2 Year Bloggiversary!!

Things have incidentally come full circle for me in this past year on this blog! I made my very first post, a review of Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman, exactly two years ago today, and it gave me my first opportunity to work with a publisher for a blog tour this summer. I’ll be honest, that first review isn’t my best work (I’ve since edited it a bit because it was really bad) but I am happier every day that I have stuck with blogging and not given up. I know I don’t have the most successful blog out there number wise, most people I follow have exponentially more followers than me in a much shorter time than I’ve taken to just get my 70 lovely peeps out there. A huge thank you to those of you who follow me on WordPress, I don’t see stats from anywhere like Feedly and whatnot but I thank any of you too! I very much appreciate that you guys sometimes read my silly reviews. I have so much fun reading and watching movies/shows to review on here. I know it’s cheesy to say, but blogging is definitely not about the numbers for me. I make zero dollars off of this, but I love that I am recording my fictional and real life experiences here, and I hope I have gotten better over these last two years at compiling my thoughts into comprehensible reviews. Cheers to another year!

Lots of love,
Katie xxx


Let’s Talk About… Hungry for Love by Lucy Beresford [ARC Review]

UK Release Date: 31 May 2016
US Release Date: 1 July 2017

Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Jax is about to cancel her wedding to Jonty. On the day. By text. A scrumptious celebration of survival for anyone who’s longed for love or felt unworthy of it, Hungry for Love will show you the importance of self-respect and that love can be found where you least expect it.

My Rating: 3 Stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.83 Stars

I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley, and I had requested this book because I’m definitely a fan of foodie fiction. I have read a couple of books in this genre in the last couple of years and I generally think they are fun and entertaining. This novel was similar in many ways to the other foodie fiction I have read but I really liked the idea of someone rediscovering themselves after cancelling a wedding.

This review does contain spoilers so only read on if you have already read Hungry for Love or don’t mind learning about the major plot points! Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… Hungry for Love by Lucy Beresford [ARC Review]”

Let’s Talk About… Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart *Spoiler Free ARC Review*

Last year, I read E. Lockhart’s last previous YA thriller, We Were Liars, and I really loved it. Lockhart’s writing isn’t for everyone, but I thought it was interesting and different from a lot of other YA contemporaries I had read before. After that experience, I was very much looking forward to Genuine Fraud when I heard it was coming out! I found the ARC hidden behind others at work and pretty much thought I had hit the jackpot.

The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

Release Date: 5 September, 2017

My Rating: 3.5 stars

High marks for: Pretty cover, Cool written-backwards concept, Constant sense of mystery

Low marks for: Unsatisfying ending to Jule’s story, confusing timeline at some points

The reason I like E. Lockhart’s writing is because she chooses unique approaches in forming her stories

The ending was lack-luster for me, the way most people felt at the end of We Were Liars. I was pretty satisfied with that ending, but Genuine Fraud just didn’t do it for me. I’ll let you guys be the judge for yourselves, but it just wasn’t as conclusive as I would have hoped for a standalone novel to be. Maybe that was the intention, and in that case, good on it. I personally think that the ending fell flat compared to the rest of the novel. Perhaps my disappointment came from comparing this novel to We Were Liars, assuming they should follow a similar formula, and that’s probably wrong of me to do. The first half of the book leads you to the twist in the middle, but when you finally get to chapter 1, things still don’t add up.

You also really have to pay close attention to understand how the timeline moves in each chapter. Sometimes there are flashbacks within the present and I even felt like sometimes there was a line that referenced the future… in the past? I’ll admit it could get confusing at times!

Overall, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Genuine Fraud, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good! I gave high marks for creativity and the feeling of mystery that carried through the whole novel, but took some away for not being completely satisfied with how the story panned out. I suggest checking this book out if you liked We Were Liars, then come back and tell me what you think of it!

Katie x

For my in-depth thoughts about We Were Liars, check out my review from last year!
~I will warn you though, that review does contain *spoilers*~

Let’s Talk About… The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken *Spoiler Free*

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Photo from Instagram @alexbracken

Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Prosperity Redding is the only unexceptional member of his very successful family, that is, until he discovers a demon living inside him. Turns out, Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made—and then broke—a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. Now Alastor, the malefactor, has reawakened and is intent on destroying the Redding fortune, unless they can kill him in the body he inhabits—which, oh, wait, that’s Prosper, and why is his grandmother coming at him with a silver blade? In danger from both the demon trying to take over his soul and the family that would rather protect their fortune than their own kin, Prosper narrowly escapes with the help of his long lost Uncle Barnabas and Barnabas’s daughter, Nell, a witch in training. According to Barnabas and Nell, they have only days to break the family curse and find a way to banish Alastor back to the demon realm. Until then, Prosper has to deal with Alastor’s vengeful mutterings inside his head (not to mention his nasty habit of snacking on spiders). And, every night, Alastor’s control over his body grows stronger. . . As the deadline to the curse draws nearer, Prosper and Nell realize there’s more at stake than just the Redding family fortune. . . that there might be something else out there, something worse than Alastor, that could destroy the balance between the human and demon realms and change the world as they know it forever.

My Rating: 4 stars

Release Date: 5 September 2017

Prosper’s book birthday is rapidly approaching, so I thought I’d put up a quick little spoiler-free review so you guys can get an idea of what it’s about! I jumped on the opportunity to get an ARC of this book as soon as I found out that I could request one on NetGalley! So, then I HAD to read it immediately because how could I miss out on this adorable book before it comes out? These are the true perks of book blogging folks! Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken *Spoiler Free*”

Let’s Talk About… Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman

I have finally read the third installment of The Blood of Gods and Royals series! Once again, I’d like to thank the lovely people over at Glasstown Entertainment for reaching out and sending me a copy and asking me to do a Q&A with Eleanor Herman herself. You can take a look at my blog tour post here to get more insight on where the story is headed in the fourth and final book: Dawn of Heroes (date TBD)

Synopsis from Goodreads

The ancient power of Snake Blood threatens the known world. While Prince Alexander struggles with a very deadly inner demon, his betrothed, Zofia, is on her way to him, to unite their kingdoms…even as she begins to realize where her true allegiance lies. The fierce Cynane meets her match-not in her future husband, the deranged king of Illyria, but in her great-great-grandfather, Talus, possessor of Smoke Blood, who will teach her the true meaning of betrayal. And marooned together on an island in the Mediterranean, romantic tension blooms between Katerina and Hephaestion as they learn of lost civilizations and discover a device that could help them do the impossible: kill the last living god.

This review is going to be packed with spoilers so don’t read on if you want to read this book! I think it’s worth sticking around for, the story is only getting more interesting and mysterious, and I have high hopes for the final book! So definitely give it a read if you’ve already started this series.

My rating: 4 stars Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman”