Mini-Review: The Potion Diaries: Royal Tour (Potion #2) by Amy Alward
*REVIEW WRITTEN IN DECEMBER 2016*
I read The Potion Diaries: The Royal Tour by Amy Alward right at the start of December as I was in a mood to catch up a bit on series, so I decided to knock this sequel off my TBR by finally reading it and I'm super glad that I did.
This is the sequel to The Potion Diaries, so if you haven't read that then you might want to click off this review as there might be spoilers from the first book in this review.
Anyway, now that I've talked about that, let's get into my small review of The Potion Diaries: The Royal Tour...
Title - The Potion Diaries: Royal Tour (Potion #2)
Author - Amy Alward
Genre (s) - YA, Fantasy
Date Started - 1/12/2016
Date Finished - 11/12/2016
Synopsis: Stolen memories, a lost diary and a race against time...
Having saved Princess Evelyn (and become her new BFF) Sam must accompany Evelyn on a world tour, so she can keep the princess (and everyone around her) safe with a power-binding potion. But Sam also has another reason to scour the globe. Someone has tampered with her grandad's mind, and Sam is the only one who can unlock his memories to save him and the family business. And that's not all that's at stake. The stolen memories contain the recipe to a potion which many would kill to get hold of. With the post powerful people in the world desperate for the recipe, Sam must save her grandad in order to save everyone else...
At the end of The Potion Diaries, we know that Sam has saved Princess Evelyn by finding a cure against a love potion. This book starts off after that has happened and does talk a lot about how Sam's life has changed since and how she's coping with these changes to her life. Throughout the book you see pages from a website that features rumours/theories about events surrounding Princess Evelyn and stuff going on in the community of alchemy. Sam features a lot on this website since her popularity has increased after curing Evelyn and the website follows what's going on in the book and what other people suspect is going on.
In this sequel you do find a bit more out about characters that were mentioned in the first book and how they play a part in the events now happening. Some of the characters that feature once again in this sequel are Zain, Emelia Thoth, and lots more. The sequel also features more about Sam's Great-Grandmother Cleo and her lost diary as they attempt to find it.
This sequel is just as quick-paced and exciting as the first and constantly keeps you wondering what's going to happen next. It's full of twists and turns, which just add to the excitement of the story. There's more adventure in this book as well and some old faces do appear to join in and help as well as new ones.
I loved this book just as much as the first if not a bit more. Everything about it was great, but the cliffhanger ending. UGH! I need the next book! Basically, if you enjoyed the first book, you'll love this one as well. Also, if you haven't yet picked up this series, I fully suggest that you do!
The one thing that caused me to lower the rating was that I did find some things a bit slow leading into the story, but once you get a certain amount through it does get a lot better. Nonetheless, this is a brilliant sequel!
Rate - 4-4.5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26065653-royal-tour?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Potion-Diaries--Royal-Tour/9781471143588
Review: Rhodi Rising (The Rhodi Saga #2) by Megan Linski
*This review was written in September 2016*
Title - Rhodi Rising (The Rhodi Saga #2)
Author - Megan Linski
Synopsis - Forced into hiding.
Desperate to find their masters.
In the past few months since the attack on their home, twin assassins Dylan and Devin have grown restless. With the Rhodi facing extinction, they search for their masters Talidin and Tavana, only to discover they’ve gone missing. With nowhere to turn, the twins seek help from a pair of mysterious spies, only to find the trail gone cold, marked by hints of torture and destruction.
Dylan and Devin piece together the events that led to the disappearance of their fellow Rhodi. As their enemies close in for the kill, Dylan discovers that some things are impossible for a Rhodi…but not for a tigress.
The stakes and romance are heightened in this epic dystopian sequel to Rhodi’s Light. Bestselling author Megan Linski brings readers a young adult fantasy with magic, mystery, and an epic adventure that races quickly to a breathless conclusion.
*I was sent an ebook copy of this book from the author in trade for an honest review*
This review may contain SPOILERS from the first book in the series, Rhodi's Light and maybe Rhodi Rising.
Rhodi Rising is the sequel to Rhodi's Light (which I absolutely loved!) and I was so excited to get into this book following the ending of Rhodi's Light.
At the end of Rhodi's Light we find out that Dylan and Devin are being taken away to some place in the mountains to go into hiding with their Aunt, Uncle and their cousin, Tristan. However, when the Hunter's Guild discover where they're staying, the twins and Tristan have no choice but to run in an attempt to get back to their old home where their Rhodi masters live. They meet some new people along the way, but when they get home, things aren't right and the people they were most looking forward to seeing aren't there. The rest of the book follows the twins and Tristan (along with their new friends) trying to discover what really happened when they were gone and how they're going to fix it.
