Reviews

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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Reviews

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.*

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The Unique Blogger Award!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by the lovely Danielle over at Introverted Book Nerd! Thank you so much for this my lovely!

I always feel so honoured when I get nominated in these awards, I feel like I’m finally on the right track with my blog, so thank you so much for nominating me!

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THE RULES:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

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Danielle’s Questions:

What is one achievement that you are proud of?

I’m extremely proud that I got an article I wrote printed in a city-wide newspaper. I was terrified to do the article by myself out of university (it was something that I was doing by myself), and I didn’t have much hope it would get published. But then to see my name in print in an actual newspaper and knowing people all over my city would read it? It’s a feeling I’ll never ever forget.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I want to visit Australia so bad! I mean I’m terrified of spiders and they have like THE BIGGEST spiders in the world so I’d probably live in fear the entire time I was there, but hey ho! It’d be worth it I reckon!

Who gives you strength in everyday life?

My friends and family do. It’s impossible for me to just name one person, because I’m so lucky that I have an amazing support system around me. My friends are constantly there, my fiance is always making me smile, and my parents have been supporting me for as long as I can remember. I love them all, and they all keep me going.

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My Questions:

What is your favourite childhood memory?

What is your biggest dream?

If you could have dinner with one famous person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

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I tag:

Vrinda – A Bookish Human

Sarah – She’s A Writer

Lorryn – Reading Parental

Jordan – The Bookish Baker

Linda – Linda’s Little Library

Meghan-Alice – Not Quite Alice 

Dorka – Berries and Books

Cassie – Cassie Winters

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Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x

Book Tags

The Hogwarts Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by the lovely Vrinda over at A Bookish Human! Thank you so much, I’m so excited to do this tag! I would have loved to go to Hogwarts – yes I may be 20 years old but I’m sure my letter just got lost in the post….right? RIGHT????

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Am I a pureblood, half-blood, or muggle born?

I’m not sure but probably muggle born knowing my luck!

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Which wand chose me?

Hawthorn wood with a unicorn hair core, 10 ¾” and quite bendy flexibility!

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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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Release Day Posts · Reviews

The Cost of Living by Rachel Ward // Blog Tour Review


Title: The Cost of Living by Rachel Ward

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 21st September 2017

Synopsis: When a young woman is attacked walking home from her local supermarket, Bea Jordan, a smart but unfulfilled checkout girl, is determined to investigate. Colleagues and customers become suspects, secrets are uncovered. While fear stalks the town, Bea finds an unlikely ally in Ant, the seemingly gormless new trainee, but risks losing the people she loves most as death comes close to home. The Cost of Living is a warm, contemporary story with likeable leads, an engaging cast of supporting characters and a dark thread running throughout.

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Review:

This book was one of the best murder mystery books I’ve read in a very long time!

Ant & Bea are a duo that could give even the worst detectives a run for their money, but they do it in the best way! I loved everything about this book. The friendship between Ant, Bea and Dot was one of the best things. I loved how I felt so involved in their relationship, it was like reading about friends of mine.

The story overall was so clever and brilliantly written, not only was I constantly on edge wondering who was committing the crimes, but I absolutely loved the setting of Costsave, and how we got to see the daily life of them there. It felt so easy to immerse yourself in the story, and was so unique for a murder mystery.

I’ve never read about a crime in such a common situation that could easily happen, so it also added a bit of suspense that I never expected! The story was told in such a fun way in parts, it helped to lift the dark underlying story, and I loved it.

Everything about this book was written so well and the ending kept me on the edge of my seat, so much I couldn’t put it down!

A fun, deadly, and friendly murder mystery told in one of the most unique and exciting ways, this book is definitely the start of a series that is definitely going to be one to watch out for.

You can buy The Cost Of Living 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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This was my stop on the wonderful blog tour for The Cost Of Living! I had so much fun, and I’m so honoured to be part of such a brilliant tour! Don’t forget to check out the other stops for the tour below:

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Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x

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IRL Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged to do this tag by the wonderful Kris over at Boston Book Reader! Thank you so much for the tag, this sounds such an interesting tag to do!

Here we go:

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Most likely to stand up for the little guy

Elias! He always stands up for those in need and I mean he does such a brilliant job at it, he’d do it for the little guy!

 

Most romantically oblivious

Sherlock Holmes! He is so oblicious to anything even remotely romantic, that I think even if a potential partner punched him in the face, he still wouldn’t realise!

 

Most likely I’d turn to for advice

I’d definitely turn to Magnus for advice, purely because he’s been through so much and he has dealt with it all so well, he’d definitely know exactly what to say! Also he’d make me laugh too to brighten my mood!

 

Most likely to make youtube videos

I think Thorne would definitely love to do that, he’d love the publicity and the comments people would give him!

 

Most likely to grab a beer with

I could definitely grab a drink with Feyre, I think we’d get on well and she could tell me all about her adventures in Velaris and I’d love it!

 

Most likely to apply for a reality show

Kenji! I feel he has the sarcasm and the good humour to get through it and win!

 

Character I’d want to run into on a beach

JEM BECAUSE I LOVE HIM WITH ALL OF MY HEART AND WE WOULD RUN AWAY TOGETHER AND BE IN LOVE.

