Reviews

The Change 1: London – Orbital by Guy Adams // Review


Title: London: Orbital by Guy Adams

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 13th July 2017

Synopsis: One minute everything was fine and the next… they arrived. Those that saw them died instantly. The unlucky ones survived. Now unimaginable things straight out of nightmares roam the streets of our towns and cities. Nothing is impossible. Nowhere is safe. And no one can escape The Change…
Howard doesn’t know where he is or how he got there. He’s not even sure his name is Howard. But he knows he is in trouble. Alone on a stretch of motorway jammed with broken down cars full of corpses and strange creatures, Howard falls in with a motorbike gang living in a nearby service station. But even The Kingdom of the Welcome Break can’t keep him safe. Something is moving between the rows of cars, something that used to be human but now clanks with metal, hisses with hydraulics, and is always on the lookout for new parts…

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Review:

I didn’t initially know whether I’d like this book or not, but when I saw it was Read Now on NetGalley, I read the synopsis and thought I’d pick it up. It just turns out that this is one of the most brilliantly described and clever books I’ve ever read!

The level of description within this book is completely amazing. Every single scene was described in so much detail that I could perfectly imagine exactly what was happening at the time. Not only was the setting described well, but the description of the monstrosities that followed The Change, such as the awful creatures that came to exist, and the awful situations people were put in were horribly brilliant. I was disgusted in the best way, I felt like I was completely in the story. It was amazing.

The chapters including the monsters perspective were such a welcome addition, and really helped to give you a different view of the story, and show just how ‘feral’ the monster was by referring to humans as ‘the meat’. The use of language was extremely clever!

The characters within the story were also hilarious and full of depth, and the friendship between Hubcap and Howard was so unique, and such a welcoming happiness in the novel. It contrasted the darkness of the overall story so well, and made me smile the whole way through!

This book is a short story that definitely packs a punch. In only a short amount of pages Guy Adams makes you fall in love with characters, immerse yourself in the deadly world after The Change, and amazes you at the way his writing completely takes over every sense. It’s filled to the brim with everything you could want for a horror, and is definitely one to watch out for!

You can buy London: Orbital on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige // Review


Title: Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 15th March 2016

Synopsis: My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because—just like Dorothy—I got swept away on one too. I landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling: Assassin.

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Review:

The exciting third installment in the bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, is a wonderfully enthralling addition, and brilliant lead up for the finale.

I loved being back in the world of Oz, and this book was probably my favourite out of all three so far. I loved how we started off in Kansas rather than Oz, it was such a breath of fresh air, and was a brilliant contrast between the evils of Oz, and the normalcy of Kansas. It was reminiscent of the first book, but you could see the change in Amy, it was so well thought out.

The introduction of the new villain instead of Dorothy, was brilliant and added a new aspect to the story! I loved how it was different to the other books previous to this, and the change of direction is just what the story needed.

The development of each character is so wonderful that I fell in love with them all over again! I loved the relationship between Amy and her mum and how different it was from the first book. It was so emotional and I felt like I was put in Amy’s shoes in the best way.

The ending was amazing and kept me wanting more! I love how Amy’s other friends have been involved, and I was in shock at everything that happened so quickly! I really can’t wait for the finale, and I’m so ready for where this story takes me!

You can buy Yellow Brick War, and the other books in the Dorothy Must Die series from all major outlets!

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At Water’s Edge by S. McPherson // Review


Title: At Water’s Edge by S. McPherson

Rating: ★★★

Release: 10th November 2015

Synopsis: What if there was another you, living in another world? Seventeen year old, Dezaray Storm is blamed for the death of her parents, hated by her brother and secluded from her friends, but that doesn’t stop her from believing in magic. Visions of the future, mysterious cloaked figures and a handsome stranger with the ability to teleport, lead to Dezaray tumbling through a portal and into another world where she is mistaken for its most powerful sorceress and saviour. But in a twisted turn of events, the true sorceress ends up lost in our world, wandering the streets of England with a broken device and the whisper of forgotten magic to guide her. The realm of Coldivor is on the brink of war, its enemies grow restless and its shadows have eyes. Only the true sorceress can help tip the scales in their favour and the two girls must trade back before their 18th birthday when the war that could shatter both realities, will rage.

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Review:

First off the cover is absolutely beautiful for this book, I love it!

I really love the start of the novel. It starts off with such a hard hitting message of abuse, and the emotions that Dezaray goes through was written so well I felt every blow she did emotionally. I definitely wasn’t how I expected the novel to start out, but it worked so well.

The relationship between Dezaray and Drake is so well created, that you get a real behind the scenes look as to why she is so desperate to leave her world. You can really relate to her, and that was so important when reading it.

I liked how Lexovia and the rest of the group came into the story, and the similarities and differences of both worlds. It was so nice to see the different groups get along, and the way we were told about each different type of magic in the world was so interesting. It was a brilliant addition to the story!

The Vildacruz were a perfect villain, both present and also just spreading by word of mouth. It was such a good way to introduce the main villains and show just how powerful they are.

