COVER REVEAL | Midnight (The Romany Outcasts #3) by Christi J. Whitney

About this time last year I was showing you the marvellous new cover for SHADOW (Book 2 in the Romany Outcasts series) by Christi J. Whitney, and I’m thrilled to be part of the cover reveal for the final book in this YA urban fantasy trilogy, MIDNIGHT, which will be released on 25th May 2017. Continue reading “COVER REVEAL | Midnight (The Romany Outcasts #3) by Christi J. Whitney”

BOOK REVIEW | Shadow (The Romany Outcasts #2) by Christi J. Whitney

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Title: Shadow (The Romany Outcasts #2)

Author: Christi J. Whitney

Genre: Urban Fantasy, YA

Published: 2nd June 2016

Format: ebook

Rating:  star (1)star (1)star (1)star (1)star (1)

 

 

 

“Monsters don’t attend graduation parties. Not even when their best friends send invitations decorated with enough glitter to nauseate a fairy.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

When stone hearts break they shatter.
Sebastian Grey used to be a normal teenager. Now he’s a creature whose sole purpose is to be a guardian for secretive gypsy clans.
When the Romany gypsies claim him, Sebastian is given a second chance to protect Josephine Romany – the girl he loves. But some clan members would rather see a gargoyle in a cage than have one by their sides.
If Sebastian is to keep Josephine safe from the shadow creatures attacking her people, he might have to embrace his changes. Even if that means choosing between his humanity and becoming the monster everyone believes him to be.

If you haven’t yet read book 1 in the Romany Outcasts series, you can check out my review HERE!

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I know this book is coming out tomorrow, but can book three come out the day after, please?

Thank you so much to the author for sending me an ebook copy of Shadow in exchange for an honest review.

This book was AMAZING! Even better than book 1, which I also loved. After the events of the first book, all the tensions are heightened: the character developments, the relationships, the mysterious back-stories…tensions everywhere!

My heart seriously went out to Sebastian in this book. What a character development that takes place! The Sebastian at the start of Grey, is very different to the Sebastian at the end of Shadow, but the progression is so real, emotional and heart-breaking. I just wanted to give the boy a huge hug! And his snarky, sarcastic retorts were absolutely brilliant. I love that despite his situation, he still has a sense of humour. And I also love his reading tastes…

“I tucked the copy of Much Ado About Nothing I’d been reading under my arm”

I am a strong advocate for more teenage characters in YA books reading Shakespeare. Okay, not really, but I should be! I just love to see others love Shakespeare like I do (and did as a teenager in secondary school)!

The rest of the characters in this book are also wonderful to read. I loved learning more about the other Romany characters, and especially Josephine and her own struggles and development as a character. We get to see more of the villain side too, and I’m more than a little curious (as well as very worried) to find out what our villain has got in store for Sebastian in the next book. He certainly gave me the chills at the end of this one!

I was also so happy that this book takes place mostly in Romany clan; a setting I wanted to read more about in book 1. Reading about the gypsy life, and seeing the relationships and interactions between the characters was so interesting to read about. I just love the uniqueness of this story!

Yet again, this was a book that had me thinking about it whenever I put it down. The story is so gripping and intriguing, and I have become so attached to these characters. It’s a story that fully immerses you, and forces you to sit and read to the end as fast as you can. I thoroughly recommend this series to everyone who loves a good YA urban fantasy!

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March Wrap-Up | 2016

How is it already a quarter of the way through the year!!? This year is going so fast! (Although we all say that every year!)

This month was a pretty good reading month. I only managed to finish 4 books, but they were all 4 stars or above! And I’m still ahead on my goodreads reading challenge, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself. πŸ˜‰

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Rating: 4/5
Review
This was a very beautifully told story, with some very relevant and important topics discussed. The characters were beautiful, the story was beautiful – it was just beautiful! I didn’t love it as much as everyone else seems to though, and I did have a few issues with feeling a bit of an emotional disconnect from the book – although this may have been because of all of the work and deadlines I had at the time I was reading it. My mind was just not as on the book as it was on my work!

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Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes
Rating: 4.5/5
Review
I loved this start to what promises to be a very epic, intricate, fun, emotional fantasy series. I loved the characters, and I loved the set up that this book laid out for the relationships and story-lines to come. I did think it was a little too fast-paced, but I think that was probably to get the story rolling to the point where the larger story can begin.

 

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A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab
Rating: 4/5
V.E. Schwab blows me away with every book she writes. Her writing style is always gripping and detailed, and her stories are always engrossing, intricate and epic. This wasn’t my favourite of her books though, and I did find some plot points a bit predictable. A Darker Shade of Magic (book 1) will probably always be my favourite of her books, but AGOS was still such a brilliant story, and V.E Schwab is still certainly one of my top favourite authors!

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GREY by Christi J. Whitney
Rating: 5/5
Review
This book was so good, and so different from lots of the YA books I’ve read. It’s got gypsies, old legends, family feuds…what more can you want? I thoroughly enjoyed it am super excited for the sequel, which is coming out this Summer!

 

 

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How has your reading gone this month? How many books have you managed to finish? What was your favourite? Let me know in the comments! πŸ™‚

BOOK REVIEW: Grey by Christi J. Whitney

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Rating: 5/5

Sebastian seems to be just a normal teenage boy; hanging out with friends, getting on with school work, living with his tattoo artist brother in their studio. But deep inside, he knows something is different. He can’t remember the majority of his past, and he is beginning to have recurring dreams of a gypsy girl dancing by a camp-fire. He pushes the dreams aside, until one day, the very same gypsy girl, Josephine Romany, enrols at his school. Sebastian tries to push his dreams aside, but his feelings around her become so painfully strong, that he begins to suspect that certain secrets are being kept from him, and knowledge of his past and purpose have been concealed. As answers are slowly revealed, Sebastian realises a more dangerous world than he thought he knew, and he must work out who he can trust in amongst it all.

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First of all, thank you to the author for sending me a copy of Grey in exchange for an honest review!

Unique, refreshing, engrossing, intriguing, different, fun. All the words that come to mind when I think of Grey.

What a fantastic book! From the outset, the story sets out an atmosphere different to that of any YA book I have read. Questions plague the reader and protagonist alike from the beginning, and I found myself so enthralled and gripped by the mysteries that I just had to know what was going on! This book takes such an interesting turn, and had me flying through the pages, from about half way in. Even when I had to put the story down, it was playing through my mind!

The characters were strong, especially the main protagonist: Sebastian Grey. His character actually reminded me a little of a John Green character, in his speech and mannerisms (obviously if you read the book you will see where that comparison ends!). And I really appreciated a YA fantasy from a male POV – in a big YA fantasy sea of female perspectives! I also thought the friendships and relationships built up in the story had just the perfect mix of being relatable and realistic, as well as the right amount of the unbelievable and different, which made this book so unique and interesting.

And the writing style is great. It makes me so happy when character dialogue sounds like real people talking, and teenagers sound like actual teenagers! The descriptions are beautifully crafted too…

“The moon cast a silvery sheen on the water, capping the rapids in halos of white. A soft breeze whispered through the trees and swirled across the bridge. It caressed my face and chest.”

Overall it was such a fun read, and I’m very intrigued to see where the story will go next. And I’m secretly hoping for more of the Circe de Romany, because I want to read more about that setting and those characters!