Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag…

Welcome one and all to another Wacky Wednesday post. Today I will be doing the Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag. I really enjoyed doing this Tag so I hope you guys enjoy reading it.

So without further ado, lets jump into the Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag:

Mechanics for this tag are as follows:

1. Pick 5 books, I suggest that you don’t read on the situations first before doing this tag. 2. Turn to a random page and the first name you see gets to be on your Zombie Survival Team, Repeat. You should now have ten names.

Keep in mind the order from which you’ve chosen these books. The situations are as follows:

Your Zombie Team

1. The first person to die: Percy Weasley – Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

2. The person you trip to get away from the zombies: The Evil Queen – The Land Of Stories series by Chris Colfer.

3. The first person to turn into a zombie: Tootsie – The Midnight Gang by David Walliams.

4. The person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies: Scarlet – Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

5. The idiot of the team: Thomas Creswell – Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

6. The “brains” of the team: Hermione Granger – Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

7. The team’s medic: Alex Bailey – The Land Of Stories series by Chris Colfer.

8. The weapons expert: Amber – The Midnight Gang by David Walliams.

9. The brawler: Julian – Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

10. The Team Captain: Uncle Jonathan – Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

Well that’s it from me. I hope you enjoyed this post. As usual hit me up with your answers in the comment section.

Untill next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem


The Boy At the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

‘There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it.

He’s nine years old (just like me), but he’s very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn’t like sweets – not even lemon sherbet’s, which are my favourite!

But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn’t very strange at all. He’s a refugee who’s run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help.

That’s where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we’ve come up with a plan. . .’

This book was absolutely beautiful.

I honestly don’t know if I have the words to describe how beautiful this book was. As it is a middle grade book I wasnt expecting to feel as moved as I did whilst reading this book.

This book is perfect for the time we live in. With the Refugee crisis such a prevalent issue, reading a book about it told from a child’s point of view is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

The innocence of children and their sense of right and wrong is something that adults should really take note of and learn from.

Onjali Q. Rauf has done a wonderful job in explaining such a divisive issue in a way that is both humourous and heartfelt. This book is the perfect book for young children to read to help them understand an issue that they are hearing about yet most likely not understanding.

The young characters in this book are both inquisitive and insightful. Having characters that you can really get behind and understand make for a truly honest reaction as a reader. Having a mix of adult characters with opposing views and beliefs really helps to shine a wider light on the issues being told and show varying points of view. Having multiple ideals being shown makes for a better discussion and a better understanding of the issues.

To have all of these points raised in a children’s book is a wonderful idea that makes for a truly wonderful reading experience.

Onjali Q. Rauf did a fantastic job in blending these big issue with humour, comedy and normal childhood issues. This book was perfectly woven to create a truly wonderful book that will not only entertain but also enlighten curious young readers.

I am truly overwhelmed with how amazing this book was and I can’t speak highly enough about it. I honestly believe I am a better person because of this book.

The Boy At The Back Of The Class by Onjali Q. Rauf is a true masterpiece in all sense of the world and should be read by both young and old. Maybe we can all learn something from Ahmet and his friends.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

‘Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.’

Book 1 in The Lunar Chronicles.

I picked this book up after reading and loving Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I had heard a lot of good things about this book. Unfortunately I didn’t like it. I’m not exactly sure what it was but this book did work for me.

I didn’t love the whole cyborg, hovers and AI elements of this book. I didn’t mind Cinder and Kai, but they where really the only thing about this book that I kind of enjoyed.

I really enjoyed Marissa Meyer’s writing in Heartless, so I was genuinely surprised by how much I disliked it in Cinder. I found it jumpy and at times hard to read. The entire story just failed to draw me in.

I feel like this book may have been trying to accomplish too much, and unfortunately, for me at least, this really effected my ability to stick with it.

I know that this is the first book in a series, and I wish I liked this book enough to pick the rest of the series, but I just didn’t. So for now at least I wont be continuing with The Lunar Chronicles.

Cinder: Book 1 in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is out now.

2018 Mid-Year Freakout…

I can’t believe how fast 2018 is going, I blinked and it was July. I’m a little late with this post but better late than never right? Now I know some of these book weren’t released in 2018, I just read them this year so that’s why they are included in this post.

Without further ado, here is my 2018 Mid-Year Freakout:

Best book you have read so far in 2018?

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer

Best sequel you have read in 2018?

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Sequel that came out this year that you still havent read?

Legendary by Stephanie Garber


Most anticipated release for the remainder of 2018?

Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Biggest disappointment of 2018?

Dude! by Aaron Reynolds

Biggest surprise so far in 2018? 

The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Favourite debut Author?

Lyndsay Ely.

Newest fictional crush?

Jay Davis – Hollywood Heartbreak by C.J. Duggan.

Newest favourite character?

Camellia Beauregard – The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

A book that made you happy?

Happiness For Humans by P.Z. Reizin

A book that made you cry?

