Blood Awakens by Jessaca Willis

And so it’s time for me to FINALLY release my review of this spectacular debut book ‘Blood Awakens’ Book 1 in the Awaken quartet by the equally wonderful Jessaca Willis.

True to the title of her book, Blood Awakens follow the stories of a few individuals fighting and trying to survive in a panic-stricken world where everyone runs on anxious thoughts and unexplained fear, where the strong stay strong and the weak get killed. A world where the different are more than feared, they are targeted, targeted by terror-stricken and frightened people.

Blurb


People called Sean a blood guide, though he never fully understood why. As far as he knew, he could hear heartbeats and heal people. It wasn’t until he walked in on his brother’s brutal murder that he learned of the darker nature of his power: blood speaks to him, and he to it. With a simple song, he can command it to do whatever he wants, and in that moment, he showed his brother’s murderers no mercy. Now Sean must fight to keep his inner demons in check and his path to redemption begins with the establishment of sanctuary for people like him, people with powers, the Awakened.

Graciela is one of many who did not Awaken, but she’s watched as her brother’s power as an Empath—the ability to sense other’s emotions—has brought him to the brink of death. Together, they set across Central America in search of a cure, or at the very least, safety. What they find is a sanctuary called Hope, the same one Sean governs.

But they soon discover that even from within the compounds of the sanctuary, no one is safe. Not when there are people in the world with unimaginable power and insatiable bloodlust.

(Readers Note)
This book is “New adult” fantasy, with moderate violence, and one or two mild curse words, but otherwise appropriate for mature teenagers and older. There is no sex or drugs in this book.

Book Notes/Details


If you are looking for a “New adult” dark fantasy read with mystery, love, loss, lies, heartache, high emotions with a touch of magic and post-apocalyptic drama then this is one book you are going to want to pick up and never put down!

E-book details 
File size - 3210KB
Print length - 328 pages
Publisher - Amazon
Publication date - 26th June 2019
Paper Back Details 
Series - The Awakened (book 1 in the Awakened Quartet)
Paperback - 326
Publisher - Jessaca Willis 27th June 2019
Language - English

Blood Awakens is the first debut novel by the incredible Jessaca Willis, the first instalment of the ‘Awaken Quartet’ series.

About the Author

Jessaca is a fantasy writer, with an inclination towards the paranormal, dystopian, dark, and horror sub genres.

Growing up in the 90’s and early 2000’s, Jessaca spent her free time heavily immersed in books and shows such as Harry Potter, True Blood, The Sword of Truth/Legend of the Seeker, and Merlin, so much so that at one point she truly believed fantasy worlds were real (maybe she still does). Her passion for the unimaginable and the magnificent grew, leading Jessaca to a career in fantasy writing, with an inclination toward the dark, horror, paranormal, and dystopian/apocalyptic sub-genres.​

Before she realized being an author was more than her own fantasy though, she was a wandering college student who believed in making the world a better place. She studied social work for her undergraduate and graduate degrees, and participated in a number of study abroad programs that led her to countries such as Guatemala, Italy, and Bolivia. So that her studies don’t become entirely useless, Jessaca draws heavily from her experiences abroad and from her education in human development, social institutions (race, gender, class, sexuality, etc.), mental health, and family roles, to incorporate into her novels and short stories.​

Jessaca is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves cosplay, video games, and comics. She grew up and still lives in Portland, Oregon, where she resides with her partner and their fur- and human-babies.

You can check out here website here: https://www.jessacawillis.com/

My thoughts


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Blood Awaken by Jessaca Willis

For me the first chapter of a book is everything, especially as lately I find myself more easily distracted now than I was back in my younger days of reading.

And I have to say that during the first chapter of Jessaca’s debut novel I found myself fully immersed into Sean’s life, hook, line and sinker.

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Blood Awaken By Jessaca Willis

During the first chapter of Blood Awakens we are sucked into the mind and thoughts that is Sean as he makes his way home from being fired under injustice circumstances. He receives a frantic and confusing phone call unaware that that would be the start of bigger changes for him and his brother, life would never be the same for, Sean again. Through his thoughts we are able to imagine the world that he is living in, a world that feel much like the dark ages but with technology, a world where people act irrationally and impulsive. Full of fear and hate for the unknown, we really get to see the injustice world that the “Awakens” have no choice but to endure.

From the start this book had my emotion on the fray! The way that Jessaca was able to use incredible and engaging style of writing that helped draw her readers into her book and into the life of the characters she had built and gave life to.

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Blood Awaken by Jessaca Willis

Blood Awakens gives you a very realistic and post-apocalyptic view on what the world around us would be like if people had suddenly started to “awaken” without prompt.

Of course this book isn’t all about Sean and his tragedies in life but also the trials and struggles of other Awakened and non-Awaken (people who haven’t woken into their power) people such as Graciela who is fiercely loyal to the Awakened, even though she is one of the “non-awakened”, though I’m sure that her brother being one of them has had a help in swaying her beliefs in what is right, what is wrong, who is dangerous and who is not.

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Blood Awaken by Jessaca Willis

But having to watch her beloved brother live and suffer with his “gift” of being one of the Awakened has taken its own toll on poor Graciela. All she wants is a safe place for her and her brother to live out her days but with the world so caught up in their own terror, a safe place is few and far.

Blood Awakens takes you along on a suspense filled journey, with strong elements of family, loyalty, survival, drama and action, love and loss, magic and wonder that left me wanting more and kept me turning page after page! (or more accurately for me it kept me swiping on my kindle to read more!)

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Blood Awaken by Jessaca Willis

This wasn’t like anything I have read before and I loved it for that reason!

All the characters in this novel are extremely well written and engaging. Giving you a little glimpse each time into their lives, their thoughts and feelings, I truly felt as though I was living in a post-apocalyptic world where anyone could turn on you in a second if you were “Awakened”, where I truly experience the irrational fear to the unknown.

Jessaca’s brilliant word building skills are able to transport you into her book and into the lives of her characters.

For me Blood Awakens gets a 5/5 star rating.

If you would like to find out more about Jessaca’s books or Jessaca herself then feel free to click on one of the links below!

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

The Liebster Award

Before I start I just want to say thank you so much Hannah for nominating me for such a lovely award!

