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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Bout of Books Read-a-thon #16

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

So I'm a bit late to the party but better late than never they say. I love read-a-thons as it pushes me a bit further to read a little bit more and I love the interactions with fellow book lovers in such events. I do live in a different time zone so sometimes the chats are hard to organise but I do try. I'll stop rambling, but this is just to say I'M IN!!! Will update my post with progresses etc tomorrow.


Read 100 pages daily
Participate in at least 2 Challenges
Participate in at least 1 Twitter chat
Visit and comment in at least 20 blogs

Wrap-up Update

I was able to complete all my goals, I even outdone myself by averaging to 178 pages per day which is alot better than my 100 pages per day original goal, I may up it to 200 pages per day next time.

I did visit and comment on 50+ updates but I wish I had done it over more days rather than just the 2 days I did it. One of those days I did the 50 and then another day I did about 10-20 more but I love socialising and encouraging participants through readathons, it's fun to meet new people, especially those that love the same type of books.

Hope to see everyone in the next one and thanks Amanda and Kelly for all the great effort and time you both take to organise. 

Daily Updates

Monday 9th May

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff = 312 pages

Total Books Finished = 0
Total Pages Read = 312 pages

Challenge - Describe yourself #insixwords #boutofbooks 

"First-time Mum, Book, Makeup, Stationer-lover"

Tuesday 10th May

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman = 75 pages

Total Books Finished = 0
Total Pages Read = 387 pages

Challenge - Bookshelf Pic

This is my main bookshelf, it's got two levels not visible in this photo as it's very messy at the moment, I mean look at those shocking haphazard stacked books! 85% of my books are certainly on this shelf excluding my ebook reader. 

Wednesday 11th May

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff = 287 pages

Total Books Finished = 1
Total Pages Read = 674 pages

Challenge - Top 5 Books Written by Australian YA Authors

  1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  2. Obernewtyn Series by Isobelle Carmody
  3. Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington
  4. Pretties Series by Scott Westerfeld
  5. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
*In no particular order

And OMG what a fool I am! I've been reading The Starbound Trilogy AND Illuminae and just realised that Amie Kaufman is based in Melbourne, Australia!!! Well you learn something everyday and this challenge certainly taught me something new :) 

Thursday 12th May

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard = 120 pages

Total Books Finished = 1
Total Pages Read = 794 pages

Today was a terrible read-a-thon day for me as I had Step-Mum duties; had to pick up my Step-Son who lives 1.5 hours (there and back) from home, followed by lunch, had to take Father in Law to Doctors, then everyone to the movies and then the Dentist for Step-Son. 

In between all that I had to make an hour trip (there and back) to pickup a girlfriend from her post-op and drop her off at another girlfriend's home where she'll be recovering for the week. THEN, it was dinnertime and had to drop Step-Son home, take dinner to my two girlfriends (the nurse and the patient). 

By the time I got home it was 9pm, I left the house around 9am so I had been out for nearly a whole 12 hours. I really should've listened to my audiobook as I certainly would have gotten some hours in there from all the driving LOL. By the time I got home I had a raging migraine, so I napped for an hour, then got up and FINALLY got to read!

Friday 13th May

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard = 251 pages

Total Books Finished = 2
Total Pages Read = 1, 045pages

Saturday 14th May

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray =18 pages
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken = 82 pages

Total Books Finished = 2
Total Pages Read = 1, 145 pages

Actually made it to a Twitter chat, I love the social aspect of readathons! I also visited 50 blogs today, which is always a goal for my #boutofbooks readathon to visit blogs and comment.

I would love to get another 355 pages in before the end but I highly doubt it as I'm very busy tomorrow. 

Sunday 15th May 

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken = 80 pages
Their fractured light by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff = 20 pages

Total books finished this week = 2
Total pages read = 1,245 pages

Was extremely busy today with one of my Step-kids birthday so I had 5 children which included 3 of my step children, their step brother and one friend. So I was very busy all day with All you can eat lunch and roller skating. Was extremely surprised I even got to read as much as I did by the time I got home I was exhausted.

Monday, 29 February 2016

The Selection by Kiera Cass ~ Review

The Selection

by Kiera Cass

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Series: The Selection #1
Released: April 24, 2012
Format: Audiobook
Publisher: Harper Audio
Narrator: Amy Rubinate
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

~ Review ~  

The Selection initially caught my attention soon after it's release because of it's beautiful cover, I just love covers with beautiful dresses! However, with so many newly released books constantly flooding the blogosphere I haven't gotten the chance to read this until now. I borrowed the audiobook from my library and I am so glad as I just loved this book! 

