The Girl Of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.
~I was sent a proof copy from the publishers, all opinion are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Well, haven't I just been on a beautifully written journey.
First things first THE DESIGN OF THIS BOOK! The pages, the maps are just WOW so, so beautiful! I loved that there was a different map on each section, they where amazing and really added to the story.
In this story we follow Isabella. she lives with her father who is a cartographer (which is the study and making of maps) and she dreams of visiting the maps he's created. One day, a friend of hers from school goes missing in a very bad part, a place where she shouldn't of gone. She she decides to be in charge of the search to find her friend but there are things beyond the walls, things Isabella could of never imagined, can she save the island?
I loved this book. I was gripped from the very first beginning and I didn't stop reading until the very end of the book. I didn't want the story to end at all to be honest. The whole world building was fantastic! Kiran has done a brilliant job of bringing the characters and world to life and I can't recommend this book enough.
This book mainly focuses on friendship and family, which are two themes I love to read about. Isabella has to deal with a lot in this book, and I don't want to spoil this story for anyone so you all need to go pick it up to see how this story goes and fall in love with it like I did.
A fantastic debut novel from Kiran and I cannot wait to see what she writes next!
What happens when love brings loss? When love brings lies? When love brings hate? Olivia and her twin brother Aidan are heading alone back to Earth following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety. Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction. But on their journey, Nathan's ship is attacked and most of the community killed. Only a few survive. Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head-over-heels - like nothing they have ever experienced. But not everyone is pleased. Surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy ever after...?
~I was sent a proof copy from the publishers, all opinion are my own~
I give it - 5/5
,My review - I have to admit, I've never read anything my Malorie Blackman until CHASING THE STARS and I really want to go and pick up all her other books after reading this.
Have you ever read a book and it's left you in a glass case of emotions after finishing it? That's what this book has done to me...(My boyfriend would tell you I was cuddling the book afterwards, stroking it and making unintelligible sounds) it was beautiful, heartbreakingly beautiful.
In this book we get the POV from Olivia or Vee and Nathan. Olivia is the captain of the Aiden ship, and also has a brother called Aiden and one day she saves Nathan and his crew and suddenly, there is love in the air! But there is a lot of secrets these both have, secrets that could tear them apart. Plus, there is someone on the ship murdering other people and they have to deal with the Mazon...a lot for them to deal with, can they overcome it and be with each other?
I won't spoil this book as it is best just to go into this book not knowing what is going to happen. This book is more than love! There's drama, friendship, family, laughs and some saucy scenes. The Family element was so beautiful in this book! It was lovely to see how much Vee and Aiden cared for each after all they've been through.
I would suggest that this book is for more of the older teen side for mature themes, which I thought where done very nicely.
This book just left me with so many emotions, I might have shed a few tears at the end but it was just perfect and I think a great first book to get into Malorie Blackman's writing! I really hope she writes more in this universe as I would love to go back into this world!
Sold immediately at auction across the world, this phenomenal novel is the first in a trilogy packed with shooting contests, train robberies, festivals under the stars, powerful Djinni magic and an electrifying love story. This promises to be a global super lead. "Tell me that and we'll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that's how you want your story to go and we'll write it straight across the sand." Dustwalk is Amani's home. The desert sand is in her bones. But she wants to escape. More than a want. A need. Then a foreigner with no name turns up to save her life, and with him the chance to run. But to where? The desert plains are full of danger. Sand and blood are swirling, and the Sultan's enemies are on the rise.
My review - If you've been following my Twitter then you know I have been in the biggest of book slumps since January and now finally I am out of my book slump. Thanks to Rebel Of The Sands.
This book had everything, a wonderful main character, seriously I adore Amani, she might have caused some trouble but she defiantly stands up for what she believes in and she is a bit of a kick-ass, friendship, shooting contest, festivals, magic, love, all this wonderfulness wrapped up in a brilliant book.
I am so happy this is also a trilogy because I need more, right now.
In this story we follow Amani, she wants to leave her town. Living with her uncle, she tries to save enough money to get to Izman where her auntie, who she's never met, is meant to be and anywhere is better than this town, right?
To get money she dresses as a boy and joins in a shooting competition and meets a guy, Foreigner and everything gets a little crazy from there. She escapes her small town, with foreigner/Jin in tow as he leads her towards Izman, but not without some danger thrown in the way, with the commender after them both. And is Jin really leading her towards Izman? Or does he know something about Amani, the blue-eyed bandit, that she doesn't.
Alwyn is a fantastic writer! I felt like I was right there next to Amani in this action packed book. I'm glad that the romance in this story wasn't the main focus and it was just something in the back, which added to the story and flowed nicely. But this book was about so much more, it was about Amani finding out who she truly is, finding others like her and staying that kick-ass that I loved. The ending left a bit open as I feel like nothing is going to stay simple for a long time and I can't wait to see what happens with Amani and the others in the rest of this trilogy.
Since this book already had me tearing up at parts, god help me in the next two books.
I'm recommending this book to everyone and anyone. To everyone that loves a good shooting, train sabotage, magical story then this is the story for you.
Seventeen year old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he's not. Now Jonah must numbly take care of his family as they reel from their tragedy. Cue next change: Vivi Alexander, new girl in town. Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous and unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings. She seems like she's from another planet as she transforms Jonah's family and changes his life. But there are always consequences when worlds collide ..
~I was sent a proof copy, all thoughts are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - It's okay Emery, you play with my feelings. I loved this book, it was so beautifully heartbreaking and I didn't put it down once.
In this book we follow Vivi and Jonah, each chapter changes from each of the characters POV and I really love when a book does that. Especially since this book revolved around Vivi and Jonah so it was nice to get a look inside their brain and what they where thinking during certain parts. Vivi has just moved to town with her mother, she is very bubbly and very outgoing, always on the move and always up to something. Jonah is the middle child with older siblings and younger siblings. His father has died and his mother is still in mourning so it is up to him and his older siblings to look after the younger ones or 'littles' as he calls them, whilst trying not to breakdown and keeping sure everything runs smoothly in their family. Vivi and Jonah meet and the romance starts, but something changes with Vivi and Jonah starts to realises something isn't quite right.
Vivi is a fresh of breath air and she knocks Jonah of his feet. Even though she helps his family, helps them open up to the hurt they've been exposed too and helping them heal, Vivi starts to act different and even though she's helping others she's forgotten to help herself and worlds could collide before it's too late.
This story did have me crying at the end. I'm so glad how it ended, that certain things didn't happen but it was lovely seeing Jonah's family finally opening up and dealing with what happened. With his mother coming to terms with her husbands death and starting to heal. But with healing also comes destruction and this is what this story is about.
It is full of laughs, romance, friendship, family but there are also some other issues that are addressed in this book and Emery did a fantastic way of showing these themes.