the night circus

Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Published By: Vintage Books, Random House
Publication Date: September 13th 2011
Pages: 502
Format: Paperback“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn 
As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparking against the night sky, the sign appears:
Le Cirque des Reves
The Circus of Dreams
Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.”

The Night Circus has been sat on my bookshelf for such a long time now. I’ve been wanting to start it for ages but it’s a thick book and it wasn’t something that I wanted to start in the middle of school. I wanted to make sure that I had the time to really appreciate the writing since I had heard so many good things. I’m so, so glad that I waited to read this.

There were parts of this book that felt poetic to me in the way that it was written. Everything just seemed to flow so well and I didn’t get bored of the writing.  The Night Circus doesn’t contain a lot of speech which I can sometimes find a little dull. When I read books like that, I get put off by the chunks of text. The Night Circus didn’t have that effect on me though and I really did appreciate all of the description that was put into the book.

To be completely honest, for a good part of the book, I wasn’t entirely sure where the plot was going to lead. To some extent, I did like that. It gave the book more of a sense of mystery. I thought it was really smart how everything eventually wove together to bring into the last chapter.

It was book that had me hooked for start to finish and I wish that it hadn’t of ended. I was drawn into the magic of The Night Circus and I would love for it to be a real place I could go to!

Rating: 5 Stars

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if there's no tomorrow young adult book review harlequin ya book net galley Title: If There’s No Tomorrow
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: December 14th 2017
Pages: 384
Format: Ebook

“Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. 

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. 

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened. 

For what she let happen. 

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?”


If There’s No Tomorrow follows Lena in the days before, during and after an accident that was set to change her life forever. I was kindly sent this book through Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. View Full Post

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Title: Blackbird
Author: N.D. Gomes
Published By: Vintage Books, Random House
Publication Date: November 16th 2017
Pages: 287
Format: Ebook

“My name is Alex. I am fifteen years old, and I don’t know where my sister is. Or if she will ever come back.

On New Year’s Eve 5,000 blackbirds dropped dead. The same day Olivia McCarthy went missing from a small coastal village in Orkney.

Now Her younger sister Alex is on a mission to find out just what happened to Olivia. But does she really want to know all the answers?”

The blurb of Blackbird was the first thing that made me want to pick it up. I love a good mystery book but I sometimes find the blurb or the first chapter can be a little too corny and it immediately puts me off of it. Thankfully, after reading the first chapter of the book I wasn’t put off at all. It pulled me in straight away. Blackbird was such an easy book to read simply because you wanted to know what was going to happen. View Full Post

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croeso lounge review swansea breakfast brunch

So my Aunt came down from Bristol a little while ago. Since we wouldn’t be able to see her on her birthday, my sister and I decided to go out to breakfast with her and we ended up picking the Croeso Lounge. It was somewhere that none of us had been to yet so we thought it would be nice to try it out.

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The Croeso Lounge is part of the Lounges company restaurants around the UK. This one is the second one to open in Swansea. It’s based up in Mumbles in Oyster Wharf. We’ve been to the other Lounge restaurant in Swansea which is the Zinco Lounge and we love it there so we had high hopes for this.

The view from the Croeso Lounge is amazing. We headed upstairs to sit since the bottom floor was a little crowed and we wanted to be somewhere where it was a little more calm. The have massive windows that overlook the sea and it was gorgeous. The sea has always been a calming scene for me so it was something I loved being able to see. I’m always a fan of the way that Loungers set out their restaurants and this one was no different. It always feel quite cosy and welcoming.

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For my meal I ended up picking the Vegetarian Breakfast and a hot chocolate. The breakfast came with toast, a fried egg, a grilled tomato, beans, hashbrowns, mushrooms and fritters with some peppers and spinach. The portion size was really good. There was a lot on the plate but it didn’t feel like there was too much. Service was really prompt even though it was quite busy for a Sunday morning. It was a really good, hearty breakfast that kept me full for a while. You can never go wrong with hot chocolate. Since it was a slightly dreary morning, it was the perfect thing to warm me up.

Even though it would take me a little bit to get down to the Croeso Lounge, I think it’s worth it for the atmosphere in the restaurant and the view. Definitely somewhere I would recommend if you find yourself in Swansea.

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