Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Review: The Billionaire's Trust

The Billionaire's Trust The Billionaire's Trust by Erin Swann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Billionaire's Trust is a wonderful debut novel, ensuring I will be picking up the future books in Erin Swann’s Covington Billionaires series.

The Billionaire’s Trust is one of those books that pulls you in deep, refusing to let go until you have finished the story. A one sit read, for many, I am sure, as putting the book down is an extremely difficult task. There were many points where I told myself ‘just one more chapter’ and one quickly became two, before two became three, and so on until I had finished the book. It sucked me in, and I could not put it down.

Billionaire books are a dime a dozen in contemporary romance, yet we never seem to get bored with the theme. By this point, I’m noticing certain elements that are consistent throughout all such books, but so long as something more is added, I’m happy. With The Billionaire’s Trust, we do get that something a little bit different, something to make the book a unique read.

Whether you’re looking for an interesting storyline, great characters, or steamy scenes, this book will deliver something for you. The storyline is intriguing, with more being added to it as the story progressed. I’ll be honest by saying I was unsure at the start, I wasn’t quite sure what direction the book was going to take, but once things started moving I found myself pulled in by so many different elements that were introduced. The characters were a lot of fun, with certain characters having me laughing out loud at their actions. I’ll be honest once again by saying I wasn’t completely taken by our leading lady, but I’ll get back to that shortly. As a whole, though, I adored the cast. The steamy scenes… well, they were certainly steamy. Each individual element pulls you in, the collective making for a great story.

As I just mentioned, though, I wasn’t entirely content. There were times that I wanted to grab our female lead and give her a good shake. I understood towards the end of the story why she acted the way she did, why certain things were important to the story, but that doesn’t lessen the annoyance that occurred early on in the story. There were times where her insecurities seemed a bit much, and I found it difficult to believe our male lead didn’t just turn his back on her. As I said though, by the end of the story, I understood.

I also felt as though things moved a little bit too fast. Not in terms of the storytelling, the storytelling was perfectly fine. Rather, the timeline of events. I’m a sucker for slow burn romances, I like it when events occur across a huge time frame – for me, and my personal preference, things moved a bit quickly in this one. Such is just a personal preference, though.

Overall, I had a lot of fun with this one. Picking up the second Covington Billionaires book is a must.

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Monday, 30 October 2017

Review: The Vilka's Secret

The Vilka's Secret The Vilka's Secret by Pearl Foxx
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Vilka’s Secret is a quick little prequel to the Shifters of Kladuu series. It’s not a necessity to read this story, but I would recommend it. It can be read extremely quickly and is a wonderful introduction to the series.

I’m honestly not the biggest lover of short stories, but I did adore this one. There was everything you could hope for within this story. We were introduced to the world, giving us an idea of what the series will bring us. We had two wonderful characters, both were interesting and brought something to the story. We were given wonderful chemistry between the characters, something that can sometimes be difficult to achieve in such a short read. There was also some laughter thrown in for good measure, giving us a wee chuckle. Everything within the story meant something, ensuring the short story made an impact.

Considering it was such a short read, this one did contain a lot. It’s a perfect way to see whether or not the series will interest you, and I certainly recommend downloading it and giving it a read.

Also, I hope these characters are in the rest of the series. I want to see some more of these two in the future!

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Review: The Everett Exorcism

The Everett Exorcism The Everett Exorcism by Lincoln Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Everett Exorcism was my first Lincoln Cole read, and I’m positive it will not be my last. I’ve been pulled into the World of Shadows series, and I’ll certainly be going on to read the sequels. I need to know what happens in The Vatican Children and The Bishop’s Legacy, I need to know how this story comes together.

The synopsis of this one instantly pulled me in, promising good old fashioned demonic activity. Whilst I love a good horror book, I do not pick them up as often as I would like. In all honesty, I’m rather biased when it comes to horror novels. I’m a big fan of eighties horror and most of the more recent horror writers fall short in my mind. There is some good stuff, but the eighties are what I consider to be the prime time of horror. With this one, whilst I did enjoy it, I wouldn’t call it that much of a horror. It certainly had the demonic factor, but I would place it in the supernatural thriller genre instead. There is darkness to be found, but it is not the kind of book to keep you up at night.

The first half of the book focuses upon Father Niccolo Paladina, slowly introducing us to the supernatural element of this story. It builds at a steady pace, snippets being given here and there. There is no major event – by this I mean no sudden death occurs nor does some drastic tragedy befall a character – rather it is a lot of little things. Things to let you know everything is not right, things to give you an insight into something more happening. At around the halfway point, we’re fully introduced to the true darkness of the story.

It's at this point that things change. Just as the supernatural becomes prevalent, we are introduced to another character. The story goes in a different direction to what you would expect, taking us back in time, hence my belief of this being more of a supernatural thriller. I also believe events referenced in the second half of the book link to another Lincoln Cole series, the World on Fire series. I cannot say for sure as I have not read the series, but I’m pretty certain such is the case. It’s left me interested in going and picking up that series, curious to see what happened.

As I said, though, the second half of the book does not go the way I had initially anticipated. It opened up something completely unexpected, leaving us with an idea of where the rest of the series will go. We do get to deal with the supernatural element of this particular story, the demonic element being dealt with, but this become secondary to the intrigue brought about through the information revealed. There really is so much more to this story than a simple demonic possession, and I’m intrigued to see where book two takes us.

Without a doubt, this is well worth the read for anyone looking for a new supernatural thriller series to dive into.

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Review: Bound By Shadows

Bound By Shadows Bound By Shadows by Reily Garrett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As a beta reader, one of the biggest things to throw your emotions into a complex whirlpool is finding out a book you positively adored at the early beta stages has undergone considerable changes. When I found out Bound By Shadows had grown considerably after my initial beta read, a part of me was worried. It had grown, not changed, yet my mind imagined huge changes that would have removed my favourite aspects. Fortunately, my fears were unfounded. I enjoyed the book just as much now that it is complete, even more so, than I did when I first got to read the early version of it. In fact, I got to experience the joy that comes with realising something you suggested had been taken on board.

