Ultimate Blog Tour: The Cousins

I am SO happy that I was able to participate in a blog tour for this book! Big thanks to The Write Reads for organizing the blog tour and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of the book.

The Cousins follows the cousins (obviously) Milly, Aubrey and Jonah as they are invited by their grandmother to spend the summer working at her island resort. However, their grandmother disinherited their parents before they were born and not one family member has seen or heard from her in about 20 years. So why would she suddenly invited the grandchildren she has never seen?

The book has multiple POV’s and a few flashbacks that all add value to the story. The story was FILLED with twists that I did not see coming, and scenes that made me physically smile and cringe and I think my boyfriend thought I was going crazy. All characters have their own value. Aubrey was this sweet, innocent girl who seriously grew some balls as the story developed. Milly was a strong character from the very beginning, but highly underestimated. And Jonah, well he had his own value in the story that I will not spoil.

This was the first book of Karen McManus that I ever read, even though her books have been sitting on my TBR shelf for a very long time. And let me tell you, she did not disappoint. She has a way of writing that makes it hard for the reader to put the book down. The writing style is easy but gripping and that’s the perfect combination for me.

I enjoyed this book tremendously and, as mentioned before, couldn’t put it down. I will never forget the experience that I was able to read an ARC of a well-known author, even though I hadn’t read any of her other books yet. But let me tell you, as soon as my TBR is a little smaller, I will definitely add Karen McManus’ books to my collection. All of them.

Here’s the official blurb of the book:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You’ll never feel the same about family again.

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised . . . and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family’s past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

Buy The Cousins here!

WWW Wednesday

What I’ve read last week:

WHAT A BOOK. I loved it. It reminded me of ACOTAR but with a sassy heroine, and sassy heroines are my favourite!

 

What I’m currently reading:

I’m still getting used to the unique setting of the book, but it’s looking good so far!

I loved the first book by J.M. Frey and I hope this one will be just as good as the first one.

I’m not sure yet if anthologies are my thing… I have a hard time starting a new story every day and it makes it even harder for me to pick up new books.

 

What I’ll be reading next week:

I really enjoyed Subversive, the first book in the Clandestine Magic trilogy and can’t wait to start the sequel, Radical!

This will be my first reread of A Court of Wings and Ruin. Rereading the series will make me enjoy A Court of Silver Flames so much more!

 

Review: The Chalice and the Crown, by Kassandra Flamouri

I received a free copy of this book. This did not affect my review, all opinions are my own.

The Russian Sasha Nikolayeva is a talented ballerina, plagued by nightmares that seem so real it’s like she’s living them. Just as she lands a famous role in The Swan Lake, Sasha’s nightmares become more common and she starts hallucinating. One day, she’s fully sucked into her nightmare, a new fantasy world where she’s a thrall without her memory. Can Sasha remember who she was and come back to reality?

Okay, I’ll admit, I hadn’t read the complete blurb before I started the book. I read ‘ballet’s crown princess’ and ‘neurological symptoms’, and I requested a copy. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started reading. It felt like I was reading a contemporary novel, with some random dream passages in between. As the story progressed and the dreams came more often, I started noticing a coherence in the dreams, and suddenly Sasha was in her parallel dream world.

I have never ever read a book with this layout. The subtle changes in the layout of The Chalice and the Crown (I’m not going to spoil what those changes are!), had real impact on me. The story shows how friends help each other, while still being independent. It’s sad but hopeful and filled with important choices that define Sasha’s future. Sasha grew as a person and her priorities changed. I already respected Sasha at the start of the book, but even more when I finished it.

The Chalice and the Crown is a beautiful dark fantasy that contains racism, pain and sadness, but also friendship, love and hope. It sends a message of finding the good in the bad. It contains morally grey characters and a surprising ending. As I’m writing this review, I don’t even know why I gave this book only 3 stars. I’m going to give it 4 stars, because the author created something incredibly dark, despite being beautiful. It’s not a long book, so I highly recommend you read it.

WWW Wednesday

Hey guys! It’s time for my second WWW wednesday. I’m starting to read more and more these days, and I feel like I should definitely enjoy it before I start working 36 hours a week next week! How do you combine work and reading without neglecting your other duties? Please let me know!

