Tuesday, 22 August 2017

ARC Review: Book of Fire by Michelle Kenney

So, I got this book from Netgalley, as an e-copy in exchange for a review.

I was extremely excited to read it. I had a bit of a slump while reading, so it took me longer than usual, but my slump was definitely not because of this book.

I loved this book. One word I can think of to describe it, is: Amazing.

Here it is:

Life outside the domes is not possible. At least that’s what Insiders are told.

Twins Eli and Talia shouldn’t exist. They’re Outsiders.

Their home is a secret. Their lives are a secret. Arafel is a secret.

An unexpected forest raid forces Talia into a desperate mission to rescue her family while protecting the sacred Book of Arafel from those who would use it as a weapon. As Talia and her life long friend Max enter the dome, she makes some unexpected discoveries, and allies, in the form of rugged Insider August, that will change the course of her life forever.

She’ll stop at nothing to save her family but will she sacrifice her heart in the process?

The Fire Sermon meets Gladiator in this brilliant YA debut.

Guys, I just do not know how to express my love for this book. It was so good! If I hadn't have had my slump I would have read this so quickly I'm sure, and I will probably re-read it a few times too!

This book is all about Talia, a girl who lives in a forest village, after a nuclear war. The world is split into 'Insiders' who survived inside a Dome after the devastation from the war, and 'Outsiders' who, according to those inside the Dome, should not exist.

While in this book, you see so many wild and weird creatures, all thanks to the genetic engineering of the Insiders. Creatures from history and mythology, such as Griffins or Cyclops, and just random creatures, like fluorescent cats. (This particular cat was only mentioned in the book once, but you know what I'm like with cats, so it stuck with me!).

The imagery in this book is just stunning, and it had me able to imagine all of the little details of the creatures, and places, and so I definitely congratulate Michelle on how well this little book world is written.

And guys, I doubt I've said this before, but I do love a love triangle! I don't know why, but they really draw me in to a book, and I love to take sides (apparently I usually choose the least popular side).

And what did this book give me? A love triangle! Talia had to choose between an Insider, August, and an Outsider she grew up with, Max.

I'm so routing for her and August (feel free to disagree with me in the comments if you've read the book!).

So, yes, a love triangle, genetic engineering, a Fluorescent cat, and a strong female main character, it all makes an amazing book that I highly recommend!

My rating: 5 cats!

This book is out this week (25th August) and it has recently been confirmed that it will be part of a trilogy! Yay!

Have any of you read this? Or are planning to read this? Comment below!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Harry Potter Book Tag!

So, here I am, big Potterhead, probably a bit too big of a Potterhead, and when I saw this tag on Rebecca's blog I knew I had to do it, and she unofficially tagged me when I talked to her about it.

Just can't resist the pull of a Harry Potter tag!

So, here are the questions:

1. What house are you in?

Technically Hufflepuff (on Pottermore) but I was sorted into Ravenclaw for my uni society and so I feel more like a Ravenclaw than anything. I guess I'll choose to be a Ravenpuff!

2. What is your patronus?

I took a while to actually do the patronus test, but I got a Dolphin!

3. What is your wand?

Hawthorn wood with a unicorn hair core, 13 ¾

4. What would your boggart be?

I'm not sure, maybe spiders/bugs, or heights? not sure xD

5. What position would you play in Quidditch?

I'm not really a sporty person, so I'd much rather be in the stands reading a book like Hermione! But if I have to choose probably a keeper, I'm good at being a goaly.

6. Would you be a pure blood, half blood or muggle born?

Most likely muggleborn as my parents aren't that into the magical world of Harry Potter like I am!

7. What job would you want after to have after graduating Hogwarts?

I'd love to be the Hogwarts librarian! Or maybe be in the Department of Mysteries! I'm good with secrets ;)

Quite a big difference between the two I chose!

8. Which of the deathly hallows would you choose?

Invisibility cloak! Great fun that'd be!

9. Favourite book?

Prisoner of Azkaban! Love it, and love that Sirius comes in and we find out a bit more about Harry's family/family friends.

10. Least favourite book?

Probably Order of the Phoenix (can't deal with Sirius being gone) or Deathly Hallows (I miss Dobby and loads of other characters so much!)

11. Favourite film?

Yet again, Prisoner of Azkaban! Love me some Sirius.

12. Least favourite film?

Oooooh hard to say! Maybe chamber of secrets? I just don't like it as much as the others, I don't know why (still watch it over and over though)

13. Favourite character?

Noooo how to chooooooose? But I guess I love me some Sirius (if you hadn't guessed) and I love Dobby so much. (notice how I chose two characters that broke my heart later in the books)

14. Least favourite/most hated character?

Eurgh, easy peasy. Umbridge. Don't think I need to explain myself for that answer!

15. Favourite teacher at Hogwarts?

McGonagall! Totally McGonagall! Love her, love she turns into a cat, and just love her character so much. (also Lupin, but as he's only at Hogwarts for a year I chose McGonagall instead.

16. Least favourite teacher at Hogwarts?

Yet again Umbridge. I seriously think she was the worst teacher EVER. Even stuttery Voldemort possessed Quirrell was better than her!

17. Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?

I think that Harry and Hermione would have been a great romantic pairing! (or another one is I so wanted the Hermione and Krum relationship to work out)

Please don't kill me for that opinion guys *hides in a corner*

Do you agree with my answers? Comment below! Or, feel free to do this tag even if I haven't tagged you!

I tag (and anyone else that wants to do it):









Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Review: The Witch's Kiss by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

So, this book has been on my TBR list for a while, after it was introduced to me by another book blogger. I love me some fairytale adaptations, and well, yet again, the cover of this book drew me in.

Yes, yes, I know, I have a problem with my obsession with pretty book covers, but I don't want to give up this particular obsession, it's gotten me some good books!

Anyways, onto the book:

Merry is an average teenager.
She's also a witch.
She is trying not to be, but she is.

Then Jack comes into her life and she can't help falling under his spell. One problem - he's part of an evil, centuries-old curse that Merry now has to break.

If Merry has lost her heart, will she lose her life too? Or can true love's kiss save the day?

Being a witch is dangerous - but being in love is even worse...

Okay, so, I admit, I haven't read many books that are actually set in the UK, in the current day, so it did take me a little while to get used it it, and connect with the characters like I usually do in a book. (I know, how weird is it that I can connect with other characters but not a modern-day UK character?).

However, as soon as I got to the 'Before' section of the book (the time where the curse in the book originated from) I was hooked. After that, I was fine with the whole modern day thing, in fact, I was more than fine, it made me remember the days when I used to read a lot more modern-day fiction while I was in school, and I loved that this book made me remember that.

As you all may know, I love fairy tale adaptations, and this had me guessing which fairy tale would be used from the very beginning! This book is a lovely little twisted version of Sleeping Beauty, in the fact that instead of the girl being the victim of the sleeping curse, it is the guy (and the weird creepy sorcerer too).

Well, what can I say about this book? It was amazing, and it had a very big twist at the end (I won't spoil it but I'll say I definitely didn't think it would end the way it did), and I know I probably won't even be able to begin to guess what will happen in the next book.

I loved all of the characters, and I loved the family dynamic in this book. Leo was one of my favourite characters, as the protective older brother that sticks with Merry no matter what happens, and it made me want a big brother like Leo in my life. I definitely hope to see more of him in the sequels.

All I can say is that although it took me a bit to get into the book, I am so glad I read it, it's taken me back to my younger years, and I just can't wait to read the next book (the prettiest cover for the second book has literally made me into the heart-eyed emoji). Definitely one I would recommend to younger readers, and people just branching out to the Fantasy YA genre.

I give this book: 4.5 cats!

Have you read this book? Do you agree with my opinions? Comment below!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Review: The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

So, I got this as a kindle First book, which meant I got it a month before the release date in the UK. I don't tend to get kindle First books unless they really draw me in with the cover and the description, and boy did this one draw me in.

The cover for this book is amazing, bright reds and golds mix together and with my weakness for nice book covers, I just had to buy it.

 I didn't actually read it until it was released as I was so busy with work, but when I did read it, I was amazed and breezed through it rather quickly for a kindle book!

Anyways, here it is:

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

In Emily R. King’s thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own.

Now, as I said I breezed through this book, and I've even gone through it a second time since the first, as I did love the plot so much. Kalinda, the main character, is an orphan who has lived her life with the Sisterhood, and yet despite her fevers she gets chosen to be the Rajah's 100th wife, where she has to compete with numerous courtesan's to keep that position as his last, and final wife.

I just loved Kalinda, she was feisty, and I like feisty female main characters. I love that she keeps her feistyness despite everything that happens to her in the book, and I was routing for her to fall in love with someone (not the creepy Rajah). However, I must admit that I did think the love between Kalinda and Deven was very quickly built up, but I can't help but love their relationship anyway.

Plus, I love the fantasy part of this book. Bhuta's (people with elemental powers) are trying to regain their lost legacy after it was stolen by the Rajah, and while doing so they mix in with Kalinda and shape her plans for her tournament, while adding a little bit more excitement to the mix of the book!

The ending to this book had me wanting more, which is always a good way to leave it don't you think? And the next book, The Fire Queen (out 26th September) has a description that makes me think there may be a slight love triangle (I like love triangles so here's hoping) so I can't wait to read it!

Altogether, I give this book 4 Cats! (if it was more of a slow-go with the relationship it would have been 5)

Have any of you read this book? Do you agree with my review? Comment below!

Review: Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's trilogy) by Ransom Riggs

So, as you may have seen, I reviewed the first book of the Miss Peregrine's trilogy HERE.

It may seem like I'm skipping past the second book (I'm not, I've read all 3 books and I'll be talking about the last 2 here, so if you haven't read them there may be some points here I'll be making which confuse you a bit!)

But here's this book (the third one, you can see the second one on Goodreads HERE)

A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

So, I loved this book just as much as I loved the first, and even the second (not that I reviewed the second). The pictures were just as amazing and I think if you've read my other reviews you'll understand why I adored the pictures so much.

I must admit, it wasn't my favourite book of the three (not that I don't love them all), my favourite book had to have been the second in the series (Hollow City) as who couldn't love all of the peculiar animals that were introduced when the children found the Menagerie loop?

This book starts exactly where book two left off, and Jacob has learnt just how powerful his peculiar ability is, in that he can control Hollow's if he concentrates enough. This is one of the main plot lines of this book, as Jacob learns just what his ability can do and how far he can stretch it, and he definitely tests this at different points in the book (with both a positive and negative outcome).

It is in this book though that I found my favourite loop of the series, Devil's Acre. I don't know why I liked the way that Riggs wrote Devil's Acre, as it is a horrid place, but I just loved the imagery that the place gave off. Granted, if I had to choose a loop to live in myself, it definitely wouldn't be Devil's Acre, but I admit it would be an interesting one to visit for a day (as long as you had a guide like Sharon!).

My favourite character in all the books though is Addison, I mean, who wouldn't love a talking dog? And a brave one at that! I adored Addison, you first found him in Hollow City, and he was quirky and funny and I wished I had a dog like him (I may have to find a dog and put some glasses on it to recreate Addison some time).

So, for this book, I give it 4.5 cats (and I also give 4.5 cats to the whole series)

I'm definitely going to miss this series and I can't wait for more when Ransom Riggs finally lets out the new books!

Have you read the series? If so who is your favourite character and what is your favourite book? And what loop would you like to be a part of if you had the chance? Comment below!