Review: The Pure Heart

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The Pure Heart by Trudi Tweedie

Author: Trudi Tweedie
Pages: 288
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis |

When Iseabail is employed by a wealthy merchant to be his daughter’s companion, her life changes forever. Transported from her remote island home to the Scottish borderlands, Iseabail is unnerved both by her precocious young charge and the house’s secrets: a hidden chapel, servants who speak in a foreign tongue, a mute stableboy. And then the merchant returns with a mysterious cargo. Why has Iseabail really been summoned here? And will she ever make it back home?

| My Thoughts |

I really enjoyed the plot in this story and I liked the authors writing style. Iseabail, seemed very naive to which why would make sense as she is from a remote island, so usual common sense on how to judge people wouldn’t really be there. Even though she is naive she is an extremely likeable character. 

I did like the setting that the book took place in and the magic is involved in an interesting way.

The family dynamic felt very strange and I was wondering from the beginning what could be wrong with the whole family setup. Maria, the little girl in the story is a very strange little girl that I didn’t like at all. Her father the merchant is very manipulative and again wasn’t a character I particularly liked.

The ending wasn’t something I was expecting at all. I had a little hint about a few things but it wasn’t what was revealed.

I did like this book, it was a really quick read – I read this in one day – and I would read something by Trudie Tweedie again.

Have you read this please let me know what you thought in the comments below

Happy reading


OWLs Readathon – Week 4

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Hey readers… 

Here I am with my week 4 “wrap up” of books I have read. I have finished two books this past week. 

I finished reading The Pure Heart by Trudie Tweedie, which I gave a four-star. I have a review for this for coming up on my blog on Monday.

I also finished Harley Merlin and The Stolen Magicals by Bella Forrest, this is the 3rd book in a series and this series is a really quick fun one. I gave this one 3.5 stars revised from a 4 star. I will be carrying on with this series, it is a book I can pick up via kindle unlimited.

after finishing both of these books I have officially finished my OWL’s for the curse breaker career.

I am now just going to pick up books I feel like I want to read now rather than carry on with books for the O.W.L’s.

The next book I am reading is The Dwarves by Markus Heitz. This one is a re-read for me and I flew through it the first time, so I am hoping it will help kick me out of the slight reading slump I feel like I am falling into this week.

How has your reading been this week?

Happy reading 

Review: House of Earth and Blood

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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City): Maas ...

Author: Sarah J Maas
Pages: 804
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis |

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion – also known as Crescent City – has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city and brings Bryce’s world crashing down.
Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city’s most notorious nightclubs – but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can’t forget any longer.
As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir …
With unforgettable characters and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom – and the power of love.

| My Thoughts |

I haven’t read much by Sarah J Maas, I have read ACOTAR and Throne of Glass, but I haven’t carried on with either of those series. I absolutely loved this book. There were some slow parts but when the action happened I couldn’t put it down.

I love the friendships and the relationships in this book. I loved how some topics were dealt with. The relationships were a slow burn, not a love at first sight type of relationship and I appreciated that.

I really enjoyed the world that Sarah J Maas wrote and I really enjoy the way that she writes. I rarely get emotional when reading books, but I started tearing up in places, this is how I know this book was a good book for me.

It is quite a big book but I don’t think it was too big, everything in there made the story, for me and added to the reading experience.

As far as I am aware, this is going to be a series so I will definitely be carrying on with future books.

Review: Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven

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Author: Bella Forrest
Pages: 402
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪


Being an empath has its advantages.

Harley Merlin can sense people’s emotions, among other things. It’s how she snagged her first job pinpointing cheaters at a casino.

But she has no clue where she got these freakish powers because she spent her childhood jumping from home to home in the foster system, and her father left her with nothing more than a cryptic note.

Then she crosses paths with a terrifyingly real monster. Which is when a mysterious and annoyingly arrogant young warlock named Wade Crowley steps in, introducing her to a hidden world of beasts, magicals, and covens riddled with secrets—as well as clues about her murky past.

Whether she likes it or not, this new world is where she belongs. But after a disturbing twist of events, Harley quickly realizes that her past is darker than she could ever have imagined. And that someone in the coven is out for her blood. With the help of Wade and her new friends, she must figure out who the traitor is and why they’re targeting her… Before the human and magical worlds dangerously collide.

My Thoughts:

This book is advertised as a book for fans of Harry Potter. I didn’t pick it up for this reason but I did like the sound of the book. This book is available on Kindle Unlimited on Amazon UK.

I did enjoy this book and the plot. The characters are ok, Harley is a little childish and does things which makes me roll my eyes but I am also enjoying the characters and the relationships they have with one another. The friendships are done really well and the “family” feelings are done extremely well and you can feel this throughout the book. Everyone looks out for one another.

I like the way the covens have been described and that the reader has had a little history of the covens explained so that we understand a little more at how they work.

This book was a fast read and did keep me interested, I didn’t get bored at any point. I always felt myself wanting to pick up the book at the end of every day. I have picked up the second book also on kindle unlimited and will carry on with the series at the moment to see where everything goes.

I would recommend this to people who would like a fast read.

Review: Skyward

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Author: Brandon Sanderson
Pages: 510
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪


Spensa’s world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity’s only defence is to take to their ships and fight the enemy in the skies. Pilots have become the heroes of what’s left of the human race.

Spensa has always dreamed of being one of them; of soaring above Earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s – a pilot who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, placing Spensa’s chances of attending flight school somewhere between slim and none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, but she is still determined to fly. And the Krell just made that a possibility. They’ve doubled their fleet, making Spensa’s world twice as dangerous . . . but their desperation to survive might just take her skyward . . .

My Thoughts:

I really like the main character Spensa, she is a very determined girl and she doesn’t let anything stop her. The plot is really intriguing and kept me turning the pages throughout. 

The hints towards the story behind her father turning into a deserter are really interesting and when everything came to light, it really tied everything together, it helped me to understand why everyone was acting like they were towards Spensa. #

The commander is my least favourable character throughout, we do learn a little more about her as the story progresses but it isn’t enough as yet to make me warm up towards her.

I loved the writing in this book as I always do with Brandon Sanderson’s books I have read. He puts so much detail into the little characters that are in any plot or subplot, every character he writes has so much about them that he made one of my favourite characters in this book be the spaceship. Brandon Sanderson made me get emotional over a spaceship.

I can’t wait to get the next book in the series, I hope I like it as much as I like this one.