Mini Book Review: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Okay before I start this review, let me just say, my thoughts on this book are all over the place. I think this book is just a mess.

We have all read a book, that has made you want to throw it out the window! that was this book to me.

I really thought I was going to enjoy this book, I was so disappointed that I didn’t, this was my first ARC as well.


The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her. (Goodreads)

Okay whoever has marketed this book as YA, they really need to go back and read the book. It was written in the style of old school adult fantasy, if anything I would say this is New Adult, not YA. Some of the things that happened in this book are awful. There is also graphic sexual assault, rape, self-harm, mental and physical abuse, suicide, and animal harm. So if you are triggered by anything in that list, don’t read this.

I did like the main character Ama she started off really nervous and meek, and she got stronger as the book went on. Now the prince, the prince is just a giant prick!! I absolutely hated him, which is what the author wanted, but oh my gosh, I just wanted to punch him in the face. Repeatedly. With a BRICK. So I think the author accomplished the hate for the prince.

The story was such an interesting idea, I was just hoping to like it and sadly I didn’t. The animal harm in this book really upset me, I really wish there was a trigger for it on the book just to warn you, to be prepared. It made me really on edge through the book wondering what was going to happen. I didn’t like that feeling at all.

There is not much left to say on this book, it left me feeling sad, bitter, and thinking what the fuck just happened. The ending was super weird.

So there you have my mini book review of Damsel. I tried to be constructive with this but honestly I couldn’t think of ways to do it.

Goodreads: 1 Star

Have you guys read a book that has made you feel like this? What was it?

If you would like to know more about the book, ask me whatever you want in the comments.

Happy Reading.

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Hogwarts House Book Recommendations: Ravenclaw

Hello Witches, Wizards and Muggles.

Today I am going to be doing a post on book recommendations based on your Hogwarts house.

I’m so excited to do this!!

This post is going to be Ravenclaw recommendations!! My HOUSE!!! House Pride! WOOOO!

Anyway the books I’m going to recommend will be, what I think a Ravenclaw will like or if I think the character in the book would be a Ravenclaw.

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, If you’ve a Ready Mind, Where those of wit and learning will always find their kind. 

Ravenclaw Traits: Intelligence. Wit. Wisdom. Creativity. Originality. Individuality. Acceptance.

All the Synopsis will be from Goodreads.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The reason I chose The Hate U Give is because, I think that Starr would be a Ravenclaw, she has some traits of a Gryffindor, but altogether I think she would be a Ravenclaw. Also I think Ravenclaws would like this because of the message and the way the book makes you think.

Strange the Dreamer By Laini Taylor

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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

The reason I chose this book is because, Lazlo is such a Ravenclaw its unreal, with his love of studying!! I love him so much, he is such an adorable man.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 


‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’ Thus memorably begins Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of the world’s most popular novels. Pride and Prejudice–Austen’s own ‘darling child’–tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennett, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old.

I chose Pride and Prejudice because, I think a Ravenclaw would really appreciate the subtle wit that Jane Austen had, and added into this book.

Matilda by Roald Dahl


Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day.

I chose Matilda because, of her love of reading and learning, she would defiantly be in Ravenclaw if she went to Hogwarts, plus she can do magic so you know that is a plus.

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

From the moment Dr John Watson takes lodgings in Baker Street with the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, he becomes intimately acquainted with the bloody violence and frightening ingenuity of the criminal mind.

In A Study in Scarlet , Holmes and Watson’s first mystery, the pair are summoned to a south London house where they find a dead man whose contorted face is a twisted mask of horror. The body is unmarked by violence but on the wall a mysterious word has been written in blood.

The police are baffled by the crime and its circumstances. But when Sherlock Holmes applies his brilliantly logical mind to the problem he uncovers a tragic tale of love and deadly revenge . . .

I chose this because, Sherlock Homes is a total Ravenclaw, he is so intelligent, witty and he is an complete original, there isn’t anyone like Sherlock.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 


Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I chose Fangirl because, Cath for one, is writing a Fanfiction about a book series which is basically Harry Potter. She would totally be in Ravenclaw.

