I am very excited about this post today, as Olga contacted me asking if I would like to help run a giveaway for her book Heavenwards, this is book one in the Celestial Creatures series. I have read book one and two and they are so good! I am so excited to see that the third book, is being written as I type this! Excited much! Olga is so lovely and supportive there was no way I was going to say no at hosting this giveaway!
I was on the tour for Book 2 for Hallow, but I first discovered Heavenwards on Kerry’s blog – Like Herding Cats and her review. Read it here. The first thing that caught my eye was the absolutely stunning cover! It is gorgeous, not sure, check the cover it out below…
Then I read it – here is my review here, but a highlight for you
I have not read anything by Olga before, and she has given me a right treat with Heavenwards. A story unlike any I have read before. I did not want to do any adulting this weekend, this book was constantly playing on my mind. I was just too eager to get back into the action and pronto! It is the sort of book, that when you are putting it down you are fearing for what is going to happen, fearing that some might not make it back out alive!! As soon as I read the last page, I jumped straight into Hallow (book 2), I am not ready for any of this to be over yet.
So what is the book all about then that I am giving you the chance to win a copy of??Heavenward by Olga Gibbs
Also by this author: Heavenward, Hallow , Heavenward (Celestial Creatures, #1), Hallow (Celestial Creatures #2)
Series: Celestial Creatures #1
Published by Raging Bear Publishing on September 13, 2018
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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?
Awesome, no? I have also included some Amazon links in case you wanted to buy it too.
As mentioned there was a blog tour for this one last December, here are some of the highlights from the tour
Like Herding Cats says
It was easy to get sucked into the lavish life that Ariel is introduced to – which is exactly what begins to happen to Ariel. Just when I was getting comfortably settled into this new world, the story became more sinister and an unexpected twist arrives. Things take a drastic turn for the worst and that same rich description is then used to create some pretty gory and intense scenes.
Frasers Fun House says
It’s fantastically written using highly descriptive language throughout allowing me to feel like I was transported into the story -I could almost smell and feel what the characters are experiencing. There are a few nightmare inducing, gruesome parts of the story which are described so vividly, really helping me as the reader to see what Ariel finds herself up against. It’s not all action though there is a small amount of romance thrown in the mix for luck and we see the emergence of a love-triangle starting to form.
Author Bree Howland says
The content of the novel is absolutely fantastic. You get action, drama, a strong heroine and definitely a peak at some romances that I’m excited to continue reading about…. I’m pretty sure Im going to have nightmare guard dudes, because screw those guys lol.
All in all, I think this was a fantastically written and planned novel. I’m very much looking forward to continuing this series.
Hannah’s Bookshelf says
One thing that I really loved about this book is the level of description. Olga goes into such detail about the setting of the scenes, particularly when she wants us to find something particularly beautiful or disturbing. This really added to the story as it made it easier to visualise what the characters were seeing. As well as this, I felt that attention was paid to ensure that the characters were made to feel realistic, which I appreciate. Ariel didn’t just take all of the book’s events on her chin but reacted to them in a way that felt more believable. She got angry, was confused and felt isolated – all things which I think I’d be feeling if I were in a situation like this one. The story flowed at a good pace, not leaving us hanging around waiting for something to happen, or leaving us behind.
A Mixed Up Mummy says
This book is right up my street, I’m a huge lover of Young Adult fiction especially the mystical kind with a strong female lead. Ariel is an overall likeable character with strong, defiant traits that I really latched on to. It was interesting hitching a ride with Ariel as she goes on this journey of self-discovery. The overall story arc is enjoyable, finding out that Ariel holds within her the incredibly strong essence of a fallen angel is really interesting, as is her defiance at the situation.
Finally, what I personally salute Olga for is grappling with heavy and sensitive topics such as mental health and abuse; it is a brilliant achievement to meaningfully explore these issues, and really unpack the nebulous emotions surrounding them. This is what I like most about Heavenward; more than just a novel, it has clear social commentary in it, commentary which creates awareness about these crucial topics, and creatively combats the tyranny of stigma. It is for this reason that I really hope Heavenward finds its way onto the bookshelves of many young readers.
Read Yourself Happy says
One of my favorite aspects of the book are the diverse settings. Olga Gibbs does a fantastic job of describing landscape and setting so that it is always easy to imagine exactly what Ariel’s surroundings look like.
Ezzie’s Bookshelf says
The story itself was honestly so good. I am not going into too much detail as that will ruin the magic, but the course of the story was very unpredictable, which kept me surprised and curious at all times. Places and situations were described so vividly, you always had a good sense of the surroundings. I kept saying to myself how this book would be amazing as a movie, which is quite rare for me to say
SO MANY MORE THAN THIS TOO!
Check out this guest post at Fraser Fun House, where Olga discuss her perfect movie cast for Heavenwards. I would love this cast for sure!!
There is also a Q&A with Olga over at What’s in My Wonderland, so if you want to know where the idea for Celestial Creatures came from or who Olga’s favourite character is, then check it out by clicking on the link.
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