July’s Happenings and ARC August in Review

July was an absolute great reading month! Looking back it seems as if it was a pretty mysterious month and can I just say that you have to read Angela Marsons! Definitely my new fave! Here’s a recap of the month with links:

Somebody I Used to Know by David Bell   ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dead Girl Walking by Sharon Sant     ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Silent Scream by Angela Marsons ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

Evil Games by Angela Marsons    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother by Christie Barlow  (didn’t finish)

As you may have read in a previous post, I have signed up with the 3rd Annual ARC August Sign Up hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat. My goal is to get my NetGalley account up to 100% feedback. It’s a new account, so I haven’t had time to get too far behind, but it’s still a fairly big goal. I usually average about 1-2 books per week, but have gotten behind since starting a writing project as well and am having some difficulty finding a balance with reading and writing. But, when I set a goal, it is rare that I don’t meet it (I can be a bit of a perfectionist. One of my many quirks).

So, what am I reading this month? Well, here’s a sneak peek!

Currently reading


Awake by Natasha Preston

Pub date: 4 August 2015

Don’t miss the latest gripping, high-stakes thriller from Wattpad sensation Natasha Preston, author of the runaway hit The Cellar.

Of course, the dress was white. This is what I’m supposed to die in, I thought. Not many people knew what their last outfit would be.
I pulled it over my head. It fit me perfectly. It had long, loose fitting sleeves, a modest neckline, and waves of material on the skirt. I hated it.
There were no shoes, and I was afraid I’d have to run through the forest barefoot but there weren’t a lot of options. Besides, I’d run barefoot over a bed of nails to get away.
“Scarlett, are you ready?” he called.
I looked in the mirror and took a deep breath. Time to fight for my life.

Scarlett Garner doesn’t remember anything before the age of four—until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her…and a secret that could get her killed.

(Description from NetGalley)

miss wrong

Miss Wrong and Mr Right by Robert Bryndza

Pub date: 4 May, 2015

A brand new novel from the Number 1 best-selling author, Robert Bryndza

Natalie Love has worked hard to have it all: she runs a successful theatre in Soho that’s about to host one of Hollywood’s leading stars. Her biggest supporter is her eccentric Hungarian Gran, and she even has the ‘perfect’ yoga teacher boyfriend – Namaste!

Life in the bright lights of London has always been Natalie’s escape from her chaotic country family in rural Devon and Jamie, the childhood sweetheart she left at the altar 15 years ago. And then he turns up at her theatre door…

With rivalry clouding old feelings, events in Soho bring Jamie and Natalie together in hilarious ways. Gran is loose in the city once more, it seems to be raining sandwiches and records are broken for Burlesque flash mobs. If she can keep her world together, will Natalie discover who is really Mr Right, and that perhaps she isn’t Miss Wrong?

A delightful new romantic comedy, from the author of the best-selling Coco Pinchard series.

(Description from NetGalley)

broken grace

Broken Grace by E.C. Diskin

Pub date: 25 August, 2015

On an icy winter’s day in southwest Michigan, Grace Abbot wakes up as the survivor of a car crash. But she’s left with a traumatic brain injury and a terrifying reality: she can’t remember anything.

Left in the care of her sister, Grace returns to the family’s secluded old farmhouse to recover—but within an hour of her return, the police arrive. Grace’s boyfriend has been murdered. Without any memory, Grace has no alibi.

With suspicion weighing heavily on her and flashes of memory returning, Grace searches for clues to her past. But with every glimpse, her anxiety grows. There is something about the house, her family, her childhood…perhaps the accident isn’t the only reason she can’t remember. Are the dark recesses of her mind hiding something even more sinister and terrifying than she could ever imagine?

Is someone willing to kill again to hide the truth?

(Description from NetGalley)

time to run

A Time to Run by J.M. Peace

Pub date: 1 July, 2015

The hunt is on


A madman is kidnapping women to hunt them for sport.


Detective Janine Postlewaite leads the investigation into the disappearance of Samantha Willis, determined not to let another innocent die on her watch.


The killer’s newest prey isn’t like the others. Sammi is a cop. And she refuses to be his victim.


A stunning, tautly written thriller from police officer turned writer, J.M. Peace

(Description from NetGalley)


Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

Pub date: 1 September, 2015

For Vân Uoc Phan, fantasies fall into two categories: nourishing, or pointless. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, for example? Pointless. It always left her feeling sick, as though she’d eaten too much sugar.

Vân Uoc doesn’t believe in fairies, zombies, vampires, Father Christmas – or magic wishes. She believes in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes.

But when she attracts the attention of Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an unwelcome spotlight.

Not even Jane Eyre can help her now.

Wishes were not a thing.

They were not.


Wishes were a thing.

Wishes that came true were sometimes a thing.

Wishes that came true because of magic were not a thing!

Were they?

(Description from Goodreads)

Keep an eye out for reviews on these books and wish me luck! If you have any suggestions on balancing writing and reading, I’d love to hear it! Happy reading 🙂


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