Series Review | 2018 | The Bone Island Trilogy (Series) by Heather Graham

In this post I am going to be discussing my feelings/opinions on this Trilogy/series and through out this post when ever i refer to the “trilogy” it will be written as I have just written it now as although its listed as a trilogy technically as there is a prequel novella at the end of it should be refered to as a series as there’s more than 3 books in it. if any of you want to share any of your views on any of the books in the series or the series as a whole then feel free to share them with me.

I thoroughly enjoyed this series as a whole as indeed I did each of the books in the series. All the books were well written and the characters as well as the plots were well-developed and believable.

Ghost Shadow is the first book in the ‘trilogy’ and it sucked me in immediately and kept me hooked to the end due to the authors great writing and overall plot and character development. This book looks at the possible link between the spate of modern-day murders and the years old mystery surrounding the murder of a locals x-fiance. This is based against the backdrop of a young local woman who has a gift for seeing ghosts and ends up embroiled in the mystery herself.       The character development was particularly good because they were developed enough for this book but not so much that they were to overdeveloped to be taken any further in the future books, while also providing complete closure to the mystery that the book was based around in. I enjoyed this book so much that as soon as I’d finished it I immediately started reading Ghost Night the second book in the “trilogy”and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

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Ghost Night, the second book in the “trilogy” and although its based around a different mystery it was great that the main story line from the previous book continued throughout this one as well as the next one “Ghost Moon”.      The book is based around mystery of the two young actors that were brutally murdered while on a film set on a remote Island, Are the murders down to modern-day marauders, the Bermuda triangle or a deadly paranormal echo of the Islands violent history?   

I enjoyed this one as much as the first one because I was back in a place which was interesting with characters who I already felt invested in. Apart from getting to know the characters from the first book a little more it was great to meet and get to know the new characters.

The new characters that appeared in this book were all well-developed and believable, so I cant wait to see which of them carry over in to the next book apart from the main one Vanessa Loren. The relationship dynamics between the characters in this book particularly the new ones with the ones from the previous book were really interesting. It was particularly interesting to see how the relationship between Vanessa and Shawn and Vanessa and Bartholomew developed. I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first one so I immediately started reading the next one in the series”Ghost Moon”.

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Ghost Moon, this is the third book in the “trilogy” again in this book although the main story line from the previous two books continued it was based around a new mystery, the mystery  of the Cutter House an old family house that belonged to an eccentric collector and appears to be haunted, or is it, the hoax of a sick minded individual with designs on owning the house themselves.  This book was equally as good as the previous books in the series.

The plot and characters in this book were well-developed and written which made them believable and easy to follow. It was great being back with the characters from the previous books in the trilogy while meeting the new characters from this book,                                                                                             Book information Post        Book Review Post     Weekly Reads Post – Week

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Ghost Memories, this is a prequel for the bone island trilogy and tells  Bartholomew’s (the ghost) life and death, and because of this although it is an interesting story it isn’t essential to read it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in 24 hours.                                                                                       Book Information Post    Book Review Posts    Weekly Reads – Week 16 Post

Weekly Reads | 2018 | Week 14 April 2nd – 8th

In this post I will be talking about the books that I have read/finished reading and Started and Continued Reading. Anything in the book information that has a [ ] around it indicates the date that a the other format of reading material was started.

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The Books that I read or finished reading this week….

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians 1/3) by Kevin Kwan [Narrator: Lynn Chen                                                                                                                                  Reading Period: 4/12/17 [/3/18] – 1/4/18                                                                      Book Information Pos                                                                                                  I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish although I did find the first 4 chapters a little slow going this was helped when I swapped to the audiobook as the Narrator was brilliant so I was able to follow the story a lot easier. As I was reading the book it was easy to see that the author was writing from experience as well as research that he’d done which made the book’s plot and characters all the more well written and developed. As soon as I finished reading this book I knew I wanted to read the next one as soon as possible so I immediately downloaded the audible Narration for my kindle book as I knew I wanted to read and listen as I did with the first in the series.

