August Wrap Up


It was my birthday this month!

I got a lot of books 🙂

I also have been reading a lot, but it’s been adult books, and since this is a YA blog and I don’t review adult books (unless I request them for review, which has happened in the past, but I don’t do anymore for consistency – unless it’s accidental!) I won’t be publishing any reviews of these spicy or otherwise unsuitable books on the Moonlight Library. I’m keeping it a YA friendly zone.

But you can check out my notes on Goodreads!

Because… it turns out that taking the pressure off myself to review everything I read means I can reader a wider variety and apparently faster than I normally do.

So I’m not regretting taking a step back from weekly YA book reviews. My number of views on my blog may have dropped, but as I am slowly getting into reading more, and more of what I want, and since I don’t make any money from this blog and it’s basically a vanity project, I’m okay with that!

I’ve also been really sick over the past few weeks so I have been reading quite a bit of self-published books on my phone, but not reviewing because they’re not YA!  This means that I’m a little bit behind on reviews. Maybe I’ll get back into the swing of things come September, or maybe my body is just telling me to slow down!

We’ll see 🙂



Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

I found a box set of this and the other two books in the trilogy. I read and enjoyed Schwab’s Addie LaRue and The Near Witch, and I’ve been looking forward to reading her other books.

A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab

I also bought the Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince: 1-3 Boxed Set graphic novel which I believe is a prequel? I’m not really sure, but I do buy the very occasional graphic novel.


This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede

Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches.

Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her.

Desperate to survive, Alessa hires Dante, a cynical outcast marked as a killer, to become her personal bodyguard. But as rebellion explodes outside the gates, Dante’s dark secrets may be the biggest betrayal. He holds the key to her survival and her heart, but is he the one person who can help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all?

This just sounded so interesting.


Ghosted by Emily Barr

An emotional love story with a thrilling twist from the globally bestselling author of The One Memory of Flora Banks.

Ariel’s accidental meeting with a handsome stranger called Joe is completely perfect; they have a connection like she’s never known before. They exchange numbers and agree to meet when he is back from a trip to France. But when Ariel messages him, the number Joe gave her is disconnected. He’s ghosted her. She assumes she will never see him again.

Except she does. Again and again.

Ariel returns to the place she and Joe met, and is stunned to find him there, not in France as he said he’d be, and behaving as if he has no idea who she is.

It turns out that their first meeting has been life-changing for them both, actually it’s even more than that for Joe. But what do you do when – with every day that passes – you’re literally growing apart from the best person you’ve ever known . . . ?

My husband bought me this book as thanks for a big favour I did him that only slightly inconvenienced me. That’s love.

Monthly Wrap Up

Book Stuff

  • Number of books read: 6
  • Finished a series: The Prison Healer series by Lynette Noni (read The Blood Traitor review  here!)
  • Started a series: Brutal Boys of Everlake Prep by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti, The Gilded Prisoner by Raven Kennedy (Booktok made me do it!)
  • New to me authors: Bren MacDribble, Raven Kennedy, Caroline Peckham, Suszanne Valenti, Terry Lynn Johnson (read Dog Driven review here!)
  • Favourite book: The Dog Runner (Bren MacDribble)

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About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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