Monday, January 22, 2018

๐Ÿ“šREVIEW - THE FANDOM by Anna Day

The Fandom
by Anna Day
Publisher - Chicken House
Release Day - January 4th 2018
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands ...

A fast-paced, genre-flipping YA fantasy adventure from a brand new author, writing in homage to the best YA fiction.



The Fandom is any reader's dream book... we go to YALC or Comic Con, we want to take that picture with a Marvel Superhero or even with your favourite author. The Fandom brings to life your fantasy dreams, it plays on your guilty pleasures, the danger and romance in one, creating a fun, action packed adventure from page one!

So it starts with the best book in the entire world, The Gallows Dance, then it turns into the movie, you think of all dreams have come true when you see who plays your hero, that all those day dreams, conjuring up the characters and world building of the most famous book. But what happens when Violet, Alice, Katie and even her brother Ted, turn up at Comic-Con dressed as Imps or Gems or a double helix, and finally get to meet their hero in real life... Well an accident happened and the next thing they know they are in the movie, they are in The Gallows Dance. In order to get back home they have to follow the story but there it doesn't go smoothly like any story, and the world itself becomes their world, it becomes their story.

When they were in The Gallows Dance, aka the canon, it wasn't all sunshine and roses, the world is savage, spilt, divided by Imps - normal in comparison but the Gems see them as damaged and the Gems - enhanced beautiful humans, some would even say smart, capable of greatness, they have the future. Violet and her friends soon realised that the world is far more horrifying, that their hero is a total wuss, (I'm naming no names), and the Knight in shining Armour, is actually the true hero. The characters grew, not only in the ones in the story but also in themselves, the canon, played on their perfections and imperfections, it made them braver, smarter, but also more self aware and truer to themselves and their beliefs.

What I loved about this book, is that it felt like an out of body experience and essentially it was. Both as the reader but then also for the characters. Echoes of the real world surrounded you, it was like you drift through the story through their lives, seeing it their eyes. There was some modern-day realities in The Fandom that you couldn't help but see comparisons in the world building, which just made it that more effective and shocking. Anna's writing is just flawless, spot-on, the concept of this will appeal to any fangirl-lovers, you can't but laugh at the pop-culture references, it especially touched me with Ted and his Sheldon reference in The Big Bang Theory, I love Anna for adding that. Anna's debut is completely addictive, compelling, action-packed dystopian fantasy novel.

Rating - ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Monday, January 15, 2018

๐Ÿ“šBLOG TOUR REVIEW - ZENITH by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings



Well hello again everyone, I'm back with your another blog tour review. Again this is one of my most anticipated books of 2018, I was lucky enough to read it over Christmas, and it was truly magnificent. So today I share with you my review, but before that here is a little bit more about the book. 


Zenith (The Androma Saga #1)
by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Publisher - HQ 
Release Date - 11th January 2018
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation—and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.
A book that defies the stars...

The best way to describe this book is 'All kick-ass girls Guardian of the Galaxy'! A stunning novel and a brilliant start to such a spell-binding series. When I first started reading this book I knew I was going to love it, there was an addiction, but it had something else, something that I hadn't seen in a long time...not since the days of when I read The Vampire Academy series like there was no tomorrow.

Four girls, Andi, aka the Bloody Baroness and her crew Lira, Breck and Gilly on-board the sleekest and most sought after starship in the Mirabel Galaxy. Each of these girls, ladies have been running, fighting for something in their past, and Andi has saved them and now they are under her guidance, her responsibility to protect, her family, the heart of the ship. They have been running for years, it isn't until 'government lackeys' as Andi would say, caught up with there everything changes. A routine mission that turns against them, an old flame of Andi past reappears, and a war that has raged and built across the stars is finally unearthed...

This crew is by no means perfect, each of them have their own specialties, Andi is a haunted by nightmares of her past, by day she is this bottle of energy, striking her enemies and she won't give up. But Andi is still human, every kill she makes, she dances with them, it's always there, heavy on back. Lira, her second in almost everything, she was lost in her life, until she was found by Andi, she has very peculiar qualities but overall she's best when she flies true. Breck and Gilly, two total opposites but best work as one, Breck is known for her giant genes and strenght, whilst, Gilly is cunning and also cheeky. My favourite has to be little Gilly, she maybe young, but she is one hell of fighter. Whilst Dex, the cunning romantic, and brutal Guardian, he's also a player, all he wants is his own glory. Although I loathed him at times and the way he treated Andi, he certainly has balls to go up an all female starship crew, capable of real damage Guardian of otherwise.
"She'd stolen his ship, filled it with the fiercest females in the galaxy, and together the, the girls had made it their own!" (Taken from a proof copy - subject to change)
The most important aspect of this book was family, friendship that the crew of the Maruder unveiled. Through love, loss, fear and anger, those girls will fight for each through time and space. There, that's the connection that you feel with Zenith that I haven't read in a long time - that is the secret to this book, the connection. The connection with the authors and the readers, through the most diverse and wacky crew you think of imaginable - the characters that every reader will find relatable and will love. This is my first book from either of these writers, I don't know their writing style individually, but they way they write together, it really compliments each other.