So there you have my Ravenclaw recommendations, what other books do you think scream Ravenclaw?

Next Recommendation post is going to be Hufflepuff.

Happy Reading.

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Book Box Club Unboxing: September Box

Today when I got home from work a lovely surprise was waiting for me, it was my first ever Book Box Club box.  Book Box Club is a YA Subscription box based in the UK.

Today I’m going to do an unboxing of the September box. The theme for this box was Into the Wild. If you are interested in getting this box after seeing this unboxing, then I shall leave a link at the bottom of the page.

Now onto the unboxing.


This is the box that it comes in, it’s such a lovely colour.


This is what it looked like when I opened it, I love the fact that they personalise the letter to open last. I think that shows they care.


As I said at the beginning the theme was Into the Wild, this was the spoiler card with all the information on where the stuff came from.


The first object I pulled out was this really cute lunch bag, this will be super handy to carry my food for work. I really loved this item, it actually made me squeal a little bit. This was from Sass & Belle. 


We got some Dear Evan Hansen sticky notes, these are super handy at the mo, because I use sticky notes to organise things for this blog.


Then this lovely candle inspired by the Raven Boys, this was by Bookworm Candles & Crafts. 


Then this really cute scarf.


Then this massage bar made by Naked Sister.


Then this, The Lost Boys notebook by Georgine Makes.


Then we get a little sneak peek of Dry.

Then one of the most exciting things we had was this:


We received an ARC of Damsel by Elana K. Arnold, this was so exciting for me, this is my first ARC.


The book comes wrapped up, it was like opening a present!

The book we got was:


This sounds like such an interesting book, I cant wait to get to it!!

I really enjoyed this box, the stuff we got are really cute and I really can’t wait to read this book. It sounds like a young girl trying to find herself, and I love a good story like that.

If your interested in this box, it is super affordable, go to the Website. 

I shall now be doing a monthly unboxing on here, I loved this.

Happy Reading

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Mini Book Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Today I am going to do a mini book review of City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. I don’t feel like I can do a full review, as I haven’t read much middle grade. I feel like I need to read more so I can see how they are structured, and then I can give a more critical review.


Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself. (Goodreads)

I really enjoyed this book. Its fast paced, engaging and just a really fun read.

The main character Cassidy was such a good character, I loved the fact that she was such a fangirl for Harry Potter, all the Potter references were so good. I really liked the fact that her best friend was a ghost, and how much they both relied on each other. Her mother was also interesting, she just seemed like such a happy and interesting person, who was obsessed with the idea of ghosts.

I can honestly say, that if I read this book at a much younger age, it would have probably scared me, but it would have been a good scare. It starts to get really interesting when they go to Scotland, the evil ghost was so creepy.

The way that Victoria wrote this was amazing, she made it very atmospheric, it seemed almost gothic. It was fun, but had a dark undertone which really made the story creepy. I loved the sections of the book, when Cass went behind the vail and she saw all the Ghosts and how some of them died.

I really recommend this book, for children and adults, this appeals to all ages. I wouldn’t read it to really small children, it might scare them.


4 Stars

Happy Reading

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Book Review: Contagion by Erin Bowman

Today I’m going to do a review of Contagion by Erin Bowman.

Guys this book was amazing. I have never read a book like this before. Contagion is a Sci-fi thriller, and it has me shook.

It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don’t set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken. (Goodreads)

We can all relate to having read a book that has stuck in our heads for hours and days after reading, for me Contagion is going to be one of them. I just want to go up to people and shake them and tell them to read this book. So consider yourself shaken!!


This book is told from multiple points of view, at the start it was kind of confusing, but as the book went on it made sense. The main POVs you get are between two characters who I consider to be the main characters, Nova and Thea. Thea was my favourite, at the start of the book, she started off being really quite and meek and followed what everyone did and said, but by the end she let her voice be heard. She was so strong and I loved her character development. Nova was interesting in regards to the fact, she had trouble with her eyes when she was young and had surgery and now has 20/20 vision, but because she had surgery, she isn’t allowed to fly. So she works for the company and she ends up being the pilot to take the rescue crew to the other planet, and in the book she is constantly trying to prove that she can be an amazing pilot.

