Hood Academy – Blog Tour

 

 

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GoodReads:
Will she follow the pack…or destroy them?
A dead mother. A violent father. A missing brother.
When Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue, but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she is leaving behind.
Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, and the courage to stand on her own.
Mia takes the oath that seals her future as a werewolf hunter, but not everyone wants Mia to succeed.
Screams in the night. Secret rooms. Hidden letters. Mia becomes an important piece in a game she doesn’t want to play.
Loyalty, friendships, and family bonds are tested as Mia discovers her true identity, but will the truth set her free, or will it destroy her?

My Review

If you’re looking for something packed with action and werewolves, may I present to you ‘Hood Academy?’

Mia has had a rough life, the only one who ever seemed to be on her side was her brother but he left when she was a child and that meant Mia was stuck with their violent tempered father. A man changed after the death of his wife, unfortunately in the worst ways and habits.

This means that Mia is naturally wary of people, hard to trust others and always having to be at her toughest. After the death of her father though, she’s picked up by her Uncle and taken to a school he runs, Hood Academy. Her Uncle claims this is a school for gifted girls, but, not in the academic sense. They’re hunters.

Werewolf hunters.

The academy seemed awesome and I enjoyed learning about the girls and their curriculum and the history to this secret school.

One thing that annoyed me was that after the halfway point, because it’s actually two books in one, we do get reminded of past events in book one, but I didn’t realize this until after I finished reading, so, just know, this is actually two books, the two parts are the titles of the original two. There’s ‘Oath Breaker’ and ‘Oath Keeper.’

This actually makes so much more sense and I wish I had done a bit more research before getting annoyed haha as I read both books as one rather larger book.

Anyway, you get to see Mia go through some huge changes and not just to do with being a hunter, or the werewolves or even the academy but she learns to find her place in the world, to find her own ‘pack.’

There’s a great mentor, the answers to where her brother went, the truth of the werewolves and hunters and so many startling revelations about Mia and her life.

I think for me it may have been a little too much action at times which is why I gave this only 3 stars, I wanted more down time, to get to know Mia more as it felt like we were rushing through her development and the plot because there was so much to do.

But that could be exactly what makes this a four star/five star read for you!

If you like things like werewolves and YA you’ll enjoy this, I know I did. Also I would recommend this to fans of ‘Twilight’ or maybe ‘Vampire Academy,’ if you’re looking for a more compact read.

Anyway, three cups of coffee for me, this book was entertaining and if you divide it into two, they’re both quick reads and with a satisfying conclusion. A story of love, action, adventure, and of course, werewolves!

Thank you to BHC Press and NetGalley for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

About the Author

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I’m a genre straddling English author of motivational self-help titles and young adult fantasy fiction. My sensible side writes non-fiction books to inspire you to survive and thrive, and my cheeky and playful side writes young adult fiction to remind you to nurture that inner teen.
My passions include history, visiting castles, eating pizza and obsessing over to-do lists.

Author Links

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Bookending Autumn – Which Witch?

 

Today is my last day of hosting! Starting tomorrow Chiara @ Bookworms Anonymous takes over as awesome host and she’s got some awesome prompt ideas!

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Which Witch?

If you could be any witch or warlock from any book, which witch would you be and why? Would you be a Hogwarts student? Part of Coven, or maybe more like old school Sabrina the Teenage Witch?

I admittedly would have to pick Sabrina herself from the 90s TV series oooor a Witch from JK’s HP-Verse. However!

Today! The Witch I pick is…

A Witch like the one from Vasya’s family in the Winternight Trilogy. I loved the folklore and magic in this so much, and, I wouldn’t mind a Winter King to have adventures with! Not to mention the history steeped in the powers of Vasya’s family are amazing and it’s not so much about being powerful as just believing there is no limit to what you can do [and of course once you hit that limit, trying to survive despite the odds lol]. Not to mention she’s got ties to certain well-known people of folklore which I won’t say and spoil it if you haven’t read the books. A witch who helps the spirits of the house and forest, one who can see things others can’t, well it just sounds great to me.

There’s always a special place in my heart for Hogwarts Witches and Wizards and the gem that was Sabrina, but, it’s okay for me to pick something different every now and then lolol.

Today’s was a short prompt on purpose, I just wanted everyone to have a bit of lazy fun on this Sunday, and I hope that you all enjoyed the prompts I gave.

