Starr Gone by Kim Briggs // Review


Title: Starr Gone by Kim Briggs

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 2nd June 2017

This series just keeps getting better and better as shown by the explosive and action packed third book in the Starr Fall series.

First off I would just like to once again mention that I absolutely love this series, and I would even go as far as to say this was definitely my favourite book of the series so far. The book continues almost exactly where Starr Lost finished off, and that’s just what I wanted! Starr Lost ended on such a cliffhanger and the outcome of the cliffhanger was handled perfectly.

The character development was AMAZING in this book. How Starr develops compared to the first book is something I’ve been waiting for the entire series, and I couldn’t be happier with the badass Starr we have throughout this book. I loved how we got to see Starr separated from the main ‘team’ and got to see how she copes with things on her own, and just how quick thinking and quick witted she is as a person. I love her and Christian’s relationship in Starr Lost, but seeing how she takes things in her stride without him, is absolutely brilliant. Kim you’ve outdone yourself with Starr here, one of my favourite female characters in the world.

Not only is Starr’s character development but Di has such a change in herself and learns so well how to not only be a part of team, but to lead it in Starr’s absence and I love her. I love how strong she is, but that she also shows weakness in this book, such as her explaining why she never felt she belonged. The underlying message within this book that family doesn’t have to mean blood, and sometimes your closest family are those that you least expected is one of my favourite things about the entire series. The closeness of the team as a whole is better than ever in this book, and I love it.

The plot in this book was such a shock from the last two, the twists and turns that carry out throughout it are made me constantly on edge to know what happens next, and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I love the introduction of the new enemy the team have to face (no spoilers!), it adds such a fresh narrative to the story and keeps you on your toes, even three books in.

The ending was once again incredible. I was not even slightly expecting the book to end there, so when I pressed to turn to the next page and it came up with Acknowledgements I was frantically scrolling praying that there would be more! As shocking as it was, it was such a perfect ending, not the biggest cliffhanger but still making it so I need the next book now!

This series just keeps getting better and better, and with perfect character development, twisting narrative to keep you on your toes, and wonderful writing to keep you wanting more, it looks like the reign of Kim Briggs is definitely set for this year. I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store for Starr and the team!

Thank you again to Kim for sending me Starr Gone! You’re an angel! It’s out on Amazon on the 2nd June 2017 so make sure to check it out and pre-order now!

Don’t forget to read the first two books in the Starr Fall series if you haven’t yet – they’re both available in eBook format or paperback on Amazon! Links for all three books are below:

STARR FALL – Amazon KindleAmazon Paperback

STARR LOST – Amazon KindleAmazon Paperback

STARR GONE – Amazon Kindle

Until next time,

Keep Reading,

Meggan x

Warlock Holmes: The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles by G.S. Denning // Review


Title: Warlock Holmes: The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles by G.S. Denning

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 16th May 2017

The stunning and action packed sequel in the Warlock Holmes series is the perfect follow up to the cliffhanger of the previous book, and leaves you laughing, crying and wanting the next book instantly!

I was desperate as soon as I finished the first book in the series to pick up the next book, so when I found this beauty had been sent to me by the wonderful author I put down the book I was reading and instantly began this! Thank you G.S. Denning for sending it to me!

From the first page I was hooked once again, just like I was in the first book. I absolutely loved how it followed on with ease from A Study in Brimstone. I feel a lot of the time seuqels are make or break for a series, but this entire book made me fall even more in love with the world of Warlock and John! The first chapter or so made me giggle so much, John is one of my favourite characters ever created and his friendship with Warlock throughout this book was brilliant.

I loved how their friendship that was already established in the first book just evolved and the love they have for each other is so nice to see, very reminiscent of the love and friendship John and Sherlock have in the original stories, which was a brilliant comparison. It particularly stood out to me just how much inner development these characters have been given to not only now trust their own judgement but each others, and I loved to see that development happen so brilliantly and so subtly. It was a uniquely brilliant touch to the story.

Once again the book is split up into different cases and told through John’s notes which I LOVE! It feels so authentic, like John is telling a story rather than you having to live with them through it, and feels a lot more personal with the audience. It’s also genius how each story fits with the next in some way, rather than being completely separate and leaving you wondering why it was included, thank you G.S. Denning for being so brilliant.

