Reviews

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas // Review


Title: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 25th July 2017

Synopsis: Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister. Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them. Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident. But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

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Review:

A fast paced, intense novel that will leave fans of all genres on the edge of their seats long after the final page.

Little Monsters follows the story of Kacey, the new girl in the town of Broken Falls. She does everything with her best friends Bailey and Jade, that is until one night when they go to a party without her. What follows next is Kacey’s worst nightmare as she finds out Bailey never returned home that night. Kacey’s world is filled with questions: Could the story of the ghost of the Red Woman be true? Is something sinister hiding in Broken Falls? and the most important; What really happened to Bailey on that fateful night?

The opening paragraph of this book completely blew me away. It was filled with horror, action and the perfect amount of suspense that instantly begins to immerse you into the story. Right from the start, Kara’s writing style pulls you in, and grips you until you can’t help but devour the entire book.

Young Adult Horror books are sometimes difficult to balance, with the main story sometimes getting lost within the “horror” aspects of the book. This book however, definitely balanced everything out perfectly. The characters were some of the most well developed I’ve read about in a while, and they all worked together so well to create the overall narrative. I couldn’t help but be suspicious of everyone at different times, and I empathised with every emotion Kacey went through, which is always the sign of a well created character.

The individual diary entries that were included throughout the book were such a welcome addition, and added another level of suspense to the story that I never anticipated. It was brilliant to be able to see the story from multiple characters perspective at once, and the unique use of an inner narrative of Bailey, the missing girl, was incredibly effective in the mystery overall. It left me wanting more every time I put the book down.

Throughout the entire of the book I couldn’t stop thinking up theories as to what happened at the night of the party, and long after I finished reading, I was always thinking about the next time I could pick it up again. I could barely put it down because I was so completely immersed in the story that I needed to find out what happened next.

The ending was absolutely spectacular, and left me feeling emotionally ruined in the best way. Overall this book was an emotional rollercoaster from the first page to the last. Filled with brilliant world building, character development to leave you in awe, and a perfectly balanced mixture of paranormal horror and a potential murder mystery, this book is definitely one to watch out for.

If Kara Thomas isn’t already on your ‘Auto-Buy Authors’ list, after you’ve read this, she definitely will be.

You can buy Little Monsters on Amazon UK here!

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Reviews

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.*

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.*

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.*

Book Tags

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

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.*

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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