Goodreads Monday – 02/08/2021

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.


Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

In a kingdom where sickness stalks the streets and only the richest can afford a cure, King Harristan and his brother Prince Corrick are forced to rule with an iron fist.

Tessa Cade is a masked outlaw marked for death, but she likes it that way. Together with the mysterious, handsome Weston, she robs from the rich to help the poor, distributing food and medicine to those who need it most.

As it becomes clear that the only way to save her people is to assassinate the King, Tessa must face a deadly mission that will take her to the dark heart of the kingdom . and force her to work with the very people she intended to destroy.


Another much anticipated book on my TBR! I was just accepted for this one on Netgalley, and I am soo excited to read it!

Book Review: All This Time – Rachael Lippincott & Mikki Daughtry

What a read!

The blurb from the back of the book :

Can you find true love after losing everything?

Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends – literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life could possibly understand.

Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss she thinks was her fault. As Kyle and Marley work to heal each other’s wounds, their feelings for each other grow stronger. But Kyle can’t shake the sense that he’s headed for another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he’s started to put it back together.

And he’s right.


Wow. I can’t believe how much this book sucked me in. I’ve always been a believer and had an open mind. This book is all of that and more.

Above all odds, Kyle and Marley find each other, despite never having met. I loved their story, and how they met and grew through their grief.

It puts into perspective how much we all need someone in our lives to talk to.

I don’t want to say too much more as I don’t want to spoil the major twists in this book.

However, I want to convey how shocked I was. I didn’t see any of that coming! Absolutely brilliantly written!

I’d love to read about what happens next with Marley and Kyle! Please let there be another book!!

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

First Lines Friday

First Line Friday is a weekly feature that I now love to take part in.

It is hosted by Wandering Words.

What if, instead of judging a book by its cover or by its author, we judged the book by its opening lines?

Here is how it works:

– Pick a book off your shelf and open to the first page.

– Copy the first few lines without giving the book away.

– Reveal the book

Here we go!



Scroll down to reveal the book!

The Beloved Girls by Harriet Evans

I’ve just started reading this as part of an Instagram readalong. I’m only on chapter two, but I have a feeling I’m gonna like this one!

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.


Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade.

But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace.

Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek.


Why haven’t I read this yet!?

I love Cassandra Clare’s books so much!! I have to get to this one ASAP!

First Lines Friday

First Line Friday is a weekly feature that I now love to take part in.

It is hosted by Wandering Words.

What if, instead of judging a book by its cover or by its author, we judged the book by its opening lines?

Here is how it works:

– Pick a book off your shelf and open to the first page.

– Copy the first few lines without giving the book away.

– Reveal the book

Here we go!



Scroll down to reveal the book!

Autem by Lisa Ann Rowe

Okay, so I may be biased here, but who can resist the chance for a bit of promoting!

Autem is the sequel to Animo and is the second book in The Sationem Series. If you love a bit of magic, then this one is for you! If you haven’t already, head over to Amazon and check it out!

Book Review: The Things We Don’t See – Savannah Brown

A massive thank you to Penguin Books for this review copy!

The blurb from the back of the book:

When fledgling singer Roxy Raines vanishes from the tiny resort of Sandown, the island’s locals refuse to talk about it to any outsiders, dismissing Roxy as a teenage runaway.

Thirty years later, seventeen-year-old Mona Perry is convinced there’s something more sinister at play. Armed with a suitcase and a microphone – to record her findings for her podcast’s listeners – the troubled teen is on a deadline: one hot summer is all she has to get to the bottom of Roxy’s story.

But as Mona gets drawn into the strange goings on of this isolated community, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems. Least of all Mona’s own past, and the disappearance of someone else, someone much closer to her…

How far will she go to uncover the truth?


I loved the mystery involved in this book. Mona is a truly independent and headstrong character who records podcasts based on disappearances.

There is one disappearance that haunts her, so she takes a three month break from her podcasts to try and solve the mystery.

Over the course of the book, we see just how flawed Mona is. She is stubborn and hellbent on finding answers, to the point when the islanders become very wary of her.

In her quest to find answers, she (and we) learns a lot about herself too.

I found the plot quite fast-paced, more so in the first half of the book, but overall it was pretty consistent.

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Monday – 19/7/21

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.


Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective anymore.
With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.
But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared but the police won’t do anything about it. And if they won’t look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way… and this time EVERYONE is listening.
But will she find him before it’s too late?


It’s about time I got to this one. I really loved the first one!

Has anybody read it? Convince me to pick it up!!

Book Review: The Ivies – Alexa Donne

The blurb from the back of the book:

Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I’m one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions…among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it’s deadly.

Alexa Donne delivers a nail-biting and timely thriller about teens who will stop at nothing to get into the college of their dreams. Too bad no one told them murder isn’t an extracurricular.


Well, I adored Alexa Donne’s previous two books, and so I was ecstatic when I picked up the next one.

This one is much different to her previous works, and one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time.

It did actually keep me guessing until the end. I had an inkling on who the killer was, but there were so many curveballs that I kept changing my mind.

I loved the characters, especially Olivia. I felt that I could relate to her more than the others. I also loved Avery. She was so fiery, and it was great to see a character with so much passion!

This was a great story, and you can feel how much emotion the author has put into the writing. A brilliant read. Can’t wait to see what Alexa Donne comes up with next.

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

First Lines Friday

First Line Friday is a weekly feature that I now love to take part in.

It is hosted by Wandering Words.

What if, instead of judging a book by its cover or by its author, we judged the book by its opening lines?

Here is how it works:

– Pick a book off your shelf and open to the first page.

– Copy the first few lines without giving the book away.

– Reveal the book

Here we go!



Scroll down to reveal the book!

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

This is one of my favourite books ever. I’ve loved everything Brigid Kemmerer has written. If you haven’t tried this one yet, then I urge you to do so.

You won’t be disappointed!

Goodreads Monday – 12/7/21

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.


All This Time by Rachael Lippincott & Mikki Daughtry

Can you find true love after losing everything?

Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends – literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life could possibly understand.

Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss she thinks was her fault. As Kyle and Marley work to heal each other’s wounds, their feelings for each other grow stronger. But Kyle can’t shake the sense that he’s headed for another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he’s started to put it back together.

And he’s right.


I really enjoyed Five Feet Apart and The Lucky List. This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while. It’s about time I got to it!

Has anybody read this one? What did you think?

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