When We Collided by Emery Lord: Interview + Review


If you didn’t know, When We Collided by Emery Lord officially came out on the fifth of April! When We Collided follows the story of Vivi and Jonah. In the town of Verona Cove, Vivi is the new girl whilst Jonah is the boy with the tragic past. Since the death of Jonah’s father, Jonah has carried the weight and burden of his whole family on his shoulders. He is expected to look after them, pay their finance and organize his sibling’s life. However, he feels lost in this vastly different lifestyle. Vivi is the new girl, she is the “wild child,” she changes everything in Jonah’s life. When Vivi and Jonah are together it seems like an explosion but sometimes explosions can go too far and both of them have to bear the consequences.

If you haven’t picked this up, I definitely recommend it but I’ll explain more in my review later on. First up, I am so excited and honoured because I got the chance to interview Emery Lord! I loved Open Road Summer and had a major book hangover after reading it, which goes to show how much I loved it. When We Collided is her latest novel, which I highly recommend if you are looking for a unique contemporary! Without further ado, lets get right into the interview with the one and only, Emery Lord:


what is one writing tip you have for all the aspiring writers out there?

Protect your wonder!

when in your life did you decide to write this book; what was your inspiration?

I started in 2013. My inspiration is always part my curiosity (What would it be like to live in a vacation town? What would it be like to have a bunch of siblings? And so on) and part things that are happening in my own life (grieving a family member, depression, etc.)

 what is your favourite young-adult book, what are some book recommendations?

My favorite YA books are, in fact, by Australia’s very own Melina Marchetta. I would recommend every last one—I can’t pick!!

 have you ever met someone who has an amazing love story and relationship?

Of course! I hesitate to call us AMAZING, but I started dating my husband was I was 16, and he is still my favorite human on Earth.

What are your advice and tips on how to improve your mental health?

Well, different things (and combinations of things) work for different people, so I guess my advice is to be gentle with yourself and realize you’re in control of how you manage your health. I’m personally open to a lot of things because I like to see what suits me!  Whether it’s yoga and meditation and/or therapy and/or medication or simpler lifestyle things like long walks and good sleep, I think being open to possibilities is a huge help!


Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Release Date: April 2016
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating:  8/10
Genre: Romance, Drama, Contemporary and Coming of Age

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Do you ever just listen to a song, with catching lyrics and beautiful music  and feel this chilling sensation up all over your arms? You’ve probably


heard of this sensation before, in TV shows and from friends. Emery Lord’s When We Collided left me with tingling shivers. I’ve never felt goosebumps like I did whilst reading this book. I’ve never shed a tear of happiness and hope but I truly did with this book. I loved it so much. It definitely did not disappoint and I can safely say that it blew me away.

The storyline for this book was so unique. It was refreshing and intriguing at the same time. I thought it would be like a copy of We Were Liars or All The Bright Places but When We Collided took the themes from these books and twisted them into this book. Hope, family, loss, mental illness and coming of age: all of these themes fitted into this book perfectly like a puzzle. Emery Lord’s writing was perfect. Writing contemporary books are literally like an art. You have to capture the voices of all the characters into a concise and descriptive writing and Emery Lord did that with both Jonah and Vivi’s voices. I actually really enjoyed the dual perspectives in this book. Since Jonah and Vivi were such contrasting characters, I thought it was very fitting how we got to see both of their thoughts. I didn’t find myself getting confused with both characters because of their different voices.

Another element I loved about the plot was how much it left the reader hooked. I was perpetually page turning throughout the book. It was so spontaneous and exciting that I constantly needed to read it to catch up. I don’t think I found myself bored during any part of it. Jonah and Vivi were constantly on some kind of adventure or argument and it really kept me entertained throughout the novel. However, it did feel a bit choppy at times, which brought the book down for me.

