Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - Lauren Mayhew AuthorClockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare – 5 Stars

The Clockwork Angel is the first in the trilogy of ‘The Infernal Devices’. The first time I read this book must have been in 2010 after finding it in my local library, and I instantly fell in love with it. It’s now one of my favourite books ever. I’ve read it quite a few times, and it never lets me down. I only wish that I’d written this review after the first time of reading the book. It would be great to see what I thought of it back then!

Blurb: Magic is dangerous – but love is more dangerous still… When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. Continue reading “Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare”

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Rigel by Eli Ingle

Rigel by Eli Ingle - Lauren Mayhew AuthorRigel (Appointments on Plum Street Book 1)  –  Eli Ingle  –  3.5 Stars

Blurb: Appointments on Plum Street is a series set across six worlds, three dimensions and multiple times zones. The first book, Rigel, starts the story as we see the young orphan Rigel on Earth, miserable and alone. Then one night his life is changed forever when a crew of airship pilots tear through the sky and offer to take him to another world.

On their journey they come across other children and Rigel finds that they are all at the centre of a legend thousands of years old … and he has no memory being part of it. The children are the Light Ones and the only hope of saving each planet against The Darkness. Continue reading “Rigel by Eli Ingle”

United As One – Pittacus Lore

United as One by Pittacus Lore - Lauren MayhewUnited As One – Pittacus Lore – 5 Stars

Blurb: The Mogadorian invasion has come to Earth, and they have all but won the battle for our planet. Their warships loom over our most populous cities – like New York City, Tokyo, Moscow, Beijing, and New Delhi – and no army will risk making a move against them. The Garde are all that stand in their way . . . but they are no longer alone in this fight. Human teens from across the globe, like John Smith’s best friend, Sam Goode, have begun to develop Legacies of their own. Continue reading “United As One – Pittacus Lore”

The People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau

The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrauThe People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau – 4 Stars

Blurb: When the people of the underground city of Ember follow Lina and Doon to the surface, little prepares them for what they will encounter. Leaving behind the darkness that has been their home for generations, they discover a world of colour, warmth and light. The people of the small village of Sparks seem willing to help them . . . at first . . . but life on the surface has it’s dark side too. Continue reading “The People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau”

Mourning Memories Cover Reveal

Mourning Memories by Lauren MayhewIt’s been a long time in the making, but Mourning Memories, Book 2 in the Liliana Trilogy, is now available for pre-order on Amazon!

This book was a massive challenge for me and I really stuggled with writer’s block for at least a year. I can honestly say I’m relieved that I’m now able to share it with you all.

The fabulous Rachel Bostwick designed the cover for me and she has done a wonderful job! I love it so much, what do you all think? Continue reading “Mourning Memories Cover Reveal”

The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrauThe City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau – 5 Stars

Blurb: Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked – but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all – the lights are failing.

Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness-But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Continue reading “The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau”

Lady Oracle – Margaret Atwood

Lady Oracle by Margaret AttwoodLady Oracle – Margaret Atwood – 3 Stars

Blurb:

From fat girl to thin, from red hair to mud brown, from London to Toronto, from Polish count to radical husband, from writer of romances to distinguished poet – Joan Foster is utterly confused by her life of multiple identiities.

She decides to escape to an Italian hill town to take stock of her life. But first, she must organise her own death… Continue reading “Lady Oracle – Margaret Atwood”

Emerge: The Awakening – Melissa A. Craven

EmergeEmerge: The Awakening – Melissa A. Craven  – 4.5 Stars

Blurb:

Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.

You’re born. You live. You die.

She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.

When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t. Continue reading “Emerge: The Awakening – Melissa A. Craven”

Emerge: The Edge – Melissa A. Craven

Emerge The Edge by Melissa CravenEmerge: The Edge – Melissa A. Craven  – 4 Stars

Blurb: Alienated by everything that sets him apart, Aidan McBrien suffers in silence.
He is the most powerful Immortal of his generation, but he chooses to live behind a mask to protect himself, even from those he loves. They can never know how much he struggles just to get through each day, overwhelmed by the pain and loss of everyone around him. As Aidan fights a constant battle to control the gifts that threaten to push him over the edge, he dreads the day his world will look to him to fulfill a prophecy he doesn’t believe in. Continue reading “Emerge: The Edge – Melissa A. Craven”

Eve of Tomorrow – Michelle Lynn

Eve of Tomorrow - Michelle LynnEve of Tomorrow – Michelle Lynn – 5 Stars

Blurb: The British are coming.

Eve of Tomorrow brings to a conclusion the story of Gabby and Dawn, two English sisters thrust into the forefront of rebellion in the new world. Set in a distant future laid waste by change and conflict, Gabby and Dawn discover their parents among the Americans and pledge to fight alongside their countrymen seeking safety and freedom.

The Republic of Texas has been defeated, but its doomsday weapon has fallen into the wrong hands. At first, warriors by circumstance, but now warriors by choice, Gabby and Dawn have a new mission: to destroy the weapon before it can destroy their future.

It took me a lot longer to read this than I wanted. I would happily have read this in one day, it was that good!

This one didn’t have a cliffhanger ending which I’m grateful for and Michelle Lynn did a great job of finishing this book. I have read so many books where the minor characters are forgotten about in the conclusion of the story, but in Eve of Tomorrow, we get to learn what happened to them all… If they survived ’til the end, that is!

War is evil. There is no other way to put it and although I may not be happy with some of the deaths in this book (don’t worry, I won’t give anything away!) but that’s the truth of war. Good people die and heroes are created in the aftermath.

Both of the deaths that occurred in the final chapters of this book had me in tears. One, I was kind of expecting, the other almost broke me. I could have done without the POV of the last minutes of this person’s life!

The suspense that was built up in this book was incredible, as Gabby, Dawn and their friends go on a desperate mission to find a biological weapon and stop it from being used. At one point, I wasn’t sure they were going to make it in time.

If you haven’t started this series yet, then I seriously advise that you do now! You’ll fall in love with the characters and I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down!