The Rules:

  • Simply, give a shout out to the blogger that nominated you for this award and make sure to link back to their blog
  • Write 11 facts about yourself
  • Don’t forget to post the award on your blog
  • And, answer the fun questions set up by the blogger amazing enough to nominate you
  • After that, Nominate 11 amazing bloggers who you feel deserve this award and don’t forget to tag them to help spread the blogging love

11 Random facts about me

I am deathly afraid of moths (though I feel as though I’ve mention this one somewhere before)

Until this year I never really watch T.V other than adult cartoons.

I’ll eat anything chocolate

I have three cats but want more in the future. (I highly doubt my boyfriend could cope with another cat in the around though!)

It’s no secret that I LOVE purple. But I also really like the colours Green and Blue.

I love books! But when I was a teen you would only ever find me reading things to do with vampires, werewolves and anything supernatural/paranormal.

I LOVE baking but HATE cooking.

I’m obsessed with anything tiny and/or cute. If it’s small I’ll more than likely impulse buy it and regret it later while taking loads of pictures of it…

When I was younger I used to refused to wear shoes unless they had some kind of heel that made that click/clomp sound as you walked by.

In truth, at heart, I’m still that little girl that only wants to wear loud high heels but now with my anxiety I can’t handle it as I feel it draws far too much attention to me.

And, lastly, I’m not at all an interesting person 🙂 .

11 Questions by Hannah

(1) If you could wake up in any fictional world, where would it be?

Any fictional world that has a unicorn. If I ever got to meet one, I’m pretty sure I’d become the happiest person alive.

(2) You can suddenly talk to just one species of animal, which would it be?

Umm, Cats. Purely because I’d really love to know what my cats are trying to say to me all the time.

(3) What’s the first memory you can remember?

Umm, being about five/six and running off to the skate park to do some skating, before venturing out into the “forbidden” Woods. I can’t really remember why everyone parents told us not to go in there, I loved it over there and even ended up creating my own little den for me and my friends when I was little older.

(4) What type of decor do you really need more of in your home/living space?

Books, I love decorating every room in books 😛 .

(5) You get a superpower of your choice, but you have to trade in three of your skills or positive traits. Which superpower do you get, and what do you trade for it in return?

I don’t trade anything or gain anything because my anxiety wouldn’t let me handle having a superpower.

(6) If you could only watch one movie ever again for the rest of your life, which would it be?

School of Rock without even thinking about it!

(7) Think back to your favourite place you’ve ever been. Where was it. and why did you love it so much?

The woods. Because it’s full of nature, animals, insects and critters, colours, peaceful sounds and usually no people.

(8) What are your most important goals that you’re focusing on right now?

  • Helping others through my blog
  • Writing my novel
  • Getting my candles out there into the world
  • Growing my blog and social media’s
  • Continue learning more about certain mental health topics
  • Gaining some control over my anxiety and depression
  • Keep focusing on getting healthier
  • Getting myself to the point I can up my yoga practice and do more demanding positions
  • Reconnecting with myself
  • Not to loose myself through my mental health again
  • Continue re-learning to do all the things I used to love, e.g, Reading a lot more, writing my own poems and lyrics again, drawing again, playing the piano/keyboard again and focusing more on the things that use to give me joy
  • And just in general to make it through each month without giving up or giving in.

(9) Would you rather never eat your favourite food again or never see your favourite animal again?

Never eat my favourite food again, I don’t have a great relationship with food as it is, but I do with my pets. I couldn’t bare not seeing them ever again!

(10) If you could learn any language, which would it be and why?

Gaelic, I’m not actually sure why.

(11) What’s a difficult lesson learnt in life that you’re now grateful for?

Not to judge a book by its cover. Which goes both ways, just because someone looks and acts good at first doesn’t necessarily mean they are and just because someone looks or acts bad doesn’t necessarily mean they are bad.

My 11 Questions for my nominee’s

What is you’re all time favourite book? Something you could read again and again?

  1. Do you chew your pens/pencils?
  2. What is your song of the week?
  3. What was your favourite childhood cartoon?
  4. What is your Chinese astrological sign?
  5. Have you ever been to a concert?
  6. What was your first ever concert?
  7. Are you named after anyone? (Example, family member, celebrity, Place).
  8. What was your favourite school subject?
  9. What is one hobby you would like to take?
  10. Do you any irrational fears?
  11. What are you looking forward to this year?

My Nominee’s

@KaraleeCupcake
@Jessling1205
@Missjoblogger
@Laurenreads1
@ChloechatsBlog
@BestieTalksBlog
@frantasmagoria
@jofalltradesb
@UnwantedLife_Me
@nyxiesnook
@Femenish

Blogger Recognition Award

I don’t know about the rest of you but I absolutely love all these blogger award posts, giving notice and recognition to all the amazing and creative blogger out there is really important! Especially because there are so many of us that sometimes we can feel as though out voice and our blog is being drowned out by the rest.

Blogger Recognition Award
Blogger Recognition Award

So when I receive an award for anything to do with my blog, I’m over the moon for the whole week! And, so, I would like to give the biggest of thanks to the wondrous and marvellous Charlotte owner of TimetoTalk Blog for making the rest of my week a great one!

Now in the past I have forgotten to respond to my rewards and I apologise immensely for that! With the start of my blog, candle making, planning more things to sell in hopes of creating a future business, writing my dreams, chasing my dreams, family/ life problems and my own mental health going down slightly that I just let a lot of things get away from me.

But that’s changing now!

From now own as soon as I am awarded such a lovely honour I’ll be writing half of the post out and then finishing it the day after. If there are any awards that you have so graciously awarded me please feel free to messages/dm me in anyway so that I can get it written up, link back to your blog and award the award to other creative/amazing/incredible bloggers!

So what is the ‘Blogger Recognition Award’?


So the ‘Blogger Recognition Award’ is an award given out by other remarkable and phenomenal bloggers who have recognised the hard work and creativity/ originality sewn into their blog and blog posts.

Of course like with all these awards there are rules put in place to assure that it is fair, fun and that everyone get the recognition deserved.

So, what are the rules?


  • Write a blog post to show the award
  • Acknowledge the blogger who has nominated you
  • Give a brief story to why you started your blog
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Nominate at least 11 other fantastic bloggers who deserve the award!

Why I started my blogging journey


I started my blog as a way to get my voice out there and heard, to be able to help more people while I overcome my own demons and struggles but also to share the journey of a lost girl writing her dream and fighting off invisible monsters.

I want my journey to be one that others can learn from and with my mental health taking over and ruling my life, I had finally decided that it was time to take it back… a blog seemed the safest way for me to achieve these things.

