Saturday, 20 April 2019

Mera: Tidebreaker blog tour

Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a colony ruled by the other no-so-lost land under the sea, Atlantis. Her father, his court, and the entire kingdom are expecting her to marry and introduce a new king. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown....

When the Xebellian military plots to overthrow Atlantis and break free of its oppressive regime, Mera seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny by assassinating Arthur Curry—the long-lost prince and heir to the kingdom of Atlantis. But her mission gets sidetracked when Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love. Will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side, or will he die under her blade as she attempts to free her people from persecution?

I’m super excited to join the blog tour for Mera: Tidebreaker because I loved her character in the Aquaman movie. Add in the fact that it was written by Danielle Paige and you’ve got a perfect combination!

Stephen Byrne’s artwork is absolutely stunning. Both Aquaman and Mera's personalities and expressions really come through the artwork (and they look gorgeous). The muted ocean shades create a stunning contrast to Mera's hair, too. 

I really enjoyed the plot of this graphic novel and the suggested origin story for Mera and Aquaman. Danielle Paige’s witty dialogue created some real chemistry between them and I’m a huge fan of the enemy to friends arc. The storyline felt very fresh and I enjoyed the transition from a setting under the ocean to on land.

Mera is definitely a character that I want to see more of. I loved Danielle Paige's portrayal of Mera as a fierce warrior who is conflicted about her responsibilities as princess, and could teeter over into villainy.

I haven’t read a graphic novel for ages and this has definitely made me want to read more! It’s a fun, romantic read and I hope to see more collaborations between Danielle Paige and Stephen Byrne in the future.

You can check out the other tour stops for this brilliant graphic novel using the banner.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Viper by Bex Hogan – review

Marianne has been training to be the Viper for her entire life – to serve and protect the King and the citizens of The Twelve Isles – but to become the Viper and protect the islands she loves she must find the strength to defeat her father.

It's been a while since I've read a fantasy book this unique and exciting. I lent my copy to a friend, and she stayed up until 2am reading. That's how good Viper is!

One of the best things about Viper is the characters. Marianne is a great protagonist, who I liked from the beginning but got even more attached to as she developed through the book. 

There was also a fantastic cast of secondary characters: Torin, Grace and Bronn were just three of my favourites. It was also refreshing that the antagonists of the book were genuinely threatening and it felt like Marianne was in real danger.

The world of this book is also vividly described and there was a great balance of scenes at land and sea. There's definitely scope for more of the setting to be revealed as the series progresses. 

Another great part of this book is the plot. It was gripping, well-paced and not at all predictable. It really got me in the feels too!

This is a brilliant start to a series and I'm excited to see where it goes next! It comes out tomorrow (18th April) and I'd definitely recommend picking it up.

Thank you to Orion Children's Books for the review copy!

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Slayer by Kiersten White – review

Into every generation, a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers – girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead, she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One – she’s the last Slayer, ever. As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested – because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

It probably goes without saying that I'm a massive Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. I was so excited to read something new set in the same world and this book slotted into the mythology really well.

Kiersten White obviously loves the series too and that really comes across in Slayer. The story followed on seamlessly from the end of Season 7 and incorporated details from the series throughout. The dialogue was also in keeping with the TV show's witty, entertaining style. The Irish setting was a nice touch, as it differentiated the books from the familiar California landscape.

I enjoyed the storyline of Nina getting used to her powers and what it means to be a slayer. The whole story was a really fun read, exploring familiar tropes from the series as well as some new elements.

This is a really promising start and I'll look forward to the next instalment. In the meantime, I've heard great things about The Conqueror's Trilogy by Kiersten White so I might get started on those...

Thank you Simon and Schuster Children's UK for the review copy!