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BLOG TOUR: The Meeting Point by Olivia Lara

BLOG TOUR: The Meeting Point by Olivia Lara

Hello everyone, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Meeting Point! If you’ve visited my blog before you’ll know I don’t often read adult romances, so I’m bringing you something a bit different today. There was just something about this one 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I wish I could read again for the first time

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is one close to my heart. If I could pick any superpower (other than invisibility or flying), I would definitely pick the power of being able to forget a book I’d 

BLOG TOUR: Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis

BLOG TOUR: Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis

Hey everyone, and welcome to my stop on the Wicked Little Deeds blog tour. To start off with, I’d like to say a huge thank you to The Write Reads for allowing me to take part in this blog tour, because Wicked Little Deeds ended up being a corker of a novel!

If you’ve visited one of my blog tour stops before, you’ll know how I run things around here. In case you’re new, before I share my thoughts on Wicked Little Deeds I’m going to share some more information about the book, so if you’d like to skip straight to my review feel free to scroll past the cover and synopsis below.

Now, let’s get on with it!

From its creepy town mascot to the story of its cursed waterfall, Burden Falls is a small town dripping with superstition. Ava Thorn knows this well – since the horrific accident she witnessed a year ago, she’s been plagued by nightmares.

But when her school nemesis is brutally murdered and Ava is the primary suspect, she starts to wonder if the legends surrounding the town are more fact than fiction.

Whatever secrets Burden Falls is hiding, there’s a killer on the loose, and they have a vendetta against the Thorns…


When I began reading Wicked Little Deeds – also known as Burden Falls in America – I thought it was going to be a standard YA high school drama. Perfect for fans of Truly Devious and One of Us is Lying, but not something which would dramatically stand out from the crowd.

Thankfully, my first impressions were completely wrong.

Wicked Little Deeds is subtly weaved with supernatural elements which will have you second guessing everything you read. The townsfolk of Burden Falls blame all of their troubles on local legend Dead-Eyed Sadie, a ghost linked to protagonist Ava Thorn’s ancestors, and I found myself convinced that the spook was certainly the culprit.

Kat Ellis is skilled at writing unsettling scenes, and at multiple points during my reading of Wicked Little Deeds I had a shiver running down my spine and the uncontrollable urge to check over my shoulder in case Sadie was stood there watching me. I don’t spook easily, so that alone is a huge endorsement for this book! If you’re a seasonal mood reader this is a book you have to pick up in October, when the nights are drawing in and Halloween is on the horizon.

As well as the supernatural elements, the murder mystery really keeps you guessing. Is Sadie the culprit, or is the murderer one of the residents of Burden Falls? Could it be one of Ava’s fellow students, or possibly even a teacher? Everyone is under suspicion, and the need to discover who is responsible for the crime spree makes this a fast read. Wicked Little Deeds comes in at 400 pages, but it honestly felt like it was only 250 pages because of how quickly I flew through it.

I’m proud to say I did predict the ending, but I squealed when the murderer was revealed because it was such a satisfying conclusion to the story. It takes a lot for a YA thriller to impress me, but Wicked Little Deeds ticked all of the boxes. I haven’t read Kat Ellis’s 2020 release Harrow Lake yet, but I’ve also heard great things about that book and I’m looking forward to picking it up soon.

I gave Wicked Little Deeds four stars, and it deserved every one of them.

About the author:








Kat Ellis is a young adult author whose novels include Wicked Little Deeds/Burden Falls (August 2021), Harrow Lake (July 2020), Purge (September 2016), Breaker (May 2016), and Blackfin Sky (May 2014). She is a fan of all things horror and sci-fi, and a keen explorer of ruins, castle and cemeteries – all of which are plentiful in North Wales, where Kat lives with her husband.

You can find out more about Kat at http://www.katelliswrites.com/ or connect with her on social media. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.






That’s it for my stop on the Wicked Little Deeds blog tour! I hope you enjoyed this review. Let me know if you’re planning to pick up Kat Ellis’s newest release any time soon.

See you again next week, for another The Write Reads blog tour. It’s going to be a fun one!

