Thursday, 12 September 2019

Blog Tour: The Girl the Sea Gave Back


Title: The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Author: Adrienne Young
Published: 3rd September 2019
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.
 




Received a copy in exchange for a fair review thank you to Titan Books 

I never actually noticed that this book is a continuation from Sky in the Deep, I loved that book so much that I end up reading my favourite snippets from time to time. I like how this was both from a different perspective yet it didn't stray away from the viking world, instead we got to know two whole other clans; Kyrr and Svell.


Similar to the first book, the plot dictates war between territories and speak of Aska and Rikki  ending their feud to become Nãdhir. It details events of SITD 10 years later through the eyes of Halvard and Tova, keeping in line with the previous format the book is told from their point of views whilst also giving some background in to prominent events from the past. This book is very fast paced, the events taking place happen  very quickly making you fly by through the chapters. Although, it is a standalone novel from the first book I would recommend reading Sky in the Deep before reading this just to have a better understanding but it is totally optional. 


Character development was good, although I would argue that there was more evolvement for Tova than Halvard. I felt as if Tova finally stood up for what she should have been doing all along instead of believing all the lies being told to her. Whereas, with Halvard he lacked self confidence in himself to become chief of Nãdhir even though everyone around him could see he was the perfect candidate for the job. I do have one compliant though, I wanted there to be a romantic link between Halvard and Tova, although there was a hint of it I would have enjoyed it more if it was explored a little more instead of the focus being heavily placed on the ancestry of Tova and the Fate of Svell. 


Tova is my favourite character, I loved how her identity was not lost or changed even though she lived with another clan. I would have enjoyed more if her character's depth was explored a bit more since she was always shown to be easily manipulated in Jorrund's lies. Regardless of that minor detail, the more I got to know Tova the more I fell in love with her and I abosolutley adore her name and inking on her body too (well the way I imagine it in my head). It was also nice to see little Halvard all grown up and getting to live the peaceful life  Fiske wanted for him ( I am also grateful for Young adding the old characters back in too, it was like a high school reunion). 


I adore Young's writing style and I loved reading about the world she created, she had me captivated from the very first page. If Viking is your genre to go, then make sure you give this book a read.



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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Blog Tour + Guest Post

Hello guys, I hope you're all well. Today I am here with another book tour, one I have been dying to read for a long. I hope you all enjoy!



Title: Sky In The Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Published: 24th April 2018
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:


Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Received a copy in exchange for a fair review thank you to Titan Books

I have never read a viking before and oh my oh my I loved this book so insanely much I am considering starting another series. I absolutely loved everything about this book.

I also love the love the names; Iri and Eelyn. These two are undeniably my two favourite characters out of the whole book. Not only did I love their sibling relationship which is to say its bittersweet, but I felt like I saw everything through their eyes. 

Iri's betrayal cut deep, I can understand what happened to him and what the situation is like, however I still didn't like his relationship with Runa and I didn't fully agree with it either. I felt every emotion going through Eelyn; her sadness, happiness, pain everything, I couldn't help crying for her too when she first learned of Iri's betrayal, it cut deep through my bones. 

The plot was what I loved most about the book, two enemies falling in love is a story that never gets old however it is told. I admired how Young also portrayed often in war times you fail to see the enemy as being human too like they can have their own life and family too. 

If your looking for an edge of the seat, action taking kind of book, then book is definitely for you. 

And now for the guest post....


WRITING ACTION SCENES

Writing action sequences is something I didn’t know I loved to do until I wrote Sky in the Deep. The first chapter of the book is pretty much all action and I was so swept away by it that I knew I had stumbled upon an arena of writing that I had never really understood or appreciated. Some of the most common feedback I get about the book is about the battle scenes and the truth is that describing action in a way that makes sense and also keep the reader from skimming ahead to dialogue is tough. Here are my four rules for writing those weapon-wielding scenes!
1.             Keep Character First
For me, this is the most important aspect of creating these fast-paced sequences. It can be really easy to get so caught up in what is physically happening in the action that you forget you are telling a wider story. It doesn’t matter how well you’ve written that blow with the axe or how poetically you described blood rolling down muddy armor. If something doesn’t happen insidethe character, it’s all for nothing. My first rule of thumb when drafting a new book is that every chapter has to move the story forward somehow. Action is especially vulnerable to missing this key element because so much is happening around the main character, that it can be tricky to weave them together. 
2.             Force and Motion Matter
This is where visualizing every moment of an action scene plays a big role. I know some authors who get up out of their chair and act out the movements as they are writing them. For me, I more often see it in my head, playing out like a movie. The reason why visualization is important is because so often, written action scenes are missing the most basic component—force and motion. You have to think about weight and velocity and energy, not just weapons and wounds. A warrior can’t just hop out of a ditch and run for the enemy. They have to pull their weigh up the incline and then throw it forward before they can start running. Those little details really make a scene come together. 
3.             Track Those Weapons
This seems like a silly one, but it’s something that writers get wrong all the time! I even caught one of these mistakes in the final pass pages of Sky in the Deep, even though I was sure I’d rooted all of them out. It can be really hard to keep track of which weapon your character has in which hand and what happens to it from beginning to end. I’ve read more than a few books where the character drops their knife/sword/bow/axe and a few paragraphs later, they suddenly have it again without ever having picked it up. 
4.             Create a Mood
A battle is just like any other battle unless you give the reader something to distinguish it by. You can do this by playing with setting, weather, time of day, or even battle strategies. On paper, it all feels the same unless you give us a special detail or circumstance. Which would you rather read—a battle in the pouring rain on a cliff where warriors are falling to their deaths as the enemy pushes forward, or a battle in an open field on a sunny day? 



