Sky in the deep by Adrienne Young Review PLUS Q&A with the author

Title – Sky in the Deep

Author – Adrienne Young

Publisher/Published – Titan Books – March 2019

Genre – Young Adult , Fantasy

Pages – 336

Summary from Goodreads

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.

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 Stars

What an amazing read! I loved this so much and couldn’t stop reading it. The plot was so well thought out and we’ll developed, it kept me interested and I was eager to see where the story went. I really enjoyed the world building aswell.

The characters were well fleshed out and it was great to see them grow and develop. Eelyn was definitely my favourite and I loved watching her grow and develop throughout the story. I also liked Fiske, I was wary of him at first but he grew on me the more I read.

The authors writing was so good and I felt the book moved at a fantastic pace that kept you interested but also developed both the plot and characters.

After finishing this I look forward to reading more of the authors work as this book was just amazing. Adrienne Young has now joined my list of favourite authors and I urge you to pick up this book.

Interview with Adrienne Young

1. What inspired the book?

The initial inspiration for the book was definitely the betrayal between Eelyn and her brother Iri, but the story took on the shape a lot of identity and inner transformation that I was going through when I wrote it.

2. Who is your favourite character in the book?

I love all of the characters so much, but Eelyn has got to be my favorite. Halvard is a close second.

3. What character do you think readers will like the most?

I think everyone really loves Myra and Halvard.

4. If you could be a character from your book who would you be?

I would want to be either Eelyn or Inge.

5. Who influenced you to be a writer?

Writing is something I’ve just always done. But my third grade teacher was the first person to ever tell me I was a writer. Beyond that, it was definitely all the books I grew up reading and loved. I wanted to have the power to transport people the way I was when I read.

6. What was the first book you can remember reading?

A book called Snot Stew. It was the first chapter book I ever checked out at the library.

7. What is your favourite thing about being a writer?

I think it’s probably just the ability to use my imagination in ways that most adults don’t. I get to play with ideas and create worlds and characters and it is so much fun.

8. Do you have a favourite thing to do when you are writing?

I always, always, always listen to music and drink cold brew coffee.

9. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Don’t let fear dictate what you want to write. Write the things that are deep inside of you, not the things you think people will buy. Once you’ve figured out how to do that, keep writing until those two things cross paths.

And that’s a wrap. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did creating it and I hope you enjoy the interview with Adrienne Young.

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Larklight by Philip Reeve Review

Title – Larklight

Author – Philip Reeve

Illustrator – David Wyatt

Published/Publisher – December 2018 / Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Genre – science fiction, steampunk, fantasy, young adult, Fiction, Adventure

Pages – 416

Summary from Goodreads
Arthur (Art) Mumby and his irritating sister Myrtle live with their father in the huge and rambling house, Larklight, travelling through space on a remote orbit far beyond the Moon. One ordinary sort of morning they receive a correspondence informing them that a gentleman is on his way to visit, a Mr Webster. Visitors to Larklight are rare if not unique, and a frenzy of preparation ensues. But it is entirely the wrong sort of preparation, as they discover when their guest arrives, and a Dreadful and Terrifying (and Marvellous) adventure begins. It takes them to the furthest reaches of Known Space, where they must battle the evil First Ones in a desperate attempt to save each other – and the Universe. Recounted through the eyes of Art himself, Larklight is sumptuously designed and illustrated throughout.

My Thoughts

4 out of 5 Stars

Well this was such a great read. I had so much fun reading this book. This was such a well written book with such a great premise. The story was set in the 1800’s in the Victorian era but the twist was that it is in space. I loved the plot, it was such an interesting idea and the author wrote it so well. I enjoyed the characters and watching them develop. The authors writing was on point and I really fell in love with this book. I won’t go into details of the plot so I don’t ruin it but I do highly reccomend this to everyone.

Another thing that made this story amazing was the illustrations. They were so stunning and added a whole extra dimension to the book.

I cannot wait to read the other books in this series and I urge you all to give this one a go.

Disclaimer – I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my opinions which are my own.

The Killing Joke by Christa Faust and Gary Phillips Review

Title – The Killing Joke

Author – Christa Faust and Gary Phillips

Published/Publisher – September 2018 / Titan Books

Genre – Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction , DC Comics

Pages – 336

Summary from Goodreads
A tragic, unnamed engineer-turned-criminal is immersed in chemicals that disfigure him bizarrely, driving him mad and thus giving birth to the Joker. While the insane criminal is imprisoned, Batman and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) patrol Gotham City together, taking down perps such as the crime boss Maxie Zeus. Simultaneously Detective Harvey Bullock works with Commissioner James Gordon to take down a drug factory. Back in Arkham Asylum, Joker learns of a new technology he wants to acquire and escapes, setting out on a mission designed to break the Commissioner, forcing him to abandon his ideals as a police officer. In a violent home invasion he shoots and cripples Barbara, then takes Gordon hostage. Batman races to rescue Gordon, ultimately confronting his arch-foe in an amusement park fun house. This edgy adaptation by Hard Case Crime novelist Christa Faust expands upon the cast and adds intricate layers to the events of the graphic novel, further examining the nature of morality.

