November Rewind

 

 

Another busy month, hit the two year wedding anniversary with the hubby, had Thanksgiving, spawn’s Scottish Dance Festival day, school Christmas Fayre, present shopping, and reading of course!

[Reminder from the last Rewind: I’ll also be on holiday in a place with pretty sorry internet, so, for a couple of weeks in December all the posts will be scheduled ahead and I’ll be pretty quiet. Just like now. As I wait for my new charging cord. Still.]

Anyway, onto the books!

 

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The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment, #0.5)

 

Kim, Leon, and The Sky Path To Africa: Easy Read

 

Died and Gone to Devon

 

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A Death in Harlem

 

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The Conspiracy of Magic

 

Blind Witness (Book one of the Charters' Mysteries Series)

 

Fawkes

 

Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)

 

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Tears of Frost (Heart of Thorns, #2)

 

Pursuit: The Balvenie Stories Collection

 

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Sound (The Reprobation Series Book 3)

 

The Company of Eight

 

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)

 

The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)

 

This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1)

[My Review of this is just me saying ‘OH SHIIIIT’ on GoodReads]

 

The Sky Weaver (Iskari, #3)

 

The Pursuit of William Abbey

 

Ghoster

 

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World Book 1)

 

Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire, #2)

 

Total Count: 20

 

Posts From Around the Book Blogger Verse

Bookwyrm Bites: I Made November Cakes & Labyrinth Cakes

favorite reads over the course of bookwyrming thoughts

Cuppa Clo: Novel Newcomers: Weirdest Places I’ve Read

Fictionally Sam: Bloggers I’m Thankful For

Novel Lives Monthly Wrap Up

Reader Voracious: Diverse YA Science Fiction Books to Read this Sci-fi Month

Other Things Going On

Fictionally Sam: Mrs. Claus Readathon

Reader Voracious: Readers Choice Awards
[The nominations form closes at 23:59 on November 30, 2019, general voting will begin on December 3, 2019]

 

My Other Posts

October 2019 Fairyloot Unboxing!

Leigh Bardugo Event

No We Don’t Do It For The Free Books

Reader Voracious: Bookish Readers Choice 2019

An Anniversary in Books

Update and Giveaway Announcement!

Favorite Historical Fiction Books: The First Half of 2019
[This post is currently down but will be back up soon!]

 

Now, what’s on for next month?

 

Lots of backlist Author request book reviews, two blog tours, and other things! I’ll be busy with mini’s birthday, going on holiday, and throwing money left and right for the dog boarding lol. I’ll also be updating my blog a little, overhauling my patreon stuff, and generally being cold and wishing for warmth.

Blood Heir eARC Review

 

 

Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao

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GoodReads:
In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

 

My Review

 

** I’m writing this review from the eARC I received last month.

I admit I don’t know what all changes had been made as I did not read it before it was pulled from publication and then put back, so, there’s a lot I cannot comment on.

I’m simply rating it four stars because I really had fun reading it, but, I will go in-depth with my review, and I also have to say I’m certainly not qualified to be critical of it on certain important matters but I am happy to read the other reviews and listen to others to better understand.**

So, let me get onto my review now.

We start off with this scared young woman, a princess without a kingdom in a lot of ways, afraid of herself and what she could do more than anything else. Why? Because not only is she has what they call an affinity but a blood infinity, capable of great and terrible things. Still, she intends to bring her father’s murderer to justice, to win back her own right to be a Princess and live in the palace and there’s a very long road to get there.

Ana’s story is a bit of an Anastasia Romanov story, but, also, its own unique tale of Affinites, and has a lot of Russian folklore/traditional influences for the Cyrilian Empire.

Ana has been presumed dead after the tragic incidences that lead to the point in time where you meet her, but this has helped thus far in her search for her Father’s killer.

Ramson is a bit of an ass, but, he is definitely the one that made me grin the most while reading. He is in a lot of ways really not a good person, BUT with the potential for it, and he’s not strictly a bad person either, I would say he’s selfish and in the grey area for a good chunk of this book, but his development was probably even more satisfying to read about than Ana’s and that’s saying something for me.

