A&B by J.C Lillis | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: November 29th, 2016

Trigger Warnings: heartbreak, biphobic comments

Pages: 326

Genre: young adult, romance, contemporary, LGBT+

Goodreads blurb:

Eighteen-year-old Barrie Krumholtz is a super-tall optimist hell-bent on a single goal: securing a slot on Pop University, a reality show for singer-songwriters helmed by her #1 musical idol. When she humiliates herself on national TV and loses a spot in the finals to smug balladeer Ava Alvarez, the door to Barrie’s well-hidden dark side swings open. Never a quitter, she uses her bitter envy of Ava to shape a bold new artistic direction, and people love it. But when Ava ropes her into a secret collaboration, it sparks feelings neither girl expected—feelings that might threaten their creative identities and distract them from their professional goals. 

Can love and ambition live side by side? Is happiness an art-killer? They’ll figure it out with the help of a blue guitar named Fernando, a keyboard named Rosalinda, and a few new friends who feel like home.

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Meet Cute by Various | Review


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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

Pages: 320

Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers

Goodreads blurb:

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real. 

The Meet Cute anthology was an interesting one. There were so many authors and so many stories. Some I couldn’t wait to end and others I wanted to be extended to fill the pages of a novel. For this review, I’ve tried to review each story featured in this anthology. They’re quite short but I find it difficult to rate an anthology as a whole (3 is what I just figured was the average among these).

This collection definitely was super cute and I do love meet-cute stories. Some definitely stood out. I would recommend this collection though if you’re looking for a short read to fill a rainy day.



I’m not sure this was the best start to the novel. I feel there were so many other ‘meet cute’ stories throughout the novel which were better suited for the first story – ones that would have had a better impact. I enjoyed the writing style and I did gush, but there was cheating and abuse which wasn’t dealt with and only very briefly mentioned that made me feel slightly uncomfortable about the whole thing.

I also hate people who are self proclaimed popular so I had that issue with the main character, since she knows she’s popular. I feel like there were just little facts in the story that, ultimately, didn’t add to the overall story and actually took away from me being able to enjoy it. I felt for her backstory, but she really did ruin it by being a self righteous bitch.



This was the first f/f romance in the book and I loved it. It wasn’t as if it was anything special but the writing itself and the characters the author created in those few short pages were incredible. It shows just how talented the author writing it was.

I was so engaged it the idea of the print shop (especially since it was a queer business). The author didn’t rush a single moment. It all felt super organic and very well written to me. I was completely involved with the main character as she did her best to help the client in need. Print Shop was just super feel good and fluffy, if the idea had been extended into a full novel I would be so happy!



This was when the lack of conclusions in this anthology really started to get to me. I also had a problem with every character but the main one in this particular story.

Our POC MC just wants to escape her small town despite all the waitlists she’s been placed on, her best friend ended up backstabbing her and she’s 6’5 (a queen). Her meet cute doesn’t really start until the end. Quite literally the last two pages or so it happens. So, it felt like a lot of build up which ultimately had a good ending. I just wanted a bit more interaction so I could root for the two characters some more!



Click was one of my favourites in the anthology. The author creates such authentic and deep characters so quickly that had my heart racing. I loved the concept of online dating – it’s hard to meet people and online dating shouldn’t be shamed. I absolutely adored the twist as well.

I’m not even sure what to say, I loved how the MC was a smart girl and the love interest was a good guy. It just made me feel happy and mushy and the overall message was super sweet.



The Intern was flat as heck for me. There was no climax. There was no moment I rooted for the two characters. Nothing. I felt for the main characters as much I felt for the cast of the new Jumajii movie (nothing).

I’m not too interested in ‘celebrity falls for normal girl and she makes him remember his passion’ trope either, which this fell into it. It really did have that classic love cures all vibe too which I am not down for in the slightest. There was also just no connection between the characters, they didn’t know each other long enough for what concluded.



This particular story featured a transgender (male to female) character. Nia is in quite an accepting environment, with her dad accepting her and her friends. The problem is the church and the schools won’t acknowledge her gender in order for her to use the correct bathrooms. A part of this reason is that a girl in her grade has spoken out against Nia on the news on behalf of her church.

