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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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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Book Tags

The TBR Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by the lovely Dorka over at Berries and Books! Thank you so much Dorka, I’m so excited to do this tag! I always struggle with my TBR so let’s have a look at it haha!

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Here we go:

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I have a spreadsheet on Microsoft Excel where I have a list of all the books I own and then check them off as I read them! It was a pain to create but now I couldn’t be without it!

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Mostly print definitely! I’m a physical book hoarder!

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Reviews

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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Review:

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.*

Release Day Posts · Reviews

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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Review:

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.*

Book Tags

The Harry Potter Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by the lovely Paige over at Books and Belle! Thank you so much for the tag! I love Harry Potter so much, so this is the perfect tag!

Anyway here we go!

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What house are you in?

HUFFLEPUFF PRIDE!!! I am a Hufflepuff and very proud of it! Even if we are sometimes the forgotten House….*cries into my imaginary pet badger*

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What is your patronus?

My Patronus according to Pottermore is a Ragdoll Cat! Part of me wishes it was something like a lion but I’ll take it haha!

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Reviews

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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Review:

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.*

Reviews

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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Review:

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.*

Reviews

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige // Review


Title: Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 15th March 2016

Synopsis: My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because—just like Dorothy—I got swept away on one too. I landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling: Assassin.

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Review:

The exciting third installment in the bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, is a wonderfully enthralling addition, and brilliant lead up for the finale.

I loved being back in the world of Oz, and this book was probably my favourite out of all three so far. I loved how we started off in Kansas rather than Oz, it was such a breath of fresh air, and was a brilliant contrast between the evils of Oz, and the normalcy of Kansas. It was reminiscent of the first book, but you could see the change in Amy, it was so well thought out.

The introduction of the new villain instead of Dorothy, was brilliant and added a new aspect to the story! I loved how it was different to the other books previous to this, and the change of direction is just what the story needed.

The development of each character is so wonderful that I fell in love with them all over again! I loved the relationship between Amy and her mum and how different it was from the first book. It was so emotional and I felt like I was put in Amy’s shoes in the best way.

The ending was amazing and kept me wanting more! I love how Amy’s other friends have been involved, and I was in shock at everything that happened so quickly! I really can’t wait for the finale, and I’m so ready for where this story takes me!

You can buy Yellow Brick War, and the other books in the Dorothy Must Die series from all major outlets!