With a blog I can get my words out there, I can help SO many more people like me, I am able to write my dream of becoming an author while interacting with incredible authors, I’m able to express myself in ways I wasn’t.

All of this – Everything that I do for and with my blog, and everything that my blog gives back to me is the most enjoyment I have EVER gotten out of life. It’s the first time since I was 16 that I have allowed myself to truly interact with other people as well as the first time I have truly put myself out there.

So in short, I started my blog for me and others. I started my blog to help who ever I can, whenever I can but I also started my blog in the hopes of chasing my dreams, of achieving things I never believe I would be able to achieve while inspiring others to take back their life and fight for it, no matter how dark or gloomy it may be or seem at the time.


The two pieces of advice I have for new bloggers are:


Piece of Advice 1.
You, WILL get slow days, even months! But you must not let that get to you. Take a step back, post small and simple posts while you plan for bigger ones. Take a step back an remember what made you start your blog in the first place. You knew it wasn’t going to be easy, dreams never are! But the pain, the sweat, the tears and moments of defeat is so damn worth the reward.

Piece of Advice 2.
Never, EVER, forget the bloggers who first supported you. Who first help you grow, shared your posts, tweeted something for you or did anything to help support you. Those few first followers you gain are usually your most loyal ones, they are the ones who will stick with you through think and thin. When blog views are going down, they will be the ones there to help lift your spirit. To forget them would be like forgetting your best friend or pet.

Here are 11 magnificent bloggers (never placed down in any particular order as they are all equally stupendous in their own ways) who have managed to keep my spirits high and blogging experience a great one but also produce some incredibly interesting, creative, original and simply astounding blog posts.

@Meditativeo
@BooksNest
@PagePlacePlate
@BestieTalksblog
@Theanxiousteac2
@Nyxiesnook
@Thetinkerbug
@Theminismallho1
@ThePreppingWife
@Books_faith
@Inchingfowards

I would just like to thank you all for taking the time to read my post and I’m wishing everyone a lovely week :D.

Wait, It’s July? You must be Julying!

Where did June go? I swear I blinked and it’s July!

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1st July 2019

When a new month hits, so do new goals. Over the past couple of months, really, my mental health has been winning the upper hand but I’m still continuing to fight back with any means necessary. While it has been succeeding in pulling me down again, I’ve really become less engaging and I’ve been feeling a bit disconnected from everything to be honest. From my blog, social media, my life…everything.

And I don’t have much hopes at the moment that my feelings are going to change as July is going to become a incredibly difficult month for my family as both my mum and little sister have operations this month, my sister’s a little more extreme than my mums. A lot of my effort will be going to helping care for my family.

However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t spent all of June preparing and getting ready to throw some exciting things your way! Such as the following below:

  • My ‘LittleTinkablee Anxiety” Candles will be ready for Purchase on 20th July.
  • I have some homemade bookmarks that will be available for purchase on 30th July.
  • I have SO many book reviews coming your way.
  • I have a Hair clip review to share with you all.
  • Yoga posts!
  • I have a new post coming up all to do with jars!
  • I have a new post about cats coming your way.
  • I’ll be doing my ‘Lets Talk Pets’ Series every Friday’s and Thursday’s (Email me at Littletinkable@gmail.com if you would like to share your pet story)
  • I have a harry potter AND an all bookish Giveaway announcement on 4th July
  • I’ll be starting my “My bully experience” again, every Thursday (Email me if you’d like to participate!)
  • More mental health related posts
  • And of course the spur of the moment/ a few little rambling posts.

Besides doing a whole lot of planning, June wasn’t that bad of a month really. My little sister turn the big Sweet Sixteen! How the time flies! I still remember waking up early on her second birthday to run down stairs and give her my special/favourite sparkly blue teddy (Even then I had a feel she would be drawn sparkly things!) that was given to me by my older sister when she was 14 maybe 15 years old.

Just before her 16th birthday me and my other younger sister decide to take her out somewhere special, my sister LOVES anything to do with Pusheen, how could she not? It’s (in her words) a cute “Derpy” cat. And so when my sister found out that Pusheen was doing a Live tour and coming to Liverpool…Well it’s safe to say that we were able to pack down our anxiety and other problems so we could take our sister out and enjoy the day, you can read all about it here: Pusheen On Tour.

We also ate some Dr Pepper Candy Floss!

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Dr Pepper Candy Floss

Also my heart, the love of my life and my forever person turned 22 this year and now I’m only a month behind him, how crazy is that?! Years seems to be flying by lately and it’s really got me thinking about a lot of things. I wrote him a birthday message on my blog as a way for not only me but for my blog to wish him a BIG happy birthday. “A Happy Birthday Message To My Love.”

Heavenward - Hallow
Heavenward – Hallow

My, Hallow book arrived! And has made me even more excited to see my books by the amazingly talented Olga Gibbs. You can read my review of Olga Gibbs first book in ‘The Celestial Creatures’ series, Heavenward (which is currently free to purchase your e-copy). You can also check out my review of the second book Hallow and my review with the enchanting author herself! – An Interview with Olga Gibbs.

June Yoga Challenge
June Yoga Challenge

I also completed a 30 Day Yoga June challenge along with @Autisticfitchic and @Pagesplacesplates and @nyxiesnook who are three incredibly passonate -not to mention extraordinary- bloggers who too enjoy the benefits that yoga provides and I’m excited to be doing another challenge along side @Autisticfitchic and @Pagesplacesplates.

Yoga
Yoga

After being nominated 6 times for the 73 Vogue Question tag (which will be up later today) I have found out thanks to Pottermore I have been placed into the HufflePuff housing! So I guess I’m a fellow Hufflepuff for all those who ask 😀 .

I wrote a post on anxiety and the effect that it can have on our memory which you can check out here: Anxiety and Memory Loss.

I’ve done a guest post on Beforewegoblog.com called “Bookish Confessions.”

Emily Priest – Nicotine and Napalm

I also read and reviewed Emily’s enthralling and extraordinary compile of poems transformed into a beautiful and captivating book. You can check out my review and how to get your hands on your own copy of Emily’s amazing book, ‘Nicotine and Napalm.’

A sneak peak of one of Emily's poems from her book Nicotine and Napalm
A sneak peak of one of Emily’s poems from her book Nicotine and Napalm

I did my first ever Giveaway! One of a four part giveaway – (three more are coming your way).

Me and my boyfriend jogged half a mile and up a hill to capture and watch the first Summer Solstice sunset, the first sunset of summer! We brought Toby with us and all enjoyed a magical moment as the sky changed before our very eyes.

