Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao – Spoiler Free Review

Title: Blood Heir
Series Name: Blood Heir Trilogy
Author: Amélie Wen Zhao
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: November 19th, 2019
Pages: 496 (Paperback)
Publishers: Random House Children’s
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls. 

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

So there has been some ‘drama’ for this book. So I want to address that first.
I don’t know everything but from what I can tell some people read this book out of context and went ape shit at the author on Twitter. This was written with the authors own culture/heritage in mind but apparently some people viewed it differently/from a different cultural view and called it Racist & “anti-black”. Originally this book was meant to release in I think April. But the author decided to cancel the release due to all the hate she was receiving. We thought it was all over for this book but then the author decided to release the book but go in and do edits and to add emphasis to the culture she is trying to represent. Now it will be released on the 19th of November, 2019.
So this review is based on the original eARC that I received from Delacorte Press through NetGalley which is before any of these edits. And I wanted to say straight up that I do not see anything wrong with this book! I guess I can kinda see where someone could see it as Racist if took out of context. The character death that I think all the racist comments are behind was described to have “bronze skin” & “Brown Curls” which in a not ASIAN inspired book could be assumed is a ‘black’ character however this is an ASAIAN inspired book.. There are a few Asian cultures who have these features too and that is what the author was going for as opposed to placing a single (FOR EXAMPLE) African character in and ASIAN inspired fantasy.
I really enjoyed this book and I quite simply don’t see what the issue is… But anyway, I won’t mention any of this again, this is just a normal review from here on out and here it is!

**All quotes were taken from the eARC edition of this book & may differ from the final copy

“Your Affinity does not define you”

“What defines you is how you choose to wield it.”

Writing

I really enjoyed the writing in this book. The flow of this book was awesome. There was the right amount of action and adventure but also some slower areas where we got to focus on the characters too which I enjoyed. I really enjoyed the action/fight scenes! They were written in a way that felt quick, but you were given all the details so it made sense. I feel like some authors try and write it fast paced but then leave out details, so when you actually break it down, it doesn’t make sense and the movements don’t flow. This was definitely not the case with this book!

“Papa had once told her, after Mama’s death, that there were two types of grief. One was the type that crushed you, that broke your soul and shattered your heart, and left you an empty shell. The other was a grief that made you stronger. You rose from it, you sharpened it, and you carried it with you as a piece of your armour. And you made yourself better.”

Plot

This book is absolutely full of twists and turns. It’s also not afraid of being brutal and ripping apart this calm world. This plot was completely unpredictable! There wasn’t a single thing that I guessed correctly and I loved that! Fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

“Ana had no weapon and no plan, but she also had nothing more to lose.
And that, perhaps, was the most dangerous type of an opponent to have.”

Characters

I really enjoyed both Ana & Ramson! The banter, the sarcasm, the treats, etc. LOVED IT ALL!

Ana is such a badass character and I loved her. Even with everything that goes down in this book she never lets it stop her from following through with her plans. I love that you see all the struggles she goes through and she pulls through all of it and is such a strong character.

“In the face of fear, one could choose to run, or to rise.”

Ramson I really liked too! He was mysterious, funny and super interesting. I loved learning about him & can’t wait for more of him in book 2!

We also had a heap of side characters and all of them were amazing and well fleshed out! None of them felt one dimensional. You learn to love all of them and then your heart gets wrenched out of your chest, soooo there is that. But the characters are amazing! All of them.

“Figure out what you want to do in this life. Live for yourself. You might be the world’s strongest battleship, but you can’t navigate without a compass.”

Overall

I loved this book so much! Everything flowed, the world was thought out& the characters were well developed. I really can’t fault this book! I can’t wait for this to release and the rest of the world can read this amazing book!

“The smallest, weakest ones are often the most underestimated and tend to be much stronger than we anticipate.”

Also, this is the alternate cover & it is GORGEOUS!! This cover seems to be more common when you look at places to pre-order.

Thank you to NetGalley & Random House Children’s/Delacorte Press for providing me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

You can Pre-Order a copy for yourself at any of the links below.

