Eliza and her Monsters – Francesca Zappia’s

SYNOPSIS

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

REVIEW

I fell in with love Francesca Zappia’s writing when I read ‘Made you up’ so when I saw ‘Eliza and her monsters’ it was immediately added to my TBR.

I will say straight away that I made a mistake by listening to this as an audiobook as opposed to reading it as a physical book. The book has a lot of drawings and online text with usernames so as an audiobook it can get confusing.

Moving onto the actual plot itself… wow! It’s a powerful and very realistic book. Eliza is a very cool character and I would love to have her as a friend. If I read this a few years ago I would have been able to fully relate to Eliza because I was nerdy and also fought with my family and those around me who thought I was just lazy as opposed to realising there was more going on.

The writing is beautiful and I really enjoyed the plot. In a world where everyone has different personas online nowadays, I think that this book is so relevant and interesting! I’m glad that it portrayed ‘online friendships’ as being realistic whilst also pouting out the life is great in the physical world too. The family relationships that go up and down are stereotypical of a household with teenagers. Sensitive subjects are discussed with the right amount of information that allows readers to understand what is going on but without glorifying mental illness. There is an element of romance within this novel however it isn’t discussed in great detail which I enjoyed as I didn’t think it was important.

Overall an amazing book that I would highly recommend!

4,5/5 Stars ⭐️

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Insanity – Cameron Jace

SYNOPSIS

After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.

REVIEW

Insanity by Cameron Jace is both an amazing book and also a confusing one. On one hand I thought that the plot was incredibly interesting and well crafted but on the other hand the characters confused me and seemed to be random.

The relationship between the Pillar and Alice was great and very comical. The history behind the Cheshire was great and I really enjoyed the twists in the book.

I can’t seem to understand Jack Diamonds role in this book. He honestly seemed like a really random character and completely useless. Perhaps he is spoken about more in the later book, but I don’t think I’ll be reading them to find out.

Alice’s backstory is still unclear which is interesting and I loved how all the Wonderland characters were human characters that reflected their true selves.

Overall I would give this book 3,5 stars!

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The Seduction Expert – Saya Lopez Ortega

SYNOPSIS

She’s cold, narcissistic, conceited and she has no redeeming qualities. 

She doesn’t care, she’s gifted. 

She doesn’t care, she’s the seduction expert.

Women contact her to take over their love lives. She steps in when they’re lost, she’s supposed to succeed where they failed. She handles their single status, their relationships, their breakups, and very often their partners’ affairs. Her job is a life priority, she spends most of her time at the office or between two flights in business class and the fact of having a sports car that can reach one hundred kilometers in less than six seconds often make her feel like a superheroine in service to women.

Anyway, take her card.

You’ll see, it’s much better than spending holidays in St Barts.

REVIEW

***I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

I did not know what to expect with this book. I scoured a few reviews that mentioned ‘ A Devil Wears Prada’ so I thought The Seduction Expert would have a bit of lighthearted humour and some uptight female characters.

However whilst reading it I realised that the main character, Baroness, was just simply rude, arrogant, selfish and frankly incredibly annoying to read about. The dialogue made me cringe because it was so cliché and rude. This book just irritated me and I could not understand the purpose of it.

The next thing that irritated me was the amount of spelling and grammar mistakes within this book. For example:

“That’s why I meet our wedding planner today”.

The book just seemed unprofessional. The only good thing I can say about it is that the author seems to have truly researched into different tactics of stalking people. It was a good way to create tension throughout the plot, however it did not make up for all the flaws.

2/5 ⭐️’s

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One Wish Away (Djinn Empire #1) – Ingrid Seymour

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Synopsis 

Faris is a Djinn with a secret and Marielle the first master to give him hope. Will she be the one to break his curse? There is no telling. All he really knows is she’s ONE WISH AWAY from breaking his heart.

When Marielle was little, she used to believe Grandpa about his wish-granting Djinn. But now that she’s older, her beliefs have changed, and things like lousy ex-boyfriends and alcoholic fathers have become her reality.

