Reading Round Up #1

7 March 2018

Aloha dolls ðŸŒº

As much as I love monthly reading wrap ups and TBRs, they stress me out immensely. I always feel bad for not reading loads of books and so I came to the decision of writing a reading round up when I have completed 5 books! I also thought this was a fun idea to do this yearly so I can document how many books I have read throughout the year of 2018 without feeling really stressed each month! I think this is more of a relaxed way of doing things. Anyway, let's get on with the very first reading round up of 2018. 
Opal by Jennifer L, Armentrout - 4 ðŸŒŸ
I'm so happy I got back into this series. I picked up the first two books way back in 2016 and I never got round to picking up the next books! Crazy, I know. After recapping what happened in the first two books on youtube and then I picked up the third book and damn, I remember why I loved the first two books. The third book follows on with the story and I would go into more detail but I'm scared if I mention anything it will spoil the story. I can tell you however that the whole series is very similar to Twilight but with aliens.. yes, aliens. It's a love story between a girl and a alien, I mean what is not to love!? Overall, I adored the third book and the ending made me cry, making me pick up the fourth book instantly! 

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 5 ðŸŒŸ
This is the 4th book in the 'Lux' series and again, I loved this book. I just love this series. So many people rave about it and now I know why. It just grips you and keeps you wanting to read more and more as soon as you start reading it. Again I would love to spill further into this book but I'm afraid that would spoil you badly if I did, so you will just have to take my word for it. PLEASE pick this series up if you haven't already, I promise you it's such a great, fun, cheesy read!
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black - 4 🌟

This book was everything I loved. When you give me a book that is solely about the fae folk then 9 times out of 10 I will love it. I don't know what it is but I just love reading about faeries and about the history of them. The Cruel Prince follows a young mortal-human girl (Jude) struggling to find her place in the faerie realm. Jude is a very strong character and I loved following her story line. It was really interesting to watch her grow as character. The becomes very dark and nitty gritty and ends in such a way that it has left me craving more! I can't wait for the second book to be released next year. The only thing I would say is that there is an element of bullying in the book and the way it is somewhat resolved isn't the greatest. If you can see past this though, you will definitely enjoy the read if you're a lover of fae and magic like me!
Melancholy Mind by Charlene McElhinney - 5 🌟
This was a beautiful read. If you struggle with your mental health then I would 100% recommend this book. Charlene does a perfect job of addressing her story through the art of poetry. I haven't read much poetry but I really enjoyed reading this book. The book made me reflect on my own life and what's great about this book is that you can other read it in order or you can pick it up and read it in any order! I'm so glad I finally picked up Charlene's book as it was so thought provoking and eye opening. You need to pick this book up if you haven't already and by buying this book you are also supporting a fellow blogger which is another great factor! 
The Mermaid Sister by Carrie Anne Noble - 4 🌟
What a  magical book, I wasn't expecting this book to be as good as it was. I haven't read many books about mermaids and so I don't hold huge amounts of knowledge on them but wow, I want to pick up more mermaid books now! This story follows two sisters and their best friend 'brother-like-figure'. One of the sisters is turning into a mermaid and it's vital that she is taken to the ocean otherwise she will become unwell and be lost forever. She also struggles with the fact that the boy she loves, loves her sister, yet she puts on a brave face throughout the story as all she wants is to make her sister happy and to save her. I really did enjoy this book. There is an element in the book that I'm not 100% on but I can look past that. If you love mystical/magical reads like me, then you will love this read!

Overall, the first 5 books I have read this year have all been pretty great! I'm quite bad when it comes to rating my books as I'm not too fussy when it comes to reading them! Most of my books average a 3-5 star rating! I would love to know if you have read any of these books and whether you enjoyed them! I'm hoping my reviews will become a little more in-depth as I get more into them! 

Thanks for reading,

Aloha, Tabitha ðŸ’ƒðŸ» 


  1. Melancholy Mind sounds like a great read. Haven't read poetry since school!

    Steph x

  2. These are a great selection, and they all have such beautiful covers! I've been meaning to read Charlene's book for ages! Can't wait to see what books you read next :)
    Hels xx