Reviews

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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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough // Review


Title: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 26th January 2017

Synopsis: Louise – Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…

David – Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…

Adele – Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.

But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?

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Review:

A thriller that will leave you in shock, and will leave you reeling for weeks on end after you finish the final page.

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S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett // Review


Title: S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett

Rating: ★★★.5

Release: 10th August 2017

Synopsis: It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S.

To her surprise Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ – an invitation to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S.

Greer joins the other chosen students at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, and soon realises that they are at the mercy of their capricious host. Over the next three days, as the three bloodsports – hunting, shooting and fishing – become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying reality that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school…

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Review:

A thriller full of twists and turns, and deadly enough to make you never want to go on a school trip ever again.

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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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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.*

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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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

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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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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Aaru by David Meredith // Review


Title: Aaru by David Meredith

Rating: ★★★.5

Release: 9th July 2017

Synopsis: Rose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear.

She is sixteen years old.

Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive super computer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model.

Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale.
What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed.

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This book was emotional from the start to finish, and also written so well, you’ll be begging for the next book.

The start of the book almost brought me to tears, it was so well written and emotional that I completely empathised with Koren as soon as it began. Her character is so well developed and so real that I couldn’t help but relate to her as soon as I met her. She has such realistic characteristics of any teenage girl, it was easy to relate to her!

I love the idea behind the computer system Aaru, and as it’s something that would be widely sought after in this world, it wasn’t hard for me to understand what emotions Rose’s family were feeling, I loved that so much. It was such a unique idea, and was executed brilliantly.

There were however elements that left me a little creeped out, such as the Magic Man’s fascination with Koren. It was brilliantly written, and left me feeling grossed out in all the right places, but for me personally sometimes it was a little too much!

Having said that overall the book was written brilliantly, and I loved how we got to see what it was like to live in Aaru from Rose’s perspective. There is so much mystery in there, I felt like I was praying every chapter would be from inside Aaru because the world building was so brilliant!

The realism of Koren becoming such an idol at a young age was done so well, and I felt like I went on the ride with her. Her perspective was so honest, I loved it and her character development too. She is so driven by her sister and it was their relatonship that really stood out for me.

I’ve never read anything like this book, but I absolutely can’t wait to read the second book. It was wonderfully sci-fi with elements of emotional torment, and scenes that some may find harrowing. The ending was just what you’d want, not too much of a clifhanger but enough to keep you wanting more!

You can buy Aaru 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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A Climbing Stock by Andrew Hiller // Review


Title:
A Climbing Stock by Andrew Hiller

Rating: DNF

Release: 1st April 2017

Synopsis: Many years ago, Jacque, was tricked into selling his last cow to M. Au Paulet for an amount that wasn’t worth beans. The greedy monopolist guarded all his cattle closely, thus depriving the world of the milk of human kindness. The world soured as the last milk curdled. John, the owner of a small failing business, is tricked by a strange little man to sell his company for three thousand shares of an unknown stock called BEAN (Biomicroscopy Endoscopic Arterial Neurosurgery). To his surprise, the BEAN stock grows rapidly. So rapidly in fact, that he finds himself questioned by the FBI, FTC, and practically other organization with an F in their name. In order to preserve his name, John breaks into BEAN headquarters and is soon recruited by Mr. Tucker to try to bring kindness back to the world. Whisked away, John must fight bureaucrats, dragons, labor unions, and a very powerful corporate giant. But despite all the obstacles, John won’t quit, not ’til the cows come home.

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Review:

This will only be a short review, but first off I want to say thank you to Andrew Hiller for sending me this book.

I started this book really enthusiastic, it sounded amazing, and I loved the idea of a new retelling of such a well known fairy-tale. The start was fun, and exciting and I really loved the writing and how the tale had been changed into a modern day feel, it was very clever.

However as I continued with the book I felt I wasn’t very engaged with it, and felt confused at times as to what was going on. There were a lot of perspective changes, which left me a little perplexed as to what was going on.

I ended up getting around halfway through the book before I decided that this book just wasn’t for me!

Although I didn’t finish the book, this book definitely had good points to it! I enjoyed the start, and I can see how it would be a brilliant book to someone who enjoyed the genre, or understood the story a little more.

I just think this definitely wasn’t something for me, and I didn’t enjoy it enough to finish it, which is a shame!

Thank you anyway to Andrew for the copy of the book.

You can buy A Climbing Stock on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent A Climbing Stock in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*