Rise of the Reaper by Lorna Reid

Can you change fate? What would you risk in order to save the ones you love? Lovers of dark adventure, magic, and following your heart should not let this book slip away.

Can prophecy be overcome, or does striving to avoid fate merely drive you into its arms? Since the day Danny Stone’s mother vanished, dreams of dark and strange places have plagued him nightly. Though years have passed, the burning pain of her disappearance still consumes him – as does his need for answers. Then one lazy summer day, Danny and his friends Katrina, Poppy, and Russell discover their parents’ long-hidden secret – and their lives change forever.

They enter a fragmented, broken world of magic, blades, and blood in a quest for answers, but the mystery of what happened to Danny’s mother only becomes more terrifying – and yet there is hope. But there are other, bigger threats at hand, too, as evil begins to stir and the Oracle’s prophesies herald a coming darkness.

It seems that Danny’s dreams were only the beginning…

Rise of the Reaper is the first book in an exciting new YA fantasy series by British author Lorna Reid. A perilous quest, filled with magic, blades, and blood. This adventure will make your pulse quicken, even as the shadows begin to stir.

I recieved this ebook from Netgalley for an honest and unbiased review.

 

This books jumps straight into the action from the get go. Our character’s get thrown in to a magical new world that they haven’t been there before. There is a vast range of character’s. It can be quite confusing at first but once you get your head around them, you will be reading through this book like a bat out of hell.

Lorna’s world and character building has to be some of the best I’ve read for along time. It’s so descriptive that it will have your imagination going over time. It’s not like your typical generic fantasy world. I’m never going to look at another fantasy book again. This sets a high standard.

This book does have abit of swearing in it (so if you don’t like swearing then probably just skip those bits 😂)

If you want start a new YA series then this is the best place to start. I’d highly recommend it. I would give this book a 4.5/5 also one last thing is the cover. How amazing does it actually. It’s beautiful.

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Going to the gym, helping my mental health issues.

I’ve been going to the gym now constantly for 3 months and feeling fantastic. I’m not having many bad days as I used to. I’m not saying that going to the gym has cured me. I’m saying that it has given me a different focus. I’m not just sitting pondering about things like I used to. Work is starting to stress me out again but I’m trying not think about it. I used to come home and bring my stress with me and sit at home like a bear with a sore tooth. Which isn’t fair on the people around me. Now as soon as I leave work I switch off and don’t think about work till my next shift. It’s starting to work but it can be hard sometimes.

I have been thinking a lot lately about coming off my medication. I did do this last time without my doctor’s consent and the effects of doing this was horrible as I just went cold turkey.

I’m not going to do this as this may just be a temporary feeling. I’m hoping this continues for the next few months then I will go and see my doctor.

I always think that I shouldn’t have to take a pill to make me happy. I do realise that they do help. Yes they aren’t going to work straight away, they do take a while to start working. I’m now thinking that if I do stop I will start having anxiety attacks which are horrible. I’ve only ever had 2 and wouldn’t wish them on anybody.

To finish this post off, I was going to ask if anyone would like to talk about anything, just send me a message on here or through my twitter.

How to decide what book to read next?

Now I never used to decide what book I was going to read next, unless I was reading the next book in a series.

I used to just randomly pick a book, read it and hopefully enjoy it 😁

The past few months I’ve been very fortunate by receiving books to review. Mainly e-books but the odd paperback. I have to read these and post a review before a set date that I’ve discussed with the person/s that sent me the book.

I’m not complaining (far from it) at the moment this just means I can’t read the books I really want to read. I will have to start reading more than one book at a time, or read quicker 😂

I’m really appreciative of anyone sending me a book to review.

Low Town: A Novel by Daniel Polansky

Set in a fantasy town which is full of drug dealers, dirty police and politics and sorcery. In this crime infested city lies a place called Low Town. A place where most people avoid as it’s ran by an evil warlord called the Warden.

The Warden uses his violent skills and streetwise knowledge to make as much money as he can. Paying of police to look the other way so nothing interferes with his running of low town.

The warden has a chequered past and there’s more to him than we first thought. The Warden starts to wonder why a number of children are being murdered through out Low Town. Even though this is quite normal. It’s how these murders are happening.

The warden now wants to find out who or what is doing this in his town. The warden walks into a dangerous game being played by powers not even he can comprehend.

I really enjoyed this book and would give it 4/5 so definitely worth a read. Especially if you like fantasy/thriller books. Daniel Polansky done a really well with this book and look forward to reading the other books in the series.

Has book blogging changed your reading habits?

Ever since I started blogging my reading habits have definitely changed. I was interested in reading but not as much as I am now. I probably had a tbr list with about 3 books 😂 now my tbr list is now beyond ridiculous 🤣 I don’t even want to count how many. I blame all these awesome bloggers who’s reviews make me want to buy the books.

So has your blogging adventures changed your reading habits. Maybe even changed your personal habits.

To kill a kingdom. Book review.

Book Description

Dark and romantic YA fantasy for fans of Sarah J Maas – about the siren with a taste for royal blood and the prince who has sworn to destroy her.

From the Inside Flap

Dark and romantic YA fantasy for fans of Sarah J Maas – about the siren with a taste for royal blood and the prince who has sworn to destroy her.

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most – a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavoury hobby – it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good. But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

About the Author

Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy. She has a BA in Creative Writing and works as a copywriter in London, both of which make her sound more grown up than she feels. When she’s not busy making up stories, she can be found buying far too many cushions and organizing food crawls all over the city.

