The Caraval story gets Legendary – Legendary Review

Despite liking, not loving, Caraval I was super excited to get my hands on Legendary – and it was the story that intrigued me, but the collectable covers certainly helped! I absolutely sped through this book due to my enthusiasm. General intrigue helped me through the first chapters and the incredible story with twists and turns kept me going!

Ok, I really need to say this – I found Legendary to be far superior than Caraval. I prefer the story, the character focus, the plot, the twists – just everything!
Legendary picks up exactly where Caraval left off, which is a touch I really appreciated, and actually quite clever so that Garber didn’t have to explain what the characters have been up to since Caraval – I mean, it’s not like life can go back to normal desk-job after that, right?! Continue reading

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A pathetic end to an increasingly bad series – War Storm review

Here’s your one and only warning: This review/rant contains spoilers for War Storm and pretty much the whole Red Queen series. So if that’s not your thing, then away with you – because I have a lot to say and I can’t say it without spoilers.

As you can also probably tell – this is not going to be a review that shines a positive light on this book, this series or even the author – so if you’re a fangirl/boy I’d highly suggest you leave because you won’t like what I have to say.

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Character Inspiration from Real Life – A Guest Post by Author Sue Moorcroft

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Infinity War levels of character numbers! Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two review

As you might know, I’m a massive fan of the Injustice universe. I really enjoyed the video game and the first volume of the graphic novel was no let down either! So naturally I was going to continue the series!

The second installment was every bit as good as the first and the plot thickens in an immensely impressive way! The plot for the second volume of the Injustice saga has us leave Earth and enter deeper space as we explore galactic politics and tensions with Earth and those on it. Continue reading

Suffering the Fate has never been so much fun! – The Fates Divide Review

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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

I’d prefer to be anywhere else but here… Nowhere Else But Here review

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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

There are different types of survival! Sal Review

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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

Drugs, Gangs & Violence – Black Water Review

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

Part of your world – The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock review

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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