Blog Tour: The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley

Synopsis

It’s easy not to fall in love, right?

Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off love until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over.

Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet, and funny and care as much about the play’s success as Mel. Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.

A hilarious, heartwarming and empowering read, perfect for fans of Pitch Perfect, Love Simon and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Review

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley was exactly what I needed after a bit of a reading slump.

I’ve only read one other book by the author – Pulp – which I really loved, so when I saw the opportunity to join the Blog Tour for The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre I just had to. Especially, being someone who absolutely adores Theatre, I really couldn’t resist a LGBTQ+ YA RomCom set in the theatre department of a High School.

I’m not going to lie, I really left this one until the last possible minute to read, because due to this pandemic my ADHD and Anxiety have been all over the place. I’ve started so many books in the past couple of months, but I just couldn’t block it down. However, I gave my word that I will be part of the Blog Tour so many weeks ago and one thing that gets me going it’s the fear of disappointing people.

With this in mind, on Sunday night I decided to pick up this book and I’m glad I did because I couldn’t stop reading until I was done!

Not sure if it was the fact that I’ve been missing theatre so much since this cursed pandemic started or that it has the cutest f/f love story, but The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre was the book that I really needed right now. (So, thank you past Ana for saying yes to this blog tour!)

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley, plays on theatre superstitions. Any theatre geek knows how you should not wish Good Luck but instead say Break a Leg, and how you should not mention Macbeth in a theatre (unless it’s during the performance of said play). If you disrespect the superstitions, really bad things can happen to those working in the theatre. So everyone, even the non-believers, usually respect the superstitions. Unless your name is Nick the Dick…

What I also loved about the book, was how it was divided like a play, by Acts and then with scene heads as a way to represent a new chapter. The writing was a bit more simple from the one from Pulp, but I think with how theatre techie it is, the simplicity actually made the the story flow so much better.

Melody, our main character, isn’t the instant likeable character, at least not for me. (I wonder if it was due to our difference of opinions when it comes to liking actors and her Musical Theatre preferences! ahah) But, she really grows on you and I love how she knows what she loves and just works hard for it. Maybe a bit too hard, but what teenager doesn’t just go overboard with something they’re passionate about? I sure did!

I think some of the lessons that you can get from Melody’s story is that the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return, and that one can’t just throw away their shot.

This book actually made me shed a few tiers. It could be because I’m emotionally misérable since this pandemic started, but I like to think it was because I actually started to relate to Melody and her love story. It was spot on what I need to read right now, and I’m so happy I had the pleasure to be part of the Blog Tour.

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley, is perfect for fans of Leah On the Offbeat and Musical Theatre geeks who also like Pitch Perfect and Glee. Out this Thursday!

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍

Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a e-ARC of The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre in exchange for my honest review.

Check out the rest of the Blog Tour!

Blog Tour: A Throne of Swans by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

Synopsis From Goodreads

 

In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly…

When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors.

With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known and for the land she has vowed to protect.

Written in rich detail and evocative language, this is the start of an irresistible, soaring duology about courage, broken loyalties and fighting for your place in the world.

 

Review

What a way to star the year! I’m utterly and completely in love with A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. I can’t wait to get a hold of the second book!

A Throne of Swans draws inspiration from Swan Lake’s Odette and Siegfried’s story and brings the dark fairytale retelling all the way up!

The story is very well paced, starting slow enough to be sure that the reader can place themselves within the magical world of Solanum and retain all the different characters and their houses. The pace gradually picks up diving you straight into a story of shape shifters, royal conspiracies, betrayals and broken hearts (the last one being mine).

The Corr’s have a beautifully evocative way of writing, making you feel that you are right there by Aderyn side the whole journey. Also creating incredible complex and dynamic characters, where no one is actually perfect…which is such a relief to read.

Also the greatest achievement was probably the fact that for once I actually fell in love for the good guys and not the villain. That’s what you get for creating such a great character like Lucien, Lord Rockwood (a little bit in love here not gonna lie!). Katharine and Elizabeth better be taking good care of my boy in the second book, I don’t think I can deal with him being heartbroken.

Before this review turns into and ode to Lucien, I just want to add that A Throne of Swans it’s beautifully written, the world building is exceptional, the plot is intricate, the characters feel realistic within their complexity, and the romance is just enough to keep things interesting without being constantly in your face.

