February Wrap-Up

My important exam is finally done! Maybe there will be another one later this year, maybe it will be next. But for now I am free. Ish. There are other exams this month… But let’s no think about this and talk about books instead!

Books I’ve bought










Pocketful of Bones by Julie Frayn                    Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale
Buy it                                                                       Buy it
Amazon.de*                                                           Amazon.de*
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Cursed City by William Massa                               Gemini keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday
Buy it                                                                           Buy it
Amazon.de*                                                               Amazon.de*
Amazon.com*                                                            Amazon.com*


Books I’ve read










George by Alex Gino                  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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Amazon.de*                                 Amazon.de*
Amazon.com*                             Amazon.com*










The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan    A gathering of Shadows
Buy it                                                                Buy it
Amazon.de*                                                     Amazon.de*
Amazon.com*                                                  Amazon.com*


Books I’ve reviewed

Darkling by Brooklyn Ray
My Review
Buy Darkling:


Books I’ve dnf-ed

The Interludes by J.K. Duval
Buy it

I really need to review more books again… I’ll make a note in my planner!


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-read Forever

This meme is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Books I could re-read forever? I feel like the possibilities are endless and at the same time really… not that many? Am I making any sense? Probably not…

  • Captive Prince series by CS Pacat –> already reread
    My review / buy on Amazon.com* / buy on Amazon.de*

    Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

    Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

    For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…




  • Catalysts: The Scientific Method Universe series by Kris Ripper –> already reread
    My review / buy on Amazon.com* / buy on Amazon.de*

    Sometimes all it takes is meeting one person to turn your world upside down. Will Derrie likes girls but he isn’t honest with them; he wants kinky sex and lots of it. When Hugh offers to dominate him, no sex required, Will realizes it might not be so easy to separate the two.

    Sometimes all it takes is a new angle on an old idea to change everything you thought you wanted. Hugh Reynolds holds the world at arm’s length. He lives alone, works alone, and he thinks he’s as happy as he’ll ever be. But Will gets under his skin and once he’s gone, Hugh realizes he doesn’t want to go it alone forever.

    Sometimes all it takes is a random encounter to open your mind (and your heart). Truman Jennings hits on a cute guy at a conference and he’s smitten by the end of their first date. Hugh’s not the kindest or the easiest boyfriend Truman’s ever had, but he brings one thing to their relationship that no one else could: kinky, adventurous, sweetly submissive Will.

    Sometimes you can’t find the right man till you find the wrong one. Three men. Three sides to love, and intimacy, and laughter. Three people who don’t know what they’re looking for…until they find it in each other.

  • Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux –> already reread
    buy on Amazon.com* / buy on Amazon.de*

     A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.

    Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He’s cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he’s paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it’s hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliche: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.

    Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer’s knife.

  • The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken –> already reread
    my review / buy on Amazon.com* / buy on Amazon.de*

     When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
    Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

  • All for the Game series by Nora Sakavic –> already reread
    my review / buy on Amazon.com* / buy on Amazon.de*

     Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

    Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

    But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.




  • Harry Potter series/universe by JK Rowling –> already reread
    buy on Amazon.com* / buy on Amazon.de*

    Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

    After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

    Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

    Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.


  • Here’s the Thing by Emily O’Beirne –> plan to reread soon
    my review / buy on Amazon.com* / buy on Amazon.de*

    It’s only for a year. That’s what sixteen-year-old Zel keeps telling herself after moving to Sydney for her dad’s work. She’ll just wait it out until she gets back to New York and Prim, her epic crush/best friend, and the unfinished subway project. Even if Prim hasn’t spoken to her since that day on Coney Island.

    But Zel soon finds life in Sydney won’t let her hide. There’s her art teacher, who keeps forcing her to dig deeper. There’s the band of sweet, strange misfits her cousin has forced her to join for a Drama project. And then there’s the curiosity that is the always-late Stella.

