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Blog Tour – The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young @adriennebooks @titanbooks #TheGirlTheSeaGaveBack

Hi guys! Welcome back to my blog! Today i am taking part in the blog tour for The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young! I was kindly sent this book to review by Titan Books. Check out the blog tour below!

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. She 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 their newfound power? And when their chieftain 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.

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The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young is an exciting adventure that takes readers to a land where the gods can’t be trusted and fate is cast down with stones. Adrienne Young is an exceptionally talented, descriptive writer and she creates two complex, charismatic, compassionate, and tortured characters burdened with violence, both emotional and physical. I think that the transition between the first book and second is nearly seamless and the appearance of previous characters doesn’t feel forced.

If you expect to read a love story that follows a love arc as in Sky in the Deep then you will feel disappointed. Young delves into the unique histories of the different tribes of her world and fuses the politics of war.

Readers identify with the two main characters, though these heroes stand on opposite sides in a war beginning between two clans. Each carries the weight of responsibility, but in a world of lies and betrayals, why should they trust each other? Tova has a steady, underrated strength that never bores or appears less than a more forward, charismatic female lead. Halvard has retained his deep intuition and sensitivity to become a modest and honorable leader, but his character is also a bit cold and distant at times.

I cannot wait to read the next book to come out of Adrienne’s. I hope everyone enjoys this book the way i did. Fans of Sky In the Deep, Norse mythology, and readers who prefer action over romance will enjoy this one.

This book is out now and i rated it 5/5 stars!

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Blog Tour – The Magic Touch by Kelly Florentia @kellyflorentia @accentpress #TheMagicTouch

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the magic touch by kelly florentia! This book was kindly sent to me by Katrin at Accentpress!

Once bitten, twice shy, Emma King is in no rush to join Harry’s bustling, big, fat Greek Cypriot family and become Mrs Georgiades. Emma doesn’t think they need a piece of paper to prove how much they love each other. They’re solid unbreakable. But when she accidentally stumbles across a flirtatious text message on Harry’s mobile phone, alarm bells start going off in her head.

Overcome with suspicion and an impending fear of losing the love of her life, Emma goes on a mission to get to the bottom of this secret affair with the help of her best friend Ola, her ninety-three-year-old neighbour Alistair, and a psychic predictions app: The Magic Touch . Because no one is going to snatch Harry from her no one!

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Emma is in her late thirties, and has been in a long-term relationship with Harry. Emma believes herself to be in a steady relationship. This is until she finds a flirty text message from a mystery woman on Harry’s phone.
With the help of her neighbour Alistair, her best friend Ola and a physic app called The Magic Touch, Emma sets out to find out whether she’s right to feel suspicious of Harry.

I was very intrigued by the premise of this novel. I’m not sure if I believe in mediums but the subject also fascinates me at the same time.

Emma is a likeable but frustrating character. I think i did shout ‘what are you doing’ out loud to her at one point. However, I couldn’t help but like her and feel empathy for her.
There is a lack of communication in her relationship with Harry and I did hope from the beginning that they were going to be ok although I did want to bang their heads together at various points. The supporting characters are great. Alistair is very charming in particular and probably one of my favourite people in the book.

Overall, this book is compelling, warm, funny and well written. It has a lot of heart.

I rated this book 4/5 stars.

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Blog Tour -What Happens Now by Sophia Money-Coutts @hqstories @sophiamcoutts #WhatHappensNow

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for What Happens Now! I was kindly sent this book by HQ Stories to review for the tour! Check out the rest of the blog tour down below!

After eight years together, Lil Bailey thought she’d already found ‘the one’ – that is, until he dumped her for a blonde twenty-something colleague. So she does what any self-respecting singleton would do: swipes right, puts on her best bra and finds herself on a first date with a handsome mountaineer called Max. What’s the worst that can happen?

Well it’s pretty bad actually. First Max ghosts her and then, after weeing on a stick (but mostly her hands), a few weeks later Lil discovers she’s pregnant. She’s single, thirty-one and living in a thimble-sized flat in London, it’s hardly the happily-ever-after she was looking for.