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I was so looking forward to reading Rhodi Rising, but I feel as if I was left feeling a teeny bit disappointed. I'm not sure if it was just me, but I did seem to find it harder to get into the story this time round, BUT once I got a bit in, the action started and the book kicked off!
The action scenes once again were brilliant and had me on the edge of my seat. I also really enjoyed the fact that Megan kept Saffron involved throughout the story and gave her a little sub-plot as well with the twins trying to find out about her parents in trade for the location of the weapons. I think that was a great idea and hope that it's not the last of Saffron!
There were also a few new characters introduced in Rhodi Rising. Two of the main ones being Enfys and Jenna, who I really loved! Both of them were so unique and just great additions to the book. With Jenna's chattiness and Enfys' mysteriousness, these siblings just added to the greatness of the plot.
Once again, Rhodi Rising did mention Dylan's depression and her self-harming. I don't think it was mentioned as much as it was in Rhodi' Light, but it is still there. I also like Enfys because of how kind he was to Dylan when he saw her scars, even though he barely knew her.
To sort of go with that, the character relationships were once again great and I loved how easily Enfys and Jenna both fitted in so easily with the other characters. Also, Dylan and Talidin's character relationship just makes me ughh.. just the best! Just like Devin and Tavana's as well!
Overall, I did really enjoy Rhodi Rising apart from a few minor issues. I think I may have liked Rhodi's Light slightly more, but so far the series is one of my favourites! I'm super excited for book 3 because I've heard a few people say it's their favourite out of the trilogy. When I do eventually read it, I'll try to get a review up!
I'm not sure on a rating but it's around a 3.75-4 ish/5.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29755662-rhodi-rising?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Rhodi-Rising-Megan-Linski/9781535349802
Spoiler-Free Review: Super Awkward by Beth Garrod
*This post was written in December 2016*
I haven't posted any reviews in quite a while, but have had a list of books that I wanted to write reviews for, for ages. Anyway, so I thought I'd get back into writing reviews by starting off with a book that I did thoroughly enjoy, which is Super Awkward by Beth Garrod. I did read this book back in October, so I thought maybe it's be best for me to write just a mini-review and go from there., so I have no idea how long this review will be, so the title to the post may be different to how it was originally.
Anyway, enough of me blabbering on now, here's my review on Super Awkward by Beth Garrod.
Title - Super Awkward
Author - Beth Garrod
Genre(s) - YA, Contemporary,
Date Started - 22/10/2016
Date Finished - 30/10/2016
I, Bella Fisher, am absolutely WINNING at FAILING at life.
1. I once got my tongue stuck to a box of Calippos in a supermarket.
2. I accidentally called my geography teacher Mum. Twice. He wasn't impressed.
3. I'm a geek. And not in a geek-chic kind of way, but in a secretly-caring-about-failing-maths-and-science way.
4. I always fail maths and science.
So it figures that when I meet the FITTEST BOY IN THE WORLD, Zac, I'm doing solo star jumps. While dressed as a cereal box.
(NOTE TO SELF, fancy dress = HE-WILL-NEVER-EVER-FANCY-ME dress.)
Now I've got to somehow persuade Zac to come to prom with me while avoiding my evil ex and dealing with a secret so mega-awks I want to Ctrl-Z my brain... What could go wrong?
Oh yeah, that's right. Absolutely everything.
When I was birthday shopping with my mum, I saw this in Asda and it instantly drew my eye as the cover is just so fun and pretty. I read through the synopsis on the back and I instantly knew that I just had to read it.
When reading the synopsis it made me think a bit of Geek Girl by Holly Smale and Waiting For Callback by Honor & Perdita Cargill as all three books have the same sort of teenage girl main character, who nothing really goes right for. However, there's a lot more to Bella Fisher, which separates her from those two other characters.
Bella is just your typical teenage girl, but she is a really clumsy, awkward one at the same time. She is just a normal girl, who somehow gets herself into a lot of problematic situations and manages to embarass herself in almost every single one. She's such a funny character and it was really fun to read her story, though she did have me cringing at times just by how awkward she was. I would definitely say she is a relatable character and by the end of the story I had completely fallen in love with her as a character and really wanted to read more about her.
The story was very well written, making the book a lot more enjoyable as the writing style fitted Bella ad her story brilliantly. There were some surprises, but also some things that I sort of expected, but that's the same with every book. This book was exactly what I needed at the time and was such a relaxing and fun read.
