A Catty Babble of Books

Dutch, 26, student. Mostly read contemperary, romance, NA, romantic suspense, paranormal/fantasy and the occasional thriller.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré Reread. So no new rating. Still one of the best of the series.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - J.K. Rowling Reread, so no rating. Still one of my favorites from the series.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  - J.K. Rowling Bed time re-read.
Still love it.

Can't Touch This

Can't Touch This - Tess Hunter, Pepper Winters 3.5/5 stars

The review contains some minor spoilers (nothing important really). You have been warned.

It was sweet, funny, very hot and liked the characters and the animals.

As an (almost) veterinarian, I might not be the best judge of that part of this book. I get a little nit picky about the details.

For instance, the diagnosis of the enlarged heart wasn't correct, not even a specialized clinic can cure it (at best stop it's progress and symptoms) and I think it's kind of cruel to let the animal suffer when you know it'll die soon anyway, just because you can't say goodbye.

But ignore my nit picking on stuff that most likely won't bother other people.

Vesper is also a bit to saint like for my taste. There is loving an animal and than there is putting animals before your own health and happiness. It was a bit too much and over the top and unrealistic.

It's well written, funny and very very very steamy. I liked Vesper (though I still don't love the name) and Ryder and the side characters. It was cute, maybe a bit too long - because not that much really happens. I enjoyed reading it.

If there will be a next book, I will read it.


A Torch Against the Night - Sabaa Tahir 4.25/5 stars

This wasn't quite as good as the first book, but it was still really enjoyable and interesting. The world building is great and I'd like to see what happens next in this story. I do regret reading this series now, the wait for the next book and the one after that is absolutely brutal.... 2018 and 2019. That's 2 and 3 years from now.. I hope I'll still want to read it when that time comes.

What I like most about this series?
Everytime they have the choice to do something totally horrible.. and you think "Well... that'll never happen. They'll never do that". But then they do!


This book (and the one before) has caused me to react like this quite often. And I love this series because of it. There aren't that many series that are willing to go there and make the hard decisions.

If you like this kind of story and setting. You should really give this series a try. Well written, brutal, interesting and good world building.


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An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir It's been a while since I read a book like this. I needed a break from constantly reading the same kind of romance storyline book after book.

This one was intriguing. It took me a little while to get into it, but somehow, after a few chapters, I couldn't put it down anymore. It's interesting, a little different, well written and at times very disturbing and dark.

I can't believe this was originally one book. The ending is far from the end. I want to read the next book, but the third one is set for 2018 (!) and the fourth one is set for 2019 (!). That's a very long wait and sadly, maybe too long to hold my interest. We'll see


Checkmate (Neighbor from Hell #3) - R.L. Mathewson 4 stars

Cute, funny, a bit over the top/crazy, enjoyable.

The Hating Game

The Hating Game - Sally   Thorne 4,75/5 stars.

I can't believe this is a debut book. It was funny, sexy and interesting. I liked the h and H. I liked their connection, though it did take me a little while to get in to it. And they are a bit weird. But it's a cute book. The 'shockers' weren't really a suprise and the ending was a tiny bit too sudden for my taste. But it's a really good read. I'll be looking for more books by Sally Thorne.

Love Thy Neighbour

Love Thy Neighbour - Belle Aurora I loved this one more than the first book in this series. It was great, funny and sweet. I loved their antics.
Kind of too sweet and perfect at times, and a bit predictable, but I really enjoyed reading this one. I have a bad case of the flu and this book was just what I needed.


Friend-Zoned - Belle Aurora 4.25/5 stars

This was cute and funny and I enjoyed it. It was a little too cheesy sometimes and the drama got to a point where it was a teeny tiny bit too much. The gang is great. I wish I had a friend like Natalie and the other girls and guys are awesome. Tina and Nik are interesting charachters and it was entertaining to see them as friends first. Oh, and Ceecee was just the cutest little thing. I hope to see more of these characters and I will most likely read more books in this series.

Recommended if you love a sweet romance story, a great gang of characters, some suspense, some drama and some funny moments.

The Sweet Gum Tree

The Sweet Gum Tree - Katherine Allred One of my - these days - rare 5/5 stars.


I went into this book expecting a feel good, sweet and frilly romance book. I wasn’t prepared for all the feels that this book brought along. It’s really an intensely sad book and it’s quite a heartbreaking story. I stayed up till 4 am because I had to find out how it ended. It is beautifully written and very moving. It took me a bit to get into the story, but when I did I was hooked. I laughed, I cried and I was excited and sad at the same it. There are some amazing characters in this book. Even though all of the twists were pretty predictable, I still really wanted to read the rest.
Recommended if you love good writing, interesting characters, a great love story and don't mind a bit of tears and heartache along the way.


