A few years agoI discovered a mysterious package in my mailbox, addressed to me. And of course, being the safety orientated person that I am, I inspected the box with a magnifying glass instead of ripping it open. After ensuring there was no ticking bomb inside I carefully opened it up to find a book.


It was the very first book I’d ever been sent to review and saying I was over-the-moon would be a huge understatement. I was SO excited and I felt so special. A publishing house had sent me a book! And asked me to review it! *cue flailing*


Since then however I have received many review copies and ARCs.

The hype has settled and although it always excites me I no longer feel like a member of some special elite club of professional fangirls. #Humble

(by the way, there is no special elite club. ARCs and Review copies are exciting but aren’t that big of a deal. Receiving these books doesn’t make you super cool or a better blogger because anyone can get ARCs. Anyone can get review copies.)



If you’ve read my last post you know all about ARCs and Review Copies but if you just stopped by, hello! Sit down and grab a cupcake! If you’d like to catch up on my last post ((here) I talk about everything you need to know about ARCs and how to get them) or, you could just hang around here and see  an example of the emails I send to publishers when I request a book.


When I was an itsy-bitsy shy blogger with no idea how to request books from publishers I’d write incredibly short emails just saying “hey, will you give me a book to read? Please and thank you.” Or, worse, I’d send immensely long ones asking exactly the same thing but in a much longer way.


Overtime I’ve learnt what works for me and have included an example email below (this isn’t the only way to write an email to publishers! This is just the way I do it).



Hello (publishers name)

I’m (insert name), avid reader and reviewer of Young Adult books mainly within the fantasy, dystopian and contemporary genres.

My blog, Kat Silver Reads, is focused on YA novels and, having researched your publishing house, I would be honoured to read and review some of the books you publish.

I post reviews on my blog, GoodReads, Amazon, Facebook and Book Amino and often chat about the books I’m reading on Twitter and Instagram. I post on my blog twice a week and have been doing so for years.

Thank you for considering me to review your novels. My platform links (and stats) are below:





Facebook: http://www.facebook/user/show/katsilver980.



Twitter: xxx

Goodreads: xxx

Facebook: xxx

Blog: xxx

Bloglovin’: xxx

Instagram: xxx

Google +: xxx

Visitors per month (on my blog): xxx

Unique visitors per month: xxx

Page Views per Month: xxx

I’m very interested in reviewing a copy of:

– (insert book name) by (author name) (ISBN number)

Here’s my physical address and email:


Thank you for taking my request under consideration.

Have a lovely day and I can’t wait to hear back from you.



SEE? Not difficult at all.

Besides, what’s the worst they can do?

Say no?

Pfft, we’re fangirls (and boys!) we deal with our favourite fictional characters dying ALL THE TIME. We know how to deal with sad things *cue crying in the corner*

Besides, when I’ve been rejected they’ve been really kind about it. They’ll sometimes even give reasons as to why they’ve declined your request, the most common being that ‘we aren’t sending out review copies at this time but would love to hear from you again in the future!’ which really isn’t so bad.

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Just remember not to annoy publishers by asking for a million and forty three books. (In all my time of being a blogger I’ve probably only sent out three requests, per publisher? And that’s over several years. I’ve noticed that publishers have just signed me up for their reviewer list after that and I just get random books delivered to me. But if they don’t do this – fear not! Keep sending them emails and make sure you aren’t annoying them by requesting a book every week!)


Do you approach publishers at all? How do your emails differ and were you scared the first time you sent one out? TELL ME ALL THE THINGS.

(disclaimer: I’m not an expert at this and these are just my opinions and the way I do things. You do you. I was just asked how I get ARCs and am more than happy to share. Ya know, spread that book love around.)

Until next time, have a cupcake (because you deserve it!)

Yours within the Bookworm Revolution,

Kat Silver


ARCs – all you need to know (ft. free books, review copies & professional fangirls)

Years ago I saw book lovers getting FREE books from authors & publishers; I wanted to be just like them.

And for so long I wondered what magic spells they had access to because how were they getting this right and, most importantly, how could I do it too?

Now, years later, I get many ARCs and Review Copies but recently I’ve been thinking about when I didn’t because the truth is, I had NO IDEA how to get my hands on these marvellous books or how to request them.

So, without further ado here is how to become a ‘professional fangirl’.


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Advanced Readers Copies (ARCs) are books printed BEFORE the final is released for public consumption, whereas review copies are normally sent out when the book has already been released into the world.

And they’re sent out for the same reason: to create buzz.

Whether we realise it or not, these books are marketing tools and although they’re exciting to receive they form part of the ‘business side’ of the book world. The goal is to spread word about (and encourage sales of) a book. 

(Disclaimer: Yes, I said they’re used to encourage sales but NO that doesn’t mean ARC reviewers are meant to give the book high ratings.)


BUT CAN I GET ARCs/Review Copies?

Yes! Anyone can (granted, you have to have a blog or some sort of platform to post your review on).



  • Join NetGalley

By far one of the easiest ways is creating a NetGalley account (click here to do so). You have to be 18, but once you have a profile it’s pretty simple.

Just create the account, dress up your profile in a fancy suit (this means fill in all the blocks: your bio, name, blog link, etc) and start requesting with the click of a few buttons. Publishers will email you with a yay! or nay and send you a copy of the book you requested (most commonly in e-book format).

But if you aren’t 18 fear not! There are many ways to get ARCs.


  • Join instaFreebie

It’s free to sign up (do so here) and soon enough you’ll be getting emails offering you books to read and review. I’m not a member of instaFreebie so I don’t know the process but I’m aware that they host giveaways and that they almost always have Review Copies to give away.


  • Contact publishers directly


Email them. Find the website of the publisher you want to request a book from, locate their ‘contact us’ or ‘publicity’ tab and pop them an email asking for a review copy.

