Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ARC REVIEW - WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1)
by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher - Penguin 
Release Date - 31st August 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning...

Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world.

Alia is a Warbringer - a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.

To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.

My Review 
So I wasn't really sure what to expect from this novel, apart from Amazons, a lasso and a tall heroine by the name of Diana Prince, written amazingly by the Grishaverse writer, Leigh Bardugo. I mean what is not to love about this book. I adored her writing and fantastical plot-lines of Ravka in the Grisha series you will not be disappointed by this.

“Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.”
So Diana Prince is seventeen years old. She's been undermined by her part as an Amazonian because she was born of the Amazon and hasn't yet been reached her maturity to receive her powers, it doesn't help that the Queen Hippolyta is also her mother too. Diana has a lot of pressure as royalty, as a woman and as an Amazonian. So she decides to take part in the Nemeseian Games footrace that her life suddenly changes. On the track, she finds a boat on fire and a survivor to boot, she defies the Amazon laws to become one her warrior sisters, and rescues Alia, also known as a Warbringer. In legend, the Warbringer brings about catastrophes around the world, when the vessel, Alia becomes of age so does her powers bringing about the destruction of the world in an ongoing World War 3 but far worse. In order to save Alia, and also rid the world of Warbringers they must reach the spring in Greece. Diana has all this power and she wants to use it for the good, to prove to herself, to her mother, to the queen, to Tek the queen's adviser that she is an Amazonian, and saving the world from War is the only way to do it. 

This book, just wow! It took this DC Icon to whole new level, you saw a different aspect to Wonder Woman, a beginning for her that we really didn't see very much in the films. Diana isn't like any other girl, yes she's a goddess, beautiful, striking, tall and powerful than any human, but at the end of the day she is still a girl. Warbringer becomes an origin story of Wonder Woman, I loved how we got to spend some time in Themscriya, some of her family and friends that define what it is to be an Amazon. But then I felt it was about how she became Diana Prince to the mortal world and really focused on who she is and who ultimately wants to become. I loved the vast group of characters, all different and unique in their own way and how Diana saw a different type of courage and power in the mortal world with her mortal warriors of their own kind with Alia, Theo and Nim.  

So I know of Wonder Woman in the DC Universe, but I wasn't around when Lynda Carter debuted as Diana Prince in the famous TV series in the 70s. However I do love the current Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, I re-watched Batman vs Superman especially for this book just to really get the full superhero experience. Wonder Woman - Warbringer really reads like one of those films, it has the fast-paced, action and adventure that you would get from a superhero move. Leigh Bardugo's writing is once again flawless to interpret such a key DC Icon in the world of female superheros into her own style. 

I absolutely loved it from page 1 and I really really want another novel of this Wonder Woman. Please do another book Leigh it would be beyond EPIC! Wonder Woman - Warbringer is phenomenal, kickass and is worth every page of an ultimate warrior! If you love superheros, then don't delay, read it!

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

BLOG TOUR: GUEST POST & REVIEW - FRESHERS by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

I'm so excited to be part of this tour guys. I mean this was my first book by Tom and Lucy, (I know right, terrible reader) but I have to say I'm glad I started with Freshers first. It totally has you wetting your pants and snorting out loud. It's pure genius. Anyways that's enough of my fangirling, you can read more of that further down the post with my review. But first I have a guest post from the lovely Tom and Lucy with pictures too. So before you read that, here is a little more about Freshers.

Freshers
by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
Publisher - Chicken House Books
Release Date - August 3rd 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Uni beckons. Phoebe can't wait to be a fresher - especially since her crush from school will be there too.

She'll be totally different at Uni: cooler, prettier, smarter ... the perfect potential girlfriend. She'll reinvent herself completely.

But Luke's oblivious: still reeling from the fallout of the break-up with his ex.

Thrown head first into a world of new friends, parties and social media disasters - can Phoebe and Luke survive the year, let alone find each other?

Guest Post


THE IMPORTANCE OF UNI SOCIETIES

Early on in our new book, FRESHERS, the two protagonists, Luke and Phoebe, do what all new students tend to do and head to the Freshers Fair. For the uninitiated, this is where you either a) sign up to lots of new and exciting sporting, cultural and political societies, or b) collect lots of free pens. Joining 'socs' was a massive part of our university experience, so we knew we wanted to make it a big part of our campus-set novel, too. 

