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.

when your kobo and kindle breaks but your laptop acts as a tablet too…🤗

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.

Author Interview with Olga Gibbs

Before releasing my book review on heavenward and my post on joining the Hallow book tour and my experience with it, I thought I’d introduce the author herself. The wonderful and amazing writer of the captivating dark fantasy series ‘The Celestial Creatures’ Olga Gibbs was kind enough to take time out of her busy scheduled to answer a few questions for us, isn’t that great?

So, I understand that You’ve published a book called Heavenward (The first book in the Celestial Creatures series) and will soon be publishing another book following Heavenward, was that planned from the beginning or did inspiration for a book series hit you after you had finished writing Heavenward?

It was originally planned as a series. Although it was planned as a trilogy, but now it’s shaping up as four books series. I even have titles ready for each of the books in the series: “Heavenward”, “Hallow”, “Harbinger” and “Halo”.
“Heavenward” is a dark fantasy with elements of high fantasy and paranormal fantasy. “Hallow” is a dark urban fantasy with some paranormal elements, and the last two books will be high fantasy as I intend to take all the action into my fantasy realms, into my created worlds.

Could you share with us one or more of you’re writing ritual/s?

I write every day. Every day! Every single day that I don’t work, I pack my children off to school, have breakfast and sit down – ready to write. No excuses. No reason was ever good enough for not doing it. Even when I was ill (well, still sick). Every day. From 9am until at least 3pm – before children will get back from school and will need their mother – I will sit and write. Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes all that I will show for so many hours of work is just 500 words, sometimes even less, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that every day I have driven my story forward.
And I don’t begin to write without a plan. I have a rough plan, then make a more detailed one, might even expand it by the chapters (what will go where), but I don’t begin on my story until the plan is done – I hate wasting my time. You will see in the next two answers how valuable my time is!

Where did the inspiration behind Heavenward come from?

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At first I had my character – Ariel. I had her with me for a few years now. She lived with me, inside me and one day when I was ready to write, I wondered what I could do with her – for her. Some parts of her is me. Some of her stories are my stories; some of it is from my childhood and my hurt (sorry, that’s as much as I am prepared to share now).
Ariel lived an incredibly tough life and I wanted her to have something good for a change. I wanted to give her her power back and for a good measure to throw humanity in it, to put us at her mercy, to turn the table. I’ve written this book for all girls out there, like Ariel – like I was once – powerless at that moment, struggling, emotionally and mentally. With this book I wanted to tell them, that they’re an incredible universe of their own, an archangel, who can change the world if decided to do so. I wanted these girls to know that their past doesn’t have to define them – I make sure every day that it doesn’t define me.
I find it incredibly sad that there are almost no books for girls like Ariel. There are books written for adults who suffered abuse, but nothing to help girls to push through, to let them know that there’s no shame, to make them feel that they’re not alone – and that’s the main issues: self-loathing, guilt, hate and utter isolation.
This topic is not appropriate for YA market (or so I was told), so here we are.
But I didn’t want to write a realistic book about Ariel’s abuse. I feel that someone who never lived through such things wouldn’t want to read about it, the way it would come out of me would be too disturbing. (You’ve read this book, right? And it’s me diluting it for the YA market), and girls, who lived through it, would never want to relive it, so that how this book became a fantasy.  But I felt it was important to give Ariel a voice, to speak about the abuse that some girls are suffering on a daily basis.
“Heavenward” is a story of empowerment and the promise of hope.  

What do you like to do in your spare time if you aren’t reading or writing?

I have very little spare time. I am writing every hour God sent. I read. I have family: husband and two teenage daughters, who need my support and guidance every day (and help with homework for GCSE year). I work part-time as a supply teacher in a secondary school and as a facilitator for the fantastic charity called “Juno Project”, which is operates in Sussex and is chaired by amazing woman, who I am proud to call my friend, Ali Golds. I am very passionate about this charity. The “Juno Project” provides support and empowers the girls, who are at risk from being excluded from school, to achieve their goals in spite of their challenges. Unfortunately, my illness precluded me from taking groups this academic year, but I am planning to get back swinging towards end of this year.

What does your family think of your writing? Have any of them read your book?

My family is very supportive of my writing. My husband always has encouraged me to write, but after I’ve read a few excerpts from “Hallow” to him, he thinks that I should drop all my other work engagements and spend my time only writing – honing my craft, so to speak. Both my girls read my book. The eldest has read both of my books and helped me with the first book a fair bit, mainly encouraging me, re-reading some parts back to me and quizzing me, challenging me, demanding me to do better. The youngest started reading “Heavenward” but she didn’t go past the scene of essence waking in Ariel. She teared up a bit there and said that doesn’t want to read any further. Fair enough. I always thought that if the book doesn’t bring you pleasure, you should close it and move on. Well, for me that applies to every book, apart from academic or research literature and documents.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Heavenward? And
do you hear from your readers much? What kind of things do they say?

I guess I was surprised to find out that I have such a great imagination – to create these worlds, creatures, clothing, and disturbing to think how dark my imagination can go – how twisted it can be, and that me trying to hold myself back as I still had YA book parameters to work within.
Very rarely a reader might write and say that they have enjoyed the book – I only had two to date – but these messages make me feel that I have done well and I have achieved that I set out to achieve. I love to see that some understood and saw (maybe read between the lines) what I was trying to do.

What would you say was your Kryptonite? What do you dislike writing about?

To write anything sweet and “plushy”. Cutesy things, romance, comedy, happily-ever-after stories – I don’t know how to do that. My impulse is to throw my characters into deep waters, with sharks circling them, and watch them swim. Or maybe they will drown each other?

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the good and bad ones?

