Harbinger by Olga Gibbs Blog Tour – Book Review by Littletinkablee

Today is the day!

It’s a day I have been patiently and excitingly anticipating since finishing the second book in the addictive series, Hallow.

It’s the twelfth day of Harbinger’s blog tour, run by the ever amazing Mel, owner of an equally amazing blog Fraserfunhouse.com.

Harbinger is one book I have been dying to get my hands on and now not only can I say I’ve read it, but now I get to share my review with all of my lovely viewers!

About the Author

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Olga Gibbs

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 final books in the “Celestial creatures” series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller.Please visit author website www.OlgaGibbs.com for more information on upcoming books.

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Synopsis


“I am Uriel: The Harbinger of Chaos, The Keeper of the Gates, The Begetter of Life, The Dam of The Ends, and I’m coming to take what is mine!”

The clash with Baza and his angels had demonstrated to Ariel that Earth (Apkallu) is not the safe heaven she hoped it would be, and it is only a matter of time before she is hunted and dead.

The only way to survive is to accept her destiny and to fight back.

But upon her return to Uras, Ariel is rejected in her own domain and has to suppress the revolt against her reign. The angels refuse her and her lead, abandoning her and Uras in favour of another ruler.

She knows that without an army of followers she won’t stand a chance against Baza or Mik’hael, so now she needs to go into the most unexpected places to find it.

My Review


Harbinger is the third instalment in this addictive and heavenly quadrilogy (a four book series – that means we’re lucky enough to get another incredible read after reading Harbinger!). Heavenward is the first instalment of the Celestial Creatures Series, and the first book that had me instantly hooked onto the Celestial Creatures Series. Why not check out my review of Heavenward?, and don’t forget to check out my review of the second instalment Hallow.


I’ve been left wanting more ONCE again after reading one of Olga Gibbs amazing books…I was left speechless after putting down Heavenward, and left even more speechless after getting to the end of Hallow. And after reading Harbinger, I’m left the same. More speechless than the last.

I’m not sure how Olga has manage to do it yet again but she has left me speechless and hanging on the edge of my seat wanting to read Halo already! And it was a no brain-er to give Harbinger its more than deserved 5 stars.

From page one of Harbinger you are drawn into the chaos that is Ariel’s life, fighting for the life that was thrust upon her, a life she now has to learn to navigate through while saving those close to her. Harbinger is a short but just as action packed and full of surprises as Heavenward and Hallow.


Her return to Uras was less than welcoming for Ariel. With most of her army against her, Rafe seemingly loosing control of his sanity, caring for her younger sister Jess while trying to control her own inner turmoil, it doesn’t look as though Ariel’s life is about to become any less complicated or chaotic.

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Without an army at her side Ariel knows she will never stand a chance in a fight against Baza or Mik’hael and time has never been on her side. How do you win back an army that doesn’t see you as an equal let alone a leader?

Preparing for battling is going to test Ariel in ways she has never been tested before and with her attention split between a torn Rafe and beloved little sister Jess. Gaining her army back is just the first of her battles.

But as always Ariel isn’t one to give up nor is she someone who backs down when life gets tough. Too much is riding on her, she can’t give up just because most of her army has hate for her and for what she once used to be. Figuring out how to convince a bunch of arrogant angels to follow her lead is just the first of her battles.


Whenever I open one of Olga Gibbs books I am instantly sucked in the mind of Ariel and the new world she’s found herself in. Olga manages to capture Ariel’s character and paint her in a certain light while still allowing room to grow and change through each book.

Ariel is a young girl who like many young girl makes a lot of mistakes however Ariel is placed under a lot of stress and responsibility that she’s constantly aware is hanging over her head.

It’s exciting seeing Jess’s character come more to life in Harbinger. fascinating to find out how Rafe’s new change affects his relationship with Ariel.

As in any young woman’s life there are potential love interests, there are everyday problems/emotions that Ariel has to deal with or figure out and fight through. Personally I’m team Rafe (there’s just something about his loyalty that’s attractive about his character) but have to say that Sam’s character is somewhat…arrogant, intense and interesting.

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With a memorising and beautiful cover, you are instantly drawn to Olga Gibb’s book Series ‘The Celestial Creatures’ and once you’ve opened it up, after you’ve flipped over that beautiful book cover and dive into the first chapter you will find yourself instantly addicted to this well-crafted, beautifully written series.

As much as I enjoyed reading Harbinger, as much as I am looking forward to reading the final book to the Celestial Creatures (Halo), I am also very much dreading coming to the end of this phenomenal dark fantasy series full of adventure, emotion, turmoil, danger, challenges and a new world with angels that I am going to be sadden to see the end of. However, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and we’re lucky enough to be one book behind from the end.