Note, my five-star review is not a reflection of my beta reading. Nor is it influenced by any elements you may think influence my thoughts due to being close to the development of this book. The moment I read the beta version of the book, my mind screamed out for me to give a five-star rating. If I’d been able to do so then, I would have. The changes that occurred, the growth I have seen, simply made me love the book even more. The changes could have resulted in the book being given a lower rating, but it didn’t. It remained a solid five-star read, ensuring Bound By Shadows holds the spot as my current favourite read of the year. In fact, I believe it may hold the title by the time the year ends, as it will take a truly mind-blowing book to top this.

Whilst Bound By Shadows is the second book in the McAllister Justice series, know it is perfectly fine to read this book as a standalone novel. It is a wonderful read, one I’m going to be telling a lot of people to read, and so is the first book in the series. Although not necessary, Digital Velocity will help in your understanding of the male lead in Bound By Shadows. A lot of what Caden experiences in this one, a lot of the background in understanding his fears, can be understood through reading the first book. It’s not necessary as things are explained well enough in this one to make it unnecessary to read the prior book, but it will be beneficial. Not to mention, the McAllister Justice series is shaping up to be a wonderful series, and it is best to read them in order. You get to see how things have developed for the characters in the first book, you get to watch all the characters as the series progresses. I really would recommend reading this series from the start – but even if you just pick up this one, you’re in for a wonderful read.

Bound By Shadows has all the trademarks of a wonderful Reily Garrett read. There is plenty of action. There is a great mystery. There are hot moments. There is a lot of chemistry. There are great characters. There is more than enough to keep you turning page after page, ensuring you receive everything you expect from a wonderful romantic suspense book. Those who have read a prior Reily Garrett book will have an idea of what to expect, and this book provides these things in large quantities.

The first page pulls you straight into the action, kicking the story off with a bang. From that moment on, you’re pulled into the mystery, waiting to see how the events come together. Without a doubt, the thriller elements of this story are my favourite out of all my Reily Garrett reads thus far (and I only have a couple of her books I still need to read). It develops at a wonderful pace throughout, giving you ups and downs as you try to work out how everything ties together.

Throughout all of this, the romance slowly builds. I had a massive internal debate about whether Caden and Kaylee are my favourite Reily Garrett couple. You see, Conner and Kendra hold a special place in my heart, as their story in Carnal Obsession blew my mind. It was a close call, a very close call, but I think Conner and Kendra are still hanging onto that spot. I think the only reason they’re holding the spot as my favourite couple is because they are the couple to have kick started my Reily Garrett obsession, but Caden and Kaylee are an extremely close second. It really is a wonderful romance between the two of them, they work so well together as characters, and the chemistry is fabulous.

I really could rant on and on about how much I loved this book. As I’ve already stated, it’s my favourite read of the year. The only read to have earned a five-star rating from me, and I doubt November or December will manage to hand me a truly shocking read to replace Bound By Shadows as my number one read. I’m not saying I’m going to be reading a lot of bad books for the last two months of the year – but Bound By Shadows really has set the bar high. It’s a wonderful read in so many ways, the perfect book for fans of romantic suspense.

Honestly, Bound By Shadows is Reily Garrett at her finest. It demonstrates why I fell in love with her work so quickly, why she quickly became one of my favourite authors, and why I’ll jump at anything she writes. I honestly cannot wait for the next book in the McAllister Justice series – but, seriously, I will read whatever Reily Garrett brings us next.

If you’ve yet to read a Reily Garrett book, I can guarantee you’re missing out on some amazing reads.

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Review: The Girl with All the Gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Girl with All the Gifts is one of those books I picked up due to the hype. I’m extremely weak willed when it comes to books, giving in to peer pressure and picking up what is popular. When it came to the M.R. Carey book so many people seemed to love, I found myself putting the book off for a very long time. In the end, I made myself pick it up. There was a time when I was interested, a time where curiosity wanted to know more, and it was time to sate those feelings.

In all honesty, this book was more of a three-point-five-star rating rather than the three-star rating I gave it. I spent a bit of time debating where I was to round up or down, but in the end I decided down was the way to go. Whilst there were some moments when I considered giving this a four-star rating, as a whole it wasn’t quite enough for me to round up. There were more of the three-star moments than the four-star moments, for me, hence the rounding down.

You see, the story did interest me. I love a good zombie novel where the story focuses upon something other than the standard running for your life as your friends are eaten by the infected. There is some of that for those who enjoy such a thing, enough to keep such people appeased, but it also offers quite a bit more. I experienced flashbacks to a few other zombie novels where the eating of brains was not the main focus, the kinds of books where we’re given a good dose of science or a deeper insight into the human condition. Despite these momentary flashes of other books, I would not consider this to be an attempt to mirror such books. This one has a number of unique aspects, many things that will leave you interested to see what comes next. Not to mention the ending – it certainly does not go in the direction you would expect of it.

For me, what prevented me from truly enjoying the story is that I was never as connected to it as I had expected to be. I was interested by the events, I was curious about what would happen to the character, and I was happy to read more; however, these feelings failed to reach what I had been hoping for. I wanted to know more about the events, but I was not engaging with them. I wanted to know what would come of the characters, but I did not care about them. I was happy to continue reading, but I didn’t feel any overpowering compulsion to keep the book in my hands until I was finished. It held my attention, but it wasn’t anything that really screamed out to me.

I can understand why many are such fans of this story, sadly it simply wasn’t for me. Having read so many great things, having heard so many great things, I think I just wanted a little bit more. The Hungry Plague books have potential, I cannot deny that, but The Girl with All the Gifts was not enough to have me picking up the other book.

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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Review: To Prevent Chic Costumes

To Prevent Chic Costumes To Prevent Chic Costumes by Emily Martha Sorensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To Prevent Chic Costumes is the second book in Emily Martha Sorensen’s Magical Mayhem series. As with To Prevent World Peace, it is an extremely short read, one that came be completed in under an hour, but it will leave you intrigued about what happens in the next instalment.