In FRESHERS, our main characters sign up for Quidditch Soc which, unfortunately, did not exist during our time at York University (if it had, we would DEFINITELY have signed up). Back in our real life Freshers' Week, in the Early Noughties, we signed up to Yoga Soc (Lucy) and Skateboarding Soc (Tom). 


Lucy went to Yoga Soc with the primary goal of making friends, rather than doing yoga; so when, during her first session, she met Nell (who is still now one of her best mates), she never bothered going back (hence why there are no existing photos of her doing yoga, so we'll have to make do with a pic of University Card...). 

This is the thing about university societies; you soon learn that meeting nice people is much more important than doing whatever activity you're supposed to be there to do. Tom enjoyed a slightly longer stint at Skateboarding Soc (please see embarrassing photo, below). When he went to sign up at Freshers Fair, he found that Skateboarding Soc had been slightly unfairly placed right in between Football Soc and Rugby Soc. Both these tables were crowded with people, shouting and cheering and jostling to sign up. And in the middle was Skateboarding Soc, which consisted of just one bloke, sat by himself. When he went to sign up, the bloke's first question was: "Would you be prepared to be Chairman of Skateboarding Soc next year?", which gave Tom the (correct) impression that Skateboarding Soc did NOT have many active members… 

One comment on my part - I'm disappointed that there's no Quidditch Society, I think uni goers need to start a petition. I would go to uni just for that.

My Review

So Freshers was an experience for me, why? because I never went to University. I was in the undecided path when I left 6th Form, but in a way I'm glad for it as I'm proud of what I've achieved and where I am now. But then sometimes I will always wonder what would have happened if I went to university, would I enjoy it, make friends for life, be more social, enjoy the experience? I don't know, my experience in school and 6th Form wasn't exactly great, but then people always told me that Uni is different. 

Freshers takes two very different perspectives of uni life with Phoebe and Luke, they both went to the same high school together. Phoebe has always had a crush on Luke, but I think the years between she hasn't been brave enough to be who she is, to be finally come out of her shell. Phoebe feels now that she's in university it will be different from high school. While she tries to contain her feelings for Luke, both Luke and Phoebe try to fit it, or not fit in as the case maybe, the thrills of nights out, uni societies and occasionally ride on a broomstick and striking a goal. Two weeks of Freshers begs to be the most dramatic, crazy, and compulsive ride of their life that will reveal their true selves at the end of it. 

The line ''you can be surrounded by people but be completely alone.'' by Cordelia in BTVS springs to mind with this book. University isn't all sunshine and unicorns, and it can effect everyone in different ways. Take Luke, I really loved him because he had fragility and a vulnerability to him. He was no longer the high school jock with the hot girlfriend prepared to go long distance. Luke changed, he became human, real, by noticing that living in a dorm can be difficult, that it's not home and not your family either. It's about building a life of your own, with you leading it on your own. It's daunting and scary, and freshers isn't getting any easier, it's only a taster for the next 3 years. I fell that Luke grows balls in the end. Phoebe on the other hand, grew out of her crush phase, she valued her friendship, fitting in or not fitting in on occasion, being played by guys and the reality of how ugly they can be (Damn you Will!). But what I loved about her was that she proved to herself that she can do it, she can survive, with or without love, it's focusing on yourself, whilst also embracing uni life for what it really is. 

What was thrilling was diving into the unknown of Tom and Lucy's writing. Yes you've heard it, this is my first book by these two geniuses. During the book it was full of laughing-out-loud-to-the-point-of-snorting moments, in public I might like to add. (There is one scene that to this day, still cracks me up but then scares me at the same time.) In the end... I was sad that it was over but also just simply awed by it, and I was like that for a quite a while. I believe that this book was the one that Tom and Lucy have been meaning to write, a story that they needed to write all along. Luke and Phoebe were them, you can see so much of themselves in each of their parts of the book. It felt real, like you were there with them in university, that takes great skill and you can feel the passion in their writing style and I felt that not only with this book but with Lobsters too. 

It's obvious that this book is for those who are or have been of 'Freshers age',  this is totally the book for you. But from my non Fresher perspective I got from this is that in the end its the making of who you are, coming out of your shell and learning to be the person you want to be for the rest of your life. Also Uni sounds completely bonkers! Haha. Freshers is addictive and the funniest book I've read all year.

