Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Young-Adult

/ Book Review / When They Came (When They Came #1) / Kody Boye /



Release Date-April 3rd 2018
Genre- Dystopian Young Adult
Kindle Edition-313 Pages


I was never afraid of monsters—at least, not until They came: the visitors from outer space. 

Now They’re in our skies, on our streets, always watching, forever waiting. 

At seventeen, I’m just about to graduate from the Juvenile Education System and declare my career of choice. The Midnight Guard—who protect our community from the vicious things that lie outside our walls—calls to me. 

It’s hard, dangerous work, with gruelling hours that offer little sleep, but it’s the one thing I know will help make a difference in 
our ever-changing world.


When They Came (When They Came #1)

When They Came by Kody Boye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release Date-3/4/2017

When They Came (When They Came #1) by Kody Boye was a really enjoyable read. An incredibly fast-paced YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian novel that kept me interested from start to finish.
The first book in a series; this set the stage brilliantly, drawing me into this imaginative future dystopian landscape and hooking my interest instantly.
The world building here was fantastic and easily comprehended.
“When they Come” starts off in the fictional stronghold of Fort Hope; here Ana Mia after graduating the juvenile education system decides to join her sister on the wall as part of the Midnight Guard.
This guard protects the inhabitants of the stronghold by watching the night and holding the line; guarding the population against Earths alien invaders and there lackies the Coyotes.
(sounds almost Game Of Thrones-like)
The Aliens are harvesting the populace from there ships and the Coyotes seem to be the eyes and ears of these invaders.
These coyotes, by and large, seem dumb simple but vicious creatures and I’m not really sure yet what the deal is with them.
I mean where are they from? what are there Intentions? and why are they assisting the harvesters?
In fact who even are the Harvesters and what is there ultimate goal here?
And for that fact what happens to the inhabitants they have beamed up to there vessel?
See; so many valid questions here.
So there’s a lot going on and as you can see from my above waffling so many questions I still want answers to.
the author also manages to do such an excellent job of dialling the tension up notch by gradual notch; its done so subtlely that before I knew it I were smack bang on a rollercoaster to god knows where.
There’s so many twists and turns aplenty and the whole story had a biting your nails constantly vibe to it; I was so on edge throughout.
I also really liked how past events were conveyed here from invasion day; told in a series of flashbacks; I found this such a nice touch, It gave “When They Came” such a personal feel to it; which I very much appreciated.
my only annoyance here with this; was how fast the author seemed to knock off individuals I had become emotionally invested in.
No sooner had I forged a connection then pop they were gone; which is all fine and dandy but I didn’t think enough closure was offered up to truly appreciate the contribution these characters brought.
I know post-apocalyptic Alien invaded landscape; not actually conducive to mourning and wallowing but I’m talking more about an internal monologue here.
A sort of reflective remembrance as I do feel that maybe Ana Mia would be much more traumatised and affected by her losses than she seemed to portray.
There was only one scene where she major broke down then she seemed to pull herself together so swiftly I was slightly sceptical.
I also wasn’t a mega fan of using Ana’s whole name in conversation; it just felt weird and slightly pretentious if I’m being honest here.
So That’s my main reasons for the one-star deduction.
So despite my above points and some slight cliche one-liners, this was a fantastic YA read.
It will be fascinating to see where this will go next after that cliffhanger of an ending.
Thankfully the next instalment in this enthralling series is already available.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “When They Came (When They Came #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Deleted: Jackson and Maggie (Cliffside Bay Series Book 2) / Tess Thompson /



Release Date-7th May 2018
Publisher-4kids5cats Editions
Genre Contemporary
Kindle Edition-304 Pages

Jackson Waller has loved Maggie Keene since they were six years old, but their duelling dreams ultimately tore them apart. First love—true love—wasn’t enough to overcome their individual desires to pursue dreams on opposite coasts. When Jackson learns of Maggie’s tragic death on her way to college on the east coast, his heartbreak, compounded by grief, renews his focus on his own future. He vows to do nothing but work toward his goal of becoming a doctor, and maybe enjoy the companionship of his new college buddies, The Dogs. 

Maggie Keene left Cliffside Bay with two things: a broken heart and her ambition. For twelve years she relentlessly pursues her dream of a musical theatre career in New York City, but when she learns her father is dying, she returns home to find the truth about her family’s ugly past. There, she discovers two things that will change everything: one, the bitter old man has spread a wild rumour that she has been dead for over a decade; and two, Doctor Jackson Waller is also back in Cliffside Bay—with his brand-new fiancée.