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A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird series 1/4) by Claudia Grey          Reading Period: 12/1/16 [15/3/18] – 3/4/18                                                                 Star Rating:4/5 Stars                                                                                                       Book Information Post                                                                                                 Although it took me a while to read this book I did enjoy it and my enjoyment of it was helped along the way thanks to the skill of the Narrator of the audio book because they portrayed the characters feelings and personalities so well in the way she voiced them. I can not wait to read the next book in the series to see what happens in the story and how the characters grow. It is my intention to read the next book via audio book as it is being Narrated by the same Narrator and I also intend to look for other books narrated by this Narrator.

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Deadly Night (Flynn Brothers Trilogy 1/3) by Heather Graham                       Reading Period: 15/3 [3/4] – 4/4/18                                                                                Star Rating:4/5 Stars                                                                                                      Book Information Post                                                                                                Although this book started relatively slowly it needed to, to really introduce the reader into the background of the story and I was helped over the drag of the slow beginning by listening to the audiobook version for several chapters. The way the narrator voiced the characters in the chapters really immersed me in the story so it made me want to carry on reading the book in e-book format. The characters in the book were developed as much as they needed to be for a first book in a series (trilogy) and plot was thoroughly developed which meant that as the reader I was transported to another place. I was so keen to see what happened next to the characters from this book and see what new characters were going to be brought into the series I immediately started reading the next book in the series.

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Ghost Night (The Bone Island Trilogy 2/3) by Heather Graham                      Reading Period: Read from 17/3 to 6/4 2018                                                            Goodreads Average Star Rating:                                                                                    for more book information click here                                                                         This is the second book in the Bone Island Trilogy and I started reading it as soon as I had finished reading the first book in the trilogy because I’d enjoyed it so much. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end it was great being back in New Orleans and with the characters from the previous book while meeting the new characters. The book was as well written and the plot well-developed as the previous book.

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Endurance: A Year in Space. A Lifetime of Discoveries by Scott Kelly (Narrator: Scott Kelly                                                                                                   Reading Period: Read from 30/3 to 7/4 2018                                                                Book Information             Book Review                                                                    This is a non-fiction book about life as an astronaut so it is highly science based. I heard about this book from Jen on Jen talks Audiobooks on you(book)tube who recommend it highly on her channel. When I read it via audio book which was narrated by the author which was great in its self and it was as good as Jen said it was.                                                                                  The book was really well written and it was clear that Scotts knowledge of the subject matter. It was also incredibly interesting because the chapters combined his life as an astronaut with his family life as well as his life growing up.


The Books started/continued this week…

Deadly Harvest (Flynn Brothers Trilogy 1/3) by Heather Graham                        Started Reading: 4/4/18                                                                                                 Goodreads Average Star Rating: 4.04/5 Stars                                                               Book Information Post                                                                                            I started reading this book as soon as I’d finished reading the previous book in the series “Deadly Night” because I’d enjoyed it so much. Although I haven’t read much of it so far I can already tell that it is going to be a good continuation to what I am sure will be a great series.

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Ghost Moon (The Bone Island Series Trilogy 3/3) by Heather Graham           Reading Period: Started reading 6/4/18                                                                       Goodreads Average Star Rating: 4.04/5 Stars                                                               for more book information click here                                                                       This is the third book in the Bone Island series (Trilogy) as there is a prequel book called Ghost Memories which means that it’s a series rather than a trilogy. I started reading it as soon as I’d finished reading the previous book in the series because I’d enjoyed it so much. I have not read much of this book yet but I am enjoying it so far.

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Ghost Memories (The Bone Island Trilogy Prequel 0.5/4) by Heather Graham                                                                                                                          Reading Period: Started reading 6/4/18                                                                        Goodreads Average Star Rating: 4.04/5 Stars                                                               for more book information click here                                                                        

 

     

 

Book Review | 2018 | Autumn (Seasonal Quartet 1/4) by Ali Smith

Reading period: read from 7th to 9th April.                                                                  Star Rating: 5/5 Stars                                                                                                      For more book info please click here.                                                                          for the weekly reads post that this book refers to click here.                               

