Between the Blade and the Heart | Blog Tour Review & GIVEAWAY

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between-the-blade-and-the-heart-valkyrie-1-amanda-hockingBetween the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

Goodreads rating: 3.58

Pages: 319

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Date published: January 2nd, 2018 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback

Synopsis

Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

My review

Firstly, I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, as well as a paperback copy to give away to one lucky winner.

Between the Blade and the Heart is a sort-of urban fantasy story, set in a very polluted and doomed world. Our main character, Malin, is a Valkyrie, meaning her job is to kill immortals when their time is up. The four central characters throughout the story are Malin, her best friend Oona, Asher, a guy who is thrust in her path, and her ex-girlfriend, Quinn. Oh yeah, we have a bisexual main character!! All of these characters are now near and dear to my heart, and I can’t believe I’ll have to wait for like a year for the second book to come out 😦

Every booth was overflowing with exotic and strange wares, like dragon’s breath in a bottle, bones that allegedly belonged to Hercules, and the quills of a thunderbird.

Without going into plot details, I must say this story totally captivated me. I read about 30% of this book over the course of a few days, but when I finally had time, I flew through the rest of the book. It’s such a great, fast-paced story that I couldn’t put down.

The pictures changed to a depiction of men bent forward, worshipping feline-headed Bastet; then to the multi-armed Vishnu, adorned in gold and jewels…

There is a mix of a lot of different mythological creatures, from various ancient cultures, and I am ALL about it. If you don’t know by now, Egypt is kind of my thing, so I was very excited to see some of my favorite gods mentioned, even if they barely come into play ♡

I’d offer you something to drink, but I don’t want you here, so…

“I’m leaving the money here for you.”

“Damn, Malin, you really know how to make a guy feel like a prostitute,” Jude said with his rumbling laughter

The dialogue in this book was great, and I laughed out loud a few times. The wit is absolutely on point. The creatures Hocking features in this story are pretty damn awesome. I do have to mention my personal favorite – Bowie, who is Malin’s wolpertinger, meaning she is a bunny with WINGS AND ANTLERS. How freaking cute is that, seriously!? Also, can we appreciate this piece of information about Bowie:

Some wolpertingers could fly, but Bowie had always been too fat and preferred doing as little as possible

Yeah… I need twenty of them in my house 😀 I should advise you that there is a love triangle in this story, but not exactly a silly one – at least in my opinion, it is rather justified. Just letting you know, since a lot of people don’t like love triangles.

There is a cliffhanger at the end of this book that is totally eating up at me, so I REALLY need to know what happens. Brilliant ending, by the way! I can’t stop thinking about this book now hahaha it’s gonna be a struggle until the second book comes out!

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars


GIVEAWAY

As the winner, you will receive a copy of Between the Blade and the Heart. This giveaway is open for U.S. residents only – sorry about that, but there will surely be more opportunities for international readers! Here’s how to enter to win in four easy steps:

  1. Follow my blog
  2. Follow me on Instagram
  3. Check out my Youtube channel
  4. Leave a comment in one of my Instagram or blog posts

For an extra entry, tag a friend in the comments of the Instagram post.

And that’s it!! After these steps, you are entered to win the giveaway!

This giveaway will end on January 21st 2018, so you have around two weeks to enter. Good luck to everyone participating! ♡


Have you read Between the Blade and the Heart? What did you think about that love triangle? Let me know in the comments! ♡

I definitely recommend that you give this book a chance, I think it might be one of my favorite books that I’ve received from a publisher. Totally worth it!

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Between the Blade and the Heart and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!


Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

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I Hate Everyone But You: review & GIVEAWAY [closed]

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I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

Goodreads rating: 3.72

Pages: 352

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Date published: September 5th, 2017 (USA)

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Synopsis

Dear Best Friend,
I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.
Sincerely,
Ava Helmer
(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)

We’re still in the same room, you weirdo.
Stop crying.
G

So begins a series of texts and emails sent between two best friends, Ava and Gen, as they head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heartbreak, self-discovery, coming out and mental health, the two best friends will document every moment to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?

My review

Firstly, I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for review, and for partnering up with me to give a copy away to one of you ♡

So, a cool detail about this book is its format: it is told through emails and text messages between our two main characters, Ava and Gen. However, this format makes it quite tiring to read, and I got bored in some parts.

Concerning the characters, I wasn’t exactly fond of them, they were just alright – probably because I could not relate to either of them. They make some bad decisions, but I think that only made them more human – we all screw up, don’t we?

The story itself is pretty cliché (with some unusual aspects), but still enjoyable. It’s a simple plot, that we might have seen a hundred times before, but enjoy nonetheless. I’d say it’s a typical contemporary that you read in one summer afternoon!

There are a couple topics that are important and were addressed throughout the book – mental health and sexuality -, which I really appreciated.

I think the book could have been just a tad bit longer, so everything wrapped up a little better, but all in all, I liked how the story went!

For a debut novel, I thought the writing wasn’t bad at all, and in this format, there’s an extra challenge for the writer: writing emails and texts without making them sound weird, or using words/sentences that no one would use in this context. In that sense, I think Gaby and Allison nailed it!

My rating

Overall, I Hate Everyone But You is a quick, light-hearted summer read that you will really enjoy. Especially relevant to people going into college, since that’s the setting of this book!

★★★☆☆ 3.5/5 stars


GIVEAWAY

As the winner, you will receive a copy of I Hate Everyone But You. Here’s how to enter to win in 4 easy steps:

  1. Follow my blog
  2. Follow me on Instagram
  3. Subscribe to my Youtube channel
  4. Leave a comment in one of my blog posts

For an extra entry, tag a friend in the comments on the Instagram post

And that’s it!! After these steps, you are entered to win the giveaway!

This giveaway will end on September 27, so you have around two and a half weeks to enter. Good luck to everyone participating! ♡


Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