The most tragic thing is that I have to wait for the second book until 2021.Deeply Tragic!

Anyway, A Throne of Swans is the fantasy shape shifting book for bird lovers fans of Swan Lake.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍

Thanks Hot Key Books for sending me a paperback copy of A Throne of Swans in exchange for my honest review.

 

Blog Tour: The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson

Synopsis from Goodreads

‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to be . . .’

Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t part of the plan. So they make a promise: to meet again in the same place in twelve months’ time if they still want to be together.

But is life ever as simple as that?

This is a story of what-ifs and maybes – and how one decision can change your life forever…

Review

From the moment I read those first pages I knew that I was in for a beautiful heartbreaking journey.

After meeting Miranda during the HQ Summer Showcase, I knew I had to read The Day We Meet Again. The way she described her book to me, hitting all the things I love and hope for in a romance, there was no way I would let this one escape my bookshelves.

It only took me a few pages to get me totally engrossed in the book, I just couldn’t put it down. I absolutely adored every moment of this journey full of love, missed chances, mistakes, serendipity and self discovery, which Dickinson took me.

Getting to know Phoebe and Sam as they got to know each other, and more importantly as they got to discover themselves through their journeys, was for sure an experience. I do love a romance that makes you stop and re-think your life.

Are you really doing what makes you happy? That’s the question that The Day We Meet Again has left me with…as is never too late to just truly do what feels right to you (even when no one else believes you can do it!).

However, the biggest feeling I was left with was of wanderlust, sometimes I do wonder if I could do what Phoebe did and just leave everything behind and travel for 1 year. Even more so when you just met the love of your life? To have to say goodbye before saying I love you, that’s not an easy thing to do. Could you do it?

Not only we fall in love with Phoebe and Sam, but also the people who surround them. They both have some of the best friends anyone could ask for and is just wonderful to see a range of different types of friendships being portrayed. Plus every single person they both meet along their journey, no matter how small of a character or not they are, every single one of them is so well written.

Then comes the setting! It’s set in England, Scotland, France and Italy. Every place described so well and so realistic that you truly believe that your there ‘Marking the moment’ with Phoebe.

I have to say that the Film & TV Graduate in me would love to see this one make into the big screen because I think it would be a beautiful love story set in the most stunning places, and who doesn’t love those films? I know I do.

The Day We Meet Again is perfect for fans of Eat Pray Love and Love, Rosie and is out now!

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍

Thanks HQ for sending me a paperback copy of The Day We Meet Again in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour: We Are Not Okay by Natália Gomes

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Synopsis from Goodreads

A powerful novel about what happens when girls are silenced.

If only they could have spoken out.
Lucy thinks she’s better than the other girls.
Maybe if she’s pointing fingers at everyone else, no one will see the secret she’s hiding.

Ulana comes from a conservative Muslim family where reputation is everything. One rumour – true or false – can destroy futures.

Trina likes to party. She’s kissed a lot of boys. She’s even shown her red bra to one. But she didn’t consent to that
night at Lucy’s party. So why doesn’t anyone believe
her?

Sophia loved her boyfriend. She did anything for him, even send him photos of herself. So why is she the one being pointed at in the hallways, laughed at, spat at when it was him who betrayed her trust?

Review

#WeAreNotOkay

We Are definitely Not Okay, especially with everything that is going on right now in the world. Us women are definitely not okay.

In We Are Not Okay by  Natália Gomes, we are told the story of 4 different girls from their own perspectives. How we judge each other without knowing what is really going on and how we should definitely stick together instead of attacking each other, as to be fair men/boys already do enough of that to us. And yes #NotAllMen but that’s not really the point here.

At first, I wasn’t sure of what to think of the book, because tend to be quite weary about books that depict girls against each other. However, Gomes still wrote a very accurate representation, or in this case 4 different but very realistic portraits of what is to grow up as a young girl. The thing is that as much as I want to read books about girls empowering each other we aren’t always like that.

You will have to give it a read to find out if in the end this girls have some kind of redemption, but I tell you now that is totally worth the read.