Harbinger is an absorbing, fast-paced, action-packed book that will have you absorbed from the very first page. Olga Gibbs world for Ariel is as dangerous and gruesome as it is magical and beautiful.

Harbinger is a short, well-written fast-paced book that will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. Olga’s writing style is unique, engrossing and easy-to read, with her unique writing skills she is able to transport her readers into Ariel’s world, allowing us to feel and experience what Ariel is going through. You really feel as though you are apart of her whirl-wind thrilling and intense adventure.

I’d forever recommend the Celestial Series to everyone and anyone I know, as I believe this is one fast-paced, spellbinding, action-packed and Intense series is a series that anyone can get into and enjoy. This is an unforgettable series you don’t want to miss out on!

Thank you so much for reading my review, please don’t forget to check out Mel’s blog ‘ FraserFunHouse.com ,’ Olga Gibb’s links and the link to Harbinger.

And of course whenever I am participating in an incredible blog tour I won’t just ask you to take my word for it, but to also check out the other incredible review’s for Harbinger.

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Purchase the third instalment to the Celestial Creatures Series – Harbinger HERE.

And don’t forget to check out and purchase the first and second instalment to this extraordinary, fast-paced additive series! HEAVENWARD and HALLOW!

If you are wanting me to review one of your novels then please feel free to contact me through my new book/product reviewing email: Littletinkableereviews@gmail.com

Blood Awakens by Jessaca Willis

And so it’s time for me to FINALLY release my review of this spectacular debut book ‘Blood Awakens’ Book 1 in the Awaken quartet by the equally wonderful Jessaca Willis.

True to the title of her book, Blood Awakens follow the stories of a few individuals fighting and trying to survive in a panic-stricken world where everyone runs on anxious thoughts and unexplained fear, where the strong stay strong and the weak get killed. A world where the different are more than feared, they are targeted, targeted by terror-stricken and frightened people.

Blurb


People called Sean a blood guide, though he never fully understood why. As far as he knew, he could hear heartbeats and heal people. It wasn’t until he walked in on his brother’s brutal murder that he learned of the darker nature of his power: blood speaks to him, and he to it. With a simple song, he can command it to do whatever he wants, and in that moment, he showed his brother’s murderers no mercy. Now Sean must fight to keep his inner demons in check and his path to redemption begins with the establishment of sanctuary for people like him, people with powers, the Awakened.

Graciela is one of many who did not Awaken, but she’s watched as her brother’s power as an Empath—the ability to sense other’s emotions—has brought him to the brink of death. Together, they set across Central America in search of a cure, or at the very least, safety. What they find is a sanctuary called Hope, the same one Sean governs.

But they soon discover that even from within the compounds of the sanctuary, no one is safe. Not when there are people in the world with unimaginable power and insatiable bloodlust.

(Readers Note)
This book is “New adult” fantasy, with moderate violence, and one or two mild curse words, but otherwise appropriate for mature teenagers and older. There is no sex or drugs in this book.

Book Notes/Details


If you are looking for a “New adult” dark fantasy read with mystery, love, loss, lies, heartache, high emotions with a touch of magic and post-apocalyptic drama then this is one book you are going to want to pick up and never put down!

E-book details 
File size - 3210KB
Print length - 328 pages
Publisher - Amazon
Publication date - 26th June 2019
Paper Back Details 
Series - The Awakened (book 1 in the Awakened Quartet)
Paperback - 326
Publisher - Jessaca Willis 27th June 2019
Language - English

Blood Awakens is the first debut novel by the incredible Jessaca Willis, the first instalment of the ‘Awaken Quartet’ series.

About the Author

Jessaca is a fantasy writer, with an inclination towards the paranormal, dystopian, dark, and horror sub genres.

Growing up in the 90’s and early 2000’s, Jessaca spent her free time heavily immersed in books and shows such as Harry Potter, True Blood, The Sword of Truth/Legend of the Seeker, and Merlin, so much so that at one point she truly believed fantasy worlds were real (maybe she still does). Her passion for the unimaginable and the magnificent grew, leading Jessaca to a career in fantasy writing, with an inclination toward the dark, horror, paranormal, and dystopian/apocalyptic sub-genres.​

Before she realized being an author was more than her own fantasy though, she was a wandering college student who believed in making the world a better place. She studied social work for her undergraduate and graduate degrees, and participated in a number of study abroad programs that led her to countries such as Guatemala, Italy, and Bolivia. So that her studies don’t become entirely useless, Jessaca draws heavily from her experiences abroad and from her education in human development, social institutions (race, gender, class, sexuality, etc.), mental health, and family roles, to incorporate into her novels and short stories.​

Jessaca is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves cosplay, video games, and comics. She grew up and still lives in Portland, Oregon, where she resides with her partner and their fur- and human-babies.