I absolutely loved the idea of the metaphor with the planet colliding. The thought of having two completely different people collide together but breaking away to follow their own separate paths is heartbreaking and eye-opening at the same time. I feel like Emery Lord took the whole typical plot of “two very different people who fall in love,” very differently and I loved what she did with it. The romance between Jonah and Vivi is so unique I fell in love with the idea. Their relationship was so cute and heartbreaking at the same time and I have never read anything quite like their love story, which was so refreshing. Lately, I’ve been reading a few cliche love stories and When We Collided’s love story was so unlike what I’ve read before.

Vivi’s character was very bubbly and quirky. It was enjoyable to read from her perspective but at times, I found myself cringing more than once. However, I loved how she kind of acted like a beacon and life saver for Jonah, I thought that was so cute. Jonah’s character was that boy that I felt so sympathetic for. I loved how much his character developed throughout the story. He was a character I truly admired because of his courage and his ending chapter was amazing!

Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel and it’s definitely one of my top ten books this year, so far. If you loved Museum of Intangible Things, The Fault In Our Stars, We Were Liars or All The Bright Places you will definitely fall in love with this book! Emery Lord brought this explosive book that was amazing. It was both unique and intriguing and for me it was a highly enjoyable read!

what did you think of when we collided


Julian + Emma Feels!!!! Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare


Title: Lady Midnight
Series: The Dark Artifices
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 2016
Retail Price: $30.00
Overall Rating:  8.75/10
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Angels and Growing-up

Okay before we start, let me establish this. If you haven’t read Lady Midnight, you need to stop what you are doing right now and pick up Lady Midnight. I feel like a balloon that is about to pop because I have so many emotions and thoughts about Lady Midnight! I loved it so much!

Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster publishing. I received  Cassandra Clare’s novel, Lady Midnight from Simon and Schuster, in exchange for a review.  Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in the following review.

When I heard Cassandra Clare was writing The Dark Artifices, I literally had a little heart attack because the Cassandra Clare was writing another book in the Shadow. Hunter. World! I couldn’t believe it but then it wasn’t long before I became disheartened. Many people would come up to me and say, “Cassandra Clare is just milking off her series. You probably shouldn’t get your hopes up,” However, I was determined to get an all out amazing debut novel for The Dark Artifices. March 9th came in a blink of an eye and soon, I was standing in the middle of the bookshelf holding Lady Midnight in my hands, extremely fangirling with some of my closest book friends. Lady Midnight had arrived and it sure did not disappoint. If there is one gif to describe how I felt when reading Lady Midnight this would be it:

Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight follows the story of Emma and Julian who have been best friends and Parabatai from when they were young. Nothing could ever get in their way of their friendship. Emma has lived her whole life with the Blackthorns since the death of her parents who she is determined to avenge. When Julian returns back from his trip to Idris, new problems arise. Mark, Julian’s brother, has come back after several years of being held by the Faerie court and the Blackthorns will do anything to get their brother back from the Faeries. The faeries create a deal with Julian if he can solve the murders which have been mysteriously taking place, his brother will get the chance to choose to stay. However, problems arise and secrets are being kept. Emma and Julian are being torn apart and pulled together by the events and that doesn’t even begin to cover the story.

spoilers ahead!

I literally have an irrecoverable book hangover for this book! I have so many thoughts and emotions for this book. Reading Lady Midnight, made DSC_0207_Fotorme realise how much I truly loved The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. There is something about these books that remind me of a fairytale. In my opinion, Cassandra Clare’s novels are really unique every story, every book, every paragraph and every sentence have woven this sense of fairytale, fantasy and magic into it, which is what I absolutely love about these novels. I love how every story is interlocking, the only way to truly enjoy this series is to read it from the very start to the very end and don’t forget, you have to read every series in the chronicles. One of my main reasons for why I love reading books is the fact that whenever you read a good story it will drag you into this world where layers upon layers of imaginary characters, storylines and settings are built up in your head and every single thing you read is being played in your head. It pulls you from the real world and act like an anchor to this imaginary world where you can forget about everything that is worrying you and its just you and the characters. (Okay, that sounded really intense but I truly mean it) Undoubtedly, Cassandra Clare’s novel always have that affect on me and Lady Midnight really did.

