GRAEVALE BOOK REVIEW

GRAEVALE BY LYNETTE NONI BOOK REVIEW:

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS BOOK 4 OF THE MEDORA CHRONICLES, IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE PREVIOUS BOOKS, CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

SYNOPSIS:

Light or dark, only one can win. This world cannot survive in shades of grey.

Now that Aven Dalmarta sits upon the throne of Meya, Alex must race against the clock to save the rest of Medora from the Rebel Prince’s wrath.

Haunted by an unspeakable vision of the future, Alex and her friends set out to warn the mortal races. But making allies out of ancient enemies proves difficult.

With her nights spent deep in the Library under the guidance of a mysterious new mentor, Alex is desperate to strengthen her gift and keep all those she loves safe. Because in a world where nothing is certain, she is sure of only one thing:

Aven is coming.

MY THOUGHTS:

I feel like I say this every review for a Medora Chronicles book but I swear i mean it – THIS BOOK WAS MY FAVE OF THE SERIES SO FAR.

As always its always a blast to read about Alex and co and their adventures, if you compare Graevale to Akarnae you can see such a huge character development between the books and it makes me so happy to see my faves change and become better people. Alex in particular has grown to be such an independent and also an amazing leader to the crew, if you compare her to the scared and mundane Alex in Akarnae its like having a proud mum moment seeing her in Graevale she’s so grown up ahh. Also just like Draekora, one of the other character highlights for me are definitely Niyx he grew on me so much more in Graevale I didn’t even think it was possible to adore him even more.  Basically what I’m trying to say in this long as paragraph is that the character development in this book is insane and I just can’t handle it.

In typical Noni form, this book is beautifully written, her world building is always so vivid and it leaves you with such a detailed picture of Medora and it honestly makes me sad that I can’t visit. Not to mention that Noni is also VERY good at breaking your heart, soul and wishes, go into this book with a box (or two) of tissues – you’ll need it I assure you!

Overall, Graevale is a heartbreaking and beautiful book filled with a cast of amazing characters who only seem to get better every chapter, this book leaves you in huge anticipation for Book 5! Honestly still crying over 1) the book and 2) waiting for the next book.

STAR RATING: ALL THE STARS EVER

Huge thanks to Pantera Press for sending me a copy in exchange of an honest review.

PRE ORDER HERE: https://www.booktopia.com.au/graevale-medoran-chronicles-book-lynette-noni/prod9781921997945.html

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ZENITH BOOK REVIEW

ZENITH BY LINDSAY CUMMINGS AND SASHA ALSBERG BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

MY THOUGHTS:

I actually really liked this book more than I was anticipating, there has been a fair bit of mixed feedback which had me a little iffy but I actually for the most part enjoyed Zenith.

In terms of characters I found that Androma was a little back and forth – one second she’s killed someone and the next she’s moaning that she didn’t want to do it but at the time of the killing she’s made out to be this mega badass? However Androma was also a very strong lead character that many compare to Celena from Throne of Glass but in space and I think that is a fairly accurate description as she is a very kickass character and a leader like Celena is. Androma besides the above stated was a very good leader and was a pretty good captain of the ship and her backstory was really interesting. However the one that stole the show for me was Dex – he was another great leader, him and Androma clashed so much and their constant bickering and sass had me crying laughing at some points. For the most part the characters were very head strong, sassy and badass and I did enjoy them, but no character is ever perfect.

The writing of the story flowed, you couldn’t tell that two people had wrote it which is one thing I always find with two authors writing one book. I did find the beginning of the novel a little slower than the end, making it a little harder to get into but the ending was worth it and once you got past the first 150 pages it gets faster and more action packed and the pace moves faster. Another thing that confused me was at the start of the chapters, a character was named whose ‘point of view’ the story was from but the book was written in third point of view so I kinda found that it confused me when I think I’m reading from Androma but next minute we are reading about what Dex is doing. I must say though that I read the advanced readers copy and therefore the characters names on the chapters may have been taken away but if they are still there and you are finding yourself getting confused – I just didn’t read them and the story made more sense and flowed a little better for me.

