Reviews

Sentinel by Joshua Winning // Review


Title: Sentinel by Joshua Winning

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 19th May 2014

Synopsis: They are the world’s best-kept secret – an underground society whose eternal cause is to protect the world against the dark creatures and evil forces that inhabit the night. Now Sentinels are being targeted, murdered and turned as the fury of an ancient evil is unleashed once more.
And when 15-year-old Nicholas Hallow’s parents are killed in a suspicious train crash, the teenager is drawn into a desperate struggle against malevolent powers.
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Review:

An intriguing and gripping book that will leave you instantly reaching for the next book so you can continue the story.

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Reviews

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor // Review


Title: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 8th April 2014

Synopsis: Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera’s rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her.
When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally reunited–not in love, but in tentative alliance against their common enemy. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves. But with even bigger threats on the horizon, are Karou and Akiva strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters?

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Review:

The conclusion that we were waiting for, and definitely the one we needed. A thrilling end to such a brilliant trilogy!

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Weekly Book Memes

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

Hi everyone!

I’m FINALLY back with a new Top Ten Tuesday! I saw this was the prompt for this week and knew I had to do it – let’s shame my TBR! TTT has actually moved from The Broke and the Bookish now and is actually over at That Artsy Reader Girl so go and check out everyone’s posts over there!

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This weeks TTT post is about books that have been on my TBR forever – and let me tell you it is HARD to choose just 10! Here we go:divider-2461548_1280

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Reviews

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor // Review

Title: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 6th November 2012

Synopsis: Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness. This was not that world.

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Review:

A thrilling sequel to a completely original and stand out trilogy!

I dived straight into this after finishing the first book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I definitely think takes the cake for being my favourite of the three books, because it was OUTSTANDING!

Once again Laini Taylor completely blew me away with her writing style. Her descriptions are so vivid it transports you straight into the book, and feels as if her writing is just projected right off the page. Not only did her writing style excel within this book, but her character development was brilliant.

I loved how we could see the wear and tear on Karou after the events of the previous book. It added so much realism to the story, which I always feel is important for novels, especially Young Adult Fantasy.

The relationship with Akiva was also portrayed with such tension, and emotion, I was thriving for their scenes together! There are a few parts I can’t mention that I loved without spoiling, but let me tell you Laini is so deceptive with the story I couldn’t read the book quick enough.

The plot is so well thought out and clear that you can tell Laini knew exactly where she was going with the story and I loved the change of direction from the first book.

Emotional, thrilling and just outright brilliant, this is the sequel that the world needed. If you think Daughter of Smoke and Bone was good – just you wait!

You can buy Days of Blood and Starlight on Amazon UK here!

Monthly Wrap Ups

January Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

The first month of 2018 is over and I’ve kicked off the year with quite a few amazing reads! I feel like this month has gone on FOREVER and now I’m back at university for my final semester I know I’m going to wish January was even longer! Let’s see what I got to read this month!
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ARC Reads:


Title: I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

Rating: ★★★★

Review: This was definitely a standout book for the year already. It was eye opening, honest and so raw at times. I loved how genuine the characters were and the passion you could feel in the writing! I’ll have a review up soon!

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Reviews

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor // Review


Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 27th September 2011

Synopsis: Errand requiring immediate attention. Come. The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things. When Brimstone called, she always came. In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole. Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.divider-2461548_1280Review:

If you’re looking to start a series that will keep you addicted for weeks on end, look no further because this is the answer!

First off, the cover of this book is absolutely stunning! It caught my attention as soon as I saw it, and the inside definitely lives up to the outside! I was caught up from the start, and was instantly impressed at how wonderful the writing was. It felt so poetic and everything was so beautifully written and described I felt as though I could feel and see everything that Karou was seeing.

I loved the characters, and in particular how strong minded Karou is. She is so dedicated to her little family and her friends, and it was so nice to see a character so brilliantly written. This book is set in Prague and that is definitely something that stood out for me. Not only did it allow for some beautifully written world building, but also it’s such a rare country for books to be set in, that it was a brilliant breath of fresh air to the genre.

The overall idea behind the book was so well thought out. I’ve always loved books about angels, but the way that angels are portrayed in this book is so unique. They have their own sense of right and wrong, and it’s nothing like I’ve read before.

The relationship between Karou and Brimstone is perfect. It brought a tear to my eye many times, because of how their father/daughter relationship felt so unbelievably real. It can be rare to have such a strong bond in such a short number of pages, and Laini did it with such finesse. The use of Karou’s wishes was also so unique, and the idea that they are used as a gift exchange for Karou’s birthdays is so wonderful.

The ending left me completely shocked. I felt every single emotion and immediately dived into the next book because I was so desperate to see what happens next!

A beautifully written, magical book filled with wishes, heartbreak and a world you’d love to live in. This is definitely one of the best books I have read, and I wish I had gotten to it sooner!

You can buy Daughter of Smoke and Bone on Amazon UK here!

Reviews

Caraval by Stephanie Garber // Review


Title: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 31st January 2017

Synopsis: Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A magical and mystical novel that makes you consider just how far you’d go to escape the past, protect your family, and save your future.

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The Feed by Nick Clark Windo // ARC Review


Title: The Feed by Nick Clark Windo

Rating: ★★★.5

Release: 25th January 2018

Synopsis: Tom and Kate’s daughter turns six tomorrow, and they have to tell her about sleep. If you sleep unwatched, you could be Taken. If you are Taken, then watching won’t save you. Nothing saves you. Your knowledge. Your memories. Your dreams.
If all you are is on the Feed, what will you become when the Feed goes down? For Tom and Kate, in the six years since the world collapsed, every day has been a fight for survival. And when their daughter, Bea, goes missing, they will question whether they can even trust each other anymore. The threat is closer than they realise…divider-2461548_1280

Review:

An intense and gripping novel that shows the potential consequences of becoming so dependent on technology.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo // Review


Title: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 5th June 2012

Synopsis: Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold-a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed. Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite – and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

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An exciting and immersive book that left me falling in love with the villain!

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia // Review

Title: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 13th July 2017

Synopsis: In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

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A unique book, with amazing characters, brilliant writing, and some of the best illustrations I have ever seen!

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