Twisted Palace by Erin Watt.

Hi guys! I was INCREDIBLY lucky to be sent an ARC of Twisted Palace! I waited months for this book, which is the third in the Royals Series! The first is Paper Princess, and you can find my review here, and the second is Broken Prince, again you can find this here.

These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.


Man, oh man. WHAT A RIDE. This book was super angsty, and has so many twists, it could pass as a roller coaster. There wasn’t as much teen drama as the previous books, which was good. It was darker, and so filled with tension I was biting my fingernails trying to figure out where it was going. Like, I can’t even…

Ella was effing amazing in this book. She has come so far from the girl who runs at the first sign of trouble in the first book. I have a major lady boner for her. She has been strong the whole series, but this book seriously tested her character. I could not cope with her life. Well, maybe I could if I had Reed Royal…

Reed is the character that I feel has come the furthest in this series.From the absolute dick he was in the beginning, he has done a complete 180. His character development was on point. (Yes, I am down with the kids, thank you very much.) This book 100% solidified my love for him, he is too perfect.

BUT, despite how much I love Reed, my heart belongs to Easton Royal. MY GOD THIS KID. There is one point in this book (no spoilers, chill) where my heart was gonna break from how much I love this character. He needs his own book, because this guy is just… I can’t. Fairly sure East is my ultimate book boyfriend.

Overall, I give this book 5 out of 5. I am so grateful to have received an ARC, and I am so glad the wait is over, but it was 100% worth it. These Royals have a million percent ruined me.

With that being said… There has to be an East spin-off right? …Right? Please?


Holiday TBR list!

Hello, so it’s been a little while since I posted again, had a lot going on! I’m just about to jet off to Tenerife for a week, so thought I would share my tbr list! 

The first is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I’ve heard some pretty mixed reviews about this, so I’ve been quite anxious to read it… Not sure how it’s gonna go… Here is the blurb: 

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

It sounds exciting, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 

Next up is Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I’ve heard tonnes of great things about this book, so I’m excited to get stuck in! Here is the blurb: 

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

The final book on my list is Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Bernard. This is the one I am most excited for. Mainly because look at the effing cover, people. If that’s not getting you excited then here is the blurb: 

I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

I’m particularly excited because it sounds there isn’t really going to be any romance, or if there is the book will mainly focus on friendship anyway. I’m hoping for something a bit like Since You’ve Been Gone! 
So there we go, my holiday TBR! See ya soon!

10 stages of a book hangover!

Hey guys… so I have been reading a lot lately (Colleen Hoover finally finished “Too Late” on wattpad and it has killed me) so I thought I would share my stages of the book hangover! We’ve all been there, knowing you’re meer pages away from finishing one of the greatest journeys of your life… and you can’t stop it. And then it sinks in! Here we go! 

  1. You know the end is in sight, you’re finally going to be free of the grips of this book in your hands, having all of the answers that have plagued you for days now! The relief! The happiness! The (hopefully) happily ever after for the characters that you feel you know better than anyone!
  2. And there is trying to separate the reality of your life from the fictional world that you have wholeheartedly submerged yourself in. The characters are so real. Playing on a loop over and over. 
  3. And then “oh no.” It’s finished. I actually fucking finished. What. What do I even do with the rest of my life? 
  4. And then the numbness. You just sit there. Contemplating. Thinking. Normally in the fetal position. In a dark room. Still thinking about how you love these characters in the book more than you love most of the people in your life!
  5. And then the despair. The sickening anxiety that you’ve finished it. That the characters are all moved on, hopefully off living their perfect lives in the book world. And yet here you are, 4 hours later still thinking about  them. So you get on instagram and blogs and research the shit out of the book.
  6. And then the anger. This part normally happens for me if there is a cliff hanger or I need to wait for the next book. The “how dare they end it like that?!” Do these authors have no compassion for their readers?! WHY WOULD THEY LEAVE ME HANGING LIKE THIS. The betrayal cuts deep, my friends. 
  7. And then you start telling everyone about this book. This book that has cut you open. This book that has changed you, and your views and everything you thought you felt before means shit all now. Because this book. It’s a killer. 
  8. And then the inane jealousy. Okay.. so I’ve recommended this book. And my friends are going to read it. And I can never get that feeling again, reading it for the first time. And you know that the heart stopping moments, the pages where you’re sick to your stomach with anxiety, and sweating and crying and laughing so hard. They’re never going to be the same next time you read this book. But the people who you’ve just recommended it to? They will. Damn them. DAMN THEM TO HELL.
  9. And then more despair and anger. Why did I read so fast? Why didn’t I savour it? Can I get a time machine? Can I scrub the book from my memory? Why can’t Harry Potter be real and magically wipe my memories?! Hot damn. Harry Potter. Another book that I’ll never get to experience for the first time. Why did I let my mind go there?! Why do I do this to myself?! Damn. *back to fetal position I go* 
  10. And then… after the emotional turmoil you see the light at the end of the tunnel… another little gem in your tbr list… and it entices you. With its promises of heartache and romance and laughter and anxiety. And you let yourself get sucked in. And the whole vicious cycle starts again!  

