Review: Mistress by Mistake – Kim Lawrence


Mistress by Mistake – Kim Lawrence

Mistress By Mistake

Title: Mistress by Mistake

Author: Kim Lawrence

Release Date: February 2000

Publisher: Harlequin

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 185

Source: Campground Free Library

Did he want a mistress — or a wife?

Drew Cummings more than lived up to his reputation for being incredibly sexy. He’d misjudged Eve, though, believing her to be a calculating gold digger chasing after his wealthy nephew….

So when Drew began seducing Eve himself, was he simply protecting his family fortune? Why else would he be interested in shy little Eve? There was no denying he wanted her…but was he looking for an affair — or something more permanent?

1 out of 5 stars


I know what you’re thinking. Aubrey, this doesn’t seem like the type of book you like to read, and you’re right! I kind of hated it… a lot. Anyway, story time. I picked up this book because I went camping with two of my friends, and FORGOT MY BOOK AT HOME. The tragedy of it all. Neither of them brought a book either, so we went to the little free library thing at the campground lodge and we thought it would be funny to read romance novels. We went camping so that we could relax, go cliff jumping, swimming, and hammocking. So, we all chose Harlequin romance novels, as there was an abundance of them at this small library. I just finished it, and hated it as much as I thought I would.

This story follows Eve and Drew, who mistakenly fall in love. Lots of sexual tension, lots of unnecessary angst.

I knew going into this there wouldn’t be much story, but there was pretty much no plot, and there was no character development at all. They meet in a very strange way that had nothing to do with anything. So she meets this magical Drew, and of course hates him at first. Hates him so much. As in, tells him that he’s pretty much an entitled prick. Umm. Yeah, if you’re attracted to someone just go ahead and tell him that he’s a horrible person before you meet him. She of course first sees him with no shirt and just a towel that “defied gravity” by staying on his slender, sexy hips… vomit.

I knew what I was going into, but damn I can’t explain how horrible the writing was. It switched perspectives literally every two sentences. There were no quotation marks, and the conversations were just in the paragraphs as opposed to how they normally are. There were so many characters introduced with NO backstory whatsoever. So many. It was horribly difficult to follow at the beginning, not going to lie. I feel like I have a decent concept of following characters through stories. I read a lot, but this was just so hard to understand. I think it was partly because the writing was SO BAD.

There were also random plot points that were just thrown in to make the book longer. First off, if you add that many random words and plot suggestions and the book is only 185 pages you’re for sure doing something very wrong. There was a party. An ex-fiance. Gardening. House fire. Saving a cat from a tree. Climbing up the side of a building to get to the girl you love *eww*. Lying. There were just so many random things that shouldn’t have been in this book, but whatever. I do not recommend reading this book at all. I personally do not understand reading a purely romance novel. There is typically no plot. There is a cringey romance that is in no way realistic at all. Trust me here. I’ve been dating the same lovely boy for almost 4 years now, and this is not what it’s like. There’s actual emotion and real feelings, not just being “hopelessly in love at first sight.” Just putting that out there. If romance novels are your thing, go for it. You do you, but I do not plan on reading any more romance novels. Books with some romance. I’m all for it. Anything for me to fangirl over, but there was no… anything to this story.

Review: Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2) – Victoria Aveyard


Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2) – Victoria Aveyard

Steel Scars (Red Queen, #0.2)

Title: Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 77

Source: TBR Pile

Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.

3 out of 5 stars


It’s been awhile since I have read anything from this series, so it took me a little while to remember some details about this world, but after I got into it I felt more comfortable with it. This follows Farley, which made me very sad after remembering Glass Sword…

Anyway. I read this quite quickly as it is a short novella. I’m not really sure if this added anything to the story arc, but I do really enjoy this world. I love the Scarlet Guard, and love that they’re so rebellious. I think Farley is a cool character, and I liked seeing her with Shade. Made my heart happy.

Even though this novella takes place before Red Queen, DEFINITELY read Red Queen before reading this because it would make absolutely no sense if you didn’t understand Farley just a little bit.

This is my third full book for Booktubeathon! It’s going really well, and I’m about to start another book :)

After reading this I’m very excited to see what happens in King’s Cage. I want to be back in this world, and I can’t wait to read about some super cool characters. I remember Glass Sword ended in an irritating cliff-hanger, but I don’t remember exactly what it was. I will have to revisit that ending before picking up King’s Cage, but I am super pumped to finish the series!!

