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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff // Pre-Release ARC Review


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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 2nd June 2011

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.*

Book Challenges

Anything But Books Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by the lovely Kris at Boston Book Reader! Thank you for the tag! I’m actually really excited to do this, it’s hard to find bookish tags that aren’t solely focused on books! Here we go:

Name a cartoon(s) that you love

Spongebob Squarepants! I’ve always loved Spongebob from when I was little and still do now!

What is your favorite song right now?

Champion by Fall Out Boy because it’s so uplifting and I’m having a hard time at the moment so it’s definitely something I need right now!

What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?

Writing! Whether it’s writing my feelings, writing about books, or just writing nonsense! It’s my absolute passion!

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COVER REVEAL: The Opal Blade by Kristy Nicolle

Hi everyone!

Today I have the complete priviledge to be part of a cover reveal! The Opal Blade by Kristy Nicolle sounds absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait until it’s released to the public!

However today we FINALLY get the cover reveal, and let me tell you – IT IS BEAUTIFUL! Here is some infomation about the book, and the BEAUTIFUL cover!


Title: The Opal Blade

Author: Kristy Nicolle

Genre: Dark Fantasy Romance

Editor: Jaimie Cordall

Publication Date: Oct. 13, 2017

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:
When Sephy Sinclair is forced to sign a contract taking over her father’s business empire, she’s not happy. What she doesn’t know though, is that in having her Father’s legacy thrust upon her, she’s about to discover the secret lives of her parents, and most importantly that her lineage is steeped far deeper in ancient myth and magic than she ever anticipated.
Journey, with Sephy, through The Hollow and find yourself among the sinners of Mortaria, The Underworldian City ruled by a council of Gods made mortal. Here, she will seek sanctuary beneath a purple sun and vermillion sky, ruled by Haedes, a man broken beyond repair by an incident far too close to home.
Unfortunately for Sephy, it is Haedes alone who can teach her how to wield her newfound powers. Will he overcome his personal loss in time to save Sephy as she is hunted by the Demon Lords of Ancient, or will Sephy be used as a bargaining chip to bring Mortaria to its knees?
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Kristy Nicolle is a 23 year old writer living in the historically beautiful English city of Norwich. She is a full time writer and a graduate of The University of Lincoln in English literature & language, as well as an avid collector of first editions.
Having penned her first novel length piece at age thirteen, Kristy has been writing daily ever since and is particularly drawn to Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Romance and Science fiction. Kristy Nicolle’s Queens of Fantasy Saga is a collection of 3 trilogies, following the lives of three extraordinary women and their journeys, both personal and fantastical, into three unique but interconnected fantasy worlds. The first trilogy in the saga, ‘The Tidal Kiss Trilogy’, captures the fantastical underwater world of the Occulta Mirum and its scaly tailed residents as their world, which seemed stable for so long, begins to shift. The Second and Third Trilogies names- The Ashen Touch Trilogy and The Aetherial Embrace Trilogy are currently a work in progress.
Kristy is also an animal lover and has a cat, Mitsy, who she has lovingly dubbed Doctor Moo after harboring the belief that all cats are secretly Time Lords. Kristy’s reading preferences are wide, spreading from William Gibson to William Golding and encapsulating multiple genres, though her favorites include Science fiction, Adventure stories and Postmodern narratives such as Salman Rushdie’s ‘Midnight’s Children’, and numerous Angela Carter titles.
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Isn’t this cover stunning? I love the colours, and how it all blends together. I can’t wait to read this book!

Leave a comment below with your thoughts about the cover!
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Meggan x
Recommendations · Reviews

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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Book Challenges

Cake Flavoured Books Tag!

Hi everyone!

I’m back with ANOTHER tag (I love doing them, and I hope you love reading them!).

I originally saw Cait over at PaperFury post this on #bookstagram, and then she made an entire post about it, so I thought it’d be a shame not to do it since it combines two of my loves!

CHOCOLATE CAKE
A dark book you absolutely love

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – GODSGRAVE BY JAY KRISTOFF! This is one of the darkest books I’ve read, but is also one of the best ever books I’ve ever read! It’s so brilliantly written, and I am in love with it.

VANILLA CAKE 
A light read

I’m not really too much of a ‘light reader’, but I really loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! It was a lot of fun to read, made me laugh and warmed my heart in the best way!

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Reviews

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera // Review


Title: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 17th January 2017

Silvera is back breaking hearts, and emotions with his new bestseller, History Is All You Left Me. A beautifully diverse story with a life changing story, this book is sure to be a tearjerker no matter your age.