In the words of Ronald Weasley “You’re going to suffer… but you’ll be happy about it.” 

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.

Hey guys! Last night I stayed up to read Since You’ve Been Gone (I basically don’t sleep… total insomniac over here) and it was such a cute story! It follows Emily, who is super shy, who’s best friend has just up and disappeared. Emily thinks she’s been left behind, until she gets a list… 

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um… 

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

Aww, you guys this book was just too much cuteness. It was a bit like paper towns, with the whole disappearing and clues thing. I really love the whole concept of this… a good mystery without anything being too dark, or cynical. Although, at one point I was thinking Sloane must be in the witness protection programme or something… so many theories running about in my head!

I honestly loved Emily so much. I feel like I could really relate to her. She’s so shy and unassuming, in the shadows of her larger than life best friend. I just felt like she was such a real character, and everyone can respond to her. And she doesn’t want to be anything different, and she doesn’t want to change anything about herself and I just find that so goddamn perfect. Basically Emily is perfect, and her character development is perfect, from how she starts by relying on Sloane, to realising that she can be her own person… gah. I just can’t even explain how much her character means to me. Go read it just for her. 

And then there’s Frank… he is so adorkable. He gets off on wordsearch’s and sudoku people!!! And he’s smart, caring, the student body president… this book is basically a testament to all things right with the world. Matson makes sure her leading guy isn’t a cocky, beefed up alpha (although ain’t nothing wrong that.. love a good alpha) but a thoughtful and kind guy who goes out of his way to save frogs. FREAKING FROGS!! He’s so damn brilliant. I love how Emily and Frank get to have a real connection, before there is any romance involved, like I really felt like they were friends beforehand. Instalove be damned! All about that slow burrrrrn, baby. 

And I loved Sloane. She wasn’t really in the book that much (since she disappeared and such, yano) but there are cleverly interspersed memories which help to understand Sloane better, and I really felt for her character. At first I thought she was going to be a total biiiitch, but I really ended up liking her and understood her motives.  

All in all, this book is completely heartwarming, with the bonds of friendship being the centre of the story. I was scared it would be eclipsed by the potential for the romance, but it still remained about Emily’s search for her best friend. This book has made me feel all the feels, people! I love it!! 

Under the Lights by Abbi Glines 

Hi everyone! This morning I posted my review of Abbi Glines Until Friday Night, which I adored. I quickly moved on to the follow up for the field party series, Under the Lights! It didn’t disappoint guys! 

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

I honestly didn’t think that I would like this as much as I liked Until Friday Night, purely because Maggie and West are one of my favourite couples that I’ve ever read about, but it was so good. I was a little anxious of the love triangle, but thankfully that wasn’t the main plot line. And we also got to check in on Maggie and West, so that wasn’t bad either! And it was nice seeing the characters from the first book in a new light. 
Willa is a broken young woman, who has been shunned almost her whole life. She has a whole slew of demons that she needs to face on her own, yet she can’t stay away from her 2 childhood friends, Brady and Gunner. I freaking loved Willa’s character, I thought she was sweet and understanding, but not boring. I needed to figure out all the secrets that were causing her so much hurt, she really drew me in. But, she’s on her last chance, and if she can’t stay away from temptation, then she’ll need to leave again. 

With the guys, I also loved Gunner. I love these stories where the guy is a dick, but on the inside he is broken, and just needs someone to see that about him. I guess I’m an old romantic like that! Much like with Maggie and West, he and Willa understand each other, and they need each other, and I find that so effing endearing! Or maybe I’m just super tired, since I haven’t slept now in over 24 hours, whoops. But Glines has made it worth it.

Onto Brady though… I honestly kind of found him to be a bit of a wet blanket. I loved him in the first book, and how protective he was of Maggie, but actually being inside his head… I didn’t like it. I found myself scanning through his sections just to move on. I don’t know if it’s because I loved Gunners story so much, but I really felt like there is nothing  exceptional about Brady. It would have worked even if his POV wasn’t included, but I feel like Glines is setting it up for the next book (hereshopinghereshopinghereshoping). 