Overall, this book was addicting and has a very female based cast filled with some kick ass characters and a hint of space. It wasn’t the most perfect book ever but I did read an Uncorrected Proof copy and it is a debut novel on Sasha’s part so for those aspects in place I found that it was fairly enjoyable. If you like space and reading about very head strong sassy characters with little romance then I think you would enjoy this book!

STAR RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS

Huge thanks to Harlequin Teen Australia for sending me a copy for review in exchange of an honest review

PRE ORDER HERE: https://www.booktopia.com.au/zenith-sasha-alsberg/prod9780008228330.html

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THE LAST DAYS OF US BOOK REVIEW!

THE LAST DAYS OF US BY BECK NICHOLAS BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:

Five teens, one derelict Kombi and an unforgettable road trip…

Six months ago, Zoey’s life went off the rails. After the tragic loss of her brother, she partied her way to oblivion, estranged her best friend, Cass, and pushed away her now ex, Finn. But when her destructive behaviour reaches dangerous heights, Zoey realises she needs to pull herself together and get her old life back, including her ex. There’s just one complication: Finn is now dating Cass.

Now, it’s the last week of summer and Zoey, Cass and Finn are setting out on the road trip of a lifetime to see their favourite musician, Gray, perform live, joined by Finn’s infuriatingly attractive bad-boy cousin Luc and his vibrant younger sister Jolie. Zoey thinks this is her chance to put things to rights and convince Finn they should get back together. But she wasn’t counting on her friends’ lingering resentment, Luc’s disarming sincerity, and Jolie’s infectious love for life to turn her plans upside down.

This emotional coming-of-age story will resonate with anyone who’s ever messed up, fallen in love, or taken off on an adventure.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was such an emotional roller coaster, it kept me pulled in the entire time and I finished it all in the one sitting it was so addicting.

The characters of the story were all pretty intriguing, Jolie was a personal favourite of mine because of her bubbly attitude towards everything she did and her sense of adventure was also very thrilling. Luc was also one of those swoon worthy characters that you can’t help but love and adore, he also had that mysterious side to him that had me doing circles about what he was hiding in his past. Zoey was also a character that went through a lot of development throughout the novel and at the beginning of the novel has just lost her brother and just is not coping – her parents are also absent from her life as well, which makes going on this road trip a very important part of Zoey’s journey to becoming herself.

The writing was just the usual that you expect from Beck, always short but detailed chapters that keep you hooked and very addicting for sure. Her writing just gets better and better every novel she writes and the meanings of her novels also hold a very big theme in the plot of the story and this one is one has to be personally my favourite of the ones she has written.

Overall, The Last Days Of Us was a very addicting novel, with a very heartfelt story filled with a great cast of characters that were all filled with life and really made the story. I recommend this to anyone that loves reading books that leave you thinking long after reading, crying your eyes out and also if you just enjoy Young Adult road trip books – this book is for you.

STAR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

Huge thanks to Harlequin Teen Australia for sending me an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review

PREORDER HERE: https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-last-days-of-us-beck-nicholas/prod9781489220493.html

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REPUTATION BOOK TAG – ORIGINAL

Hey y’all,

With the release of Tay Swizzle’s new album Reputation, I decided to make a book tag in celebration! 

Track One: …Ready For It – a book that you are sooooo ready to read and need to read it ASAP?
For me this has to be Whisper by Lynette Noni, I’m literally DYING to get my hands on it and read it all up in one sitting, lets just say I’m rather keen to read a new Lynette Noni book.

Track Two: End Game – a book where your ship became endgame?
This for me has to be the good old traditional The Hunger Games, can’t deny that my faves were meant for each other (not gonna say because I don’t wanna spoil but then again honestly who hasn’t read THG – if you haven’t GO! NOW!)