You can check out here website here: https://www.jessacawillis.com/

My thoughts


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For me the first chapter of a book is everything, especially as lately I find myself more easily distracted now than I was back in my younger days of reading.

And I have to say that during the first chapter of Jessaca’s debut novel I found myself fully immersed into Sean’s life, hook, line and sinker.

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During the first chapter of Blood Awakens we are sucked into the mind and thoughts that is Sean as he makes his way home from being fired under injustice circumstances. He receives a frantic and confusing phone call unaware that that would be the start of bigger changes for him and his brother, life would never be the same for, Sean again. Through his thoughts we are able to imagine the world that he is living in, a world that feel much like the dark ages but with technology, a world where people act irrationally and impulsive. Full of fear and hate for the unknown, we really get to see the injustice world that the “Awakens” have no choice but to endure.

From the start this book had my emotion on the fray! The way that Jessaca was able to use incredible and engaging style of writing that helped draw her readers into her book and into the life of the characters she had built and gave life to.

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Blood Awaken by Jessaca Willis

Blood Awakens gives you a very realistic and post-apocalyptic view on what the world around us would be like if people had suddenly started to “awaken” without prompt.

Of course this book isn’t all about Sean and his tragedies in life but also the trials and struggles of other Awakened and non-Awaken (people who haven’t woken into their power) people such as Graciela who is fiercely loyal to the Awakened, even though she is one of the “non-awakened”, though I’m sure that her brother being one of them has had a help in swaying her beliefs in what is right, what is wrong, who is dangerous and who is not.

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But having to watch her beloved brother live and suffer with his “gift” of being one of the Awakened has taken its own toll on poor Graciela. All she wants is a safe place for her and her brother to live out her days but with the world so caught up in their own terror, a safe place is few and far.

Blood Awakens takes you along on a suspense filled journey, with strong elements of family, loyalty, survival, drama and action, love and loss, magic and wonder that left me wanting more and kept me turning page after page! (or more accurately for me it kept me swiping on my kindle to read more!)

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This wasn’t like anything I have read before and I loved it for that reason!

All the characters in this novel are extremely well written and engaging. Giving you a little glimpse each time into their lives, their thoughts and feelings, I truly felt as though I was living in a post-apocalyptic world where anyone could turn on you in a second if you were “Awakened”, where I truly experience the irrational fear to the unknown.

Jessaca’s brilliant word building skills are able to transport you into her book and into the lives of her characters.

For me Blood Awakens gets a 5/5 star rating.

If you would like to find out more about Jessaca’s books or Jessaca herself then feel free to click on one of the links below!

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Purchase Links:

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Heavenward by Olga Gibba ~ Book Review

So here is my long over due review of heavenward. 5/5 stars from me!

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Heavenward is book one of the ‘Celestial Creatures Series’ a captivating and heavenly written book by an enchanting woman. Heavenward is an urban/dark fantasy and just book one out of a quadrilogy ( a four book series). Heavenward has also been placed as #1 Teen & YA Girls and Women Issues Nonfiction eBooks, #1 Teen & YA Folklore and Mythology eBooks and #9 Teen & YA Horror eBooks.

Before picking up this book I was introduced to it by @FraserFunHouse who has been organising an amazing blog tour for Olga Gibbs. The ‘Hallow Book Tour’ which had instantly caught my eyes. I have never done a blog tour before, being in my first month of blogging and all, but I’ve always loved books and I want the things I love to reflect onto my blog, so I saw this as a great opportunity to read an impressive looking/sounding book as well as doing something new and exciting while meeting other amazing bloggers/writers/aspiring writers.

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27th February, I officially became part of the Hallow Book Tour! Who kindly gave me a copy of the book Heavenward for free to get caught up with Hallow. Before starting this book I had been in a year long reading funk. I hadn’t been able to find a SINGLE book that I liked or was interested in for an entire year! It’s my fault really, I had spent a good year or two locked away in my house and during that time all I did was read one book after the other, escaping reality and diving into a new and exciting world that was completely different from the one that I was in.

When reading the blurb of this book you are only introduced to Ariel a young girl who has lived an incredibly dark past and is forever haunted by the memories and a deep disturbing nightmare that leaves her questioning her sanity…not for the first time. The blurb also gives a very vague description of three other character in the book, however only referring to them as “three new students” I was left imaging anything I liked about the other characters to this intriguing book.

