They’re among us or are they ? | When the Sky Fell on Splendor [ARC Review]

When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry

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Why should you read When the Sky Fell on Splendor? | REVIEW

When the Sky Fell on Splendor is described as Stranger Things meets The Serpent King. The description is quite accurate with the addition of alien conspiracy theories and a group of friends who are ordinary but they discover something extraordinary.

THE NIGHT OF THE crash started like most had that summer: with the six of us, and one mouth-breathing border collie, crammed into Remy’s Clunky Geo Metro, rumbling down Old Crow Station Lane.

Emily Henry, When the Sky Fell on Splendor

The group of friends consisted of one Handsome Remy, Levi, Sofia, Nick, Franny and Franny’s brother Arthur. These kids had no idea that a trip to their local “haunted” house would change their entire lives.

You: “Now, back up a little..why were they visiting a haunted house? Please tell me there’s a justifiable reason.”

Me: “Of course there’s a very good reason they were going! They were going to film a “mockumentary webisode””.

You: “uhh..”

So, the friends call themselves The Ordinary on their youtube channel where they filmed these weird videos and it was one of the most outgoing things they could do in their sleepy town of Splendor. While filming inside the house, they saw a streak of light across the sky and at first, they thought that it was a meteor shower but it so wasn’t. Soon, every light in the street went out and everything fell silent except their breaths. Then their attention went to a metal tower from where white sparks were coming off and Arthur made the mistake of touching the white light. It was a big mistake as in that moment the friends were blinded by an ear-spilling CRACK and thereafter, they could feel, see or hear nothing. The next time they remember is waking up in a hospital with six hours unaccounted for. Where were they? Why can’t they remember anything?

I didn’t expect to love the book so much because I didn’t even watch Stranger Things after episode one. However, I couldn’t stop turning the pages of the book so I finished the book in a day! It kept me up all night and I definitely don’t recommend reading it at night🙈 Besides the creepy atmosphere throughout, there are perfectly-timed humor and banter which makes this a quick and easy read at times. Is there romance? hmm…I don’t want to spoil anything. The ending will make you think, and perhaps, question reality?

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Overall, I highly recommend this book if you’re a fan of Stranger Things, The Serpent King and if you like reading about thriller with E.T. vibes, beautiful friendships, humor, and overall great writing!

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Verdict: 4 out of 5 glowing stars.

Author: Connect with Author Emily Henry here .

  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Publication Date: 12 March 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 384 Pages
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A bloody but brilliant tale of a girl, a prince and a monster

Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

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Trigger warnings include self-harm and parental abuse. 

REVIEW | WHY SHOULD YOU READ WICKED SAINTS ?

“We’re all monsters, Nadya, some of us just hide it better than others.”

-Emily Duncan, Wicked Saints

This was a bloody book. I mean that literally. Blood is the currency, if I may use that word.

Wicked Saints is the story of a girl who is touched by divinity, a monster with secrets and a prince who wants nothing but to save his country from ruination.

Wicked Saints reminded me a bit of the Grisha trilogy , but in a darker, more gruesome way. It is set in a place where countries are at war with each other and our three protagonists-Nadya, Serafin and one other boy-might bring a stop to the war or cause utter ruination.

The story starts with Nadya who is a cleric touched by the gods. Clerics are people who can perform magic but with the aid of one god. However, Nadya can communicate with all the gods and they grant her powers whenever she is in need of them. Sounds simple? It isn’t. Nadya has lived a simple, secluded life within the walls of a monastery but she is soon about to realize just how much danger her powers will land her in.

Nadya doesn’t have to wait for long to start using her powers as the monastery is soon attacked by an enemy prince who is a powerful Blood Mage. Despite being aided by powerful gods, Nadya’s powers are not enough to save everyone and she is forced to flee with a friend.

While on the run, Nadya and her friend stumble upon three rebels who want a similar outcome as Nadia does. Malachiasz -the leader of the three- is from a country who at war with her’s so he should be her enemy but Nadya is too desperate to ignore help. In return, the three ask Nadiya’s help to infiltrate the palace of the enemy but it will be too late for Nadya to realize that she is not the only harboring a dangerous secret…

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I loved this new concept of magic, even if it was too bloody. There was no clear good or bad sides. I mean, I questioned Nadya’s faith as much as I did Malachiasz’s. The plot picked up about halfway through the book(for me) and I couldn’t put it down after that.