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Sunday, 10 March 2019

The Everlasting Rose Blog Tour


Title: The Everlasting Rose
Author: Dhonielle Clayton
Published: 5th March 2019
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

n this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Camille, her sister Edel, and her guard and new love Remy must race against time to find Princess Charlotte. Sophia's Imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep the rebels from returning Charlotte to the castle 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 restore peace to Orleans.



Received a copy in exchange for a fair review thank you to Orion Books

Oh wow. I don't know even know how to begin this review so coherently. I just got out of submitting and this book was my haven and escape. I do not want to part with this series, it will be missed dearly.


I really enjoyed this series for many reason, in particular this book. This left off exactly where Belles finished, after escaping from the palace and from the evil clutches of Sophia, Camille and the gang are determined to overthrow Sophia, the fate of the world depends on it.


The plot was very mysterious, every turn was a new surprise only leading to another alley full of mysteries, I was constantly on the edge of my seat and desperate to find out what happens next. Unexpected help came in unforeseen ways. I was very happy to see new characters introduced and that too such strong female characters, my favourite was Lade Drane.


Camille was all action in this movie, but she often resumed self doubt as one does in dire situations. Although given the circumstance it would be hard to relate to her considering she is a Belle but I found myself liking her more in this book than the first one, she wasn't afraid to stand up for her loved ones and go back for them. Sometimes her adoration for people who are mean can be quite naive at times. I didn't enjoy where she kept making excuses for Amber when clearly Edel disliked her.

I loved Remy in this book, specifically I loved his connection with Camille, oh they were #couplegoals. Remy is kind and selfless for the people he loves. I adore his caring personality and more so with those around him.

After such a tumultuous ride, I am glad the Belles finally got the happy ending they deserved, also saddened for the losses along the way.

A bit saddened by the ending of the series, but I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Camille come in to character and remind herself of what matters the most. If you after a rollercoaster of a ride with some passion and kisses in there then this is the book for you.


Can't wait to see what's next for the author!

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Monday, 24 September 2018

Blog Tour: A Blade So Black by L.L. Mckinney


Hi everyone, I am hoping everyone had a lovely weekend and you are all safe especially with the weather we have been having all over the world. Today on the blog tour I am chatting with the author and hearing what insights she has to say about her new book A Blade So Black.




Title: A Blade So Black
Author: L.L. Mckinney
Release Date: 28th September 2018
Synopsis:


The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.
 





Writing in other people's worlds - what's it like to create your own take on Wonderland?



I really like the second part of that question because, for me, it’s not that different from writing in my own world. I mean, my story is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s tale, and locations and familiar characters are present, but I like to think I made Wonderland my own sort of personal playground. The quote on the jacket that says “this isn’t the wonderland you remember” is very true. It’s not, though there are touches of familiarity.


It was fun, though, to take this story, this place, and these characters and infuse them with a new energy of sorts. I did the same with the world as well. I also added in diverse characters, which was sorely needed. I used Wonderland as a sort of jumping off point, not even really a blueprint but more of a…a plan for the plan.


In truth, it was easier to decide what I wasn’t going to keep or do in regards to the original story. It wasn’t going to be set parallel to England. It wasn’t going to be from that same time period. It wasn’t going to be from the viewpoint of that same girl or a close iteration. It wasn’t going to be a dream or an acid trip or whatever people like to theorize, it was going to be very real. By deciding what I was going to leave out, it left holes that were a particular shape and size I needed to fill. Once I figured out how I wanted to fill them, I was set! I say that like it was easy…


It may have been difficult, but it was a lot of fun. Alice in Wonderalnd is one of my favorite stories, and I’ve enjoyed (almost) every iteration of it. Being able to put my twist, my stamp, my fingerprint—or whatever you want to call it—on that tale and that world has honestly been amazing. I’m not a fan of retellings or reimaginings really, not that I don’t like them I just don’t actively seek them out, so it was a surprise to me when this story initially took shape. It was even more of a surprise when everything turned out the way it did.


I’d say A BLADE SO BLACK is more a reimaging, an homage to an homage, rather than a genuine retelling. There are lots of elements that will be familiar to those who love the tale, or just know about it in passing, but a lot of those same elements will be flipped or twisted in some way that makes them different. That’s the most exciting part about it, seeing who’ll get what and if everything I did will be caught. Ads a bit of Wonder, don’t you think?



It was so nice to see what Elle has to say, I loved reading to how she wanted to approach the book and make it real life, she makes some very interesting points no? Make sure you guys check out the author and the book or you can check the links below.



Author Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ElleOnWords


Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Blade-So-Black-L-L-McKinney/dp/1250153905


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Happy reading!


Let's chat: Have you read this book yet? What are your thoughts on the authors perspective? Do you have a favourite Alice in the Wonderland retelling? Let me know in the comments below!


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