Posted in Best of 2018, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult

The Diviners by Libba Bray @libbabray @justjanuary @audible_com #AudiobookReview #YoungAdult #Mystery #Historical #Fantasy #bestof2018

5 Naughty John Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Well colour me surprised, one of my final reads for 2018, and a new favourite added to my shelf!

I have seen a few people recently mention this audio book, and saying that the narration is great. I had a spare credit, so I thought ‘what the hell’ and clicked the purchase button, hoping that I wasn’t going to be disappointed.

Judging by my 5 ⭐ rating, you can see that it was a credit well spent!

The Blurb

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

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My Thoughts

5 Naughty John Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells ’em off for a coupla stones.”

Set in the 1920’s, New York City the time of Flapper girls and prohibition, Evie O’Neill is desperate to visit there.
She is a bit of a misfit, and manages to get herself into trouble wherever she goes.

After a drunken mistake at a party one evening, she manages to rat out the local Lothario by showing everyone her ‘party trick’
Unfortunately this doesn’t go down too well with her father, who is sick and tired of her antics, so his punishment is to send her to New York to stay with her weird Uncle Will.

Pretending to be oh so sorry, Evie can’t wait to get to NYC, in fact she thinks it is Pos-i-tute-ly the Cat’s Pajamas!

After arriving in New York, she is promptly pick-pocketed, and arrives at her Uncles house, which also doubles up as The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, or as the locals call it, ‘The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies’.

Then the murders start happening, horrible, gruesome murders! But who is doing it?

Memphis is a ‘runner’, he gets everyone’s numbers to put on the draw (like a lottery)
He also looks out for his little brother Isaiah, who seems to have a strange ‘gift’ that he doesn’t want anyone else knowing about.

“The time is now. They are coming… Diviners

You see, there are rumours around that there are people with ‘powers’ they call them Diviners, and they are not wanted around there.

This book was so character driven, there are so many brilliant characters that I fell in love with, from Evie’s good friend Mabel, to Theta Knight, a glamorous Ziegfeld girl, to the the smooth talking Sam.

If you are thinking about reading this book, I would highly recommend the Audio Version, if you’ve never listened to one before, this one would be a great starter, simply because of the fantastic narration.

🎧🎧 – Narrated by January LaVoy, a new narrator for me, but certainly is going to be added to my favourites.

Her narration was Pos-i-tute-ly AMAZING! All of the characters has their own voices, I was not confused at any point, we also had a little bit of singing, and her Naughty John voice was just downright terrifying!

This was not a scary book, it is Young Adult after all, but it was I suppose a little creepy, but all in all it was a fantastic read, and I have book 2 lined up when my next credit drops in!

I hope you find this book the elephant’s eyebrows!

Vicci

Grab your copy here:

Audible US – https://amzn.to/2RsJlIi

Audible UK – https://amzn.to/2BQN3BD

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Posted in Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Marking Time by April White @ahwhite #GemmaBarrett #YoungAdult #Historical #SciFi #Paranormal #AudiobookReview #VNerdsRare19Challenge

Marking Time

Marking Time by April White

🌟🌟🌟🌟·5 Re-Read but still loved it Stars

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old tagger Saira Elian can handle anything… a mother who mysteriously disappears, a stranger who stalks her around London, and even the noble English Grandmother who kicked Saira and her mother out of the family. But when an old graffiti tag in a tube station transports Saira to the 19th Century and she comes face-to-face with Jack the Ripper, she realizes she needs help after all.

Saira meets Archer, a charming student who helps her blend in as much as a tall, modern American teen can in Victorian England. He reveals the existence of the Immortals: Time, Nature, Fate, War and Death, and explains to Saira that it is possible to move between
centuries – if you are a Descendant of Time.

Saira finds unexpected friendships at a boarding school for Immortal Descendants and a complicated love with a young man from the past. But time is running out for her mother, and Saira must embrace her new identity as she hides from Archer a devastating secret about his future that may cost him his life.

Review

Phew! This was a relief, i read this book a few years ago and was worried about revisiting it, but Huzzah! I still loved this book.

This little cracker of a book can be found free on Kindle, and thats exactly how i found it last time, this time i listened to it.

Saira is a young girl that hasn’t really had the best upbringing, moved around from pillar to post her mother disappears, nothing new, she does that for days or even weeks at a time, and Saira can look after herself.

As a freerunner Saira loves the freedom of the city, and often leaves her “tag” in places she has stopped at, unfortunately this time she gets caught by the cops, and with her mother not there, she gets shipped off to stay with her Grandmother in London, who isn’t best pleased to see her, considering she threw Saira’s mother out.

Meeting new people and travelling around London is a new experience for Saira, and being chased by a strange man calling her “Clocker” has her hiding in a tube station.
She notices an old “tag” there and puts her fingers on it to trace and admire it…….big mistake!

Turns out that Saira is a Clocker, someone who can travel through time, and she finds herself in 1888 and being chased by no other than Jack the Ripper, and she’s sure she also spotted her mother at some point!

Finding her way back to present day she learns the family history, and also that things like Werewolves, Shifters and Seers exist!

Oh and she also meets Archer, who is a vampire!

For someone who is not a Paranormal fan i was truly engaged in this story, even though it had vampires and wolves in it, it didn’t focus on the “magicky” part of it, if that makes sense.

It’s like a Harry Potter meets Oliver Twist meets the White Chapel murders!

🎧🎧 Narrated by Gemma Barrett who is a new to me narrator.

Fantastic narration and such a good story, give it a try, it’s free on Kindle, what have you got to lose?

Happy reading

Vicci 

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman – Flashback Friday – @NealShusterman #Young Adult #Flashback Friday #FBF

Bruiser

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌠 Makes you Think Stars

Happy Friday everyone!