When doing this put on your best business suit, some fancy glasses and comb your hair because this is professional fangirl business (seriously be professional !).  


You don’t want to request a book and start your email with a casual,

Hey publisher I really like,

Can you give me (this) book?

Please and thank you.

Because I’m pretty sure you won’t get any books like that…



Let’s break it down (into lists ,because I love them):


  • Be professional.
  • Introduce yourself (not your whole life story just your name and surname and maybe a sentence about you).
  • Tell them if you have a blog and what you post on it.
  • Give them the links to where you post your reviews (GoodReads, Instagram, Amazon, your blog, Facebook, etc.) .
  • Tell them your blog stats (number of unique visitors per month, page views per month, how often you update your blog and maybe even which country you’re most popular in).
  • Tell them how you promote books (do you just post the review and never talk about it again? Do you chat about it on twitter too? Do you climb to the highest point in the world and shriek about how fantastic/bad the book you just read is?).
  • Let them know if you work somewhere book related (don’t worry if you don’t!).
  • Mention the book you want to request (with the authors name and IBN number too).
  • Include our mailing address (in the hopes that they’ll send you a hard copy).
  • And your email address in case they send you an e-book.



  • Don’t get discouraged. Someone will definitely turn you down but it’s not the end of the world; others will definitely accept your requests!
  • Don’t overwhelm yourself (attempt not requesting 15 million and 7 books on Netgalley because sometimes 14 million of them get accepted and then you have A LOT of reviewing to do).
  • Don’t not post a review. When you ask someone for a free book you better review it! By asking you’re basically promising you will – even if it’s late, get it done.
  • Don’t email publishers asking for all the books of ever (because they probably wont give you 20 books in one go).


If you want MORE HELP writing this email look out for my post coming soon (!) where I give you an example of one! Remember though that there are so many ways to write this email – this is just the way I do it.

Lastly remember that that ARCs and Review Copies aren’t everything. Blogging isn’t just about getting free books.


If you have any questions leave them below! And feel free to tell me if I missed anything out of if you know of any other ways to get review copies or ARCs. Also, what are you reading and do you like popcorn?


Yours within the Bookworm Revolution,

Kat Silver



If you’ve hung around here for awhile you’ll notice that some the majority of the reviews posted on my blog are rated 4 or 5 stars. This is not because I’m a loving leprechaun who believes that all books are a pot of gold, but rather because (for awhile) I promised myself not to publish negative reviews.



NO NEGATIVE REVIEWS (kinda crazy, I know).

“But why Kat, why?” I hear you ask.

I HAVE SO MANY REASONS (#lies. I have like, two).


  1. I hated the idea of turning readers away from books.

When I read a review from a blogger I trust and they tell me that a book is horrible I…sometimes believe them. I, sometimes, just won’t read that book – because a blogger told me it was terrible. 

(And I know this is bad! I know that trusting someones review with every fibre of your being is like thinking a book is great just because it has a beautiful cover. I KNOW THESE THINGS, but I still (sometimes) trust bloggers.)

Maybe you even trust me (just a little)

And therein lies the problem – I hate that I could turn you away from reading a book just because I didn’t like it. Don’t get me wrong (!) in no way am I saying I have the power to make you read books but the mere possibility that I do terrified me.

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2. And the authors.

The books they write are often like children they’ve been helping grow and nurture into strong books with solid spines. So when someone comes over and yells insults at their baby they’re heartbroken, and it’s completely understandable.

No one wants to be told that their child is ugly or that it lacks character.

I don’t like being that person. I don’t like hacking at someone’s novel with an axe, even if I really didn’t like it.


And trust me, I know that reviews are subjective. I know that they’re merely my opinion but for the longest time I couldn’t get myself to post them. Instead, I hid my negative reviews deep within my laptop where no one would ever find them.

This in itself was a problem because I get ARC and review requests all the time and part of accepting these books is, well…reviewing them which means that even if I don’t like a book I have to review it.


So what was I meant to do?

Was I meant to post the negative reviews, even though I kinda cried every time? (I’m so overdramatic. Negative reviews don’t make me cry, I promise.)

Or try and explain to publishers that I cared too much about the authors feelings so I wouldn’t review the book?

*cue frantic devouring of cake*



But if you follow me on Goodreads you’re probably thinking, “Uh, Kat. I’ve read a negative review by you.”





Because after awhile I caved; I began posting them but I HAVE CONDITIONS:

  • I don’t post negative reviews all willy-nilly on my blog (granted, I don’t post all the reviews of all the books I read on my blog either).
  • I DO post all my reviews on Goodreads (so If you’re looking for them follow me here).
  • And I post them all on Amazon too, with no worries.


So, as requested by some of you, there is the reason why you probably won’t find a negative review on my blog.



Are negative reviews okay? Do you only post positive reviews? Do you hand out 5 stars like I eat cupcakes (that’s a lot). And do authors feelings matter to you or are you as ruthless as they are when they kill off our favourite characters? TELL ME ALL THE THINGS.

Yours within the Bookworm Revolution,

Kat Silver



I received my first Harry Potter novel, from my mother, on my 1st birthday.

And if that isn’t an indication as to how hardcore of a fan I am, I don’t know what is. (Although, to be fair, I only began reading the series when I was 10.)



Admittedly, I wasn’t old enough to experience the hype in its prime, attend midnight release parties or, pre-book tickets to see the films the day they were released, but Harry Potter has been part of my life since I was young. So, when I heard about The Cursed Child I found myself excited and yet…terrified at the idea.

Because how can something so extraordinary, so vital to my relationship with literature, so magical get any better than it already is?


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That’s the thing: every Harry Potter novel I’ve read outdid the one before it.


