top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Interesting and Unique Fictional Jobs

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had. I changed the topic slightly to interesting and unique fictional jobs because some of this jobs would be terrible to have.

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A Scythe (Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman) – I definitely wouldn’t want this job as it entails killing people but I did think it was a very unique fictional job and I found the plot and world of Scythe so intriguing as it revolved around this job.

A Librarian (The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith) – I thought this was such an interesting job in this book because not only does it involve being a librarian but being a librarian to all the books that haven’t been written and have to manage tracking down the characters in them if they escape.

A Superhero (Renegades by Marissa Meyer) – This would definitely be a great job to have but its definitely dangerous in the world of Renegades as there are so many villains as well.

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An Agent (This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone) – I still don’t know the full extent to what the agents in this book do but I thought it very unique anyway.

A Shadowhunter (Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare) – Fighting demons and saving the world sounds very cool but again it’s another dangerous job.

An Assassin (Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas) – Obviously I could’ve picked a lot of books with an assassin in it so it’s not a unique job but definitely an interesting one.

What fictional jobs do you find interesting?

Favourite Books

My Favourite Book Couples Part 2

A few years ago I did a post talking about some of my favourite book couples and since then I’ve read a lot more books so I thought I’d list some recent favourite book couples/romances.

Robin and Zylas (The Guild Codex: Demonized series by Annette Marie) – I loved reading this series and seeing Robin and Zylas grow together and learn from one another. Zylas is a demon who knows nothing of how humans act so it was interesting to read their interactions with each other.


Cat and Alex (Chaos Reigning – Consortium Rebellion #3 by Jessie Mihalik) – This is a sci-fi series that follows a different sibling in each book and I really liked the first two books but I think I enjoyed this one slightly more because I think the couple had more chemistry.


Callie and Desmond (The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa) – I loved Callie and Desmond’s relationship, they have one of those relationships that you just want to keep reading about.


Poppy and Hawke (Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout) – I didn’t really fall in love with this relationship until the second book. A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire really focuses on them as a couple and I loved reading about them together.


Red and Blue (This Is How You Lose The Time War by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar) – This book is so unique and the characters and romance is so captivating to read.

Who are some of your favourite book couples? What are some of your favourite romances?

book review

Book Review: This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

tihylttw1Book: This Is How You Lose the Time War
Authors: Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Genre: Sci-fi, romance

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading.

And thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more.

Except discovery of their bond would be death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war. That’s how war works. Right?


My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

This Is How You Lose the Time War is a hard book to describe because it’s so unique, I feel that everyone who reads it will imagine aspects of the story differently (from the characters and what they look like to what the reasoning behind certain things was). In this book there are agencies that manipulate strands of time to their own desires and there are two agencies that are against each other and see each other as enemies. One agent then strikes up a correspondence with the other and they begin a complex relationship that starts to deepen with each new letter they receive from each other.

I loved this book, it drew me in from the very start and I became so interested in these characters. The agencies and their reasons weren’t explained in depth, you get a kind of overview of what they are, and I liked that because the overall story is about the relationship that these two women have formed and what it means for both of them. I loved how they start off by taunting the other and how it develops into something deeper. It’s more about the characters and their revelations but you still get to see the structure of the agencies and the world the authors have set up is so very interesting. Everything about it, from the timelines and what the agents do, is so intriguing.

I was completely captivated by the characters journeys and by the interesting methods they used to send letters to each other. The ending and everything that led up to it was amazing, the story and timelines were so intricately woven and I thought the pacing of the overall story was great. I loved the writing and I feel like the writing highlights the moral complexities and questions of the book well. The writing also makes you feel for the characters even more and I loved that.

Overall I loved this book and it’s definitely become one of my favourites. It’s a beautifully crafted sci-fi that has so much emotional depth to it. This is a book I’ll remember for a long time and I would recommend reading it if you’re looking for a unique story that really packs an emotional punch.

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November Wrap Up 2019

What I Read in November:

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This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
This book was amazing and so uniquely told, I loved it. The main focus of the book is on two characters from opposing sides of a time war as they strike up a correspondence with each other that leads to something deeper and as each letter is passed back and forth you really feel the deep connection between these characters. I’d highly recommend reading it.

LIFEL1K3 (LifeLike book 1) by Jay Kristoff – 4 STARS
I liked LIFEL1K3 and thought it was a good book with an interesting story. It did kind of take me a while to warm up to the characters but the story was fast paced with a lot of action and intriguing scenes.

Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards book 1) by Jennifer Estep – 3 STARS
I liked this book as I was reading but it didn’t leave much of a lasting impression on me. It was an enjoyable fantasy read that does keep you interested in the story but I did find myself not caring much for the characters as I read but still it was a fun book.

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This is a tricky book to talk about because I lot of people have loved this book and I was looking forward to reading it but I don’t know, maybe it was the hype, but I felt disappointed by it. This is a really well written book but I just didn’t love it and I didn’t get as fully into the story as I hoped but I was interested to see what happened to the main characters.

Spiders in the Grove (In the Company of Killers book 7) by J.A. Redmerski – 4 STARS
The books in this series are so fast to read, I just fly through them. In the Company of Killers is such an exciting series with very unique characters and interesting plot twists and this one was the same, I really enjoyed it and I’m excited for the next in the series.

Relic (The Relic book 1) by Bronwyn Eley – 3 STARS
Relic is a slow paced YA fantasy. I was intrigued by the first chapter and I was interested in the overall story but I thought some of the reasoning’s regarding the job of Kaylan as the shadow to be a bit confusing at times. I also thought all the characters who grew to be friends with Kaylan were very selfish and they didn’t seem to care at all about her which made me dislike them but I still thought the overall story was intriguing.

Blog Posts I Did in November:

The Sunshine Blogger Award
Reasons Why I Love Blogging
Books I Want to Read Before the End of 2019
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin Book Review
Autumnal Book Covers

My November Bookstagram picture (xo_reader_kyla):

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I thought November was a good reading month because I finally picked up some books that have been on my tbr for a while now. I finished Black Sails and I’m so surprised at how underrated this show is, I don’t think I actually heard about this series until earlier this year and it’s been over for two years. The writing is amazing and the acting really brought the characters to life, I’m sad the show is over. GOT7 came back in November with ‘You Calling My Name’ and I loved this song and mv, the whole album is great and I loved ‘Crash & Burn’ too.

What did you read, watch or listen to in November?