    As she waits for Prim to explain her radio silence and she begins to forge new friendships, Zel feels strung between two worlds. Finally, she must figure out how to move on while leaving no one behind.




  • His Quiet Agent by Ada Maria Soto –> plan to reread soon
    my review / buy on Amazon.com* / buy on Amazon.de*

    Arthur Drams works for a secret government security agency, but all he really does is spend his days in a cubicle writing reports no one reads. After getting another “lateral promotion” by a supervisor who barely remembers his name, it’s suggested that Arthur try to ‘make friends’ and ‘get noticed’ in order to move up the ladder. It’s like high school all over again: his attempts to be friendly come across as awkward and creepy, and no one wants to sit at the same table with him at lunch. In a last-ditch attempt to be seen as friendly and outgoing, he decides to make friends with The Alien, aka Agent Martin Grove, known for his strange eating habits, unusual reading choices, and the fact that no one has spoken to him in three years.

    Starting with a short, surprisingly interesting conversation on sociology books, Arthur slowly begins to chip away at The Alien’s walls using home-cooked meals to lure the secretive agent out of his abrasive shell. Except Martin just might be something closer to an actual secret agent than paper-pusher Arthur is, and it might be more than hearts at risk when something more than friendship begins to develop.

  • How to be a normal Person by TJ Klune –> already reread
    my review / buy on Amazon.com* / buy on Amazon.de*

     Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.
    Gus is not normal. And he’s fine with that. All he wants is to be left alone.
    Until Casey, an asexual stoner hipster and the newest employee at Lottie’s Lattes, enters his life. For some reason, Casey thinks Gus is the greatest thing ever. And maybe Gus is starting to think the same thing about Casey, even if Casey is obsessive about Instagramming his food.

    But Gus isn’t normal and Casey deserves someone who can be. Suddenly wanting to be that someone, Gus steps out of his comfort zone and plans to become the most normal person ever.
    After all, what could possibly go wrong?

  • Scoring Chances series by Avon Gale –> plan to reread soon
    buy on Amazon.com* / buy on Amazon.de*

     A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.

    After spending years guilt ridden for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.

    Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime trying to forget, but also a sleazy GM who is determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets a player, Misha revisits his darkest days, and that might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.

I see a series trend with this… but there are 3 standalones at least!

Have you read or even reread any of these books? What books could you reread forever?


Review: Darkling by Brooklyn Ray

 Series: Port Lewis Witches (book 1)

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Diversity: LGBTQIA+ (m/m, trans* character, f/f)

Rating: 3/5 stars

Cover: Those colours! And the moons! And the candle!

Link: goodreads

Trigger warnings: gore, blood play

Description: Port Lewis, a coastal town perched on the Washington cliffs, is surrounded by dense woods, and is home to quaint coffee shops, a movie theater, a few bars, two churches, the local college, and witches, of course.

Ryder is a witch with two secrets—one about his blood and the other about his heart. Keeping the secrets hasn’t been a problem, until a tarot reading with his best friend, Liam Montgomery, who happens to be one of his secrets, starts a chain of events that can’t be undone.

Dark magic runs through Ryder’s veins. The cards have prophesized a magical catastrophe that could shake the foundation of Ryder’s life, and a vicious partnership with the one person he doesn’t want to risk.

Magic and secrets both come at a cost, and Ryder must figure out what he’s willing to pay to become who he truly is.

Review: Did I miss something?

While reading Darkling I checked several times if it truly is book 1. It seems to be but I felt like I missed quite a lot of information?

The main pairing was enjoyable to me – especially the lovely way of acting towards each other – but they started out as (best?) friends and in the span of a few seconds they were lovers? Is there a story about them before this book? I felt like I needed to know more about the other characters as well as the whole universe as well.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I really liked Darkling’s take on witches, their familiars and especially necromancers. But have you ever read a fanfiction about a series you know nothing about? That’s the way I felt while reading.

