These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.
Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.
Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Earlier this year, I read Witch Dance by Elizabeth Burgess. It’s a young adult fantasy novel, completely different to the Counterplay series. In fact, the two couldn’t be more different if they had tried. Having enjoyed Witch Dance, I was interested to see what the Counterplay series was like. After all, the entire notion of the Counterplay series really pulled me in from the moment I set my eyes upon it.
Thus, I went ahead and investigated the series. Through the author’s website, I came upon her short story: Monster. I downloaded it, enjoyed it, and went to write up a review. When I went to write up a review, I found it wasn’t online, there was nowhere for me to post said review. Thus, I contacted Elizabeth Burgess to see whether she would be adding the book to Goodreads. I mean, I needed to share the excitement the short story had built within me. I needed people to know that a very short story had me excited for what was to come.
It turns out Monster is to be part of a short story boxset that is to be released sometime next year. I was saddened that it wouldn’t be appearing alone anywhere, yet I was pleased to know there’d be a collection of short stories relating to this series. In addition to explaining this, Elizabeth Burgess offered to let me read Misaligned. It’s a short prequel story, giving us an insight into the soap opera that is to come.
Introducing us to the main characters and some of the dark deeds to come, Misaligned quickly pulls you into the Counterplay world. We don’t know everything there is to know – but we are introduced to some of the big players and events. We know who is out for revenge, we know who is involved in twisted forms of revenge, and we’re left wanting more. It’s a great introduction to the series, one that will leave you wanting to grab Misdirection, and the rest of the series, as soon as you can.
If deceit, backstabbing, and twisted characters are your thing, I’m positive you’ll love this story as it gives an insight into what promises to be a very powerful series.
As a final note, I would like to, once again, thank Elizabeth Burgess for allowing me to read this in exchange for a review. Whilst I cannot wait to see what comes next in Hopewell Coven series, I think a part of me is a bit more excited for this one.
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