Book Review // The Devil’s Apprentice*

[AD GIFTED]

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.

Book Cover.jpg

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?

Excerpt

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.

Kenneth Andersen.jpg

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

Monthly Goals // June 2019

Goodbye May, Hello June!

I hope you’ve had a lovely start to June. As it’s the beginning of a new month, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the Goals I set myself at the beginning of May. Then create new Goals for June, I’m really excited about the upcoming month. I already have loads planned! I don’t think I’m home for one single weekend, it’s going to be a long but fun month.

As I explained recently in my 2019 Personal Goals Update, creating new Goals each month helps you to stay on top of what you want to achieve for the year. If you want to see what I got up to in May, I have shared my adventures in my Monthly Favourites // May 2019 here. It’s great to review and reflect each month, sometimes you even forget what you’ve done.

Continue Reading

Book Review // Discoucia & Gemenicia*

[AD GIFTED]

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.

Continue Reading

Book Review // Beauty’s Curse*

[AD GIFTED]

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.

Continue Reading

Monthly Goals // May 2019

Goodbye April, Hello May!

I hope you’ve had a lovely start to May, is the month treating you well? As it’s the beginning of a new month, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the Goals I set myself at the beginning of April. Then create new Goals for May, I’m really excited about the upcoming month. I already have loads planned! May will surely be a great month with everything I have planned.

As I explained recently in my 2019 Personal Goals Update, creating new Goals each month helps you to stay on top of what you want to achieve for the year. If you want to see what I got up to in April, I have shared my adventures in my Monthly Favourites // April 2019 here. It’s great to review and reflect each month, sometimes you even forget what you’ve done.

Continue reading “Monthly Goals // May 2019”

Book Review // Collection of the Negatives*

[AD GIFTED]

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.

Continue Reading

Monthly Goals // April 2019

Goodbye March, Hello April!

How was your March? I hope you had a lovely start to Spring. Today I am going to be reflecting on the Goals I set myself at the beginning of March. Then creating new Goals for the upcoming month of April. Creating new Goals each month helps you to stay on top of what you want to achieve for the year. There’s something about it that makes me more determined to achieve them.

Continue Reading

Monthly Goals // March 2019

Goodbye February, Hello March!

I hope February treated you well and that you had a lovely month. Today I am going to be reflecting on the Goals I set myself at the beginning of February. Then creating new Goals for the upcoming month, I love reflecting and creating new Goals each month, there’s something about it that makes me more determined to achieve them.

Creating Goals for each month allows you to be on target while keeping your yearly Goals in mind. Your Goals can be a lot easier to achieve if you think about them monthly. Each of my monthly Goals are created with my bigger Goals in mind, for the hope that one day I would achieve everything. If you don’t create monthly Goals, I would recommend starting now.

Continue Reading

Monthly Goals // February 2019

It’s February, can you believe how quick the year is going? I have had a lovely January, I hope the past month has treated you well. Today I am going to be reflecting on the Goals I set myself at the beginning of January. I love reflecting and creating new Goals each month, there’s something about it that makes me more determined to achieve them.

There are no resolutions for me, it’s all about setting Goals to succeed throughout the year. My Monthly Goals always relate to the bigger picture of my Personal Goals and Blogging Goals for the year. I love creating new Goals, it’s just something about them, it also makes sure you’re on target and also it’s helpful to keep remembering the bigger picture and those Goals.

Continue Reading

Monthly Goals // January 2019

Happy, Happy New Year. I hope January is treating you well, here we are a new month and of course a New Year. Things are going to continue being the same here on An Ocean Glimmer, I enjoy writing the content and I hope you enjoy reading. I’m really hopeful for 2019, there are a lot of good things to come. Today I am going to be reflecting on the Goals I set myself at the beginning of December.

I love reflecting and creating new Goals each month, there’s something about it that makes me more determined to achieve them. Of course, with a New Year comes resolutions, but that’s not me so I’ll be setting soon some Goals I would love to achieve over the course of 2019. My Monthly Goals will be in line with these Goals, to make them seem that little bit easier to achieve.

I have shared my adventures in my Monthly Favourites // December 2018 here. Before I set myself some new Goals for January, let’s reflect on my December Goals!

Continue Reading