The Secret History Of Us

The Secret History of Us

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:


Olivia wakes up to realize she doesn’t remember. Not just the accident—but anything from the last four years. Not high school. Not Matt, the guy who is apparently her boyfriend. Not the reason she and Jules are no longer friends. Nothing.

That’s when it hits her—the accident may not have taken her life, but it took something just as vital: her memory. The harder she tires to remember things, the foggier everything gets, and figuring out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.

But then there’s Walker. The guy who saved her. The one who broke her ribs pumping life back into her lungs. The hardened boy who keeps his distance despite Olivia’s attempts to thank him.

With her feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t even remember living. 


I have read a few books now by Jessi Kirby as you can see from my ‘previously reviewed’ section of this blog post. I’d consider myself a fan of her writing. I think she’s got an incredibly easy to read writing style. I actually ordered this book without knowing what it was about. I knew it would be a decent read and that’s exactly what it was.

The Secret History Of Us is about a girl named Olivia who can’t remember the last 4-5 years of her life due to a car accident. Liv was pulled from the river and resuscitated after her car went off a bridge. Liv wakes up in hospital not knowing what had happened to her. She was diagnosed with amnesia and had to begin to find out who she was once more. After some time, Liv realises she was keeping secrets from those close to her. The truth starts to unravel and Liv has to learn how to leave the past in the past and move on with her future.

I enjoyed reading this book and thought it was incredibly easy to read. It doesn’t have the most ground breaking plot, so if you’re looking for an exciting, original read then it wouldn’t be for you. However, if you’re looking for a cosy, well written book to read between heavier reads then I would totally suggest this one.

I really enjoyed the character of Liv. I also liked that Liv’s family were incredibly supportive. Her parents and her brother were there for her and that’s lovely to see in a YA novel when often the family can be rather absent.  I was really intrigued by the character of Walker and wish we had seen more from him. In fact, that is the reason why I didn’t rate this book 4 stars. I wanted more from Walker and wish we’d have got that.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A lovely story, I just wanted more from the ending!

This Week In Books #97

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Wing Jones The Secret History of Us The Marriage Pact

NOW- Wing JonesKatherine Webber– I’m only about 100 pages into this YA read but I’m enjoying it!

THENThe Secret History Of UsJessi Kirby– I liked this book. Easy to read and some fabulous characters.

NEXTThe Marriage PactMichelle Richmond– This book will be the next one in the ‘Talking About’ feature that I do with my sister, Beth. I’m putting it next as my reading is slowing down dramatically with work pressures!

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Feel free to link up to your post/similar post! 🙂

This Week In Books #96

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Secret History of Us The Child: The Must-Read Richard and Judy Book Club Pick 2018 There's Someone Inside Your House

NOWThe Secret History Of Us Jessi Kirby– I’m excited about starting this book tonight. I’ve heard good things and I like Jessi’s writing.

THENThe ChildFiona Barton– This is a book that I’m ‘Talking About’ with my sister, Beth. Our review should be out at some point next week!

NEXTThere’s Someone Inside Your HouseStephanie Perkins– I’m curious to see what I make of this book as I’ve heard really mixed reviews.

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Or feel free to leave a link to a post/similar post that you do!

Top Ten Quick Reads To Devour On The Beach!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a summer freebie. I decided to go with some of my favourite quick reads which are perfect to read on the beach or in your garden/the park this summer!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Unboxed- Non Pratt


I’ve recently read this book and absolutely devoured it in one sitting. It’s a great story about friendship.

The Summer I Found You- Jolene Perry

The Summer I Found You

I adore this book. It’s a deeper read than the cover may suggest.

George- Alex Gino


Another fabulous quick read. Alex Gino’s voice is incredibly authentic!

The Madness- Alison Rattle

The Madness

I love this story which is set on the coast. Alison Rattle is a terrific writer!

Magic Under Glass- Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

I adore this fairy tale-easque read! It didn’t take me long to devour!

Golden- Jessi Kirby


I loved this book and I found it to be utterly quotable. It’s a beautiful story and the cover definitely gives me summer vibes.

One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton

One Italian Summer

So easy to read. It’s a little deeper than your average romance/contemporary read!

A Little Something Different- Sandy Hall

A Little Something Different

I absolutely adored this very unique read!

This Song Will Save Your Life- Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life

This book combines two of my favourite things, music and contemporary!