The way that Erin wrote this book really was amazing, she created a dark and tense atmosphere from the start. The way that she created tension and the build up to things happening was so good. The tension in the book had me at the edge of my seat, and at some points I didn’t want to turn the page, just in case something bad was going to happen.

This book was like a horror movie playing in my head and it was awesome. I love when books can do that.  It really made me think about the film Alien, even thou it wasn’t like it at all, it still give me some of those vibes.


The only problem I had with this book was with one of the characters. The Captain of the Crew Dylan, eh she was the worst. You know that character, when you are reading a book, that makes you want to be able to either shake or slap some sense into them, she was this character. She only seemed to think about herself and how she would look to her father, near the end she started to show some sort of remorse, but she just really got on my nerves.

Also I think that the world and Planets could have been expanded on and explained a little more, but even with this it was a fantastic book.

Recommend or Not 

I would totally and highly recommend this book, EVERYONE GO READ IT!!!!!


4.75 Stars

So everyone there you have my review of Contagion, What books have you read recently that has made you feel super passionate about them? Also I need more SCI-fi Thrillers, give a girl some recommendations?

Happy Reading.

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Book Tag: The Ultimate Book Tag

Today I am going to do the book tag: The Ultimate Book Tag. I don’t know who the creator of this tag is, but I got this from Thrifty Bibliophile.

The are no rules, just answer the questions.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Unfortunately, yes I do. I suffer from motion sickness, so I can’t read on any transport, except a train.

2. Which Authors writing style is unique to you? Why?

I have to go with the writers of The Illuminae Files, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The book is told in the form of emails, paperwork, interviews ect. This was such an interesting way to tell a story, and I really enjoyed it.

3. Harry Potter or Twilight? Give 3 reasons why.

I’m going to choose Harry Potter because:

1. Magic

2. Awesome characters and creatures

3. Because its awesome!

4. Do you carry a book bag? if so what’s in it besides books?

I don’t carry a bag just for my books. I have my work bag that I put them in, that contains everything that I need for work.

5. Do you smell your books?

Yes, why wouldn’t you?

6. Book with or without illustrations?

This doesn’t bother me either way.

7. What book did you love while reading, but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

I don’t think that it matters, at the end of the day, about the quality of the writing, if you enjoyed the book. If you enjoyed the book obviously the writer did something right.

8. Do you have funny stories involving books from childhood?

Not that I can think of. (thats kind of sad)

9. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself as an author in the future?

I really wish I could write a book, but I’m not great at this writing business.

10. When did you get into reading?

I believe it was when I was about 6 years old. My teacher at the time would let me take books home from the book nook.

11. What is your favourite classic?

Anne Of Green Gables. I love Anne so much.

12. What was your best subject in school?

Either History or Religious Studies.

13. If you were given a book as a present, that you read before and hated, what would you do?

Say thank you, and then wait a while and give it away to someone who would like it. Like give it to a charity shop.

14. What is a lesser known series that you know of, that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?

I honestly cant think of any???????????!!!!

15. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?

Well I don’t film.

16. What is your favourite word?

I really like the word moose. I don’t know why, I just do.

17. Are you a nerd, dork or dweeb?

Probably all of them hahahaha.

18. Vampire or Fairies? why?

Vampire, because Twilight got me into YA books. Plus have you seen Eric Northman?? (Trueblood) that is one beautiful Viking.

19. Shapeshifter or Angels? why?

Shapeshifter, for the same reasons as vampires.

20. Zombies or Vampires? why?

Vampires, because zombies are gross.

21. Love triangles or forbidden love?

I don’t mind both, as long as they are done well.

22. Full on romance books, or action packed with a few love scenes?

I can’t choose between these, I like both. Sometimes a girl needs a little smut.

If you would like to try this tag, then consider yourself tagged.

Happy Reading.

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Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Today I am going to do a review of the book Warcross by Marie Lu. Marie Lu has gone onto my list of favourite authors, she is just amazing. I was halfway through this book, when I stopped to pre-order the next book WildCard.

