Blog Tour – Dread Wood by Jennifer Killick

Blog Tour – Dread Wood by Jennifer Killick

I’ve been actively trying to read more middle-grade, especially the sort I wouldn’t have picked up as a kid. I probably wouldn’t have picked up a copy of Dread Wood back then, but I was very intrigued by it now. In my experience, a lot of kids’ horror can be a lot creepier than anything geared at adults, so I was very excited. I was lucky enough to recieve an e-book copy of this book through Write Read Tours.

In this book, we follow a group of four Year 7 students: Angelo, Hallie, Naira and Gustav, as they have to deal with detention on a Saturday. After having their phones taken away, their teacher disappears, and the only staff they can find are the creepy caretakers who won’t stop humming Itsy Bitsy Spider. Something dark is going on in the school, and these four classmates have to be the ones to figure it out.

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Book Review: The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

Book Review: The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

It’s one of the best experiences in the world to get the opportunity to read one of your most anticipated books. The Stardust Thief is the debut novel by Chelsea Abdullah that comes out this May. It’s a One Thousand and One Nights retelling by a Kuwaiti author, and it’s one that sounded like so much fun. I was right to assume that.

I was so lucky to have been an early copy of this book from Nazia at Orbit. I can’t wait for my signed edition from Waterstones to arrive, but at least for now, I have this edition to read and hug.

Loulie al-Nazari is known as the Midnight Merchant. With her djinn partner and artefacts, the pair are known for tracking down magical objects and selling them on. After she saves the coward younger prince, the Sultan sends her on a mission with the older prince to find a particular magical lamp. Loulie doesn’t want to work with djinn killers, but she has no choice otherwise, and soon she finds out that she’s been dragged into something even more dangerous than she’d realised.

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Book Review: Hide by Kiersten White

Book Review: Hide by Kiersten White

We all have those authors whose books always sound so good, yet every single one you pick up, you just cannot get into them. That author was, for me, Kiersten White. Until I picked up Hide. It turns out that what I was looking for from her was an adult horror thriller, and I’m so glad that I got an early copy of this book. Thanks so much to Del Rey for sending me a physical proof of this book after I mentioned wanting it on Twitter!

Hide is White’s debut adult novel, and it follows a young woman called Mack, who has been invited to enter a competition of hide and seek. All she and the thirteen other competitors have to do is hide in an abandoned amusement park for a week and ensure they do not get caught. The winner will get enough money to change their life. But as the days pass and the competitors start turning up dead, the remaining group realise that they have to stick together if they want to survive.

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Book Review: My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth

Book Review: My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth

These days I love a good YA contemporary or romance. Especially when they’re nerdy. So My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth, aka Olivie Blake, sounded like a perfect read for me. I might not know much about robots or STEM. That’s not the type of nerd I am, but I was eager to check it out, and I’m all for supporting women in STEM.

This book follows Bel and Teo, two seniors at a prestigious high school where science is pretty cool. That’s not quite Bel’s scene, and when it comes to college applications, she’d rather than die than think about them, much to the school’s chagrin. Teo, on the other hand, has everything planned. He is going to be the best ‘soccer’ captain, win at the Robotics Nationals and get into MIT. When Bel accidentally proves she’s a mechanical genius in a class project, she is pushed to join the robotics team. At first, she was not happy about it. But as sparks begin to fly between her and Teo, she realises that within that club, she’s found two things she loves.

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Blog Tour: The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

Blog Tour: The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

So you might be thinking that this book doesn’t look like a typical read for me. And you’d be right. But it is the sort of book that appeals to me as it sounds hilarious, but for some reason, I don’t get to unless my sister buys it. Which she usually does, admittedly, but I’m slow at picking them up. However, when I saw that Black Crow PR was offering The Kaiju Preservation Society to reviewers, I couldn’t resist requesting. I was certain that I would love it, and I was right.

The Kaiju Preservation Society follows Jamie. After losing his job just before the pandemic, Jamie wound up a delivery driver for the company that fired him. One day he delivers to a guy he met in college called Tom. Tom offers him a mysterious job with KPS related to large animals, which is much better paid, but all he’d have to do is go away on a mission for six months and lift things. Only the animals that KPS look after are, in fact, Kaiju, and the job is on a different earth. Working on another planet, surrounded by monsters, is dangerous work, and Jamie is about to go on a wild ride.