Lil’s ready to do the baby-thing on her own – it can’t be that hard, right? But she should probably tell Max, if she can track him down. Surely he’s not that Max, the highly eligible, headline-grabbing son of Lord and Lady Rushbrooke, currently trekking up a mountain in South Asia? Oh, maybe he wasn’t ignoring Lil after all…

 

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Our main character Lil has not long come out of a long-term relationship when her best friend Jess persuades her to download a dating app. She goes on a date with a guy called  Max, a professional climber, and it goes really well – up until he ignores her.

What Happens Now is a really cute, funny (in a laugh-out-loud way) and touching story – Max is swoon-worthy, although he definitely had some stupid moments.

It’s light reading, but it’s entertaining and the characters are actually people you could relate to in real life. It’s one of the appealing aspects of the book.  Lil is a great narrator, she’s also a very funny and blunt, while her friends also come across as real people.

The relationship between Lil and Jess is a good one, and one of the strengths of the book. The romance is a plot point, rather than the main focus of the book, which makes it all the more enjoyable.

Will be perfect for holiday reading, and I will actually seek out Sophia Money-Coutts’ books in future.

This book is out today! Definitely check it out below!

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Blog Tour – Take It Back by Kia Abdullah @hqstories @KiaAbdullah #TakeItBack

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Take It Back by Kia Abdullah organised by HQ Stories! Check out the blog tour banner below!

Zara Kaleel, one of London’s brightest young legal minds, shattered the expectations placed on her by her family and forged a glittering career at the Bar. All before hanging up her barrister’s wig to help the victims who needed her most. Victims like Jodie Wolfe.

Jodie’s own best friend doesn’t even believe her claims that their classmates carried out such a crime. But Zara does. And Zara is determined to fight for her.

Jodie and Zara become the centre of the most explosive criminal trial of the year, in which ugly divisions within British society are exposed. As everything around Zara begins to unravel she becomes even more determined to get Jodie the justice she’s looking for. But at what price?

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TRIGGER WARNING – subjects of rape and sexual assault.

This book is quite heartbreaking to read especially at the beginning. I couldn’t put it down. I do highly recommend Take it Back to all crime fans. Kia Abdullah is a fantastic writer, the idea for this novel is absolutely brilliant
Take it Back is a fictional court room drama story, about Jodie and Nina who are best of friends. Nina is busy dancing with some guy. Amir Rabbani wants Jodie to go to a secret place with him. On the night of Thursday 27th June, Jodie makes a statement to police that four Muslim boys, Amir Rabbani, Hassan Tanweer, Mohammed Ahmed, and Farid Khan had raped her. She didn’t tell her friend Nina what had happened because for one particular reason Jodie didn’t think Nina would believe her.
The court case is going to prove that Jodie Wolfe was raped. But during this court case, someone is lying, but who and more importantly why? A lot more happens in this book but because its a mystery and loads of twists and turns, I believe it will be a lot more enjoyable and a shock to read without any spoilers.

I rated this book 4/5 stars.

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Blog Tour – Miracle Creek by Angie Kim @angiekimwriter @readeatretreat @hodderbooks @hodderscape #MiracleCreek

Hi guys! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Miracle Creek by Angie Kim! This book grabbed my attention straight away with the stunning cover! Check out the blog tour banner below!

In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine: a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for “dives”, used as an alternative therapy for conditions including autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community.

Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night – trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges – as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.

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Miracle Creek is Angie Kim’s debut novel and I would never have known. Kim knows how to write a suspenseful thriller!
The story is told chapter by chapter through the eyes of each character. It explores the criminal trial that is trying to get to the bottom of why a fire broke out in a privately operated hyperbaric oxygen chamber.

Kim manages to develop fully-formed characters even while switching between points-of-view every chapter. The Yoo family and Elizabeth are particularly powerful portrayals. The descriptions of an immigrant family adjusting to life in the United States, were heartbreaking and interesting to read about. I have a little experience with autism, but I thought Kim’s chapters from Theresa and Elizabeth’s point of view were thought-provoking and emotional.

There are multiple layers to this story. You notice quite early on that nothing is how it seems. Kim peels the layers back one by one so that gradually we get inside her characters skins. By the end I wasn’t entirely surprised with the truth, but I enjoyed piece by piece everything being revealed!

