ARC Review: The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

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Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a young house flipper. But when her sister disappears, she can’t focus on anything but finding out what really happened. Blood on the floor might indicate that MacKenzie was killed and her body was removed.

Ellie is at odds with Grayson Bradshaw, the handsome Coast Guard intelligence officer who thinks MacKenzie faked her own death and is off enjoying her ill-gotten gains: billions of dollars in cocaine.

They both want the truth, but truth—and family—is often more complex than it may first appear.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Going into this book, I didn’t know what to expect. I am not an avid reader of “Christian fiction”, so I was a bit wary, even though the synopsis sounded very interesting. However, I must say I was very pleasantly surprised. I was getting into a slump whilst reading The Night Women by Sara Blædel, but then I picked this one up and finished it in just a couple of days! The writing is so pleasant, it reads like a dream 👌🏼

There are two main points of view: Ellie’s and Grayson’s. Ellie’s sister, Mac, disappears, leaving a trail of blood on her boat. Ellie is worried sick and thinks her sister might be hurt. Grayson, a Coast Guard, is following a lead on stolen cocaine and is convinced that Mac is involved and that she faked her own death. Besides these two, there are occasional POV of other characters as well, which shows us what is happening on all sides of the story.

She pressed her ear to the latch and heard the faint trickle of water. No amount of screaming would lift her voice out of this deep hole, so she didn’t waste her strength.

I really liked the main group of characters that we follow, they were a joy to read about. Oh, and I finally found a character who thinks in tricky situations and doesn’t just act out of their overwhelming emotions. Thank you, Colleen Coble, I love me a smart character🙌🏼

This story involves drug trafficking, terrorism and assassinations, and that makes for a super gripping story that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Also, a lot of current themes and issues we’re facing right now are mentioned, which just makes the book even more real and relatable, in a sense.

I’ve never really met anyone who tugged at my heartstrings.” He kissed her palm again, then moved up to her wrist. “Until now, that is.” He lifted his head and reached for her at the same time she moved toward him. His lips covered hers with a gentle yet masterful touch, and she was lost.

Throughout this year, I have barely read anything with romance in it and, to my surprise, this is a mystery with romance!! Oh my, I really missed reading about people falling in love – and now it’s all I want to read… Additionally, this is very good romance. No insta-love, no mental abuse, no manipulation, none of those tropes! The only “trope” that is present here is the “girl who doesn’t realize how beautiful and amazing she is” – but there’s a reason behind that! It was just so wonderful to read about the couples in this, I’m so happy I picked this up 😍

I did find an issue with consistency, namely regarding a character’s eye color. Most of the time, she has “golden-brown” or “amber” eyes but, out of nowhere, someone mentions her “blue” eyes. I won’t hold that against the book though since this is an ARC and I’m sure they corrected the mistake. Also, we’re human! But I did notice it, so I thought I should mention this tiny lapse.

One of my favorite parts of this story was the secrets that were revealed, stuff from the characters’ past. I’m always a sucker for a good book with tragic backgrounds and shocking revelations, and this was no exception, loved it!

I also loved the setting, it takes place in Lavender Tides, which is a coastal area. This makes for a wonderful background, full of houses right by the water, giving us summer vibes. This book is downright refreshing – in every sense of the word!

In conclusion, I am now a fan of Colleen Coble’s writing and I can’t wait to read more of her books. I might pick up the first book in this series, which follows one of the great characters I met in The House at Saltwater Point. I hope my review gets you pumped to pick it up, it’ll be out in the US in just a couple of days! 🎉

4 4/5 stars

Have you read any of Colleen Coble’s books? Which one(s) do you recommend?

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on The House at Saltwater Point and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!

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Review: Lies by T.M. Logan

Image result for lies tm logan book coverLies by T.M. Logan

Goodreads rating: 3.97

Pages: 432

Genre: Adult, ThrillerMystery, Psychological Thriller

Date published: September 11th, 2018 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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What if you have the perfect life, the perfect wife and the perfect child—then, in one shattering moment, you discover nothing is as it seems? Now you are in the sights of a ruthless killer determined to destroy everything you treasure.

It’s the evening drive home from work on a route Joe Lynch has taken a hundred times with his young son. But today, Joe sees his wife meet another man—an encounter that will rip two families apart. Raising the question: Can we ever really trust those closest to us?