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Book Review: A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

Book Review: A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

You may remember that back in December, I wrote two posts containing my most anticipated books for early in 2022. One of the books on the fantasy list was A Magic Steeped in Poison. It’s a book with a stunning cover, and the US release of the sequel is released in August. So there won’t be a very long wait. Back then, I also said I didn’t know if this book would have a UK release date, and I can now confirm it has. It’ll be released in paperback in the UK in September! So that means that more of you will be able to enjoy this book this year.

I was lucky enough to receive an e-arc of this through NetGalley. I’m so glad that I’ve had the chance to read this because now I can wax lyrical about this story in the hopes you’ll go out and buy the book! Okay, maybe not all that lyrical, but this was a book that I am very excited about.

A Magic Steeped in Poison follows Ning. Ever since her mother died and her sister got sick due to a poison in the tea that Ning served them, she’s hated her hands. Yet her hands are the very thing that could save her sister. When they receive a letter inviting their mother’s apprentice to enter a competition to become the court Shennong-shi — a magic practitioner whose spells are enacted through tea — Ning knows she has to enter and win in the hope of winning a wish from the princess. With that wish, she could get the medical help that her sister needs. Within the walls of the court, Ning winds up tangled up within magic and intrigue both, and her attraction to a boy she meets at the market may cause her more trouble than she’d have ever expected.

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Book Review: Stone Broke Heiress by Danielle Owen-Jones

Book Review: Stone Broke Heiress by Danielle Owen-Jones

Every now and then, I’ll request a chick-lit book that sounds good that I’ve heard nothing about. Stone Broke Heiress was the latest of these. It’s no secret that I’m a massive chick-lit fan, and I was pretty sure that this book was going to be fun. And it was. Is it one that I’d reread? Probably not. But if you’re looking for a quick read about soup and romance this spring, this book will be for you.

Stone Broke Heiress followed Bella Whittington, soup company heiress who has it all. Until her dad loses the company and Bella walks in on her fiance in an intimate position with her best friend. Bella’s life is thrown upside down, and soon she finds herself living in a dingy flat and in need of a job. A nearby soup kitchen seems to be the perfect place for her, and she’s desperate to get it. And not because of the handsome owner. A small lie about her last name gets her the job, and soon she’s living a life that she’d never have even imagined for herself before.

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Book Review: Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

Book Review: Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

I do love getting the Harper360 blogger newsletter. I love receiving some of the books I asked for from it even more. I know I’m lucky when I do, and from the last newsletter, I requested Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye. This is a dark YA fantasy novel inspired by Yoruba-Nigeran mythology. Aspects of it feel like this could be a sci-fi fantasy novel (a fantasy novel set in a distant future), and I loved that.

Sloane has powers that allow her to incinerate any enemy at will, but it’s a power that she’s had to hide. When she’s conscripted into the Lucis army as a child soldier, she has to learn about her powers as she rises through the ranks. Her goal is to find out what happened to her dead mother and eventually get revenge.

Before I start this review, I need to give some content warnings. This book is incredibly dark and features sensitive content including attempted rape, child soldiers, self-harm, ritual cutting, torture and other things associated with war.

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Book Review: The Kindred by Alechia Dow

Book Review: The Kindred by Alechia Dow

Usually, I would try to post an ARC review before the publication date, but due to some bad luck, Harper360 did not manage to get me a copy until after it was out! Due to that, I did put it off until I had a few other proofs to read. I’m actually kind of glad I did, as I already have a copy of The Sound of Stars to read after this. I didn’t realise that they’re set in the same world until I checked the reviews, so heck yeah!

The Kindred follows Felix, a duke who would love to be a musician. And Joy, his kindred, who is poor and is stuck within the constraints of her culture. When the royal family is killed, Felix and Joy are both blamed. They have to run away until they can find out what is really going on. They get stranded on earth, and the chaos begins.

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Book Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea by Axie Oh

Book Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea by Axie Oh

Axie Oh has given us sci-fi and contemporary YA novels in the past, and now, with The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea, we have her first fantasy! I’d only read XOXO before picking this one up, though I do want to read the Rebel Seoul duology, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this one. But I know I was pretty excited and was lucky enough to be granted an early copy of this book in e-book form through NetGalley.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea follows Mina, who decides to sacrifice herself to the Sea God in place of her brother’s girlfriend. Once in the Sea God’s city, she discovers that the Sea God isn’t just ignoring them as she thought and something else is going down. With the help of gods, mythical creatures and spirits, Mina decides to do all she can to stop the storms and save her people before any other girl has to throw herself into the sea.

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