The second instalment of The Cliffside Bay Series by bestselling author Tess Thompson follows the interwoven stories of five best friends, the beach community they love, and the women who captivate them. Prepare to get lost in a wave of small town charm, men you would love to take home to your mother, and smart, resilient heroines you wished lived next door


Deleted: Jackson and Maggie (Cliffside Bay Series Book 2)


Deleted: Jackson and Maggie by Tess Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Release Date-7/5/18

So let me just start by saying that this was my first experience of the very talented Tess Thompson. And I really have to say Deleted: Jackson and Maggie, though of a much cleaner read than what I am usually used to, still managed to reel me in and keep my attention throughout this magnificently.
This was such a sweet second-chance story that totally relied on its spoken narrative to hook in and enthral its spectators.
This book had so much more going on, and also to give than just the actual relationship between Jackson and Maggie.
As lovely as that reconnected feeling was, Deleted also Managed to intertwine a much deeper story throughout the pages.
Combining toxic family dynamics alongside friendship, loyalty and trust all set against a stunning small town backdrop.
Such a winning combination here.
A definite recipe for success.
So, I really enjoyed getting to know all the many varied individuals portrayed here and though there are definitely some overused cliches in this storyline, I still very much enjoyed Jackson’s and Maggie’s complicated journey to there own personal HEA.
So yes technically this could be read as a standalone, but personally having read it that way myself I really think you would get much more out of this if you read the first book in the series too.
It would just help contribute in my opinion to the overall understanding of dynamics between certain characters involved here.
I also really liked the way this author has taken the time to set things up here for future story growth, And I’m guessing Zane and Honor are next.
So, This was told in dual POV my favourite and both Jackson and Maggie/Bird are such relatable and likeable people.
And I have to say, for such a charmingly clean romance this still surprisingly satisfied my sweet-tooth.
I do typically like my men a whole lot darker and my romance just more alpha arse-wholery but this, well it made my cheeks hurt smiling.


I didn’t care about the cheese or the cliches when my heart was going pitter-patter.
Deleted was just so AW in nature.
If you like a more romantic gentle romance then this is the one for you.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Deleted: Jackson and Maggie (Cliffside Bay series #2)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Mystery, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ BOOK REVIEW / Her Legacy (The Foster House Legacy # 1) / Teresa Crumpton /



Release Date-26th July 2016
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-

The Foster House

The house is important, and so are you, hexe. The ancient ones foretold this. Yet, we’re still not sure. But we won’t kill you. We have killed before, those that didn’t have the blood. Your ancestors want to protect you; they need to. Blood is the key. He wants your blood.

Peace and harmony must be restored.

A house’s thirst for blood and a family secret are revealed when Alexis, a young empathic law student, inherits her family’s long forgotten estate, The Foster House.

An empathic law student is the key.

When Alexis moves in to The Foster House, she is surrounded by ghosts and a mysterious history. A history that is her legacy. But it’s not just the house she needs to worry about. An evil entity has enlisted the help of an ex-special ops Captain, Brenton Young, to manipulate Alexis’s life for his own dark purposes.

A family legacy will be revealed.

As the FBI, NSA, and local police close in on Brenton Young, Alexis enlists the help of her boss and secret crush, District Attorney, Josh Hampton. Together, can they solve the mysteries of the house and discover what her true legacy really is or will the answers they find lead to more questions & mysteries

Her Legacy (The Foster House Legacy # 1)

Her Legacy by Teresa Crumpton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Release Date-26/7/16

So this was a difficult one for me, on the one hand, I did finish Her Legacy.
But on the other, I found it a struggle to actually get there.
Even skimming in places.
It was only my sheer pig-headed determination that got me to that ultimate end post.
I was so determined to finish this wanting to discover where this was ultimately heading.
Unfortunately for me, I discovered upon arriving at my destination that this book had an actual sequel.
And I’m sorry to say that this is one ride that I won’t be continuing on to the next stop with.
Don’t get me wrong the premise behind this book was actually very interesting and up until the halfway point here I was still somewhat invested in the whole nine yards.
But Somewhere in the middle of this things went slightly to pot for me and this wasn’t working its mojo on me anymore.
So there were a few things here that I found issue with that then managed to derail things somewhat for me.
First Alexis herself, I found her character to be a bit of an odd-duck.
She was described in the context of taking no shit and of being of a feisty nature.
Well, I got the impression that the actual opposite was true, she was constantly hyperventilating and fainting and came across as being of a delicate constitution, very eighteenth-century lady/
Damsel in distress.


