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.