Wednesday, 16 August 2017

ARC: Fireblood by Elly Blake

Oh man, I literally had to make myself sleep before I wrote this review after garbling something for GoodReads because otherwise, I'd just be rambling incoherently about how much I loved this book. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book through NetGalley.

Fireblood is the second book in Elly Blake's Frostblood trilogy and takes place a few months after the end of the first book. Ruby is struggling to fit in with the Frost Court and with visions from the Minax haunting her, everything seems to be going wrong. Arcus is the only light of her life but she feels like she's causing him trouble. When a stranger from Sudesia turns up and invites her to come back with him, Ruby agrees in the hope of learning to master her magic and to find a way to defeat the Frost Minax. Kai and the other Firebloods don't out to be what she expect though and she has to battle both her own emotions and the Queen to figure things out.

Monday, 14 August 2017

ARC: The Diabolic - S J Kincaid

The Diabolic by S J Kincaid is a book that I've wanted for a while now but haven't been able to get my hands on. So you can imagine how excited I was when I saw it on NetGalley. Unfortunately for me, I got it at a busy time so I found myself unable to focus sometimes but that didn't take away from how great this book was.

This is a YA sci-fi book about a genetically engineered girl called Nemesis who was made to protect her owner, Sidonia. Only Sidonia becomes a close friend, one who when is targeted, Nemesis us happy to pretend to be to keep her safe from the Emperor's imprisonment.

What I Liked

I really liked Nemesis as a character. You understood her from the off but were able to watch as she grew. I loved the fact she loved dogs and I loved that she was unapologetic. What I loved, even more, was Nemesis and Sidonia. They were so cute and it was so obvious from the off that Sidonia was in love with Nemesis. I wanted it to happen so bad but I knew it wasn't going to happen. I'm just glad that Sidonia's feelings were voiced.  As for the romance that did happen...I did like Tyrus and Nemesis but not as ugh. I felt like we could have seen more of them though so I'll be looking forward to that in book 2.

The world building in the book was good. I liked seeing all the different ships and the planet. I do wish we'd gotten more on the religion and history but again, hoping for that in book 2. I liked the political intrigue and I liked seeing how people could be almost anything.

Finally, I liked Nevani.

What I Didn't Like

I think it was last year that there was a big thing of TV shows burying their gays, especially the female characters. And, spoilers, this book did the same thing and killed off its single lesbian character after she admitted her feelings. It was depressing as hell and as much as I loved the book, I didn't like that.

Kincaid also killed off the adorable pet dog and that was a nope for me as I know it will be for many others.

In general, I really loved the book and I would definitely recommend it to others. I just feel that readers should be warned about certain things.

4/5 stars

Monday, 7 August 2017

ARC: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

So this is the second book I got recently from Netgalley. There's Someone Inside Your House is by Stephanie Perkins and described as a Scream type plot, it's one of the most widely anticipated books this autumn/winter.

I feel like I should start this review by saying I'm a huge fan of slasher films. I don't think they're scary, far from it, but they have something intriguing about them. So the first time I heard about this book I knew that I had to read it. Unfortunately the book didn't turn out to be what I'd hoped.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

ARC: Jenny Sparrow Knows The Future by Melissa Pimentel

Okay, I may have faded into obscurity for a little while but I've either been busy or distracted and I apologise for that. However, I went on a little bit of a NetGalley request binge so I'll have a few good reviews coming up for Y'all.

To start us up is a very funny chick-lit novel published by Penguin Books which I was very pleased to receive. Jenny Sparrow Knows the Future is by Melissa Pimentel, an American living in the UK who has written a book which is the perfect blend of British and American chick-lit. I'm someone who has been reading chick-lit for many years and I love both British and American chick-lit and how each feels so when I come across another that would fit in both markets, it kind of makes me feel all warm inside.

Friday, 14 July 2017

ARC: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Title: The Last Namsara
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Publisher: Gollancz
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 442  (according to GoodReads)
Release Date: 5th October 2017

I got a copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

It's been a while since I reviewed an ARC and even longer since I reviewed an e-book ARC so I was very excited to start this book. However, I've also been in a bit of a book slump so I've been giving up on a lot of books and I've been slow when it comes to reading others. You wanna know how long this book took me to read? 2 days. Yep, I got through this book so quickly and easily so this is definitely a good book to get you out of a slump.