Through the series I fell in love with these characters more and more; found myself clinging to the last page, merely wishing that these stories weren’t just stories after all. And at the end of the series when we were granted a look into the future I found myself content with what I saw, happy even, that I could see Ginny, Harry, Hermione, Ron and even Draco with children, happy that I knew what happened to Hagrid, Neville and Teddy.


And let’s face it; Harry Potter is a huge deal to a lot of people.

I binge read all seven of the novels written by J.K.Rowling when I was 10, just three years after the last books release, and through them I was introduced to a world of literature (and magic). And although cliché, I will always be grateful to these novels because:

Harry Potter got me reading books.

Harry Potter made me love reading books.

I grew up dreaming about attending the Hogwarts, devoured all the information posted on Pottermore and took a quiz to discover I was a Ravenclaw.


And yet, as I celebrate the release of The Cursed Child today on July 31st 2016 I feel sad. Sad because it dawned on me that this is the end. (Rowling announced that the script-book will be the last story in the saga.)


The title page of my copy of Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone still holds a note that reads: may you travel the world and experience the most amazing events in these pages (and then it says something like: lots of love from mom) but the point reins true, because Harry Potter did grant me those great times and even better adventures.


I sent imaginary confetti through the air when I first heard about The Cursed Child, the prospect of 320 more pages added to the wizarding world filled me with happiness because; Harry Potter is back(!) but at the same time, I feared it wouldn’t live up to the hype.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m still sitting here wanting to accio! the book to my side because, obviously, I’m going to read it – it’s pre-ordered and everything – I’m just worried that the characters I grew up loving will have changed too much or, that because it’s a script I’ll miss the aspects I loved about the novels or, that because J.K. Rowling didn’t write it I’ll be disappointed.


I think, more than anything, I’m sad that this is the last we’ll here from Harry.

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So, it is with bittersweet thoughts that I leave you, in the hopes that The Cursed Child will please my crazed Potterhead, magic loving self and with deep thanks to J.K.Rowling for this epic world.


Happy Birthday, Harry Potter. And thanks for the adventures.


“Whether you come back by page or by big screen, Hogwarts will always be here to welcome you home.” – J.K.Rowling




“I solemnly swear I’m up to no good”,

Kat Silver

Review: REFUSE by Joanne Macgregor (ft. death, torture & scrambled eggs)

OBVIOUSLY I’m going to tell you about the thoughts I had while reading REFUSE, but before I do, I feel required by law to tell you why you should start this series. (Because what type of person would I be if I flailed about how good book 2 was without telling you about how much I loved book 1?)


You may enjoy the RECOIL TRILOGY (thus far) if you like:

Dystopian YA

It’s got that delicious dystopian feel (but not actually delicious because dystopian novels = bad worlds/societies). But these books have so much more to offer than a troubled civilisation! There’s friendship, first love, betrayal and war. Plus, it’s about a vicious, incurable, virus and a bunch of teenagers who are trained to, ultimately, save their world.


Guns, action and video games

What would a war be without guns and violence? There’s blood, gore and video games. But not just any type of video game, no no, no. This video game TRAINS PEOPLE TO KILL. *gasps*


Friendships, family, love and BETRAYAL

Because even when the world is in peril, family is still around and friends can still be made. Oh, and did I mention all the BETRAYAL?

Just when you think you know you can trust betrayal slaps you across the face and you find yourself thinking, ‘what? No. I LOVED THAT HUMAN!’ which just makes this series all the better!


Irish accents, blonde streaky hair AND TORTURE

Yes, torture. And guns. And people you think are good but aren’t. And more torture.


Death, destruction, snipper-ing (totally a word now), wars and disease

There’s a killer virus spreading. People are dying. Rats are attacking (I’m not even kidding) and teenagers are being trusted with the fate of the world. (What could go wrong? *feints*)


Rebellion, rebellion and scrambled eggs

Need I say more? Oh, and let us not forget the best aspect about this series thus far: BOOK 2 IS BETTER THAN BOOK 1 (in my opinion).

This is where all the humans who haven’t read book 1 head over to my non-spoiler review (here) to find out more about it or head straight (here) to buy book 1, RECOIL.

If, however, you stopped by for m review of REFUSE, READ ON!



Everyone wants Jinxy, except the one she loves.

In a near-future USA decimated by an incurable plague and tightly controlled by a repressive government, teenagers with special skills are recruited and trained to fight in the war against terror.

Now a rebellion is brewing.

All sixteen year-old expert sniper Jinxy James wanted was a little freedom, but now she’s trapped between the government and the rebels, unsure of who the real enemy is. When she uncovers appalling secrets and twisted motivations, Jinxy begins to question her allegiances. Soon she will need to choose between love and freedom, as she struggles to do the right thing in a world gone horribly wrong.


RECOIL left us with a heart-hammering cliff hanger (I can’t say much more because, SPOILERS!) and REFUSE picks up what seems like just a few minutes later, when Jinx is being taken into custody to be interrogated. What follows is an epic action packed dystopian filled with torture, twists, turns and alliances you never know you can trust.


In REFUSE Jinx is trying to figure out if she can trust the rebels whom she knows very little about, the government she’s been trained by or, neither. After gathering intel that reveals more about the wicked world in which she lives Jinx must decide who she will side with in this raging war. But nothing is really as it seems and Jinx isn’t trusted, by anyone. How will she prove her worth? Gain freedom and forgiveness? Is Jinx merely a pawn in this fast paced world or really the valuable weapon they deem her to be? Who can she trust? Who will trust her?


REFUSE is action packed and brimming with suspense, following Jinx E James on a journey of betrayal, lies, secrets and love.


Just as I did in my review of book 1 I’ve got a list of everything I loved.

I loved:


I deeply despise having to think about what happened in the previous book (or, worse, having to re-read the last chapter so that I understand where we last were) but luckily for us, Macgregor catches us up with all major plot points of book 1 in such a way that I didn’t even realise it was happening.



