Book Review: The Lies That Shatter

The Lies That Shatter – A.V. Asher

They say love never dies…

Devastated and lost, Former British Intelligence officer Alec McKinley knows he must move on. Still, he can’t forget the love of his life. The woman he tried so hard to protect and failed. When Alec arrives at the trial that will determine the fate of those responsible for destroying his world, he discovers how deep the lies run.

Mercedes Elliott has suffered through a lifetime’s worth of trauma, but finally, the end seems near. The trial that could free her from witness protection is around the corner, which means Alec will be waiting for her at last. She can’t wait to drop the charade she’s been living. But when Mercedes returns, she finds Alec isn’t alone and everything she thought she knew is a lie. There’s no one left to trust.

Deceptions run deep, and Alec grows more and more desperate to protect Mercedes, even as she is slipping through his fingers. Can he keep her alive long enough to prove he has never forgotten her? Or will evil succeed this time…

This was such a rollercoaster ride of a read. It made me laugh, cry, and at times made me so frustrated it drove me crazy. There were some twists and turns that I expected, but ultimately I loved the way everything wrapped itself up and turned out in the end.

I absolutely adore the relationship between Alec and Sadie. At times it drove me nuts, and sometimes they truly annoyed me, but overall there is something about them to feels so natural and the chemistry is very real.

The story itself gets pretty dark, and I wasn’t quite ready for just how much angst and danger the book would throw at me. It is fairly slow-paced, and it takes some time for things to really start happening, but once they do it is so worth the wait.

Cover Reveal: First Bride To Fall

First Bride To Fall by Ginny Baird


The bestselling author of The Duplicate Bride is back with a fresh, fun-filled new take on the wedding genre! When the three Delaney sisters make a wager to see who can get engaged first—with the last one standing being forced to marry their family’s business rival to complete a merger—little does Nell Delaney expect to end up in a battle of fake-engagement wits with her old high school crush, Grant.


WWW Wednesday: 15 September 2021

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words. WWW Wednesday is a quick look and current update in the life of a reader, by answering three simple questions.

The three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you finish reading recently?
  • What do you think you will read next?

Every time I’ve sat down to read lately, I’ve either gotten distracted or can’t quite make up my mind what I want to read. I’ve started and paused so many books this week in my quest to find something that will actually hit the spot. I don’t know if I’m just heading towards a reading slump or what is up with me, but hopefully it doesn’t last long.

Autumn is coming in fast. Autumn and winter are my favourite times to read. I’m not a huge fan of the cold, so I like to say I hiberate for the winter. I just tend to stick more to the indoors when it gets colder and the snow and -20 weather hits. That means lots of curling up with a blanket, some hot chocolate, a scented candle and a book. What is your favourite season? What is your best season for reading?

What are you currently reading?

It hasn’t changed from last week. I’m still working through these two books. When I pick up The German Midwife, I do seem to fly through it, but I’m not always so motivated to read it. Stranded, I’m still only a few chapters in.

What did you finish reading recently?

The only book I finished so far this week is The Room In The Attic by Louise Douglas. It is an ARC I got approved for on netgalley, and I was so excited to see it, as my first five star read of 2021 was The House By The Sea by Louise Douglas. I read this book in a day, and it is spooky and chilling and clever, and weird.

What do you think you will read next?

I just got approved for another Netgalley ARC, so I’m planning to get it read this week. The Girl Across The Wire Fence is about a concentration camp in Holland, and follows the people that helped to smuggle letters in and out of the camp for the prisoners.

Have you read anything good this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Numbers In The Title

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is books with numbers in the title. This was a really fun prompt, although I definitely didn’t realize just how many books are out there with numbers in the title.

  • The Seven Day Switch – Kelly Harms.
  • Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella.
  • One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus
  • The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey.
  • Confessions On The 7:45 – Lisa Ungerr.
  • Six Weeks To Live – Catherine McKenzie.
  • Summer Of ’69 – Elin Hilderbrand.
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish – Jennifer L. Holm.
  • Ten Thousand Stitches – Olivia Atwater.
  • Sixteen Ways To Defend A Walled City – K. J. Parker.

Have you read any of the books on this list? Are any on your TBR? Let me know!

Historical Fiction Book Tag

I’ve been binging some book tube lately while I’ve been busy unpacking and organizing the new apartment, and when I stumbled of the Historical Fiction Book Tag from ARRRGH! Schooling I definitely wanted to do it. I’ve been reading a lot of historical fiction the last few months.

What is your favourite time period to read about?

I really enjoy fiction set during WWII, particularly in London during the Blitz.

What book made you fall in love with historical fiction?

I think it was Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce. It features Emmy Lake, an aspiring journalist, set against the backdrop of the London Blitz. Despite the war, Emmy is energetic and upbeat and I loved her to bits.

If you could write yourself into any historical fiction or visit any time period, what would it be?

Well probably not during the Blitz. I would probably choose something set in Tudor England, but I’m not sure exactly what that would look like.

Have you read a historical fiction novel that was so gripping it sent you on a research deep dive?

The Edelweiss Sisters by Kate Hewitt. It is set in Austria in the lead up, during and aftermath of WWII, and was an area I realized I knew very little about.

Do you have a favourite or auto-buy historical fiction author?

If I enjoy a book by any author, I tend to mentally put them on auto-buy. I’ve enjoyed both Dear Mrs Bird and Yours Cheerfully by AJ Pearce, so I will definitely be keeping an eye out for any future releases.

What is your favourite historical fiction movie or television show?

So many! Outlander, The Tudors, The Mill, The White Queen, The Spanish Princess. I tend to prefer TV shows to movies, as they can get more in depth.

