~Mairéad's Reading List~

The ever elusive Magpie. An English Major University Student that has forever dreamt of becoming an author. The road has been long and hard but this little Magpie remains ever hopeful that one day a story of her own shall join the greats. Reads all sorts and she's forever up for the challenge and never backs down from one either. 


Blocked - Seanan McGuire I was more Wednesday Addams than Marcia Brady, more sarcastic than sunny, and more cynical than cheer-tastic.

4.5 stars.

I really love how the narrator starts out in that class cliched highschool cheer-off but turns it upside down on it's head. It's merely a cover for Antimony Price to get the supposedly normal highschool life. And all the references that are sprinkled throughout this short story is enough to have me geeking out. I mean, if you didn't get the X-Men reference, that's a bit sad in my opinion. But it's pretty epic that it's been weaved into the narrative and it doesn't talk the reader down. It actually brings the reader into the story, welcoming them with various references before getting to business.

And Antimony Price's business is monster protecting from their greatest enemy...us, humans.

If this is the storyline that is pertaining to the 'Present Day Storyline' then this is a very solid start for me.

Man, it's been a while....

....since I've been on here. But with my schedule, I just didn't have time to be EVERYWHERE, unless I cloned myself 5 times. But I'm back now and should be able to pop on here every once in a while.


Also joined Wattpad, and posting (meaning continuing) hauntedROOM a pseudo-paranormal psychological thriller. I'll be positing the next chapters soon as I can once I locate my word document from my old laptop. You can read here: http://www.wattpad.com/story/23711047-hauntedroom


Oh, and the novella I've been working on? It's in the process of being edited and beta read by 3 people. I have to get my act together otherwise I'm going to get rioted rofl. But this is great that it actually feels like this is coming true, y'know? The whole process towards getting published. It's so exciting for me!



Plus, job hunting as per usual since my last job was a seasonal one. Also I'm taking my driver's test sometime before the end of this month amongst other things. There's still lots for me to do in between writing and reality at times. So don't worry, I will be around, just need to get myself and life straightened out then I can relax and actually know what I'm doing. But right now there's so much unknown that I can't really say when or where I'm going lol.


Thank you for sticking with me though, I really appreciate it. :3


We Both Go Down Together

We Both Go Down Together - Seanan McGuire {September 19th, 2014} UPDATE

I keep losing my place in this short story for some reason. However every time I read and reread it's pages, it becomes more heartbreakingly beautiful to me. I have to say this is probably one of my faves of this series of novellas. It features the Finfolk, Selkies and/or the Merpeople--seems to me it's a combination between them. One reason for my losing my spot very often is that it's the longest I've read so far it seems. But it's rich in story and detail.

Il Mondo di Ran n. 3

Il Mondo di Ran n. 3 - Aki Irie {September 18th, 2014} UPDATE

I have finished this volume, and it is still continued to be published. It is a gorgeous series that has truly become near and dear to my heart. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is quirky, powerful and has a good balance between lightheartedness and emotions. Truly one of kind. <3

Illegal Rare

Illegal Rare - Hiroshi Shiibashi {September 10th, 2014} UPDATE

I've finished this volume, however it's an ongoing series so I've put this on hold so I'd remember to come back to this one. I've read Hiroshi Shiibashi's debut work and it was rather meh. I rather like this one better. Quite an improvement since.

Illegal Rare

Illegal Rare - Hiroshi Shiibashi {September 10th, 2014} UPDATE

I've finished this volume, however it's an ongoing series so I've put this on hold so I'd remember to come back to this one. I've read Hiroshi Shiibashi's debut work and it was rather meh. I rather like this one better. Quite an improvement since.

東京喰種トーキョーグール [Toukyou Kushu] 12

東京喰種トーキョーグール [Toukyou Kushu] 12 - Sui Ishida {August 14, 2014} UPDATE

I have finished this volume, but the series is still continuing with 138 chapters + so I'm putting this "on hold" for now despite having "read" this volume as a reminder to myself!

The Giver

The Giver - Lois Lowry “It's the choosing that's important, isn't it?”

Originally going to be 3 stars but then kicked into over drive into 4.5 stars.

Imagine living in a world that is completely perfect, everything's controlled, even colour is gone--this is Jonas' world. I've always heard many things about this book but never got the chance to read it myself. It wasn't until the movie is coming out that I found a copy it somewhere in my house (which surprises me considering i never knew we had one lmao). My brother instantly nagged me to read it, stating it was one of the few books he read and loved, and I can see exactly why that is. Despite it's slow and somewhat confusing start, you get eased into Jonas' world relatively quickly, especially when he's announced to become the Receiver. Now being a Receiver in this community is the highest honour possible.

This is where our story truly begins...

Before I knew it, I was hooked and sucked into this colourless and emotionless world that is Lois Lowry's The Giver. At first I was concerned because it was interesting but felt a bit flat to me, but that's exactly the kind of world these people live in that Lowry illustrates. Now I have another Dystopian novel to add to my very small list of good Dystopian, and let me tell you, I've read LOADS of them.

