Fate’s Fables by T. Rae Mitchell is an entertaining and adventure riddled fantasy tale that is brimming with magical creatures, powerful individuals and mysterious discoveries.
Fate Floyd has always enjoyed fantasy over reality, but her love of all things fictional is put to the test when Fate finds herself sucked into a book of unfortunate fairy tales alongside a mysterious young man names Finn who is eerily familiar and the only way for them to escape the Book of Fables is for Fate and Finn to change the endings of each of the eight tales into happily-ever-afters. Each tale is more dangerous than the next and with plenty of unexpected forces determined to keep Fate and Finn from altering the tales, Fate and Finn will find themselves on a life changing journey where happiness is far from guaranteed….
T. Rae Mitchell has created a fun and adventure filled fantasy tale with Fates Fables, kicking off the Fate’s Journey series. Unfolding mainly through Fate and Finn’s POV, with an occasional different character thrown into the mix, Fate’s Fables takes you into the heart of eight very different fairy-tales, all sporting the trademark traits that make fairy-tales what they are; good versus evil, romance, monsters, magic and of course good triumphing over evil in the end.
Fate’s Fables focuses on a decent bunch of characters. Fate and Finn were easy to follow and Sithias made me smile on more than one occasion. That snakeman was certainly unique and although he had his own form of a happily ever after in Fate’s Fables, I would love to see him again down the track as his personality really shone as a highlight in the story for me.
I have to say I was surprised by the level of growth the main two characters undertake in Fate’s Fables. Fate and Finn become almost completely different people throughout the story; most especially Fate, who goes from normal teenage girl to a sword wielding, battle capable warrior from what seems like one moment to the next. Don’t get me wrong; I understand these developments within the story and seeing as large levels of time often pass throughout the novel (weeks, sometimes months are jumped) it makes sense that Fate would be drastically altered, but I still couldn’t help but feel it was a lot of change for one novel. It was the kind of growth I’d expected over the course of a series, not just the first book. That being said, Fate and Finn both go through a lot so it’s understandable they would develop because of this.
Overall Fate’s Fables was an entertaining read, perfect for anyone who loves fairy-tales and wants to jump straight into the story. I look forward to seeing what T. Rae Mitchell has in store for Fate and Finn in the next instalment! ...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
Death’s Queen is the thrilling latest release by Janeal Falor and is a sensational fantasy tale filled with danger, excitement and forbidden romance, perfect for fans of Maria V. Snyder and Sarah J. Maas!
She is known as death; a faceless assassin trained to kill, owned by a ruthless man whose cruelty knows no bounds and who pushes her to kill. Desperate and haunted, the broken seventeen year old runs away, recklessly choosing to ingest a centuries old liquid known for killing all but a select few who drink it. Dismayed to discover she is one of the few who live and crowned Queen, this nameless assassin must decide who to trust in a brand new world of politics and court life, all the while trying to stay ahead of unknown individuals who will stop at nothing to see her dead…..
As someone who considers herself a Janeal Falor fan, I have to say I went into Death’s Queen with big expectations….and I’m happy to say she delivered on them! There’s nothing about Death’s Queen I didn’t love. Honestly. Well written, paced and depicted, Falor introduces readers to a beguiling fantasy world and a main character who is easy to follow and genuinely likable.
I was easily captivated by the nameless heroine in Death’s Queen. This was a young woman who had experienced a hard life and who had been responsible for taking the lives of so many. A hasty decision to ingest a liquid that should have killed her in the hopes of death, our heroine now finds herself Queen of a nation she barely knows anything about. It was really entertaining to follow this lass. She’s brass and awkward and doesn’t mince her words, but underneath her calm and stoic exterior she’s really kind and caring. Intelligent and quick thinking, she actually cares about the people of Valcora and wants to better things for them. She’s also able to kick butt, so there’s that too—nothing wrong with a capable woman.
