ARC Review: Olympian Challenger

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A hero’s tournament. A defiant contender. Does one girl have the courage to take on Mount Olympus?

Hope’s world doesn’t have room for heroes. She barely has time for schoolwork, swim team, and taking care of her ailing mother. But when she’s invited to a mysterious tournament, the all-powerful hosts won’t take no for an answer.

Transported to Mount Olympus, Hope comes face to face with her new trainers—the pantheon of Greek gods. While other contenders train hard to gain a fighting edge, Hope searches for a way out. Instead, she finds a gorgeous shadow god who may just convince her to stay…

As each round unfolds, the ultimate prize draws closer—the granting of her heart’s deepest desire. If she survives the final challenge, her mother’s cure would be within reach…but only if Hope can ignore the tournament’s dark purpose.

Olympian Challenger is the first book in a bold YA urban fantasy trilogy. If you like Greek mythology, forbidden romance, and feats of courage, then you’ll love Astrid Arditi’s heroic coming-of-age tale.

Review

First of all I love the cover, it’s beautiful. The book is typical YA fantasy that concerns trials, but it does it so well. I love all the characters especially Hope. She was clever and feisty, she loves her mother very much, which she brought up a little too much for me. The story flowed well and the character development was good.

But let’s get into the exiting bits, the story was very exciting, a little slow at times, which is odd since there was so much action going on. The trials were interesting, I was glad only a few of them were mentioned in detail though. I liked how Hope changed her views but I would have liked a little more oomph and dedication from her.

Gabriel was very likeable, he had a few dimensions to him, he felt very familair, like an old friend. I wasn’t so keen on Amy, she was a little too feisty for my liking, she never seemed be real, came off as a little fake.

I have been in a bit of a reading slump and not really reading much over the last year, this book brought me out of it big time, I raced through it. I only put it down when  I had to, and even when I wasn’t reading my head was stuck in Mount Olympus.  The gods were interesting characters, I liked how they changed with the story. I am very much looking forward to reading the next one.

4 out of 5 stars.

 

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Harry Potter Covers: UK 20th Anniversary Addition

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I love that it includes more than you think when you look properly. As McGonagal is one of my favourite characters I am glad she is featured.

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Dobby looks so scared, and Malfoy looks evil. I love it.

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I do like how it doesn’t really show Harry, it shows Hermione and Sirius and the demontors which feature heavily in the book.

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Love the fact that it shows the other Twiwizard champions but Krum looks a little bit like a vampire.

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I love the presentation of Umbridge, she look evil. I don’t really like that Harry’s face takes up half the cover, kind of leaves room for nothing else.

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I do think that Dumbledore takes up too much of the cover, but the detail is amazing. Having Snape in the cover is a great choice in my opinion.

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There’s a lot going on, but in a great way. I like how Dumbledore is looking down, or is that Aberforth? The duel is coll but both Harry and Voldemort look very strange.

What do you think of these covers? Would you buy them?

Harry Potter Covers: Natalia Andrewson

So it’s been a few years since I have posted any of these covers, there are only so many, but I found this today and thought they were far too pretty not to share.

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These have a lot going on, but each small picture has something significant to the book. I love it.

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I love the spiders crawling all over the book and the inclusion of the howler. I think a child who has not read the books, will look at these in depth and try to work out what they are about to discover when they read the books.

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I am liking the footprints all over the cover. The quotes from each book are really making me want to read them all again. I really like how if you know the bokos there are little hints about the plot but if you don’t know them, it gives nothing away.

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I love that a letter from Sirius is included in the cover. A very long dragon at the top is pretty cool.

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I like how the book is very Umbridge based, with a little of the other characters like the weasley twins and the extendable ears. This is probably my favourite of this set of covers.

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Once again there is a lot going one, it’s over riding theme is the cave where the horcrux is held, but I love that she has included some of the lighter elements of the book too.

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The theme of hallows vs horcruxes is strong, which I love. It makes me very happy that the deluminator and tales of beedle of the bard are included.

What do you think of these covers? Would you buy this set if they were available?

ARC Review: Trial of magic

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I really like this book, it does have aspects of most of YA fantasy (to be fair I keep reading them because I love this) but it does have a few unique qualities. The different halls were different than anything else I have ever read, a nice unique twist on magic. I was not much of a fan of Pi, I preferred the other sister. Pi just seemed like a very reckless person and she got out of most of her scrapes because of her sister, Aurie. Aurie was my preferred main charater, she used her wits to get out the unlucky scrapes she got herself into. I didnt really feel connected to any of the side characters but I am looking forward to reading more in the next book.

4 out of 5 stars

ARC Review: The Expedition

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THEY SURVIVED THE INITIATION. NOW THE REAL TEST BEGINS.

Drayden and his friends thought nothing could be harder than the Initiation. Little did they know it had only been a warmup for the challenge that lay ahead.

With New America’s situation dire, Drayden and the pledges venture out into the unexplored world outside the walls, escorted by a team of elite Guardians. The group seeks to contact another civilization in what remains of Boston, but Drayden has secret goals of his own.

Dangers abound in the real world, including Aeru, the deadly superbug that wiped out humanity. While they battle the elements of a desolate landscape, a power struggle emerges within their ranks. The Guardians seem to be carrying out a covert mission themselves, and the quest turns everything they thought they knew about New America upside down.

 

Review

I recieved a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay so there was a little issue when I requested this book. Neither Netgalley or goodreads mentioned this was in a series, I double checked because the description looked a little unusual for a stand alone. I emailed this observation to the author and he was very nice and mentioned that he knew about the problem and was doing his best to get it fixed, which it now has been :).

