Sunday, 29 May 2016

Book Review: Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore

Seeing as it was about witches, I didn't really know what else to expect when I first started reading Blackheath. It was an easy read, which I tend to go for in a book. Gabrella's way with words gripped me from the start. Her description of places, is brilliant and I could imagine the creepiness of Blackheath mansion and the spiders in that place (shudders). I must mention that it was really refreshing to have male witches in this book, and for the main female character, Maggie to be human. 

Blackheath is about seventeen year-old Maggie Ellmes, who is told that she is in fact cursed. 
Desperate to shake off the hex, Maggie has no choice but to seek help from Joel Tomlins, who is a descendant of Blackheath's most powerful line of witches.

I actually really enjoyed this book, despite its mixed reviews on goodreads. I loved the relationship chemistry between Joel and Maggie. But my favourite character has to be, quite old aunt Ruby. She came across sweet and loving and I hope we delve a little further into the Tomlins family history in the coming book. 

Agh, there are so many unanswered questions. Hopefully they will be answered in the next book.

The only downside I have is the lack of magic we see in this book, I want more! Other than that, this book is beautifully written and I would say to anyone sitting on the fence about it, to go and give it ago!

Defiantly worth five stars!

Jenni xo


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Book Review: New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson

Top of my favourite books of 2016. I had heard fantastic reviews of this book. So, naturally I purchased the kindle version, because I lack patience. I was so eager to read this book and I was not disappointed. I absolutely loved it, I just could not put it down.
I am on the edge of my seat waiting for book two.  

Jennifer's writing style was on point and beautiful. It just flows and is so easy to follow, no messing around, straight to the point.

New World Rising follows a seventeen year old girl, called Phoenix. Her only purpose in life is to uphold her dying mother's words 'Be strong and survive'. However, surviving in Tartarus is frighteningly hard. Tribes run this ruthless and cruel city. Their motto 'Join or die' makes Phoenix even more determined to live and survive in the shadows of the city. 

I have only read one other dystopian series and that was Divergent. New World Rising is totally different and interesting. I loved the structure of this world and the different tribes that dominate Tartarus. It kept me on my toes, I wouldn't want to live in this world, which makes it interesting. This leads me to mention Phoenix, the heroine of the book. She is so strong and clever, something she had to become in order to survive this world. I adore her feistiness and blunt attitude. Jennifer's way with words made all of her characters believable, loveable and 3D. 

If you are looking for a fast paced, action packed, guns, knifes, explosions, fights and more. Then you must read this book.

Jenni xo


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Book Review: Mist & Whispers (Book One, The Weavers Riddle) by C.M. Lucas

Where do I even begin? Claire Marie Lucas's debut novel is packed full with magic, action, adventure and an intriguing riddle. It's so perfectly put together that it keeps you turning those pages. 

This unique story follows the main character Anya, who lives in Piddling Children's Home. Having been given up by her mother as a baby, Anya has no idea who her parents are. The only close person she has in her life is Scott, who owns Scott's Bookshop. The bookshop feels more like home to Anya, having spent the majority of her life reading and getting lost amongst the books in the shop. 

Until the inevitable happens and the bookshop is in great danger of closing to the big book retailer, Chronicles. Convinced the bookshop holds the key to her mother's identity, sixteen year old Anya Piddling vows to save Scott's, whatever the cost.
When four books of magic and myth take the world by storm, Anya begins a journey to discover the truth about the author, known only as the Weaver. Followed closely by her friends, and one surly, bitter ex-boyfriend, Anya soon realises a whole new world awaits: a world gone very wrong, with maddening whispers in the forest, magical winged Kings and a dragon-boy that understands her, inside and out. But this world needs a saviour... and everyone is looking.

I really enjoyed this book. There are so many lovable characters, like Lorcan who is a cursed Dragon boy. I am totally shipping him with Anya, by the way. There are lots of twists and turns that took me by surprise. Defiantly not a predictable book, which I am happy about. It's fast paced, taking you from somerset England on a magical ride to a fantasy land with strange beasts and a kingdom cast in complete darkness.

The cover is absolutely stunning, that I want it framed and put on my lounge wall. Claire's writing style is beautiful, dragging you instantly out of reality. There is just so much going on this book, I just can't find better words to describe it all. This is a definite must read!
I can not wait for Book Two!

I give 5 stars!

Have you read Mist & Whispers? What are your thoughts on it? Comment below

Jenni xo

Friday, 6 May 2016

Books I'm Dying To Read

It's always this time of year, where I always manage to pick a series or trilogy that is incomplete. Or, my favourite authors announce a new book that will be released in the next ten years! Okay, I kind of exaggerated on that last bit. But you get what I mean. Please tell me you get that same feeling of wanting the next book in the series immediately, and you will the release date to hurry up already. Basically, all your emotions are all over the place and you end up wishing your life away.

Well, I am currently in this situation. Here are seven books I am dying to read.

Released in 2017

1. Untitled (Red Queen, #3) by Victoria Aveyard
2. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare
3. The Serpent's Mirror (All Souls) by Deborah Harkness
4. Untitled (The Weaver's Riddle. #2) by C.M Lucas

Released in 2016

5. Letters from Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamara
6. New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson
7. Inherited by Freedom Matthews 
8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 

What books are you dying to read?

Jenni xo

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Book Review: Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno

I think this is the quickest book I have read in a long time. Let me rephrase that, I couldn't put it down! Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno is a gorgeous book to read. A romantic, contemporary mixed with myth and legends. The book just flows so effortlessly and Esther's writing is so magical and gripping, that I read this book in just four days.

May contain spoilers...You have been warned.

A lonely farm boy.
A girl with swallow's wings.
An ancient city buried in a volcano.
A mystery old as blood and bone.

Gabriel lives in a small town in Italy. Son of a peasant winemaker. His mother has some sort of mental illness. This makes Gabriel an easy target for bullies at his school. The only place he feels truly happy about his life is in his dreams, where his family's vineyard is successful, he has friends and a girlfriend. However, this is a secret he is reluctant to tell anyone about, as they become more vivid and real. Then one day, Gabriel finds an injured girl with bird like tendencies in the woods near his home and his life changes forever.

The story starts when Gabriel is a young child, which threw me a little as in the prologue it suggested he was a young man. With that a side, the majority of the book takes place in the fifties and we see Gabriel grow from a child to a young man. There are so many twists and turns, it kept me fascinated and eager to read more. However, I would have liked to have learnt more about Volatile, the mysterious being with crosses in his eyes and the ancient city underneath the town. Hopefully we will in book two.

My review doesn't give it justice. Gabriel and the Swallows is such a beautifully written book. Esther knows how to transport you into her magical world. I didn't really know what to expect, as it is something I wouldn't normally go for. It did take me the first few chapters to get into it and figure out what was going on. After that, I loved it. By the end I was wanting more and I am sat here, eagerly waiting for the next instalment. 

If it isn't something you would read, then you should give this a try.

If you have read Gabriel and the Swallows, what did you think?

© Jenni of Wonderland. All rights reserved.