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Blogmas Day 13: Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling // Review


Title: Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling

Rating: ★★★

Release: 2nd November 2017

Synopsis: It’s 1577. Queen Elizabeth I has imprisoned scheming Mary Queen of Scots, and Alyce’s mother is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Alyce kills the witchfinder and flees to London – but the chase isn’t over yet. As she discovers her own dark magic, powerful political forces are on her trail. She can’t help but wonder: why is she so important? Soon she finds herself deep in a secret battle between rival queens, the fate of England resting on her shoulders …divider-2461548_1280Review:

A historical book filled with magic, mystery and some very familiar faces.

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Blogmas Day 10: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas // Review


Title: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 5th September 2017

Synopsis: Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since Aelin shattered the glass castle, since Chaol’s men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

Now he and Nesryn sail for Antica – the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire and of the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme. It’s Chaol’s one shot at recovery, and with war looming back home, Dorian and Aelin’s survival could depend on Chaol and Nesryn convincing Antica’s rulers to ally with them. But what they discover there will change them both – and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.divider-2461548_1280Review:

Sarah J. Maas is back with another addition to the Throne of Glass family, and it’s the best yet.

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Blogmas Day 9: dissent:RENEGADES by R.J. Furness // Review


Title: dissent:RENEGADES by R. J. Furness

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 16th October 2017

Synopsis: Centuries from now, during a new ice age, only three human colonies are known to exist. Scorr Tanta, the first city, is vast and resourceful, whereas Eklips is more desolate. Ellie, on the other hand, works in Port Harmony; a harbour town. As an apprentice orgo-keeper, the only highlight is getting to ride the animals that she cares for. Then, a chance skirmish at the market draws her closer to Haylee and her friends, and everything begins to change. Desperate to join them, Ellie has heard many tales about Haylee and her group of renowned warriors. What she doesn’t know, is how much danger follows them. Ellie is soon tugged into a much different world than she had first assumed. A world built on dissent, and filled with secrets.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A thrilling and immersive book that will transport you to a future reminiscent of the Jurassic era, but with more lies, deceit and even murder.

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Blogmas Day 6: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James // Review


Title: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 7th September 2017

Synopsis: Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J. Their only communication is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away? But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean? Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone…

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An eerily brilliant story from one of the best young adult authors of our time. Do you think you enjoy the silence? After this book, you won’t be anymore…

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Blogmas Day 5: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green // Review


Title: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 10th October 2017

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.divider-2461548_1280Review:

One of the most beautifully written books, with a wonderfully accurate mental health representation. It really is the book that the world was in desperate need of.

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Blogmas Day 2: Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill // Review


Title: Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 13th February 2007

Synopsis: ‘Buy my stepfather’s ghost’ read the e-mail. So Jude did. He bought it, in the shape of the dead man’s suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it: because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books and all the rest of the paraphanalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock.

But the rest of his collection doesn’t make the house feel cold. The bones don’t make the dogs bark; the movie doesn’t make Jude feel as if he’s being watched. And none of the artefacts bring a vengeful old ghost with black scribbles over his eyes out of the shadows to chase Jude out of his home, and make him run for his life . . .divider-2461548_1280

Review:

If you thought online shopping was a fun hobby, then after reading this book you’ll definitely be thinking twice!

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Blogmas Day 1: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt // Review


Title: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 2nd March 2017

Synopsis: A heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don’t want to. What’s more, Joseph has a daughter he’s never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby – no matter the cost.divider-2461548_1280

Review:

An emotionally beautiful, and heart wrenching book, but you’ll definitely need some tissues by the end.

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Guest Post: Writing Tips from Louise Dean!

Hi everyone!

Today is the final day of November, so it means the end of NaNoWriMo! I hope everyone had successful writing months – and to celebrate here’s a guest post! My first ever guest post, I’m so excited! Today author Louise Dean offers her top ten tips for novel writing.

I hope this post inspires you to carry on with your writing through December, just because NaNoWriMo has ended doesn’t mean your writing does too! Anyway here are her top tips!divider-2461548_1280

  1. Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t over-indulge in binge writing. You’ll upset your system. A solid hour a day will see you right. Keep faith with your novel. Don’t miss a day.

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Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart // Review


Title: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Rating: 

Release: 5th September 2017

Synopsis: Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

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Review:

Thank you to NetGalley for sending me this book to review!

 

I really don’t know how to feel about this book. I’ve never read an E. Lockhart book before, so I was quite excited after hearing brilliant things, but I was a little disappointed.

I didn’t feel invested at all with the story, and it just fell a little flat for me. I really wanted to like it, so I’m sad I didn’t! I did manage to finish it because it was only short, but I can’t say I’d want to read it again.

I do hope to give We Were Liars a chance one day though, I still have hope!

You can buy Genuine Fraud 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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BLOG TOUR POST: PULSE by Danielle Koste // Review


Title: PULSE by Danielle Koste

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 1st January 2018

Synopsis: Rowan Platts is addicted to success. When she’s presented with the chance to work on a top secret project fronted by her idol, renowned virologist Dr. Margot Miller, Rowan signs her life away without second thought. The realization she’s gotten in over her head comes only after the subject of their study is revealed: a boy with a bad attitude and an uninhibited taste for human blood.

He’s a medical anomaly. Having the ability to crush metal with his bare hands and hear a heartbeat from across the room, it would make Rowan’s career if she was the one to discover what made him so unusual. Easier said than done, with a subject who prefers snapping necks over answering questions.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A fast paced, perfectly balanced supernatural story with a story that will leave in you shaken, and begging to know what happens next.

I was unsure when I first started this book, but after the first 2 pages I literally couldn’t stop thinking about it. I adored the character of Rowan, and how utterly headstrong she was. She was so fierce from start to finish, and how down to earth she was really stood out to me.

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