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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

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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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The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull // Review


Title: The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 16th June 2016

Synopsis: Poppy Hooper has managed to deceive her father into believing that there is nothing mysterious or unnatural about her. He ignores the cats that find her wherever she goes, the spiders that weave beautiful lacy patterns for her, even her eyes – one blue, one green with an extra black dot orbiting the pupil. Ember Hawkweed is a pitiful excuse for a witch. When the other girls in her coven brew vile potions, Ember makes soap and perfume. Fair and pretty, Ember is more like a chaff than a witch.

When the two girls meet, Poppy discovers her powers, and finds out the truth. Bound by their unlikely friendship and the boy they both love, the girls try and find their place in the world. But the time of the prophecy draws nearer – and the witches won’t give up the throne without a fight.

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Review:

A book that will pull you in from the first page and won’t let you go until long after you finish the last page!

This book had such an interesting synopsis, I was really hoping it would live up to it, and it did so very well. The split POV’s between Ember and Poppy was written so well, it allowed you to see just how isolated the two girls were in their own worlds, and the contrast was so clever I loved it.

The essence of witchcraft was perfectly entwined within the story, as it was never too focused on it that it took away from the story of the relationship between Poppy and Ember, but it was there enough to make you fall in love with the magic and the way of life the witches have.

I was completely invested in the story from the start to the end, and the character development within the book was written brilliantly. I love how you can see how the two girls change to adapt more into the worlds where they belong, and how you can see slowly how their loyalties change.

The similarities between Poppy and Raven was also so well written that you can tell what has happened between them, but it is so subtle too. It’s such a wonderful attention to detail, I loved it.

The ending was absolutely incredible, and the scene with Raven and Poppy had me on the edge of my seat completely. I loved how developed Poppy had become, and how she showed everything she’d built up for throughout the book. I couldn’t have thought of a better ending.

I was completely blown away by this book, and I can’t wait to read the sequel because I have no doubt it will be just as good!

You can buy The Hawkweed Prophecy from 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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One Quiet Woman by Anna Jacobs // Blog Tour Review


Title: One Quiet Woman by Anna Jacobs

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 7th September 2017

Synopsis: 1930, Lancashire: 
Leah Turner’s father has been killed in an accident at the laundry, and since her mother died years ago it falls to her to become sole provider for her little sister. But women’s wages are half those of men and pawning the few belongings she has left will only keep their vicious rent collector at bay for a few weeks, so even if she finds a job, they’ll lose their home.

Out of the blue Charlie Willcox, the local pawnbroker, offers her a deal. His brother Jonah, an invalid since being gassed in the Great War, needs a wife. Charlie thinks Leah would be perfect for the job. 
The idea of a marriage of convenience doesn’t please Leah, but she finds Jonah agreeable enough and moving with him to the pretty hamlet of Ellindale may be the only chance of a better life for her sister.

But other people have plans for the remote Pennine valley, and the two sisters find themselves facing danger in their new life with Jonah. Can the three of them ever look to a brighter future?

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This book was one of the most lovely and heart warming books I have ever read! I didn’t know whether it would really be my kind of book when I first read the synopsis, but from the end of the first chapter I was completely in love.

I adored the story so much, Leah’s rise from rags to riches was so heart warming and I loved seeing how even in the hardest times she still continued as if everything was normal. Leah is one of the most inspirational characters I’ve ever read about. I loved her development, and how throughout everything that happens she still stays so humble and down to earth.

Her relationship with Jonah completely melted my heart. It was the perfect amount for the book, and was so refreshing that the romance didn’t overpower the book completely. The sense of family and having a close knit community was something that really stood out to me, and I liked how that was included and intertwined in the story so well.

The overall writing style of the book was perfect, and included such a range of narratives that there was something for everyone! The addition of the drama and mystery surrounding the Huttons was such a wonderful part, and really added another element to the story to keep you immersed. The pacing was brilliant, and really felt as if you were going along with the story with Leah herself.

There wasn’t one thing I didn’t love about this book, and if I could give it more than 5 stars I would! If you’re looking for a wonderfully written historical fiction book that will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling, and also a desperate need to read the next book, then look no further!

You can buy One Quiet Woman from Amazon UK here!