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

REVIEW - ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying
by Karen M. McManus
Publisher - Penguin Random House
Release Date - June 1st 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he's doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won't ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it's no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you'll go to protect them.

My Review 
Sometimes when you've just read one book and dive into the next, your brain has to catch up especially with how different the writing style and plot line was from my previous read. But once I got into it there was no stopping me. One of Us is Lying is one of those books you have to know what happens, it was just such a refreshing, engaging and thrilling ride from start to the end of the book. You won't want to put this one down.

When 5 students each get detention for getting caught with a phone in Mr Avery's class, they didn't realise they were being set up from the beginning. A car accident happens, outside the window of the detention, they get distracted, they all get up but then one is lying on the floor. One is having an allergic reaction, and then he's pronounced dead at the hospital. Simon is dead and it's not over yet. Those four students, Bronwyn, Nate, Addy and Cooper each have secrets and Simon had something against them, they are all suspects in Simon's death and it's only going to get worse for them.
What I found interesting was as the book progressed it didn't solely focus on the mystery. Karen very much focused on life of an senior, student identity, how social media can inflict pain and targeting people, that was very much Simon's agenda using his blog 'About That' to relay gossip to one another. 

“She's a princess and you're a jock," he says. He thrusts his chin toward Bronwyn, then at Nate. "And you're a brain. And you're a criminal. You're all walking teen-movie stereotypes.”

It will probably become no surprise that my favourite characters are Bronwyn and Nate, Bronywn  has this uncanniness and strength of always looking on the bright side along with 'bad boy' Nate. I couldn't not love him, I'm a sucker for bad boys like anyone. They themselves can seen as the power couple of the book, they strike an unlikely romance between each other which given the circumstances becomes so much more than that. But the character I saw the most potential and grew most as a person was Addy. She was the princess at the beginning, the one who had the jock of the boyfriend and did exactly as he said. I loved how she became into herself, she cut her hair, she focused on herself and that everything else like boyfriends became second nature. Her family, her sister and getting her life back on track was more important. Cooper, sweet Cooper, a jock with the fastest hand and has a boyfriend, is the most likeable of the group, kind of adorable as well. Cooper has the trouble of his family and friends dealing with his identity and how batting for the other team, shouldn't stop him from batting on the pitch at all.  These 5 students proved to be beyond that. As their personas grew, they supported each other, they became The Murder Club but so much more than that, they became friends. 

This is Karen's debut and it's a belter! It's addictive, fast-paced and really does keep you guessing to the end. What I loved was the writing style of the book, every chapter is time-stamped, it kind of reminded me of an episode of Law and Order. Alongside the storyline of each of the suspects, they supported each other in it's own way as well as their own story outside of Bayview. Karen's writing can totally throw you off your game, ring circles around you when you think you might know who it is. I thoroughly enjoyed the unpredictability of the book, this is a cleverly crafted YA mystery thriller. 

“Things'll get worse before they get better.”

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Friday, August 11, 2017

ARC REVIEW - SWEETFREAK by Sophie McKenzie

SweetFreakby Sophie McKenzie
Publisher - Simon & Schuster
Release Date - August 24th 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Get ready for a brand new edge-of-your-seat read from bestselling author Sophie McKenzie!

When everyone thinks you're a liar, how hard will you fight for the truth?

Carey and Amelia have been best friends forever. Then Amelia starts being trolled by SweetFreak, a mysterious and hateful online account, and Carey is accused of being behind the vicious comments and threats.

Shut out by her other friends and shunned by Amelia, Carey is determined to clear her name and find out who’s really sending the messages. But as the online attacks spill over into real life, events start spiralling out of control… Can Carey expose the real SweetFreak before it’s too late?

A gripping page-turner from the award-winning Sophie Mckenize, SweetFreak will keep you guessing until the very end…

My Review
It's been a good long while since I've read a Sophie McKenzie novel, the last had to be when I was a teenager, Six Steps to Being a Girl, I absolutely loved that one but for some unknown reason I never really continued. Sophie's latest book was offered to my book group of Year 7's and then my copy came through the post a week later. This one really has to be a favourites of mine from her's but also one of my favourites of 2017 too. 

Carey isn't afraid that she's popular at school, she gets a long with everyone and she has the lead in the play. However her best friend Amelia is getting bullied online by the alias name of SweetFreak, first it was little gags but then it got really serious with a death threat. Her family got the local police involved and accused Carey of her whereabouts of when the message was sent. Later into turned into a whirlwind of accusations and liars, and Carey at the center of it and the fact is she DIDN'T do it, and no one is listening or believing her. All the evidence is against, her friends turned against her and Amelia completely not talking to her and her mum unsupportive of her. All she has is the stranger with the mismatched trainers and her sister. 

This book was so frustrating because the fact is we, the readers know Carey is innocent and all we can do is fight her corner by keep turning the pages of the book until that culprit is finally revealed. I couldn't get there fast enough, as soon as one message by SweetFreak died down, something else has to ruin it, like the dead pigeon in Amelia's locker, the one exactly from her rubbish bin. Carey can't catch a break and chance to really find who it is. Amelia is a B*****, at first you want to pity her I guess, but then as the book goes on it's like she doesn't care anymore and she just wants the world focused on her and make Carey the enemy. Believe me there is some underlining problems there. Also keep your heart out for Blue, he is adorable...

What I loved about this book was the important topics that it addresses, the awareness of cyber bullying through how dark social media can be and also toxic friendships. Working in a school, an all girls school, constant picking at each other or where apps and smartphones have never been more the rave. I'm very aware of this, I have to promote possible social media and a calm environment.  But outside of school we have no control over it, Snap Chat the form also known as Natter Snap in SweetFreak, can ruin people lives, their friendships it can lead them to do such nasty things. 
This is a perfect book from Year 7 up, it really highlights these issues as well as reading a page turner, a thriller that we keep you guessing till the end. 

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

BLOG TOUR: LOLA OFFLINE by Nicola Doherty


Today I'm very excited to be part of the blog tour for Nicola's latest book, Lola Offline. It is an amazing premise and next on my list to read. I admit that I haven't read anything by her in the past but that will change. Today I have a guest post prepared, How Running helped her with life in Lola's eyes and but also in Nicola's. It's such a great piece that it makes me want to run too. But before that, here is a little more about Lola Offline



Lola Offline
by Nicola Doherty
Publisher - Orion Books
Release Date - 10th August 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

A teen romantic comedy set in Paris - perfect for fans of Holly Bourne, Sophie Kinsella and Stephanie Perkins.

Delilah Hoover has gone dark.

She's left school, changed her name and moved to Paris. It's not what she planned but there's no other choice, because she did something bad. Something nobody will forget. It made her trend on Twitter, and it's the first thing that comes up when you google her.

Paris is a new start, with new friends - like socially inept geek Ben, keyboard warrior Vee, and the impossibly perfect Tariq, but could the City of Lights offer more? Awkward dates, accidental afternoon drunkness and a perfect kiss; Delilah's life as a normal teenager is seemingly back on track, or is it?

Sometimes learning to be happy with yourself is the hardest lesson of all.
How running helps me write 

In my latest book Lola Offline, the heroine Lola amazes herself by taking up running. I was similarly amazed that I got into running. Before 2009, I never, ever would have thought that I could run for more than ten minutes without collapsing. But in April that year, I joined a running club; in June I started writing a novel. In October 2009 I ran my first half marathon, and just over a year later I got my first book deal. For me, taking up running has really helped me pursue writing as a career.

Of course you don’t have to be a runner to write. Dickens never owned a pair of Asic trainers or nutrition gels. But it helps. Running gives you physical stamina, which is useful when you’ve been going for six hours and still have 10 pages to rewrite. But even more important is the mental stamina it develops – the ability to keep on going through doubts and rejections, and eventually get to where you want to be.

Here are the 5 pieces of running advice that have helped me most with writing …

1) Just do it
You can talk endlessly about form, nutrition, high-tech fabrics … but running comes down to getting out there and pounding out the miles. Similarly, you don’t need writing classes, special software or a sabbatical: just the willingness to sit and claw your way through the story, one page, paragraph or even line at a time.

2) Aim to complete, not compete
When I entered my first half marathon, I was advised not to worry about my time, but just focus on getting over the finishing line without an injury. This is great advice when you’re working on your first draft – of any work. It doesn’t have to be perfect; it doesn’t even have to be any good. You just have to finish it, and then you can improve it.