I have also done a tea syrup review for Yandra who not only bring to us all natural and lovely tasting tea but have now come out with a new syrup called ‘ Rose Simple’ Syrup. Check out my review HERE.

Yandra's Rose Simple Syrup
Yandra’s Rose Simple Syrup

Me and my boyfriend also rescued a baby hedgehog on the 19th June, it was so adorable! I now want a hedgehog. The poor thing was frozen in fear! So my boyfriend very carefully picked him/her up and we took it to a local park where we had spotted other hedgehogs and where there were wooded areas for it to hid in. We ended up nick naming him Sonic out of irony because of how slow he was, it took him a whole 10 minutes to walk off my boyfriend jacket and back onto solid land. Despite being scared at first, he very quickly got used to used to use and even poked his head out and starting sniffing us!

I bought two incredibly wonderful Lush Bath bombs (the dragon egg was by far my favourite smell!) One was so beautifully scented I have decided to live and die in that smell, my other bath bomb was just too pretty and glittery for words.

I also dyed my hair again! It’s still purple but now I have pink blended into the tips and it’s now kick started my addiction/obsession for dying my hair.

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A throwback selfie of me before I re-dyed my faded hair
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New hair

Despite all the challenges and struggles that July has to bring I am determined to make the most of this month. If you are struggling please, don’t be afraid to reach out to me, ALL conversations are confidential and non judgemental. If you aren’t looking for a conversation but rather just a listen ear, I con provide that for you too.

You can contact me here:

Facebook – LittleTinkablee

Twitter – @Tinkableeblog

Email – @Littletinkable@gmail.com

Pinterest – Littletinkablee

Instagram – @Littletinkablee

I hope you all have a great Monday and have an exceptional July a head of you!

The Long Road – By Daniel B. Oliver

The long Road is a debut novel written by a brilliantly talented author, Daniel B. Oliver. (5/5 stars -from me)

About the Author

Daniel Oliver has bachelor’s degrees in both Spanish and Physician Assistant Studies. In writing his debut novel, THE LONG ROAD, he drew inspiration from his experience as a Physician Assistant in a psychiatry ward and his own struggles with mental illness and hospitalizations.

 Oliver is a resident of Baltimore, Maryland, where he enjoys the single life–and the oysters.

Synopsis

Aspiring engineer Hank Galloway wants two things in life: to snag a coveted position working for NASA and to get an accurate diagnosis of his mental illness.

Hank doesn’t realise how serious his disorder is until he’s hospitalised following a mental breakdown near his California college. Medical experts try to give him answers but can’t provide him with the peace or relief he desperately craves. Despite their assurances, his mental health keeps deteriorating.

Hanks struggles don’t just affect him; they also threaten to derail his relationship with his girlfriend. Worse still, Hank’s overbearing father demands that he move back home to Georgia and go on disability. But that would mean giving up on his dream career, and Hank isn’t ready to do that, despite his fears of suffering another breakdown. Will, Hank, achieve his goal of sending ships beyond the stars, or is he destined to remain grounded?

My Review

(Now this isn’t a book I would usually pick up to choose and read however when the Author, Daniel, contacted me about viewing his book I was already instantly drawn to it and agreed to give a full honest review on his book. A few weeks after, his fascinating and simply, yet beautifully covered book came through my door with a lovely message in side).

The long Road is a wonderfully written novel about a young man named Hank, with a dream of working for NASA, Hank values his knowledge and seems to have a pretty good head on his shoulders in terms of career.

Hank is struggling to to chase his dream with a linger mental health illness that starts to take over and try to rule his life, in turn killing his dream job. He struggles to find his own identity while battling this unknown illness.

With a domineering and quite frankly in my eyes an abusive father, Hank is still a rather kind, thoughtful and very intelligent who comes from a very wealthy family, but flips into a slightly aggressive and paranoid young man with delusional episodes, like one flips a light switch and struggles to maintain friendships/relationships due to his mental illness and having incorrect diagnosis’s.


As soon as I picked this simple looking yet beautiful book up I was instantly drawn into Hanks mind and into the world he saw. Just reading through the first few pages it is clear that something was going on that had Hank fearing for his life.

The author really has done a fantastic job at drawing his readers into the mind of Hanks and into the mind of a young person struggling with an unknown mental health illness, while still trying to pursue his life long dream of working for NASA.

Daniel Oliver introduces us to Hank in a rather… action-packed, intriguing way. My firsts op on Hank was that he was a little overly paranoid, with his thoughts quickly turning dark and making him believe that people, including his friends were out to harm him in some way. But had a clear dream and goal in mind that he wanted no interruptions from and was ready and willing to accepts the medication prescribe to him in the hopes of helping him.

I found it to be an incredibly amazing, fast and easy read as I was led on Hanks journey to being diagnosed and found myself reading it with in three days (that’s on top of daily life, and extra bits in between) and think I could have easily read this in a day had I started reading it on the weekend!

I’d recommend this book to all my friends, family and views/readers!

This isn’t a book that I would usually typically read but I am so glad that Daniel had reached out to me about his book and sent me a copy for my honest review (I do apologise that it has taken me so long to write this review out, but I spent a good time doing a lot of mental health the past couple of weeks and less on reviews).

And once again I would like to state that I would never recommend a book to you that I didn’t fully and truthfully enjoyed myself. This has been one interesting and intriguing and emotional journey that I’m glad I was able to experience with Hank and know anyone else who picks up this great novel will too!

If you would like to check this book out for yourselves, then just CLICK HERE. (It’s currently free for Kindle Addition!)

Hallow – Book Review

Hallow – (The Celestial Creatures – book 2)

Hallow is yet another fantastically written book by a lovely and creative author, Olga Gibbs. Hallow is a Urban/Dark Fantasy novel and also the second book in a quadrilogy (a four book series) called the ‘Celestial Creatures Series.’

If you’d like to check out the first book Heavenward then ‘click here’ to be directed to my review of Heavenward where I share a link that directs you to your own FREE download of Heavenward, in celebration of the release of Hallow! Get it for free while you still can!

Hallow Synopsis:

Being one of the most formidable archangels with the power to end the world doesn’t serve you well if you don’t know how to use it.

Thrown into a battle of courts and factions, tangled in a web of intrigues and palatial games, naive Ariel is surrounded by powerful angels, chasing their own agendas.

There’s no one she can trust. Everyone stands to gain something from her death.

To avoid the blood battle that Baza brought to her door at Uras, Ariel retreats back to Apkallu (Earth) to find her little sister, but there heavenly battles and intrigues she flees follow her, as Baza’s immense hold on Apkallu forces Ariel and Rafe to make uncomfortable choices.

Ariel’s fight for survival if far from over and it looks like it’s going to be a deadly one.


Now before I get into things I’d like to start this review off by saying that I would never recommend a book to my reads/viewers if I hadn’t thoroughly enjoyed it myself and didn’t believe you, yourself would enjoy it too! And I will always share my honest opinions, also I plan on ordering my actual hard copy of the book soon, so expect new pictures when I do! So without further delay….


I was introduced to it by @FraserFunHouse who has been organising an amazing book tour for @Olga Gibbs. The ‘Hallow Blog Tour’ which had instantly caught my eyes.
27th February, I officially became part of the Hallow Blog Tour! Who kindly gave me a copy of the book Heavenward for free to get caught up with Hallow. Before starting this book I had been in a year reading funk. I hadn’t been able to find a single book that I liked or was interesting in for an entire year! It’s my fault really, I had spent a good year or two locked away in my house due to sever anxiety and just overall being in a really bad mental state after leaving high school and during that time all I did was read one book after the other, escaping reality and diving into a new and exciting world that was completely different from the one that I was in.

My review of Hallow:

After finishing Heavenward I was more than eager to read the second book Hallow which luckily thanks to being in such a wonderful blog tour I already had waiting there for me to read.

It’s been half a year since Ariel had been to earth… half a year spent with angels she once never even believe existed, half a year since that incident in the Science Lab. But she had a mission more than keeping herself safe until she was ready for battle, she was now looking for her little sister.

Photo Credits: my little sister (I think my little sister has a hidden talent!)

Olga doesn’t spare us from our feeling and instantly I am thrown into an emotional whirlwind and I won’t lie, a few tears escape while reading on through, being the ever emotional person that I can be. But more than that, Olga had once again instantly placed me into the mind and state of Ariel, were I felt what emotions where coursing through her at the time.

It seems that Ariel luck just keeps going down and down, the lower she felt, the lower I felt. However bad her luck was though I stayed cheering for Ariel knowing that there was a strength in side her she still didn’t understand, I was so happy that Rafe stuck by her and followed her on her journey, I won’t lie I’m rooting for Ariel and Rafe to hook up! I like Sam but I’m not as fond of his character really as I am with Rafe.

There are so many plot twists and turns that I never saw coming, I was left on the edge of my seating bouncing with anticipation with what was to come next. Olga has managed to once again do an outstanding job on writing this book and I can’t wait to read the next book. I’m not sure I can even take the wait! I’m honestly so in love with the ‘Celestial Creatures Series!’

(photo credits: my little sister (I think she might want to dabble in the art of photography!)

Hallow is an addictive series that I found very engaging, action-packed, exhilarating and at times tear-jerking. If you are looking for a Gripping page turner, then you’ve found it!

Olga has easily gotten another 5/5 Star rating from me, and in my eyes it’s a well deserved 5/5 starts. I have managed to be placed into the world that is Ariel’s, feeling her emotions as she tries to figure herself out while keeping those she cares for and more safe.

About the author


Olga Gibbs lives in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England. She was writing from the age of fifteen, mainly short stories and novellas and was a guest columnist for a local newspaper. When she is not dreaming up new adventures for her imaginary friends, she does outreach work with teenagers.

She is currently writing a second book in the “Celestial creatures” series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller book.

If you would like to get to know more about the author behind the books then you can ‘Click Here’ to be directed to my ‘Interview with Olga Gibbs’ where Olga kindly answers a few of my written questions, I really think you should give it a read as she has some wonderful and interesting answers! Find the meaning behind heavenward and understand the story better!

Author links

Website: https://olgagibbs.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/olgagibbsauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/olgagibbsauthor/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorOlgaGibbs/

Purchase Links:

Available to buy from (multi link): https://books2read.com/u/m2vkw6

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hallow-Celestial-Creatures-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07NY44KY7/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550908975&sr=8-1&keywords=hallow+olga+gibbs

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Hallow-Celestial-Creatures-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07NY44KY7/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=hallow+olga+gibbs%27&qid=1550909026&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

Guys if you are reading this and haven’t read heavenward yet but want you, then you are in luck! This incredible author has priced her first book FREE to download! That’s right you can get yours for FREE in celebration of the release of Hallow. Just ‘CLICK HERE’ to be directed to your free download of heavenward.

But please don’t just take my word for it! Check out these two amazing bloggers out for their review:

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Moxie – Book Review

I have been so excited about sharing my review for Moxie as Moxie is not the typical kinda of book I usually read and was definitely far off from the usual books I’m used to reading. Due to it not being the typical book that I read I do feel the need to say that it took me a little while to get into this book but once I did?…I didn’t want to put it back down.

To get your hands on your own novel of Moxie by Alex Poppe click on one of these links below:

Amazon UK:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Moxie-Alex-Poppe/dp/1948954028/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=moxie+alex+poppe&qid=1553607251&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spell

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Moxie-Alex-Poppe/9781948954020

I don’t usually add trigger warnings as most of the books I read usually do however for the sake of my readers who do need to avoid them I thought I’d add the following:

Suicide, Depression and Alcoholism

Synopsis ~

Jax, a magazine-cover model, has had half her face destroyed in a bomb blast. Drowning in whiskey and self-loathing, she must rebuild her life now that her beauty is gone. Part love letter to New York, part commentary on social justice issues, Moxie is a timely and raw portrayal of the sometimes self-destructive search for identity and redemption.


We are instantly thrown into the vicious and toxic thoughts that is Jax who is has sunken into a deep pit of depression and is currently engaging in her toxic and resentful thoughts as she walks her short journey to adopting her new rescue dog Moxie! However it isn’t long before her new rescue dog runs away whilst Jax is out taking her on a walk.

Distraught and worried out of her mind Jax then decides to embark on an unknown and adventurous journey in the hopes of finding her new rescue dog Moxie. Along the way New York shows her all the amazing, imperfect and quirky, colourful character’s it has to offer.

As I progressed through the heart wrenching story we start to notice that this journey quickly becomes less about finding her lost dog Moxie but rather it becomes a journey to self-discovery and finding the person she is behind all the beauty, the self-loathing and toxic thoughts as she spirals into an uncontrolled self-loathings and pity, fulled with the help of all the whiskey she consumed like a life line.

