Afterimage by J. Kowallis

Spoiler free review

My rating: 3.5/5 stars

Afterimage is the first book in dystopian series The Enertia Trials. It is set after World War 3 where the world is controlled by a governmental organization called The Public which strikes to achieve the perfect society by capturing people and drugging them. This leaves people with almost no emotions and no strength to resist.

This book is told from multiple perspectives with the main focus on Reggie and Nate. Reggie, having lived indoors in Public One facilities for 15 years, can see little snippets of the future and foresees her escape. On the other hand Nate is part of a group of people called Nomads who haven’t been captured by the government. He is one of the people who has a say in making decisions of what him and the rest of the people who live with him will do (Nomads).

The book is well written with superb world building. The storyline is full with action with something happening at every moment. There was a little bit of romance but the focus was on the action part of the story. The concept of The Public was quite frightening as I couldn’t stop imagining myself in this world where I would be captured and ripped off of my emotions. If there is one thing that I couldn’t live without then that would be not being able to think for myself and just being an empty shell of a man.

One thing that you rarely find in books and that I especially appreciated i this one was the fact that the characters where all in different age groups. Starting from teens and ending with 60 year olds. Not only where the characters diverse age wise but also personality wise. There were characters that I LOVED (like London) and also characters that I wasn’t a big fan of. And being able to read from different perspectives made sure that I was able to really see what everyone was about. This made the book to be quite a refreshing read.

Now on to the negative aspects of the book . Sometimes (with the emphasis on sometimes) the conversations between the characters felt a little bit too strained and unnatural, to a certain degree staged. Also even though there clearly was some development relationship wise between the characters, I’d prefer it if the author had expanded on it a bit more as it felt like it was skipped altogether.

Side note: someone really need to edit this book once again and correct all of the misspelled and missing words.

I enjoyed reading this book and thought that the premise was fairly interesting. I am excited to see where the story goes in the next three books.

I was sent the eBook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In no way it affected my review.


Hour 0- Opening Survey

Here are my answers to the opening survey questions of Dewey’s 24 hour readathon.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I am reading from Northern / Eastern Europe- Latvia
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I am really excited to read the first book of A Series of Unfortunate Events- A Bad Beginning
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I bought a pack of crisps earlier in the day but I accidentally ate them before the actua start of the readathon. Though I do have some ice-cream in my freezer so I am probably going to eat that at some point. I really don’t have any healthy snacks ready.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Well, I am still in high school and I spend most of my time either procrastinating (that is, watching TV shows) or studying. I enjoy watching horror movies and will occasionally read a horror novel though I mainly read YA.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

I really want to read more than I previously did and I decided how many hours I am going to spend reading (12 hours) because last time I ended up spending lots of time on bookstagram and not so much actually reading.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon- April 2017

I have decided to participate in the Dewey’s 24 hour readathon. This is going to be my second time and I am hoping to read lots more than previously. I had a bit of a hard time deciding upon what to read but I finally came up with a TBR.

  1. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)
  2. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
  3. Article Three by Anna Jakobsson Lund
  4. Just After Sunset by Stephen King

The first two books are very short books that I have been wanting to read ever since I watched A Series of Unfortunate Events. I absolutely loved that TV show and I am excited to see how gothic the books are themselves.  I have already started Article Three and I am 150 pages in and have around 200 pages left which I think is doable. Lastly, I have a short story collection for me to read. I’ve read the first 2 stories. I think that these short stories will be perfect for a readathon. This is the one book I am not expecting to finish, it is rather here on this list just in case I have finished everything else.

I am expecting to read for 12 hours in total as I am not ready to sacrifice my sleep and I might have to actually get out of the house and do some other stuff. I am also planning on taking part in some of the hourly challenges on Instagram.

