in , by Komal, July 31, 2020


Now, I can't include all the information about the book and a full review because that will bore you to sleep so there's gonna be a quote, a recommendation and a gif. Alright, let's do this.

1) The Next Widow by CJ Lyons

Rating: 4/5

“...it was simply a child’s desperate hope that sleep had magically erased an unpleasant reality.”

‘The Next Widow’ is an engaging, fast-paced, roller-coaster. This book is recommended to all crime-thriller genre readers.

2) The Dream by Whitney Dineen

Rating: 4/5

...the mood is quickly evaporating to the point I’m not sure we could rekindle it with a dry forest and a blow torch.”

This book is recommended for readers who are interested in a typical good old rom-com. 'The Dream' is a cozy read that hits close to home. 

3) King of Durabia by Naleighna Kai

Rating: 4/5

“Nine days for me to show you Durabia, to answer any questions you may have. To let you explore the place, the people, the culture. Then you decide.”

Naleighna Kai flabbergasted me as much as Ellena Kiley had to the people of Durabia. A brave attempt to tell a story with an unconventional plotline. A unique, refreshing read. ‘King of Durabia’ is recommended to all open-minded readers. Do give this novel a chance, it is to be read in one sitting. 

4) Darkest Night by Jenny O' Brien

Rating: 3.5/5

“Kindness personified to the dead, less so with the living.”
‘Darkest Night’ is recommended to all mystery genre readers. 

5) Never Now by Scarlett Hopper

Rating: 3/5

“He literally left me naked in bed faster than the Flash on a mission.”

'Never Now' was an emotional read. It conveys how important it is to live in the now and learn to appreciate the bittersweet occurrences in life.

6) The Forget-Me-Not Bakery by Caroline Flynn

Rating: 3/5

"Right then she felt free. Real true freedom. And it occurred to her maybe there was a part of her that had been held captive during her time among the hustle and bustle. This, right here wasn't just existing. This was living. "

'The forget-me-not Bakery' has fluffy cupcakes with angst toppings. 

7) The Girls of Victory Street by Pam Howes

Rating: 3.5/5

“Oh, I know we’re ridiculously young and there’s a war looming and we don’t know what’s going to happen next, but yes, I really do love you. What about you? How do you feel about me?”-Bobby to Bella

 ‘The Girls of Victory Street’ was a tear-jerking historical family saga. This book is recommended to all historical fiction genre readers and I specifically suggest it to people involved in music. I enjoyed ‘The Girls of Victory Street’ because it related to me, quite a lot. I’m interested in reading other books by 'Pam Howes’. 

8) My Backward Life by Claire Merle

Rating: 3.5/5

“Listen, sweetie, forget what everyone says about your teens, being the best years of your life. It’s rubbish. Being 16 is like being inside a bubble and you’re suffocating and trying to slit the sides, but all the adults have made you believe that if you break the bubble, the vacuum outside will swallow you up.”

Some of the scientific inaccuracies book distracted me from the story. I recommend this book to YA readers who are in the mood for something unconventional. Trigger: Mention of Rape, abuse, and eating disorders. 

9) Her Second Chance Cowboy by Makenna Lee

Rating: 3/5

“Who knew a heart could be this disobedient?”

I recommend this novel to readers interested in a typical second-chance romance. A comfy melodrama. 

10) Sea Glass Castle by T.I Lowe

Rating: 3/5

“The sky was painting itself in rich pink and orange, so he focused on just taking in God’s wonderment and leaving the trivial mess of Sunset Cove for a spell.”

‘Sea Glass Castle’ is recommended to readers in the mood for a slow, comfy, romance. This novel contains themes of christianity and it would be enjoyable for readers who connected to the whole christianity aspect of books such as ‘A Walk to Remember’.

11) Death at the Dance by Verity Bright

Rating: 3/5

"I was angry with my friend

I told my wrath, my wrath did end
‘Death at the Dance’ takes readers back to the historical period when people were actually on time to social affairs.

Rating: 3/5

"I tell myself not to put the cart before the horse, and I don't even have a horse, you know?"

I recommend ‘Reckless at heart’ for readers interested in a comfy, slow-burn romance.

13) A Tortured Soul by L.A. Detwiler

Rating: 2/5

DNF'ed at 40%

This novel had powerful writing, very intense sequences, a tragic tone. But it is not for me and I found it mentally straining to continue reading. 

14) Secret by Penelope Sky

Rating: 4/5

Did I mention that I love Penelope Sky?, not steamy romance but just her. Her books have the strongest female characters in adult romance and her writing is simply elegant. Secret is the second book in Heath and Catalina's story. I have bawled my eyes out reading this novel, internally, of course. But I would recommend this book to all dark romance fans. Read the 1st book, lie before secret. Truth, the sequel is going to be out on Aug 4th and I cannot wait to read it!

15) Forever Lies by Jill Ramsower

Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed the premise and the build up but the story got predictable and disengaging. It reminded me of the Volkov Bratva series by London Miller but didn't live up to my expectations. Recommended to fans of Bethany kris.

Rating: 3.5/5

This novel has been one of the most anticipated romances in 2020 and it was worth the wait. I wish there was even more emphasis on the characters but the book was awesome. Recommended to all romance fans. The chemistry...

Note: The thirteen books on this list are ARCs from NetGalley.


There were only 16 novels on the above list because I have an obsession with square numbers...Just kidding. Or not. So 29th July was my birthday and I ordered myself some books. Drumroll...

I also got myself Sarah J mass's ACOTAR(A court of thorns and roses) box set but I'm keeping that pic to myself. Watch out for later reveals. Overall, this month had been overwhelming.
An extremely strange happened on my birthday, India reformed its education system. I have mixed opinions about it. What are your thoughts, guys? Let me know in the comments.

I'd like to thank all of my followers and subscribers, you guys are awesome. Really, you are my source of encouragement. Special thanks to CJ Lyons for featuring in our interview. I'm amazed by how supportive my goodreads friends are. I thank Jayson, Mrinmayi, Bharath, Regina, and all my other 266 friends, you know who you are. There is one person I'm extremely grateful for. She was my sanity in July and I do very much enjoy her Balderdash. Farshana, I'm sending you many virtual hugs.
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