Path To The Key by April Canavan {Review}

I received this book from Seraph Book Reviews.

​Wow, Wow, Wow. Let me start by saying this is not your average Vampire story. Path To The Key is incredibly unique and full of twists and turns that even seasoned readers will not see coming.

The book sucked me in right from the start. Every single character that was introduced was fascinating and interesting whether it was the main character Sarah or the Villan Alex.

Each character held their own and had great character arcs despite some only been background characters. Each personality fed into the story and plot in such a fitting way.

I loved the mix of supernatural and vampire, the way they blended together in such an unusual fashion which worked so well. I really like how the author describes the way that magic works within a Vampire and doesn’t just expect the reader to guess at possible issues.

While sex does feature in the book its not done in an in-your-face manner and fits perfectly with the story.

I adored the character of Winter, I’d like to think if I was a Witch I would be as powerful as she is and Jack is adorable. The use of having a child as part of the main story in what could be quite a dark book works really well and doesn’t feel forced or out of place.

Sarah was such a unique main character. Faced with making life altering decisions and the reality that she cannot do the one thing which she lives for really shows how people can overcome adversity and become stronger than they initially thought. This definetly isn’t your average weak girl becomes strong style story. It runs much deeper.

The plot was filled with emotion and really led you to care about what was happening to everyone in the book not just the main players.

The writing style flowed beautifully, it was so easy to read and get sucked into. The Imagery used was realistic enough to allow your mind to create scenes and pictures from the writing.  The style of the story could so easily have become confusing but everything was written so well that I never ended up confused by what was going on.

My favourite quote is from a part where Winter is discussing her relationship with Jonathon and she says;

“I chose power over love, and there is nothing worse than that.”

I feel this is relevant even in our non-fiction real life world.

April Canavan has written an amazing book and I would urge everyone to read it.
Massively impressed I eagerly await the follow up. This book has huge potential to be one of the greats that people talk about for generations. It’s definitely a page turner that I couldn’t put down, I throughly enjoyed every moment, even when I almost missed my bus stop because I was so engrossed. If in doubt just know that the main part of the book is set in a magical bookstore…now who wouldn’t love a story like that?

Star Ratings;

Plot 5/5
Character 5/5
Heat 5/5
Writing Style 5/5
Overall Rating 5/5

Thanks for reading. You can also see a copy of this review and others over at Seraph Books

Emma-Louise x

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Book Review: The Path Keeper By N.J Simmonds

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Today I have a review of the book The Path Keeper by N.J Simmonds. This is a YA book aimed at the older readers as there is some mature content contained.

The Blurb…

What if every coincidence was a tiny miracle? What if our life was already mapped out before birth? What if someone had the power to change the path we were destined to follow?

Ella hates her new life in London, she misses Spain and she’s struggling to get over her past until she meets Zac. He has always loved her but he isn’t meant to be part of Ella’s story. Not this time. Not ever. Little does she know that his secret is the one thing that will tear them apart and will force her to live in a world that no longer makes sense, a world more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

The first in a thrilling new YA fantasy series, The Path Keeper is a tale of passion and secrets, of first loves and second chances, and the invisible threads that bind us. Can love ever be stronger than fate?

The Review…

I first heard of this book via the Facebook group The Fiction Cafe, a few people had read it and the author was also a member. After hearing so many things about it I decided to pick myself up a copy. The YA genre suited my usual preferred style so I was intrigued. I enjoy reading novels by lesser known author’s as there are some hidden gems among them and this was most definitely one of them.

The opening chapter had me hooked, it was full of intrigue and mystery and really made me want to read on to find out more about the characters. Ella is a spunky character who doesn’t fit into the world she has been thrown and has some issues regarding her family situation. As we learn more about her through the book we see different aspects of her personality and gain insight and rationale into her thinking.

Zac is lovable right from the start. You can see him wrestling with his internal demons to try and figure out where he belongs and the fight he has with his heart every step of the way.

During the course of the story, you learn more about Ella’s family with will leave you loving and loathing different people.

There are flashbacks to different era’s throughout the book and these play an important role in the story which doesn’t become apparent until later in the story and it all fits together beautifully.

Natali has written a beautiful book that while focuses on romance and love is far from your standard and traditional read. Anyone who loves Romance, YA, Fantasy I would urge you to read this book. I am desperate to read the next in the series which will be out in Feb 2018. I would rate this book 5 out of 5.

It will have you questioning what you think you know about angels, heaven and how fate and destiny play a part in our lives.

More Info…

You can purchase a copy of The Path Keeper on Amazon.com and Amazon UK

For more information and reviews The Path Keeper is on Goodreads and you can find more information about the author and book here on N J Simmonds.

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Book Review: No Ordinary Girl by Cheryl Elaine

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Blurb:

What started out as a night of celebration for Aimee soon turned into a nightmare. Snatched by cruel, sadistic monsters – the worst creatures mankind has ever produced – she’s thrown into a metal container, among other victims too frightened to make a single sound.

The game-keepers force everyone to play. They deliver torment and pain in equal measure. Every hunter has their own agenda and reasons to maim and torture.

Detective Johnson is one step away from catching the killers. Wrestling with his instincts as a father to serve justice his own way, this is no ordinary case for him. Can he stop the vile sadists before they damage more young girls, as well as his own daughter?

Aimee’s ordeal within the compound brings her to the conclusion that she’s no ordinary girl. But can she hang onto her sanity long enough to escape? And will she find a different way to play?

This crime thriller will keep you riveted. It’s no ordinary story.

Please note: contains graphic content.

Review:

Well, the blurb wasn’t joking at the graphic content lol! This book was gruesome in parts but it was needed. Telling the story of Aimee and the thing’s she had to endure meant that in order to get the horror of her situation across to the reader graphic scenes were necessary. I did enjoy this book, it was different from anything I had read before and the plot kept me interested. The only let down was that I feel the 2nd half was a bit rushed. I would have liked to have seen what Aimee did during the months when she was becoming Angel. Aimee made for an interesting character, although the situation with her friend Kelly could have been resolved in a different way and in the end it seemed that she was not that different from those she had took Kelly from. Other than that I have absolutely no problem with the book. It was well-written and interesting.

Rating:

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

*Disclaimer – This book was sent to me from in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions given are my own*

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