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Thriller Thursday

 

Another Thriller Thursday kinda day, not to mention I have spammed you all to hell with Blog Tour Reviews this month.

I’m so sorry. I have no self-control.

However! I’ve now set a limit to how many tours I’ll accept, and I want to realy focus on my backlist and books I’ve been anticipating for months but still haven’t read.

Anyway, onto the main event of this!

Bookstagrammer Hiso_6 is doing a read-along for October and I’m excited to say that I’m joining in and reading…

GoodReads:
Welcome to Derry, Maine …

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real …

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

This will be the whole month of October and considering I’m a big scaredy-cat, expect to hear me screeching from Scotland.

I’m still, unfortunately, waiting on my library copy but if I need to, I’ll hunt down a used paperback.

I also plan on reading Misery this month if I get the chance as I already own this one.

Also, I’m the co-host in a read-along for Fawkes in October via Instagram, so if you want to join in, message me on Instagram, but it’s not a thriller, I’m just really excited lol.

Sunday I’ll be posting my spooky read recs, and other spooky reads I’ll be trying to read for October but I thought I’d share the read-along here.

Anyone else doing read-alongs for October? What about participating in BE Autumn?? I can’t wait for October!

Postscript – Blog Tour

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Synopsis:
It’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life. She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she orked so hard to leave behind. Reluctantly, HOlly begins a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As Each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, HOlly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever.

Book Information:
By: Cecelia Ahern
Published By: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 19, 2019
Format: Hardback
Price: £16.99
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My Review

I have a small confession to make, though I adored the premise of PS I Love You and enjoyed the read, it didn’t knock me off my feet like it probably should have. To be fair to this book I was in a super bitter point in my life, so we’ll say that had some sway.

Onto another, bigger, confession, this book blew me away. This sequel wowed me more than the first book. And again, to be fair, not in such a bitter place so I could truly appreciate this book.

I also felt though that Holly Kennedy was easier to connect with, her grief is not fresh, though it still exists, and so this gives us a chance to know her better. She’s not the same woman she was seven years ago, which is brilliant because it’s so human and natural.

Seeing that she’s moved on is also natural and it’s wonderful to read about a character that’s gone through so much to have achieved things like a relationship and a stable point in life.

Of course, this would be a very short book if everything stayed that way.

There will always be aftermath of grief, there is no expiration date of it, and no matter how much time passes it will affect you, just in different ways and because of this I could really understand so much of what Holly was going through. Grief affects all of us in one way or another.

Holly’s relationship with Gabriel gets complicated the moment she decides to do a guest spot on her sister’s podcast. At first it seems things have smoothed over, but, the podcast has spurred others on who, like Gerry, have terminal illnesses. They see inspiration in Holly’s story about her Husband’s letters and his signing off of PS, I Love You.

A club forms, the members all with terminal illnesses and all wanting to leave something for their loved ones behind.

Holly is frustrated and angered at first, she’s spent so much of her life to move on, and now they’re dragging her back in and all she wants is peace.

But is she really at peace if this has set her off her course?

Holly, in the end, finds herself entangled in this club and with its members, getting involved in so many ways, helping and growing attached.

Now, I cried during this book, there were many sad parts but there was one spot in particular that had me sobbing like a baby and if you’re curious you can ask me but I won’t spoil it. Needless to say, though you get attached to these club members and Ahearn uses this to send you on an emotional ride.

Holly’s feelings are so raw and you can understand all the choices she makes, for better or worse, and again this is what makes this novel so brilliant.

Thank you HarperCollins for an ARC copy of this in exchange for my honest review in part of the tour. Five cups of coffee from me!

 

About the Author

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Cecelia Ahern is one of the biggest selling authors to emerge in the past fifteen years, having sold more than 25 million copies worldwide in over 50 countries. Two of her books have been adapted as major films and she has created several TV series in the US and Germany. Her novel PS I Love You was a New York Times bestseller and huge #1 bestseller in Ireland and the UK. In 2007, it was made into a major film starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler.
Since PS I Love You was published in 2004, Cecelia has written 13 bestselling novels, two YA novels and, most recently, a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, ROAR whic h is now in development by: Nicole Kidman and Per Sari’s Blossom Films, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories and Therea Park’s Per Capita Productions, along with Ahern’s own Greenlight Go Productions label. Her novels have resonated with readers everywhere through their thoughtful, unique and inspiring storytelling and have won numerous awards. Cecelia lives in Dublin with her Family.

