Weekly Wrap-up

Book reviews:


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Review here)

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare (Review Here)





Around the blogosphere:


Fictional Foods I Want to Try in Real Life – by The Awkward Book Blogger

Why Are YA Characters So Young – by Write Through The Night


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BOOK REVIEW: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Page Count: 481 pages

Publication Date: August 2010


Goodreads summary:

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them… Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Genre: Young Adult / Realistic Fiction

Page Count: 352 pages

Publication Date: October 2007


Goodreads summary:

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.


My thoughts:

Disclaimer: I have NOT seen Netflix’s adaptation of Thirteen Reasons Why. I have only listened to the story on audiobook through my library’s app, Overdrive.

This book has been sooo hyped since Netflix announced it’s screen adaptation, that I was a little surprised when I found this book has been around for 10 years! TEN years!13 reasons why

I was going through Overdrive a couple of days ago, looking for a short audiobook to listen to over the weekend, when I stumbled onto this massively hyped up book. I have to say that, despite the hype, it was surprisingly good! I mean, it wasn’t the best book of the month or anything like that, but it was still a good story.

The book was extremely compelling, and because it’s so short you can devour it in one or two sittings (The audiobook is about 6 hours long). The characters seemed realistic and most were unlikable, but I supposed that was done on purpose. After all, we’re supposed to see Hannah Baker, the girl who committed suicide, as the victim. Since most of the other characters contributed to her final act, and we see them through Hannah’s eyes, it’s not surprising that they come off as being the worst kind of people out there.

It was an engrossing story. A page-turner, if I had read the book in physical format, I’m sure. But if you’re going to read Thirteen Reasons Why I’d recommend you listen to the audiobook. It’s brilliant! It’s narrated by two different actors, one who plays Clay (the guy listening to the tapes and reacting to them throughout the story) and another who plays Hannah Baker (the girl who recorded the tapes before committing suicide).

Despite all that, I’m not sure I would recommend this book to young readers (ie. teens) or people who might be having suicidal thoughts. Thirteen Reasons Why glamorises suicide. There, I said it.

It shows suicide as an easy way out and as a reasonable strategy to deal with your problems, and that’s just wrong. There will always be people out there who want to help. Just like Hannah had Clay, she didn’t think he was interested in helping her but in reality he was desperate to get closer and make her happy. He genuinely cared for her. She was just so absorbed with everything else going on around her that she didn’t notice him, trying to be there for her.

Especially since the target audience for this book is so young and impressionable (I’m not undermining teens in any way. That’s not my intention) I know most teens wouldn’t end their lives just because of a book they read, BUT if someone is already thinking along those lines this may very well be that last nudge they need to actually go through with it. So, I would be extra cautious before recommending this book to just anyone.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about Thirteen Reasons Why. Especially because I, as the reader, was supposed to empathise with Hannah Baker and see her as a victim, which just didn’t really happen. More often than not I felt she was judgemental and bratty (Is that even a word?), but that’s just my opinion.

All I’ll say is, read it at your own risk.



PS: If you experience suicidal thoughts or if you’re worried about someone who might be feeling that way, there are things you can do to help. The following are NOT religious organisations and they’re available 24/7 online or by phone.

UK: https://www.samaritans.org/

USA: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

The rest of the world: I couldn’t possibly list every helpline in the world here, but a simple google search will bring up the most relevant service for your own country.

Or, if you feel like talking to someone (with a degree in Psychology but not much experience) in a completely anonymous and private setting, you can always send me an email at admin@mysterydatewithabook.co.uk 





BOOK REVIEW: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal

Page Count: 409 pages

Publication Date: September 2012


Goodreads summary:

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)


Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Page Count: 562 pages

Publication Date: September 2014


Goodreads Summary:

Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her? Continue reading

It’s Monday! What are you reading?


the raven boys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Review coming soon)



clockwork angel

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (I haven’t actually started it yet, but I will in the next half hour! I’m so excited! I can’t wait!)



I think it’s still early days to say what I’m reading next, given that I haven’t even started this week’s book. Let’s see what I feel like reading when I finish Clockwork Angel, shall we?


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