Overall, I found this book to be sweet, funny, emotional, charming and shocking. There are a few bombs to dropped, and just when you think it can get no worse… it definitely always gets worse! Hope you guys enjoy it! 

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines. 

Okay, so I just stayed up all night reading this book. So I had to put down all my thoughts on this book. It’s currently 7am, so I’m sorry if this review doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. I’m super sleep deprived but this book was totally worth it. 

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god. But on the inside he’s grief-stricken – his father is dying and he hasn’t told anyone because he can’t face the truth.

Now, as his pain grows unbearable, West finally decides he needs to talk to someone about his dad. So in the dark shadows of a party, he tells the one girl who doesn’t speak everything he can’t tell anyone else. West expected to feel relief, a flood of emotions – but what he didn’t expect was for Maggie Carleton to reply. For her to reveal a pain even deeper than his own. And, for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go.

Wow. Okay so. This book was nothing like what I imagined it would be. I should have known better! It touched on some pretty deep stuff. Maggie has seen horrific things in her past and as a result, she no longer speaks. Until West gives her something to come back from the edge for. This book is so raw and full of emotions, but also heart-wrechingly sweet. I was expecting a light read, of some teenage drama, but thankfully this was the complete opposite. 
I can’t even begin to say how much I love these characters. Maggie and West are freaking adorable together, and I could not keep the silly grin off my face through the whole book even through my tears. (And there’ll be plenty of those, too). I love how West has this facade that he’s hiding behind, yet he’s so fragile on the inside, yet Glines still manages to portray him as the alpha despite the rawness. And I cannot get over Maggie. It was all just too perfect. 

I’ve only ever read Glines’ existence series before this and I managed to mess up the order (I somehow read 3 before 2 – I’m not sure how, I’m a douche), but I much prefer Glines writing about real life scenarios, because she manages too keep it so raw and intense, but I never felt overpowered by it. All in all, I loved this book. I cannot wait to read the next book in the Field Party series; Under the Lights! 

November 9 by Colleen Hoover.

Hello people! I haven’t been able to post for a while due to personal reasons, but I’m back now! I’ve been going through a reading rut with nothing really capturing my attention (I blame the Royals… I cannot get them out of my head!) So, I thought I would review a book that I read a little while ago, and I’m not sure why I haven’t reviewed already? Without further ado, here is my review of November 9, by Colleen Hoover!

This is the first book I’ve read by Hoover, and I’m already in love with her writing and I’m sure all of her other books are equally amazing, so my task is to read all of her books before the end of the year! I’ve heard so many good things about her writing that I decided to get November 9, and go in completely blind, and I’m so glad I did because I feel like if you know anything about this book, you already too much, so I’m going to give you a brief outline.

Fallon is an introvert who meets Ben, a writer, and there is an instant attraction between the  two. Ben helps bring Fallon out of her shell and start accepting herself for who she is. The problem? Fallon is only 10 hours away from moving across the country. Super sucky. To make sure that they can see each other again, Ben sets Fallon tasks to complete and they both agree to meet again every year. Same time. Same date. And Ben will write their story. It then follows them through this day each year, and you know… life happens. But in a sick twist, nothing is as it seems and Fallon worries her life has been manipulated to be the ultimate plot twist.

This book is completely different to anything I’ve read before. You know nothing about their outside lives, apart from what they chose to share on that one day with each other. Hoover explores how a chance encounter can change your whole life, and change who you become as a person. There are so many twists and turns in this book, it is hard to think straight. I honestly felt sick with anxiety. Hoover basically rips your heart out and tears to peices, puts it back together, just to then have someone steamroller over it, get a hammer and beat it to a pulp. And just when you think she can do no more damage, she sets it on fire. But it’s all okay, because you’ll enjoy it. For the most part. I’m not sure how she does it, but this book is so fascinating, and enthralling and the pages will just slip away and before you know it days will have passed and you’ll be sat there, angry and frustrated and 100% not ready to let go. Or at least that’s how I was! And then I cried because there were no more pages to read (a serious book hangover ensued) Honestly it broke my heart, because I could read about Fallon and Ben forever, their story is so real. And it’s full of trepidation, and angst but also a lot of humour that will make you laugh out loud. CoHo can basically do no wrong in my eyes, and I’m so excited to go and read all of her other books! If November 9 is anything to go by then I know I’m going to love them, and I need to invest in a room full of tissues for the buckets of all my tears.