Saturday, 30 June 2018

Mini Reviews: Thunderhead & The Belles


I don't have a full book review for you guys this week, however, why not share a few mini reviews with you instead?

I have read a few good books recently and the two I am going to be talking about today really stood out to me and lets just say....I devoured them both! 

What books have you read recently that have stood out? Please do let me know.

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman
Published by: Walker Books
Released: 3rd May 2018
Page Count: 528
Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci Fi

The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe—it does not like what it sees.

A year has passed since Rowan had gone off grid. Since then, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent.

As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the “new order.” But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change.

Will the Thunderhead intervene?

Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?


Oh my god! I am absolutely obsessed with the Arc of a Scythe series and although I had to wait a while to read Thunderhead it was definitely worth it. 

Thunderhead picks up a year after the events of the first book - Scythe and we see Rowan has become a vigilante killing off corrupt Scythes and Citra, as Scythe Anastasia gleaning with compassion and trying to challenge the ideals of the 'new order'. When her life is threatened and her gleaning methods questioned it soon becomes clear that not everyone is open to change. Will the Thunderhead intervene or just watch as this so called perfect world starts to fall apart?

This was the perfect sequel to Scythe and I was hooked from the offset! I was so happy to be back in this intriguing world and with characters I grew to love. The fact that we got to see deep into the Thunderhead was incredible and I somewhat started to love it? The plot itself was full of shocking twists and turns (especially one moment) and the ending will leave you in pieces. I cannot wait for book three. I need it NOW!


The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Published by: Gollancz
Released: 8th February 2018
Page Count: 434
Genre: YA Fantasy

In the opulent world of Orléans, the people are born grey and damned, and only a Belle's powers can make them beautiful.

Camellia Beauregard wants to be the favourite Belle - the one chosen by the queen to tend to the royal family.

But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers may be far greater - and far darker - than she ever imagined.

When the queen asks Camellia to break the rules she lives by to save the ailing princess, she faces an impossible decision: protect herself and the way of the Belles, or risk her own life, and change the world forever.

I had heard a lot of amazing things about The Belles and when I saw a copy in my local library I knew I had to check it out. I was excited to see if it lived up to all the buzz surrounding it.

In the world of Orléans people are born grey and damned. Only a power of a Belle can make them beautiful again. Camellia Beauregard wants to be the favourite Belle, chosen by the Queen to tend to the royal family. Once Camellia and her fellow Belles arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything it's cracked up to be. Behind the palace walls lie dark secrets and Camellia soon learns that her powers may be far darker than she ever imagined. 

Wow! What a book! It was absolutely incredible! The concept behind it fascinated me and it really did throw a twist onto the topic of beauty and what is perceived as 'beautiful' - something that most people struggle with. Plot-wise it was perfectly executed and because of this I didn't want to put it down. There were twists and turns that shocked me and I'm sure will shock you. The world-building and description was stunning and ahh! I have found a new series to obsess over most certainly.

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