Usually when I’m this confused I dnf because why bother? But I still was so very, very hooked! The writing sucks you right in and like I said before, I really like Ryder and Liam. I like them on their own and I like them together (and together-together, if you know what I mean…)

Maybe Darkling would have profited from way more pages, because the story was over in the blink of an eye and a lot of development seemed to be skipped over. Or maybe that is my confusion speaking, but my liking of the book says ‘gimme the next part now!’.

Last words: That was a short and confusing but kinda fun ride.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Do you want to buy Darkling now? Just click the link or the picture.

Amazon.de*        Amazon.com*






*affiliate link: this DOESN’T mean you pay more, I simply receive some money if you decide to buy Darkling.

January Wrap-Up

2018 will be a year full of changes. Most will be only for me, but some of them may influcence Books to get lost in. Two changes are only for my blog.

One of them is going back to monthly reviews, the other change has its own blog post.


I’ve joined an affiliate program. Read more about it here.

Books I’ve bought









Buy The Magpie Lord              Blood Stained Tea
Amazon.de*                               Amazon.de*
Amazon.com*                            Amazon.com*

ARCs I received

Buy The Interludes

Books I’ve read









Buy The Magpie Lord           Buy Gemina
Amazon.de*                            Amazon.de*

Amazon.com*                         Amazon.com*


Buy The Devil you know       Buy Empty Net
Amazon.de*                           Amazon.de*
Amazon.com*                        Amazon.com*

Books I’ve put on my tbr

A tiny Piece of something Greater

Books I’ve reviewed









Review: All the Ways to Here     Review: Self Love Workbook Planner      Review: Skin

Books I’ve dnf-ed







Buy Cop Town                  Buy Sleeping Beauties
Amazon.de*                      Amazon.de*
Amazon.com*                   Amazon.com*



*affiliate link: this DOESN’T mean you pay more, I simply receive some money if you decide to buy the book via the link I’ve provided.

Making Money as a Book Blogger

Hopefully I didn’t scare you with that headline? I will NEVER accept payment for writing a positive review! So no worries there.

I’m simply using affiliate links as of now. Or rather as of yesterday. I’m slowly updating my blog, starting with the reviews with the highest rating and slowly working my way downwards.

What does that mean for you?
Nothing changes really. My reviews will stays the same, always offering my honest opinion of the reviewed book. If you decide you’d like to buy the book in question and you want to buy it at Amazon, you can use the affiliate link I’ve put in my review (it’s always marked with an * and there’s always an explanation if it being an affiliate link at the end of the review). If you use the link, you don’t pay more (nor less sadly) than the price you would’ve paid without it. I simply receive a small amount of money as away of thanks from Amazon for generating a buy.

I don’t intent my blog as my only way of income (so much nope), but I wouldn’t say no to a little pocket-money for more books or bookish stuff.  That’s way I’ve decided to join. But you absolutely do not have to use my affiliate links if you don’t want to!

Are there any other sellers you buy at? I’m currently affiliating with amazon.de and amazon.com.

If you are a blogger, do you use affiliate programs?


Review: Skin by Christian Baines

 Series: Standalone

Genre: Horror

Diversity: LGBTQIA+ (m/m), maybe more

Rating: dnf

Cover: There should have been a rape scene on it.

Links: goodreads, Amazon.de*, Amazon.com*

Trigger warnings: rape, murder, maybe more

Description: Kyle, a young newcomer to New Orleans, is haunted by the memory of his first lover, brutally murdered just outside the French Quarter.

Marc, a young Quarter hustler, is haunted by an eccentric spirit that shares his dreams, and by the handsome but vicious lover who shares his bed.

When the barrier between these men comes down, it will prove thinner than the veil between the living and the dead…or between justice and revenge.

Review: I feel like I need to bleach my eyes.

When writing a dnf review or a review with a low rating I like to include parts of the book I liked. But there were absolutely none in Skin. In all honesty I should have dnf-ed sooner, but I am relieved that I didn’t struggle on because I’ve heard it gets even worse.

