Blog Tour: A Dangerous Game by Madeline Dyer {Review}

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Today is my stop on the A Dangerous Game by Madeline Dyer blog tour.

Blurb…

LOVE WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE EASY.

All her life, Keelie Lin-Sykes has known what she wants: to protect her brother and sisters by killing as many of the soulless Enhanced Ones as she can. Oh, and to have fun while she’s doing it. After all, hiding in a secret Untamed community, while the group’s Seer warns them of danger, shouldn’t mean that life can only be serious, right?

But, when a face from her past suddenly—and secretly—shows up, Keelie’s catapulted back into the very world she’s been trying to escape from for the last ten years: a world full of guilt, lies, and…love. And the deeper Keelie gets into this world, the bigger the risks become.

Now, Keelie must deceive those she values most in order to protect them, even though her actions will destroy everything she knows and haunt her family forever. But she can’t ignore her feelings–not again. And Keelie will do anything to be with the man she loves.

Review…

Admittedly I have not read any of Madeline’s Untamed series books. I was a bit worried I would have had to have read them to fully understand the world that A Dangerous Game was set it. A Dangerous Game is a standalone and you don’t need to have read the other books. However, while the story is perfectly readable as a standalone, I did get the feeling that there was more to it which may be remedied by reading the other books.

Either way I will be more than happy to pick up the Untamed series as I really enjoyed A Dangerous Game. I enjoyed the characters but mostly I loved the world in which is was set. I really liked how things came together not just with the Enchanted and Untamed but with the element of the Spirits as well and Seers. The world has a lot of depth and I am really looking forward to exploring this in more detail.

I really like Madelines writing style it all flows very naturally and she has the ability to make you want to keep turning the pages. The ending surprised me quite a lot and I really liked that. I love it when a book isn’t predictable and the end comes as a surprise.

All in all I would give A Dangerous Game a very well deserved 4.5 stars (my first ever half star!).

Thanks for reading. To find out more about Madeline and her books you can do so on my previous post <here>

Emma-Louise x

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Blog Tour: A Dangerous Game by Madeline Dyer

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Hey Everyone. Today is quite an exciting day for me. I am hosting my first book blog tour. I do not plan to make this a regular occurance but I wanted to help out someone from one of my writing and book groups.

I will be bringing my review of the book later in the week and on Sunday I will be linking all the reviews of the lovely book bloggers which have taken part.

Madeline is the author of the highly rated Untamed series. The first book in the series is Untamed and there are 3 books so far with a 4th due to be released at a later date.

Blurb..

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides–because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.

Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.

Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors. (less)

A Dangerous Game

A Dangerous Game is a standalone novel which is set in the same world as the Untamed series. Labelled as a YA dystopian romance it was released by Ineja Press in November 2017.

Blurb…

LOVE WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE EASY…

All her life, Keelie Lin-Sykes has known what she wants: to protect her brother and sisters by killing as many of the soulless Enhanced Ones as she can. Oh, and to have fun while she’s doing it. After all, hiding in a secret Untamed community, while the group’s Seer warns them of danger, shouldn’t mean that life can only be serious, right?

But, when a face from her past suddenly–and secretly–shows up, Keelie’s catapulted back into the very world she’s been trying to escape from for the last ten years: a world full of guilt, lies, and…love. And the deeper Keelie gets into this world, the bigger the risks become.

Now, Keelie must deceive those she values most in order to protect them, even though her actions will destroy everything she knows and haunt her family forever. But she can’t ignore her feelings–not again. And Keelie will do anything to be with the man she loves.

If this is a book that sounds like something you would enjoy then you can find a purchase copy below;

Buy the eBook: AmazonB&NKobo, or iBooks

Buy the Paperback: Amazon UKAmazon USAmazon CAWaterstonesBook Depository, or Barnes & Noble.

Don’t forget to drop in later this week for my review and on Sunday to catch up with what others have said about A Dangerous Game.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

 

The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle {Review}

​A contemporary romance inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market.” Four neighbors encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters…

Today I bring to you my review of Molly Ringle’s The Goblins of Bellwater.

Blurb…

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out.

Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.

It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own. 

Review…

I was lucky enough to get a copy of this via NetGalley and I have to admit when I requested it that initially it was the gorgeous cover that dragged me in. Once I read the blurb I just had to read the book. I seem to have a bit of a thing for books featuring Goblins. I find them really interesting and full of fantasy.

The Goblins of Bellwater proved to be a book full of Magic, Intrigue, Bravery and Sadness. When I say sadness I mean it in the best way. 

Following the story of Skye it’s so easy to feel sorry for her, suck in a situation she cannot control and more importantly cannot discuss. Skye choses actions she knows are wrong but is compelled to do and she feels such sorrow for the situation she puts others in.

Livy is someone who would die for her sister, she’s at a loss now to help but once she finds a way she stops at nothing to break the spell. Facing the biggest challenge of her life and putting all her trust into something unknown she shows courage and bravery.

Kit is a great guy, I instantly liked him and felt bad for him stuck under the curse. Building a life around the complexities of such it’s great to see him let others in and to let himself find love.

Grady is a cool guy who just wants to help. He ends up stuck in a situation which is equally as frustrating as Skye’s. Together they find a way to endure what is happening to them, their reliance on each other ultimately saves them from the prospect of a life of misery. 

I liked how all the characters developed over the duration of the book, each learning about themselves on the way.

The Goblins as much as I dislike them are so fantastically written that you cannot help loving to hate them especially Redring.

I thought the story was magically, and beautifully written in many ways. It completely sucked me in with the vivid details and descriptions. 

Molly’s writing style flows so naturally and she created a world I wanted to be part of. I found it really hard to put the book down as I wanted to keep going and find out what happened. The pacing is perfect, nothing felt too drawn out or equally rushed. I feel like I want to read it again just to get back into the world.

The Goblins of Bellwater has definitely earned a place on my Top 10 of 2017.

5 star all the way.

You can purchase a copy from Amazon UK and it’s currently under £4 on kindle. An absolute bargain. I’m going to hunt down the rest of her works!

To find out more about Molly and her books you can find her here.

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

P.s look at this beautiful cover.

TSG Book Club Review: The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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This month’s TSG Bookclub Book choice was The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Blurb…

When Isabella’s friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search party. As a mapmaker’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart. But beneath the mountains a legendary fire demon awakens, and her journey is fraught with danger …

Review…

I really enjoyed this book. It was a relatively quick read but certainly kept me intrigued enough to keep turning the pages. The character of Isabella is easy to like, she has a great temperament and a good heart. We follow her on her journey and discover the places that she’s never seen along the way. Bringing myth and legend to life this is a great story for both children and adult alike.

The ending is bittersweet and while sad it also opens up the world for those who have felt so trapped by their circumstances.

It really is a lovely book, I would highly recommend this to everyone regardless of the genre you usually read.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Tour: Ashael Rising by Shona Kinsella

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Hey Everyone.

Today I bring you a book tour for Ashael Rising by Shona Kinsella.

Blerb…

Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe. The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land. Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance. When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realise that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.

Review…

I really really really really and really enjoyed this book. I loved everything about it. The characters, the world setting, the good/evil divide, just everything.

Ashael is the lead protagonist and we see the majority of the story through her eyes. Ashael is a character that I could instantly take too, she wasn’t over stated or understated and has strength right from the beginning which continues to grow and flourish throughout the book.

There are also aspects of the story told through the eyes of other characters, every single one telling their own version of events which make them hard to dislike.

Even the characters of Meegrum are good to hate and feed into their role perfectly.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It has action, adventure, magic, hate, love, despair and everything else you could possibly want.

To get a copy of this amazing book for yourself you can purchase it here on Amazon UK

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

Book In A Jar: City of Bones by Cassandra *Spoilers*

Hey Everyone,

For those of you who are not aware, there is a lovely booktuber called Book_Roast who has decided to do something called Book In  A Jar every month. Now it may sound odd but yes it does mean there is a book in an actual jar. The idea behind it is that each month a book is picked with Book_Roast invites you to read along with her. At the end of the month she will post a book diary. This will contain snippets taken thoughout the month of key things that she finds are intereting, issues she may have, feelings etc. These snippets are recorded at the time of her reading the information so it is showing as she reads it rather than as an afterthought.

February was the first ever month that Book In A Jar took place and the selected read was City of Bones by Cassandra Clare which is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series.

Before we get to my review and thoughts on the book I will post the synopsis.

Synopsis

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My Thoughts

Ok so where to start with this book. Admittedly I had mixed thoughts about this when I first started. My inital reaction was boredom. I felt that the book begin just like every single other YA novel out there, the same generic descriptions and sterotypes. However it hit about chapter 2 and I started to enjoy it more. The storyline was still a tad cheesy, and in some respects very predictable but the characters started to warm to me.

I didn’t particularly have any strong feelings about Clary but I adored Simon from the start.

When Clary’s mum gets kidnapped it was something that didn’t suprise me however from that point onwards the story started really getting interesting. I loved the concept of the Institute and I liked the introduction of the other characters.

My favourite part of the book is probably the introduction of Magnus Bane and the Vampire party scene where Simon gets turned into a mouse.

Fast forward to the last few chapters. I didn’t expect some of the twists which I found quite refreshing. I did think that Valentine would turn out to be Clary’s dad however I did not expect Hodge’s betrayal and I certainly did not expect that Jace would be Clary’s dead brother Jonathan both of these were welcome additional stories and they broke up the predictability of the entire story. Oh and Luke (Lucian) the werewolf…also predicted…

When I hit the end of the book I was actually fully engrossed, so engrossed that the end was a shock. I didn’t want it to end and I longed for more. Unfortunatly I will have to wait a little while to continue the series as I have a huge list of review books to be read but even now when I think about it I am eager to start the next book City of Ashes.

Final Point….

All in all despite the slow start I really really liked the book. I would defintly recommend this book to any lover of supernatural, vampire of werewolf reads.

It is very much a strong 4.5 from me (only losing half a point due to the slowness of the beginning).