Twenty Boy Summer- Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer

I find Sarah Ockler’s books to be perfect beach/summer reads!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I adore Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. It would be perfect for summer reading! I think it’s awesome all year around…

What did you do for your summer freebie this week? Feel free to leave a link and I’ll stop by your post!

Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are Ten Books We Wish Had More…. I decided to go slightly off theme and go for Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels. I think some books are best as standalones but there are a few books that I grew very attached to that I desperately wanted more from.

I did this post back in 2013 and there are definitely some new additions to it!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks

This book has such a special place in my heart. I’d love to see how the story continued for the family.

The Lost Girl- Sangu Mandanna

The Lost Girl

When I read this book I thought it was a gem. It really surprised me and made me want more!

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight- Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Such a cute read. I’d love to see how their story continued.

Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

Just because! It’s my favourite Rainbow Rowell book.

Lola and The Boy Next Door- Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

I know that Lola isn’t a favourite of many bloggers, but it was my favourite in the companion series. I LOVED Lola as a character and would love to know more.

Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson


A very memorable read. I wish I could know more about how things progressed with the main protagonist.

The Distance Between Us- Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

Just a chance to read more about this cute relationship would be good enough for me!

Golden- Jessi Kirby


I adored this book. Such quotable moments and I’d love to see how life continued!

Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

I don’t know if a sequel would ruin this book but I find myself wondering what the characters would do next!

Saving June- Hannah Harrington

Saving June

I had this book on my list in 2013 and I’m still intrigued as to how Harper’s doing!

What have you done for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Things We Know By Heart

Things We Know by Heart

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
In Honor


When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.


I really enjoy Jessi Kirby’s writing, and felt in the mood for a contemporary young adult read, so I picked up Things We Know By Heart. I thought it was a beautifully written book which was incredibly touching.

Things We Know By Heart centres around Quinn, who when we start the book, we learn has lost her boyfriend in an accident. Quinn’s boyfriend Trent is an organ donor. Quinn decides to reach out to the recipients of her boyfriend’s organs. I did find this element a little weird, but I could understand why Quinn would want to see where her boyfriend ended up and the good that his organ donation had done. Quinn has some trouble finding the recipient of Trent’s heart, but finds herself digging deeper into the system to find Trent’s heart. She hopes by doing this, she will learn to mend her own heart. A little predictably, Quinn finds herself falling for Colton, the boy whose life has changed due to Trent’s donation.

I loved so much about this book, but at the same time parts of it slightly annoyed me which is why I couldn’t give it a four star rating. I get that Colton had Quinn’s boyfriend’s heart, but I felt like they fell in love far too quickly and predictably. The romance was sweet, but I’m not so sure it was believable. Still, this is fiction and why not be a little unrealistic? The romance might make others swoon. It might just be me that has trouble believing in it. The other problem I had was that it was a little creepy that Quinn was so determined to find out where Trent’s heart had gone. If you can get past this, I really think this book is worth checking out.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A touching book about family, love and moving on!

In Honor

In Honor

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:


Honor receives her brother’s last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn’s celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.

Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn’s last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn . . . and ruggedly good-looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage that makes sense only because it doesn’t. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn–but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?


After reading and absolutely loving Golden, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to like In Honor as much as it. Golden is a beautiful book (which I highly recommend). In Honor is a decent enough read, but for me I couldn’t connect with it as much as I wanted to. I liked it enough to carry on reading though.

In Honor is a story about grief and friendship. Honor, who is the main character in this book has lost her brother who was deployed in Iraq. Honor has received a letter from her brother which arrives after his death. The letter encourages Honor to go on a road trip to see her favourite singer before she starts college. Honor is convinced that she should go. Honor’s best friend’s brother Rusty goes along with her (a little predictable, but go with it!)

Honor was an easy character to like, but I have to say, I preferred Rusty. I did feel sorry for Honor and her loss, but Rusty seemed much more relatable. I could feel his anguish through the pages. Honor does come across as a little bland and she’s not a character that was memorable enough for me

There is, of course, a little love story running throughout the book which is predictable. This is one case where I’d actually like to have read more on the romance. It’s touched on, but not really focused on and as a consequence of this- the romance doesn’t feel as real as it could be. In Honor is definitely a cutesy read. It doesn’t focus too much on the feelings of grief and loss, but moving forward with your life instead.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! To some.

This isn’t the deepest grief story that you will read, but it kept me interested throughout!