Exciting and often filled with great fight scenes, Death’s Queen sees a number of assassins try to take the life of our main character, and Janeal Falor keeps the mystery encompassing this all the way to the end. In a land where motives are often questionable, who can our main character trust? Aside from a truthful and honourable guard who makes her stomach flutter, our Queen will need to decide who she can rely on as well as find out who’s trying to kill her before it’s too late.
Fused with magic and featuring a storyline that makes me wonder what will happen next, Death’s Queen races to an exhilarating ending and has me eager to see what Janeal Falor has in store for the series with the second book! ...more
Myths of Mish is the second novel in Katie Hamstead’s delicious Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles and is another great read perfect for those who love their fairytales with a sci-fi flair or who are fans of Marissa Meyer.
Everyone knows the story of Hansel and Gretel; how they were lost in the woods and tricked by a wicked witch before ultimately killing the witch and saving themselves. Well, after years and years Hansel would like nothing more than to be rid of that stigma. It doesn’t help that he’s convinced that the experience in the woods was more sinister than it appeared and his step mother Berta is up to no good. Deemed paranoid and untrusting, all Hansel wants to do is protect his sister, even if it means helping her run away from an arranged marriage. Wilhelmine “Minna” Nordon has known the siblings since she was a child and if anyone knows about Hansel’s issues it’s her. So when Minna catches Hansel and Gretel running away she decides to stow away on their ship to protect her friend and the boy she has loved for years….if only Hansel would stop being so stubborn and give her a chance. Yet with Hansel’s fears turning out to be well founded, will Hansel finally see the wonderful person Minna really is? Or will it be too late for their happily ever after?
Following up the first novel in this adventurous series, Myths of Mish is a lovely twist on the Hansel and Gretel classic with sci-fi mixing with magic and romance. Featuring strong characters and unfolding through the varying POV’s of Hansel, Minna and Gretel, Myths of Mish was a well-rounded tale and kept me eagerly reading along.
I liked the characters in the story, although Hansel’s stubbornness was occasionally a bit grating and his cruel treatment of Minna in the beginning disheartening. That being said, I enjoyed seeing the growth in him and that Hamstead forced him to re-evaluate the way saw and treated Minna. It made me smile that his natural male pride made him want to always control his ship, although he wasn’t the best driver. It made him such a guy in this regard.
Personally I thought Myths of Mish was just a really well told entertaining read. It was just fun; exciting, romantic, action, adventure filled and very enjoyable. There was chemistry between the characters, plenty of fight sequences and dashing moments and of course romance and love that pleased the romantic in me.
A solid read and great addition to the Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles, I’m looking forward to whatever tale Katie Hamstead has in store for us next!...more
The Obsidian Star is the delightful prequel novella to L.M. Fry’s Trinity Key Trilogy and features fan favourite Nessie like never before, finally allowing readers to follow the fiery airship captain in her own adventurous tale!
Seventeen year old Vanessa “Nessie” Stein would prefer to be elbow deep in grease or behind the controls of an airship than where her parents deem an acceptable place for a young lady. Passionate and daring, Nessie has big dreams, and none of them include running a home like her sister Victoria or as the wife of a controlling man. Nessie wants to explore the world and see Aetherland, but never expected her chance would come as a kidnapping victim. Plotting her escape, Nessie soon realises that not everyone is who they seem and the enemy may turn out to be her real friends…..
Having been intrigued by Nessie during the Trinity Key Trilogy, I was stoked to follow Nessie in this prequel novella that is action packed, adventurous and so much fun! Allowing readers to get to know Nessie as a seventeen year old girl on the edge of becoming a woman, The Obsidian Star was a delightful tale that made me fall in love with Nessie all over again.
Her unique personality in the Aetherland world shone through during the Trinity Key Trilogy and it was so sweet seeing her as a teenager. Fry made me fall in love with the Obsidian Star crew, especially the Obsidian Brothers who I’m racking my brain trying to recall if they were mentioned in the Trinity Key Trilogy about as I really liked them.