Series:

Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1)

Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

Review: Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5) – Iain Reading


Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5) – Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5)

Title: Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5)

Author: Iain Reading

Release Date: February 14, 2015

Publisher: Createspace

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 222

Source: Author

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces is the eagerly anticipated fifth instalment of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency book series. This series features the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot and amateur detective Kitty Hawk as she continues in the footsteps of Nancy Drew and Amelia Earhart on her epic flight around the world.

After meeting up with an old friend in the eternal city of Rome, Kitty Hawk unexpectedly stumbles (almost literally) into a bizarre mystery involving creepy disembodied voices, secret hidden rooms, unbreakable mathematical codes, ominous chain-smoking strangers and an array of plundered artworks by such famous masters as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh – all of it wrapped up and entwined in an enigmatic riddle hanging in plain sight right in front of everyone’s noses.

With the help of friends both old and new, Kitty Hawk follows a trail of cryptic clues that leads her on a breathless tour across a quintessentially European landscape – from ancient Roman Italy to the darkest corners of Germany, Austria and beyond.

As with the previous books in the series, this new installment is perfect for firing the imaginations of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history, this exhilarating adventure will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they attempt to help Kitty Hawk try and solve the extraordinarily bizarre Mystery of the Masterpieces.

4 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Iain for sending me a copy of this book! I’ve loved getting to read this series; thank you!

Kitty Hawk takes on Rome, and mystery solving happens because of it.

I really enjoyed this book. These last two books of this series were so much fun and so full of energy and so adventurous. I really enjoyed this one because it took place in Rome, and I’ve been there, so it was just so much more special to read this. The atmosphere of Rome is just as it’s described in the book. Crazy, crazy busy, but there are always little alleys or back streets with only a few people on them. I loved when Kitty went to the different tourist sites because I’VE BEEN THERE, TOO. It’s seriously so crazy that I’ve been to Rome, and I loved every second of it. Highly recommend.

This book follows Kitty and Charlie, and a family they meet while in Rome. They meet under unlikely circumstances, but quickly become friends. Kitty, of course, instigates a mission. She sees that there are some paintings hanging on her new friend’s walls that look eerily similar to those of famous artists. So similar in fact, that it is soon found out that they are actually originals. Crazy stuff. There’s a secret room, some decoding, and fast driving. Kitty Hawk just doesn’t know how to stay out of the mysteries.

Again, I really enjoyed this book. One complaint, though. Why can’t Kitty and Charlie be a thing? There were hints, but I want them to kiss. I was hoping and praying that they would kiss in front of the Trevi Fountain at the end, but I was sorely disappointed ;) Come on, Iain! I just want some romance!

Thank you again for letting me be part of this story! I can’t wait to read more from you. Also, another Kitty Hawk book? :)

Series:

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1)

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2)

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3)

Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #4)

Review: The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) – Samantha Shannon


The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) – Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

Title: The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

Author: Samantha Shannon

Release Date: August 20, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 466

Source: TBR Pile

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

5 out of 5 stars


Why did it take me so long to pick this book up?! I knew that it was going to be amazing, and I wasn’t disappointed.

I did a buddy-read with Kenedie from afangirlsbookshelf on Youtube and we both really loved it. We emailed our thoughts after every chapter and there was so much to talk about with this book! I loved so much about this book I don’t even know where to start…

This story follows Paige who is working with a group of clairvoyants in Scion London in 2059. The voyants are in danger because no one wants them to be living in London, so they have to hide their gifts in order to survive. Paige and her crew are all rare voyants, and Paige is a dream walker. She can connect with the aether and see inside people’s dreamscapes. All is well until she gets captured by the Rephaim and taken to Oxford. She has to learn to live with the Rephs and find out how to leave safely. She learns to trust those around her in order to survive…

Again, this book was AMAZING. I just want to read the whole entire series, and plan on reading the books that are out as soon as possible. It’s been awhile since I’ve wanted to read a whole series back to back, but I just need to know what happens next!

The characters in this story were so interesting and so unique. Every person in this book had their own voice and their own personality, and I feel as though that’s hard to come by sometimes. I loved Paige as a character. It’s crazy to think she’s only 19… Umm that’s only a year older than me… I’m impressed with her.

The plot was so intricately written, and there are plenty of opportunities for old scenes to be explained in the future novels. The writing style kind of reminded me of Cassandra Clare. I was hooked the second I started reading this book, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the books!