Alexandra currently lives in Hertfordshire with an abundance of cacti (because they’re the only plants she can keep alive).

 

I recieved a copy of this book from netgalley.

This was not what I expected of this story. As I don’t usually read books that have mermaids in them (they just remind me of the little mermaid) Except in this book they’re called Sirens (which is the first time I heard them being called that) and are murderous little mermaids who rip out peoples hearts.

There are two main characters in this book. Liren a princess mermaid (her mother the Queen is even more evil than her daughter. Liren only kills royalty mainly Princes and puts their hearts in a jar under her bed with her collection.

Then there also is a Prince called Elian who is also a pirate (even though his parents don’t like it) and enjoys killing sirens and he’s really good at doing it.

Liren has a disagreement with her mother (I’m writing it so I don’t spoil it for anyone) the Queen then turns Liren into a human. She’s been ordered to kill the prince as a human and without her siren powers it’s going to be difficult.

Elian returns home to his parents and family. His parents want him to stay and do what royals duties (whatever that is 😂) but Elian only feels at home when he’s out on the ocean chasing sirens.

The book is amazing I can’t say that enough. The world building has been been written amazingly. Has a superb plot and the characters are brilliantly written. The author has done a fantastic job of writing this book. If you like Princes,Princesses,Sirens,Pirates,Fight scenes and the banter is brilliant.

I literally can’t write anymore as I will spoil the book. Please go and read it. Even check on netgalley and request it if it’s still there.

 

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso 10/10 #bookbloggerreviews

I was very lucky to find this book on a market stall. I immediately seen the cover and thought I’d have alook at it. I was trying to read the description while also being pulled around from my toddler who wouldn’t keep still. Anyway I bought it plus a few others and returned home shortly after. I decided to read it straight away and so glad I did. I’m not the fasted of readers but did manage to read it quite quickly (don’t ask) 😁 from start to finish Melissa Caruso done a fantastic job of writing this book (so glad there’s a second book coming out). Not everyone had abilities but people who did have them had a rimg around their iris called a mage mark. When someone has a mage mark they aren’t allowed to be left alone they have to have someone watch over them called a falcon and wear something called a Jess which locks that person abilities until the falcon says a special phrase then they will be unleashed to use their abilities. The book concentrates on two woman one is a warlock her ability is the most dangerous and very consuming as once unleased it hard to control it. And the other is an heir to a very powerful family in the empire (think of a princess type character). The warlock hates her for a while during the book as she thinks she being controlled by the falcon. The falcon will only unleash the warlock unless she absolutely has to. So when some trouble happens the warlock just wants to be unleashed and burn everything to the ground. It does have abit of a love story in it and good balance of characters. I’m looking forward to the second book in the series which I will be purchasing as soon as its released.

Facebook?

Hello everyone hope you’re all doing well. Just a quick question, I was wondering if anybody has used Facebook for their own blog  to possibly reach a wider audience?

Please let me know what you think or would you do this in the future .

So finally Q&A time.

i was supposed to do this post a while ago when i got 200 followers. I’ve been a bit lazy just enjoying the British weather before it disappears. I’d like to thank everyone who has followed my blog I really appreciate it. I never thought I would have this many followers it’s unbelievable.

So now onto the questions. I didn’t get many but the ones I did get asked were brilliant. I will tag each person with the question they asked.

Spoonsnbooks

Favourite part of having a blog?

My favourite part of having a blog is that it’s my outlet. As I always post about things that I’m thinking. I’ve also discovered new bloggers (who are all awesome) and my tbr book list is getting longer by the day. Which is good but not for my bank balance haha.

JBlaide

What is your absolute favourite genre of book?

This is a difficult question. I wish I could choose two genres. If I had to pick one then it would have to be Fantasy with Sci-Fi a really close second.

 

thebibliophagist90

What is one thing that will make you put a book down and not finish it?

I’ve only ever done this once the book was called Wolfblade. I did read half the book and was totally engrossed in it. Then for some reason the book just slowed down to a snails pace without any reason. I couldn’t think why this would happen. So I carried on reading it for another 10 chapters and it was just getting worse. It was quite infuriating to be honest. The book started off really well. 

 

Arachnid Weaver

What’s your favorite fruit snack flavor?
Would you rather eat only your least favourite food for a year or bathe in only pond water for a year?

My favourite fruit snack flavour has to be strawberry or blueberry.

This question isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be haha. I’d rather bathe in pond water for a year as I love food to much. Aslong as I can take some sort of shower gel in with me I think I wouldn’t smell to bad.

 

Phantom Paper

Q1. What’s your full-time job?
Q2. Got any interesting ancestry?
Q3. What’s your dream/goal job?
Q4. What got you into reading?
Q5. What genre/story/trope would you like to see more of in the book world?
Q6. One fear?

 

  1.    My full time job is a Support Worker. I support people with learning difficulties and challenging behaviours.
  2.    I would like to say I have. I never really gone back and checked. It is something I would like to check.
  3. My dream goal would like to work for myself. I don’t know what doing though lol. Maybe my blog might take me in a new direction.
  4. Honestly it was my partner she is constantly reading. I had never read a book unless it was something to do with school. I thought I would give it a try this was about 8 years ago. I chose one of Robin Hobbs books and never put a book down since.
  5. I’m going to Fantasy as I just can’t get enough of it.
  6. My one fear is I hate being sick. I used to stress about it all the time (not as much as I do now) but it was a constant worry 24/7.

 

If you would like to know anything else then just ask. I will answer all questions even the random ones.