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delicate-eternity’s Book Review: A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair #1) by Emma Jane Holloway
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Review:
An ARC was provided on behalf of Random House Publishing Group via Net Galley.
Evelina Cooper, niece of Sherlock Holmes, is preparing for her debut into Society when a murdered servant shows up in the cloakroom of her house. As an apple never falls far from the tree, Evelina is determined to uncover the truth surrounding the murder, but in the end, gets more than she ever bargained for.
Rife with magic, danger, lust, and ball gowns, Evelina’s life is not taking the turns she expected. Torn between her old life, and her new, she must make decisions that will impact everyone she knows and loves. But will her determination lead to more danger than ever before? And will her love lead her astray?
It’s the Season in London, but you never know which kind of season it truly is.
I went into A Study in Silks very, very excited. Sherlock’s niece? Pretty dresses? Balls? Murder? I wanted to read this book the moment I saw it. Sadly, it did not live up to my expectations.
At roughly 550 pages, A Study in Silks is quite a long novel. Normally, I wouldn’t mind, but the story progressed at such a slow rate, at times it was hard to invest myself in the world Holloway had created. I felt as if the story could have been completed in a much lower number of pages. For example, there were many recounts of the same night; just from different character’s perspectives. Yes, this allowed the reader a special bird’s eye view of what actually happened the night of the murder, but it also came across as a tad repetitive.
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delicate-eternity’s Book Review: A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair #1) by Emma Jane Holloway

Rating: ★ ★

Review:

An ARC was provided on behalf of Random House Publishing Group via Net Galley.

Evelina Cooper, niece of Sherlock Holmes, is preparing for her debut into Society when a murdered servant shows up in the cloakroom of her house. As an apple never falls far from the tree, Evelina is determined to uncover the truth surrounding the murder, but in the end, gets more than she ever bargained for.

Rife with magic, danger, lust, and ball gowns, Evelina’s life is not taking the turns she expected. Torn between her old life, and her new, she must make decisions that will impact everyone she knows and loves. But will her determination lead to more danger than ever before? And will her love lead her astray?

It’s the Season in London, but you never know which kind of season it truly is.

I went into A Study in Silks very, very excited. Sherlock’s niece? Pretty dresses? Balls? Murder? I wanted to read this book the moment I saw it. Sadly, it did not live up to my expectations.

At roughly 550 pages, A Study in Silks is quite a long novel. Normally, I wouldn’t mind, but the story progressed at such a slow rate, at times it was hard to invest myself in the world Holloway had created. I felt as if the story could have been completed in a much lower number of pages. For example, there were many recounts of the same night; just from different character’s perspectives. Yes, this allowed the reader a special bird’s eye view of what actually happened the night of the murder, but it also came across as a tad repetitive.

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delicate-eternity’s Book Review: Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily Series #1) by Karen Amanda Hooper
Rating: ★ ★ ★ 1/2
Review:
A copy of this novel was provided by All Night Reads via Net Galley.Have you ever felt a sense of déjà vu? Felt as if you have lived that moment before? Perhaps it’s because you’ve lived a past life, but have chosen to erase your memories, like Maryah Woodsen.Before she chose to erase, Maryah had spent all of her previous lives with the love of her, well, lives, Nathaniel. But since she erased seventeen years ago, she has no idea who he is, or what they had together. And for Nathaniel, the idea of spending the rest of eternity alone is heartbreaking.When Maryah has to move in with her godmother, Louise, and her family, she never knew how special she was, or how deep her connection to them really ran. When visions of a beautiful green eyed boy plague her dreams, Maryah is convinced he is her angel of death. But his true identity is eventually revealed, and Maryah feels like she’s met him before. But that’s impossible. You only live once, right?I really liked Grasping at Eternity. When I first picked up this book, and started reading, I thought it was going to be very similar to Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, which is also about reincarnation. And boy, am I glad that Grasping at Eternity was so different to Fallen. Grasping at Eternity was completely unique. I loved it from the moment I picked it up, and read the first paragraph, and that love didn’t fade until I finished reading.If you loved it so much, then why didn’t you give it four stars? you may ask. Well the answer comes in two forms.Continue Reading This Review On: Tumblr - Goodreads - Wordpress

delicate-eternity’s Book Review: Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily Series #1) by Karen Amanda Hooper

Rating: ★ ★ 1/2

Review:

A copy of this novel was provided by All Night Reads via Net Galley.