The Obsidian Star was such a grand adventure, I’m really not ready see Nessie’s story come to an end. It would be brilliant to see a whole series from Nessie’s POV down the track as I think this fiery redhead would have plenty of stories to tell. A great read from L.M. Fry!...more
**spoiler alert** Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours and author Olivia Wildenstein for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review**spoiler alert** Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours and author Olivia Wildenstein for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!
Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein is a thoroughly entertaining and a delightfully unique blend of Native American folklore and fae mythology. A sharp, well written and at times emotional read guaranteed to entrance from beginning to tend.
Founded centuries before by a powerful Native American tribe, the small town of Rowan is where college student Catori “Cat” Price grew up, the daughter of the town’s undertaker and funeral director. Studying medicine in Boston, Cat finds herself returning hom after the heartbreaking death of her mother. Cat’s family are struggling to deal with their unexpected loss, while Cat is determined to prove her mother’s death wasn’t of natural causes. When the young medical examiner arrives to examine her mother, Cat’s senses start telling her the handsome young man isn’t who he appears and as Cat begins to delve into her family’s Native Gottwa roots in an effort to learn the truth about her mother’s death, she’ll discover some shocking truths about the town of Rowan and the creatures whose history is as tied to Rowan as they are her own…..
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by Rose Petal Graves. Heading into the novel, I wasn’t sure what to expect as the description doesn’t give too much away but I have to say, I really loved the story I discovered within its pages. I’m a big faerie lover and Rose Petal Graves was a fresh and exciting take on them in my mind. Olivia Wildenstein weaves together some unique faerie abilities with Native American folklore and imagined history in this story—it made for some really interesting reading.
Cat is a strong and likable main character to follow who is understandably grief stricken from her recent loss, but also very fiery as she navigates this new supernatural world she’s discovering and the dangers that come with it.
Weaving a lot of mystery into the story as Cat uncovers the truth about her mother’s death and Rowan’s history, Wildenstein introduces a whole cast of different characters from all walks of life. Something I really loved about this novel, is the way Olivia Wildenstein really made me care about all the characters in the novel as Cat finds herself questioning who are the good and who are the bad guys.
With the ancient hunters and fae at war with one another, Cat interacts with both sides of the divide and Wildenstein writes them all very complex and complicated where you as the reader find yourself liking, emphasing and understanding everyone involved. Cruz won me over very quickly, but then so did Ace who continues to be the “bad” boy and appears untrustworthy while continuing to do things that surprise you as the reader. And then there’s Kajika whose very existence cost Cat someone she loved and yet whose story is so very heart breaking.
There’s moments of romance between Cat and two of the three men who are becoming focal points in her life, although I couldn’t help but detect chemistry between her, Cruz, Kijika and Ace. Normally some kind of love triangle is my worst nightmare, but in Rose Petal Graves, I loved all three of the guys so I’m finding it really hard to pick someone I would prefer Cat to choose. That being said, at this point it could go either way and it’s too soon to really pinpoint where Cat’s heart is leaning……I’m eager to see what happens down the track as my heart already hurts for all those involved.
Mysterious and intriguing, Rose Petal Graves is a highly entertaining read that will impress you with its unique fae mythology and leave you ready for more. A great read—I can’t wait to see what Olivia Wildenstein has in store in the sequel! ...more
Ignite is Danielle Rogland’s debut novel and is a harsh and vivid YA dystopian perfect for fans of Article 5 by Kristen Simmons or Disruption by Jessica Shirvington.
In a bleak and hopeless dystopian future, London is in ruins; led by a cruel dictator whose government are known for destroying all those that oppose the Empire through fire and fear. The only individuals brave enough to stand against the Empire are “The Flames”, a rebel group determined to stand up against the Empire, known for leaving candles behind whenever they have saved someone from the Empire’s clutches. Jacks is a homeless pickpocket, living alone after her gang was ripped apart by the Empire. Everyone knows there’s no one more wanted than The Flames, so when Jacks finds herself caught up as the rebels stage one of their daring rescue missions, she knows getting involved with them is suicide. Yet The Flames are nothing like Jacks expected and soon she finds herself being drawn into the close-knit group. Having seen her parents murdered by the Empire, Jacks knows the impact of the “burners” better than anyone, but will she be able to overcome her fear and instincts to run in order to help The Flames in their fight against the Empire or will she find herself going out on her own again?
