Abuse Is Being Romanticised

I'm sure you've heard of "bad boys." They're the stereotypical anti-heroes who are usually darkly handsome, mysterious, and a little dangerous. It's also those qualities that make them some of the most desired male heroes in YA today.

Today is The International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women. It's appropriate, then,  that I publish this post today. I'm going to share my thoughts on the shocking increase of violence against women in films, books, and TV shows and how that violence - and abuse - is being normalised. It's a topic I feel very passionately about.
Please share your own thoughts in the comments section and let's discuss :)

Abuse:  "use something (someone) to bad effect or bad purpose; misuse" "treat with cruelty or violence" (Oxford Dictionary)

Trigger Warning: There are frequent mentions of rape and descriptions of abuse in this post.

- Chuck Bass (Gossip Girl) -  Chuck is Gossip Girl's bad boy turn…

Book Tag: Greek Gods Book Tag!

Thank you to Genni for tagging me for this book tag. It's been a long time since I did one, and this looked great, so I thought why not!


- Link back to Zuky HERE so she can read your posts!

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- Tag however many people you want!

Your Favourite Book

I have so many favourites! But I do love The Good Daughter <3 It's extremely underrated, and yet a real masterpiece. 

A Badass Female Character

Nina from Six of Crows is a badass all the way. So is Inej, but in a different way. Nina's got sass, spunk, and she doesn't take things lying down. She's unashamedly herself and is always prepared to fight for her friends.

Your Favourite Nonfiction Book

I read Jackie After Jack a few years ago and absolutely loved it. It's so incredibly compelling and interesting.

A Book You Adore And Recommend Everyone Read

I feel like I'm constantly recommending Letters to the Lost. I…

5 Reasons To Read TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo

Today I'm sharing 5 reasons why you should read this stunning siren-pirate love story ASAP! I read it a few months ago and absolutely fell in love. Get your copy now.

Another mention about the South African Bargain Books Warehouse Sale coming up! If you weren't already planning to go, let me tell you right now that you do not want to miss it. There's going be a ton of books at amazing prices and it'll be a bookworm's heaven. A chance like this doesn't come along often. If you live in Cape Town, get down to the warehouse from the 17th to the 20th of December. You won't regret it.

TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo

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My Review

1: Squad goals
Guys, you know how much I OBSESS over amazing platonic friendships. This book serves them right up.

Lira has a terrific female friendship with her cousin Kahlia, Elian and Kye's bromance is epic, and Elian's friendships with all of his crew - Kye, Torik, and the absolutel…

A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY - by Brigid Kemmerer

A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY (#1) - Brigid Kemmerer
Published: January 2019 - Bloomsbury.
Genres: Young adult / fantasy / romance
Pages: 495.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Violence / mild sexual innuendoes.
Format: Paperback.
Source: ARC gift from the author.

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets…

Monthly Wrap-Up: November - December

Sorry for being MIA the last couple of days. Some stuff's been going on, and blogging was the last thing on the mind. But because I'm usually rather pessimistic in these blog posts (sorry guys), I won't bore you with the deets.


The good news!

1: My Mac is fully "better" and I am back at the blogging and the writing and all that stuffz. Yay! I'm excited.

2: Have I mentioned I love Netflix? At the moment I'm back at Gilmore Girls (season 5). When I'm feeling down, it always helps to cheer me up :)

3: GUYS. I went for my first job interview. I survived. But ultimately decided it wasn't for me. However, I do have other places in mind that I want to apply to. So...a job is on the horizon!

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Book Review: SPINNING SILVER - by Naomi Novik
Book Review: ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS - by Clare Askew
For the Love of Gothic Literature
Book Review: THE SHIP OF THE DEAD - by Rick Riordan
Book Review: A SIMPLE FAVOUR - by Darcey Bell
Book Review: THE TEMP - by…


CATWOMAN: SOULSTEALER (DC Icons #3) - Sarah J. Maas
Published: August 2018 - Random House Books.
Genres: Young adult / contemporary / science fiction / retellings
Pages: 384.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Violence.
Format: eBook.
Source: Borrowed.
When the Bat's away, the Cat will play.
It's time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking. Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing's undoing.

This was a squad read with two awesome ladies, Di and Uma. Keep an eye out for…