I enjoyed this month’s Book In A Jar. Next month’s pick is Girl Inturrupted by Susanna Keysen.

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Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

 

 

Book Review: The Other Inheritance by Rebecca Jaycox 

*Disclaimer: This book was given to me free of charge from the publisher via NetGallery. This does not effect the review and all opinions are my own and unbiased. *

Title: The Other Inheritance 

Author: Rebecca Jaycox

Publisher: Aelurus Publishing

Publication Date: 1st Feb 2017

Genre: Fantasy 

Format: Paperback / Kindle

Page Count: 246

Rating: 5

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One girl. Two worlds. Hunted in both.

Seventeen-year-old Reggie Lang is used to dealing with her alcoholic mother and fighting school bullies, but fate has thrown her a curve ball.
A biker dude shows up in her dreams, babbling about magic and a world called the Other. As the incidents keep piling up—like bringing a frog back to life in class—Reggie has to confront the mounting evidence that she’s not the normal girl she craves to be.
Reggie’s life is changing, and she has no idea why. Or whether she should believe the man in her dreams, who claims she’s in danger and that only he can keep her safe. But if there’s one thing Reggie will learn, nowhere is safe.
Review

I really enjoyed this book, it didn’t take me long to finish as it was quite a page turner. 

The story is told from both Reggie and Asher’s points of view but more so from Reggie. However for me the best character in the book is the changling Brywn, he has such a personality. 

This book really does have a bit of everything from romance to violence and so much more inbetween. It has left me wanting to read the next part.

The descriptions of the Other world were extremely well done, it allows you to truely visualise what it would look like.

I would definitely recommend giving this a read if urban fantasy is your kinda genre 🙂 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

Book Review: Fate Of Perfection by K.F Breene

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Author: K.F Breene

Publisher: 47North

Publication Date: 1st January 2017

Page Count:  330

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Sci-Fi Fantasy 

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In a corporate-controlled future where the ruling conglomerates genetically engineer their employees, Millicent Foster is the best of the best.
Physically perfect and exceptionally intelligent, Millicent is granted the uncommon privilege of breeding. But her daughter inherits more than superior genetics…little Marie has a rare ability that the world has never seen, and her conglomerate, Moxidone, will stop at nothing to have sole possession of the child.
Teamed with Ryker, the formidable master of security, Millicent must risk everything in a life-and-death struggle to tear her daughter away from the ruling force who wants to own them all. The odds are stacked against them, but Moxidone will learn that the pursuit of perfection comes at a perilous cost—and that love can’t be bought at any price.

Review

It took me a good few chapters to get into this book, it just wasn’t sticking. However I am really glad I persevered with it. Once I got past that initial pelart I couldn’t put it down. 

I really enjoyed the overall storyline. I also really liked the character development especially in Millicent as she started off not a particularly enjoyable character but as the story continues she develop a humanity we can all releate to.

I am looking forward to reading thw sequel to see what will happen next, it’s clear from certain things in the book that Millicent and Ryker discover that show things won’t remain as they are.

The rating reflects the fact that I did struggle at the beginning, I know that it would have been far to easy to just put the book down and not continue with it which would be a massive shame.

If you fancy checking it out then you’ll find the link above.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

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Book Review: Gambit by C.L Denault 

*Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher via NetGallery in exchange for my honest review.*

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Author: C.L Denault 

Publisher: REUTS Publications

Publication Date: April 2015

Format: Kindle, Paperback 

Genre: Fantasy 

Pages: 556

Rating:5

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In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty. 

Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers.

Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own. Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win? 

Review…

Honestly, I loved this book. It had me hooked early on and I struggled to put it down. The lead character Willow is loveable and I really felt for her with everything she was having to endure.

Reece the male lead was one if these characters you’re never really sure of. You can see the goodness and badness within him and it’s obvious he is battling an internal conflict. 

The story ended way to soon, I needed to read more and I can’t wait to read the sequel. 

It had everything you want from a good book, romance, action, magic and humour.

I would highly recommend this book.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

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Book Review: Gilded Cage by Vic James

Title: Gilded Cage

Author: Vic James

Publication Date: Jan 2017

Publisher: Pan

Format: Kindle and Paperback

Pages: 304

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5*

The Blerb:

A MODERN BRITAIN

AN AGE-OLD CRUELTY

Britain’s magically-skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them for ten years – and now it’s the Hadleys’ turn. Abi Hadley is assigned to England’s most ruthless noble family. The secrets she uncovers could win her freedom – or break her heart. Her brother Luke is enslaved in a brutal factory town, where new friends’ ideals might cost him everything.
Then while the elite vie for power, a young aristocrat plots to remake the world with his dark gifts. As Britain moves from anger to defiance, all three must take sides. And the consequences of their choices will change everything, forever.

The Review:

Really enjoyable and a quick read. The concept of Slavedays was really different from other books. The use of magic as Skill was also well thought out. 

The characters were easy to relate to and I found myself really involved in how Luke got one with everything.

I am really looking forward to the sequel.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

*Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher via NetGallery in exchange for my honest review.*

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