Monday, 23 April 2018

Review - Renegades (Renegades, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Title: Renegades (Renegades, #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Pages: 576
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Release Date: 16th November 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

My Review:

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley*

Since stopping Ace Anarchy, leader of the Anarchists, the Renegades - a group of prodigies (superheroes) - have been busy rebuilding the city and establishing order.
Nova, the niece of Ace and a member of the Anarchists, detests the Renegades and everything they stand for. She will do whatever it takes to get revenge.
Adrian is the adopted son of two of the founding members of the Renegades. When a villain named Nightmare mentions something linked to the murder of Adrian's mother - Lady Indomitable, who was a founding member of the Renegades - he has to find out what she knows.
What will happen when Nova and Adrian's paths cross?
Will Nova get revenge?
Will Adrian find Nightmare?

I'm a big fan of the Lunar Chronicles, so when I heard that Marissa Meyer was releasing a book about superheroes I just HAD to read it.
I thought Nova was a good protagonist. I could understand her opinions on the Renegades and I liked that she made inventions.
I liked Adrian as well but not as much as I thought I would. His power was pretty cool and would be very useful to have.
There was some good diversity - gay superheroes, a character who had a bone disease and needed a cane to walk, and Nova was half-Italian, half-Filipino.
Some of the characters in this reminded me of actual comic book characters - Gargoyle made me think of Thing and Dread Warden reminded me of Judge Dread (mainly because of the name). But it must be hard to think of original names and abilities given how many comics there are nowadays.
This was an interesting take on superheroes and villains. I'm definitely planning to read the next book.
While the plot was engaging and interesting, for such a long book not that much really happened.
I have to admit that I'm slightly disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more, but it was still an enjoyable read.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.


Sunday, 22 April 2018

Review - In Search Of Us by Ava Dellaira

Title: In Search Of Us
Author: Ava Dellaira
Pages: 403
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release Date: 6th March 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

The author of the beloved Love Letters to the Dead returns with a parallel story of a mother and daughter each at age seventeen. Marilyn's tale recounts the summer she fell in love and set out on her own path. Angie's story is about her search for her unknown father.

This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie's father, James, who was African-American. But Angie's never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she's never met she starts to wonder: What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father.


My Review:
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hot Key Books*

In Search Of Us follows two generations of a family - Marilyn and her daughter Angie.
Angie grows up without a father, but in Marilyn's chapters, we follow her as she meets and falls in love with James (Angie's father).
In Angie's parts of the story, she discovers that her uncle may be alive. Having been told by Marilyn that he is dead, Angie begins to wonder if her father could possibly still be alive too.
Why does Marilyn become a single parent?
What lengths will Angie go to in order to discover the truth?

I was hoping to enjoy In Search Of Us, but I don't think I expected it to hit me as hard as it did.
I liked both Marilyn and Angie as protagonists. I felt sorry for both of them, and also found them to be believable and relatable characters.
Marilyn and James were so sweet together. It was heartbreaking knowing that something was going to happen to stop them being together.
I enjoyed the plot and the alternate points of view. It was interesting to read about a mother and daughter.
I could understand why Angie wanted to find out about her father.
The writing style was easy to follow and towards the end of the book I flew through the pages, both intrigued and scared to find out James's fate.

Overall this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Wildest Dreams Unboxing - Hocus Pocus

Wildest Dreams Unboxing!

Wildest Dreams is a UK-based YA book subscription box. 

This month the theme was Hocus Pocus!

Here's what was inside . . .


 The bath bomb is bubblegum scented, blue and pink. It is from Becky's Bath Bombs.
 The Border biscuits look yummy!

There were two choices of tea in the Hocus Pocus box. I got the Very Cherry one which sounds delicious!
It's from Rosie Lea Tea.

There's a The Witch's Tears bookmark and a The Witch's Blood postcard.

This month's book was The Witch's Blood (The Witch's Kiss, #3) by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr.
The book came with a signed bookplate and a letter from the authors.

Unfortunately, I read the first book when it came out and I didn't enjoy it, so I'm not bothered about reading The Witch's Blood.
I'll probably do a giveaway for it at some point.

Overall this was another lovely box, but I was slightly disappointed with the book. However, I'm excited to try the tea!

Are you a Wildest Dreams subscriber?

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway - Notes of Magic (The Bohemians #1) by Jessica Bucher

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Notes of Magic (The Bohemians #1) by Jessica Bucher
Publication Date: February 24, 2018

Enchanted city. Old magic. New threat.

Taq, a young fiddler, comes to Prague with dreams of joining the Bohemians—a band of immortal, magic-wielding street performers. With a mission to right past wrongs, things don’t go as planned when he meets the beautiful performer, Katia. Now, he must decide if revealing his secret is worth losing her heart.

Katia has spent one hundred years chained to the city, broken-hearted and silent,
waiting for her chance to be free. But with an impending threat on Bohemia itself and a mysterious newcomer, peace is starting look farther than ever. Now she must decide if she should trust Taq or put her faith in the one who broke her heart—the tyrannical Magistrate of Bohemia.
Curses can be broken, but at what cost?


Purchase Links:

BAM | Indies | Amazon | B&N | TBD 

Dear Reader (a note to your readers)

Dear reader,

I know you will love this story, because I can already tell that you love stories with heart and magic. Just by picking up a story, I know that you have that special something. This story is for dreamers, and no one dreams quite like a reader. If you want to escape into a world of magic, mystery, and romance, then I know you will love a trip to Bohemia.

All I ask as you embark on this trip to Prague is that you keep an open mind. Some of these characters have endured more than you could imagine, and while some of them may across as cruel or demanding, remember that they do it out of love. One of these characters, in fact, refused to be a flat villain. He spoke to me while I was writing, demanding a better story than I was initially willing to give. He was relentless.

I hope you love this story and all of the characters. They spoke to me in ways that I had never experienced before. Bohemia may not be real (at least not yet) but it will feel real once you open the pages of this book.

Thank you for helping to make the Bohemians real.


About the Author

Jessica Bucher is a Young Adult author living in Texas with her husband and children. Her first book, The Hereafter, was published in 2016. When she’s not writing, editing, or chasing her kids, she can be found scrolling through Facebook or planning her next travel adventure.

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