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Book Review – Doubt The Stars by Maddyson Wilson (Spoiler-Free!)

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Synopsis

How far would you go to save the damned?

Celeste Adair lives in a world painted gray. She’s spent the last five years of her life stuck in a mental institution because she told the truth: there was an angel on the roof of her foster home. Since then, she’s been slapped with labels she didn’t deserve and words she didn’t ask for.

Luke Enoch lives in a world painted a fire red. He and his sister, Clover, have been living on the streets of Brooklyn for the last five years, running from the police because Luke has been accused of lighting the house fire that killed their parents. Luke has sacrificed everything to keep Clover safe and will do whatever it takes to make sure she doesn’t suffer the same fate he has.

After waking up from what they thought to be their final breaths, Celeste and Luke find themselves trapped in the year 1392 with a single mission: protect Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers. With the centuries-old war brewing, the only shot they have at keeping Romeo and Juliet alive is keeping them separate. But, when fate (and a trigger-happy prince) steps in, there aren’t many things Celeste and Luke can do to stop all of Verona from falling into war. With the line between good and bad erased, Celeste and Luke will have to risk everything to keep the star-crossed lovers safe–even if it means losing each other.

Review

I loved the idea of this book. I’m a sucker for Shakespeare, so when I read that it would be set within Romeo and Juliet, I was really excited. What I got, however, was not what I was expecting. It was so much more. I really enjoyed it, there were aspects of fantasy, (one of my favourite genres!!) plot twists, and after I had read the first few chapters, I struggled putting it down.

I loved Celeste. I wasn’t sure what I would think of her, but she was a really interesting character, and I think the way she was written was brilliant. She was strong, brave and very determined to accomplish her mission. Considering all the things she had been through in her life, she turned out pretty well. Luke, on the other hand, I was unsure about. Don’t get me wrong, I liked him. He was fiercely loyal and protective over his sister, something I can relate to, being the oldest sibling, but his morals… they weren’t great. I understand why he did the things he did, but it doesn’t mean I have to like them. The relationship between these two characters was also intriguing. I couldn’t tell what was going to happen, they were both very damaged people, so I didn’t know how that would work out, but it didn’t stop me from hoping something would.

Wilson’s writing was also something I wanted to mention. I like the way she writes, and she certainly kept me interested and guessing what was going to happen! There’s also a bit of violence in this book. It’s not at all over done, in fact, I thought it was just the right amount, but if that’s something you don’t like, I’d suggest thinking about it.

Also, be warned this is part of a series! Thank god, because I don’t know if I could cope with not knowing what happens next. I’m certainly looking forward to reading more about Celeste, Luke and the Eon Warriors.

Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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I’d like to thank Maddison Wilson for sending me a copy of Doubt The Stars in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

-Books&Belle xx

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Blog Tour: A Review Of Search For Maylee by Didi Oviatt (Spoiler-Free!)

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Synopsis

Since Maylee was abducted from her high school the very month of graduation, her Aunt
Autumn has never lost hope in finding her. It’s been three years. Autumn has finally reached inside herself and found the courage to track down an old lead. She moves across the country to find him.

Will Autumn be able to pry Maylee’s case back open? More importantly, what will
Autumn uncover in the process of searching for Maylee? It’s a cold dark world we live in, and she is about to find out just how cruel it can be. Strength and determination are on Autumn’s side and she will do whatever it takes to either bring Maylee home, or to deliver the justice she deserves.

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I’m lucky enough to be one of the stops of the Search For Maylee blog tour, which I was very excited about. The synopsis of the book really intrigued me, so I was happy to be chosen! I usually prefer to read physical copies, but I read Search For Maylee as an e-book. It was a quick read, I enjoyed it enough to read it all in one sitting!

I loved the main character, Autumn’s, determination to find her niece no matter what the costs were. I did think some of the things she did were a bit foolish, but considering the situation that she was in, I guess you can’t blame her. Nobody knows how they would react if something like that happened! Plus, she was a strong, independent woman who didn’t take crap from anyone, which I always love to see in a book! Especially in Thrillers, sometimes you’ll get women being portrayed as the ‘damsel in distress’ which really bugs me, so hats off to Oviatt for creating such an amazing main character here.

I also want to mention Josie. I had a lot of admiration for her character, despite everything that she had been through, she still wanted to provide as much help as possible, which I thought was extremely brave of her.

