Reviews

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs // Review


Title: Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 13th July 2017

Synopsis: Everything changes in an eye blink . . .

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, the same man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later she wakes up in a clearing just outside her hometown – alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him too, though he does his best to hide the signs.

As the world around them begins to spiral towards panic and destruction, the two troubled teens discover that people have been lying to them their whole lives . . .

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Review:

Nemesis grips you from the first page, and doesn’t let go until long after you’ve turned the last page.

This book is written in such a clever way, that even when you think you’re close to the end, you’re still left constantly guessing as to what Nemesis is, and what will happen next. The story is so fast paced, normally it wouldn’t work but with this book it couldn’t be any more fitting.

The characters are so brilliantly written, and I loved the range of characters within the story. Min is such a real and down to earth character, I loved her relationship with her friends and how she wasn’t the most well known person. It gave her such a level of realism, I felt I could relate to her, and go through the fear she did every 2 years.

I could never guess what was going to happen, and when it was revealed I was so unbelievably shocked by it. The story is so clearly well thought out, and I’m so excited to see where the next book takes us, if it’s anything like this one, it’s sure to be a winner.

The ending was absolutely phenomenal. I was left in awe of it, and also heart broken by it in the best way! This book is so action packed, you won’t be able to put it down!

You can buy Nemesis on Amazon UK here!

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Disney Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

I’M SO EXCITED TO DO THIS TAG! I absolutely ADORE Disney, so much I actually have a Beauty and the Beast thigh tattoo! So when I was tagged in this by the lovely Rachel over at Rachel’s Rambling Reviews, I couldn’t be happier! Thank you!

Anyway let’s get started!

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The Little Mermaid
A character that is out of their element, a fish out of water 

There are a lot of books I’ve read with characters out of their element, but the most prominent one that came to mind was definitely Starr Bishop from Starr Fall by Kim Briggs! Starr is just a normal girl but then is brought into a world of assassins, murder and being a fugitive without ever asking for it!

I feel so bad for her! But she handles it like a boss!

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Doubt the Stars by Maddyson Wilson // Review


Title: Doubt the Stars by Maddyson Wilson

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 31st August 2017

Synopsis: How far would you go to save the damned? Celeste Adair lives in a world painted gray. She’s spent the last five years of her life stuck in a mental institution because she told the truth: there was an angel on the roof of her foster home. Since then, she’s been slapped with labels she didn’t deserve and words she didn’t ask for.

Luke Enoch lives in a world painted a fire red. He and his sister, Clover, have been living on the streets of Brooklyn for the last five years, running from the police because Luke has been accused of lighting the house fire that killed their parents. Luke has sacrificed everything to keep Clover safe and will do whatever it takes to make sure she doesn’t suffer the same fate he has.

After waking up from what they thought to be their final breaths, Celeste and Luke find themselves trapped in the year 1392 with a single mission: protect Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers. With the centuries-old war brewing, the only shot they have at keeping Romeo and Juliet alive is keeping them separate. But, when fate (and a trigger-happy prince) steps in, there aren’t many things Celeste and Luke can do to stop all of Verona from falling into war. With the line between good and bad erased, Celeste and Luke will have to risk everything to keep the star-crossed lovers safe–even if it means losing each other.

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Review:

A brilliantly unique tale on what might happen if Romeo & Juliet were kept alive. This book is the story we’ve all been wanting since the moment we first read Romeo & Juliet, and will give you a completely new perspective on two very much beloved characters.

This was a surprise for me, as once I started it, I did feel it had a little bit of a slow start. It took a while for me to become invested in the story, but after the first couple of chapters I was hooked! The story was so good, and combined romance with parts of fantasy so well.

Celeste and Juliet’s relationship is one of the stand out parts for me, as Celeste constantly calls out Juliet’s relationship with Romeo for being too quick – which is exactly what 90% of people who read the original story probably thought too. I loved the realism of this, and how both her and Juliet worked so well together.

I also liked Luke and Romeo’s relationship, and how Maddyson included not only the titular characters of the original play, but also other characters such as Mercutio. It was a wonderful nod to the story, and really gave it such a wholesome feel about it.

Maddyson also used partial or full quotes from the original play throughout the novel, which again, as a Shakespeare fan, was brilliant. It gave such a depth to the story, and made the situation so real.

Overall this book was brilliantly written, and although it had a slow start it definitely packs a punch by the end. The ending will leave you questioning when the next book is released, and counting down the days.

You can buy Doubt The Stars 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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The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner // Review


Title: The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 17th November 2015

Synopsis: Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go? Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, he’s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why he’s stuck. All he wants is to move on.

That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.

To make matters worse, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the “joining” of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another. Things get even more complicated as Michael learns he’s being pursued. Demons are after him because he’s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason.

So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea.

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Review:

I was so excited when Marlo sent me this book, and I couldn’t wait to read it. I loved the way the story started with the accident, it was so interesting to then uncover what had happened and led up to the accident.

The story itself included such brilliant elements of paranormal, but also combined it with emotion and allowed you to feel what Michael did as you went on his journey with him. The moments where he couldn’t stop following his family around really hit hard, and made me feel all kinds of feelings!

I absolutely loved how the characters were created in this book, in particular Tom. He was such a great character, and the mystery surrounding him and who he was, really helped to keep the pace of the story going so well, it was genius.  The use of other more “well known” ghosts was also great, and really added some well needed humour to what would otherwise be an extremely dark story.

This book had such a wonderfully created story, and the addition of the threat of demons? I was sold from the moment I read that.

This is definitely one to add to your (probably neverending) TBR. With exciting characters, a heartbreaking narrative, and a story that will leave you bursting with questions in anticipation for the next book, Marlo is one to watch.

You can buy The Ghost Chronicles 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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Another Extremely Late August Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

I’m back again with such a belated and overdue wrap up! I was going to do this on my last post, but I realised I read a whopping 21 BOOKS in August! So I thought it might be best to just give it it’s own blog post!

August was ARCAugust so I ended up getting through 90% of the ARC’s I’d received – hence the huge amount I have to wrap up! I read some amazing ARC’s, and I can’t wait to talk about them!

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ARC August Reads:

Here are the ARC’s I read for the month:

Title: Vermilion Tears by Tia Lee

Rating: ★★.5

Review: This was the first ARC I read in August, and it was really good! I liked the way the story was created it was just the writing that was a bit hard to get into! If you want to read my full thoughts, you can find my full review for it here!

 

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Little Monsters by Kara Thomas // Review


Title: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 25th July 2017

Synopsis: Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister. Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them. Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident. But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

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Review:

A fast paced, intense novel that will leave fans of all genres on the edge of their seats long after the final page.

Little Monsters follows the story of Kacey, the new girl in the town of Broken Falls. She does everything with her best friends Bailey and Jade, that is until one night when they go to a party without her. What follows next is Kacey’s worst nightmare as she finds out Bailey never returned home that night. Kacey’s world is filled with questions: Could the story of the ghost of the Red Woman be true? Is something sinister hiding in Broken Falls? and the most important; What really happened to Bailey on that fateful night?

The opening paragraph of this book completely blew me away. It was filled with horror, action and the perfect amount of suspense that instantly begins to immerse you into the story. Right from the start, Kara’s writing style pulls you in, and grips you until you can’t help but devour the entire book.

Young Adult Horror books are sometimes difficult to balance, with the main story sometimes getting lost within the “horror” aspects of the book. This book however, definitely balanced everything out perfectly. The characters were some of the most well developed I’ve read about in a while, and they all worked together so well to create the overall narrative. I couldn’t help but be suspicious of everyone at different times, and I empathised with every emotion Kacey went through, which is always the sign of a well created character.

The individual diary entries that were included throughout the book were such a welcome addition, and added another level of suspense to the story that I never anticipated. It was brilliant to be able to see the story from multiple characters perspective at once, and the unique use of an inner narrative of Bailey, the missing girl, was incredibly effective in the mystery overall. It left me wanting more every time I put the book down.

Throughout the entire of the book I couldn’t stop thinking up theories as to what happened at the night of the party, and long after I finished reading, I was always thinking about the next time I could pick it up again. I could barely put it down because I was so completely immersed in the story that I needed to find out what happened next.

The ending was absolutely spectacular, and left me feeling emotionally ruined in the best way. Overall this book was an emotional rollercoaster from the first page to the last. Filled with brilliant world building, character development to leave you in awe, and a perfectly balanced mixture of paranormal horror and a potential murder mystery, this book is definitely one to watch out for.

If Kara Thomas isn’t already on your ‘Auto-Buy Authors’ list, after you’ve read this, she definitely will be.

You can buy Little Monsters on Amazon UK here!

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel // Review


Title: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Rating: ★★★.5

Release: 1st June 2017

Synopsis: ‘Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.’

The girls of the Roanoke family – beautiful, rich, mysterious – seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them that’s never spoken. Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot summer at her grandparents’ estate in rural Kansas, she found out what it really means to be a Roanoke girl. Lane ran, far and fast. Until eleven years later, when her cousin Allegra goes missing – and Lane has no choice but to go back.

She is a Roanoke girl.

Is she strong enough to escape a second time?

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Review:

This was one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. I’m not sure how long this review will be, purely because it was a very unique story that I don’t really know how to review!

The story itself left me with extremely mixed feelings. It was written with such skill and talent to allow you to immerse yourself completely in the story, and to make you have the feelings you do throughout. However the plot was particularly strange.

Yates creeped me out in the way I know he was meant to and I credit Amy for that, she created him perfectly, and set up the story in the best possible way to get the most accurate response. I also loved the individual chapters that focused on each past Roanoke girl and revealed their history. It was such a great addition to add to the mystery and helped me to gain knowledge of the world piece by piece. It was brilliant.

