Brightstorm - Review and Blog Tour

Hola Lexicans! So a few days ago, the lovely Olivia at Scholastic emailed me asking if I'd like to read a new book coming out - Brightstorm and be part of the blog tour which started on the 5th and is ending on the 9th, and naturally I said yes. And so today is my turn to post a review on this new book which released last week on the 1st.

Brightstorm tells the story of twins Arthur + Maudie and their journey around the world. The story begins with the twins hearing the devastating news that their dad - an explorer has passed away on a recent expedition. But not only that, fellow explorers are now accusing the twins' father of stealing from his competitors before his death. Desperate to seek life away from their dreadful new guardians, and wanting to prove their father's innocence, the two join Captain Harriet Culpepper's sky-ship - which is heading the same way their dad attempted to.. to try and find some clues as well as starting a new life.

Ok I'll be honest I'm a terrible blogger I've been very busy so didn't have time to finish this book in time for my book tour date today (although hopefully I will do in the next few days!!) but I've got a good enough way in to the book to give an opinion and know that I'm really enjoying it. One of the things I love about this book is the crushing of gender stereotypes!! It's known that there is a ridiculous stereotype for boys being better at mathematical and scientific things, whereas girls are meant to be more creative and doing chores, but in this book, Maudie's biggest talent is engineering and Arthur's is cooking, which crushes those stupid stereotypes. There's also a badass female explorer (Harriet Culpepper) who I love!! Another thing I love about this book, is Arthur has a disability, but it doesn't stop him at all - and whilst Vashti (the author) addresses his disability, it doesn't affect him much.

And then not only do I love the characters, but the plot is very interesting and clever too. I'll be honest.. the book is a sci-fi/fantasy with an element of mystery which (except the mystery) really isn't my cup of tea normally, so it took a little bit of time to get into but now it's got my attention and I really enjoy reading it - it's a nice break from the YA contemporary books I've been reading lots of lately(!!). As you know, I haven't finished it yet so I can't give a full opinion of the plot - but so far it's gripping, fast-paced and intriguing.

This is definitely one I think my younger readers will enjoy more - although if you want a break from your comfort zone, this is a great MG book. I'd recommend this primarily to girls and boys aged around 8-12, and I think this will become very popular:)

What books have y'all been reading lately? I'll be back soon with a new post:)

Lexie x


February Recap

Hola Lexicans! So today is the second day of March.. oOf I actually cannot believe the second month of 2018 is over already - it feels like the first two months have just gone by in a flash (is it just me??!!). So since February is over now and y'all always seem to love my Monthly Favourites/Update/Recap/Ramble/{insert here whatever this post turns out to be} hahaha* I thought why not share with you guys a little recap of how my February has been, what I've been up to etc. etc.

*also don't worry I meant to leave that in.. it wasn't a mental note-to-self I forgot to change when editing ahaha but instead an attempt to be witty.. it failed.. ik ik.. fIGHT ME**
**please don't actually i'm a weakling with no strength who lowkey*** practically lives off bread rolls and dairy milk oreo
***sidenote: for some reason I say lowkey so much lately aha

Friends (the show)

Ok.. so Friends came onto Netflix UK right around the end of 2017 and I'd wanted to watch it for a while, so I figured yess this is finally my chance!! And then I forgot and I didn't watch it.. Until early February when two of my bestfriends had started watching it and where talking about it loads sooo being the person I am, not wanting to be left out, I started watching it. and less than a month later.. I've kinda finished it. shhhhh I KNOW I KNOW 10 seasons in less than a month is bad, but the show is soo good aha. Have you watched Friends? Who are your favourite characters? Mine are (in order from favourite to least fav): Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Joey, Phoebe and Ross (controversial order I know ahah!!).
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Goodbye, Perfect and A Spoonful Of Murder released

Lots of great books were launching this month, including two I was lucky enough to have already read. Goodbye, Perfect, a YA novel by Sara Barnard was released (you can read my review of it here: on the 8th, and it's a great book all about the power of a close friendship. And A Spoonful Of Murder by the lovely Robin Stevens was also released. ASOM is the 6th book in the very popular Murder Most Unladylike series for 8-13 year olds and I also really enjoyed it (you can check out my review here:

Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018 shortlist announced

Early February, Waterstones announced their shortlist for the annual Waterstones Children's Book Prize. This year, I have only read 2 books on the shortlist so far (Ink by Alice Broadway and Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson) but I plan to read a few more leading up to the ceremony. You can see the full shortlist here:

Lack of posts??

