I was sent this book by the author for my honest opinion. The book has recently been translated into English from French.
Summary from Goodreads:
I really enjoyed this book. Once I had got through the first few chapters I couldn’t put it down. The world building is great and you get pulled right in. The magic system is well thought out and easy to understand. Apart from the typical, chosen one who is super powerful trope the storyline is great. I knew the story wouldn’t completely conclude in this book but I feel it ended in a satisfying way ready for book two.
My main complaint is that some of the chapters are too long and I feel they could have been broke up a bit more. I also didn’t like how both the romantic interests started off kind of pushy and domineering. Both characters develop to better suit the story it they both remain possessive.
I liked the characters. Lou is our MC. She has always felt she didn’t quite fit in and she gets to find out that’s because she is an enchanter. But not just any enchanter she is a moonchild which gives her an important mission. We watch her navigate the new world of magic and try to figure out what she really is human or enchanter in reality she is something in the middle. Lou is quick to trust which turns out to be fatal. Her interactions with the other characters are great. Apart from Flica we don’t get to know her team too much apart from there amazing abilities I hope we will get to know them better in the sequel.
Zach always raised alarm bells with me. He was just too nice especially after there initial encounter. I Blacks character he’s very complicated and has many layers to him.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. I hope the sequel is just as good. 4 out of 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I received this book off netgallery for my honest opinion. To be released 24th October 2017
Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society in hopes of landing a suitable husband. But Antonina is telekinetic, and strange events in her past have made her the subject of malicious gossip and hardly a sought-after bride. Now, under the tutelage of her cousin’s wife, she is finally ready to shed the past and learn the proper ways of society. Antonina, who prefers her family’s country home to the glamorous ballrooms of the wealthy, finds it increasingly difficult to conform to society’s ideals for women, especially when she falls under the spell of the dazzling telekinetic performer Hector Auvray. As their romance blossoms, and he teaches her how to hone and control her telekinetic gift, she can’t help but feel a marriage proposal is imminent. Little does Antonina know that Hector and those closest to her are hiding a devastating secret that will crush her world and force her to confront who she really is and what she’s willing to sacrifice.
I was slightly disappointed to begin with. From the description the book sound like a fantasy romance but when i started reading it felt more like a historical romance instead. However i kept reading and found i enjoyed the story. It is a bit of a slow burner and takes some time to really get going but is a nice summer read.
The story is told from three characters perspectives. There is Hector who is a bit of a fool blinded by past love stuck holding onto a memory. Antonia ‘Nina ‘who is nieve but extremely passionate and intelligent and Valerie the stunning beauty with a cold heart. She proves you shouldn’t judge someone based on there looks.
Garcia creates a stunning world of grand parties and high society. The strong and complex emotions of the characters are portrayed well. I loved that this wasn’t a romance of love at first sight but one were as they got to know each other the more they fell and slowly became the most beautiful people in the world to one another.
Truth or Dare by Non Pratt. There are two sides to every story. This is so true and something people seem to forget at times.
How far is too far when it comes to the people you love? Claire Casey hates being the centre of attention. But if it means getting Sef Malik to notice her, it’s a risk she’s happy to take. Sef is prepared to do anything to help his recently disabled brother. But this means putting Claire’s love – and life – on the line. Because when you’re willing to risk everything, what is there left to lose?
Im not really sure whee to start. This is another book that I had no idea what I was getting into when I hatred reading it. It was the featured book in my illumicrate box and I had no idea what it was about. Once I started it I couldn’t put it down. If I didn’t have kids to look after I probably would have read it in one sitting. The book focuses around Clair Casey and Yousef ‘Sef’ Malik. Sef’s brother Kam suffered an accident and he wants to raise money for his care. Through chance Claire is volunteering to read to patients and the care home Kam is at. Sef and claire end up working together to set up a YouTube challenge page to raise money as Truth Girl and Dare Boy. However it turns out it is not as easy as thy oringinally and internet fame isn’t all it’s made out to be.
The book is written in three parts. You read part one then flip the book over for part two. I loved this style of writing. We get to see all the events up to a certian point for Clair Casey point of view then flip to part two and then we see events from Yousef ‘Sef’ Malik point of view up to the same point. Then part three is from both points of view. I loved the two points of view. Even though both sides are in the same timeline you don’t get reappears of events instead you get to see things that we never would have know or that claire brushes over without detail. It was also made very clear who’s point of view we were meant to be following.
I loved all the characters. Which is rare. Sef started off as a bit of a jerk but his brothers accident changed him and he struggles to deal with it. Claire could be a bit of a push over and at times I wanted to scream at her to stand up for herself. As their channel grows so does her confidence. Sef and Claire were good for each other and came into each others lives just when they needed it.
This book is full of diverse characters. Sef is obviously not white which is refreshing a for a lead male as it dosn’t happen often. The book shows the harsh reality of racism. Sef just shrugs off the racist comments made online whereas Claire cries about them. Sef has become desensitised to these types of comments as he has gotten used to people’s ignorance, which is sad. He shouldn’t have to put up with other people ignorance but this is the harsh reality of everyday racism. Claire on the other hand has never had to deal with these things and it shocks her and gets upset about what is said about him.
The book also touches on body shaming as Claire gets rude comments about her body and weight. There is also a school bully that thinks it is all right to go around grabbing her boobs and taking pictures under her friends skirt when she rejects him. They way it is dealt with in the book is very realistic. It’s not right what claire goes though but it reflects the horrible reality of this kind of sexual harassment. Clair brushes it off at first not wanting draw attention to herself but finally reports it after what happens to her friend Seren.
Seren is another great character. She is Asexual and proud but not everyone seems to understand that. Her friendship with Claire hits a rough patch after their other fried Rich is an idiot. I like how there arguement played out and the way they made up it was very realistic to how teenagers act. There are many other issues the book touches on such as trust, love, friendship, grief, victim blaming, disabilities the list goes on. Truth or Dare is an amazing book and I really enjoyed it. It was an emotional rollercoaster and I didn’t always know the direction it was heading. Definitely worth the read and to top it off my copy is signed!
Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left. None of this was supposed to happen.
Adrift in space with nothing to hold on to but each other, Carys and Max can’t help but look back at the world they left behind. A world whose rules they couldn’t submit to, a place where they never really belonged; a home they’re determined to get back to because they’ve come too far to lose each other now.
Hold Back the Stars is a love story like no other.
Hold back the stars more like hold back the tears. Admittedly I didn’t cry but that is because I have a stone heart but I can see this book making others shed tears.
The story starts with Carys and Max falling through space and discovering they have ninety minutes of air left. The story then switches between there current situation trying to get back to the ship and save themselves and flashback of how they met and the events that lead to their current situation.
It is a unique love story that will tug on your heart string. It is written in three parts and part three is where it gets really emotional. The book reads almost like a film. I did particularly like either of the main characters but I loved their story and had to keep reading to see how it ended.
I will admit I was guilty of buying this book based on its beautiful cover and luckily this is a book that can be judged by its cover.