To rectify her choices this girl decides to out herself to her peers, recording it so her conservative parents will 110% see it.

My problem with this particular meet-cute was the fact one girl had to out herself. I just didn’t think she was ready to do so from her inner monologue. Maybe I’m wrong, and I completely understand I may be, but it just rubbed me the wrong way.



Now, this was an interesting concept. I’m not even sure if I can really find the words to accurately describe this story or even give my views. This isn’t a contemporary story like the others, this one is straight up urban fantasy with the inclusion of a thing called a love bond. I’m not even sure if I truly understand the concept to explain it either.
The writing style, however, was beautiful. I loved the characters the author was able to create in the few available pages she had. The story was so engaging and one of the few in the anthology that I didn’t pause while reading. I was simply so involved in what was happening on the page. This was yet another concept I wanted to be extended into a novel so I could truly get a feel for it.



This was one of my favourites in the anthology. It was another f/f romance that left me feeling mushy and wanting to scream. The girls pretend to be CIA and FBI agents in an airport while they wait to board their separate flights. It was honestly nothing too original or too out of the ordinary but the authors writing left me desperately grasping for more once I finished the story. It was such a romantic read that I was shocked it wasn’t extended into a full novel.



This particular story was my favourite. It featured a library-based romance that left my heart racing at the sheer adorableness of it all. I know this story had its flaws, obviously, but from the first page I was grinning ear-to-ear and desperately yearning for more. This was yet another story that could have been a novel, the idea definitely could have extended more than just a few pages and I would not be mad.



I don’t have much to say about this particular excerpt in the anthology apart from boring. The whole story was so analytical that I was left confused at all the jargon. I also just didn’t care as soon as math was mentioned. I am terrible at math and as soon as it’s mentioned in fiction or real life I instantly check out.

I also was not feeling the love connection either. This would have been to the quick changes of scenes. We’d get a few paragraphs about something and then a quick change. It made the whole story feel disconnected and the flow felt extremely off.



I was so excited by this story, we were finally getting a male perspective after all this time. I’m not sure why but I expected more male perspectives. I absolutely loved the concept of having to go to Mars to create new life. However, the conclusion of this story left me feeling unhappy since it wasn’t a happy ending. Who allowed this? I was not okay.

Basically, fuck everyone. This story made me feel things and then ruined me.



This did not go where I thought it was going. Honestly. A celebrity dating show where two girls compete in order to score a date with the celebrity on national TV. How nice. Sounds like my worst nightmare. The two girls competing couldn’t be more different on paper either. However, literally everything goes wrong and the end had me definitely like ‘what?’ It was cute though.



Now, this was the definition of mediocre for me. It read the exact same way as the author’s full-length novels and didn’t exactly vary from the plot line either. It was a very forbidden love like with the twist (if you can call it that) thrown in.

I don’t really have much to say. At one point I got some The Greatest Showman vibes but not really. It was just super mediocre and nothing to brag about.



I think Nicola Yoon works much better for me in a short story format than her novels. I really do enjoy her short stories in the two anthologies I’ve read that feature her. It was super engaging, super messy and just overall reminded me of the concept of More Happy Than Not.

It was just a very interesting story and a pretty fun concept of meeting someone who realises you are over your previous partner.

Happy reading everyone!

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The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace | Review


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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: March 6th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: they are stated within the first pages of the novel, be careful and practice self-care. 

Pages: 208

Goodreads blurb:

2016 Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet Amanda Lovelace returns in the witch doesn’t burn in this one — the bold second book in her “women are some kind of magic” series.

The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one. 


Warning: this review will be really short, I just wanted to promote this collection of poetry because of how much it touched me.

Reviewing a poetry collection is difficult. Like, extremely difficult. I’m not sure how to even describe how Amanda Lovelace’s poetry makes me feel. It brings out so many things I’ve kept hidden in myself. The poetry itself is raw. It is beautiful and it is personal. I understand poetry collections aren’t for everyone, I do, but both of this author’s collections have touched me so strongly. The Princess Saves Herself In This One left me sobbing and The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One left me feeling emotionally drained from holding back tears.