I'm really really disappointed with the lack of blog posts I have uploaded in February - normally I aim for around 5-6 posts a month, but I only posted 2..! I'm not sure why this is, although I would guess it's partly because I've been watching Friends, and when I watch a TV show I often don't get much else done until I've finished (whoops!!), and I know it's really bad. However, I'm planning on getting the amount of posts back up to usual again this month:)


sO IT SNOWED (also I know the main days of it snowing were in March, so I'm kind of cheating here - but there was some at the end of Feb too)!! Despite being cold so often, England doesn't actually get snow that often so when the forecasts started saying that snow was planned, I did get quite excited. To be honest, I'm not a big fan of snow itself (because it's cold and inconvenient - plus it's March and I thought summer was coming:( ) but I like all the pros that come with it, like the fact that I'm missing school today (and did so yesterday) because of the snow!! I took a few photos yesterday and I'm planning on taking some more today in the snow, so make sure you're following my Instagram @whatlexieloves to see those at some point;)


So those are some of the random things that happened this month!! Did you have a good February? And let me know if you like Friends as well!! I'll be back soon with a post as part of a book tour, so make sure you're there for that;)



Turtles All The Way Down - Is It Worth The Hype?

Hola Lexicans! So today I'm going to be doing a review on the much-hyped, popular book - Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. And yES I know what you're thinking - I'm very much late on the bandwagon for this book, it's been around for months now and there have already been loads and loads of reviews and Worth The Hype? posts for this book. Buuuut I only read it recently so I thought I'd share my opinions too, in a Turtles All The Way Down review.

You've probably already heard the summary of TATWD millions of times, but because I'm a Basic Book Blogger™ ;);) and just in case some of you haven't already heard it/have the memory of the goldfish and if so, same lol and have forgotten, I will recap it anyway. Turtles All The Way Down follows Aza, a quiet, intelligent and quirky teenager with severe OCD, as her and her best friend Daisy begin to try and solve this mystery of where a fugitive billionaire has gone. However, it is not a mystery story - the focus at the beginning (plot-wise) is pretty much all on the missing billionaire and trying to solve the mystery, but pretty quickly it becomes apparent that TATWD is not actually a mystery at all, it just happens to include one.. do not be fooled aha!!

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I lavvv this book!! Most of the characters I really connected with and liked (my favourite three being Aza, Davis (the son of the runaway, and a potential love interest *wink wink* and Aza's mum). I love Aza because even though she doesn't talk that much, and is lost in her thoughts - she's not self-centered at all, and I found the way a lot of the things that go on with Aza being inside her head, really interesting, as well as raw and realistic - which, as brutal as it is, I think is *veeerrry* important nowadays, particularly in books focussing on mental health issues. Davis is so cutee and even though he doesn't fully understand Aza's mental health, he tries to understand and make an effort, which I loved. And also Aza's mum is just so sweet and caring. Daisy, Aza's best friend, was on the whole a good character but there was one certain bit near-ish the end of the book which made me SO ANGRY!! Aza forgives her, but I didn't ahahah #iholdgrudges

Also, whilst I haven't experienced any of these issues that are tackled with in the book first-hand (which I'm very grateful for), I have heard the opinions of those who have and they've all said the representation was accurate and on-point, which is always very important with books like this which will be read by a huge audience. And it's an #ownvoices book which I love, particularly in YA novels.

So.. Is It Worth The Hype? I'm going to be straight out with it.. I really loved this book! I've never read any of Green's work before (although really want to read The Fault In Our Stars now) so when TATWD released, and there was so many amazing reviews raving about it being published, I knew I just had to read it myself. And I'm glad I did! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone aged 13+!!

Have you read TATWD? What did you think? Did it live up to the hype for you? byeee xx

completely unrelated sidenote: I'm obsessed with Friends (the show lol) at the moment oh my life... It's the type of show most people have at least seen a few episodes of, but I never had until it came to Netflix UK.. I started it around 3 weeks ago, and I'm already on Season 8 I LOVE IT AND I HAVE A PROBLEM ahahah!! i'm literally so addicted ahh it's insane. I'll talk more about it in a different post probably but ahh it's amazing ahahahah