ARC REVIEW | Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

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Title: SHERWOOD

Author: MEAGAN SPOONER

Released: 19TH MARCH 2019 by HARPERTEEN

Genre: TEENS + YA/FANTASY/RETELLING


Robin of Locksley is dead.

Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley andMarian’s fiancé.

Who is there to stop them?

Marian never meant to tread in Robin’s footsteps—never intended to stand as a beacon of hope to those awaiting his triumphant return. But with a sweep of his green cloak and the flash of her sword, Marian makes the choice to become her own hero: Robin Hood.


I very nearly loved this book. Now, I really enjoyed it, but there were a couple of things that irked me. Don’t fret, we’ll start with the positives! First of all, the characters and world building! So amazing… Meagan knows how to bring them to life! They all felt so vivid and real – I loved them so. The complexity was unreal and just calls to attention the complexity of the real world. There are usually things going on for people we may not always see for various reasons and said things may colour their motivations. The world is painted in shades of grey, and we always need to keep that in mind.

The writing itself is beautiful! I loved Meagan’s storytelling ability and it just drew me in and kept me reading! Now, I’m really sad Robin had to die for this story to happen, but he’s still a massive part of the overall story. And I love him. There are flashbacks to his memory of their childhood together and it’s so wonderful to read those bits. Marián gets a real shock about halfway in, and it really brings to attention the fact we don’t always know why things are the way they are, but there might be a good reason. The whole lawful vs. morally right conversion is very well done!

There’s a particular character I actually hate. And that for me, as I think I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, is a huge sign of an amazing author. If you can write a character that I hate, but is realistic and honest, you’ve got me hooked. I’ll definitely be reading her next releases. Oh, and have to read Hunted ASAP. Now, the reason I didn’t completely love this book was the ending…

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I would have rather seen Marián end the story alone than agreeing to marry him! Ugh, I am a fan of HEAs, but I don’t think she needs him in her life. I don’t feel that he’s worthy of her hand, and I felt it really detracted from the story. I’m so sad about that. There was no real romance and it felt very arranged… they had no connection or chemistry and I hate it… ugh. ANYWAY

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I have to say this was a FOUR STAR read for me, but I still think you should all add it to your TBRs!

Thank you so much to Meagan Spooner and  HarperTeen for the ARC.


eARC REVIEW | The Dysasters by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

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Title: THE DYSASTERS

Author: P.C. CAST, KRISTIN CAST

Released: 26TH FEBRUARY 2019 by WEDNESDAY BOOKS

Genre: TEENS + YA/FANTASY

REP: PoC, LGBT+ | TWs: Abuse, Addiction, Abandonment, Death

To be entirely honest, I wasn’t a massive fan of this introduction to their newest series. It took me ages to get into, and wasn’t very interesting. After reading their House of Night novels, I fully expected more from the Cast’s in this book. I think it was quite possibly mostly the writing style of this installation. It just didn’t seem up to the same standard of HoN. Or maybe the blandness of Foster and Tate? They were boring and the only redeeming quality for each was their relationships with secondary characters. And there were also SO MANY people to keep up with in this series. You have Foster and Tate, obviously, then the FUCKTASTIC FOUR (totally my favorite phrase from the book) and their maker who are chasing them, the caretaker of Strawberry Fields and his partner, then at least seven others. It’s a lot for a first novel.

I also disliked the lack of background information and I know with a setting of the USA they don’t have to do much world building, but more building would have been helpful. Like we don’t find out much about their powers until at least halfway through the story, and I felt that would have really shed some light early on for a few scenes, as well as add to the interest level. I felt lost for a lot of the novel… and what I did understand didn’t really keep me interested. I’m not sure if I care enough to continue the series… Charlotte and Bastien, though, might tempt me. They seem WAY more intriguing than Foster and Tate.

All that said, this was only a THREE STAR read for me. Will you be picking it up?


P.C. and Kristin Cast, the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the House of Night phenomenon, return to the scene with The Dysasters—the first action-packed novel in a new paranormal fantasy series.

Adoptive daughter of a gifted scientist, Foster Stewart doesn’t live a “normal” life, (not that she’d want to). But controlling cloud formations and seeing airwaves aren’t things most eighteen year olds can do.

Small town star quarterback and quintessential dreamy boy next door, Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor has never thought much about his extra abilities. Sure, his night vision comes in handy during games, but who wouldn’t want that extra edge?

From the moment Foster and Tate collide, their worlds spiral and a deadly tornado forces them to work together, fully awakening their not-so-natural ability – the power to control air.

As they each deal with the tragic loss of loved ones, they’re caught by another devastating blow – they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse… they’re being hunted.

Now, Foster and Tate must fight to control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring… more DYSASTERS?

Thank you so much to P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast, Wednesday Books, and Netgalley for the ARC.

3 stars

 

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

I recently received a proof copy of Kathleen Glasgow’s upcoming novel, How to Make Friends with the Dark, which is a story of ‘friendship, family and love, but also filled with grief and kids trying to survive in a world where most adults have failed them,’ says Glasgow.

This novel is beautiful and I’m very much looking forward to getting started. The thing that most intrigued me is the aspect of grief, as Tiger (the MC) loses her mother in the novel. Glasgow wrote the novel because she misses her mother and sister. Most of you know my mother-in-law passed in September. And let me tell you, grief is hard and messy and absolutely sucks! I think it’s one of the most difficult things I’ve ever dealt with thus far. I’m hoping reading a book about dealing with grief and finding your way after bereavement will help me process my own loss. By no means am I expecting this to solve my problems, but just knowing other have survived loss like this will help me.

From the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Girl in Pieces comes a new heartbreaking story about love and loss and learning how to continue when it feels like you’re surrounded by darkness.

Here is what happens when your mother dies.

It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.

That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.

Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

Massive thanks to Kate B at One World Publications for sending it to me and Rock the Boat for producing a beautiful proof. Keep an eye out for this next year, April 2019!

Pre-order here