Amanda Lovelace incorporates such important messages into her poetry. The main one being that you are a woman and you are powerful, that the world should hear you roar and shy away from you. That a man should never be able to poison you despite his venom. It is incredible, honestly.

If I can recommend one author’s poetry collections you should read, it would be Amanda Lovelace’s. Her voice is so unique. So original. So inspiring.

So many poems in this collection touched me that to list them, I would basically be listing the entire book. I am so excited to get my hands on this collection physically.

Happy reading everyone!

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | Review


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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

Trigger Warnings: abuse (graphic), suicide, bullying, murder, alcoholism. 

Pages: 384

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


I had some pretty high expectations going into The Cruel Prince. I said I would stop buying into the hype but as if that’s actually true. I am so glad that it fit all the expectations I had for it! I don’t think I’ve seen a single bad review for The Cruel Prince since the ARCs started being distributed. Quite literally every single one of my friends on Goodreads has loved it. I had a few problems throughout the book, which I will get in to later and a problem that comes from the reviews I read.

The Cruel Prince is a dark twisting tale that will leave you on the edge of your seat. I truly wasn’t expecting what happened at all throughout the novel. At some points I thought I was finally getting a grasp on the plot, but nope. I can tell that this is a book I could re-read hundreds of times and pick up new things each time – the sign of a great book in my opinion.

It was strange the start the year off with a book that doesn’t fit into a traditional YA book. It was too dark for me to really class it as that, honestly. With the motives and the violence throughout the book, I’m not sure it would be suited for a younger audience. Though, I did love the fact it was urban fantasy and not high fantasy. I love when there’s a clear line between the fantasy and the mortal world in books, so I was incredibly intrigued to see how it was going to work throughout The Cruel Prince. 

However, I did enjoy watching Jude try and navigate the inner workings of Faerie. I was a bit disappointed with the lack of familial vibe throughout, I feel that could have been better worked into the plot as I would have liked to see Jude interact with her sisters (Taryn and Vivi) more. Jude did seem like a bit of a naive character at first, I wasn’t sure if I was exactly on her side. But, as The Cruel Prince continues we get to see there are further layers underneath the original one. My favourite character to learn more about was Cardan. Who, I’m not even sure how to view. The book ended and I was like ‘wait, that’s it?’ I instantly wanted to see how his character would develop further to tackle the problems that lay ahead in this novel.

The dark undertones throughout the book definitely provide an anti-villain theme for the characters throughout, especially with the events that occur towards the end of the book – without saying too much. The flawed characters who make mistakes definitely enforce this opinion that little bit more.

Actually, Holly Black manages to give every single character a depth. No one is how they once appear and the more you learn about them the more I am so glad that this world does not exist. It was such a complex and dark world filled with such intense politics and familial battles. I’m truly not even sure I got a grasp on all the characters and concepts.

Her writing is almost flawless with the way it captivates you, the descriptions are absolutely enchanting. A big problem I had with the novel was how confusing the beginning was. It took me a bit to fall into the novel, but once I was in I was hooked. But, that first 20% left me debating whether or not I should DNF and cut my losses. I am so glad I didn’t. I also did take away a star because I guessed a couple things and wasn’t impressed by the relationship between sisters Taryn and Jude. 

The other problem I have doesn’t even fall into the text. It does with reviewers. I’ve seen a lot of reviews for The Cruel Prince and not a single one mentioned the abuse that happens. It is incredibly graphic and I was speechless. I do urge everyone who reads this book to include this trigger because I was not prepared at all.

Overall, this was a complex novel. A lot of it did feel like filler and setting us up for the next book but it was incredibly fantastic. Holly Black is a master of words in The Cruel Prince, her adjectives and scenarios create such a vivid picture that I can’t help but recommend this book. Especially if you can push past the confusing beginning!

Happy reading everyone!