So, the reason for my dnf? I didn’t enjoy reading Skin at all and then there were the rape parts. Imagine a character is being hunted by three men and it is crystal clear that they are out for blood. Is that a situation to notice how “cute” one of them is? Are you fucking seriously?! And then the on page rape scene is written for erotic intent. HOW ABOUT NO?!

The way the male character with a ‘feminine touch’ was written read to me a lot like sexism. Add a lot of female slurs and I’m out.

If you’re interested in a review of a reader who struggled through Skin check out Sameena Jehanzbeb’s.

Last words: So much nope.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.


*affiliate link: this DOESN’T mean you pay more, I simply receive some money if you decide to buy Skin

Review: Self-Love Workbookby Dominee Wyrick

 Series: Self-Love Workbook

Genre: non-fiction, self-help

Diversity: It’s your choice?

Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover: I’m kinda sorry I only own the digital product

Links: Blessing Manifesting

Trigger warnings: None

Description: I started the Self-Love Workbook in 2013 as a planner/tool to help me love myself. I wanted a place to dump all this self-help/personal-growth stuff that was happening in my life after so many years of self-loathing. I was working really hard at being a better me and I wanted to put all of these thoughts and feelings into a place where I could continue to work on them and where I could see the transformation happening on paper.

This workbook was the essence of getting my shit together in one big, beautiful, book.

Since then, the Self-Love Workbook has transformed into a powerful tool, not just for self-love/self-care but for personal transformation.

This year we have several versions! Sober Life, Mom Life, Biz Life, Witch Life, and Mental Health!

Review: This workbook is just the thing I needed!

My second half of 2017 was full of personal development or at least the want for it. But I really didn’t know how to get started on this journey. It’s not really something that is taught at school, is it? So I was kinda lost. And when I’m lost I ask the internet.

I really can’t remember all the websites I’ve been on. I do remember that I found something maybe-useful on most of them, but never THE thing. But my search history influenced my pinterest ‘feed’ and more and more I saw pins of the Self-Love Workbook. The cover is so beautiful in its minimalism and colour scheme, that the pins caught my eyes every time. And I opened them on a weekly basis and stared longingly at the Self-Love Workbook.

I tried resisting it for about a month. And then I bought it. But I am kinda impatient with these things so I bought the digital copy to get started immediately. Plus I own a rather big fake filofax that is impossible for daily use, so… a match made in heaven?

And it is. I love designing the pages exactly the way I want them to be (I don’t print the digital copy because my printer sucks). But I still think I’ll be the print copy for 2019.

But let’s start talking about the important things: the content.

I love how the questions aren’t about rainbows and puppies. Not that there’s something wrong with rainbows and puppies (especially not with puppies!) but that wouldn’t help me. At all. I need to get to the dark side so to speak. I need to be asked uncomfortable questions I would stay the hell away from if I’d be on my own.

But there are other questions I wouldn’t ask myself as well if were not for this workbook. I wouldn’t have thought about my happiest moments in 2017, because… I don’t know why. But I know I wouldn’t have. Thinking about them though? Gave me a big happiness rush and an important realization about myself.

I wouldn’t have made a self care list even though I wanted to. But there was always something different to do. Whenever I use my Self-Love Workbook though? I don’t put a task on the ‘do later list’. I just do it.

If you want to take a peek at this workbook, you can watch videos about it on Blessing Manifesting!

FYI: I’ve bought the Mental Health add-on as well and I love it just as much as the original.

Whenever I enjoy an author’s work I want to own everything they’ve published, so… don’t be surprised if I review more of Dominee Wyrick’s products!




Review: All the Ways to Here

gcsebzpSeries: Future Leaders (book 2)

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA

Diversity: f/f, different LGBTQIA+/MOGAI characters

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Cover: Turquoise!