Ramson is NOT an Affinite, and that is a nice counterweight to Ana’s affinity. Though he’s from the underbelly of the crime world, he is still more accepted in society than Ana, as she has a power that sets her aside.

Most if not almost all Affinites are indentured servants, the thing that sets them apart from others, what should make them more powerful, has been there downfall as far as the Cyrilian Empire is concerned. So, this is of course, when boiled down, slavery.

Ana never dared to open her eyes to that fact when she was living in the palace as Princess, but now that she’s on her own in the ‘real world,’ Ana is forced to see the truth. I love that she went from seeing things from how only privileged tend to view them, to seeing things how they actually are, she is understanding how her Empire, and more importantly, her Father had faults. She knows now that there needs to be change and that wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t been accused of murdering her father.

Ana is naive in a lot of ways because until a year ago she led an incredibly sheltered life, and as an accused killer she’s also had to keep to the shadows, so, in this book we get to watch her have her eyes opened.

May was possibly my favorite character, Ana’s friend, a young indentured child looking for her mother, and though much younger than Ana, in a lot of ways, it was May who took care of Ana.

Ramson sees Ana as something to be used, she’s a means to an end and so he’s completely jaded and corrupt in comparison to Ana and yet the balance between them is so perfect and eventually, we do see this great development in him as we do in Ana.

The Affinites have been oppressed and enslaved and the Cyrilian Empire is to blame, the rest of the world has their own views of the Affinities but the moment they step foot into the empire, they’re forced into a ‘lawful’ employment contract. Now there could be a plot of bringing down every non-affinite, of making them pay for all the crimes that have been done against Affinites.

So the story’s focus is on the Affinites, and there’s more than just angry people wanting revenge, there’s the hint of revolution and Ana’s possible play in changing things if she can get her title back.

Now, for the bad parts, there were at times where Ana was so naive and impulsive that you did want to shake the crap out of her. And Ramson was a bit overly selfish, so again, wanted to shake him too.

But as far as the writing goes, there were a lot of stereotypes and cliches.

For me, that’s not a bad thing, but I know that it can be off-putting for many.

I’ve not read Six of Crows but I’ve heard there are some uncanny similarities to Ramson and…Inej? I think I’ve heard, so, that’s something to keep in mind.

Again, the cliches and stereotypes were probably the biggest issues with the writing style.

I thought this was actually a super enjoyable read, I felt that Ramson and Ana had great banter, and more than that, I felt like Ana went through a lot of character development.

Pros:
-Anastasia Vibes
-Slow Burn Romance ftw
-Magic
-Grumpy Cinnamon Roll
-Scary Bloody Cinnamon Roll
-Affinites are amazing
-The injustices are well done and heartbreaking
-Political Plots
-Revolution Plots
-Murder Plots
-ALL THE THINGS PLOTS
-Fun escapes

Cons:
-Similarities to other stories possibly therefore might be ‘overdone’
-Issues before it was pulled from publication and then put back out, not sure how well things were resolved as I didn’t read the other eARC
-Ramson may be too selfish
-Ana may be too naive
-Cliches in abundance
-Stereotypes in abundance
-At times Ana did feel a bit immature, but I would say that was because of her sheltered life.

Overall, I give this four cups of…hot chocolate. [See what I did there? Cause it’s holiday season?]

Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Voyager UK for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.

 

About the Author

Amélie Wen Zhao

Amélie Wen Zhao is a Paris-born Chinese national who fell in love with stories since she was old enough to hold a book. Raised in an international community in Beijing, she had the opportunity to grow up steeped in the values and teachings of three different cultures. Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Les Misérables, and Wuthering Heights were among her favorite works.

It wasn’t long before she wanted to tell her own tales. After graduating from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business in 2014, Amélie began working as a finance professional by day, and writing by night. Her young adult fantasy trilogy, BLOOD HEIR, debuts in 2019 from Delacorte Press / Penguin Random House.

Amélie hopes to empower young readers with messages of acceptance, strength, and love through her works, and to continue to push the boundaries of young adult literature by exploring new, cross-cultural themes.