Zenith will be the best book you read this year - it's the hottest new series, it combines all the great sci-fi fantasy novels to date. You won't want to miss it! Androma and her crew will fly true through the YA universe.

Rating - ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Thank you to HQYA for sending a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

About Sasha and Lindsay
Sasha Alsberg is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Zenith, the first book in The Androma Saga. When Sasha is not writing or obsessing over Scotland, she is making YouTube videos on her channel, Abookutopia, and studying history at university. She lives in Massachusetts with her two dogs.




Lindsay Cummings is the #1 NYT Bestselling Co-Author of Zenith: The Androma Saga. She is also the 24-year-old author of The Murder Complex duology and The Balance Keepers trilogy for HarperCollins. She lives in North Texas, where she writes full time. Lindsay is represented by Pete Knapp at Park Literary & Media. Find out more about Lindsay and her books, and get writing/publishing advice on her website.



My review may not convince you, it should do though, but if you need more confirmation of how galactic this book is, then follow the Zenith Blog Tour below...

Sunday, January 14, 2018

๐Ÿ“šBLOG TOUR REVIEW - THE EXTINCTION TRIALS by S.M. Wilson


Hello Everyone, The start of the new year is all blog tours for me, two in two days! First up is the highly anticipated book from debut author Susan Wilson. It came out a little before original publication, in late December! I couldn't wait to be part of the blog tour, and I'm very lucky that the publicist squeezed me in... Today I share with you my review of The Extinction Trials, but before that, here is a little bit more about this book.


The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials #1)
by S.M. Wilson
Publisher - Usborne
Release Date - January 1st 2018
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.

Welcome to the Extinction Trials.

In Stormchaser and Lincoln's ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.

But in a land full of monsters - human and reptilian - they can't afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other...

This book has bite...


The Extinction Trails will be everything you want to read and more, it has dinosaurs, bloody rivalry, friendship, danger, competition and most of all survival of the fittest. The is no question, that I absolutely loved this book without a doubt. Its the next generation of a dystopian series and the hottest one to read to date.

Stormchaser and Lincoln live on a island called Eartasia, plagued with sickness, famine, poverty, homelessness, it's become a barren wasteland all because of the dinosaurs. They share there resources with Piloria, there neighbour planet which has everything you need to survive. Humans and Dinosaurs clearly can't live in harmony, so the Stipulators, the government decide to host The Extinction Trials, a competition of great health and wealth to the person who can bring back an egg of each dangerous dinosaur, so they can finally beat the beasts once and for all... but something smells fishy along the way.

Told from two perspectives, first is our feisty leading lady, Stormchaser is resourceful, smart, loyal, independent, she's a little cunning too and she's loves dinosaurs, the herbivores though...obviously. She has a connection to them, one that makes her think that there is more to this mission, this trail that the Stipulators are revealing. Stormchaser is unforgettable character and she is right up there with Katniss and Tris of the dystopian universe. Lincoln is competitive, he strives to succeed especially when his sister's life is at stake, he's also smart, smart enough to tag up with someone like Stormchaser that can get to the end of the trial. 

Your hooked upon the first page, my first impressions of the book was just the sheer epic-ness of it, the world your carried into is fresh off the page, it's brought to life by Susan's brilliant writing. When Stormchaser and Lincoln first step onto the island roamed with dinosaurs it's like the theme song of Jurassic World/Park was playing, the gates opened for the first time and you literally look up and think '.......', well more like gawp in awe. It makes your hairs stand on end and all you can do grin your way through the entire book.

The Extinction Trials revamps the world of Jurassic World, but brings about a  new generation of YA!

chris pratt dinosaurs GIF by Digg

*queues theme song*

Rating - ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Thank you to Usborne for sending a copy in exchange for an honest review. 


About S.M. Wilson
S.M. Wilson lives on the west coast of Scotland with her fiancรฉ and two sons. Her day job is as a nurse in public health – and her dream job is writing fiction. Her love of YA fiction started as a teenager and has never stopped. She wrote The Extinction Trials to try and infect her sons with the same love of reading that she has – watch out, she’s hoping it’s contagious!


I'm on the last day of the tour... but don't forget to join in at #SundayYA on Twitter where Miss Wilson will reveal the second book and cover in the The Extinction Trial series. Out this year!!!