Differently Normal by Tammy Robinson.

Favourite book to film adaptation this year?

Love, Simon.

Favourite post you have done this year?

Wizarding World Adventure Book Tag.

Most beautiful book you have gotten this year?

Little Whale by Jo Weaver.

What books do you have to read by the end of the year?

I don’t really have a specific book I need to read by the end of the year. As long as I get through all of the ARC’s I receive I will be a happy camper.

Well that’s it from me. I hope you enjoyed this post. As usual hit me up with your answers in the comment section.

Untill next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King

‘All around the world, something is happening to women when they fall asleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed, the women become feral and spectacularly violent…

In the small town of Dooling, West Virginia, the virus is spreading through a women’s prison, affecting all the inmates except one. Soon, word spreads about the mysterious Evie, who seems able to sleep – and wake. Is she a medical anomaly or a demon to be slain?

The abandoned men, left to their increasingly primal devices, are fighting each other, while Dooling’s Sheriff, Lila Norcross, is just fighting to stay awake.

And the sleeping women are about to open their eyes to a new world altogether…’

This book was absolutly amazing.

I am a massive King fan so I went into this book with high expectation. It not only lived up to my expectations but thoroughly surpassed them. The size of this novel in daunting at first, but once you get immersed in the story it really does fly past.

With a book of this magnitude there is a lot of information and characters to get your head around early on. The character’s introductions are perfectly spaced out and fit in with the narrative perfectly. This really helps the reader remember characters and their personalities as the story progresses.

Given the mystical element of this book, it is surprising how real and relatable the story was. The character’s were three-dimensional and had their own personal reasons for doing what they were doing throughout the story.

I loved getting to see the different character traits arise as the story deepened. Both the good and the bad of humanity was on display in this book. As the lines between right and wrong blurred I found myself on the edge of my seat waiting to see how each character was going to react to the crisis.

I am yet to find a King book that I havent absolutly loved. Stephen and Owen King have done a fantastic job with this book. The love and hate, faith and fear, good and bad that we all possess, radiates off the pages of this amazing novel.

If you havent yet read this book you need to put it at the very top of your TBR pile.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King is an absolute must read book for everyone.


From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

‘Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily ever after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?’

I really enjoyed this book.

I picked this book up after reading When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. Now I didn’t love When Dimple Met Rishi so I didn’t know what to expecting going into this book. I didn’t expect to become completely immersed in the story and not what to put it down.

The characters in this book where really relatable and fully formed. I was able to identify with different aspects of all of the characters. I loved seeing the character change as they interacted with each other and grew as the story unfolded.

I loved the film making element of this book. The excitement and joy that the characters projected in relation to the movie they were making made for a really fun and enjoyable reading experience.

As with When Dimple Met Rishi, I loved getting to learn about the Indian culture. I found that the customs and beliefs really helped to ground this book and I really loved that.

Sandhya Menon did a wonderful job with this book and I cant wait to read more from her in the future.

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon is a quick, easy and thoroughly enjoyable read.

World Kissing Day Reads…

Welcome one and all to another Wacky Wednesday post. With World Kissing Day coming up on Friday, I have decided to use that as my theme for today’s post. With so many books containing Kissing I have decided to choose five books to take about. Now these books all have kissing but it was something about the characters or the setting that made these books stand out.

So without further ado, lets jump into my World Kissing Day Reads:

A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks: Awww. I love this book. I absolutly had to include this book on this list. The sweet romance between Jamie and Landon is so innocent and  pure it warms your heart. This book is equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking. I am still waiting to find my very own Landon Carter.

Never Tear Us Apart by Quinn Brockton: This was an interesting one for me. As I started condensing this list I just couldn’t bring myself to exclude this book. This amazing book is a prequel book to the American version of the television show Queer As Folk. I don’t no if it’s because I already knew and loved these characters, but this book really moved me and stayed with me. Like its TV counterpart it didn’t shy away from tough topics and I think it is well worth a read this World Kissing Day.

London Bound by C.J. Duggan: Third standalone book in the ‘A Heart Of the City’ series. I adored this book. My favourite Heart of the City book by far. Amazing setting, A romantic and steamy plot and relatable characters made for a fantastic read. The romance and how it played out in this book felt really authentic. This organic feel made for a truly wonderful reading experience. This book is a must read this World Kissing Day.

The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash: I loved this book. The Paris Wedding transported me from an Australian Farm to the city of love and back. This book had it all. Amazing story, great characters and breathtaking descriptions. This book is not to be missed this World Kissing Day.

The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: I went into this book with high hopes and I wasnt disappointed. I loved this book. Becki Albertalli’s writing style really agrees with me. This book was full of amazing characters and awkward, funny, heartwarming moments. The beautiful way in which the romance in this book plays out makes every second of this book seem sweet and pure. I honestly can’t think of a bad word to say about this book. The Upside Of Unrequited is a must read.

