mystery · suspense · thriller · Young adult

The Island – C.L. Taylor ★★★★★

Blurb; Welcome to The Island.

Where your worst fears are about to come true…

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.

But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime turns into a nightmare.

Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re becoming a reality.

Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.

Who will make it off the island alive?

My Review; I was lucky enough to be sent an early copy of this amazing book as I am one of Cally’s VIP readers. I am a huge fan of all her books and the wait between each one gets longer and longer due to me reading them in a couple of days… but they are always worth the wait! Another brilliant read I devoured. She hasn’t disappointed me yet. The cover is also gorgeous and eye catching.

This is a young adult, thriller set on a remote island. Six teenage friends are off to enjoy a seven day survival on a remote island but things soon start to turn scary, freaky and deadly. Who can trust who? Will they survive? Will they all leave the island? They’re a typical group of friends each with their own personal problems.

The story is told through each of the characters over the seven days and it works. It’s a tense, thrilling, gripping, fast paced, page turner of a read. I really enjoyed it and didn’t figure out the plot either which is always a bonus. This is a perfect YA thriller. One to pre order, keep an eye out for. It’s due January 2021 and I’m really excited about it.

Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me and a strong contender for my top twenty reads of the year. Brilliantly written. Perfection. Not got a bad thing to say…

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mystery · suspense · Young adult

The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes ★★★★

Blurb; Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

My Review; With thanks to Pigeonhole for letting me reading this one another recommend to me by fellow blogger Mel at Melanie’s read. One I absolutely loved! Highly recommend. I am over the moon to know there’s going to be a book two! Cause that ending was a huge cliffhanger! I want answers…

This book is soo bloody clever from start to finish. When Avery finds herself the benefitor of a strangers will her life is about to change forever. This isn’t just any will its the will of a very rich man who likes to play games. The catch? She has to live in his huge house for one year to benefit. The whole house is one big puzzle from secret tunnels/passages to the Hawthorne family themselves.

Let the games begin. Literally everything is a game to this man and family and at times it gets too much, deadly. Secrets become uncovered and Avery doesn’t know who she can trust anymore. It’s a fast paced, page turner of a read and would make a brilliant film or series. Highly recommend.. I cannot wait for book two already. A well deserved four stars from me.

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fantasy · Magic · Young adult

*BLOG TOUR* Tree Magic – Harriet Springbett ★★★★

Blurb;

A life fractured into parallel worlds. A quiet magic to accept or ignore. A decision to make.
Escape from difficult family dynamics is teenager Rainbow’s desire. When she discovers a strange gift for communicating with trees, she thinks she’s found her salvation. Even better, a mysterious but gentle man living in her Dorset village helps develop her powers.

But when tragedy strikes, Rainbow’s life is torn apart, creating parallel worlds in the process. In one life, the vulnerable Rainbow strives to salvage her family. In the other, her alter-ego, Mary, flees her past. Over the next few years the two versions of Rainbow follow very different lives. The source of their grief, however, is the same – a confession buried deep within their memories.

Could France offer more than a mere escape? As the two worlds draw closer and memories resurface, Rainbow and Mary’s futures must be determined. Can they receive the healing they need? Or will the renewed pain be too much to bear? Only by risking their lives will they know.

Escape from difficult family dynamics is teenager Rainbow’s desire. When she discovers a strange gift for communicating with trees, she thinks she’s found her salvation. Even better, a mysterious but gentle man living in her Dorset village helps develop her powers.

But when tragedy strikes, Rainbow’s life is torn apart, creating parallel worlds in the process. In one life, the vulnerable Rainbow strives to salvage her family. In the other, her alter-ego, Mary, flees her past. Over the next few years the two versions of Rainbow follow very different lives. The source of their grief, however, is the same – a confession buried deep within their memories.

Could France offer more than a mere escape? As the two worlds draw closer and memories resurface, Rainbow and Mary’s futures must be determined. Can they receive the healing they need? Or will the renewed pain be too much to bear? Only by risking their lives will they know.
My Review; As soon as this popped through my door I knew I was in for a treat and just had to read it straight away. The cover is gorgeous and before I knew it I was immersed into Rainbows world and I didn’t want to leave. Again another different read for me but one I very much enjoyed and loved. This is book one in the Tree Magic trilogy and I already cannot wait to see what lies ahead.

Very YA fantasy/magic. I was a bit confused between the two characters at first i.e Rainbow and Mary but it explains it all towards the end and I got it before that. Clever very clever. Different. Again I haven’t read anything similar to this. A perfect read for me a different world to escape into. A real page turner for me. I loved it all.

After an accident caused by Rainbow she changes into Mary. Both girls are different but they’re the same person. Rainbow has discovered with trees she has magic. Again like I’ve said different but it works. I was intrigued. Plenty of YA in relation to her life, friends and school etc. A great read! A nice ending. I look forward to book two.

Above is the new cover. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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