In my review of To Prevent World Peace, I mentioned how the book had a rather anime feel about it, feeling like a magical girl anime. I felt it even more with this one. To Prevent World Peace was the introduction episode, the one that gave us the basics we needed to know whether or not we’d be watching more, and To Prevent Chic Costumes was the second episode that really brought us into the story. I’m not usually a big fan of stories told by the episode, were each short tale gives just a single element of the overall story, but I’m finding myself rather enjoying it with this one. It’s very much like returning to my childhood days, only I’m reading the magical girl anime rather than watching it on television.

As with the first book, it was short and sweet, straight to the point. Across just four chapters the story moves us forward, introducing a few new elements to us. New characters and the promise of new events, mixed together with what we’d already come to know in the first story. Whilst there is plenty of promise of what may come, of things we will wish to see, things are left rather open – again, reminding me of watching anime when I was younger. Rather than waiting a day until the next episode airs, however, you just need to pick up the next book to see how things play out.

Whilst I enjoyed To Prevent World Peace, I was a little bit tentative about what was to come. To Prevent Chic Costumes removed that feeling, leaving me excited about where this series is going to head. I’m super excited to dive into the next story.

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Friday, 27 October 2017

Review: The Girl Who Saved Ghosts

The Girl Who Saved Ghosts The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by K.C. Tansley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is the second book in The Unbelievables series, and it was as enjoyable as the first book. Much like the First book, The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, my feelings are somewhat mixed. Certain elements of the story I really enjoyed whereas other elements didn’t quite live up to what I had been anticipating. As with the first book, it’s more of a three-point-five-star read.

The Girl Who Saved Ghosts builds heavily upon the events of the first book, meaning you need to read the first book to understand what happens in this one. The characters of book one reappear, with the events building upon what took place in the first book. In this one, we get to find out a lot more about the world than we did in the first book. Details of history and the families grow, giving us a much better understanding of what we are facing. There are still plenty of questions, many unknowns, but the image is much more solid in this one.

In addition to the storyline moving forward, the supernatural elements also become much clearer in this book. We had a pretty solid understanding from the first book, but there were many things we were still unsure about. This book addresses many of these issues, and helps to show us more of the world through taking us beyond the aspects introduced in the first book. Whilst the general supernatural elements were explained quite well, I’m a bit disappointed that the big evil wasn’t given the same amount of development. We got to find out bits and pieces about the darker side of the world, but I’d been hoping for a little bit more in terms of finding out about the big evil. I’m hoping such with come in the next book, though.

As with the first book, though, whilst I was interested in the events it didn’t quite pack the punch I’d been anticipating. I think a part of this may reflect my recent reads. I’ve read a lot of adult suspense books recently, a lot of books with high intensity action, and in comparison this felt much softer. There were moments of action, but I never really felt my heart pumping. I enjoyed what happened, but I wanted to be impacted more.

As with the first one, I did enjoy this. I’m certainly interested in seeing where the series goes from here.

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Review: The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is the first book in The Unbelievables series, and it was an interesting enough read. In all honesty, my feelings are rather mixed. Some parts of this book I really enjoyed whereas other aspects I wasn’t as crazy about. Whilst I have given it a three-star rating, a three-point-five-star rating is actually more accurate.

This book is one of those stories that manages to mix a few different genres into a single book. It’s young adult supernatural read, mixed with some mystery and time-travel. If it’s a combination that leaves you thinking ‘what the hell’, such a response is understandable. Although the logical part of my mind argues it shouldn’t really work all that well, it did.

The supernatural aspect is well done – simple but efficient. We have the basic ghost element at the start of the book, and as the story progresses the supernatural element grows. Little things are added at a time, new elements slowly introduced, resulting in a much more complex supernatural system than you initially realised. There is plenty within the story to ensure you understand the supernatural happenings, but still enough mystery left to ensure you come back for those answers.

The mystery element is much like the supernatural element, in the sense it is simple yet efficient. I’m a mystery aficionado, meaning I’m never quite as taken in by young adult mysteries as I would like to be, but for such a story it was well done. Hints are given throughout, the details slowly build, and you get to watch as everything comes together. Mixing knowledge of the past and the present together, it makes for an enjoyable read.

Although I found the story to be interesting, despite being pulled it, it didn’t quite pack the punch I had anticipated. It interested me, I was turning page after page to see how it came together, but I was never on the edge of my seat. The story intrigued me, but the action failed to get my heart pumping. Hence my three-point-five-star rating. It was fun, but it could have done with a bit more of a push.

Well worth the read, though, and it certainly leaves you interested in book two.

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Blog Tour: The Girl Who Saved Ghosts.

The Girl Who Saved Ghosts
K.C. Tansley
Publication date: October 17th 2017
Genres: Mystery, TimeTravel, Young Adult
She tried to ignore them. Now she might risk everything to save them.
After a summer spent in a haunted castle—a summer in which she traveled through time to solve a murder mystery—Kat is looking forward to a totally normal senior year at McTernan Academy. Then the ghost of a little girl appears and begs Kat for help, and more unquiet apparitions follow. All of them are terrified by the Dark One, and it soon becomes clear that that this evil force wants Kat dead.
Searching for help, Kat leaves school for the ancestral home she’s only just discovered. Her friend Evan, whose family is joined to her own by an arcane history, accompanies her. With the assistance of her eccentric great aunts and a loyal family ghost, Kat soon learns that she and Evan can only fix the present by traveling into the past.
As Kat and Evan make their way through nineteenth-century Vienna, the Dark One stalks them, and Kat must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to save a ghost.

Author Bio:
K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and two quirky golden retrievers on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.
Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is her award-winning and bestselling first novel in The Unbelievables series.
As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Review: City of the Lost

City of the Lost City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kelley Armstrong is one of those authors to have quickly worked her way onto my favourite authors list, doing so after just a couple of books. As it stands, I’ve been working my way through her Women of the Otherworld books at a snail’s pace. I adore the series, but it is taking me a while. When I saw City of the Lost on sale, I knew it was time for me to jump into something else, something different. Taking a step away from the paranormal romance I knew and loved, I was eager to dive into a Kelley Armstrong thriller.