Joe will do whatever it takes to protect his family, but as the deception unravels, so does his life. A life played out without any rules. And a cunning opponent who’s always one step ahead.

My review

Firstly, I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I must say I read through this 432-page baby in NO TIME!! I started it last night and finished it today. It was all I could think about, I had to know what would happen next 😍

I hadn’t read the synopsis (or at least I didn’t know anything about the story going into it), so I went in head first, completely oblivious to what was coming my way. I must say I was most definitely not disappointed 🙌🏼

In Lies, we follow Joe, an English teacher who is married to Melissa. They have a little boy, William, who is 4 years old. One day, as Joe drives home, William spots his mom’s car and they both decide to surprise her. So, they follow her as she drives to a hotel parking lot. Then, they spot her as she meets with a man, a very suspicious interaction that makes Joe start to question everything and causes everything around him to fall apart.

This story doesn’t go where you expect it to, not in the slightest. And that’s what I loved about it. I had never read a book with a plot line such as the one in Lies, it felt rather refreshing. It’s a domestic thriller, but through the eyes of a man, unlike what usually happens, and it goes places I never even dreamed it would.

As the title suggests, this whole book is based on lies and secrets, which makes for a read that keeps you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out what happened and the author keeps throwing revelations at you. You’re constantly finding out new things – it’s absolutely addicting, I could not put this book down! 😋

Since this is built upon lies, I had a ton of theories throughout the book. I took notes and highlighted stuff every time someone said something that didn’t make sense or that seemed suspicious. I wasn’t even remotely right for the most part, and I love that. I love when books aren’t predictable and keep surprising me 👌🏼 I was playing detective the whole time, which is something I love 🕵🏻‍♀️

Although this is well over 400 pages long, it doesn’t feel slow at all – there’s just a LOT of things happening 😅 There isn’t a very extensive list of characters, which is great because you’re not confused all the time. What there is is a whole lot of unexpected twists and turns – as well as inevitable situations – that keep coming at you the whole time, making this a very rich book. The main plot twist really messed with my head. I did not see that coming whatsoever, I could not believe what I was reading! 😲 It reminded me of The Wife Between Us because, although the plot twist is not even similar, I also didn’t see this one coming and I had to go back and re-read it, to make sure I was seeing right 😅

I kept saying on Goodreads that I was stressed whilst reading this. You have no idea!! I literally had to pause my reading several times because I was getting so anxious and aggravated 😨 This book has a lot of injustice in it, and that’s something that really irks me, especially when there’s literally nothing you can do about it. God, this was so damn stressful 😩 – but so worth it!!

Overall, this is a fast-paced book with an intricate and well-constructed plot that makes for a great and engaging read – especially after a bombastic plot twist!

★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars

Update (June 14, 2018): changing the rating to 5 stars because I realized that it deserves it!

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Have you read Lies? What did you think about that plot twist? Let me know in the comments! ♡

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Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

Image result for kiersten white and i darkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)

Goodreads rating: 3.90

Pages: 475

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, LGBT, Romance

Date published: June 28th, 2016 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

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No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

My review

I got and started this book when it came out, back in 2016, but eventually put it down and never picked it back up. Since I’ve been trying to finish the books I’ve started, I decided to resume my reading of And I Darken – and I was definitely not disappointed!

I must confess that, when I first started it, it didn’t really capture my attention, the story didn’t grab me – probably why I didn’t keep on reading. But this time, as soon as I picked it up, I really got into the story. I’ve never been a historical fiction fan, and that’s why I barely read the genre, but this is a great fantasy story with a historical setting. As you probably know from all the hype when it first came out, this story takes place in the 15th century, in and during the Ottoman Empire. Oh, and one of the main characters is based on Vlad the Impaler, which is so cool 🙌🏼

Our main characters, Lada and Radu, are siblings, and they’re from Wallachia, a place in Romania which is under the power of the Ottoman sultan. Their father is the prince of Wallachia, and they are Christian, unlike the Ottomans. One day, something goes wrong and their father basically sells them and leaves them to be raised by the Ottomans as a guarantee, a way to ensure that he won’t misbehave (knowing that his children will be killed if he does). Lada does not accept her fate, and she hates everything about the Ottomans, starting with Islam. Radu, however, is way less of a rebel, and is more accepting of his fate and the people around him, although they are very different and, essentially, his enemies.

