Friday, 9 March 2018

Shades of Magic Trilogy - Review

Book Review:
Title: Shades of Magic Trilogy (A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows & A Conjuring of Light)
Author: V.E.Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books

“I'm not going to die," she said. "Not till I've seen it."
"Seen what?"
Her smile widened. "Everything.”

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.

Friday, 23 February 2018

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Review

Book Review:
Title: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Harper Collins

“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Author Q&A: Amanda Foody

Hey Guys!
Today on my blog I have a Q&A with the lovely Amanda Foody to share with you all.
If you weren't aware (which I'm sure you are,) Amanda is the author of Daughter of the Burning City and the upcoming Ace of Shades, book one in The Shadow Game trilogy!

I found out about Ace of Shades around mid 2017 and I have been EAGERLY waiting to read it ever since. It's one of my most anticipated reads of 2018!
How can you not want this book after reading the synopsis?!

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.
Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn't have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne's offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.
Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi's enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…
And she’ll need to play.

Earlier this month I was accepted into the Shadow Gang - the Ace of Shades street team (go SCARS!) - and I thought, what better way to find out more information about this book than utilising my member status and have the author herself on my blog sharing all the details!
So, while we (impatiently) wait for the release date (3 months for the US, 4 months for the UK,) here's an interview with Ms. Foody about her upcoming book:


Thursday, 4 January 2018


Book Review:
Title: Everless
Author: Sara Holland
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: 4th January 2018 (UK)
I received an early copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

“Fox,” said Snake, curling slowly around her friend’s heart. “It’s time we face the truth.”

Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire - a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.
In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything - even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever ... and possibly the future of time itself.