#BlogTour The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E.Harrow #BookReview #TenThousandDoors @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orbitbooks

Delighted to be the latest stop on the brilliant Blog Tour for the equally brilliant THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by ALIX E.HARROW.  My thanks to the publisher, author and Tracy of Compulsive Readers for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it!

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow’s spellbinding debut–step inside and discover its magic.

Published by Orbit

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK  £21.72

hive.co.uk  £10.69

whsmith  £9.35

MY REVIEW

I think we’ve all dreamed of finding doors that lead to different worlds – I still live in hope of finding Narnia at the back of my wardrobe – and in this book you get to enjoy the magical journey of following January as she discovers a special book that unlocks worlds of adventure, whilst she discovers more about her past and those around her.  It was  a beautifully written story and one you can totally lose yourself in as you switch between storylines, and there’s never a dull moment in either!

January is a wonderful character. She’s seen as an oddball, but tolerated by others because she is under the care of Mr Locke, a very wealthy man, as her father is seemingly always off working looking for treasures all over the globe. As the story progresses you find out how relevant her fathers’ travels are and this just adds more depth to the story.

The book January discovers tells the story of Ade, another fascinating character, who was born in 1866 and was raised by her aunts who took very little notice of her, allowing her to roam free and adventure. When she is 15 she sees a ‘ghost’ and what transpires is a totally enthralling story that involves lots of door hunting and a wonderful love story.

I found this to be one of those books that takes a little while for you to get your bearings with the way it’s told. but it soon has you under the spell and I really loved the different aspects of the story – the romance, the fantasy elements and the historical as they all blended so well and really just kept delivering surprise after surprise!!  Highly recommended!!

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#BookReview The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind by Jackson Ford #RIPXIV

ABOUT THE BOOK

For Teagan Frost, sh*t just got real.

Teagan Frost is having a hard time keeping it together. Sure, she’s got telekinetic powers—a skill that the government is all too happy to make use of, sending her on secret break-in missions that no ordinary human could carry out. But all she really wants to do is kick back, have a beer, and pretend she’s normal for once.

But then a body turns up at the site of her last job—murdered in a way that only someone like Teagan could have pulled off. She’s got 24 hours to clear her name—and it’s not just her life at stake. If she can’t unravel the conspiracy in time, her hometown of Los Angeles will be in the crosshairs of an underground battle that’s on the brink of exploding…

Full of imagination, wit and random sh*t flying through the air, this insane adventure from an irreverent new voice will blow your tiny mind.

Published by Orbit

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK

hive.co.uk

whsmith

MY REVIEW

What a fun read!! Full of feisty characters, sweary language and pulsating action, this is a book that keeps you glued to the action and wondering just where the story would take you next.

Teagan is the star of the show and has special abilities – she can move sh*t with her mind! Very useful if you’re the government and she’s being used to take part in a special task force who have to undertake certain missions but when things start spiralling out of control and she seems to be being set up, she and her team are forced to go a little off track and try and prove her innocence while avoiding those who want to take her down.

You often forget that Teagan is quite young but it does show through in certain aspects as she struggles to deal with her abilities at times and the pressure it puts on her, as well as dealing with the past and the fact that her parents made her in a lab but for what reason? Why would you give your child certain abilities?!

Alongside Teagan and her story we also see the world through the eyes of Jake – another youngster with powers and he seems to be using his for darker means but still seems quite afraid and is another person seeking answers and you just wonder what the connection is between them and whether there’s more of them out there all looking for the same thing.

This book had me laughing on so many occasions – Teagan is often very blunt and to the point which leads to some highly amusing confrontations! You also see her vunerable side though and that really helped me connect more with her as a character. The story was really well paced and left in a way that makes it perfect for a follow on which I hope will be soon as I want to see what happens next in this world!

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#BlogTour #BookReview A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C.A.FLETCHER #FollowGriz @Tr4cyF3nt0n @CharlieFletch_r

Hugely delighted to be the latest stop on the wonderful blog tour for A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C.A.FLETCHER. My thanks to the author, publisher and Tracy Fenton for allowing me to be part of it and putting it all together for us to share!

Here’s a little more about the book to get you in the mood!!

“My name’s Griz. I’ve never been to school, I’ve never had friends, in my whole life I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, before all the people went away, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.
Then the thief came.


He told stories of the deserted towns and cities beyond our horizons. I liked him – until I woke to find he had stolen my dog. So I chased him out into the ruins of the world.


I just want to get my dog back, but I found more than I ever imagined was possible. More about how the world ended. More about what my family’s real story is. More about what really matters.”

Published by Orbit

Purchase Links

hive.co.uk

WHSmith

waterstones

MY REVIEW

Imagine living on a remote island with only your parents, sister and 2 dogs – there’s nobody else left in your little part of the world as the number of people is increasingly low as the birthrate has fallen dramatically.  This is the position that Griz is in – hearing stories of life in the lands beyond but never able to go there.  That is until someone steals his beloved dog, and his only thought is to jump in a boat and follow!  It just showed the bond created especially when your world is so uncomplicated and focused on those around you.

As Griz explores deserted towns and cities we get a real feeling of just how different the world is – Griz can only imagine things we took for granted and it’s brilliantly told as Griz speaks to us in each chapter of what life must have been like in our ‘crowded world’.    Griz is extremely brave in taking on this pursuit and just shows the lengths we’d all go to save those most important to us – be they human, or animals!

The innocence of Griz is the main thing I took from this book – – his wonder at hearing birdsong, wondering what life was like full of noise, cars, even seeing animals in zoos.  Being so remote on the island with his family, everything new he sees while exploring is a revelation and his time opens his eyes to a different way of seeing things .

It’s difficult to really say much more without giving away too much, but I thoroughly enjoyed being in the world of Griz and loved the twists and turns that awaited him and me as a reader! A book that takes you on a dark but memorable journey!

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