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Fantasy JourneyAThon | Round 1

Soooo, today I am bringing you guys a BRAND NEW READATHON! That’s right another ReadAThon and this one completely new!
I have been wanting to do this ReadAThon for AGES, but I didn’t know how to really go about it, so over the past few months I have been brainstorming how to go about it and creating the map and it’s finally all fallen together. And here it is!

When?

21st – 30th of June 2019!

How to?

Firstly, here is the map!

The Map break down:
Option 1: New Beijing > Shoel 1 > Kalyazin > Hogwarts
Option 2: Medora > Emberfall > Dustwalk > Hogwarts
Option 3: New Reynes > Ellingham Academy > The Shire > Hogwarts
Option 4: The Ice Court > Fennbirn > Cabeswater > Hogwarts

So for this Round your goal is to JOURNEY to Hogwarts!
So pick a starting point (The Ice Court, New Beijing, Medora or New Reynes) and follow the footprints, completing the challenges along the way, until you make it to Hogwarts!

So the aim is to complete 4 books!
However do not let me stop you! Journey ahead if you wish once you have arrived at Hogwarts! Borrow a Thestral and Journey on to Dustwalk or commandeer the Durmstrang ship and flee to The Ice Court. Once you reach Hogwarts, the path is up to you!

The Locations?

So incase you were curious or not familiar with some of these locations, here are what books each of these locations are from!

New Beijing – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Shoel 1 – The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Kalyazin – Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Medora – The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni
Emberfall – A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Dustwalk – Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
New Reynes – Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Ellingham Academy – Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (I realise that this is not a Fantasy book but this Academy feels like a Fantasy, so I’m counting it! Also it’s my ReadAThon and I can do what I like 😂)
The Shire – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Ice Court – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Fennbirn – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Cabeswater – The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Hogwarts – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Challenges?

New Beijing – Read a Sci-Fi Book

Sheol 1 – Read a Dystopian Book

Kalyazin – Read a book with Blood on the Cover OR Read a book with a Red Cover

Medora – Read a book with the ‘Chosen One’ Trope

Emberfall – Read a Retelling/Reimagining

Dustwalk – Read a book about a Rebellion 

New Reynes – Read a book that has a Card Suit on the cover (Heart, Spade, Diamond or Club)

Ellingham Academy – Read a Mystery Book

The Shire – Read a book that is at least 10 years old

The Ice Court – Read a book following ‘Criminals’

Fennbirn – Read a book with Multiple POV

Cabeswater – Read a book that involves a King 

Hogwarts – Read a book that is set in a Magical School

Bonus Info: You can use the Book/Series in which the Location comes from for that Locations challenge! For Example you could Read Ace of Shades for the New Reynes challenge as Ace of Shades has a Card Suit on the cover! This method works with all of the Challenges!

Instagram Photo Challenges?

Make sure you use the Hashtag #FantasyJATIG

Litsy Post Challenges?

Make sure you use the hashtag #FantasyJATLitsy

Extra Fun?

So for a bonus feature I thought I would add a little competition! This is completely optional and you don’t have to join this to join the ReadAThon.
This is a competition based on points earned!

Companions

So first you have to choose your Companion (Team). This Round all the Companions are Mythical Creatures of Flight! To do this you can take THIS QUIZ or just pick a team yourself.
Dragon, Griffin, Pegasus OR Thestral!

How to earn points

Post a TBR: 20 Points
Each Challenge Completed: 30 Points
Arrived at Hogwarts: 50 Points
Additional Challenge Completed: 20 Points
Post a Wrap Up: 20 Points
Instagram Photo Challenge Completed: 10 Points (per day)
Litsy Post Challenge Completed: 10 Points (per day)
Tweet about ReadAThon: 5 Points (Total of 30 Points can be earned per day)
Participated in a Twitter Sprint: 5 Points (Per Sprint)

*****For all Social Media (Twitter, Instagram or Litsy) posts please use the corresponding Hashtag to your companion so your points can be counted. These points will be added manually by myself and once the points have been added the Fantasy JourneyAThon account will like the post so you know they have been added.
#JourneyDragon, #JourneyGriffin, #JourneyPegasus & #JourneyThestral

Enter Points for TBRs, Challenges Complete & Wrap Ups using the Google Forms linked below. There is 1 Form for each day of the ReadAThon as well as a specific TBR form & Wrap Up From, so please choose the correct one.