My Thoughts

3 out of 5 Stars

I am going to start by saying that I haven’t read the killing joke graphic novel in which this story is the novelization.

I have mixed feelings about how I feel about this book. On one hand I loves getting to find out why the Joker became who he was and I enjoyed the events that happened in the last third of the book. But on the other hand I felt like parts dragged and I found myself getting bored in parts and I kept hoping the Joker would be in it a bit more.

The Joker is one of my favourite villains and I was so excited to read this and learn his back story, however most of this book fell flat for me and I was left a bit dissappointed. The last third did make up for it though and I really enjoyed that part the best.

Very Late January Wrap-Up 2019

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So this wrap up should have gone up long before now but life has been hectic recently, with work being busy and life being busy. January was quite a good month for me, I didn’t read as much as I have in previous Januarys but I did complete 7 books which include the following:

Lullaby by Leila Slimani – 4 Stars – 224 Pages.

The Cruel Prince (re – read) by Holly Black – 5 Stars – 370 Pages.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – 4 Stars – 226 Pages.

Mary Poppins by P.L Travers, Illustrated by Lauren Child – 4 Stars – 204 Pages.

Vampire Knight Vol 1 by Matsuri Hino – 5 Stars – 192 Pages.

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald Screenplay – 4 Stars – 304 Pages.

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black – 3 Stars – 50 Pages.

So there you have the list of books I read in January. I would say my favourite read of January was Vampire Knight Vol 1 by Matsuri Hino, this was a manga and I don’t usually read manga but I adored this one and can’t wait to read the rest in the series. I would say unfortunately that The Lost Sisters by Holly Black was my least favourite read, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

 

 

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Review

Title – My Sister, The Serial Killer

Author – Oyinkan Braithwaite

Publisher/Published – Doubleday books / November 2018

Genre – Fiction, thriller, mystery

Pages – 226

Summary from Goodreads

“Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic.

And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they’re perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it.

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that’s as fun as it is frightening.

My Thoughts

4 out of 5 Stars

Wow this book! This was a highly anticipated read for me and I must say it delivered and is easily my favourite book so far. There just isn’t enough ways to describe how much I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down, it was so short but packed a punch. The chapters helped me fly through it because some were so short. I loved the writing style and I really enjoyed the plot which I won’t go in to as not to spoil it. When it ended I was so sad and I wanted more. I really hope there is a sequel.

I must say though if you love thrillers I would pick this one up. A short book that packs a punch and leaves you wanting more.

Lullaby by Leïla Slimani Review

Title – Lullaby

Author – Leïla Slimani and translated by Sam Taylor

Publisher / Published – Faber and Faber / July 2018

Genre – Fiction, thriller, mystery, Contemporary

Pages – 224

Summary from Goodreads
When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the family’s beautiful apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late whenever asked, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment, and frustrations mount, shattering the idyllic tableau.

My Thoughts

4 out of 5 Stars

Well this had me hooked. The beginning was eventful and instantly pulled you in. Lullaby starts by describing an awful event committed by Louise, the main character and then the story goes back, where we follow Louise on a downward spiral leading up to the event and what happens shortly after. It was quite captivating reading about Louise and her life but was also sad as her mind unravelled.

At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy the book as the translation came across a bit clunky however I got past that and the plot kept me eager to read on.

Onto the characters, I could not stand the children’s parents, they were self-centred, complained so much and thought they were better than everyone else.

Louise was a captivating character and like I said before it was sad watching her mind slowly unravel as the story went on. However I couldn’t feel sorry for her or sympathise with her because of the horrendous thing she did. Unfortunately for Louise no one paid enough attention to notice she needed help, and in the end it was too late.

This was a solid book, with a captivating plot and I highly recommend people to read it.

December Wrap Up 2018

So December has been another quick month for me and also quite a successful read month. I read a total of 8 books this month, which include:

  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S Lewis – 4 Stars – 175 Pages
  • The Curious case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 3 Stars – 56 Pages
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman – 5 Stars – 162 Pages
  • Prince Caspian by C.S Lewis – 4 Stars – 240 Pages
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – 5 Stars – 144 Pages
  • Never Kiss A Man in a Christmas Jumper by Debbie Johnson – 3 Stars – 186 Pages
  • House Swap by Rebecca Fleet – 4 Stars – 304 Pages
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling – 5 Stars – 607 Pages

So there you have all the books I read in December. I also just met my Goodreads goal after I had to lower it but for 2019 my goal is 90 books and I’m determined that I won’t be lowering my goal !

What is your 2019 reading goal?