Thrillers and mysteries are actually some of my favourite books, even if I haven’t read all that many as of late. I’ve been in one of those moods where I’ve been picking up contemporary romance or paranormal romances. There was a time where such a thing would have horrified me, I never imagined I would reach the point where romance was my choice of read, yet such is where I’ve been at recently. However, when I was looking at my bookshelf and trying to decide what I was to pick up next, I knew I would be taking a break from that mood. City of the Lost was calling out to me, begging me to return to my mystery and thriller mindset.

Whilst there is romance within this story, as I’ve come to expect from Kelley Armstrong, it does not take over the entire story. It is there simmering in the background, slowly building, wiggling into your heart at a leisurely pace. You are aware of it, you ship it, you enjoy it, but it does not take over the entire story. There are scenes focusing solely upon the romance factor, but it is not the main element of the story. As I’ve said, this has more of a mystery and thriller kind of vibe.

At first, the story is a bit slow. It takes a few chapters before you’re completely pulled in. At the start, I believe people will fall into one of two categories. They will either be extremely intrigued, or they will be bored of waiting for the story to start. Whatever category you fall into, hold on. It does take a while for things to get moving, but once the story is moving we have quite a few different elements going on. Each time you think you’ve reached the bottom of the secrets to be uncovered, something more is added. There are some predictable elements and some surprising elements, and all work to bring the story together in a wonderful way.

As my first introduction to Kelley Armstrong’s thrillers, it was a wonderful read. I’m so glad there are more Casey Duncan books to come, as I’m going to be grabbing them up. I fell in love with the characters, the story, and the town. Without a doubt, I’ll be returning for more.

The Women of the Otherworld books were enough to cement Kelley Armstrong as a favourite author, but City of the Lost has shown she has more up her sleeve than I’d initially thought.

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Review: Angels' Kisses

Angels' Kisses Angels' Kisses by Nikki Ashton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s been less than a year since I read my first Nikki Ashton book, and yet here I am in limbo once again. I’ve become addicted to this woman’s work, desperate for more. I’m a true fan and there is no going back now. Waiting to get my hands on the next book, it is going to be difficult.

My first two Nikki Ashton reads – Roman’s Having Sex Again and I Wanna Get Laid By Kade (the latter written with Victoria Johns) – were very much on the lighter end of the spectrum. Box of Hearts, the first book in The Connor’s series was a much heavier read. In fact, I think it just about broke me. I felt so much, I felt everything, and by the end I was both terrified and excited for what would happen when we did receive Garratt’s story. I knew, without a doubt, it would be both beautiful and heart-breaking.

Having now read Angels’ Kisses, I can confirm this story is both of those things.

Garratt was one of my favourite characters in Box of Hearts, and I could not wait to find out more about his story. Getting to see inside of his head, getting to experience what he was experiencing, caused me to fall even deeper in love with him. As much as I adored Jesse, I think it is safe to say Garratt is my favourite of the two Connor brothers. The wise cracks, the dirty mouth, and the depth of his love will have everyone looking for their own Garratt Connor. As a side character he was amazing, as a main character he was unbelievable.

Much like Box of Hearts, Angels’ Kisses is a deeply emotional read. Garratt’s story deals with a very different kind of emotional story, but it will bit you just as hard. In fact, this one hit me in a very different way. Box of Hearts dealt with the deep emotions following the death of Jesse’s first wife and the impact this had upon his interactions with his family; Angels’ Kisses deals with the very real emotions when dealing with cancer. It deals with both the losses people face following cancer and the fears people face when worrying it can have an impact on their life. Having lost family members to cancer and other family members having been through treatment, I can honestly say this one hit all the right spots. There is so much emotional depth throughout, so many real emotions shown.

Honestly, I could rant for days and days about how true to life reactions were. The fears, the anger, the sadness, and throughout it all we had the strength of people in such situations. We get to experience it all, go through everything with the characters. You’re constantly holding out hope for the best, praying everything will be okay, knowing life is not always rainbows and butterflies.

Fear not, however. Whilst this does deal with a very heavy topic, one I’m sure many readers will be able to relate to in some way, it is not all doom and gloom. Considering the topic of the story, I did so much laughing. I’m sure a few people are doing a double take at such a thing – laughing in a book where cancer is a main topic, I must be mad – but it is so well done. The book shows how life can, and will, go on. It shows how happiness can always be found. It tells the story of true love, how a person who truly loves you will always be there by your side. When that person is Garratt it comes in the form of many comments that will leave us all laughing out loud. It really is the perfect blend of emotions.

Honestly, this was such a beautiful read. There was so much added to this story throughout, so many things I could mention, but I’m not. I’ve mentioned the big thing, the hardest hitting element, and I’m going to leave the rest a mystery. Just know, you’ll be taken on an emotional roller-coaster due to so many different elements of this story.

Without a doubt, this was a wonderful read. I could not have imagined a better story for Garratt. This was all I could have asked for in his story, all I could have wanted. The perfect follow up to Box of Hearts.

Moreover, there is another book to come in The Connor’s series and I cannot wait to grab it. Already I know it is going to be another emotion filled read, a story that will pull at all my heartstrings. I cannot wait to experience it.

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Review: Delta Redemption

Delta Redemption Delta Redemption by Elle Boon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although Delta Redemption is the sixth book in the Seal Team Phantom series, it was my first Elle Boon book. I realise reading this book first lessened some of the impact of the story, but I still adored this read. It was a wonderful introduction to the author’s work and I’ll certainly be going back to read the prior books. I need to fill in some of my blanks and I really want to get to know the other characters better.