Lady Midnight’s plot blew me away. Like I mentioned in the beginning, I was kind of skeptical and I was really scared that Lady Midnight was going to bring my whole perfect perspective of the Shadowhunter chronicles, crashing down. I was nervous that Lady Midnight was going to have a really cliche, overused, “Cassandra Clare” plot but I was proven wrong. Just like all of her other perfect novels, Clare devised a plotline that contained the perfect balance of romance, contemporary, coming of age, fantasy, action and adventure! I do not know how she does it but it was literally the pinnacle of perfection. Okay, well maybe I’m exaggerating that a bit because it wasn’t a perfect novel but it was pretty good! I loved the idea of having a forbidden love with Parabatais. It’s so rare to see authors take the “forbidden love” plot device and twist it in their own way to make it so much more enjoyable and personal for the reader. I love it because it may sound weird but I love expanding my knowledge in the whole Shadowhunter world and I loved finding out about the Parabatais. When Cassandra Clare left the whole Parabatai falling in love thing ambiguously, I was like, “Oh no,” something big is going to happen.

When I discovered that they had solved the murder it ended on a really happy note and I’m excited to see what they’ll do in the next book! I loved how most of the characters from the other book got one or multiple cameos because that meant that we all got a chance to see our favourite characters come together again. That’s what I love about these books. You don’t have to miss characters from her other series because she always finds a way to incorporate them. Oh, I almost forgot can we mention the fact that Mark and Emma made that deal! In my mind, I was like, “NOOOOO!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING???” I could feel my heart breaking in its chest. I actually can’t even. It’s like Simon,  Clary and Jace all over again. It’s going to be really intense.

Now onto the characters, I really liked Emma’s character and I think she is my favourite out of the three main protagonists in her three series. I love how strong Emma is and she really is one of those characters you can look up too. She is only a little bit older than me so that adds an extra bonus! But seriously, I loved Emma’s character she is so strong and I absolutely love how relatable she is. One of my favourite scenes is the one where she is talking with Christina about the fact that she feels like she has nothing special to give because she is just a normal shadow hunter with no special powers and in a metaphorical way, I could relate to that. Sometimes we all feel like we have nothing special to us but realistically we all  do. However, I didn’t really like the way Emma was presented in the first few chapters. The whole time she was swooning over Julian. “Julian this, Julian that.” I kind of got sick of it and I was worried that she would be like that throughout the book but it definitely got better.

When Julian came into the story, I was like yes! Like all of Cassandra Clare’s boys, Julian was perfect in his own unique way! He kind of reminded me of a mix between a less-clumsy Percy and a really hot California boy! 🙂 No seriously, I really liked Julian. However, I have to admit his character was so over talked by Emma that it kind of influenced Julian’s perspective. His personality got lost within the story and I found that his character was really two dimensional and hopefully we get to see more of who he is in the later stories. I love his relationship with Emma, whenever I saw them together I was literally like:

I can’t wait to see their relationship grow! I’m so excited for the next book! I also really liked Christina! I’m so glad Cassandra Clare introduced her because I absolutely love her character! I’m excited to see her story and who she relly is. She wasn’t presented in much detail and so I really want to see more of her character! Despite the many characters, I actually found myself remembering their names! (I’m very proud of myself because I always get mixed up with names!) Anyway, I also really liked Mark’s character. However, I didn’t really see much of a proper personality in his character but that makes sense considering he lived a lot of his life as a faerie! I really like his relationship with Kieren and I hope to see more of that in the later books! I’m so excited for this new Herondale because Herondales are always the definition of perfection (*cough* Will and Jace *cough*)! Hopefully, Kit or Christopher (whatever you want to call him) will just be as lovable as the other Herondales!

I love the way Cassandra Clare include Edgar Allen Poe’s poem Annabel Lee! It’s actually one of my favourite poems and the fact that she represented the poem in the story really surprised me! I remember doing a project on him in Grade 6 or 7 and I absolutely loved this poem because in my head it was like a dark, edgy Little Mermaid story! I’m so excited to see more of her stories because I know that they’ll always be based on some literary classic! I absolutely adored this book and I’m sure many of you guys did too!

what did you think of the novel? i loved it so much!!

