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Blog Tour – Strings Attached by Erin Reinelt @erinreinelt @orionbooks @trapezebooks @alainnageorgiou #StringsAttached

Hi everyone! Welcome to the blog tour for Strings Attached by Erin Reinelt! I am excited to share my thoughts on this book! Check out the blog tour banner below to see who else is taking part!

Straight-laced Jean has always done what’s expected of her – by her traditional parents, by her demonic boss, and by her overgrown baby of an ex-boyfriend.

Until now.

Taking her life into her own hands, she decides to do something that takes her out of her comfort zone; a woman heels-over-head, and not head-over-heels, in love. When Jean meets married-but-open pianist Gabriel, she explores all that modern romance has to offer… but can relationships last without entangled hearts being broken?

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Firstly, i really enjoyed the authors style of writing, it was easy to follow and made me laugh a few times! This book has many interesting characters which you will instantly like. I loved the sound of the premise it sounded unique and exciting. Jean is exploring her sexuality as a single woman recently broken up with her ex. I loved the laugh out loud, hard to believe, crazy things she gets up to whilst she discovers herself.

One of things I enjoyed was finally seeing a romance book stray from the conventional true love, romance story and delve into more unconventional avenues e.g. polyamory, open relationships, sex parties[!], pansexuals and an orgasmic retreat! I feel like romance books try and stay strictly to the straightforward man and woman meet and fall instantly in love story lines.

I really enjoyed this book and i look forward to seeing what this author does next.

I rated this book 4/5 stars.

This book is out now! Check it out below!

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Book Review – The Starlight Watchmaker by @Lauren_e_James @BarringtonStoke @kirstinlamb #TheStarlightWatchmaker

 

Wealthy students from across the galaxy come to learn at the prestigious academy where Hugo toils as a watchmaker. But he is one of the lucky ones. Many androids like him are jobless and homeless. Someone like Dorian could never understand their struggle – or so Hugo thinks when the pompous duke comes banging at his door. But when Dorian’s broken time-travel watch leads them to discover a sinister scheme, the pair must reconcile their differences if they are to find the culprit in time. A wildly imaginative sci-fi adventure from YA star Lauren James.

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This book explores the friendship and connection between an android called Hugo who spends his days in his attic mending watches for the students in a prestigious academy for the wealthiest. During his lonely days working alone he meets a high ranking alien called Dorian. At first an unexpected friendship, the two soon join forces in order to put a stop to a secret scheme being plotted underground!

I loved reading this book, although it is only over a 100 pages you really become immersed in this world and you fall in love with Hugo as a character, he is so good and kind. I also loved Dorian but i was sceptical of him at first.

This is a tale of friendship and diversity and teaches young readers not to judge anyone at first glance. Friendships can come from anywhere and there is no place for prejudice. I honestly loved this little book and i will recommend it to all of my friends as it warmed my heart and i just wish it was longer.

Thank you so so much Barrington Stoke for sending me this proof, i feel extremely lucky.

 

I rated this lovely book 5/5 stars! 

This book is out on July 15th in the UK! I really recommend it particularly  for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+!

 

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Book Review – The Million Pieces of Neema Gill by Emma Smith-Barton @penguinukbooks @emmasmithbarton @penguinrhuk @jasminejoynson

 

Neena’s always been a good girl – great grades, parent-approved friends and absolutely no boyfriends. But ever since her brother Akash left her, she’s been slowly falling apart – and uncovering a new version of herself who is freer, but altogether more dangerous.

As her wild behaviour spirals more and more out of control, Neena’s grip on her sanity begins to weaken too. And when her parents announce not one but two life-changing bombshells, she finally reaches breaking point.

But as Neena is about to discover, when your life falls apart, only love can piece you back together.

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This book is all about dealing with grief, death and finding yourself when you come out the other side. Death can hit you at any time in your life, it can take anyone away at any time and turn your life upside down.

Neena Gill is a Pakistani-Christian girl born and raised in the UK. She longs to fit in with her friends and not be like her religious, strict parents. After the death of her brother Akash who is also her best friend in life she struggles to find her path out of the darkness and goes on a journey of self discovery.

This story shows the high and the lows of the affects of grief. Neena is barely coping with the death of her brother, she drinks, takes drugs and lives her life with no cares for anyone else. She wishes she was more like Akash.