When I first started reading this I was a little bit concerned that I would not be able to understand it, as references were being made to big events from prior books. Big events that had influenced our hero’s life. Fortunately, as the story progressed these details were slowly filled in for me. I was a little bit behind those who have read the prior books, but enough detail was given to ensure I was able to read this without needing to go and pick up the other books first. Even though it clearly does work as a standalone novel, I really would suggest going to read the prior books for the best impact.

Despite the small tentatively when I initially started this book, I quickly found myself lost in the story. Once I was a couple of chapters in, I was a goner. I was sucked into the story and I could not put the book down until I was finished, leaving me up until the early hours of the morning as I needed to see how everything came together.

There was so much to this one that pulled me under. The characters were amazing, both individually and as a couple. I loved both our hero and our heroine, adoring their relationship and the way details developed throughout. The interaction between them was wonderful, and I quickly came to enjoy the side characters as well. Hence my need to know more about them – it is clear there are wonderful stories to be found, and I need more than just the snippets of detail I received from the exchanges. In addition to the characters being wonderful, the story was gripping. There was intrigue throughout, and even though I worked out who was the bad guy from quite early on, there were enough twists thrown in to keep me on my toes.

Overall, this was a brilliant read. I quickly grew to love the characters and story in this one, and I know for a fact this will not be my only Elle Boon read. In fact, I’m sure it’s just the first of what will be many.

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Review: Terminated

Terminated Terminated by Rachel Caine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Working Stiff, the first book in the Revivalist series, was an enjoyable enough read – whilst I wasn’t crazy about it, I was excited to read more. Two Weeks’ Notice was a lot more enjoyable – I felt as though there was a lot more to the story. Terminated, sadly, was the weakest in the series. I wanted to enjoy this conclusion to the series so much, but it felt anti-climactic. I kept waiting for something to build some emotion within me, kept waiting for something big to happen, yet it never reached that point where I felt as though it was truly deserving of a four-star rating. At a push, I would give this one a three-point-five-star rating, but it is certainly the weakest of the series.

Reading the books back to back instantly had me noticing the inconsistencies in this book following on from the prior. The first chapter of this book went against the final scenes in the prior book, instantly leaving me confused. There were then inconsistencies later in the book, conflicting details, leaving me with the belief this book could have done with a better editor than it was given. Thus, you can imagine, I was let down from the very start. It appeared prior details were being ignored to ensure this story followed a set pattern.

Was this forced story enjoyable? If you’re a fan of watching characters traipse across the country, then sure, but I grew bored of it rather quickly. It followed the same formula over and over, something that became rather boring quickly: car scenes, discussion, action, near death experience, running, and back to the car to repeat in a new locale. There were slight variations, but it amounted to the same kind of scenes playing out over and over again. I kept waiting for the big fight, kept waiting for everything to come together, but it never really reached that point.

Even the scene where our big evil met her comeuppance, I wasn’t entirely happy with. It happened, then it was over. It really wasn’t what I had anticipated it to be. In fact, there was only one scene in the entire book that really hit any emotions – and even then, it was only a very small proportion of a much larger scene that was disappointing to me as a whole.

Whilst I did enjoy seeing how everything came together, and we did get answers to some of our questions, I wasn’t really content with how things played out. Things seemed to come together without there being the build-up I wanted, deus ex machina moments popping up to save the day. As I said, it was all rather anti-climactic. The ending in particular felt like a big let-down, considering how everything had been building.

Overall, this wasn’t quite the ending I had been hoping for.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Release Day Blitz: Delta Redemption.

Elle Boon
Delta Redemption
Release Date Oct 24, 2017

Jase had his life mapped out in front of him. He was the leader of SEAL Team Phantom and planned to continue moving up in the ranks, until he met his mentor’s daughter. Falling for Brooke Frazee wasn’t on his agenda, but from the moment he saw the Admiral’s daughter, all bets were off. Brooke’s life wasn’t always easy, but she dreamed of someday finding her happily ever after. She never planned on falling for a military man like her father, until she unexpectedly meets Jase Tyler at her door. The thought of being with him both terrified and excited her. Jase knew Brooke was the woman for him. After declaring their love for each other they were forced to part ways, for reasons Brooke will never understand. Jase is left with his heart in shreds as he’s shipped off on a mission, unsure of his return. Will war make him forget everything he’s leaving behind or will his mission leave him branded as a traitor? Brooke was shattered when Jase left, but she was forced to move on with her life even though her dreams had changed. She’s not prepared when the man from her past walks back through the door, or for the secrets they uncover while on the run from danger. Jase, no longer a member of Phantom Team, but not knowing who else he can trust to protect what he holds dear, calls on his former SEAL Team. As they reunite as a unit and work together, they find out that nothing is what it seems. If Jase and Brooke live through the coming days, will their love be able to endure when the dust settles?

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  Elle Boon lives in Middle-Merica as she likes to say…with her husband, two kids, and a black lab who is more like a small pony. She’d never planned to be a writer, but when life threw her a curve, she swerved with it, since she’s athletically challenged. She’s known for saying “Bless Your Heart” and dropping lots of F-bombs, but she loves where this new journey has taken her. She writes what she loves to read, and that is romance, whether it’s erotic or paranormal, as long as there is a happily ever after. Her biggest hope is that after readers have read one of her stories, they fall in love with her characters as much as she did. She loves creating new worlds, and has more stories just waiting to be written. Elle believes in happily ever afters, and can guarantee you will always get one with her stories. She loves coffee…needs coffee…may not be considered human without the liquid gold, and only after the 2nd cup should you approach <3 However, she truly is a chatty one once properly caffeinated, so please drop her a pm or an email.

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Review: Two Weeks' Notice

Two Weeks' Notice Two Weeks' Notice by Rachel Caine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Upon finishing Working Stiff, I was eager to jump straight into Two Weeks’ Notice. The first book may not have hit all my buttons, but it certainly left me addicted and wanting more. I needed to see how things played out, I needed to see what came next, and I was more than willing to jump straight into the second book.

