#Review: You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

You Had Me At Hello was your pick for my November TBR Topple read, voting for December is open until the 20th so you still have a few days left to pick my next TBR Read!


What happens when the one that got away comes back? Find out in this sparkling debut from Mhairi McFarlane.

‘Think of the great duos of history. We’re just like them.’
‘You mean like Kylie and Jason? Torvill and Dean? Sonny and Cher?’
‘I think you’ve missed the point, Rachel.’

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ‘hello’.


It becomes clear with this book very quickly what the state of play is. Rachel and Ben are best friends through Uni but there are very definitely underlying feelings there between them. The problem Rachel is in a long-term relationship. When they go their separate ways at the end of Uni their friendship falls apart and ten years later bump into each other reigniting their friendship and those old feelings, except this time Ben is married.

While the story was easy to read, and emotionally charged throughout I just didn’t connect to either of the characters in the way I would have liked. I found them both a little self-serving and immature. While the outcome is pretty much a given in these books I was hoping they would walk away lonely and apart because I didn’t think they deserved each other, they didn’t deserve that love or even wanted it enough.

This was a fail for me, I didn’t enjoy the characters, every single person in this book is out for themselves, there is a definite lack of human compassion here. I found the plot predictable and unoriginal and I didn’t connect with the writing style at all.


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TitleYou Had Me At Hello
SeriesYou Had Me At Hello #1
AuthorMhairi McFarlane
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: 25 February 2014
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Audio | Paperback
Pages: 466
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | SpeedyHen | Wordery | Audible

#Review: Mother of Wolves by J. Aislynn d’Merricksson @cala_gobraith


It is a year of awakening and change for Kalla kyl’Solidor – the Wolf Who Sleeps. After a fire wyvern attacks her home, she sets on a harsh path to self-discovery.

With the future of their world at stake, Kalla and her magister embark on a journey that will shake the foundations of De Sikkari and shape their destiny.

From the depths of Xibalba to the plains of Arkkadia, and the soaring heights of the sky continent of Argoth, they journey to claim their rightful place in the world, and to put an end to the source of destruction before chaos claims the realm.


This isn’t a particularly easy review to write, I stopped reading at about 85% but I can’t offer you a good reason for my reaching the point where I couldn’t read anymore other than to say I didn’t gel with this book and despite pursuing for a large chunk I didn’t find a connection anywhere.

Kalla is a mage who takes on a new magister, Aleister, and the pair of them set out on a journey to track down the culprits of a wyvern attack on Kalla’s home. This is a strongly written epic fantasy with a steampunk twist. There is  a journey through the world of De Sikkari meeting many different creatures with a host of powers.

d’Merricksson is a strong writer and storyweaver, if you trawl the reviews for this book you will see nothing but praise to back this up. So why couldn’t I connect and engage with this story? I don’t know. I just didn’t connect with the characters or the story. Nothing jumped off of the page and grabbed me in the way I hoped.

The cover gave me the impression of a paranormal romance and this is definitely not what you get with this book, I think that whilst the cover isn’t the be all and end all the cover on this book doesn’t speak to the books content or tone at all.

I can’t sit here and write this picking holes in a book that doesn’t have anything to pick holes in, this was in my opinion a personality clash, a book that wasn’t meant to be for me. I do think this is a book that many others will thoroughly enjoy and I look forward to seeing the reviews rolling in!

A huge thank you to J. Aislynn d’Merricksson for a review copy of this book with which to provide my honest review.


Book & Buy Links

TitleMother of Wolves
SeriesEvalyce Worldshaper #1
Author: J. Aislynn d’Merrickson
Genre: Fantasy | Epic Fantasy | Steampunk
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 12 July 2015
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 158
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Wordery

#Review: Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard @VictoriaAveyard @orionbooks

In a world divided by blood – Red or Silver – two women tell the stories no one else knows.

For Coriane of House Jacos, love comes at a terrible cost. In a secret diary, she recounts her heady courtship with the heir to the Silver throne, Prince Tiberias, and the dangers that lurk at the heart of the royal court.

Continue reading #Review: Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard @VictoriaAveyard @orionbooks