Cover Reveal: Firebird – Alice La Roux


Release date: 20th April
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: The Graphics Shed

Being a King isn’t easy.

When a rebel group threatens the family business, Golden Apple Incorporated, Seraphina King must step up to the plate. Her father keeps her on a tight leash, a prized possession locked away in a gilded cage. In desperation he grants her the freedom to find those who want to harm them, but nothing is as it seems. People are going missing, women are turning up dead and then there’s her renegade stalker. The maverick with the emerald green eyes who always seems to be in the middle of things. Sera doesn’t know who to trust or what to believe.

What happens when the golden apple is rotten?


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Generation X – Douglas Coupland

Set in the early 1990’s we see Dag, Claire and Andy try to navigate their life by telling stories.

Coupland’s novel is a kind of social commentary about the “disaffected and directionless” generation after the baby boomers and honestly, I found it pretty boring. To be fair to Coupland, he really does capture this kind of listless energy within the narrative and there’s a lot of interesting stylistic choices that I’d get a kick out of analyzing. As an everyday read though, its very meh and I’m not really sure why its been given the cult status it has.

Great for study, not so sure about anything else.

Cover Reveal: The Lakes – Amanda Dick

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Genre: Romantic Women’s Fiction/Family Saga
Release date: 30 March 2018

A noble deed, a rash decision and an ordinary day turns into a day one family will never forget.

December 1997, Navigator Bay, New Zealand. Eight-year-old Eli Lake has a strong moral compass and a rebellious heart. When he is honour-bound to defend his younger sister Becca by punching the school bully in the playground, he doesn’t stop to think about the consequences. Unfortunately the headmaster doesn’t seem to understand that Eli is no snitch. While waiting outside the headmaster’s office as the school calls his mother, Eli makes a split-second decision to run.

If there is one person in his world he can count on to back him up, it’s Nanna. But on his way to Nanna’s house, he passes the cemetery. Inside, a girl in a white dress places wildflowers on headstones. In a single heartbeat curiosity overpowers urgency and a day that began as ordinary is destined to end in tragedy.

Amanda Dick’s exciting new series begins with this prequel novella, an introduction to the Lake family. It’s as nostalgic and innocent as it is heart-breaking. How can you forgive when you can’t forget?

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Pet Sematary – Stephen King

I think the best word to describe Pet Sematary is sinister. From the novels outset there’s an impression, an underlying feeling that something evil is going to happen. The narrative is disquieting, with a slow building terror that grips you until the very end. But Pet Sematary is most frightening because the story is so relatable, and in this way I’m reminded of Freud’s theory of the uncanny: ‘that class of frightening which leads back to what is known of old and long familiar’. We can all imagine our selves in Louis’ position and given the option, I believe we would all take that chance…

Stephen King is a master of his craft.

Cover Reveal: Craft – Adriana Locke


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Kari March Designs
Release Date: March 7, 2018

They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither will give in.

Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All sixteen times.

Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best, really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that and he’s not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years.

These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?

Note: This can be read as a standalone novel.

Will be available in Kindle Unlimited.



USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

For sneak peeks, giveaways, and more, please join Adriana’s Facebook Group, Books by Adriana Locke, or her Goodreads group, All Locked Up.


Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Freakonomics is ultimately about the economics behind seemingly random things and the importance of asking questions. For example, Chapter One’s focus: What Do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common? A burning question, I did not know needed answering! Yet by the end of each bizarre chapter, everything makes complete sense.

Having never been interested in economics, I didn’t know how I would fair with this book but it was pretty incredible. It was easy to follow, insightful and surprisingly funny!

Lesson learned: Don’t trust real-estate agents.

Before I Go To Sleep – S J Watson

Christine has amnesia. Every night when she goes to sleep she looses her memory. She’s not sure who she can trust, especially when she begins to realise that those closest to her are lying…

Before I Go To Sleep is a well-written, psychological thriller that kept me turning pages late into the night. Full disclosure: I guessed the ending around 100 pages in (just call me Sherlock Holmes) but that didn’t disappoint me. I needed to find out if I was right!

The narrative structure reminded me a little of Gone Girl; a triptych set up moving between the present, the past in the form of a diary and back to the present for the final reveal. The two novels are completely different though, I just thought it was worth noting.

A good concept, well executed. Worth checking out.

Room – Emma Donoghue


Jack is five years old and he has never seen the outside world. He doesn’t even know it exists. All that he knows is the single, locked room he lives in with his mother.

Room is not a comfortable read yet you find yourself drawn into Jack and Ma’s world and unable to stop. In the times I did, the narrative haunted me; I found myself dreaming about being trapped in a single room. But Room is not a thriller, it is a purely character driven story and in Jack and Ma, Emma Donoghue has created truly original characters that you are not likely to forget.

Room is at once heartbreakingly sad and strangely uplifting, I definitely recommend.

2018 Reading Goals

I mentioned in our update a blogging resolution I made for 2018, but I got to thinking. As we are a book blog, I should also share my reading resolutions or goals for 2018 with you too.

I realised towards the end of last year, I’ve gotten lazy with my reading (and reviewing, but we’ve covered that). Although I have an awesome excuse for why. I spend a lot of time researching lofty theoretical concepts for my thesis and after a long day of trying to differentiate between the Gothic and psychoanalytic double, I’m about done with thinking. I really don’t want to pick up a Man Booker Prize winner. I want an easy read I can get lost in. While there’s nothing exactly wrong with this, I am missing out on a lot of incredible books that deserve some attention.

I also started to realise that I’ve been stuck in a genre rut for months and don’t stray all that far away from fiction. Now I love a good story, but there are so many interesting subjects in this world. Science, History, Politics, Philosophy, Religion, all those concepts that end with ism that I know nothing about. And I should know about these things. There are topics I studied in school that I remember very little of, and I’m kinda ashamed of myself. I’ve become too reliant on Google.

And so my reading goals for 2018 were born:

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I know there aren’t many and when you break it down, they are interrelated but I wanted these goals to be achievable. In previous years I’ve set my self the “I will read a certain number of books in one year challenge”, but I never managed it and I was always a little disappointed with myself. This year I want to look back at my book selves and see variety and feel more knowledgeable.

Do you have any reading resolutions or goals for 2018? Sound off in the comments below.