It was definitely a unique story, and there were many parts I was creeped out by, but I can’t say too much without giving away spoilers! But sometimes I was very weirded out by the narrative, as well written as it was!

Overall it was a very well written book that created perfect amounts of suspense in the best way. However at some parts the story was slightly hard to ‘like’ as such, but I’d definitely recommend the read!

You can buy The Roanoke Girls 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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Interpretation by Dylan Callens // Review


Title: Interpretation by Dylan Callens

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 1st August 2017

Synopsis: Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers back, afraid of this monster. Carl runs. His life of luxury is ripped away. Forced beyond the city limits, Carl sees a land bereft of life. Traveling in search of answers, his quest comes to a sudden halt when he collapses. As darkness shrouds him, a figure hovers from above.

Traveling along the same route, Eva Thompson finds Carl and nurtures him back to life. Together, they continue the journey, finding out that their lives have too much in common to be a coincidence. As their affection for each other deepens, an unknown nemesis attempts to remove their only source of happiness – their love for each other.

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Review:

An action packed book with an interesting premise, one that will leave you questioning who you can trust, and whether what you see is actually real.

Dylan did an amazing job with this book, and one of the best parts was the characters he created throughout the novel. The relationship between Liam and Carl was written so well, that you feel completely immersed in the narrative, as if you’re going through the story with them.

The action begins so suddenly that you’re left reeling for many pages after, almost like the characters are! Quickly the book picks up speed, and answers the burning questions that were given at the start of the book such as ‘Who are the Untruthers?’ and ‘Why are they being hunted?’. However as soon as one question is answered, another rises, in a perfect way that there is no chance of you getting even slightly bored.

The chapters were so unique, I loved the chapters written in code, and the titles written in code were so clever, the book truly felt so authentic in the cyber world it was set in, it was brilliant. I also loved the idea of the world being made up of certain entities and how they communicate. It was especially good how the author allowed us into their minds to see the reasoning behind what they do, and allowed us to get a full perspective of just how big the story is.

My favourite part of the book is how the information gets released slowly bit by bit, so you can’t stop reading until you find out everything that happens. It keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire novel, teasing you with bits of information here and there to piece together.

The ending of the book was particularly genius. I have never read a book that ended like it, but I so wish I had because this was amazing. I loved how it ended, and how it was so well finished. It was so well thought out, I was in awe of it well after I finished the story.

This book is definitely one for the Sci-Fi fans, and if you’re looking for something to stay up late reading with an ending to shock you, this is the book you need!

You can buy Interpretation from Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent Interpretation 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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Written For You by Joseph Cognard // Review


Title: Written For You by Joseph Cognard

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 26th December 2013

Synopsis: Somebody must have suggested Bob Curry write a book. He didn’t just wake up one morning with the idea. Or did he? Well at least working in a publishing company he should have no problem finding people to read it. Or will he? Read along as this dark comedic play moves quickly to an epic conclusion. Will you enjoy reading a play? Of course you will don’t forget it is and will always be Written for You.

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Review:

When I was asked to read this, I was intrigued by the synopsis, but was unsure as to how it would work in the style of a play. However once I started it, it actually worked perfectly! It was so good to see the story play out in my mind, and the added off scene parts were useful to understand exactly how the characters were acting in every scene.

The characters were so interesting, especially Bob. I loved his character as it developed and we learnt more about him. He is such a unique character, and I found with every scene I liked him more and more.

The narrative overall was so brilliantly planned and thought out, that I loved the aspect of mystery that was tied into it all. I constantly was kept guessing as to what was happening, and it was so fun to try to guess what would happen, I was fully immersed in the story.

The ending was a complete shock, and thinking about it now it was the absolute perfect way to end this book. It was so clever, and really showed just how much work Joseph had put into it, and I loved it so much. It was so brilliantly open ended, but also so well created, and possibly one of my favourite endings to any book!

This book was one of the most unbelievably unique stories I’ve ever read, I can honestly say I’ve read nothing like it, and the play format worked with it perfectly. I was kept guessing, and left in awe. I definitely recommend.

*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.*

Release Day Posts · Reviews

Fire Lines by Cara Thurlbourn // Blog Tour Review


Title:
Fire Lines
 by Cara Thurlbourn

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 26th September 2017

Synopsis: Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of life beyond the wall, but she never knew if they were true. Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council’s ruthless Cadets.

 But when Émi turns seventeen, sparks fly – literally. Her blood line surges into life and she realises she has a talent for magick… a talent that could get her killed.

 Émi makes her escape, beyond the wall and away from everything she’s ever known. In a world of watchers, elephant riders and sorcery, she must discover the truth about who she really is. But can the new Émi live up to her destiny?

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Review:

This book completely blew me away! I went in excited for the plot, and came out in desperate need for the next book.

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