Thank you so much to Olga Gibbs and to Mel from https://frasersfunhouse.com/ for the opportunity to participate in this blog-tour and for an ARC copy of Heavenward in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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Meet Ariel: a quiet, unnoticeable girl with an incredible gift…
Ariel is a trouble teen, plagued by nightmares and living in a facility for troubled girls. When three new beautiful pupils appear in school, each making Ariel wary for reasons unknown, she knows something isn’t right. After an attempt on her life by one and being rescued by another, she begins to discover who she really is and that not everyone is who they may seem.
Unwillingly drawn into a new world filled with celestial conflict, it’s time for Ariel to choose a side;
With the power to end the world, would you protect humanity when it broke you or would you take revenge?
When I started blogging book reviews I decided to try to expand my genres of choice so when an opportunity came up to join a blog-tour of a young adult, fantasy novel I was well out of my comfort zone and totally up for the challenge. I was always concerned that I’d struggle with fantasy. So many new worlds, names and often intricate story-lines would possibly be too difficult for me to follow and I’d be lost. How wrong I was ?
Before reading I tried to put myself into 14-year-old me’s shoes and this worked really well for reading it as a young adult would.
Heavenward begins as many young adult novels by following Ariel in her daily, troubled life. The story beautifully tells of the typical high school crowd; the cliques, the teenage angst etc and the use of first person really puts you in the view of the main protagonist (Ariel). Part way into the book the fantasy element really kicks in and takes you on a magical journey to other worlds. The description in this book is rich and plentiful and creates a beautiful picture in your mind as you are reading. It was easy to get sucked into the lavish life that Ariel is introduced to – which is exactly what begins to happen to Ariel. Just when I was getting comfortably settled into this new world, the story became more sinister and an unexpected twist arrives. Things take a drastic turn for the worst and that same rich description is then used to create some pretty gory and intense scenes.
This particular description played on my mind for days, like some bad dream that I couldn’t shake off.
The ending was at the perfect time. Just enough information to stop me from going crazy but at a point where I definitely need to know more about Ariel’s adventures and the potential brewing love triangle.
I’m so pleased I decided to step out of that comfort zone as I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and am now looking forward the release of the second installment in the Celestial Creatures series.
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
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