Author Links

Webpage | Twitter | Instagram

Girls of Storm and Shadow eARC Review

 

 

 

Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire, #2)

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GoodReads:
In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost.
Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan—it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.
Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

Content/Trigger Warning: This book has death, alcohol abuse, violence/gore, and the dealing with PTSD/Long term trauma due to sexual assault, abuse/violence.

Hi, my name is Haley, and this book broke me.

Which means 5/5 of course.

Onto the review.

This pretty much picks up where ‘Girls of Paper and Fire’ left off, just letting a bit of time lapse [like a matter of a weeks].

Lei escaped the Moon Ball, she had done a service to Papers everywhere with her actions that night, and now?

Now it’s time to prepare for War. The time is near to strike a blow to the Royal Court that will completely end the reign of terror that has been the life of papers everywhere since the first Bull King ascended to rule.

Wren and Lei must go on a ‘quest’ to get more allies for the Hannos and they’re joined by fellows all joined together for the same mission.

Bo and Nitta were hands down my favorite characters though I also really enjoyed Merrin our demon owl and flier extraordinaire.

Wren’s instructor Caen teaches Lei how to handle a weapon and I really enjoyed the fact that Lei is having to learn while surrounded by basically masters. But where she likes in weapons training, Lei makes up with heart, she’s still kind and strong in other ways.

One thing this book deals with is the long term effects of trauma, how, just because you’ve left/escaped a situation doesn’t mean that you can just leave it all behind. It will follow you in a lot of ways, so, while Lei and Wren are together and out of the clutches of the Hidden Palace, they’re still struggling to deal with the events they went through there.

This also means that while Lei and Wren are going on adventures and still having fun, they are in some heart breaking ways, not the same girls they were before.

Ngan’s handling of this was SO well done. Both girls deal with what happened to them in different ways, and with what they’ve been through, this also means that in a lot of ways they’re closer than before, as they’re no longer surrounded by girls who understand their situation but others who can’t truly understand what they’ve been through.

Still, as all couples do, Wren and Lei have their own set of relationship challenges. AND ON MY WORD THEY BREAK YOUR HEART. NGAN DESTROYS YOU BETWEEN THAT AND OTHER HAPPENINGS THAT I SHALL NOT SPEAK OF.

Anyway, this book is the lead up to what promises to be an epic showdown, and I’m 100% there for their mission and challenges they’ve faced.

The thing is, war comes at a cost, but what will the cost be for Lei and Wren, and who is willing to pay too much?

Pros:
– Lei and Wren
– Bo and Nitta
– Queer love to make your heart soar
– Desert ship
– More amazing world building
– Adventures galore
– Squad Goals
– Sobering look at what trauma can do to people in the long term
– Still get to have quick flashes of what’s going on in the Hidden Palace
– Lei who is a cinnamon roll, wielding a dagger.

Cons:
– This book will break your heart
– This book ruins your life [albeit in the best ways]
– Chapter 23. You know what you did.

Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder for a chance to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

If you’re wondering how I’m handling this book, well, I’m not lol.

 

About the Author

Natasha Ngan

Natasha Ngan is a NYT bestselling author and yoga teacher. She grew up between Malaysia, where the Chinese side of her family is from, and the UK. This multicultural upbringing continues to influence her writing, and she is passionate about bringing diverse stories to teens. Natasha studied Geography at the University of Cambridge before working as a social media consultant and fashion blogger.
She recently moved to Paris, where she likes to imagine she drifts stylishly from brasserie to brasserie, notepad in one hand, wineglass in the other. In reality, she spends most of her time getting lost on the metro and confusing locals with her French.
She is represented by Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary. Her YA novels THE ELITES, THE MEMORY KEEPERS, and GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE are out now. GIRLS OF STORM AND SHADOW will be published in November 2019 by Hachette.