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Review: Boy 23 by Jim Carrington

Title: Boy 23
Author: Jim Carrington
Release Date: January 2016
Retail Price: $15.99
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Dystopian

When Boy 23, arrived on my doorstep. I gladly picked it up, after being dragged in by the mysterious cover and title. The storyline of Boy 23 kept me up, I’ve never really read a novel quite like this one. There were little flaws here and there but it was a light easy read. If you are looking for a little read after reading something that’s hardcore and intense, Boy 23 if a pretty good novel.

Boy 23 follows the story of a young boy, who has lived his whole life inside a room which provides him with all of his necessary amenities, called My Place. The voice, is Boy 23’s only interaction with a human. One day, he mysteriously wakes up in a dark place and is thrown outside into a new world with only a backpack filled with little supplies and a note from the voice, which tells him to run far far away. However, along the way he discovers that many want him dead and he can only learn to trust himself and the people that really know him well.


After finishing this novel, I was conflicted. On one side, I really liked the storyline and believed it could have great potential. However, on the other, the writing wasn’t amazing and some of the characters were slightly cliche. There were some good parts and some negatives but the novel wasn’t horrible and I enjoyed reading it.

Boy 23, also called Jesper, was the most three-dimensional character in the story. You could tell that Carrington put a lot of thought and effort into his personality. The fact that he didn’t really know much about the world, could easily be flawed in stories but based on Jesper’s actions and situations you could tell he didn’t have much prior knowledge. Not only that but Jesper’s young and immature personality slowly develops throughout the story and you can really see that at the end of the novel. At the start of the novel, Jesper was easily manipulated, especially by Father Frei but as the novel progresses Jesper begins to understand trust and he begins to put up barriers.

I also really enjoyed discovering that who he really is. Keeping this question unanswered from the start of the novel, really pushed me to continue reading the novel. Not only that but I love dystopias, where the world has been stricken by an epidemic. Jesper, unsurprisingly is the “special-one” who has mysteriously developed a cure from the Marsh Flu and I really wanted to find out more about his mysterious history. Towards the end of the novel, we discover he is a hybrid, which seemed slightly cliche and despite the major lead-up to this moment, I was disappointed.

The novel was written in three different point of views, which I found unnecessary. Both Blake and Carina’s chapters were written very similarly. Jim Carrington’s writing is very plain and simple: “I push and pull,” and unfortunately, this brought the book down. The simple writing made both Blake and Carina’s chapters very similar. Not only that but if it was purely in Jesper’s point of view, there would have been more unanswered questions which would have made the novel more mysterious and intriguing. Jesper’s perspective had more of a distinction due to the fact that he didn’t know much about the world and his thoughts really reflected that.

The ending was the best part of the novel, as many secrets were uncovered and there were little plot twists here and there. When I discovered that Blake was Boy 23’s father I wasn’t very surprised but I did enjoy discovering about the “aliens” as it added a new dimension to the story that I was excited about. I can’t wait to read about them in the next novel. Hopefully, he will get to meet his siblings one day. I also enjoyed reading Carina and Jesper’s friendship develop. I was surprised when Blake died and watching Jesper get upset was heart-breaking.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this light read and I’ll definitely have my eyes open for the next novel. Jesper’s character was intriguing and I’m excited to see how his story plays out.


Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: October 2015
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Adventure and Romance

Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On has been one of the most anticipated releases of 2015! Considering it was going to be a “spin-off” novel of Fangirl, it is no surprise that Carry On was a novel I really enjoyed. Carry On was so completely different to Fangirl, that you couldn’t help but view the novel as a completely different book from a completely different genre. Rainbow Rowell, is known for her famous contemporaries but Carry On is a fantasy novel, which steps out of her comfort zone. I was dying to read this novel and on the day the book magically appeared on my doorstep, I was super pumped to read it and I got straight into the novel! I highly recommend it, though I can’t give you any reasons without spoiling it, I can tell you now that if witches, romance and drama are your thing you need to pick up this novel right now!

