The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord | Book Review

The Start of Me and You was such a lovely read! It delved into the world of grief, and how to get back to living your life when you’re still trying to discover who you are (and, of course, it had the sweetest romance!).


Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Publication Date: March 31st, 2015

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan.

First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal.

Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all.

But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?


First things first, I loved this book. It was emotional but so, so sweet. We see our main character face a bunch of hardships, and watch as she tries to piece her life back together through it all.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the characters. I wish it hadn’t ended where it did purely because I loved reading about them so much! I particularly adored Max – he was such a wonderful, nerdy sweetheart! Can I have a Max in real life, please and thank you?! Haha!

And the friendships! It was lovely how supportive Paige and her friends were of one another, regardless of what was going on. I think friendship is such a vital aspect of life, and I’m glad it’s taking on a more front-seat role in YA books, and not just being all about the love interest.

“In friendship we are all debtors. We all owe each other for a thousand small kindnesses, for little moments of grace in the chaos.”

Emery Lord has touched upon a number of heavy things in this novel, and has done it so well. Not only is our main character Paige trying to deal with the grief of losing her boyfriend after he drowned, she’s also having to come to terms with other events that take place throughout. The way we saw how these tragedies effected Paige was realistic, giving enough detail to be genuine but not going so deep that it changed the tone of the book.

I only had two very small issues with this book (and they were less issues and more just slight annoyances). I can’t talk about it much because it’s bordering on spoiler territory, but I will say I feel there was a certain emotional change in Paige that felt very abrupt, and a bit in-genuine. There was also a slight immaturity to her when it came to her crush on Ryan, but I’m totally happy to overlook it all because they were very minor issues, and I really did love the book.

“In books, sometimes the foreshadowing is so obvious that you know what’s going to happen. But knowing what happens isn’t the same as knowing how it happens. Getting there is the best part.”

I’d recommend The Start of Me and You to people who like YA contemporaries that dig a little deeper than your average romance! It’s the perfect book to read in the summer, or on a cold afternoon when you’re reminiscing about past sunny days.

Have you read any books by Emery Lord?!


– Emma

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Topic Awareness:

  • Mentions of death (drowning, illness)
  • Illness (Alzheimer’s, strokes)

The 100 by Kass Morgan | Book Review


The 100 was my first read of 2018, and I really enjoyed it! I do have something to admit though: I watched the TV adaptation before reading the book. I know, I’m a terrible bookworm!


Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopia

Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers

Publication Date: March 18th, 2014

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.


I was so determined to enjoy The 100 because I really love the TV adaptation, and I’m happy to say I did! For different reasons, both the book and TV show of The 100 are good, and I’m so happy I discovered this wonderful story that Kass Morgan created.

As with any book that’s been adapted for TV, there are a number of large differences between the adaptation and the book. For once though, instead of tearing my hair out about it, I actually liked the differences (though this is possibly because I already love the characters and story, regardless)! It was interesting to see how the TV show and book went about telling the same story.

“Maybe here in the ruins of the old world, they could start something new.”

There were certain elements of this book that annoyed me a bit – let’s just say, Clarke is such a bad ass, but there are certain things that obscure this in the book, whilst it comes through clear in the show. It wasn’t anything overly major, just little things.

This book is told from a number of different point-of-views, and one of the most major differences (and one that I can actually talk about without spoiling anything) is the characters, but in particular, Glass. Glass doesn’t exist in the adaptation, but her chapters in the book play an important role – she gives the reader an insight into what’s going on away from the main plot.

I really enjoyed Glass’s chapters (though her story broke my heart), and I found she’s one of the reasons I enjoyed the book so much. I understand why she wasn’t included in the TV show – the role she plays is rather major, and it needed to be broadened, so she probably wouldn’t have worked for TV. But in the book her chapters were really good!

The writing flowed really well, and I found it easy to read. I liked how we also had flashbacks in most of the chapters – though I wanted to be in the present and find out what was happening, it was also really interesting to read about moments from before that had shaped the characters to be who they were.

The 100 was an interesting, easy read, and I’d recommend it to fans of dystopia/sci-fi! I’d definitely recommend watching the TV show too, because while the book is good, the series is great. They really developed and broadened out the plot and characters on the show, but all the possibility for greatness was there in the book.

This is a series I definitely want to continue reading, and I’ll hopefully read the second book soon!

Have you read The 100 or seen the show?


– Emma

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Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review


Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Publication Date: August 27th, 2013

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? 

And will they even be together?



This was my first time reading the fourth installment in the Lux series, and to say I was kept on the edge of my seat for the whole book is an understatement. I found myself putting my life on hold just to read this book – the suspense was too much to handle!