I heard great things about this book from many Booktubers on you tube (simon from Savage Reads, Merceides form merciesbookmusings) all saying how amazing it was which is why I purchased and read it (as a Kindle book with audible Narration(aduio book)). This is an amazing well writen book which was thoroughly engrosing and an interesting take on Britains withdrawl from the EU.                                                                                                    The skill of the Narrator along with the authors great writing made the book a joy to read and the story engrossing.                                                                Ali Smith wrote and developed the characters and plot well so they were beleivable. This along with the skill of the Narrator who narrated the audible narrator made the book engrossing and chilling.                                                        I would reccomend this book to anyone who is interested in reading anything about the current political situation with regard to Brexit and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series Winter as I have heard that its as good as this one.

Book Information & Review | 2018 | Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelley

Endurance Book Cover Endurance
Scott Kelly
Non-Fiction Science
Random House
October 19, 2017
Kindle Book/ Audiobook
400
Amazon/Audible
read from 30/3 to
Scott Kelly
Goodreads average star rating: 4.21/5 stars

*As featured on BBC Breakfast, Radio 5Live and Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2* From the Nasa astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station – what it’s like out there and what it’s like now, back here. Enter Scott Kelly's fascinating world and dare to think of your own a little differently. As soon as you realize you aren’t going to die, space is the most fun you’ll ever have... The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for most consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few of us ever have and very few of us ever will. Kelly's humanity, compassion, humour, and passion shine as he describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal. He touches on what’s happened to his body, the sadness of being isolated from everyone he loves; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being absent should tragedy strike at home. From a natural storyteller Endurance is one of the finest examples the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy. * What readers are saying... 'Takes you up into space and lets you be a part of astronaut life' 'Tough to put down! Tells a side you don't often hear or read about for that matter' 'Mind blowing . . . up there with Ernest Shackleton for me' 'My husband said it is the next best thing to going into space yourself' 'Six stars!'

I heard about this fantastic book from Jen when she reviewed it on her BookTube (YouTube) channel Jen Talks audiobooks when Id finished watching the video I immediately got a copy because I was certain Id enjoy it. Initially i got the kindle copy and although I was enjoying reading it I am really pleased that I got the Audiobook not least because it was the author himself who narrated it.

This book was the first one I’d ever read about the life of an astronaut and although there was a lot of Science in it was written in a way that made it very accessible and interesting. I loved the way that Scott wove together the information about his childhood, his life as an astronaut and his personal life (adult)in each chapter because it explained things he was talking about in a very coherent and informative way.

I can honestly say that I will not only read this book again in the future but if he was to ever write any other books then I would without hesitation read them. This is a book that fits into the genres that it belongs to (nonfiction,Memoir,Science) very well therefore I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys books that fall into any of these genres.

If anyone out there has read this book and wants to discuss it with me or just has some views/opinions about it that they want to share feel free as I would to know what others thought of the book.

Books and Reading | Book Reviews | Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass Series 4/7) by Sarah J Mass

Queen of Shadows Book Cover Queen of Shadows
Throne of Glass Series 4/7
Sarah J. Maas
Young Adult Fiction
Bloomsbury Publishing
September 1, 2015
Kindle Book/Audio Book
576
Amazon/Audible
Read from 2/11/17 to 7/8/18
Heir of Fire
Empire of Storms
Elizabeth Evans
Celaena Sardothian (Aelin Galathinios)
Rifthold

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire – to confront the shadows of her past ... The fourth breathtaking instalment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series. Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin's hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people. Readers will be held rapt as Celaena's story builds to an agonising crescendo, packed with heart-pounding action and swoon-worthy romance.

I started reading this book as soon as I’d finished reading the previous book in the series which is Heir of fire because i enjoyed that one so much. However I didn’t enjoy it much at all even though I did end up reading it in audio book format which made it more bearable as the Narrators Narration was great and it was far more atmospheric than it would have been just reading it. In fact I didn’t enjoy it so much that at the halfway point I was considering not reading anymore of the series but at the end of the audio book there was an excerpt from the next book in the series and listening to that made me want to read it’

Sarah’s writing style, plot and character development were as good as ever but I didn’t feel that I connected to Celaena as strongly as I did in previous books in fact i Just found her extremely annoying, although her relationships with the other characters were endearing on the whole. It slightly annoyed me how the story jumped between Celaena’s story and the story of the witch clans because I was just settled in hearing the story from one point of view when I found I was hearing the story from the other persons/groups point of view which was a little jarring. I can understand why Sarah wrote it this way because it meant that as the reader you were able to get both points of views of the main groups in the story but when it changed points of view it pulled me out of the story.