Tucker and Daniel seemed to be her constant wingmen.
Which was a bloody strange happening in itself considering one was her ex and the other her brand new squeeze.
I also wasn’t really that invested in Daniel and Alexia’s relationship I just wasn’t feeling the love if I’m honest, sorry.
I also became quite confused in places as well and found myself having to re-read certain passages to orient myself within the story-line.
There was sometimes too much attention to detail and I would become distracted by the narrative which in itself was of a rather flowery nature.
For example, there were whole chapters dedicated to furniture placement it was such overkill and was also so tedious.
There really was no need for so much extra padding here.
It was not necessary and just lengthened what was already an extremely long read.
All without adding anything substantial to the overall plot.
Also, at times there was such character overload that I had difficulty keeping individuals straight in my head.
And for some weird obscure reason, everyone seemed to have a thing for Alexia like she was some kind of Love goddess.
So this was a bit of a mixed bag of tricks for me.
I really wish I could give this a higher rating overall.
“Her Legacy” wasn’t in itself awful, just a bit of a slog for me with a writing style that just wasn’t really my bag at all.
This still did have a fantastic supernatural gothicy feel to it and the overall ideas used here were still imaginative and made for an intriguing blurb.
Just a shame that ultimately this just wasn’t really my thing.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with a copy of “Her Legacy (The Foster House Legacy #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Dystopian, Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Teen, Young-Adult

/ARC-Book Review / True Born (True Born Trilogy, #1) / by L.E. Sterling /



Release Date-May 3rd 2016
Genre-Dystopian YA
Publisher-Entangled Teen
Kindle Edition-304 Pages

Welcome to Dominion City.

After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair.

The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…

And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.

When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?

As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood.

True Born by L.E. Sterling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


⭐⭐⭐1/2 STARS
Release Date-3/5/16

So True Born is book one of a trilogy that takes place in Dominion.
A city devastated by ruin caused by a plague on mankind.
There seems to be three tiers of people Splicers, Lasters and True Born.
The rich and entitled seem to be the splicers as only the rich can afford to splice there DNA to survive and the poor take up the majority of the Lasters who are really just waiting for the virus to take effect and finish them off.
Thrown into this mix are the True Born, In my opinion, the most fascinating of the three castes.
These True Borns are immune to the virus due to there throwback animal DNA this is evolution at its finest.
So True born is a clean YA book set in a dystopian future.
It features twins Lucy and Margot Fox the daughters of a wealthy high-placed splicer couple and is told from Lucy’s POV.
As this pair approach their eighteenth birthday there orderly efficient life is about to change as they know it.
Into this background is dropped Jared who as well as being a True Born himself is also quite taken with Lucy and really just wants to keep her safe while also opening her eyes to the atrocities being committed in the city.
Jared is part of Storm Logans team who along with other True Borns have been hired to provide protection to the twins while their parents are out of town.
So that is the basic gist of this book and while I did enjoy it, I do have some minor issues as well.
So first it did take me quite a while to become invested in this story.
I’m not actually sure why that was.
Maybe because this was quite slow moving and took a while to actually get going.
Or maybe it was the information overload initially and trying to get this world straight in my head.
That being said the world building here was fantastic and very thorough indeed.
And when I did finally merge with True Born I’ve got to say I was so glad I’d persevered here as it was well worth the wait.
I also really liked both girls they’d lived a very sheltered life which had definitely impacted there outlook on things and I adored Jared and the other True Borns.
Jared had such a protective vibe towards Lucy even when he was trying to distance himself he couldn’t help but adhere to her side like glue.
I also enjoyed the diversity of the different characters here all being very unique in themselves.
The parents, well they were just a waste of breath, what rotten child-rearing skills.
True Born for me really sent the message that even in this dystopian landscape the rich and powerful holds all the cards while the little man is left to suffer in vain.
Nothing had changed with the powers that be just the surrounding settings.
I found True Born to be an enjoyable start to a YA trilogy with a powerful message to also impart.
I was provided with an ARC of “True Born (True Born Trilogy, #1)” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Young-Adult

/ ARC-Book Review / Beauty And The Vampire / Zoe Hunter /



Release Date-19th February 2018
Genre-Romantic Fantasy
Kindle Edition-207 Pages

“Beauty and the Beast Meets Twilight” 
Honor student and cheerleader, Bel Winter, works hard to be a normal teenager. But deep down, she knows she is far from normal. The glowing rose-shaped mark on her shoulder is her first clue. 