Well that’s it from me. I hope you guys enjoyed this post. As usual if you have read any of these books or you have any recommendations for me, hit me up in the comments section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

‘Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patel’s didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.’

This was a quick and easy read.

I honestly wasnt sure if I would like this book before I started reading it. I will admit, it was a bit slow and stiff at the start but it did get better. I ended up reading it fairly quickly and I did enjoy it.

I found it hard to relate to or even care about the main characters at times. I also found it a tad predictable. I got over the predictability pretty fast and still ended up enjoying the book.

I usually don’t like jumping between character perceptions in books, but it really worked with this story. I loved getting to read about a culture that I am unfamiliar with. I actually really loved the cultural aspect of this book.

I didn’t go into this book with high hopes, and because of that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I think my main problem with this book was that characters were a little too young for me.

I can completely understand why this book is loved by so many people and I am really glad that I finally read it.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is a quick and easy read that may just surprise you.

July TBR…

It’s that time again… TBR…

I didn’t have a great reading month in June, reading 5 books (4 books from my TBR). So I am aiming for at least 6 or 7 books in July. I am also hoping to read at least 1 Shakespeare Play, 10 Shakespeare Sonnets, 5 fairy-tales from The Brother’s Grimm and 3 ‘books’ from Les Miserable by Victor Hugo. As usual this TBR is bound to change, so this is what my TBR looks like at the moment.

So without further ado here is July’s TBR:

Murder At Dusk by Ian W. Shaw

Sisters And Brothers by Fiona Palmer

The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke

Naughty Amelia Jane by Enid Blyton

The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart

The Boy At The Back Of The Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

Testament by Kim Sherwood

The Outsider by Stephen King

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen And Owen King

Smoky The Brave by Damien Lewis

The Seventh Cross by Anna Seghers

I guess we will see how I did in July’s Wrap up. I hope you all have a great reading month, As usual keep your eye out for reviews.

Untill next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

June Wrap Up…

Welcome to my June Wrap Up. I didn’t have a great reading month, finishing 5 books (4 books off my TBR). I also received 4 ARC’s this month, and I continued my new goal of reading 1 Shakespeare play and 10 Shakespeare Sonnets, as well as 5 Brother’s Grimm fairy-tales, and 3 ‘books’ from Les Miserable by Victor Hugo. I hope to keep this up every month for the rest of the year. I guess we will see if that actually happens.

I have reviews up or coming up for these books so as usual this is just going to be a brief run down on each book I read.

Without further ado, let’s get into my June Wrap Up…

The Twins At St Clare’s by Enid Blyton: I didn’t love this book. I have been having a great time reading Enid Blyton classics over the past few month and whilst I did enjoy this book it just wasnt as good as the others I have read. I found it a bit to slow and I had trouble caring about the characters. I love Enid Blyton but this book wasnt a favourite of mine.

The Key by Kathryn Hughes: This book started really slow. I was having trouble staying interested in it at the beginning. Just before the half way point it really picked up speed and I couldn’t put it down. I am so glad I stuck with it, because it was so worth it in the end. This book is definitely worth the read.

We Are Young by Cat Clarke: I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked from the first page. I was able to related to so many of the characters which made this story really captivating for me. I loved the story and the was it developed. I will definitely be reading this book again in the future.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: This was a nice, easy to read book. I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it. I found it a little to predictable for my taste and I had trouble sympathising with the main characters. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a quick, light read.

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon: I really enjoyed this book. I wasnt sure about it going into it but it really drew me in and kept me interested until the very last page. I honestly didn’t want this book to end. I am so glad I pick this book up. I will be definitely be reading it again in the future.

Shakespeare: I read 1 Shakespeare play and 10 Sonnets in June, I also read 1 Shakespeare Poem. I read the following Shakespeare Works This Month:



Sonnets 51-60

Les Miserable: For those who don’t know this novel, it is broken up into character sections with each character section containing ‘books’. Within each of these books are chapters. These ‘books’ come in various sizes, it is just the luck of the draw really. I hope to read 3 ‘books’ each month. I have read the following ‘books’ this month:


– Book 8: The Noxious Poor

The Idyll In The Rue Plumet And The Epic Of The Rue Saint-Denis:

– Book 1: A Few Pages Of History

– Book 2: Eponine

Brother’s Grimm: I am happy to say that I not only completed my goals of reading 5 Brother Grimm Fairy Tales in June, I doubled it. I read the following Tales this month:

Herr Korbes

The Pack Of Ragamuffins

The Death Of The Little Hen

The Owl

The Wonderful Musician

The Mouse, The Bird, And The Sausage

The Crumbs On The Table

The Louse And The Flea

The Wolf And The Seven Little Kids

The Wolf And The Fox

That’s it for my June Wrap Up. I hope you all had a great reading month. Let me know what you guys read this month in the comments section.

Until my July Wrap Up…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem