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.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Review: Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings by Lydia Sherrer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You know those books that grab you in the moment and then later you question whether you’re really as interested as you’d originally believed. Well, this was one of those books for me. I was super intrigued by the book at first, but once it appeared on my Kindle I decided some of the other books I owned seemed more interesting. Thus, it was a while before I worked my way around to this one.

Such was a mistake. I should have picked this one up straight away, as it’s a wonderful read. Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings is a brilliant introduction to what promises to be a mind-blowing series. So much happens within this one, and by the end of the story I needed to know what happened next. Without a moment of hesitations, I jumped straight into book two.

Told in three parts, this first book in the series does a wonderful job of introducing us to the world and the characters.

Part one follows our female lead, and gives us so many details of the magic world. It’s one of those worlds that pulls you right in, leave you wanting more. Although I wanted more, it wasn’t due to a lack of understanding. The world is beautifully crafted, we find out so much about the magical systems. The ease at which the world come to life is a thing of beauty.

Part two follows our male lead, giving us an interconnected story. It’s not directly related to the first part, but it is linked in ways. I positively loved this section of the book, as I found myself falling madly in love with our male lead. He’s such an interesting character, and this part of the story helped to expand the world even more.

Part three returns us to our female lead, and works to bring the story together in a beautiful way. It was such a beautifully crafted story, such a great way of bringing everything together, that I found myself making all kinds of excited sounds as I was reading.

Honestly, whatever tentatively I’d experienced was quickly brushed away. Everything about the story appealed to me. A wonderful magical system; characters I came to love; humour; a hint of mystery; and so many questions relating to the overall world. Not the kind of questions that leave you unsure of what you’ve read, just the kind of questions that leave you wanting more.

Without a doubt, this is a story more people need to pick up. This needs to become a favourite of so many people, as it’s an astounding story.

Without a doubt, I’m hooked!

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