Okay this book was amazing, I was so engrossed in it I read it in a day.

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For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. (Goodreads)


I absolutely loved the main character Emika. She was amazing, she had rainbow coloured hair, she was a bounty hunter and a hacker. She was also very brave and kind hearted, even thou she had quite a rough upbringing and life.

The second character was Hideo, he is the CEO who created Warcross. He was a very serious man, but as the book went on, he started to open up about his life.

I loved the characters in Emika’s team, I love the fact that they would play on Mario Cart in between training. The Games in Warcross and Tournaments were really action packed, I loved reading about the different levels and what they were going to do, what they were going to plan, and how they got out of trouble.

This is an amazing Sci-fi book, it really reminded me of Ready Player One, but I preferred this book to that. Marie Lu’s writing was deep, witty and insightful. the way she wrote about the games and Tokyo and all the places, made you feel like you were there with Emika. While reading it I kept seeing it as an Anime in my head, they should seriously make it into an Anime.

I think this book had a big turn around at the end of it, some of it I predicted but, still some of it shocked me.


The only problem I had with this was, I felt that the romance element of the story happened really fast, kind of like insta love, but at the same time I really liked the romance.

Recommend or Not

I would highly, highly recommend this book. This is a fast paced book that will keep you at the edge of your seat, wondering what is going to happen next.


5 Stars

Happy Reading.

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I Spy Book Challenge: Book Tag

I found this tag on youtube from Booksandlala. I yet again wasn’t tagged, but I fancied doing it.

The Challenge.

Find a book that contains (Either on cover or in title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within 5 miniutes.


Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch


The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fford


Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan


Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb


One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Something that You Read

The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Body of Water

State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

Product of Fire

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian


Game of Thrones by George RR Martin


The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Clothing Item

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Family Member

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland

Time of Day

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Paranormal Being

City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab


Forensics by Val Mcdermid


Anne Of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery


Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

Celestial Body

The Muse by Jessie Burton

Something That Grows

Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

If you fancy trying this tag, then consider yourself tagged.

Happy Reading.

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Book Review: Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

Oh my God, guys this book is so good. It made me laugh, and it was the first book in ages that has actually made me cry a little bit.

As I said in my last review, I’m going to go through the Pros and Cons, then if I would recommend it or not, followed by my Goodreads rating.

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When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing. (Goodreads)


Who would have thought that a Catwoman story written by Sarah J. Maas, would be so awesome. I loved this book so much. Sarah really captured the character of Selina Kyle perfectly, Catwoman has always been portrayed as a villain, but in this book I found myself routing for her, even when she was robbing people. I think Sarah’s writing give her character many layers, so you didn’t see her as evil, but as a young woman trying her best with the life she has.

I adored the relationship between Selina and her younger sister, she would do anything for her, and she looked after her. It hit me because me and my sister are best friends, and if I was in their situation, I would act the same way.

I really liked the bits about Selina’s training, when the character who trains her showed up, I mentally fist pumped. I was like “Oh Shit.”

Now my favourite character in this, happened to be Poison Ivy. I honestly wish that she had her own book, she is fabulous. Ivy had a real soft side to her, she also really just wanted to make a difference to the world. I also liked that Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn have a relationship, in this book Harley has broken up with the Joker who is in Arkham.

Luke Fox was an interesting character, he suffered from mental health issues from being in a war, it was interesting seeing how he reacts in some of situations he got into. I like the relationship he ended up having with Selina even thou I thought it was a bit fast.


The only problem I sort of had with this book, was because it was told in two perspectives, I preferred Catwomans over Batwings. Thats not to say his parts were bad, they weren’t, I just like Selina’s point of view more.

Also Harley was a little annoying, but I just think thats her character, she just likes blowing stuff up.

Recommend or Not

I would highly recommend this book, its so much fun and so interesting, I love seeing the different authors point of views of the characters in the DC universe. The next one out is going to be Superman, I cannot wait.

Goodreads rating

5 Stars

Happy Reading.

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