Goodreads Monday (March 2017)

goodreads monday

I saw this meme on Books, Vertigo and Tea and I thought this one seemed fun to join and feature on my blog from time to time as well! The original post of Goodreads Monday was posted by Lauren’s Page Turners. Thank you Lauren for this great idea. This really is a great way to help me take another look at all the books added to the wishlist so long ago and at the same time I can share some interesting titles.

There’s only one rule: Simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to link back to Lauren’s Page turners and add your own links!


The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller by L.B. Simmons

I shelved this one in May 2014, when I was still reading relatively more contemporary romance and New Adult novels but I still haven’t read it in the 4 years that have passed. It has an average rating of 4.09 on Goodreads though so that’s worth another look.

The ressurection of Aubrey Miller

“As long as you continue to travel through life in this darkness, you will never know how beautiful your light truly shines when you let yourself love and be loved. Trust me when I say, it’s a breathtaking sight to see. You burn as bright as the sun.”

When Aubrey Miller begins her education at Titan University, she is no longer the beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl of her youth. In fact, she’s no longer even Aubrey Miller.

Overcome with guilt and unable to cope with the loss of her beloved family, she has long since buried eight-year old Aubrey along with them and transformed herself into Raven Miller. Now with jet-black hair, multiple sets of eccentric contact lenses, and several facial piercings, she’s veiled herself in complete darkness as a form of protection for herself, as well as others.

As she enters her first year of college, her goal is simple: Earn a degree with the least amount of social interaction as possible. What she never anticipates is the formation of very unlikely relationships with two people who will change her life in ways she never believed possible: Quinn Matthews, the overtly cheerful pageant queen, and Kaeleb McMadden, a childhood friend who never really let her go.

Over the years, as their connections intertwine and strengthen, a seemingly indestructible bond is formed between the three. And eventually, the ties of friendship and discovery of first love begin to coax her from her darkened path as they slowly bring Aubrey back to life.

But when faced with the possibility of yet another death, one from which she may never recover, Aubrey finds herself lost again, burying herself deeper than ever before beneath the familiar abyss of her fears.

Spanning the course of four years, this is the story of a young woman’s plight to finally reemerge, finding strength within unbreakable bonds as she delivers herself from her own manufactured darkness and safely back . . .

Into the Light.

So what do you think, yay or nay?


Same book, different cover #2

Battle of the books

Have you seen my cover battle #1?

Here are 5 new book covers for you to pick and choose your favorite one. This is just fun!

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Dog books 03    faithful

I choose the first cover. I really like the details, and the second one feels so empty and rather nondescript, it’s not really doing anything for me.

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

The Both Die In The End 01    The Both Die At The End 02

Definitely the first one because of the beautiful colour tone. The second one doesn’t feel sad or ominous at all.

Rattle by Fiona Cummins

Rattle 01    Rattle 02

Definitely the X-ray one on the right, book nr 2. I really love that tagline and this alone made me want to read the novel.

The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

The Fourth Monkey 01   The Fourth Monkey 02

Without a doubt, the second one again. The first doesn’t tell you anything about the novel and the second one is just more creative and alluring to find out more. I also like seeing what is mentioned on a cover too. I wouldn’t love a book cover that is called The Key and then there’s just a person on a cover instead of you know, an actual key.

You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac

You, Me, Everything 01    You, Me, Everything 02

Can you read my mind? It’s numberrrr 1. The second one looks like it’s a book from the ’80s (sorry). I just don’t like that style, but hey, I understand if that’s your preference!

So what are your thoughts on the covers (and/or books)? I haven’t read the first and last one yet but I’m interested to read them. 

Goodreads Monday (February 2018)

goodreads monday

I saw this meme on Books, Vertigo and Tea and I thought this one seemed fun to join and feature on my blog from time to time as well! The original post of Goodreads Monday was posted by Lauren’s Page Turners. Thank you Lauren for this great idea. This really is a great way to help me take another look at all the books added to the wishlist so long ago and at the same time I can share some interesting titles.

There’s only one rule: Simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to link back to Lauren’s Page turners and add your own links!