Thanks for reading,

Alyce

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Underappreciated books by popular authors

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I’m putting a twist on this week’s topic – secondary/minor characters who deserve more love – because the only one I could think of was Ragnar from Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series, and I 

BLOG TOUR: The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis

BLOG TOUR: The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis

Hello, and welcome to my stop on The Raven Heir blog tour! Firstly I’d like to say a huge thank you to Blue from Kaleidoscopic Tours for organising this blog tour, and to Bloomsbury Children’s for sending me a copy of The Raven Heir for 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Grabworthy book titles

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is all about titles or covers that made me want to read or buy a book. I’ll be honest, most of my purchase are purely cover buys, so I’ve decided to only feature intriguing titles that made me need to find out what the story inside was about.

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

I still know nothing about Empire of the Vampire. The main reason I wanted to read it is because Sean has a book called Vampire Empire, and I’m planning to read them both and see if there are any similarities between them other than their names. That being said, the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous too, so if the title hadn’t already intrigued me then the cover would have.

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

I’m interested in a lot of Neil Gaiman’s books because of their gorgeous covers, but it was the title of Fragile Things which first interested me. This is a short story collection, so can I expect it to purely feature tales about fragile things? Will those fragile things be breakables made out of ceramics and glass, or will they be living and breathing creatures? Either way, I’m interested.

Gallant by V.E. Schwab

Okay, this might not be purely based on the title, because it is a V.E. Schwab novel and I probably would have ended up wanting to read it because of that anyway. But I’m interested in Gallant because of the different meanings of the word. It can be used both to mean a man who is a romancer of women, and to describe someone who is brave or heroic, and I can’t wait to find out which definition this story leans more towards.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

This is one of those book titles which gives so much away about the plot, while at the same time sparking a lot of questions. It’s quite similar to…

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

…which also makes you ask a lot of questions, while giving you a very accurate grasp of what the plot is about. I’ve read The Hundred-Year-Old Man and it didn’t live up to my expectations, but hopefully The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland will!

In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland

I was interested in In the Ravenous Dark before the cover was revealed, because the title is so evocative. I was expecting this to be a luscious, gothic, dark and brooding story, and I ended up being pleasantly surprised by the Grecian-inspired fantasy I discovered within.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Something about this title just makes me want to cry, which is one of the main reasons I haven’t picked it up yet. Same with They Both Die at the End – I’m just convinced they’re both going to be the kind of heart-wrenching contemporaries which make me want to tear my heart out and sob until my chest aches. This book will end up either being a new favourite or being a huge disappointment, but I’m not in any rush to discover which it will be.

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily A. Danforth

Another one which grabbed me with both its title and its cover. The first time I heard about Plain Bad Heroines I had no idea what the UK cover looked like, but I was interested in the idea of bad heroines and what they might get up to. Then I saw that stunning yellow and pink UK cover and I knew I had to have a copy!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

All of Becky Albertalli’s books do this for me, but none more so than Simon. There’s just something about knowing the main character’s name going into the book – and knowing that they’ve got a struggle or a battle against something on their hands – really appeals to me. Thankfully this title buy paid off, as Simon ended up being a 5 star for me.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Throwing this one way back, but another book I definitely picked up because of the title was Uglies. Too many books are about pretty or beautiful things, so to have a book focused on the less visually appealing really appealed to me when I was younger.

Thank you for checking out this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post. Leave a comment down below with some of the books you’ve read purely because of their titles or covers!

See you again soon,

Alyce

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Desert Island Reads

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Desert Island Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Ask any bookworm you know and they’ll agree that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is impossible. How are you supposed to choose just ten books to have with you while you’re stranded on 

BLOG TOUR: There Is No Big Bad Wolf in This Story by Lou Carter and Deborah Allwright

BLOG TOUR: There Is No Big Bad Wolf in This Story by Lou Carter and Deborah Allwright

Hey everyone, and welcome to my stop on the There Is No Big Bad Wolf in This Story blog tour! First of all, I’d like to say a huge thanks to Blue from Kaleidoscopic Tours for allowing me to take part in this blog tour, 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I read in one sitting

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I read in one sitting

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.



There are quite a few books which I’ve read in one sitting, so it’s been hard narrowing this list down to just ten titles. I can’t read in one sitting as much anymore, because I have two children and I’ve recently started working full-time, but back when I first started blogging I would happily sit and read a book from cover to cover every day! These are books which are literally impossible to put down, so if you’ve been experiencing a reading slump lately, one of these is sure to shake you out of it.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

With extended project reports and interviews breaking up the narrative, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder has a propulsive plot and is sure to keep you on your toes until the end of the story. I’m expecting exactly the same from the third and final book in the series, As Good As Dead, when it’s released in August, so I won’t be picking it up until I have a day off!

