#Review: The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams @sennydreadful @headlinepg

If you missed my review for book one in this trilogy The Ninth Rain…check it out today.

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The Ninth Rain has fallen. The Jure’lia are awake. Nothing can be the same again.

Tormalin the Oathless and the fell-witch Noon have their work cut out rallying the first war-beasts to be born in Ebora for three centuries. But these are not the great winged warriors of old. Hatched too soon and with no memory of their past incarnations, these onetime defenders of Sarn can barely stop bickering, let alone face an ancient enemy who grow stronger each day.

The key to uniting them, according to the scholar Vintage, may lie in a part of Sarn no one really believes exists – a distant island, mysteriously connected to the fate of two legendary Eborans who disappeared long ago.

But finding it will mean a perilous journey in a time of war, while new monsters lie in wait for those left behind.

Join the heroes of THE NINTH RAIN as they battle a terrible evil, the likes of which Sarn has never known.

Review

I have been anxiously awaiting The Bitter Twins, desperately wanting to know what happens next in the story that Jen Williams so masterfully started weaving in The Ninth Rain. At the beginning of The Bitter Twins, Williams catches us up on where everybody is successfully without needing to do a recap chapter which I really like about the way she writes.

We move around the characters in this novel who are mostly separated fighting different battles, investigating different avenues, and discovering new things to help in the fight against the Jure’lia. Then of course we have Hestillion who is now with the enemy, will she fight back or will she cross over? I didn’t like her much in The Ninth Rain but her personality develops wonderfully through The Bitter Twins to become one of my favourite characters this time around.

We meet new characters, some fleeting and some more permanent members, one of those that really dug a hole into my heart Eri, an Eboran teenager, by which he was a few hundred years old, you know how those Eborans are! The way he starts in the book then integrates into the group is incredible and again a testament to Williams writing that a brand new character can become so important to you by the end of the book when there is already such a vast cast to choose from.

The existing cast are bonding with their war beasts and we definitely start to bond with them as well, they have very individual personalities of their own and their were some I loved more than others. I found myself more connected to Noon and Tor, they are a pair who need a good kick up the backside most of the time but there is something incredibly special about them and as they investigate the origins of the Eborans before the war really kicks off I had a lot of lump in throat moments.

Aldasair and Bern are so special and would make everybody coo over them in our world.  Funnily Vintage who was by far my favourite character in The Ninth Rain, irritated me in this book, I’m not sure what changed but I just didn’t connect with her this time around.

Overall, the world building continued to blow my mind, the battle scenes for the most part moved to the sky in this novel and were incredibly vivid, my brain was creating them as I was reading and it was epic. The Bitter Twins has shocking twists that leave you gasping; with love, betrayal, friendship, and The Ninth Rain war really kicking off.

A huge thanks to Jen Williams and Headline for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.

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Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Bitter Twins
SeriesThe Winnowing Flame Trilogy #2
Author: Jen Williams
Genre: Fantasy | Magic | Epic Fantasy | Dragons | Sword & Sorcery
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 8 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 624
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#Review: The Year of Saying Yes: Part 3: She Who Dares by Hannah Doyle @HannahShowbiz @headlinepg

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Dear Readers

Ahoy there! Welcome to Part Three of my ‘Year of Saying Yes’ which is shaping up to be a corker. I’ve been chock-a-block with your dares:

– I’m now a health guru (I officially know what an ‘alfafa sprout’ is… bow before me)

– I faced my fears and shared my wisdom with others #realtalk

– After years of resenting Princess Perfect Pants – aka my sister, Olivia – we finally made up. In Paris, no less. Très bon!

But it hasn’t all been green smoothies and gadding about in gay Paris. There I was, floating on Cloud Nine with the man I thought was my dream guy until I crashed down to earth with a big fat bump when I discovered a big fat secret. Ouch.

But don’t fear, ye of little faith! New Izzy is made of tough stuff. Right?

Love

Izzy xx

Review

When I started this four part novella series I was laughing at almost every page turn, I found the concept fresh and original and I was enjoying the scrapes Izzy was getting herself into. Somewhere between parts 2 and 3 that has got lost and I didn’t get the same enjoyment reading part 3 as I did with the earlier one’s.

I didn’t laugh, not once with this, the story seems to have taken a more serious turn and the lighthearted feel we had in the beginning seems to have gone. The dares aren’t as much fun and Izzy has changed, which you would expect, but I don’t actually like the person she’s turned into so I’m not enjoying reading about her and the way she is being.

I get annoyed that she equates having lost some weight and now being a size 8 as a reason for being happy. As though being skinny is an answer to happiness. I found her quite whiney and immature, and her taste in men is pretty damn appalling (but I have been saying that since the beginning)!