Track Three: I Did Something Bad – a character that did something bad but had no regrets?
Mia from Nevernight has done a whole lot of bad like killing because hashtag assassin life but I can 110% say that she didn’t have any regrets and probably also felt good about it.

Track Four: Don’t Blame Me – a book that a lot of people don’t like but you can’t help but secretly love?
This for me HAS to be Vampire Academy, literally love Dimitri and all the humour and I also love vampires, it may not be the best book series ever but it is honestly so addictive ahh.

Track Five: Delicate – a character that you find to be very delicate?
I found Rue from The Hunger Games to be very delicate, mainly because she was a 12 year old girl in a murder game and her innocence made her so pure and delicate in the sense that she was delicate when put aside to a game of killing.

Track Six: Look What You Made Me Do – an author whose books ALWAYS make you cry or feel deep emotions?
For me this is Jennifer Niven books, I felt most emotions in All The Bright Places because I related to it a lot and had a very personal connection to Violet. But her second novel Holding Up The Universe also had me feeling emotions because of the plot and characters even though I didn’t realate to it as much.

Track Seven: So It Goes… – a book series that goes from a good start to a bad/meh ending?
This is an easy answer for me, Divergent by Veronica Roth started out to be a really good series and I was so excited about it and loved it and then when Allegiant came out I just couldn’t stand it and felt as though the book just wasn’t to the first two’s standards.

Track Eight: Gorgeous – a book you bought because of the cover?
I will be the first to admit, I do this a lot, but one in particular would have to be The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and I’ll have you know it is now one of my fave books ever and I do not regret.

Track Nine: Getaway Car – do you read books in the car/public transport?
I used to read all the time in the car when my family took trips to and from my families houses but as I have got over I have since acquired car sickness therefore I find it hard to read without feeling a lil after sometime.

Track Ten: King Of My Heart – a fictional character that owns your heart?
I could write a list of 101 names but one in particular I want to mention would have to be Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, if you have read it you guys probably will agree that he is very swoon worthy.

Track Eleven: Dancing With Our Hands Tied – a book that had you tied in from the first sentence?
This was so Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow, literally had me from the first page I loved it all so much ahh so poetic and one of the most relatable books to me I’ve ever read and had me tied in from the start.

Track Twelve: Dress – a character who has a similar sense of fashion to you?
I will always relate to Clary Fray and her choice of clothing as it is always so simple and just very casual very much like me, also Cath from Fangirl I imagine to have the same sense of fashion too as she is also into pretty casual clothes and nothing really fancy.

Track Thirteen: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things – a shady character that you dislike?
I really lowkey do not like Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments he was always very shady and I just could not take to his weird obsession with Clary and Jace.

Track Fourteen: Call It What You Want – if you had to call one fictional character to humanity who would you choose and why?
For me I would probably bring out Alex from Akarnae because I feel like her and me would be BFF’s in real life and would probably be just as clumsy as each other (ha)

Track Fifteen: New Year’s Day – a book you can’t wait to read in the new year?
Keen as a bean to read Graevale by Lynette Noni next year, also Nevernight 3 I am really wanting to get my hands on!

Annnnnddddd thats a wrap!
I hope you all enjoyed, some of the questions were a lil hard to make bookish but I think I did a fairly good job considering I got distracted 78346284 during making this listening to the album over and over again. I tag anyone that wants to do this tag, if you do it please link your post in the comments so I can check it out or tweet me the link on twitter! Don’t forget to get your copy of Repuatation, trust me its worth all the money in the world tbh (that Kanye sass has me living)

Mollie x

MARIA LEWIS AUTHOR INTERVIEW!!

Hey Guys!

Today I have the honor of starting off the first day of the It Came From The Deep by Maria Lewis Blog Tour! Today you will find some questions that the ever so lovely Maria answered about her new book and also about some fun random shiz towards the end!

