The NetGalley Book Tag

Hello, hello – I think it’s time to take a wee break from reviews so here’s something a little different – even though it may be a tadddd late from the original creation of the tag.

I was (slightly indirectly, but tagged nonetheless) tagged by Kayla @Kdrewthebookworm so a big thanks for that, I do like these questions. And this tag is the original property of Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads  -make sure to check out both their blogs if you get the chance!

The rules:

  • Link back to the tag’s creator (Kourtni Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this too

 Autoapproved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

From my all-time, long-running favourites most probably Jennifer L. Armentrout, although I will also read anything that Pierce Brown writes and honestly cannot wait until the release of their next books.

Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on Netgalley?

I’mma say something that will probably hurt a lot of bookworms out there – I judge books by covers and titles… if a book doesn’t have an impressive title and an even worse cover, chances are I will not pay it attention. So I do have to agree with Kayla on this one. These are necessities for me to actually notice a book in the first place. Of course, I will then read the synopsis to see whether it sounds like something I might like to read… but the preliminary actions sort of take priority here.

Oh, I might also check if it is something written by an author I loved previous works of, of course – that tends to be the case more often than not nowadays.

Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

I definitely do try to review everything that I am given the opportunity to on NetGalley, but unfortunately, sometimes some reviews tend to end up a lot shorter than others mainly because I may not have been able to get into the book enough to be able to form any more solid thoughts. I also, for the most part, review everything on my blog as well (or at least the longer, better reviews that is). However, my actual feedback ratio has only just hit 53% because I made the mistake of requesting too much when I first signed up to NetGalley – so a little tip to anyone starting out… don’t do this, you’ll most probably lose interest in a lot of the titles before you actually get the chance to read them. 

Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

Um… ummm….. Can I get an effort badge? Like an A++ for effort sort of thing? That’d be quite nice.


(this question is actually horrible to answer)

Wish For It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

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I need it, and I need it now… Right now – take my soul and I’ll bake you cookies on top of that.

 2017 Netgalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

The newest ARC that I reviewed was definitely A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard, but the latest ARC review that I wrote was A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij because I am backlisting reviews back to like 2015 … because y’know, mistakes were made at the beginning and now I have to fix them.

I tag:

Anyone who wants to do this tag, because I know I’m quite late to the party and a lot of people have already done it – so if you do feel like doing it feel free to say that I tagged you!


Fire In You – Jennifer L. Armentrout: Release Day Launch, Excerpt and Giveaway



Some are born with fire in them.

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Let the FIRE IN YOU burn and grab your copy today!




From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.

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Making my way through the narrow pathways between the tables, I headed back toward the bathroom. Only once I pushed open the double doors and stopped in front of the water-spotted mirror did I realize I’d left my purse at the table, so there’d be no reapplying my lipstick.

I pumped soap onto my hands and waved them under the facet. Water flowed, washing away the suds as I slowly lifted my gaze to my reflection. Normally when I looked at myself, I didn’t really pay attention longer than was necessary to put makeup on without ending up looking like a tutorial gone wrong.

Standing here now, I really looked at myself, though.

I used to wear my hair up all the time, but I’d stopped doing that every day. My hair now hung in waves and the ends curled over the tips of my breasts. I also used to have heavy bangs, but thank God they were long gone. I’d finally learned how to put on eyeliner. That was another miracle. The slight flush of my face darkened my naturally tan skin. My lips were fuller and my nose straight.

My hair was parted to sweep to the left so it shielded my cheek…and my cheek didn’t look that bad, especially considering how it looked the first time I’d seen it after…after days in the hospital.

Hell, my entire face had been one hot mess.

There was a deep indentation in my left cheek, almost like an icepick had been shoved in there, and as I stared at my right jaw line, I was still amazed by what reconstructive plastic surgeons could accomplish. Half my face had literally been pieced back together with an iliac crest graft with a reconstruction plate and a crap ton of dentistry to give me back a full set of functional teeth.

Plastic surgeons didn’t have magic wands, but they were magicians. If you weren’t looking at me straight on, you’d have no idea that my right jaw was thinner than my left.

You’d have no idea what had happened to me that night.

Now I stared back at myself just like I had done that night, six years ago, standing in a bathroom, mere minutes before my entire life came crashing down.

It wasn’t that I hated the way I looked now. The fact that I was alive meant I was one of those rare, walking and breathing statistics.

But even knowing how lucky I was didn’t change the fact that I felt…deformed. That was a harsh word to use. I didn’t like to whip it out often. Doing so on what was so far a pretty good date was probably not a good idea.

Taking a deep breath, I shook my head. I didn’t need my thoughts going in that direction tonight. So far, the dinner had been amazing. Grady was nice and he was cute. I could maybe see myself going out with him again, to an art exhibit, and maybe coffee.

And that was what had freaked me out.

I was not going to let living freak me out.


I could give him a chance and not worry about whether or not I was settling.

Turning from the sink, I dried my hands and then readjusted my hair so it fell forward, over my left shoulder and cheek. I walked out of the bathroom and into the narrow hall, gaze trained on the floor as I took about two steps before I realized someone was standing right outside the door, leaning against the wall. Before I nearly plowed into him.

Gasping, I took a step back. All I could see were finely cut black trousers paired with…with old black and white Chucks? What an odd combination, but those shoes reminded me of…

I gave a little shake of my head and stepped to the side. “Sorry. Excuse—”


I stopped.

Time stopped.

Everything stopped except my heart, because it was suddenly pounding in my chest too hard, too fast. That deep, rough voice. I recognized it all the way to my very core. Slowly, I lifted my gaze, already knowing what I was going to see but refusing to believe it.

Brock Mitchell stood in front of me.



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author-photo-jla_j-lynnAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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Great Big Summer Wrap-Up!!


I think it’s safe to say that this summer has actually been the best summer I have experienced in a loooooooooooooooooooong while.

I had a wonderful time in Poland and managed not to get lost on the way there and back – which I found quite admirable on my part, because it was my first time flying somewhere alone – (planes, you better be aware I am no longer terrified of you).

I enjoyed the natural beauty of my childhood home and revisited an old passion of mine, namely horse-riding; and now wish that it was slightly less expensive to continue riding in this country, because prices here are ridiculous in comparison…


But this is the sort of thing that I was allowed to see pretty much on a day to day basis seeing as I can’t actually count the number of times I visited the many lakes in the area which makes me want to return to it sooner than it’s probably possible. 


And for that I am sorry, and I promise to be a good potato blogger now and post regularly. Or at least try a lot harder to not allow any doubts I may have about the existence of this blog get in my way of doing this. Because in all fairness, I do love writing this blog; it has changed my life – maybe not hugely, but I am now much more confident as a person, but have also had the chance to meet so many amazing people – one of those being one of my ultimate favourite authors whose books are complete auto-reads for me. Namely JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT herself thanks to the Chapter 5 Proof Party.

JLA and I

My photos with my beloved authors always end up looking a bit dodgy, but what gives.

So yes, I met THE QUEEN and creator of the books that have captured my heart. (Can we also talk about how she wrote a book in 7 days!!!???? I mean,  when I asked her about it she said it was largely caffeine fueled but that’s still a lot to write in a week. Especially something that was that good!) She was also kind enough to sign a pile of about 10 books for me, because she is truly the epitome of awesome 🙂

There were also cupcakes with JLA’s boys’ faces on them, and holy Daemon babies everywhere, they were amazing!


So yes, this summer has been amazing, but now school starts in what is now basically 5 days, and I am getting ready for the onslaught of work that A Levels will bring!

head deskI'm prepared to fight my way out of here

Especially after getting the grades I needed to get into my chosen subjects, namely Chemistry, Biology, Maths and French…. I’m not sure if those choices will be something I will be regretting but we’ll see how it goes in the next few weeks and I’m hoping this year will continue to treat me well.


READ: 20% of my Goodreads goal (10 Books)

  • The Deviants by C.J Skuse
  • Replica by Lauren Oliver
  • The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1) by Michelle Madow
  • City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown
  • The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • If I Should Remember by K.D Van Brunt
  • The entire  Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkins
  • The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Currently Reading:

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Which has somewhat been disappointing so far, but I guess I will finish it seeing as my Kindle informs me I have about 15 mins of reading left in it. 


So I did break my requesting/buying book ban a wee bit during these past few weeks, but I felt the need to because I was given the opportunity to review titles such as Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven and Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz.

And of course, the budget I was given on holiday also allowed for me to come back with 6 books (well, 3 of which were technically the Wreck This Box set, which included the insanely popular Wreck This Journal I have been meaning to get for a while).

