The Forever Ship – Francesca Haig

The Forever Ship – Francesca Haig

The final in the Fire sermon trilogy! I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book since finishing the first in the series and trying to imagine how Haig was going to conclude her story of a post nuclear war society.

With the Alpha and Omega soldiers now working together with the Ringmaster and the introduction of another way of life in the form of the medicine from Elsewhere that Paloma talks of, the end of twinning is in sight. However The General is still intent on destroying Elsewhere by bringing back the blast and it’s clear to Cass from her visions that the end is coming.

In this final book we finally get a bit more of an insight into Zack the Alpha twin the Omega Cass, I found this particularly intriguing as we’d only heard of him from the memory of Cass and his terrible actions in the earlier books – The Keeping Rooms and the Tankings.
The introduction of the strange and new Paloma from Elsewhere also added another dimension to the plot, a new hope that perhaps things can change. I did however feel that the character was a bit distant (but perhaps this was intentional, she does come from Elsewhere after all), but her growing bond with Zoe seemed to reflect the bridging of a gap between the two worlds.

Once again I was gripped from the first page of the novel, on the edge of my seat during battles and as the book reached it’s conclusion. I was certain there could be no happy ending for Cass – not with The Reformer as a brother, however the ending is very clever in insuring the reader is happy with the conclusion for both him and Cass and may you leave shedding a tear for the right reasons.

Nail biting, edge of the seat reading at it’s best!

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The Firesermon
Francesca Haig
HarperVoyager
25th January 2018
Kindle
448

Paloma’s arrival, with news of Elsewhere and the possibility of a world free of the fatal bond between twins, has given Cass and the resistance a hope worth fighting for.

But they are facing a Council more powerful and ruthless than Cass could ever have imagined, willing to unleash weapons from the long-buried past to maintain their power over Alphas and Omegas alike.

As the stunning Fire Sermon trilogy comes to a close, a struggle has begun not only for the future of Elsewhere but for the future of the whole world. And what started with fire may end with fire.

The Fire Sermon – Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon – Francesca Haig

A book that had been sitting in my to read pile over Xmas, I decided to make The Fire Sermon one of my first books to read after Xmas.

 

Telling the story of Cass, an Omega – in a world ripped apart many years before by a blast, this new world sees twins born to every alpha family, 1 perfectly normal (alpha) the other marked out in some way by a deformity, unable to have children (omega) they are branded and sent away to live separate to the Omegas. The only connecting factor is that when one twin dies, so does the other.

 

But Cass and Zach are born each seemingly perfect, they can’t be separated until the family knows which is Omega, outcast from the other children they grow up together.  It is in fact Cass who is the Omega, but her difference is that she can see things, things that haven’t happened yet and when Zach realizes he is determined to get her found out.  Finally separated years later Cass is again brought back in contact with her brother, but what she finds about his new role in the Alpha community starts a new journey for her, to try and stop Zach’s plans.

 

This book had me gripped from page one to the end, a fascinating story of what could happen in a post nuclear world, of survivors who despite their past history still treat others with injustice.  The book was high paced, exciting, and made the reader think.  I couldn’t get enough of the story and want more!

I felt at times that there wasn’t really a clear line between good and bad in this story, those who are treated unjustifiably in turn also treat other unjustifiably, and the alphas to also have redeeming qualities, Cass’s mum’s warning for example.

I was thrilled to see at the end of the book that the movie rights to the story have been acquired by Dream works and will definitely be putting that film on my viewing list when in comes out.

This is a book that certainly cast it’s spell on me! Wow this was a great book – well done Francesca.

 

We were really fortunate to be invited to the Harper Voyager Fire Sermon event on Saturday 24th January and it was wonderful to meet Francesca and hear her talking about the inspirations behind the book.  I also now really want a book wall in my life!  Thanks Harper Voyager, here are a few photos from the event:

 

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The Fire Sermon Book Cover The Fire Sermon
Francesca Haig
Harper Voyager
26/02/2015
Paperback
320

When Zach and I were born our parents must have counted and recounted: limbs, fingers, toes. The complete set. They would have been disbelieving – nobody dodged the split between Alpha and Omega.

Nobody.

Born as twins. Raised as enemies.

One strong Alpha twin and one mutated Omega; the only thing they share is the moment of their death.

The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families as soon as their mutation becomes clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts.

The Alphas are the elite. Once their weaker twin has been cast aside, they’re free to live in privilege and safety, their Omega twin far from their thoughts.

Cass and Zach are both perfect on the outside: no missing limbs, no visible Omega mutation. But Cass has a secret: one that Zach will stop at nothing to expose.

The potential to change the world lies in both their hands. One will have to defeat the other to see their vision of the future come to pass, but if they’re not careful both will die in the struggle for power.