As is often the case with such books, it took me a while to get into this second book. We had the usual element of the details being rehashed, something that I found unnecessary having just come from the first book. Fortunately, this did not last as long as it sometimes does before the story started to get moving again. I wasn’t quite sure what direction this story would go in, a part of me worried it would be a repeat of the prior book when it came to trying to achieve certain goals, but I quickly found this second book was introducing a number of new elements.

You see, I enjoyed Two Weeks’ Notice a lot more for quite a few reasons. New elements were introduced, new characters appeared, new twists were added, and as a whole a lot more happened in this one. The first book had limited action in my opinion, whereas things occur throughout with this book. There’s a lot more in terms of action, and even when we step away from the action there is still a decent amount occurring. Even in the slower sections of the book, we’re still moving towards some kind of goal.

This one certainly leaves you pulled in throughout, leaving you turning page after page as you work towards your answers. Then, when you reach the end you’re left desperate to grab the next book. I wasn’t quite sure what new element would be added for book three, but the ending left me truly desperate to grab it up. The twist added, the new element, will leave you grabbing book three instantly. It’s certainly a book that will leave you begging for answers.

Without a doubt, a much stronger second book.

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Review: Working Stiff

Working Stiff Working Stiff by Rachel Caine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My sister is a big fan of Rachel Caine and introduced me to her work through the Morganville Vampires series. Whilst I did enjoy the books, I wasn’t as crazy about them as my sister. I believe I was more open to the flaws, aware of the parallels to other young adult vampire novels. As a whole, I enjoyed them and was willing to try other Rachel Caine books. Thus, when I saw the Revivalist series going cheap I was willing to dive in.

The Revivalist series is different to the Morganville Vampire series in a number of ways, mainly this series introduced me to Rachel Caine’s adult fantasy and moved me away from her young adult fantasy. There isn’t a very big different in the method of storytelling and writing style, you can still tell it is Rachel Caine, but certain aspects of the story make it appropriate for adult readers rather than the younger readers.

Another big, and obvious difference, is the creatures involved in the story. Like many members of the population, I’m a big zombie fan. I enjoy a good zombie twist, and I was interested to see what this one would bring. The story promised something different to the norm, and I was excited to see what it was. Whilst this wasn’t my favourite twist on the undead element, it was a nice change. It introduces us to new elements, new rules, and brings something different to the table.

I’ll be completely honest by saying I wasn’t completely pulled into the story at first. Elements were interesting, but I wasn’t pulled in. Then, in typical Rachel Caine fashion, I found my feelings changing. I went from being merely interested to being truly addicted, finding I needed to finish the book in a single sitting. I cannot tell you what changed or when, all I know is I was sucked in and found myself addicted to the story and in need of finding out what happened.

Although I was addicted and powered my way through the book, I wasn’t completely content with the story. I feel as though there wasn’t as much action as there could have been, that events didn’t quite reach the impact they could have. I also found I wasn’t completely happy with the characters. I really enjoyed some of the side characters, but I wasn’t truly happy with our main character. I feel like details were given that never really came into play – namely her background in the forces. I enjoyed certain elements of our main character, but I feel like a lot was added but never really used.

It was an addictive story, an interesting story, and it certainly left me wanting more.

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Review: Domain

Domain Domain by James Herbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Domain is the third book in James Herbert’s The Rats trilogy, and it is safe to say it is my favourite. The first book, The Rats, was an interesting read but it wasn’t quite what I had anticipated. The second book, Lair, was a lot more enjoyable. This third book, Domain, hit even more spots.

Domain has a very different atmosphere to the first two books in the series, and I believe this is what left me to enjoy the book so much. Throughout the series we have been dealing with the fear of something in the real world, a creature made nightmarish. The first two books added something more to make the creatures more grotesque, yet the story was told in a real-world setting. With Domain, we deal with the monstrous creatures following the end of the world as it was once known.

Domain may be considered dated by some, as it deals with what was a fear in the past. The idea of nations hitting the red button, countries being blasted out of existence. There was a time in the past where this was an everyday fear, and James Herbert takes this and then adds in further fears. Some may find it hard to connect to the story, as many of the elements are based upon past fears, but I felt as though it simply added new layers to the story. It may have been dated in some ways, yet it still reaches many very real fears.

A lot of the book does focus on the fears of a destroyed world. The collapse of society, the horrors of radiation, the fears of what has happened to others, and many other end of the world elements are prevalent throughout. These elements of the story are focused upon, yet throughout the knowledge of the rats remains. They appear slowly, creeping in to add additional layers of horror to the story.

Moreover, James Herbert continues as he has throughout the rest of the series – with each additional book, the rats become more. There is more horror to be found, the creatures having developed even further. By the end, we get to see what the series has been building towards throughout, we get to see just how creepy James Herbert can make the creatures.

Without a doubt, Domain was my favourite of The Rats trilogy. Although there is a graphic novel as well, a strange book four, I doubt I will be reading it. I rather like the way things ended here (and, to be honest, some of the reviews I have read have put me off reading the ‘fourth book’).

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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Review: Sleep Savannah Sleep

Sleep Savannah Sleep Sleep Savannah Sleep by Alistair Cross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not one to advocate books as movies, but every so often I’ll read something only to think ‘damn, that would make a great movie’. Sleep Savannah Sleep is an example of such a book. Alistair Cross has managed to write a horror novel I can easily envision as a movie – in fact, I spent most of the book surprised I wasn’t watching a movie.

Although I do not read horror books as often as some of my other favourite genres, I am a big fan. Most of my horror reads are from what I consider to be the ‘prime time of horror’, the eighties. There are some more recent horror authors I enjoy, but none seem to have the same impact as the classics. Whilst enjoyable, I often feel as though such books are trying too hard to imitate a bygone era. Alistair Cross brings us something different, leaving me with a new horror author to follow. With Sleep Savannah Sleep, Alistair Cross takes what is great about the modern-day genre and pulls you right in.