Richly depicted, Ignite introduces readers to a quite vivid, somewhat desolate dystopian London. Danielle Roglands brings her London Ruins alive and it was easy to picture the empty London Tubes, the deserted streets, the broken and destroyed structures that were once buildings and complexes and the gangly street kids and poor people that brought the story to life.
Initially Ignite started out slow for me, but I found the more I read, the more I liked the story. Ignite unfolds through four different POV’s, something I wasn’t initially expecting seeing as the description only mentions Jacks. Though Jacks is still our main protagonist, we also follow Flame members Zira, Corry and Jeremy which admittedly allows for a more well-rounded reading experience than if Ignite was told through Jacks eyes alone.
Danielle Rogland depicts Ignite well, with an aura of mystery surrounding two of the main characters origins. There’s an interesting dynamic between the characters and with trust often lost and loyalty a dangerous thing, Ignite sees the characters overcome a lot in their fight against the Empire. Danger and adventure filled, there’s not much romance to be found in Ignite; just the tiniest bit to satisfy those looking for that romantic connection between characters, but not enough to ever distract from the rest of the storyline.
Ignite features some daring escapes and even a few sad moments, but will definitely entertain readers. At this point I’m not sure if Danielle Rogland plans to make Ignite a part of the series as the story ends well enough to be left as a standalone tale, but I would definitely be interested in seeing what The Flames get up to next if the chance ever arose. Well worth a read if you enjoy gritty dystopian, Ignite satisfies in it’s adventure. ...more
The Flame Never Dies is the gripping second novel in Rachel Vincent’s Well of Souls series and follows on diligently where the last book left off, once more drawing readers into a dangerous demonic world.
Nina Kane and her pregnant sister Mellie have been on the run since they discovered the shocking truth that the war against demons is far from over, and that the Unified Church members are all possessed by demons themselves. Alongside Finn and the other fugitive exorcists, Nina and her sister have been travelling the badlands as Nina learns about her abilities as an exorcist and plans the arrival of Mellie’s baby. The rogue exorcists have enough dangers to face without the added threat of Pandemonia; a city inhabited completely by demons whose leader will stop at nothing to locate Nina and her friends. With time running out to find a soul for Mellie’s baby and with the dangers growing, will Nina have to make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the baby lives?
Picking up approximately five months after the last novel left off, The Flame Never Dies details the latest stage in Nina’s life as she and the other exorcists train and continue to exorcise demons as they travel across the badlands. Rachel Vincent continues to keep her readers entertained with this sequel and ups the ante as Nina and her friends face a new brand of demon and a new danger.
There’s a lot of emotion in this novel, with loss inevitable at times and Rachel Vincent keeps readers following along with action, danger and excitement always present. Personally, I’ve really enjoyed following Nina and the exorcists and think they’ve been really intriguing to get to know and follow.
I have to say though, I found the ending a little anti-climatic for the final novel in this duology. Don’t get me wrong; a lot of things were left well, and very hopeful, but I didn’t feel the closure I was hoping for if The Flame Never Dies is the last book in this series. I want more. There’s so much I still want to witness and so many characters I still yearn to learn about. Vincent only allowed us a glimpse of so much within this world—I want more.
I want to get to know Devi and Maddox, see what happens to Grayson now that she’s transitioned, discover how Finn adjusts to his new body, what happens to baby Adam, whether Eli and Ana become a couple, and what happens to the Lord’s Army. Whether Rachel Vincent plans a spin-off or any more tales in this world is unknown to me, but I think it will be a real shame if she doesn’t…..
