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:

Books In The SkyeL

Katy Rose Blogs

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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