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Review: The Ship Beyond Time

May 29, 2017 in Book Reviews, YA Fantasy

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Ship Beyond TimeThe Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl From Everywhere #2
Published by Hot Key Books on 9th March 2017
Genres: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
three-stars

Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father?

Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices. Heidi Heilig weaves fantasy, history, and romance together to tackle questions of free will, fate, and what it means to love another person. But at the center of this adventure are the extraordinary, multifaceted, and multicultural characters that leap off the page, and an intricate, recognizable world that has no bounds.

Last year I read the first book in this series, The Girl From Everywhere (see review) and thoroughly enjoyed it. So naturally the second book in this duology The Ship Beyond Time was high on my 2017 TBR list. I was really excited to revisit Nix, Slate and Kashmir and join them on their time-travelling (navigation) adventures, but sadly I just didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first.

My main issue was that I found this book confusing. Now, you all know that my brain’s rather foggy, so this could be entirely a personal issue. However, I found it hard to keep up with the time travel, the dates and, I guess, the chronological order of the story. Personally, I found it challenging and ultimately this affected by enjoyment of the book.

Of course, there were elements I enjoyed too. As with the first book, I enjoyed the blend of fact and fiction – the history, myth, and legend entwined within Nix’s story.

I also enjoyed Heilig’s writing although I definitely didn’t feel as connected to the characters in this second book.

Although this is a duology, I do feel we have been left with the chance of more Navigation stories, and although I didn’t love this book I’ll certainly be looking out for more of Heilig’s work.

three-stars

Mini Review: Ruined

April 29, 2017 in Book Reviews, Fantasy, YA Fantasy

Mini Review: RuinedRuined by Amy Tintera
Series: Ruined #1
Published by HarperTeen on 3rd May 2016
Genres: YA Fantasy, Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars

A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

 

Sometimes I go through phases where I’m enjoying what I’m reading but I’m not consumed by it. It seems I’ve had a run of those recently – until now. I picked up Ruined and from the outset, I was swept up in the story. It was just what I needed – action, intrigue and a pace that kept me reading.

 

Tintera has created some fantastic characters in this world, a world where the Runed are feared and slaughtered for their magical abilities. It’s a world where Em has seen her parents murdered, her sister kidnapped and she has set out for vengeance. Except it turns out that not all of her enemies are easy to hate.

 

If you enjoy YA fantasy, banterful characters, strong heroines, action, friendship, loveable Princes, well, this is one for you. Thankfully book two, Avenged, is out next week so you won’t have too long to wait after THAT ending!

four-half-stars

Spring Wishlist Giveaway

April 26, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Closed Giveaways

It’s been a while since we ran a giveaway on the blog so I think a wee Spring wishlist giveaway is in order. There have been so many fantastic releases lately with many, many more to come, I thought I’d give you the chance to win a book from your wishlist. Whether it’s a new release this Spring or a book you’ve been meaning to pick up for a while, you could get your hands on a copy.

win a book from your wishlist

Simply enter via the rafflecopter entry form below. There are no mandatory entries, so just do as many or as few as you wish!

The giveaway is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY as long as The Book Depository ships to your location (check here). The winner will receive a book of their choice up to the value of £10.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Review: Waking Gods

April 13, 2017 in Book Reviews, Sci-Fi

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Waking GodsWaking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files #2
on 6th April 2017
Genres: Sci-Fi
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
three-stars

As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.

Having been left on somewhat of a cliffhanger at the end of Sleeping Giants (see my review here), I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on the second Themis Files book, Waking Gods, ever since.

Waking Gods follows a similar format to Sleeping Giants, a dossier of interviews and transcripts which tell the story. I really enjoy this form of storytelling – it’s different but works well. Perhaps it was my eARC but I did, at times, find it hard to keep up with who was actually talking. Then again, it’s possibly just my tired brain.

I felt that things escalated quickly in this book. Avoiding spoilers, let’s just say that some things kick off! Like book one, Waking Gods is filled with information – which can, at times, feel quite a lot. There are plot twists,

There are plot twists, secrets, and even some answers. I must admit though, that while I enjoyed this book I didn’t really ever find myself completely absorbed by it. I don’t think I felt as connected to the characters in this book for some reason.

That said, I’m glad I read it and to finally have some answers. It’s a very inventive series and I actually learned quite a bit in this book too. That ending though… is there to be a third book?

three-stars

Bookworm Candles & Crafts March Box

April 11, 2017 in Bookish Candles, Bookish Posts, Unboxings

Back in February. I purchased a couple of bookish candles from Bookworm Candles and Crafts for my sister-in-law’s birthday. As soon as they arrived, I must admit I was pretty jealous and wanted to keep them for myself! Obviously, I gave them to her, but as soon as the opportunity arose I placed an order for myself too!

I was really impressed by Danielle’s attention to detail in the candles I ordered, so when I saw her March box was to be an ACOTAR theme, “I Love You, Thorns And All” needless to say I couldn’t resist.

So, I thought I’d share the box with you. Fair warning though, I couldn’t figure out how to change the settings back on the camera after my husband had been photographing the Aurora Borealis, so these are taken with a phone.

The box came well wrapped and protected. Had this yellow tissue paper been the entire wrapping I’d have been very pleased.
packaging collage

However, under the tissue paper was I found this!

box

Just look at that attention to detail!

label

It seemed such a shame to open this box, but open it I did and it was full of goodies ALL handmade by Danielle herself.

first look

First of all, I unwrapped this stunning Rhysand candle.

rhys candle collage

It smells incredible and quite honestly I’m rationing it as I love it so much. With every candle Danielle adds a crocheted touch using wool specially selected to match the scent – once again, that attention to detail!

I wish I had a better photo of this rose lip balm.

lip balm 2

It is lightly topped with glitter and the balm itself is lovely.

Continuing with the rose scent, we received rose bath salts.

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I haven’t used them yet but I’m so excited to, I love bath salts!

This Rhysand quote mirror is a really cute addition to the box.

mirror

As is this charm bracelet (sorry again for the poor quality photo).

bracelet collage

Finally, possibly my favourite item – the Spring Court candle!

spring court candle 4 collage

It really does smell like spring flowers, and look at the finish of the candle!

I can’t emphasise enough how impressed I am with Danielle’s work. She goes the extra mile to ensure that all of her items are special.

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Bookworm Candles and Crafts have recently launched their new website. If you pop over you’ll be able to get your hands on the April, May and June boxes – the themes sound fantastic! There are just a few April boxes left though – Hunger Games fans, you might want to check this one out!

I’m so pleased with my box, it was such a special experience – a true treat.