Overall I enjoyed The Flame Never Dies. I’m not necessarily ready to bid this series goodbye, but I did think this was a solid read. Definitely perfect for those who love their dystopian tales with a hint of a demonic influence....more
A Girl Called Owl is a unique debut novel from Amy Wilson that details a luscious, icy tale featuring some of mythology’s most interesting characters.
Thirteen year old Owl has grown up with her quirky mother’s tales of magical lands and powerful beings. Owl knows most of her mother’s stories off by heart but never expects that the truth about her father could be as incredible as it really is. Yet when icy tendrils begin to bloom across Owl’s hands and she suddenly beings to notice strange creatures watching her every move, Owl will have to delve into worlds straight out of fairy tales if she wants to learn the truth about her new abilities and who she really is…..
A Girl Called Owl is a hard book for me to review. I think Amy Wilson had a genius thought when she decided to write a novel featuring Jack Frost and a lot of the other forces of nature we hear about upon occasion, but I don’t think the execution was as good as it could have been. A Girl Called Owl was admittedly well written, but I failed to connect emotionally with the characters and felt the novel was a slow one to read. It wasn’t bad, it just was missing something and because of this I struggled.
Perhaps it’s an age thing, but to me Owl read too young and her attitude at times grated, making it difficult for me to really care about her and what was going on in her life. I loved seeing characters such as Jack Frost, the North Wind, Mother Nature, the Lady of the Lake, the Earl of October, etc come to life, but unfortunately these magical individuals weren’t able to save the story in my eyes.
Promising, but ultimately falling flat for me, A Girl Called Owl featured a unique premise that failed to win me over but may suit the younger demographic who enjoy their tales whimsical and filled with magic. ...more
Windwitch is the second novel in The Witchlands series by Susan Dennard and is a forward moving and fast paced follow up to its predecessor that draws readers once more into an exhilarating and dangerous world of magic and danger!
After the events of the first book, Safi and Iseult find themselves separated by land and sea with Safi held prisoner by the Marstok Empress and Iseult racing against time to find her Threadsister all the while finding herself haunted in dreams by the mysterious Puppeteer. Facing with limited options, Iseult finds herself forming an uneasy alliance with the Bloodwitch Aeduan; Aeduan will track Safi in exchange for the money Iseult has stolen from him but as Iseult and Aeduan work together to cross the Witchlands, there are dangers looming across the Witchlands no one expected…..Prince Merik is a dead man, or at least that’s what everyone believes. When an explosion left him burned, scared and gravely injured, Merik found himself embracing the anonymity being “dead” allows him to have. Wanting to prove his sisters treachery, Merik sets out with a close companion to prove her deceit, but when it becomes clear something more sister is going on in Nubreva will Merik be able to find the power to fight for his people, or will he be lost to his own misery and anger?
After the thrilling ending of Truthwitch, I jumped straight into Windwitch to once more become lost in the world Susan Dennard has created. I have to admit I was a bit perplexed by the beginning of Windwitch; mainly due to the changes in Merik and the shocking events that occurred to him in the week between when the last book concluded and when Windwitch began. It was almost like reading about a totally different character at times—so very different from the Merik I had met in Truthwitch, although if I’m being honest, I can see the reasoning behind it.
As Windwitch allows readers to discover more of Merik as the title character, and Susan Dennard to develop the storyline, Windwitch also allows readers to get to know some of the other characters a great deal more too including Aeduan and Merik’s powerful sister Viva, who is a surprise in many ways.
A rich and poignant fantasy story, I’m very much enjoying how this series is developing. I’m a romantic at heart, so I’m hopeful for a happy ending for Merik and Safi down the track and look forward to seeing something powerful develop between Iseult and Aeduan; the first hints of a budding romance between them are already there. But I’m also very intrigued by the other aspects of the story; the mysterious and powerful Puppeteer, this dangerous shadow man Merik has been dealing with, Owl, the Hell-Bards, Caden and even the empress of Marstok, Vaness….lots of different aspects coming together to make me want more.