3) Get a support group
Running is highly individual and suited to people who like to be alone, but there’s also a lot of solidarity. As soon as you start running, all kinds of running fanatics will come out of the woodwork and start cheering you on. You’ll run faster with a running club than you ever would on your own. Similarly, joining a writer’s group – real or online – is a brilliant way to get feedback and encouragement.

4) Run when you’re tired
At one point, when I was rewriting my first book, I became so fed up with it that I nearly abandoned it. I felt it was pointless, and as a friend put it it felt like going back to a ‘congealed meal’. But then I remembered my running coach telling us, ‘You’ve got to learn to run when you’re tired’. It sounds brutal, but it’s true – keep going and eventually you’ll get your second wind.

5) Prepare to amaze yourself!
If, like me, you were allergic to sports in school, there’s nothing like the feeling of running (or limping) across the finishing line, having run 13.1 miles. Or maybe there is – the feeling of writing 'The End', or pressing send on a submission to an agent! Running and writing both have a way of uncovering your potential and taking you places you’d never have thought possible. Which is somewhere we all deserve to go.

 
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About Nicola Doherty
Nicola grew up in Monkstown, Co. Dublin and went to university in Dublin and Oxford. She worked in publishing as an editor for several years before writing her first book The Out of Office Girl, which was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Awards in the Romantic Comedy category.

If I Could Turn Back Time and Girls on Tour are both out now from Headline, and her first young adult romance, Love and Other Man-Made Disasters, is due out in 2016 from Orion. Her books have been translated into Italian, French, German, Polish and (soon) Turkish.

She lives in Highbury, north London, with her husband and no cats (yet).

Monday, August 07, 2017

MASH-UP REVIEW - SONGS ABOUT A GIRL & SONGS ABOUT US by Chris Russell

Songs About a Girl & Songs About Us (Songs About a Girl #1&2)
by Chris Russell
Publisher - Hodder Children's Books
Release Date - July 28th 2016 & July 13th 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Charlie Bloom never wanted to be 'with the band'. She's happiest out of the spotlight, behind her camera, unseen and unnoticed. But when she's asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band Fire&Lights, she can't pass up the chance.

Catapulted into a world of paparazzi and backstage bickering, Charlie soon becomes caught between gorgeous but damaged frontman, Gabriel West, and his boy-next-door bandmate Olly Samson. Then, as the boys' rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles upon a mind-blowing secret, hidden in the lyrics of their songs...

Two months on from the explosive finale to book one, Charlie's life is almost back to normal again: rebuilding her relationship with her father, hanging out with best mate Melissa, and worrying about GCSEs. All the while, Gabe's revelations about her mother are never far from her mind. And neither is Gabe.

It's not long before Charlie is pulled back into the world of Fire&Lights - but the band seem different this time. But then again, so is she...

Meanwhile, tensions between Gabe and Olly continue to run high, leading to more turmoil between the band members and press than ever before. But when Gabriel and Charlie stumble upon yet another startling truth that links them together - everything they have stands to implode in front of them.




My Review(s)

"Well butter my face and call me crumpet!" - that is what I think of Songs About a Girl series. If you familiar that saying you'll know it comes from the bonkers, gorgeous and hilarious Melissa, Charlie's best friend. This is one rockin' series and I loved it!

Songs About a Girl starts off with Charlie, a girl that likes to be invisible and loves to do photography, she never dreamed that the most popular band in the world, Fire and Lights would put her in the spotlight. Olly, one of the band members used to go her school, he went on Make or Break - basically the X-Factor, then wound up with Yuki, Aiden and Gabe to live his dream as a signer and guitarist. It's not until Charlie receives an email from him, to ask to do some photography from a groupie stand point that her life suddenly changes. She didn't realise how being roped into something so glamourous could turn something so ugly. How being caught between the smoldering, and bad boy Gabe and the the thoughtful gentleman Olly could be exhausting and emotional.

 It doesn't stop there, Songs About Us, follows on, with much more mystery, that links Charlie  more intimately with one member of the group. There are secrets that bind them together yet it's ugly affairs threaten once again the bands reputation and relationship to be released to the public. Being 'with the band' can be amazing on the outside, but beneath it all, on the inside you can really see how backstage bickering can tear it apart and Charlie at the center of it.