I think Gomes wrote very flawed characters which is perhaps why they ended up feeling so realistic. All of the girls had their weaknesses as they had their strengths, but all that they had in common is that one way or another they were being silenced.

It was only when they finally spoke that things begin to make sense. It was only when they spoke that they could see that they aren’t as alone as they think.

We Are Not Okay by Natalia Gomes deals with a lot of current issues that young people go through, and perhaps if one of them reads this book and realises that they are not alone, perhaps will be one more person who won’t be silenced.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍

We Are Not Okay by Natália Gomes is available in paperback and you can get it now on Amazon(affiliated link).

Thanks HQ and Nina Douglas for sending me a paperback copy of We Are Not Okay in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

 

#Blogtober: VIP Bloggers Brunch at Hot Key Books

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A week ago, I was invited by Hot Key Books to a VIP Bloggers Brunch with Alexandra Christo (To Kill A Kingdom) and Sebastien De Castell (Spellslinger series) in attendance.

The event was held at the Bonnier Zaffre offices near Bond Street. I love going to publishers offices, gives me hope to one day work in one! *Fingers Crossed*

I met up with my girlies Nicola and Ash outside the offices. Love that Ash came all the way from Wales for the event, I just love when we get lucky enough to see her too.

Once inside the office we got into a room which had a spread of doughnuts, pastries, fruit, juices, tea and coffee on a table. Me and the girls got a seat and chatted between ourselves and other bloggers while eating some of the delicious brunch.

People kept arriving, which after a while made the room quite full and there was more people than seats.  However, they made sure that people with disabilities had a chair instead of sitting on the floor which was very nice.

After a while they let Alexandra and Sebastien loose. We were able to hang out with them for a bit before they had a casual talk with us about their new books.

I loved the whole informal setting, it made things so much more fun. Alexandra and Sebastien are hilarious and super talented because their books are amazing. Well, I haven’t read the Spellslinger series yet, but I know I’m going to love it as is just my type of series.

In the end we got given a copy of To Kill A Kindom and Soulbinder (Spellslinger #4) to get it signed by the authors. I’ve met Alexandra before at YALC this year and she recognised me which made be super happy.

Overall, the event was really lovely and the Hot Key team, Clare and Roisin took such great care of us. It was really nice to have an event during the day, as I’m much more of a brunch person than a cocktail one.

I’m very thankful for the invite and can’t wait for more events with Hot Key Books.

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo is available now on Amazon(affiliated link)

The Spellslinger series by Sebastien De Castell is available no on Amazon. (affiliated link)

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager – Review

Synopsis from Goodreads

Emma Nash is back….and determined to work out the world of friendships and relationships once and for all (…ish).

Now she’s in the sixth form, Emma’s expecting life to be a breeze but when her best friend Steph suddenly has a boyfriend who she’s spending more time with Emma’s not sure what to do with herself.

So Emma’s got a mission in mind: making new friends. Signing up for the school fashion show seems like the perfect opportunity. Although soon, through a series of mishaps that are absolutely not Emma’s fault (well, sort of), her world is teetering on the edge of disaster again.

Would going back to creating a life for herself online reaaaaaallllyyy be so bad?

Review

If you know me at all, you know how much I loved Editing Emma by Chloe Seager. It was one of my favourite reads of 2017, and now with its sequel Friendship Fails of Emma Nash, Chloe did it again.

This was the only book that I had on pre-order this year. So when I was told that I was going to be part of the blog tour I literally squealed of excitement. Not even joking, you can ask my boyfriend, he thought I had won the lottery for a second. Which would have been pretty epic too.

So as you can probably guess, I literally devoured this book when it arrived. I laughed so much that I had tears in my eyes.

In Friendship Fails of Emma Nash, the ever so funny Emma leaves her dating disasters behind her and dwells on making new friendships. We all have that moment in our lives when our friends start dating and you stuck between being a third wheel or leave them be to enjoy themselves and their new bae.

What Emma is about to discover is that friendships are just a hard to maintain as any romantic relationship. Chloe’s writing is not only hilarious but also finds a subtle fun way to deal with a lot of important issues. Issues that a lot of teenage girls should see more in YA books.

