In all honesty I’ve been looking forward to The Fates Divide for a long time. I’ll be even more honest here in the interest of transparency: I was not Roth’s biggest fan after the Divergent series. This was mostly because I felt that the entire series was pretty derivative of The Hunger Games (yes I know that The Hunger Games isn’t 100% original, calm down Divergent die-hards) to such an extent that I thought Roth was a bit of a hack.
But I was willing to give her another shot as an author as she was branching out into a whole new area of YA with Carve The Mark and boy am I glad I did. I really enjoyed Carve The Mark (plus it has a special place in my heart as it was the very first review I did on my website! ) and whilst it wasn’t perfect, I was excited to continue the series. Continue reading
Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton is one of those books that I’d imagine, whilst not my usual auto-buy genre, is a go-to for a palette cleanser or lighter book if I’ve read something particularly heavy or dark. So I knew going into this that I likely wouldn’t be discussing the intellectual credentials, theme and moral compass of the narrative, characters and plot with my fellow readers. But I didn’t expect to be left feeling so…disappointed.
Now I feel like I have to say something before I really get into the meat of my review. Rachel Cotton, the author, is only 17 years old. Now don’t get me wrong; she should be extremely happy that she is a published author at such a young age. But her age is not going to be a factor for me in this review. If I like, or dislike, something it won’t be good or bad ‘for the author’s age’ – it’ll just be good or bad. What can I say? I’m an equal opportunities reviewer. If you put a book in front of me I will review it honestly regardless of age, sex, race, religion etc. Continue reading
Sal by Mick Kitson was one of those books that I was instantly drawn to by the cover, and then was completely sucked into by the blurb on the back. I’m a massive fan of road-trip stories and this one, whilst mostly survival based, had me kinda thinking it’d be similar.
Sal is 13 and her half-sister Peppa is 10. When their useless, alcoholic lump of a mother fails to protect them from her boyfriend, Robert, and his deviant and abusive ways, Sal decides to take action. Continue reading
I’m honored to be partnering with Avon books
to bring you this guest post on from Amanda Robson, author of Guilt
, which features bonus content about the characters in Guilt
. So without further ado…
Guilt begins with a stabbing, which leaves one twin sister dead and the other accused of her murder. The twins Miranda and Zara are thirty years old at the start of the novel. But their problems began to incubate years before that. Here are some teenage memories: Continue reading
Black Water is a debut novel from Cormac O’Keeffe and is set in Dublin and centres on a gang that terrorizes the local community around the canal.
It’s no secret that I’m not the biggest fan of crime novels – I don’t know what it is, but they usually don’t do it for me. However my mum is a massive (fiction) crime reader so I’ve decided to slowly immerse myself in crime books every now and then throughout 2018. I recently read The Chalk Man and my god was that a great book! So I had high hopes for Black Water as I thought I’d been missing out on the crime genre all along! Continue reading
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is the debut novel from Imogen Hermes Gower. It’s a historical fiction set in 18th century England. I’m usually not a big fan of historical fiction, but it’s a genre I’ve begun experimenting with more and more, and I have to admit that Imogen Hermes Gower makes her reader feel fully immersed in the world she has created. You really feel like you are experiencing everything she wants you to feel.
The thing that is most striking about this novel is its beauty – and this is almost entirely due to the language used. I absolutely cannot fault Gower’s use of language. It’s descriptive and emotive in all the right places and the vocabulary is incredible – I’ve never looked up the definition to so many words since I finished the Reading Rainbow in primary school! This book is filled with beautiful examples of amazing language. Continue reading
I’m honored to be partnering with Avon books to bring you this guest post on how the protagonist from Judy Leigh’s latest book A Grand Old Time. So without further ado…
My protagonist, Evie Gallagher, came to me in a similar way to Joan of Arc hearing the voice of the saints. I could hear Evie before I knew what she looked like. I knew she was feisty, that she made jokes and cursed a bit, spoke her mind, was mischievous. I wrote the first few chapters really quickly; Evie in Dublin, her escape from the care home she’d gone to by mistake, her visit to the bookmakers with a strange man and a bet on the horse which had her husband’s name. Continue reading
Book Legacy has recently started creating and selling Bookish Subscription Boxes, so I wanted to have a quick chat with Book Legacy to see what goes into creating an adventure like this! Check out the interview here! (I also recently reviewed one of the boxes!)
What made you want to start creating bookish boxes?
I’m not 100% sure, all I remember was that I was looking for a new box to subscribe to. Once I started looking, I realised that there are not that many in the UK, and international shipping is so expensive! When I started looking into the UK based boxes I noticed that they all support the “big bookish company”. I have always loved the “big company” within the bookish community, but I also adore the small ones that never get enough appreciation for what they do within the community of book lovers.
I’m honored to be partnering with Avon books to bring you this guest post on the back story of Barney Hubble, the love interest in the latest book from Tracy Corbett, author of The Summer Theatre by the Sea. So without further ado…
Before I start writing a new story, I like to draft character biographies and explore my characters’ backgrounds and what motivates them. Knowing what’s happened prior to the story starting, helps me to hit the ground running, and enables me to get inside the character’s mind. The male love interest in The Summer Theatre by the Sea is Barney Hubble. Continue reading