I loved all the characters especially Melissa who I mentioned in the beginning. She is just the bomb, completely nuts mind you, Mel really reminds me of a young Penny from the Big Bang Theory. Melissa really lens perspective on the band but also to Charlie, being her best friend. She isn't perfect, and the beauty of her. Oh and the band, Yuki, Aiden, Olly and frontman Gabriel, if I'm honest I really loved Yuki and Aiden especially in book 2, but each them really valued Charlie even when sometimes she felt she wasn't welcomed. She became such good friends with them all and she knew she could get to the heart of them and really see them for who they really are.

Chris's writing is completely addictive, it's unputadownable. It was his take on a romance, I mean there is very few male authors that write a typical YA romance. But I think the boy band aspect really took off. Obviously Chris being in a band of his own Light Years has made this book, looking on the inside of what it can be like for them. I was certainly intrigued as to whether this really does happen in the music industry. Whilst we followed the boy band through Charlie's adventures what I felt was that their is a fragility, a vulnerability to them. We see them as huge musicians, rocking that industry, we see the blood, sweat and tears in their songs, we see them as a band and not individuals and Chris really captured that through Charlie and through the honesty of her lens. All Yuki, Aiden, Olly and Gabe really want is to be normal too.

However, I felt there was so much more to this book than 'being with the band', it highlighted so many key issues in teenage life, including Charlie's relationship with her father and how strained it's become since her mum died. How Charlie's life can turn upside down from a single post on a blog and being constantly stalked and trolled online. Also that being an instigator to main school bully. Throughout the two books, Chris really explores this as well as how Charlie has grown and changed as a character.

Songs About a Girl Series is more than being part of a band, it has everything you need in a novel, family, friendship, love, romance, music, truth, lies, and even a slice of mystery as well. Oh and so many laughs, I loved every second of it, and I need more. I recommend it for those who loved the DIMILY series Can't wait for the release of Songs About a Boy next Summer of 2018.

Rating -
Songs About a Girl - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Songs About Us - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thank you to Hodder Children's Books and Team BKMRK for the review copies in exchange for an honest review. 

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

REVIEW - THE HAWKWEED LEGACY by Irena Brignull


The Hawkweed Legacy (Hawkweed Prophecy #2)
by Irena Brignull
Publisher - Orchard Books
Release Date - June 1st 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Poppy Hooper doesn't want to be the queen of the witches.
But some problems can't be left behind.
Some love stories can't be forgotten.
Some friendships won't be broken.
And some enemies won't stay dead…

The battle for the throne isn't over yet.






My Review 
It's been a long time since I enjoyed a fantasy series on witches, covens, clans and magic with spell books, potions and cauldrons. The Hawkweed Legacy, the sequel to The Hawkweed Prophecy (find my review here) was a startling surprise in the best way possible, it made me love this series and Irena's writing even more.

The Hawkweed Legacy follows on from Poppy's story, as a child magically switched at birth she find herself finally in the arms of her birth mother and surroundings of where she is suppose to belong. Although she feels that this huge responsibility, this prophecy of becoming Queen is beyond her. Poppy isn't ready, she may have the power and knowledge but within herself she is nothing more than a girl seeking for something else. Poppy rebels against her prophecy until she can find who she truly is and where she truly belongs.

Irena's writing was magnificent and skilled with how she created so much more to the sequel. I admit my surprise was that it didn't follow a cliche setting of Poppy's story, it led to a family of stories which made it so much more poignant and beautiful. What I loved about this sequel was that we got so much more in this story, so many more sub plots that seamlessly wove into each other. Whilst Poppy's main story weaves throughout the book, we get introduced to whole new to side to the story, with Poppy's mum, Charlock and her story alongside her best friend Betony. We also see where Leo fits in as well, and his story and how Leo and Poppy finally come together. He isn't just some outsider, he is so much more than that. Whilst also cherishing our original characters with Ember and her mum and how her life within the city has changed and inspired her so much.

 Set a duology, The Hawkweed Legacy is a quest to truly find where they belong but also what their purpose is in life. That nothing is set it stone and it can't be, because what if your will changes that, what if Poppy, Leo, Ember and Betony are meant to make something of themselves, beyond that of magic and prophecy.

Full of magic and witches comes a beautiful tale of family, friendship and love in an original and modern fantastical setting. 

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thank you to Orchard Books from providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.