This book discusses the topic of mental illnesses especially anxiety and psychosis. Neena’s psychosis affects her greatly, she hallucinates and thinks things that aren’t true. Her world is thrown into chaos because she doesn’t know what is real and what is imagined.

A sad and empowering story of how love and support of family and friends could put back all of the broken pieces, it’s a heart wrenching read. The book was extremely relatable to myself as I have lost so many people in my life. I always struggle with changes and having people disappear from my life so suddenly. I also have anxiety myself so when Neena was having a panic attack i could feel every emotion she would be feeling. This book is so real, you really go along with Neena’s life and you instantly root for her to get better.

I personally give this book 5/5 stars and recommend that you pre-order it for release day and devour it yourselves. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy books that show mental illness in a raw and unedited way.

I want to thank Jasmine at Penguin Random House for sending this book to me to review. I loved every page of it!

This book is out on July 11th and i can’t recommend it enough! You need to read this book!!!

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Blog Tour – As Luck Would Have It by Zoe May @hqdigitaluk @hqstories #AsLuckWouldHaveIt @zoe_writes

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for As Luck Would Have It by Zoe May! Thankyou to HQ Digital for sending me a copy to read and review! Check out the rest of the tour at the bottom!

One holiday can change your life forever…

Natalie Jackson might keep up appearances on Instagram, but in reality her fiancé has just jilted her after the birth of their baby and she’s moved back in with her mum. Life isn’t exactly going to plan!So when she enters the village raffle for the holiday of a lifetime, she thinks she has no chance of winning. But her name is pulled out – and, as luck would have it, so is a ticket bought by her childhood nemesis: Will Brimble.Surely a romantic holiday for two is the worst idea ever…right?

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Sometimes i like to pick a book from my kindle and sit in the garden and read especially in this warm weather! So i have happy to start this book once morning over my cup of tea! I devoured it in a day and thoroughly enjoyed it!

This book is a lighthearted, easy read. If you like chic flick books this is for you! I loved the humorous moments which made me laugh out loud at points and the happy ending was a delight! The main character Natalie is having a bad time of things, she’s a single mother whose fiance has left and she’s now living with her mother. She is struggling as as a single parent even though she adores her baby. Her luck seems to be changing as she wins a holiday to Marrakesh! Although she wasn’t expecting her old flame Will to be there!

I loved the scenes between Natalie and Will, they were so cute to each other, they had many adventures on their holiday. I loved seeing them reconnecting after such a long time apart and how realistic it seemed.

This book is out now! Make sure you check it out!

I rated this book 4/5 stars!

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Blog Tour – The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg @macmillankidsuk @jessrothenberg @amberivatt @mykindabook #TheKingdom

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the amazing The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg! I am so excited to share my thoughts for this book as it’s one of my top anticipated books of the year! Thank you Amber at Macmillan Childrens UK for sending me this copy and the amazing swag.

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Welcome to the Kingdom, a dazzling fantasy theme park where ‘happily ever after’ is not just a promise, but a rule . . .

It’s a fairytale which ends in murder as the one of the ‘Fantasists’ goes renegade… Ana, a half-human, half-android princess, is tasked with entertaining visitors and making wishes come true but now she’s on trial, after finding herself experiencing emotions and romantic feelings against all her programming.

Told through court testimony, interrogation records and fragmented flashbacks, The Kingdom has the futuristic appeal of Westworld and the twists and turns of a true-crime thriller.

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The Kingdom is basically West World meets Disney World in this dizzying action packed story that will leave you on the edge of your seat!!! The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park that is everything you ever wished for. It is home to the fantasists, the seven artificial intelligence that were designed as Princess’s for the consumers enjoyment. But then Ana, one of the princess’s meets a park employee and for the first time experiences emotions that are outside her programming. Soon they turn up dead and Ana is the prime suspect in their murder. The story is told through character testimony, interviews and Ana’s memories the story of Ana and Owen and the sinister truth behind The Kingdom and the fantasists is revealed.

By the last page of this book the question of: What makes us human? Popped into my mind. This book really makes you sit and thing about that. Is it emotions? Having a body? What is it exactly? I love books that make you think long after you finish them.

I did not see the ending to The Kingdom coming at all. I was shocked and thrilled at the same time to see how this was going to play out. But with the ending being open ended like that, I am curious to see if this author has more up her sleeve for this world? I certainly hope so!