Mr. Monster by Dan Wells

Mr. Monster (John Cleaver #2) has a 4.1 Goodreads rating and has been on my wishlist since July 2015, together with I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver #1) and I Don’t Want To Kill You (John Cleaver #3). The series continues with two more books that each get a rating higher than 4.0 so that’s what I consider a solid writer.

Mr. Monster

I killed a demon. I don’t know if it was really, technically a demon, but I do know that he was some kind of monster, with fangs and claws and the whole bit, and he killed a lot of people. So I killed him. I think it was the right thing to do. At least the killing stopped.

Well, it stopped for a while.

In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies.

But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon—the terrifying persona he calls “Mr. Monster”—might now be using him.

No one in Clayton is safe unless John can vanquish two nightmarish adversaries: the unknown demon he must hunt and the inner demon he can never escape.

In this sequel to his brilliant debut, Dan Wells ups the ante with a thriller that is just as gripping and even more intense. He apologizes in advance for the nightmares.

So what do you think, yay or nay?

WWW Wednesday (07-02-2018)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

The tree W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What I recently finished :

I might be the last one to have read this but I finally requested AND was approved on Netgalley (whoohoo) and yep I loved this one, I’m joining the fanclub :-).

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between Us


What I’m reading now:

I saw this one on Twitter and when I read the tagline ‘Will appeal to fans of Room, The Lovely Bones…’ I knew I really wanted to read it! It’s told from a child’s perspective but really well done. It’s definitely a poignant story and I’m enjoying it so far.

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

Only Child


What I’ll (probably) read soon:

Well I know Gemma Metcalfe is a very successful author and I hadn’t read any of her books but the blurb – especially the ending – made me want to grab it and find out more right away :-).

A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe

A Mother's SacrificeIt was fate that she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.

The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think…

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.


So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !

PageHabit mystery box: Unboxing #book subscription box #mypagehabit


So I’ve been doing a lot of research about subscription boxes and I found one that promised to give me everything I wanted. You see the books inside a book box are still most important for me and not the swag, although a bookmark or a pen or something is always nice. PageHabit has subscription boxes in multiple genres, including Mystery (thrillers fall under this category) and what’s so orginal about this box is that the book has annotations, little post-it notes with remarks from the author on some of the pages.


You also give a donation towards child’s literacy and November’s donation has gone to Liberia. “For the month of November, 2017, PageHabit has chosen to work alongside Books for Africa and the Saclepea-Mah Development Association (SAMDA) to donate books to Liberia.


Now I still wasn’t sure, I mean I created an account but was still hesitant to order because of the shipping fee but then I received an e-mail in my inbox with a limited 48h offer that I just couldn’t refuse. The offer included an extra hardback in the box and free shipping. Magic words and nothing to stop me now I thought, so I placed an order but then I saw I didn’t have the free shipping but only a 5 dollar discount. I still ordered because I didn’t want to miss out on the offer and sent an e-mail after but I only got back that I should use the hello.pagehabit e-mail address instead of the support e-mail. Yep, as if they can’t forward it themselves. The thing that bothered me most though was that they couldn’t give me an answer but were able to tell me that they gave me a 5 dollar discount for all future boxes and they reinstated my subscription to an automatic monthly subscription (which I had turned off before of course). I got into a slight panic because that was never my purpose and I’ve never been as quick to stop that again. I didn’t pursue the refund anymore, but just so you know, the free shipping is not free if you live outside the US ;-). I didn’t know if the extra book would be included or not either so that was still going to be a surprise.

I had to wait about a month for my parcel to arrive but I didn’t mind at all.. I even left it another 2-3 weeks to open it because I wanted to open it on Christmas Eve. Now I think we’ve waited long enough, here’s what was inside:


The first thing I saw was the ‘letter from the author’ (she sounds like such a sweetie!) and the book swag. The goodies were:


  • a cute little book box that you can store among your other books and that can hold some of your valuables.


  • a magnetic magnifiar bookmark
  • a PINK bookmark with a quote from Diane Duane with a quote we can all agree on:

Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.

  • a short story called The Cross-Eyed Bear by John Dufresne


  • a sturdy canvas tote bag to stash my books in and which has one clear message: there’s only one road and it leads to the PageHabit library!