The cases included in this book were once again so accurate to the original stories that I am amazed at just how well Denning creates this new adaptation. It feels so new, yet with the familiarity of the stories we all know and love so well, it really is something to be in awe of. Throughout the book I love the hints we get to Moriarty and how subtly they are included, so he isn’t the main story but is definitely still a reminder that he’s there! The inclusion of a certain characters backstory is also absolutely amazing. I wasn’t expecting that to be included at all so the fact we get an insight into the actions of a certain character that we haven’t as of yet so far, it was the best surprise and addition!

The ending was something else. It was so personal, with John talking to the audience specifically and was so cryptic that I literally cannot wait for the next book to be out! I need to know what happens and what John meant! The ending is so clever, hinting at what is yet to come but still not giving much away so it leaves you begging for the next book – my favourite kind of cliffhanger!

This book was a perfect example of just how not only a sequel should be written, but a perfect example of how to write a beautiful adaptation of a classic series, and make it your own! I loved everything about it, from the character development, the new cases, and Floofy! It was a story that kept me hooked with laughter and action throughout and I can’t wait until the next book is out and I can once again immerse myself into the world of John Watson and Warlock Holmes!

*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.*

This book is out in the UK on May 16th 2017 so make sure you get your pre-orders sorted now to receive it on the day! You won’t regret it!

If you’re new to the series then the first book in the series, Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone, is out now at all major outlets!

Until next time,

Hapy Reading!

Meggan x

STARR GONE COVER REVEAL!

Hi everyone!

IT’S HERE, IT’S FINALLY HERE! I’m taking part in this blog tour to help to reveal the GORGEOUS new cover for Starr Gone, the third book in the Starr Fall series by Kim Briggs!

Without further ado, here is the new cover!!

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STARR GONE
by Kim Briggs

Series: Starr Fall Series, Book 3
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, YA Romance, YA Thriller

Publication Date: June 3, 2017

A Starr gone. A team betrayed.
You never know who your true friends are until a gun’s pointed at you. One will take a bullet, and the other will pull the trigger. Starr learned that lesson the hard way.
The perfect smile. A killer attitude. General Treadwell wanted nothing more than to turn Starr Bishop into the ideal assassin, but she’s far more valuable as Jessica Chamberlain, granddaughter and heir to Chamberlain Chocolates. Luckily, he’s found two enthusiastic replacements. They lack Starr’s intelligence, but no matter, they possess their own weapons of persuasion along with a flair for the dramatic, and that’s never a bad thing.
Di, along with Christian, Frank, Ben and Coda, are determined to keep Starr safe, but the depths of betrayal crack the very foundation of the team. When Starr becomes a pawn in a game of power, money, and manipulation, Di channels her WWSD (What Would Starr Do) to rally the team. She owes her best friend that much. No… More.

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Other Books in the Series

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STARR FALL
Series: Starr Fall Series, Book 1
When the Organization decides Starr would make the ideal assassin, she needs to escape the island and disappear. While in hiding she meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Christian makes Starr forget that the Organization is after her, but their lives are more entwined than either one realizes.
One Starr falls, and a killer rises!
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“Great start to a new YA series! This was definitely an enjoyable read with a cliff hanger of an ending.”
– K.G. Fletcher, Goodreads reviewer
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STARR LOST
Series: Starr Fall Series, Book 2
A Starr falls, and a family is found.
On the run from the Organization, Starr and Christian find safety on the Qualla Boundary with their friends, Ben and Coda, but Starr needs answers. She owes her dear dead friends, Sami and Jody, that much. She forms a team of her own to fight the general and his recruits.
Life becomes tense on the Qualla Boundary, sparks fly, and the Organization is about to smash in their door.
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“After reading Starr Fall I didn’t think anything could top that at all. Then I read this book… I just loved it, and the ending was INCREDIBLE.”
– Meggan Turner, Goodreads reviewer

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About Kim Briggs

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Kim Briggs once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice.
An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall, where a secret organization decides 17-year-old Starr Bishop is not only the model student, but the ideal assassin. While in hiding, Starr meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Cue the swoon worthy music. But it’s not all happily ever afters for Kim. Her NA novel, And Then He, explores the dark and scary corners of the human psyche. Following a night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger, Tiffani finds herself in the midst of a nightmare she can’t escape. And Then He is available through Amazon and other major book retailers. Starr Fall released November 2016 with Inkspell Publishing, followed by Starr Lost in January 2017 and Starr Gone in June 2017. Her novella, Avalanche is part of the Valentine Kisses Anthology and released February 14, 2017.
When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snowdrifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees.
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COVER REVEAL: Starr Lost by Kim Briggs!