On to the review, since I did not read the first one I am avoiding certain areas since it would be unfair. So the characters were good and I felt like the relationships were strong. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Drayden though, he was rash and put his feelings above the fate of his city. He also seemed to have an attitude, like he should be in charge, he’s menat to be 16 but was acting more like a cross between an adult and a spoilt brat.

The writing was very good, I liked the style very much, there were not any mistakes, it was well edited. The story was easy to follow and interesting, kept me guessing as to what was going to come next. I do feel it was a little repetative though. If you have read the first one in the series then I highly recommend this one.

3 out of 5 stars

Review: Mother Knows Best

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The tale of the legendary golden flower is widely known. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the flower is coveted by an old witch to keep herself young and beautiful. And always the flower is used to save a dying queen, who then gives birth to a princess with magical hair. Not willing to lose the flower, the old witch steals the princess and locks her away in a high tower, raising her as her own. But the princess always finds out who she truly is and manages to defeat the old witch.

And yet this is only half the story. So what of the old witch, Mother Gothel? Where does she come from? And how does she come across the magical golden flower? Here is one account that recounts a version of the story that has remained untold for centuries . . . until now. It is a tale of mothers and daughters, of youth and dark magic. It is a tale of the old witch.

Review

I am a huge tangled fan and I was very keen to see more of Mother Gothel. It was a little bit of a slow starter for me, I have not read anything from the rest of the series and was not sure what to expect. The characters were good and Gothel was nothing like you’d expect her to be, in the beginning she kind and generous and of love. It was interesting to see how things progressed. Since I have seen Tangled I knew how it ended, it was an odd experience knowing how the story ended but not knowing how it was going to get there.

I did find some of the story a little strange. The odd sisters as they were known, were indeed very odd. They seemed to be very selfish and you never really got to know them very well.

I would read more of the series, especially since I think I may have been missing a bigger picture. It is part of a series but you can still read it as a stand alone if you dont mind being left in the dark about a few small things.

I did enjoy this book and will be starting at the beginning of this series.

4 out of 5 stars.

ARC Review: Bring me their hearts

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Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.

Review

I recieved a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The premise of this book was awesome, it took a really interesting premise popular in fairytale retellings, although this is not a retelling. It take the idea of someone losing their heart and it being put in a jar and still being alive. It was very cleverly done and it kept unfolding mysteries and facts that kept me interested the whole way through.

Zera was a great main character. She was fun, sassy, and loyal, yet staying true to herself. The Prince was fun, I liked discovering the many sides of him, I loved his interactions with Zera, how he said one thing but obviously means another. The bodyguard was probably my favourite character, he is so funny and clearly very loyal to the Prince.

The setting was really clever and the history mentioned throughout was really interesting. All the characters were great although sometimes it was hard to work out their motivations.

The ending felt a little rushed, this was only an issue because the rest of the book was perfectly paced. Also the end, wow, I did not see that coming at all. I cannot wait for the next book.

4 out of 5 stars

Mystery book

Can you guess the book by the clues?

1. A 16 year old girl gets summoned from our world to new one by necromancer.
2. A sorcerer rescues her and helps her find her place in this new world.
3. You must never ask a sorcerer his name, only what they wish to be called.
4. The school bully is a crown princess.
5. The MC helps make inventions from our world to make some cash.
6. The school thinks people learn lessons from bullying, therefore allow it as long as no permenant harm occurs.
7. Older students resent her because she is allowed in a class as a first year that they had to work very to get in.
8. The MC’s name is Emily.
9. Alchemy is kind of this worlds science, or the closest thing to science.
10. The series is 14books long.

If you think you know, say in the comments.

ARC: Pretty Dead Girls

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Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s not telling him, either.

Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.

Review

I read this book quite quickly since I wanted to know who the killer was, but I struggled after about halfway. The first half was well written and exciting, the second half was boring, repetitive.

Penelope, seemed like a good character at first, but her loyalties changed far too often, yes I know a killer was on the loose and she thought she might be next, but she changed her mind so much it gave me whiplash, this sort of thing does not give a good story. She trusted her friends then didn’t then they said one thing and she did again.

The other characters were good, but some of the stuff they did was unbelievable, the characters were obviously only doing it to make them suspects, which is annoying, throwing in some red herrings is necessary but this was too much.

Now without giving too much away, we are going to deal with the issue of the killer. Until the end there wasn’t really much indication it was them or any motive, it was a little out of the blue, yes it’s good when the reader cannot guess but you want them to have fun guessing and I really didn’t.

Even after everything I said I think it was an okay book, with lots of potential.

3 out of 5 stars

Reread Review: Kiss of Frost

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I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword…

Original Review

I enjoyed this one more than I did the first. Maybe it’s because you got see a different side of the characters. I like Daphne and Carson, it does any me a little that Gwen keeps referring to Carson as the band geek, there must be other ways to describe him or just use his name? I liked how Gwen seemed to enjoying her time at Mythos more. She was actually learning to use her knowledge to her advantage. Finally.
Logan seems to switch his mood more than he switches clothes. One minute he is not talking to Gwen, next he is making sure she doesn’t go off with some guy. I am surprised he doesn’t have whiplash. Savannah, she doesn’t seem like a very nice person, of course I am guessing that’s on purpose.

I liked the action and the story very much. I actually read this in two or three days, just forgot to put review up.

Reread Review

I really enjoyed this the second time round, I think the characters were fun and I am enjoying getting to know them again. I really like Oliver, I cannot remember if he is in later books but I hope he is, since he is one of my favourites. If you have not picked up the first one in the series yet I s