ARC Review: Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

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Perfectly Preventable Deaths

by Deirdre Sullivan

YA Fantasy, Magic Realism, Mystery

Hot Key Books


Everyone in Ballyfran has a secret, and that is what binds them together…

Fifteen-year-old twins Madeline and Catlin move to a new life in Ballyfran, a strange isolated town, a place where, for the last sixty years, teenage girls have gone missing in the surrounding mountains.

As distance grows between the twins – as Catlin falls in love, and Madeline begins to understand her own nascent witchcraft – Madeline discovers that Ballyfrann is a place full of predators. Not only foxes, owls and crows, but also supernatural beings who for many generations have congregated here to escape persecution. When Catlin falls into the gravest danger of all, Madeline must ask herself who she really is, and who she wants to be – or rather, who she might have to become to save her sister.

Dark and otherworldly, this is an enthralling story about the bond between sisters and the sacrifices we make for those we care about the most. For fans of Frances Hardinge and Laure Eve. 


Thank you so much to Tina Mories and Hot Key Books for sending me an ARC of this hotly-anticipated novel in exchange for an honest review!

There are authors who write with gorgeous prose. There are authors who are beautiful storytellers. There are authors who conjure incredibly unique and fully-fleshed characters. Deirdre Sullivan is all three.

I know right know for a fact that that I won’t be able to find the words to do this book review justice, but I might as well give it a go.

Deirdre Sullivan has such a unique, and quite frankly, unforgettable voice when it comes to storytelling. Her books are like nothing I’ve ever read before, and her storylines are so fantastically original. Perfectly Preventable Deaths is no different to its older siblings, and I say with complete confidence that is is my favourite Deirdre Sullivan novel.

Perfectly Preventable Deaths follows the story of Madeline and Catlin, two sisters who move to a strange, mysterious town of Ballyfrann after their mother remarries. The main characters in this are so well written and so fully fleshed, along with many other additions such as the mysterious yet wise Mamó, the enigmatic Laurent Delacroix, and the delightful Oona, who was one of my favourites! Maddy and Catlin both have such distinguishable voices and personalities that will follow me for ages! Another quirky thing about this novel is that each chapter is named after a plant, and underneath its meaning is given. I was fascinated by reading about each one, and some of them were so cleverly suited to some of the chapters.

This is perfect for fans of Sarah Maria Griffin and Shirley Jackson, and if you’re looking for a good witchy, mystery, gripping story, I wholeheartedly recommend this fantastic book. It comes out on the 30th of May, and you won’t want to miss it!!


Rating: ★★★★★

 

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Hello! My May TBR!

Hello everyone!

Wow, it has been a good while since I’ve written a blog post. I can only apologise. I have just finished my first year of college, though my exams are still to come in the next two weeks! I was studying at college, commuting nearly 4 hours a day, and also working three days a week. I was quite busy most of the time, and quite tired all of the time. That’s why I stopped blogging. And I’m not sure if this is my return to it, but I still love reading and writing just as much so I figured I’d update my blog!


Here is my May TBR!

 

 

I’m really looking forwards to this month’s TBR as this month I have a lot more free time to read! I’m currently 150 pages into A Map of Days and am so glad to be back in the wonderful world of Riggs and his characters!


What about you guys? What are you all planning to read this month? Let me know in the comments!

Life Update!

Hey guys!

I can’t believe we’re already halfway through August already, what the hell!? Anyways, today I’ve decided to do something a little different because I know I haven’t been that active on this blog for the past two weeks!

I spent the first week of August in Salou in Spain with some of my best friends from school. As you all know, we finished up school for good and completed our exams so we all wanted to do something special where we could celebrate and look back on in years and years to come! Anyways, I had a ball. The first couple of days of the holiday were kind of ruined by the fact that Ryanair CANCELLED our flight to Spain from London within three hours!! It was quite a disaster, but after waiting seven hours in a line to talk to someone from the airline, we finally got on to a flight the next day to somewhere close to Salou and from there on in I had a blast!

I only brought two books to read but unfortunately we were so busy by things like going to Barcelona for the day, theme park, waterpark, the beach and its activities that I barely had time to sit around and read. I got about 150 pages of All These Beautiful Strangers finished but that was it!

Two days after I got back, I was lucky enough to attend an early screening of The Darkest Minds movie, thanks to Dept51 of Easons! I enjoyed the movie and we got free pizza and drinks so all in all, definitely worth it!

Since then, I’ve just been busy in work. There’s this big Irish festival that came to the town where I work yesterday, so I’m going to be working a lot more than usual over the next week and a bit.

