Reviews

BLOG TOUR: The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli // Review

Title: The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 12th November 2019

Synopsis: At the end of one world, there always lies another. Safire, a soldier, knows her role in this world is to serve the King of Firgaard—helping to maintain the peace in her oft-troubled nation. Eris, a deadly pirate, has no such conviction. Known as the Death Dancer for her ability to evade even the most determined of pursuers, she possesses a superhuman power to move between worlds. When one can roam from dimension to dimension, can one ever be home? Can love and loyalty truly exist? Now Safire and Eris—sworn enemies—find themselves on a common mission: to find Asha, the last Namsara. From the port city of Darmoor to the fabled faraway Star Isles, their search and their stories become woven ever more tightly together as they discover the uncertain fate they’re hurtling towards may just be a shared one. In this world—and the next.

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The final book in the thrilling Iskari trilogy is finally here, and what an ending it is!

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Reviews

Satellite by Nick Lake // Review


Title: Satellite by Nick Lake

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 5th October 2017

Synopsis: Leo has never set foot on Earth. Born and raised with twins Orion and Libra on the Moon 2 Space Station, they have grown up together in the most extraordinary of ways. Now, they are preparing to make their first trip home – their first journey to Earth. But Leo, Orion and Libra cannot possibly imagine the irreversible consequences that their return will set into motion…divider-2461548_1280

Review:

An emotionally charged book about finding somewhere to belong, the struggle of calling a place home, and the relationship between friends who become family, this is such a standout book I am in awe.

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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!

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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Anticipated Releases

COVER REVEAL: Rafferty Lincoln Loves by Emily Williams!

Hi everyone!

Today I have something VERY special to share with you, and something that I have been waiting to reveal!!!! As you know I absolutely adore Emily Williams, especially after reading her wonderful book Letters to Eloise. Not only is she one of the best authors of our time, but her writing is absolutely exceptional. Well today I have the cover reveal for her next book she has written for charity – Rafferty Lincoln Loves!divider-2461548_1280

Cover Reveal

I have already read this book so I can tell you it is WONDERFUL, and the cover is just perfect! Without further ado – are you ready?? Here it is:

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Hauls

December Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas, and got all the books you wanted!!! Today I thought I’d share with you my December Book Haul! I bought some amazing books this month, and was bought some amazing ones too!

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ARCs:

Title: The Usurper King by Zeb Harandon

I was sent this by the author, and it sounds so amazing! I can’t wait to read it, I love this synopsis so I’m really intrigued.

Synopsis: The Usurper King takes place in an alternate universe where the serial killer Ted Bundy was never apprehended and is now running for president in 2016.
Jim, a sufferer of a hybrid computer-biological virus that causes premature aging, tries to pay for his treatments by winning money on the game show ‘Guts!’, which has contestants competitively predict the future by reading animal entrails. 
As Jim begins to find omens in the entrails of Bundy’s victory, and details of Bundy’s murderous past are uncovered, Jim and another contestant take it upon themselves to stop his ascent to power before it’s too late.

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Book Tags

Blogmas Day 17: My Favourite Book Quotes!

Hi everyone!

Day 17 and I’m back with ten of my favourite book quotes! I absolutely love finding books with quotes I adore in them, and over the years I’ve fallen in love with more and more of them!

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  1. “One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us” – The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

  2. “The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us” – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

  3. “You’ve got the look of a girl who’s no stranger to the page. I can tell. You’ve got words in your soul.” – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

  4. “There are good days and hard days for me – even now, Don’t let the hard days win” – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

  5. Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win” – The Shining by Stephen King

  6. “Your now is not your forever” – Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

  7. “I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right” – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  8. “I can survive well enough on my own – if given the proper reading material” – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  9. “Her self-reflection was no reflection at all. It was a shattered mirror. Something she had to piece together, over and over again. Memory by memory. Loss by loss. Wolf by wolf.” – Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

  10. “My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.” – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

 

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Blogmas Day 17 is done – and there are ten of my favourite book quotes! I absolutely adore each and every one of them, both for bookish reasons and personal reasons.

Let me know below what you think of my choices, and what some of your favourite quotes are!

Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x

Reviews

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera // Review


Title: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 17th January 2017

Silvera is back breaking hearts, and emotions with his new bestseller, History Is All You Left Me. A beautifully diverse story with a life changing story, this book is sure to be a tearjerker no matter your age.

HIAYLM follows the story of Griffin, a young teenage boy who recently lost Theo, the love of his life. Not only does he have to deal with the grief, but he also has to cope with sharing his grief with Jackson, Theo’s boyfriend at the time of his death. Together they have to cope with reminiscing about Theo, dealing with each other, and trying their best to stay afloat while the grief of losing the boy they both loved tries to drag them down.