The horror and trauma that Jax has had to endure throughout her life is shown to us throughout this book as well as her short-term relationships that all seem to be solely sexually driven and lacking in any emotional human connection that all eventually has it’s own emotional effect on her, leaving her feeling more vulnerable and lower than before, she is left feeling lost and trying to figure out the life she now has to live.


When reading through as previously stated this wasn’t the typical kinda of book I’d pick up and try reading. But as soon as I was able to get into it, which really didn’t take that long once I stuck with it for a few days on and off, I was sucked into Jax’s world, into her body feeling her emotions. I was really connected with Jax as the main character and truly felt as though I was on that journey to self discovery myself.

At the start I thought of Jax as a very self-loathing and someone slightly too self involved and a very mean spirited woman, but upon reading further into her story and the challenges she has overcome as well as all the new ones she now has to face she stated to grow on my more and I began to connect and understand Jax a lot better, seeing her character grow and change into (in my opinion) a better person, a better woman for herself.

This book was well and truly written with raw emotion behind every word in every paragraph and made me feel more than I expected/wanted. It was a truly outstanding and intriguing read, just the title alone: ‘Moxie’ and the cover image (as much as hate judging a book by it’s cover I feel we are all slightly guilty of that in some ways) that just drew my attention and sparked my interest. The Synopsis alone was a truly intriguing read that made me want to read this amazing book in the first place.

The writing was easy to read and very engaging, with the novels deep and meaningful story that I truly feel as though this talented Author, Alex Poppe, had done an amazing job of dealing/tackling with some emotionally hard-hitting problems with really great page turners.

All her character appear to be flawed and imperfect in their own unique way which really makes them relatable . I can say I have honestly never read a book quite like Moxie before and I don’t regret the change in genre one bit!

This is one of the few page turning, heart wrenching books I could find myself re-reading again and again just to experience such an emotionally and mentally challenging adventure. I believe my readers/viewers would instantly get stuck into this story and love it! I’d never recommend any book I didn’t like to any one and so you can be rest assured that my thoughts and opinions on any book I share is a 100% honest (that especially goes for this one!) and wouldn’t do so if I didn’t truly believe that people reading this wouldn’t love this book too, even if this isn’t the typical book you usually read!

4/5 stars from me!

About The Incrediable Author: Alex Poppe

Author: Alex Poppe

Alex Poppe is the author of the debut novel Moxie (2019) and the story
collection Girl, World (2017). Girl, World was named a 35 Over 35 Debut Book Award
winner, First Horizon Award finalist, Montaigne Medal finalist, and was short-
listed for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize. It was also awarded an Honourable Mention
in General Fiction from the Eric Hoffer Awards. Her short fiction has been a
finalist for Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest, a nominee for the Pushcart
Prize, and commended for the Baker Prize. Her non-fiction was named a Best of
the Net nominee (2016), a finalist for Hot Metal Bridge’s Social Justice Writing
contest, and has appeared in Bust and Bella Caledonia. She is an academic writing
lecturer at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani and is working on her third
book of fiction with support from Can Serrat International Art Residency and
Asociacíon Cultural LINEA DE COSTA DUPLO Artist in Residency programs.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sapoppe
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Girl.World.Stories/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5101248.Alex_Poppe

None of this would have been made possible if not for the amazing @FraserFunHouse hosting yet another fantastic blog tour! Or for the brilliant author Alex Poppe for writing and sharing with the world such an fantastic, heart wrenching page tuner of a novel!

Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s review💜

Magic Pie – Children’s Book Review

A few weeks ago I had received A lovely package containing, Magic Pie by Robyn Embrey to review. A beautifully illustrated and written book made for children. I had received it wrapped up in lovely packaging and when I opened it up I was greeted with more than just the book! I’d been gifted with some colouring pages, some bookmarks and a bottle of fairy dust! How wonderful?

This enchanting rhyming children’s book takes us on Olly’s journey through magic land where he comes across some new friends who have already embarked on their own journey to find some magic to fix their own problems. All, Olly, wanted to do was make a magic pie! When they stumble across a Genie they knew they were in luck, however the Genie had a problem of his own. With the help of Olly they figure out a way to help each other and solve all problems!

This children’s book is full of magical character whom all share something in common… their need for magic. In need of help of help and no one else to turn to they all embark on this adventure together and go in search of the Genie that can grant them their wishes.

All the witty written rhymes that just so easily and naturally roll off the tip of your tongue making want to read more and more. The lovely colours and amazingly drawn illustrations makes it incredibly eye catching for children.

Now not having any children of my own I thought this book would be great for my god-daughter and so I asked my friend to read this book to her daughter and to let me know if she enjoyed it. Here’s the feed back I got:

Erin has just fallen in love with this book! I’m now being forced to read it to her at least once every night before putting to bed. She just loves the rabbit in the story and is now asking for a rabbit for her birthday.

I think this book is really good and it’s got my little girl obsessed with it. I can’t wait to see what other books

Over all I’d give this a 5/5 star rating. This is a fantastic book that everyone who reads to their children should check out and buy for their child/kids and I can’t wait to see what else the amazing Robyn will bring out next!

Click Here to be directed to amazon so you can add that book to your child/children’s shelves.

“Olly was in the kitchen, making magic pie; One to make him magic, and one to make him fly.”

Magic Pie ~ Robyn Embrey

Heavenward by Olga Gibba ~ Book Review

So here is my long over due review of heavenward. 5/5 stars from me!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heavenward-Dark-fantasy-Celestial-Creatures-ebook/dp/B07HCNK2M8/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=heavenward&qid=1554821699&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Heavenward is book one of the ‘Celestial Creatures Series’ a captivating and heavenly written book by an enchanting woman. Heavenward is an urban/dark fantasy and just book one out of a quadrilogy ( a four book series). Heavenward has also been placed as #1 Teen & YA Girls and Women Issues Nonfiction eBooks, #1 Teen & YA Folklore and Mythology eBooks and #9 Teen & YA Horror eBooks.

Before picking up this book I was introduced to it by @FraserFunHouse who has been organising an amazing blog tour for Olga Gibbs. The ‘Hallow Book Tour’ which had instantly caught my eyes. I have never done a blog tour before, being in my first month of blogging and all, but I’ve always loved books and I want the things I love to reflect onto my blog, so I saw this as a great opportunity to read an impressive looking/sounding book as well as doing something new and exciting while meeting other amazing bloggers/writers/aspiring writers.

when your kobo and kindle breaks but your laptop acts as a tablet too…🤗

27th February, I officially became part of the Hallow Book Tour! Who kindly gave me a copy of the book Heavenward for free to get caught up with Hallow. Before starting this book I had been in a year long reading funk. I hadn’t been able to find a SINGLE book that I liked or was interested in for an entire year! It’s my fault really, I had spent a good year or two locked away in my house and during that time all I did was read one book after the other, escaping reality and diving into a new and exciting world that was completely different from the one that I was in.