Have you ever felt a sense of déjà vu? Felt as if you have lived that moment before? Perhaps it’s because you’ve lived a past life, but have chosen to erase your memories, like Maryah Woodsen.

Before she chose to erase, Maryah had spent all of her previous lives with the love of her, well, lives, Nathaniel. But since she erased seventeen years ago, she has no idea who he is, or what they had together. And for Nathaniel, the idea of spending the rest of eternity alone is heartbreaking.

When Maryah has to move in with her godmother, Louise, and her family, she never knew how special she was, or how deep her connection to them really ran. When visions of a beautiful green eyed boy plague her dreams, Maryah is convinced he is her angel of death. But his true identity is eventually revealed, and Maryah feels like she’s met him before. But that’s impossible. You only live once, right?

I really liked Grasping at Eternity. When I first picked up this book, and started reading, I thought it was going to be very similar to Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, which is also about reincarnation. And boy, am I glad that Grasping at Eternity was so different to Fallen. Grasping at Eternity was completely unique. I loved it from the moment I picked it up, and read the first paragraph, and that love didn’t fade until I finished reading.

If you loved it so much, then why didn’t you give it four stars? you may ask. Well the answer comes in two forms.

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delicate-eternity’s Book Review: Ignite (Ignite #1) by Erica Crouch
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Review:

Penemuel is a demon; a fallen angel forced into the icy pit of hell, where she is doomed to play out the same thing over and over - the killing of mortals. Pen hasn’t the ability to reap the souls of the bodies that she kills, and that is where her twin brother, Azael comes in. Az is the only thing in Pen’s life that means anything, he is her only constant. But when the archangel Michael returns, Pen is forced to question her blind faith in Az, and her decision to side with Hell. As a second war between Heaven and Hell brews, Pen is confronted with her choices, and the realisation that she has choices at all. A choice between blood and love, and a choice between Heaven and Hell. ARC provided by Patchwork Press via Net Galley.*takes deep breath*You know when you pick up a book, and from the first letter of the first word, of the first sentence, of the first paragraph, of the first page, you are completely sucked into the world the author has created? I, for one, love those books, and I am happy to say that Ignite fits the description perfectly.Continue Reading This Review On: Tumblr - Goodreads - Wordpress

delicate-eternity’s Book Review: Ignite (Ignite #1) by Erica Crouch

Rating: ★ ★ ★
 
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Penemuel is a demon; a fallen angel forced into the icy pit of hell, where she is doomed to play out the same thing over and over - the killing of mortals. Pen hasn’t the ability to reap the souls of the bodies that she kills, and that is where her twin brother, Azael comes in. Az is the only thing in Pen’s life that means anything, he is her only constant.

But when the archangel Michael returns, Pen is forced to question her blind faith in Az, and her decision to side with Hell. As a second war between Heaven and Hell brews, Pen is confronted with her choices, and the realisation that she has choices at all. A choice between blood and love, and a choice between Heaven and Hell.

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*takes deep breath*

You know when you pick up a book, and from the first letter of the first word, of the first sentence, of the first paragraph, of the first page, you are completely sucked into the world the author has created? I, for one, love those books, and I am happy to say that Ignite fits the description perfectly.

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delicate-eternity’s Book Review: The Wrong Girl (Freak House #1) by C.J. ArcherRating: ★ ★ ★ ★  Review:

ARC provided by Patchwork Press via Net Galley.Eighteen year old Hannah Smith has known nothing besides her life in the attic of an Earl, as the companion to his daughter. Hannah has always longed for the freedom of the world that is just out of her reach. She never thought that freedom would come at a price. Her kidnapping.You’re so excited to read this book, now, aren’t you? I can just tell. And if you do decide to read it, you are in for a sweet gothic treat. First off, the cover. I am IN LOVE with this beautiful cover. I want to own a hard copy of this book, so I can display the cover to all my friends (what friends?). But anyway.Continue Reading This Review On: Tumblr - Goodreads - Wordpress

delicate-eternity’s Book Review: The Wrong Girl (Freak House #1) by C.J. Archer

Rating: ★ ★ ★
 
Review:

ARC provided by Patchwork Press via Net Galley.

