Sunday, 6 May 2018

The Beast's Heart

Title: The Beast's Heart
Author: Leife Shallcross
Published: 3rd May 2018
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Hell yes!

A sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time—read the Beast's side of the story at long last.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.

My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.

My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again.

And now I might lose her forever.

Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling of The Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beast's heart.

Received a copy in exchange for a fair review thank you to Hodder & Stoughton

O.M.G! Where do I begin with this book? I read this book instantly in one sitting and I fell in love with everything about it. I loved Beast and Isabeau (although in my head I kept referring to her as Isabelle but shhh...don't tell anyone).

How do I convey my love for this book? I am so incoherent right now, secretly whilst typing this review out I am dreaming of the lines Beasts says to Isabeau. How can someone so gentle be so frightening? It just goes to show you should never judge a book by its cover. 

Honestly speaking the book was only challenging because of having a newborn makes reading harder and I had a bit of trouble getting in to the book. From the synopsis I was hoping the book would be different to the versions we have seen on TV but there isn't much to assume based on what we are told so this made it interesting to see how the author would work this out. And it was the best decision in my life. I loved everything about the book; the plot, the sisters, Isabeau, Renè, Vicomte and most of all the Beast. Be still my sweet Beast. I loved the version of this tale so much I am so glad it had so much likeness with the original story but had few surprises up its sleeve as well.

The more I praise the writing style would be less. I really have something for the way royalty speak and how back in the day the men and women would converse with one another. I can imagine myself being in that era and speaking exactly the same even though I don't know anything about it. This may be the author's debut but she has already won my heart. I can't wait to see more of her work in the future.

My favourite characters would have to obviously the main protagonists; Isabeau and Beast. I love how they are both conflicted about one another although Beast makes his feelings very clear early on in the book. Their epic tale revolves around honesty, although Isabeau is very torn between making her new friend happy and wanting to be with her family again, she is often sad when she sees how much pain her answer has caused Beast.!!! I really wish though I didn't compare Isabeau to Emma Watson in the movie because they are nothing alike that kind of ruined it for me!

P.S. Can I please get part 2 now?

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Friday, 13 April 2018

Blogging Hiatus

Hi guys, as some of you may know I found out I was pregnant last August. Between now and then I have discovered the ups and downs of pregnancy and then came the waiting time of labor. I had many reservations about what is going to happen and whether I should just opt for a C- Section since my pain tolerance is so low but I decided to just try a natural birth anyways since being induced has its own kind of pain. It happened. I gave birth to a baby boy on 04/04/18. The labor was nothing like I have ever experienced I am still a little shaken even though it has been a week but it ended up being a traumatic one. I had a lot of stitches done since the tear was quite deep and along with other things (I am not ready to share them yet but maybe one day) it's going to take me a while to fully recover. I am going to take some time off blogging and social media and concentrate on my health first before anything else. Just in case any of you are wondering my family is helping me taking care of the baby.

I hope you guys understand and have a lovely weekend.

Until next time,

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: These Rebel Waves

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: These Rebel Waves
Author: Sara Raasch
Series: Stream Raiders #1
Release Date: 7th August 2018

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

Have you seen the book cover? I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and I die just a little bit every day just staring at it. The artist did an amazing job with this cover and I love it sooooooo much! Did I mention how much I adore this cover??? πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

Let's chat: Have you ever wanted a book so bad just because you fell in love with the cover? Well I have several times and this is one of those moments. What are you lovely readers waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments below!

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Neverwake

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Neverwake
Author: Amy Plum
Series: Dreamfall #2
Release Date: 7th August 2018

For most people, nightmares always come to an end. But for Cata, Ant, and the others, there may be no escape from theirs. After an experimental treatment meant to cure their insomnia went horribly wrong, the teens were dragged into a shared dreamworld where their most terrifying fears became reality.

The six of them have no way of waking up. And they’re beginning to realize that if they die here, they might actually die in the real world. One of the dreamers is already gone, and anyone could be next. The only thing they know for certain is that they have to work together to survive. But as they learn the truth about one another’s pasts, they soon discover they are trapped with something far worse than their nightmares….

Ahhh...just look at that book cover! Isn't it great? I have the first book in the series but I am yet to read it. Oh reading slump when will you stop coming between me and my books! πŸ˜“πŸ˜’πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­

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