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Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James ****

book review the loneliest girl in the universe lauren james

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

Sometimes, you read a book and it’s so well thought out that puts a smile on your face.

I requested this book from the publisher (Walker YA) after seeing Grace Latter rave about it on twitter (and later on her blog). The story immediately spoke to me so I decided to just go for it. I couldn’t believe my luck when I got an e-mail from the lovely Sophia, saying she would send me a copy. (Thanks again! How gorgeous is this arc cover!)

the loneliest girl in the universe lauren james arc cover

By the time it arrived (it takes an annoyingly long time to get this to Belgium..) I decided to take it with me on a weekend we had planned with friends. The moment I got in the car, I started reading. (Don’t worry, my husband was driving.. I wasn’t doing anything dangerous) By the time we got to our destination, I was about 100 pages in and let me tell you, I was hooked.

It’s the kind of story where you only get one person’s perspective, so naturally you are missing details. Romy has been through a lot that she doesn’t want to talk about, so you are left in the dark. This meant that, even when I wasn’t reading, I was still thinking about the book, trying to figure everything out.

I finished the book the next day, sitting in a hammock in the shade because it was BOILING HOT. (Seriously, what’s been going on with the weather??) The story is such an adventure. It’s exciting and scary and believable (even though it’s set in space). That’s what made it a winner for me. Romy was believable. She suffers from panic attacks and the writer doesn’t hold back. I really appreciated that because I know that crippling fear of what might be moving in the dark.

This is not a romantic story. It’s about longing, loneliness and the idea of love.

I really, really liked it.

If you’re interested, it will be released on September 7th. I recommend you check it out.

The Goodreads page is filled with positive reviews, come on.. we can’t all be wrong 😉



Books I’m taking with me on holiday

Tonight I’m leaving on holiday. *does happy dance*

We’re driving to the South of France *hurray* with two little kids *sigh* and it will take us about 12 hours… *sigh again* Of course I’m taking books with me!!!

TBR Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier Strange The Dreamer Laini Taylor Trigger Warning Neil Gaiman

I’m in a bit of weird place reading-wise. The last thing I read and finished was the ACOTAR series which means I’m kinda on a roll when it comes to fantasy.

I’m actually in the middle of Strange The Dreamer and that’s the book I absolutely want to finish. Other than that, I had no idea what to bring.

So, I decided to take Rebecca too. I started reading this one a month or two ago and then put down. It’s probably a good time to finish it…

And last but not least, I decided on Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning. It’s a short story collection, so perfect to pick up every now and then. I already read the first two stories and I’m glad to say that some things never seem to change. I’m still very much in love with his writing.

Have you read any of these? Did you like them?

What books are you currently reading?




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Favorite Book Quotes (8)

Quote The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer

Mary Ann Shaffer knows what it’s about! I’ve become much pickier when it comes to what I read. A couple of years ago, I wouldn’t dream about DNF’ing a book. I would struggle through and hate it, but I would always finish it. Now, when a book doesn’t grab my attention, I will put it down. And honestly, I don’t even feel bad about it. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad book. Most of the time it’s just because the timing isn’t right and I will pick it back up later on.

Then again, I do find myself commenting on books much more often. The thing that annoys me the most is weak writing. For example, I enjoyed The Court Of… series, but dear god, Sarah J Maas’s writing is so uneventful. I had to push myself through the repetition. That’s what kept it from being amazing.

I guess that’s just what happens when you’ve read books that are so brilliantly written that you want to savour every line. Not every book can compete with that level.

(The quote is from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. A great book! You should definitely check it out. It’s the perfect book to read during the summer.)

Top 5 Wednesday T5W
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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey of GingerReadsLainey, but is now hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes.  You can find out more on the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic is Unlikeable Characters and I have to be honest.. I had a hard time thinking of these answers but here we go anyway. Let me know if you agree!

Kaz Brekker – Six of Crows


To say that Kaz isn’t a very nice person, is putting it lightly. He’s ruthless and will do anything to succeed. I don’t think a lot of readers actually dislike him though, neither do I. He’s a great character.

Feyre – A Court of …

a court of thorns and roses sarah j maas

I did not like her at first. When the first book opens, she’s introduced as a strong girl who takes care of her family. Later on, she let’s a certain High Lord talk her down to almost nothing. He makes her so small and I was so annoyed with her. Yes, Under The Mountain happened and she’s traumatised but it’s only in the second half of the second book and the beginning of the third book that I actually started liking her.

Daisy Buchanan – The Great Gatsby

the great gatsby f scott fitzgerald

I think the reason I was still willing to give her a chance was because Gatsby loves her and that’s kinda what the whole book revolves around. But the truth is that Daisy is selfish and annoying.

Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter series

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone j k rowling

Because yes, he’s a bully. Yes, he’s rude and snobbish. Yes, he made all the wrong choices. But I love him as a character. I loved the snark and I loved how his storyline was so unpredictable. What more can I say? He’s my fave.

Doctor Laing – High-Rise

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He stands by and watches as everything goes wrong and does nothing to stop it. I didn’t really like his character as a person but he was the perfect set of eyes to tell the story through.


Are any of your favorites on my list?

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Favorite Book Quotes (7)

Quote the night circus Erin Morgenstern

Last week’s ‘1984’ quote got me thinking about my favorite first lines. This one is certainly up there. I loved The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s one of those books that will stay with me forever. I don’t lose myself in books that often but I lost myself in the Cirque Des Rêves.

Today, I saw the trailer for this year’s Tomorrowland. If you don’t know what that is, it’s an electronic music festival held in Belgium which is hugely popular with people from all over the world. The setting is always incredible but this year the theme looks spectacular. You can watch the trailer here and honestly, I recommend that you watch it no matter what your music tastes are. It’s beyond magical.