Though Windwitch seemed very different to Truthwitch, it opens a lot of possibilities to the series and I’m beyond excited for the third book to be released, Bloodwitch. I really do love Aeduan, so I can’t wait to see him in a starring role and continuing to explore this world that Susan Dennard has so wonderfully crafted....more
Defy the Stars is Claudia Gray's breathtaking latest release and is an exhilarating sci-fi tale masterfully blending well developed romance and high stakes action in this incredibly addictive and beguiling novel!
Noemi is a well trained and capable soldier from the planet Genesis, fighting to defend her people from their enemy planet Earth. Abel is one of Earth's mechs; a perfectly created super machine, designed to fight in the war against Genesis and completely one of a kind. Highly intelligent and capable, Abel has spent thirty years alone on a ship lost in space, his conscience developing well past the expected levels of any mech. When one of Noemi's friends is injured in a battle against Earth, they seek refuge on the ship Abel inhabits, and Noemi quickly finds herself forced to rely on the human-like Abel to survive. When tragedy strikes, Noemi decides to make one last ditch effort to protect her people, but when it becomes clear Abel is far from the mindless machine she first thought him to be, will Noemi be able to make the ultimate sacrifice or will love change everything....
Claudia Gray is an author I have been reading for years. I first became a fan when I read her debut novel Evernight and have followed her career ever since. This woman never fails to write a stunning novel, but may have truly outdone herself with Defy the Stars! Perfect for fans of the Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Defy the Stars is a beautifully told and emotionally vivid story. I was very impressed with the well paced progression of the story and the way the characters and storyline developed.
I felt Noemi and Abel were well rounded and wonderfully developed. With the novel unfolding through the back and fourth point of views of both of them, Gray will make you fall absolutely in love with these two individuals who start out as enemies but soon come to develop a close and unexpected bond. Noemi and Abel are both honorable and noble characters who will make you contemplate who is in the right and who is in the wrong as they journey throughout the galaxy and come to see different point of views of the worlds around them and the ongoing war between planets.
As a mech, Abel was admittedly the highlight of the novel for me. Though I loved Noemi, Abel thrilled me from start to finish as he continued to experience new thoughts and feelings and became so very human. It was beautifully written on Claudia Gray's part, especially the complex relationship Abel has with his creator and the little things, such as adoring Casablanca, that made Abel such a personable character.
As the novel progresses, Defy the Stars will make you continually think and question things as you follow Noemi and Abel on their life changing journey. Entertaining and exciting, Defy the Stars was a spectacularly told story, well balanced and perfectly woven together story. Even if the ending of the novel did slay me and break my heart somewhat.
Perfectly written and so very good, Defy the Stars is a 2017 read I highly recommend and something I will continue to think about even though it's over. Can't wait to see what Claudia Gray has in store with this series next as there's so many facets of this world she could explore!...more
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan is a riveting and emotionally rich tale of two mismatched teens who find solace in each other when their mistakes see them brought together unexpectedly.
When both Jess and Nico are caught stealing in two separate incidents, it is decided they will perform community service as punishment. For Jess, this means escaping her troubled home life for a few hours while she picks up trash, while for Nico, who has recently moved to England with his mum and dad it means he can pretend he’s not being forced to move back home and expected to marry a virtual stranger in only a few weeks’ time. Jess and Nicu couldn’t be more different, but as they bond, both teens find comfort in the other and soon Jess and Nicu can’t deny how happy the other makes them feel.
You know what, We Come Apart was a really emotional novel at times. There were moments when this book absolutely slayed me; especially when Nicu experienced the painful and unnecessary bullying he did and Jess’s home life continued to be filled with abuse. Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan do a really good job with We Come Apart and managed to captivate their reader throughout the course of the story really well.
On the whole, I don’t generally read novels told in verse, nor would I typically seek them out, but for Sarah Crossan I’ll make an exception considering I’ve never had anything but fantastic experiences when reading her books and quite enjoyed her previous novel, One, also told in verse. And We Come Apart follows in this fashion, proving to be a wonderful reading experience with all its emotion, authenticity and characterization.