Eighteen year old Hannah Smith has known nothing besides her life in the attic of an Earl, as the companion to his daughter. Hannah has always longed for the freedom of the world that is just out of her reach. She never thought that freedom would come at a price. Her kidnapping.

You’re so excited to read this book, now, aren’t you? I can just tell. And if you do decide to read it, you are in for a sweet gothic treat.

First off, the cover. I am IN LOVE with this beautiful cover. I want to own a hard copy of this book, so I can display the cover to all my friends (what friends?). But anyway.

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delicate-eternity’s Book Review: Follow the White Rabbit (Beautiful Madness #1) by Kellie SheridanRating: ★ ★ ★  Review:
ARC provided by Patchwork Press via Net Galley.Follow the White Rabbit is a reimagining of Carrol’s classic Alice in Wonderland. The last time Alice visited Wonderland, everything changed. Now, over a century later, Wonderland is not what it used to be. The Red Queen has ultimate power, and the essence of Wonderland is fading. Now, it is up to three girls to change the fate of Wonderland. Now, it is time to bring Alice back.Continue Reading This Review On: Tumblr - Goodreads - Wordpress

delicate-eternity’s Book Review: Follow the White Rabbit (Beautiful Madness #1) by Kellie Sheridan

Rating: ★ ★ ★
 
Review:

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Follow the White Rabbit is a reimagining of Carrol’s classic Alice in Wonderland. The last time Alice visited Wonderland, everything changed. Now, over a century later, Wonderland is not what it used to be. The Red Queen has ultimate power, and the essence of Wonderland is fading. Now, it is up to three girls to change the fate of Wonderland. Now, it is time to bring Alice back.

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delicate-eternity’s Book Review: End Dayz (The Hitchhiker Strain #0.5) by Kellie Sheridan 
Rating: ★ ★ ★  Review:
ARC provided by Patchwork Press via Net Galley.In this prequel to Kellie Sheridan’s Mortality, readers gain an insight into how four characters of The Hitchhiker Strain world deal with the rise of the new breed of zombies. I liked this prequel novella, and how each chapter focussed on a different character.Chapter One was Pierce, in which he is writing letters to a girl named Beth. I don’t remember her being mentioned in Mortality, so maybe we will find out more about this Beth character in Duality.Chapter Two included diary entries from Belle; Mayor Paulson’s daughter. This chapter gave more insight into Savannah’s state of mind after the death of her parents, which was interesting. Continue Reading This Review On: Tumblr - Goodreads - Wordpress

delicate-eternity’s Book Review: End Dayz (The Hitchhiker Strain #0.5) by Kellie Sheridan

Rating: ★ ★ ★
 
Review:

ARC provided by Patchwork Press via Net Galley.

In this prequel to Kellie Sheridan’s Mortality, readers gain an insight into how four characters of The Hitchhiker Strain world deal with the rise of the new breed of zombies.

I liked this prequel novella, and how each chapter focussed on a different character.

Chapter One was Pierce, in which he is writing letters to a girl named Beth. I don’t remember her being mentioned in Mortality, so maybe we will find out more about this Beth character in Duality.

Chapter Two included diary entries from Belle; Mayor Paulson’s daughter. This chapter gave more insight into Savannah’s state of mind after the death of her parents, which was interesting.

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delicate-eternity’s Book Review: Viral Nation (#1) by Shaunta Grimes
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Review:
ARC provided by Berkley Trade via Net Galley.The world’s population is nearly wiped out by a virus. This virus claimed Clover Donovan’s mother, and nearly claimed her brother, West. The only thing that saved him was the suppressant, developed by The Company. Now, The Company controls everything; from the borders of the cities, to the amount of food that citizens receive. And also, who is allowed to attend the Waverly-Stead Academy. That is where autistic sixteen year old Clover comes in. Clover passes the Academy entrance exams with flying colours, but is denied entry because of her service dog, Mango. Because of this, she is sent to The Company, to become a Time Mariner; a person who travels through time in order to gain information. But when on a mission into the future, Clover discovers that her brother is in danger, and that is the beginning of the events that will change her life forever. Completely unrelated to this book, but I feel like saying it: I love making up my synopses of books that I review. It’s so much fun!Anyway, onto Viral Nation.I was mainly interested in this novel, because it is dystopian (one of my most loved genres of YA novels), and the main character, Clover, is autistic. I have never (well, I have now, after reading Viral Nation) read a novel with an autistic protagonist. I was eager to find out how the author portrayed a young girl with autism, and how she managed mental health themes. 
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delicate-eternity’s Book Review: Viral Nation (#1) by Shaunta Grimes

Rating: ★ ★ ★
 
Review:

ARC provided by Berkley Trade via Net Galley.