America Singer lives in a somewhat dystopian world where the society is based on a caste-system. The lowest being 8s mostly destitute and homeless, and 1s being royalties, the Singers are 5s, they are Musicians, Artists and Performers, and despite not being in the lowest castes they still found great difficulty in making ends meet. So when The Selection was announced, a lottery of 35 women chosen to compete for the Prince's heart, America's Mother was more than ecstatic to finally show to the world how important her America is, however, America doesn't feel the same enthusiasm. After much debate, tears, and fights America decides to enter the lottery, fairly certain that she would never get picked...if she only knew. 

The story is great, and unlike many dystopian novels I enjoyed the fact that Cass provides the readers with an explanation as to how the world came to be the way it is and why there is a "selection" process. Kiera really put a lot of thought into the history and background of her story, this I truly appreciate. 

The characters are fantastic and I truly felt like I was within the pages of its story, watching people I actually know. They were built and created very well that I could see them in person as if they were acting the scenes in front of me, this is how Kiera Cass made me feel with The Selection. 

The writing was well done, Kiera introduces snippets of little information in which you can grasp and later through the book be like "ah...that's when it started happening" or "oh...that's why this happened" and I truly love that because you can see that the writer didn't simply write away, you can tell the writer really constructed the story and did it well. 

I enjoyed this novel so much that I swiftly picked up The Elite straight after and currently reading The One. I cannot wait to continue the entire series, so please stay tuned for the rest of the series reviews. 

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Stacking the Shelves #21

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's main purpose is to showcase the books you've obtained (borrowed, won/gifted, given for review or purchased) for the week gone by. To participate, link to your own STS post here

Book Hauls! 

This is my little book haul from a city St Vincent's de Paul Shop, and whilst these books are simply amazing and I'm yet to see it anywhere else they were oh so expensive compared to the normal prices of shops like these at my area...but oh well, it's going to charity. 

I'm really excited to read The Penguin Book of Etiquette by Marion von Adlerstein as I really loved The Passionate Shopper (pic below), so I'm hoping that this Author does it again for me. Do you have any recommendations on books with a similar theme to these? Please comment below if you do. 

That's all for me for now, see you next time.

Have a Great weekend! 

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

Burning Midnight

by Will McIntosh

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Released: February 11, 2016
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Genre: YA Adventure
Source: Publisher

Buy It Now

How much would you pay for superpowers? Fast-paced action adventure with a world-changing twist...

For fans of The Maze Runner and The 5th Wave, this debut YA novel from Hugo Award-winner Will McIntosh pits four teens against an evil billionaire in the race of a lifetime.

Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn't pay much - Alex Holliday's stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers - but it helps him and his mum make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-coloured spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at maths, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement - and the more expensive the sphere.

When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. What they find will change more than just their lives... Because the entire world fights over spheres, but no one knows why they're here or what their powers are... until now.

~ Review ~  

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh is a fast-paced and exciting journey which will take its readers from the seat of their homes to hunting super-power-giving-spheres, along the way dodging very dangerous people and all the while forging unbreakable bonds.

From the premise of the synopsis I did not think I would enjoy this novel as much as I did. Upon receiving this book I had not heard of this novel nor of its Author so I wasn't sure what to expect, sure the premise sounded interesting but I certainly did not think I would enjoy it as much as I did. From its first few pages, it had me hooked, asking questions and turning pages just to find out the answers to these questions.

The world in which Burning Midnight is set at isn't much different to our world, the main difference being this world has spheres, when two of the same coloured spheres are "burnt" (touching both to either side of your temples) it gives that person some kind of power whether it be forgetting a memory, being better looking, smarter, faster etc. Like all things with a value, humans soon finds a way to exploit it financially.

David Sullivan is a sphere trader at the local markets, trying to help his single-Mother out financially, Hunter Valdez is a sphere hunter, when the two meet paths their adventure begins.

I absolutely enjoyed the fast paced adventure ride that McIntosh takes his readers on. Everything about it was fantastic, the story line was original and inventive, the pacing was fast and adventurous but not rushed, the characters were multi-dimensional and their relationships and friendships were relatable and realistic. Even the Villain you can come to understand, I certainly didn't sympathise with his greed but you understand him as a person.

The story is truly fantastic and it is certainly worth the read. Being a standalone novel, the Author tied the end up nicely which is where I find a lot of adventure books lacking. I would still love to read more about this world and the characters, but alas it was still a satisfying ending and I found myself feeling wowed once I turned the last page. I highly recommend this book to those that enjoy adventure stories and I cannot wait to read other Will McIntosh novels.

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Stacking the Shelves #20

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's main purpose is to showcase the books you've obtained (borrowed, won/gifted, given for review or purchased) for the week gone by. To participate, link to your own STS post here

How is everyone going? I've been very busy as of late trying to get out the reviews I need to get out as I've been so lucky in receiving some AMAZING books. My Stacking the Shelves post are normally written a few weeks in advance but when I receive a soon to be released book, of course I so want to feature those first, right? 

So here I am, quite jumbled, so if I double up on books, as in mention it on two #STS posts, don't think I'm just rubbing it in, I've simply overlooked that I've already mentioned it. So without further ado, here's what my week looked like in the book world. 

Book Hauls

Carry on by Rainbow Rowell and Soundless by Richelle Mead

Huge Thanks to Pan MacMillan and Penguin Books

Now I've only ever read Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park but did I love that book so...ok I can't spoil it as the review is coming shortly, so you'll have to wait in suspense, or you'd probably have read it already in which case, comment below so we can fangirl/guy over it. So there you go, I still leaked my "opinion" out of the bag, did you get the hint? 

We don't need to get into Richelle Mead and my love for her, right? Just a hint, Soundless definitely does not disappoint. 

I also attended the #BTCYA Event hosted by Harper Teen at Harper Collins Sydney office, here's a recap of the event. All attendees got super awesome swag bags, hence why it is included in my STS post. 

Since it is a crappy photo...I'm yet to learn to take decent ones for my blog. I'll describe the contents:-

Harper Teen "Epic Reads" Tote - and this tote is AHMAZING! It is truly designed for multiple and heavy books, it is strong y'all! 

Ten Thousand Skies About You by Claudia Gray poster

Between The Covers catalogue showing the 2016 YA Releases for Harper Teen

ARC of Demon Road by Derek Landy, Author to the Skulduggery Pleasant Series

ARC of Lady Helen & The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

A few book swag, I picked up 2 buttons and a postcard of The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly.

A very generous swag pack, some of the bags contained Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, had I known this I would have diligently searched for one of those bags LOL.

Thanks so much to Amanda & Tim and the rest of the team at Harper Collins for such an amazing and entertaining night, it was certainly an honour to be part of this wonderful community.

Last but certainly not least, I'm gonna count this as a "book haul", these two darling books from my #OTSPSecretSister.

Gorgeous right? These book necklaces are from Cait at Paper Fury Ink an Aussie Etsy seller. Thank you to my wonderful #OTSPSecretSister you truly spoil me each and every month. 

That's all for me for this week, till next week...

Have a Great weekend! 

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

BTCYA Sydney; A Harper Collins Event

Between The Covers is a blog hosted by the Harper Collins Publishers team, hence the name BTCYA. I was so very thrilled to have been given an invite to this wonderful event and was beyond excited. This is the first time I've attended a blogging event and I went alone which was a bit intimidating as many of the old-time bloggers probably knew each other.

There were many giveaways, I was too embarrassed to raise my hand and answer the questions, but I was so jealous of the books that everyone got to choose. I didn't realise there were signed copies of Claudia Gray's Firebird Trilogy, I may have braved the embarrassment had I known LOL,

The host of the evening, Amanda and Tim were hilarious and I truly enjoyed the event. They ran through the books that are to be released in 2016 and a short snippet of what they thought of it. They seriously have the best job and they are total comedians! I'm sad to hear that they're leaving.

There were these gorgeous and delicious cupcakes, drinks and snacks.
And of course a table of books for sale courtesy of Dymocks. I really want to read The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand, Amanda and Tim really sold that book to me, and Peony Lantern by Frances Watts also sounds quite interesting. 

All photos are sourced from #BTCYA Twitter courtesy of Harper Collins

We also got a very generous swag bag which included an ARC copy of Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Aussie Author Alison Goodman and Demon Road by Derek Landy, Author of the Skulduggery Pleasant Series, along with a beautiful poster of Claudia Gray's Ten Thousand Skies Above You, the second book to A Thousand Pieces of You, both of which I can't wait to read.

The tote bag is amazing, very sturdy and will definitely carry alot of books, which if you've been searching for a tote to carry multiple books you'd have found how hard that is to find.

