Book Review // The Devil’s Apprentice*

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I’m excited to be a part of today’s blog book tour. Today, I am reviewing The Devil’s Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen, on the third day of the blog book tour hosted by R&R Book Tours. I am also sharing the blog book tour with B is for Book Review I’m All About Books, J Bronder Book Reviews and The Faerie Review, please give them some love!

Before we start my review and what I thought, let’s read the book bio for background context.

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The Devil’s Apprentice? Let me tell you a little bit about it;

Philip is a good boy, a really good boy, who accidentally gets sent to Hell to become the Devil’s heir. The Devil, Lucifer, is dying and desperately in need of a successor, but there’s been a mistake and Philip is the wrong boy. Philip is terrible at being bad, but Lucifer has no other choice than to begin the difficult task of training him in the ways of evil. Philip gets both friends and enemies in this odd, gloomy underworld—but who can he trust, when he discovers an evil-minded plot against the dark throne?

I was a bit unsure about The Devil’s Apprentice at first, it is a little different from the books I normally read but I’m always open to exploring new genres. From the very first moment, I was sucked in! I was completely absorbed in this fantastical world Kenneth created. A book where you can get lost in is truly magical! I love just escaping from the normal world to one far, far away and completely different from what I know.

I always adore great characters, they always set the mood for a good book as well as the world. There’s a lot of different characters you meet and get attached to, there’s a lot of dark humour and it gets you thinking about good vs bad. I love how the original was in Danish, it’s great to see it translated into English! It flows really well I know sometimes once translated from one language to another, the whole mood can change.

It is no surprise to hear how popular this book is in Denmark, I believe it will do great things in its English version too. There is a lot of eye-opening parts for me while reading The Devil’s Apprentice, Phillip struggles with his identity throughout the book as he was not supposed to go to hell! He is the complete opposite of the people around him, with the book discussing the right and wrong as well as how the lines are blurred.

I was left with one question: Is evil necessary for good and for the balance of the universe?

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Philip had never contemplated what Hell might look like, or if it even existed, because he’d never figured he’d wind up down there. So it came as a bit of a shock for him to step through the colossal gate.

The first thing he saw was the fire. It raged everywhere. Shot up from cracks in the dry earth as if the entire place had been built upon a gigantic, erupting volcano. Some flames were as tiny as the flicker of a candle, others were as high as the columns on a Greek temple.

The other thing he noticed was the noise. The scorching air was alive with pained screams, snapping whips, angry roars, shrill laughter, and sounds of howling and begging that drowned out even the noise of the gate’s hasps locking behind them.

Other than that, the place actually reminded him a bit of an ordinary village. Narrow winding streets, and pretty houses with well-tended front lawns sat side by side. People strolled on the sidewalk, nodding politely at one another or pausing to exchange a few words about… well, the heat, Philip supposed. Apart from the horns on their foreheads and their long capes, they looked like regular people.

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How about a little about the author, Kenneth B. Andersen;

Kenneth was born in Denmark in November 1976, he began writing when he was a teenager. His first book was a really awful horror novel titled Nidhug’s Slaves. During the next 7 years, he wrote nearly 20 novels – all of which were rejected – while working as a school teacher. The rest of the time he spent writing.

In 2000 he published his debut fantasy book, The Battle of Caïssa, and that’s when things really took off. Since then he’s published more than thirty-five books for children and young adults in genres ranging from fantasy to horror and science fiction.

You can follow Kenneth B. Andersen on Twitter, FacebookInstagram
as well as his official website.