Historical fiction is often overlooked or underhyped. What book would you recommend that would hook any reader on the genre?

I would probably say The Clockmaker’s Wife by Daisy Wood. It is set during the Blitz, but has huge element of mystery that needs to be solved. Unraveling secrets and mysteries was what had me hooked rather than the timeline.

Do you like historical fiction? Any historical fiction novels that you recommend? Any TV shows or movies I should check out? Let me know!

Book Review: A Girl From Forever

A Girl From Forever by Yolanda McCarthy



The secretive Forever Institute towers over London. Some say it’s a cult. Others call it mafia. To seventeen-year-old Fern, Forever is simply home, run by the scientists who created her. A home she’s never been allowed to leave.

Forever gave Fern everything. A body that will never age. Psychic abilities, if she can work out how to access them. A purpose: Fern will be part of a new dawn for humanity, although she’s never been told exactly how.

Then Fern is contacted by a cryptic telepath from outside the Institute, and learns some dark truths that make her question everything she’s been taught. Children are being murdered, and Fern is in danger. But her new friend has secrets of his own…


I don’t usually read a lot of Sci-Fi, as book genres go it isn’t my favourite, but the synopsis of A Girl From Forever sounded so interesting that I knew I had to give it a try. It is a dystopian fiction, which I do quite like sometimes. I was pleasantly surprised.

This book had a great, fast paced storyline, and there were so many twists and turns, I couldn’t tell where it was going or what was going to happen next.

The way the characters were written, it was hard to tell exactly who the “good” people and the “bad” people were, so it made it hard to decide who the enemy was, and which truths and lies were the ones to believe. I loved that.

I loved Fern. She was created in a lab, for some kind of purpose that she had never actually been told. I really enjoyed seeing the world through her eyes, and liked the sense of wonder that she had as she experienced things for the first time. Fern made for a believable protagonist in the way that she maintained an element of suspicion as her world and everything she had ever known unraveled as new information presented itself.

There was a lot of suspense in this book which made it very hard to put down.

Do you like Sci-Fi? What is your favourite Sci-Fi book?

Cover Reveal: Much Ado About Dukes

Much Ado About Dukes by Eva Devon


The matchmakers’ playbook goes out the window in this bold Regency romance that’s Emma meets 10 Things I Hate About You from USA Today bestselling author Eva Devon.

Each book in the Never a Wallflower series is STANDALONE:
* The Spinster and the Rake
* Much Ado About Dukes

Book Review: Lil’s Bus Trip

Lil’s Bus Trip by Judy Leigh

Lil’s Bus Trip is a fun story about a group of people on a bus trip through Europe. Lil and Maggie are in their 80s, Lil’s daughter Cassie is a poet with a banjo, and they are accompanied by a mini bus filled with an array of people and personalities.

I had mixed feelings about Lil. On one hand, she seems like good fun and absolutely wonderful in small doses, but on the other, I found her character to be quite exhausting at times. Like, I wouldn’t actually want to be on the bus with her. I did enjoy that Lil booked and all but dragged her neighbour Maggie, and daughter Cassie along for the ride with her, and she had plenty of loveable, quirky moments. But I could only handle her in small doses.

I loved Cassie. Cassie is Lil’s daughter, a travelling poet, and she plays the banjo whilst reciting her poetry. She’s fun, but a bit more sensible and down to earth than Lil. I think that is the reason I preferred her character. I flew through the sections about Cassie, the parts that focused on Lil did drag at times.

It is a great road trip adventure, and I enjoyed the cast of colourful characters that were along for the ride. The descriptions and imagery were so vivid that I felt like I was also there.

Lil’s Bus Trip is an entertaining and humorous read, and despite my not quite loving Lil, I did appreciate the adventure that the group was on. I also liked that both Cassie and Lil go on personal journeys as well as a sightseeing one, and they each experience growth and revelations about themselves.

There are some particularly amusing parts to the book that did have me laughing. The group finds themselves in the red light district, and the reactions from Maggie and Lil definitely put a smile on my face.

Have you read any books by Judy Leigh? Any good road trip fiction? Let me know!

Netgalley provided me with the ARC copy of Lil’s Bus Trip. These are my honest thoughts.

Cover Reveal: Kissing Games

Kissing Games by Stefanie London

He’s a star MLB pitcher home in the small town of Kissing Creek to nurse a torn ACL. She’s a feisty librarian new to town and ready to shake things up, starting with a steamy romance book club. They’ve got nothing in common but everything to lose…


WWW WEDNESDAY: 8 September 2021

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words. WWW Wednesday is a quick look and current update in the life of a reader, by answering three simple questions.

The three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you finish reading recently?
  • What do you think you will read next?

Most of August ended being eaten up by packing and moving house, and admittedly I don’t have a ton of motivation for reading at the moment. The slump, if you will.

What are you currently reading?

For the month of September, I am participating in the month-long Bookoplathon hosted by Becca. The book I am currently reading for it, The German Midwife, meets the Historical Fiction prompt.

I’m also reading Stranded by Sarah Goodwin, which is an ARC I have on Netgalley.

What did you finish reading recently?

The only book I finished last week was The Summer Job, which I actually really liked. Birdy poses as her best friend Heather at a Scottish hotel. The only problem is that Heather is a trained sommelier, and Birdy definitely is not. I loved Birdy’s sass and wit, and was absolutely the thing I needed after a hectic month.

What do you think you will read next?

I have another Netgalley ARC that I’m planning to read right away – Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis. It looks cute and wintery, and I think after the heaviness of my books this week, I think something cute will be exactly what I need.

What are you reading this week?

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