I’m part of the One Quiet Woman Blog Tour – so make sure to check out the other entries on the tour with the links on the poster below!

*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 Change 3: Paris – A City of Fools by Guy Adams // Review


Title: Paris: A City of Fools by Guy Adams

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 13th July 2017

Synopsis: One minute everything was fine and the next… they arrived. Those that saw them died instantly. The unlucky ones survived. Now unimaginable things straight out of nightmares roam the streets of our towns and cities. Nothing is impossible. Nowhere is safe. And no one can escape The Change… Loïc’s friend Adrien is gone, kidnapped by the Impressionists, bizarre men made of paint who roam the Parisian catacombs. Now, if Loïc wants to see Adrien again, he must travel to the Louvre and bring him back from the lair of the strange – and deadly – Impressionists. But the paint-men are not the only threat lurking in Paris, and Loïc must face down the needle-fingered Tricoteuse, the blade-mouthed Madame Loisette, and the dark secrets that haunt the footlights of the Grand Guignol…

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What an ending to the trilogy! If you haven’t read this trilogy then I definitely recommend it!

One of my favourite things about this entire series is how the question ‘Where were you when it happened?’ stayed as a constant throughout the 3 books. This was particularly great because even though the books take place in countries around the world, it is something that ties them together, and it’s written so well.

The story of this book is probably my favourite out of the trilogy. From the start I loved the way it was told, from Loic’s perspective, and I loved how it was so informal and conversational. It put me right in the story, as if Loic had just got back from this journey and was telling me about it, and I loved it.

The style of writing within this book is so very Stephen King-esque that I just loved it! Stephen King has a way of writing hints within the story, that show something is going to happen before it happens, and Guy Adams does the same thing so well. I loved this aspect as it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, and created such a perfect amount of suspense that I was hooked.

I love how the story was less about the monstrosities that were created from The Change, but in fact focused on how humans adapted to it, and what happened to them. It really completed all aspects of the story from the three books perfectly.

This book was a wonderful ending to a trilogy that kept me immersed, and hooked from the first page of the first book. The writing style of the book was genius and had a brilliant way of making horrible events seem happy, just to hook you even more.

From start to finish it leaves you gripped, and ends this excitingly horrifying trilogy in the best way. I can’t recommend it enough.

You can buy Paris: A City of Fools 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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The Change 2: New York – The Queen of Coney Island by Guy Adams // Review


Title: New York: The Queen of Coney Island by Guy Adams

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 13th July 2017

Synopsis: One minute everything was fine and the next… they arrived. Those that saw them died instantly. The unlucky ones survived. Now unimaginable things straight out of nightmares roam the streets of our towns and cities. Nothing is impossible. Nowhere is safe. And no one can escape The Change…Grace just wants to find her brother, but she can’t go anywhere without the Queen of Coney Island’s permission to travel. Now the Queen demands payment and Grace and her new friend, a man in a false beard who believes he is God, must journey into the nightmare world of Dreamland, a tourist park whose attractions are as lethal as they are bizarre.

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Review:

This series just keeps getting better and better! I love how each book is a different story entirely and is set in a different country around the world. It helps to give the perspective that The Change happened worldwide, and that there are different horrors in each country, not just one.

Once again Guy Adams absolutely mesmerised me with his descriptions and his writing style. Everything in the novel is so vivid, you honestly feel as if you’re going along with the characters. The pace of the story is always done so well, with there never being a dull moment and giving you no choice but wanting to read the entire story in one sitting!

The characters in this book were especially brilliantly written and developed. Not only was God one of the funniest characters I’ve ever read, but every character that you meet along the way of Grace’s journey adds something so unique to the story, whether it be comedic relief or interesting information to develop the narrative. Grace and God work so well together, it’s like they were meant to be friends.

The overall story once again has so much horror, but also an interesting supernatural element to it that the entire of the theme park becomes alive. It’s so interesting and kept me hooked from the first page.. A lot happens throughout the story in a very short amount of time, but it works perfectly!

Guy Adams is an absolute master of short novels with a bite. This book is definitely something you’ll want to read and then want to read all over again once you finish it!