Think about the last few horror movies you watched. Make a list of reoccurring themes. It should be easy enough. I’ll even give you a bit of help. A family having faced a recent loss. A troubled teen. A move to a new town. Nosey neighbours. Small town drama. A crime (past or present). A creepy local. Strange events happening (across town and within the house). Nightly spooks. These are just a few of the things modern horror movies will offer, the things guaranteed to pull you in, and Alistair Cross offers them in spades throughout Sleep Savannah Sleep.

In some ways, this book seemed rather formulaic, it seemed to follow a movie script. Part one introduces us to the town and the drama – in the movies these are the first few scenes where we get to watch the family move into the house. Part two introduces us to the supernatural elements – in the movies these are the scenes where we start to realise something is wrong, moving shadows and unexplained noises. Part three is what brings the two prior elements together – in the movies these are the scenes where the characters start to put the pieces together, working out what is behind the supernatural elements. It was a different way to doing things, an approach to horror writing you do not see that often, and I really enjoyed this. You knew what to expect without the details being obvious – you knew drama was coming, you knew supernatural events were coming, and you knew a big reveal was coming. It’s a case of simple story telling being extremely effective.

In addition to Sleep Savannah Sleep being a wonderful horror novel, there’s also an underlying mystery. As with any good haunting, you’re left with all the why questions. Why isn’t the spirit at rest? Why is this character being haunted? Why is the ghost trying to send a message? Many whys, keeping you intrigued. In this case, it’s a murder mystery mixed with a horror novel. As I love a good mystery (probably my favourite genre if I was forced to choose just one), I was intrigued to see how things played out. I’ll admit to working out who the killer was almost instantly, but such failed to lessen my enjoyment. I was pulled in, excited to see how everything came together, and was eagerly anticipating the reactions of characters when all the facts came out.

With a brilliant cast of characters and a gripping storyline, Sleep Savannah Sleep manages to work under your skin leaving you desperate for more. Desperate to keep reading until you get your answers, and upon finishing desperate to read more Alistair Cross.

As my introduction to Alistair Cross, this was a wonderful read. I’m excited to dive into more Alistair Cross books, to see whether I’m impacted in the same glorious way.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Review: Girl of Blood

Girl of Blood Girl of Blood by Norma Hinkens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Girl of Fire was a wonderful read, introducing us to the Expulsion Project and leaving us wanting more. Girl of Stone was a fun read, working to answer plenty of our questions whilst leaving us excited for the final book. Girl of Blood brings the trilogy together so well, offering a conclusion that will please the fans of the series.

From the first book, I’ve adored the cast of this series and couldn’t wait to see how their stories progressed in this one. Bringing together all the characters we have got to know so well throughout the series, we get to see as our favourites are put through some difficult situations as they attempt to make everything right once again. Throughout, we have our emotions pulled, leaving us unsure as to whether all the characters will make it through the story, forcing us to feel a range of emotions.

The situations and events vary so much, with a lot happening in this one. We deal with so many different aspects, bringing together all the different elements of the overall story along with giving us a few new things to worry about. In many ways, it’s like travelling back through the series – we revisit so many people and places, allowing us a glance at the things we loved in the prior books, giving us the answers we require as we work our way through space.

Both the expected and the unexpected occurred within this one, taking us on a wild ride throughout. Honestly, I could sit and explain all the details of this book that I loved so much, but to do so would be to give far too many spoilers. Just know the story is non-stop, we experience so much, and it is a wonderful end to the trilogy.

Although this brought everything together so nicely, I am sad to see the characters go. I would not be opposed to short stories or spinoff series telling the tales of the characters in the future, as I really did become so invested in all their lives.

Without a doubt, a great trilogy. I cannot wait to see what Norma Hinkens brings us next.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Review: Lair

Lair Lair by James Herbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d been excited about reading The Rat series for quite some time, and although I wasn’t crazy about the first book, I was eager to dive into Lair. Personally, I enjoyed Lair a lot more than I enjoyed The Rats.

Lair takes place a few years after The Rats, dropping us back into the wonderful horror of the monstrous creatures. It takes all the creepy aspects of the first book and amplifies them, taking what we were introduced to in the first book and making it even creepier. It is more than just the overgrown rats in this story, as the mutation we were introduced to at the end of The Rats also plays a role in this story. As I said, the horror is amped up in this one.

With a new set of characters and a new location, we're quickly pulled into this story. I feel as though Lair had a bit more depth to it than the first book - whilst the first book had all the creep I could desire, I failed to connect with the characters and events. It was different with Lair, and I found myself falling deeper into the story.

I think a large part of it was that I enjoyed these characters more than I enjoyed the characters from the first book. Whilst we do have one character from the prior book in this one, and references are made to the events of book one, it was nice to be introduced to a fresh cast. It was only a little thing, but I do believe it played a big part in my enjoyment.

Overall, I enjoyed Lair a lot more than I enjoyed The Rats. I was eager to dive into Lair because of a curiosity as to what came next, whereas my eagerness to dive into Domain is based upon an investment in the story.

A great look back at the peak time of horror, and a great example of what James Herbert's capabilities as a horror writer.

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Review: Taming A Duke's Reckless Heart

Taming A Duke's Reckless Heart Taming A Duke's Reckless Heart by Tammy Andresen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My introduction to the Taming the Heart series came from book two, and I quickly worked my way through the rest of the series whenever the chance came about. Despite moving forward with the storyline, I never did work my way back to book one. I kept telling myself to, yet my long to-read list meant it remained a long way off. Fortunately, I have amended my error – I’ve now gone back and read book one and confirm it was a solid read.

Each book in the Taming the Heart series tells the story of a different couple, yet they are all linked through the characters. Links exist in the form of friendships, allowing us to follow the characters. In Taming a Duke’s Wild Rose, I was introduced to Piper and Barrett and quickly found myself interested in finding out more. Throughout the rest of the series – Taming a Laird’s Wild Lady, Taming a Rake into a Lord, Taming a Savage Gentleman, and Taming a Rogue Earl – I got to see more and more of them, getting to watch their relationship develop. Still, I had not read the story of how they came together.