There are a lot of bloggers on The Devil’s Apprentice Blog Tour so I would love for you to check out their reviews! You can do this by following Shannon on Twitter, as she will be retweeting the reviews. As well as clicking through the links below in the Blog Tour Schedule, there is a range of reviews and excerpts, check out:

Monday 19 August
Reads & Reels: http://readsandreels.com
The Magic of Wor(l)ds: http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com
Jessica Belmont: https://jessicabelmont.wordpress.com/
Gwendalyn’s Books: https://gwendalynbooks.blog/

Tuesday 20 August
YA/NA Book Divas: http://www.yabookdivas.com/
Ity Reads Books (Review) http://www.ityreadsbooks.home.blog
Reviews and Promos by Nyx (Review) https://nyxblogs.wordpress.com/
Quirky Cats Fat Stacks (Review) https://quirkycatsfatstacks.com/

Wednesday 21 August
B is for Book Review: https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com
The Faerie Review: http://www.thefaeriereview.com
I’m All About Books: https://imallaboutbooks.com/
J Bronder Book Reviews: https://jbronderbookreviews.com/

Thursday 22 August
Jaunts & Haunts: https://jonathanpongratz.com/
Shalini’s Books and Reviews: https://bookreviewsbyshalini.com/
The Bookworm Drinketh: http://thebookwormdrinketh.wordpress.com/
I Love Books and Stuff: https://ilovebooksandstuffblog.wordpress.com
My Bookish Bliss: http://mybookishbliss.com
Didi Oviatt: https://didioviatt.wordpress.com/

Friday 23 August
Breakeven Books: https://breakevenbooks.com
Entertainingly Nerdy (Review) https://www.entertaininglynerdy.com
Cats Luv Coffee: https://catsluvcoffeez.blogspot.com/
Lunarian Press: https://www.lunarianpress.com/

Please give some love to Kenneth B. Andersen and if you can not wait any longer to read it for yourself, you can buy The Devil’s Apprentice to read in Ebook (Kindle Format) or Paperback from Amazon. You can also find it on Goodreads now! One last thing, for your chance to win a digital copy of The Devil’s Apprentice, click here now!

I hope you have enjoyed this little review! I highly recommend The Devil’s
Apprentice 
if you love a good fantasy.

Also, make sure to follow me on my blog (in the sidebar) and don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Love Gemma x

Introduction to: Canon EOS M100

One of the reasons I adore being a blogger is the opportunity to take photographs. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a camera in my hands. This love has opened loads of doors for me from attending the British Touring Car Championship Media Launch and becoming one of the first official photographers for Race Makers. I adore taking photos for An Ocean Glimmer, I could spend hours just moving props around and thinking about the images.

Over the past couple of months, I have been looking for a new camera, I wanted to step up from my previous one to a compact DSLR. I’ve had experiences with DSLR cameras throughout college and university, but knew this would be too big for personal photos. I’ve even borrowed Dad’s on occasions, I love having the options with the different lenses. That’s why I knew I needed a compact DSLR, the perfect portable package, now where do I start looking!

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Book Review // Discoucia & Gemenicia*

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I’m excited to be a part of today’s blog book tour. I’m really treating you today, as this is a double blog book tour for me, as I’ll be reviewing book one and two of the Alavonia series by Nicholas Lovelock, Discoucia and Gemenicia. I am the eighth stop on the blog book tour hosted by Faye Rogers over at Authoright. There are a lot of bloggers on the Discoucia & Gemenicia Blog Tour so I would love for you to check out their reviews! You can do this by following Faye on Twitter, as she will be retweeting the reviews.

Before we start my review and what I thought, let’s read both of the book bios for background context.

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Book Review // Beauty’s Curse*

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I’m very pleased to share my second blog book tour in two months!

I’ve been slacking recently but I’m back and raring to go. I’m excited to be a part of this blog book tour, it’s crazy how much you miss something until it reappears back in your life. Today, I am reviewing Beauty’s Curse by C. S. Johnson, on the fourth day of the blog book tour hosted by R&R Book Tours. I am also sharing the blog book tour with Reading Nook, The Bookworm Drinketh and Tsarina Press, please give them some love!

Before we start my review and what I thought, let’s read the book bio for background context.

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MyGeekBox MCM Comic Con Exclusive

Here we are, the second geeky goodness post in last than a week! Today I am sharing with you MyGeekBox, a monthly themed box full of geeky goodness, of course, as the name suggests. This was the second box I picked up at MCM Comic Con back in March when I visited Birmingham NEC. I’m not going to go into too much detail here, but if you are interested, then head over here for more.

