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BOOK REVIEW | The Secret Science of Magic


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Title: The Secret Science of Magic

Author: Melissa Kiel

Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis:CLICK HERE 

Expected Publication Date: 1st April 2017

This book was unlike anything I have ever read before. Sure, I’ve read a lot of romances in my life and sure I’ve read the occasional Sci-Fi book and sure I’ve picked up my maths textbook every now and then. But this novel had it all.

To illustrate my opinion let’s divide the novel into two parts. The first half of the novel focuses on facts, which I found highly interesting and immersing by the way (give me an unsolved conjecture any time!). The beginning of each chapter drew me in by giving me bits about certain mathematicians or certain magicians. While I did find this captivating, I found myself getting to the middle of the chapter and needing a break.

The second half of the novel focused on the emotional aspects of our protagonist’s life. While this made sense in the context of the novel, I found that it lacked depth. I found it difficult to fully connect with the characters on a deeper level. In saying that I highly enjoyed the platonic and sibling relationships, more so than the romantic ones

Speaking of characters, it would have been better in my opinion to split the chapters evenly between Sophia and Joshua because at times it got difficult to distinguish whose chapter I was reading because their voices sounded so similar in my head.

Other than that, I like how the novel covers a range of contemporary YA topics such as diversity, mental illness and the stigma around mental illness but it also focuses on something that not many novels focus on. that is the fact that even the most genius minds have their limit. And of course how could I forget the magic!


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Book Review | To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Series: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1

Genre: Contemporary

Page Count: 288 pages

Synopsis :To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all


This book was so freaking cute let’s establish that. Having read Jenny Han’s work previously and not liking it, I was skeptical going into this but I can confirm this was one entertaining read.

I consider myself a dreamer like Lara Jean so it was easy for me to relate to the events in this book which was fun. I’m sure people with sisters will also relate to this book because of all the different dynamics of a sisterhood being explored in this book. Seriously it made me want to have a sister (not really tho)

It’s quite a light read so I found it easy to whiz through. I like the quirky fashion references throughout the book, I mean Lara Jean’s style has me dreaming, so cute and chic.

I like all the relationships being developed in this books, I mean it didn’t just center around the love interests but also families and friends.  There were these funny moments which had me laughing out loud. At times I felt the book was predictable but there were these unpredictable aspects which threw me off and i loved it!

The book finished off on an open ended note which has me dying to run out and start reading the sequel!