Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Collective, a YA fantasy novel by R. S. Williams. I’ve followed the author on Twitter for ages and I’m subscribed to her email newsletter, so I was excited to read her book. It sounded amazing, so I couldn’t turn it down!
Matilda Gregson never knew a world outside hers existed, that is until Harvey comes along and shows her something beyond her imagination. All that is on Tilly’s mind is finishing her dissertation, getting her degree, and spending time with her friends before the end of the school year.
But everything changes when she meets Jenny, an agent of a secret society, and nothing prepared either of them for the adventure they are about to endure. Under the pressures of surviving, their friendship grows and they find friends in the most unlikely of places, and betrayal just around the corner.
Will they both be able to stop him before he tears Jenny’s society to the ground?
Yet again, it’s been too long since I posted last. With work, settling into our new house, learning to code and extra distractions like family coming and buying a Nintendo 3DS (yep, that was probably the biggest distraction of all), I’ve pushed this poor blog to the back of my mind. But I’m here now! It’s time for another book review!
I spotted this book, Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan, at YALC last month and I was intrigued by the cover and the title. I managed to grab one when they gave out FIVE proof copies to book bloggers (I didn’t even rush over – I literally sauntered over and managed to grab one!). When I flicked through, I realised it wasn’t written in traditional prose – it looked like it was written in verse. Double intrigued. It was when I saw the quotes on the back of the book from Sarah Crossan (queen of verse) and Brian Conaghan that I knew I had to read this book!
A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the loss of loved ones. Tragic, comic and full of hope, thanks to a dog called Boy.
The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC sits and tells his dog Boy how he came to this country: his family; the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away.
When his adoptive mother Melanie rescues him, life starts to feel normal again. Until JC does something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy are banished to the kennel. But as his new father gets sicker, JC realizes they have to find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog and their journey to freedom.
Next month, I’m going to be reviewing a very exciting YA epic fantasy novel called Heart of Mist by brand new author Helen Scheuerer. The book sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it – I’m sure it’ll appeal to a lot of you, too! Heart of Mist follows 19-year-old Bleak as she seeks a cure for her power, trapped in a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden.
I’m so happy to host an excerpt from the book! It’ll be totally exclusive on my blog for a month, and then it’ll also be available on Helen’s website. Before we get started with the excerpt, here’s the synopsis.
In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.
Still grieving the death of her guardian, still trying to suppress her magic and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the commander of the king’s army, and summoned to the capital.
But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers. The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.
Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions.
The One Memory of Flora Banks is another one of the books on my YALC reading list. I’ve been hearing about this book a lot on social media, and I’ve never picked up a copy myself. With Emily Barr attending YALC next month, it gave me a reason to read it!
How do you know who to trust when you can’t even trust yourself?
Flora has amnesia.
She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.
Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t – and the next day she remembers it.
It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.
But the boy is gone.
I look at my hands. One of them says ‘FLORA be brave’
If you follow me on Twitter or you’ve read my review, you’ll probably know that I loved reading The Color Project by Sierra Abrams. I’m really excited to be on the blog tour! Seeing as I already posted my review, I needed to think of something else to do. So, I’ve decided to go with something I’ve never done before… a mood board/aesthetic for the book!
I made notes as I read the book about what I could include, and I loved putting it together. If you’ve read the book before, see if you can guess why I chose these images! And Sierra – I hope you like how I interpreted your book!