The main thing that bothered me was the police having to go through Autumn to get find the ‘missing key’ in the case. I feel like they definitely would have found that the same way that Autumn did. So, there is a bit of a plot hole there. However, the overall plot definitely makes up for this. I couldn’t put it down, I had to keep reading to find out what would happen next, and if Maylee would be found, dead or alive. Oviatt’s writing style is engaging and I definitely enjoyed it.

The ending also provided me with closure, which I was glad about. I had no more lingering questions and I thought the author tied it up rather nicely.

Overall, I give this 3.5 stars.

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Author Bio

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Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She’s a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. She’s a suspense novelist, and magazine columnist second. Her thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians(a trilogy to be). Along with a six- piece short story collection called the Time Wasters. She’s also collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology The Suspenseful Collection. When Didi doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she can found enjoying a laid back outdoorsy life. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails, and bathing in the desert heat plays an important part of her day to day lifestyle.

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3 Kindle copies of “Search for Maylee” Gifted through Amazon

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-Books&Belle xx

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Book Review – Murder At First Sight by Claire Taylor (Spoiler-Free!)

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Synopsis

Woken by the horrific image of a young girl being killed, Felicity Lawrence puts it down to nothing but a terrible nightmare.

But when the body of the same girl is found a week later, Felicity feels she has no choice but to contact the police.

Although initially sceptical, police officer Noah Bennett trusts his instincts and hears Felicity out.

Before long, they’re caught in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a sadistic killer who’ll stop at nothing to satisfy his bloodlust.

Review

This was a very quick read for me, it only has 150 pages, and I read it all in one sitting. It was easy to follow, which I liked, some of the time when I’m reading a Thriller, there will be things said that I’ve completely missed, and I’ll have to re-read the chapter, so I liked the simplicity of this one.

Felicity, the main character, seems like the type of girl I’d like to be friends with if she were real. Her determination to save the unknown girl she saw in her dream, despite the danger it put her in, really shows how selfless she was and I find that very admirable. There was a bit of insta-love with her and the police officer, Noah Bennett, which put me off a bit, but I was able to overlook that. Felicity’s relationship with her friend, Ella, was one I liked more. You could tell that they really cared for one another.

There was something different done in this book that I liked. Every couple of chapters, you found yourself reading from the perspective of the killer at different point of his life, which was interesting. I found myself reading on just so I could read another one of these chapters.

If you’ve read my reviews of other Thrillers, you’ll know that I play a little game with myself where I try and predict the ending whilst I’m reading. I did predict the killer quite early on in this book, but I didn’t mind as like I said, it was a quick read, so too many complications would have taken the simplicity of the book away.

The only thing that had me a bit confused was her dreams. I might be mistaken, but I don’t think it was explained why she dreamt what she did, other than her being psychic (which I wasn’t sure if she was joking about?) so that could have been made a bit clearer. I hope to read more about Felicity in the future, as there are a few loose ends and unanswered questions, which I think were intentional!

Overall, this was a fast-paced, enjoyable read, and I give the book 3 stars.

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I’d like to thank Claire Taylor for sending me a copy of Murder At First Sight in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

-Books&Belle xx

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Book Review – Secondborn by Amy. A Bartol (Spoiler-Free!)

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Synopsis

Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic.

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.

Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state.

But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for—even love?

Review

I’m going to start of by saying that I enjoyed this book. However, it did take me a little longer to get through as the first few chapters of the book didn’t really interest me. I get that it sets the scene and everything, but I was just confused as to where the author was taking the story, and when we would get there! The second half, on the other hand, was brilliant. I read the last 5 chapters or so in one sitting. There’s one big event, and then I was like.. OH, this is where the plot is going, and it all started to make sense and I couldn’t put the book down!

I really liked the main character, Roselle. She had most of the characteristics I like in a person, such as selflessness, kindness and loyalty, and she stood up for what she believed in, despite her status as a second-born. I feel like I could have connected with her more, but I hope to do that in book 2, which I will definitely be reading because I need to know what happens next.

I found the way Bartol wrote familial relationships really chilling. It was brilliant, of course, but I felt so bad for the second-borns who were neglected in favour of their first-born siblings by their parents. There’s just so much hurt and betrayal between families, but I liked how Roselle found her own little family in the other second-borns.