What is one thing we should expect to see from It Came From The Deep?

Water. No but seriously, I’ve always wanted to see if I could tell a straight-up merman story and the best way to describe the book is a cross between The Little Mermaid and Creature From The Black Lagoon.

How different has the publishing process of It Came From The Deep been from Who’s Afraid?

Completely different, in that the Who’s Afraid? series is published by Little Brown and Piatkus in London, then pushed out worldwide through the traditional avenues. It Came From The Deep, on the flip side, is self-published and will be released worldwide in eBook format only on the same date, at the same time, on October 31, 2017 – Halloween. I’m blessed to work with such an incredible and huge publishing team on the Who’s Afraid? series at Little Brown, but It Came From The Deep is a much smaller, contained story and required a different publishing approach than the traditional route. I’ve also never self-published anything before, so I wanted to learn from that experience and take that knowledge on to my next project. Plus, there’s the perk of being entirely the boss on a book like this, as the final editing and cover art decisions all come down to me (which is a lot of pressure too, to be fair).

How would you explain It Came From The Deep in 3 words?

A merman mystery.

How long did it take for you to write It Came From The Deep?

I actually originally wrote it as part of National Novel Writing Month several years ago, so the book itself was written in the course of one month. It was put to the side as Who’s Afraid? and its sequels become the priority, along with the TV adaptation, but it took a fair bit or reworking and fine-tuning before it got to the stage where I felt confident enough to put It Came From The Deep out for people to consume.

If you had to choose one favourite character from It Came From The Deep who would it be and why?

I love Jarna ‘Cabby’ Cabin, who is a training acquaintance of the main character (Kaia Craig) when It Came From The Deep starts off and their friendship grows significantly throughout the book. In the same way I love writing Tommi’s longtime best friend Joss from the Who’s Afraid? series, I adored getting to write Cabby as she’s loosely inspired by a good friend of mine who was bugging me to put a character like her into one of my books. Cabby is just the bomb dot com. She’s smart and motivated and loyal – a lot of the traits I admire – and definitely someone that I would want to hang out with IRL. She also gets some of the best throwaway lines in the story and I always looked forward to writing her dialogue if I knew she was coming up on the next page.

Fun Questions:

Current Fave Tv Show?

MINDHUNTER.

Best Book you’ve read this year so far?

Final Girls by Riley Sager or Hamilton: The Revolution.

Favourite Clothing Shop?

That’s like asking me which one of my fictional children I love the most, but probably That Shop or Killstar Clothing.

What is your favourite Halloween movie?

That’s a loaded question, because do you mean film based in and around Halloween (like Hocus Pocus, for instance)? Or does just a regular horror movie count as a Halloween movie? My answer would be Halloween for the former and Alien for that latter.

Mermaids or Werewolves?

Werewolves. Always.

Pineapple on Pizza: Yes or No???

I’m Polynesian, man. Of course I’m all about pineapple on pizza.

MARIA’S LINKS:
http://marialewis.com.au
https://twitter.com/moviemazz
https://www.instagram.com/moviemazz/
https://www.facebook.com/marialewiswriter/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmwdDMgHUSaDVoeKGhfkK4Q

PREORDER IT CAME FROM THE DEEP HERE: https://books.pronoun.com/it-came-from-the-deep/

SYNOPSIS:

An elderly professor is murdered, leaving a puzzling crime scene for police to unravel and a laboratory housing all kinds of marine life. But something is missing … something huge.

Recent highschool graduate Kaia Craig has problems of her own, with her career as an ironwoman on the Gold Coast in jeopardy after a horrific accident. Yet someone wants to hold her accountable.

After nearly drowning in Lake Pelutz and her attackers on the run, Kaia is left with more than just physical injuries. She’s convinced she saw something in the depths of the lake: something that choose to spare her. Uncertain whether she’s running towards the discovery of a friend or foe, Kaia begins digging into a mystery that may have bigger ramifications than she or any of her friends can fathom.

