Trenton Makes by Tadzio Koelb Review

Title – Trenton Makes

Author – Tadzio Koelb

Publisher/Published – Atlantic Books/ August 2018

Genre – Contemporary Fiction

Pages – 206

Summary from Goodreads
1946: At the apogee of the American Century, the confidence inspired by victory in World War II has spawned a culture of suffocating conformity in thrall to the cult of masculine privilege.

In the hardscrabble industrial city of Trenton, New Jersey, a woman made strong by wartime factory work kills her army veteran husband in a domestic brawl, disposes of his body, and assumes his identity. As Abe Kunstler, he secures a job in a wire rope factory, buys a car, and successfully woos Inez, an alcoholic dime dancer. He makes a home with her, but for Abe, this is not enough: to complete his transformation, he needs a son.

1971: A very different war is under way. The certainties of mid-century triumphalism are a distant, bitter memory, and Trenton’s heyday as a factory town is long past. As the sign on the famous bridge says, “Trenton Makes, the World Takes.”

The family life Abe has so carefully constructed is crumbling under the intolerable pressures of his long ruse. Desperate to hold on to what he has left, Abe searches for solutions in the dying city.

My Thoughts

2 out of 5 Stars.

Well this was such a disappointing read. When I read the blurb I immediately wanted to read this book. It had such an interesting premise but unfortunately fell flat for me.

The first half was not too bad and it did make me want to find out more but I just felt like the plot went no where. Like I said the premise was so promising but this just got boring so much so I skim read the last fifty pages. The story did get confusing and moved back and forth.

The book was only 206 pages but it took me four days to finish it and it felt like a chore. I do feel like there are people who will love this story but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me.


July 2018 Wrap Up

So another month down. July was such a quick month and really quite busy. I moved in with my FiancĂ© into our first flat together so that has taken up a lot of my July and as a result I didn’t read much. But I did read 5 books which I’m really happy about. So onto the books:

  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – 5 Stars – 345 Pages.
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – 5 Stars – 358 Pages.
  • Victorian Murders by Jan Bondeson – 4 Stars – 320 Pages.
  • Trenton Makes by Tadzio Koelb- 2 Stars – 206 Pages.
  • The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay – 4 Stars – 315 Pages.

So there are the books I read in July. Stay tuned for some review posts coming up soon.

How was your reading month?

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Title – To Kill a Kingdom

Author – Alexandra Christo

Published/Publisher – March 2018 / Hot Key Books

Genre – Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance

Pages – 352

Summary from Goodreads
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all.

With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most – a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavoury hobby – it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good.

But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 Stars.

This book! I loved it.

I really enjoyed this story and plot. This was an amazing retelling of The Little Mermaid. I loved that it was about sirens and the main character Lira was perfect. I loved her character so much, she was feisty and wasn’t bothered to say exactly what she was thinking.

The story was well put together and I loved that it was told from two points of view, which brings me to Elian. I really liked his character and thought he was written well. I loved his crew as well and they had such a great friendship.

I don’t want to give too much away and ruin the plot but oh you should totally read this. It was dark, feisty and a well woven retelling.

I highly recommend To Kill a Kingdom!

Kiss Of The Royal Blog Tour

Kiss of the Royal

by Lindsey Duga

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: July 3rd 2018

Entangled Teen



In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.


Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.


With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.


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About the Author

Lindsey Duga developed a deep love for courageous heroes, dastardly villains, and enchanting worlds from the cartoon shows, books, and graphic novels she read as a kid. Drawing inspiration from these fantastical works of fiction, she wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University. By day, Lindsey is an account manager at a digital marketing agency based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. By night, and the wee hours of the morning, she writes both middle grade and young adult. She has a weakness for magic, anything classical, all kinds of mythology, and falls in love with tragic heroes. Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show, practicing yoga, and listening (and belting) to her favorite music artists and show tunes. KISS OF THE ROYAL is her YA debut novel.


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July 2018 TBR

So I’m going to try and start making monthly TBR’s. I’m not sure how well this will go because I tend to mood read. I’m only going to pick Seven books and then if I read more then great. I have a list of books and I’m going to use a random number generator to pick which books of the list to read.

  1. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K Rowling.
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
  3. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.
  4. The Palace Library by Steven Loveridge.
  5. The Girl who Lived by Christopher Greyson.
  6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer.
  7. His First Lie by Mark Hill.

There you have my tentative TBR that could be subject to change.

What are you reading this month?

June Wrap Up 2018

Hey my fellow book lovers. Another month is done which means time for a wrap up. This month has gone so fast, and unfortunately June wasn’t as successful for reading as I though it would be. Out of all the months so far June was the worst and I only read 4 books. So onto the books I read –

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling – 5 Stars – 637 Pages.
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling – 5 Stars – 870 Pages.
  • The White Rose by Amy Ewing – 4 Stars – 310 Pages.
  • I Know Where She Is by S.B Caves – 4 Stars – 257 Pages.

