The Cruel Prince Review

Title – The Cruel Prince

Author – Holly Black

Publisher/Published – Hot Key Books / January 2018

Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages – 370

Summary from goodreads

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 Stars

I was worried going into this that I wasn’t going to enjoy it because the hype around this book was massive and I was seeing it everywhere. However I didn’t have a reason to worry because I adored this book. It was such a good read where I didn’t want to put it down.

I really enjoyed the world and how it was developed. The plot was more focused on the politics and hierarchy of the world and in my own opinion it was amazing and well written. I enjoyed Jude’s character and the way she was written, her sisters were also good characters, especially her older sister. Prince Carden and his posse were awful and mean and I despised them. However by the end of the story Carden did grow on me. Locke betrayed my trust and that’s all I’ll say about that!

There was an event that happened quite far in that left me shocked, I didn’t expect and I was in disbelief the whole time. It was so well written I felt like I was there.

Overall this was amazing and entertaining and I need book 2 immediately but I unfortunately have to wait until next year for it to be released.


Tell No Lies Blog Tour

Hey guys I am excited to be taking part in this blog tour for Tell No Lies by Lisa Hartley. After the book Spotlight there is a Q&A with the author so stay till the end for that.

Book Spotlight 

Title: Tell No Lies

Author Name: Lisa Hartley

Previous Books (if applicable): Ask No Questions

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Detective Fiction

Release Date: 19th February 2018

Publisher: Canelo

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Book Blurb: Now they’re coming after Caelan’s team…
A tortured body is found in a basement. Drug dealing and people smuggling is on the rise.
Then police start going missing.
There seems to be no connection between the crimes, but Detective Caelan Small senses something isn’t right.
Plunged into a new investigation, lives are on the line. And in the web of gangs, brothels and nerve-shattering undercover work, Caelan must get to the truth – or be killed trying.
And then there’s Nicky…
Utterly gripping, written with searing tension and remarkable dexterity, Tell No Lies is a blistering crime novel for fans of Angela Marsons, Rebecca Bradley and Faith Martin.
Links to Book:

Amazon (UK)

Kobo (UK)

Google Books (UK)

Apple Books (UK)

Author Bio:  
Lisa Hartley lives with her partner, son, two dogs and several cats. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Studies, then had a variety of jobs but kept writing in her spare time. She is currently working on the next DS Catherine Bishop novel, as well as a new series with Canelo.

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Author Social Media Links

Twitter: @rainedonparade


Q&A with the author: 
What inspired the book? – This is the second novel in the Detective Caelan Small series, and I wanted it to follow straight on from the events of the first book, ASK NO QUESTIONS. This meant picking up certain strands of that story again, as well as thinking about the impact those events would have had on Caelan and the people around her. I also wanted to explore Caelan’s character a little further, throwing her into situations that would force her to make difficult choices.
Who or what influenced you to be a writer? – I think my love of reading has been the biggest influence. Books can transport us to another place, another time, and open our eyes to so much without us having to leave our chair. A writer can make us ask questions and realise things about ourselves. Books can break down boundaries, make people sit up and take notice. I began to read long before I attempted to write anything, but I think the two definitely go hand in hand.

What was the first book you can remember reading? – I don’t remember the exact book, but it was no doubt written by Enid Blyton! I loved all of her books, especially the adventures of the Famous Five and the Secret Seven. I still love reading about a cast of characters over a series of books, and Blyton’s stories were probably where that began.

What is your favourite thing about being a writer? – Honestly, it’s a dream come true. It was something I never really expected to happen though. It still feels a little unreal. There are lots of great things about being a writer – being able to read a huge range of books and loosely call it ‘research’ for one! I’ve met some wonderful people through my work and been introduced to books I would probably never have read otherwise. I have a son and other family commitments, and being able to work around school holidays, appointments and so on is a huge help. I know I can catch up in the evening if I need to take some time out of my working day, which is a real blessing.

Do you have a favourite thing to do when you are writing? – I usually have a cup of tea to hand, though I’m always trying to drink more water! I like to have a rough daily word count and keeping a track of my progress on a book seems to help keep me focussed. Other than that, not really.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors? – Firstly, read as much as you can. You probably do anyway, but I think it definitely helps. I also spent a long time dreaming about becoming a writer without doing much writing at all. If you have an idea and characters you believe in, keep at it. If you only write a hundred words a day but keep going, eventually you’ll have a first draft, and then you can really get to work.

February Wrap Up 2018

Hey guys, time for another wrap up post. This month I challenged myself to read books written by female authors to celebrate the anniversary of votes for women. I did quite well and managed to read 7 books in total which were :

  • Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin – 408 pages – 5 stars.
  • The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda – 337 pages – 4 stars.
  • Heir of Illaria by Dyan Chick – 271 pages – 4 Stars.
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – 370 pages – 5 Stars.
  • The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson – 288 pages – 5 Stars.
  • The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard – 326 pages – 4 Stars.
  • Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable guide by J.K Rowling – 67 pages – 5 stars.

So overall I had quite a successful reading month, all 4 or 5 star reads. I would have liked to fit in a couple more books but I’m happy with the seven I got.

How was your reading in February?

The Perfect Stranger Review

Title – The Perfect Stranger

Author – Megan Miranda

Publisher / Published – Corvus / April 2017

Genre – Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Pages – 337

Summary from Goodreads
Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

My Thoughts

4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the premise of this plot and there were twists I didn’t see coming. I couldn’t guess where the plot was going which made the read more exciting. I’m not saying much more on the plot because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

Unfortunately for me I didn’t enjoy the main character Leah. There were parts at the start where I liked her character and I did feel sorry for her. However I found it strange she knew nothing about the girl that was meant to be her best friend, she didn’t even know her surname. Leah made a decision which made me lose respect for her. She is meant to be best friend with a girl but knows absolutely nothing about her and it never crossed her mind to ask. The other characters added a good dynamic to the story.

I enjoyed the writing style and it was a great read. The author did a great job with the plot and making the reader want to continue reading to find out what was going to happen.

I reccomend this to fans of thrillers.

Time Shards Review

Title – Time Shards

Author – Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald

Publisher/Published – Titan Books / January 2018

Genre – Sci-fi, Fiction, Time Travel

Pages – 448

Summary from Goodreads

Time shatters into shards of the past, present, and future. A group of survivors dodges threats from across history to locate the source and repair the damage before it’s too late.
Our world is gone, instantly replaced by a new one made of scattered remnants of the past, present, and future, dropped alongside one another in a patchwork of “shards”. Monsters from Jurassic prehistory, ancient armies, and high-tech robots all coexist in this deadly post-apocalyptic landscape.
A desperate group of survivors sets out to locate the source of the disaster. They include 21st century Californian Amber Richardson, Cam, a young Celtic warrior from Roman Britannia, Alex Brice, a policewoman from 1985, and Blake, a British soldier from World War II. With other refugees from across time, they must learn the truth behind the Event, if they are to survive.

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 stars

Where do I begin?!? This was epic on so many levels. This is the first time in so long that I have finished a book and thought No! I need more. I simply didn’t want it to end.

At the start of the book there were different points of view and then as the chapters go on you find that the characters intertwine. I LOVED the plot, it was so well written and flowed perfectly. The Shards were intertwined and I loved reading and seeing all the different characters meet throughout the story. There were a lot of movie references that I loved.

I didn’t get confused by the different characters and found that I connected with some of the characters. Amber was a good character but she did annoy me at times. I enjoyed Cam and his progression was great. All the other characters made a great addition to the story.

I loved the time travel elements in this book and I can’t wait for the next book.

I highly recommend this well thought, well written awesome book that you not only devour but it leaves you wanting more!

Spare and Found Parts Review

Title – Spare and Found Parts

Author – Sarah Maria Griffin

Publisher/Published – Titan Books / February 2018

Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Pages – 416

Summary from Goodreads

Nell Crane has always been an outsider. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts—an arm, a leg, an eye—her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs everyone now uses. But Nell is the only one whose mechanical piece is on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. As her community rebuilds, everyone is expected to contribute to the society’s good . . . but how can Nell live up to her father’s revolutionary idea when she has none of her own?

Then she finds a mannequin hand while salvaging on the beach—the first boy’s hand she’s ever held—and inspiration strikes. Can Nell build her own companion in a world that fears advanced technology? The deeper she sinks into this plan, the more she learns about her city—and her father, who is hiding secret experiments of his own.

My thoughts

5 out of 5 stars

This was a fantastic read, I enjoyed every moment of it.

The book was so well written, I loved the authors writing style and how she developed the plot and characters. I loved the world this was set in and how it was built upon.

Nell was a really strong main character who could be a bit cooky at times but I loved her eccentric side. She was very head strong and when she had her idea she went with it. People told her she was crazy and her idea was impossible but she did it anyway and proved everyone wrong.

I loved her friend Ruby and Oliver was a good character as well but he did annoy me at times.

