Reviews

BLOG TOUR: All The Lonely People by David Owen // Review


Title: All The Lonely People by David Owen

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 10th January 2019

Synopsis: Everyone tells Kat that her online personality – confident, funny, opinionated – isn’t her true self. Kat knows otherwise. The internet is her only way to cope with a bad day, chat with friends who get all her references, make someone laugh. But when she becomes the target of an alt-right trolling campaign, she feels she has no option but to Escape, Delete, Disappear. With her social media shut down, her website erased, her entire online identity void, Kat feels she has cut away her very core: without her virtual self, who is she? She brought it on herself. Or so Wesley keeps telling himself as he dismantles Kat’s world. It’s different, seeing one of his victims in real life and not inside a computer screen – but he’s in too far to back out now. As soon as Kat disappears from the online world, her physical body begins to fade and while everybody else forgets that she exists, Wesley realises he is the only one left who remembers her. Overcome by remorse for what he has done, Wesley resolves to stop her disappearing completely. It might just be the only way to save himself.divider-2461548_1280A moving book focusing on loneliness, social media and how the rise of the internet can quickly take over your life.

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BLOG TOUR: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa // Review

Title: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 1st November 2018

Synopsis: Every millennium the missing pieces of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers are hunted, for they hold the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish. As a temple burns to the ground Yumeko escapes with its greatest treasure – the first piece of the scroll. And when fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai she knows he seeks what she has. Kage is under order to kill those who stand in his way but will he be able to complete his mission? Will this be the dawn that sees the dragon wake?

A glimpse into the fantastical world of Japanese mythology, with this thrilling book that you won’t want to put down.

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BLOG TOUR: Dead Stock by Rachel Ward // Review

Title: Dead Stock by Rachel Ward

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 15th November 2018

Synopsis: New Year dawns and something is rotten in Kingsleigh. With a body on the bypass and pet cats going missing, supermarket sleuths Ant and Bea have a new case. But juggling problems at work and home takes its toll – and as they near the truth, more than one secret is going to come out.

The brilliant second installment of the Ant & Bea Mysteries is filled with cats, mystery and murder – what more could you need?

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BLOG TOUR: Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend // Review

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Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 13th November 2018

Synopsis: The captivating and heart-pounding sequel to the New York Times bestselling and #1 Kids’ Indie Next Pick Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, as heroine Morrigan battles a new evil. Morrigan Crow and her best friend Hawthorne Swift are now proud scholars in the elite Wundrous Society, but life is far from perfect. Does Morrigan have what it takes to prove that she belongs in the Society?divider-2461548_1280

Welcome back to the Wunderous world of Nevermoor. If you thought the first book was good, get ready for the journey of a lifetime.

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BLOG TOUR: Halcyon by Rio Youers // Review


Title: Halcyon by Rio Youers

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 23rd October 2018

Synopsis: Halcyon is the answer for anyone who wants to escape, but paradise isn’t what it seems. A self-sustaining community on a breathtakingly beautiful island, Halcyon is run for people who want to live without fear, crime or greed. Its leader has dedicated her life to the pursuit of Glam Moon, a place of eternal beauty and healing, and believes the pathway there can only be found at the end of pleasure. On the heels of tragedy, Martin Lovegrove moves his family to Halcyon. A couple of months, he tells himself, to retreat from the chaos and grind. Yet he soon begins to suspect there is something beneath Halcyon s perfect veneer. As the founder captivates his young family, Martin sets out to discover the truth of the island, however terrible it might be, where something so perfect hides unimaginable darkness beneath…divider-2461548_1280

A creepy and eerie novel with brilliant storytelling, and a premise that proves that heaven can sometimes be hell.

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Blogtober 2018 · Release Day Posts

Blogtober Day 10: BLOG TOUR – Amber’s Favourite Places to Write!

Hi everyone!

It’s Blogtober Day 10 and I have another SUPER exciting post for you! If you remember, last week I was part of the blog tour for Double Double Toil by Amber Elby (FIND THAT HERE: ). Well today I’m back again on the blog tour with another guest post!

Today Amber is here to talk about her favourite places to write, which I think it such a wonderful thing to share! Let’s get into it! Oh and also if you get to the end of the post there may be a little surprise!divider-2461548_1280Amber’s Favourite Places to Write

I’d like to say that I sit in a fancy café when I write, a steaming cappuccino in one hand and a feathered quill in the other.  But that simply isn’t true.  The reality may be somewhat disappointing, but hopefully it assures people that there is no one right location in which to write.

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BLOG TOUR: Amber Elby’s Most Influential Books – Guest Post!

Hi everyone!

Yes I’m back AGAIN with my THIRD post of the day (I promise I’m done – I know you’re probably sick of me now!) but this one is AMAZING! I’m part of another blog tour, and today I have a guest post for you!

Amber Elby’s sequel to her debut novel, Cauldrons Bubble (you can find my review here for it), is out soon and I’m here bringing you Amber’s most influential books! I love reading about some of my favourite authors favourite books – it’s so interesting!divider-2461548_1280Amber’s Influential Books

Obviously, Shakespeare is my primary inspiration and influence.  His plays have many allusions in my novels, but he’s not my only source of ideas.  I’m not a Shakespeare scholar, only a self-described fangirl, and my academic specialization is Victorian Literature, so my influences spring primarily from nineteenth century works. 

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BLOG TOUR: The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccareli // Review


Title: The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccareli

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 27th September 2018

Synopsis: Roa and her sister Essie were born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. It was a magic they cherished – until the terrible day Essie died and her soul was trapped in this world. Dax, the heir to the throne of Firgaard, was responsible. Roa swore she would never forgive him – yet when he came begging for her help to dethrone his cruel father, Roa made him a deal. She’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen. Now she is royalty, but an outlander; far from home and married to her enemy. And even after everything she has sacrificed, Dax’s promises go unfulfilled. Roa’s people still suffer. Then a chance to right every wrong arises – an opportunity for Roa to rid herself of this enemy king and rescue her beloved sister. During the Relinquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa can reclaim her sister for good. All she has to do is kill the king. . .divider-2461548_1280Review:

A brilliant addition to the Iskari series focusing on the lengths you will go for love, even if sometimes it could cost you your happiness.

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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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WTFSOD BLOG TOUR: Q&A with Danielle Koste and a Giveaway!

Hi everyone!

So today I’m back with something super special that I’m extremely excited about! Today is my first stop on the blog tour for What the Flower Says of Death by Danielle Koste, and I have such an interesting interview with her – I loved doing it!

If you recognise Danielle’s name, it’s because she’s been featured before on my blog for her debut novel PULSE, and you can check those posts out below:

I absolutely adore her newest book, and I can’t wait to share my interview with you so here we go! Also if you get to the bottom of the post, there’s an amazing giveaway that you don’t want to miss out on!divider-2461548_1280

What inspired WTFSOD?

It’s hard to say exactly what inspired What The Flower Says Of Death. I think it was a number of things just joined together for a perfect storm. I had just finished PULSE, my first full novel to complete and I was a little overwhelmed with the freedom. I could do anything, and it had been a long while since I was in that position (for a very long time the goal was so focused on PULSE that finally be able to work on something else was strange and exciting). Mostly I just tried something new (I wrote the opening after having some thoughts swirling in my head) and something special about the character narrating had already stuck out to me even after just a few lines. When it comes down to it was really just that opening scene that inspired the rest of the novel.

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