I’m beyond excited to be a part of the blog tour for Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans – I’m super grateful to Jess at Osborne for allowing me to be a part of this tour & I’m so excited to show you Kathryn’s answers to my questions about why she chose to write a book set in the medical zone of science-fiction, why she chose to talk about stasis & whether she’ll be writing another book with a similar theme.
You can read my review of Beauty Sleep here.
This book totally consumed me – most ballet-based books do, but it was more than just the ballet that captured me in Bright Burning Stars… the toxic friendship felt familiar & the mental health representation made me feel seen as I’ve been struggling myself recently. I am obsessed with this book & it’s one of my favourites of 2019.
I was sent this book by The Fantastic Flying Book Club in return for an honest review.
⚠️ Anorexia (body dysmorphia?), grief, drug use, scenes of a sexual nature, abortion ⚠️
Today I have something that I’m super excited about – a guest post from Breeana Shields, author of The Bone Charmer! The Bone Charmer is a story about a world where bones are the power of everything, but when Saskia is chosen to be a bone charmer & is partnered with someone who Saskia doesn’t like, leaving her with two life paths to choose between…
Hell is divided into seven regions. The first region is designated for the purest of souls, the seventh is for the evilest. There was once a king of Hell, but the steward family has ruled for centuries.
Nora, the stepdaughter of the steward is undone when her mother and step-father take away her beloved tutor, Peter. When Nora confronts the steward and her mother, the discussion is heated and ends with the steward in inexplicable pain.
Shortly after, Nora finds herself in the Starry Wood. Peter told her of the perils within the forest, and it’s not long before the inhabitants of the wood find her.
A giant hunter named Aegis comes to Nora’s aid. He is drawn to Nora, compelled to protect her from the steward’s assassins, the giants, and the evil souls who escape the seventh region.
Together, they travel the seven layers of Hell to discover why the steward is so threatened by a teenage girl.
Beware the Night is a great introduction to YA & is full of all the YA tropes that we love; the characters were fun & the plot was engaging. I loved the world-building though & was so curious to learn more about the different communities involved.
I was sent this book in return for an honest review via Xpresso Book Tours
⚠️ This book contains violence & sacrifices for (fictional) religious reasons throughout ⚠️
Joyful and blessed are Voice-bearers, for the Heavens have set them apart.
As Whisperers gifted with the Voice, Betka and her people are enslaved. Only they can control the dangerous spirits that haunt the waters, but they are forced to serve under cruel taskmasters. Betka has little hope of freedom from her service or her own bitterness.
They toil for the goodness of others.
A powerful water spirit terrorizes the castle where Betka’s sister is serving. Betka is assigned to the crew sailing to face the foe, and she fears for the only family she has left.
Rage is found nowhere in them.
In the beleaguered, flooded castle, a new threat awaits—a magic more powerful and horrifying than anything they have ever seen. Loyalties will be tested, and enemies will become desperate allies.
Betka is their only hope of escape—if she can subdue the wrath that endangers them all.
She who wields the waters for revenge drowns herself tenfold.
When technology fulfils every dream, reality is a nightmare.
Below the streets of New State, the Grounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. When dusk falls, Wren risks her life by entering the capital city as a raider to secure resources for the rebellion. Each step further inside puts her life in jeopardy from New State’s deadliest weapons – Phantoms. More machine than human, tortured until devoid of emotion and caring, Phantoms have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with exacting precision.
Wren is good at her job as a raider and committed to the cause until she meets Codex, a New State citizen who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the meaning of hooking up—a computer simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies—without the complication of emotional entanglements or physical reality. But what Wren feels for Codex is very real. And it’s punishable by death.
As she and Codex grow closer, Wren convinces him to leave New State for the underground. But unrest between New State and the Grounders escalates, and Phantoms move in to destroy her world. Nothing goes as Wren planned. Families are arrested, loyalties are strained, and Wren’s forced to choose between her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her people, and reality could slip away—forever…
I didn’t in a million years think that Rothana could top Halayda as much as it did – I’ve never been so wrong. Everything I thought I knew about this world & it’s characters has been thrown into question & all I know is that I’m dying for the final book in the series.
You can find my review of the first book in the series, Halayda, here.
I was sent this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.
I’m writing this review for the second time as my original review vanished into the internet without a trace – which is also why this is a day late; massive apologies to Steven Neil & Rachel.
In both of my reviews you would’ve read that I adored this story – although it did take me some time to get into. I recommend this book to any & all history lovers.
I was sent this book in return for an honest review as part of a blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
This book contains Romany slurs, discussions of rape & abuse/manipulation of women.
So today I have my second ever author guest post & it’s all about Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson; in her post Suzanne talks about why she loves her character Jago & his story. I’m obsessed with the cover of this book & the story sounds fab (it also has really high ratings on GoodReads)!