Heavenward takes us on Ariel’s journey as her lonely yet somewhat mundane life gets flipped upside down all because of three new mysterious students who suddenly start to attend her high school and attache themselves to her. Things start to become more complicated than Ariel ever could have dreamt… or have a nightmare about. When right is no longer right, wrong is no longer wrong and she no longer knows who to trust, she learns that some of those things her crazy mother believed in were real after all, among other things…and she has been thrown smack bag in the middle of it all by no fault of her own. With a war at hand and two devilishly handsome angels sworn to protect her she knows her life isn’t about to get any easier, the question was, could she handle it?

Struggling to accept the information thrown at her and her new future a head, Ariel continues to struggle with her own deep dark secrets. Who was really on her side, who just saw her as nothing but a pawn in a big game? Ariel may just have been thrown into a world/war too big for her to handle.

My Thoughts

Ariel sparks the side of us I feel most of us as young girls have experienced at one time or another. Weak, defenceless, scared, confused and unsure of the world around us and the people in. Yet through her journey we get to see Ariel’s character develop into a strong and more confident heroine and a fiery ball of pushed down emotions.

There are two other main character’s to this book, Sam and Rafe. Sam is a very forward and a very cocky angel who swears to protect Ariel at all costs. He’s portrayed as a ‘ladies man’ that enjoyed every second of attention that he got, both good and bad. I feel like the safety he so quickly offers and the comfort is what draws Ariel close to him.

Rafe is another character in the book and another angel that swears to protect Ariel for different reason than Sam. Although at the start he is described as, “quite fit for a nerd.” by her friend Annie, a passing character in the book. The attention isn’t draw much on Rafe for a while and the mystery behind his introduction and lack of ‘action’ drew me more to his character and really made me want to know more about him. However through the other half of the book he takes the readers full attention along with Ariel and I found him to be the exact opposite of Sam. Where, Sam, was almost carefree and far too cocky at times, Rafe was the complete opposite. Rafe is more standoffish, stern yet an incredibly caring character and my infatuation with him only grew stronger the further I read on.

Reading through this book left me feeling more emotions than I care to admit, I got way too caught up into it and I loved EVERY SINGLE second of it. I haven’t read a book that made me feel so much in just one sitting, but the author really knows how to draw her readers in!

Ending the book has left me wanting and NEEDING to read the next book, Hallow, just to find out more secrets, more about the war at hand, more about the relationships/ possible relationships that are being formed and how on Earth (and Heaven) Ariel is going to get through it all.

The book is written solely in Ariel’s POV making me feel as though I really connected with her and what she was going through, I felt every emotion that she felt while reading this book and I wish that the book didn’t have an end! I truly fell in love with all of the characters, I felt like I was experiencing what Ariel was experiencing and connecting with those who she connected with. I feel in love with the author’s writing style, the way she was able to gracefully and thurley describe every emotion and thought that ran through Ariel’s head and I fell in love with the Author herself and the world that she has created.

I have rated this book a 5/5 and have absolutely no intentions on changing my answer. Although there are some scene that are consider sensitive or gruesome to some, I believe even those who may find subjects sensitive or gruesome would enjoy reading this book and I couldn’t find a single thing I disliked about the book or the characters.

I have to admit… I’ve already read Hallow and have half of my review written out already and I can’t wait for you guys to read it on 4th May! This is one book you are not going to want to miss out on and right now you can download you’re copy of Heavenward RIGHT HERE for FREE!

I couldn’t help but share with you guys (because it’s seriously made my year) my signed copy of Heavenward.I was gifted with such a wonderful gift from the lovely author Olga Gibbs. This book had arrived on a rather emotional day and It almost made me cry when seeing & reading Olga’s words, it had really put a smile on my face that day and now it dose every time I look at it. I honestly have to say that I feel as though I have gained a friend in Olga and the other lovely women in her book tour as well as the wonderful woman hosting the amazing book tour @fraserfunhouse. And I’m so proud of my self and so happy that I step out of my comfort zone, put myself out there and joined in with this book tour and speak with amazing bloggers and authors. I’ve really been enjoying every second of it so far!

I hope this has made you all excited and ready to get your copy of Heavenward so you can be ready to read Hallow which comes out 1ST MAY! And if you would like to read more about the author behind the book as well as inspiration that caused Olga to create such a wonderfully written and engrossing book, then just CLICK HERE to read my author interview with Olga Gibbs herself.