June Reads

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare (5/5*s)
The final instalment of The Infernal Devices follows the London Institute as they race to save Tessa from Mortmain and his automatons. The Infernal Devices is a series that gets better with each book and Clockwork Princess was definitely my favourite. Cassandra Clare knows how to keep her readers hooked until the end! This book broke my heart but it had the most perfect epilogue of any book I've ever read.

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo (4/5*s)
In the last book of The Grisha Trilogy, Ruin and Rising follows Alina as she hunts for the last of the amplifiers in an attempt to save Ravka from The Darkling. I didn't enjoy Ruin and Rising as much as Siege and Storm, but I still enjoyed it. It was full of twists and turns that I didn't see coming and it kept me guessing until the very end. Again, this was another book where I actually enjoyed the epilogue - although I can see why a lot of people didn't!

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare (5/5*s)
City of Heavenly Fire is the last book in The Mortal Instruments series and continues the battle against Sebastian and his endarkened Shadowhunters. This is my favourite book from the series, purely because it introduced the characters from The Dark Artifices! I also loved the links to The Infernal Devices and the inclusion of Jem - my favourite character from the Shadowhunter world.

Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare (3.5/5*s)
Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy is a series of short stories following Simon on his quest to become a Shadowhunter. To be honest, these stories were either a hit or a miss. I feel like Cassandra Clare tried to include too many characters from her series, which made it feel a bit forced and slightly like a bad fanfic.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare (4.5/5*s)
Lady Midnight is the third series to take place in the Shadowhunter world, focusing on Emma Carstairs as she searches to find out who killed her parents 5 years ago. There's so much I could say about this but basically I loved it. I loved all the characters, especially Julian, and I love the forbidden love arc. I can't wait to see where this series goes!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (5/5*s)
And Then There Were None follows 10 people, each with their own secret, as they attend a dinner party on a private island and are killed off one-by-one. This was my first Agatha Christie novel and I was so impressed by it. I loved finding out about the secrets the characters had and reading about their increasing paranoia surrounding the murders. I had no clue who the murderer was until the last chapter, which made the whole book really exciting!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Maston (5/5*s)
The Unexpected Everything is centred around Andie and the political scandal that derails her Summer. This books is the perfect Summer read and it has everything you could possibly wish for - family, friends, politics, love interests, dogs and fake fantasy novels. I really connected to Andie and I loved reading about her relationship with Clark! I also enjoyed her developing relationship with her father and how they re-connected.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (4/5*s)
The Miniaturist is set in Amsterdam in the 1680s and follows 18 year old Nella as she begins her new life as a wealthy merchant's wife. However, her life drastically changes when she is sent miniature items for a cabinet replica of her new home which mirrors her new life in an eerie way. This book was a strange one, but one I enjoyed nonetheless. I was hooked from the first page, and reading the first chapter back after finishing the book only added to the experience. However, it's very open to interpretation (I still don't know what happened) which can be slightly annoying!

Re-reads: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling (5/5*s) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling (5/5*s)

What have you read this June?

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June Street Style Inspiration

Another month, another street style inspiration post. This month is all about the simple, relaxed outfits that perfect for both Summer and Autumn! I'm really loving white or striped t-shirts paired with denim right now, with a leather jacker for colder days! I'm also on the hunt for the perfect striped dress and high-street equivalent of the Acne blush biker jacket!

What's inspired you this June?

For more street style inspiration check out my Pinterest board, my Tumblr or check back next month for the July instalment. 

3 Favourite Bookstagram Accounts

Lotte's account has always been a favourite of mine, ever since I saw her impressive bookcase arrangement. Showcasing her love of classics, adult fiction and young adult, I never fail to add a few more books to my TBR when she posts a new picture.

Emily // @blueeyedbiblio

Emily's account was one of the first 'bookstagram' accounts I came across and is the one that inspired to start my own account. Emily shares her love of young adult books and graphic novels, as well as some adult fiction, through her wonderful photos. Not only that, Emily has also written articles for Seventeen magazine, was featured on Huffington Post and can also be found on her blog and YouTube.

Alexandra // @twirlingpages

Alexandra's account is one that I only found in the last few months, but it's one that I really love. Alexandra regularly posts her insane book hauls and her love for both Hamilton and the Percy Jackson series. Alongside her Instagram account, Alexandra also runs her own blog and regularly posts fun book tags, reviews and tips for new bloggers and bookstagrammers.

Do you have any favourite bookstagram accounts? You can follow mine at @lucyfionabooks!

5 TV Shows You Should Watch

How To Get Away With Murder
How To Get Away With Murder follows law professor and criminal defence attorney, Annalise Keating, as she and 5 of her students become involved in a murder plot. HTGAWM is one of my favourite shows on TV. Although each season only has 15 episodes, it's so gripping and I love trying to figure who is behind each murder or scandal! 

The People vs. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
The People vs. O. J. Simpson revolves around the infamous murder trial of O. J. Simpson. The People vs. O. J. Simpson spans over 10 episodes, each looking at a different stage of the trial. The stand out in this series is Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark. I'd looked into the O. J. trial beforehand but I hadn't payed attention to each individual in it. I had no idea the type of criticism that Marcia Clark had to face, purely because she was the only female lawyer. I'm glad she's now getting the recognition she deserves!

Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World is a sequel to 90s favourite Boy Meets World and follows Cory and Topanga's daughter, Riley. When I was younger I loved Boy Meets World so even though I'm 20 years old now I couldn't resist watching this Disney show and I'm glad I did! Although I prefer BMW, Girl Meets World is really enjoyable and unlike a lot of Disney shows, it actually teaches important lessons. I also love the guest stars from old Boy Meets World characters!

Supergirl is based on the DC Comic and follows Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin, as she decides to embrace her powers rather than hide them. I already watch The Flash and Arrow so I knew I had to watch Supergirl as it's set in the same universe and it's probably my favourite show to watch out of the three. Along with Kara, there are also 4 other prominent female characters - my favourite being Cat Grant, Kara's boss who founded her own media company. Season 2 has been moved to The CW which means there will hopefully be more crossovers with The Flash and Arrow.

Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars follows a group of 5 girls as they are tormented by an unknown villain. I've stuck with PLL for 6 long seasons and waited 5 years to find out who 'A' is, only to have 'A' replaced with another villain. It's definitely not the best show on TV but it's my guilty pleasure. If you're looking for something that's easy to watch and will keep you guessing then I'd recommend it!

What have you been watching recently? Any recommendations?

My 4 Daily Essentials For Summer

There are a few different products and accessories that I've been picking up daily at the moment and I thought I'd share them with you:

Garnier Hand Cream // I'm constantly using my Garnier hand cream. This is one of the only hand creams I've found that isn't too greasy after applying. It makes my hands super soft and hydrated for the rest of day!

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub // The Lush lip scrubs have been around forever but I still love the Mint Julips one. Not only does it taste pretty good, it keeps my lips really soft and smooth!

Kate Spade Card Holder // I received this Kate Spade card holder for my birthday last year and I couldn't love it more! It's such a classic accessory and it keeps all my important cards together - my travel card, student ID and my bank card!

Ray-Ban Clubmasters // As someone who isn't very fond of the sun, sunglasses are a necessity for me during the Summer. I finally picked up a pair last year and they've barely left my bag since! It's always risky purchasing expensive sunglasses when you live in Scotland but I'm so glad I bought these.

What are your daily essentials for Summer?
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