Saturday, 21 July 2018

Review - The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Title: The Wicked Deep
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Pages: 320
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK
Release Date: 8th March 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow… 

Two centuries ago, in the small, isolated town, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return from the depths, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them down to their watery deaths.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into or the fact that his arrival will change everything...

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.


 My Review:

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK Children's and NetGalley*

Two hundred years ago, the three Swan sisters arrived at Sparrow, a small town on the coast. The sisters were tried as witches and drowned in the sea. Every summer since they have returned to Sparrow, each sister taking over the body of a girl to lure boys into the sea as revenge.
Penny Talbot lives on a small island near Sparrow. She has accepted Sparrow's fate and avoids the Swan Season as much as she can.
Then Penny meets Bo, a boy from out of town who has no idea the danger he's in. Penny invites Bo to stay on the island, intending to keep him safe from the Swan sisters.
Can Penny and Bo trust each other when they're both hiding secrets?
Will Bo fall victim to one of the Swan sisters?

The Wicked Deep was an intriguing read that drew me in.
I liked Penny and found her relatable. I would have liked to have seen more of Rose. Bo was quite an interesting character.
The romance wasn't one of my favourites but I didn't dislike it.
The plot held my attention but I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't guessed the twists.
The writing style was easy to follow and I would be interested to read more by the author.
I was slightly disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.


Friday, 20 July 2018

Book Blitz + Giveaway - A Pilgrimage to Death by Alexa Padgett

A Pilgrimage to Death by Alexa Padgett
Publication date: August 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

They murdered her sister. They threatened her church. But their day of reckoning will cost her everything…

When Cici Gurule finds the dead body of a parishioner in the nearby Santa Fe National Forest, she’s horrified to realize the victim bears the same stab wounds that ended her twin sister’s life one year earlier.

Now, as a freewheeling, progressive reverend who’ll stop at nothing to protect her flock, she’ll need to join forces with her detective friend and loyal pair of Great Pyrenees to hunt down the killer before she’s forced to officiate another funeral.

Soon, however, Cici discovers her sister was on the trail of a deep-rooted criminal operation, and her death was no random act of violence. With the criminals out for Cici’s blood, she needs to catch the wolf by the tail…before it goes in for the kill.

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Sam brought his chair down with a soft thump as it hit the patio paver but he didn’t say anything for another long moment.
“Anna Carmen was my best friend. She helped me through a hard time—she helped me see what I couldn’t then.”
Cici’s lip trembled as she lifted her teacup. “I miss her, too. So much. Yesterday . . . it all came bubbling back up.”
Sam’s hand settled on Cici’s shoulder in that gesture of comfort she’d come to depend on.
“I know you do. And, yeah, I figured it would.”
Jaycee sidled up to their table and settled Sam’s large glass of iced tea on the table. Condensation formed on the glass, dripping down to wet the white napkin beneath it.
“I thought of something,” the girl said.
Both Cici and Sam turned their faces up to the teenager.
“Mr. Johnson told me one time he was meeting someone about a case.” Her brow wrinkled for a moment before she shrugged. “Does that help?”
Sam tugged at his short ponytail. “Maybe. Thanks, Jaycee.”
“Sure.” The girl skittered off to greet some new patrons.
“You think you know what the case is, don’t you?” Cici asked, pouring more tea into her cup.


Author Bio
With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all—at least for a while. And she does in her books.

She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Blog Tour + Excerpt + Giveaway - Between Frost and Fury (The Xenith Trilogy #2) by Chani Lynn Feener

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Between Frost and Fury (The Xenith Trilogy #2) by Chani Lynn Feener
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 24th 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Delaney might have done her job a little TOO well…and now her life has once again been turned upside down by aliens, this time by a deadly (and devastatingly handsome) alien prince in this explosive second installment of Chani Lynn Feener’s The Xenith Trilogy.

Delaney has been kidnapped by aliens. Again. After only a month back on Earth with her hot new alien boyfriend Ruckus, the deadly and devastatingly handsome prince Trystan has dragged her right back to his planet.