As her 17th birthday draws close, Bel’s friends fear she is losing her grip on reality. Yet, Bel believes. The visions she sees are real. The men in black capes who come out of the shadows are real. 

And they are coming for her…

On the night of Bel’s birthday, at the stroke of midnight, her world goes black. When she wakes, she is thrust into a new and frightening world—the underground Onyx City. 

It is a place rife with magic and creatures of the night. 

It is a place of dark beauty, dangerous intrigue and ruled by a beast—the ruthless vampire prince, Ezra Blade.

When Bel makes a desperate attempt to escape her captors, she trespasses through the royal gardens, and is caught by the prince himself. Now, her fate is in his hands. Though she fears the mercurial Ezra, Bel knows he alone has the power to release her from the Onyx City. 

Can Bel tame the beast? And convince him to set her free?

Fans of romance, intrigue and vampires will devour this magical retelling of a timeless tale.

Beauty and the VampireBeauty and the Vampire by Zoey Hunter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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So “Beauty and the vampire” was one I was really looking forward to.
Not only was the cover of this book visually stunning it was one that the blurb really intrigued me.
capturing my attention then reeling me in.
The idea of a vampiric beauty and the beast, which just so happens to be one of my favourite Disney stories, really appealed to me in every way.
So Cheerleader Bel with her mum AWOL and her best friend and crush flirting it up elsewhere finds herself on the Eve of her 17th birthday transported to an alternate world.
the underground Onyx City where she is now a vessel for creatures of the night and property of the royal house itself.
A place Where magic abounds and Vampires rule.
So when Bel trespasses in the royal gardens she comes to the attention of the vampire prince, Ezra Blade.

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So this was a tale of two halves for me.
I loved the first half of this book and was disappointed in the second.
I felt that this should have been longer and there was so much more that could have been made of this fantastically fresh idea.
There were Ideas that were put forward but not always explained like the Infirmary, it was such a chilling concept but not expanded on.
A missed opportunity for sure.
I also felt too much was made of Ezra’s first love being totally beyond compare totally making Bel seem like the consolation prize.
Even the ending here when he doesn’t express verbally the same sentiments back at Bel shows a lack of commitment on Ezra’s part.
I felt overall the second half of this was rushed and so much more could have been achieved here.
The finish also I found to be very abrupt indeed.
Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy this, it was just disappointing that this reality hadn’t been expanded on in more depth.
A shame as the world building here was fantastic.
One other slight nitpick I would have liked to see the mums fate as she was a class A Biotch who needed exterminating.
“Beauty and the vampire” could do with a bit of an overall and the ending ekeing out a bit.
If that was done I can guarantee a higher rating from me.
I met in the middle when it came to rating this, three stars.
I would definitely read a follow-on to this as I’m curious where this could go.
And as I said earlier this is a greatly imaginative idea.
So I was provided with an ARC of “Beauty and the Vampire” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.

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Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

/ Book-Review / Bleeding Hearts / Dana Louise Provo /



Release Date-25h August 2016
Genre-Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Kindle Edition-213 Pages
Publisher-Clean Reads

Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare. 

Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life. 

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-coloured bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighbouring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the elusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