As much as I only gave this book a three star rating I did enjoy it a bit but it’s just not the best book in this series as it probably has “middle book” syndrome in that although it’s an Ok story the characters have become a little blah. However it is still a book that I would recommend it to anyone whose a fan of The Throne of Glass Series or enjoys reading paranormal, fantasy, Romance.

Books and Reading I Reviews I A Batter of Life and Death (Bakeshop Mystery 2/ ) by Ellie Alexander

A Batter of Life and Death Book Cover A Batter of Life and Death
A Bakeshop Mystery 2/14
Ellie Alexander
Fiction
St. Martin's Paperbacks
June 30, 2015
Kindle Book
272
Amazon
read from 25/11/17 to 25/01/18
Meet your Baker
On thin Icing
Julia Capshaw, Nina
Ashland,Oregpn

Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for... It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon-'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally. Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first one in the series although the story was a liitle slow to begin with, for the first dozen or so chapters. Although the story was slow going initially it was great to back in Julia Capshaws world again as well as in the middle of yet another murder mystery which she was in the middle of.

The characters in this book were really well written and believable, and I loved seeing the way Julias relationships with the characters from the previous book developed further as well as how her relationships with the new characters developed. Julias strong and loving relationship with her Mother but complete and utter confusion about her feelings for her estranged Husband Carlos, a fellow chef.

Although the plot was slow going to begin with the author had written it so well that it kept me the reader want to keep reading so I could find out what happened. From when one of the chefs in the Baking competition that this book was based around was murdered and Julia was drawn in to the mystery of the murder. The descriptions of both the characters and scenes were so well written and beleivable that I actually felt like I was in the story my self.

I would recomend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries particularly those that are known as cozy and based around baking.

Dragonlove (Dragonfriend #1) by Marc Secchia

Dragonlove Book Cover Dragonlove
Dragonfriend #2
Marc Secchia
YA Fantasy Romance
CreateSpace
September 6, 2015
Kindle Book/ Audiobook
528
Direct from Author/ Audible
I received this book from the author for review purposes but this doesn't effect my views on the book.
Read from June 10 to October 22 2017
Dragon friend
Dragonsoul
huamalia,

When a woman loves a Dragon, that love will change the world. Six years have passed since Hualiama and Grandion defied the Island-World's most sacred law. They burned the heavens together as Rider and Dragon. For his crime, Grandion the Tourmaline Dragon suffered exile and imprisonment. The Dragons forced Hualiama to forget her past. Now, the suns must set upon the age of the Ancient Dragons. Amaryllion Fireborn, last of his kind, bequeaths Hualiama an astonishing legacy. She is the Dragonfriend. Raised by Dragons. Burned by Dragon fire. Oath-bound to a Dragon. Crossing the Island-World in search of her Dragonlove, she will forge an indelible mark upon history. As war between Dragons and Humans engulfs the Islands, Hualiama must unravel the secrets of her tragic past in order to confront an evil that threatens the very existence of the Dragonkind. For love that is tested in the crucible of fate must burn, or die.

Book Reviews| #Review Books,#Edelweiss| Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns Book Cover Three Dark Crowns
Three Dark Crowns #1
Kendare Blake
Juvenile Fiction
Pan Macmillan
September 22, 2016
ebook
Edelweiss
I received this book from Edelweiss for review purposes
Read from May 20 to September 21
Arisnoe, Mirabella, Katherine
Fennbirn Island

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach-ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose . . . it's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown. Three Dark Crowns is a heart-stopping fantasy from Kendare Blake, acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood.

I would like to thank Edelweiss and the books publisher for allowing me read a review copy of this fantastic book but the fact that I received it for review will have no bearing on my feelings about the book.