I'd 100% recommend this book to anyone as it really is just a great book and feel that even people who don't necessarily enjoy reading would be hooked and love it. I think this book is perfect for teenagers and think that maybe a lot of people would be able to relate (even a tiny bit) to Bella.
I loved Super Awkward and will definitely be keeping an eye out for any future releases from Beth Garrod.
Rate - 4.5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29554546-super-awkward?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Super-Awkward/9781407166407
Spoiler-Free Review: When Summer Blew Up by Shervine Thompson
So, I'm back with another book today that I was sent for review a long time ago, but I have finally read it and can now give a proper review. I will attempt to keep this review spoiler-free, but if it isn't I'll put a note above to say so. If there's no note it should be safe to carry on.
Before I get into the review, I'd just like to thank Shervine Thompson for sending me an ebook copy of When Summer Blew Up and I'm sorry that it took me a long time to do this review.
Anyway, let's get into the review...
Title - When Summer Blew Up by Shervine Thompson
Date Started - 22/12/2016
Date Finished - 26/12/2016
Genre(s) - YA
Synopsis: "When Summer Blew up, it meant one thing for the ever overly spunky Autumn Vanderpool. That her life was over ,along with her hopes of ever being an elite Olympian Gymnast. Now she is back in Guanela, the island where she grew up,forced to live with her tyranny aunt, whom she considers to be the Joker's identical twin. Her only worry now is survival and to completely forget her past.
That's until she met the boy with the red shoes. He is the charming Brainiac while she is the girl who nobody wants to be around, but yet they soon become close friends. Now she is pushed to look at herself in a whole new light, and pursue her dream of becoming an Olympian gymnast, and although she may have gotten on the audition team, staying there is only half the battle. But her dark past and the infamous `they' aren't happy with the new Autumn, and threatens to destroy her new found happiness.
When Summer Blew Up follows the friendship of two teens growing up in the 1980s to when they are adults."
*I was sent an ebook copy of this book from the author in trade for an honest review* *All opinions are honest and my own*
I was sent a copy of this book back in the summer when I was in a huge reading slump and I wasn't reading much if anything. I was hoping this would pull me out of my slump.
I started reading it and I got to the end of the first chapter and then gave up. I found it too confusing and I just wasn't interested.
I tried to forget about the book a bit up until now, but I didn't feel like I'd given it a proper attempt. I felt bad that I'd been sent a copy of it and hadn't given it my full attention to at least read a bit more before giving up. As it was December and nearly the new year, I did want to at least give this book another try before the new year. I started it and I'm so glad that I gave this another try as I did end up enjoying it.
When I started the second read I was still a tiny bit confused, but all I needed to do was carry on a few more pages and then I understood a bit more of the book. I'm not going to lie and say that I somehow was suddenly able to whizz through the book, because that isn't what happened. I found that I did have to push myself to read the book for about the first 100 pages, but after that point I was genuinely wanting to read it.
I did insert a copy of the synopsis above, but I seriously don't think it does enough justice and I know I wouldn't be able to explain it any better, but trust me when I say the following. When Summer Blew Up has so much more to it. It is a long book, but the amount that happens and the depth to each character and the struggles they continuously have to face are so much bigger.
It took me a while, but I did feel really strongly about Autumn, I found that I did really care about her and hated how she was treated by certain people. However, at times she sort of was trying to wind people up and wasn't helping herself or the situation she was in. There was quite a few characters and it was interesting to see how some of them changed over the time period to get to how they are in the present moment.
This book was a bit different to anything I'd read in a while and it was really interesting to follow such different characters and their stories. It's interesting to see how each character plays a role in Autumn and Danny's lives throughout the story and the journey from the past to the present is such a meaningful one.
The ending I felt was a bit rushed and everyone's emotion kept chopping and changing and I just felt that it could've been made a bit clearer to show what really was going.
I also mentioned above that this book is on the longer side and I think that it did sort of need to be on the longer side. There are certain bits of description, which I feel could've possibly been cut out, however, because of the setting and length of time the book is played out across, I do think that it did need to be as long as it was, especially to fit all of what happened in it.
Overall, I did really enjoy this book though I was at times a bit confused. I would recommend this book if you were at least a tiny bit interested in the synopsis, but keep in mind that a lot more happens in this book then what is described in the synopsis.
Rate - 3.75/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29142902-when-summer-blew-up?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/When-Summer-Blew-Up-Shervine-Thompson/9781514451977
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