All points need to be submitted by 9:00pm of the 2nd of July AEST as I will be announcing the winner at 10:00pm on the 2nd of July AEST.

TBR Form
Day 1 Form
Day 2 Form
Day 3 Form
Day 4 Form
Day 5 Form
Day 6 Form
Day 7 Form
Day 8 Form
Day 9 Form
Day 10 Form
Wrap Up Form

Social Media?

Twitter
Instagram
Litsy

Graphics?

Here are all the graphics you may need for your posts or videos!

Are you planning on participating? Also, what team did you choose/get in the quiz?!

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TBR Jar ReadAThon – Round #4 Announcement!

Dates: 24th – 30th of May, 2019

How it works

This ReadAThon is pretty simple. First, pick a goal. I will be aiming for 7 books, but you can choose as many or as little books as you wish.
Next, grab a jar, or cup, or hat, it really doesn’t matter. Something you can put names into.
For the next step, you can do this one a few ways.
Option 1 is to put all the books on your TBR (physical, eBook, audiobook, whatever you wish) into a hat.
Option 2, you can pick some of the books you are most looking forward to and put them in a hat. (Try and put at least double the amount that is your goal to make it interesting)
Option 3, (this is what I will be doing), get a 2nd jar, in 1 jar put all the physical & eBooks books on your TBR into it and in the 2nd jar put all the audiobooks on your TBR.
Lastly, pick a name out of the jar and read that book, then pick another name and read that book and continue until you either hit your goal or run out of time in the ReadAThon.

Extra Info

You can choose to pull the number of names you choose for your goal out of the jar prior to the ReadAThon or pull them out as you go.

Use the hashtag #TBRJarRAT so I can see what you’re up to (also if it is on Twitter or Instagram then you can tag the @TBRJarRAT page too.

So, some of you may have a few books from the same series still on your TBR. Join the club. So if this is the case, you can either choose to only put the 1st book (or the book you are up to) in the TBR jar OR you can put it in as the full series. So if you pick up that name, then you have to try and read all the books from that series that you have on your shelf.
This ReadAThon is very customisable, so do whatever fits you.

Instagram Challenge

Social Media Links

TBRJarRAT Twitter

TBRJarRAT Instagram

Are you planning on participating?

Purchase any of the books mentioned from BOOK DEPOSITORY! World Wide FREE shipping and awesome prices? Can’t say no to that!

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All the links!

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May ReadAThon Guide!

Okay, it’s been a long time but we are back with the ReadAThon Guides! Don’t forget you can follow The Ultimate ReadAThon Guide on Twitter & The Ultimate ReadAthon Guide on Instagram to get all the info! You can also check out the ReadAThon Calendar which is always getting updated!

Asian ReadAThon

Dates: 1st to 31st of May

All about reading books by Asian authors & featuring Asian main characters.

So this one has reading challenges, which you can find below, but also there is another overlying challenge. Each of the books chosen to fulfil the challenges below but feature a character of different Asian ethnicity. You can double up on challenges. Throughout the rest of the month you can read the same ethnicities, they just can’t could for the challenges.

Reading Challenges:

1. Read any book by an Asian author.
2. Read a graphic novel featuring an Asian character or written/drawn by an Asian author (manga, manhua, manwa, and comics count).
3. Read a book featuing an intersectional Asian character or written by an intersectional Asia identity (i.e. queer, mixed, disabled, neurodiverse, etc.)
4. Read a book by an Asian author that was originally written in their native language (translated books and graphic novels count).
5. Read the group book: A Thousands Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh, which will be covered in the live show on Saturday, May 25th at 6pm EST on readwithcindy’s channel.

