The It Girl Review

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

April Coutts-Cliveden was the first person Hannah Jones met at Oxford. Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It girl, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit. Together, they developed a group of devoted and inseparable friends—Will, Hugh, Ryan, and Emily—during their first term. By the end of the second, April was dead.

I enjoyed Hannah as our main perspective. I found her to be pretty relatable in both the before and after settings and I liked the fact that her love for her friend but also her compassion for John Neville is what drives her to find out the truth. Had I have been in her situation I think I would of reacted exactly the same.

I also really enjoyed the rest of the friend group as well. At the start it was a little difficult to differentiate between them but as the story progressed I thought they were all easily distinguishable. April obviously isn’t a very likeable person but I can see how her lifestyle and energy would overwhelm Hannah and skew her perception of who April is. She is always making excuses for her and explaining away her pranks and is devastated that April’s personality has faded away from the notoriety.

I just thought Will’s reaction to everything was really weird and not explained enough for me. He kept trying to get Hannah to drop everything and even though his requests were reasonable he would just act strangely. When Hannah finally comes straight out and asks I don’t understand why he acted the way he did. He had to have known that she would come to that conclusion eventually so why would he just laugh?

The dual timelines definitely kept me engaged throughout the course of the book and the overarching mystery surrounding who did it had me turning the pages and eager to see what actually happened to April that night!

⭐️3/5 stars wasn’t anything spectacular but it was entertaining!

Happy 4 Years!

This week marks the 4 year anniversary of when I first started my blog! I am still so incredibly happy I made the decision to start my blog and actually write my thoughts down about the books I read and have this awesome catalogue of reviews that I can go back through and revisit. Thank you to everyone who follows my blog and I hope you continue to enjoy the content I put out!

Master of Iron Review

Eighteen-year-old Ziva may have defeated a deadly warlord, but the price was almost too much. Ziva is forced into a breakneck race to a nearby city with the handsome mercenary, Kellyn, and the young scholar, Petrik, to find a powerful magical healer who can save her sister’s life. When the events that follow lead to Ziva and Kellyn’s capture by an ambitious prince, Ziva is forced into the very situation she’s been dreading: magicking dangerous weapons meant for world domination.

Ziva’s perspective in this book was just so exhausting to read from. I understand how debilitating her social anxiety is but the way she just continuously hyper focuses and second guesses every decision she and everyone around her makes gets repetitive and boring. There was a little bit of growth in the fact that she came to eventually stop putting herself down and minimising all her achievements and actually feel proud of herself which was nice.

When it came to her relationship with Kellyn is was frankly just frustrating to read. Again, I can understand she has this disorder but he tells and shows her multiple times that he wants her and she is his forever but still she doesn’t believe him and pushes him away. The fact that she was just going to give up on him after the war ends and just walk away without even talking to him first and being surprised he was willing to compromise got on my nerves.

Other than that I was pretty invested in the storyline. It was still a bit repetitive with all of the travelling that we get but there was always a new setting that we got to explore in this world. I liked the fact that we get to learn more about the other magic users and Ziva got more of an understanding about her abilities through them. The fighting scenes were very entertaining and the couple of twists were quite surprising.

⭐️2/5 stars Just a bit disappointed

Compelling Book Titles

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time once again! The original prompt this week is book titles that you find hilarious but honestly I couldn’t think of any books that came to mind. So instead I decided to go with 10 book titles that had me intrigued and compelled enough to want to pick up and find out what that could possibly mean.

10 Compelling Book Titles are:

You’ve Lost a lot of Blood & Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca

60585628._SY475_57876868

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente

In My Dreams I Hold A Knife by Ashley Winstead

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Feed Them Silence Review

*Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an ARC for review!*


What does it mean to “be-in-kind” with a nonhuman animal? Or in Dr. Sean Kell-Luddon’s case, to be in-kind with one of the last remaining wild wolves? Using a neurological interface to translate her animal subject’s perception through her own mind, Sean intends to chase both her scientific curiosity and her secret, lifelong desire to experience the intimacy and freedom of wolfishness. To see the world through animal eyes; smell the forest, thick with olfactory messages; even taste the blood and viscera of a fresh kill. And, above all, to feel the belonging of the pack.

I found Sean’s character to be a little insufferable. She’s definitely selfish and doesn’t take into account any one else’s thoughts and feelings before she acts. Which is shown countless times throughout the book but I think this was definitely intentional. The way she pushes away everyone who loves and cares about her to feed into this one-sided relationship with a wolf and her pack was bizarre.

Seeing the subtle shifts in her mannerisms and her attachment to her wolf was interesting to read about for sure and her evolution throughout the course of the plot after being sure that there was this connection to being rejected from the pack was quite entertaining.

The only thing that kept me from enjoying this book a lot more was all of the academic talk and language that was used. I kept getting pulled out of the story multiple times to try and decipher what was being said and the implications behind it. Maybe this book was just too smart for me but I had to slow my reading pace down drastically to even interpret the prose.

⭐️3/5 stars A very thought provoking, well rounded story!