Io was another great character. The way the chapters were written was amazing and unique. I didn’t see the ending coming and it shocked me.

Over all this was a fantastic story and I would highly recommend it.

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin Blog Tour.

Hey Guys. So I have a really exciting post for you all today. I am taking part in the blog tour for one of my favourite reads so far. Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin. This book was so good and was a 5 star read. I have an excerpt from the book to show you. So onto the excerpt

The grand dance floor split open before them, the ballroom a lush, gleaming treasure trove. Tobacco smoke hung in the air like something dangerous, something Nell couldn’t handle. The ceilings were high, dazzling with chandeliers made of old bottles. The walls were papered in a close floral pattern, and the floor was covered in a thick red carpet; each footfall landed with a quiet thud on the shag. It was lavish, and week after week this decadence seemed to grow. Every time she walked in there was a new fixture. A mirror with a gilded frame built to look like a whale, above the bar. A set of lights with a rotating filter that changed color every minute: pink, then purple, then yellow, then back to pink again. A set of pink flamingos, poised elegantly by the footlights on the stage. Bunting, miles and miles of it. All gifts, all offerings, all barters for more jars of that shining white peace or hoppy comfort in a shade of honey.
Nowhere else in the broken-down city looked like this. This was the
contribution that mattered most to the apprentices: this place to go to forget.
There must have been two hundred, maybe even three hundred people
crowded in there, at the bar and on the dance floor and scattered at the dozens of small circular tables at the edges of the room. Just about all the apprentices who lived in Black Water City. A whole squad from the monument construction. A janky, enthusiastic band of daytime plumbers and bakers and nurses huddled on a small platform stage, pulling old torch songs out of an accordion, a banjo, a fiddle, a bodhran, a double bass, and a heavily beaten piano.
The singer was belting something about churches into a handmade
microphone system hooked up to an amplifier made of an old crate and some metal scrap. It was tinny and distorted, but it worked. The dance floor oozed with life.
Nell’s ticking was so loud that it reverberated through her arms and
fingers, out of sync with the music, a misplaced metronome. Ruby was obviously eyeballing the span of the room for faces she knew.
“Do you want to dance with me?” asked Ruby, tentatively, knowing the
answer, already grateful for Nell’s permission to leave her alone, a grim buoy moored at the bar.
“No. I’m going to sit at the bar for a while, I think. Have a drink. Do you
want one?” Nell recited just what she thought Ruby wanted to hear.
“It’s fine. I’ll grab one once I’ve got the lay of the land!” Ruby flashed her a
grateful smile, kissed her cheek, then disappeared into the throng in what might as well have been a flash of lightning. She wouldn’t strike near Nell again that night.
Nell avoided bumping into any of the small clusters of her acquaintances
but offered thin smiles to the piques of “Hi, Nell!” and “Oh, look, Nell Crane is
here!” and squirmed her way across the room to one of the tall stools at the bar.
She lifted herself up onto the gilt and velvet seat and rested her elbows on the
dark wood of the countertop. The new whale mirror was surrounded by
decorative cabinets full of ornate handmade bottles of spirits and bitters and tinctures. Draft taps with hand-carved heads linked to fat kegs full
of beer stood in lines like faithful soldiers. Nell caught her reflection and
immediately regretted the eyeliner and painted freckles.
Nell made eye contact with Antoinette Fox, who was always behind the
bar on weekends; she was busy but gave Nell a nod. “The lady professor Crane, what’ll it be tonight?”
Antoinette was the very specific kind of wild gorgeous that implied she
woke up almost exactly in the shape she stood there. She made Nell’s throat want
to close over. An effortless arrangement of blond locks, wide eyes, impossibly
white teeth: she was too good to be true. Even her augmented limb, right arm
from the elbow down, was encased in white porcelain with tiny blue flowers
painted up the side. New, Nell noted. As she went to answer, she was suddenly
interrupted by the deep and affected tones of the absolute last person she
wanted to see. She’d spent too many afternoons trapped next to him at a work desk ever to want to sit next to him at a night out, but here he was. Here he always was.
“Drink, Crane?”
“Not half as much as you, Kelly.” Nell gritted her teeth. “But since you’re
offering, I’ll have a—”
He leaned over the bar to get the barmaid’s attention, cutting Nell off.
“She’ll have a bathtub gin with two wedges of lemon and a splash of —”
“Elderflower tonic,” snarled Nell. “Good evening, Oliver.”

There you go, and excerpt from Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin I hope you enjoyed it. Stay tuned for my review of the book which I will upload tomorrow.