It Came From The Deep is a thrilling combination of young adult and science fiction from the author of the critically acclaimed Who’s Afraid? series, Maria Lewis.

ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36342266-it-came-from-the-deep

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TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BOOK REVIEW!

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BY JOHN GREEN BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

MY THOUGHTS:

I finished this book in the one sitting pretty much on the release day, a lot of John Green’s work is either a hit or a miss for me and my favourite thing of his will probably always be Looking For Alaska and when I heard he had a new novel coming out I was rather intrigued to see if this would be up to par with Looking For Alaska or if this would just be another typical John Green book. I went in without reading the synopsis, I knew it was obviously a contemporary story and wanted to go in blind due to the title being a little bit of a mystery to me.

The plot itself was alright, it wasn’t something that kept me hooked on and wanted to drop everything for to finish or it didn’t really blow my mind of the sorts but it was an alright read and I did finish it in the one sitting so it wasn’t a bad read at all I just found that I wasn’t really 110% invested in the plot and found it to be nothing special to me personally.

The characters are what I really struggled with, I did not connect to Aza at all and sometimes struggled read from her POV and found myself getting a little lost in her words because I just did not connect with her as a character at all. I didn’t really find Daisy much better either and Davis wasn’t one of the fictional guys that I would swoon over so to me the characters were just really average and I just found myself not caring much about them, making me not as invested in the story as I wanted to be. I will mention that I adored the way that John added in the OCD portrayal and found it to be one of the points that I did like in the story as not a lot of books have OCD rep so it was good to see that in there.

Overall, I did enjoy the book and it wasn’t bad I just didn’t personally connect to the characters and didn’t find the plot as interesting as I wanted it to be. The writing of the book was typical John Green and was very poetic. This book just wasn’t something I see myself re reading anytime soon and it didn’t really leave a mark on me like John’s other book Looking For Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. I would recommend this to anyone that is a fan of John Green’s writing and to those that think the plot sounds interesting, however if you are not a huge fan of John’s other works and don’t like the sound of the plot I think that this is something you could probably pass on.

STAR RATING: 3 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY A COPY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Turtles-All-the-Way-Down/9780525555360

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GODSGRAVE BOOK REVIEW!

GODSGRAVE BY JAY KRISTOFF BOOK REVIEW:

(This synopsis and review contains spoilers from the first novel, please read with caution. No spoilers for Godsgrave itself though!)

SYNOPSIS:

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

MY THOUGHTS:

Godsgrave was just as badass as Nevernight, filled with complex and badass characters and a plot that leaves you in a constant state of ‘what the fuck’ I was beyond in love with Godsgrave just as much as I was book one.

The plot of this novel was A+ and had so many twists and turns and was completely and utterly beautiful and also very brutal at the same time. Mia has got to be one of, if not the most badass main character to read about and it’s honestly such a breathe of fresh air to see a main character stand up for herself instead of having a male lead ‘save her’ like some of the other fantasy novels I have read. There was also bisexuality rep explored more in depth in this book which was good to see more explored in Godsgrave.

The characters in Godsgrave were just as sassy and mysterious as Nevernight. Mia somehow grew EVEN MORE on me which I didn’t even know was possible? Mister Kindly was back at it again being his usual shadow self. ALSO TRICCCCC – That’s all I’m gonna say about Tric for now before I turn this into a spoiler review.

Overall, this book was fucking badass, filled with blood, sarcasm and beautiful writing. I can’t wait to get my hands on book three already because I have so many unanswered questions. If you loved Nevernight, then I highly recommend you get your hands on this book asap!

STAR RATING: ALL THE STARS

PRE ORDER HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Godsgrave-Jay-Kristoff/9780008180034?ref=grid-view&qid=1504053176414&sr=1-1

Huge thanks to Jay, for providing me a copy an early copy of Godsgrave so I could devour it in a day

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