Bleeding Hearts (Book #1)Bleeding Hearts by Dana Louise Provo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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So Bleeding Hearts (Book #1) by Dana Louise Provo is the story of twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks, Cami to her friends a shy girl orphaned at a young age and just wanting some love.
So when a handsome stranger Carson shows an interest Cami imagines herself in love.
But it soon becomes apparent there is something a bit off about her new love, her friends can see it but Cami wants to believe in his love so ignores the warning signs.
When she finally does see the light Carson shows his true colours forcing Cami to fight for her life and ending up on the doorstep of neighbour Isaac a police officer who then makes it his mission to take Cami under his wing and protect her from the madman who is obsessed with her.
So I did enjoy this, I just struggled a bit with the writing style as it was a bit different to what I am used to.
Bleeding hearts told the story backwards with Cami’s run to safety and then a series of flashback telling the backstory here.
As this progresses we get to see all the events that have led up to this present time.
And as Issac struggles to protect Cami they grow closer pulled together in a way by the circumstances as well as a mutual attraction.
So I liked the fact that this was more story focused than romance focused.
The romance between Cami and Isaac almost took a back seat as events unfolded.
happening slowly in the background.
Though the way this was told wasn’t really my favourite style of writing you couldn’t help but be pulled in as this story progresses.
The way events eventually unfolded, well I did guess, But that was fine it was still an edge of your seat ride that delivered on all fronts.
I would have liked maybe to get to know Isaac a bit more than I did as I feel he actually got lost in the story.
He was just there and I feel most of the focus was on Carson.
So yeh that would have the icing for me as I feel he was a bit of a stranger.
So yeh this was an entertaining read that I enjoyed.
I was provided with an ARC of “Bleeding Hearts” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.

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Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Young-Adult

💜ARC-Book Review💜 Wicked Charm💜 by Amber Hart💜



Release Date-30th January 2018
Genre-YA Romantic Suspense
Publisher-Entangled Teen
Kindle Edition-304 Pages

Nothing good comes from living in the Devil’s swamp.

Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn’t half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.

Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.

Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.

But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there’s something else that draws Willow to him.

When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they’re leading to her own death.

Wicked CharmWicked Charm by Amber Hart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Date-30/1/18

What a great read, I wasn’t expecting to like this so much Wicked Charm By Amber Hart was a fabulous enchanting but nerve-wracking read.
Set in the swamps of Okefenokee, Willow Bell and her parents have gone to live with her grandmother Old Lady Bell.
And it isn’t long before she catches the eye of local teenage playboy Beau Cadwell.
Beau with his riddles and many ex-girlfriends.
He guards his heart due to the loss of his parents.
He lives with his scarily mean twin sister Charlotte, and his grandpa on the land adjoining Willows grandmothers.
But chilling deadly events are occurring in this small town.
There’s a serial killer on the loose and ex-girlfriends of Beau are turning up dead in the swamp.
Set against the vivid background of the swamp “Wicked Charm” has so much to recommend it.
In some ways, it was like entering a different world, one of shadow, light and secrets waiting to be discovered.
I Loved this aspect of the story, it was such a unique setting for a YA novel.
So, Wicked Charm does exactly what it says on the tin and I found it very refreshing to read a story that makes no apologies for its simplicity.
This was a clean YA that was heavy on the sweet romance and came accompanied by a big dash of intrigue.
It had interesting diverse characters that made this easy to get lost in.
I did kind of guess who the killer may be but this didn’t really detract from my enjoyment.
I loved the ending and this was a very enjoyable read.
NetGalley provided me with an ARC of “Wicked Charm” by Amber Hart of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own

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Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

👼ARC-Book Review👼 The Crossing By E. H. James👼



Release Date-January 5th 2018
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Publisher-Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Kindle Edition-141 Pages

Unaware of the powers lurking within her, Caitlin opens a door between worlds, allowing a fallen angel to pass through the veil of darkness into the light.

Attaching himself to Caitlin, he feeds off her fear to build his strength, intending to kill her, in order to prevent the door through which he can be forced back into the darkness from opening.

Aware of Malfeil’s return, Ezriel, the angel who cast him down by divine order, must be the one to send him back into the darkness. He appears to Caitlin, calling upon her to ask her to help him. But between his visits—causing her to have missing time—and Malfeil doing whatever he can to frighten her, Caitlin begins to question her sanity.

Realizing what she must do, there’s just one problem. An emergency room doctor, with a penchant for house calls, believes her unstable and is seeking to have her institutionalized.

Now she must evade the doctor while seeking out Ezriel…and all before Malfeil kills her.

WARNING: This book contains language and violence that may be offensive to some readers.