Series:

The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5)

June Wrapup + July TBR


Read:

  1. Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) – Kendare Blake *review*
  2. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) – Cassandra Clare *review*
  3. Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5) – Kazu Kibuishi *review*
  4. Escape From Lucien (Amulet #6) – Kazu Kibuishi *review*
  5. Firelight (Amulet #7) – Kazu Kibuishi *review*
  6. July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4) – Shannon A. Thompson *review*
  7. Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #4) – Iain Reading *review*

TBR:

  1. Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) – Robin Hobb
  2. Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5) – Iain Reading
  3. The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) – Samantha Shannon

Review: Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Series #4) – Iain Reading


Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Series #4) – Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #4)

Title: Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Series #4)

Author: Iain Reading

Release Date: February 26, 2014

Publisher: Createspace

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 234

Source: Author

Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is the thrillingly cryptic fourth installment of the exciting Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series featuring the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot Kitty Hawk and her various adventures of mystery and intrigue as she follows in the footsteps of Amelia Earhart on an epic flight around the world. This fourth book in the series brings Kitty to the emerald hills of Ireland where she meets a handsome stranger and is quickly swept up in a perplexing hundred-year-old family treasure hunt involving secret codes and puzzling clues that lead her on a fast-paced adventure that carries her from Dublin to London – from the decks of the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic to the temples of ancient Egypt and the streets of Jack the Ripper – until she finally unlocks the mystery and discovers the long-hidden treasure. Much like the earlier books in this series, Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of armchair detectives of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history the reader will find themselves immersed in brand new worlds that are brought to life before their very eyes as Kitty Hawk experiences the stories and history of a doomed ocean liner and unravels the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic.

4 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Iain Reading for sending me a copy of this book!

This is by far the best in the whole series, and I’m so glad that I got to read it! I loved this one because of the different elements to the story.

I loved that this was set in London. I loved that it talked about the Titanic and Sherlock Holmes. I love that there was a plot point about Jack the Ripper. I think this was the best crafted novel in this series so far, and definitely recommend reading it!

Kitty Hawk decides to help out a boy named Andrew who she gets introduced to during a grand opening for a restaurant. Andrew comes up to her and asks her for her help in discovering the truth of what happened to a crew member on the Titanic. Hijinks ensue, and the mystery gets solved.

I think that this was a well written book, and the plot developed quite nicely. I really enjoyed that there were many different adventures that Kitty got to go on, and I like that she was such a central part of this story.

If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend it. I have been really enjoying it, and I think anyone from middle grade up would get enjoyment from it. I loved Andrew as a character because he just sounded so cute. I loved the scene right after they figured out the most important part of the clue. So cute.

Again, huge thanks to Iain Reading for sending me this book to review! I can’t wait to finish the series :)

Series:

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1)

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2)

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3)

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5)

Review: July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4) – Shannon A. Thompson


July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4) – Shannon A. Thompson

Bad Bloods: July Lightning

Title: July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: May 1, 2017

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Format: ebook

Page Number: 267

Source: Author

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.   Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name–son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won’t be easy. Enemies wait around every corner–and so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves.Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice.

3 out of 5 stars


HUGE THANK YOU TO SHANNON FOR SENDING ME AN ECOPY OF THIS BOOK!

The conclusion of the Bad Bloods series. Violet and Caleb take on a brand new set of challenges, mainly dealing with the weather, and a situation with Vendona. As this is the fourth book in this series, I will not go into too much detail because spoilers, but I believe this was a nice conclusion to the series as a whole.

Personally, I liked the first two books the best. I loved Serena and Daniel. I loved that they were my age, and they were just figuring out their powers and they had to do a lot of trial and error, but it wasn’t overly depressing. The last two books were quite sad because they dealt with some heavy topics.

One thing I found interesting was that Caleb had a crippling disease called Stilts. It’s an STD that causes him to age or die faster. The way to combat this is to have a young bad blood girl sing to him to keep him healthy. I thought that was an interesting touch to the story. I liked that Caleb was represented as a bisexual character. I liked that it was handled that he liked people for who they were, not based on their gender. I feel like a lot of writing a bisexual character doesn’t take that into consideration super super well, but I like how he was portrayed.

I enjoyed Violet as a character because she was interesting and mysterious. You never really knew what she was planning to do, and I found it refreshing. Paranormal/sci-fi make up some of my favorite books, so I loved that this was taking some magical/paranormal elements and putting it in a dystopian world.

Also, ALWAYS READ THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OF A BOOK! I cannot recommend reading the acknowledgments enough because you learn so much about the book as a whole! I learned that this was based off the falling of the Berlin Wall. Super cool. I knew there was some historical background, but I didn’t know what it was based on. Looking back at it, it was quite obviously tied to the Berlin Wall, but I didn’t realize it at the time.

I would recommend this series to any paranormal lovers, but read them close together! Don’t take long breaks in between the stories *@me* because I think they would be so much more enjoyable that way!

Thanks again to Shannon for working with me :)

Series:

November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

November Snow (Bad Bloods #2)

July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3)