The Switch by A. W. Hill and Nathaniel Hill


The Switch by A. W. Hill and Nathaniel Hill

Published: August 28th 2017 by Curiosity Quills Press

IMAGINE THAT you could change your world with the flip of a switch. You might be prettier, more athletic, more popular, or even living on an exotic island, because your history—your world line—would be different. But here’s the catch: you have no way of knowing if the reality on the other side of that switch will be better… or much worse.

JACOBUS ROSE is a fifteen year-old who believes—as many fifteen year-olds do—that his life could use improvement. School is a numbing routine, and his parents’ marriage seems to be imploding before his eyes. ‘Maybe I was born into the wrong world,’ he thinks. Lured by his best friend, CONNOR, into a strange little house containing nothing but empty rooms and an oversized circuit breaker, he’ll discover that reality comes in a plural form, and that our choices create a continuous web of branching worlds, any of which is as ‘real’ as another.

A solo odyssey becomes a duo, a trio, and then a quartet, as Jacobus befriends other interdimensional travelers along the way: GORDON NIGHTSHADE, the veteran pilgrim and chief theorist; MOSES DeWITT, the alley cat with an old soul; JEMMA DOONE, a girl of many-worlds who becomes the main river home for Jacobus and his crew; and finally, his lost friend Connor, who just may have preferred an alternate universe to his own.

THE SWITCH is the story of their journey home. The question is: if they get there, will it be the same place they left behind?

Note: I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.

I first discovered this book on Netgalley. The cover is eye catching and the premise sounded extremely promising – so of course, I had to request it! However, for me, this book fell flat and didn’t live up to its promise – I ended up DNFing.

I think my biggest issue with this book was the writing style itself. Whilst I don’t mind the author breaking the fourth wall and having the characters’ speak directly to the reader, it has to be done right for it be successful. For me, it wasn’t done right and was written more as if the character was stood with me talking to me, rather than hooking me into the story itself. The writing was very much “and then this happened, and then that happened…” which irritated and bored me. The writing style itself affected the execution and it just didn’t work for me.

Another issue I had with this book was the plot. Whilst the premise sounded extremely promising, I don’t feel that the plot lived up to my expectations. It was relatively repetitive, which made me want to put the book down and do something else. I loved the idea of multiple realities and all of them being different, but I would have liked to have seen more of the reality that he switched to before he switched again. The multiple switches in such a short space of time meant that we didn’t really get to see a lot from the other characters and how they changed etc.

Which brings us to the next issue, which was the characters. They fell mostly flat for me, but I think that was because the authors didn’t give us enough time to really get to know and care about the characters before switching them out for another reality and a new set of personalities. I didn’t have that reader/character connection because I felt that I wasn’t given the opportunity to really get to know anyone other than Jacobus

All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this book. Whilst the premise itself was extremely promising, I don’t feel that it lived up to that promise. I gave this 1/5 stars.

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Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel


Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel

Published: September 26th 2016 by Evolved Publishing

The Lord of Thunder’s sudden death leaves his daughter, Evelyn Stormbourne, unprepared to rule Inselgrau in his place. Weeks before Evie’s ascension to the throne, revolutionaries attack and destroy her home. She conceals her identity and escapes under the protection of her father’s young horse master, Gideon Faust. Together they flee Inselgrau and set sail for the Continent, but they’re separated when a brutal storm washes Evie overboard.

In her efforts to reunite with her protector and reach allies on the Continent, Evie befriends a band of nomads who roam the world in airships fueled by lightning. She also confronts a cabal of dark Magicians plotting to use her powers to create a new divine being, and she clashes with an ancient family who insists her birthright belongs to them.

If she’s to prevail and defeat her enemies, Evie must claim her heritage, embrace her dominion over the sky, and define what it means to be Heir of Thunder.

Note: I received a review copy of this from the author. This in no way influences my opinion.

I am going to be honest, I had never even heard of this book until the author decided to approach me with an email requesting me to review it. I definitely believe in giving all books a chance an decided to go for it. Whilst the blurb sounded quite interesting, and I had high hope for this book, I actually ended up DNFing it about 10% of the way in.