Poor eunuchs. Though the chief eunuch said being castrated and sold was the only future his parents had been able to offer him, Radu did not think it was very kind. The chief eunuch was powerful, yes, in charge of the entire harem and privy to the inner workings of the empire, but what a sacrifice!

This is a story filled with political intrigue, as you can probably tell from the synopsis. I actually hate politics, so I never expected to like this kind of plot as much as I did, but it’s amazing!! I was at the edge of my seat in so many moments, I loved how the characters were constantly endangered. Well, I don’t like that they’re in danger, but you get what I mean 😄 Another great part of the plot is the rivalry between Christianity and Islam, which is, unfortunately, still a thing six centuries later.

The author focuses quite a bit on the life of the soldiers, the Janissaries, which I really liked. She focuses on the details from the way they trained to how they behaved amongst themselves and with other people, which shows that White did her research – or at least she was able to convince me that she had done her research 😄 Still regarding historical accuracy, although the book is written in English, the author points out the fact that not everyone in Edirne spoke the same language, and she mentions the switching between languages – depending on who is talking and whom they are talking to. Little details that I really appreciate 😋

The characters are all so great and HILARIOUS. I laughed so many times, everyone in this world is hysterical and I am so here for it! Most of them were absolutely brilliant, but they still made mistakes. I like badass characters, but it’s important that they’re realistic, otherwise, I can’t even relate to them. There are many strong women in the story who know what they want – and use the little-to-no power they have to get whatever it is that they want. That is rather inspiring, and I think it’s a great representation of women. Huma and Lada are, probably, some of the strongest females I have ever read about, I fucking love them ❤️🙌🏼

“I think of you like a sister,” he said. “Like a brilliant, violent, ocasionally terrifying sister that I would follow to the ends of the earth, in part because I respected her so much and in part because I feared what she would do to me if I refused.”

She nodded. “I would do awful things.”

Nicolae laughed. “The most awful.”

“And then I would steal your horse lover, to spite you.”

“Your cruelty knows no bounds.”

Speaking of representation, there are a few LGBT characters which, as you might guess, it not the best thing when you’re in Ottoman lands – or any land really, the discrimination is still present today so I can only imagine how bad it was 600 years ago 😬 Fortunately, fantasy series have been including more and more LGBT+ characters with time – which we all appreciate, don’t we? 😊🌈

Another thing I thought was very well done was Lada’s struggle as a woman growing up surrounded by men. She eventually gets her period and goes through puberty, but she doesn’t quite understand it all, as no one explains it to her. There’s also some sexual harassment, which pissed me off. It made mad and also very sorry for her – but she handles it like a boss, to be honest.

Lada did not know how much longer she could get away with stealing bedsheets. Radu had complained that his bed was stripped of everything but a single blanket. She had to sit with her back against the door to guard against discovery as she ripped his sheet into manageable pieces to staunch the flow.

Kiersten White was able to create the most genius love-triangle type of thing I have ever read. The romance in this is so freaking good, but so unusual and original. That’s definitely one of my favorite parts of the story! 😍

In conclusion, I need the second book NOW so that I can find out what happens next 😋 Maybe I’ll wait until the third book comes out in July so I can binge read them both 👌🏼

★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars

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The Hypnotist | Lars Kepler

Image result for the hypnotist lars kepler coverThe Hypnotist by Lars Kepler

Goodreads rating: 3.65

Pages: 503

Genre: Adult, Thriller, Crime, Nordic Noir

Date published: June 21st, 2011 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

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In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. The killer is still at large, and there’s only one surviving witness—the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes wanted this boy to die: he’s suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. Desperate for information, Linna sees only one option: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes.

It’s the sort of work that Bark has sworn he would never do again—ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl.

My review

It took me a while to read this one because a) huge book, b) I started it at the worst possible time, when all of my tests were happening, and c) I was already reading a bunch of books simultaneously. So, it’s been like two weeks, but I finished it – I actually read the last half in the blink of an eye!

In this crime novel, we follow detective Joona Linna as he tries to solve the murder of the Ek family – and then a child’s disappearance. Erik, the hypnotist, is called in to help solve the case, as the only witness is in a coma, and his testimony is the only way to get any clue as to who murdered the family. There are, essentially, two storylines, hence the size of the book. Throughout the story, we try to figure out whether or not they’re connected. The book is told in several points of view, which gives us a more thorough understanding of what exactly happened – something I’ve come to appreciate in books!