I have decided to put another Young Adult book as my #FlashbackFriday because i think sometimes they get a bit of a raw deal.

Some of my favourite book series have been YA, and i think a lot of the time they get overlooked because people think they are for kids, or they are just full of sparkly vampires 😂

So if you’ve never picked up a YA, why not try it, you might be surprised.

Synopsis

“There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends – why he can’t care about too many people. Because when he cares about you, things start to happen. Impossible things that can’t be explained. I know, because they’re happening to me.”

When Brontë starts dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins – the guy voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” her twin brother, Tennyson, isn’t surprised. But then strange things begin to occur. Tennyson and Brontë’s scrapes heal unnaturally fast, and cuts disappear before their eyes. What at first seems like their good fortune turns out to be more than they bargained for…much more.

Review

So I was really excited about reading another Neal Shusterman book, his writing tends to be unforgettable.

I wasn’t disappointed at all….phew!

Loved this book, loved the characters, loved the story, loved it!!

Someone (I don’t know who sorry) described Neal Shusterman as the Tim Burton of YA books, and that is a really good call.

If you have never read a Shusterman book before, firstly WHAT ?!?!?!

What he does in his books is a little like a college professer in class, he leaves you thinking “what would I do?”

Class……”If you could legally abort your child after the age of 13, just by signing a piece of paper that is legally binding, and that said child,now 15 years old pissed you off BIG TIME one night, would you sign it……what about in anger? would you”…………DISCUSS……..

^^^That above is what it is like reading Unwind, one of my all time favourite YA books, I haven’t met anyone that read it and went mehh, and if you say “that” scene to them, they just nod and shudder, ……….do it, read it.

In Bruiser, we meet Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins, he is the boy at school you avoid, who never smiles, who never talks, who never looks you in the eye.

We also meet Tennyson and Brontè, twins from a loving stable family.

And lastly we meet Cody, Brewsters little brother.

There is a reason for Brewster (brew for short) being so stand offish, he cannot get close to anyone, otherwise it could literally kill him.

If you had the chance to take someone’s pain away would you do it? Where would this end? Bruises, cuts, broken bones?? And who would this stop at, just people you cared for? Just your family? ………….DISCUSS. ….

Brontè starts to go out with Brewster, much to her brothers dismay, after all he was voted the person most likely to get the death penalty!

However, a friendship arises between them all and everything is fine, until one day Brontè cuts her hand quite badly………..and then it is gone, and Brewster shows up with a sliced hand!

With a F’d up life living with his abusive uncle, this book shows us all 4 lives as they intermingle with each other, as it is told in 4 POV’s one of them being in verse.

Read this book, or something by Neal Shusterman, you will not be disappointed.

Have a Tip-Top weekend 😘

V x

Written in Red by Anne Bishop – #FBF #bookreview

Written in Red

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

5 Fantastic Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

Review

This is the first book in the Others series a fabulous urban fantasy series….. I read this book in February 2017 and binged the series finishing the last book in March 2017….. I am not a huge fantasy/urban fantasy person but this book was spectacular as were all the other books in the series,…. so much love to Meg and Simon and all the rest of these amazing characters! If you are thinking of dipping your toe into this genre I strongly suggest this series…

~ review February 2017~

I think I have found myself a new favorite urban fantasy series….
The question I ask myself is what took me so long to read this book? My favorite part of books are the character and the character development… and both of these were done so very well in this book…

Meg the female protagonist was so well written… she was naïve and yet she was so strong…. and she never came across whiny, and that is something I have a problem with in a lot of books in the fantasy/urban fantasy genre…. and then we have Simon.:. a little rough around the edges, but he is a wolf after all…. all the secondary characters were done so well, they were all very necessary to the book…. and added so much color…. and I was never confused as to who was Who and I give the Author credit for this…

My favorite of these secondary characters being the bear, the crows, and of course Tess….. I also really liked the part the elementals and the ponies played in this…. shoot I could go on forever, but I won’t…. Will definitely be reading the next book in the series very, very, soon!

**** as I mentioned above I have read all the books in this series and all my favorite characters remain throughout and were fabulous throughout… and even played a bigger role in future books… cannot encourage you enough to try this series!

Be entertained in this new world,

Berit

Obsidian – Featured on Flashback Friday

Obsidian

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Perfect YA Abs Stars

Blurb

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Review

Ok so after some careful consideration with myself I have decided to only remove half a star (due to the lopsided smile thing) instead of a full one…….oh ok then I’ll make an exception just this ONCE!

The reason being is because I pretty much fell in love with this book, even Daemon.

Narration was perfect by Justine Eyre, and made me laugh out loud a few times, the people on the bus thought I was a bit of a weirdo, sitting there with a big goofy smile on my face chuckling to myself!

Anyway I’m sure everyone already knows the blurb by now so I’ll give it to you in a few quick notes.

Katie moves to a small town.
Goes next door to get directions to FOO LAND (Brought to you by the capital D).
Meets Daemon who is a bit of a douchebag but oh so swoonsome with a grrr dare I say it….Lopsided smile !!!!

Oh yeah. ………..and he’s an alien !!!!

Now that’s not a spoiler by the way, it is on the book blurb so hold your horses!!!!!

Loved all of the characters, and it wasn’t a Twilight rip off, I also loved the fact that Katie was a book nerd that did reviews and blogs and got excited about new releases, made me feel better about myself haha.

This is the 2nd book I have read by Jennifer Armentrout and I don’t think it will be the last, I really like her writing.

Am currently adding the rest of the series to my TBR pile ….. oh dear more books to read …Yay! !

Enjoy,

Vicci