Overall, I really did like this book, disregarding the first few chapters. I give it four out of five stars.

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I’d like to thank Amazon Publishing for sending me a copy of Secondborn in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

-Books&Belle xx

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Book Review – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Spoiler-Free!)

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Synopsis:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Review:

So, there were things I liked about this book, and things I didn’t like so much. I’ll start off by saying that I liked the plot for this book a lot, it was engaging enough for me to read it all in one night! I read this before joining the YA book community, however, so I wasn’t very informed about upcoming releases etc, so I thought I was reading a stand alone, which was disappointing when I got to the end and I still had unanswered questions and no closure!

The way that Jenny Han portrays family relationships is really lovely. You have this close-knit family that all come together to support one another after the death of their mother, and it’s so nice to read about how close The Songbirds are!

But then you have romantic relationships. I’m not going to spoil, but there is a big NO-NO with one of the boys Lara Jean wrote to and loved (if you have read the book, you’ll know who I’m talking about), and I know that you can’t help who you love, but it made me really angry with Lara Jean. Her motivation behind the letters was innocent, however, so I was able to let go of my anger.

“My letters are for when I don’t want to be in love anymore. They’re for good-bye. Because after I write in my letter, I’m not longer consumed by my all-consuming love…My letters set me free. Or at least they’re supposed to.”

I liked the main character, Lara Jean, and I know she’s only 16, but she seems so much younger. The way she thinks and some of the things that she does are rather immature. Despite this, I did connect with her and I think she is a likeable character. You can tell she loves her sisters very much, and she’s flawed like any person would be. Oh, and Harry Potter was referenced, which always gets you points from me!

Overall, I definitely enjoyed the book, and I’m so excited about the film that is being made! There were definitely a few things I didn’t like, but it was interesting enough and I will read the next one in the series when I get around to it. My TBR is unbelievably long at the moment!

I give To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before 3 stars.

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-Books&Belle xx

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Book Review – Nemesis by Brendan Reichs (Spoiler Free!)

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So, I won Nemesis in a giveaway hosted on Twitter by Jemima over at Drinking Books, so I’d just like to thank her and shout her out for introducing me to such an amazing book before I begin this review. Go check her out!

Synopsis:

He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

Review:

When I entered the giveaway on Twitter, I knew that even if I didn’t win, I was going to end up reading this book. I read the synopsis and I was so intrigued! However, I won the giveaway, so fortunately I didn’t have to go and buy myself a copy!

I loved this book. I was expecting some good from it, but it completely blew me away. It constantly kept me interested, and the plot twist had me like… what?!?! It was just so unpredictable, as soon as I thought I had an idea of where the book was going, something would happen and it would completely smash that idea into pieces. You’d think that would be frustrating, but it just made me all that more eager to get to the end of the book and find out what was going on!

I really enjoy Reichs’ writing style and I thought the way he developed certain characters was brilliant. You see a massive change in Noah, for example. He goes from being a cowardly bystander to someone very different. I loved Min, too, and really connected with her. Whilst she doesn’t change very much, there is definitely development with her that I won’t go into because I don’t want to spoil it. The relationships in this book are interesting, too. Min and Tack’s friendship is really lovely, you can tell how much they care for one another, and then Min’s relationship with her mother. Again, it’s stuff I’m not going to go into because spoilers suck, but I couldn’t not give it a mention.

There is one thing I’ll say, and it’s by no fault of the author or anyone else except me, but I thought I was reading a stand-alone, so to get to the end and see not all the questions I had had been answered was irritating. However, I really did love the last chapter, it completely shocked me and definitely left me wanting more.

As soon as I had finished Nemesis, I went straight onto Twitter to find Brendan Reich for two reasons. The first was to tell him what an amazing book he had written, because we need to support our authors, especially when their work is as amazing as Reich’s! The second was to find out when the sequel was being released, which is March 6th 2018, and it will be called Genesis. I’m so excited for it, that I’ve added it to my countdown app on my phone! Definitely one of my most anticipated releases of 2018.

Overall, I give Nemesis a very well deserved 5 stars.

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-Books&Belle xx

 

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Book Review – The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Spoiler-Free!)

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Synopsis:

Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy – a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men. But inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist mysteries: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. She knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And she knows, when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, that he was murdered.

In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father’s possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father’s murder – or it may lure the murderer directly to Faith herself.

