Today I’m bringing you a special post – my first ever review for a blog tour.
I was asked by the lovely Melanie, from Fraser’s Fun House, whether I would like to take part in this blog tour for Heavenward by Olga Gibbs. As soon as I read the synopsis I just knew I had to – celestial beings, conflict, and the fate of humanity resting in the hands of one girl who has been thrown into a completely new world. YES PLEASE!
Synopsis: With the power to end the world, would you protect humanity when it broke you or would you take revenge?
Meet Ariel: a quiet, unnoticeable girl with an incredible gift…
Ariel never had an easy or pleasant life, but the arrival of three gorgeous strangers meant her measured life is turned upside down, as she discovers that angels exist.
Now against her will, she’s drawn into an ancient celestial conflict, where her powers will decide the fate of humanity.
Deceived, threatened, hunted and now on the run, who can she trust?
Whenever I read YA fantasy, it’s full of magic and mystery, usually with witches and vampires and werewolves. One theme that never really crops up as often as I would like is angels. As someone who adores shows such as Supernatural and Lucifer, it’s an angle I’d like to see explored more, especially in YA fantasy. It’s one of the things that really drew me into Heavenward.
Heavenward is the story of Ariel, a seemingly ordinary human girl who suddenly has her whole world turned upside down and inside out when she discovers angels exist and that some are out to take her life. If your jam is strong, badass female characters then Ariel is your girl. Everything she has been through has been tough. Yes, it’s made her rude and hostile, but underneath it all is a girl who has seen too much. I think that makes her pretty damn strong.
There are a plethora of characters in Heavenward but none more important than Sam and Rafe. I mean, sure, Ariel is our protagonist, but, as in most YA books, it wouldn’t be the same without a bit of romance. So the important question is: Team Sam or Team Rafe? For me, I have to say I’m probably Team Rafe. Sam just… yeah, let’s not talk about Sam.
What I loved the most about this is the level of description in the book. I could clearly imagine what each character and the beautiful, yet sometimes terrifying world, that Gibbs created looked like. Sometimes I feel as though authors don’t add enough description. Gibbs took it up a notch and blew it out of the park. It added something extra to the book that I loved.
One of my biggest issues with this book is the pacing. It felt as though everything was happening way too quickly. It did make keeping up with the story somewhat difficult. I also didn’t feel as though the dialogue was an entirely accurate portrayal of teenagers. In fact, most of the dialogue fell flat for me. Some of the conversations they had together made me cringe. For example, very early on, one of the characters believes another to be a ‘nerd’ because he wears glasses. Glasses aren’t a synonym for nerdy. There are plenty of nerds out there who don’t wear glasses and there are plenty who do, but glasses are not what defines that.
Overall, this story is a short read – I was able to get through it within a couple of days, reading on my commute to and from work. The chapters are short and the story is quickly paced. If you have a couple of hours spare, Heavenward is a book you’ll be able to start and finish in no time.
As part of this blog tour, Olga is giving you the opportunity to read Heavenward for FREE. All you need to do is click here to sign up to the Celestial Club to get your hands on a free e-book.
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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 the second book in the ‘Celestial Creatures’ series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller book.
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Huge thank you to Melanie and Olga for allowing me to take part in this blog tour and providing me with a free copy of Heavenward in exchange for an honest review.