You will enjoy Carry On the most if you go into the novel without knowing a single thing. However, if you must know, Carry On is very much like an older version of Harry Potter. Simon Snow, the main character, belongs to the magical world of wizards. As he enters the last year of his schooling, he discovers that things this year have started to go awol. The Mage is treating him differently, his roommate is missing and there is something going on that causes Simon to become more and more restless. He alongside his friend Penelope go out to discover secrets and sides to the story that causes them to go on one epic adventure.


I came into Carry On with extremely high hopes, to say that the novel fulfilled my hopes would be stretching it. However, I did really enjoy the novel. What really annoyed me about this novel were the similarities to Harry Potter. The setting was very much similar and the characters were similar to Harry Potter, which originally annoyed me but as the story progressed you could see the differences in the plotlines. It was disappointing to see the parallels of the two stories correlate so closely together, which was one of the reasons that it marked my rating down for my novel.

On a completely different note, the character development was skillfully developed throughout the novel. Simon’s personality really grew throughout the novel and you can clearly see that by the end. His selfless nature was displayed in his love and friendship for both Penelope and Baz. I loved his dorky personality, which always made me laugh. His relationship with Baz, initially confused me. How could he fall in love with someone who he clearly hated? I bet I was not the only one who thought this way but by the end of the novel his love for Baz was romantically cute. His loyalty to the mage was really respectable and his relationship with him intrigued me til the end. I was so shocked to discover that the Mage turned against his back.

Penelope was one of my favorite characters, that reminded me very much of Ron. I really enjoyed reading about her perspective about the situation as she was the “intelligent and logical” one of the group. However, I would have loved to see a final conclusion to her character and I believed more depth could have been added to her character. She was still a lovely addition to the book and it gave at times it was nice to get a break from Simon and Baz. On the other hand, Agatha, like the author’s intention, really annoyed me. She reminded me of a princess and her attitude to Simon and Baz, as well, got on my nerves.

I loved the storyline as it was different to your everyday fantasy. Rainbow Rowell’s contemporary writing shone through at times and I really enjoyed it. It was a perfect twist of a fantasy and contemporary. It’s not often you get to see the extensive character development and the witty conversations of a contemporary in a fantasy but Carry On really delivered it. This was one of the main reasons why I loved the novel, the conversations and the depth of some of the characters made me continue reading. I also loved the complex storyline as it made me feel like a little child reading Harry Potter but the themes were for an older audience.

Overall, the storyline was what bumped the rating up, despite its similarities to Harry Potter. The characters were writen from a unique point of view. This novel is a great novel but it doesn’t beat her other contemporaries. However, it did pull me out of my slight reading slump and I was page-turning by the end of the novel. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a contemporary cross fantasy because Carry On was a novel that left me gripped til the end!

Sorry for not posting in such a long time, I have been really busy this past two weeks but I’ll definitely try and upload new posts more frequently this month! 🙂


Magonia Review

Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Rating: 7.5/10
Price: $19.99
Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance

Hey Guys! Here is my review for Magonia! Thank you Harper Collins for sending this to me! Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley, is a unique and beautifully written book. It is filled with high-fantasy but still displays a slight realistic truth. It is about a 16 year-old girl named, Aza, who lives with a chronic lung disease. One day she and her best friend and soon to be boyfriend, Jason are watching a documentary when she is suddenly hit with a hallucination, then falls unconscious and “dies”. Aza then awakes to find herself transported into a whole new world. If you are looking for a high-fantasy novel with a dash of romance, this one is for you.


First of all, this book was extremely well written. I’ve never read a writing style like Maria’s. It was magical, descriptive yet mysterious. The world of Magonia was built very well and it was not rushed, which was nice to see. However, at times, there was a lot to take in, which was slightly confusing. Aza Ray’s character was developed very well and it was easy to visualise the character she was. It was nice to see her thoughts as they seemed in depth and genuine. Her character was very unique and it wasn’t a story where she was a damsel in distress. The only thing that annoyed me was when she was getting really close to Dai because I shipped Jason and Aza really hard. It seemed like they were getting extremely close. She was a really strong character and this can be shone when she tries to stop the war against Magonia and the earth.