Because sequels are always better when the reader feels they’ve dived deeper into that world, and REFUSE lets us do just that! I was constantly gripped by new information and wishing I could gobble the book up to see what happened next!



Macgregosrs writing, I’ve decided, is so beautifully easy going that there is never a single moment where I’m drawn out of the story. WHICH IS A GREAT THING but also, terrible because when do we stop reading to grab a snack? How do we pause to greet the humans who enter our houses? Simple answer: don’t. Pick up a Joanne Macgregor book and get lost in it, because once you start there’s no going back until you’re done. *nods* It’s a marvellous feeling.



My love for her grew and (even better) SHE GREW too.

My number 1 favourite thing to see in sequels is character growth and some sort of development and although REFUSE starts off in a terrible way (terribly amazing, that is) Jinx grows throughout the novel. We understand more of her feelings and see how she approaches the chaos that is her world.



I said this in my review for RECOIL and I’ll say it again; this concept is fantastic. It’s the type of book other writers and authors wish they’d written because, COME ON: a video game that trains people to kill? Massive betrayal? War? Rats with viruses? It’s great! And REFUSE is no different where a strong storylines is concerned.


  • Again with the PLOT TWISTS

I just don’t know what to expect anymore *sigh*

The plot twists come and I’m shaken up for a good few minutes before I can continue because, ‘WHAT?! I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING!’


  • Also, (this is a new development) I’M LOVING THE LOVE INTEREST

In book one, I liked Quinn. I didn’t love him.

But after reading REFUSE I like him a whole lot more. I feel like he’s really come into himself (or rather, I’ve started understanding him and his motivation better). The Irish accent helps *swoon*



Granted, there was a lot of talk of guns and a lot of death, but the book isn’t centred only on killing and taking down enemies. There are various story arcs through book 2 which make loving it really easy.



I enjoyed reading about the new characters that were introduced and loved seeing older characters like Kerry and Bruce pop up. Having Jinx at the training centre was great too because whenever Kerry, Bruce, Sarge or talk of the training centre came along I found myself grinning like they were old friends I hadn’t seen in awhile, because that’s kind of what it felt like.

And I JUST LOVE how Jinxs brother, Robin, grew as a character. We really get to know more about Robin in REFUSE. (He’s no longer just her brother. He’s Robin; Robin-who-did-a-whole-cool-things-that-I-can’t-mention-because-of-spoilers, Robin-who-helped-Jinx, Robin-who-wrote-poetry-and-cared-for-his-mother-and-sister.)



Maybe I’m the only one who loves seeing book titles used in the books themselves? I don’t know, but it happened and I flailed for a good five minutes after seeing RECOIL and then, REFUSE used as chapter headers.


I suppose the only thing I really missed was seeing more of the gang from book 1. DO NOT FRET: Bruce and the other characters are still there(!) but not as much. I think, for the final book to get 5 stars from me it’s going to have to knock me over backwards – witch I don’t doubt it’ll do. Especially after that twist at the end!


4/5 stars and read in 7 hours. I thoroughly enjoyed REFUSE and cannot wait for its release on JULY 30th 2016 so you can all flail along with me. Also, book 3 comes out in October 2016 AND I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

Get your own copy (here) and tell me, are you going to read RECOIL and REFUSE? WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK GENRE and DO YOU LIKE SCRAMBLE EGGS?

(Thank you to Joanne for sending me the ARC in exchange for an honest review!)

Yours within the Bookworm Revolution,

Kat Silver

Review: RECOIL by Joanne Macgregor (ft. muffins, death & epic blue hair)

If I could sum up this novel in three phrases it’d be: video games, terrorism-snipers-and-war (which we’re going to pretend form a phrase) and muffins.


Blurb for Recoil:

When a skilled gamer gets recruited as a sniper in the war against a terrorist-produced pandemic, she discovers there’s more than one enemy and more than one war. Recoil joanne macgregor cover

The Game is real.

Three years after a series of terrorist attacks flooded the US with a lethal plague, society has changed radically. Sixteen year-old Jinxy James spends her days trapped at home – immersed in virtual reality, worrying about the plague and longing for freedom. Then she wins a war simulation game and is recruited into a top-secret organisation where talented teenagers are trained to become agents in the war on terror. Eager to escape her mother’s over-protectiveness and to serve her country, Jinxy enlists and becomes an expert sniper of infected mutant rats.

She’s immediately drawn to Quinn O’Riley, a charming and subversive intelligence analyst who knows more about the new order of government and society than he is telling. Then a shocking revelation forces Jinxy to make an impossible decision, and she risks losing everything.



I’m going to cut right to it and talk about all the things (muffins included) that I loved and didn’t.

I loved:

  • Chapter one (a lot) and chapter two (even more).

Seriously. If given the chance I would relive those very first moments of staring Recoil; over and over again. The reason? Macgregor tosses us into this world (and not only does she toss us in but she slaps us too, with the reality of what’s going on): there’s a virus, terrorism, murder and teenagers being trained to kill. Needless to say, with all the death, destruction and terror, I was sucked in instantly and didn’t stop reading until I’d finished the book.


  • Jinx (protagonist).

Because despite the fact that she has the training of a sniper, epic blue hair and the weight of her families sanity on her shoulders she’s a teenage girl who just wants to play video games and eat chocolate chip muffins.


  • Bruce.

He’s a little weird, in the sense that he’s incredibly forward and doesn’t care much about other peoples feelings, but I liked him. I like characters who have a backbone and stand up for what they believe in (even if I did want to take my slipper off and chuck it at his head a few times).


  • The storyline.

It’s the type of concept other authors wish they could have come up with; a video game that trains kids to gather intel, spy and kill terrorists, to aid their country.