For me, I feel the book started off way too soon. From the beginning of the book we are immediately thrown into this situation in the middle of the night, where an attack is taking place on a house and the occupants are trying to evacuate – mostly the MC, who I assume to be an important person in society. I feel like we needed a chance to get to know the characters just a little bit before being thrown into a situation like this because, at this point, as a reader, I don’t have rapport with the MC, so I don’t really care what happens to her.

I think, because of the fact that the book has started and I have no real relationship with the MC, I struggled to carry on reading thoughout her travels with Gideon. I found myself reading passages more than once and actually putting the book down to do something else because I just lacked interest in what they were doing.

I also felt like the writing style just wasn’t for me. It felt a little dry and lacked something that would keep me hooked in the book. I felt like the MC complained a lot, and didn’t ask any of the things that she wanted to.

Despite the fact that I personally didn’t enjoy this book, it is still a book that YOU might enjoy, so please do consider giving it a shot if the blurb sounds interesting to you! I think that the main issue with this book was that it started off too fast and that relationship that was needed between reader and character just wasn’t there. Without that relationship, there is just nothing to keep me reading the book because I feel no empathy toward the characters or what they are going through. This book is 1 star.

Thank you to the author for approaching me and providing me with a review copy!

Down the Rabbit Hole by Julia Crane


Down the Rabbit Hole by Julia Crane

Published December 3rd 2016 by Valknut Press

Down the Rabbit hole is a twisted tale of two sisters bound by blood and separated by magick. 

Alice is not the lovable girl the stories depict. A lifetime of pain and illusion has left her disturbed. Unpredictable. Dangerous. 

For years, she’s watched her twin sister – a girl born into light and destined for power – with great envy. According to the prophecy, only one of them will rule. Only one of them will survive. 

What will Alice sacrifice? The sister she hates, the man she loves, or the innocent lives caught in her twisted web of magick?

Note: I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion. 

I really wanted to love this book. The cover is gorgeous, the blurb is captivating… but the story inside? Not for me. Which is a shame because everything else is just perfect. I struggled to get through the first few chapter and ended up DNFing this book at 14%. I was expecting something really epic and a great retelling of one of my favourite stories, but I just didn’t get it and I didn’t love it.

I know I didn’t get far in, but I felt like Alice (who was the predominant voice that I read) was extremely whiny. She was constantly moaning (or at least her thought process was) about how bad her mother is, and whether the prophecy is going to come true and the fact that she loves this guy, but he hates her and blah blah blah… It all mashed together at some point. She was a character that really grated on my nerves and all I really wanted to do was slap her. Really hard. Alas, she isn’t real. Thank goodness!

The romance felt really forced between Alice and… The stable hand. I can’t remember his name – this is an everlasting impression, as you can see. One minute he is claiming to absolutely detest her and he is doing everything in his power to make sure he doesn’t have to be within her presence for any period of time and then next minute he is saying that he does love her, but he hates it and he will only kiss her on his terms. He is really controlling… not a good way to go. Again, I didn’t get it. It was forced, there was absolutely no tension of any kind there and there was nothing to grip me into it. It was just one thing and then the next without a build up toward it!

When I got to Lacie’s voice and I found that I couldn’t actually distinguish her voice from Alice’s (I know they’re supposed to be twins… but seriously??) I just couldn’t take it anymore. I had to give up. I didn’t find out much about Lacie, only that she lives in the real world, got a speeding ticket and her dad is a bit of a douche. A rich douche, nonetheless. Thats about it.

Other than that, there isn’t much else to say. I was disappointed because I was thrown into a really random world, with absolutely no world building, characterisation and no building of the relationships between the characters. I was just disappointed. This book gets 1/5 stars.

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the shelves

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Hey guys! I haven’t done one of these posts in ages!!!! However, I thought I would jump back onto the bandwagon and bring these posts back to my blog again! So, without further ado, here are the books that I got last week and this week!


Lost Girls by Merrie DeStefanoARC

I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley. I have already read and I absolutely adored it!! Definitely recommend this book to everyone!


Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

A fellow Tower Guard member was unfailing, so obviously I had to request this one! She sent it to me last week and I am so happy!!