That’s a very tricky one, every author will attest to that. I am tempted to read reviews, but for the last few months, I was learning and keeping myself away from all review platforms. With my logical mind, I know and understand that I can’t please everyone, nobody can – that’s simply impossible, but my heart wants to see and read reviews. I want to know if the years of my life and work have paid off, if baring myself to the world was worth the gamble. But I am learning to stay away – just to protect myself. It’s a simple self-preservation.

If you had to describe your main character in three words what would those three words be?

Difficult, broken, unapologetic.

What were the key challenges you faced when writing Heavenward?

The biggest challenge was to tone the story down for YA market (and I think I have miserably failed still). I wanted to write this book for girls of age 12-18 – this book is for them. For the girls, who may need this book so they don’t feel alone, for the girls who need to believe in themselves. This book is for them.

What was your highlight writing heavenward?

The readers who said that it’s the best book they have ever read (or even if it’s just the best book this year). The readers who have appreciated the story and understood what I was trying to do.

And lastly (I swear this is the last question I have) Do you have any piece of advice or favourite quote you could share with aspiring author’s such as myself?

Just two: “Grow a thicker skin if you want to publish your story” and “don’t wait for an inspiration to hit you – start working and the muse will come”.

Wow! Thank you, Olga, for sharing with us today. I can’t speak for everyone but I can speak for myself and I have to say this is one book that helped me out of a year reading funk, kept up at night and had my emotion rushing in a whirlwind while reading through it. Considering you’ve made it to #1 in Amazon I think it’d be safe to assume that your book has reached many women and young girls who are falling in love with your story and the world that you have built within your book.

If you would like to check out the book you can now download your copy FOR FREE. That’s right, in early celebration for the release of Hallow you can now get the #1 in amazon for Teen & Young Adult girls & Women Issues Nonfiction eBooks and #1 in Teen & Young Adult Folklore & Mythology eBooks! So don’t waste anytime and CLICK HERE to be directed to your free copy. And stay tuned for the release of the next book Hallow and my book review on it.

Also if anyone would like to check out the charity ‘ The Juno Project’ then please CLICK HERE to be directed to their site.

April Update

I am incredibly aware that I have slowed down massively with my blog progress and keeping on top of posts and I really am sorry for that however my life is crazy and unpredictable at times and my head is even more so.

I’ve had a lot of opportunities brought my way and a lot of exciting ideas I want to get started on and sharing with you guys! My biggest problem I have when I start getting ideas is it’s never one or two and I have a really hard time slowing down my thought train and being able to pick out a coherent thought, so I’m usually spending a week or two stressing and trying to get my thoughts into place so I can actually get cracking on some of these ideas.

I’m really bad with time management although I have been working really hard on changing that and my old motto “Better late than never”. With that being said, I have a few things planned and almost ready for you guys to read through, I thought I’d just give a little update on what to expect and around the dates you should expect them.

  • I have an author Interview with the one and only amazing Olga Gibbs
  • I will then be realising my long awaited review on Heavenward
  • 10th April I’ll be posting my experience doing yoga for a year
  • 16 April I’ll be posting ‘baking cakes with Cait’
  • 23rd April I’ll be posting ‘Adventure with the kids’
  • 23th April I’ll be posting ‘Mine and Dan’s small adventures’
  • 20th April I’ll be releasing my review on Magic Pie a children’s book written by @Robyn_Embrey
  • 30th April starts the Moxie blog tour!
  • 1st of May starts the Hallow blog Tour!
  • 2nd May I’ll be releasing my review on Moxie
  • 4th May I will then be releasing my review on Hallow!
  • 6th May I’ll be posting my first update on how I’m getting on with @Campnanowrimo for the first time!
  • 13th May I’ll be doing a post called ‘my yoga music’
  • 17th May I’ll be doing a post on the different type of yoga there is out there
  • 20th May I’ll be releasing my post on the different types of eating disorder there are out there.
  • I’m also currently in the middle of attempting to write my first ever children’s book!
  • 24th May I’ll be writing another post on Anxiety and living with it
  • 27th May, ‘A message to those who have care for an anxiety sufferer’
  • 31st May I’ll be writing a post on depression.

Now I do have a LOT more things planned than that including the release of my anxiety candle range and more exciting things. I also have other post ideas that I will probably be adding into the mix and I’ll probably end up changing a few of the titles on my posts.

I’m trying to be more regular in my blogging but I have taken on the @Campnanowrimo challenge and this will be my first year of doing it and so I’m a little all over the place trying to write, plan, stay active and healthy while staying on top of daily life, thinking of new creative ideas as well as reaching out to other bloggers/brads for guest posts and product testing.

Speaking of which, after May I am going to start posting product review (or in May if things speed up) and I’m super excited about that. I hope that this post has got everyone excited for my future posts and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or collaborations you’d like to do with me, You can click on the links below to be taken to my social accounts which you can use to contact me through or use my email: Littletinkable@Gmail.com

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I would also just like to state that if anyone is interesting in reading Heavenward it has now become amazon first best seller! And to top it off the wonderful author who created such a wonderfully captivating book has placed heavenward for free on all platforms including Amazon to celebrate her soon releasing of Hallow the next book in ‘The Celestial Creatures series’. So don’t miss you’re chance at getting the first copy for free, the offer won’t be there forever and you won’t regret getting it!

Do you like YA? Things with a little dark twist? How about a down to earth heroine that has the ability to save or destroy the very people who hurt her, and the people she cares for? How about angels with a sense of humour? Don’t miss you’re chance to download a free copy! CLICK HERE to be directed to the sites that you can go on to download this great book for FREE.

(Both tours that I have taken part in are both hosted by the fabulous @FraserFunHouse, if you’d like to check out her blog just CLICK HERE!)

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