Because when they happened I didn’t see them coming and IT WAS SO refreshing! Often, I feel jaded by YA dystopian novels because I’ve read so many that they are (dare I say it) predictable. A few chapters in and I can, usually, tell what’s going to happen and who the ‘bad guy’ is. Recoil had me staring at the page in disbelief at one point which was WONDERFUL and I’m uhh, still unsure who the ‘bad guy’ is.


  • Macgregors writing is strong and fluid.

I love words that can be swallowed without having to be squinted at for 26 years and chewed up into little pieces. I like swallowing words – devouring them – and I can’t do that if they’re crunchy (does anyone understand what I’m trying to say? The words are beautiful people and they’re in beautiful sentences that my brain happily absorbs).


  • The muffins.

Oh, the muffins. I enjoy reading about characters who do mundane things like eating, sleeping and having bad hair days. Recoil was sprinkled with muffins, bad dietary decisions and delicious (yet sometimes strange) food.


I didn’t love:

  • Quinn (he’s the love interest).

I liked him (don’t get me wrong) he’s tall, sweet and has a hint of an Irish accent *swoon* but I wasn’t head over heels in love with him. If you’re asking yourself why I (adorer of almost all fictional love interests ever) didn’t love him the reason is simple (okay, I don’t actually have a reason). In fact I think maybe I could have loved Quinn. (Maybe?) But he was a jerk and I don’t like jerks. I like sassy jerks – like, the type of jerks who don’t really mean to be jerks and only are for the sake of being jerks – but Quinn was a literal jerk and he meant to be mean. I don’t know. My emotions are a little confused by Quinn because I think he redeemed himself later on (?) but I’m not sure. (My difficulty with deciding if I like/love or merely tolerate Quinn makes me want to read the second book even more because I NEED to know what happens!)


  • The ending.

I don’t mean this in a ‘I wish it never ended’ or ‘I wish it ended differently’ type of way. What I mean is, I wish it had ended slower. I loved the pace of the novel. It was filled with action, dialogue and moments where I could slump onto my seat with the characters and live in the moment but right near the end I felt like EVERYTHING happened ALL AT ONCE. I mean, it was great when it came to giving me heart palpitations (and if that was the point it did a brilliant job) but because so much was going on I had to reread a few pages right near the end.


I think it’s safe to say that the things I didn’t love don’t even come close to out weighing how much of this epic, action packed dystopian I did love.

I read Recoil in one sitting, spent the rest of that evening dreaming about the delicious muffins they ate and have since begun my countdown for the second novel which, thankfully, will put an end to my ‘what happens next’ questions when it releases this year (2016) in June!

4/5 stars and read in 6 hours.

Get your own copy here and tell me, have you read this? Are you going to? What colour socks are you wearing and can we please count down the release of book 2 together?

Yours within the Bookworm Revolution,

Kat Silver

(this novel was provided to me in exchange for an honest review – in no way does that influence my opinion of this novel. Thank you for the copy, Joanne!)


the chronicals of narnia almost killed me

I’m doing a tag thingy about spells, Harry Potter and books so, without further ado, let’s cut the small talk and GET RIGH TO IT.



  1. Expecto Patronum – A childhood book connected to good memories

I only started devouring books when I was 11. *cue gasping* Before that, I read books (for school and when my mum forced me to ‘do something productive with my mind’) but never at the speed I do now.


And when I did start reading (properly) I went from being forced to read library books to diving into Young Adult novels with my arms full of cupcakes, books balanced on my head and wearing a blindfold (the blindfold is because I soon realized that I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But I love it in this wondrous YA world and I plan to stay here forever).

Anyway, the only memories I have reading as a child involve Harry Potter (which I read when I was 11) and Pippy Longstockings (by Astrid Lindgren), which my mum used to read to me before bed every night in one of her many attempts to bring a love of books into my life.



  1. Expelliarmus – A book that took you by surprise

Carry On.

I could go on a million worded ramble about how IN LOVE I am with this book, this plot, these characters, this author.

Carry On (by Rainbow Rowell) is fairly similar to Harry Potter in the sense that there is a magical world, filled with magical people and magical students, a chosen one, doom and gloom but they’re so different too.

The point I’m trying to make is: I thought this book would be like a rip off of Harry Potter and, thankfully, that wasn’t the case. SO MUCH IS DIFFERENT.

 (also, I swear I could talk about Simon and Baz forever.)



  1. Prior Incantato – The last book you read

The last book I read, frankly, isn’t worth talking about because I didn’t enjoy it much…or, at all. I’m currently reading GIFTED (by Donald Hounam) which is about magical beings at school. (I don’t know why all the books I’m mentioning are about chosen one’s and magic: I’m SORRY) .


I don’t want to say too much about this book because I’m only 50 odd pages in and that’s barley anything at all (although I think it’s pretty good so far, maybe? I’m honestly a little confused but that’s okay. I’ll figure it all out…hopefully). I couldn’t help pick it up though, especially considering that the blurb begins like this:

‘Just what the world needed: another teenage wizard.’

Plus, there’s death, possible murder, magic, demons and a protagonist named Frank. FRANK, peoples. FRANK. I mean, I think his name is Frank? *flails* my brain is confused.



  1. Alohomora – A book that introduced you to a genre you hadn’t considered before

I didn’t even know what ‘dystopian’ was until the Hunger Games.

Fear not, I am far more knowledgeable now than I used to be and have read more dystopian series’ than I have fingers (I’ve read more than 10 different dystopian series – that’s not actually a lot but shhh).



  1. Riddikulus – A funny book that you read


Hmmm, I recently read THE DEAD BOY AND THE PAPER CUT (by Cait) on Wattpad and she had me laughing out loud (before she ripped my heart out and stomped on it with her fancy black boots) which was wonderful.

You can read her book (here) for free and together we can laugh, cry and talk about how often she mentions two of my favourite things; coffee and cake.



  1. Sonorous – A book that you think everyone should know about

The Faerie Guardian (by Rachel Morgan). Read my review here, get it here and let’s devour, love and fangirl about it forever, okay?Rachel morgan spine

Why should everyone know about this?

  • Faeries
  • It’s been compared to The Mortal Instruments (by Cassandra Clare)
  • #SouthAfricanAuthor pride
  • Kickass characters that had me laughing and crying and possibly putting a book or two in time out
  • Faeries with freaking cool coloured hair
  • Magic
  • Shape shifting pets
  • Rivalry
  • Action
  • A protagonist that talks about the impracticability of combat in high heels

Need I go on?



  1. Obliviate – A book you would like to forget having read

All my favourites.

Sometimes I find myself staring at my shelves and hoping I could forget having read all the books there because HOW AMAZING WOULD IT BE TO REREAD YOUR FAVOURITES AGAIN, for the first time?



  1. Imperio – A book that you had to read for school

One of my favourite school reads was To Kill a Mockingbird (by the late Harper Lee). I didn’t think I’d like it all that much because I hardly ever like school books (I tend to feel ‘forced’ to read and study them?) But I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I adored Scout (protagonist) and her brother Jem.



  1. Crucio – A book that was painful to read

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

I love John Green. He makes me cry all the time (I love a good book and character induced ugly cry) but seriously, An Abundance of Katherines was NOT for me because (a) there was maths involved and (b) I couldn’t even finish it…which is saying something because I only have 2 books on my DNF (did not finish) list.



  1. Avada Kedavra – A book that could kill (interpret as you will)

The Chronicles of Narnia.

One time this mighty 760 something page book fell FLAT ON MY FACE, left a bruise (it didn’t actually bruise me), caused a bloody nose (no, it didn’t) and made me eat three cupcakes because I was so angry it had attacked me (this is true). Big, heavy books are wonderful but have the ability to squash and kill people at the same time!


It’s like cupcakes. All sweet, sugary and delicious…until you step on that scale and regret having eaten them for breakfast every morning since you were 12.


So that’s that, peoples. I hope you enjoyed my version of this tag.


Until next time, eat a lunch bar and think about the act of breathing because it’s weird to think about how our lungs function, even when we aren’t thinking about it.

Yours within the Bookworm Revolution,

Kat Silver


fanfiction piece

Grab a cup of tea, or coffee, pull up and chair; let’s delve into the world of fanfiction (and devour three cupcakes each because, who can chat and NOT have cupcakes?).

Before we get into all the exciting legal-debating-cupcake-devouring-fanfiction-writing fun let’s breakdown what fanfiction is (it’s completely okay not to know; I’m here to tell you AND GIVE YOU CUPCAKES *throws confetti*)


When a fan of a TV show, book, movie, etc takes the storyline/characters (or both) and writes their own story, based on it. 


Excellent, now that we’re not all confused kittens let’s chat: IS FANFICTIONILLEGAL? STEALING? CREATIVE EXPRESSION? ARE CUPCAKES DELICIOUS? (okay; we won’t discuss cupcakes). DO AUTHORS YOU READ WRITE FIC?


For those humans who don’t read (or write fic) you may be asking yourself,


(I’m going to tell you – in point form, because I LOVE lists)

  • “It’s a good way for new writers to learn how to tell a story,” said Meg Cabot (author of The Princess Diaries) when asked about fic.


  • Fans get to write about characters and stories they love (without having to deal with extensive world building and character creation).


  • Self-insertion. This usually happens when people say things like, “I WANT TO ATTEND HOGWARTS” or, “I WANT TO TRAVEL TO NARNIA”  or even, “I WANT TO SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO PERCY JACKSON AND EAT BLUE CAKE WITH HIM” (because who doesn’t want to eat blue cake with Percy???). Fanfiction lets fans insert themselves into that world/story.


  • Telling the story the way they wanted it to be. (If authors kill off your favourite character writing fic gives you the chance to change that; you (the writer) have the choice to decide who lives, dies and falls in love.)


There is LOADS of fanfiction online but still people wonder, IS IT actually ILLEAGAL to write fic?

Strictly speaking, although there are SO MANY debates about this, Fanfiction is ‘frowned upon’ (and illegal in some countries because of copywriting laws and plagiarism).

However, many authors don’t mind fanfiction being written about their novels AND *gasp* some authors have even ADMITTED to writing fanfiction themselves! (Isn’t it great to know that authors fangirl and want to live in fictional worlds forever, just like us?)



(there are many, but here are a few)

  • Cassandra Clare

Who is known, still today, as being an iconic fic writer (at the time she went under the alias “Cassandra Claire” (the spelling is different)). Cassie used to write loads of Harry Potter fanfiction before she started writing about Shadowhunters.

  • Meg Cabot

Once said, “when I was a tween I used to write fic about Star Wars.”

  • Neil Gaiman

Has published many works of fanfiction based off The Chronicles of Narnia, Sherlock and more.

“But Kat, is it illegal or not?”

Sometimes it can be; if you write fanfic and try to sell it as your own IT IS ILLEGAL (and you can get in trouble so instead of trying to sell fic, eat cupcakes. THAT isn’t illegal).



I did a thingy on Twitter. By ‘thingy’ I mean, a poll, where I said the following:



To which, I got the following answers…

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Lots of people (60%) who participated said, “I ONLY READ ‘REAL’ BOOKS’. Which I think is completely okay (I mean, I don’t read fic – at all – ever). I DO see the appeal though, because who wouldn’t want to live in their favourite fictional worlds, forever?

I don’t read fanfic but only because I’m a selfish sea turtle.

(What are you saying, Kat? You’re a human. Not a turtle.) What I mean is, I like having authors tell their stories, finish them and leave the rest to the reader. I like that I can choose what happens to the characters once the author leaves them but, because I’m a selfish sea turtle, I don’t like reading other peoples ideas about the characters or storylines.

I’m not sure why I’m like this but I’m a firm believer that authors write their stories the way they do for a reason and, as much as I love the idea of my ships sailing and characters being brought back from the dead, authors do things the way they do for a reason…even if it is to make me cry a million and 63 tears. *sigh*


Okay, but have their really been AUTHORS WHO HAVE TURNED THEIR FIC INTO NOVELS?


Some writers turn their fanfiction into their own novels and get published. “HOW,” you ask? I’ll tell you.

  • E.L.James (author of Fifty Shades of Grey) started her now bestselling series as a spinoff of Twilight by Stephanie Meyer called, “Master Of The Universe”.  When she was optioned for publishing she changed the names of the characters and took out all the vampric parts to prevent copyright laws and thus, Fifty Shades was born.


  • Anna Todd is a well known bestselling author of the After Series. Her novels started off with her incorporating the boys of One Direction into her story. When she was optioned for publishing, after her books on Wattpad reached over a few million people, she changed the names of the boys and then published.

 But tell me,


Until next time, wear fluffy socks and drink tea.

Yours within the Bookworm Revolution,

Kat Silver




I feel like a rabid book loving banshee right before an epic books release.

There is SO MUCH going on in my life right now which I suppose is good (?) but at the moment it feels all bad. There just seems to be no time for anything, including cupcake eating *cue gasps*. The minute I sit down to do something I’m pulled in a different direction to do something else. (I know I’m not making sense but I’m trying to tell you: PEOPLES, I’M BUSY). And because I’m running around like a crazed cockatoo and shrieking about it ALL THE THINGS on Twitter and Instagram I decided to sit down and tell you what’s what.

Yes, peoples. This is an #AmCurrently.


#AmCurrently sneezing

My mum has always been a firm believer in not using the ‘h’ word. (h word=hate) and whenever she reminds me this my six year old brother informs me that using the h word will surely get me on the bad list and won’t get me any Christmas presents or happiness. So, trust me, I know I shouldn’t be throwing hate around but seriously: I hate being ill.

For the past few days I’ve been coughing, spluttering, sneezing and wishing my cat would stop meowing at me each time I sniff and the worst part is that I can’t climb into bed and get better because…


#AmCurrently packing

I’m off to the SAIR Book Gala soon (as in, my flight is in a few hours). This may not seem like a big deal to any of the humans living anywhere but in South Africa but it’s a book festival and there will be lots of authors, books and bookish type things WHICH IS ALL SUPER EXCITING.

My flight is pretty soon and, as per the usual, instead of packing and making sure I’m ready to go I’m blogging.


#AmCurrently sipping tea

I’ve been obsessed with apricot tea at the moment (?) I’m not quite sure why but it’s everything right now. It’s warm, sweet and fruity. Also, it’s a wonderful to drink while eating cupcakes and shivering because it is SO cold outside.

(It’s almost winter here, so while the majority of my readers are getting ready to hit the beach or the swimming pool it’s finally socially acceptable for me to spend all day in pajamas and reading.)


#AmCurrently reading a book a day

It’s official: I’m a book ninja. all the bright places

I don’t know when it happened, how or why but for the last week I’ve been reading a book a day (which is completely weird for me because, although I do occasionally finish a book a day, it hardly happens consecutively). In the last seven days I’ve read a total of EIGHT books. EIGHT.

Do you know what this means?

(I’ll tell you) It means that I’m DEVOURING books, faster than I ever have before. *cheers* *gives celebratory cupcakes to everyone*


#AmCurrently mourning the loss of my phone

My phone died a sad, tragic death the other day *sigh*.

Generally, I don’t care about my phone. I only really use it for checking Twitter, Instagram and my emails (oh, I also occasionally talk to other friendly humans on there) but that’s it? So I don’t care that my phone died on me, I’m just feeling slightly offended because IT BROKE TWO DAYS BEFORE I WAS SET TO CLIMB ON A PLANE AND LEAVE EVERYTHING I KNOW (I’m being so dramatic, but seriously, how rude of my phone to do such a thing?). Fear not, I have a backup situation up and running and I will still be on social media.



My exams start next month and they’re scaring me. (I don’t like to admit that school like things worry me because, generally, I like to pretend I’m completely confident and that I have things under control but, well, THESE EXAMS PRETTY MUCH CONTROL MY FUTURE AS A HUMAN AND I’M SO WORRIED I’LL FAIL BECAUSE OMG WHAT WILL I DO WITH THE REST OF MY LIFE??? IF I DON’T DO WELL I WON’T GET INTO UNIVERSITY AND THEN HOW THE HECK WILL I EARN MONEY TO FEED MY CATS AND CATER FOR MY CRAZY BOOK BUYING OBSESSION?)

And as if my exams aren’t daunting enough I’ve been selected to judge a competition (I can’t say which one) about books in South Africa WHICH IS HUGE (and wondrous and I’m so very thankful for the opportunity) but also I’m scared because I’m just a little person with a little blog and huge book obsession. How am I meant to give my ‘professional’ opinion on things? I’m not a professional anything (except cupcake lover. I’m the queen of cupcakes – I have a crown and everything).

Okay, that’s enough rambling.



Thank you for reading! Until next time pet an animal and tell it how much you love it (or don’t, whatever).

Yours within The Bookworm Revolution,

Kat Silver


how blogging has changed my life

Before I was a blogger the world was filled with wonderful things; constant happiness, matching socks and fictional characters that always lived. But oh, how the tables have turned.

I’ve been blogging for quite awhile but have only recently noticed how, because I’m a blogger, everything is different.