Life isn’t done shattering her truths, though, and when Grandpa dies and the Djinn he warned her never to trust shows up at her doorstep, the world becomes a dangerous, magical place she never knew existed. Reeling for her once-normal life, Marielle soon realizes there’s no going back—not when she’s become part of a mortal conflict between two spell-bound Djinn. Faris—her handsome slave. And Zet—his vengeance-hungry brother. They both want something from her. One, her love. The other one, her life.

Now she’s afraid she will die in love.

One Wish Away is a young adult paranormal romance that will appeal to lovers of Hush Hush, Twilight, and the Fallen series.

Review 

**Disclaimer: I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review**

This book is due to be released in Feb 2017 and I cannot wait for more people to read it so that I have someone to fangirl with! I had zero expectations heading into this, but the concept sounded interesting and reminded me a little bit of The Assassin’s Curse, which I absolutely adored. 

The plot was captivating from the first 10 pages of the book. There was so much going on alongside the character introductions and world building. The authors writing is beautiful and portrays emotions incredibly well. There were quite a few creepy moments throughout the book that made me feel scared for the main protagonist – Marielle. 

Marielle is a great character. She is very realistic in terms of her emotions. Rather than being portrayed as a typical overdramatic teenage girl, she is presented as an adult who is both allowing herself to grieve and pushing herself past her grief. In lots of YA novels, the authors add in a tragic event, yet they never seem to mention the emotional aftermath that occurs after said event. 

Faris, the jaw-dropping Djinn is the perfect guy. For once, I’ve read a book where the male protagonist isn’t cocky, arrogant and debonair.Faris happens to be polite, kind and realistic… for the lack of a better word. I couldn’t help but fall for his charm. I loved the way the author made him see old fashioned and not a typical 21st-century teen, as it added an edge of mystery to the character. 

The antagonists of the novel were also very well portrayed. If you’ve read some of my previous reviews before, you’ll know that I love novel with positive underlying themes. I personally believe that in our day and age they are very important, which is why I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this book revolved around the idea of forgiveness. 

I have previously reviewed Keeper by Ingrid Seymour and loved that book! At this point, I think that It is safe to say that I definitely a fan of her writing and look forward to reading more of the novels.

Rating  5/5 Stars

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Vixen’s Fate – Natalie Erin

Review 

**Disclaimer: I received this ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**

This book is due to be released in 2017 and is the fourth book in the Creatures of the Land series that I have been reviewing. Therefore there is no synopsis nor a book cover as of yet. That being said, I must say that this series is getting better and better with each book. 

I may be biased since this book focused on my favourite character, Allie, which is why I devoured it. Allie is an incredible character that has so much sass and dimension, that you can’t help but fall in love with her. She is also loyal and kind to those she loves, which combined with her fiery personality make her the most perfect badass heroine. 

I was relieved that this book focused on the characters that I was already familiar with, rather than throwing another 20 characters into the mix. The plot was fast paced and very entertaining. 

I have high hopes for this series, can’t wait to see how it ends, but I also don’t want it to end!

Rating – 4/5 Stars 

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These Broken Stars – Aimee Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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Synopsis – 

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

Goodreads Ratings – 3.94/5 Stars 

Review – 

This book is like the Titanic set in space. Two star-crossed lovers, a wealthy and powerful young women that falls in love with a poor commoner. However, in this book, everything begins with a tragedy and goes on to focus on survival. There are however still many events that occur throughout the book that strongly reminded me of the Titanic. 

The chapters move between being Tarver’s POV & Lilac’s POV which sets us up with the idea that these two will be connected in some way through the entire novel.  Lilac LaRoux is a wealthy and powerful young woman and Tarver Merendsen is the youngest war hero of the galaxy. They are introduced to each at first in an awkward manner which initially throws us off course. It takes them a long time to form a good relationship that it realistic, which is lacking in so many YA novels nowadays. It was so refreshing to see two people get to know each other at a realistic pace, first becoming friends and then developing romantic feelings for one another. 

 Lilac and Tarver are both stubborn and condescending but they are both able to show compassion, even if they sometimes struggle with it. They come from different backgrounds, have different skills and different goals, however, due to the tough circumstances and human nature, they develop an understanding of each other. We are presented with two very strong but not unrealistic characters, that towards the end of the book are able to put their differences aside and merge into one. 

