Wednesday, August 28

Review: Oh My Gods

Oh My Gods
Alexandra Sheppard

Published By: Scholastic
Publication Date: January 3, 2019
Date Read: July 20, 2019
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41012355-oh-my-gods 

From Goodreads:
Life as a half-mortal teenager should be epic.
But, for Helen Thomas, it's tragic.

She's just moved in with her dorky dad and self-absorbed older siblings - who happen to be the ancient Greek gods, living incognito in London!

Between keeping her family's true identities secret, trying to impress her new friends, and meeting an actually cute boy, Helen's stress levels are higher than Mount Olympus.

She needs to rein in her chaotic family before they blow their cover AND her chances at a half-normal social life.


Or is Helen fated for an embarrassment of mythical proportions?
 

Oh My Gods was a book I hadn't really heard of much until I was looking up the authors that were going to be attending this years Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) in London. Seeing this book really intrigued me as the blurb really made this one sound like a contemporary book, but with a mixture of Greek Gods thrown in the mix. I am so glad I picked this book up because I really enjoyed it.

Oh My Gods follows the story of Helen. Helen has just moved in with her dad and siblings in London and she is trying to have a normal life, balancing school, friendships and maybe even a romance. The issue? She is living with the Greek Gods. Helen finds herself caught in between her powerful family and just wanting a normal life.

Now, anyone who knows me knows I freaking love anything with mythology, particularly the Greek Gods. My favourite book series of all time is the Covenant series by Jennifer L Armentrout which is all about the descendents of the Greek Gods so seeing the Greek Gods mentioned in this book is definitely what swayed me to pick this one up. I wasn't really sure what to expect because the storyline sounded really contemporary and I am not a huge fan of contemporary books.... However, I freaking loved this book! It's light, fun and absolutely hilarious.

Right from the start of Oh My Gods, I couldn't put it down. This is such an easy read. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a light hearted fun read but with a hint of a fantastical element. This book was the perfect read for me. I read it in one sitting as I was just enjoying it so much and the time just flew by. I was completely enamoured with everything. The writing, the storyline, the characters, it was all superbly perfected and I loved every moment of it.

I highly recommend Oh My Gods to anyone. It wasn't the best book I've ever read but it was never going to be my favourite because I love high fantasy books with all the tension and drama, but when you're looking for that fun, easy to read book it's perfect. I am praying that Alexandra Sheppard decides to turn this into a series because I could seriously read about these characters and their goings on in normal life all damn day. If you haven't picked up Oh My Gods yet... what the heck are you waiting for? Go buy it! Now!



Sunday, August 25

#TackleThatTBR Goals



Hey All,
I'm so super excited to be taking part in the #TackleThatTBR Readathon again which is running from tomorrow August 26th 2019 till September 9th 2019. I always adore taking part in this readathon as my TBR is insane... and getting bigger. My goal for the near future is to not acquire many books and to get some of the ones I have on my shelf read. This readathon should definitely help with that.

During this readathon there are some additional challenges, listed below.

1. Book or series started but unfinished 
2. Newest book 
3. Oldest book 
4. Last or first book in series 
5. Book most excited for 

Okay so here are the books I'm going to be 'tackling' during this readathon:




  • Fall from India Place by Samantha Young -  This book is one of the oldest books I have on my shelf unread. I tend to do a clear out of my shelves so often so I don't really have loads of old books on there. 
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff - This book is the newest book on my shelf. I have only just bought it a few days ago. I decided to finally jump on the Jay Kristoff bandwagon after I loved Illuminae and Aurora Rising so I'm super excited for this one.
  • Roar by Cora Carmack - This book is my first book in a series. Honestly, this one is a little bit of a cheat one as I have already read it. However, when starting my ARC of book 2 I realised I don't remember much from Roar as it's been a heck of a long time since I read it so I'm kinda cheating as it's not technically a TBR book but I need to re-read it so I can read Rage.
  • Rage by Cora Carmack - This book is the series started but not finished. Technically this might be a little cheating as well as it's not even out yet BUT it is in a series that I haven't finished reading... mainly because it hasn't been published yet but shhhh.... I won't tell if you won't!
  • The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L Armentrout - GGGAHHHHAHHSJJKFDBSKGIN!!!! In case you can't tell this is my book I'm the most excited about! JLA is my favourite author in the entire world and I am so excited to have an ARC of this book! This will definitely be the first book I read for the readathon.