The first box I unboxed was from ZBOX if you’re interested to see what I received, then head over here for the full unboxing.

Here is what I received in the MyGeekBox MCM Comic Con Exclusive.

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ZBOX MCM Comic Con Exclusive

It’s no surprise I am a massive geek! I definitely need to add more of this content to An Ocean Glimmer. Back in March, I visited Birmingham NEC for the second time in six months to attend MCM Comic Con Birmingham 2019. I fell in love with it so much in November, I just had to go again! I spoke about this in my Monthly Favourites for March 2019, head over here for more.

Of course, I couldn’t go to Comic Con without picking up a couple of items! Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing a couple of posts. If you love geeky goodness, then stay tuned. Today, I’ll be introducing you to ZBOX, a monthly themed box, filled to the brim with memorabilia. I couldn’t resist picking up this box! I’ve heard such good things about them, it also always feels like Christmas when you open one.

Here is what I received in the ZBOX MCM Comic Con Exclusive.

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Book Review // Collection of the Negatives*

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Here we go, my first blog book tour in what seems like forever! I know I’ve been slacking on these, but recently there has been nothing I wanted to read. Until I came across R&R Book Tours, and the lovely Shannon, the brains behind this. I’ve already signed up for blog book tours over the next couple of month, keep your eyes peeled for those. I cannot wait to share my reviews with you.

I’m excited to be a part of this blog book tour, it’s crazy how much you miss something until it reappears back in your life. Today, I am reviewing Collection of the Negatives by Violet St. Karl, on the fifth and final day of the blog book tour hosted by R&R Book Tours. I am also sharing the blog book tour with Port Jerricho (Review)Eclectic Review (Review) and J Bronder Book Reviews (Review) , please give them some love!

Before we start my review and what I thought, let’s read the book bio for background context.

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Review of the Samsung Galaxy Watch

Technology has become a massive part of our everyday lives. We’re all wanting to create a smart environment. From being able to turn on our heating with a touch of a button on our phone and with voice control, enable Spotify to play our favourite song. Today I wanted to chat about my experience just over six months in to using the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

I have wanted a smart watch for a little while, I previously had a Sony Smart Watch, but unfortunately, that didn’t last long. Also it was bulky and didn’t really look like a watch. As a lover on Samsung and Android, it was no wonder I picked up the Galaxy Watch, it connects easily to my phone and in Rose Gold, looks pretty good. I couldn’t say no to Rose Gold!

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Current Netflix Top Picks // April 2019

Netflix has been killing it recently! They have some amazing programmes and movies you should definitely watch. I pretty much watch something day in, day out on Netflix. I have been truly addicted to some, weekends are great as I pretty much watch a whole season in one sitting. Before you realise there are no more episodes and you’re waiting five months for the next season.

The last time I shared my Favourite Netflix Series was back in December 2017! A lot has happened and changed since then, now is a perfect time to share my Current Netflix Top Picks. I’m really excited to share these with you today, please let me know down in the comments if you’ve watched any of these yourself. They’re all pretty different from one another, I love the diversity of programmes.

Moving from Winter to Spring is probably the wrong time of year, it’s great watching Netflix during the colder months. It’s lovely sitting on the sofa, with a blanket, maybe even cuddling up with your loved one and watching a movie on Netflix, or even binge-watching one of their many series. Now it’s starting to warm up, I will be watching less so hopefully nothing much good and exciting comes out!

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Must-See Movies of 2019

Around this time last year, I shared my Must-See Movies of 2018. I am such a film buff, I adore anything from family and action to fantasy and sci-fi. 2018 was a great year for movies, some of my favourites were Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War and Venom, they really killed it with all the movies. Some failed at the box office whereas others were a massive hit, I’m looking at you Black Panther.

For 2019, I thought I would do the same and share with you my Must-See Movies of 2019 because let me tell you now, there are some big ones coming out this year! Also, I think 2019 will be the year I go back to my childhood, you’ll find out in a moment what I mean by that. There is definitely a long list of movies for 2019, I’ve had to control myself and limit this list to eight. If I went anymore, we would be here for weeks.

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