Young adult

*BLOG TOUR* Roam – Erik Therme ★★★★

Blurb; When Kevin finds Sarah stranded by the side of the road, he’s more than willing to give her a ride. Young, beautiful and distraught—she’s everything a single guy could ask for in a girl. What he doesn’t know is that she already has a guy: an abusive, drunken boyfriend who left her there in a fit of rage. And when that boyfriend comes back and finds Sarah missing, a simple ride will turn deadly.

Like Josh Gaylord and Daniel Kraus before him, author Erik Therme explores the angst of disconnected youth in his enthralling and powerful Roam. Therme’s darkly tinged novel is an unforgettable tale of three errant souls brutalized by life’s cruel circumstances, and a remarkable night of discovery and violence that will change them forever.

My Review; I have loved previous books by this author before so this was a must read for me, I wasn’t disappointed. I was alongside Sarah and Kevin the whole way and secretly hoped that it would lead to something… They’re cute together.

Erik has given his readers another page turner of a read which steams up towards the end. I throughally enjoyed it. Brilliantly written, good plot and short chapters. It’s a coming of age story that will be hard to forget…

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Can’t fault this one other than I didn’t want it to end!

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Adventure · fantasy · mystery · Young adult

*BLOG TOUR* The Misfit Tribe and the Secret of Mystery Island – BJ Rowling & DG Lloyd ★★★★

Blurb; Teenagers, who suddenly possess a vast collection of magical mystical powers and abilities, find an ancient map, which leads them on a quest for buried treasure to a mysterious island filled with hidden secrets, booby traps, and a villain who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. What could possibly go wrong? A lot! Announcing B.J. Rowling’s (cousin of famed Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling) debut book “The Misfit Tribe.” Teaming up with co-author D.G. Lloyd, the duo have put together an incredibly entertaining franchise that will certainly capture the imagination of readers everywhere! – Gross Brothers’ Productions

My Review; You know when you read a book and never expected to love it? Well this just happened to me. I bloody loved this book, not what I expected at all… It’s fast paced, a page turner and makes you want to see the outcome for these teenagers and their hunt. They’ve survived several near deaths and literally had the ride of their lives along the way and I got to experience it alongside them.

It’s a real adventure and mysterious story with parts of low fantasy added in making one brilliant story. I throughally enjoyed it. Brilliantly written. One I won’t forget for a long time, different, fun, adventurous. There’s many unique characters within this group of friends all useful in their own way for this hunt and they all stuxk together.

Highly recommend. Perfect for young adult readers who want an adventure. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Fairytale Retelling · fantasy · Young adult

The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert ★★★★

Blurb; Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

My Review; I picked this up purely because of the gorgeous cover. It’s meant to be a retelling of Alice in Wonderland but I didn’t see much similar other than the main characters name being Alice.

It took me a while to get into it but then it got dark, mysterious and twisted! There is many mixed reviews about this book but I throughally enjoyed it, something different. A happyish ending after everything the poor girl went through… A lot of bad luck following her. There are a few short fairy tales told throughout this story.

A good read and I will be reading her next book too. Perfect for young adult readers, fantasy and fairty tale retellings. It’s well written with short chapters and picks up after the beginning. A well deserved four stars from me and I recommend it. It seems you’ll either enjoy it or hate it.

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