While some girls may dream of winning a prince’s heart, Delaney just wishes this one would leave her alone. Instead, she finds herself at the center of both a tense political battle between two alien kingdoms and Trystan’s romantic attentions, both of which are absolutely ruining the life she’s built on Earth. Not to mention the fact that she’s about to be crowned queen of a planet she’s barely even visited. Just another day in the life of an ordinary human girl.

Readers won’t want to miss Between Frost and Fury, the compelling, fast-paced sequel to Chani Lynn Feener’s Amid Stars and Darkness.


She thought he was like Olena? Impossible. Olena Ond was a moron, and while Trystan had been called many things in the past, moron had never been one of them.
He shook his head, slamming both palms flat against the double doors leading to the conference room. They slapped against the inner walls, rebounding with a loud clatter that he hardly noticed.
There were five tellers in the room already, all Kint, and without needing him to say a word they scattered. They bowed as they passed, but Trystan was already turning his attention toward the large screen on the wall.
He checked his clothing, cursing under his breath when he remembered he wasn’t in uniform. He ran a hand over his hair to smooth down any unruly strands. He was painfully aware of the dark circles still under his eyes—a result of the constant meetings his father had been calling lately—but there was nothing to be done about it now.
Just as he was about to bend down and flick a speck of dust from the toe of his boot, the screen emitted a low chime. A second later his father’s face filled half the wall before him.
Of course, the Rex looked impeccable, and Trystan clasped his hands behind his back to hide the fact he was making tight fists. To the End family, appearance was everything, and if his father wasn’t reminding him of this fact verbally, he was always sure to do so physically.
His father got straight to the point. “I hear there were complications at the Positioning.”
“Nothing I couldn’t handle,” Trystan said.
“It’s my understanding Basilissa Tilda handled it,” the Rex stated . “Smart, to renew fear of their Basilissa in the Vakar. But was an all-out riot part of your brilliant plan as well?”
“It hardly got that far.”
Damn his father’s spies for making it sound otherwise. Usually he carefully screened the tellers he had around him, made sure none of them had overtly strong ties to the Rex. Taking over the Vakar palace had been too big a play, however, and Trystan had been forced to accept whatever troops he’d had to send.
“From the sounds of it, even your human was worried.”

Author Bio

Chani Lynn Feener has wanted to be a writer since the age of ten during fifth grade story time. She majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont, and graduated in 2012. To pay her bills, she has worked many odd jobs, including, but not limited to, telemarketing, order picking in a warehouse, and filling ink cartridges. When she isn’t writing, she’s binging TV shows, drawing, or frequenting zoos/aquariums. Chani is also the author of teen paranormal series, the Underworld Saga, originally written under the penname Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut, but lives on

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Review - Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley

Title: Lady Mary
Author: Lucy Worsley
Pages: 384
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Release Date: 5th April 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

By turns thrilling, dramatic and touching, this is the story of Henry the Eighth and Catherine of Aragon's divorce as you've never heard it before - from the eyes of their daughter, Princess Mary.

More than anything Mary just wants her family to stay together; for her mother and her father - and for her - to all be in the same place at once. But when her father announces that his marriage to her mother was void and by turns that Mary doesn't really count as his child, she realises things will never be as she hoped.

Things only get worse when her father marries again. Separated from her mother and forced to work as a servant for her new sister, Mary must dig deep to find the strength to stand up against those who wish to bring her down. Despite what anyone says, she will always be a princess. She has the blood of a princess and she is ready to fight for what is rightfully hers.


My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and NetGalley*

Mary Tudor loves her parents Henry the Eighth and Catherine of Aragon. She wishes they could all spend more time together.
Then Mary's world is turned upside down when her father announces that his marriage to Catherine isn't legal and he plans to marry again.
Henry marries Anne Boleyn and Mary is separated from her mother. No longer a princess, Mary resists those who wish her to become a servant for the new princess, Anne and Henry's daughter Elizabeth.
Does Mary have the strength to fight back?
Will she regain her former title of princess?

