go with ebooks.

So there you have it. This is my own made up edition of This or That. If I forget to tag you, and you’re reading this, do let me know your answers!
Note: the original this or that tag has different questions.

@ fuzzybookworm
@ araevg
@ nomadicworlds
@ reverberatedwords
@ booksofteacups
@ adrisblogca
@ bibliophagistreview
@ taylortalksbooks
@ avalinah
@ kelliesbookshelf

@ flyingpaperbacks

Book Review #5: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


This was my first Rainbow Rowell book, and having heard so much about the author, I was expecting to love it. However, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. So again, I’ll break it down to what I liked and didn’t like and you can decide for yourself.

What I liked: How both characters listened to music together and read comics together on the bus. I liked how Eleanor’s struggles were portrayed; she didn’t want Park to know about the names she was being called etc showed that she was struggling, and didn’t want even the person who cared about her to know. It was a quick read with some wonderful quotes (one of which I managed to remember):
“She didn’t look nice. She looked like art. And art wasn’t supposed to look nice, it was supposed to make you feel something.”
Besides that, I liked how the abusive relationship between her stepdad and her mother is portrayed; that it’s not easy getting out of one and how it had affected her psychologically. And a few times I could relate to her struggles of being fat shamed.

What I didn’t like: The romance. I didn’t know how it happened or when. Like one moment, Park is reluctantly letting Eleanor sit next to him, while cursing, and the next moment, he’s making out with her hand using his hand and I’m like ??. And suddenly Eleanor doesn’t think he’s annoying; now she wants to eat his face! Like it was stuff like this that made me roll my eyes. And what really really made me think ‘wth’ was the ending. It felt abrupt and unsatisfactory.
*spoiler* I get that they wouldn’t end up together, and it would have been fine, had the ending not been so abrupt. I know, everything that happened was sudden (I kinda figured out it was her step dad writing those things) but she just left? Like she didn’t even think about her siblings, like what if her step dad turns on her sister? After she ran, she could have stopped at least to call the police (get him busted for drugs if police didn’t believe he was abusive) or someone for help. And then, at the very end, when it’s been implied that Park might JUST be moving on (he goes to prom with this other girl), Eleanor sends him a postcard after refusing to read his letters for a long time. It didn’t make the characters sound flawed or struggling, but simply rude/selfish. Maybe it was just this way for me, but yeah.

However, I do plan on giving other books by this author a chance.

My rating: 3/5

Bookish Pet Peeves

Hiiii, hope you guys are having a productive day. So I wasn’t sure what bookish topics to blog about (as I’m quite new so feel free to leave links to book bloggers who are an inspiration to you in the comments).
Note: None of this content is meant to be offending or hurtful in any way. These are just things that annoy me, so that’s just my opinion and you don’t have to agree with it or change your habit for it.

1. When people dog ear the pages.


Okay, you guys KNEW this was coming. I mean most people are annoyed by it. I mean if I don’t have a bookmark, I insert a tissue or wrapper or anything I find lying around, but I’ve never dog eared a page of a novel that I was reading.
(I dog ear college books because that’s for things I don’t understand tho.) I just don’t want to ruin the pages of a novel that I spent money on.

2. When there is cover change of a book midway through the series


I know I’m not alone in this, and while I wait for a whole series to come out before I buy them mostly (so this doesn’t happen and because I can’t just forget about cliffhangers), I’ve heard a few people talking about this topic regarding An Ember In The Ashes, (haven’t read it yet). While I think representation of POC is important, and I’m all for it, I feel bad for people who had already bought the previous covers and now had to buy these new ones so now they have books that don’t match. (AEITA is a book on my TBR)

3. When there are actual people on the cover

I like those covers where the main characters aren’t drawn/ or their faces are turned away or not properly shown and it’s left to each reader to interpret the characters descriptions and paint an image of their own…. The books showing people etc ruin that. For example, the Winner’s trilogy (I’m on the 2nd book) has this main character shown on it in different dresses and holding a sword. And if only her face wasn’t shown, I would have ADORED those covers. Because of the bright colors of the dresses and the font.

4. When the books in a series are in different sizes.

I ordered SOC duology from an online bookstore (paperback edition) and they’re not the same sizes. (It’s still ON my TBR-)

5. When they publish movie covers.


Again, related to the 3rd point. I have the first book of PJ with the movie cover and while I don’t hate it, I want the new covers that are so much better!

6. When people spoil books without posting a disclaimer.


Do I even need to say this? Please remember not everyone has the time to read the book as soon as it comes out and NO, not everyone has read all these popular YA books so it’s still not okay to give out spoilers like that.

What are some of your bookish pet peeves? 

Book Review #4: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)


KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.



Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

(Spoiler free) 


It was an EPIC conclusion to the series, and left me devastated but utterly satisfied too. And that is what I want from the ending, to leave me satisfied (no matter how hurt) but not feeling like something is missing and lemme say MISS SCHWAB DELIVERED.

This  had more action, in almost every chapter and I loved how we got to see more of Irsa and how Kate made some interesting friends in Prosperity. I was waiting for the scene where they meet and it did not disappoint. Also, the new monster that fed on chaos, what a terrific creature, I absolutely loved reading its thoughts written like poems.

Victoria’s ideas are unique and captivating and her style of writing is amazing. How she showed us the different prespectives; of protangists and antagonists was real fun for me, I mean I always enjoy reading the villian’s point of view and what they’ve planned and how our heroes have no bloody clue about it!

August Flynn is my baby and I want to protect my smol monster from everything bad. Also, Kate Harker deserves more recognition as a badass female fighter! That ending though, you evil author. But a genius nevertheless.

My Rating: 5/5 


No. Because you wanted to be human. You had all this power, all this strength, and you wanted to throw it away—for what? A chance to be weak, helpless. I thought you were an idiot. But then I watched you burn alive for that dream. I watched you tear yourself apart to hold on to it, and I realized something. It’s not about what you are, August, it’s about who, and that stupid, dreaming boy—that wasn’t a mistake, or a delusion, or a waste of energy. It was you.”

What’s a book character you think that deserves more recognition?