The book is written in the third person narrative as well as being told from the perspectives of each of the three main characters. This was an extremely good way of doing it as it meant that you not only got an insight into the lives of the three main characters but also some of the main people that were responsible for the care of each of them as well from their points of view, which was great.

All the characters were well developed and multi-dimensional which meant that I was able to connect with them on many different levels and for may different reasons. I loved the fact that each of the Sisters had different gifts Naturalist (Arsinoe), Elemental (Mirabella) and Katherine (Poisoner). I am really keen to see how all the characters are developed further in the next book but especially Arisnoe the Naturalist as it looks like she’s possibly going to have more than one of the gifts.

The plot was well written and developed which made it really believable. Although I would say that it could be very information heavy at times, which although needed in order to build the world adequately enough for a first book it meant that it was slow going at times. Because the plot in this book was very information heavy I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to how the plot develops further as there were areas in it where things were not explained fully so I can’t wait to see how these gaps are filled and possibly expanded upon.

In summary, I gave this book a 5-star rating because I enjoyed the plot and characters and am looing forward to reading the next book in the series. As well as the fact that I would recommend this to and/or buy it to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy.

Book Review | #Personal Book | Poisoned (Snow White #1) by Katherine Pine

Poisoned
Snow White Volume 1
Katherine Pine
YA Sci-fi Fantasy Fairy tale Retelling
IWM
February 26th 2013
ebook
192
Amazon
Read from 23/12/13 to 12/12/16
The Mirror, The Huntsman
Snow White, Rose Red

Poisonous mists settled in the lowlands 17 years ago, rendering ninety percent of the land uninhabitable and killing over half the population. Most blame their misfortune on industrialization or the fey, but some curse Snow White, the princess who was born poisoned.

As the only person who can survive entering the poisoned woods without a gas mask, Snow White has dedicated her life to studying the poison and finding a cure. This obsession draws her deeper into the woods and its secrets, where nothing is as it seems. When Snow White saves a man who should never have been saved, she unleashes an evil more horrifying and destructive than the poison.

“The people in the village silently worshiped Snow White, but the servants Poisoned (Snow White, #1)feared her. They remembered the beauty and kindness of the late queen. They never forgot that she’d died by her daughter’s hand.”

I read this book as part of the Snow White Volumes 1 to 3 bind up and it was also the first book I had read by this author. I enjoyed reading this book so much that as soon as I finished reading it I immediately started reading the second book (The Mirror) in the bind up. This was a really twisted retelling of Snow White with the story of Rose Red thrown in for good measure. Snow White is a complex character who it was hard not to feel sorry for due to the fact that she is poisoned like the kingdom she is Princess of, and the fact that she is guilt ridden because she’s responsible for her mother’s death. It was great how Katherine twisted the sentient mirror into an actual person who’d been imprisoned in a dungeon, the poisoned apple being the fact that she was born with a disease (‘poisoned’) and the wicked stepmother with the evil that lurks in the poisoned kingdom.All the characters were well written and believable if not always likable. I loved the fact that all the male characters were portrayed as being grotesque although they did have some redeeming characteristic like beautiful eyes or showing great love. <br /> Snow White comes across as quite a confusing character because although she is fairly strong, determined and loving she also doubts herself so much that she believes she’s the one who’s poisoned her kingdom rather than the mining accident being the reason

All the characters were well written and believable if not always likable. I loved the fact that all the male characters were portrayed as being grotesque although they did have some redeeming characteristic like beautiful eyes or showing great love.                                                              Snow White comes across as quite a confusing character because although she is fairly strong, determined and loving she also doubts herself so much that she believes she’s the one who’s poisoned her kingdom rather than the mining accident being the reason it’s poisoned. The story skips from her young self to her present day life but in both, she is a very depressive character but it is understandable as she’s not only been born ‘poisoned’ but is also the reason her mother is dead. She met Princess Rose when she panicked in the aftermath of killing her mother and tried to escape the tower.                                                                            Princess Rose was quite a confusing character to understand because her words and deeds tend to have alternate meanings. Although her father, the king wants Snow White dead she attempts to stand by Snow White until the end. Yet she nor the King stop Snow White from running into the poisoned forest. By the end of the book, it was starting to become clear that she was going to become the evil queen because she’d found the man who called himself Mirror, so the Mirror.