Google Doc with all the info

Announcement Video

Twitter

BFF ReadAThon

Reading Prompts:

1. Read a book with a title that starts with a ‘S’
2. Read a book that has a number in the title
3. Read a book translated from another language
4. Read a book that was adapted to a movie or TV show
5. Read a book in a series
6. Read a book under 300 pages
7. Pick a book with a cover that has real life images or a model
8. Read a book by an author who uses a full name that contains three or more name parts (including initials)
9. Read a book with a main character who is not human
10. Read a book you’ve ignored

Announcement Video

Twitter

Google Doc with all the info

Lost-A-Thon

Dates: 1st to 31st of May

Choose 5 challenges off the Bingo Board and read!

Announcement Post

Twitter

MentalHealthAThon

Dates: 1st to 31st of May

All about reading books featuring Mental Health!

Group book: Sparrow by Sarah Moon. You can buy the book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sparrow-Sarah-Moon/dp/1338312863/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1554292715&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

Own voices: A book featuring a character which lives with a mental illness that the author also lives with

Non fiction: A non-fiction book about mental health e.g. a self-help books or memoir

Anxiety rep: a book featuring a character who lives with anxiety (In any form)

Schizophrenia rep: a book featuring a character who lives with Schizophrenia

OCD rep: a character living with OCD

Intersectional rep: a book written by a LGBTQIA+, disabled or ethnic minority author who lives with a mental illness also OR a book featuring a character who lives with a mental illness and is an ethnic minority, LGBTQIA+ or disabled

Bipolar rep: a book featuring a character who lives with Bipolar disorder

Hosts pick: Pick a book to read, chosen by the hosts.

Nicole’s pick: Am I normal yet? By Holly Bourne
Rachael’s pick: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Cait’s pick: Marbles by Ellen Forney

Personality disorder rep: a book featuring a character who lives with a personality disorder

Phobias rep: a book featuring a character who lives with a phobia

Eating disorder: a book featuring a character who lives with an eating disorder (of any kind) or struggles with self image, confidence etc.

PTSD rep: a book featuring a character who lives with PTSD

Other: a book featuring a character who lives with a mental illness or related disorder that is not listed here already e.g. hoarding, Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania, character in therapy, a character taking medication, Dissociative identity disorder, ADHD or anything else…

Depression rep: a book featuring a character who lives with depression

Announcement Video

Twitter

Google Doc with all info

ChickLitAThon

Dates: 1st to 31st of May

All about reading ChickLit!

Reading Challenges

1. Read a Sophie Kinsella book
2. Read a book with a pair of heels on the cover (it could be on the spine or on the back of the book as well)
3. Read a chick-lit book with a historical setting
4. Read a book set in Los Angeles or Hollywood
5. Read a romance that has a meaningful (to you) plot (think womens fiction)
6. Read a domestic thriller

Announcement

Twitter

Moody May

Dates: 1st to 31st of May

All about reading books you are in the mood for!

Announcement Post

ReadAThin

Dates: 1st to 31st of May

This one is all about thinning out your TBR pile! So it is aimed at reading books already on your TBR.

Reading challenges:

1. Read a book that you put on a previous ReadAThin TBR, but didn’t get to.
2. Read a thin book.
3. Read a book that was gifted to you or a book that you got from a subscription box.
4. Read a diverse book.
5. Read a book that is spring themed.

Announcement Post

Ramadan ReadAthon 2019

Dates: 6th of May to the 4th of June

A ReadAThon to celebrate and support Muslim Authors. 

Reading Challenges:

Each of the columns are ‘Pillars’ and each row is a ‘level’. So pick a pillar or two & starting at the bottom, make your way through the levels to the top. 

Announcement & Sign Up

Twitter

Instagram

Mythical May ReadAThon

Dates: 1st to 31st of May

Greek Mythology themed ReadAThon

Reading Challenges:

1. Myths Retold: Read a retelling
2. Battling Beasts: Read a book over 500 pages.
3. Collection of myths: Read an anthology or short story collection
4. Creation myths: Read a historical book or an older backlist title (5 years or older)
5. Gifts of the Gods: Read a book where magic is a feature

You can also go up levels based on the number of books you read

The Levels:

Hero: Read 1 – 4 books
Demi-God: Read 5 – 8 books
Member of the Pantheon: Read 9 – 20 books
Ruler of the Gods: Read 21+ books

Announcement

Finish A Series ReadAThon

Dates: 1st to 31st of May

The goal of this ReadAThon is to finish a series or 2 or more!