One of the things I mentioned when I reviewed Editing Emma is how this was a book I hoped I had when I was a teenager. Friendship Fails by Emma Nash is an amazing follow up to that. Once again, dealing on a deeper level with masturbation (not only female this time) and periods, but also dealing with orgasms or lack of thereof, female friendship, jealousy and how female/male relationships are real and not a myth.

Growing up, sometimes is hard to see what we have right in front of us. You can focus on something else so much and for so long, that you don’t realise what is happening around you. This is one of the lessons I take from this book, don’t force your friendships and open your eyes to the ones that are happening naturally. Also never stop making the effort for those friendships that matter!

Be weird! Be yourself! As you will always find a Steph that would love you no matter what. I’m very lucky that I have found my own Steph, as just like Emma I’m the weirdest gal you can meet. When you do, make sure you don’t let go!

If you are a fan of laughing until your belly hurts make sure to pick up a copy of Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager. While there also pick up Editing Emma too, as is a great introduction to the ever weird, ever funny Emma Nash.

Rating: ★★★★★

Friendship Fails by Emma Nash by Chloe Seager is available as a paperback and you can get it now on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks HQ and Nina Douglas for sending me an paperback copy of Friendship Fails of Emma Nash in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

P.s.: Once again I met the ever so lovely Chloe Seager at YALC for my birthday. I think we starting a little tradition. Bonus photo: My favourite photo with Chloe from the CHCCYAFest. AHAH

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Blog Tour: Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager – My Person

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“When you look to the Mirror of Erised what do you see?

Me and you, we are all crinkly. After all these years, your now white hair is still perfect. We are old. We are laughing. We are happy.”


As part of the Blog Tour for the hilarious book Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager, I have been asked to write something about friendships, any kind of friendship. Good ones or bad ones. New or Old.

Two things I have realised upon writing this post. First, this is a long ass post and I’m pretty sure it isn’t what the publicists had in mind. Second, never make me write about friendships, because I will probably end up writing a love letter instead. Like this one.

I do have some wonderful friendships in my life that make me the luckiest person in the world. However, I also had some friendships that aren’t quite right, where you don’t realise how manipulative the other person is and I even have been ghosted after 5 years of friendship. I had friendships that have just fizzled out and I have friendships that not even distance can break us apart. The ones that come about in real life and the ones that you make from meeting online. I even had the one that was taken away from me way to soon, but that is a story for another time.

You can say what you want but Emma Nash got it right “Friendships take just as much work as romantic relationships”

I’m a very positive person, so I like to concentrate on my Friendship Successes instead of my Friendship Fails. In this case, I will be telling you about my biggest friendship achievement of all time. Almost 13 years with my person, the Cristina to my Meredith, the finest bird out there, Andreia.

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Look at that face!! Isn’t she gorgeous?!

I was 17 and she was 15 when we met back in 2005. The same year Grey’s Anatomy came out! This was clearly meant to be! We met in high school (college equivalent for UK people). I was the new girl in my class, most people already knew each other as they’ve been together since before High School. It’s always hard to be the new girl, but the moment I put my eyes on this amazing specimen that was Andreia, I knew she will be stuck with me for life. #SorryNotSorry

To be perfectly honest here, we don’t remember much of how this wonderful friendship started. We can’t remember what day we started school that year, so we basically celebrate during the whole of September. It’s one of those friendships that just happened naturally and 13 years after we still friends and we are like WTF? How? How does she put up with me after 13 years, it ain’t easy, why am I so lucky?

I do believe that there is such thing as soulmate friends, and Andreia is my soulmate. Ain’t that deep?

We both have been through a lot, and I probably couldn’t have copped with half of it if she wasn’t in my life. I know that is true because the hardest time I had was when we were apart for 3 years. It was during the time that I moved to England first for University and she stayed behind doing her Biology degree in Portugal. The happiest moment was when she was accepted to do her Masters in London, I had my person back!

In almost 13 years we have some great stories. Well at least we think they are great. You know, maybe you had to be there to understand what I mean, maybe not. To us they are hilarious.

Like the amount of times I used to squeeze Andreia’s face against bus windows. Seriously how does she still love me? 

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The time we travelled on the bus for 15 hours all the way from Lisbon to Andorra for our end of the year/spring break holiday. It was such and amazing week with amazing memories.