The style in which the book was written could be a little confusing to follow because at the start of chapters it was hard to tell whether it was being set in the present or past. However, once I got into the chapter properly it became much easier to decipher when it was set.

I thought the twist to the lore of Snow White in this book was really imaginative and wish that I had come up with it! This is why I started reading the next book in the series so I could end some of the loose ends and the cliffhanger from the first book.

This book is a YA sci-fi Romance Fairytale Retelling and it fits very well into these genres so I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys books from the genres.<br /><br />
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Book Reviews | Review Book | #NetGalley | Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1) by Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow
Stealing Snow #1
Danielle Paige
YA Fantasy Retelling
Bloomsbury Childrens
September 28, 2016
E ARC
304
NetGalley
Although this book was received for review it doesn't effect my star rating or views of it in any way
Read from September 09 to October 17, 2016
Snow, Queen MArgot, Jagger, Bale, Gede, Kai, The River Witch,
Whittaker Institute, Secure Mental Hospital Upstate New York; Algid

Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn't belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door - and Snow knows that she has to leave .She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate .A wonderfully icy fantastical romance, with a strong heroine choosing her own destiny, Danielle Paige's irresistibly page-turning Snow Queen is like Maleficent and Frozen all grown up.

This is the first book of Danielle’s that I have read all the way through although currently, I am about a third of the way through Dorothy must Die which I am enjoying. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover and loved Snow she was a great Protagonist.

The book told the story of Seventeen-year-old Snow, who suddenly finds herself in another world called Algid where is not only a Princess in the world’s royal family but also controls snow after spending all her life in the high-security asylum called Whitaker in Upstate New York.

This is a retelling of the Snow Queen Story which Frozen I based on as well but as I have never read the story so I have nothing to compare it against but I intend to read it now though.

All the characters were written in a way that they were multi-faceted enough to be believable and easy to connect with whether I liked or disliked them. While being developed enough that you were able to get to know them while there still being enough room for them develop further in future books as this is the first book in a new series. It was interesting how Snow believed she was in love with Bale her friend from Whitaker but was she really or was it just the effects of the cocktail of drugs she was on. This was evident when she met Jagger and Kai the two boys she meets and falls for once she’s in Algiid.                                                                                Bale was an interesting character because although he was portrayed as a drugged up arsonist you can already see that there is going to be more to him from what you see of him once he’s in Algid and I can’t wait to see how he develops in the other books.                                                                        Jagger and Kai are really interesting characters who are some of the characters that have got the most room for development in the other books in the series. I feel that Jagger is the one to look out for most of all out of both of them not least because he’s one of the robbers. It’ll be interesting to see how Jagger and Snows Romance develops or whether her romance with Kai develops any further.
Kai and Gerdes relationship was really interesting as they considered each other as Brother and Sister but there was very clearly a far deeper relationship between them and it was revealed in the book.
I really disliked Snows parents as people because of the fact that they’d allowed her spend most of her life in an asylum believing she was insane when in fact she wasn’t, then once they were all reunited in Algid were obviously using her for their own purposes due to the prophecy.

The way Danielle wrote about the two worlds “the assylum” and “Algid” was really well done as it drew you in while opening your eyes to what life is like in both worlds. You were drawn into the story through this because of the descriptions given also when it came to life in the asylum the fact that I opened your eyes to what life is like in one especially a high secure one. I loved the fact that the portal between this world and Algid was an old tree with strange symbols carved into it as well as the fact there was such a variety of terrains in Algid.

This was a solid start to what I am sure will be a great series and I cannot wait for the next book. I will read it again but I will do so in audio book format because I am sure it will be a far more immersive sexperience that in book format. This is a book that I would both recommend to anyone or buy for any one I know who enjoys YA Fantasy with a retelling/romance element to it.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank NetGalley for allowing me to read this book for review purposes but I want to make it clear that this in no way has any effect of my feelings about the book