I think much of what is happening is supposed to be funny but it’s lost on me. I’m just not getting it, where i was finding this a funny lighthearted read in the beginning, and I really was belly laughing for much of the first two parts, I just couldn’t get with the programme with this one and read it in a stoney silence waiting for the penny to drop and wake up my sense of humour.

Overall, taking the whole story as one I’m still enjoying it and if it was a novel I think this would be that unfortunate section you sometimes get to where you just read through quickly to get back on track. I’m going to buy and read the final part and I’m hoping that the excitement I felt initially will return.

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Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Year of Saying Yes: Part 3: She Who Dares
Series: The Year of Saying Yes
Author: Hannah Doyle
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 26 January 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 78
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#Review: The Year of Saying Yes: Part 2: A Dare to Remember by Hannah Doyle @HannahShowbiz @headlinepg

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Dear Readers

Welcome back! It’s Izzy (or should I say New Izzy) reporting for duty. It’s time for Part Two of my ‘Year of Saying Yes’.

Thanks to your amazing challenges and fabulous feedback, I’ve been up to all sorts over the past few months. Drumroll please…

– I asked a total stranger for his number (what can I say, he was hot and wearing a pirate’s hat)

– I modelled for a life drawing class (yes, starkers!)

– And somehow I performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury *gulp*

All this gallivanting around means that the new, improved me is in full flow. And guess what? For the first time in forever I have an actual LOVE LIFE, with a real-life man! But in between the fun and frolics there’s been a whole lot of #drama.

Buckle up, guys, we’re in for a bumpy ride…

Love

Izzy x

Review

I downloaded this as soon as I got a gap in my reading schedule and got reading as I enjoyed the first part immensely and really wanted to find out what happened next on Izzy’s dare journey.

During part two you get to know Izzy a little bit better as well as some of her friends and a few of the guys she has encountered/introduced us to in the first installment. I will be honest and say Izzy is not my favourite of the characters in this story. I lean much more towards her best friend who is having a rough time and speaks her mind.

Gorgeous George, Izzy’s love interest since forever is quite frankly one of the biggest idiots to walk this planet, I’m yet to work out what this girl see’s in him, beyond their interactions making amusing fodder for the book!

Beyond my personal grudges against characters though part two again left me laughing out loud and enjoying the situations Izzy found herself in. I’m thoroughly looking forward to reading parts 3 and 4 and seeing where this journey takes Izzy.

Rating

blb-four-star

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TitleThe Year of Saying Yes: Part 2: A Dare To Remember
Series: N/A
Author: Hannah Doyle
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 12 January 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 89
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#Review: The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams @sennydreadful @headlinepg

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Jen Williams, acclaimed author of The Copper Cat trilogy, featuring THE COPPER PROMISE, THE IRON GHOST and THE SILVER TIDE, returns with the first in a blistering new trilogy. ‘An original new voice in heroic fantasy’ Adrian Tchaikovsky

The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.

When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind.

But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall…

Review

I dove into The Ninth Rain 90% excitement and 10% apprehension. The Copper Cat trilogy had well and truly blown my expectations out of the water and there was a little apprehension that this wasn’t going to live up to expectation or be what I hoped it would be. The reality was I had nothing to worry about, Jen WIlliams truly lived up to her spot in my favourite authors banner.

Set in a whole new world we meet new characters who will eventually come together to investigate the Jure’lia, an invading force who have consistently tried to take over the world with absolutely no mercy. The Eboran’s and their war beasts have always saved the day in the past but now the Eboran’s are dying and people are dreaming about a new invasion.

Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon is our illustrious leader, she is obsessed with the Jure’lia and wants to learn all she can about them and the ships that have been left from the last invasion, The Eighth Reign, she has hired Tormalin, an Eboran, as her hired sword. Tormalin was desperate to escape the sickness and find women and wine possibly not in that order!

Joining them by complete happenstance is Noon, a Fell-witch. Noon escapes from the Winnowry a place where fell-witches are kept, apparently for their safety but everything that was written about this place reminded me of the asylum’s of old. It made me feel cold and bitter. This was not a place you would want to be, or would send someone you cared for. Fell-witches pull their power from life forces, then they create fire. This is such an awesome idea, I was really taken with this idea for a witch that was so different to the witch-norm. Thumbs up Jen Williams!

The dynamics between these three travellers is so different, they aren’t friends, or comrades as you would normally expect. Vintage is their employer, Tormalin and Noon hate it each other on first sight. It puts such an interesting dynamic in place for watching how things will develop, how will they work together when danger encroaches on them?