So there you have it the four books I read in June.

How many books did you read?

What was your favourite and least favourite book of the month?

See you all for another post soon.

A Demon in Silver by R.S Ford Blog Tour

Hey guys so I have the honour of being part of the blog tour for A Demon in Silver by R.S Ford. This book looks amazing, I mean that cover! It also sounds amazing and it’s definitely high on my TBR.

I have an exclusive excerpt to share with you and I’m so excited to let you all read it. Details about the book first and then the excerpt is after.

Title – A Demon in Silver

Author – R.S Ford

Publisher/Published – Titan Books / 12th June 2018

Genre – Fantasy

Series – War of the Archons #1

Summary from Goodreads

A new stunning epic fantasy for readers of Brandon Sanderson, Michael J. Sullivan and Brian Staveley.

In a world where magic has disappeared, rival nations vie for power in a continent devastated by war.

When a young farm girl, Livia, demonstrates magical powers for the first time in a century there are many across the land that will kill to obtain her power.

The Duke of Gothelm’s tallymen, the blood-soaked Qeltine Brotherhood, and cynical mercenary Josten Cade: all are searching for Livia and the power she wields.

But Livia finds that guardians can come from the most unlikely places… and that the old gods are returning to a world they abandoned.

Exclusive Excerpt

The oceans had barely ceased to boil, the mountains just risen to splay their jagged fingers to the sky, when the hundred tribes of men fell upon one another. They came from the skies on wings of threaded fury, crawled from the ground bringing all the darkness of the pit, dragged themselves from the sea with gnarled and barnacled hate. For ten thousand years did they do battle, until their blood and tears ran in an endless river. Until the names of the tribes and their wrathful kings were forgotten.
When the skies had turned a perpetual grey from the funeral pyres, and the ground was blackened with rot, did the elders meet on the Mountain of Gaiessa. For twenty days and nights did they parlay. Through blazing sun and freezing dark. In rain and hail and wind. But none would relent, for an accord had to be met lest the future of man be trapped in an endless cycle of woe.
And on that twentieth night did the elders settle on a pact: that they would harness all their sorcery and channel it to a single purpose. That they would take all the aspects of man that led him to war and seal them away so that there could be healing across all the nations of the world.
Every tribe gathered to erect the eleven dolmens. Men from all continents and across the churning seas. Each vast stone was the span of thirty horses and stood as tall as a mountain, yet by their colossal labours the great circle was finally erected.
And for a year and a day the elders of each tribe stood in vigil, imbuing their power into the stones, turning them into vessels that might hold every facet of man that had driven him to an everlasting state of conflict. Then did they fill the stones with all the elements of life. The flesh; fire, water, blood and bone. The desire; pride, lust, vengeance, honour, wrath. Then one vast stone they filled with wisdom and another with sin.
As the eleven dolmens began to consume these energies a twelfth grew at their centre. A stone of union. A stone of peace.
Across the lands and oceans an era of harmony settled. Suffering ended, subsumed by a period of culture and education. Vast cities were built and sciences developed. Knowledge and philosophy were spread across all nations during a time of peace.
But it was not to last.
As the elders had poured into the standing stones all the facets of man’s warlike nature, so had they stirred all his malice and spite and hate. And when the dolmen of peace had risen from the ground so another, darker obelisk had begun to grow beneath the earth. This malevolent seed hid itself away, watching, waiting. It grew, feeding, infecting the hearts of men, until it could wait no longer and after ten thousand years it emerged.
For the first time in an age, malcontent and discord were sown throughout the realms of men. Brother once more turned on brother as jealousy and avarice consumed harmony and charity.
The vast shrines created in a time of majesty were torn asunder, cities reduced to ash until no more monuments remained. Only the twelve dolmens stood as testament to an age where war was unknown. And so, the ravenous populace, twisted by a nameless evil, turned its attention to them.
A swarm of warped souls stormed the mountaintop on which stood the dolmens. Armies that had once battled one another united in their hatred of the ancient stones, bent on reducing them to rubble. One by one they were brought down, and as each toppled the power held within was unleashed once more. But as the aeons had passed this power had become quickened. Had become deified. And when it was released, each dolmen claimed a human avatar for its own – each taking one of those wicked children come to strike it down and making it one with its own purpose.
These children of Gaiessa vowed never again to be bound. Never would they be locked away from the worlds of men. And a game of supremacy began that would never end… and mankind would play as its pawns.

There you have it guys. I’m so excited for this series, it looks like an epic read and I will be reading it asap and reviewing it on here for you all.

Have an Epic Day !