Sky In The Deep – Adrienne Young

Hello everyone! I have an exciting post today. I was lucky enough to be asked to be part of the blog tour for the newly UK released Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. Thank you to Titan Books for sending me a copy for review. Read on for more information regarding the book and an extract!ep

Details

Sky in the Deep was originally Published April 24th 2018 by Wednesday Books in the USA. Released in paperback March 2019 in the UK.

ISBN1250168457 (ISBN13: 9781250168450)

Edition Language: English

Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction and for Debut Author (2018)

Synopsis

Eelyn is a seventeen-year-old warrior, trained to fight fiercely alongside her Aska
clansmen in an ancient, god-decreed rivalry against the Riki clan, her life is brutal but
uncomplicated. Until the day she witnesses the impossible on the battlefield – her brother,
fighting alongside the enemy – the brother she watched die five years ago…

Extract
“I reached into my pocket and pulled my idol of Iri free. The wood
was smooth and shining where I’d held it in prayer under every
moon that rose in the sky. I carried it against my heart as I fought. I
slept with it beside me. We became warriors together. And long
before that, we were friends.
It was Iri who’d wrapped his arms around me in the dark when I
dreamed of the white-eyed Herja who’d slit our mother’s throat. It
was Iri who’d held me together when I was cracked down to the
bone with the pain of losing her. I ran into my first battle with my
brother at my side. I washed the blood of his first kill from his hands
and pretended not to see the gleam of tears in his eyes. He’d been
stronger than me in every way, but we had taken care of each
other. And honoring him had been where I’d found my own
strength after he was gone.
I dropped the idol into the flames, tears catching in my chest.
I let him go. I erased him. Every memory. Every small hope.
Because the Iri I loved was gone. The boy who had once known
every shadowed corner of my life was dead the moment he spilled
the blood of our people. That boy was gone just as our mother
was, but his soul was lost.
I watched the charred black catch the edge of the wood, eating its
way across until the idol was just a part of the fire. Turning to
smoke and gathering up above me. It stretched and curled around
itself, reaching out into the air.
Until it was nothing.
This book was incredible. The setting was atmospheric, the characters were exciting and endearing and the pacing was great. I read this book within a couple of sittings which for me is very fast! I enjoyed reading as if I were truly there, Eelyn was a fantastic female protagonist and was well developed throughout the story. One of the other characters Fiske was a great edition to the story and brought a more calming personality to the story to balance out Eelyn’s fiery traits. I did enjoy the fact that there were quite a few characters to get to know throughout the book – so the interest never fades. I loved this Viking inspired story and would encourage you all to read this book.
Please have a look at the featured image at the top of the page, and follow more of the blog tour! There are many fellow book bloggers and bookstagrammers who are taking part! We would love to answer your comments and questions on our blogs. Check out my instagram page over at @ladybugbooks to see another picture of the book.
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The Devouring Gray – REVIEW

The Devouring Gray – Christine Lynn Herman. Releasing April 2nd 2019.Screenshot 2019-03-24 at 17.11.43

I was lucky enough to be sent a review copy of this book by the kind people over at Titan Books. All opinions are my own!

Can I just say how hyped I was for this release? I have been anticipating this release for at least a year now. I have followed updates from the author on her twitter page since that time and I have tracked the progress of the book ever since. WELL. This book did not disappoint.

S Y N O P S I S

On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…

Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.

When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes

Source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36535913-the-devouring-gray?from_search=true

From reading the synopsis all of those months ago, I knew that I would read this book as soon as it came out. Incidently, I was lucky enough to receive an early finished copy of the book. I must admit that I may have scared the postman when I squealed with delight when I opened the door and saw the TITAN books logo on the envelope.

T H O U G H T S

The atmosphere of this story gave me chills. Actual chills! I initially heard how comparisons had been made between TDG and riverdale, stranger things and the raven boys. I adored Riverdale so this was another reason why I wanted to read this book so much.

There were a few different points of view throughout the story. This kept the story flowing well because you never knew what was coming next. There were points when I wanted to continue the story in that specific POV but this kept me reading the whole book. My favourite character was Violet, who is one of the four founding families. There were also Justin, Harper and Isaac who also had their own stories.