Author Links

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The Girl The Sea Gave Back

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Synopsis:
“But what did these warriors know about fate?
It was the curling, wild vine that choked out the summer crops. It was the wind that bent wayward currents and damned innocent souls to the deep. They hadnt’ seen th stretch of it or the way it could shift suddenly, lik a flock of startled birds. Fate’s hand was something they said because they didn’t understand it.
That’s what I was for.
Set ten years later int he same vividly imagined world of Sky in the Deep and featuring an adult Halvard, The Girl the Sea Gave Back promises to be a refreshingly new, yet familiar addition to the captivating series.
For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast, the rune stones and see into the future. Tova has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.
For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect ther newfound power? And when their chieftan looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again – a home.

Book Information:
Written By: Adrienne Young
Published by: Titan Books [UK]
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Format: Paperback & eBook
Price: £8.99
9781789091298|320 PP

My Review

I think this book is so different than its predecessor, as in that it feels like it’s there for the pure love of prose and I am completely there for that. This is set in the same world as Sky in the Deep but ten years later. This means the world has already been set up in a large fashion. Still though, Young makes it easy for someone who hasn’t read her previous novel to dive right in. [Pun intended]

Tova is a character who has always been on the outside looking in of the people around her. We’re allowed to dive deep into her mind and insecurities while we are also shown Halvard, switching between the two all the while being tugged along by this almost mystical connection that seems to lay between them.

The battle scenes were some of my favorites and Young has a true talent for writing them.

While the story switches between Tova and Halvard, it was truly Tova’s story in my mind, the girl that washed up in a burnt-out funeral pyre. She constantly shows an inner strength despite the self-doubt and insecurities and that made her feel so real and I loved her for it. [I do have to admit though, haha, Gunther was actually my favorite character.]

I would have liked to explore Halvard as he has aged ten years since the last book but I did appreciate that the focus was on Tova’s story that just happened to revolve around him in its own way. You did feel his motivation and the love he had for his. family and that was quite poignant.

Halvard is a strong warrior but he’s also someone who still observes and listens and that was his true strength, especially in his connection to Tova.

Lost in a world that is not her own, but unable to remember her own, Tova has dealt with the hand she assumed life had dealt her, living a parallel life to a clan that resents and fears her, not knowing the true love of family, and yet still retaining a heart capable of empathy and kindness.

Though Tova is a Truthtongue, she has weaknesses and other strengths and the fact that Young explores so much of Tova in so little time is pretty impressive.

This was a slower-paced novel with fates intertwined through the power of rune stones though Tova tries to make sense of it all.  Despite the fact she can read the stones, the future is never clear.

Four cups of coffee from me!

Thank you to  Sarah Mather/Titan Books for a copy of this for me to honestly review!

 

 

About the Author

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun. Adrienne is the author of the New York Times bestseller Sky in the Deep and the forthcoming The Girl the Sea Gave Back.

 

Lost Solace – Blog Tour

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Blurb:
Sometimes spaceships disappear with everyone on board – the Lost Ships. But sometimes they come back, strangely altered, derelict, and rumoured to be full of horrors.
Opal is on a mission. She’s been seeking something her whole life. Something she is willing to die for. And she thinks it might be on a Lost Ship.
Opal has stolen Clarissa, an experimental AI-controlled spaceship, from the military. Together they have tracked down a Lost Ship, in a lonely nebula far from colonised space.
The Lost Ship is falling into the gravity well of a neutron star, and will soon be truly lost … forever. Legends say the ships harbour death, but there’s no time for indecision.
Opal gears up to board it. She’s just one woman, entering an alien and lethal environment. But perhaps with the aid of Clarissa’s intelligence – and an armoured spacesuit – Opal may stand a chance.

 

My Review

 

This was my first Drinkwater book and probably my second only ever Scifi thriller, and let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed!

The first thing that really caught my attention from the first page, was the amazing atmosphere that Drinkwater gives us.

Opal is this mysterious and intriguing character, and you want to know what motivates her through her decisions and actions for finding and going after the ‘lost ship.’

A lot of this reminded me of Metro 2033 in where you didn’t have to see what the ‘monsters’ were to be afraid, Drinkwater builds up this suspension and tension and even after knowing what some things look like, fear is built up in the unknown.