And then… for the best part.. the book.. or I should say books because yes there were two! There was a free hardback included as well!


The book inclosed in the month’s subscription box was Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart. I already read a great review of it on Janel’s blog Keeper of Pages and you can read it here. It really sounds like a wonderful book and I’m very happy with it!


I’m really looking forward to reading the annotations from the author while I read the book. So original and so cool! I only read the first one yet and it says she had another title in mind but it didn’t test well with the beta readers.

The second book included is debut novel Infinite Ground by Martin MacInnes. He’s the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award.


I know I should just judge books like that but the reviews I read all talk about surrealism, magical realism, a fevered dream and even Ian Rankin calls it strange on the cover… I don’t think this is really something for me and I don’t know if I’ll read it.

Overall I’m quite happy with this box. I can’t order it again due to the shipping as usual but if you live in the US this is a really great subscription box and they do good deeds. Also, if you share your unboxing and use the hashtag #mypagehabit PageHabit will donate an additional book to a child in need!


In case you’re interested what was in the other boxes of the month, here’s the list:

Romance – Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper
Young Adult Fiction – Haven by Mary Lindsey
Literary Fiction – Radio Free Vermont by Bil McKibben
Fantasy – The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
Horror – Blackbird by Michael Fiegel
Historical Fiction – Deadly Cure by Lawrence Goldstone

I wouldn’t have minded the Romance box either :-).

So what do you think of this box? Would you be happy with the book and the book swag? Do you know any other great subscription boxes that I should try out? I had my eye on some other boxes too but they don’t ship to Europe 😦 so any other recs are welcome!

Goodreads Monday (January 2018)

goodreads monday

I saw this meme on Books, Vertigo and Tea and I thought this one seemed fun to join and feature on my blog from time to time as well! The original post of Goodreads Monday was posted by Lauren’s Page Turners. Thank you Lauren for this great idea. This really is a great way to help me take another look at all the books added to the wishlist so long ago and at the same time I can share some interesting titles.

There’s only one rule: Simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to link back to Lauren’s Page turners and add your own links!


By My Side by Alice Peterson

By My Side has been on my GR ‘wishlist’ since January 2016. This heartbreaking novel of learning to live again when you seem to have lost everything has also obtained a rating of 4.18 on Goodreads. 

By My Side

One step can change everything…

Cass Brooks wishes she could turn back time. She’d go back to that morning and retrace her steps. Her boyfriend, Sean, would still be with her. Her mother wouldn’t be nagging her to plan a new future when all she wants is her old life back.

But when Ticket, the most loyal golden Labrador, bursts into Cass’s life, she dares to dream that she can be happy again, that maybe she has a future after all?

Charlie Bell is single. Why can’t he commit? Following his latest break up, he finds himself sitting next to a young woman called Cass on a flight to Colorado.

She is unlike any woman he’s met before…

So what do you think, yay or nay?


Author spotlight: Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts

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When I came across this novel I was very happy to do some extra promo for this author because let’s face it, that book cover looks great doesn’t it? And that blurb sounds good too don’t you think? Maybe all you need is another slight little nudge and maybe the extract will do just the trick. Check it out!

Hiding def

What’s it about?

A gripping psychological thriller with chilling twists, from a unique new voice.

Keller Baye and Rebecca Brown live on different sides of the Atlantic. Until she falls in love with him, Rebecca knows nothing of Keller. But he’s known about her for a very long time, and now he wants to destroy her.

This is the story of two families. One living under the threat of execution in North Carolina. The other caught up in a dark mystery in the Scottish Highlands. The families’ paths are destined to cross. But why? And can anything save them when that happens?

Buy links

amazon ukamazon com

About the author

Author JennyMortonPotts

Jenny is a novelist, screenplay writer and playwright. After a series of ‘proper jobs’, she realised she was living someone else’s life and escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England, to write her socks off.


Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, settled with family. She tries not to take herself too seriously.

Connect with Jenny


Facebook: facebook/jennymortonpotts

Twitter: @jmortonpotts


Chapter 2 – Death Row

When they arrived at Turville, there were many cars in the lot. You might have thought you were attending a concert. There was no landscaping, nothing to soften the bricks of this death house which had been painted grey some time ago and had begun to flake. The Harfield logo hung on a large metal plaque. It too was faded and chipped.

