The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember {ARC Review}

I didn’t think that The Tiger’s Watch would be for me; I’m not a huge fantasy reader (I’ve dabbled but it’s not my genre of choice) and the page count is low which made me wonder how much of a fantasy world could be built in a believable way in such a short space. But I’m glad I gave it a go!

The Tiger’s Watch is a novel about a society of spies who can bond with an animal and use them to aid in their missions. Once bonded, they are bonded for life, so depending on the natural lifespan of the animal, their life could be cut very short or extended. The same happens with the humans – if a human dies, so does their bonded animal. When invaders arrive in the country, our main character must use their skills to attempt to take down the enemy from within. Continue reading

Mr. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith {ARC Review}

Mr. 60% follows the story of Matt Nolan who is the unofficial care giver for his uncle Jack who is dying of cancer. Matt feels that he is the only real choice for caregiver for his uncle and he can’t get ‘official’ help from the government. Due to this, Matt is forced to sell and distribute illegal drugs in order to pay for Jack’s needed legal ones.

Due to all of this his grades fall but he manages to keep them at a steady 60% so that he isn’t failing. He basically does the bare minimum to get by, and unfortunately that’s how I feel about this story – the bare minimum effort has gone in to get published, but 60% does not make a good book. Continue reading

S.T.A.G.S by M.A.Bennett {ARC Review}

S.T.A.G.S. is one of those novels that drew me in based on its brief cover synopsis: “Nine students. Three blood sports. One deadly weekend.” – I didn’t even need to read the back cover! I was already hooked! Unfortunately, I don’t think this book lived up to its hype and whilst I liked it and really did enjoy it, it had some serious flaws that stopped this from being all it easily could have been. Continue reading

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus {Review}

One of Us is Lying is one of those books that I had seen all over Instagram and the cover design was enough to pull me in to read its synopsis, and the second I did I was absolutely hooked. It was self-described as “The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars”. I’ve not seen ether of those, so I went in totally blind to any potential references or parallels and still had an amazing experience. Continue reading

Belle by Cameron Dokey {Review}

I found Belle to be a pretty original, if somewhat lacking in parts, retelling of the traditional Beauty and the Beast story – but then again I’ve not read Beauty by Robin McKinley. Despite this, there were parts of the book that I really liked and parts that I really didn’t. it seemed that the entire novel was based on the premise of one step forward but two steps back.

It was so close yet so far! Continue reading

Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin {ARC Review}

Paintbrush was a strange book for me because it wasn’t your typical YA contemporary, and yet it was absolutely your typical YA contemporary. I think the best way for me to give my opinion on this is to say that perhaps this book is best suited to those who haven’t yet been jaded by life.

YA contemporary is not my go-to genre because, quite frankly, I find myself far too cynical for it. There are many plot points in YA contemporary novels that I end up rolling my eyes or yawning in complete boredom at and it would be unfair of me to say that Paintbrush is full of them because it’s not, but there are enough of them to make the more sardonic reader grunt from time to time.   Continue reading

Caraval by Stephanie Garber {Review}

My TBR list is huge and the books I see on bookstagram are a large part of the reason why. Caraval by Stephanie Garber was a book I kept seeing over and over again – but with various covers – all over my feed and there was a lot of hype around it. So naturally I went out and bought it.

We are told time and time again in the book that at Caraval nothing is what it seems – and unfortunately this is a reality for us in the real world too, as Caraval is definitely not what it seems. Continue reading