I rated this book 5/5 stars! Make sure you order it now! It’s out 11th July in the UK in paperback!

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Blog Tour – The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson @kalynjosephson @midaspr #TheStormCrow

Welcome to my blog! Today i am taking part in the blog tour for The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson organised by Midas PR. Check out the other blogs taking part down below.

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In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

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The story is told in first person, following our main character Anthia.  At the beginning of the book, Thia is suffering from depression, which i am always delighted to see in any book as long as it’s done in the correct way. I think it is the perfect way to explore the characters in a book, and I tend to love books that do this even more. That being said, personally, I found it a little difficult to really connect to Thia and the story, and therefore empathise with her. I do think her depression was done extremely well. I did like Thia quite a lot, although I did feel sometimes she was quite naive, or that she was very easily duped. I think it’s because she is a very passionate character in some ways, and that led her to throw herself into things.

Not only do we have a strong main character, we also have an amazing cast of side characters! Kiva is my favourite. She was a really dynamic character and I loved the friendship between her and Thia – they have such a deep love for each other and Kiva acts as a protector for Thia. Kiva also begins to develop a relationship with another girl, and I am anticipating such a sweet romance in sequels to come! We also have Ericen, the prince. He seems pretty rude at the beginning, but you begin to discover his reasons later on. I am strongly shipping him with Thia! However, the main love interest in this book  is Caylen, who is basically quite sweet and cute but I don’t feel it like I do with Ericen. I need that enemies to lovers trope – I never like the sweet, sickly love interest. I prefer bad boys and a journey to falling in love.

It is very mature and there are beautiful phrases of description without it ever getting annoying.  Kalyn Josephson is certainly very talented! I can’t believe that this was a debut, and I will be eagerly awaiting more books by this author. The world-building was flawlessIn this world there are elemental crows, which i mean sounds awesome right? I love elemental magic.. I thought the cultures of each kingdom had a lot of depth and development, and I feel like we are going to see a lot more of them in books to come.

I see big things for this series, and with longer and more complex plots, and think this could really become a favourite! This comes with a high recommendation from me, and I suggest you preorder or buy it or borrow it when it comes out!

I rated this book 5/5 stars!

This book comes out in hardback in the UK August 1st! Make sure you preorder it today!

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Blog Tour – Trance by Adam Southward @ed_pr @adamsouthward #Trance

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Adam Southward’s Trance! Please check out the blog tour below to see who else is taking part. I want to thank the publisher for sending me this copy to review!

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Three university scientists are found dead in a gruesome murder-suicide, and the only suspect in the case, Victor Lazar, is quickly captured. When the spate of violent suicides follows him to prison he is moved to solitary confinement, reserved for the highest-risk inmates. And then his assigned psychologist inexplicably takes his own life.

Alex Madison, a former forensic psychologist turned private therapist, is brought in to interview Victor. He suspects that Victor is controlling his victims, somehow coaxing them into a suggestive trance. It seems like science fiction, but as Alex digs deeper he uncovers a frightening reality of secret research and cruel experimentation—and the perpetrators are closer to home than he could ever have imagined.

Too late, Alex learns the true extent of what Victor is capable of—and who he’s after. With everything he holds dear at risk, can Alex take control of a dangerous mind—before it takes control of him?

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This story is exciting and disturbing. I’m not going to lie this isn’t my usual genre but i was intrigued by the original plot. I was unable to read this book straight through. I needed time away from children who are being severely punished when they do not conform to their expected standard.
The most disturbing aspect is the possibility this could happen. Some humans welcome complete control over others. If they are particularly drawn to young, helpless subjects we call them monsters. It’s even worse when they create a world where the children are made into the monsters.

The core issue that stands out here is teaching children how to use mind control as a weapon. The story begins in Romania during a time of political instability. The experiments are done in secret and when discovery was creeping closer, all the children were loaded into transport trucks. Some understood the children must be destroyed. A few escaped and used their abilities to survive. Through drugs, hypnosis, torture and emotional abuse orphans were trained and used as instruments of death. This novel gives a picture of some of those children as adults.

I’ll stop the review here so nothing is revealed that might give away what happens. The writing is good and the main characters are well developed. There were a couple places where the excitement stalled a bit. If you can deal with the subject, you will probably enjoy this story.

I gave this book a rating of 4/5 stars.

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