Links: goodreads, Author Homepage
Amazon.de*, Amazon.com*

Trigger warnings: mentions of eating disorder

Description: In this sequel to Future Leaders of Nowhere, Finn and Willa come home from camp to find everything is different. Even as they grow more sure of their feelings for each other, everything around them feels less certain.

When Finn gets involved in a new community project, she’s forced to question where her priorities lie at school. Meanwhile, her dad has moved interstate, her mother is miserable, and her home feels like a ghost town.

Willa’s discovering how to negotiate the new terrains of romance and school friendships when an accident at home reminds her just how tenuous her family situation is. Suddenly, even with her dad in town, she’s shouldering more responsibility than ever.

As they try to navigate these new worlds together, Finn’s learning she has to figure out what she wants, and Willa how to ask for what she needs.

Review: So worth the wait!

I think I may have a new second favourite book by Emily O’Beirne (Here’s the Thing will probably stay forever in first place)!

You know those romances where the whole book is about the romance and the (mostly) two people involved in it? Whenever something not-relationship-y happens it’s only so relationship-y stuff can come out of it? Not here! Of course not here.

Instead Finn and Willa still have their separate lives. Just because you’re in love with someone doesn’t mean there isn’t any everyday stuff to do and that you can’t think about anything different than your partner. And Finn and Willa do have a lot on their plate.

All the Ways to Here picks off where Future Leaders to Nowhere ended and I really love how there isn’t a big time jump between the two books. There was a rather big time jump between me reading the first and then the second book but it didn’t feel like it because I was back in the story from page 1.

I can’t tell you about everything I love about this book, because I’d spoiler the whole book and I really want you to experience it on your own…

I still want to talk about two themes: friendships and expectations.

I love the friendships that are portrayed in All the Ways to Here! They are not without complications and they’re not interchangeable with each other, because guess what? People are different so the relationship you’ve got with one person will be different from that with another person. I especially enjoyed the worry of one character about one of their friend’s eating disorder, because it is well done. I can imagine having the same thoughts and fears about it being true and how to talk to one person about them having an ED.

But the thing that really hit home were expectations. There is a lot of pressure on Finn and Willa about who they should be, what they should do, how they should be. I myself lived my life according to other people’s expectations and I wasn’t happy that way. I wasn’t exactly miserable either (most of the time at least) but that really is no way to live your life. The characters have to deal with different expectations and the way that stress shapes them. I love Emily for not portraying them ‘sweetly’ stressed but have them lashing out if it gets too much.

Okay, I lied… there’s a third theme I want to mention: talking in relationships

Relationships are about communication. Your partner can’t read your mind, so you have to talk to them. Finn and Willa give a great example about how to talk to your partner about the things that are on your mind and what will happen if you do not talk about it.

I really love how healthily their relationship is portrayed. Like really. So often in YA it I roll my eyes or worse have to yell about abusive patterns but this YA book? You won’t see me doing any of this. Instead I’ll yell about how there’s an example on how to deal with your partner when they’re being moody. Spoiler: the answer’s not to extort them!

This book will end up as one of my rare double copies! I already own the ebook on my fictional shelf but I HAVE to have the print book on my actual bookshelf as well. This alone should tell you how much I love All the Ways to Here.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.


*affiliate link: this DOESN’T mean you pay more, I simply receive some money if you decide to buy All the Ways to Here.

2017’s Books to get lost in

It’s the end of the year – well kinda at least. Since I’m on my way to my girlfriend tomorrow where I won’t have time to blog (and let’s be honest, I don’t want to) I’m posting today my best books of 2017.

Just now I was going through my Goodreads and I totally forgot so many great books that I have read this year! I forgot about some reaaaally bad ones as well, but we don’t want to talk about those…

This post will move chronically back through the year, so don’t wander if it is not alphabetically or by rating sorted.


22055262 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.


34909565 All the Ways to Here by Emily O’Beirne – Review to come soon!

In this sequel to Future Leaders of Nowhere, Finn and Willa come home from camp to find everything is different. Even as they grow more sure of their feelings for each other, everything around them feels less certain.