Jason was a really cute character. I loved him and his nerdiness made him even cuter. I loved how the whole time he was repeating pi because that reminded him of Aza. I hated how Aza slightly tried to push him away because I shipped them. I loved reading from his point of view because he had so much hope that Aza was alive but Maria’s writing showed Jason’s hope in a non-psychotic way more like a child wishing for a star kind of way.

The world of Magonia seemed extremely bizarre to me. At first, we were in the normal world and then out of the blue, we are thrown into a world filled with ships, birds, songs and feathers. It was really extraordinary. The whole world was completely different, which kind of over whelmed me.

The storyline at times were really compelling but there were times where there wasn’t much action. The war between earth and Magonia was really intense and I couldn’t stop reading. The prologue really catches the reader’s attention as it was one of most well-written pieces in the book. I loved how the epilogue ended with “I breathe in. I breathe out.” just as the prologue did. The writing was beautiful which made me want to continue the story. Overall, it was really good high-fantasy book and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book with action, adventure and romance. I hope there will be a second book!

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley comes out on April 28th! Pre-order it in your local bookstore!


Weightless by Sarah Bannan: Review

Title: Weightless
Author: Sarah Bannan
Release Date: 4th April 2015
Retail Price: $29.99
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Genre: Drama, Contemporary, Romance

Weightless by Sarah Bannan is a gripping, haunting and thought-provoking novel. Fans of TV Shows and Movies such as Pretty-Little Liars, Gossip Girl and Mean Girls will adore this novel, that causes teenagers in our technology-based society to re-evaluate the real definition of “bullying”. I absolutely recommend it, after reading Weightless I was left breathless and it is hard to string words together to describe this novel. It follows the story of Carolyn Lessing through the eyes of a close witness. Carolyn has just moved from New Jersey to Adamsville, Alabama. She is beautiful and popular but as she tries to settle in to this small school rumors are released, making it harder and harder for her to cope in a pressuring life.


Teenagers ,like us, are often told repeatedly by teachers and parents to be careful of the cyber bullies out there and bullies in the hallway but what they don’t know is that bullying is done via social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Sarah Bannan’s novel Weightless depicts the perfect example of bullying in a twentieth-century teenager. Bullying nowadays has been taken to a whole new level and I feel like we are oblivious to the effects of what we post on social media, how we talk to people at school and we can’t control our jealously.

Weightless captures flawlessly what bullying is like in this technology-run world. When we find out gossip the first thing we all do is share it with others, when we want to express our hatred we do it through status updates, when we are jealous of others we bend the truth and post bad photos of them. This is the truth that teenagers are running away from, as our technology advances we become more and more vulnerable to bullying.

Carolyn was a very three-dimensional character and is exactly like a real victim of bullying. We see on TV that the victimized are weak and nerdy but often like Carolyn, it is the one that people are jealous of that is bullied. I really liked how we see the story unfold through the eyes of a witness because we are usually the ones that sit by the side and watch the story. Sarah Bannan really displayed a teenager’s thoughts and words through the dialogue and writing, which made it the even more realistic.

It was really interesting to see how we could slowly see Carolyn mood declining but the narrator and the other students didn’t really make any attempt to stop Shane and Brooke. This novel really deals with the dark side of the teenager life- the bullying, the friendships and the coming-of-age thing. It was nice to read the Facebook posts, the group chats and the life chats of the characters because that is exactly how bullying plays out today.

I was actually really surprised that Carolyn commits suicide, I did not see that coming. I hated Brook and Shane, they were honestly the bullies, who are popular but everyone hates. Teachers and Parents were oblivious to the fact that their student/children were being bullied, and often this is how it plays out.This novel really relates to the teenagers of today, who constantly use technology and who are witnesses of this type of bullying.

Weightless is a very chilling novel, that deals with the contemporary-bullying of our society. Teenagers of all types will find that this novel hits them square in the chest of this depiction of bullying that nobody dares to admit.

❤Check out this book at your local-bookstore or library today!❤