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Wires & Nerve (Volume One) by Marissa Meyer | Review


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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: January 31st, 2017

Pages: 238

Publisher: Feiwel Friends

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the series. 


I tried to read Wires & Nerve earlier this year when it first released. Unfortunately, it was difficult on my phone (I had an ebook) and I didn’t get to truly grasp the story. So, when unwrapping the presents my best friend Caitlin got me for Christmas I was so happy to see Wires & Nerve. Honestly, I struggled not to start it immediately. Though, when I did start it I finished it in an hour, so there’s that.

The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series and I am not shy about screaming it from the rooftops. So, a companion novel is excellent. I’m not usually a big comic book reader either but for some reason, this was screaming at me to pick it up and read it. I’m so glad I did.

Literally, my only complaint about this graphic novel is the characters didn’t look like how I had imagined them so I kept getting caught up on panels and going ‘who?’ Honestly, that’s it. My own imagination.

I’m not even sure how to go about reviewing this? I guess dot points may be the best way because I can say what I want without expending too much (this review would be really short, I have no idea how to extend my thoughts) so let’s go!

  • Iko is a great lead – she didn’t have a major part in The Lunar Chronicles besides being Cinder’s sister like character, but she deserved more of a spotlight
  • The illustrations are gorgeous 
  • I loved seeing more of Cress and Throne + seeing there are consequences to her having lived most of her life in a satellite (her immune system sucks)
  • There wasn’t much Scarlet or Wolf which I loved because I didn’t really like them, honestly, they were so boring
  • Winter joking about how sickness now that she has an implant!!!
  • The fact someone doesn’t have to have read The Lunar Chronicles to read this. Obviously, its suggested but things are explained so if someone wanted to pick this up with no prior knowledge of the series, they could!
  • An amazingly engaging storyline! It is mainly just set up for the next book but it is so good! Marissa Meyer just has such an engaging writing style, even in comic form

I think that’s basically everything that can be said? Wires & Nerve is a great companion novel for the Lunar Chronicles world and I highly suggest it if you have read the series already. It is a quick read that sucks you in and keeps you wondering. I’m glad the sequel comes out next month and I don’t have to wait too long.

Happy reading everyone!

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The Studying Hours by Sara Ney | Review


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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: September 13th, 2016

Pages: 307

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Goodreads blurb:

No doubt about it, Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osborne is the university’s most celebrated student athlete—and possibly the biggest douchebag. A walking, talking cliché, he has a filthy mouth, a fantastic body, and doesn’t give a sh*t about what you or anyone else thinks.
Make no mistake, Jameson Clarke may be the university’s most diligent student—but she is no prude. Spending most of her time in the hallowed halls of the library, James is wary of pervs, jocks, and douchebags—and Oz Osborne is all three.

She’s smart, sarcastic—and not what he expected.

He wants to be friends.
He wants to spend time with her.
He wants to drive her crazy.

He wants…



Hi everyone! I’m so sorry I didn’t post last week, I didn’t do a lot of reading because I was celebrating the holidays with my family and I barely had time to pick up my laptop to write a review. It was difficult, but having only read two books it wasn’t too hard. I actually went three days without picking up a book because I was so tired #oops.

Starting The Studying Hours I didn’t expect a lot. I had started possibly 10 books before finally continuing with this particular one. Shockingly enough, it was exactly what I needed. It was fluffy, the perfect read I needed. Not a lot happens but the slow burn romance with a hate to love trope shoved in made me so happy.

I had some pretty big problems with The Studying Hours, mainly the douche of a male lead, but I also had things I liked. One of my biggest hates was the ‘not like other girls’ cliche that ran through the book. James was supposed to be a nerd but she could kickass on the snowfields and that makes her soooooo different. I 110% rolled my eyes. Also, to anyone reading this, stalking the person you are interested in isn’t cuteOz (the love interest) manages to get onto a ski trip that James is going on and lies about being her cousin to share a room. Totally gross and totally something I was not on board with throughout this novel.

