Book Review; The History Keepers: Nightship to China by Damian Dibben

Posted on 10 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

The History Keepers 3Title: Nightship to China (The History Keepers #3)
Author: Damian Dibben
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Published: May 8th 2014
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

The History Keepers embark on their third adventure, and this is the most explosive one yet! The time-travelling agents voyage from Shakespeare’s England to Imperial China in pursuit of their most villainous foe yet, Xiang Xi, whose aim is to decimate the population and destroy the world’s trade links.

Jake, Nathan and Topaz must join forces with international agents in order to prevent mayhem on a global scale. And at the heart of the battle lies the key to a long-lost family member – will Jake find his brother after all this time?

The past is in danger – only Jake Djones can save it!

When Evil

As soon as the second history keepers story came to a close, I was dying to get my hands on the next book in the series. While these books aren’t great works of literary fiction, they are fun, entertaining and educational and are therefore quite enjoyable reads. Damian Dibben has created a set of stories that pull you in and keep you going, and quite simply continue to make you want more. So, when I finally got my hands on the third book and enjoyed it just as much as the first two in the series, I was very much relieved. And guess who is now craving the fourth book? These books definitely have an addictive side to them, and Damian certainly knows how to keep the reader on their toes!

Comes Knocking

Jake is back again with another mission to save the world from the clutches of an evil villain. This time he is sent back to Jacobean England. But when things don’t go quite according to plan, they set sail for China during the same time perios. This time they’ll get it right, because this trail may lead them to Jake’s missing brother. Once again Damian has shown that he can write a truly exciting, fast-paced, emotional novel. Nightship to China has an interesting plot and it is hard to put this book down as the adventures continue to spike. Add in the subplots between the characters and you have a book that is really enjoyable and fun.

You Must

By now we know who Jake, Topaz, Nathan, and Charlie are and what they’re like and yet Damian still managed to bring new dimensions to these characters. Jake goes through a lot in this book and you can see how much he grows because of it which I thought was great. There is also the chance to see a new side of Nathan, helping him to feel more realistic while still bringing comedic value to the book. Topaz is shown in a very different light in this book, but I have to admit, I still love her! Finally Charlie realises a few things about life too. But there is also Yoyo, the new History Keeper of the book. I disliked her at first but soon found her growing on me. All the characters and their relationships with each other make this book so much better.

Be Prepared

This adventurous story is full of action, danger, and heart-stopping moments, all of which are made to feel very realisti due to the brilliant writing style. If anything it is clear to see that Damian is getting better as the series progresses and he learns that much more about his characters. I found the book very hard to put down and once more got very attached to the characters making this a very tense and emotional read for me. This book also once again captured me in a way that historical fiction rarely does and I quickly found myself intrigued with the historical setting of it all, which I just think is one of the best things about these books. But on top of all of that, what Damian is good at is cliff hangers and this book definitely has one of those! It is an ending that will grip your heart and have you begging for more!

To Risk Everthing

This third book in The History Keepers series is just as entertaining as the first two. It is full of amazing, well-developed characters that will ultimately pull at your heart-strings. It has a healthy dose of drama, interesting relationships, and is chock-a-block with action, suspense, and fast-paced scenes that will take your breath away. Add in a great plot, emotional rollarcoasters, and an atmosphere of fun and I’m sure you’ll realise why I love this book so much. So, if you’ve read the first two books in this series, you should definitely get to reading this one so you don’t miss out! And if you haven’t yet started the series, I would also highly recommend that you get to doing that! Furthermore, I should also note that I feel this book is one that can be read without the first two but I’m one of those people that has to read a series in order regardless!

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 10 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

May Monthly Wrap Up

Posted on 9 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


So I ummed and ahhed about whether or not to start doing monthly wrap-ups on the blog but have eventually decided that in an effort to keep my blog more organised, to keep on top of challenges and to do a nice re-cap of the month for you all, that I would do them :-). Therefore, this post will be set out like my weekly highlights post, split into headings in an attempt to keep everything organised easily :D

Monthly Highlights

All I can think right now is… BEA! It was sooo good and amazing. Stressful, yes. Busy, yes. Crazy, yes. But above all else it was really, really fun! There were so many things we did and so many more things I still WANT to do and so I’m already trying to save to go again next year because it was just fantastic. It wasn’t so much the free books (which essentially weren’t even free since I had to pay to get to BEA and then ship the books home…) but also it was great to meet authors I love, meet publishing people and also to mix with US bloggers that I never would get a chance to meet ordinarily! It was just such a brilliant experience that I’m so glad I decided to do – and I almost decided not to!

There was also book club in May which was a really lovely evening discussing two interesting books and I just think it’s great to be in a book club! Yay!

PicnicYA also happened in May which happened to fall on a really lovely day which was really great! Thanks to Jim for organising this as it gave me a chance to meet some new people and authors and it was just a nice chance to sit in the sun and talk about books!

I also went to two launches this month. Damian Dibben’s launch of Nightship to China (Review will be up tomorrow!) which was great fun! Lovely to see Damian again and finally got a chance to meet his other half. Got to have a nice chat with Lauren again as well, and even met Justin Somper but that’s a story for a different day! The other launch was Kim Curren’s launch of Glaze which was a wonderful evening! Kim gave me a little gift for helping her with her blog tour, I met some new people and just had a great evening chatting away to people! Thank you to both Damian and Kim for inviting me along to share their celebrations!

Lastly I went to one author signing (outside of BEA that is!) this month and that was a Laini Taylor signing in Milton Keynes! I drove up with Katie from OhCakey and it was great to spend the day with her and to see Laini! It was just a good day all around!


And with all of THAT going on, needless to say I didn’t post very much this month – sorry guys! But here’s some small highlights of what DID happen…

My top three posts were;
Countdown to 5th June; Nigel McDowell Interview
Blog Tour Review; Glaze by Kim Curran
Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mylnowski

My youtube channel has been a bit busier than usual this month with all my BEA wrap-ups and book hauls! I plan to share them all on my blog later but if you’d like to pop over and see them earlier, click here!

I read ten books this month and DNF’d one book, which I’m really happy about! It was a crazy busy month so I’m not sure HOW I managed to read so many but still glad that I did! I’m not sure I’ll get quite as many books read in June but maybe I will!

Favourite Book

Breakable I had a month of reading some good books and so it was actually hard to pick just ONE to showcase to you all but I finally picked Breakable because this book just blew me away! I loved the history of Lucas’ story, I loved the writing style (I think Tammara will forever be a favourite author of mine!) and I just found myself truly pulled into this story. It was addictive, full of suspense and just had all those, “can’t wait” moments that I rememebered from Easy. It was just the perfect companion novel and one that I was really glad to read. Keep an eye on the blog for a full review and the chance to win both Easy and Breathless!

June TBR

I’m still a little in awe that it is June already! Anywho. Here’s just a few books that I really want to read this month! Two are book club books and the others are review copies! I’ll hopefully read more than just these but these are the ones I REALLY want to read this month!

Say Her Name Boys_Dont_Knit Memoirs of Neurotic Zombie Heir of Fire

There’s also a library book from last month I want to finish and a few blog tour books to read as well but yes, these four are like MUST reads!

How was your May? Did you read anything amazing? Have you got any great books you want to read in June?


Posted on 9 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment