Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (ARC review)

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Author: Adrienne Young

Releases: April 24, 2018 by Wednesday Books

Genre: YA Fantasy

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

My Thoughts: Compelling, gripping, beautiful novel that I already see myself rereading for many years to come. I feel rent open by the love and loyalty Eelyn feels and how it shifts throughout the story in response to the things she discovers. This is an amazing telling of one girl going through many hardships to find out that her clan really isn’t all that different from the one she’s been raised to hate, and they have the same basic needs and desires as herself and her clansmen. How do you continue to hate a culture once you begin to view them as fellow humans? She feels betrayed by her brother’s choice, but, as much as she fights it, slowly comes to accept it and his newly claimed family. When the Herja attack, she realises more about herself and her life than she expected.

“I was the ice on the river. The snow clinging onto the mountainside.”

Eelyn’s journey drew me in from the first page and I absolutely loved every minute of it. This girl is a strong Viking badass who takes shit from no one and will cut your balls off for your trouble. I think I’ve developed a girl-crush! Of course, the protagonist wouldn’t be so interesting without some flaws, right? Well, hers are very relatable. She’s grown up in a culture who’s told her that the Riki are the blood enemy due to some god’s clash ages ago. She’s stubborn and believes in the tradition of her people…until she doesn’t. How can she continue to believe that these are the enemy after all she’s seen? Still, trust is hard won and it takes time to change thoughts you’ve been entrenched in from the time you’re young.

Vegr yfir fjor – honor above life.”

Fiske, her captor, is not all he seems from the beginning. I love his part in her story and I thoroughly enjoyed that even though he ‘owns’ her, he’s still fair and just. He protects her time after time when he really doesn’t have to do anything and I love him for it. Yes, partly because they share a brother, but also because he is just a good guy. He’s a phenomenal character who just gets better as their journey progresses.

“Home felt an entire world away.”

To be entirely honest, I wanted more of this story. simply because I never wanted to leave Eelyn’s world. To say I loved this book is an understatement. I was shocked to learn this was Adrienne Young’s debut novel. She has written an amazing novel that I can’t wait to dive into again and again. I’ve already bought a few copies to give to friends…

GOODREADS . AMAZON . BOOK DEPOSITORY . B&N

 


Blurb: OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Early Praise for Sky in the Deep

“With Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young has brought to life fascinating, multi-dimensional characters in a starkly beautiful world. Everything is rich and evocative. The ice melts against your skin at the same time the adrenaline takes hold of your heart. This is a gripping story, richly told.”

-Renée Ahdieh, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

 

“Fearless in its exploration of family, forgiveness, loyalty, and love, Sky in the Deep is fierce, vivid, and violently beautiful. This book will wage a war with your heart as brutal and as bold as the battles inked in its pages.”

– Stephanie Garber, New York Times Bestselling author of Caraval

 

“Brutal and beautiful, with breakneck pacing and starring a heroine that will make you want to run into battle with her, Sky in the Deep is a stunning debut that will leave readers enchanted and breathless all at once.”

– Roshani Chokshi, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Star-Touched Queen

 

“A dangerous and brutal world navigated by an equally fearsome girl—Sky in the Deep is a delicious tale filled with fierce battles, shocking betrayal, and a slow-burn romance that’s as hard fought as the wars raging between the two clans. Readers will welcome this vivid gift to the fantasy genre, as will fans of darkly lush historical settings. Wholly unique and instantly addictive, I was captivated from its opening lines.”

– Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times Bestselling Author of Stalking Jack the Ripper

 

“Bleak, beautiful, and deadly, Sky in the Deep is both a gritty, gut-wrenching tale of war and a thoughtful meditation on identity, family, and faith–a story with the ferocity of its main character as well as her raw and tender heart.”

– Traci Chee, New York Times Bestselling author of The Reader

 

“Heartrending, heart-mending: this book broke my heart into a thousand pieces, then put it back together even stronger than before.”

– Kayla Olson, author of The Sandcastle Empire

Available for pre-order:

Coming in 2018 from the following publishers:

United States & Canada: Wednesday Books (April 24, 2018)

Germany: Harper Collins

The Netherlands: Unieboek Spectrum

Czech Republic: Albatros

Spain: Urano

All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final product. Thank you so much to Wednesday Books via Netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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COVER REVEAL – Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Disgrace, an all-new emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is coming April 26th and we have the gorgeous new cover!

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Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry

Release Date: April 26th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: QuirkyBird Designs

Photographer: Rafa Garcia

Model: Christian Balic

Synopsis:

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again.

After seventeen years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another.

I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side.

All I wanted was for him to come back to me.

Then, Jackson Emery appeared.

He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart.

We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love. He was too young for me, and I was too damaged for him.

Everything was fine, until one night my heart skipped a beat.

I didn’t expect him to make me laugh. To make me think. To make my sadness somewhat disappear.

When our time was up, my heart didn’t know how to walk away.

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again, yet slowly my prayers began to shift toward the man who wasn’t right for me.

I prayed for one more smile, one more kiss, one more laugh, one more touch…

I prayed for him to be mine.

Even though I knew his heart wasn’t destined to love.

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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AUTHOR: Alwyn Hamilton

RELEASED: March 8, 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers

GENRE: YA Fantasy

“In this desert I could never seem to escape being seen as powerless, so long as I wasn’t a man.”

MY THOUGHTS: I…wasn’t as impressed with this as I expected to be, sadly. I expected a fast paced, magical, shoot-em-up type novel after the first scene of Amani attending a pistol pit, but most of it felt like a lot more filler and not much happening. The adventures were mostly fun, but it seemed to drag on a little in the first 200 or so pages. Some of the scenes were a little disjointed, and, as much as I loved Jin, the chemistry just didn’t seem to click between them. Even if their arguments and banter were hilarious.

“If I wanted to. If I wanted to be part of this story, this rebellion. Truth be told, it was more than a want.”

Now, when it finally did pick up, I was completely swept away. We find this entire other group of beings that are striving to do what’s best for their country, even while being prosecuted for being different. They’re such idealists, with a few realists mixed in for good measure. Some of the characters are super annoying (the commander), but are necessary to building this world. There needs to be something to struggle against, and not all antagonists are likeable. However, I wasn’t hugely thrilled at him losing, either. Kinda awkward!

“I wasn’t that girl anymore, the one who left people.”

The best part of the whole book was Amani’s internal journey. She really becomes a strong, independent, woman who becomes part of something bigger than herself. Her story is actually really interesting. There’s a different vibe about her (obviously, MC’s are always different), but it always seemed more than just having foreigner heritage. When we find out the real reason she never belonged in Dustwalk (her hometown), I was pretty shocked! That was my favourite twist to the novel. All in all, I’ll be reading the next instalment and hoping the series improves.


BLURB: The New York Times bestselling novel by the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut Author of 2016, published in 15 countries!

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

This startlingly original Middle-East-meets-Wild-West fantasy reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally embracing her power.

 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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TITLE: Fangirl

AUTHOR: Rainbow Rowell

RELEASED: September 10, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press

GENRE: YA Fiction

“Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept, I’m a complete disaster”

MY THOUGHTS: What a cute, lighthearted, yet poignant story about love, life, and muddling through the hard times. To sum it up, I absolutely loved Cath and her world. She warms my little book nerd heart and reminds me of myself during my freshman year of college. Cath is struggling to acquaint herself with her new, upturned life when Wren decides she needs to be different – by leaving her twin behind. That made me really sad, but, without it, Cath wouldn’t have developed into the girl she becomes. Cath is, understandably, bereft and a little pissed off, but mostly sad that Wren doesn’t want to embark on their college journey together.

“‘You’re never alone,’ Wren said, sighing again. ‘That’s the whole fucking point of having a twin sister.'”

Cath is just so damn relatable. She is too heavily involved in the internet world that she can’t see what’s happening in her own life until it’s right on top of her. She writes fanfic on an internet forum which keeps her busy and feeling like she has loads of people depending on her, but her time spent doing that takes away from her time available to do other things such as make friends and find the dining hall. Although, that’s mostly down to her social anxiety. Enter roommate Reagan, who forces her out of her comfort zone, and Levi, who gets all the heart-eyes!

“I’m fucking done with encouragement.”

I felt these two had the biggest effect on her development. They were massively great people for her! Reagan is a bitchy, older student who wanted nothing to do with another roommate and got Cath for her trouble. She definitely isn’t cuddly by any means, but totally has more aspects to her than the one she initially shows to the world. Her prickliness is pretty endearing. Levi is such a wonderful guy! Totally my favourite, by far. He goes above and beyond for everyone he meets and is nearly always wearing a smile. I love him. He’s the perfect gentleman, down to earth, and hilariously funny. I loved how he called her Cather start to finish. He’s uncompromising in his personality, which was super refreshing.

“You don’t get to be a mother if you show up after the kids are already grown up.”

This was a totally cute read, but still dealt with some heavy topics. Cath’s parents are separated, yet her mother tries to come back into Cath + Wren’s lives. Cath is beyond upset and unwilling to allow this. I get that. Having a mother myself who I am unlikely to have back in my life in the near future, I get why she was so upset. You don’t get to walk away when times get hard and then come back in whenever you think it might be easier. As a parent, it’s all or nothing – you don’t get to pick and choose the bits you like. Also, Wren deals with some addiction, and mental illness is brought into the story by both Cath’s anxiety and their dads bipolar disorder. I love the way the author deals with each topic seriously while still injecting some humour to lighten it up. I will absolutely be looking into more Rainbow Rowell novels in the future!

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BLURB: From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park. A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

 

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Céad Míle Fáilte – Welcome

Hello everyone! Welcome to my new blog!

Ok, well not exactly new, but it’s a new page, anyway.. I recently relocated here from my blogger in order to streamline my posts and reviews. Plus, I just really like the look of WordPress blogs. Some of my favourite bloggers are on WP, so I took the plunge!

If you’re here, you’ve probably realised by now that I love books. I love reading more than near anything else in life, and thoroughly enjoy spreading my love of books with everyone I meet. So, I decided awhile ago to start blogging about it to meet new friends to talk books – I mean, can you really ever have enough bookish friends? I hope you all have a great time here with me as I review books I’ve previously loved and most books I read in future.

Another thing you’ll probably notice is the variation in spellings. I drift between US and UK word spellings simply because I’m an American expat in Ireland. My software often tells me words are misspelled when I use the US version, but I did many years of schooling in the states, so some things will slip through!

A bit about me: I’m an avid reader. My mom says I started reading around 3 years old and just never stopped. I honestly don’t remember ever not being able to read. I was the kid who read at recess and brought a book everywhere I went. I can often be found in a comfy spot with a book and a cup of caffeination – ordinarily coffee. Yes, I’m a bit of a coffee addict…so sue me. Coffee is my friend. It keeps me going!

I’m a dog training assistant, as well. I love it! I completed an internship with a puppy school near me recently, and they just never let me go. I help teach classes once a week, am a grooming assistant 2-3 days a week, AND pet sit a couple times a week. Currently on a housesit for a wonderful couple who own a collie cross girl who is so smart and such a good girl! Will miss her when we go back home… My ultimate goal is to become a canine behaviourist, so that’s what I’m working toward. In the meantime, I love the teaching experience.

I read mainly YA Fantasy, but also love Contemporary Romance, New Adult, and Historical Fiction. Honestly, I’m pretty open to reading anything if the blurb draws me in or people are shouting its praises. My current favourites are Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young and Bring Me Back by b.a.paris. I loved those so much!

Anyway, I’m running off to rugby, so I’ll see you all here again soon! Feel free to leave questions in the comment section! xx