BLOG TOUR: The Prophecies – Holly Martin

BLOG TOUR: The Prophecies – Holly Martin

First of all I would like to thank Holly for sending me a copy of The Prophecies to review and for asking me to be part of the blog tour.

I was thrilled to back in the world of Eve and Seth after such a long time, and boy was it worth the wait! The Prophecies picks up from where we left Eve and Seth at the end of The Sentinel. Straight away we are thrown into the drama of their life and their new and budding relationship. Eve is growing stronger everyday, as is her love for Seth. But now there is disquiet among the Oraculum, meaning Eve’s life is now at risk from those who created her in the first place.

When I first started this series, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Fantasy isn’t the sort of genre I usually enjoy, but I was instantly blown away by the plot and the characters. The Prophecies certainly doesn’t disappoint and Holly certainly steps it up a gear with book 2. We have the love story of the century, special powers, shape shifters and the looming of the end of the world. Everything you could think of to make an amazing book is packed in to this book with perfection. The Prophecies is fast paced and packed full of exciting twists and turns which left me wanting more and desperate to see what would happen next. Not to mention some hidden surprises and heart wrenching moments.

The Prophecies is beautifully descriptive and portrays monumental scenes with such vividness, it was like watching a movie inside my mind. Then there is the dialogue between Eve and Seth, and their whole relationship, the beauty of it and the love literally flows from the page. Eve and Seth are beautifully complex characters, it is clear to see that Holly has put so much in to their development. But my favourite character by far is Quinn, he has a gentle kindness which I was instantly drawn to.

Holly has really paved the way in The Prophecies for the remainder of the series, there is an expectant tension building and the mother of all cliff hangers which literally had me on the end of my seat. I am desperate to know where Eve and Seth’s story takes us next. If The Prophecies is anything to go by, I know book 3 is going to be mind blowing and deliver the plot and ending of the century. I just hope there is a happy ending for Eve and Seth.

The Prophecies is a beautifully thrilling and romantic tale,  full of action and suspense which will literally have the reader hooked from page one. This is a truly spell binding read, which will stay with you long after you finish. This is a book to be devoured and treasured, Holly has an incredible ability to weave a tale and her words flow from the page with ease. So do not let this book pass you by, even if you don’t think this is the book for you, put your thoughts aside and take the plunge. I promise you, you will not be sorry.

The Prophecies Book Cover The Prophecies
Holly Martin
01/10/2014
Kindle

 

The world is a big place, will Eve really be the one to save it?

Eve grows stronger and more powerful every day as she strives to ensure she is ready to face her destiny. But some of her gifts are unwelcome. Eve's visions of the future become darker and those she loves are in terrible danger. But when her actions result in tragedy, Eve is called before The Oraculum, the council that created her

When she is summoned to their castle she becomes aware of a rift between the council members that not only could endanger her life, but could put the whole planet at risk. Would The Oraculum really turn against her and risk everything?

But in the darkness, a light burns bright. Her love for Seth is stronger than any of her powers.

But as she battles against a new threat, can she really forsake those closest to her in order to save the world? Will everyone Eve loves survive?

Cover Reveal: The Prophecies – Holly Martin

Cover Reveal: The Prophecies – Holly Martin

The Prophecies, Book 2 of The Sentinel Series by Holly Martin will be published on October 1st, a week today and here is the stunning cover.

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And here’s the blurb:

The world is a big place, will Eve really be the one to save it?

Eve grows stronger and more powerful every day as she strives to ensure she is ready to face her destiny. But some of her gifts are unwelcome. Eve’s visions of the future become darker and those she loves are in terrible danger. But when her actions result in tragedy, Eve is called before The Oraculum, the council that created her

When she is summoned to their castle she becomes aware of a rift between the council members that not only could endanger her life, but could put the whole planet at risk. Would The Oraculum really turn against her and risk everything?

But in the darkness, a light burns bright. Her love for Seth is stronger than any of her powers.

But as she battles against a new threat, can she really forsake those closest to her in order to save the world? Will everyone Eve loves survive?

Make sure you keep your eyes open for The Prophecies blog tour coming your way from Compelling Reads on the 8th October.

 

The Sentinel, Book 1 of the series is only 77p/99c so if you haven’t read it yet you can download it here http://myBook.to/TheSentinel

The Sentinel

The Prophecies Book Cover The Prophecies
Holly Martin
01/10/2014
Kindle

The world is a big place, will Eve really be the one to save it?

Eve grows stronger and more powerful every day as she strives to ensure she is ready to face her destiny. But some of her gifts are unwelcome. Eve's visions of the future become darker and those she loves are in terrible danger. But when her actions result in tragedy, Eve is called before The Oraculum, the council that created her

When she is summoned to their castle she becomes aware of a rift between the council members that not only could endanger her life, but could put the whole planet at risk. Would The Oraculum really turn against her and risk everything?