When reading the blurb of this book you are only introduced to Ariel a young girl who has lived an incredibly dark past and is forever haunted by the memories and a deep disturbing nightmare that leaves her questioning her sanity…not for the first time. The blurb also gives a very vague description of three other character in the book, however only referring to them as “three new students” I was left imaging anything I liked about the other characters to this intriguing book.

Heavenward takes us on Ariel’s journey as her lonely yet somewhat mundane life gets flipped upside down all because of three new mysterious students who suddenly start to attend her high school and attache themselves to her. Things start to become more complicated than Ariel ever could have dreamt… or have a nightmare about. When right is no longer right, wrong is no longer wrong and she no longer knows who to trust, she learns that some of those things her crazy mother believed in were real after all, among other things…and she has been thrown smack bag in the middle of it all by no fault of her own. With a war at hand and two devilishly handsome angels sworn to protect her she knows her life isn’t about to get any easier, the question was, could she handle it?

Struggling to accept the information thrown at her and her new future a head, Ariel continues to struggle with her own deep dark secrets. Who was really on her side, who just saw her as nothing but a pawn in a big game? Ariel may just have been thrown into a world/war too big for her to handle.

My Thoughts

Ariel sparks the side of us I feel most of us as young girls have experienced at one time or another. Weak, defenceless, scared, confused and unsure of the world around us and the people in. Yet through her journey we get to see Ariel’s character develop into a strong and more confident heroine and a fiery ball of pushed down emotions.

There are two other main character’s to this book, Sam and Rafe. Sam is a very forward and a very cocky angel who swears to protect Ariel at all costs. He’s portrayed as a ‘ladies man’ that enjoyed every second of attention that he got, both good and bad. I feel like the safety he so quickly offers and the comfort is what draws Ariel close to him.

Rafe is another character in the book and another angel that swears to protect Ariel for different reason than Sam. Although at the start he is described as, “quite fit for a nerd.” by her friend Annie, a passing character in the book. The attention isn’t draw much on Rafe for a while and the mystery behind his introduction and lack of ‘action’ drew me more to his character and really made me want to know more about him. However through the other half of the book he takes the readers full attention along with Ariel and I found him to be the exact opposite of Sam. Where, Sam, was almost carefree and far too cocky at times, Rafe was the complete opposite. Rafe is more standoffish, stern yet an incredibly caring character and my infatuation with him only grew stronger the further I read on.

Reading through this book left me feeling more emotions than I care to admit, I got way too caught up into it and I loved EVERY SINGLE second of it. I haven’t read a book that made me feel so much in just one sitting, but the author really knows how to draw her readers in!

Ending the book has left me wanting and NEEDING to read the next book, Hallow, just to find out more secrets, more about the war at hand, more about the relationships/ possible relationships that are being formed and how on Earth (and Heaven) Ariel is going to get through it all.

The book is written solely in Ariel’s POV making me feel as though I really connected with her and what she was going through, I felt every emotion that she felt while reading this book and I wish that the book didn’t have an end! I truly fell in love with all of the characters, I felt like I was experiencing what Ariel was experiencing and connecting with those who she connected with. I feel in love with the author’s writing style, the way she was able to gracefully and thurley describe every emotion and thought that ran through Ariel’s head and I fell in love with the Author herself and the world that she has created.

I have rated this book a 5/5 and have absolutely no intentions on changing my answer. Although there are some scene that are consider sensitive or gruesome to some, I believe even those who may find subjects sensitive or gruesome would enjoy reading this book and I couldn’t find a single thing I disliked about the book or the characters.

I have to admit… I’ve already read Hallow and have half of my review written out already and I can’t wait for you guys to read it on 4th May! This is one book you are not going to want to miss out on and right now you can download you’re copy of Heavenward RIGHT HERE for FREE!

I couldn’t help but share with you guys (because it’s seriously made my year) my signed copy of Heavenward.I was gifted with such a wonderful gift from the lovely author Olga Gibbs. This book had arrived on a rather emotional day and It almost made me cry when seeing & reading Olga’s words, it had really put a smile on my face that day and now it dose every time I look at it. I honestly have to say that I feel as though I have gained a friend in Olga and the other lovely women in her book tour as well as the wonderful woman hosting the amazing book tour @fraserfunhouse. And I’m so proud of my self and so happy that I step out of my comfort zone, put myself out there and joined in with this book tour and speak with amazing bloggers and authors. I’ve really been enjoying every second of it so far!

I hope this has made you all excited and ready to get your copy of Heavenward so you can be ready to read Hallow which comes out 1ST MAY! And if you would like to read more about the author behind the book as well as inspiration that caused Olga to create such a wonderfully written and engrossing book, then just CLICK HERE to read my author interview with Olga Gibbs herself.

Author Interview with Olga Gibbs

Before releasing my book review on heavenward and my post on joining the Hallow book tour and my experience with it, I thought I’d introduce the author herself. The wonderful and amazing writer of the captivating dark fantasy series ‘The Celestial Creatures’ Olga Gibbs was kind enough to take time out of her busy scheduled to answer a few questions for us, isn’t that great?

So, I understand that You’ve published a book called Heavenward (The first book in the Celestial Creatures series) and will soon be publishing another book following Heavenward, was that planned from the beginning or did inspiration for a book series hit you after you had finished writing Heavenward?

It was originally planned as a series. Although it was planned as a trilogy, but now it’s shaping up as four books series. I even have titles ready for each of the books in the series: “Heavenward”, “Hallow”, “Harbinger” and “Halo”.
“Heavenward” is a dark fantasy with elements of high fantasy and paranormal fantasy. “Hallow” is a dark urban fantasy with some paranormal elements, and the last two books will be high fantasy as I intend to take all the action into my fantasy realms, into my created worlds.

Could you share with us one or more of you’re writing ritual/s?

