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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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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Book Review // Avian

I hope you’re all having a lovely September! Here is my first Blog Blitz in a little while, one I am definitely happy to be apart of as only recently did I read the first book in the series Skeletal. A book that I fell in love with, now I’m looking forward and really excited to read the sequel Avian. I’m really thankful to Emma Pullar for this opportunity to read Avian.

This blog book tour is hosted by Sarah Hardy, over at Bloodhound Books, I have found some new loves since participating in book tours. Today is no different as I am on the second day on the Avian Blog Blitz by Emma, I am also sharing the Blog Blitz with Rae Reads, Sean’s Book Reviews, Me and My Books and The Misadventure of a Reader, please give them some love!

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Book Review // The Last Straw

I know recently I haven’t participated in many Book Blog Tours, there haven’t been very many I wanted to participate in because they haven’t been my type of genre. Also, there will be no more Blogger Book Nook on An Ocean Glimmer which I am a little upset about as I really enjoyed participating in these. If you have missed any of these posts, you can catch up with them all here.

Moving on, I have a couple of book reviews in the pipeline, I adore reading but recently it’s been really hard to find the spare time to read. July and August have truly been two of the busiest months of this year and I hope things start to calm down a little. Today I am sharing with you my thoughts on The Last Straw, the second book in the Pigeon Blood Red Series from Ed Duncan.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Being nominated for a blogger award is always an amazing feeling! I always get excited when I receive the notification and a few days ago was no difference. The blogging community is amazing and I just want to say a thank-you for nominating me, Samantha from Always Believe in a Miracle for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Book Review // Preceded by Chaos Vol-1

I hope you’re all having a lovely June! Can you believe it’s already halfway through the month? Now it gets excited as next week I’m going home and then the week after I’m at Silverstone for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. Here is my first book review and blog book tour of the month. One that I’m actually really excited to be a part of because I’ve fallen in love with this book!

This blog book tour is hosted by Faye Rogers, over at Authoright, I have found some new loves since participating in book tours. Today is no different as I am the third stop on Preceded by Chaos Blog Tour hosted by Faye, I am also sharing the blog book tour with Big Book Little Book and Carry on Beautiful so please check out their blogs to read what they thought.

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Blogger Book Nook #9 // Time Machine

I swear 2018 is going really quick, like can you believe it’s already May. This month is going to be a busy and hopefully fun one, I’m going to be creating some great memories this month with Yasmine. A new month means there’s a new Reading Challenge created by the Blogger Book Nook. This month’s Reading Challenge is a little different and something special.

May is the birthday month for both Tabitha and Abbey, Happy Birthday to the both of you! Meaning they wanted to pick their favourite genre Historical Fiction. Hop in your time machine and pick a read that’s set in the past – whether it’s as early as the 90’s or if you go back thousands of years, the choice is yours! I’m excited to indulge in a book of this genre, as it’s definitely an interesting genre.

We receive our monthly Reading Challenge from either Abbey or Tabitha, two of the kindest girls, on the Facebook page. Here we have some great conversations and are able to talk books! This is also the perfect opportunity to get to know new bloggers, ones that have a similar interest, books and reading.

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