Now the most intriguing and favourite aspect of this book are the memories. This is truly something different from what I've expected. I'm just glad I held out.

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles : Demon Gate

The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles : Demon Gate - Marty Chan {August 5th, 2014} THE REVIEW

3.5 to 4-ish stars.

Wow, this book really blends together steampunk elements, alternate historical fiction, fantasy, and various aspects into one book. I was rather impressed how it meshed together. Although as I was reading, I kept waiting for that big BANG moment that would knock me off my feet after the first chapters but it never really seemed to happen afterwards, I mean there is a fraction of a part like that at the very end, but it wasn't enough.

A very interesting and fast read, it's certainly worth the time to check it out, especially if you love Nikola Tesla and Harry Houdini grouped with inter-dimensional travels and conspiracies and whatnot!

Loch and Key

Loch and Key - Seanan McGuire {August 4th, 2014} THE REVIEW

3.5 stars.

Something's bizarre is happening up at White Otter Lake, and the Healys are on their way. Home to the beautiful lake monsters or like the loch ness monster, White Otter Lake is a troubled placed currently. It's not the monsters that are the problems but something else that lurks on the shores, not deep underwater.

Personally I'd conduct a drowning(s) for certain individual(s) in this one. >.>;

The First Fall

The First Fall - Seanan McGuire {August 4th, 2014} THE REVIEW

3.5 stars.

No parent should ever have to bury a child.

That line has always haunted me for these kinds of stories, because no parent should ever have to bury their children. But for Fran and Jonathan, it's an unfortunate reality. Everything just haunts me in a bad way about this short story.

The Secret Treasons

The Secret Treasons - Cassandra Jean, Cassandra Clare {July 31st, 2014} THOUGHTS

Just why? WHY. Clare, I think you really should stop announcing stuff and actually do stuff (along with NEW stuff) for once before going forward. There's only so much you can do with a world. It's time to find and explore another.

This is the 9th series of the Shadowhunter Chronicles.

I think time to say stop or HELP.

NOTE: I have read pretty much all the books up to this point, but even this is getting a bit ridiculous for my tastes. If she keeps up this, I might just stop reading her stuff... Just saying. :/

I'll Give You the Sun

I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson {Feb 22nd 2014} UPDATE


Ciel: The Last Autumn Story 1

Ciel: The Last Autumn Story 1 - Ju-Yeon Rhim {October 25th, 2014} MINI REVIEW TIME

TITLE: Ciel: The Last Autumn Story (씨엘)

SYNOPSIS [from MyAnimeList/Wikipedia/etc]:
With the author's characteristic humor and creativity, the work describes one girl’s fantasy adventure. Yvienne Magnolia lives in a small village and her beauty turns the villagers' heads, yet she would never have imagined the grand future destined for her. Because a count tries to kidnap her, Yvienne flees to the Lowood Institution for wizardry and witchcraft, forced to leave her family. In the school, she meets interesting people, like January Lightsphere who comes from a noble but peculiar family, or Lariatte, an heir to an orthodox fighter family, who might yet become her closest friend.

5 stars.

I'd figure I should provide a little detail and information attached to this series. It's a manhwa, hence it's Korean description above here and artistic style being more realistic in a sense. Gorgeously beautiful art and colour is what attracted me to this series in the first place, coupled with the title-- Ciel: The Last Autumn Story; it is also known by it's German counterpart being-- Ciel - Der letzte Herbst. There's influnce of the Victorian age, French aspects mixed with Korean and German as well, which really adds to the story especially when you throw in magic into the fray too.

This series is set in a late nineteenth-century French type of atmosphere, coupled with everything that really attracted me--art, story, characters, intrigue, mystery, magic, and more. This art style happens to be one of my favourites and truly illustrates the unfolding story remarkably well. The characters retain their mysteries, only demonstrating what you need to know thus far and getting familiar with their personalities.

I look forward to seeing how it plays out!

King of Marbury

King of Marbury - Andrew  Smith Marbury’s Lens.

1.5 stars.

Note: I have not read any of the other books, not sure if I want to either.

Eh, this is a peak inside Conner's head. It kind of repeats and rambles a bit for me. Really drums the whole aspect of Marbury's Lens. I was almost tempted to go back and count how many times it is mentioned, or rather recount since I lost count after nearly 10. Almost as if Conner is obsessed--correction: is. Whatever happened to him in the first book changed him drastically. I can see the cracks of the lens of his own mind beginning to crack and tease his remaining sense of logic and sanity.

This probably would have gotten another star at least if I had read the first book.

It was a big mistake.

げんしけん: 二代目の七 The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture 16

げんしけん: 二代目の七 The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture 16 - Shimoku Kio, 木尾士目 {July 8th, 2014} UPDATE

Still an ongoing series. Really enjoying the characters and atmosphere that Shimoku Kio-sensei brings. Cannot wait to read more! <3