The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doue

I actually saw this as part of this weeks TTT on another blog and after checking it out on Goodreads, I just had to get a kindle copy from amazon!


The Angel Knights by Mary Ting


The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting

I requested a review copy of The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting and she was kind enough to also send me the prequel!! Can’t wait to get stuck into this!

That’s it from me! Aside from Lost Girls, I can’t wait to read the rest of these! They all look so interesting!

What books did you guys add to your shelves this week?? Feel free to leave links and comments and I will check them all out! 

October Wrap Up

Hey guys!! So, I’m coming to you with this wrap up post a little late – but better late than never!! I had a bit of a slower month this month because of the alternating illnesses between me and my son!! So, hopefully November will pick up again!


The Girl with all the Gifts by M. Carey – 4/5 stars

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – 5/5 stars

Everlasting Flame by Katelyn Anderson – Review copy received from the author, 4/5 stars

Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova – 4/5 stars

Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova – 4/5 stars – full review still to come!

These Great Affects by Andrew Toy – 4.5/5 stars (there is no goodreads page for this book! Also, the full review is to come!), ARC copy received from the author


A Bond of Venom and Magic by Karen Tomlinson – Physical Copy gifted to me by the author

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – My pre order copy decided to show up a month later

Non Heir by Rachel E. Carter – This is not available for purchase anywhere, you must sign up for the authors newsletter if you would like a copy!

The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova (ARC) – I received an ARC of this from Elise, and I am currently reading it!

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury – I bought a copy of this from Amazon 😀

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes – Again, I bought myself a copy from Amazon

Special Posts:

A Bond of Venom and Magic by Karen Tomlinson – Release Day

Fall Activities Book Tag

That’s it for me!! Like I mentioned earlier, it was a bit of a slower month, so I’m hoping that November picks up for me! Especially because I don’t have long left to complete my Goodreads Goal!!

I also ordered the October box from Meraki Candles, however they had some issues with postal service, so I am hoping it arrives soon!! As soon as it does, I will be posting my very first unboxing! 😀

How did October go for you guys?

September Wrap Up

Hey guys! It is time to wrap up the month of September! I managed to read a total of 9 books this month! Which is more than I thought I had read. One of those books did not get reviewed on my blog because I was so angry with it. It was insulting. Anyway, lets do this!


Books I acquired in the month of September:



Special posts:

Spotlight: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Cover Reveal: Emerge: The Judgement by Melissa A. Craven

That’s it for me this month!! *Phew* I thought this post was never going to end!

How was September for you guys?

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Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the shelves

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Hey guys! It is time for another STS! I say to myself every single week that I am not going to request any more review books or ARC’s because I already have a ton of books to read. Do I listen to myself? Of course not! So, without further ado, here are the books I acquired this week:

isle of winds Isle of Winds by James Fahy – I accidentally requested the second book in this series from Netgalley without actually realising it was the second book in a series!! When I realised the mistake, I contacted the publisher who kindly gave me a copy of this book!!

the drowned tomb The Drowned Tomb by James Fahy – Second book in said series!! I mean, who wouldn’t be drawn in by this cover!!

Finding me Finding Me by Dawn Brazil – I requested a review copy of this book from the author – who then kindly sent me a physical copy!! Not the biggest fan of the cover, but I have high hopes for the premise!

taking the reins Taking the Reins by Katrina Abott – This was a freebie this week on Amazon (which I found on one of the sites I subscribe to for bargains etc.), I decided to download a copy and give it a whirl!

That’s it from me!! I seriously need to consider listening to my brain sometimes… I think I now have so many books to read, I’m buried!! Time to stop binge watching Hell’s Kitchen!

What have you guys added to your shelves? Feel free to leave links and comments and I will check them all out! 