The world’s population is nearly wiped out by a virus. This virus claimed Clover Donovan’s mother, and nearly claimed her brother, West. The only thing that saved him was the suppressant, developed by The Company. Now, The Company controls everything; from the borders of the cities, to the amount of food that citizens receive. And also, who is allowed to attend the Waverly-Stead Academy. That is where autistic sixteen year old Clover comes in. Clover passes the Academy entrance exams with flying colours, but is denied entry because of her service dog, Mango. Because of this, she is sent to The Company, to become a Time Mariner; a person who travels through time in order to gain information. But when on a mission into the future, Clover discovers that her brother is in danger, and that is the beginning of the events that will change her life forever.

Completely unrelated to this book, but I feel like saying it: I love making up my synopses of books that I review. It’s so much fun!

Anyway, onto Viral Nation.

I was mainly interested in this novel, because it is dystopian (one of my most loved genres of YA novels), and the main character, Clover, is autistic. I have never (well, I have now, after reading Viral Nation) read a novel with an autistic protagonist. I was eager to find out how the author portrayed a young girl with autism, and how she managed mental health themes.

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delicate-eternity’s Book Review: Mortality (The Hitchhiker Strain #1) by Kellie Sheridan Rating: ★ ★ ★ 3/4 Review:
ARC provided by Patchwork Press via Net Galley.Since the second wave of infection practically decimated the human population, those remaining have been hiding in abandoned houses, or in Savannah Cooper’s case - abandoned high schools. Bored with her current state of living, Savannah yearns to be out in the big bag world; fighting the undead. And then one day, her wish comes true. Savannah and her friends are sent out on a mission to gather some medical supplies for their community. This mission is the event that changes everything. I was so, SO close to giving Mortality four stars. I read it so quickly, I was loving every second of it. There are only two things that stopped me from giving this book four stars. Continue Reading On: Tumblr - Goodreads - Wordpress

delicate-eternity’s Book Review: Mortality (The Hitchhiker Strain #1) by Kellie Sheridan

Rating: ★ ★ ★ 3/4
 
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ARC provided by Patchwork Press via Net Galley.

Since the second wave of infection practically decimated the human population, those remaining have been hiding in abandoned houses, or in Savannah Cooper’s case - abandoned high schools. Bored with her current state of living, Savannah yearns to be out in the big bag world; fighting the undead. And then one day, her wish comes true. Savannah and her friends are sent out on a mission to gather some medical supplies for their community. This mission is the event that changes everything.

I was so, SO close to giving Mortality four stars. I read it so quickly, I was loving every second of it. There are only two things that stopped me from giving this book four stars.

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delicate-eternity’s Book Review: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2
My Review:
The last time Alina Starkov saw the Darkling was when she left him for dead in The Unsea. But now he’s back, and it seems as if he is stronger than ever before. Ravka is in danger of falling under his hold, and only Alina can stop him. With the help of some interesting characters, Alina returns to her beloved Ravka in an attempt to combat the Darkling’s plans. But is she there to help her country, or herself? Who are her friends, and who are her enemies? Drawn even deeper into the Darkling’s mind games, Alina is losing her grip on things – especially Mal. Will she be able to combat the Darkling? Or will she be lost to him forever?
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delicate-eternity’s Book Review: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

My Review:

The last time Alina Starkov saw the Darkling was when she left him for dead in The Unsea. But now he’s back, and it seems as if he is stronger than ever before. Ravka is in danger of falling under his hold, and only Alina can stop him. With the help of some interesting characters, Alina returns to her beloved Ravka in an attempt to combat the Darkling’s plans. But is she there to help her country, or herself? Who are her friends, and who are her enemies? Drawn even deeper into the Darkling’s mind games, Alina is losing her grip on things – especially Mal. Will she be able to combat the Darkling? Or will she be lost to him forever?

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