The Lost Girl by Candy Atkins


The Lost Girl by Candy Atkins

Published: December 1st 2016 by Monster Publishing

If Stratagor Ziras doesn’t kill me, my training program will!

Every day I wake up and go through the motions, but they’ve figured out that I’m not a Knight. I can’t ride, I can’t fight, I can’t do magic, and worst of all, I can’t see whatever it is I’m supposed to see in this stupid Orb.

Nothing is what it seems here. Everyone says they want what’s best for me, but who can I trust? The lying snake? The feathery crocodile trying to lock me away? The Queen who wants me dead? Or the devil himself?

I don’t know what I’m more afraid of—the enemies that have made several attempts on my life, or my allies now that they know they’ve made a huge a mistake.

Note: I was sent a copy of this book in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

I’ve been waiting for this book to get to me for quite some time now. It actually, ironically enough, got lost in the post! However, my signed copy eventually made it to me (despite having to be sent a second time!) and I finally got a chance to read it! It was AWESOME!!!! I started it midday and I had finished it within a couple of hours… and now I have to wait for the next book?!? How am I supposed to wait for the next book????

What I loved the most about this book was the fact that our MC was a normal human being. That was it. She was thrown into this crazy world with an extreme training programme and she acted and reacted like any normal human would – which makes her totally relatable!! I would have probably reacted the same way that she did everytime something came from her…I understood her, I felt extremely sorry for her and I felt everything that she was feeling. She isn’t your usual female MC who is thrown into something crazy, who comes out on top within a short amount of time. It took her a while, she broke down a lot, she needed the support of people around her and it took her ages to build up her spirit and her strength and stamina… and that is what I loved the most about this book. I feel like I can look at Agatha and say that I understand her and everything she went through because she was NORMAL and I loved it!

Whilst the plot wasn’t full of twists and turns, I still really enjoyed myself reading it. I was still stumped on what was going to happen next and I was turning the pages to find out whether Agatha would make it through in one piece. There were a couple of really tense scenes in there, which really helped to lift the atmosphere and kept it from being too slow. It was just perfect, considering everything we saw and I am glad that Candy really decided to go into the training, so that we as readers could see what was happening to her, rather than having it glanced over. We could see the pain that Agatha was going through both physically and mentally and it really helped to build up the atmosphere of the book as well as characterisation and a sense of bonding between the reader and the MC.

I am unsure as to whether or not I like the Queen, to be honest. She does do a lot to protect the interests of Agatha, but at the same time she is really horrible toward her in private and it makes it difficult to really know where her loyalties lie. There were times where I liked her and there were times where I hated her, so I’m really stuck on the fence. I could definitely see her becoming a bit of a curveball character and doing something that is really unexpected in the long run.

I definitely loved seeing Lenox and Dathid again!!! Lenox is like a really big brother to Agatha and he was a huge help to her when she needed it, which basically cemented once again in my mind why I like him so much!! I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see Dathid as much, but I enjoyed it when he did show up! I did ship Agatha and Dathid in the first book despite obvious obstacles, but I feel after the interactions between them in this book, that I feel more like they have a sibling bond than anything else!

I really enjoyed myself reading this book and I am not entirely sure how I am going to wait for the next book! I loved revisiting this world and all that characters that came with it and I feel like I have an extra special bond with our MC after everything she went through in this book! I cannot wait to see what happens next… especially after that ending!!!!!!! I gave this book 5/5 stars!

The Lost Knight by Candy Atkins

the lost knight

The Lost Knight by Candy Atkins

Published: May 20th by Monster Publishing

How am I supposed to save the world when I’m not strong, not brave, not smart, and not particularly good at most things? I ran away from home the day after my thirteenth birthday when Auntie and her weird friend attacked me. Now I’m on the run with the Grim Reaper and a scary soldier. And I’m no longer on Earth. They were expecting me to be a Knight. The savior that’s supposed to stop a war and prevent the invasion to Earth. But I’m not. They grabbed the wrong girl. I just don’t know how to tell them.

Note: I received a review copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

I’ve read some pretty positive reviews about this book – so when I saw that it was up for review on Xpresso, I had to grab a copy and give it a try. This book was definitely used to set up the series in terms of the characters, the settings etc. but I loved it! It was all so real and our MC has already come a long way from who she was at the beginning!

Our MC has always had to deal with a lot of negativity in her life concerning herself and the way she was treated. It was easy to see why she was so disheartened at the beginning of the book and why she always found it difficult throughout the book to believe the new people in her life telling her something different! I actually felt really sorry for her, but at the same time, I’m glad she managed to toughen up a little bit and she began to believe in herself! There was one crucial scene (which I obviously don’t really want to go into for spoiling it!) that I feel was absolutely crucial to her change in heart and change as a character. It was definitely an extra insight into Agatha’s character and I am glad that she managed to resolve some of the feelings that she was having and she got a little stronger from the experience. I definitely think that she is going to change a to more throughout this series and I cannot wait to see what the author does with her!

What I also loved about this book was the parallel worlds. I loved the fact that the creatures in the other world were basically reflections of the creatures that we know and love within story telling in our world – but they were inherently different! The author turned it to make it sound like the human versions of the characters and the stories that got told were twisted over time… therefore the creatures, like elves, faeries etc, are the same, but they’re not the same! I loved learning about them and I really wish they were real because *cough* I currently have a new book boyfriend in the form of Dathid! I wasn’t actually too sure how I felt about Dathid at the beginning of the book and whether or not I liked him because he was a pretty broody prince with some secrets. Broody he still can be and secrets he still has – so I am most definitely looking forward to seeing more of him later on in the series!

The world building was AMAZING! I felt like I could have been there, bouncing on the ocean and what not! I wanted to be there, it all sounds so beautiful! The explanations and the descriptions were rich and I cannot wait to explore more of this world as our characters continue on their journey!

I will admit that, whilst I know that this book was used mostly to set up the series, I felt like it was a little bit too slow. There could have been moments with more action etc. just to give that little bit more of an edge, because most of the book consists of our characters travelling and our MC figuring stuff out! I wanted a little bit more oomph, which I expect I will be getting later on in the series!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book despite its sometimes slow bits. I cannot wait to see where our characters go from here! I gave this book 4/5 stars!

Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Feel free to drop me comments!

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Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the shelves

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Hey guys! so, again, my link button isn’t working! So, I am probably going to have to email support here… Anyway! I have two new books for you this week! One is an ARC that I am extremely excited about and the other I received as a review copy! 😀

bonds of venom and magic

A Bond of Venom and Magic by Karen Tomlinson

Expected Publication: October 14th 2016 by Smashwords Edition

For all you regular readers out there, you may remember that I did a cover reveal for this book on my blog a while back? Well, can I just say I am still loving the cover! I received this book as an ARC today from the author herself – so I am definitely excited about jumping into this book!

the lost knight

The Lost Knight by Candy Atkins

Published: May 30th 2016 by Monster Publishing

I saw a pretty good review for this book on Olivia’s blog at Heir of Glitter and I decided from there that I wanted to read this book. So, when I saw this is a review copy from Xpresso Tours, I obviously had to request a copy!!

That’s it for me! I am definitely excited about these two books this week!!

What have you guys added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave links and comments and I will check them all out!