The CrossingThe Crossing by E.H. James

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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So The crossing By E H James seemed an interesting premise.
It all revolves around Caitlin a girl who after tragically losing her best friend in an accident Unwittingly opens a door between worlds attracting a fallen angel who starts to feed off her emotions.
this was a short but sweet read. I found Caitlin herself to be a likeable character and the paranormal events occurring around her were interesting to behold.
I did think Some of the secondary characters could do with a bit more fleshing out as at times they seemed a bit one-dimensional in their behaviours especially the love interest, who I really didn’t like at all.
He came across as a bit of a dick if I’m honest, some background concerning his overall decisions would maybe make him seem a much more likeable character.
I instead vote for the priest/Angel for Caitlin’s love interest, I get the impression that he’s quite a yummy Fella and he has wings so need I say more.
So the way this ended I imagine this story will be the start of a series.
It will be really interesting to see where this is going as there are endless possibilities here regarding plot direction.
So overall, This was a fascinating idea but wasn’t quite my cup of tea, though I would still say It was an alright read that could be improved upon with some fleshing out.
I was provided with an ARC of The Crossing by E.H. James of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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Historical, Humorous, Reviews, Romance

Once Upon a Time Travel by Sariah Wilson

Release Date- 21st November 2017
Publisher-Kindle Press
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-312 pages

Once upon a time…

Recent college grad Emma Damon knows the Rose Room in Hartley Hall is off limits, which is exactly why she can’t wait to get inside. Once she enters the forbidden room, Emma learns more about the history of the museum than she ever intended to know.

Waking up confused and shocked in 1816, all Emma wants is to return to her cozy home with flushing toilets and disposable razors. But when she’s mistaken for someone else, Emma must pretend to be everything she’s not. About to be engaged to the Earl of Hartley’s brother, Emma fails miserably at playing the role of a sophisticated lady.

Hartley is determined to ensure that the quirky and adorable woman marries his brother – despite his ever-growing attraction to her. After loving and losing, he refuses to fall prey to the shackles of love. But as his desire for Emma increases, he knows he must forfeit his happiness for his brother’s future. After all, there’s no such thing as happily ever after.

Or is there?

Once Upon a Time TravelOnce Upon a Time Travel by Sariah Wilson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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I picked up Once Upon a Time Travel By Sariah Wilson as I fancied something light and fluffy and this certainly hit the spot.
This is my first experience with a Sariah Wilson book and this definitely got a thumbs up from me.
It was just what I needed, An easy read that put a big smile on my face.
So first I just want to say I absolutely love time travel romances and couldn’t wait to get stuck into this one.
“So Once Upon A Time Travel,” Tells the story of Emma Damon who while working at Hartley Hall manages to get herself transported through time to 1816 (200 years in the past to be precise).
Here Emma gets mistaken for someone else entirely, an American lass by the name of Miss Emily Blythe.
Seeing no other course of action Emma decides to pretend to be Miss Blythe Until she can work out how to return home.
The only dilemma is Miss Blythe is about to be engaged to the earl of Hartley’s brother and Emma now must learn how to engage with polite society in this time period and help keep her true identity under wraps.
To further confound things, Emma takes a massive shine to The Earl Of Hartley.
The Earl himself has vowed never to marry, so pushes his feeling for Emma aside while in turn nudging her in his brother’s direction.
So this story was lovely, it kept my interest, flowed brilliantly and also made me chuckle on numerous occasions.
The two main characters Emma and Hartley were extremely likeable, though I did find Hartley a bit thick-headed at times particularly in regard to his ex-love Libby, who everyone but he could see what a huge golddigger the girl was.
I loved all the secondary characters, especially aunt Charles that woman cracked me up.
This was also a mainly clean read, Bar a couple of heated kisses this was PG rated all the way.
So Once upon a time travel really does do what it says on the tin, its a feel good delightful fun read that I really loved.
So now for my negatives and I really hate to do this as I really did enjoy this story very much,
So here goes,
first, I didn’t like the introduction of magic into the story, I think it was just put out there to help explain the time travelling nature of this tale, I don’t think it added much overall and I would have preferred it not to have entered the equation at all as this was such a lovely tale and it was managing just fine without its inclusion.
That brings me to my second gripe the time travelling itself.
I kept waiting for someone to explain how the dress with the note got into the closet, and waiting and waiting some more, I finally assumed Emma had put it there at some point but this was never actually clarified for me.
Then there were a lot of things that came out of Emma’s mouth that I felt people in the 1800’s would have been much more shocked by, she didn’t have a filter, I myself found her extremely amusing but I felt The aristocracy of the nineteenth century would have been outraged.
My final issue was When the real Miss Emily Blythe reared her little head.
It was brushed away so easily and I found the events just a little convenient and a trifle unbelievable in their content.
So, Now that nasty business is over with, let me just say that this was such an entertaining read.
I found Once Upon a time travel very amusing and I would so recommend this to others no issue.
So lastly just want to say thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing me with an ARC
This is my own unbiased and honest opinion.

