A Blade so Black by L.L McKinney Bookish Spotlight and Giveaway

Title – A Blade so Black

Author – L.L McKinney

Publisher/Published – Titan Books/September 2018

Genre – Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult

Pages – 400

Summary from Goodreads
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.

I am so thrilled to be a part of the Blog Tour for this book. Here we have a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. When I was asked by the publishers if I would like a copy and would want to be a part of the Blog Tour I had to say yes. I love Alice in Wonderland and I love retellings so win, win. What drew me in a was a line on the press release which said “What if Buffy had fallen down the rabbit hole instead?” And immediately I knew I had to read this. I am currently reading this just now and I’m loving it so far. And look at that cover it’s freaking amazing.

“Swords will shatter.”

“Hearts will break.”

“Heads will roll.”

So the publishers Titan Books have kindly given me 2 copies to giveaway. This is a UK/ROI only giveaway, sorry my international peeps. I will be posting my giveaway later today on my Instagram page, which is @literarywisdom so be sure to stay tuned for that.

Hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you all later for another post.

The French Girl by Lexie Elliot Review.

Title – The French Girl

Author – Lexie Elliot

Publisher/Published – Corvus / April 2018

Genre – Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

Pages – 296


Summary From Goodreads

They were six university students from Oxford–friends and sometimes more than friends–spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway–until they met Severine, the girl next door.

For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group’s loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can’t forgive, and there are some people you can’t forget, like Severine, who was never seen again.

Now, a decade later, the case is reopened when Severine’s body is found in the well behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she’s worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts around her. Desperate to resolve her own shifting memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the woman whose presence still haunts her, Kate finds herself buried under layers of deception with no one to set her free.

My Thoughts

3 out of 5 Stars

This is a story about a group of six friends who spent a week in France, they met one of the friends Neighbours called Severine and at the end of the holiday she goes missing. Ten years later her remains are found and the story is about finding out what happened to her.
This was an enjoyable thriller that I read quite quickly once I got into it. However for me it was predictable and I guessed who it was from the get go. It was still an enjoyable read and I liked how the plot unfolded.
The ending for me wasn’t great, there were parts I liked but mostly I felt let down by the ending.
I would still recommend this to fans of thrillers because as I said it was an enjoyable read, but there were a few things that in my opinion could have happened differently that would have made it a 5 star read.

Disclaimer – I won a copy of this from readersfirst, this does not however affect my thoughts. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

The Cabin at the End of the World

Title – The Cabin at the End of the World

Author – Paul Tremblay

Publisher/Published – Titan Books/June 2018

Genre – Horror, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery

Pages – 315

Summary From Goodreads

Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbours are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.

One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault”. Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: “Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.”

My Thoughts

4 out of 5 Stars

So I first came across Paul Tremblay’s work last year when I read A Head Full of Ghosts which was an amazing book. I was offered the chance to read this book so I jumped at the chance.

I went into this blind and I must say it was an intriguing read that I couldn’t put down, especially in the second half. This was a well thought out story and I really enjoyed the plot. The characters were all well written and I adored Wen.

There was a part in the book that totally broke my heart and I was left shocked, I couldn’t believe it. The ending slightly lacked for me and left me wanting more but I can understand why the author ended it the way he did.

Overall this was a great story that I would highly recommend and it has made me want to read more of Paul Tremblay’s work.

Disclaimer – I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review, this however does not affect my opinions which are entirely mine. Thank you to the publishers for my copy.


August 2018 Wrap Up

Hey folks! Another months has come and gone and that means time for another wrap up. So I had a much better reading month and I read 7 books, so onto the books I read.

  • The French Girl by Lexie Elliott – 3 Stars – 296 Pages.
  • The Beast Within by Serena Valentino – 5 Stars – 215 Pages.
  • Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino – 4 Stars – 208 Pages.
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K Rowling – 5 Stars – 652 Pages.
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – 5 Stars – 310 Pages.
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – 4 Stars – 454 Pages.
  • Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone – 4 Stars – 267 Pages.

There you have it, all the books I read this month. How many books did you read? What was your favourite / least favourite book of the month?

Stay tuned for some reviews I have coming up.