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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff // Pre-Release ARC Review


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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 7th September 2017

Mia is back in this explosive sequel to the Nevernight Chronicles. With more blood, more action and a heart stopping final chapter, you’ll be left praying to the Black Mother for more.

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Godsgrave, and after completely falling in love with Nevernight last year, I was ecstatic. After finishing Godsgrave, I can hands down say this is the best book I have read so far this year. My love for this series just constantly grows, and this book changes nothing about that.

From the first page I was hooked, and the fact Jay gives us a run down of everything that happened so far is one of the most useful things, I loved it. This series is always good at world building, but this book takes it to the next level. With beautiful descriptions of each city Mia ventures to, and awe-inspiring explanations of every arena, this book completely immerses you into the world of Mia Corvere.

Mia herself goes through so much, and if you didn’t love Mia and her resolve to do the best in honour of her family now, you will after this book. Her strong sense of love for her familia, and her interactions with characters both new and old are absolutely perfect. She has always been one of my favourite female characters, and this book has definitely moved her up to the top spot on that list.

The addition of Eclipse and Mister Kindly’s interaction both with each other, and with Mia is absolutely brilliant. The hilarity and light-heartedness that they both bring is such a breath of fresh air in the darkness of the story, it was a contrast that Jay created with utter perfection. There are so many heart-breaking and powerful scenes within this book, I couldn’t keep up with just how much I loved it all.

From the last couple of chapters I literally couldn’t put it down, I was so hooked and I just had to know how the book ended. Once I did get to the end, I instantly hit a book hangover because I just didn’t want it to finish! The ending was outstanding, the perfect way to lead on to the third book in the series, and keep you wanting more.

This book is one of the best sequels I have ever read, and does the Nevernight Chronicles complete justice. The writing style is once again absolutely amazing, and the inclusion of the notes at the bottom of the page are such a wonderfully personal addition, as they were in Nevernight, it really feels as though you’re part of the story and Jay is talking to you. The little notes are also dripping with sarcasm, which is probably one of my favourite things about any book, I love it.

From the characters development, to the way Jay describes everything within the story to such degrees of excellence, this book is definitely set to be one of the best books released this year. My love for this series is still evergrowing and I already want to re-read it. Mia Corvere, you are my hero.

Never Flinch, Never Fear, and Never Forget

Nevernight, the first book in the series is out now at all major outlets!

Godsgrave is available for preorder now, and will be released on 7th September 2017!

*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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The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian // Review


Title: The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 26th April 2016

An emotionally charged coming of age story that will leave you in tears, and clinging to the memories of your hometown long after you close the book.

When I picked this book up, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but whatever it was, this exceeded it. This beautiful book was written perfectly and from the start of the book I completely fell in love. The book follows the story of Keeley and the fact that her city, Aberdeen, is not only being sold from under everyone, but also it is slowly going underwater. This leaves Keeley with the emotional choices of leaving the only life she’s ever known, or staying and protesting the change with her dad, as the friends around her leave.

This book really hit me hard. It was one of the most realistic stories I’ve ever read, even though it was about a topic I’ve never experienced obviously! The character of Keeley felt so real, and I could really empathise with everything she had to go through. Her relationship with her friends were such an emotional rollercoaster, how the friendships and relationships changed throughout the events of the book felt so real, and I was constantly hoping for the best every time I picked it up.

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Horns by Joe Hill // Review


Title: Horns by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2

Release: 2nd June 2011

A story about the morals of telling the truth and how just one night can ruin peoples lives, the son of the King of horror is back with a tale of murder, revenge and the Devil himself of course.

I absolutely adore Joe Hill’s writing style and was desperate to read this as soon as I first read NOS4R2 (my review for that can be found here!). I’d heard really great things about it, and knew I had to read it. The writing style throughout the book was so good that I couldn’t help but carry on reading it, and when I wasn’t reading it I was desperate to know what was happening next.

The introduction of Ig is one of my favourite things in the book, as straight away we deal with Ig whilst he is growing his horns and getting used to their power of making people tell him their inner truths. The truths that get revealed right at the start of the book instantly make you relate to Ig and feel sympathy with him, meaning you automatically become immersed in the story.

The plot throughout this book is such a hard hitting story but the way it is developed and with Ig’s new ‘power’ it has been so carefully thought out and I love it. The backstory of Ig’s friendship with Lee is such a brilliant insight into the overarching plot between them, that leaves you with both sympathy to Lee but also growing hatred. The announcement of the plot twist within the book is one of the most shocking parts of any book that I was left devastated.