He weaves Opal’s motivations, her ship AI Clarissa, and the lost ship into this incredible story.

More on Opal, she is just this wonderful protagonist, she’s quick thinking and when you find out what motivates her, you only want to cheer her on even more. Not to mention I truly believe Drinkwater has a real talent for writing action scenes, which isn’t always easy with Scifi [in my opinion it’s way too easy to get too wordy and lose the thread of it all]. I was completely engrossed in Opal and every step she took.

But…

Clarissa the AI was my favorite. There’s just no way I couldn’t love her, I have a thing for awesome AI characters, they always end up being the ones I love best. She wasn’t supposed to be so ‘human’ like but whatever Opal did to her, and Opal’s unsure sometimes just what she accomplished, it turned her into an AI with a sense of humor and true concern for her human.

The ending only left me wanting to rush out and buy book two but I will have to wait for my book buying ban to be over, but be rest assured the moment I can buy it, I will because I am completely hooked and I know this review was more of a fangirl tirade. I’m sorry haha.

Lost Solace was a bit Mass Effect meets Metro 2033 for me and I couldn’t think of a more wonderful combination.

 

About the Author

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Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He’s a full-time author, edits fiction for other writers, and was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.
He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you’ll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.
When he isn’t writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake, and zombies. Not necessarily in that order.

Author Links

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Thriller Thursday

Today I feel like talking about this mystery book I read last month that’s the start of a new series.

…Close enough to a thriller, hush you judgy one in the back, yes you.

Anyway, here we go!

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GoodReads:
Harriet Gordon stumbles into a murderous web of stolen gems and cutthroat thieves as she runs from her tragic past in an enthralling new historical mystery series set in early twentieth century Singapore.

Singapore 1910–Desperate for a fresh start and to distance herself from her tragic past, Harriet Gordon finds herself in Singapore at the height of colonial rule. Hoping to gain some financial independence, she advertises her services as a personal secretary. It is unfortunate that she should discover her first client, Sir Oswald Newbold–explorer, mine magnate and president of the exclusive Explorers and Geographers’ Club–dead with a knife in his throat.

When Inspector Robert Curran is put on the case, he realizes that he has an unusual witness in Harriet. Harriet’s keen eye for detail and strong sense of duty interests him, as does her distrust of the police and her traumatic past, which she is at pains to keep secret from the gossips of Singapore society.

When a second body is dragged from the canal, Harriet feels compelled to help with the case. She and Curran are soon drawn into a complex web of stolen gemstones and a mysterious gang of thieves who have no qualms about killing again to protect their secrets.

I loved the ‘vibe’ to this book especially the historical setting that Stuart used, it really felt as if you were in Singapore in 1910. There were some issues for me as far as the fact that I would have loved to get to know Harriet more, and I didn’t quite like the interactions between her and Curran when they seemed to go beyond a certain level of their acquaintance. I think it made me a tad uncomfortable considering Curran’s situation. I did love the sibling relationship between Harriet and Julian and would love to know more about both of them.

Though this is set in Singapore the main characters are part of the Anglo community residing there at the time, and the other colonials and some natives they interact with. Singapore was a melting pot long before the US and I liked that this did make sure to hint at that.

I also enjoyed Will Lawson and his part in the book, I think he was perhaps my favorite character over all, and Harriet and Maddocks after him.

The mystery part of it all was my favorite and I thought Stuart did a great job with it and so much so that I certainly look forward to reading the next on.

Thank you to Penguin Random House and NetGalley for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. **I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion @PRHGlobal **

I’m not just here to bring you another review though, that doesn’t seem fair, so let’s talk about your favorite mystery/thriller series, have you read this one? And are you looking forward to any new series coming up?

And gear up, because I have some great thrillers to share with you all in a few weeks, it’s a series that I completely adore now and just think it’s brilliant.

Aside from reading Thrillers and Mysteries I’m also addicted to watching them, currently, I’m watching the last season of Jonathan Creek, I enjoyed the movie but didn’t realize there were more episodes so like, it’s an early Christmas for me lol.

Also tomorrow I’ll be reviewing this political thriller:

 

And in September I’ll be reading this thriller, a neighbor willing to bargain with the Devil to get some peace and quiet [We’ve all been there, amiright?]