Are you taking part? What books will you be reading?


Wednesday, August 21

Review: The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2)

The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2)
Dhonielle Clayton

Published By: Gollancz
Publication Date: March 7, 2019
Date Read: July 19, 2019
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 342
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42190062-the-everlasting-rose 

From Goodreads:
With a price on her head, the evil Queen Sophia out for blood, and no idea who to trust, Camellia Beaureguard, the former favorite Belle, must race against time to find the ailing Princess Charlotte, who has disappeared without a trace. Sophia's imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep Camille, her sister Edel, and her loyal guard, Rémy, from returning Charlotte to the palace and her rightful place as queen.

With the help of an underground resistance movement called the Iron Ladies--a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely--and the backing of alternative newspaper the Spider's Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections, and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and attempt to restore peace to Orléans. But enemies lurk in the most unexpected places, forcing Camille to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice to save her people.

"She never told me how to battle the nightmares that creep in like icy shadows, lingering behind closed eyes. She never told me what to do when all the color leaks out of the world like blood oozing from a mortal wound."

The Belles was one of my favourite reads of 2018. I found it so unique and interesting and it was much darker than I expected, which I adored. After loving The Belles so much, I couldn't wait to get my hands on The Everlasting Rose. I really enjoyed this sequel. It picked up right where The Belles left off and I was super excited and interested to see where this story was going to go.

The Everlasting Rose follows Camellia and her sisters on the run while trying to find Princess Charlotte in order to defeat the evil Queen Sophia. But with guards at every turn and a new underground resistance that Camellia doesn't know whether she can trust, will everyone make it out alive?

I found the writing in The Everlasting Rose just stunning. These are the only books that I have read from Dhionelle Clayton and they have made me into a big fan. I love how effortlessly she writes. Her writing style is fantastic and addictive and right from the start of The Everlasting Rose I couldn't put it down. I felt like the pacing was a little slower than it was in The Belles. There were moments when it was really slow and nothing really happened and then the pace would pick up for a while and then slow down a lot. At first I felt like it was 'middle book syndrome' but there is so much stuff that happens in the second half that is vital and important. You just have to get to it. Saying that the pacing issues didn't really bother me that much. I still couldn't put the book down and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen.

The Everlasting Rose was without a doubt one of the most emotional rollercoaster rides I have read this year. I was happy and hopeful one moment and heartbroken, fighting back tears the next. This really shows how incredible of an author Dhionelle is that she can evoke these emotions in her readers. I loved what was happening and I was just going through an emotional trauma while reading this book.

The Everlasting Rose was a great follow up to The Belles. I really enjoyed it and although I enjoyed The Belles more, this was still a fantastic sequel. I felt a little confused by the ending as it felt like a series ending to me rather than a mid-series ending so I'm super intrigued to see where Dhionelle is going to go next with this series. If you enjoyed The Belles, I highly recommend picking this one up. You won't regret it.

"The world is vaster and more beautiful than she ever described. Each corner of it feels different and unique, part of a puzzle with disparate pieces that somehow fit together."


Saturday, August 17

Review: Winters Snow

Winters Snow
Carrie Hope Fletcher

Published By: Sphere
Publication Date: January 19, 2017
Date Read: July 15, 2019
Genre: Adult - Chick Lit / Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33800977-winters-snow
From Goodreads:
An exclusive On the Other Side novella featuring the characters Vincent Winters and Evie Snow


Prove yourself worthy.
Prove yourself true.
Fight like you didn't
and she'll come to you.

Evie Snow was the love of Vincent Winters' life, and of every lifetime he would ever live, but they didn't get the ending they wanted. He never stopped loving her though and he never, ever, forgot about her.

Suddenly Vincent has the chance to right an old wrong and to finally prove himself worthy of Evie's love - he just needs to get to her first.