The Animal Under The Fur by E. J. Mellow

Spoiler free review

My rating 4/5 stars

This is the first book of E. J. Mellow’s I’ve ever read and it made sure that this won’t be the last. Her writing style turned out to be mesmerizing. The way she managed to keep the storyline fast paced while still not rushing the romance, was something I wasn’t expecting. A little bit into the book I was slightly worried that the author would suddenly make the characters ”love” each other though I was pleasantly surprised that the relationship between the two main characters developed slowly  (but not that slow that it would just get boring). Also the way E. J. Mellow used her writing to describe the change in the characters’ attitudes towards each other was greatly appreciated. This rather slow developing relationship was like a contrast to the fast paced story that made sure that the book was not too overwhelming.

The book had two main characters- Nashville ( or ‘3’) and Carter.

I love reading books with strong and independent female characters and this one didn’t let me down. However it did take me a while to get accustomed to Nashville. At first she seemed unreal and it was hard to find something to connect myself with her. Though, about a quarter way in the book she grew on me. Her amazing abilities and this fierceness of hers was satisfying to read about. While reading the book  I had a hard time deciding whether I’d actually want to meet Nashville in real life. I have a feeling that as soon as her eyes would land on me I would be so intimidated by her and her presence that I wouldn’t know what to  do with myself.

Carter. Was he a fun character. His wittiness and cockiness, his occasional childish remarks made him such a likable person.. Even though I enjoyed Carter’s character a bit more, I still preferred reading the chapters narrated by Nashville.

The relationship between Nashville and Carter was so interesting. Both of them entertained me to a point were I would start silently laughing while reading the book. Their completely and utterly amazing insults directed to each other was one of the things that made the book 4 stars for me.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I took the one start off because for some reason I was not too affected by what was going on in the book and I think that there was a potential for me, as a reader, to have stronger emotions while reading the book.

What would stop us from becoming the monsters we seek to kill if we can no longer find or appreciate the joy in the things we are trying to protect?

 I received the ARC of The Animal Under The Fur in exchange for an honest review! Thank you so much for sending this book to me!

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence


Goodreads synopsis
From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father’s castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him

My rating: 4/5 stars

In the end it seems we’re just toys, easy to break and hard to mend.

Prince of Thorns follows a young man named Jorg Ancrath who had experienced a tragic event in his past that had shaped him in the most unpleasant and gruesome way. He quite easily could be perceived as a villain in this and any other book. The flashbacks to his past give some backstory to why such evil lies in him and I kind of started understanding why he turned out the way he did. Though Jorg Ancrath took a darker road than most would. He rarely resisted to his urges to kill and spilled blood whenever it wouldn’t set him back too far. He was cunningly smart, determined and oh so lucky (wish I could just borrow it for a while)!

Jorg Ancrath’s band of outlaws turned out to be an interesting bunch. Every single one of them was completely different and dark in their own way. I wished we had been given a little bit more backstory of each of the Brothers because at times it felt too Jorg centered. Though I certainly enjoyed the little excerpts at the end of the chapters that gave some idea of what they were about and made the story much more interesting. I was always looking forward to these smaller excerpts as they were written in such beautiful and almost poetic way.

This is the first book that I’ve read that follows such a cruel character and I found it to my liking. At times I was completely disgusted and just couldn’t believe that a 13 year old child could do the things he did. Which was also the one thing I kind of had a problem with. In my opinion, if he was just a few year older, like 17, I believe that the book would have kept its dark atmosphere and Jorg Ancrath would still be considered young (so nothing would have changed in the way people would perceive the main character). The story would just be a little bit more believable.

I was amazed (still am) with how the atmosphere of the book was set in the very first pages  and after page 15 there were no questions about what kind of book this is going to be. The writing style was quite refreshing and humorous.

The perfumes of lords and ladies tickled at my nose: lavender and orange oil. On the road, shit has the deceny to stink.

Prince of Thorns turned out to be a gripping book that was hard to put down, and the fact that the chapters were pretty short made sure that I tried to squeeze a chapter everywhere I went.

I’d recommend Prince of Thorns to bookworms that enjoy reading darker books or just want to read something refreshing and captivating.