My favourite thing had to be that James was kickass. She wasn’t taking a single one of the wrestling boys shit and was reading to kickass if someone so much as tried to mess with her. In some ways, I saw myself in her and that was pretty cool. I hate reading the stereotypical introvert virgin ‘nerd’ in books, so it was great to get a different take on it. It was nice for something different.

The Studying Hours also reminded me of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne which is straight up one of my favourite books. It had a similar burn throughout the text that made me watch to jump back into The Hating Game (I can’t because a friend is currently borrowing the book).

There’s not too much to say, overall, on The Studying Hours. It is your cliche new adult book with another layer of depth. A jerk hero with a battered past and a softer side for the female lead, who doesn’t give two shits about him. It was what I needed and the writing was fast paced and easy to read in a sitting. I will definitely be checking out the others in the series when I am in need of a light read.

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Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

Trigger Warnings: abuse, parental abuse (off page but applied), dead parents

Pages: 250

Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.


I read Batman: Nightwalker in one sitting. I went to my mums work to wait for her to finish so I could drive home (I’m a terrible driver so at almost 20 I’m still learning). I pulled out this book and within the two hours I had to sit there I was done. I was done before the two hours were even up. It was so good. I’m not even sure I can tell you how good this book was. I just need you to go click those links below the cover and preorder this now.

You may have either loved or hated Wonder Woman: Warbringer which is okay. If you loved it, you’ll love this addition. If you hated it, you’ll love this edition. Either way, I promise you’ll love this version of Batman. Marie Lu is such a fantastic writer that it is impossible to say otherwise.

But, why did I only give it four stars? Well, I felt the story went by too fast. I really felt it could have done with an extra 50 pages to really help the story across. Don’t get me wrong, I loved how fast this was. But, I was really hoping for more oomph in the ending. I did like the open ending though (wow something I never say). I just really need more. I don’t know if I mean more Bruce Wayne or Marie Lu. Maybe a mixture of both.


Now, my friends, don’t go into this expecting Batman straight up. I did, for some reason. I don’t know why. I really need to read blurbs. Anyway, this is an origin story. It is Marie Lu’s take on how Batman became Batman. Not that that is in the text, but it’s heavily implied.

Most things remain the same as the comics, I guess, with Bruce Wayne’s parents being murdered and him coming into a large sum of money when he turns 18. Which is where this story begins and we really get brought into the impulsive and rash decisions of Bruce Wayne.

Sice this book is really short like seriously 250 pages really weren’t enough, the plot doesn’t stop. It is fast and you aren’t bored for a moment. I found myself so easily sucked into the world that is Bruce Wayne and his friends (though I wish they had gotten more development).

I just really enjoyed this plot. It was in no way what I was expecting but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy myself completely. Marie Lu could write toilet humour and it could be a work of art though.


#B R U C E    W A Y N E 

Bruce Wayne has faced a lot of tragedy in his life for an 18-year-old. With his parents being murdered and having his butler raise him in his parents expensive home you can’t expect him to really be a normal guy. Especially when he comes into his inheritance on his 18th birthday, inheriting a company and his parent’s fortune. Honestly, a problem I wouldn’t mind.

I find Batman in the films to be quite bland. I never quite find him to be relatable or just really that great. Marie Lu’s version of Batman brought me in and made me fall in love. I really can’t put it any other way. She changed my perspective so much and gave her version of the hero. Truly the best version of the hero. A friend of mine screamed at me the whole time I read it in envy, and I’m more so jealous of everyone who gets to read this for the first time.

I’m about to get off tangent, but only Marie Lu could create such an incredible character in 250 pages. I have to keep mentioning that because this book is so short and it both feels it and longer. I don’t even know how to explain it. I was so absorbed in Bruce’s story and his personality. He is caring and compassionate. Only wanting to do his best.


Overall, Batman: Nightwalker has hit my favourites in 2017. I highly recommend picking it up after its release in early 2018. You will not be disappointed. Trust me.

Marie Lu manages to create a character of Batman that follows his typical origin story with her own twist on it. I will be passing this book along to my sister ASAP since she’s a Batman fan. But, even if you’re not like I’m not, you will enjoy this book for the writing and creativity.

Happy reading everyone!

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