But I do plan to cut back on requesting once again for a while, mainly because my shelves are getting worryingly full and I will soon just end up with stacks of books everywhere which won’t please any of the inhabitants in my house.

Have you read any of the books above? Or perhaps want to recommend any of your Summer reads for me to read this month – drop me a comment below:)

“There’s so much gray to every story—nothing is so black and white.”
Lisa Ling

ARC Review: The Problem With Forever – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis: the problem with forever cover

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

I received a free eARC copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin (UK) Limited via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

First off, can we just take a moment to appreciate this beautiful cover? I mean… it’s just ridiculously pretty.

I have to say, I basically screamed when I received the confirmation email that I would get to read this particular title before a lot of people because I have been looking forward to it for a ridiculously long time…. like, ever since it appeared as “Untitled” on her Goodreads page.

Mainly because I knew that she would not disappoint, and I wasn’t proven wrong – reading this book felt a lot like coming back to a warm and welcoming home. It was everything that you could want from a book – humour, fandom references (there was even a Hunger Games reference…that was a gem that I found particularly hilarious) and of course – all of the feels. ALL OF THEM.

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It was just beautiful with the way in which it was written. Mallory was largely relatable; she was a little bit broken, and confused and I loved the fact that both of these things were deemed as being perfectly okay and normal. Not once did her family make her feel bad for anything that she was going through, and I found the bond that they had incredible – it was basically the epitome of how families should work – despite blips and downfalls, there was always a gigantic amount of love shared between them and it was wonderful.

One thing in particular that I really appreciated was how heart-wrenchingly real and understandable Mallory’s relationship with her body as well as her anxiety was. I think it showed that particular issue of our society incredibly well and I think that the slow somewhat acceptance, and character-fricking-development that Mallory went through within the course of the novel was actually quite inspiring and definitely say a huge thank you and kudos to JLA for writing that into the novel.

And of course, there was also Rider Stark… there’s a lot I could say about him, but I’m so ecstatic that JLA didn’t force him to dwell on everything he went through silently – in the “manly” way, as it is custom in our modern society because I perceive that sort of attitude as outright bullshit. Telling men that they shouldn’t cry, that they shouldn’t face their problems aloud is incredibly damaging, and I’m so glad that there wasn’t any of that in this book.

He just added so much goodness and chemistry to the story and his appearance allowed Mallory’s character to develop in so many brilliant directions. Watching their relationship unfold was an experience that I absolutely adored. There were tears, there were misunderstandings – but there was also a glorious amount of love which left me all sorts of happy about where everything was headed.

 This book made me feel things. And they weren’t all good… One moment in particular had me curled up in a ball with tears streaming down my face in the most unattractive manner.rolling around on the floor crying

It was just so excruciating to experience… It gave me all of the feels… and I don’t think I ever completely recovered. Because that part of the book still largely haunts me with the way in which it presented the harsh reality faced by a lot of people. Particularly in America of all the places in the world.

And whilst this wasn’t the only time I cried in the book, it was probably the most painful. Probably because the others were largely told as flashbacks, and therefore didn’t have quite the same pain behind them.

I think it’s quite to safe that I adore this book in all its entirety, and I can safely say that I will be returning to it in the future; perhaps because of my masochistic tendencies to read books which make me experience so many emotions at once. It is definitely a must read and I highly encourage you to do so!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

“Being real could hurt. Being loved could hurt. That’s what… what living is all about and the opposite is unimaginable.” 

-Mallory Dodge

ARC Review: Oblivion – Jennifer L. Armentrout


Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

 I received a copy of this book  from Hodder & Stoughton via Bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.

I literally screamed the moment the postman came on a dreary Wednesday morning (Dear Mr. Postman, and my neighbours, and family – if you’re reading this I am sorry for any damage to your ears that may have occurred)

When Jennifer announced that she would be releasing Lux in Daemon’s POV, I honestly didn’t know what to think… I’m usually put off by any form of novella when it comes to series I’ve actually enjoyed (The Selection novellas I’m looking at you) and so I was mentally troubled for a while (read: 5 seconds) before I found myself clicking request book anyway – because Jennifer has never ruined a book before – so my expectations were pretty high. Plus, who doesn’t want more Daemon?

no, no, that wasnt a question

Of course we all want more Daemon

So I began reading it right away. And boy…  was I glad I did despite having three books to finish already… and a mountain of revision to do.