Another enjoyable factor for me personally was that the story took place in a small town, which gave very moody and dark atmospheric vibes to the story. Be prepared for some lengthy world building at the beginning: this ensures a fabulous set up for the main plot.

Overall, for a debut novel I was very impressed. I will definitely be reading the sequel when it comes out, as I am not ready to be finished with this world. I cannot say a lot more without spoiling the story – do let me know your thoughts below.

 

Thankyou for reading!

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Instagram – Bookstagram Essentials

Hello everyone! Today’s post is going to be around the topic of Instagram and more specifically – bookstagram.cropped-screenshot-2018-06-28-at-09-02-07

I joined bookstagram in the Summer of 2017 and have never looked back. It is for me one of my more enjoyable hobbies. It is a buzzing and active community of book lovers, reviewers and people who just enjoy books and following people for their content.

One of the things I enjoy about bookstagram is the interaction with the members of the community. Everyone has been so friendly, you rarely come across any drama which is lovely. People are just so happy just to chat, and ping up in your DM’s at all times of day and night. This is just great, you can start a conversation with someone just by saying “OMG did you read this book” or “what did you think of this character?”. The community feel is profound.

You would be very surprised to find out how many people there are in this community. There are thousands of people who have joined the bookstagram train! There are always people to welcome into the community.

Before I joined, I actually had no idea about how many books their were available to me. I have always loved the library and this has encouraged me to visit the library at least once per fortnight. I also love supporting independent bookstores and visit regularly. Also, I do tend to buy some books from amazon for convenience. Lucky for me, I have a lot of charity shops to buy and donate books to when I have finished them for someone else to enjoy.

Another big part of bookstagram is coming up with your own theme. This means that your feed flows and has the same flowing colours and background throughout. This opens the door to a torrent of creativity. There are multiple shout out sessions where you can promote your own account but also find lots of lovely other accounts too.

There are many giveaways on this platform to keep you entertained! I have won quite a few giveaways over the past two years which is always so exciting.

Overall, I am so grateful to be part of this community. The only way is up!

Comment your bookish instagram accounts below and I will make sure to follow you :).

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Shadow and Bone – REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I must be one of the last people who have started The Grisha Trilogy. There has been a lot of hype recently regarding Leigh Bardugo’s work. This is especially considering the release of King of Scars at the end of last month. I must admit, I was experiencing severe FOMO (fear of missing out) when I could not get excited about this book because I had no idea what it was about!

I was perusing through another fellow bookstagrammer’s story and found that they are reading the whole of Leigh Bardugo’s works over the month of February. Therefore I have decided to join in so I can be finally fully immersed in the Grishaverse.

PLOT:

“Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling”

THOUGHTS:

As soon as I started the book, I was instantly drawn into the story. It flowed so easily for me and I read this in a matter of days which is very quick for me. The character development was interesting and there were multiple sides to each personality. My favourite character was Genya, who had a very interesting back story.

The magic system is interesting and unique, something that I have never come across before. I love the idea of the sun summoners and the dark that lies within.

I will be continuing on with the Grisha Trilogy with the sequel: Siege and Storm, so stay tuned for my thoughts.

 

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Happy New Year! {Reading Goals for 2019}

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Hello everyone! Happy New Year to all of you. The new year can bring a lot of hope and new goals to us bookworms. Personally, I like to track my goals and reads on the Goodreads website (although you could do this anyway you like! Maybe a spreadsheet or a reading journal).

Unread TBR Project

The books I own grew exponentially in 2018! I must have accumulated 50-70 books, only reading 10-15 of them at most. This year I would like to reduce my spending and make sure that I catch up on reading all of the amazing titles that I bought without letting them collect dust on the shelf.

My anticipated reads of 2019 is quite extensive, however I believe that I can balance reading new releases alongside 2017-18 releases.

Luckily for me, I have an active account on Readers First and Netgalley – so I regularly get approved for eARCS for upcoming books. My kindle is getting used more and more recently!

Quality Reading

I have a horrible habit of being unfocused while I read. I read for 5 minutes then stop, look at my phone, look around the room or outside, check twitter then read again. Overall I do not get a lot of reading done in a short space of time as I am SO distracted. I have started listening to audio books again which has definitely helped, as I like to be able to do other things as well at the same time. This is not preferred by everyone, but is definitely a great option.