It Ends with Us

It Ends with Us - Colleen Hoover This is a diffdicult book to rate. It's not pretty and sweet. It's kind of disturbing and heartbreaking and wasn't easy for me to read, due to some toxic experiences.

If you're looking for a feel good book that will give you warm and fuzzy feelings, stay away from this one. Because it's really not. If you don't mind a bit of heartache, be sure to give this one a try.

It was well written, very real and honest, with interesting characters. I didn't give it 5 stars because the ending fell a bit flat for me. There is all this drama and then everything just ends quite suddely. I think certain events in the epilogue deserved more chapters. It just wasn't enough to satisfy me. I needed more of Atlas.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, John Kerr Tiffany, Jack Thorne 3/5 stars? I'm not sure.

I kind of liked the direction of the story from about 30%. The part before that is just massively depressing. It's also depressing after that though and didn't really leave me with happy feelings. It's nothing like the bookseries.

That would be fine, except that it just falls a bit flat. I miss a bit more character building and information. They never really become 'real' characters. They remain 'thin' and distant

I kind of wished this series would have been left alone, it ended it perfectly on it's own. All the characters haven't really turned out how I'd hoped.

Was it something different and daring? Yes. But I would've enjoyed it more if it just wasn't so depressing and had a little more depth to it.

I'm curious how they transfer some of these concepts to the stage, it'll probably tale a lot of special effects.


Veiled - Karina Halle 5/5 stars!

I loved the EIT series and I loved Dex and Perry. I wasn't sure if I could like Ada and Jay just as much. However, it was great to be back in this universe again and I loved every minute of it.
There's a cameo of Dex and Perry (love Dex!), there are Jacob's, there's creepy freaky stuff, there is romance, there are sexy times... it has it all. I was sad when Dex and Perry left, but I actually enjoyed Ada's story just as much. Jay is interesting and seems really hot and a bit alpha, but he hasn't quite reached book boyfriend level yet. Being in Ada's head was suprisingly fun and entertaining and I didn't really miss Perry all that much.

This book was a total suprise for me! I didn't think it would ever happen. But it has and I couldn't be happier. Please let there be more books!


FYI: You'll probably want to read the Experiment in Terror series before you read this book, as this book will spoil the series for you and the series is too great to not read to begin with!


Interim - S. Walden Man, this is a difficult book to rate and review.
I guess 3.5 stars? But I'm not even sure.

Only mild spoilers, but I put them in tags just in case you want to skip them.

I'm not easily shocked or scared because of books or movies and I enjoy being suprised, so I thought this was a perfect book for me. I thought I could handle it and wouldn't feel sick about this story at all. I was wrong. The story is kind of disturbing and the idea of actual people like this and events like this did make me sick to my stomach. It's well written and just very real...

That being said, there was a lot about the story I didn't like. I wasn't a fan of Jeremy.
His dream about killing Regan was disturbing, his mindset regarding the shooting made me wanna turn the gun on him instead.

Regan was a bit annoying, naieve and kind of a gullible idiot, to be honest. If you associate yourself with horrible people and do nothing to stop their bullying, you are kind of guilty by association. Also, I find it a bit hard to believe that someone who used to protect kids that were bullied on, all of a sudden wouldn't recognize bullying when it practically hit her in the face.
Also, for future reference.... when you find a notebook with very detailed information about a shooting, you turn it in damn it. You do not believe a person when he/she tells you that it's just an idea, grown out of frustration, never meant to become a reality. You don't keep going over there and kiss the bastard. People who plan massacres aren't cute, romantic or just misunderstood.

This is kind of an ugly book. Filled with hurt, pain, horrible thoughts and ideas, terrible people, bullying, mistakes, growing up and romance. S Walden sure knows how to write about very difficult subjects (if you don't believe me, go check out [b:Going Under|17337522|Going Under|S. Walden|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1364409096s/17337522.jpg|24070983]).

The 'finale' was difficult to read and kept me up for a bit (though that might also be because it was almost 3 am by the time I finished the book). I had to finish this book. Not necessarily because I loved it so much, but mostly because I just couldn't wait to see how it ends. The ending was a bit of a shock and a suprise. Which I loved, because these days you can usually see twists coming from a mile away.

Difficult book, difficult subject matter, annoying people, well written, intriguing.
Give it a chance, it's a very interesting read. But be mindful of the fact that this is not a happy book and if you can't deal with these settings, stay away.