Author Links

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Trail of Lightning eARC Review

 

 

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World Book 1)

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GoodReads:
2019 LOCUS AWARD WINNER, BEST FIRST NOVEL
2019 HUGO AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL
2019 NEBULA AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL
‘Someone please cancel Supernatural already and give us at least five seasons of this badass indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick.” The New York Times
‘An excitingly novel tale.” Charlaine Harris
‘Fun, terrifying, hilarious, and brilliant.” Daniel José Older
‘Crafts a powerful and fiercely personal journey through a compelling postapocalyptic landscape’ Kate Elliott
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unravelling clues from ancient legends, trading favours with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

 

I’m sorry, please forgive me Bookish Universe for taking so long to read this book.

If you’re wondering why I’m reading an eARC of this not exactly new release, it’s because it’s about to be new to UK stores!

Anyway, onto the important stuff, I LOVE THIS BOOK IT IS A GIFT FROM ROANHORSE TO US LESSER BEINGS.

That first comment from ‘NY Times’ about cancelling ‘Supernatural’ and getting five seasons of this…let’s make that happen because I would crowdfund like a mofo to make that happen. [Side note: Absolutely adored ‘Supernatural’ seasons 1-6, liked 7-11, then just forgot to watch the rest.]

Mags is the utmost kick ass protagonist while also still being so flawed that you realize just how vulnerable she really is. She’s complex and layered [like an onion for you Shrek fans] and I like her shoot first ask questions later attitude. Sure it gets her into more trouble than anything else, but it makes for one hell of an adventure.

Parallel to her is Kai, he’s not afraid to be vulnerable or to use words instead of guns or fists. He’s the grandson of the Medicine Man Tah who has helped her pick herself up after being left by her mentor, and at Tah’s suggestion Kai and Mags team up to try and tackle the answer to these new monsters roaming the land.

It’s a bit of a monster hunting mystery adventure and I’m 500% there for it.

They run into cryptic signs that this is just the beginning of something larger than just a monster hunt, and with the words of the trickster Coyote guiding them at times, Mags finds the clues all pointing to someone she didn’t expect.

I loved the side characters as well as our main peeps and I think they were so well fleshed out.

But really, the most amazing part of this all is the World Building, culture focus, and creativity. Hands down one of the best fantasy books I have EVER read and I can’t wait to read book 2!

This book was above and beyond my already high expectations considering my friends had all raved about it. They were all correct. Roanhorse gives us this lush and amazing world and background and history and magic and character development and lore, well, you get the point. This was a SUPERB read and I can’t believe I hadn’t read it before today. I would say that Mags is a completely complex and full protagonist, with wonderful flaws and an amazing spirit. The sub-characters were just as great, and though I did adore Kai, I think perhaps Tah was my favorite.

A flawless first book in The Sixth World.

Thanks to NetGalley and HodderBooks for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

Pros:
– Worldbuilding
– Culture central lore, magic, and myth
– Awesome magic system
– Clans with unique powers and a unique distribution of them [see magic system point above]
– Perfect for Supernatural fans
– Tah is the best
– Fighting scenes that are GREAT
– Mythical creatures and beings running amok
– Monster Hunting
– Everything
Cons:
– You can’t function without knowing what happens in the next book.

 

About the Author

Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula and Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her short fiction has also been a finalist for the Sturgeon, Locus and World Fantasy awards. Her novel Trail of Lightning was selected as an Amazon, B&N, Library Journal, and NRP Best Books of 2018, among others, and is a 2019 Nebula Finalist.

Her short fiction can be found in Apex Magazine, New Suns, and various other anthologies. Her non-fiction can be found in Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, and How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation (Macmillan).

She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug.

Author Links

Website | GoodReads | Twitter

 

 

Fawkes Review

 

 

Fawkes

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GoodReads:
Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

Hey guys, totally decided to do my own review, non-tour related! I know, I am in shock as well!

Anyway, I did the readalong for Fawkes in October, cohosting with the awesomeness of fellw Ninja Street team member and awesome Bookstagrammer, TheLibrarianFiles.

Finally I am getting around to writing this review after being super delayed in reading the end of this.

Also, be prepared, my pros and cons lists are returning. But first, the nice tidy paragraphed review!

I loved the creativity behind this, blending fantasy and historical fiction with fact. I’m a huge sucker for interesting historical fiction and Guy Fawkes is definitely near the top of the list for UK’s interesting peeps.