I found one of the characters to be insufferable – Simone. My god, she pissed me off. As for the other central characters, I thought they were fine, well-built even. Joona is that tormented detective figure we often see in crime fiction – although we don’t really see much of his past in this book. Erik is someone whose bad decisions in the past have tormented him and altered the way he now lives his life.

Mortui vivis docent – the dead teach the living.”

The plot of the book is rather intriguing. It definitely didn’t go where I thought it would. There’s sort of a plot twist right at the beginning, which is probably what got me hooked. It was not at all what I expected from the synopsis, so I just wanted to keep on reading.

Although I read a translation, as probably will you, I felt as though the writing flowed nicely. The only complaint I have is that I felt as though the book dragged a bit. I think there’s unnecessary information, and the only thing it does is just make the book even bigger. Other than that, I thought the book was great, not predictable at all (which is the worst in crime/thriller books!), and well-thought-out.

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

Have you read The Hypnotist? Did you like it as much as I did? Let me know in the comments! ♡

Overall, I thought this was a good crime book, although it could be even better if it were a tad bit shorter. Will definitely continue with the series – I actually bought the second book recently, and showed it in a book haul 😉

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Review: Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

9781250087652Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

Goodreads rating: 3.97

Pages: 338

Genre: Adult, Thriller, Crime, Psychological Thriller

Date published: January 12th, 2017 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

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How far does the apple really fall from the tree?

Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.

My review

Yet another amazing thriller – this year has been great in terms of reading!

Good Me, Bad Me is a psychological thriller in which we follow Annie/Milly, a girl who has had to change her identity. Why? Well, because her mother is a serial killer, and she has to testify against her. In the meantime, she is brought into a foster family and has to start a new life under a new identity.

Throughout the story, we see the repercussions of her mother’s actions on Annie – she is beyond traumatized, not only from being forced to watch the murders, but also from the mental and physical abuse her mother inflicts on her. She is in constant internal conflict, not sure whether she will turn out to be good or bad, like her mother.

There were quite a few times when I started laughing because of the dialogue. Some of these characters are really funny, especially the angsty teenagers. On another note, since there are tons of adolescent characters, the book deals with lots of important topics, including mental health and bullying, which I really appreciated.

The writing is hard to assess, since I read a translation, but my experience was very good. It flowed nicely and was easy to read. There are some gory descriptions, so beware of that when you go into it.

The plot is very strong, in my opinion. I had never heard of a similar plot until now – well, at least not that I can remember – and I was very invested it it. It’s a dark, gripping story that I didn’t want to put down.

The ending was great – it’s one of those endings that surprises you, but at the same time you kind of saw it coming. It makes total sense though, which is something that, unfortunately, doesn’t always happen.

★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars

Have you read Good Me, Bad Me? What did you think about that ending? Let me know in the comments! ♡

Overall, I do recommend Good Me, Bad Me, especially if you’re into thriller/suspense and fucked up characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m certain you will too 😄

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Evalene’s Number by Bethany Atazadeh | Review + Author Q&A

58f1cdf769f94f5295ce4b26479470fc_originalEvalene’s Number by Bethany Atazadeh

Goodreads rating: 4.50

Pages: 386

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Date published: December 5th, 2017 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

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Everyone in Eden is assigned a Number, tattooed on their neck, which determines their value and place in the world.

On her Numbering Day, Evalene Vandereth anticipates joining the élite. Born in an upper-class family, she knows exactly who she is and what she is worth. Even as the needle breaks her skin, she is blissfully happy. She never considers another outcome, until it’s too late.

Now 18-year-old Evalene lives in fear, struggling with her new identity, stripped of her freedom and basic human rights. Can she escape her Number? Is anyone else asking the same question?

Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will love Evalene’s Number and its incredible dystopian tale.

My review

Thank you so much to the author Bethany Atazadeh for sending me a copy of her book, and for her lovely Instagram stories of her dog, Penny ♡

I must say I am not the biggest fan of dystopian novels, but I absolutely LOVED Evalene’s Number. I’m not sure exactly what made me like this book and not the other ones I previously read – maybe the author’s writing, or the characters I loved? -, but the truth is I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

In the description, it is suggested that this book is somehow similar to Divergent and The Hunger Games. I do see some similarities (like the totalitarian regime and the rebellion), but I honestly enjoyed this way more 😀 I personally haven’t finished Divergent or THG, they’re just not my cup of tea. This one, though, I couldn’t put down after page 30 or so, it was SO ADDICTING!!

The characters are SO lovely, especially Jeremiah. What a fucking sweetheart 😩 where are the guys like him in real life??? WHERE??? The main character, for a change, is not insufferable as they usually are in YA. The way Evalene acts is not stupid. She is smart and at times very brave – and she uses her brain. Also, I felt as though the way she acted was absolutely in accordance with how she was treated throughout her life, which made her character feel more real.

The writing was very flowy. I barely noticed I was constantly turning the pages and next thing I knew I was halfway through the book 😅 Lovely writing, it doesn’t seem like a debut at all – which it is!

As for the world, I found it to be very intriguing. It’s a post-WW3 society, in which people are given a number. That number is what defines them, and it’s tattooed on your neck, so you can’t really escape it. I won’t go into more details, but I found it to be a good dystopian world. I’m looking forward to the next book – Pearl’s Number -, to see what Bethany does with the world. Maybe we’ll get some more science fiction elements in the next book, I really enjoyed the ones included in Evalene’s Number!

Basically, the only complaint I have about this book is that I wanted more romance 😂 I ship the fuck out of the (not yet) couple in this book and I CAN’T WAIT to read about them together 😍 Also the side couple – you know who I’m talking about if you’ve read it – is amazing and they need to just KISS ALREADY 😄

In summary, this is pretty much the only dystopian I’ve loved so far, and I feel as though both dystopian lovers and people like me – who aren’t big fans of the genre – can enjoy it. I definitely recommend that you give it a try 👍🏼

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars


1. How many books are you planning to write in this series?

Right now, it’s going to be a duology. I’m way too excited about my next fantasy series to keep going with the Number Series right now. Sometimes I’ve considered writing Olive’s story in a third book… maybe someday I’ll change my mind and decide to do that.

2. What made you want to write a novel set after a fictional WW3?

Hmm… I think I wanted a world that had our history, but at some point it went sideways. I had this idea of Numbers, and how people were shoved into boxes and labeled, and I kind of created the world around that.

3. Will we find out the reasons behind this World War in the following book(s)?

Originally it was actually Y2K haha! I had read a lot about how it could have gone, how if banks were shut down, people would panic, if one country reacted violently, they all would have responded, all the fears people had about it… I decided to create a world where the absolute worst did happen, and that’s where our real history ended and this new world began. I ended up taking a lot of that out of the book, because it wasn’t really relevant to the story. I’m not sure if it’ll be valuable to include in the second book either, but that’s the history behind it all. 🙂

4. What was your hardest scene to write in this first book?

The middle. For some reason, I knew exactly how it would end, and I knew where to start, but the middle dragged a bit. I just needed to spice it up. I knew that if it wasn’t exciting to me, it wouldn’t be exciting to a reader, so I had to spend a lot of time getting it right.

5. Should we expect some romantic action in book two?

Ooooh yeah. Absolutely. 😉

6. Did any people in real life inspire you to write certain characters?

Definitely. A lot of things about Jeremiah are based on my husband – his character, his strength, his bravery, as well as his good looks! 😉 I also liked to pull in tiny quirks and details from other people I knew or met as I wrote the story, and form characters around those little bits and pieces – like how our tax guy wears two sets of glasses. I about died laughing when I saw that. I think the tattoo artist in the beginning of Evalene’s Number was based on that image haha!

7. Do you plan on trying different genres in the future?

I do! I’m super excited about the fantasy series I mentioned above. I’ve got this storyline forming with some super BA women that I’m just so pumped to write about. There aren’t enough brave, confident, fierce, strong women role models in fiction for me, I want more! They say if you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it. So that’s what I’m excited to do! 🙂

Thank you so much for your answers, Bethany! I’m definitely looking forward to that romance in Pearl’s Number 😉

Have you read Evalene’s Number? Did you like it as much as I did? Let me know in the comments! ♡

I hope you enjoyed this post, as well as reading my thoughts on Evalene’s Number. It was my first author Q&A, so if you have some feedback, I’d be glad to hear it! 🙂 If you’d like, you can check out my other book reviews here!