The introduction of the backstory of Merrin and Ig was also so cleverly written into the main story that it gave you the perfect insight into their romance, before cruelly bringing the story back to present day and realising the story you have just fallen in love with has already been taken away. The writing style is so clever, and the development of Ig’s character and relationship with his horns as the book continues and he finds out more and more about the death of Merrin is brilliant.

I love how you can see the humanity within him leave bit by bit as the story continues and the ending fits the rest of the story so well.

This book has such a brilliant balance of the hard hitting emotions, brilliant writing style, and a brilliantly unexpected conclusion. Joe Hill is still the Prince of Horror/Thriller, and seems like this will be his title for a while.

Have you read Horns? What did you think? What is your favourite book by Joe Hill? Leave a comment below!

Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein // Review


Title: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 26th February 2015

A book that focuses on the amazing work that women did in the Second World War will leave you an emotional wreck and feeling so much pride you will need a day to get over it.

This book is absolutely beautiful. I didn’t know what to expect when my friend bought this for me for Christmas, just that it was similar in some ways to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (my favourite book) so I was extremely excited. Little did I know that this book would be absolutely perfect and one of the most emotional novels I’ve read so far this year.

From the start of the book I had such conflicting feelings in relation to the main character, I both understood what she had to do due to torture, but also was shocked at how she seemed to be giving up information to the enemy with such ease. However as the book continued the reasons behind what she was doing were so perfectly explained that I couldn’t help but fall in love with her and her writing. I loved how it wasn’t until at least a third of the way into the book that we got to know who our protagonist was. The mystery fit in so well with the story being set in WWII, the notorious time for enemy spies and hidden agendas.

The writing style of this book is beautiful. It feels so raw and so real, you can imagine yourself in the characters shoes as she tells her story to the Germans. I also particularly love that the story she tells was angled so well to explain just how important the character of Queenie was to the female war effort, and the importance of the character of Maggie was to the war effort and to Queenie’s life. The friendship between Queenie and Maggie is one of the most beautiful friendships I have ever read about, and soon as I began their story I fell completely in love with them.

The underlying message within this book I also felt was so important. As shown when the German Officer becomes a softer and happier person when talking about his daughter, the message that the reality of war affects every single person on both sides, both the friendly and enemy sides, was so important to express and I think Wein explained this perfectly.

The depth and research that must have gone into this book is admirable as there was so much depth into the weapons, planes etc used during the American war effort, that I admire Wein for providing such detail to really make the audience feel immersed in the story and give it a reality check. The ending is so heartbreaking but also so realistic to the effects that war has on people and what it drives people to do, that I was just in awe of the writing.

This book not only provides a wonderfully historic fictional insight into a war that still affects many to this day, but also provides such a beautiful story between two best friends and the lengths they will go to protect each other. I was left in tears but also with such a fierce amount of respect for the women of WWII and how well all the loose ends were tied up.

A moving story, but with perfect writing, and heart-breaking actions, this book will truly stay with me forever.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Leave a comment below!

Until next time,

Keep Reading,

Meggan x

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Starr Gone Blog Tour // Interview with Kim Briggs & Excerpt!

Hi everyone!

Here’s my second post for the amazing Book Unleashed Blog Tour for Starr Gone! Kim was lovely enough to talk to us about her latest novel and the best things about being an author! She’s one of the kindest people, and I’m lucky enough to get the chance to share this interview with you! Here we go!

Q: What’s your inspiration for the character of Starr?

A: Starr’s a little bit of me from high school or at least the seventeen-year old girl I wanted to be. She’s together. She’s opinionated. She’s loving and she cares passionately. She kicks ass in school, but when the Organization decides they want her as assassin, she needs to figure out who she is and what she wants. In Starr Lost, Starr forms her own team, and they make a number of startling discoveries including who or what is behind the Organization. Starr thinks she’s beginning to make sense out of chaos. She’s wrong. In Starr Gone, she smashes into brick wall after brick wall. Her character, her friendships, and her relationship with Christian are put to the ultimate test. Will she snap and become the assassin General Treadwell wants her to be? I’ll never tell.

Q: Did you always know that this was the way the story would go (relating to including the grandparents and Jody and Sami)?