Knowing your limit

If your book goal count is too high, it can feel very overwhelming and difficult to keep up. I have set a personal goal of 30 books to read this year, as for me, that should be achievable. However, I will not be too upset if I don’t finish that many books as everyone has a busy schedule and reads at different times.

 

I would love to hear about your reading goals for 2019 if you have any! Let me know in the comments below.

 

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{The Gilded King} Josie Jaffrey

Hello everyone!

I am happy today to post my review of The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey.

I flew through this book at a rate of knots! This was another book to add to the list of ‘cannot put down’ books. Thank you so much for a copy to review, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Screenshot 2018-12-07 at 15.50.07.png

PLOT

Our story begins in the Blue, the world’s largest city. Julia, our protagonist, cannot leave the perimeter of the city. Julia is a servant for the noble and immortal people of the city. However, there are other creatures residing in the City of Blue, and all is not as it seems. Outside the City of Blue, there are forests of the Red. There, we meet Cameron, an immortal noble – who is on a quest to find a lost queen. An enemy is returning – will the humans be able to fight it?

THOUGHTS

One of the first things I enjoyed thoroughly was the dual perspective of this story. I absolutely adore being able to get into the minds of multiple characters. Julia and Cameron were excellent narrators and their personalities shone through. I did appreciate the overlap between the stories towards the end of the book, as I wanted to discover how the two intertwined.

There were lots of elements to enjoy about the story. I personally liked the romance aspect in the two dual perspective stories. I wasn’t expecting as many plot twists as I got, which kept me hooked.

I did not know that this book was a spin off to another series: Solis Invicti, so I will be picking those books up in the future.

Overall, a great book with lots of potential going into the rest of the series! I would love to know your thoughts as well, so let me know below.

 

**Autumn Wrap Up **

Hello everyone!

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I hope you are all having snuggled and cosy nights in with a hot cup of tea and a blanket, reading your favourite book. I love autumn and as we come into the Winter months I thought I would wrap up some of my favourite books this season.

An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

I read a quarter of this book earlier in the year and I really enjoyed it. However, I was in a book slump so I did not finish it! Fast forward to this month when I picked the book back up. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. This book had everything: action, drama, love, politics, power and more. The character journey was incredible. The dual perspective narrative improved the quality of the writing 10 fold imo. The book was left on such a nail biting cliff hanger that I have dived into the sequel, A Torch Against the Night, straight away.

Rating – 5*

Tower of Dawn – Sarah J Maas

Admittedly I only jumped onto the Throne of Glass hype train this year. I read all the previous books in the series over the summer months, until Tower of Dawn more recently. It must be said that i am extremely glad I read this book before jumping into Kingdom of Ash. The character of Chaol has been portrayed in a new light, with more of the back story coming into the forefront. Also we meet Yrene again, the healer we met in The Assassins Blade. The stories from across the whole of Erilea come together to form a full story. The world building was very good, and I enjoyed being

away from the main story.

Rating 4*

Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan.

*TW of sexual assault**

This book was incredible. If there is a book I want to shout about across the rooftops, it is this one. WOW. I read this in two days, which if you know me – is extremely quick. This is a f+f romance/action story about Lei, who is a member of the lowest caste: Paper. Lei is selected to become a paper girl for the Demon King. Lei falls in lov

e. There is an explosive plot involving justice and revenge.

I could not put this book down. The world building was vivid and magical. The descriptions of the demons were evoking and scary. The relationships between characters were intricate and emotional. The ending of this book had me screaming and demanding why a sequel can’t be released one week after the first.

Rating – 5*

The Lost Sisters – Holly Black

I read The Cruel Prince in February of this year and I loved it. This story follows on from the events in the first book, in the form of a letter written from Taryn to Jude. I mean, I thought it was a bit odd. I won’t spoil what happens as it would spoil The Cruel Prince if I were to write about anything that happened. It just made me think that Taryn is a very spoilt and entitled sister! Overall this novella was very short, and could be rea

d in less than an hour. The best thing was The Wicked King sampler at the end.

Rating – 2*

There are so many more books that I want to read, I am excited to soon be starting the new year and to have new reading goals.