Recent Reads: 11-17 November 2018


If you have been following me through my Instagram account, you will know that I hosted a mini read-a-thon this past weekend.

During my Kat’s Pop-Up Read-a-thon, I was able to accomplish two books alone, leading my weekly total books read to be FOUR.

And here are those books:



Sunday (11th November)

Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes *Currently Reading*


rebel spring.jpgThe road to power… is paved with blood and magic.

Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.

After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over…

At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.

When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.


Published: 3 December 2013

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 401

Monday (12th November)

Illusions by Heather Dixon Wallwork


Illusions-1600Thomas Pendelton was born into wealth and prestige. He has a sensitive heart and wants nothing more than to write poetry. Instead, he is apprenticing for Neville Wighton the Great, an aging magician who has become somewhat crazed over the years in his pursuit of fame. With Thomas’ help, Wighton is about to premiere the greatest illusion seen by man, for Thomas possesses something no other illusionist has: real magic. Many in the theatrical world are desperate to learn Wighton’s big secret. One such magician is Paolo il Magnifico. His apprentice, Saverio Moretti, is also seeking the answer. He has a scheme to get close to Wighton by seducing Thomas but seduction turns to real feelings. Now the young men must struggle to keep the secret of their romance, as well as the secret of Thomas’ magic, as both of these things could cost Thomas his life. Through journal entries, posters, letters, and other documents, ILLUSIONS is a story of love, betrayal, and of course, magic.


Published: 6 November 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / LGBT

Pages: 380

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Click HERE for my bookish thoughts on this book!

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.*

Friday (16th November)

Cogheart (The Cogheart Adventures #1) by Peter Bunzl


cogheart.jpgSome secrets change the world in a heartbeat. . . .

Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends—Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox—Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart. . . .

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.


Published: 1 September 2016

Publisher: Usborne

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction / Steampunk

Pages: 366


My review of this book will be featured this Tuesday!

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.*

Saturday (17th November)

The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork


the enchantedClara Stahlbaum has her future perfectly planned: to marry the handsome pianist, Johann Kahler (ah!) and settle down to a life full of music. But all that changes on Christmas Eve, when Clara receives a mysterious and magical nutcracker.

Whisked away to his world—an enchanted empire of beautiful palaces, fickle fairies, enormous rats, and a prince—Clara must face a magician who uses music as spells…and the future she thought she wanted.

The Enchanted Sonata, a retelling of The Nutcracker Ballet with a dash of The Pied Piper, will captivate readers of all ages.


Published: 23 October 2018

Publisher: The Wallworkshop

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / ReTelling

Pages: 375


This book review will also be featured this Tuesday, so stay tuned!

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.*

The Revolution of Jack Frost by K.M. Robinson


the rev“No one inside the snow globe knows that Morozoko Industries is controlling their weather, testing them to form a stronger race that can survive the fall out from the bombs being dropped in the outside world—all they know is that they must survive the harsh Winter that lasts a month and use the few days of Spring, Summer, and Fall to gather enough supplies to survive.

When the seasons start shifting, Genesis and her boyfriend, Jack, know something has gone wrong. As their team begins to find technology that they don’t have access to inside their snow globe of a world, it looks more and more like one of their own is working against them.

Genesis soon discovers Morozoko Industries is to blame, but when a foreign enemy tries to destroy their weather program to make sure their destructive life-altering bombs succeed in destroying the outside world, their only chance is to  shut down the machine that is spinning out of control and save the lives of everyone inside the bunker–at any cost.


Published: 6 November 2018

Publisher: Bleeding Ink Publishing

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Pages: 295

I ended up DNF-ing this about 50 pages in. It wasn’t a horrible book by any means, I just wasn’t in the mood for this type of story.

Maybe I’ll revisit it in the future. What are you thoughts after reading this book??


How far are you in this read-a-thon??

I am currently beginning Gathering Darkness.

I know, I wasn’t able to catch up in the series as I had hoped, but I will say that utilizing the audiobook while being out-and-about has greatly decreased the amount of time I need to read each book.

So stay tuned through my Instagram and Twitter for more details!


Favorite Book of the Week: The Enchanted Sonata

# of Pages Read: 1,572

Total # of Books Read: 4.5

Some posts you may have missed this week:

For this next week, I will be doing a ton of reading and writing through the Thanksgiving weekend. Since I have a busy beginning to my work week, I will be posting my book reviews from the lil’ read-a-thon I hosted this past Friday and Saturday.

As you can tell above, I was able to get TWO whole books finished along with a DNF’d third one. I am really proud of what I was able to accomplish over those 36 hours, and I hope to host another Pop-Up Read-a-thon here soon!

With a 5-day weekend, I will be exploring through a pretty hefty TBR-list. I’m not too sure if I will be reading or trying to catch up on my NaNoWriMo goals (Which I am very much slacking at). I am currently sitting at over 2,500 words, but I do count that as a small victory during this rather hectic month.

So, we shall just wait and see on what all my mind sets off towards as the week winds down.

What will you be working on this week?? Did you read anything interesting?

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Until next time..

Happy Reading,


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