When Finn gets involved in a new community project, she’s forced to question where her priorities lie at school. Meanwhile, her dad has moved interstate, her mother is miserable, and her home feels like a ghost town.

Willa’s discovering how to negotiate the new terrains of romance and school friendships when an accident at home reminds her just how tenuous her family situation is. Suddenly, even with her dad in town, she’s shouldering more responsibility than ever.

As they try to navigate these new worlds together, Finn’s learning she has to figure out what she wants, and Willa how to ask for what she needs.


 Scorpio hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday – Review to come soon!

This year is all about healing the heart, Scorpio. It’s time to leave negative attitudes and stoic facades at the door and let others see the real, more vulnerable you.

Percy Freedman is not grieving. Absolutely not, take that back at once. No, he’s entirely sure that selling his dead aunt’s home and leaving the neighbors he’s known for years is the sane thing to do. Who in their right mind would keep the house that smells like all the hugs he’ll never have again?

Nobody, that’s who.

Well, except his cul-de-sac neighbors. They all seem to think some paint and new furniture will clean the emotional slate. They all want him to stay.

Even his nemesis, Callaghan Glover.

Especially his nemesis, Callaghan Glover.

Lured into a game of Sherlock Gnomes, Percy finds himself hanging out with his neighbors more than might be considered healthy. Along with juggling new and surprising verbal grenades from Cal, and his burgeoning friendship with Gnomber9, Percy is starting to wonder if selling might have been the grief talking after all . . .

That’s right, Scorpio. With a little patience, heartbreak might be a thing of the past . . .


 His Quiet Agent by Ada Maria Soto – Review here

Arthur Drams works for a secret government security agency, but all he really does is spend his days in a cubicle writing reports no one reads. After getting another “lateral promotion” by a supervisor who barely remembers his name, it’s suggested that Arthur try to ‘make friends’ and ‘get noticed’ in order to move up the ladder. It’s like high school all over again: his attempts to be friendly come across as awkward and creepy, and no one wants to sit at the same table with him at lunch. In a last-ditch attempt to be seen as friendly and outgoing, he decides to make friends with The Alien, aka Agent Martin Grove, known for his strange eating habits, unusual reading choices, and the fact that no one has spoken to him in three years.

Starting with a short, surprisingly interesting conversation on sociology books, Arthur slowly begins to chip away at The Alien’s walls using home-cooked meals to lure the secretive agent out of his abrasive shell. Except Martin just might be something closer to an actual secret agent than paper-pusher Arthur is, and it might be more than hearts at risk when something more than friendship begins to develop.


 Proxy by Alex London – Review to come

Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.

Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own.

Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid.



 Rock N Soul by Lauren Sattersby

I’m Tyler Lindsey, and until recently, I had an okay apartment, an okay girlfriend, and an okay job as a bellboy at a respectable Boston hotel. Then rock star Chris Raiden died right before I brought his room service—stiffing me on the tip, by the way—and my life went to hell. My fifteen minutes of fame was more like five seconds, and my girlfriend left me in disgust.

But even worse—Chris is haunting me. Not the room where he died, like a normal ghost. No, somehow he’s stuck to me and is insisting on taking care of a bunch of unfinished business in California. So now I have to traipse across the country with the world’s most narcissistic ghost.

But . . . I keep having these weird thoughts. Thoughts about how much I like the way he makes me laugh. Thoughts where I kind of want to kiss the emo-narcissist, even though he’s a ghost and an asshole and I can’t touch him anyway. And even if I could, what will happen when he finishes his business and nothing’s keeping him here anymore?


 Tash hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – Review here

After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?



 Under Parr by Andrea Bramhall – Review here

December 5th, 2013 left its mark on the North Norfolk Coast in more ways than one. A tidal surge and storm swept millennia-old cliff faces into the sea and flooded homes and businesses up and down the coast. It also buried a secret in the WWII bunker hiding under the golf course at Brancaster. A secret kept for years, until it falls squarely into the lap of Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon and her fellow officers.

