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Book Review – A Kingdom Of Souls by Rena Barron @renathedreamer @harpervoyageruk #KOSBookMail #KingdomOfSouls

Hi guys! I can’t quite believe that I’ve had the chance to read this epic new fantasy but I was kindly sent this book as part of a brilliant project to pass this book onto different readers all over the world! This was a brilliant idea and really helped me read this book when otherwise i probably wouldn’t have until it was released!

Arrah is a young woman from a long line of the most powerful witch doctors in the land. But she fails at magic, fails to call upon the ancestors and can’t even cast the simplest curse.

Shame and disappointment dog her.

When strange premonitions befall her family and children in the kingdom begin to disappear, Arrah undergoes the dangerous and scorned process of selling years of her life for magic. This borrowed power reveals a nightmarish betrayal and a danger beyond what she could have imagined. Now Arrah must find a way to master magic, or at least buy it, in order to save herself and everything she holds dear.

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KINGDOM OF SOULS is an engaging debut set in a rich, expansive world. The mythology was woven throughout the story, binding up a deep sense of history behind the actions and rituals.

The city is full of many cultures, vividly portrayed through its market places. I loved the way the author brought the world to life. The myths woven into the story made the forest very creepy. The Tribe Lands burst with energy and the sacred places have an uneasy feel. From the Kingdom to the Tribe Lands to the other countries that were hinted at there is clearly a massive world out there to be explored i hope.

The magic is interesting. The selling of years for magic was so well written and very uncomfortable, never sure how much it would take and whether this would be the time death would come knocking.

There are a lot of characters, including Arrah’s five friends. Of these friends, only one has any impact on her growth. The others are simply friends, nothing more – they were more than just characters to guide and shape Arrah. My favourite character was Rudjek, their whole will they won’t they relationship was everything.

I was a little confused by the gods and orishas, particularly when they started to get interludes. I wasn’t sure who they were talking to?

Overall this book is set to take the YA community by storm and I feel like it’ll be a popular book for the fans. I can’t wait to see what happens in this world in the future and will have my eyes peeled for anything Rena does in the future.

This book is out on the 19th September in hardback here in the UK and i highly suggest you get this preordered as you don’t want to miss out!!!!

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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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Blog Tour – Girls Of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan @girlinthelens @hodderbooks @hodderscape @readeatretreat #GirlsOfPaperAndFire

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the Girls of Paper and Fire paperback! I was kindly sent this copy to review by Kate and Hodder books! Thank you so much, I’ve wanted to read this book since i saw the gorgeous hardback!

 

Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after – the girl with the golden eyes, whose rumoured beauty has piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, Lei does the unthinkable – she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

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Trigger warning : there are scenes of sexual assault and rape in this book. Please don’t read this novel if that is triggering to you. 

Girls of Paper and Fire is a fantasy novel based in a world where there are three castes; Paper, Steel, and Moon. Our main character Lei is a human girl who struggles against the oppression shown against the Paper (human) class but works in her father’s herb shop, both still reeling from Lei’s mother being taken from them seven years ago. However Lei isn’t meant for an easy life, and her golden eyes catch the attention of a general trying to win back the favour of the King, causing her to be dragged away from her father and taken to the palace as a nominated Paper Girl..

While I loved the whole book, the last hundred pages were, for me, the most gripping. The inevitability of Lei’s circumstance and the tension of events occurring within the palace make this part of the novel the emotional and dark fantasy that it truly is.

I didn’t realise this was a f/f fantasy novel, and my delight at the events that unfolded… Our love interest, Wren, has her own problems to deal with. She’s mysterious, alluring and beautifully written. The romance is so delightfully angsty and is such a slowburn that I couldn’t wait for their next interaction!

Thank you, Natasha Ngan, for this incredibly diverse and complicated novel. I highly anticipate Girls Of Storm and Shadow!!! I reccommend this to any YA fantasy fan who hasn’t had chance to read this book yet, i recommend you catch up before book 2!!

This book is out now in hardback and paperback!

I highly recommend it! I gave it 5/5 stars!

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Blog Tour – The Spider Dance by Nick Setchfield @nicksetchfield @titanbooks @missnatmack #TheSpiderDance

Welcome to the blog tour for The Spider Dance arranged by Titan Books! Thank you for sending me a copy to review! Check out the blog tour banner below!