Jess and Nicu had two very different and distinct voices. I don’t know what the writing process was between Crossan and Conaghan was; whether they wrote one character each or shared the two personalities between them, but whatever it was, the end result was really impressive. And really worked. Nicu’s fractured, but still delightful English was interesting to read and reflected Nicu’s struggles to fit in and become a part of an English society very effectively. I liked Jess enough, but goodness did I love Nico. Nico just made me want to scoop him up and protect him from the world as the story unfolded.
Delightfully sweet, but moving and emotional, We Come Apart is a quick read that will really make you feel. The ending was bittersweet but true and still leaves me pondering what might have been and what might be for these two teens I've come to love. Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan create a wonderful tale in We Come Apart and I definitely recommend!...more
Grail is the superbly action packed and exciting third instalment in Realm Lovejoy’s Le Fay series and continues Morgan’s harrowing and breathtaking adventures as she fights to protect Camelot and King Arthur from forces of evil!
Morgan le Fay is the most hated person in all of Camelot. And yet, despite being in prison for treason and acts against the crown, Morgan is the only person who knows the truth….King Arthur isn’t safe and the deadly Luminaries are determined to overthrow the boy king. Despised and scorned, Morgan is still determined to protect Arthur, even if it means accepting her role as outcast and the humiliation it brings, but when Morgan finds herself on a mission to find the greatest Royal Relic in the world, the Grail, will it be her past that is Camelot’s ultimate ruin?
Realm Lovejoy never fails to keep me highly entertained with this sensational series and Grail is absolutely no exception to this rule! Picking up where the previous book, Sword, left off, Grail depicts how far Morgan has fallen. Strong willed and passionate, our beloved heroine made difficult choices in the last book that have seen her scored and ridiculed, cast aside and now perceived as a criminal. For one such as Morgan, this affects her deeply and as Grail unfolds, it’s a daily struggle for Morgan to find the inner strength to continue on. Yet being the powerful person she is, Morgan pushes on and along the way begins to slowly rebuild her life.
I loved the way Realm Lovejoy is developing Morgan. Morgan is a highly likable character and there’s a lot going on within the series that impact heavily on her. As secrets are revealed and heritages discovered, Morgan changes and adapts and I like that she struggles, that she feels, and though she doesn’t always react the way a rational person should, it’s nice to see her beginning to accept her limitations.
Despite being the third book in a series, Grail continues to keep up the high excitement and storyline development, while managing to maintain its own individual tale focusing around Morgan’s hunt for the Grail and the threat against Arthur.
Filled with all the great Le Fay characters; Merlin, Lancelot, Arthur and more, Grail is another great instalment in a thrilling series and ends a chapter in Morgan’s journey while leaving me dying to see what happens next! ...more
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard is a beautifully told story of first love, personal discovery and powerful social issues woven together with an uplifting storyline and adorable romance.
Sixteen year old Steffi has selective mutism. Her whole life has been a struggle to communicate and overcome her inability to talk to those beside her family and best friend. With her best friend attending a different school for the first time ever, Steffi is facing the school year by herself. And then she’s introduced to the new boy. Rhys is deaf and Steffi’s ability to use basic sign language means she's automatically asked to show him around and help him adjust. Rhys is the one person who doesn’t care that Steffi can’t talk and as the two quickly become friends, romance soon blossoms, with Steffi beginning to learn that her voice isn’t as silent as she first thought.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder was a really beautiful book to read. Though this is my first book by Sara Barnard, I was really impressed with how she detailed the story. I thought A Quiet Kind of Thunder was the perfect blend of entertainment and thought provoking social issues. The romance within the story was so very adorable to witness with Steffi and Rhys awkward, sweet and very endearing. Barnard paints first love so sweetly and honestly with the two teens genuinely falling in love and experiencing everything that comes with that throughout the course of A Quiet Kind of Thunder.