Jen Williams writing is addictive, you want the book to keep going, to not stop, as I neared the end I was willing it to just keep going, which of course it didn’t! This is beautifully written, the world building is exquisite and detailed, the characters are superb with so many secondary characters that I adored and couldn’t even begin to go through for fear this review will turn into a book!

Waiting for book two in this new series is going to be a beautiful kind of torture.

A huge thanks to Jen Williams and Headline for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.

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Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Ninth Rain
SeriesThe Winnowing Flame Trilogy #1
Author: Jen Williams
Genre: Fantasy | Magic | Epic Fantasy | Dragons | Sword & Sorcery
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 23 February 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Audio
Pages: 544
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#BlogTour Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell @JillMansell @headlinepg #BeachcomberBay

I’m so excited to have the blog tour for Jill Mansell’s new novel, Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay, stopping by BrizzleLass Books today. Now, it’s publication day so be sure to grab yourself a cake while you’re here to enjoy while your read the great guest post by our author, it really is a corker! I’ve also added my review of this wonderful novel at the end of the post…enjoy!

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Love is in the air in St Carys, but you’d never know it – the people of this seaside town are very good at keeping secrets…

Continue reading #BlogTour Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell @JillMansell @headlinepg #BeachcomberBay

#Review: The Year of Saying Yes Part 1: It Started with a Dare by Hannah Doyle @HannahShowbiz @headlinepg

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Join Izzy on her journey from January blues to joy. THE YEAR OF SAYING YES by Hannah Doyle will make you dirty-laugh, feel warm and fuzzy, and rediscover life’s magic – all thanks to one little word: yes. Fans of Lindsey Kelk, Mhairi McFarlane and Lucy-Anne Holmes, you’re in for a real treat.

The first of four exclusive part-serialisations of THE YEAR OF SAYING YES by Hannah Doyle.

Dear Readers

It’s drizzling outside, which totally matches my #currentmood. Pigs in blankets, all the mince pies and a festive Baileys or five are distant memories. You know the drill – it’s January. Everyone’s banning booze (terrible idea) or cutting carbs (impossible). To add to the misery pile, my plans to seduce the man of my dreams at the stroke of midnight flopped spectacularly.

I’m Izzy. I don’t just need a New Year resolution, I need a whole new life. And I need YOU. My dreary life is about to get a total makeover – it’s my ‘Year of Saying Yes’. And this is where you come in. It’s up to you to #DareIzzy. I’m saying yes to your challenges, no matter how nuts, adventurous or wild they are. The sky’s the limit – I’m at your mercy, readers!

Wish me luck. I have a feeling I’m going to need it.

Love

Izzy x

Review:
I’ll be honest this is the first eBook I’ve received through the post! And the packaging with the hashtag #yessquad peaked my interest straight away. So much so that I, quite unusually for me, picked this up straight away and read it in one sitting.

OK, so it’s a novella so reading it in one sitting isn’t a huge task but even novella’s need to be engaging to be read in one sitting as they require a few hours of dedicated reading time.  The Year of Saying Yes will consist of four novellas, all featuring Izzy, a young journalist who has become despondent with making the same failed new years resolutions each year.

We meet her at her family’s new years eve party where she fawns over her brother-in-law (an annual tradition) who she fancies far more than she should, gets far too drunk, and then regrets it all the next day. During a new years editorial meeting she admits to her failed resolutions and the year of saying yes is born. Each month she has to take on a dare chosen for her by somebody else, and she has to say yes to it.

Izzy is hesitant and shy, taking on these dares dips into her deepest fears and goes against all of her routines and comforts. But she intends to embrace the project wholeheartedly and does so with some hilarious consequences. The Year of Saying Yes: Part 1: It Started with a Dare is an hilarious, light hearted read and I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on Part 2: A Dare to Remember!

A huge thanks to Hannah Doyle and Headline for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

TitleThe Year of Saying Yes: Part 1: It Started with a Dare
Series: N/A
Author: Hannah Doyle
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 15 December 2016
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 83
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Blog Tour: Guest Post: The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland

Welcome to my stop on the The Plague Charmer Blog Tour written by Karen Maitland. I’m so pleased to be taking part in such a suitably chilling blog tour for Halloween, which as many of you know is by far my favourite day of the year, not least because I got married with a halloween knees up on the day itself! I hope you enjoy this fantastic guest post from Karen Maitland, and be sure to check out the The Plague Symptom Checker aswell…and be sure not to sneeze!

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The Plague Charmer, by Karen Maitland, Queen of the Dark Ages and bestselling author of Company of Liars, will chill and delight fans of C.J. Sansom and Kate Mosse’s Citadel in equal measure.

Riddle me this: I have a price, but it cannot be paid in gold or silver.

Continue reading Blog Tour: Guest Post: The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland