{Alienated – Jeff Norton}

Hello everyone!

Today is an exciting day as it marks the release of the new middle grade fiction novel: Alienated – Grounded at Groom Lake. by Jeff Norton. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy to review, so thank you very much. Screenshot 2018-11-06 at 19.40.20

I am very excited to be part of the blog tour for the release of this exciting book! Check out the picture below for all the details. Make sure to keep up to date with all

DETAILS

Published November 1st 2018 by Awesome Reads
ISBN
1911195964 (ISBN13: 9781911195962)

PLOT

Our main character Sherman is a child who moves schools often due to family connections to the Air Force. One of his moves takes him to Groom Lake High, a high school with a twist. There are the normal cliques and bullies. Sherman, alongside his new alien friends, are embroiled in a War of the Worlds and have to put aside normal school activities to save the world.

I personally thoroughly enjoy reading middle grade books. I fo

und this story had lovely aspects of friendship and adventure and I read it very quickly! The characters in this story were endearing, especially Sherman’s group of friends – who were indeed aliens! There was a good sense of friendship throughout this book, especially when there are the stereotypical school bullies causing trouble.

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Thoughts:

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story was exciting, fun and interesting. I really enjoyed all of the different characters. The alien emphasis was very good and there were lots of side story plots, where you got to know all of the characters very well. The story was well written and kept me hooked enough to finish it in 1 day. I would recommend to all!
Make sure you check out these other amazing blog posts as above on our Alienated blog tour!

 

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{REVIEW} – Muse Of Nightmares

**There are spoilers in this review for Strange The Dreamer, so if you have not started this series, please come back when you have!**

Screenshot 2018-10-12 at 12.20.16I was very lucky to receive a review copy of Muse of Nightmares from Hodder and Stoughton. Thank – you very much.

“There comes a certain point with a hope or a dream, when you either give it up or give up everything else. And if you choose the dream, if you keep on going, then you can never quit, because it’s all you are.”

Plot

Muse of Nightmares follows on from the exact ending point of Strange the Dreamer. High up on the Seraphim shaped Citadel, Sarai is now a ghost. Her physical body, having been impaled on a gate, has been released into the flames. Minya is holding Sarai’s soul by a golden thread and is threatening to let her soul go. Lazlo Strange, now a blue godspawn, is coming to terms with the fact that his father is the Great God Skathis, and adapting to his new prison.

Minya holds the citadel with a threat of blackmail and death. Take her to Weep to destroy the godslayer Eril-Fane, or Sarai will be evanesced. The story takes twists and turns to end a bitter war that has been burning for centuries.

Thoughts

A story that portrays the fight between good and evil, love and loss and hope and disaster, Muse of Nightmares is beautifully and descriptively written. Strange the Dreamer had the same magical lyrical writing.

This story was fantastic. There were plenty of plot twists and dire consequences. There is an underpinning of morality throughout the story.

“I would have chosen you, if they had let me choose.”

This story was heartbreaking and the tears did not stop flowing throughout the whole book.

“But how do you stop someone from crying? How do you lead them out of fear?
Can hate be reversed?
Can revenge be diffused?”

The above quote resounded with me greatly. The character of Minya was a pivot point in the story, a contrast between good and evil. Is all evil created, or made through circumstance? All is not as it seems.

There were the introduction of new yet essential characters, who unbenonst to us readers, were already present. Their stories were intertwining with the story of Strange the Dreamer, and this came to full blown supanova light in Muse of Nightmares. Nova and Kora (Koraandnova) were introduced at the beginning of the story. Their story started over 200 years ago, in a wasp shaped mesarthim ship. This is integral in understanding the history of the seraphim, citadel and the godspawn.

I was pretty happy with how the story ended. All of the plot points were tied up nicely and I ended the series satisfied. However, I would LOVE there to be another spin off series in this world – as this cannot be the end!

I must say I enjoyed Muse of Nightmares abundantly more than Strange the Dreamer. Muse of Nightmares sums up all of the plot points and mysteries that came in the first novel. Strange the Dreamer took a lot of getting into for me. However, this was worth it as the world building was essential – and it set the second book up to be fantastic.

Overall: 5*

 

 

 

Discussion – Throne of Glass Series

Hello everyone! Today I would like to discuss the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. This is in anticipation of the upcoming release of Kingdom of Ash, the final book in the series (October 23rd 2018).

Throne of Glass follows an assassin called Celeana Sardorthien, who has just spent a year in the slave camp Endovier as a punishment for freeing thousands of slaves from captivity. Celeana is given a chance to battle for her freedom when the King of Adarlan recruits her as his own personal champion – to destroy all others in a series of tasks.

There will not be any spoilers in this review, so I cannot go into a lot of detail – but trust me when I say that this series is a roller coasterPlaceholder Image of emotions.

One thing I love about this series is the character development. What you think of a character in one book does not reflect how you will feel about them in the next. The diversity of characters is vast.

There is an abundance of political intrigue, passion, war, manipulation and violence in this series. I found the books easy to read, and the plot kept me interested throughout each book.

The multiple perspective chapters are enjoyable, I like being able to follow a different sub set of plot lines throughout the book to make it more interesting.

If you haven’t picked this series up already, what are you waiting for? You will not regret it!

 

 

Book Talk – {Autumn TBR}

Hello my fellow booklings. I am happy to say that Autumn has come around to greet us again. This is my favourite season of the year by far. I am currently wrapped up in my Gryffindor blanket – even though it isn’t really cold enough yet for that.

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With a new season comes a new TBR, and I am refreshing my list of books that I would like to read over this autumnal season

Books –

The Priory of the Orange Tree (ARC) – I received a copy of this book by Samantha Shannon yesterday and I could not have been more excited and grateful! it is 800+ pages of adult high fantasy with an amazing array of characters and talking dragons! What more could I want!

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. This book publishes on October 2nd 2018. I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC to read and review. I am currently nearly finished and have about 100 pages left. Let me tell you I am destroyed!! I highly recommend this sequel to anyone who enjoyed Strange the Dreamer.

Wildcard by Marie Lu. This book is one of my most anticipated reads of this year! I could not put down Warcross when I read it in October of last year. This story follows Emika Chen, who has been promoted to a top Warcross international team, as part of a mission to discover who is threatening to destroy the games. This series is well worth a read if you are looking for something with futuristic vibes.

Empire of Storms/Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas. Over the summer, I started participating in a readathon to read all of the books in the Throne of Glass series.  I am slightly behind schedule as I need to finish Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms before Kingdom of Ash comes out on October 23rd.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I downloaded this book on my kindle after watching the Netflix show of the same name. I do not tend to read a lot of contemporary books, so I am excited to read this one.

There are many more books on my TBR list! What books are on yours? I would love to know! Comment down below and let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

{REVIEW} City Of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab

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I am so excited to share my review of City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. I was lucky enough to be sent a final copy of the book by Scholastic UK (thank-you so very much!). City Of Ghosts was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018, so I just about screamed when I opened the package.

City of Ghosts debuted at number 5 on the New York Bestsellers List – Children’s Middle Grade Hardcover. A first for Victoria Schwab, this book is aimed at middle grade readers, which should be taken into account when reading this book and comparing to her other books.

Plot

Cassidy can see ghosts. Her parents are also know as ‘The Inspectres’, and are a ghost hunting duo.

Fast forward to a haunted family trip to Edinburgh to film a TV show and there are ghosts everywhere. Cassidy can see all of them, but she is not alone. Cassidy meets a girl called Lara, who can also see ghosts. Lara sets Cassidy a mission to send ghosts permanently beyond the veil, but all does not go as planned…
Thoughts

I loved reading a book by Victoria Schwab which was aimed at middle grade readers. This book branched out from any of the author’s previous works that I have read. City of Ghosts has a wonderful plot line and a unique story.

Edinburgh was a fabulous setting for this story, with a spooky and mysterious atmosphere. This really set up the imagery for the story which drew me in completely.

The friendship aspect of this story was joyful tinged with sadness. Jacob (a ghost) is Cassidy’s best friend. Jacob saved Cassidy from death, and therefore saved her from a ghost life in the veil. The veil is the in-between world dimension where ghosts reside (some more evil than others…). Jacob and Cassidy’s lives have been connected ever since. Cassidy can enter the veil and interact with the abundance of ghosts that are there.

The story flowed very well, there were rapid changes in plot line, which kept my interest. The discovery of an evil ghost throws a spanner in the works, which also made the book exciting.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Victoria Schwab’s writing. Furthermore, to anyone that enjoys a light yet spooky read, this book is for you. I personally found the pop culture references to Harry Potter enjoyable, as I am am heavily involved in this fandom, and can also understand why some people could find the amount of references overwhelming.

City of Ghosts is available now in paperback, e-book and audio format! Ensure to check out the CITY OF GHOSTS Instagram tour, starting TODAY! Make sure to check out my instagram page @ladybugbooks for updates!

 

{Review} Throne Of Glass

Hello everyone! There is a lot of hype around the upcoming release of Kingdom of Ash on October 23rd. I hadn’t read any of the Throne of Glass series up until this point! I know, it’s been years. I have had the first couple of books in my collection for a while.

So, when I found out that Bloomsbury were holding a summer readathon of the Throne Of Glass series, I knew I had to join in! I started off with The Assassins Blade (review to come later). I am glad I did as TOG made so much more sense.

Plot

Celaena Sardorthien has just been serving in the salt mines of Endovier for 1 year, after being captured for being an Assassin. The Crown Prince of Adarlan requests Celaena to be his champion, to fight against others to be crowned the King’s personal assassin.

One by one, the other champions turn up dead. It is up to Celaena to find out who or what is carrying out these crimes…

Thoughts

Overall, I enjoyed this story. There is a lot of action, with a badass female protagonist. I love Celaena as a character, she is outrageous and fiery! The story was well thought out and flowed well. This book gave me vibes of Poison Study, or A Court of Thorns and Roses.

The main characters were a small group, but diverse. There was a vague love triangle which then was not a love triangle, which was then a love triangle. It was hard to keep up at times!

There were a lot of secrets in this story, I think that this book sets up nicely for the next book in the series.

 

Onto Crown of Midnight!!

 

 

{Anticipated Reads} Autumn 2018

Hello everyone! Today I would love to mention my most anticipated reads that will be coming out in the second half of 2018. There are so many books that I have read and loved already this year. I find it so exciting to look forward to different release dates for books I have been waiting for since what feels like forever!

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(All dates are U.K based)

  1. Escaping from Houdini – Kerri Maniscalco – September 18th 2018. Can I just say that this book is releasing on my birthday so I am definitely going to treat myself to this one!
  2. Wildcard – Marie Lu – September 20th 2018. Wildcard was one of my favourite reads of 2017, I could not get enough of it!! The setting was fantastic and i LOVE reading about anything related to Japan and Japanese culture!
  3. What If It’s Us – Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli – October 18th 2018. This book follows two people who meet cute in a post office, and their adventure starts from there!
  4. Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J Maas – October 23rd 2018. I am reading the whole of the throne of glass series this summer as part of a group readathon.
  5. Muse of Nightmares – Laini Taylor – October 2nd 2018 – No words can describe how excited I am for this book.
  6. Vengeful – V.E Schwab – To be fair to this one, Vicious is still on my TBR list for this summer, which is crazy as I have not read it yet.
  7. A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahereh Mafi – October 16th 2018

I am sure there are many more releases that I cannot wait for. Please let me know yours in the comments!!