A: So I have a confession to make…Every aspect of the Starr Fall story arc came to me fully formed. I knew the trials that Starr would need to go through to test her grit and determination. I knew that Jody and Sami would return in Starr Gone. I also knew that her grandparents and the Organization would be tied to one another. There are more tests Starr will need to go through, but Di will be tested too. She’ll need to rise to be a leader or lose herself entirely.

If it’s any consolation to other writers, my current WIP series is not as easy—payback is a bitch.

Q: What is your favourite part of writing this series?

A: When I open the file for Book Four, it’s like falling back into a world I adore. Each character is my best friend. Coda makes me laugh. Ben is the steadfast, solid friend who will be there no matter what. Christian and Frank care about Starr and will do anything to protect her. Starr and Di are opposite sides of the same coin. Many reviewers have asked me how I can switch between them so fluently and keep their voices unique, and I think it’s because I know them both so well. Sometimes Starr might say something that sounds like Di and vice versa, but that’s normal when a friendship is as tight as theirs. So in short, every part of writing Starr Fall is my favourite.

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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman // Review

Title: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 1st May 1990

A perfect balance between hilarity, brilliant story telling and an all round fun loving book about accidentally misplacing the Antichrist – what more could you want?

I had never read a Terry Pratchett book before but I already loved Neil Gaiman, so when my other half recommended this to me I was extremely excited. As soon as I finished it all I wanted to do was restart it and devour it all over again, I loved it.

Right from the first page I was hooked, this book has such a way of pulling you in without you even realising it’s a marvel. I loved how throughout the entire book it mixed hilarious moments that would leave you with tears in your eyes, but then would also include serious moments and remind you of the underlining plot of the Apocalypse within the novel. No book has ever created such a perfect balance within these two feelings before but this had everything I wanted.

I also really liked how at the start of the book, there is a character list, almost like a play, to help you get to know the unique names of each character so you know who they are as soon as you start reading. It was such a unique addition to the book that I couldn’t help but love it.

Each character had such a brilliant purpose and the friendship between the demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale was one of my favourites. It was so interesting to see the two representations of Good vs Evil working so well together, the underlying message of them working as a team was a lovely addition. They were both so funny and also so hard working to please not only their master but also to help right the wrongs in the world, they were just developed with such wonderful skill.

It was also extremely nice to see the different POV’s in relation to the uprising of the Apocalypse such as the Four Horsemen, the Kraken and how Adam the Antichrist all prepare for the upcoming end of the world. It allowed us insight into every character mentioned with the book which is so rare, but the talent in the writing style allowed this to shine through.

I also loved how human the Antichrist, Adam, and his hellhound, Dog, is. They bring such a normality to such a crazy book with such death defying plot lines, and it was the most brilliant contrast. When everyone comes together at the end, I couldn’t help but be on the edge of my seat to see what happens, but also laugh at the sarcasm of both Crowley and Adam. It was a perfect ending for this wonderful book.

There is no doubt in the world that the late but great Terry Pratchett and the wonderful Neil Gaiman are some of the best writers to have ever blessed our world, but this book proves that not only are they brilliant together but when they come together they create an absolute masterpiece. With a story that is so unique that I know I’ll never read anything like it, and with the wonderful character creations within the story, this is a story that will forever be deserving the title of ‘one of the greatest books in existence’ and I hope everyone gets the chance to read it.

Have you read Good Omens? What did you think? Leave a comment below!

Until next time,

Keep Reading,

Meggan x

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab // Review

Title: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 23rd February 2016

The second instalment in the thrilling magic filled series will leave you never wanting it to end, and dreaming of living in the mysteriously magical Red London.

The ending of A Darker Shade of Magic, the first book in this series, was one of my favourite endings of any first book in a series ever, and the start of this book carries on that title as the opening to this book is one of my favourites. I love how time has passed between the books and seeing how the characters have developed in the time we haven’t read about them is so interesting.

Lila Bard quickly became one of the best female characters I’ve ever read about and with her entrance into this book, my love for her definitely hasn’t changed. I love her development within this book, she has become so much more headstrong and has taken the chance at living in Red London, and made it her own by following her dreams. She has such a big heart but I also love how she kicks into action at the slightest look of trouble.

The writing style is once again absolutely amazing within this book, and the relationship between Kell and Rhy is beautifully written. After the events of the previous book I wasn’t sure how they would react to each other, but the love and tension between them is written so brilliantly that it feels so real.

