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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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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 – 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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