What I’ve read:

Wiving by Caitlin Myer is a beautifully written memoir. I will definitely be thinking about this book for a while. A review will be posted here soon!

I listened to the Audiobook of Beauty and the Beast by Vivienne Savage. The retelling is enjoyable and fine. I did however love the fact that the Beast is a dragon here!

The Chalice and the Crown by Kassandra Flamouri has an incredibly unique way of storytelling. A review will be posted tomorrow!

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently busy with my third reread of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah. J. Maas. Just like during my first read, I can’t put it down. I just love this series too much.

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus is the first of her books I’m reading. It’s hard to put down and if the book stays this interesting, I’ll definitely read her other books!

Why oh why didn’t I read this sooner. I’m listening to the audiobook of Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa and IT’S AMAZING. The narrator is talented as well and I can just hear the sassiness in her voice. It reminds me so much of the ACOTAR series that I wish I read this in my ACOTAR hangover.

After finishing The Skylark’s Song, I couldn’t wait to start The Skylark’s Sacrifice by J. M. Frey. I’m currently a few chapters in but I don’t know what to think of it just yet.

Just like 2 weeks ago, I’ve only read the first chapter. I may have to reread that first chapter before I go on with the rest of the book.

What I’ll be reading next:

I can’t wait to start the following books!

What are your WWW Wednesday books?

Love,
Ani

WWW Wednesday

Hey guys! From now on, I’ll be posting a WWW Wednesday post every 2 weeks, so you’ll know what I’m up to when it comes to reading. I don’t know who created WWW Wednesday, so if you do, please let me know so I can give them credits in my following WWW Wednesday posts!

What I’ve finished reading:

I’m currently doing a re-readalong for the ACOTAR series, organized by the SJM Collectors Community on Facebook! We’re all preparing for the release of A Court of Silver Flames by rereading the whole series, and started A Court of Thorns and Roses in Oktober. It was actually my third reread of the series and now that I noticed the foreshadowing, I loved it even more. ❤

The Skylark’s Song and Subversive were both books I read to review, so you’ll see the reviews soon enough on my blog! In short: I enjoyed both books tremendously and I can’t wait to start their  sequels. I’ll leave the rest of the info for my review posts. 😉

What I’m currently reading:

I’m reading Midnight Sun together with a group of friends, but I haven’t picked it up in a while unfortunately. I’m definitely enjoying it, but I feel like I would have enjoyed it even more if I’d done a reread of the Twilight series before I started it.

Wiving is definitely not my usual genre. The author approached me and I was willing to give it a try. It’s different but I think it’s good for me to read something different for once. Unfortunately, it’s also the reason that I’ve been much slower in reading this book. It’s worth it though, so I’m taking my time to read it thoroughly.

I’ve actually only read the first chapter of How to Break an Evil Curse. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep on reading it now, or give priority to some other books I’ve been dying to read.

Beauty and the Beast is a retelling of, well, Beauty and the Beast. I bought it impulsively for my Kindle as it was on sale and The Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale. I’m enjoying the audiobook, but as I started reading the reviews, I noticed that someone classified it under erotica and that the author emphasized that it was an adult retelling. I guess I won’t be listening to it in public.😂

I’ve been reading The Purple Haze for FOREVER, but I had to put it down due to exams. I’m excited to pick it up again this week, because I did really enjoy it. It’s YA fantasy, but incredibly different from other books. It’s funny and witty, whilst still being filled with adventure and mystery.

What I’ll be reading next:

For the Ultimate Blog Tour organized by The Write Reads, I’ll be reading The Cousins! It’s my first book of Karen McManus, despite seeing her books in all book stores nearby.

The Chalice and the Crown has been sitting on my Netgalley shelf for waaaaayy too long. I completely forgot about it, and I might give it priority over How to Break an Evil Curse right now.

A Court of Mist and Fury is the next book for the ACOTAR re-readalong. I’ll be reading it in November, but as it’s in my top 5 of favorite books (to be honest, I don’t even know what the order of my top 5 is), I’ll probably be finishing it before the end of November.

 

Have you read any books on this list? What did you think of it? What are your WWW Wednesday books? Let me know in the comments!