Saturday, 21 July 2018

Blog Tour: Splinter by Joshua Winning

So, today is my stop on this blog tour, and I'm so excited to be sharing my review for this amazing book, which is the last in the series!

I've previously reviewed the past books as well if you want to read them (Book One, Book Two - mini review)

Here's the info for this book:


“All who stand against us shall perish”

The critically acclaimed Sentinel Trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion in this final instalment of the dark fantasy series.

The world is falling apart around Nicholas Hallow. Amid rumours that the Dark Prophets have returned, a deathly gloom pollutes England, unleashing a savage hoard of nightmare creatures. Fighting the tide of evil, Nicholas returns home to Cambridge, where an old ally helps him seek out the mysterious Skurkwife, who could help Nicholas stop Malika and the Prophets for good.

Meanwhile, Sam Wilkins unites the Sentinels against the forces of darkness, but with Jessica's sanity slipping, and Isabel suspicious of her shadowy past, it's a battle that could cost the Sentinels everything.

To describe this book I will just say this: wow. This was the perfect conclusion to a thrilling trilogy, and it definitely kept you on your toes until the end guessing what would happen.

I am so happy I got to read this so soon after finishing the second book, it was left in a place where you knew you just had to pick up the next book, and I was not disappointed at all. I think I was most happy to finally get some backstory on Malika - she is one of my favourite baddies going now, and I have been waiting for more information on her since the first book - and Joshua came through. Her backstory was amazing (you'll just have to read it to find out how good it was).

I have to admit that this book will keep you gasping with some of the twists, there was so much that I wasn't able to guess what would happen, and usually I'm quite good at that. It was so action packed near the end that you kind of felt that you were there with them, it really helped you imagine you were in the midst of everything, and I love it when a book does that.

So, I'm giving this book 5 cats, definitely an amazing conclusion to a trilogy, and I'll always wish for more from this world that Joshua has built.

I highly recommend this series if you love a bit of fantasy with mystery mixed in, have you read any in this series? Comment below!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Blog Tour: Floored!

"I wake up with a jolt when one of the packages slides off the pile on my lap and into the footwell."

Oops, I must be careful with these packages, don't want to ruin them. I'm Sasha, and if you haven't heard, we're doing a big book launch party for the book that's based on our group's crazy meeting, and our lives afterwards.

I came up with this idea that we should do a blind date with a book for the table centrepieces. It's such an interesting idea, and everyone loved the sound of it, so I've got a boatload of packages all wrapped up nicely with a nice little description about the book on a tag.

Which one would you pick up?

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"He was called a swot. The perfect friend. Perfect son. But is that all he really is? Family problems, friendship problems, work experience problems. What will he do now? This is all about him taking his chance, and what happens after."

"Sometimes life can throw you into mysterious places. This book is about a girl who was just trying to help out her dad when a chance moment changes her life. Could it have been different? Who knows. But this is the story of the dutiful daughter who finally realises what she wants."

"I bet you know all about quintessential bad -boys? How about rich bad-boys? The players? You may not know everything about this one. You'll just have to read to find out."

"I bet you think all teen stars end up with perfect lives? Not this one. 'Washed-up' is what many people describe him as, 'ugly', 'reverse-Longbottomed'. But what happens when he has a chance to find his way after a string of bad years? You'll have to read to find out."

"Ever wondered what it's like to lose your sight? To be paranoid that everyone knows it? This girl does. But she will meet a group of people that will change her outlook on life forever."

"You might think this is just a general romance, after all it does include a few Mr Wrongs. It's not. Instead, it's about a girl trying to find her way in the world and realise she doesn't necessarily have to live the life her upbringing would dictate to her."

I bet everyone's in for a surprise though, because (if you haven't guessed yet) all the books are the lovely new Floored book! We all thought that as it's so diverse it's kind of like having a book per person, so there should be a description for each!

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Cool or not? We liked it so it's happening!

I can't wait to see you all at the launch party, we're hosting it up North somewhere because it's where we all met.


And that's it from Sasha, but here's some info for the book, which is out soon!

The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors: Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.

When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn't that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he's the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn't match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn't as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who's losing her sight but won't admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn't be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.

And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

June Wrap-Up!

Yet another wrap-up for a busy travel-reads month! Some great things have been read and reviewed, and these are just a few of them with some mini-reviews attached.

Ruins (Sentinel #2) by Joshua Winning

23503711I loved the first book in this series, but with so much to do it took me a while to get round to reading this which was a shame as it was even more action packed than the last book was, and kept me hooked when I had time to read.

I loved meeting all the new characters - my favourite being Nale with his faithful dog Zeus - and it was definitely interesting to see a few new POVs too - specifically Rae and Dawn (though Dawn's POV didn't last too long). I always think it's nice to get some back stories - and this book done that perfectly, which really helped me to connect to the characters a bit more. Though, I admit I still would have loved to see more of Malika's backstory!

Plus, I think this book was left in the most enticing way possible - it made me want to read the next one ASAP - but I'll be saving it for a little while longer. I give this book 5 cats!

Ariadnis By Josh Martin

30983420I got this book when I went to Drink YA in one of the goodybags, and it looked so interesting that I picked it up relatively quickly considering my TBR pile is getting larger and larger. I loved the premise, and the plot kept me hooked wondering just where this would turn out.

I think the one downside I could find was the short chapters, switching between the two MCs did confuse me a bit at first because I got a bit confused as to who was who and trying to figure out the two different cities, but I got over that and then I got sucked in.

I think one of the cutest things were the illustrations of the MCs on the back inside cover, they really helped me to imagine everything, that and the illustration of the two cities before the book started. Overall, definitely an interesting read, and I saw there was another book in the series which I will definitely be picking up! I give this book 4 cats!

Ascension by Victor Dixon

39862087So, I got this on Netgalley, and then won a finished copy in a competition on twitter, but I was a bit late to read it. Which is such a shame because it was amazing.

I've not read many space books, but it seems to be something that's coming back, and I kinda love it because there are so many takes on space to go for, and this was just one amazing take on space travel. Speed dating has always interested me - how can you possibly meet someone and decide so quickly on if you like them or not? - and add in a bit of space this made this such an interesting read!

I already want the next book, even though this has just come out, and I can't wait to see what will happen to everyone after the crazy conclusion! I give this: 5 cats!

Under a Sardinian Sky by Sara Alexander

33650464I got invited to a HQ event, where they showed off some upcoming books. A lot of them weren't my usual (AKA they were adult fiction not YA) but I picked up lots of new books including this one.

I adored it. That's all that I can say really. It was such a nice refreshing read, just what I needed when I was in a bit of a YA slump, and it made me really just want to go to Sardinia to see if it's as beautiful as the author described it.

I think what I liked most about this book was the fact that it was a mix of historical and modern day, which is something I do love in books, and it also had a tiny bit of mystery so I was left guessing what would have happened to the MC throughout. Plus, it was so nice to go back to a romance read, I used to read them a lot more a few years ago, but got into Fantasy after a while instead.

Overall, I give this 5 cats! I'll definitely be reading more like it (and I picked up the authors next book so that will be interesting!)

Friday, 15 June 2018

Review: The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

I got sent this by Harper Collins for an honest review, which will follow.

I adored the first book in this series, and re-reading it before this book just brought back my love of this series, and my excitement that this second book in the duology is finally out. Here it is:


Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

With the addition of two powerful new voices, Veronica Roth's sequel to Carve the Mark is a chorus of hope, humor, faith, and resilience.

I will admit now, I was quite scared to read the conclusion of this series because of Veronica Roth's past endings - I heard about the end of Divergent series and that made me worried about this one. However, I still got stuck right in, and ended up loving the book - so much so that I read it in a day.

This book was slightly different to the first - in that instead of just Cyra's and Akos' POV, you also heard from Akos' sister, Cisi, and Akos' brother, Eijeh, too. I definitely liked the inclusion of Eijeh's voice, as even though it did confuse me as the first chapter, it definitely made things so much more interesting throughout, and as you got further into the book you started to understand what Eijeh may have been talking about.

My favourite part of this book though, was Cyra - her development was amazing. She became so much stronger, and came into herself even more than I thought she would in this book, and at one point it really hit how much she had changed throughout both books and some of the quotes really stuck with me because they were so thought provoking.

I'll mention now, that this book had so many twists and turns it was so hard to keep up - and at one part of the book I think my mouth actually dropped in shock at one of the twists.  That was a new thing for me, I can be shocked but it's different when it's jaw-dropping shock.

I give this book: 5 cats

I adored the ending of this book. Have you read it or plan to read it? Comment below!

Monday, 4 June 2018

ARC Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews

This is definitely not one of my usual reads, but as I have started branching out and everyone was talking about this book I decided to give it a try - especially with such a beautiful cover. So, thanks to Netgalley who gave me a copy of this book in exchange for a review!

Here it is:

An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music - because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

Okay let me just say how amazing this book was. I've been in a small slump lately where I do read, just not much and not very quickly. But this book threw the slump out the window - I finished it within a few hours, it was an unputdownable book in my opinion!

But, when a book starts with the MC talking about wanting to cut off his hands, you know you're going into something that will definitely be interesting, so it wasn't too much of a surprise that I adored it so much.

It usually takes me quite a while to get into a male-narrated book, I'm so used to female POVs I guess, but I connected with Beck so quickly. I loved his character, and the slight development that was slow-going but definitely there - I think because of August mainly. Which is another thing I loved - their relationship. It was so pure and refreshing to see something that didn't just jump into anything big. To sum-up I just love so much about the characters in this book, they were developed perfectly.

The ending of this book though is the thing that made this for me - I was close to tears it was so perfect. Overall, I think I could describe this book as so amazing it left me speechless - I don't think I can do it justice in my review, so I'll leave it here.

I definitely give this book 5 cats - it was just what I needed to recharge my book batteries!

This amazing book comes out in a few days (7th June) - I highly suggest you go buy it! If you've read it or plan to read it comment below, I'd love to hear your opinions!