Bookish goals for 2017


I am not a person who comes up with new year’s resolutions every year only because I know I am not going to accomplish them. I would give up during the second week, if not before that. That being said, resolutions related to books actually work for me and bring a lot of excitement. I’ve come up with different 4 goals that shouldn’t put too much pressure on me. This brings us to the list of goals/resolutions for the year of 2017:

  • Read 30 books

Even though in 2016 I managed to read 50 books, this year my goal is 30 books. The reason for this is because I noticed that I mostly read during school breaks and during school I barely manage to read. It is not even that I don’t have time, it’s more that when I do have some free time, my mind is so tired that focusing my brain on anything is just too much. Having a lower goal will hopefully eliminate the extra stress that comes from being behind my reading schedule.

  • Finish all of the series I have started

That excludes the ones I have no interest in continuing e.g. Red Queen series and The Wolves of Mercy Falls and the ones that simply don’t have the next book out (The Kingkiller Chronicle). I am really excited for the final book in The Throne of Glass series, obviously I (and all of the rest of fans) still have to wait a while for the sixth novel.

  • Discover 10 new authors

I want to read books of authors new to me/ authors whose books I haven’t read and also not so well known authors. The whole bookstagram community tends to be focused only on the popular authors like Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas. Of course there is nothing wrong with that, they obviously have written great works if they are that popular but with this goal I want to remind myself  that there are other fantastic authors out there whose books deserve some recognition.

  • Be more active on my blog

In 2017 I want to start writing book reviews and also other book related posts. I want to write at least one review a month and hopefully this way I will be able to improve my English writing skills because I’ve noticed that I have a hard time putting my ideas on a paper (or for that matter stating them out load).


Thanks for reading and I would love to hear some of your bookish goals!



Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-Seeley



Goodreads synopsis:

Portland, Oregon, is the perfect fit for someone like Meg Reed. It’s a city with a small town feel, where she can crash on the couch of her best friend Jill, now that she’s graduated from journalism school. . .

But a girl needs a job, so Meg bluffs her way into writing for Northwest Extreme magazine, passing herself off to editor-in-chief Greg Dixon as an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Never mind that Meg’s idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte. So when she finds herself clawing to the top of Angel’s Rest–a two-thousand-foot peak–to cover the latest challenge in a reality TV adventure show, she can’t imagine feeling more terrified. Until she witnesses a body plummet off the side of the cliff. Now Meg has a murder to investigate. And if the climbing doesn’t kill her, a murderer just might. . .

My rating: 4/5 stars

Scene of the Climb is the first book in A Pacific Northwest Mystery series. It is set in Portland, Oregon. The story follows a recent journalism school graduate Meg Reed who has landed herself a job in Northwest Extreme magazine. A job that is not meant for a person who is afraid of heights and participates in very few outdoor activities. Nevertheless with her excellent writing abilities she soon captures her handsome boss’s attention who gives her an assignment about the Race the States competition.

Scene of the Climb is a fast paced read that captured my attention from the very beginning. As I haven’t read mystery books in a while it turned out to be quite a refreshing read. The main character Meg Reed has a very likable atmosphere to her. She leads a typical life of a new adult.Meg is a curios and relentless character with tendencies to oversleep and be late for meetings. She is not afraid to raise questions and get to the bottom of the mystery at hand. At times her recklessness and bravery did annoy me (when her life could have been potentially in danger) and I definitely would have made sure that I wasn’t alone with either one of the suspects of the murder. With that being said I truly enjoyed her character. The other characters were excellently represented giving the story a believable feel to it. Meg Reed’s loyal friend group helped and supported her throughout the story. The world building was done exceptionally well and knowing that the places the story is set in are real just urged me to go to the nearest airport and fly to Oregon and hike those trails myself (which unfortunately wasn’t possible). The occasional set backs from the story line expanded on the surroundings of Meg and added a few interesting facts about the places she visited. As I usually have an intuitive feel for who the culprit is in a story, I was delighted that in Scene of the Climb I was able to only guess and at no point was I certain who the murderer was.

The book ends with a great premise for the rest of the series. I am excited to follow along Meg Reed’s next adventures and see what she stumbles upon in the next book.