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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Historical, Horror, Mystery, Reviews, Suspense

Wrath of the Ancients (Nemesis of the Gods #1)

Release Date-October 24th 2017
Publisher-Lyrical Underground
Kindle Edition-176 pages


Egypt, 1908

Eminent archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands . . .

Vienna, 1913

Young widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus, transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of hieroglyphics.

Something pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy .

Wrath of the AncientsWrath of the Ancients by Catherine Cavendish

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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🌟🌟🌟 STARS.
This is my first Book By Catherine Cavendish and I found it to be suitably chilling with an almost gothic feel to it, overall I found this an enjoyable pleasant experience.
“Wrath of the Ancients” tells the story of archaeologist Dr Emeryk Quintillus and his quest and
obsession to resurrect his beloved Queen Cleopatra through any means necessary.
Doing this sets in motion an ancient curse that will have repercussions echoing down through the century.
So this is where our Adeline Ogilvy, a young widow, comes onto the playing field.
Miss Ogilvy comes across as a very sensible, pragmatic, and I would say not easily spooked young woman. I found her to be a very likeable character.
So Adeline is employed under false pretences to journey to Vienna to transcribe the late Dr Quintillus’s memoirs. Supposedly being a direct descendant of Cleopatra herself she is needed to complete Dr Quintillus ritual. To be the vessel he needs to restore his beloved Queen.
What follows is a truly frightening and menacing experience for Adeline and all who attempt to aide her in her battle with this old ancient evil.
Now, this is the part of the story I loved and despite initially thinking I was going to struggle with the writing style I soon got into my stride, riveted with not only this eerie Egyptian horror tale but also so immersed in 1913 Vienna.
I especially loved the little snapshots of historical figures intercepted throughout, this was a very nice touch indeed.
Now if I was Rating on this part of the story alone, I would give this a four star all the way.
I couldn’t put “Wrath Of The Ancients” down, so needed to know what was coming next.
My main issue was that despite the excellent woven tale I encountered in Part one of this book, Part two itself fell a trifle flat for me.
It seemed rather rushed, as well as short and didn’t really flow that well, just my opinion.
In fact, I would go as far as to say, I found it an actual chore.
Surprisingly, I took longer to get through this short part two than its predecessor and it pulled for me, what was a so promising book down slightly.
Thankfully Part three made me smile again especially getting to connect with an Adeline who is now in her Eighty’s.
I loved hearing her casual everyday observations of the differences in life she now experiences.
It was So removed from her life in 1918 showcasing the progression of time and its effects.
So It’s now 1964 and Markus Von Durnstein resides in that dreaded house, he writes needing Adaline’s help, so she agrees to travel to Vienna to assist, though nothing on earth will persuade her to reside in that evil house,(Don’t bloody blame her) it’s a hotel all though way for Adeline.
The two team up to try and defeat the darkness encroaching, this time hopefully for good.
So I’m gonna break this down as this is a hard one to fairly judge.
Part one – So good, definite four stars.
Part Two – Seemed rushed and too short, two stars at the most.
part three – back on form again, back up to a three.
There is also a very brief afterword which I will get to that in a minute.
so I’ve decided to meet in the middle and give this three stars.
I also wasn’t quite onboard with the style of narrative, as besides the prologue, we spent so much time in Adeline’s head, it was a major shock to suddenly find myself in another.
Maybe if an extra point of view had been thrown into part one, I wouldn’t have felt as adrift later on, but that’s just a personal opinion.
Now for the afterword, I will be short and sweet here.
I didn’t like it, thought it was completly unnecessary and it left me with a very bad taste in my mouth indeed.
So there we have it a good solid read, which I experienced a few minor issues with.
Still very much worth giving a go.
So if you like spooky gothic ghost stories with a smidge of horror and if like me you like anything to do with Egyptology give this a go.
Thank you to NetGalley the publisher and the author for providing a free arc of “Wrath Of The Ancients” By Catherine Cavendish, this is my own personal unbiased opinion.

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Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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