Announcement

Shelflove Crate Annual ReadAThon

Dates: 13th to 27th of May

Shelflove crate is a monthly subscription box & each of the ReadAThon challenges are the themes for the last 12 months of boxes.

Announcement Post

Twitter

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SailorMoonAThon

Dates: 1st to 20th of May

SailorMoon Themed ReadAThon

So as far as I can tell you choose a team (Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto). As you read you can log your pages read on the website (linked below) and whichever team has the most points ‘wins’. There is an overall group book as well as a group book for each team. Then there are 11 Reading Challenges for everyone to strive for. 

Overall Group Book: Beds are for Flowers by R.K. Gold

Team Group Reads:

– Moon (Love, Light & the power of the Moon): A Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
– Mercury (Water): Warcross by Marie Lu
– Venus (Star Power): The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon
– Mars (Element Fire): The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
– Jupiter (Element earth): The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
– Saturn (Death, Destruction & Rebirth): The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
– Uranus (Super Strength): A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
– Neptune (Astral Projection/Water): The Belles by Danielle Clayton
– Pluto (Time & Space) Opposite Side of Always by Justin Reynolds

Reading Challenges:

– Moon: Re-read one of your favourite books
– Mercury: Read a book that challenges you
– Venus: Read a book with a character that has special abilities
– Mars: Read a book that includes the element of fire in any way
– Jupiter: Read a book 400 pages or more
– Saturn: Read a standalone
– Uranus: Read a book with a gorgeous cover
– Neptune: Read a contemporary novel
– Pluto: Read a dystopian novel
– Tuxedo Mask: Read a romance novel
– Chibi-USA: Read a novella

Announcement Video

Twitter

Website

Bookémon BadgAThon

Dates: 3rd to 17th of May

Pokemon Themed ReadAThon

What you need to do for Bookémon!
Join A Team! 
Log Your Daily Pages Read!
Earn Your Badges! (Check Your Bookédex)
Battle Other Teams With Book Battles!

There are badges to be earned for the books you read. Here are how to earn those badges!

The Creative Badge: Read a book that is in the Art / Music Genre!
The Memory Badge: Read a book that is in the Biography / Memoir Genre!
The Exemplary Badge: Read a book that is in the Classics Genre!
The Pictorial Badge: Read a book that is in the Comic / Graphic Novel / Manga Genre!
The Amour Badge: Read a book that is in the Romance / Contemporary Genre!
The Chiller Badge: Read a book that is in the Crime / Thriller / Mystery / Suspense Genre!
The Fantastical Badge: Read a book that is in the Fantasy Genre!
The Scientific Badge: Read a book that is in the Science Fiction Genre!
The Rainbow Badge: Read a book that is in the LGBTQIA+ Rep Genre!
The Archival Badge: Read a book that is in the Historical Fiction Genre!
The Panic! Badge: Read a book that is in the Horror Genre!
The Jester Badge: Read a book that is in the Humour / Comedy Genre!
The Know It All Badge: Read a book that is in the Non-Fiction Genre!
The Prose Badge: Read a book that is in the Poetry / Play Genre!
The Diversity Badge: Read a book that the Main Character or Author is a person of colour!

Join a Team & all the info

Announcement Video

Twitter

StrangeAThon

Dates: 1st to 8th of May

Morbid ReadAThon

Twitter

Manga Madness ReadAThon – Round 6

Dates: 4th to 12th of May

All about reading Manga! See the Bingo Board for challenges

Twitter

Announcement & Sign Up

ScallywagAThon

Dates: 5th to 12th of May

All we have for this one is the dates at the moment. Follow their Twitter to be notified when the details are announced! I really hope this one does happen as it’s one of my faves!

Twitter

BorrowAThon – Round 6

Dates: 19th to 26th of May

All about borrowing books from friends, family or the library!

Twitter

TrueCrimeAThon

Dates: 21st – 28th of May

All about reading True Crime books.