The introduction of some new (and old) characters is such a great inclusion, and such a massive shock that it’s a perfect addition to the story. I love Alucard’s sassiness and how he challenges Lila, he’s the perfect opposition for her and I really like that challenge against her boisterous character. The relationship that grows between Lila and Kell is also written so well that it doesn’t take over the entire story, it’s always in the background of the main plot leaving you desperate for their relationship to develop!

The introduction of the Elemental Games is absolutely brilliant. The fight scene between Kell and Lila is something I’ve lived for since the moment they met, and it lived up to my expectation! They are such a brilliant match and I love how Lila gets to show herself off for once and show she isn’t the little woman who needs protecting like she was in ADSOM, it’s such an important scene between them both.

The lead up to the ending of this book filled me with so much tension I could barely sit still. The old character we meet also has such a brilliant development and keeps you on the edge of your toes the entire time they are here. The plot of this book is so different to ADSOM and that’s why I love it. It’s a different story in the same world, exactly what you’d want from a sequel.

The ending left me absolutely begging for the next book, and even know I am eager to know what happened after the final page. It left me with so many questions about the next book, A Conjuring of Light, and I know that the book is already going to ruin me emotionally.

With a perfect plot twist, amazing character development and the best villain of the series so far, I am in absolute love with this book and with Schwab’s talent. I can’t wait to get stuck in with the final book and see what is next in store for Kell, Lila and the London gang.

All three books in the Darker Shade of Magic series are out now in all major outlets and book stores! Be sure to pick them up and start your own adventure!

Until next time,

Keep Reading,

Meggan x

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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

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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

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Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman // Review


Title: Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 20th October 2016

The perfect sequel to Illuminae, this book is a prime example of just how to continue a series. Twists, turns and surprises keep you gripped from the first page until you manage to put the book down.

This series is absolutely phenomenal. For anyone who missed my review of Illuminae you can find it here and I advise you to read that before coming back here! This may be a long review and I’m sorry but trust me – it’s worth it!

I didn’t think that you could get any better than Illuminae but then I read this book in two days and was in awe of how Jay and Amie can write such a masterpiece.

The book takes place on the Heimdall, the jump station mentioned in Illuminae. I was unsure about being introduced to new characters having fallen in love with the ones from the previous book, but boy was I wrong. The new characters in this book are just as amazing as Illuminae. Each character has such a brilliant purpose and brings something so unique to the story that it takes it to the next level.

Not only are the characters brilliantly written and folded into the story, but there are so many subtle links to Illuminae and the characters within that book, I loved it. It made the books feel even more connected and was one of the best ways to introduce and create a sequel.

The twists and turns throughout the book keep you right on the edge of your seat, and constantly guessing at what is going to happen next, which was something I loved so much about the first book. I also loved once again how the story was told. There are the familiar IM’s and data resources as used in Illuminae but there are also new ones in this book! Just when you think a uniquely written book can’t get anymore unique – Gemina comes along and raises the bar.

Ella was a wonderful new addition to the character list, and I loved how she represented the disabled community in such a positive light as Nik and Hanna wouldn’t have been able to complete half of what they did without her. She was the brains of the story and it was a brilliant representation of the disabled community.

The central characters, Hanna and Nik were so different from Kady and Ezra and I loved that. It was so cleverly written to keep their personalities so separate but also so similar in the way of you could tell they had grown up around the same things and the same people, but it didn’t feel like a rewrite of the first book. Hanna is so headstrong and brave and I admired how her character developed and got on with situation after situation – she is an amazing female heroine.

The ending stood out to me because it was the perfect way to explain everything that had happened prior to that point and also the most genius way of linking the two books together. I was in awe at how beautifully written it was and how much talent both Jay and Amie have to have created such a wonderfully intricate story.

Once again the romance is back story to the overall life or death situation, and compared to a lot of YA books this is beautifully done. The villains made you question every turn they made and kept you on edge worrying for Hanna and Nik at just the right time. It was brilliant.

This book is one of, if not the best, sequel I have ever read. I loved how both books linked so well, and how this book was so different to Illuminae but in the best way. The chance to explore more of what was discussed prior to this book was such a stand out moment, and I am in awe of just how clever Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are to create two books that have become my obsession so quickly.

I am in desperate need for the third book!

Illuminae and Gemina are both out now at all major outlets!