Thanks so much for Harper Teen for the amazing event! And thanks so much Tim & Amanda for the very entertaining evening, I certainly would not have spent my Friday night any other way ;)

My Highly Anticipated 2016 Reads 

Check out Thoughts by J and Happy Indulgence for a more in depth recap of the event. 

If you were there leave me a comment below to let me know what you thought of the event, or leave a link to your event recap post. 

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Stacking the Shelves #19

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's main purpose is to showcase the books you've obtained (borrowed, won/gifted, given for review or purchased) for the week gone by. To participate, link to your own STS post here

Books for the week!

Publisher - Many thanks to Pan Macmillan

The Book of Days by K.A Tucker; my review

Firewalker by Josephine Angelini, book 2 in the Worldwalker Trilogy


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Never, Always, Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Courtesy of Author and The Fantastic Flying Bookclub
Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams; my review


My #OTSPSecretSister gave me Red Queen AND The Secret Lies of Minnow Bly, this was my first ever box so she totally spoilt me! 

For those that do not know the #OTSPSecretSister it is somewhat a Secret Santa for the book blogging community but it goes on for 6 months, if you want to join the next round click here for more info. It's International too! 

Have a Great weekend! 

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Zeroes by Westerfeld, Biancotti & Lanagan ~ Book Review + Giveaway


by Scott Westerfeld + Margo Lanagan + Deborah Biancotti 

Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Released: September 23, 2015
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Softcover 496 pages
Source: Publisher
Buy It Now: Publisher | Booktopia | Book Depository

Don't call them heroes. But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart

Ethan aka Scam has a voice inside him that'll say whatever people want to hear, whether it's true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn't - like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren't exactly best friends these days.

Enter Nate, aka Bellwether, the group's 'glorious leader.' After Scam's SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

Filled with high-stakes action and drama, Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening instalment of a thrilling new series.

~ Review ~  

I am a huge Scott Westerfeld fan so when I heard about this book I knew I had to get my grubby hands on it and boy was I not disappointed. Like all other Westerfeld books I have read in the past this was definitely astounding, well written, great characters and lots of action! I truly loved it and was seriously amazed at how well three writers could write a book that read this well, it was well written and flowed nicely which is not what I would expect from a book written by multiple Authors.

Zeroes takes us on an adventure with six American teens who all have superpowers and were all born in 2000, this is where their similarity ends. Each teen has a different power and a different personality to boot. Together the team were simply playing on their powers, doing fake "assignments" to further improve their power and to gain a better understanding as they were truly just learning about themselves, however, an unfortunate team drama shattered their group, separated and no longer corresponding with each other...until now!

Zeroes was seriously astounding and I cannot wait for the second instalment! The characters are very dimensional and the premise of superpowers but the price you have to pay for these powers are very intriguing. I loved seeing these"heroes" not be so "heroic" and perfect, making stupid decisions, but working together to fix the problem as they arise. I love the team work, despite the drama from the previous year and no longer being "friends" they still came together immediately when one of them was in danger, I loved this aspect of friendship.

What I really love about Heroes is the reality of the characters, it is unlike the thousands other teen superhero stories we have watched or read in the past, these superheroes are geeky, totally selfish, and all the other adjectives of a teen, on top of that they've been blessed/cursed with superpowers, so we are seeing these teens coming to terms with their superpowers and totally screw up alot on the way to their self discoveries. It is truly refreshing to see these teen superheroes in a very realistic manner, hence why the story was so captivating to me. It is unlike the other plot lines done before with world changing, world saving teen superheroes, not at all!

Zeroes is a well written, fast-paced, action pack start to what I could imagine in becoming a fantastic series! The characters were all real and likeable, their fumbling through their superhero status and powers is what I truly loved about this book. The writing is great, coming from three spectacular Authors, and it flowed smoothly despite it being written by three Authors. I cannot wait till the release of the consecutive books.

Many Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini ~ Book Review

In celebration of the release of Fire Walker, book 2 in the World Walker Trilogy by Josephine Angelini, published by Pan Macmillan Australia, I decided to post a review of Trial by Fire before posting my Firewalker review. Please stay tuned for my review of book 2, Firewalker and don't forget to check out Josephine Angelini's other books, the Starcrossed series.

Trial by Fire

by Josephine Angelini

Series: WorldWalker Trilogy #1
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi + Fantasy
Released: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.


Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini is the first book in the World Walker Trilogy. This trilogy is definitely going to be a must read for me. I absolutely adored the original concept and the extremely loveable characters.

Lily Proctor is thrown into an alternative universe when a silly self-pity wish to disappear from her world took her there. In the alternate universe she finds her alternative self, Lillian, and along with Lillian she finds some answers to her illnesses and allergies, along with other much complicated things about what she supposedly can do for this new world she has found herself in. Lily only wants to go back home, but as she meets more people in this world it seems more and more impossible to go home as everyone is trying to use Lily for their own gains, including herself, Lillian. 

Trial by Fire started a bit slow for me, I do enjoy Josephine's writing but I just didn't get into the plot at first. There was a lot of scientific explanations and I was just not following at the beginning. However, as I've said in previous reviews, I find this is quite common in first books in a series as the Author needs to fundamentally lay down the foundation for the story, so I have to be fair to say that once the story got going, so around the 9th chapter it was certainly fast-paced, action-packed and very much a page-turner. 

Josephine Angelini's talent really shines through in this book as it was filled with in-depth descriptions on how things worked, I find that in many Sci-Fi or Fantasy novels the readers are simply expected to believe in the world that is created, Angelini however, ensured that we are well versed into the history and the making of the world in the Worldwalker Trilogy, whilst I found some of these parts dull and boring as I'm not that good with Science, I did appreciate it for the world building, and it smoothly came together at the end. At the time of reading I was like "when will the action begin," but upon reading the entire book I certainly don't think it would have been the same without the background information as we wouldn't have been able to understand the why, what and when of this alternate world/universe. 

The original concept and plot was also something to seriously applaud as it was so original and I am sure that it hasn't been done before. So yes, we have witches but a lot of the things they could do had a scientific explanation, so imagine that the best science tricks were simply explained as "magic" and that's what you have. This was truly enjoyable to read as it was unlike any other witchy book I've read. 

Last but certainly not least was Josephine's writing of the characters, oh the characters in Trial by Fire were totally relatable, likeable and I just loved Josephine's creation of her characters and their interactions. As a reader I was soon immersed in their lives, their feelings and I just enjoyed this journey with Lily, Juliet, Rowan, Tristan, Caleb and even Lillian! 

Trial by Fire is the first book in Josephine Angelini's second series; Worldwalker Trilogy. This is definitely a must read for YA fans that enjoy paranormal witch stories, with a hint of fantasy and Sci-Fi. It's a wonderful read, but persevere through the first few chapters if you feel like your getting bored because the story does pick-up as soon as the world creation and concepts are formed and it truly is worth the wait. 

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Stay tuned for the upcoming review of book 2 of the World Walker Trilogy
Fire Walker 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Witches of BlackBrook by Tish Thawer ~ Review

The Witches of BlackBrook

by Tish Thawer

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Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Amber Leaf Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: XPresso Book Tours

Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.

Three sisters escape the Salem witch trials when the eldest casts a spell that hurtles their souls forward through time. After centuries separated, fate has finally reunited them in the present day.

One the healer, one the teacher, and one the deceiver.

Will their reunion return their full powers, or end their souls journey forever?

~ Review ~  

Three sisters lived as witches at a time when the Salem witch prosecution was very much alive, Trin, the oldest of the three and the most powerful was sent to the pyre for helping a woman save her child, but as she burnt at the pyre, being such a powerful witch she cast a spell to send her and her sisters to the future, unfortunately it didn't go as well as she thought and they got separated and for decades after that they continue to look for each other in each of their different lives.

The Witches of Blackbrook reminded me somewhat of Charmed the TV series with 3 witch sisters who would do anything for each other with the strength of their magic somewhat linked together. This book was truly addictive to read, I read 70% in one sitting. It was short, fast-paced and quite exciting with  many twists and turns to keep you constantly guessing. I was loving the writing style as Thawer weaved the past and present together in the form of flashbacks to help the readers with the mystery element of the story.

Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed The Witches of Blackbrook for it's suspenseful and original plot line I found the characters lacking a bit of depth, I didn't feel like I really got to know many of the characters apart from the protagonist, Trin, and I also felt that the ending was slightly anti-climatic and left me with more questions than answers. However, I must keep in mind that this is the first book in the series so Tish may weave more of the story in consecutive books.

The Witches of Blackbrook is still worth picking up with its great and original story line, mysterious elements and Thawer's awesome writing technique it'll definitely keep you turning the pages.

Many Thanks to XPresso Book Tours for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review


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