All of the Above by Juno Dawson

I was debating between featuring All of the Above and Clean, but I talk about All of the Above less so I’m giving that the love today. I’d always wrongly assumed that this focused on a bisexual main character called Toria, but Juno recently clarified that Toria is actually pansexual when the new pastel coloured cover was revealed. This novel is about following your heart and loving who you love, and Toria’s story had me hooked from beginning to end.

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

Asking For It is a difficult book to read. I’m glad I was reading it during a coach trip, or I think I would have needed to take a few days to prepare myself before I carried on reading, because there were multiple points where I had to put the book down and stare out of the window at the passing countryside, trying to keep the tears at bay. If you’re interested in hard-hitting contemporaries addressing rape culture, I’d highly recommend this book.

Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens

There are a few Robin Stevens books I could pick, but my favourite in the Murder Most Unladylike series is the Cream Buns and Crime short story collections. Short stories are always a pleasure to read, but this collection is stuffed full with educational material about historical crime writers, code breaking and spying, so it’s a must-read for any avid young detectives! I can’t wait for Once Upon a Crime to be released later in the year, because I think that’s going to be just as good.

Entangled by Cat Clarke

I read Entangled at a time when I hardly read anything. I thought reading was nerdy and uncool, and for some reason I still thought I was the kind of person who could be hip and cool (spoiler alert: I’m not, because I’m the kind of person who uses the word ‘hip’). Something about the cover of Entangled grabbed me, and I ended up reading it in one sitting. Grandad had to come in and shout at me because I was going to be late for sixth form, and I honestly couldn’t believe that five hours had flown past because I’d been so absorbed in the story. This is the book I have to thank for reigniting my love of reading.

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

I’m cheating a little bit by including Foundryside, because it actually took us a couple of days to read it. However, if we hadn’t had plans which we couldn’t rearrange, we definitely would have read it in one sitting. Something about Robert Jackson Bennett’s writing style is so smooth and easy to read, and even though this is a pretty complicated magic system in a fantasy world, I didn’t feel overwhelmed or lost once.

Furious Thing by Jenny Downham

I could have chosen any of Jenny Downham’s books, because I’ve read them all ridiculously quickly. However, I was most impressed with how fast I read Furious Thing, because I picked it up a couple of hours before I went out for my mum’s birthday meal and by the time we got in the car to go I was already 3/4ths of the way through it. Even though I was tired out when I got home, I couldn’t sleep until I found out what happened at the end of Lexi’s story. This is a story about a girl filled with rage at the injustices that she sees around her, and the way she fights against society’s expectations to finally allow her voice to be heard.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I loved The Hobbit. I binge-read it in a day, and Sean had a fight to get me to stop reading long enough to eat lunch and dinner, because I couldn’t wait to see what happened to Bilbo Baggins. Knowing that, it’s a surprise that I dislike The Lord of the Rings as much as I do, and I’ve still never read the third book in the series. Oopsie!

The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

I’ve actually read The Ship of Shadows in one sitting TWICE! I was part of The Write Reads blog tour for this book, but I read it two months before my blog tour post was due so I reread it the day before I wrote my review. This follows a badass crew of pirates in a semi-haunted pirate ship, and it’s middle-grade at its finest. My copy of the sequel, Secrets of the Stars, was delivered last week, and I’m looking forward to picking it up as soon as I can.

Toffee by Sarah Crossan

The only Sarah Crossan novels I’ve read so far have been in verse, and I’ve read them all in one sitting. Toffee is a particularly poignant one, following a teen runaway who insinuates herself into the life of an elderly lady with Alzheimer’s, finally finding a place where she feels like she belongs. It’s heartbreaking, but also strangely uplifting.

On that note, I’d also like to give a huge shout out to both Dean Atta and Elizabeth Acevedo. I feel like I shout my love for The Black Flamingo and The Poet X pretty regularly both here and on my Booktube channel, but they’re also authors whose work you can read in one sitting very easily.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Which books have you read in one sitting?

Thanks for reading,

Alyce

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REVIEW: Twitch by M.G. Leonard

REVIEW: Twitch by M.G. Leonard

First things first, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Walker Books, for accepting my request to read and review Twitch via NetGalley. Best known for being the author of The Battle of the Beetles series (and co-author of Adventures on Trains with