As Vincent begins the journey of a lifetime, he learns more about love than he ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, he may also find his way back to the only woman he ever truly loved . . .

After finishing On the Other Side I just needed more from these characters. So you can imagine how excited I was to see that not only was there a follow-up novella but that it was from the perspective of my favourite character, Vincent. I fell head over heels in love with Vincent in On the Other Side and honestly I fell even more in love with him in this one. My heart absolutely broke for him knowing all of the regret that he lived with after losing Evie.

Winter's Snow was a beautiful conclusion to On the Other Side and I just loved seeing what happened when Vincent came to his 'door'. It was lovely to see him fight for Evie in the afterlife and there was nothing I wanted more but to see him defeat his demons and get his happy-ever-afterlife with Evie. My one gripe is that I wish it was much, much longer. I could have read Vincent's perspective for forever.

If you enjoyed On the Other Side I highly recommend you pick up Winter's Snow. It was a beautiful conclusion and I enjoyed every second of it.

"Twenty-eight isn’t a special age for most. There are no special greeting cards for being a year closer to thirty. And yet twenty-eight had always been special to him because that was when he had met Evie."


Wednesday, August 14

Review: On The Other Side

On The Other Side
Carrie Hope Fletcher

Published By: Little Brown and Co
Publication Date: July 14, 2016
Date Read: July 15, 2019
Genre: Adult - Chick Lit / Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33785086-on-the-other-side

From Goodreads:
Your soul is too heavy to pass through this door,
Leave the weight of the world in the world from before

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It's the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she's become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won't open.

Evie's soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it's too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, she may also find her way back to the only man she ever truly loved . . .

Powerful, magical and utterly romantic, On the Other Side will transport you to a world that is impossible to forget. A love story like no other, it will have you weeping from the sheer joy and beauty of it all.

"The colours of her heart represented the deeds she'd done, both good and bad, but the faint smell of treacle told her that, overall, she had a sweet heart."

On the Other Side has been sat on my shelf unread for years. I can't really explain why I didn't read it before now but after seeing Carrie was going to be attending the book convention that I'm attending this year I thought it was about time I started it. I am so glad I picked this up. This book is absolutely stunning. I loved every single second of it.

On the Other Side follows the story of Evie. Evie has just passed away surrounded by her husband and children but when she reaches the door to her personal heaven she finds it locked. Evie has been holding three secrets close for her entire life, and in order to get into her own personal heaven she must release these secrets. As she goes on the journey to make her soul lighter, Evie has to relive her past, including revisiting the love of her life who she was separated from years ago.

I absolutely adored this book. It is the most beautiful, inspiring and gorgeous book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It is such a swoon-worthy romance but with a divine sadness throughout the story as well. I can't tell you which part I loved more. You have elements of this book that are present day, and then some in the past where you relive Evie's past with her. I absolutely loved every single second of it. Evie is such a fantastic character to travel through this story with but I can't say that she is my favourite character. I loved Vincent too much! He was just the perfect most romantic main guy in a book ever. Right from the moment we were introduced to him I was grinning like an absolute idiot while reading. I just loved him.

Carrie Hope Fletcher is a multi-talented individual. I have seen her perform in musicals and I absolutely adore her in them as she is so fantastic. I don't know what I was expecting from her novels but honestly it is so well written. It usually takes me about 50-ish pages to get into a book but that was not necessary here. Right from the very first page I was absolutely in love with this book. On the Other Side really reminded me of the early Cecelia Ahern books. I love Cecelia's early work and so that's such a positive thing to me. It's a beautiful romance with a hint of magic and I just adored that.

On the Other Side is without a doubt one of the best books I've read so far this year. I loved every single second of it and I just cannot wait to read Carrie's other books. They are just beautiful and quite simply breathtaking. It made me feel all of the emotions. I laughed, I cried and I fell in love. This book was absolutely magical and one I will read again and again.

"You were my single greatest adventure."


Wednesday, August 7

Review: The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of the Orange Tree
Samantha Shannon

Published By: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Date Read: July 13, 2019
Genre: Adult - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 848
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29774026-the-priory-of-the-orange-tree

From Goodreads:
A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.