Review:

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“There was a hunger in her, and girls were not supposed to be hungry. They were supposed to nibble sparingly when at the table, and their minds were supposed to be satisfied with a slim diet too.”

I’m going to be honest, I only picked this book up because I loved the cover. Yes, I judged a book by its cover. No, I don’t regret it at all. Despite this not being the type of book I’d usually pick out for myself, I did really enjoy it. I brought it when I was visiting family, and I didn’t have any other books with me. I finished it in one day, but that’s probably because I didn’t really have anything else to do.

There were parts that annoyed me, like when it was implied that men were superior to women. However, I understand that this was necessary for both the timeline and the plot. Plus, the main character, Faith doesn’t share that out-of-date and completely wrong belief, so I was able to get past it.

Speaking of Faith, I loved her. She was flawed, yes, but isn’t any great character? She was curious and intelligent, despite everyone around her telling her to be a ‘proper lady’. She also was brave, she didn’t back down from what she believed in, another thing I found admirable about her.

The plot was good, but it took a while to get into it. I wasn’t sure what the actual point was for several chapters, and I found myself wishing that it would hurry along and just get to the point already. When I finally got some sense of plot, it did get interesting and I enjoyed it.

“This is a battlefield, Faith! Women find themselves on battlefields, just as men do. We are given no weapons, and cannot be seen to fight. But fight we must, or perish.”

Overall, I give it 3 stars.

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I’d also like to mention how amazing the illustrated version is. It’s the copy I have and Chris Riddell is simply wonderful. It definitely made reading the book just that bit more interesting, and I’m glad I was lucky enough to pick up a copy for only £4 in the local bookshop near my aunts.

-Books&Belle xx

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Book Review – Feel Me Fall by James Morris (Spoiler-Free!)

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Synopsis:

Secrets and survival in the Amazon.

Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she’s the last left alive.

But can she carry the burden of the past?

Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we’ll go in order to survive.

Review:

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When the author, James Morris, emailed me about reviewing his book, I was so excited to receive it. The description really interested me, and it sounded right up my street. I wasn’t disappointed… at all. It jumps between pre-crash, being stranded, and post-crash, which I liked. I thought it represented how scrambled the main character, Emily’s head was after being rescued. It also helped me to get a sense of what the characters were like before the crash, which made it even more interesting when reading about their reaction to being stranded. Emily tells her story through writing it down, a suggestion from her counsellor to help her cope with the trauma she experienced.

This book kept me hooked, mostly with one question I kept asking myself. Out of 134 passengers, these 6 students are the only ones to make it to land. It’s already been revealed that Emily is the only survivor who made it home, so how did her five classmates die? I needed to know more, and each death shocked me more than the last.

The characters were easy to connect with, which I was relieved about. I’ve read some books that have really promising plots, but then I’ve been unable to connect with any characters! I think I saw parts of myself in pre-crash Emily, she was a bit of a bookworm, came from a single-mum household and believed in being kind to those around you, so perhaps because I found myself relating to who she was before tragedy struck her, it made connecting with her that much easier.

I’ve said this with a few books that I’ve read recently (which is a good thing!) but I did not expect the ending, not even a little bit. I’ve invented little game where I try and predict the ending of books like this, but I was way off with this one. This is a spoiler-free review, so I won’t say anything except I’m looking forward to Morris’ future work.

Overall, I give this book 4.5 stars.

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I’d like to thank James Morris for providing me with a copy of Feel Me Fall in exchange for an honest review.

-Books&Belle xx

 

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Blog Tour: A Review of Enshrine by Kay Bennson

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So, I’m lucky enough to be participating in the blog tour for Enshrine written by Kay Bennson. I read this book as an e-copy, which I don’t usually do as I prefer physical copies, but Enshrine intrigued me so much that I had to make an exception, and I’m definitely glad that I did.

Synopsis:

When Sage Wolfe is accidentally mistaken for a peace offering, her world turns upside down. Dayton, the young, handsome, and insane King of Rosementh whisks her away to his castle to be his bride with the promise that he can give her the world and anything she desires. These offers becoming tainted as Dayton’s true colors show themselves; he is cruel and violent and Sage vows to run away or die trying.