HIAYLM follows the story of Griffin, a young teenage boy who recently lost Theo, the love of his life. Not only does he have to deal with the grief, but he also has to cope with sharing his grief with Jackson, Theo’s boyfriend at the time of his death. Together they have to cope with reminiscing about Theo, dealing with each other, and trying their best to stay afloat while the grief of losing the boy they both loved tries to drag them down.

The message behind this book is utterly perfect. As someone who has lost a family member, I’m no stranger to the feeling of grief, and for me the portrayal of grief in this story was brilliant. It felt so real, and I really felt like as Griffin’s feelings developed and his emotions became darker and harder to control, that I was along with him for the ride.

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Book Challenges · Weekly Book Memes

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY Plan To)

Hi everyone!

So TTT is actually on a break at the moment over at The Broke and the Bookish, so I thought I’d go back and do some I haven’t blogged about before, because I miss this meme!! This weekly meme was started over at The Broke and the Bookish, so make sure to check out their page!

This weeks TTT post is about the books that were released in 2016 that I STILL haven’t gotten round to! I feel like I have a LOT for this, so here we go!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I have had this on my shelf literally since it came out, so I have no idea why I’ve never gotten round to it! I’ve heard such amazing things about it, and LOVE the covers (there are 3 different ones) so I need to get to it! Also I’ve been dying to read a Kendare Blake book, so even more reason to get to it.

 

The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid

This book was one of the most anticipated for a lot of readers last year, and once again I ended up buying it the week it came out but forgot about it (SEE THE COMMON THEME???). I will get to this soon!

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The Greek Mythology Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

I’m finally back with a new tag! I posted the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag on my Youtube channel (Find me at: BetweenthePagesofYA), and loved it, so thought I’d do a tag for my blog here too!

I saw this on my feed, I can’t remember who posted it, but if it was you then thank you for creating it and bringing it to my attention! I love Greek Mythology so thought this would be right up my alley! Here we go:

ZEUS: GOD OF SKY AND THUNDER

Favorite Book

Hands down this one is definitely The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I know a lot of people are probably tired of me answering with this book but I can’t help it, I LOVE IT SO MUCH CAN EVERYONE PLEASE READ IT!

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POSEIDON: GOD OF THE SEA

Book that drowned you in feels

I mean 90% of the books I read seem to do this, so I nominate EVERY BOOK. But the book that drowned me in feels the most has to be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. That book chewed my emotions up, and spit them back out in my face. To say I was a wreck was an understatement, and to this day I still haven’t gotten round to reading it again!

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HADES: GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD

Favorite Book with a Dark and Ominous plot

Stephen King was the first author that ran through my mind for this question! I’d definitely say either Pet Sematary, or The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich! Both books are so ominous and creepy, and I loved them both so much!

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HERA: GODDESS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

Cutest fictional couple

SO MANY CHOICES! My heart is crying out to so many fictional couples here, but I’m going to mix it up a bit and not say one I always say! Instead I’m going for Gansey and Blue (yes I have just finished reading The Raven Cycle, how did you guess??). THEY HURT MY HURT THEY ARE SO CUTE! I wanted to read about their slow burning love forever, and cry over their perfection until I have no tears left. (NOT A HEALTHY THING TO DO FYI).

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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

Weekly Book Memes

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far!

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but I thought now was the time to start! This weekly meme was started over at The Broke and the Bookish, so make sure to check out their page!

This weeks TTT post is about the best books that you’ve read this year so far! I have read SO many good books this year, that it might be hard for me to keep it to 10! In no order though, here are my Top 10 Books:

  1. Illuminae (& Gemina) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman 

    Okay so yes I MAY be cheating here by including both the first and second books in the Illuminae Files series as one point…but they’re both so good! I read these at the start of the year and was hooked from the start, they definitely hold the title of favourite books of this year so far! Find my review for Illuminae here, and my Gemina review here!

  2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

    THIS SERIES. This series has become my entire life recently, and yes I know when it says ‘Top 10 books’, there shouldn’t be one point including FOUR books, but hey, sometimes you just got to, okay? This series was amazing from the first book and did nothing but make me fall further and further in love wit it as the series went on. PLEASE can everyone read this series, okay? Cool. Read my review of the first book in the series, The Raven Boys, here!

  3. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

    I have been desperate to read this book, and this year was finally the time to read it, and it didn’t even slightly disappoint! The action, the characters, the world it’s set in. My heart just couldn’t take it all, and still can’t. It was amazing, and I want to relive it all over again. If I wasn’t still crying over it…oh my life.

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