Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Ink & Arrows by Shruthi Viswanathan

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An artist who inks magical tattoos....
Rea is a Suveri, part of a tribe that can create tattoos with devastating powers. Bitter after the death of her father at the hands of a cruel general, she tries to get revenge...only to fail at her mission and be saved by a mysterious stranger who demands to know the secrets of the Suveri's tattoos.
A prince searching for power..
Sebastyen is the heir to the throne and a warrior who has shed more blood than any other on the battlefield. But the woman he meets offers a glimpse of peace. Intrigued by her rebellious nature, he agrees to fulfill three of her wishes in return for learning how to tattoo with magic.
Note: Due to mature content the book is intended for older readers.

I enjoyed this book but I found the story a little slow with a lot of back and forth between Rae and Sebestyen. I think that there could of been so much more going on for the length of the book. 
Sebestyen went to war but we didnt get to read about that at all the book just skipped the whole war. 

In theory I would like both Sebestyen and Rae as characters they had the relationship that I would usually enjoy and the personalities that normally would keep me interested. I liked Sebestyen more than I liked Rae but neither of them will stand out to me going forward. It confused me that the whole story was focused 100% on just 2 characters. 
I would have loved to have learnt more about Rae's world and how she grew up and then for Sebestyen to fit into that or even the other way round and Rae was taken to the palace but to be honest nothing really happened at all. 

The book was a very quick read for me which I love. It was easy to get into and there wasn't too much explaining or world building but I think that is also what made it difficult to connect with the characters.
I think the main problem for me was the lack of connect to the characters and the story. 

Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I probably wouldn't recommend this book over books like Siege and Storm that have similar feeling but much more world building. 

Thanks for Reading
Em x

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Sweet Revenge by Jennifer Hanks

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Loyalty. Bravery. Honor.
Three words the men of the Sinners MC live by.
Three virtues they have sworn to defend.
No matter what the cost.
Meet the intense and sexy men of the Sinners MC in Maggie and Gunner’s story where revenge isn’t the only sweet victory.
He shouldn’t want her.
Maggie O’Brien has the ability to destroy him and his plan for revenge on his club’s biggest threat.
But he’s craved her almost as long as his retaliation, and nothing will stop him from getting everything he’s always wanted.
Not even the man he fears she really loves.
She doesn’t trust him.
Ryker Evans, a.k.a. Gunner, has the ability to change that with his kind words and soft touches.
But she decided when she sacrificed herself to save another that she would never give someone the power to break her again and that kindness comes at a price.
A price she is no longer willing to pay.
In a world filled with lies and secrets where freedom is fleeting, can they learn to love each other enough to survive?
Or will the cost of revenge be too high?

We are introduced to Maggie who has had a hard time since her mum died and left her alone. Maggie got into a bad situation before meeting the Sinners when her life completely changed. 
Maggies character is very wilty and tragic which I suppose is to be expected after the things she has been through but I don't think we are given enough about her growth throughout the story. Gunner and the entire Sinners club are now solely dedicated to looking after Maggie and even though they are a club that doesnt agree with violence and such they do it to help Maggie. 

I did like a lot of the other characters and would have enjoyed learning more about them. Gunner for example seemed like an interesting character but all we we told about him is how crazy for Maggie he was. I know now that I enjoy a Motorcycle club story but I don't really enjoy a needy heroine that needs a man to get better and what would of happened to Maggie if Gunner wasn't completely into her?

That being said I enjoyed this read while I was reading it and I appreciate that the cliff hanger isnt so big that you cant read it as a stand alone. The story is fairly fast paced and I didnt get bored at all during the read. 

I am not sure if I will be carrying on with the series. 

Thanks for Reading

Em x

Friday, 1 May 2020

Wilder Girls by Rory Power


It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there's more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

I started reading this book without really knowing what it is about but when I started and got into the book I couldn't believe how fitting this was for the time that we are in right now and how we are all in Quarantine in fear of an infection so it felt really relevant. 
The book is classed as a Horror and it definitely has horror aspects but it wasn't too scary just maybe a little bit gross. There is lots and lots of Death at the hands of the Tox which has taken over the island and made the girls very poorly. 

I liked the characters because they are really not that likeable to be honest but their relationships and emotions are complicated and explained really well. I loved that the Tox effected each girl differently and that nobody really knows what it is. It was refreshing to read a YA where romance isn't a major part of the story and that the author isn't afraid to kill characters off. 

The only real negative for me was the ending. I think i would of liked this book to be all wrapped up and done at the end of the book and the action started a new phase really close to the end of the story and then we are left with a cliff hanger. I normally don't mind a cliff hanger but I feel like this one was a bit unnecessary, I would be interested to see where the story goes though and I could be wrong it might really be worth it. 

Another point to make is how beautiful this cover is. 

Thanks For reading