Just when Sage thinks she is hitting rock bottom, a hooded stranger named Jonathan Kreider comes to the castle. He doesn’t say much but his actions speak for themselves. Not only can he wield a sword or shoot an arrow better than most of Dayton’s men, but he always seems to be a step behind Sage, and though it should terrify her, for the first time Sage finds herself filling with hope.

Sage is faced with a choice. Should she run away from the wicked king who took her away from her family? Or should she stay to learn more about the man who lurks in the shadows, the man that makes her heart race and almost makes suffering Dayton’s wrath worthwhile? Sage is about to discover that nothing is as it seems and everyone has secrets; Dayton, the man that calls himself Jonathan Kreider, and even herself.

Review:

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“The fire was still there, contained in her heart, and she wondered what would happen when it would no longer be curbed.”

This book is set in a time before modern technology, when it took days, sometimes weeks, to travel somewhere that would only take a few hours today. This was the first thing I liked about this book, it was refreshing to read about a time where technology wasn’t about to make everything just that bit easier for the characters.

The character development for the main character, Sage Wolfe, is also brilliant. You really do see her transform from this innocent and child-like girl, to a compliant and scared prisoner, to a strong woman who won’t take crap from anybody. A lot of the time in books I read, I’ll think to myself ‘nobody can change that much in that amount of time’ but that wasn’t the case here. Sage’s development over time is amazing, and I applaud Kay Bennson for it.

Onto other characters, I really did connect with them. From loving and rooting for Sage, to despising Dayton and pitying Martin and Nev. Oh, and I can’t not mention the hooded stranger, Jonathan! He was so mysterious that I couldn’t stop reading. I actually read the book in one sitting! I had to know his secrets, and I was not one bit disappointed with them when they were finally revealed.

The plot was good, however, there was one major thing (that I can’t mention as this is a spoiler-free review) that I thought was a bit off, and lacked common sense. The brilliant characters and otherwise flaw-free plot did make up for this though, and I’d recommend Enshrine to Fantasy lovers, particularly those that enjoyed the ACOTAR series, as I did see one or two similarities between the two.

Overall, I give Enshrine four stars.

“She was not tamed, and her fire was not out. It was still there, and hissed in retaliation.”

You can pick up a copy of Enshrine on Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.

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Author Bio:

Carroll_KayBenson-Web-4796 Kay Bennson is from Northwestern Connecticut where she lives with her husband. She doesn’t remember a time where she wasn’t writing stories (in fact, some of her best ideas were forged in high school classes and at part time jobs). When she isn’t writing, she is a competitive Irish Dancer. Enshrine is her first novel.

You can find Kay Bennson online here:

Website | Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Goodreads

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Thank you to Writerly Yours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and review Enshrine.

-Books&Belle xx

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Book Review – Odd & True by Cat Winters (Spoiler Free!)

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Synopsis:

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

Review:

This book was definitely not what I expected it to be, and in this case, that’s a good thing. It took me a few chapters to get into, but after that I was engrossed in the story. The chapters take turns in narrating from Od’s point of view of the past, to Tru’s point of view of the present. I liked this, and thought it was very clever of Cat Winter’s to do. The chapter would end on a mini cliff-hanger, and if you wanted to know what happened next you’d need to read at least two more chapters to find out! I understand that some might find this annoying, but I really liked having an excuse to read even more!

I also love the relationship between Od and Tru. You can see how much they love and care about each other, even though they’ve spent time apart. The way Cat Winters portrays the bond of sisterhood is brilliant, and I couldn’t help but think of my sister and I when I was reading.

The two main characters are written brilliantly, too. I really connected with them, and I loved how Tru didn’t let her disability stop her from doing what she wanted, and how she ignored what others thought of her because of her disability. A lot of the time in YA books, you’ll find that the main characters are next to perfect, or their imperfections are miraculously cured by the end of the book, but it wasn’t the case here, which I thought was amazing. Because what teenager is perfect?

There are also a lot of hard-hitting themes in this book that I really was not expecting, I won’t mention any as this is a spoiler-free review, but I’m glad that Winter’s brought in things that happen in real life and didn’t try and sugarcoat anything.

To conclude my review, I really loved this book and would definitely recommend it. I really like the cover, and the plot line is definitely promising. 4/5 stars overall.

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Thank you to Amulet Books for sending me a copy of Odd & True to review in exchange for an honest review.

Odd & True by Cat Winters (Amulet Books, £12.99).

-Books&Belle xx