 

Character I’d like to work for

August Flynn! I love how he is fair but firm, and also I would probably have a lot of fun helping out where I could!

 

Most likely to have a mental breakdown in public

Can I count as this? HAHA! No, but I reckon Kacey from Little Monsters because AFTER EVERYTHING SHE WENT THROUGH WHO WOULDN’T HAVE A BREAKDOWN?????

 

HR’s worst nightmare

Mia Corvere. I mean she just would not follow any of the rules, and if someone tried to make her? That’d probably be their last day on earth.

 

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I tag:

Lori – Majestic Readings

Paige – Books and Belle

Sarah – Book Hooked Nook

Vrinda – A Bookish Human

Danielle – Introverted Book Nerd

Sarah – She’s A Writer

Ash – For The Love of Books

Fernanda – Wanderlust Reading

Cassie – Cassie Winters

Eleanor – Little Thoughts From Little People

Jordan – The Bookish Baker

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Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x

Reviews

The Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull // Review

Title: The Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 1st June 2017

Synopsis: Poppy Hooper doesn’t want to be the queen of the witches.
But some problems can’t be left behind.
Some love stories can’t be forgotten.
Some friendships won’t be broken.
And some enemies won’t stay dead …

The battle for the throne isn’t over yet.

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Review:

Action packed from start to finish, this was the sequel that we needed, and it definitely didn’t let us down.

I love how this picked up from the end of the first book, it was the perfect way to start a sequel and I love how we got to see how Poppy and Ember are adjusting into their new lives. The multiple POV’s once again works so well, and I love how it allows us an even better look into the after effects of the first book, and how the characters we love are coping.

The introduction of new characters such as Betony was also a brilliant part of this book, and I loved how Betony’s character contrasted that of Charlock’s, just as Poppy’s contrasted Ember’s in the first book. The similarities were so brilliant, and well thought out.

The flashback chapters are so well created that I loved how it allowed a further look into the past of the witches and Charlock, to help give a complete backstory as to how Poppy came to be, and just how evil Raven was throughout her life. It was so interesting to compare how Raven influenced Sorrel and see how different she is now, I loved it.

The character development within this book is especially brilliant, and I love how we not only get to know more about Leo’s past, but I really loved how we get to see Poppy truly express her power as a Queen, and how Ember adjusts to everything. It was so well written, and the development was better than I ever expected.

The underlying message of the book, that family always comes first is so important and is so subtly created that I couldn’t help but love it.  The ending made me feel every single emotion possible, and I didn’t know whether to be happy, sad or proud! I loved every single part of this book, and the last line will stay with me forever.

A series that just keeps giving, this book is definitely one to watch out for!

You can buy The Hawkweed Legacy 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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#BooksBindUs Giveaway!

Hi everyone!

This is just a quick post to explain the giveaway I currently have going on my Twitter! The lovely Sarah created the #BooksBindUs hashtag to remind everyone of the things that bring us together, especially with the news being such a dividing factor in the world today!

She came up with this wonderful campaign so book lovers and bloggers alike can run giveaways (and YES they’re international!), to share some of their favourite books, or most anticipated ones with fellow bookworms!

I chose to promote these 4 books that the eventual winner of the giveaway can choose from:

  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  • The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  • They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera

There is actually a reason behind my choices and I hope that you love them as much as I do!

Warcross:

Marie Lu is one of the most inspiring authors, and I fell in love with her books so fast, so when I heard about this book I couldn’t help but get excited! Also it not only helps to bring together a love for books, but it’s about gaming too – so it brings yet another group of people in the world together! What’s not to love!

Godsgrave:

Okay so if you spend about 30 seconds with me no doubt I’ll harass you with my LOVE for this series! Mia is absolutely badass and this book series means a lot to me because it’s just so brilliantly created so I really wanted to share this love with the world!

The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue:

I recently read this and I literally can’t even describe how much I loved it! It was fun, action packed, and the writing was absolutely outstanding! I didn’t think I’d enjoy it but I was in heaven reading it, and I need the rest of the world to appreciate this wonderfully written, and diverse book!

They Both Die At The End:

Adam Silvera’s books make me want to cry, and this is no doubt going to be the same! But I can’t wait to read it, and Adam is such a wonderfully diverse author that a book about spending your last day on Earth with someone who is also going to die, I mean that’s definitely bringing people together! I hope you all love this as much as I inevitably will!

So there we go – here are my choices for my giveaway and why I chose them! I’m so honoured to be taking part in this!

To find my giveaway please click here to enter on Twitter! I’d love for you to join in, and it’s still open until the 24th September 2017!

Also find more giveaways on the #BooksBindUs tag here!

Giveaway: https://twitter.com/MegsTyas/status/901776670608281600

Twitter Tag: https://twitter.com/hashtag/BooksBindUs?src=hash

Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x

Book Tags

Mystery Blogger Award!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by Maggie over at The Caramel Files, so thank you so much!

Not only am I thrilled to have been nominated in the first place, this award, originally created by Okoto Enigma, really excites me because Okoto describes the award as being for “amazing bloggers with ingenious posts!”

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The Rules

  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees
  • Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, specifying one weird/funny question
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

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