If you enjoy a good psychological thriller then Miracle Creek is a book that you should definitely read!

This book is out now! Check it out below!

I rated this book 4/5 stars!

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Bookstagram Tour – The Sharp Edge Of A Snowflake by Sif Sigmarsdottir @sifsigmars @darkroomtours @teambkmrk #SharpEdgeOfASnowflake #DarkroomTours

Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog! Today I am doing a companion post to go with my review over on my Bookstagram for this wonderful book!

I was kindly asked by Darkroom Tours to join in on their bookstagram tour! Check out the rest of the tour down below!

 

Hannah Eiríksdóttir has been banished from her home in London to a place of eternal punishment for the wicked. No, not Hell, but close: Iceland. There, she faces a new life working as a journalist for her father’s newspaper – a man she barely knows.

Imogen Collins has the perfect life as a social media influencer, showing off her glamorous London existence to adoring fans. But behind the filters lies a dark secret. She thought she’d buried it: But the Beast is back – a ghost from her past who’s threatening to ruin her future.

When a man is found murdered at the edge of the road in snowy Iceland the girls’ lives collide. Imogen had the motive. Can Hannah find out the truth, and discover the reality of the girl beneath the filters?

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Trigger warnings: Sexual assault, violence, murder, mental health

This is a mix of young adult crime novel and Nordic Noir, which does have some quite adult themes. Please do be aware that it deals with, not only murder, but the influence of social media and sexual assault. So don’t read it if you’re easily triggered. 

The book centres around two women called Hannah and Imogen. Hannah goes to live in Iceland with her father after her mother passes away. She struggles to come to terms with her mothers death and can’t seem to settle into her new surroundings. Imogen is a celebrity on Instagram who can’t cope with real life. I loved the characters they were really engaging and you instantly took a liking to them. They each had their own interests and quirks and when they came together it was really exciting.

I enjoyed the mystery and it being set in Iceland as this is one of my top countries to visit. I am obsessed with Scandinavia and this aspect of the book really drew me in. I was really happy that I got to read this book as it’s been on my TBR since I heard about it.

I rated this book 4/5 stars! Check out the links below to find out more! 


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Blog Tour – The Harm Tree by Rose Edwards @redwardswrites @publishinguclan #TheHarmTree

Hi guys! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Harm Tree by Rose Edwards organised by UCLAN Publishing! I’ve wanted to read this book ever since it was announced!

The resistance is rising and dark forces stir to take back what was once theirs. Belief in the ancient gods runs strong—the sacrificial Harm Tree still stands.

You’re too young to remember why we needed heroes. You should be glad…
Nine years ago, two princes waged a bloody civil war for the right to rule Arngard. The younger prince took the throne and outlawed the ancient beliefs, but some wounds don’t heal. New religion replaced the barbaric traditions and finally, there’s peace.

Torny and Ebba are friends. Sent away by their families, they work together and watch out for each other. Too young to remember the war that tore apart the kingdom, Torny dreams of the glorious warriors of old, while Ebba misses her family, despite the darkness she left behind.

But when a man is murdered on the street and Torny finds herself in possession of a dangerous message, the two friends must tread separate paths. These will lead them through fear, through grief, to the source of their own power and to the gates of death itself.

As Torny and Ebba are used as tools for the opposing factions of the war, a deep power is ignited in them both. Can they uncover their own strength to finally heal the wounds of a nation?

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The Harm Tree is set in a world called Arngaard. A world torn apart by war and polictical unrest.  It swaps between two characters Torny and Ebba who begin the story together but go on completely different journeys. The story has quite a large complicated world of history but having two main characters keeps the book from getting too overwhelming and hard to follow.

One of the things i enjoyed about this book is the action packed scenes where things come to a head. These scenes are done so well and really help to tell the story. The author writes so beautifully that her characters settle into your heart and you want them to have a happy ending.  The Harm Tree is so big, and its story so involved, that no review I write could ever do it justice.

The world created is awesome and I would happily read further stories delving deeper into Arngard and its many characters.

 

I rated this book 5/5 stars and can’t wait to see what happens next!

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