Friday, 18 August 2017

Ever the Hunted

***
3/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group for giving me this book to review.

Ever the Hunted is an enjoyable YA fantasy book which is fast paced and full of action, romance and magic. However, it is nothing new in this genre and is a bit predictable.

Britta is skilled, determined and competent but also is distrustful of people. Cohen is your average YA hero with nothing new as he is brave, loyal and protective. However, I wish we got to know Lief a bit more as I really liked him and he was an interesting character.


I was not a fun of the ending and the hinted love triangle in the next book Ever the Brave. I would recommend Ever the Hunted to fans of Slumber by Samantha Young and Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Dreamscape: Saving Alex

***
3/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Pikko’s House for giving me this book to review.

Dreamscape: Saving Alex is a fun YA fantasy book with adventure, action and romance. This book had a cool concept as I enjoy video games but it did not grab me in the first half of the book but it did pick up in the second half. I liked and enjoyed the world, even if it was a bit unoriginal and I wish it had more gaming elements to it.

I was not a fan of Alex in the beginning as she was whinny, annoying and full of angst but I understood as I bet if I was in her position when I was her age I would have acted the same, if not worse. But she does grow and develop during the book. Arrow is a natural leader who is loyal and protective.


Though I guessed it would happen I was not a fan of the ending and I hope that if there is a sequel it will get a better ending. I would recommend Dreamscape: Saving Alex to fans of Nexis by A L Davroe and The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Cogling

***
3/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Curiosity Quills Press for giving me this book to review.

Cogling is fast paced and each chapter ended on a small cliff-hanger which made me want to read just a bit more. This book had action, romance and adventure but it is also predictable and need more world building. However, the tone changed about two thirds way through the book as while it is a YA book it became more adult in its violence and romance.

Edna is kind, caring and naïve but also courageous and stubborn. Ike is secretive, resourceful and charming. There are a few secondary characters like Harrison, Rachel and Hilda.


I found the ending rushed and I would recommend Cogling to fans of YA steampunk books.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Demon Princess

***
3/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Weapenry Co-Op for giving me this book to review.

I liked Demon Princess as it was an easy fun read and straight forward if a bit forgettable. I liked that there was not cliché love triangle as there could have been. This book needs more world building and the timeline should be clearer as it felt like days had passed not months. Characters needed to be more fleshed out so we got to know them better, especially Adriana’s brother and father.

Adriana is spoiled and sheltered, but also intelligent, observant and full of willpower. Keldrin is a kind and caring good guy who is considerate and helpful. Aldric is mean snivelling and ambitious to the extent that he does not care who he hurts.


I enjoyed Demon Princess and would recommend it to fans of Cassandra Clare.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Into the Storm

***
3/5


Thanks to Shelby K Morrison for giving me this book to review.

Into the Storm is the enjoyable third book in the Legend of the Liberator series. It was well written and had a good story but it did not grab me as much as the first book. I’m glad that the romance that has been hinted at for the first 2 books has finally happened but I felt it was full of angst and really showed the characters age.

Aia makes so many mistakes in this book as she lets others push her around and she does not turn to or rely on the people closest to her who she trusts. Cole feels useless and not able to be helpful and I was not a fan of his jealousy. Elle was an interesting new character and I liked how her feelings were conflicted and I understood her anger.


This book ends on a cliff-hanger and I am looking forward to reading the next book. I would recommend Into the Storm to fans of the first two books in this series, From the Ashes and Among the Flames.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Smells like Weeia Spirit

***
3/5


Thanks to Elle Boca for giving me this book to review.

Smells like Weeia Spirit is a fun paranormal crime series with a bit of romance and action. This book was fairly predictable apart from one incident which truly surprised me and it was brave and unexpected from Elle to do this.

Danni is dedicated, intelligent and she is finally getting a hang of living in Paris and being ignored by her boss. Sebastian is the same as ever handsome and loyal, and Iaen is the perfect balance to Danni and they are a really good couple.


I am enjoying this series and am looking forward to reading more of Danni’s adventures in Paris. I would recommend Smells like Weeia Spirit to fans of the first 2 Weeia Marshals books and those who enjoyed the Weeia series.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Child of the Empire

***
3/5


Thanks to Michaelbrent Collings for giving me this book to review.

Child of the Empire is a very enjoyable fantasy novel which has a slight steampunk feel to it. Even though the main protagonist is a teenager this book can easily be read by adults as it is not full of angst. This book has lots of twists but the first half of the book has more world building and the second half is more action packed.

Sword wants to feel like she belongs, but she is also naïve and trusting. There are a lot of other character in this book including kind Garden, protective Armour, surly Arrow, enigmatic Wind and Cloud, and secretive Devar. The bad guys were a bit too evil for me, as I prefer when I can understand their motives rather than them being evil for evils sake.


The ending was a bit rushed but I am looking forward to reading the next book Child of Sorrows. I would recommend Child of the Empire to fans of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.