Reading Prompts:

– Armchair Detective
– Police Academy
– Police Officer
– Homicide Detective
– Cold Case Detective
– FBI Agent
– Interpol
– Infamous Case
– Nonviolent Crime
– Hometown Murder
– Solved Case
– Unsolved Case
– Serial Killer
– International

Prompts

Announcement Video

TBR Jar ReadAThon

Dates: 24th – 30th of May


Announcement Post

Twitter

Instagram

Scallywagathon

Dates: 5th – 12th of May

Pirate themed ReadAThon! This round is space pirate themed.

How to navigate the map:Start by choosing a starting point (# 1-5)

  • From your starting point, following the line of the color of the circle OUT to find your next challenge. Most stops have two options leading out. Challenges are listed beside the number.
  • A-C are detours, because we all get a little lost sometimes. They are part of your journey.
  • 9 & 10 lead to X marks the spot! Your reward is completing the readathon (sorry mate, wish I had gold to hand out!)
  • Each pirate has 4 challenges to complete in the week. However, feel free to complete more!

Announcement

Twitter

BingoAThon

Dates: 12th – 18th of May

Bingo Board based ReadAThon

Announcement

AYearAThon

Dates: 6th – 12th of May

Monthly ReadAThon and each month has a different theme

May (6-12)
Finish/Catch-Up

June (3-9)
LGBTQIA

July (1-7)
Read 5 Different Types of Books (ebook, audiobook, paperback, hardcover, graphic novel, picture book, library book, self-bought book, book gotten as a present, borrowed book Etc. Etc. Etc.)

August (5-11)
Read the 5th book on your TBR or the 5th book on your Goodreads Recommendation List.

September (2-8)
New Beginnings (The first book in a New series or a New to You Author)

October (7-13)
Horror/Thriller/Mystery

November (4-10)
Mythology & Retellings

December (2-8)
Graphic Novels & Short Stories

Goodreads Group

Twitter

Instagram

eBookAThon

Dates: 12th – 18th of May

All about reading eBooks!

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Bout of Books #25

Dates: 13th – 19th of May

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Disney Read-A-Long

Dates: 19th – 125th of May

This maybe labeled as a ReadALong but it is in fact a ReadAThon. People don’t seem to know the difference haha

Challenges yet to be announced.

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PanelAThon

Dates: 20th – 27th of May

All about reading Comics

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CurrentAThon

Dates: 27th of May – 2nd of June.

All about finishing those books that you are currently reading or that you have temporarily put down and need to finish.

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24 in 48 Waitlist ReadAThon

Dates: 11th – 12th of May

All about reading those books that have been on your TBR for a long time!

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Dates: 24th – 26th of May

This is a monthly ReadAThon and it happens on the last Friday, Saturday & Sunday of the month.

This months theme is Banned Books!


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The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle – Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Storm Keeper’s Island
Series Name: Storm Keeper
Author: Catherine Doyle
Genre: MG Fantasy
Publication Date: July 1st, 2018
Pages: 301 (Paperback)
Publishers: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet …

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn’s grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise.

But, deep underground, someone has been waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island’s next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.

Writing

May as well get the negative out of the road straight away. While this book was entertaining it wasn’t overly engaging or gripping. I kept put it down and not really wanting to pick it back up. It was a tad childish & tropey for me and I found the characters very one dimensional and also kinda annoying at times.

I did enjoy the references to real world fandoms spread throughout the book. They were a nice little touch!

Whenever he watched The Lord of the Rings, he imagined himself as a lone rider galloping away from a battle while all the other characters were marching into it. When everyone else was in Helm’s Deep, he’d be back in the Shire, making a sandwich.

I did find the world & magic system quite interesting. I would love to learn more about the Storm Keeper’s magic but it was very vague and unexplained in this book.

Plot

I found the plot relatively predictable majority of the time. I also found the plot clunky and all over the place at times. It just didn’t flow nicely and was a bit confusing. Which I think added to my previously mentioned putting it down and not wanting to pick it up. I was guessing most of the major things and didn’t understand the other half, so that took the fun out of the reading experience.

Characters

As I said previously the characters were very one dimensional. So I honestly don’t have many feelings about any of them as I don’t really feel like I know any of their traits well enough.

Overall

So overall this was fairly disappointing. The world & magic system sounds really interesting but paired with the lack of good well developed characters, predictable plot & poor writing this book fell short for me.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – Spoiler Free Review

Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Series Name: A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling
Publication Date: January 29th, 2019
Pages: 496 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Bloomsbury YA
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

Fall in love, break the curse. 

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault/Threats, Abelism & Suicide.

Writing

This was an interesting twist to a classic. I love that this was turned to portal fantasy, which added another layer to the story. The world was well developed and very creative. I really enjoyed being in this world and discovering more about it through the book. I can’t wait to learn more in book 2, A Heart So Fierce and Broken!

This book is multi POV following Rhen & Harper and was done really well. It was very easy to distinguish between the 2 POVs. I’m also glad this book was multi POV rather than just following Harper or Rhen. This book was the best seeing both sides, both characters struggles and the truth from both sides.

“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”

– Freya (A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer)

Plot

This book is very suspenseful & adventure filled. There are plenty of twists and turns throughout the book which kept the book very interesting. It was hard to put down and was a very easy and quick read.

“My father once said we are all dealt a hand at birth. A good hand can ultimately lose–just as a poor hand can win–but we must all play the cards fate deals. The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless.”

-Rhen (A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Birgid Kemmerer)

As many of you know, I am not a huge romance fan, but as this is a retelling. I knew from the start that there would be a romance & who it would be between so when it came to pass I didn’t mind it. It was well done compared to most YA romances.

Characters

Our 3 main characters are Rhen, Harper & Grey. My favourite out of the 3 is actually Grey, who while plays a major part is a side character. All the characters are fierce, loyal & determined to do what is right. Grey especially is extremely loyal to those that he trusts. He is also quick witted & brave to a fault.

Also I really enjoyed the disability rep (Cerebral Palsy) in this book! There are very few books I have read that have MCs with disabilities in the physical realm. So it was interesting to see this in the book. It never stopped Harper from braving what needed to be done and she shut anyone down that doubted her ability because of it.

“Failure isn’t absolute. Just because you couldn’t save everyone doesn’t mean you didn’t save anyone.”

Harper (A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

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Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Title: Two Can Keep a Secret
Author: Karen M McManus
Genre: YA Mystery
Publication Date: January 10th, 2019
Pages: 327 (Paperback)
Publishers: Penguin
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it. It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. No one knows what happened to either girl, and Ellery’s family is still haunted by their loss.
Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother’s remarriage vaulted her and Malcolm into Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but their new status grows shaky when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. No one has forgotten Malcolm’s brother-and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town.

Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe.

And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.


You can find my Mini Spoiler Free Review for One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus HERE!

Writing

This author is on my auto-buy list now. Her books are just so good! She has a way of throwing a thousand little clues at you throughout the book but you don’t even realise 90% of them are important. I think I changed my mind about 60 times as to who the murderer was. Which is exactly what you want in a Thriller/Mystery!

The world building is awesome in this book. I felt like I was sitting in Echo Ridge watching this all unfold.

Tell me and I forget

Teach me and I may remember

Involve me and I learn

Plot

I have one word for this plot. Followed by 3 secondary words for this book.

Hectic.

What the fuck?

Characters

I really enjoyed Ellery, she was super smart but also knew her flaws and accepted when they came through. I also love that she is a twin. Not very often do you see a book with a main character that is a twin. I also enjoyed that we only follow one of the twins POV and then another character which was a little unexpected. Ezra, Ellery’s twin was awesome too. He was super loyal, kind and thoughtful. He would always be there when Ellery needed him and also their other friends. He was trusting and caring and I just loved him. ALSO he is on the LGBT+ spectrum, which is awesome!!!

Ezra watches them leave with a bemused expression, then turns to me. “I have a really strong feeling that on Wednesdays, they wear pink.”

Malcolm is our other MC

Next we have Mia, who I also love and is bisexual! Can we have a story from her and Ezra’s POV please? That would be awesome too! I really enjoyed Mia’s humour & sarcasm. I saw myself in her a lot as we are both bisexual, loyal to friends & sarcastic as hell!

Mia’s taken shit for years from guys like Kyle and Theo who think bisexual equals threesome.

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