Like when our friend Marta took a picture of me and Andreia over night on the bus with a flash and got us blind. I’M BLIND!

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When we decided to go sledge after hours in the tracks and I ended up in a hole.

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When everyone left for the spa and Me, Andreia and Marta stayed behind to cook dinner for everyone. Let’s say cooking while drinking Smirnoff Ice not a good idea. How many fingers do you see Andreia? The rice was so bad that you could throw it against a wall and got stuck. Yes, we did try it. Yes, it got stuck. No, I don’t have a picture of such feat. We need to go back again one day, and re-live our glory days.

There is also the time Andreia said  ‘No way, you going to England without being drunk first with me’. Well, let’s say that night finished with Andreia throwing up in the sink as I needed to go pee. As I was putting my panties down I ended up falling into the bathtub. So there I was, on my back like a turtle, with my panties on my ankles calling out for Andreia. Let’s just say that playing the Grey’s Anatomy drinking game ends up in disaster because the amount of times they say Seriously, is seriously too many!

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We were there for each other graduations in England. We both loved the Harry Potter feel of the whole thing.

She is my favourite person to watch Horror films with. Seriously, anything makes her jump and scream. When I used to have sleepovers at her house, I used to hide under the bed while she went to the toilet and even though she knew I was there (she could hear me laughing!) when I grabbed her feet she still jumped like crazy! She holds onto my arm so much during Horror films that I get bruises in my arm, but is all worth it.

I love how passionate she is about birds and does her best to achieve her life goals, and I try my best to support her. Like making sure we take pictures with birds!

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I love how my warm hands heat her cold hands during winter.

I love how she dances like Mr. Bean.

I love how we are each other next of kin for literally everything. I got you boo!

I love how we love to dance to the Mamma Mia soundtrack around my grandma’s pool and just be silly together.

I love how when she comes visit us, Nick (my boyfriend) knows that his side of the bed isn’t really his side of the bed anymore. It is her side of the bed. You know, she was here first after all. 

I love so many things about this woman that if I was gonna write them all I will be forever typing.

This is why I can connect with Emma Nash so much, because the way she describes her friendship with Steph, is how I feel with Andreia. There is nothing I won’t do for that woman! I just love her so much. Argh. Why is she so awesome? So smart? And so beautiful? With such perfect hair? I sometimes dream of cutting her hair out and making a wig. I know. I seriously don’t know why she loves my weird ass!

If only she could see what I see! Maybe she would see how amazing she is.  She is one of the first people that when I first met I knew that she is the one I want to grew old with. Retirement is gonna be epic!

She really is the Cristina to my Meredith.

“She’s my person. If I murdered someone, she’s the person I’d call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor. She’s my person.” — Dr. Cristina Yang – ‘Drowning on Dry Land’ (Season 3, Episode 16)

So this is my Friendship Success! Who is yours?

Make sure to get Chloe Seager’s Editing Emma and Friendship Fails of Emma Nash now at Amazon (affiliated link).

Two laugh out loud books that you need in your life.

*FangirlSince 1988 xxx

Blog Blitz: The Girl in The Storm (#2 Paradigm Trilogy) by Ceri A. Lowe – Review

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Synopsis by Goodreads

The silhouettes of the watchers stood stark against the glinting metal fence. No one could get in. And no one could get out.

As the storms rage around her, 15-year-old Alice Davenport is trained by the rulers of the new world,Paradigm Industries, to reach the highest levels of command. Life within the Community is supposed to be perfect, with the Barricades keeping the population safe from the toxic wasteland and savage people outside.

Rebellious Alice has never felt easy with Paradigm Industries’ plans for the future. Determined to investigate their secrets, she makes a shocking discovery: disturbing experiments on how to create life itself are taking place in underground laboratories, establishing a new order for society that will impact generations to come…

The First Generation Scouts will rule.

The Second Gen will obey.

And the Lab Made will serve.

Knowing she can’t live in this brutal regime, Alice has nowhere to turn. Until she encounters a boy from beyond the Barricades, who seems to have the answers for a better life. If what he says about the outside world is true, Alice realises it’s up to her to take on the power of Paradigm Industries alone…

In her journey to find freedom, Alice’s courage will be tested to the limit, but she’ll stop at nothing to do what’s right.