I write every day. Every day! Every single day that I don’t work, I pack my children off to school, have breakfast and sit down – ready to write. No excuses. No reason was ever good enough for not doing it. Even when I was ill (well, still sick). Every day. From 9am until at least 3pm – before children will get back from school and will need their mother – I will sit and write. Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes all that I will show for so many hours of work is just 500 words, sometimes even less, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that every day I have driven my story forward.
And I don’t begin to write without a plan. I have a rough plan, then make a more detailed one, might even expand it by the chapters (what will go where), but I don’t begin on my story until the plan is done – I hate wasting my time. You will see in the next two answers how valuable my time is!

Where did the inspiration behind Heavenward come from?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heavenward-Dark-fantasy-Celestial-Creatures-ebook/dp/B07HCNK2M8/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=heavenward&qid=1554821699&s=gateway&sr=8-1


At first I had my character – Ariel. I had her with me for a few years now. She lived with me, inside me and one day when I was ready to write, I wondered what I could do with her – for her. Some parts of her is me. Some of her stories are my stories; some of it is from my childhood and my hurt (sorry, that’s as much as I am prepared to share now).
Ariel lived an incredibly tough life and I wanted her to have something good for a change. I wanted to give her her power back and for a good measure to throw humanity in it, to put us at her mercy, to turn the table. I’ve written this book for all girls out there, like Ariel – like I was once – powerless at that moment, struggling, emotionally and mentally. With this book I wanted to tell them, that they’re an incredible universe of their own, an archangel, who can change the world if decided to do so. I wanted these girls to know that their past doesn’t have to define them – I make sure every day that it doesn’t define me.
I find it incredibly sad that there are almost no books for girls like Ariel. There are books written for adults who suffered abuse, but nothing to help girls to push through, to let them know that there’s no shame, to make them feel that they’re not alone – and that’s the main issues: self-loathing, guilt, hate and utter isolation.
This topic is not appropriate for YA market (or so I was told), so here we are.
But I didn’t want to write a realistic book about Ariel’s abuse. I feel that someone who never lived through such things wouldn’t want to read about it, the way it would come out of me would be too disturbing. (You’ve read this book, right? And it’s me diluting it for the YA market), and girls, who lived through it, would never want to relive it, so that how this book became a fantasy.  But I felt it was important to give Ariel a voice, to speak about the abuse that some girls are suffering on a daily basis.
“Heavenward” is a story of empowerment and the promise of hope.  

What do you like to do in your spare time if you aren’t reading or writing?

I have very little spare time. I am writing every hour God sent. I read. I have family: husband and two teenage daughters, who need my support and guidance every day (and help with homework for GCSE year). I work part-time as a supply teacher in a secondary school and as a facilitator for the fantastic charity called “Juno Project”, which is operates in Sussex and is chaired by amazing woman, who I am proud to call my friend, Ali Golds. I am very passionate about this charity. The “Juno Project” provides support and empowers the girls, who are at risk from being excluded from school, to achieve their goals in spite of their challenges. Unfortunately, my illness precluded me from taking groups this academic year, but I am planning to get back swinging towards end of this year.

What does your family think of your writing? Have any of them read your book?

My family is very supportive of my writing. My husband always has encouraged me to write, but after I’ve read a few excerpts from “Hallow” to him, he thinks that I should drop all my other work engagements and spend my time only writing – honing my craft, so to speak. Both my girls read my book. The eldest has read both of my books and helped me with the first book a fair bit, mainly encouraging me, re-reading some parts back to me and quizzing me, challenging me, demanding me to do better. The youngest started reading “Heavenward” but she didn’t go past the scene of essence waking in Ariel. She teared up a bit there and said that doesn’t want to read any further. Fair enough. I always thought that if the book doesn’t bring you pleasure, you should close it and move on. Well, for me that applies to every book, apart from academic or research literature and documents.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Heavenward? And
do you hear from your readers much? What kind of things do they say?

I guess I was surprised to find out that I have such a great imagination – to create these worlds, creatures, clothing, and disturbing to think how dark my imagination can go – how twisted it can be, and that me trying to hold myself back as I still had YA book parameters to work within.
Very rarely a reader might write and say that they have enjoyed the book – I only had two to date – but these messages make me feel that I have done well and I have achieved that I set out to achieve. I love to see that some understood and saw (maybe read between the lines) what I was trying to do.

What would you say was your Kryptonite? What do you dislike writing about?

To write anything sweet and “plushy”. Cutesy things, romance, comedy, happily-ever-after stories – I don’t know how to do that. My impulse is to throw my characters into deep waters, with sharks circling them, and watch them swim. Or maybe they will drown each other?

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the good and bad ones?

That’s a very tricky one, every author will attest to that. I am tempted to read reviews, but for the last few months, I was learning and keeping myself away from all review platforms. With my logical mind, I know and understand that I can’t please everyone, nobody can – that’s simply impossible, but my heart wants to see and read reviews. I want to know if the years of my life and work have paid off, if baring myself to the world was worth the gamble. But I am learning to stay away – just to protect myself. It’s a simple self-preservation.

If you had to describe your main character in three words what would those three words be?

Difficult, broken, unapologetic.

What were the key challenges you faced when writing Heavenward?

The biggest challenge was to tone the story down for YA market (and I think I have miserably failed still). I wanted to write this book for girls of age 12-18 – this book is for them. For the girls, who may need this book so they don’t feel alone, for the girls who need to believe in themselves. This book is for them.

What was your highlight writing heavenward?

The readers who said that it’s the best book they have ever read (or even if it’s just the best book this year). The readers who have appreciated the story and understood what I was trying to do.

And lastly (I swear this is the last question I have) Do you have any piece of advice or favourite quote you could share with aspiring author’s such as myself?

Just two: “Grow a thicker skin if you want to publish your story” and “don’t wait for an inspiration to hit you – start working and the muse will come”.

Wow! Thank you, Olga, for sharing with us today. I can’t speak for everyone but I can speak for myself and I have to say this is one book that helped me out of a year reading funk, kept up at night and had my emotion rushing in a whirlwind while reading through it. Considering you’ve made it to #1 in Amazon I think it’d be safe to assume that your book has reached many women and young girls who are falling in love with your story and the world that you have built within your book.

If you would like to check out the book you can now download your copy FOR FREE. That’s right, in early celebration for the release of Hallow you can now get the #1 in amazon for Teen & Young Adult girls & Women Issues Nonfiction eBooks and #1 in Teen & Young Adult Folklore & Mythology eBooks! So don’t waste anytime and CLICK HERE to be directed to your free copy. And stay tuned for the release of the next book Hallow and my book review on it.

Also if anyone would like to check out the charity ‘ The Juno Project’ then please CLICK HERE to be directed to their site.