A skeleton, deep inside the bunker.

How did it get there? Who was he…or she? How did the stranger die—in a tragic accident or something more sinister?

Well, that’s Kate’s job to find out.






 The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles – Review to come

A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.

Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry.

Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude… and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.

Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.


 This is not a Love Story by Suki Fleet – Review here

When fifteen-year-old Romeo’s mother leaves one day and doesn’t return, he finds himself homeless and trying to survive on the streets. Mute and terrified, his silence makes him vulnerable, and one night he is beaten by a gang of other kids, only to be rescued by a boy who pledges to take care of him.

Julian is barely two years older than Romeo. A runaway from an abusive home, he has had to make some difficult choices and sells himself on the street to survive. Taking care of Romeo changes him, gives him a purpose in life, gives him hope, and he tries to be strong and keep his troubles with drugs behind him. But living as they do is slowly destroying him, and he begins to doubt he can be strong enough.

This is the story of their struggle to find a way off the streets and stay together at all costs. But when events threaten to tear them apart, it is Romeo who must find the strength within himself to help Julian (and not let their love story turn into a Shakespearean tragedy).


 Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer – Review to come

A rogue Black Ops unit with the president in their crosshairs.
A Secret Service agent who will break every rule.
A president falling for the one person he shouldn’t—a man.

Newly elected President Jack Spiers’s presidency is rocked from the very beginning, and he’s working furiously to keep the world from falling apart. Between terrorism attacks ripping apart Europe, Russia’s constant posturing and aggression, and the quagmire of the Middle East, Jack is struggling to keep his campaign promise—to work toward a better, safer world.

For Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach, Jack is just another president, the third in twelve years. With Jack’s election, he’s been promoted, and now he’s running the presidential detail, which puts him side by side with Jack daily. He’s expecting another stuffed suit and an arrogant DC politician, but Jack shocks him with his humor and humanity.

There are rules against a Secret Service agent and one of their protectees developing a friendship—big rules. Besides, Jack is straight as a ruler, and a widower, and Ethan has always avoided falling for straight men. Ethan keeps his distance, but Jack draws him in, like gas to a naked flame, and it’s a lure he isn’t strong enough to turn away from.

As the two men collide, rules are shattered and the world teeters on the verge of war, and a rogue Black Ops unit bent on destruction sets Jack in their deadly crosshairs. Ethan must put everything on the line in order to save the man he’s come to love, Jack’s presidency, and the world.


 Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton – Review here

It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.

Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.

Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.


There are quite a few reviews I have to write in 2018, but I’m excited to write them. Of course there willbe those I’ve mentioned above, but there are many more as well!

Have you read any of these books? And more importantly: what are your favourite books of 2017?

Interview about and review of: Perfect Rhythm by Jae

 Series: Standalone

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Diversity: LGBT (f/f, asexual character, lesbian character, aroace side character, queerplatonic side relationship)

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Cover: A friend of mine said it looks like a Taylor Swift cover. She’s kinda right, isn’t she?

Links: goodreads

Trigger warnings: acephobia

Description: Pop star Leontyne Blake might sing about love, but she stopped believing in it a long time ago. What women want is her image, not the real her. When her father has a stroke, she flees the spotlight and returns to her tiny Missouri hometown.

In her childhood home, she meets small-town nurse Holly Drummond, who isn’t impressed by Leo’s fame at all. That isn’t the only thing that makes Holly different from other women. She’s also asexual. For her, dating is a minefield of expectations that she has decided to avoid.

Can the tentative friendship between a burned-out pop star and a woman not interested in sex develop into something more despite their diverse expectations?

A lesbian romance about seeking the perfect rhythm between two very different people—and finding happiness where they least expect it.

Review: I’ve got a love-hate-relationship with this one.