The Last Namsara is a YA crossover fantasy book about a young woman called Asha who has spent years of her life hunting dragons in the hope of pleasing her father and gaining her people's forgiveness. Of course, it turns out that she hasn't been doing exactly what she thought she'd be doing and an old god starts to intervene in her life.

What I Liked

The world building in The Last Namsara is incredibly rich and I'd even like to think that the heroine is a POC though the only description you really get of her people is that they have dark hair and eyes. That and that another group of people have darker skin than then but since they live somewhere sandy and the word pale wasn't used anywhere...I'm going to take this as a good sign. It isn't just skin colour that's rich though and the mythos and world are really fascinating. You get to learn a few of the worlds different stories and you're left with wanting more. Plus there are dragons and who doesn't love dragons?

As well as this the romance was a slow-burn. Yes, it's fairly obvious who the romance is going to be with from the off but they aren't exclaiming that they love each other or kissing early on and that's always great. As well as that you get a real sense of how they're going to struggle to fit together at first. They've had totally different upbringings and have lived totally different lives so now they're going to have to learn how to live around each other with a new relationship.

What I Didn't Like

As good as the book was, I think it could have been split into two with each bit being expanded. It did seem a little odd that there was a rebellion in the end when Asha isn't even focused on that for most of the book. Doing this could have also allowed for even more on the dragons and mythos, which it didn't necessarily need, but it would have been nice to see more of.

My only other issue was that if you don't like animal death, some of the dragons are killed. It seems obvious when you remember the heroine is a dragon hunter but there is one particularly sad scene. That just seems like something people should be warned about, so.

This was a great book overall and if you're looking for a new fantasy read then this might be a new series for you.

5/5 stars

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

'Pimp Your Bio' - #Pitchwars 2017

So this year is my first year of doing Pitch Wars and since a few people seem to be doing this and mentors may or may not take a look... I thought it wouldn't hurt to give this a try.

About Me

My name is Rosina and I'm a 24-year-old from the UK. I graduated from uni a few years ago with a degree in Creative Writing.

I've been writing since my Dad introduced me to Word on the computer as a kid and I started writing short little stories based on clipart. They were only like two sentences each and I didn't start writing more until I started writing fanfiction at age 8 but they're all fun to look back on.

This is my first actual novel so maybe I shouldn't expect much for it but I absolutely adore the story and the characters. I need to try and do something with it because it's worth that. Until my degree, I was mostly writing fanfiction and I only stopped when I realised that I was writing things so AU that I was basically just borrowing characters and putting them in my own fantastical worlds. I love creating characters anyway so taking the next step to put my own worlds and characters together was the next logical step.

About My Novel

Dreams of Fire is a YA fantasy book about a 16-year-old girl called Katherine who dreams of getting out of her town and exploring her magic. On the way, she meets pirates, rebels and is surrounded by magic galore. Up until the point where one of her new friends messes things up and she becomes desperate to save them.

My book is diverse because, y'know, the real world is diverse and there are some important gay pairings mixed in. Because apparently, I can't write anything that doesn't have gay in...

This is me when it comes to gay pairings. I am complete trash

This book has one narrator and is in the first person but I have plans for a sequel with two narrators in as one of the characters in book 1 becomes very entwined in the story.

My Inspiration

One of the most important things you should never do is try and imagine one of your own ships whilst listening to a song that fits many of your other ships. You will be overloaded with feels and cry. Which is exactly what happened when I was listening to Halsey's 'Colors' the other day. Ooops...

From that, you can gather that I love angst and I'll add that most of my inspiration for angst comes from anime. I'm an otaku and all the manga I've read over the years has inspired me as well as all the fantasy books I've read.

There's only one scene where I can clearly pinpoint where my inspiration came from and that's a scene near the end that was inspired by Renee Adhieh's 'The Rose and the Dagger'. You'll see it if you ever read it ;).

Oh and I should add that I am completely obsessed with Persona 4 right now and since I'm adding some new not be surprised if there's anything inspired by it in there.

That's it, that's all I have to say, so I'll leave you with a final Persona gif. Enjoy!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The Book Blogger Slump and How To Get Out of It

My Attempt At Taking a Picture of An Old Book
I've not been posting much recently, I know. I've not been reading as much and the books I have been reading I haven't wanted to do proper book reviews for. And there is a reason for this. You see, I'm having a bit of a book blogger slump. I know what you're all thinking, you're thinking I mean a reading slump but...not so much. There are books I want to read but the problem is there are too many and I'm not getting ARCs, winning giveaways and I certainly don't have the money for new books.