Roa and her sister Essie were born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. It was a magic they cherished - until the terrible day Essie died and her soul was trapped in this world.
Dax, the heir to the throne of Firgaard, was responsible. Roa swore she would never forgive him - yet when he came begging for her help to dethrone his cruel father, Roa made him a deal. She'd give him the army he needed if he made her queen.
Now she is royalty, but an outlander; far from home and married to her enemy. And even after everything she has sacrificed, Dax's promises go unfulfilled. Roa's people still suffer.
Then a chance to right every wrong arises - an opportunity for Roa to rid herself of this enemy king and rescue her beloved sister. During the Relinquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa can reclaim her sister for good.
All she has to do is kill the king. . .
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all my opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - This book is just wonderful. Kristen is an amazing storyteller and I could just re-read her books all day long. The writing is beautiful and poetic. I just adore everything she writes and she has definitely became one of my favourite writers.
Even though this book is the second book in the Iskari series, it is also a companion novel. We do follow on from where The Last Namsara left but, we follow new characters. I really like that about this series. I enjoy reading a series about the same characters but, I like reading about different characters and what is going on with them during these events and how it gets all tied together.
In book one we followed the story of Asha, Torwin and of course dragons and in this book we follow Roa, Dax and the battle for the control of the kingdom. It was interesting to see what happened after the first book and see where this story went.
This book centres around another amazing Heroine. A main character who develops so much throughout the book and reading about her growth and how she stands up for herself and for the people she cares about is just so wonderful to read. Her relationships with Dax and the other characters are fascinating and intriguing. This book keeps you gripped from the beginning and you won't be able to put it down. It pulls you into this magical world and you just won't want to leave.
I really enjoy the chapters of these characters when they where younger. It gives you more insight to these characters and reading about their childhood just added more depth to the story. I really enjoy books where they give the history on their characters which shows you more about these characters.
This book was brilliant. I really enjoyed it and was a great second book in this series.
If you haven't started these books I can't recommend them enough! They are addictive and captivating!
Besides, if you were one half evil, wouldn’t you want to know about the other half?
In the scorching summer of 1976, Robyn spends her days swimming at the Lido and tagging after her brother. It’s the perfect holiday – except for the crying women her mum keeps bringing home.
As the heatwave boils on, tensions in the town begin to simmer. Everyone is gossiping about her mum, a strange man is following her around, and worst of all, no one will tell Robyn the truth. But this town isn’t good at keeping secrets…
Twelve years later Robyn returns home, to a house that has stood empty for years and a town that hasn’t moved on, forced to confront the mystery that haunted her that summer.
And atone for the part she played in it.
~I recieved a copy via netgalley - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What an interesting, intriguing story! I really enjoyed this book and just couldn't put it down.
I really like how we got to see through Robyns eyes as a child in 1976 and what was going on all around her and then years later when she is older and after everything has happened. It was interesting to read each chapter from Robyn as a child and when she is older. The difference in how she has changed and reading about the things she notices around her and what could possibly be going on. It flips through between the years in each chapter and I really like how the writer did this.
Robyn, as a child, likes to spend days by the pool. She has a lovable older brother, a mother who is a bit unconventional and has a best friend called Debbie. They think things are changing as her mother gets a new partner but, there is someone who follows her mother who, also seems to invite weeping women into the house. Who is the man with the cowboy hat? And, why does her mother invite these women in?
Then we jump to 1988. Robyn and her brother come back to the house that has been empty for a few years. People are angered that they are back, something happened all those years ago and the book switches between 1976 and 1988. They are searching for something or anyone and they will do what they can to find it.
There is violence, fear and it is also wonderful reading about simpler times of just wanting to have fun as a child and you will also feel like you are with Robyn as she discovers things that have happened and it is just really gripping. As a child she was more carefree, confused and when she is older you see the switch in her as she is well more aware of everything.
A wonderful, gripping story I cant recommend enough!
Marianne Holmes was born in Cyprus to RAF parents and bounced between the UK, Germany, Kuwait and Belgium until firmly basing herself in London – well, apart from those years in the Peak District. A love of language led to degrees in Classics and Linguistics from the University of London but her desire to pay the mortgage steered her to a career in Marketing. After distracting herself in all sorts of ways over the years – sailing, flying, volunteering and running away to India – she is now definitely, absolutely concentrating on her writing. Well, that and making sure her children get fed, clothed and entertained. Obviously. A Little Bird Told Me is Marianne’s first novel.
No matter where you hide…
Kaitlyn Best is stuck in a rut. So when she discovers she's pregnant after a one-night-stand with Alex, her school crush, she throws caution to the wind and accepts his offer to make a new life together in the depths of the Lake District, far from her home… and her demons.
He will find you.
But Alex is not what he seems. And when Kaitlyn's world begins to crumble before her eyes, she realises she barely knows the man she has agreed to spend the rest of her life with.
Since Alex won't tell her his secrets, Kaitlyn vows to find them out for herself. But when she uncovers the truth, she realises she has made a terrible mistake…
~I received a copy via netgalley - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - WHAT A BOOK.
This is a great physocological thriller and I was instantly gripped from the beginning. It has such a nice pace that everything just unravels and you will just be captivated by this story.
Our main character is Kaitlyn. She is bored and decides to look up an old crush, Alex. They get to chatting, messaging each other, face timing each other and decide to meet up. Kaitlyn has always thought Alex was lovely. But, after a one night stand her life is about to change forever. She finds out she's pregnant and Alex suggest she starts a life with him in the Lake District. Far from her home and some things she is trying to get away from.
Alex seemed like the perfect guy on the outside but, he's not really who he pretends to be. Kaitlyn starts to realise that things aren't what they seem. She has agreed to live her life with this man who she thought she knew but, things are about to change. Her life is crumbling around her and before she knows it she is living her worst nightmare. What she thought would have been a great new life is instantly turning into hell.
I really love the way this story is told. Kaitlyn is a very likeable character. She is honest, lovely and kind. She just wants the best life for her and her unborn child. A 'happily ever after'. Even after her friends have concerns about this whole situation, after awhile Kaitlyn can't ignore those feelings of something isn't right. The guy she thought she knew, the guy she thought she would have a wonderful future with is changing right in front of her eyes and she starts to think she didn't know him as well as she thought she did.
Diane sets a really great pace for the book and you start to feel the same unsettling feeling Kaitlyn does as the story goes deeper and she starts to feel she isn't so in control anymore. As things start to get darker, more intense and danger is looming.
This is a fantastic thriller that will keep you gripped from the beginning. It is full of suspense, tension and it will take a dark turn towards the end that will keep you captivated until you've finished it. Full of shock, twists and a bunch of characters who really pull this story together!
One of the best thrillers I've read this year.