Hi everyone!

Sorry I’ve been so absent recently, university has taken over my life! Anyway I’m back to tell you that the cover of Starr Lost, second book in the Starr Fall series, has FINALLY been revealed!

Here it is:

Isn’t it absolutely beautiful??? I am honestly so in love with it! I thought that the cover of Starr Fall couldn’t be beaten, but it’s just getting better and better!

I am immensely excited for this book, if you want to read my review of Starr Fall then check that out here!

You can now pre-order Starr Lost below too:

Amazon: Click here!

Leave a comment if you’re as excited as me for this book! Also don’t forget to review Starr Fall on Amazon or wherever you can, and show Kim the love she deserves!!

Love,

Meggan x

Starr Fall by Kim Briggs // Review


Title:
 Starr Fall 
by Kim Briggs

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: 4th November 2016 

Kim Brigg’s debut novel truly is a wonderful start to the series.

Starr Fall is the first book in a new Young Adult/Fantasy series by Kim Briggs. It tells the story of Starr, a model student with a typical teenagers’ life, until the Organisation decide they want her to be an assassin. In a fight for her freedom she goes on the run from the Organisation, and the last thing she expects was to fall in love with the mysterious Christian on the way.

From the start of the book I got the impression that this would be a romance “chick lit” genre of book, since it sets the scene of boy talk and sleepovers. I didn’t expect that within 30 pages, the seemingly happy chick lit vibe would be drastically turned into a completely action packed novel, that left me on the edge of my seat.

I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like this book, the plot behind it is wonderfully unique, it’s a breath of fresh air that’s needed in the YA genre. The characters are so relatable and fun, that you can’t help but get attached to them and become completely immersed in their story.

Starr was such a stand out female protagonist, she has such a wonderful sense of humour and even when everything goes downhill for her I still felt I could relate to her, and was extremely invested in everything that happened to her.

The development of Christian is also one of the best parts of this book, Kim creates his character so beautifully that you can’t help but fall in love with him. Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that the change of his character from the start of the book to the end is wonderful to see and progress with in the novel.

There is a case of “instant love” in the book, which can sometimes be a little unbelievable and boring in YA. However in Starr Fall it is completely the opposite, it works so well within the novel and is entirely believable. They go through so much I think it would be hard not to fall in love! I loved this because it really adds a twist to the already popular genre which is just what everyone has been waiting for.

Starr Fall leaves you with so many questions that it’s a wonder anyone will be able to wait until January for the second book. There are so many intricate aspects in the novel, that questions flood your mind. Who are the Organisation? Does Christian have anything to do with them? What about Starr’s grandparents? The questions stay with you long after finishing, and keep you involved even after you’re done with the book!

Kim Brigg’s debut novel truly is a wonderful debut. From start to finish I was hooked, and all I could think about was what would possibly happen next. From believable characters to a brilliant new aspect of YA narrative, if you love action packed thrillers then this is the book for you! Now to begin the wait until book 2 is out!

Starr Fall: Book 1 in the Starr Fall series is out on all ebook platforms on November 4th 2016. Links below on where to pre-order:

Amazon UK: Pre-order here!

Amazon US: Pre-order here!

iBooks: Pre-order here!

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

Thank you Kim for letting me read your book before release!

 

Waiting on Wednesday!

Hi everyone!

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted on Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My choice this week:

Title: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis: The long path to the throne has just begun for Aelin Galathynius. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Release Date: September 6th 2016

 I AM SO SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK. I’m literally the most excited for this book to be released than any other book this year. I LOVE Sarah’s books, and the Throne of Glass series is one of my favourite series of all time, so I am so excited to see what direction the story takes in this book because Queen of Shadows was amazing! Roll on 6th September!!

Leave a comment with your Waiting on Wednesdays! What books are you excited for?

Love,

Meggan x