An achingly mournful half-smile caught at his lips and it took all of Nadya’s willpower not to kiss him again.

-Emily Duncan, Wicked Saints

The ending was unbelievable. It was a total 180 than the ending I had predicted. After closing the book and immediately wanted the sequel in my hands.

Why should you read this book? If my review didn’t convince you to pick this book then I wouldn’t know why. I can tell you why you shouldn’t pick up this book. If you have read the trigger warnings above and you feel that this isn’t for you then don’t pick it up. If you are someone who is not the audience for the said trigger warning then, what’re you waiting for?

Overall, this was a fantastically wicked fantasy novel from Emily A. Duncan and I need the sequel now!

Thanks to Macmillan International for providing me with an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Author: Connect with Author Emily A. Duncan here .

  • Publisher: Wednesday Books
  • Publication Date(US): 2nd April 2019
  • ARC: 400 Pages

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A beautiful story cocooned ​within an ​equally​ beautiful cover| ARC Review of We Must Be Brave

We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet review
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SHE WAS FAST ASLEEP on the back seat on the bus. Curled up, thumb in mouth. Four, maybe five years old.

Frances Liardet,We Must be Brave

This is the story of Ellen Parr and her love for her foster daughter, Pamela. The book starts off with Ellen finding a sleeping but abandoned child in a bus. Ellen searches for the child’s mother but no one on the bus has seen her. Distraught, Ellen takes the child -Pamela- into her care and meanwhile, she searches for Pamela’s mother. However, Ellen soon discovers that Pamela’s mother is dead and apparently, Pamela has no other relative who can take care of her. This marks the beginning of a beautiful mother-daughter relationship which is the central theme of the story. 

Years go by, the war ends and so does the time Ellen can spend with Pamela. Ellen has to let Pamela go and they may never see each other again or will they ?

My eyes stung with frustrated tears. I watched the bus emerge from the dip and rush on up the hill, through the bare trees and away to Waltham.

-Frances Liardet, We Must Be Brave

This heartbreaking story is set during the 1940s and spans years through the ’70s till 2010. We learn of Ellen’s past and present and then, at last, we get a glimpse into Pamela’s present. I had no problem with the timeline as it was seamlessly written. I loved the ending too, it left me somewhat heartbroken but content ( am I making any sense?). 

What I didn’t like was some parts of the dialogue and some secondary characters. I felt that the book could have been a bit shorter if some of the parts were cut out. Besides that, I loved this historical fiction where we get a glimpse of one of many consequences of war and life. 

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Overall, I would recommend this tear-jerker of historical fiction where you can glimpse the different consequences of war and the unconventional love between mother and daughter.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Verdict: 3.75 out of 5 stars.

Author: Connect with Author Frances Liardet here .

  • Publisher: 4th Estate Books
  • Publication Date: 7 Feb 2019
  • Paperback: 896 Pages
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The Priory is an epic fantasy with a remarkable storyline, l​egendar​​​​y characters a​n​d magical trees

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WHY SHOULD YOU ABSOLUTELY (without any question) PICK UP “THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE” NOW?

First impressions: “OMG, this is almost 900 pages. How am I going to read it and then write a coherent review of it? ” *Also wonders* “This’ll make a really good weight, my arms need a workout.” “This’ll make a good weapon too”

The Priory of The Orange Tree has been on mine and many other book lovers’ list of anticipated releases of 2019. I went in with zero expectations as I do when books are overhyped but I was so wrong… This BOOK IS BLOODY BRILLIANT !

THE PRIORY is about a divided world, a Queendom without an heir and an ancient enemy whose awakening may just bring about the destruction of the world. The story begins like the calm before a storm, a man walking out of the water. Nobody will realize-not even the woman who rescues the man- that the storm has almost arrived.

“The stranger came out of the sea like a water ghost, barefoot and wearing the scars of his journey.

The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon

Okay, I use the word ” storm” hypothetically . Just to be clear .

The story follows four narrators – Ead, Tané, Loth, and Niclays – each of whom has different beliefs defined by where they live. The EAST and the WEST are divided over their religious opinions. While the EAST reveres dragons as Gods, the WEST abhors and fears dragons due to their past history involving mayhem caused by The Nameless One, an evil dragon.

A wyrm. A monstrous, four-legged wyrm, close to two hundred feet long from its snout to the tip of its tail.

This evil dragon -the VOLDEMORT- of this world a.k.a. The Nameless One has been locked away in the Abyss for thousand years now and it is said that as long as the Berethnet matriarchy lives on, the dragon will not rise.

What is below must be balanced by what is above, and in this is the precision of the universe.

Fire ascends from the earth, light descends from the sky. Two much of one doth inflame the other, and in this is the extinction of the universe.

I know what you’re thinking now. Of course, “that thing” will happen and that disastrous but momentous event is the trigger that will send our characters on missions that require them to deal with pirates, mythical beasts, magical trees, deadly assassins. This book has everything from lots of action, beautiful and malicious dragons, female/female romance and friendships to court politics. This fantasy celebrates women; you’ll see instances of where powerful women are wronged, erased off of history but they take back their power again. The Priory is brimming with excellent dialogue, spectacular worldbuilding, and a plot that will keep you guessing till the end.

I didn’t want to leave the world of Priory even though it kept me up all night. Some stories never leave your thoughts and The Priory of the Orange Tree is just one of those few for me.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Verdict: 5 out of 5 glowing stars.

Author: Connect with Author Samantha Shannon here .

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Publication Date: 26 Jan 2019
  • Paperback: 896 Pages

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Why should you read The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton |Spoiler-ish Review

The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris

Synopsis: GRACE ATHERTON HAS FALLEN OUT OF LOVE … AND INTO LIFE

Between the simple melody of running her violin shop and the full-blown orchestra of her romantic interludes in Paris with David, her devoted partner of eight years, Grace Atherton has always set her life to music.

Her world revolves entirely around David, for Grace’s own secrets have kept everyone else at bay. Until, suddenly and shockingly, one act tips Grace’s life upside down, and the music seems to stop.

It takes a vivacious old man and a straight-talking teenager to kickstart a new chapter for Grace. In the process, she learns that she is not as alone in the world as she had once thought, that no mistake is insurmountable, and that the quiet moments in life can be something to shout about …

For fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things, The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is the story of a woman who has her heart broken, but then puts it back together again in the most uplifting and exquisite way.


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REVIEW | WHY SHOULD YOU READ THIS BOOK ?

I hate it when books have cheating (among other things) and of course, this book had it #spoileralert . This is not mentioned until after you read a couple of pages so I was outraged and wanted to stop reading it.

However, I am glad I didn’t.

Let me tell you a bit about this book. You might have guessed from the title of the book, our protagonist is Grace Atherton. Grace is a violin maker and her entire life revolves around her partner of eight years, David (besides her violin shop).

Grace continues her affair with David knowing that he is married and hoping that one day he will divorce his wife and marry her. This is where I almost stopped reading this book. Then I realized, this is one of Grace’s Truths.

She can’t be without David, he is the only person who Grace thinks is her family. There are a number of things Grace went through especially during her time at college and I will not spoil that for you.

While I was playing the blaming game, I forgot to mention David, who is the real scumbag and I kept banging my head at what could Grace have seen in this man. Again, you’ll have to read it for yourself.

I got off track for a bit. So, what happens is Grace is also preparing for a violin showcase in Italy, where one violin will win an award called the tone prize. This award show is extremely prestigious and Grace is unnerved because she also has to perform a symphony there. Grace has tried therapy but it was to avail. Finally, Grace triumphs will the help of her two friends – a teenage girl named Nadia and an eighty years old man named Mr. williams.

The writing was synonymous with a symphony. It’s ironic of course because violins play a major part in the lives of Grace, Nadia, and Mr. Williams. I had to skim the parts where words related to violin making were used but I loved Anstey Harris’ writing which reminded me a bit of the book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. 

Grace is a heavily flawed but immensely relatable character. Her character development within the novel gave me such joy and the ending made me emotional but also satisfied.

‘You have to grasp life by the balls,Grace,’ he says, ‘and don’t bloody let go until you have to.’

Overall, I would highly recommend it. This book was previously released under the title Goodbye Paris and I had no idea until I looked it up on Goodreads. The author has also included a Grace’s Listening List which lists two of my favorite symphonies which are Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango and Vivaldi : La Follia 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Verdict: 5 out of 5 stars

Author: Connect with Author Anstey Harris on Goodreads.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date: 10 January 2019
  • Hardcover(ARC): 352 Pages

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