Thursday, 12 April 2018

ARC Review: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

I got this as an advanced e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, which will follow.

I'd heard a few things about the author of this book, Sally Green, before I saw this on Netgalley, and then when I saw this beautiful cover I was drawn in, and who wouldn't be?! It's so beautiful with the smoke against the white background. So, I requested it and got accepted (Yay!).

Here it is:

A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief. Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Five nations destined for conflict. In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father, while her true love, Ambrose, faces the executioner's block. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell. As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our five heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

The first thing I have to mention about this book is that it is split into 5 different POVs. I'm not used to books with this many POVs so it did take me a little while to get into it, but eventually I started to like it. I especially liked that at the beginning of each chapter there was a little drawing to show which MC you would be listening to next - a jug for March, a flower for Catherine, a Sword for Ambrose, an eagle seal for Edyon and smoke for Tash.

I think that one reason why I came around to so many different perspectives was that it really kept me guessing as to how all of the MCs would end up meeting and interacting, and just how the plot would bring them all together. It wasn't until quite far through the plot that you saw everything coming together - and I definitely liked that it kept me on my feet guessing what would happen near the end of the book.

I definitely had a favourite character in this book - Catherine. She was so strong and had her own personality despite how she was brought up in a land where females are supposed to be obedient and quiet wives. I loved how she was able to make a name for herself in Pitoria and really come out of her shell after going there for her wedding.

Most surprising of all for me was the fact that for once I wasn't routing for one of the MCs love interests. When it came to Catherine I didn't ship her and Ambrose at all (despite the fact that it would have been an obvious ship). No, instead I really ship her and Prince Tzsayn, and I can't wait to see where everything goes in the next book (I see a love triangle maybe and I adore love triangles!).

Overall, it's such an interesting book, with an intriguing plot about demons and demon smoke, and I really just want the next book already to find out more about what's going to happen now all the characters were together!

I give this book: 4.5 cats!

If you want to read it, this book comes out May 3rd, and I would definitely recommend it! Have you read this, or are you planning on reading this? Comment below!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Review: The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

So, I originally received this as an advanced e-copy from Netgalley, but didn't get round to reading it until now which is a shame as it was so amazing.

Here it is:



Tessa Gratton's debut epic adult fantasy, The Queens of Innis Lear, brings to life a world that hums with ancient magic, and characters as ruthless as the tides.

The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.

The king’s three daughters – battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia – know the realm’s only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.

Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war – but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.

I first decided to request this because the cover immediately caught my eye, it was so beautiful. Then, when I saw the description I was even more intrigued as it sounded like something right up my alley. By the end of this book I was so annoyed with myself for leaving it in my TBR for so long, as it was a spectacular read. I later found out that this is based on a Shakespeare story (I've never read any really) so if you're a fan of that and fantasy then I'm sure you'll adore this book.

I admit, the first bit of the book did confuse me a bit, enough that I wondered if I would get into it at all, but as soon as it got to the POVs of the sisters I got sucked in. It was so nice to have the different POVs of each of the main characters at the beginning, it really gave you a sense of what each of the characters would be like throughout the book and gave you a good baseline as to how the book may go.

I'll say that this was definitely a fascinating book, and come towards the second half I didn't want to put my kindle down. I'm a bit obsessed with just watching the stars (not that I can read them or anything) so I think that the star prophecies in this book really called to me, and made me that much more interested. Then, adding to that the idea that in this land you could also talk to the earth and the trees and the wind, it intrigued me and kept me interested, it's just such a magical idea.

Just overall, I think I can explain this book in one word: beautiful. The imagery in this book is some of the best I've ever read - it was all so magical and beautiful that it actually left me breathless. I really do urge you to read this book just for that!

I give this book: 5 cats (and I would give so many more if I could)

This is probably going to be one of my top reads of 2018, and I will be buying a physical copy when I can. Have you read this? Comment below!

Monday, 9 April 2018

Review: Dissent Renegades by R. J. Furness

I was given an e-copy of this book by the author in exchange for a review, which will follow.

It took me a while to get round to it (sorry!) but I'm glad I finally did read it, it was definitely an interesting plot!

Here it is:


The Great Freeze changed everything… 

“Ellie loved riding the orgo. She had often dreamt about it since being a small child. Now that her father wasn’t around to voice his opinions, she finally could. Twenty years had been a long time to wait.” 

Centuries from now, during a new ice age, only three human colonies are known to exist. Scorr Tanta, the first city, is vast and resourceful, whereas Eklips is more desolate. Ellie, on the other hand, works in Port Harmony; a harbour town. As an apprentice orgo-keeper, the only highlight is getting to ride the animals that she cares for. Then, a chance skirmish at the market draws her closer to Haylee and her friends, and everything begins to change. Desperate to join them, Ellie has heard many tales about Haylee and her group of renowned warriors. What she doesn’t know, is how much danger follows them. Ellie is soon tugged into a much different world than she had first assumed. A world built on dissent, and filled with secrets.

Okay, so I didn't really know what to expect when I started this book. The blurb gave hints but didn't actually say what would happen which intrigued me. I usually like to know in general what will happen, but after this book I've decided I also like the intrigue of finding out just where it will go. There were definitely some twists I didn't see coming, and I liked that a lot.

My favourite part of the book: has to be the orgo's (the creature on the cover). I love fluffy things and from the sound of it I could just cuddle into one and be happy forever. I want one now (but unfortunately they are not real so no cuddles from an orgo for me).

One of my favourite parts of this book is the plight of the elrupe, a species similar to humans but pushed out of the colonies and left to survive by themselves. I think they sound so cute, and I really hope to get a bit more history in the next book about them. In fact, I would love to see a lot more history about everything in the next book - I was really interested in the hints of Rada's history (the leader of the colonies) and can't wait to see what the author comes up with in the next book about it.

Overall, definitely an interesting books, but I would have loved a whole lot more history, so I'm giving this book 4 cats!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Comment below!

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Review: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

So, I got this book because it was on a kindle daily deal, and I'd loved the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan too and thought I should give this a chance.

I'm glad I did as it was amazingly funny and gave me quite a few chuckles while reading.

Here it is:


How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour. 

But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Okay, I absolutely loved the Percy Jackson books (I'll probably re-read them soon and review them - so keep an eye out) so I thought that because this mentioned Camp Half-Blood I would give it a try as it would be set in Percy Jackson's world - and it was, he was even mentioned in part of it! In fact, you see quite a few old characters from Percy's books, but you still got a whole new set of MC's which was interesting to see.

My first little love of this book was the chapter beginnings - they all had a small Haiku at the beginning. They were amusing little anecdotes that gave you an idea of what may happen in the chapter you were on, and they will also definitely give you a little smile whenever you start on a new chapter (at least they gave me a smile so I hope they'll give you one too!).

When it comes to Apollo as a character he was one of my favourites out of them all - possibly one of my favourites from all the Percy Jackson books. He was funny throughout the whole book, and also gave me a few chuckles (I rarely laugh out loud when reading) and it was great to see his character development as he learnt to be more human - he slowly started to notice mistakes he was making in both his behaviours and actions and he started to change into a better person.

However, my love goes to one character in particular - Peaches the Kairos. I know, a weird choice, but he sounded so cute, and I want one of my own!

I can't wait to read the other books in this series, and I give this book 4 cats!

Have you read this book series? Did you enjoy it as much as me? Comment below!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

ARC Review: Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron

So, I received a proof copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (and wow was the proof copy beautiful, it had lots of gold-leaf feathers on it, I'm in love with it).

This lovely book comes out on the 22nd March, and I suggest you go out and buy it ASAP:


Sometimes, I imagine alternate endings to the story: last-minute miracles, touches of magic. I picture how things might have gone, if I wasn’t there. If I’d left just a few minutes later. If I hadn’t been alone. It doesn’t make any difference. One way or another, the crash always comes.

Ten days after Jaya Mackenzie’s mum dies, angels start falling from the sky. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted, not a single one has survived.

Hysteria mounting with every Being that drops, Jaya’s father uproots the family to Edinburgh intent on catching one alive. But Jaya can’t stand this obsession and, struggling to make sense of her mother’s sudden death and her own role on that fateful day, she’s determined to stay out of it.

When her best friend disappears and her father’s mania spirals, things hit rock bottom and it’s at that moment something extraordinary happens: An angel lands right at Jaya’s feet, and it’s alive. Finally she is forced to acknowledge just how significant these celestial beings are.

Set against the backdrop of the frenzied Edinburgh festival, OUT OF THE BLUE tackles questions of grief and guilt and fear over who we really are. But it’s also about love and acceptance and finding your place in this world as angels drop out of another.

Although it did take me a little while to get into the book, I did end up getting pulled in quickly after that slow start, and I ended up loving the plot. In fact, I loved it so much I don't know how to do it justice when writing this review.

I will say, that this is one of the most interesting books I've read in a while - it had so many different issues throughout, and they all pulled together perfectly. All of the issues are written about beautifully and they all get their own time in the book - just the right amount of time so you don't think any one thing is getting focused on too much.

The main issue discussed come up quite quickly in the book - the idea of grief and how it will affect people differently, in particular the plot shows you how Jaya deals with it, her little sister, and also how Jaya's father copes by becoming 'obsessed' with the Beings and how they are falling from the sky, in the hope that he will catch one. I think that the blurb describes what the book is all about perfectly, and the backstory of the angel falls is outlined nicely.

I've not even mentioned the best bit - one of the relationships developed in this is between Jaya and Allie, a young girl that suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, making it a book that's perfect for people who want to see more LGBT books. It's not a main plot point - which I liked because a full-blown romance would have taken away from the main plot, but it had the perfect amount of romance to keep me interested and invested - I was so tempted to read ahead and see what happened (I didn't, I managed to resist!).

I will say however that I love the ending the most - it's like a full circle, coming back to where it all started for Jaya - her home-town and where her mother passed away. I love full-circles, and this one was just perfectly written - it even left it so that you can think what you want about what will happen in Jaya's future. This was such a powerful read for me, and I don't think I done it justice with this review, but I highly recommend you go and buy the book and make your own opinions on it!

But come on, a book about grief, with an LGBT relationship, a beautiful angel nicknamed 'Teacake', and even a cult! What more can I explain to make you want to read it?!

I give this book: 5 cats! (the only downside I could see is that I wish it was longer, I could read this forever!)

Have you read this or do you plan to read this? Comment below! This book comes out March 22nd, and I think you should all go get a copy!