REVIEW: Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas (DC Icons #3)

CatwomanTitle: Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 384
Published by: Penguin Books
Publication date: 9th August 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
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Synopsis:

When the bat’s away, the cat will play.

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. Batman is off on a vital mission and Gotham is at the mercy of the new thief on the prowl. Joined by the cunning Poison Ivy and notorious Harley Quinn, she wreaks havoc across the city.

Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the ultimate heist?

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REVIEW: Posing for Picasso by Sam Stone

Posing for PicassoTitle: Posing for Picasso by Sam Stone
Pages: 318
Published by: WordFire Press
Publication date: 18th January 2018
Genre: Fantasy/Crime Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

In the not too distant future, Avgustin Juniper, a Russian artist living in the USA, is accused of murdering his model and lover Annabel Linton. His case reaches the attention of high-profile attorney, Cassandra Sharp. But the deaths aren’t clearcut: Annabel was attacked and mutilated in a way that the NYPD finds hard to fathom.

Soon, more strange murders occur. Juniper, now under Cassandra’s wing, begins to have terrifying nightmares. Only to learn that they are linked with the case. Worse, every time he paints a female model, she becomes the next victim. Soon Juniper is carried into a nightmare world, where his only support comes from the unexpectedly caring Cassandra. Leaning on her more and more, Juniper finds himself falling for his lawyer and only friend.

With his newfound infamy, Juniper’s art is able to command extraordinary prices facilitated by gallery owner Joy Awen.

As the story unravels, four extraordinary women are revealed, along with their past, immortality, and their connection to the famous artist, Pablo Picasso.

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BLOG TOUR: The War in the Dark by Nick Setchfield

The War in the DarkTitle: The War in the Dark by Nick Setchfield
Pages: 416
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 17th July 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

Europe. 1963. And the true Cold War is fought on the borders of this world, at the edges of the light.

When the assassination of a traitor trading with the enemy goes terribly wrong, British Intelligence agent Christopher Winter must flee London. In a tense alliance with a lethal, mysterious woman named Karina Lazarova, he’s caught in a quest for hidden knowledge from centuries before, an occult secret written in a language of fire. A secret that will give supremacy to the nation that possesses it.

Racing against the Russians, the chase takes them from the demon- haunted Hungarian border to treasure-laden tunnels beneath Berlin, from an impossible house in Vienna to a bomb-blasted ruin in Bavaria where something unholy waits, born of the power of white fire and black glass . . .

It’s a world of treachery, blood and magic. A world at war in the dark.

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REVIEW: Shadowblack by Sebastien De Castell (Spellslinger #2)

ShadowblackTitle: Shadowblack by Sebastien De Castell
Pages: 352
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 5th October 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
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Synopsis: 

Four months after fleeing his own people, Kellen has discovered he’s an even worse outlaw than he was a mage. It doesn’t help that his only allies are a swaggering card player and a thieving squirrel cat.

Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and whose secrets pull them into a conspiracy of magic, blackmail and murder. Kellen must find the mage responsible before the entire frontier falls victim to the mystical plague known as the shadowblack.

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REVIEW: Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart

Grace and FuryTitle: Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
Pages: 310
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 26th July 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
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Synopsis:

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island where women must fight to survive.

Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace – selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman.

But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything.

Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win?

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MINI REVIEW: The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu

Hey guys! I recently finished The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu and while I didn’t enjoy it enough to review each book individually, I still wanted to do a mini review of each book in one post. I’ve been wanting to write mini review posts for a while now, so I thought this trilogy would be the perfect time to do so!

the-young-elitesThe Young Elites:

I was expecting so much from this book given how much praise I’ve heard about Marie Lu and her writing. But this ended up being so disappointing and quite boring, actually. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, I just didn’t like them at all. I felt like they weren’t fully fleshed out and we were only scratching the surface with them. The only thing that interested me about this book was the main character, Adelina, being more of a villain than a hero and embracing her dark side. I read a lot of reviews on Goodreads saying the second book is a lot darker than the first, so this is what made me continue this series. I was interested in seeing that darkness and fury in Adelina.  I wanted to see her take revenge on everyone and make people afraid of her. Another thing I liked was how everyone’s power was unique, no two people could have the same power. I think Marie came up with some great powers for each of the characters. Also the ending did surprise me, I was definitely not expecting Marie to be so ruthless with her characters!

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BLOG TOUR: The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley

The BelovedsTitle: The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley
Pages: 384
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 17th June 2018
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

Betty Stash is not a Beloved – one of those lucky people for whom nothing ever goes wrong. Everything falls into their laps without effort: happiness, beauty, good fortune, allure.

Her little sister, the delightful Gloria, is the one with the golden curls and sunny disposition and captivating smile, the one whose best friend used to be Betty’s, the one whose husband should have been Betty’s. And then, to everyone’s surprise, Gloria inherits the family manse – a vast, gorgeous pile of ancient stone, imposing timbers, and lush gardens – that was never meant to be hers.

Losing what Betty considers her rightful inheritance is the final indignity. As she single-mindedly pursues her plan to see the estate returned to her in all its glory, her determined and increasingly unhinged behaviour escalates to the point of no return.

An exploration of domestic derangement, as sinister as Daphne Du Maurier’s classic Rebecca, The Beloveds will have you wondering if there is any length to which an envious sister won’t go.

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