I can’t promise this review will make much sense, but I’ll try my best. I’ve got a special treat for you though!

But let’s start with the review itself:

I love Holly. She is a great and interesting character. Her being ace is simply a part of who she is. Leo is harder to love… a part of this may be the way being seen as a sex object has shaped her…

Anyway, I really enjoyed their romance, because guess what? No love at first sight! Instead they have a kinda rocky start and then they begin to get to know each other. Slowly. And they fall in love. Slowly. I’m all for slow burn romances, because they always feel more real and they really show and don’t tell.

And thanks to this book being all about character development we get to read about other than stuff than love as well. I like more plot than simply see-for-the-first-time-fall-in-love-instantly-little-bit-of-drama-the-end, okay? There usually are other people in a person’s life than their love interest. And one has going on more than simply being in love.

Leo’s father for example plays an important role and I loved how his health is not a one time only scene.

So, this sounds like a 5 stars read, doesn’t it?


There is the asexual part. And this is the part why I don’t really know how to rate this book. Every rating feels wrong and unfair. I don’t think I felt this helpless and mixed up about a review before. Luckily I had the chance to meet Jae at Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 and she was very nice about me asking questions about Perfect Rhythm. So I could find some clarity (gosh, that sounds so dramatic!).

Holly herself is greatly portrayed in her asexuality and I enjoyed how she isn’t sex-repulsed. Because asexuality is a spectrum and there are asexuals, who enjoy sex. I loved how Jae put a trigger warning before the sex scene in her book as well. Way more authors need to do this!

But when she first told Leo about being ace, she used liking chocolate to make her understand. And I felt really disappointed because up to then everything was great. Asexuality isn’t about liking or not liking sex. It’s about not feeling sexual attraction.

So I asked Jae why she used this analogy and she said, she wrote Perfect Rhythm because a good friend of her is ace and there aren’t enough ace romances out there (so fucking true!). This friend uses chocolate to make people understand a little. Most people don’t know about romantic and sexual identities. Everything is the same for them and they think, everyone wants to have sex. So telling them “hey, I don’t feel sexual attraction, but I can love as deeply as every romantic person” confuses them.

I can get behind that.

Then there is Leo who reacts very acephobic in her thoughts. Being like “can I really date an asexual?!” is not nice. Annie told me how one can judge if that’s a good thought or not if you exchange the asexual for black for example. I wasn’t sure if I am ‘allowed’ to feel pissed about that thought. Well, now I feel like I am allowed.

I asked Jae about this as well. She portrayed Leo as an allo with absolutely no information about asexuality as well and she says this reaction is sadly realistic. People think like this. This doesn’t mean it’s a good way of thinking but they do.

I can get behind that.

Leo ends up dating Holly of course. I would have liked it more if Leo kinda apologized for this? Or told herself how fucking stupid she was to think like this because it’s wrong and acephobic and so so so stupid.

You may be wondering why I waited this long to review Perfect Rhythm if I was that unamused by it.

I felt like Jae is not acephobic. So I put writing this review off for weeks. And then I saw she would be a the Book Fair and I knew that was my chance!

I got this feeling, because of several things:

  • Holly later explains asexuality to Leo in a way better way
  • Jae hat sensitivity readers (she told me 4 ace spec total, one demi, one aroace and if just one sensitivity reader would have said anything she would have changed the thing that they didn’t like)
  • her talking about asexuality at the end of Perfect Rhythm and this post on the Ylva blog

How to end this wannabe review? I don’t know. I’m not sure if it helps you in any way? But at least we get reasons for the way asexuality is portrayed in Perfect Rhythm by the author.

There was never a more difficult to write review than this one believe me! And I’m not proud of this one. But sometimes feelings are confusing and in this case they are very confusing. I think I’ll read Perfect Rhythm again in a year or two and then come back to this review.

Jae: Thank you for being this honest and patient with my questions. I enjoyed our talk a lot!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.