Without a word of leave, the escorting officers walked away from the passengers and new staff took over. The minibus occupants were told that their belongings would be locked in the van until post-procedure. They were asked if they would like to take quarters into the building as there was a vending machine with snacks and drinks.

Then another officer, a woman, just young, set about asking them security questions and issuing tags on neck bands. ‘You have to sign your name in a ledger. That’s first.’ She made herding movements with her arms and the group passed through a body sensor and then there was a cursory pat down. The officer held her thumb and forefinger up, like a diver’s affirmative. Good to go.

Keller noted that indeed the older man he had marked out as a journalist, was permitted to take a notepad in with him. The redhead girl was also permitted writing material. Their pens were tested in a small scanning machine and he overheard the girl saying that she was preparing her doctoral thesis.

‘Nice subject for a PhD,’ Keller muttered beneath his breath. ‘Classy.’

Somehow, he thought there would be a long walk now, time for contemplation but almost straight away the group were led into a small waiting room. The walls were solid, there was no viewing window. This was not the place then. But there was a vending machine. Keller could see fresh apples in the bottom row.

The redhead sat opposite Keller. He wondered if she would like the look of him. Women usually did, at first. It wasn’t really the time or the place but a woman like her was hardly one for etiquette. She looked at her watch and said to the student wearing the plaster cast that she could barely cope without her cell. She then realised that there was some sort of joke to be made of the pun on ‘cell’ and actually laughed. Keller had a sudden vision of being in a lifeboat, sitting next to her, and pushing her over the side. She scribbled away in her big A4 pad, a ring with a diamond on her wedding finger. She was engaged then, and no doubt believed that she had everything to live for. The death penalty has a way of driving home a point like that. The girl sighed, like she had done a hard day’s work. As if taunting him, she let the pad rest upside down on her lap, so that he could make out the words. She had big, babyish writing. Not like the American cursive they were taught. She had a bit of an accent too. Probably went to one of those expensive schools in Europe. Keller looked down at her notes.

…2002 Uzbekistan authorities boiled men to death in water… China have mobile death units, small buses with in-house execution equipment which travel to far lying provinces…. Neighboring South Carolina executed a 14 year old in the electric chair…

Keller stared hard at the redhead. What a charming companion for the day. Fleetingly, he wondered if he should follow her home tonight and get in a bit of target practice. He could get himself match ready and make the world a better place without this member of the population. He dug his knuckles into his thigh and told himself to stop getting distracted.

Keller knew that there would be no stay, and no clemency. He knew that the procedure would begin at 12 noon prompt. He closed his eyes and let his head rest against the cool plaster of the wall behind the bench. Without vision, the thrum of the AC filled his ears fully and he shut out the hushed voices and fell asleep, as he had done in moments of stress as a child. He had Aunt Joya to thank for that technique. Every time she locked him out of the house, he’d nap, no matter what the temperature. If he were to have died of cold before waking, that wouldn’t have been much of a tragedy. There was a point in the coldness when you stopped noticing and the sleep just washed gently over you. He trained that sleep to come to him when he needed it, like a faithful dog.

When Keller was woken in the Turville waiting room, his legs had loosened and sprawled out before him. ‘It is time,’ someone seemed to have said in his ear. As the day’s reality cleaved through his head afresh, the redhead opposite had the nerve to offer him a look of disapproval. She picked her way through his sleepy limbs and walked out of the door, sober and straight-faced.

There was a walk now. They passed doors, like random choices. They all looked the same, all the colour of pale nicotine. But some of those doors were in the business of living and some were not. As you walked past them, you could feel hope slipping away. Which door? Which one? It was like a game the devil might play as you entered hell. Eventually the passengers reached the end of their journey and were shown into another room which was similar in size to the last but with what looked like a window on one side. The window was dark for the moment, with a black blind pulled down and opposite, there was a gallery with seating. The seating was slightly raked, like a theatre. They were here for a performance.


Hiding Book Jacket

Let me hear your thoughts about Hiding! Are you tempted in any way to read this or not? All opinions are appreciated!