There are so many wonderful characters in the book, I was spoiled for chose when it came to which one I liked more! I liked the relationship between Dezaray and Milo, although sometimes I felt it was focused on a little too much.

Overall, this was such a fun and magical novel that will be perfect for an fantasy lover! If you want good character, a villain to leave you on the edge of your seat, and a world that will make you want to live there, this is for you!

I can’t wait to read the next in the series!

You can buy At Water’s Edge from Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent At Water’s Edge in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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Chronister Cliff by Simone Van Der Steeg / Review


Title: Chronister Cliff by Simone Van Der Steeg

Rating: ★★★

Release: 28th August 2014

Synopsis: At young age, the now seventeen year old Karen Eason lost her parents. After a difficult time, everything seems to be working out for her and her four brothers after all. She managed to get her life back on track and everything seems to be going well for her, until Thomas Chronister enters her life. Thomas seems to be an extraordinarily kind young man from England. He is always helpful and seems to only want the best for Karen and her family.

But when Karen gets to know him better, she discovers that he is hiding something from her. She is determined to find out what it is that he is so desperately keeping away from her. Even though Thomas knows she is on to him, he keeps denying that he has something to hide.
When Karen eventually discovers his peculiar secrets, it sets in motion a series of strange and sometimes inexplicable happenings, which make Karen realize her life might just have changed for good.

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Review:

Thank you to Simone for asking me to review this book!

I was intrigued from the first page when I picked this up. I loved the mystery surrounding Thomas, and how he was acting. It added so much mystery to the story, that I couldn’t help but become immersed into it!

Whilst I was reading it, I definitely felt that it was Twilight-esque due to the forbidden love between Thomas and Karen, and because of the insta-love that was so prominent throughout the novel. The insta-love was sometimes a bit too much for me personally, but the overall plot helped to balance it out!

There was so much depth to each character that I was so impressed throughout it. Thomas had so many mysteries surrounding them, and how each one was resolved or how it came to light was written so well. The relationship between Karen and her brothers was so realistic, and I loved that she had that balance in her life. It was heart warming to read about!

The ending was extremely clever, and I loved how the story came full circle. It left me with so many questions, and ended on the perfect cliffhanger, that made me praying there was another book! I just hope that the second book is released over here, or else there’ll be a lot of unanswered questions, which would be sad!

This book had a great balance of mystery, thriller, and brilliantly developed characters. If you’re looking for a short book that is filled with excitement, and Twilight-esque romance, this is your book!

You can buy Chronister Cliff on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent Chronister Cliff in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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The Liebster Award!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by Laura over at An Introvert Inklings, so thank you so much for the tag!

The Liebster Award is an award presented to bloggers by other fellow bloggers, with the pure intention of supporting each other! As part of being nominated, you must answer the eleven questions given by the blogger who kindly nominated you. Then in turn nominate eleven more bloggers and leave eleven new questions for them to answer.

I feel so honoured to have been nominated as blogging is one of the best things I’ve ever done, so to be nominated is a dream come true!

Here are my answers to Laura’s eleven questions!

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What is the one book you own that means the most to you? And why?

Okay so I have a few that mean a lot to me, but I’m going to say The Stand by Stephen King. It means the world to me because my nan bought it my dad when he was younger, and it’s my dad’s favourite book. He doesn’t read much so this being his favourite really means a lot, and he passed it down to me, just like my nan passed it down to him. I love how we have a book heirloom, and it brings with it a piece of my nan (who sadly passed away 3 years ago), and my dad, who entrusted me to look after it.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // Review


Title: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 6th April 2017

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

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Review:

A beautifully written novel, focusing on an emotional subject that will leave you thinking about the way the world works, and what true justice is.

I absolutely adored this book. I’d heard such amazing things about the book, but let me tell you this book exceeded every single expectation I ever had. This book was written with such talent, and such raw honesty that it’s very rare to finish it with a dry eye.

I got 60 pages in and I was completely moved by the honesty of Starr, and everything she had to go through. I loved how Starr’s family were so supportive of her, and how they stood up for her in every way they could, it created such a tight knit family and it was beautiful to read about.

The message within the novel was so extremely powerful, that even now I’m still in awe. It was so emotional to remember that whilst I was reading about the shooting and injustice delivered to Starr, that situations like this actually happen in the world. The realistic narrative was beyond anything I’ve read before.

It gave everyone who wasn’t aware of what was going on, an insight into just how damaged the world can be. As a white person, I felt such emotion reading from the perspective of what happens, rather than looking in from the outside.

The ending brought me to tears, it was so shocking and fit perfectly with the overall feel of the story. That final page was something else (No Spoilers!). It was potentially one of the most powerful and prominent pages I’ve read of any book, and brought the overall plot into the real world with such an impact that I was left with tears in my eyes long after I put the book down.

This book is a voice that deserves to be heard in the world, especially as of right now. I loved everything about it, and Angie Thomas, you are so very brave for writing such an honest portrayal.

This a must read for definite. You can buy it from all major outlets now!