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the shelves

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Hey guys! so, again, my link button isn’t working! So, I am probably going to have to email support here… Anyway! I have two new books for you this week! One is an ARC that I am extremely excited about and the other I received as a review copy! 😀

bonds of venom and magic

A Bond of Venom and Magic by Karen Tomlinson

Expected Publication: October 14th 2016 by Smashwords Edition

For all you regular readers out there, you may remember that I did a cover reveal for this book on my blog a while back? Well, can I just say I am still loving the cover! I received this book as an ARC today from the author herself – so I am definitely excited about jumping into this book!

the lost knight

The Lost Knight by Candy Atkins

Published: May 30th 2016 by Monster Publishing

I saw a pretty good review for this book on Olivia’s blog at Heir of Glitter and I decided from there that I wanted to read this book. So, when I saw this is a review copy from Xpresso Tours, I obviously had to request a copy!!

That’s it for me! I am definitely excited about these two books this week!!

What have you guys added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave links and comments and I will check them all out!

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the shelves

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Hey guys!! It has been another week already, which I find pretty dang crazy!! I wasn’t actually planning to get any new books this week, because of my little spree last week. However, Netgalley is a bad addiction for me…

invisible I am Invisible-I-Am by Gregg Davis (and Harriet Showman) – I was drawn in by the premise, but the book was a major disappointment for me personally and I ended up DNFing it. This book was published last year, so it was a free ebook in return for an honest review. My Review. Amazon.

wrecked maria Wrecked by Maria Padian – I received an ARC copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. I actually really enjoyed this book and would be happy to buy a physical copy when it comes out in October! My Review. Amazon.

emerge- The awakening The Awakening (Emerge #1) – I am currently reading this book and it is pretty good so far 🙂 So, go netgalley!! Amazon.

camp outlook Camp Outlook by Brenda Baker – I actually quite enjoyed this book, with a few points that were’t so good. I think this book sent a pretty powerful message across… Again, this was a book given to me for review. My Review. Amazon.

first kiss First Kiss by C. L. Stone – I am on the mailing list for all of C. L. Stone’s new books, so I was happy when this came into my inbox!! This comes out 25th April 🙂 Amazon.

So, that is it for me! I will try and stay away from Netgalley next week… I really need to get through the books I have! What have you guys added this week? Feel free to leave links and comments and I will check them all out!

Invisible-I-Am by Gregg Davis and Harriet Showman

invisible I am

An experimental, literary YA multimedia narrative centered on the experiences of 16-year-old Gregg Davis, who undergoes brutal bullying and sexual violence by her peers. Spanning the mediums of the printed page, online social media and the screen, this story offers a wrenching, empathetic look at the experience of bullying through a victim’s eyes, and then extends this theme of oppression, humiliation and violence to address issues of historical and systemic racism in the U.S. today. A picture book. (Goodreads)

Note: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review 

To say I am disappointed is a very big understatement. I DNFed this book at 46%. I feel like the premise held such promise to be a powerful book with a very powerful message but it just wasn’t! Instead, I was facing cringe worthy, teeth grinding grammatical errors and characters that just had no depth to them whatsoever!

If this was an ARC copy, I would let grammatical errors slide, because obviously, it isn’t the finished version. This book, however, has already been published – so why am I sat there trying to figure out words that have been half written, with capital letters missing and who knows what else!! I could feel myself cringe every single time I tried to figure out words that should be there, but weren’t or words that were missing letters. This is not a very good way to draw your readers in!

In addition to this, I feel that the characters had no depth. We didn’t know these people at all, so you cannot relate to what the main character is going through at school. In a way, I feel like this undermines the people who are really facing these problems on a daily basis. To add to this, the MC doesn’t seem to be facing psychological problems – it is almost like she is just saying “it doesn’t matter” when it does. The author has simplified sexual assault and serious bullying and doesn’t seem to realise that she has done it. I do not feel that this is an accurate representation of what really goes on in today’s society or what really goes on in a teens head.

The pacing of this book was also pretty bad. I think it was moving way too fast, which is why the reader – or at least me – is unable to form some kind of connection with the characters shown. I think the lack of depth and detail into these events is caused by the fast pacing – almost like the author couldn’t be bothered to actually write the book properly. I think, if the author has used a written emotional form of contact rather than attempted to use an artistic approach, this may have helped. Whilst the artistic approach is unique, it was detrimental to the book itself.

I was seriously disappointed with this book and I feel like this could have been an excellent book if it had just been executed right!! I gave this book 1/5 stars.