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Between the Blade and the Heart | Blog Tour Review & GIVEAWAY


between-the-blade-and-the-heart-valkyrie-1-amanda-hockingBetween the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

Goodreads rating: 3.58

Pages: 319

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Date published: January 2nd, 2018 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

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Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

My review

Firstly, I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, as well as a paperback copy to give away to one lucky winner.

Between the Blade and the Heart is a sort-of urban fantasy story, set in a very polluted and doomed world. Our main character, Malin, is a Valkyrie, meaning her job is to kill immortals when their time is up. The four central characters throughout the story are Malin, her best friend Oona, Asher, a guy who is thrust in her path, and her ex-girlfriend, Quinn. Oh yeah, we have a bisexual main character!! All of these characters are now near and dear to my heart, and I can’t believe I’ll have to wait for like a year for the second book to come out 😦

Every booth was overflowing with exotic and strange wares, like dragon’s breath in a bottle, bones that allegedly belonged to Hercules, and the quills of a thunderbird.

Without going into plot details, I must say this story totally captivated me. I read about 30% of this book over the course of a few days, but when I finally had time, I flew through the rest of the book. It’s such a great, fast-paced story that I couldn’t put down.

The pictures changed to a depiction of men bent forward, worshipping feline-headed Bastet; then to the multi-armed Vishnu, adorned in gold and jewels…

There is a mix of a lot of different mythological creatures, from various ancient cultures, and I am ALL about it. If you don’t know by now, Egypt is kind of my thing, so I was very excited to see some of my favorite gods mentioned, even if they barely come into play ♡

I’d offer you something to drink, but I don’t want you here, so…

“I’m leaving the money here for you.”

“Damn, Malin, you really know how to make a guy feel like a prostitute,” Jude said with his rumbling laughter

The dialogue in this book was great, and I laughed out loud a few times. The wit is absolutely on point. The creatures Hocking features in this story are pretty damn awesome. I do have to mention my personal favorite – Bowie, who is Malin’s wolpertinger, meaning she is a bunny with WINGS AND ANTLERS. How freaking cute is that, seriously!? Also, can we appreciate this piece of information about Bowie:

Some wolpertingers could fly, but Bowie had always been too fat and preferred doing as little as possible

Yeah… I need twenty of them in my house 😀 I should advise you that there is a love triangle in this story, but not exactly a silly one – at least in my opinion, it is rather justified. Just letting you know, since a lot of people don’t like love triangles.

There is a cliffhanger at the end of this book that is totally eating up at me, so I REALLY need to know what happens. Brilliant ending, by the way! I can’t stop thinking about this book now hahaha it’s gonna be a struggle until the second book comes out!

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars


As the winner, you will receive a copy of Between the Blade and the Heart. This giveaway is open for U.S. residents only – sorry about that, but there will surely be more opportunities for international readers! Here’s how to enter to win in four easy steps:

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This giveaway will end on January 21st 2018, so you have around two weeks to enter. Good luck to everyone participating! ♡

Have you read Between the Blade and the Heart? What did you think about that love triangle? Let me know in the comments! ♡

I definitely recommend that you give this book a chance, I think it might be one of my favorite books that I’ve received from a publisher. Totally worth it!

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Between the Blade and the Heart and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!

Thank you so much for reading,
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Review: Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

32768905Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Goodreads rating: 3.74

Pages: 352

Genre: Adult, Thriller, Mystery

Date published: Feb 25th, 2003 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback


Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full-blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life.

Soon after her arrival at Corbin’s grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police question her about Corbin, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own—curiosity that intensifies when she meets Alan Cherney, a handsome, quiet tenant who lives across the courtyard, in the apartment facing Audrey’s. Alan saw Corbin surreptitiously come and go from Audrey’s place, yet he’s denied knowing her. Then, Kate runs into a tearful man claiming to be the dead woman’s old boyfriend, who insists Corbin did the deed the night that he left for London.

When she reaches out to her cousin, he proclaims his innocence and calms her nerves–until she comes across disturbing objects hidden in the apartment and accidentally learns that Corbin is not where he says he is. Could Corbin be a killer? What about Alan? Kate finds herself drawn to this appealing man who seems so sincere, yet she isn’t sure. Jet-lagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination full of dark images caused by the terror of her past, Kate can barely trust herself, so how could she take the chance on a stranger she’s just met?

My review

Trigger warnings: murder, violence, stalking, break-ins, creepy ass behavior

Let me start off by saying this is one of my top books I’ve read this year. I really, really enjoyed it, and I’m here to tell you why.