I have always been interested in the Tudors, but I never knew much about Mary. This book has definitely made me want to find out more about her. As a fan of Lucy Worsley and her documentaries, I was very intrigued to read this.
Mary was a likeable protagonist and I felt sorry for her - her family was torn apart and she was treated badly.
The plot was interesting and held my attention. I don't know how accurate it is, but it seemed believable.
I enjoyed the writing style and would read more fiction books by Lucy Worsley.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.


Thursday, 12 July 2018

Review - A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

Title: A Thousand Perfect Notes
Author: C.G. Drews
Pages: 300
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: 7th June 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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?

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My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley*

Beck has a tough life - his once famous pianist mother forces him to play the piano for hours on end, and if Beck isn't good enough she punishes him by using her fists. Since her stroke, his mother can't play, so she pushes Beck, determined to carry on the Keverich line.
When he's not playing the piano, Beck tries to look after his little sister, Joey, and to hide that he composes his own music.
Then a girl called August enters Beck's life, bringing light and possibilities with her.
Can Beck stand up to his mother?
Is he stuck in a life he can't escape?

I was drawn to A Thousand Perfect Notes by the author and the blurb. There's a lot of hype about this book in the blogosphere and, unfortunately, this was one of the occasions where, for me, the hype led to the book disappointing me.
Beck and August were both interesting characters, but Joey was my favourite character overall.
The plot was interesting and held my attention but nothing happened that surprised or shocked me (apart from the physical abuse!).
The romance was quite sweet and it didn't overshadow other aspects of the story.
There are some tough subjects tackled in this book and I thought they were handled well.
While I did enjoy this book, I do feel slightly disappointed that I didn't enjoy it more.

Overall this was a solid debut and an enjoyable read.



Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Cover Reveal + Giveaway - The Witch’s Tower (Twisted Ever After, #1) by Tamara Grantham

The Witch’s Tower (Twisted Ever After, #1) by Tamara Grantham
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: March 11th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult

Gothel is a witch. Punished for the actions of her mother, her choice is simple: either she stands guard over Princess Rapunzel—or she dies. But just because a choice is easy doesn’t mean it’s pleasant. Protecting Rapunzel means watching as the princess lays trapped in a tower, bedridden by hair that is so long and heavy it’s slowly driving her insane. Gothel’s life has become one of imprisonment and solitude as well—until a prince and his handsome squire appear at the tower.

Only one object can cut Rapunzel’s hair and end the curse: a pair of magical shears. But the shears are guarded by the most terrifying witches in the land, who also happen to be Gothel’s aunts. As Gothel and the prince’s squire, Raj Talmund, work to form a plan, she finds herself more and more drawn to the mysterious young man from the Outerlands. Unfortunately, his destiny is far more dangerous than she wants to admit: to save a princess, he must kill the witch who’s been forced to guard her.

THE WITCH’S TOWER is the first in an inspired new series of fairy-tale retellings from award-winning fantasy author Tamara Grantham.

Author Bio

Tamara Grantham is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books and novellas, including the Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD series and the Shine novellas. Dreamthief, the first book of her Fairy World MD series, won first place for fantasy in INDIEFAB’S Book of the Year Awards, a RONE award for best New Adult Romance of 2016, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon with over 200 five-star reviews.

Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Lamar University. She has been a featured speaker at multiple writing conferences, and she has been a panelist at Comic Con Wizard World speaking on the topic of female leads. For her first published project, she collaborated with New York-Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, in writing the Shine series.

Born and raised in Texas, Tamara now lives with her husband and five children in Wichita, Kansas. She rarely has any free time, but when the stars align and she gets a moment to relax, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, taking nature walks--which fuel her inspiration for creating fantastical worlds--and watching every Star Wars or Star Trek movie ever made. You can find her online at


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, which is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week the topic is
 Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far) 

 Here are my ten favourite books I've read so far this year . . .

  Somebody to Love by Aurelia Fray
Ms. Marvel, Volume 7: Damage Per Second
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost, #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
The Belles (The Belles, #1) by Dhonielle Clayton 
Ms. Marvel, Volume 8: Mecca

 To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands, #3) by Alwyn Hamilton

We Shall Fight Until We Win, edited by Laura Jones
Uprooted by Naomi Novik 

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Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

What are your favourite books of the year so far?