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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye // Review


Title: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Rating: ★★★★.5

Release: 1st June 2017

Synopsis: Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side. And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know.  The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death. Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has? For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her. And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself. As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A magical mystery with a hidden agenda – what if you had to kill your enemy – but also the one you love?

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The Usurper King by Zeb Haradon // Review


Title: The Usurper King by Zeb Haradon

Rating: ★★★.5

Release: 24th November 2017

Synopsis: The Usurper King takes place in an alternate universe where the serial killer Ted Bundy was never apprehended and is now running for president in 2016. Jim, a sufferer of a hybrid computer-biological virus that causes premature aging, tries to pay for his treatments by winning money on the game show ‘Guts!’, which has contestants competitively predict the future by reading animal entrails. As Jim begins to find omens in the entrails of Bundy’s victory, and details of Bundy’s murderous past are uncovered, Jim and another contestant take it upon themselves to stop his ascent to power before it’s too late.divider-2461548_1280Review:

What if Ted Bundy never got caught? What if he was hiding right under your nose… Continue reading “The Usurper King by Zeb Haradon // Review”

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BLOG TOUR: What The Flower Says of Death by Danielle Koste // Review + Giveaway!

Hi everyone!

I’m back today to end Danielle’s blog tour for her new novel, What The Flower Says of Death! It’s such an honour to not only be featured twice on her tour, but also to have the final post!

If you make it to the bottom of my review too then you can enter the giveaway – it’s the last day today so now’s your chance!divider-2461548_1280
Title:What The Flower Says of Death by Danielle Koste

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 14th November 2017

Synopsis: After a failed suicide attempt, she finds herself dumped by her callous mother on the doorstep of her family’s desolate oceanside estate. With only the company of her estranged grandmother, comatose grandfather, and the monsters in her head, at least there was no one to interfere with her plans to try again on her eighteenth birthday.

No one, except maybe Jack: a skeleton of a boy who says he’s there to rake her grandmother’s leaves, yet seems more experienced at stalking than grounds-keeping. She knows he’s keeping a secret behind his gentle smiles and aloofness, but it’s difficult for Violet to be put off by his untimely thin-air appearances when figuring out the mystery of his true identity makes for such a good distraction.

Violet’s trauma is deeper than the wound on her wrist though, and it cannot be simply whisked away in a whirlwind of guessing games and pleasant gestures. She struggles to reconnect with her grandmother, find forgiveness for her mother, and closure with her grandfather’s dire condition, all while battling the strain of it all on her family. Even with a flicker of something hopeful blossoming within herself, Violet knows her birthday plans must be inevitable. Death wouldn’t be there for her if it wasn’t.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A beautiful and powerful book focusing on mental health, grief and the truly life-changing hardships of learning to live again.

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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson // Review


Title: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Rating: ★★★.5

Release: 23rd February 2017

Synopsis: Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary’s fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary?divider-2461548_1280Review:

An emotional and moving novel showing the struggles of teenage pregnancy and having no place to call your own, especially when nobody believes you…

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Artemis by Andy Weir // Review


Title: Artemis by Andy Weir

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 14th November 2017

Synopsis: WELCOME TO ARTEMIS. The first city on the moon. Population 2,000. Mostly tourists. Some criminals. Jazz Bashara is one of the criminals. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon. But it’s not enough. So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous…divider-2461548_1280Review:

Another stunning book written by the award winning author of The Martian.

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Warlock Holmes: My Grave Ritual by G. S. Denning // Review


Title: Warlock Holmes: My Grave Ritual by G. S. Denning

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 15th May 2018

Synopsis:As they blunder towards doom, Warlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson find themselves inconvenienced by a variety of eldritch beings. Christmas brings a goose that doesn t let being cooked slow it down; they meet an electricity demon, discover why being a redhead is even tricker than one might imagine, and Holmes attempts an Irish accent. And, naturally, Moriarty is hanging around… in some form or other.divider-2461548_1280Review:

The death defying Warlock Holmes is back and he is definitely back with a bang. The third novel in the  series is finally here after a very long wait!

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The Island by M. A. Bennett // Review


Title: The Island by M. A. Bennett

Rating: ★★★

Release: 9th August 2018

Synopsis: Link is a fish out of water. Newly arrived from America, he is finding it hard to settle into the venerable and prestigious Osney School. Who knew there could be so many strange traditions to understand? And what kind of school ranks its students by how fast they can run round the school quad – however ancient that quad may be? When Link runs the slowest time in years, he immediately becomes the butt of every school joke. And some students are determined to make his life more miserable than others . . . When a school summer trip is offered, Link can think of nothing worse than spending voluntary time with his worst tormentors. But when his parents say he can only leave Osney School – forever – if he goes on the trip, Link decides to endure it for the ultimate prize. But this particular trip will require a very special sort of endurance.The saying goes ‘No man is an island’ – but what if on that island is a group of teenagers, none of whom particularly like each other? When oppressive heat, hunger and thirst start to bite, everyone’s true colours will be revealed. Let the battle commence . . .divider-2461548_1280Review:

Have you ever thought about what you’d do if you were stuck on a desert island? Well Link has, and what he has planned is set to shake up the entire hierarchy of his life so far… Continue reading “The Island by M. A. Bennett // Review”

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Expectations by Andrew Wilkes // Review


Title: Expectations by Andrew Wilkes

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 29th April 2018

Synopsis: In a rapidly changing world, Salarani finds herself in an uninhibited game of cat and mouse, where sex has never been more dangerous. With high expectations, she travels the kingdom, looking for lust and desire.divider-2461548_1280Review:

What a debut novel this is! Sex, mystery and a whole lot of murder – this book has it all.

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The Hit by Allen Zadoff // Review


Title: The Hit by Allen Zadoff

Rating: ★★★★.5

Release: 11th June 2013

Synopsis: Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die — of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target. When Boy Nobody was just eleven, he discovered his own parents had died of not-so-natural causes. He soon found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out. And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program’s next mission.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A unique story of Boy Nobody – it will grip you right to the last word.

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VOX BLOGGER DAY: VOX by Christina Dalcher // Review


Title: VOX by Christina Dalcher

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 23rd August 2018

Synopsis: Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins. Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman. Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write. For herself, her daughter, and for every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. This is only the beginning…

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They say your days are numbered…but what if your words were too? The thought provoking and thrilling debut  of the year is here, and is definitely one you won’t want to miss out on.

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