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

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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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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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‘Beauty in a Bottle’, Generation Skincare*

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Who can say no to new products? I am always on the lookout for products to try, you never know what you might come across. An email recently dropped in my inbox from Generation Skincare introducing their New Facial Serum; they call it ‘Beauty in a Bottle‘, with a request to review on An Ocean Glimmer. When they mentioned the lovely Sweet Orange scent, I couldn’t resist!

‘Generation A’ Facial Serum is a lightweight, all-natural serum that contains Vitamin B, C and E, Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid. Vitamin C helps to prevent signs of ageing before they even begin, to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. Alongside the Vitamin CHyaluronic Acid works to retain water and to keep the skin super hydrated.

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Book Review // The Colonel and the Bee

I was recently contacted by Patrick Canning, to read and review one of his books, The Colonel and the Bee. After reading the blurb, I was very intrigued! It sounded like my type of book and genre to read. I am always on the search for new books to read and I’m always willing to try new books. My book reviews have decreased a little over the last couple of months. Unfortunately, I haven’t participated in many Book Blog Tours.

Not only did the blurb sell The Colonel and the Bee to me but these two snappy reviews:

Around the World in Eighty Days meets Wizard of OzLara Croft, steampunk style.

I am really happy to share with you The Colonel and the Bee and my review, of course, like my normal reviews I will be sharing the full blurb and bio for the author. At the moment this is the only book review I have lined up for the next month. It seems like Book Blog Tours have gone silent on the books I am interested in. I might just have to read and review the books I’ve had on my Goodreads to-read shelf for a little while.

I hope you enjoy this review, shall we begin?

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Review: My Personalised Case

Just over a month ago, I upgraded my phone from a Samsung Galaxy S7 to their latest model the S9, of course, this meant I needed a new case to protect my phone! I am a massive sucker for great and reasonable priced phone cases, it can be quite hard to find one that matches my style. There are so many on the market, how do you choose between them all?

What if there was a service where you can personalise your own case? It takes all the searching out of the equation for you, you’re able to decorate the case however you like. Want to include a family favourite photo? How about a cute image of your pet? Even something simple like a fancy print with your initials. There are a few companies out there that can provide this service.

When My Personalised Case contacted me about a collaboration, I jumped at the chance!

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Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen

Can you believe the weather we’ve had recently!? Finally, Spring has come to the UK. It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for it to warm up, it wasn’t that long ago that the UK was six feet under snow and we grounded to a halt. Now with this mini heatwave, everyone has been enjoying themselves out in the sun. Whilst it’s nice to be outdoors, enjoying the weather, it’s important to stay protected from the harmful UV rays which can cause skin cancer.

There are a lot of different sunscreens to chose from and this can make it confusing, to help you understand the best sunscreen for your skin, there are different guides out there. Especially as they aren’t all created equally and some have better protection than others. With having fair skin, I am always using sunscreen as I’m more sensitive to the sun and I’ve learnt the hard way in the past. Having sunburn can be really painful and increases the risk of skin cancer.

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Book Review // The Development

May is definitely turning into a good month! I’m excited to be sharing with you today my thoughts on The Development by Jackie Kabler. I’m trying my hardest to read at least one book each month, to reach my Goodreads Reading Challenge of fifteen books in 2018. This month is very strong for this as I’m participating in three different Blog Book Tour. First, I read The Planetsider, then I read SHINE, I planned these well seeing as it’s Get Caught Reading Month.

This blog book tour is hosted by Jenny Marston, over at Neverland Blog Tours, I have found some new loves since participating in book tours. Today is no different as I am the first stop on The Development Blog Tour hosted by Jenny, I am also sharing today with Oh Hay! Blogs and Everywhere & Nowhere so please check out their blogs to read what they thought.

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Book Review // SHINE

How are you all enjoying Get Caught Reading Month so far? If you missed my post last week, you won’t know anything about what I just asked you! Get Caught Reading Month is a nationwide campaign to promote the fun of reading books for all ages. I won’t go into too much detail here, as I spoke quite a lot about it within the post.

Today, I am sharing my thoughts on SHINE thanks to participating in the Book Blog Tour hosted by The Book Publicist, I am the fifth stop on the Blog Tour. Now before I get into my review, I just wanted to speak a little about SHINE this is definitely a book that is a little different from the normal books I read. I love anything Supernatural, Thriller and even Mystery but this is completely opposite at non-fiction.

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