But in the darkness, a light burns bright. Her love for Seth is stronger than any of her powers.

But as she battles against a new threat, can she really forsake those closest to her in order to save the world? Will everyone Eve loves survive?

Here Lies Love – Dan Thompson

Here Lies Love – Dan Thompson

Thank you to Dan Thompson for allowing us to take part in the blog tour for his new novel Here Lies Love.  This is a New Adult novel bridging the gap between Young adult and adult novels so is a darker story.  Telling the story of Abbey, held captive by the evil Stefan she is held in a cage, tortured and raped, when she escapes she is the sole survivor of his victims, but her escape isn’t into the world we know.

Set in a world of blue haze where schools and sunlight are a thing of the past, its a world where the survival of the fittest is key and that’s conveyed convincingly by Abby’s narrative.  She isn’t able to read but when it comes to fighting she isn’t afraid to give as good as she gets.

Meeting two boys Ryan and Tristan who are living in a school and themselves finding ways to survive through Abbey’s eyes we learn more about the world in which she lives and the extent of just how bad things are and how they got to be that way. Whilst beginning to settle in with the boys Abbey is still affected strongly by the abuse she has previously suffered and as a reader you are carried through the story wondering if she can overcome her past and come out on top.

For me I found the jump from the start of the story of captive Abbey to her escape a bit too fast so I couldn’t fully connect with her thoughts and feelings and how they affect her.  Overall though the story has a great arc and a few twists to keep the reader engaged on Abbey’s journey.  A warning though the story does deal with some dark concepts so it’s not one for the young or sensitive reader.

 

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Here Lies Love Book Cover Here Lies Love
Dan Thompson
Autumn Orchard
14th June 2014
Kindle
207

When she is sold by her father, Abbey discovers that nightmares can occur when you’re awake. Trapped inside a wooden cage, Abbey is forced to listen to the horrors and atrocities above; time ticking down until it is her turn. But Abbey isn’t prepared to become a victim; she will escape.

Although, what Abbey isn’t prepared for, is how harsh and unfair the world can be. With the sun turning its back on humanity long ago, life gives no opportunity. The only thing Abbey can do is learn to survive. To exist. And that means stealing any opportunity that comes her way. Haunted by the unpleasant memories bestowed upon her only nurtures Abbey’s paranoia, until she realises that to truly live in the world, she must confront the person who was responsible for her misfortune – her father.

Here Lies Love is a New Adult tale of actuality, of facing up to the fact that love comes in many guises. Can Abbey find the one glimmer of the hope or will she be overcome with the darkness of revenge?

Dead Ever After – Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After – Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After is the final installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series. It sees Sookie once again come face to face with her enemies, whilst enlisting the help of her supernatural, witch and vampire friends. Sookie is forced to examine her relationship with Sam, her long time friend and business partner, as well as face the challenges in her relationship with the Sheriff Vampire Eric.

I have loved the Sookie Stackhouse books and have devoured each and every book, desperate to lose my self once again within her world and discover were she will end up next. Whilst this book brings together all your favourite characters from the series and ties up all the loose ends with a nice big bow, it was distinctly lacking that little added spark which has made this series the success it has been.

While a lot happened within the plot, it was all a bit of a no story. I found myself losing interest and even a little disappointed. This was not how I expected to leave the world of Sookie and her friends behind. The last few chapters seemed rushed and thrown together, at times they even appeared a little disjointed and I momentarily lost the thread of where the story was going. I did however, like the conclusion and I would have loved to have seen where things could have developed further, but even this was rushed and came across as so implausible, that while I was happy, I was annoyed at the way in which it had been achieved.

But all those things aside, if you’ve been a fan of the Sookie books, then this is one not to be missed, it does answer those last boggling questions and brings everything to a nice, if rather rubbish conclusion (I’m not giving away spoilers but I will say, you have to read it to know what I mean. One word Van).

And if you haven’t read any of these books, where on earth have you been? The series is brilliant and is one in which the reader can easily be drawn into and lose themselves to reality.
I just wish my last ever visit to Bon Temps and Sookie had lived up to my expectations.

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True Blood - Sookie Stackhouse
Charlaine Harris
Gollancz
07/05/2013
352

Sookie Stackhouse has one final adventure in store, and it's going to make your heart race.

Life has taken her from a waitress in Merlotte's Bar, Bon Temps, to part owner; from social outcast to the heart of her community; from a vampire's girlfriend to the wife of one of the most powerful vampires in the state.

She has survived explosions, revolutions and attempts on her life. Sookie has endured betrayal, heartbreak and grief...and she has emerged a little stronger, and little wiser, every time.

But with life comes new trials...

The question is, in the end: who will love, who will live, and who will be dead ever after?

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