So, peoples, I’ve compiled a list of how my life has changed since I began book blogging (and I’m hoping and praying I’m not the only blogger to feel these things).



My only source of recommendations before I blogged were staff at bookstores, (which was great, don’t get me wrong) but being on the blogosphere has opened my eyes to a whole new world of books (and when my favourite bloggers are excitedly shrieking, talking and writing about books I find it near impossible not to read them, which means that my TBR list is in a constant state of growth).

Speaking of which…



Seriously, my TBR (to-be-read) pile is almost as high as Mt Everest. I have a ridiculous amount (400 0dd) books on my GoodReads TBR list at the moment and, roughly 35 physical books on my shelves that I have yet to read (that isn’t even counting all the ebooks I have and the books I plan to ‘borrow’ from my parents).

My TBR has gotten enormous since I started blogging. I swear it’s like a teenage boy during puberty; it’s just not going to stop growing. *sigh*



I used to hand out 5 star reviews copiously (I was a crazy five star flinging, cupcake tossing book lover and shoved high reviews and cupcakes AT EVERYONE). And, I don’t know if you noticed, but I pretty much just throw cupcakes around now days…

Not because I’m cruel, but because I’m a lot pickier with which books I grant a 5 star review to. This is due to various things but mainly because I READ SO MUCH MORE, hence, there is a lot of competition when it comes to books battling to the death and winning high ratings.



I feel like photography goes hand in hand with blogging (am I the only one who feels this way?) because almost all book blogs have an element of photography in them (even if it is just a header for the post).

Do you know what I mean? I’m not talking about that whole ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ thing, I just mean that HUMANS LIKE LOOKING AT PRETTY THINGS.

And because HUMANS LIKE PRETTY THINGS – not blurry pictures where they aren’t sure if that thing is a book or squished potato (don’t ask how a book could ever possibly be mistaken for a potato) – my photography skills have improved in my attempts to take pretty pictures of books.



I spend A LOT of time looking at, thinking about and doing blog stuff. Granted, I never ever thought so much of my time would be consumed by blogging.

When I was a 12 year old blogging novice (who am I kidding? I’m still a novice) I was all like, “this looks like such a fun little hobbie!” and that’s how it was for a month or two before I realised that if I wanted my blog to get ANYWHERE I had to put effort in. Like, actual work. When I reached this realisation I was like, ‘bring on the cupcakes and let’s turn this thing into a way of life’.

Because, that’s kind of what blogging is (a lifestyle, not an excuse to eat cupcakes). It is hard work, time consuming and heck, I need a boat load of cupcakes to get through a single post.

Don’t get me wrong, it is fun sharing opinions, writing and posting reviews, chatting about things I love and making friends but blogging is also difficult sometimes. If I had a book for every time someone (from the outside world) said, “oh that’s a fun hobbie.” I swear I could build an entire house out of books.

I’m not, by any means, saying that running a blog is like performing open heart surgery, okay? (It’s not.) I’m just saying that it isn’t all rainbows, sunshine and baking the millions of virtual cupcakes I hand out to everyone.



(this is kind of like the previous point but shhh)

Because I’M ALWAYS BUSY I’ve found myself (recently) spending less and less time with my family and friends. I don’t know why this started happening (?) because I’ve been blogging for years and this has never been a problem, but since the beginning of this year I’m always doing blogging related things.

It’s not that I’m complaining but, let’s face it, when I’m not thinking about, reading or writing blogging related things I’m a) talking to my cats about blogging, b) counting down the days to Christmas, c) eating or d) thinking about how I ought to be blogging. I feel like I’m always in front of my laptop these days. *waves goodbye to family*



It wouldn’t be fair for me to make this list and not include the many opportunities blogging can provide.

(I’m don’t want to include this point to tell you about the opportunities I get from blogging because I don’t want to sound like a horrible boasting beetle but, generally) blogging can provide SO many wondrous career/growth opportunities related to reviewing books, getting published and more.



Oh, how I love friends. Especially friends who have the same interests I do. Blogging has introduced me to some wondrous people and oh my gosh – it amazes me to think about all the friends I have all over the world. *virtual hugs to everyone*



I like schedules. I like planning, highlighting and keeping my diary updated on all the things but, frankly, blogging sometimes causes me to FREAK OUT and not so subtly shove three cupcakes into my mouth at once.

I have a posting schedule, which is good because consistency is important, but this means that I sometimes find myself really pressured to have posts written, edited and ready for the right days and times. If I don’t I kind-of-sort-of think that all my readers will abandon me and never look back.

(Am I the only blogger who feels pressured about scheduling and posting regularly?)



(I asked my mum for a suggestion as to what else I could add to the list and, apparently, my cats have been getting less attention since I started blogging? I disagree because, who does she think I discuss fictional deaths with (?) but I decided to include this anyway.)



I sleep in pyjamas, write books in pyjamas, eat in pyjamas, go to school in pyjamas, read in pyjamas, blog in pyjamas; I live in pyjamas.

The truth of the matter is: I love pyjamas. When I wake up in the morning I have a shower and then get dressed into other pyjamas, partly because I’m homeschooled and can get away with it but also because most of what I do (blogging/writing) lets me stay at home all day where I can be in pyjamas.

It’s wonderful (especially in winter).



As Cait, so accurately put it, being original is “harder than doing backflips on a dragon during the Autumn equinox while eating an apple and building a model pirate ship”. All bloggers want to be original (with so many of us around we need to be unique to stand out) and being different is DIFFICULT. It takes a lot of hard work, creativity and motivational cupcakes.

And although I’m not the most creative cat out there, blogging has increased my creativity a heck of a lot.

So, there we go!

That’s how my life has changed/how blogging has influenced my life.


Thank you for reading!

Yours within The Bookworm Revolution,

Kat Silver