Steelheart is the first novel in The Reckoner's series by Brandon S**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Steelheart is the first novel in The Reckoner's series by Brandon Sansderson and is a deliciously action packed tale that is X-Men meets Superman with a villianous twist in what is a great start to a promising series!
Ten years ago a meteor named Calamity shot across the sky and in it's wake ordinary men and woman developed incredible abilities. Though no one can say exactly why these extraordinary powers appeared, those blessed to inherit them found themselves changing. Known to the public as Epics, their desire to rule, to destroy, to control saw them become twisted. Nobody fights the Epics....nobody but the Reckoners; a small group of ordinary humans who dare to stand against them. Eighteen year old David has spent the last ten years planning to kill an Epic who is believed to be invincible. Steelheart killed David's father and now rules Newcago through fear and death. Years of planning and studying means David knows his best chance of taking out Steelheart is with the help of the Reckoners, but with the elusive group hiding their own secrets will David and his new friends be able to stop Steelheart or will they simply be more victims of the Epic many say can't be killed.....
Despite being a focal voice within the fantasy genre, Steelheart marks the first novel of Brandon Sanderson that I have read and I must admit, despite getting off to a slow start in the beginning, I really ended up enjoying the experience. The world that Sanderson has created is very unique and vivid, mixing fantasy with science fiction aspects to create an interesting society of superheroes and villains with powerful abilities.
Sanderson litters Steelheart with some very personable characters, all with different personalities and attributes. Following main character David who is a very likable, but daring nerd, Brandon Sanderson creates a vivid bunch with the Reckoners who have a great dynamic together. Prof, Tia, Megan, Cody and Abraham are all very different but make for some funny dialogue and situations. They all compliment each other really well.
I must say there were plenty of twists at the end that I really wasn't expecting. Sanderson allows you to think you know some of the characters, only to turn things on their head with revelations and secrets coming to light. It was spectacularly well done on his part and makes for some very promising developments.
Well written, clearly well thought out and very entertaining, Steelheart was a wonderful book from Brandon Sanderson and leaves me ready to jump straight into what I'm sure will be an action-packed sequel! A great read!...more
Every Move is Australian author Ellie Marney's conclusion to her Every trilogy and is a stellar conclusion to what has been an exciting, passionate and highly entertaining series!
Teenage sleuths Rachel Watts and James Mycroft have been to hell and back after their traumatic experience in London that saw them barely escape with their lives. The physical and mental torture they experienced at the hands of their kidnappers has left Rachel traumatized and experiencing painful nightmares that has seen her relationship with Mycroft affected.
In Every Move, Rachel and James find themselves piecing together the clues to discover the real identity of the mysterious Mr. Wild and as their troubles follows them back home to Melbourne and then to Rachel's hometown of Five Mile, Rachel and James must make a final stand against the man who was responsible for James's parents deaths and who won't stop until he silences Rachel and Mycroft for good.....
To be perfectly honest, for a proud Australian like myself I don't really read enough authentic Australian fiction. With so many fantastic stories out there it's hard to read them all and perhaps because of this I don't read enough books by Aussie authors. And yet it's books like Every Move and the rest of Ellie Marney's series that really makes me think I should!
Author Ellie Marney is a perfect example of home grown talent embracing Australian culture and mannerisms and using them to empower a timely classtic with a contemporary urban twist. As part of a series that has expertly woven the classic tale of Sherlock Homes and his adventures with everyday Australian culture and life, Every Word once more draws readers into the lives of Rachel Watts and James Mycroft as our beloved heroes make their final stand.
Both Rachel and James have been through so much and come so far in this series. They've fallen in love over the course of three books as they took their friendship to the next level and have fought to uncover the truth about what happened to James's parents. They're struggled and fought and managed to survive when all seemed lost and it's still an absolute pleasure to follow them each and every time.
I honestly feel Rachel and James encompass the Australian teenager, whilst managing to be the teen sleuths they are. Obviously most normal teens don't go around chasing criminals and solving murders, but for what they do, Marney has managed to make them very relatable and authentic in today's day and age.
With solid writing, believable characters and a passionate love story, Ellie Marney has managed to stay very true to Australian culture as she explored Rachel and James together, both in the city and the Australian countryside. I loved that she made everything feel real and kept things in the realm of believability even as we saw Rachel and James solve crimes, embrace forensics and work alongside a number of different police forces both in Australia and England.
As Rachel and James face their final battle in this series, Marney manages to keep the excitement, action and romance to the perfect level she always has with this series, and weaves together the themes of family, friendship and discovery as readers join Rachel and James once more.
A great editon and ending to what has been a highly entertaining series and one all Aussie teen readers should read, Every Move will take you from one high to another and leave you pleased as punch with how Rachel and James's journey ends!
Every Word is the sequel to Ellie Marney’s sensational debut Every Breath and is as easily as good as the first! With its rich setting and personable characters, Every Word will easily captivate with its thrilling storyline and the electric chemistry shared by its main characters.
I have to say, this is good Australian fiction, plain and simple. Admittedly I don’t read a lot of it, probably less than I should as a proud Australian, but even I can recognize well written and well told Aussie fiction. Set in the urban setting of Melbourne, Every Word continues to follow Australian teenager Rachel Watt’s and her best friend/neighbor turned boyfriend James Mycroft and sees the two teens jet off to London to help solve yet another mysterious murder.
I truly found myself falling in love with Rachel and Mycroft in the first book and I only love them together so much more after reading the second. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t read a lot of books like this, but I really appreciate the freshness and uniqueness Marney has brought to the page with her characters and storylines. It may seem far fetched—two teens so easily inserting themselves into different murder investigations, but the authenticity of the characters means this is never an issue. At least not for me; I just loved seeing two intelligent and focused Aussie teens doing what they do best.
Whilst the first book was set entirely in Melbourne, Every Word takes readers on a different kind of adventure with Marney taking her readers into the heart of London when Mycroft races off to assist in a murder investigation in his home country and Rachel soon follows. The setting of Every Word brings some authentic English culture and life to the story when our teens experience some every day London life whilst assisting in the investigating.
Rachel and Mycroft really are fantastic characters to read about. And don’t even get me started on the sexual tension that runs rampant between them! Rachel is a typical Australian teen; natural and normal, but she’s also very intelligent and daring, something that makes her the perfect match for Mycroft.
James Mycroft is one of those characters who are incomparable to anyone else. The way he thinks, acts and questions things is uniquely his own and I honestly think there isn’t a character out there like him. Being British and extremely quick thinking and intelligent, the likeliness between Mycroft and the infamous Sherlock Holmes is something Ellie Marney plays with well, and yet she still manages to give him his own distinct personality. Mycroft is a very haunted individual and has a difficult time letting people in, something he and Rachel struggle with throughout the series but he is making process with.
Mycroft and Rachel are, at their base, best friends. Theirs is a relationship built on an extremely strong foundation of friendship that steadily progressed over time into a romantic relationship. The thing I really love about them is that they’re actually really awkward with each other at times, but I can’t help but feel like this only enhances the natural chemistry they share. I adore their romantic interactions and seeing their physical relationship develop. These two are really fun to read about and I very much enjoy seeing their romance continue to blossom. I hope Marney continues to allow them to grow and keeps them strong together.
Overall, Every Word is a superb follow-up to Ellie Marney’s debut and Marney delivers yet another brilliant instalment. This chapter of the series ends wonderfully, but I’m still geared up for the third and final book Every Move! ...more