Firstly, the premise of the book is very intriguing and original. Kate moves in to an apartment in Boston, and from the second she gets there, everything about this move is already doomed. Why? Because a girl in the apartment next to hers has been murdered. I mean, who doesn’t want to pick up this book just from that bit of information?

Years later, Kate wondered how long he’d been in Windermere watching her and following her before he made his appearance.

The characters are not exactly lovable. They are very flawed, and some of them are fucked up to no end. But they’re so well-built and written, that you’ll love reading about them. Even the fucked up ones lol Just for a taste (no pun intended) of what I mean by ‘fucked up’, read the quote below.

He looked in the bathroom; her toothbrush was recently used, still wet, and he put it in his mouth, sucked the minty taste out of the bristles.

Yeeeaaahh… That’s not even the worst thing some of these characters do, obviously, but that really messed with me. It’s so damn CREEPY!!! This book is scary. Not scary in a ‘horror’ way, but scary in a ‘this can totally happen in real-life’ way. In a way, it’s good that it makes you watch out for certain things, but also I literally had trouble falling asleep after reading this book lol

This was my first Peter Swanson read, and I really loved his writing. It reads like a dream, honestly. When I first picked it up, I was in the process of writing that essay on Atonement, but I couldn’t put it down and read 100 pages – even though I was pressed for time. His writing flows very nicely, and the different POVs are not as confusing as they can be sometimes.

They had been wronged, and they got their revenge. And now they’d gotten away with it. And that was the whole story.

There was one single flaw that made me not give Her Every Fear five stars. As you read the book, and especially near the end, it feels like there is going to be a final twist, some sort of revelation. There were elements, loose ends that Swanson could have taken and turned into a plot twist. But he didn’t, and, somehow, it felt a bit disappointing. The book hits its climax, but you think the climax is still to come, if you get what I’m saying.

I definitely want to pick up his other books, though. I have The Kind Worth Killing sitting on my shelf, so that will definitely be one of my next reads!

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

Have you read Her Every Fear? What did you think about that ending? Let me know in the comments! ♡

In conclusion, I definitely recommend that you pick up this book, it’s an amazing thriller that will most likely make you stay aware of your surroundings.

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Her Every Fear and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

1922 by Stephen King | Book & Adaptation Review

1922 by Stephen King (first story in Full Dark, No Stars)

Goodreads rating: 3.84

Pages: 153

Genre: Adult, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Historical Fiction

Date published: Nov 9th, 2010 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback


A violence awakens inside a man when his wife proposes selling off the family homestead, setting in motion a grisly train of murder and madness.

My review

Trigger warnings: racism and sexism. Also murder, because it is Stephen King.

1922 was published in a short story collection called Full Dark, No Stars. It is rather long, one of the longest in the book.

The story begins with the narrator, Wilfred, telling us this is his confession. He committed a crime, with the help of his son, Henry, and the whole story consists of him telling us why and how he did it, and all the consequences that came from it. As the title suggests, it mostly takes place in 1922, but we also briefly see what happens from 1922 to 1930.

If there is something I love to see in books, it’s historical accuracy, and we definitely get that with this short story. King did a great job at portraying the 20’s. Firstly, there are old-fashioned words, such as ‘grippe’ (the flu). Secondly, there is racism. Lastly, we have sexism. I mean, it can’t get any more 1920’s than that, can it? 😀 (below are a couple of quotes to illustrate these)
Moreover, it is set in the Midwest (Nebraska), so we see a lot of what the rural life in the years leading up to the Great Depression was like, and how they were already struggling during the 20’s.

“You might find yourself going to high school with black niggers”

“Such a bitch!”

“‘Because most women are,’ I said. ‘It’s an ineradicable part of their natures'”

This was the first “book” I read by Stephen King, and I must say I am impressed with the story he created, as well as his [incredibly descriptive] writing. The things this man comes up with… I literally had nightmares because of this story last night, that’s how much it impacted me!

“I thought of tying the wrist off with elastics – of killing my left hand in an effort to save the rest of me – and even of amputating it with the hatchet we used to chop up kindling and behead the occasional chicken.”

Quite the image, huh? There is waaaay worse, but I didn’t want to include it because it would spoil the story for you.