You can buy New York: The Queen of Coney Island 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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The Change 1: London – Orbital by Guy Adams // Review


Title: London: Orbital by Guy Adams

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 13th July 2017

Synopsis: One minute everything was fine and the next… they arrived. Those that saw them died instantly. The unlucky ones survived. Now unimaginable things straight out of nightmares roam the streets of our towns and cities. Nothing is impossible. Nowhere is safe. And no one can escape The Change…
Howard doesn’t know where he is or how he got there. He’s not even sure his name is Howard. But he knows he is in trouble. Alone on a stretch of motorway jammed with broken down cars full of corpses and strange creatures, Howard falls in with a motorbike gang living in a nearby service station. But even The Kingdom of the Welcome Break can’t keep him safe. Something is moving between the rows of cars, something that used to be human but now clanks with metal, hisses with hydraulics, and is always on the lookout for new parts…

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I didn’t initially know whether I’d like this book or not, but when I saw it was Read Now on NetGalley, I read the synopsis and thought I’d pick it up. It just turns out that this is one of the most brilliantly described and clever books I’ve ever read!

The level of description within this book is completely amazing. Every single scene was described in so much detail that I could perfectly imagine exactly what was happening at the time. Not only was the setting described well, but the description of the monstrosities that followed The Change, such as the awful creatures that came to exist, and the awful situations people were put in were horribly brilliant. I was disgusted in the best way, I felt like I was completely in the story. It was amazing.

The chapters including the monsters perspective were such a welcome addition, and really helped to give you a different view of the story, and show just how ‘feral’ the monster was by referring to humans as ‘the meat’. The use of language was extremely clever!

The characters within the story were also hilarious and full of depth, and the friendship between Hubcap and Howard was so unique, and such a welcoming happiness in the novel. It contrasted the darkness of the overall story so well, and made me smile the whole way through!

This book is a short story that definitely packs a punch. In only a short amount of pages Guy Adams makes you fall in love with characters, immerse yourself in the deadly world after The Change, and amazes you at the way his writing completely takes over every sense. It’s filled to the brim with everything you could want for a horror, and is definitely one to watch out for!

You can buy London: Orbital 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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At Water’s Edge by S. McPherson // Review


Title: At Water’s Edge by S. McPherson

Rating: ★★★

Release: 10th November 2015

Synopsis: What if there was another you, living in another world? Seventeen year old, Dezaray Storm is blamed for the death of her parents, hated by her brother and secluded from her friends, but that doesn’t stop her from believing in magic. Visions of the future, mysterious cloaked figures and a handsome stranger with the ability to teleport, lead to Dezaray tumbling through a portal and into another world where she is mistaken for its most powerful sorceress and saviour. But in a twisted turn of events, the true sorceress ends up lost in our world, wandering the streets of England with a broken device and the whisper of forgotten magic to guide her. The realm of Coldivor is on the brink of war, its enemies grow restless and its shadows have eyes. Only the true sorceress can help tip the scales in their favour and the two girls must trade back before their 18th birthday when the war that could shatter both realities, will rage.

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First off the cover is absolutely beautiful for this book, I love it!

I really love the start of the novel. It starts off with such a hard hitting message of abuse, and the emotions that Dezaray goes through was written so well I felt every blow she did emotionally. I definitely wasn’t how I expected the novel to start out, but it worked so well.

The relationship between Dezaray and Drake is so well created, that you get a real behind the scenes look as to why she is so desperate to leave her world. You can really relate to her, and that was so important when reading it.

I liked how Lexovia and the rest of the group came into the story, and the similarities and differences of both worlds. It was so nice to see the different groups get along, and the way we were told about each different type of magic in the world was so interesting. It was a brilliant addition to the story!

The Vildacruz were a perfect villain, both present and also just spreading by word of mouth. It was such a good way to introduce the main villains and show just how powerful they are.

There are so many wonderful characters in the book, I was spoiled for chose when it came to which one I liked more! I liked the relationship between Dezaray and Milo, although sometimes I felt it was focused on a little too much.

Overall, this was such a fun and magical novel that will be perfect for an fantasy lover! If you want good character, a villain to leave you on the edge of your seat, and a world that will make you want to live there, this is for you!

I can’t wait to read the next in the series!

You can buy At Water’s Edge from Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent At Water’s Edge in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*