I have NOT read Romanov of the Out of Time Series so this means, *gasp* this was my first Brandes read! I know, I know, horrible street team member, but, I was so excited about the premise of Romanov that I knew I was going to love Brandes, and I was right. Of course I was, I’m always right when it comes to internal dialogue/debating.

Brandes has a really nice flow to her prose, you are able to feel this sort of rhythm to her writing and it’s great. I felt like it just allowed you to be carried away by a sort of current between her style and the pacing of the plot. This is always a huge plus for me, especially since I can be easily distracted by…everything.

Thomas was a fantastic protagonist, I have to admit, most protagonists I read about are girls, so, this was a nice change of pace for me, and the emotions he has are so easily relatable/sympathetic in their expression. He’s a teenager, basically a man in his time, and he has not had an easy life. His mother gone and his father, more legend to him than anyone else, has forsaken him. Why?

Thomas has the stone plague, in a time where there’s color magic and masks, two ‘faiths’ of color magic are pitted against each other, each blaming the other for this plague that turns you to stone. Contract it and you are suddenly condemned to a life on the outskirts of society. If you’re lucky it will go dormant and you will live, if you’re unlucky, it will suffocate and consume you, killing you.

Thomas is ‘lucky’ he has only to cover up his plague which has taken an eye, using an eye-patch to keep himself from being found out. But still, Guy Fawkes, his father, has refused him a mask in which he can practice color magic, and without that mask, he is turned away from his school, doomed a life as bad as if those knew of his plague. There’s only one option and Thomas decides to go for it; find his father and demand his color mask, as his right.

The journey of Thomas is one that once again I felt was relatable, he is looking for acceptance, especially in the eyes of his Father and so he makes decisions rashly, wanting to win his father’s approval and gain his mask.

Still, Thomas begins to see how the decisions he made may not be the right ones, and in the end he stands for not himself but the truth, with the help of his friend Emma.

A girl who is the opposite of his father in almost every way, and yet, someone to aspire to. After all her color magic is the best, and she has a bravery in her that allows her to fight for everyone in need, even if they do not share her views.

At the core of all this, the color magics and two different sectors, Keepers and Igniters, there is White Light/Magic, it is the power from which all color magic is born and it is who both sides fight for.

But what does the White stand for?

Thomas finds out, but you’ll have to read to find out yourself!

I loved the White and Emma, hands down the best parts of the book where parts with either/both of them in it.

Emma is strong and brave and a great parallel to draw against Guy Fawkes for the two paths that Thomas has awaiting him to choose.

There’s also some great sub characters! The plotters were really fun to read about and I seriously enjoyed Henry versus Thomas, every time, haha.

Overall this was a super enjoyable read, I loved the stone plague and how it came to be, I also loved how Thomas went on this radical journey to get where his destiny always meant for him to be, and I SHIP the relationship in this so much. Spoilers, so, no giving away the answer.

The ending was perfect and the reasoning for four cups of coffee on this is the ending and the pure enjoyment I felt in reading it.

Pros:
– Awesome magic system
– The different color ‘faiths’ Igniters and Keepers
– There’s Guy Fawkes
– Plotting, gunpowder, and treason!
– Color magic in action is so much fun to read
– Emma
– White Light’s sass. That’s right, it has a personality.
– The masks were so cool
– Soul searching to the max
– Stone plague was such a creative twist to ‘the plague’
– Thomas’s character development was off the charts

Cons:
– Not enough background on color magic to me
– Also not enough of it in the story to satisfy my wants loooool
– I wanted more development of Emma
– More interaction between Henry and Thomas would have been good
– I wanted to know more about Dee’s motivation, it felt slightly lacking but the action scenes filled that out nicely.
– More of Guy Fawkes and Thomas would have been nice
– MORE WHITE LIGHT PLEASE AND THANK YOU. Again I wanted more interaction of it with Thomas.
– I think more knowledge about Thomas’s years at school would have helped
– There was a small lull in the transition between the first and second third of the book, but, the pacing picked up nicely after that.
– Why not more color maaagic
– Uh…why not more everything? BRANDES I WANT MOOOOOOORE.