The narrative in 1922 is very gripping – or at least it was for me. To give you an example, the narrator keeps mentioning things, but doesn’t explain them right away, and proceeds to say something like “I will tell you about that soon”. That definitely kept me interested, and wanting to finish the story so I could find out what the hell happened.
You might, however, find it a bit slow at first, but once it picks up, you’ll be hooked!


Warning: watching the trailer will spoil the short story, although you’d probably find out what happens within 2 or 3 pages of the story – he tells you right away.

IMDB page – 6.4/10 stars

Director: Zak Hilditch

Writers: Stephen King (novel), Zak Hilditch (screenplay)

Stars: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, and others


I have just finished watching the Netflix adaptation of 1922, and I must say I really liked it! I was a bit skeptical because of the format of the story. I was having trouble imagining a way for this to work and make sense as a movie, but they totally nailed it!

The main character was ON POINT, he was just like the Wilf from the original story, and had the strongest accent you could imagine 😀 The one character that wasn’t exactly like in the book was Henry. In the book, he seems much more shy and awkward, but in the movie he’s more outgoing.

Stephen King’s vivid and morbid descriptions were amazingly done, although some of them weren’t included in the movie (thank god, otherwise I probably wouldn’t be able to sleep, yet again).

Just as with the story, we also get the amazing historical setting in the movie. Best part? The cars and the clothes, for sure! 😀

Overall, I thought the movie was very faithful to the story and, therefore, a great adaptation. Original story aside, it’s an amazing thriller/horror movie, with quite a few jump scares and dramatically scary background music – just the way I like them!

Note: if dying or suffering animals are something that really upsets you, you might want to skip this one.

My rating: 7/10 stars

So that’s all for this special post dedicated to 1922! I really hope you enjoyed reading it. This is my first time reviewing a movie though, so if it’s utter crap, I deeply apologize 😀 I should figure out a structure for future movie reviews!

Have you read or seen 1922? What are your thoughts on it? Tell me in the comments below!!

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

Review: Atonement by Ian McEwan

atonementAtonement by Ian McEwan

Goodreads rating: 3.88

Pages: 351

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance

Date published: Feb 25th, 2003 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback


On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

My review

Atonement is a required read for my Academic Writing class, and I am to write an essay on it. I expected it to just be another book I read for college and felt rather “meh” about. However, that is totally not the case – I really got wrapped up in the story, and it affected me in a way I was not expecting.

I’d like to start by saying that this review will be a mess, because I finished the book just about 15 minutes ago, and have been crying until now. As you can imagine, I have a lot of feelings.

As you can probably tell by the synopsis, this book focuses, at first, on misinterpretation. I think Atonement showed me – or reinforced the notion – that it is extremely important to have knowledge of every point of view, and that assuming is the worst thing you can do – especially in a situation like the one we see in Atonement. After Briony’s misinterpretation, she attempts to find atonement. Whether she reaches atonement or not could be a whole (long) essay in itself, so I won’t go into that.

One of the things I disliked about the book was how McEwan takes FOREVER to tell the story. It honestly felt like the book would never end. The first part especially was soooo slow. His writing is great, but it is so incredibly descriptive, and he literally describes EVERYTHING you could possibly describe in each scenario. It’s exhausting at times, but it is very good if you’re into good imagery. Speaking of imagery, I will have to give a trigger warning for rape (barely described at all, but it’s there) and, mostly, war, as the author focuses on it for a while. He also describes all sorts of injuries in British and French soldiers, so it’s definitely not a pleasant thing to read.

The three main characters in the story were pretty well-developed, but, as in many many other books, the other characters were just vaguely explored. It’s a shame, as I would have loved to read from the others’ perspectives for longer than just one chapter. Speaking of perspectives and characters, the main character, Briony, was terrible. I hate her with a passion, but since the whole book is about her actions and their repercussions, you have no other choice but to read from her perspective for a big percentage of the book – which was excruciating for me, as you can imagine.

To finish off, I don’t want to get too spoilery, so I will just say this: this ending absolutely WRECKED me. I can’t stop thinking about it, can’t stop crying about it, and I think I might hate my teacher a little for putting me through this pain. My heart can’t handle this!

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

Have you read Atonement? What did you think about that ending? Let me know in the comments! ♡

In conclusion, I definitely recommend that you pick up Atonement, even if you’re not a big fan of historical fiction (which I am not myself). It is a story that is worth reading, and will definitely engage you! I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Atonement and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