It’s 1965 and Christopher Winter is trying to carve a new life, a new identity, beyond his days in British Intelligence. Recruited by London’s gangland he now finds himself on the wrong side of the law – and about to discover that the secret service has a way of claiming back its own. Who is the fatally alluring succubus working honey traps for foreign paymasters? What is the true secret of the Shadowless, a fabled criminal cabal deadlier than the Mafia? And why do both parties covet long-buried caskets said to hold the hearts of kings? Winter must confront the buried knowledge of his own past to survive – but is he ready to embrace the magic that created the darkness of Tobias Hart?

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I hadn’t heard of these books until Titan Books sent an email saying there was review copies available. I feel like i missed out massively on War In The Dark i’m so glad i bought the first book to read before the sequel The Spider Dance! Both books were amazing.

The Spider Dance  is the sequel to the first novel The War in the Dark , a perfect genre blend of spies, monsters and magic!   Set two years after the events of The Spider Dance, we return to the world of Christopher Winter, desperate to escape from his past and the things he has done.  His time as as a special agent for the UK government has come to an end, he is now trying to carve out a career working for London’s gangland.

There is a nice touch to the descriptive passages of the world of The Spider Dance, where  the author mirrors the sociological and political changes that were going on in the world at the end of the Second World War.

This book reminded me a lot of James Bond, except it’s James Bond and monsters and magic! It kind of sounds awesome right? Well it is brilliant and works so well!

The plot is hard to discuss without giving too much away and ruining all the surprises! This author keeps the reader in suspense right until the end and you never know what’s going to happen next. The plot moves quick but not too quick that you get lost in the story.

I highly reccommend this book if you enjoy suspense thrillers with a mix of monsters! 

I rated this book 4/5 stars. I highly recommend this and the first book! 

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Blog Tour – About That Night by Elaine Bedell @ElaineABedell @hqstories #AboutThatNight

Welcome to the blog tour for About That Night by Elaine Bedell! Thank you to HQ Stories for sending me a copy to review. Check out the blog tour banner below!

Sometimes it only takes one night to change everything
Elizabeth Place might have been jilted on her wedding day one year ago, but at least she’s still got her brilliant job producing one of the biggest shows on TV!

But when larger-than-life TV host, Ricky Clough, dies live on air, her life is sent spinning out of control. And with foul play suspected, the spotlight is turned firmly on his colleagues – especially Hutch, the man desperate for Ricky’s job and whom Elizabeth is secretly dating.

As her world comes crashing down around her, Elizabeth realises that perhaps the only person she can really trust, is herself…

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This book was a breath of fresh air! Firstly the cover is so striking, i’d definitely pick this up for the cover alone! The story is so funny and a perfect read for an afternoon with a cup of tea!

I can’t believe this is a debut, it’s written amazingly, i love when a book catches your attention straight off the first page. I was addicted after the first chapter. Elizabeth is a tv producer who is thrown to the wolves when her co host dies at the start of a show! However first thoughts are that it’s a natural death things take a turn and there’s a few dodgy people involved. I couldn’t stop turning the pages desperate to discover what happened to Ricky.

I loved seeing behind the scenes of TV and what really happens behind the camera. I can’t wait to see what this author writes next!

This book is out now!

I rated it 4/5 stars!

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Blog Tour – Garden On Holly Street by Megan Attley @meganattley @orionbooks @alexxlayt #GardenOnHollyStreet

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Garden On Holly Street by Megan Attley! This book is so pretty, i adore the cover so much. Thank you Orion Books for sending me this copy to review!

Abby Hamilton’s world has turned upside down in a matter of months – it seems that change is definitely in the air. But moving into Willow Court might just be the fresh start and happy distraction she needed.

Meeting her intriguing new neighbours helps push Abby out of her comfort zone. Then she finds an overgrown patch of garden in desperate need of love and time – something Abby has in spades! Throwing herself into bringing the garden back to life, Abby discovers that new beginnings can come from the most surprising places…

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The main character Abby is shocked to find a text on her boyfriends phone from another woman! She packs her things up and moves in to a flat called Willow Court. On her first day there she meets Arthur, a cantankerous old man who is miserable!

Nothing seems to be going right for Abby, next she loses her job and nearly gives up on her new life. Abby discovers the patch of garden outside the flat needs a little bit of TLC and finds a new passion. She put her heart into cleaning it up and giving it a purpose for the residents. I loved how much the garden linked the community, i truly believe gardening is good for the soul and loved seeing this incorporated into this book. It is an insightful, uplifting and heart warming book about not judging a book by its cover and not to give up on people. You start to see there is more to Arthur and Ernie the cute little boy in this book!

Each character had their own story to tell, and i loved the way the author linked them all together! I was sad to finish the final page and say goodbye to these characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

This book is out now! I highly recommend it!

I rated this book 5/5 stars!

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