You can imagine I entered this story with some pretty big expectations due to this. I’d read the next five books, constantly being shown snippets of their life. I had some pretty high standards for this story, and a part of me feared it wouldn’t live up. It’s not that I doubted Tammy Andresen – having enjoyed the five other books, I knew I would enjoy this one – it’s simply that I had created so many possibilities in my mind.

Fortunately, this one more than delivered.

Taming a Duke’s Reckless Heart was exactly what I hoped for from Piper and Barrett’s story. For anyone who has yet to read the series, this is a wonderful introduction of what to expect; as someone who has already read the rest of the series this was a wonderful dive into the past. It had all I had hoped for – the romance, the drama, and the great characters.

Whilst it is not my favourite book in the series, it’s certainly in my top three. Being slightly longer than some of the later books happen to be, this one digs deep into the drama surrounding Piper and Barrett’s love story. There is plenty to keep us entertained throughout, though, leaving you more than willing to finish this one in a single sitting. From the very start, their story pulls us in, leaving us wanting more, and unwilling to turn away until we know how everything plays out.

A wonderful read, more than worth it for anyone who enjoys historical romance. It’s a series I’d recommend for any such fans, with this book being a wonderful gateway drug into the stories.

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Review: Prescription For Love

Prescription For Love Prescription For Love by Zee Monodee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Earlier this year I read Zee Monodee’s Edge of Danger, and found it to be a wonderful read. I wanted more of the author’s work. Initially, I’d planned to dive into the rest of the Corpus Agency series; however, when the chance came to read Prescription for Love I was happy to dive in.

Prescription for Love is the first book in the Destiny’s Child series. These are standalone stories where a child brings together two characters. I’m always tentative about such reads – aware such books will fall on one extreme end of the spectrum, whereby I will adore the child or I will feel as though they’re nothing more than a forced element of the story – but I found Prescription for Love to be an enjoyable read.

I’ll be completely honesty by saying I wasn’t completely won over at first. I’m not quite sure what it was, but I wasn’t pulled into the story for a couple of chapters. I was interested in a number of elements, but I wasn’t pulled under the spell. I cannot pinpoint when this changed, but it wasn’t long before I found myself lost in the story. It won me over and I found it to be a story I could not put down – I was pulled into the lives of the characters, I was pulled into the romance, and so many events had me wanting more.

Without a doubt, it’s a wonderful romance that will quickly win you over. Going back to my statement about the use of children in books, I enjoyed the way this one dealt with an older child than I’m accustomed to in such stories. Often the children are really young, but this time the child character is on the edge of those dreaded teenage years – it added a different kind of drama, and I really liked this.

In addition to the drama added through the child character, there is plenty of other drama thrown in. It’s a somewhat quick read, but there is plenty thrown in throughout. Numerous elements that throw a wrench into the works, things that will leave you questioning whether or not the happily ever after will work out – and if it does, you cannot wait to see how they reach the point of such happiness.

Without a doubt, this was another great Zee Monodee read. Edge of Danger left me with the desire to read more, and Prescription for Love has left me certain I will be reading yet more of the author’s work.

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Review: Season of Atchem

Season of Atchem Season of Atchem by Jennifer Arntson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Season of Atchem is the first book in Jennifer Arntson’s Scavenger Girl series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book. This first one has pulled me completely into the world, leaving me super excited to find out what comes next in this wonderful story.

Whilst the book is labelled as young adult fantasy, I believe such a thing does the book a real injustice. It is so much more than your standard young adult fantasy novel, offering more depth than you tend to see. This is not an attack on other young adult fantasy novels – I’m a big fan of the genre and am well aware of the many wonderful reads that can be found – but many of my recent young adult fantasy reads do pale in comparison to this one. In many ways, I feel as though this book is closer to adult fantasy. It’s the age of the main character that has given it the young adult label, when in reality it is a much more mature read. I do not mean this in the sense of the book having numerous explicit scenes to bump it into new adult or adult, as seems to be the trend in young adult fantasy as of late, rather I feel as though the depth and the messages sent are more in line with a more mature reader. Young adults can certainly enjoy it, yet the older readers should not shy away due to the young adult label.

What we’re given is a fabulous story, with so many layers and so much hidden depth. I could go on and on about each of the different elements, writing an extremely lengthy review that covers every single tiny details, but to do such a thing will fail to convey the wonderful way in which all the different elements of this story interact.

We’re given a new world to deal with, a rather dystopian society. As the story progresses, we get to see more and more about the world. Although we only get to see a small snippet of the entire world, we get to experience so much in this one. Moreover, there is so much promise about what we’ll get to see in the future books. I feel as though a lot of the things we were introduced to in this one will become more prevalent in the future books, and that we’ll get to experience so much more than we did in this first book.

We’re given a wonderful cast, multidimensional characters. At first, I was unsure about some of the characters, feeling as though they existed merely to add a certain element to the story, but as things move forward all of the characters grow and develop. Everyone had a role to play, everyone was important. Love or hate a character, you will come to enjoy the interactions. Not to mention, there are plenty of unknowns left at the end – things you’ll believe about characters but will be unsure about, things you’ll want to see, things you’ll hope will be avoided, and so much more.

Holding the world and cast together is a gripping storyline that introduces you to so much. It is clear this book is the first in the series, as there are many things introduced in this one. When so much is happening in a story, sometimes things can become a bit confusing – but such is not the case here. Everything flows so well, details being introduced and merging with what we already know. There are so many different elements to this story, guaranteeing something will pull you in.

My only disappointment was that I wanted a little bit more action. As I stated, this is the first book in the series and it does a lot of introducing, yet I feel as though it overshadowed the potential for action. There were many twists thrown in, lots of things are given, and I hope this means we’ll get even more action in the future books. This, of course, is just a personal preference – it’s a brilliant book without the action, yet I’m somewhat biased towards the action sequences.

Overall, this was a wonderful read. It is a brilliant debut book, and I cannot wait to see what comes next. It’s certainly a book that people need to pick up, a series I need to follow.

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