Blog Tour: The Devil’s Poetry – Review

35148705Title: The Devil’s Poetry
Author:
Louise Cole
Published by: Kindle Press
Publication date: 13th June 2017
Pages: 250, ebook
Genre: YA, thriller

Questions are dangerous but answers can be deadly.
Callie’s world will be lost to war – unless she can unlock the magic of an ancient manuscript. She and her friends will be sent to the front line. Many of them won’t come back. When a secret order tells her she can bring peace by reading from a book, it seems an easy solution – too easy. Callie soon finds herself hunted, trapped between desperate allies and diabolical enemies. The Order is every bit as ruthless as the paranormal Cadaveri.
Callie can only trust two people – her best friend and her ex-marine bodyguard. And they are on different sides. She must decide: how far will she go to stop a war?
Dare she read this book? What’s the price – and who pays it?
Commended in the Yeovil Prize 2016, this is an action-packed blend of adventure, fantasy and love story.

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Today I will be reviewing The Devil’s Poetry as part of the book’s blog tour – I was super excited when Faye asked me to take part, as this book looked exactly like my kind of thing!

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A Little Blog Update…

As those of you who follow me on Twitter may know, I have had an abundance of exams over the past couple of months that have left me rather stressed and exhausted. I finally finished on Friday, and now have the whole summer holiday to look forward to!

Starting from now, I plan on doing lots of work on this blog, which I am super excited for. Firstly, I want to post more over the summer – I’ve been doing twice a week since I started my blog, but I think I’ll try for three now that I have more time. I may also be doing a few other non-bookish things, just general life stuff (I took to Twitter to ask about this, and 73% of people said to go for it, so I now feel validated n all that). Though, if all you want to see from this blog is books, at least two posts a week will still definitely be book-related, so no different from usual.

A few other things – I may toy around with my blog layout over the next few weeks, may get an instagram, may change the format of my monthly wrap ups. So yeah. There are lots of things I want to work on over the summer, and I thought I would fill you, my lovely readers, in. If any of you have any comments I’d love to hear them, and other than that, I should have lots more posts coming soon!

Review – Tree Magic

32883339Title: Tree Magic
Author:
Harriet Springbett
Published by: Impress Books
Publication date: 9th January 2017
Pages: 443, ebook
Genre: young adult, fantasy

Rainbow’s magic hands can shape trees at her will, but her gift is dangerous and has fatal consequences.

From England to France, through secrets, fears and parallel worlds, Rainbow’s journey to understand her powers takes her beyond everything she’s ever known.

To find the truth, she must also find herself.

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I’ve been anticipating this read for months, ever since I was lucky enough to be sent an eARC of Tree Magic by Harriet Springbett, the author. It was very different from my usual YA reads, but I found the storyline intriguing and it was a book I enjoyed immensely.

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Your Favourite Music Book Tag

It’s time for another tag! This one is the ‘Your Favourite Music’ book tag, created by Debbie from Debbie’s Library. Thank you so much to Lia from Lost In A Story for tagging me – her post and just her blog in general is FAB so definitely check it out!

Also, I am aware that I have been doing a lot of tags and reviews recently – I have had exams for the past couple of months (as I keep going on about) so have not had lots of time to think of more original, discussion-type content. I will work on that in the summer, but for now, this looked like fun and I really wanted to try it out!

The Rules

  • Tag the creator of this tag and the one who tagged you
  • Pick 5 songs (or more) that you just have to listen whenever they are played
  • Pick the books/characters you think fit that song the best, and explain why you pick this book/character for this song
  • Tag some friends!

The books!

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Review – The Winner’s Curse

Title: The Winner’s Curse16069030
Author:
Marie Rutkoski
Published by: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Pages: 359, paperback
Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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I was quite excited to read this book, as I know it’s very popular, and it’s just the sort of fantasy YA I love. I was expecting a five-star read, and honestly, this was quite disappointing. Did I enjoy it? Yes, I did – if fact, I read it in one day. However there were just so many things about this book that frustrated me, so please excuse me if this review sounds slightly like a rant (and be warned, there will be some minor spoilers!).

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Review – Caraval

30964236Title: Caraval
Author:  Stephanie Garber
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 31st January 2017
Pages: 402, hardback
Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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I bought Caraval last month, after hearing so much about it online. I pretty much only buy paperbacks most of the time, so to me it felt like A BIG DEAL. I read a sample of the book online, and then went to two separate Waterstones in an attempt to find a copy with a completely pristine jacket (the one I ended up buying does have a small tear at the top, but I’m sure I’ll live). I’m really glad I went to the trouble, as I know now I will be rereading Caraval a lot in the future.

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