In two days’ time, I will be getting my RESULTS from my exams!! It’s so crazy to think that they will be finally over. I’ll find out how much collective points I got from all my subjects and that will determine if I get my chosen course! I’m hoping to do English & Creative Writing in college and I will find out if the college offers me a place in their course on the 20th of August! I’m not as nervous as I thought I would be, I’m just really eager to find out what direction my life’s going in!

So yeah. I’ve kind of taken a step back from writing, reading and blogging this month but hopefully after all my busy events over the next week settle down, I’ll be able to dive back in!

Until next time,

Ross!

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Down the TBR Hole #15!

I saw the most AMAZING post from LOST IN A STORY with the most AMAZING idea to help cut down my ridiculously large TBR! Thank you so much for creating this post!!

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: (straight from original post)

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Every week I will be going through 10 books on my Goodreads TBR and purging as many as I feel comfortable with. Most likely these posts will go up on a Sunday. Currently I have 270 to go through and this number is always being added to, so hopefully this will help a lot. Here are my next ten books!


Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews

flowers in the attic

I eventually want to read this, yeah.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


The Making of Mollie by Anna Carey

the making of mollie

This sounds really up my street!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

what is not yours

This sounds glorious!!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

flame in the mist

This sounds absolutely amazing and I really want to start it!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

the gender games

This doesn’t really interest me anymore, to be honest.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Replica by Lauren Oliver

replica

This sounds really, really intriguing.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Ringer by Lauren Oliver

ringer

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

passenger

This sounds like an incredible story.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

of fire and stars

This sounds really cute and I’ve heard great things about it!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Starworld by Paula Garner

NO COVER

It’s not out yet but at the moment it doesn’t excite me too much.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


So in total I’ve gotten rid of 2/10 books off my TBR, reducing it to 268 books! Not a great week, but they can’t always be!

If you liked this post, let me know in the comments, and even better, why not join in! Also, don’t be afraid to give the amazing Lia some love over at her LOST IN A STORY!

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time,

Ross!

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August TBR + July Wrap-Up!

Hey guys…

July was a busy month to say the least. I started a new job, I had a few things to do before my holidays but mainly I dedicated the month to writing for Camp NaNo. All this means that I didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked to.

But even still, I managed to finish 4 books this month. Those include:

  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

My August TBR

I’m hoping to get a good amount read this month. Deptcon4 is officially the 12th and 13th of October and though I don’t know the author line-up as of yet, I definitely want to try get ahead of myself and start lots of reading!

I’m really hoping to get these books read, especially the classics!


And what about all you? What are you hoping to read during the month of August? I’d love to know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Ross!

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Down the TBR Hole #14!

I saw the most AMAZING post from LOST IN A STORY with the most AMAZING idea to help cut down my ridiculously large TBR! Thank you so much for creating this post!!

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: (straight from original post)

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Every week I will be going through 10 books on my Goodreads TBR and purging as many as I feel comfortable with. Most likely these posts will go up on a Sunday. Currently I have 276 to go through and this number is always being added to, so hopefully this will help a lot. Here are my next ten books!


Sabriel by Garth Nix

sabrial

This doesn’t sound too intriguing enough anymore!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Witness for the Prosecution and Selected Plays by Agatha Christie

witness for the prosecution

I want to get around to reading all of Agatha Christie’s novels and plays eventually!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

suicide notes

It doesn’t sound too interesting anymore.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

lie with me

I have a copy of this so I might eventually give it a try, but for now it’s not doing anything for me.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

in a dark dark wood

This doesn’t entice me as much anymore.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J. K. Rowling

fantastic beasts

I’ve already read this years and years ago, just not the film script.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

stalking jack the ripper

This sounds really, really good!!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

an ember in the ashes

I really want to get around to this series; I’ve only heard good things!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Uglies by Scott Westerfield

uglies

This sounds super interesting. I definitely want to keep this!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Frostblood by Elly Blake

frostblood

I’m not too keen about this for now but maybe my opinion could change.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


So in total I’ve gotten rid of 6/10 books off my TBR, reducing it to 270 books!

If you liked this post, let me know in the comments, and even better, why not join in! Also, don’t be afraid to give the amazing Lia some love over at her LOST IN A STORY!

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time,

Ross!

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WWW Wednesday!

WWW wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m excited to share updates with you guys about my reading rather than just seeing it on Goodreads!


1. WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

children of blood and bone

Children of Blood and Bone

thoughts: I am so in love with this book, it’s a joke. It’s such a gorgeous and engrossing and even though it’s taking me a little while to read it, I still love it!


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

the tattooist of auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

thoughts: It took me ages to read this book and I didn’t really like it, to be honest!


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

all these beautiful strangers

All These Beautiful Strangers


What about you guys? Let me know what you’ve been reading lately and what you’ve been loving in the comments below!

Until next time,

Ross!

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