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The Valiant by Lesley Livingston // Review


Title: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 14th February 2017

Synopsis: Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary fighter Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed by the armies of Julius Caesar.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in her father’s war band. She never gets the chance.
Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators–owned by none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.
Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, deadly fights in and out of the arena, and perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier and her sworn enemy. 

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Review:

An action packed novel with everything a historical fiction book needs, from badass female protagonists to Roman soldiers! You’ll be thinking of this long after the final page.

I’d heard amazing things about this book before I picked it up, so I was already really excited to read it. However once I actually got around to it, I completely fell in love with it!

The story kicks in straight away, which I loved. It can be hard when you read a book with a slow start, but this was everything I wanted. I was hooked from the first page, and the story just kept getting better and better. The narrative in itself was brilliantly created, with such historical meaning behind it. I loved how we could see a clear divide between the Romans and the British, it made it feel so real.

Fallon slowly became one of the best female protagonists I’ve ever read about. I loved how she never gave up, and that her honour was the most important part of her life. She was so inspiring, and the journey of her having to learn to be a warrior was written beautifully. I felt like I was on the journey with her, and I felt everything she did.

The characters all worked together so well and I love the comradeship between Fallon and her friends. However it was also brilliant how Fallon still kept her need to be a warrior above all, it showed just how much of a strong character she is.

This book has everything you could want in a historical fiction novel; Romans, historical accuracy, badass females! It is exciting and dramatic from start to finish, and you’ll want the next book as soon as you finish!

You can buy The Valiant at all major outlets now!

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Vermilion Tears by Tia Lee // Review


Title: Vermilion Tears by Tia Lee

Rating: ★★★

Release: 18th July 2017

Synopsis: Lydia comes from humble beginnings living with her family in New Haven. Her life gets turned upside down when she is on a train to New York City to start her new life. Lydia is attacked by supernatural creatures she didn’t even realize existed. Now a supernatural being herself, she finds herself fleeing from a brutal captor and trying to keep her family intact. Will she be caught or will she succeed in escaping and restoring her family?

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Review:

A story set in Victorian times, filled with love, vampires and more supernatural beings that you could ever want!

First off, thank you to Tia for sending me this book!

This book started off quite slow, which I’m not used to so it took a while to get into! However once I’d got further into the story, it picked up pace so well. I liked the mystery at the start of the book, I was constantly guessing what was happening, and how our characters would end up, which was very interesting.

I also really liked how the story didn’t drag out, and although there were a couple of big time gaps in there, it made sense overall, and kept the story concise! I liked how each character was unique and he difference between both supernatural species was very well created.

The reality of Reuben’s family finding out about him was also so brilliant;y written, it felt so real. It was exactly how I’d expect someone to handle that news, and I loved it.

The only issue for me was the writing style overall. I didn’t feel as hooked as I’d like to be with the book, and I think the writing style sometimes didn’t fit with the overall flow of the book.

Having said that I still really enjoyed the book, and I really loved the story itself. It was so creative, and I loved the ending so much!

Overall this book was an exciting story, set in one of my favourite eras. It was very accurate to the era, and I loved the mixture of reality with paranormal.

Definitely a fun read!

You can buy Vermilion Tears now from Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent Vermilion Tears in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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How I Choose My Books Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by the lovely Danielle over at The Introverted Book Nerd! Thank you for tagging me, I’m so excited to do this tag!

Find a book on your bookshelves with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?
So I picked this up because well it’s Stephen King! I love him so much, and his writing literally is one of my favourite things, so of course I had to get it! Also this has a bit of blue on the cover so it fits!

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! I didn’t know whether it would be my type of book, but I’d heard such amazing things on people’s blogs and on Twitter, so I thought I’d give it a try! Well you can read my review here to see just how much I loved it!

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The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes // Review


Title: The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes

Rating: ★★★ .5

Release: 30th March 2016

Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.
To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special.
Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do.  She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . . 

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Review:

A fun Middle Grade story with a deep underlying message that will leave you laughing one second, and crying in the next.

This debut novel follows Hannah as she discovers a magical lamp disguised as an ugly teapot. She rubs it and then the genie appears, but Hannah’s first wish is to bring her father back from the dead. What follows on from this are consequences dangerous to not only Hannah, but to all humanity.

I really liked how this book was written. I love Middle Grade books, and I loved the story and how exciting the story was. It was so exciting and fast paced, and Hannah was such a wonderfully created character. The depth of her grief was so believable and the way she interacted with the Genie was brilliant.

The link to the actual Aladdin story was such a brilliant addition, it was such a surprise and added a brilliant nod to the first ever stories.

The underlying story of grief was one of the most beautiful things I’ve read. It can be rare to find such a hard hitting issue in a MG novel, but this was done brilliantly. I felt everything that Hannah did, and the ending was beautifully heartbreaking.

A fun yet emotional story that leaves you wanting more. Fun for all ages with beautiful writing, and some of the most relatable characters.

You can buy The Ugly Teapot on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent The Ugly Teapot in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*