Did I love this book? Heck yes. But there’s something about it that makes me feel really quite sad. There’s a complete shift in tone from the beginning of the series, and we see Origin taking a much darker turn. Though the change sort of broke my heart, it was also a necessary thing. We see our characters grow from their experiences, and this series wouldn’t have been as amazing it is if that hadn’t happened. It also added this sense of reality that made the reading experience that much more intense.

It’s almost as if this novel signals the beginning of Lux 2.0, which isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s just different. Our characters have grown-up, and it really shows.

‘Words were one thing. Actions were a totally different ballpark.’

The thing I have always adored about this series is the humour. I loved the easy banter between the characters, and I really believe that the wit our author infuses into this series is what makes it so good – along with the lingering edge of mystery, of course. Even though Origin is a much more serious novel, it still had that wonderful element of humour. It was featured a little less prominently, but it was still very much involved.

The plot was just wow (and those plot twists!). It felt like a million things happened in this novel, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat – there was so much suspense because I genuinely had no clue what to expect.

‘I will always be in love with you. That’s not going to change today or two weeks from now. I will be just as in love with you in twenty years as I am today.’

I felt so emotional reading this book. I laughed, I cried, I cringed – I felt everything. The ending nearly destroyed me, so if you’re planning on reading this series, prepare to have your heart ripped out and torn to shreds.

Overall, this was a great book! I loved it, I loved our characters – even though they’ve grown-up, they’re still just as sassy as always. I’m literally in awe of Jennifer L. Armentrout right now!

I really can’t recommend this series enough!


– Emma

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Onyx & Opal ( Lux #2 & #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Reread Double Review



Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Dates: 3rd June, 2012 & 11th December, 2012

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Onyx (Lux #2) Goodreads Synopsis:

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

Opal (Lux #3) Goodreads Synopsis:

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

Okay, I’ve never written a joint review before, so you’re going to have to bare with me on this one guys!

For the past month, I’ve been revisiting the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I read the first three books quite a few years back, and absolutely loved them – but because I’m a bookworm and my TBR pile is completely out of control, I lost track of the series and never got around to finishing it.

And so, after some awesome people commented on a post (where I moaned about heading into a dreaded reading slump) and suggested I try rereading a book, I quickly got swept up in the world of this series, and haven’t been released yet.

I’ve just finished reading the fifth book (the last book guys – how am I going to cope with no new happenings with my fave characters?!), and I loved it. But enough with the backstory – let’s get on with reviewing the second and third novels, Onyx and Opal!


There are two reasons I decided to review these books together:

  1. I have very similar thoughts on them both
  2. …which is due to the fact I finished Onyx and started Opal no more than a minute after, so it’s a bit blurry where my thoughts for one end and the other begins. (I’m a bad bookworm and blogger, I know, I’m sorry. I’m working on my organisational skills, I really am haha!)

I feel the first thing I should say is that I really loved these books – I’ve reread them a number of times, but much like with Obsidian (which you can check out my review of here!), I still love them just as much as the first time I read them. They were so fun to read – I’m pretty sure I was laughing at something every other page. They’re full to the brim with comedic quips and sass, and I loved it.

I loved our characters – Katy was a great main character (and she was a book blogger, so of course she was awesome); Daemon was just the ultimate book boyfriend really, and Dee was a sweetheart. The only thing I’ll say about Blake is this: ugh.

There’s something incredibly addictive about the Lux series, and I feel like it’s definitely Daemon Black down to how awesome Armentrout is at spinning a great story. The plot was completely unique (I’ll say it again – who would’ve thought hot aliens would work?!), and that’s one of the best parts about it.

There was a mysterious element to these books – particularly the third. I sped through both books because I knew what happened, and I couldn’t deal with the suspense. I’d say the first two novels in this series are almost ‘fluffy’ reads, and it’s the third one where it starts to get serious. (And I’d just like to point out I don’t say fluffy in a bad way at all – I adore the first two books, I just mean they feature lighter topics than the rest of the series).

There’s an awesome combination of things in the novels of this series that just make them work: the originality, the characters, and the humour. I loved Onyx and Opal, and if you haven’t read the Lux series yet, what are you waiting for?!

Topic Awareness:

  • Violence (scenes of intense pain)
  • Death


– Emma

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‘Dog-eared pages were the Antichrist of book lovers everywhere.’


Starcrossed (Starcrossed # 1) by Josephine Angelini | Reread Review



Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal

Publisher: Harperteen

Publication Date: May 31st 2011

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

How do you defy DESTINY?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is – no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood… and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together – and trying to tear them apart.