The plot was incredibly interesting and had me turning the pages at a rapid pace. I did get slightly confused at times but that was just because some of the events were so unique and out of the blue that it took me a minute to wrap my head around it.  

Aside from having characterized POVs, the start of each chapter began with an extract from an interview with Tarver that took place at the end of the book. It kept giving little clues as to what would happen in the upcoming chapter, as well remind me that Tarver and Lilac had survived and somehow returned to their civilization. 

My Rating – 4/5 Stars

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Zenith ( The Androma Saga) – Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

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There is darkness sweeping across the stars. Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector.

When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal.

Meanwhile, on the far side of the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The final pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles towards the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only thing certain is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Goodreads Rating – 3.72/5 Stars

Review 
I didn’t have any expectations heading into this. I didn’t even read the blurb since it was written by Sasha and that seemed a good enough reason to read this. Right from the start, I found the plot confusing and it didn’t get much clearer as I read on. It may sound bad, but it felt like was a reading a well-written fanfiction rather than an original novel.  It was only 62 pages so it was obvious from the start that it would end on a cliffhanger and that there wouldn’t be room for character development and a lot of world building but somehow the authors managed to jam as much detail into 62 pages as possible. 

Going on from what I said about this being more fanfiction that fiction, the authors did create some unique aspects, however, they just made the book childish and irritating.  I mean it’s annoying when people say shiitake instead of shit, but at least that’s better than  Fick as a replacement for Fuck. But it really disrupted the flow of the story and it just didn’t make any sense. With YA novels you either swear properly or you don’t. That will all depend on the target audience and the plot that the authors have in mind. 

Androma, the main protagonist, was supposed to be a badass pirate that floats through space causing havoc and destruction. Yet again we are met by a little girl with a big mouth but not much else. Her nickname is ‘The Bloody Baroness’ which just reminds me of Harry Potter, as does not the name Androma… just saying. My point is that Androma (Andi) doesn’t seem like a badass character, just someone who pretends to be badass. 

The plot was fairly interesting and once Sasha and Lindsay produce the full novel I will definitely read it. This has a lot of potential and I hope Sasha and Lindsay start coming up with something more original. 

Rating – 3/5 Stars

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My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand

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Synopsis – 

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

Goodreads Rating – 4.16/5 Stars

My Review – 

This book took my completely by surprise. I had zero expectations heading into it and was blown away by how funny and entertaining it was. The characters were epic and the plot line was so incredibly unique and well crafted that it’s going to be hard to fault this novel. 

I didn’t know much about the book, so I was expecting a standard historical novel. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this book was written considering it was co-authored, which usually doesn’t work well. The writing was a good balance between our modern English and the old fashioned Tudor English. 

The plot was incredibly entertaining and well presented. The humour throughout the book kept major tragic events of the time incredibly light hearted. It seemed like our protagonists were always on the verge off death, however I feel like I was either giggling or full on laughing through the entire book. The sarcasm and witty comments were a refreshing element for a historical novel. 

Our main protagonist Jane is about to marry a stranger ( which was normal at the time) since her cousin, Edward VI, is dying, and she’s next in line for the throne. Did I mention that Jane is a bookworm! If that’s not reason enough too like her i’m not sure what is. The typical teenage issues of our modern day ( a teen boy that’s never been kissed) are mixed in with issues of the era ( heads being chopped off), which make the novel relatable in a way as we are able to connect with Jane, Edward and G. 

The idea of making people shape shifters was interesting. “Verities”are people that hate shape shifters and “Eðians” is the official name for the shape shifters. Rather than get into the complex intricacies regarding politics of the Tudor period, the authors decided to come up with another reason to start a war. 

The romances were awesome as they were slow and realistic. We didn’t see any super romantic or heroic deeds from our male protagonists, however we did see awkward teenage romance. We saw what it would be like to be married to a total stranger at such a young age and we saw what it would be like to be a king and constantly live by certain rules ( who you can and can’t be with). 

I would recommend this to everyone! Even if you’re not a fan of historical fiction, I think that you’d like this. 

 

My Rating – 4/5 Stars 

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