Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer – Book Review

Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer – Book Review

If I had to pick a favourite genre, it probably wouldn’t be fantasy. It’s not that I don’t like them; they just take me a while to read and a lot of the time, I enjoy them less than other genres like YA contemporary. However, debut author Helen Scheuerer got in touch with me recently to tell me about her new YA fantasy novel, Heart of Mist – and I HAD to read it. It sounded far too good to miss!

Not only is the cover absolutely beautiful, but the synopsis sounds great too! If you love the sound of it as much as I did, you can read an exclusive excerpt that I posted a few weeks ago or use the buy links at the end of this post.

YA fantasy isn't usually my genre of choice, but when I read the synopsis for Heart of Mist by debut author Helen Scheuerer, I just had to read it!

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 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.

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Blog Tour Review: The Collective by R. S. Williams

Blog Tour Review: The Collective by R. S. Williams

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!

Who wants another blog tour?! Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for The Collective, a YA / NA Fantasy novel by R. S. Williams.

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?

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Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan – Book Review

Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan – Book Review

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!

Here's my review of Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan, a devastating but hopeful story of an everlasting friendship between a boy and his dog.

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.

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Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer – Exclusive Excerpt!

Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer – Exclusive Excerpt!

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.

Here's an exclusive excerpt of upcoming YA epic fantasy novel Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer!

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.

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The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr – Book Review

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr – Book Review

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!

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, so I finally reviewed 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’

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