Review

The Girl in The Storm is the second book of the Paradigm Trilogy by Ceri A. Lowe. I have read and reviewed the first book The Rising Storm back in April this year and really enjoyed it.

One of the many perks of this trilogy is that we don’t have to wait years for the next instalment. As they are working on getting all three books out in 2018. There is no ‘Oh, has been too long now and can’t remember what happened in the previous book’.

There is a tendency for sequels to not be as good as the first book in the series, I think with The Girl in The Storm we have a sequel that is equally as good as the first instalment of the series, maybe even better? If this is any indication of what is to come our way, the third book is going to be freaking amazing.

Funnily, enough with the first book, I preferred Alice over Carter. However, with The Girl in The Storm Carter really grew on me and actually at times I saw myself screaming at Alice to open her eyes and see the truth right in front of her. She just a bit naive and too trustworthy.

I feel that things get grittier as we get to know more about The Industry and their practices. It’s that point in the story where you and the characters start to figure out that not all is as they have been told.

One of my biggest expectations coming to this book was, if we will finally find out how Alice’s and Carter’s story lines will finally crossover. We do and Oh My! That wasn’t what I originally expect it. All has been set up to make the third instalment some dystopian awesomeness and I can’t wait.

If you want to read some great YA dystopian series that is actually set in the UK and not in the USA this is the series for you.

I can’t wait for the last instalment and the conclusion to this brilliant series, good thing I would only have to wait a few months.

Rating: ★★★★☆

The Girl in The Storm by Ceri A. Lowe is available as an e-book and you can get it now on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks Bookouture and Noelle Holten for sending me an e-copy of The Girl in The Storm in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

The Girl in the Storm - Blog Blitz

On Holiday

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I’M ON HOLIDAY!!!!!

Blogging will resume when I’m back on the 21st of June!

If you want to know what I’m up to while in Portugal, make sure to check me on Twitter and Instagram. As will be posting some of my adventures there, expect a lot of food photos!

See you later!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

 

Blog Tour: Carnivore by Jonathan Lyon

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Warning: This book contains drugs, murder, torture, rape and sexual content.

Synopsis by HQ

Meet Leander: lover, fighter, liar.

He learnt a long time ago that nothing is as intoxicating as blood. But whether it’s his or someone else’s doesn’t matter any more. There’s a mysterious pain in every muscle of his body and it’s got so bad that he’ll do anything to escape it.

Up to now, it’s been his secret. But it’s hard to remain invisible when you leave a trail of destruction everywhere you go. So, when he comes to the attention of one of London’s most infamous criminals, Leander decides to put his appetite for violence to the ultimate test.

Let the villain win.

Mini Review

This is a hard one to review, not because it’s not good (it is!) but because I felt once I started reading it that I may be the wrong reader for the book. I was very surprised by it, because I usually enjoy this kind raw and gritty stories. Then I realised that I most consume this type of stories by a different medium, either in film or TV show format. When watching it on a screen, you can usual look away during any scenes that are too gruesome for you, but with Carnivore the only option is to keep reading.

Carnivore takes you on a journey. The type of journey that if you have a weak stomach, then you best stay clear from. It’s a very impressive debut by Jonathan Lyon, his writing is brilliant. To the point that is too good at giving you vivid images of all the twisted and downright disgusting world that our main character Leander belongs too. In my 13 years of watching Criminal Minds I have never felt as disturbed as I felt reading this book.

However, Carnivore also shows some vulnerabilities in between all the weirdness. The plot just gets crazier and more grotesque as you go along, but for some reason you can’t stop reading it. I’m still trying to figure it out if I enjoyed it or not, all I can think is how twisted it was.

Psychologically this book can be upsetting for some readers, so unless you can enjoy very explicitly morbid and grotesque scenes you are probably not the right reader for it. Even though I enjoy those types of scenes, I’m still not sure if I was right for it.

This is the type of book that even though is fantastically well written, it will only please a very specific type of reader. If you think you are that reader then I really recommend you picking up a copy of Carnivore by Jonathan Lyon.

Rating: ★★★✬☆

Carnivore by Jonathan Lyon is available in paperback and you can get it now on Amazon(affiliated link).

Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a paperback copy of Carnivore in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

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