The message behind this book is utterly perfect. As someone who has lost a family member, I’m no stranger to the feeling of grief, and for me the portrayal of grief in this story was brilliant. It felt so real, and I really felt like as Griffin’s feelings developed and his emotions became darker and harder to control, that I was along with him for the ride.

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Book Tags

The Greek Mythology Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

I’m finally back with a new tag! I posted the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag on my Youtube channel (Find me at: BetweenthePagesofYA), and loved it, so thought I’d do a tag for my blog here too!

I saw this on my feed, I can’t remember who posted it, but if it was you then thank you for creating it and bringing it to my attention! I love Greek Mythology so thought this would be right up my alley! Here we go:

ZEUS: GOD OF SKY AND THUNDER

Favorite Book

Hands down this one is definitely The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I know a lot of people are probably tired of me answering with this book but I can’t help it, I LOVE IT SO MUCH CAN EVERYONE PLEASE READ IT!

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POSEIDON: GOD OF THE SEA

Book that drowned you in feels

I mean 90% of the books I read seem to do this, so I nominate EVERY BOOK. But the book that drowned me in feels the most has to be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. That book chewed my emotions up, and spit them back out in my face. To say I was a wreck was an understatement, and to this day I still haven’t gotten round to reading it again!

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HADES: GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD

Favorite Book with a Dark and Ominous plot

Stephen King was the first author that ran through my mind for this question! I’d definitely say either Pet Sematary, or The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich! Both books are so ominous and creepy, and I loved them both so much!

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HERA: GODDESS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

Cutest fictional couple

SO MANY CHOICES! My heart is crying out to so many fictional couples here, but I’m going to mix it up a bit and not say one I always say! Instead I’m going for Gansey and Blue (yes I have just finished reading The Raven Cycle, how did you guess??). THEY HURT MY HURT THEY ARE SO CUTE! I wanted to read about their slow burning love forever, and cry over their perfection until I have no tears left. (NOT A HEALTHY THING TO DO FYI).

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Recommendations · Reviews

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab // Review

Title: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 23rd February 2016

The second instalment in the thrilling magic filled series will leave you never wanting it to end, and dreaming of living in the mysteriously magical Red London.

The ending of A Darker Shade of Magic, the first book in this series, was one of my favourite endings of any first book in a series ever, and the start of this book carries on that title as the opening to this book is one of my favourites. I love how time has passed between the books and seeing how the characters have developed in the time we haven’t read about them is so interesting.

Lila Bard quickly became one of the best female characters I’ve ever read about and with her entrance into this book, my love for her definitely hasn’t changed. I love her development within this book, she has become so much more headstrong and has taken the chance at living in Red London, and made it her own by following her dreams. She has such a big heart but I also love how she kicks into action at the slightest look of trouble.

The writing style is once again absolutely amazing within this book, and the relationship between Kell and Rhy is beautifully written. After the events of the previous book I wasn’t sure how they would react to each other, but the love and tension between them is written so brilliantly that it feels so real.

The introduction of some new (and old) characters is such a great inclusion, and such a massive shock that it’s a perfect addition to the story. I love Alucard’s sassiness and how he challenges Lila, he’s the perfect opposition for her and I really like that challenge against her boisterous character. The relationship that grows between Lila and Kell is also written so well that it doesn’t take over the entire story, it’s always in the background of the main plot leaving you desperate for their relationship to develop!

The introduction of the Elemental Games is absolutely brilliant. The fight scene between Kell and Lila is something I’ve lived for since the moment they met, and it lived up to my expectation! They are such a brilliant match and I love how Lila gets to show herself off for once and show she isn’t the little woman who needs protecting like she was in ADSOM, it’s such an important scene between them both.

The lead up to the ending of this book filled me with so much tension I could barely sit still. The old character we meet also has such a brilliant development and keeps you on the edge of your toes the entire time they are here. The plot of this book is so different to ADSOM and that’s why I love it. It’s a different story in the same world, exactly what you’d want from a sequel.

The ending left me absolutely begging for the next book, and even know I am eager to know what happened after the final page. It left me with so many questions about the next book, A Conjuring of Light, and I know that the book is already going to ruin me emotionally.

With a perfect plot twist, amazing character development and the best villain of the series so far, I am in absolute love with this book and with Schwab’s talent. I can’t wait to get stuck in with the final book and see what is next in store for Kell, Lila and the London gang.

All three books in the Darker Shade of Magic series are out now in all major outlets and book stores! Be sure to pick them up and start your own adventure!

Until next time,

Keep Reading,

Meggan x