I feel like it is my duty to thank Jennifer L. Armentrout for not disappointing me with her books – this one perfectly complimented the Lux series.

The plot, although known to me, may as well have been a completely new adventure. I absolutely loved Daemon’s narrative – it was wonderfully… guy, and added even more feels to scenes which had already made me spill buckets of tears when written in Katy’s point of view. Finding out his inner thoughts and feelings, especially when he was being a complete and utter, smart-mouthed, dick (pardon my French) to Katy – it was nice to see that beneath it all he still cared… A lot more than he let on at first (the denial was strong in this one)  but he cared and it was all very heart-warming and cute, to the point where I’m pretty sure I gave my best friend (a fellow member of the Armentrout Army) a bruise from slapping her with the book multiple times whenever something happened – I’ve had to apologise so many times in this post already, but I am sorry (and grateful that you chose to read it at home where I would be safe from any revenge-filled, excitement fueled assault).

I also feel as though this book had resolved a lot of the ambiguity regarding some of the scenes in Obsidian – it (for the most part) became VERY clear why certain things happened the way they did.

All in all, I really loved getting a look at the inner clockwork of Daemon’s brain – and will be definitely looking into buying the ebook to read on to the next two books (and hopefully JLA will release the entire series in the beautiful alien’s POV because I’m pretty sure my fangirl heart will not be content stopping in the middle of a series) as I’d really like to see some more of the development that I know Daemon goes through later on in the series, as well as some more conversations with Matthiew (and perhaps all the other Luxen) as I felt that whilst he was in the original books, we didn’t really see him in a very favourable way like we do quite clearly in this one.

If you haven’t read the Lux series by the wonderful Jennifer L. Armentrout, you totally should. Although in my personal opinion this particular book could be read as a stand-alone – I can almost guarantee that you will want more at the end of it, in which case there are all these wonderful titles to check out if you do want more Katy and Daemon.

My rating: Solid 4.5/5 Stars

I spent most of Sunday listening to Dee and Kat talk about books and how book boyfriends were universally better than real boyfriends while they sat in the living room. And since I was a guy, maybe not human, I really wanted to disagree with that statement, but once they started listing the attributes of some of those dudes… There was no way anyone could compete with that”



Book Review: Wicked – Jennifer L. Armetrout

Synopsis:wicked cover Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans. Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her. But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.


Jennifer Armentrout is one of my all-time favourite authors regardless of whether she writes as JLA or J. Lynn – so needless to say I had VERY high expectations when starting Wicked. And for the most part, they were fulfilled.

Contrary to my usual reviewing habits I feel like getting what irked me off my chest first so it doesn’t interrupt my account of the more enjoyable bits.

Due to my heightened clairvoyance (or mayyybe not) this book was rather predictable; at certain crucial points in the plot I was able to predict that things were going to happen chapters before they actually occurred and sat there like this

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In preparation for what was to come

….which admittedly was rather annoying but didn’t really stop me from fangirling about everything else in the story.

On the whole, the book was enjoyable. The characters were well written, I found myself engrossed in the whole ‘badass’ vibe Ivy had going on, and of course Ren *le lovestruck sighRen was not only entertaining but also a pretty much perfect example of the male variety of the homo sapiens species and their relationship thankfully was eventually allowed to flower into something which had me squealing and maybe dancing here and there…

For some reason though, neither of the pair were actually my favourite characters in this particular book; the spot being taken by a foot-tall brownie with a sliight (perhaps sliightly unhealthy) obsession with dolls and beignets, as well as Amazon Prime and all things Harry Potter (and Twilight) related.

yay flynn rider

Despite that, I found that it would have been rather helpful if he had told Ivy a piece of VERY important information a bit earlier which would have possibly kept her calmer towards the end of the book but I guess it would have made things unnecessarily complicated, especially in the situation the whole Order was in.

I guess that brings me to the finale of the book which just left me throwing questions left and right in a confused mental turmoil which ended with me tearing through the Internet only to find torn release date

YES – you read that right – 2016… And until then my questions will be left unanswered and the fate of the characters largely unknown, and because of JLA’s writing escapades usually ending in trouble for the characters – I am worried not only for them but my own mental well-being by the time Torn rolls around.

Anyhow, if you are looking for a completely new take on the world of fae and are willing to jump on the waiting wagon for Torn – this is the book for you!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

“You did wrong in all the right ways”

-Renald Owens