Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Lottie has wanted nothing more since she was a child than to attend Rosewood High. Rosewood is a prestigious high school usually attended by princes, princesses and other children from influential families. When she manages to work her way to a scholarship at the school, Lottie has no that her life is going to change forever
I am an active reader of YA novels, but honestly while reading the first few chapters I did have a moment where I felt like this book really was aimed at younger children/teens and I felt too old to be reading it. However, that changed as I got further through the book. It starts off all teen-sy and young but develops into characters that have to be much older than they actually are. We follow Lottie, at 14 years old, starting at a prestigious high school and finding out she is sharing a room with an actual princess. At the beginning, Lottie is young, naive and seemingly not cut out for life at Rosewood High yet by the end she seems to have aged beyond her years (even though she hasn’t actually gotten any older). Enter Jamie, the new boy. You know the type, good looking, good at everything they do – but is he really just a normal student. Lottie intends to find out.
Whilst I did have reservations about this book, I did love it by the end and would love to be able to read the second book when it is released.
Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced reading copy
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.”
Karou’s story starts off in Prague, she also visits Marrakesh and Paris running errands for Brimstone. The first quarter of this book was a hard slog for me, I nearly gave up on a few occasions but as I had heard nothing but great reviews I decided to stick it out. It did pick up after that, the build was a bit too much all at once for me which is why I think I felt the hard slog so much. The last quarter of this book was also a hard slog for me. I really struggled to get through the last few chapters, only reading because I’d come this far.
The middle two chapters were some of the best reading I have done in a long time. It flowed well, the characters and story were interesting and it kept my attention throughout. Had I felt like this all the way through then I probably would be rating it higher.
The attention to detail of the settings and characters was fabulous throughout, I couldn’t fault the author for anything. She makes fantasy seem real. Like the line between fantasy and reality is none existent.
I’m undecided as of yet whether I would go on to read the next book in the series.
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Deep Dark Secrets by Sarra Cannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The deadliest secrets are the ones we keep from ourselves…
One year ago, seventeen-year-old Marayah Freeman nearly died in a tragic car accident that also took the life of her best friend, Hailey.
Memories of the accident plague Marayah, but no one believes they’re real. They say there was no shadowy figure on the bridge that night. No oil-black tears running down Hailey’s face. No guy who appeared from a bright light in the forest.
Frustrated, Marayah locks those memories away and tries to focus on the future, but the past keeps pulling her back. A guy who looks like the stranger from the forest enrolls in her school, and her nightmares are getting worse. But when she finds a note in her locker, the mystery of the accident becomes more terrifying than ever. The note is from Hailey.
If I’m dead—
it wasn’t an accident.”
I first found Sarra Cannon when I stumbled upon the first book from the Shadow Demons Saga Beautiful Demons as an Amazon Freebie. After that, I quickly became addicted to her paranormal/supernatural books. Currently, I am up to date with the Shadow Demons saga, Sacrifice Me and as of 3 days ago – The Spiritwalkers.
I have been a member of Sarra’s advanced reading team for around the last 4 or 5 books and with each and every book released I love her stories a little bit more.
Deep Dark Secrets is the first in a new trilogy which is completely separate from any of her other series. The Spiritwalkers Trilogy is exactly that, a three book series about Spiritwalkers.
You may be asking – What is a Spiritwalker? They are people of Native American heritage that “walk with the spirits”, they have the ability to communicate with the spirits and are often seen as leaders within their tribe or family. (Source: Google)
Marayah is the first character we meet in Deep Dark Secrets and there is something about the way she has been written that made me instantly like her. I wanted her to succeed with everything she was doing and I wanted to read more about her. We find out about the night of the accident and everything else that happens as a result of Marayah and her life.
The book comes in somewhere around the 80000 word mark and normally I groan when I find out how many words (or pages) are in a book but I didn’t check this until I had finished. It definitely didn’t feel like I had read that amount of words and that would probably be the only bad thing I could say about this book – it was too short.
I want to tell you so much more about this book but I can’t because that would mean that there would be nothing left for you to discover for yourself.
The book is released on 25th August 2017 and will be available from most eBook retailers.
Advanced Reading Copy received directly from the author
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