 

Street Team

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About the Author

Nadine Brandes

NADINE BRANDES once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of FAWKES, ROMANOV, and the award-winning Out of Time Series. Her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she’s not busy writing novels about bold living, she’s adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. Nadine, her Auror husband, and their Halfling son are building a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.

Author Links

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Ghoster – Blog Tour

 

 

Ghoster

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GoodReads:
Jason Arnopp – author of acclaimed cult hit The Last Days of Jack Sparks – returns with a razor-sharp thriller for a social-media obsessed world. Prepare to never look at your phone the same way again . . .

Kate Collins has been ghosted.

She was supposed to be moving in with her new boyfriend Scott, but all she finds after relocating to Brighton is an empty apartment. Scott has vanished. His possessions have all disappeared.

Except for his mobile phone.

Kate knows she shouldn’t hack into Scott’s phone. She shouldn’t look at his Tinder, his calls, his social media. But she can’t quite help herself.

That’s when the trouble starts. Strange, whispering phone calls from numbers she doesn’t recognise. Scratch marks on the walls that she can’t explain. And the growing feeling that she’s being watched.

Kate refuses to leave the apartment – she’s not going anywhere until she’s discovered what happened to Scott. But the deeper she dives into Scott’s digital history the more Kate realises just how little she really knows about the man she loves.

 

My Review

Hands down this was the creepiest read of the year for me. Which is impressive because there were a couple of other creepy worthy reads but this one takes the gold.

Ghoster at first seems uncomplicated and completely un-spooky, just a woman who was ghosted by her boyfriend, er, suppose ex-boyfriend now, and is welcomed to the new home by finding this out.

The flat has been cleaned out, there’s no evidence of Kate’s boyfriend Scott ever living here. She does notice weird gouges on the door, but the only evidence to suggest Scott lived there is his phone she finds on the balcony.

So why would he leave behind his phone?

Kate wants answers, in a digital age where we tend to accept being Ghosted, Kate doesn’t. She made a large move, her things are arrived and so did she but to no one and an empty flat. So Kate’s decided she needs answers, simply for closure of course, and the only way to get them is by getting into Scott’s phone.

Any moral dilemma about the decision is overridden by the urge to have answers and with some trial and error, Kate gets into his phone.

So does she find her answers?

Wrong, she finds more questions.

There’s questionable pictures, creepy videos, and a locked diary app that could have the answers to all Kate’s questions. But is she digging herself in too deep?

Kate has a dark past with smartphones, this is a dangerous path to tread but one that’s necessary if she wants her answers.

But instead of answers, she’s left with more and more questions. And the question of what happened to Scott is becoming increasingly more dangerous.

Seriously, this book was so creepy towards the end, and that ending, holy cow that ending. I won’t spoil it for you but let’s just say it was completely worthy of such a creepy read.

I was tempted to sleep with the light on and maybe put some distance between my phone and I after reading this book.

Kate’s struggle with her own problems is really highlighted in this, and the dark path she goes down is incredibly realistic in terms of someone dealing with her sort of phone problem. She has the amazing support of her best friend but not even that can help the more embedded in the search she becomes. There’s this tension building in the book that does a great job of slowly making you more and more uncomfortable about the routes and paths Kate takes, and this complete sense of dread for her as the ending starts to loom in.

The creativity and chilling atmosphere of this book made me jump to rate it 5 cups of coffee, and if you all need me, just contact me by smoke signal from now on.

Thank you to Orbit Books and Compulsive Readers Tour for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the tour.

[I’m going to turn on all the lights and sit about sixty feet from my phone now.]

 

About the Author

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Hello!  I’m a British author and scriptwriter, with a background in journalism.

​I’m the writer of the terrifying Orbit Books novel Ghoster, out October 2019. Before that, I wrote The Last Days Of Jack Sparks, the Lionsgate feature film Stormhouse, various Doctor Who things, a Friday The 13th novel and script-edited the 2012 Peter Mullan film The Man Inside. 

2018 saw me co-author the book Inside Black Mirror with Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones.

Check out my collection of 30 interviews I did as a rock journalist, gathered in From The Front Lines Of Rock.

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