DNF Review: Waiting for Fitz

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Author: Spencer Hyde
Date Started: 17/05/2019
Date Finished:18/05/2019
Pages: 256
Star Rating: DNF

I was sent this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Synopsis from Goodreads

Addie loves nothing more than curling up on the couch with her dog, Duck, and watching The Great British Baking Show with her mom. It’s one of the few things that can help her relax when her OCD kicks into overdrive. She counts everything. All the time. She can’t stop. Rituals and rhythms. It’s exhausting.

When Fitz was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he named the voices in his head after famous country singers. The adolescent psychiatric ward at Seattle Regional Hospital isn’t exactly the ideal place to meet your soul mate, but when Addie meets Fitz, they immediately connect over their shared love of words, appreciate each other’s quick wit, and wish they could both make more sense of their lives.

Fitz is haunted by the voices in his head and often doesn’t know what is real. But he feels if he can convince Addie to help him escape the psych ward and everything will be okay. If not, he risks falling into a downward spiral that may keep him in the hospital indefinitely.

My thoughts:

This book just wasn’t for me. I found so many things that I just didn’t like I had to DNF it at 46%

I just don’t think the doctors or the orderlies were acting as a doctor or an orderly would act.

At one point the doctor is described by Addie, as having a gaming console under his desk with a headset and mountain dew/Cheetos, no doctors on a psychiatric ward would ever have a gaming console set up for gaming whilst on the ward.

Also, Addie’s medication was making her gain weight. when she questioned her mom about this her mom’s reply made me angry

“Well I knew you’d be growing up here,” said mom, leaning back from the table and looking down at my stomach “I just didn’t expect that you’d be growing out”

As much as she did mention that she looked great and she was getting better. That quote just made me so angry. I have a family member going through some mental health issues at the moment and has just come out of the hospital and I could never imagine saying anything like this to them.

another thing that bothered me was Martha who is an orderly on the ward. Didi (compulsive liar and diagnosed with Torrettes) is telling a life story none of which is true. Example, he describes that Doyle owes him for holmes.  Martha an ORDERLY at the hospital is laughing at him and asking if she can record him saying all of the stories again later. Like what NO!

I can’t really comment on the representation of OCD or schizophrenia, as I have no experience personally with any of these illnesses, and as the author has experience John Hopkin’s hospital for severe OCD I am hoping the representation is well done.

I just couldn’t carry on with this book which I am gutted about as I wanted to like this one.

If you have read this please let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.

WWW Wednesday – 15th May 2019

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday! hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The three Ws are: What are you currently reading? What have you finished reading? What will you read next?


What are you reading?

Robin_Hobb_-_Assassin's_Apprentice_CoverI am currently re-reading Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. I read this sometime last year but I didn’t get around to carrying on the series. I really want to continue so decided the best way would be to re-read so that I don’t forget what is happening


I am still reading A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold, I don’t really have anything to add to this. I just need to carry on reading this.


For #MythTakeReads I am still reading Daugther of the forest by Juliet Marillier. I am enjoying it more than I was at the beginning and no longer want to DNF it. It is starting to pick up. I am REALLY really really hoping it doesn’t slow back down and slope back off again. I am around 50% into this one and have until the end of the month to finish it. 

What have you just finished?


As I mentioned in my Weekend updates post, I was hoping to finish uprooted by Naomi Novik, over the weekend, which I did, obviously otherwise it wouldn’t be under the what have you finished heading. I really enjoyed this book and what to read more by Naomi, as I really like her writing. A review will be coming shortly, make sure you check that out when that is up. 

What will you read next?

My next read may be the second book to the Farseer trilogy, this is a series I want to continue straight away rather than waiting like I did last year. I may read a book which is on my kindle but I am unsure which I would like to read at the moment. I do have some I need to read from NetGalley.

What are you reading? Leave a link to your post below in the comments for me to check out 

– Happy Reading






Weekend updates

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Hey Readers.

How is everyone? I thought I would do a random discussion on here about my weekend plans/updates. 

Just a little update on what I am reading and what I hope to have finished before Monday comes around again.

Well, I am still reading, The Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier for #MythTakeReads and my view is starting to slowly change. I am enjoying it a little more, still not fully loving it but I am not thinking about putting it on my DNF pile. I was seriously considering this when I started it. The plot has started to pick up and it is getting a little more interesting. I am around 46% into the book on my kindle so if I finish Uprooted, I may try and get a considerable amount of this read.

I am also still reading Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I am getting through this quite quickly, I have around 256 pages left, because I am getting through the pages pretty quickly I think I might, just might be able to finish this one today.

&& the final book is The Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. I don’t have much to say on this one I am 100 pages in and I think I will finish it eventually, maybe the end of the month, but I am in no rush. These do take me a while to get through and I know I could spend months reading it.

life plans

I do not have much planned this weekend, I never do, I DO NOT like being social. I am very much a house person, BUT we do have our little nephews birthday party on Sunday at a play centre so I probably won’t get that much reading done on Sunday. 

so that is it, my little weekend update to have a little chat/update about the books I am reading and to discuss plans.

What are your weekend plans? Have you planned to get any books finished this weekend, let me know in the comments below?

– Happy Reading

WWW Wednesday – 1st May 2019

2019, www wednesday


Welcome to WWW Wednesday! hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The three Ws are: What are you currently reading? What have you finished reading? What will you read next?

What are you Currently Reading?

I am currently reading Dark Fire by C.J.Sansom a1catlljjrl This is the second book in the Shardlake Series. I really enjoyed the first book and immediately bought this one. I can’t wait to see where this goes. I am currently 100 pages into it. The second book I am reading is The Storm of Swords part 2 – Blood and Gold y648 I am so excited to carry on this series after starting the eighth season of the TV program. I want to see what George RR Martin does differently in comparison to the TV show.

What have you finished reading?

As you can see I have read quite a few books this week. I don’t know where I found the time to The review for The Storm of Swords is here

An American Princess – ✪✪✪✪

The Way of Shadows – ✪✪✪✪✪

The house on Half Moon Street – ✪✪✪✪

Animals Eat Each Other – ✪✪✪✪

The Storm of Swords – ✪✪✪

What will you read next?

I think I might read Uprooted by Naomi Novik next. Its been on my list for a while and I finally got around to buying it this week. I have heard a lot of good things about it. 810lr85jhil What have you been reading? what have you currently finished? Leave links to your WWW Wednesday posts in the comments. Happy Reading xoxo

Review: A pearl for my Mistress

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* I was contacted by the author and received a copy of this book via NetGallery in exchange for a honest review* Thank you Annabel Fielding

This book is set in the 1930’s which is a time period I do not often read about, because of this I was not quite sure how I would get on with this book.

I am so glad I accepted to review it.

This book follows a girl called Hester who’s ideal job would to be a lady’s maid. This dream because somewhat a reality when she becomes a young lady’s maid to Lady Lucy.

Lady Lucy is a very ambitious and independent individual.

I loved how the relationship blossomed between Hester and Lady Lucy through a common enjoyment of them both. Hester lived reading and Lady Lucy loved writing. This friendship slowly blossomed into a relationship. I really loved how the author handled this. The authors writing is beautiful.

The second half of the boom becomes less about the relationship of Lucy and Hester and become more about politics. Lady Lucy is part of the British Union of Facist, and writes articles in the paper all about this. This puts a strain on Hester and Lucy’s relationship.

I loved how researched this book was and how natural everything seemed within this book. I liked how all the topics where handled.

I would definitely read another book by Annabel in the future and reading this book may have changed my mind to branch my reading more into romantic historical fiction.