The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

"We may be small, and we may be young, but we will shake the world for our beliefs."

The Priory of the Orange Tree is a book that has been on my radar ever since it was first announced. I am a huge fan of fantasy books, especially ones with dragons. So when I heard about this book I couldn't wait for it... and then when I saw the cover I was totally in love. I absolutely love the cover of this book. I enjoyed The Priory of the Orange Tree but honestly my feelings about the book as a whole are mixed. I was a little bit disappointed and unfortunately it just didn't live up to my expectations.

The Priory of the Orange Tree follows many characters in different parts of this world. I love that there was many characters to follow and it gives you a deeper insight into what is happening. You have characters at court in the East. This follows through to the South where the Priory is situated. You also have characters in the West who are directly in opposition to those in the East. It was really complex and interesting. My one issue was that there was so many characters and so much going on that I spent most of the first part of this book not really grasping who was who. All perspectives were wrote incredibly similarly and so I spent a few minutes at the start of each chapter asking myself 'who is this again?' This did get much easier the further I got through the book and I did end up really enjoying the different characters and seeing what was happening with each of them.

The Priory of the Orange Tree is the first book I've read from Samantha Shannon and she is such a fantastic author. I really enjoyed her writing style and it was super easy to read (after I'd got over the confusion with who was who). I think this writing style really helped me get through this book as I was so intimidated by its size. One thing I think worked really well was the fact that it was split into six smaller parts. This helped me get through the book as instead of being stuck about how enormous this book was and how much I had left to read, I focused more on how much of that part I had left.

The Priory of the Orange Tree is a good read. I was so excited to read it and I did enjoy it. The further I got through the more excited I was about getting to the end as I could feel it building up to something big. Unfortunately, after finishing the book I just felt a little... deflated. I was really disappointed in the ending. It was building up to this epic battle and I was so ready for it. And then it was just over in just a couple of pages. I read over 700 pages building up to this moment for it to just be over super quick. I was so disappointed. It felt pretty anti-climactic to me. In addition to this, the majority of the characters got a good ending... except one. There was one particular character who I didn't feel like she had an ending. If you asked me what happened to her... I couldn't tell you. It was left very strangely for one character and I have so many questions about what happened to her. Considering this is a standalone novel, I wanted an actual ending for all of them.

The Priory of the Orange Tree is a good fantasy book. It's full of magic, action and intrigue. If you're a fantasy fan you'll enjoy this book. Will I read it again? Probably not. It's a huge book and the ending just fell a little flat for me. Saying that though, I'm so glad I read it and I did enjoy the majority of it.

"Some truths are safest buried. Some castles best kept in the sky. There's promise in tales that are yet to be spoken."


Saturday, August 3

Wrap Up: July 2019


Hey Guys,
Can you believe that it's the end of July already? This year is just flying by so fast. I had a pretty awesome July, spending a weekend of it in London for the Young Adult Literature Convention and it was amazing. Anyway here is my month in books...

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:


Bought:

Take a Chance of Me by Beth Garrod
Fireblood (Frostblood #2) by Elly Blake
Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton
Under a Dancing Star by Laura Wood
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virture (Montague Siblings #1) by Makenzie Lee
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Makenzie Lee
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher
Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake
Mirage (Mirage #1) by Somaiya Daud
The Tesla Legacy by KK Perez

ARCs:

The Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle #1) by Adam Silvera
The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh
Wild Savage Stars (Sweet Black Waves #2) by Kristina Perez


 E-Books:


For Review:

The King (Wicked #3.7) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Bought:

Winter's Snow (On the Other Side #1.5) by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Subscription Boxes:

Illumicrate

Fairy Loot


Books Read in July 2019: 


 The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon - 3 Stars
The King (Wicked Trilogy #3.7) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
On the Other Side (On the Other Side #1) by Carrie Hope Fletcher - 5 Stars
Winter's Snow (On the Other Side #1.5) by Carrie Hope Fletcher - 3 Stars
The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2) by Dhionelle Clayton - 4 Stars
Oh My Gods by Alexandra Sheppard - 4 Stars
A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Stars

Reviews Posted in July 2019


Top 3 Reads of July 2019





How was your July?