I’ve really been in a rereading mood these past few weeks, and couldn’t resist revisiting a series that I absolutely adore, which is the Starcrossed trilogy by Josephine Angelini.

To start with, Angelini is a great author. Her writing flows really well, and the story moved along at a good pace. I found myself flying through the pages of this book, and felt completely absorbed within the story line, much like the first time I read it.

The plot of this novel is such a wonderful thing – it’s all about the Greek Gods and myths, which I absolutely adore. But the path this author took with the plot was completely unique, and I love it. I’m not a fan of the plot twist (actually, it breaks my heart), but there needed to be something there (which I know sounds pretty cryptic, but I can’t say much otherwise I’ll be heading into spoiler territory).

‘The Gods know what it is to be eternal, and they love to toy with mortals who use absolutes.’

Our characters are just awesome. Helen was a good main character, and I love Lucas and Hector, too. I actually thought all of the characters in this novel were great, and all had their own interesting personalities.

As I’ve already said, this was a reread for me, but I still love it just as much as I did the first time. It was so lovely to revisit a book that I love so much, and I loved having wave after wave of feels hit me whilst rereading it.

Topic Awareness:

  • Violence
  • Death


– Emma

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Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Reread Review


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Genre: YA Paranormal

Publishers: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: November, 2011

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

My Thoughts

I’ve read this book more than a couple of times, and every time I do, I always remember just how amazing it really is. The Lux is a brilliant series, and Jennifer L. Armentrout is such a wonderful author!

I have to start off by saying that I love the way Jennifer writes. Through-out all of the novels I’ve read by her, there’s always something so enticing about her books. I’m hooked from the moment I start reading, and I feel completely drawn into the story. There’s always just the right amount of suspense going on – not so much that you feel like the story isn’t moving forward, but not too little that you’re not really intrigued anymore.

The writing flowed really well, and I just found myself speeding through the pages. It was packed with the type of humour that I love, and I’ve found myself in complete awe of how wonderful Obsidian was. Again.

‘Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.’

Books by Jennifer are always a favourite of mine because of the sass she infuses into her characters – it’s so brilliant. Our main characters, Katy and Daemon, are just walking sass bombs, and I love it. I adore all of our characters (Dee is such a sweetheart), and all I really have to say about them is this: oh the feels.

I felt just as captivated by this book as the first time I read it (and I’ve reread it multiple times). I was so desperate to carry on reading this series that I searched for my Kindle to do so (I moved last year and still have yet to unpack most of my boxes, which are currently stored in my closet, which was where my Kindle was lost safely stored. The bad news: my Kindle screen was broken. The good news: my sister kindly gave me hers and I transferred all of my books over).

Overall, this book was a great reread. I loved reconnecting with old characters that I adore, and enjoyed the anticipation of waiting for what I knew was to come!

‘”I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect.” His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood there toe to toe. “The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.”‘


– Emma

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu | Mini Review


Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Publishers: Hodder Children’s Books

Publication Date: 21st September, 2017

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s time to fight like a girl!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.


This book was wonderful! I absolutely adored it, and I’m struggling to find the words to fully describe how amazing it was.

‘Moxie Girls Fight Back!’

Moxie made me want to get up and start fighting the patriarchy right there in my living room! I’m actually in a feminist club that my friends and I run, and we’re in the midst of setting up a blog, too, and I feel even more inspired after reading this book.

I was so sad when I finished it – I need more Moxie in my life! There aren’t enough YA books that talk about feminism, and it’s such an important topic. Sexism still plagues the world today, and the controversy that surrounds feminism is terrible.

The definition of feminism: the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

This book showed our main character discovering feminism for the first time as she realised how crazy it is for men to be treated differently – better, in this case – than women. Some of the injustice we see in this book made me so angry, because they are definitely things that could happen, have happened, and are probably happening right now.


This book highlighted issues to do with race and sexuality, as well –  inter-sectional feminism is believing every woman, regardless of race or sexuality (as well as trans people) deserve to have equal rights. I personally believe you can’t call yourself a feminist at all if you don’t believe everyone deserves equality. We also saw this book tackle the ‘not all men‘ notion. I won’t go into it, because I don’t want to give anything away that happens in the book, but I will say I appreciated how subtly the author included this.

I really enjoyed the writing style – but something sort of shocked me: there seemed to be a lot of grammatical errors I came across (namely misspellings). This wasn’t really too important, but I thought it was worth a mention.

This book made me angry and sad, but it also made me laugh and smile. It explores some really important topics, and I loved it. I want to see feminism featured more prominently in YA books!

Moxie is a wonderful novel, and I can’t recommend it enough!


– Emma

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