As the story unfolds through the eyes of Steffi, I thought Barnard managed to capture Steffi’s voice perfectly. She felt like an authentic sixteen year old girl, and I was easily able to follow and enjoy her story as she navigated all the typical things in life teenagers experience; boyfriends, friendship, kissing, parties, sex, relationships, as well as her own unique issues that came in the form of her selective mutism.
And Rhys! What a cutie! As Steffi’s love interest, Rhys was a wonderful character to get to know within the story. Not even taking into consideration his deafness, Rhys was kind, shy, adorable and so very loveable. I loved being able to see his addition to Steffi’s life and how he helped bring her out of her shell and made her happy. Rhys was a happy individual who seemed to really embrace all the positive things in life, rather than bad things---and I loved that!
I have to give Sara Barnard props for so wonderfully exploring the social anxiety that comes from selective mutism and highlighting how uncontrollable it is in A Quiet Kind of Thunder. The word selective is almost misleading when you think of selective mutism as Barnard details how encroaching it is in Steffi’s life and how illogical it can be. Steffi doesn’t want to be that way, she doesn’t want to be unable to talk; she’s not quiet because she necessarily wants to be that way….she just can’t control it.
Oh, and can I just say how fabulous I thought Steffi’s support system was in this book! Steffi’s parents are divorced and are both remarried but throughout A Quiet Kind of Thunder, Barnard often brings all four of Steffi’s parental figures together to help and support Steffi. It was fantastic to see how this all functioned and I found it very commendable that an author would write such a well-functioning family unit. It’s such a nice change from all the broken and dysfunctional families you read about.
Rich and poignant, A Quiet Kind of Thunder is a fantastic addition to the YA genre. There’s so many acts of growth and discovery throughout the story and Sara Barnard ends A Quiet Kind of Thunder in a simple, hopeful way that leaves me satisfied. Beautiful from beginning to end, I highly recommend this story. ...more
Reckless Rendeavous is a quick and easy novella tale in the Reckless Beat series by Eden Summers that follows band manager Leah as she heads to Vegas to escape the feelings she has for a man she knows she can never have.
Leah Gorman has been secretly in love with her best friend Ryan for years, even though her client and the Reckless Beat member was married and unattainable. Now Ryan has kissed her, heartbroken by his impending divorce and angry at his estranged wife. So Leah does what any normal person would do in her situation….flee. All the way to Las Vegas, and into the arms of the sexy inked tattoo artist she remembers from her last time there. Hoping to lose her inhabitations in some down and dirty sex, Leah quickly realises that though she’s determined to switch off for a few days, her heart won’t let her ignore it anymore and Leah’s going to have some tough choices to make…
A quick, easy and highly sexy novella that sets the stage for Leah and Ryan's story in the next novel, Undeniable Temptation, Reckless Rendezvous is one saucy read! I definitely recommend reading this novella. It's fun and flirty and easy to devour.
This tale is in no way a romance--it's about blinding passion, desire and lust. It's about getting to know a little about the inner workings of Leah's mind and discovering what makes her tick. With some hot as can be sex, seductive guys and a sizzling weekend away.
Eden Summers also introduces her readers to a few new enticing characters in this novella, none more so than Logan: the scorching tattoo artist who will have you got and heady and hoping he gets his own tale somewhere down the track. Hopefully with Emma!
Sexy from beginning to end, Reckless Rendezvous is perfect to read in the lead up to the final Reckless Beat novel, Undeniable Temptation and leaves me beyond eager to see Leah and Ryan get their well deserved happily ever after....more
Undeniable Temptation is the absolutely brilliant conclusion to the Reckless Beat series by Eden Summers and is an incredibly sexy, heart-warming and emotional read that is filled with all the sensuality, humour and friendship that make this series great!
Ryan Bennett was blindsided when his wife served him with divorce papers, but getting out of his loveless marriage has been a blessing in disguise; allowing him to finally acknowledge the raging attraction he feels for his band manager and best friend, the woman who has held is heart for years. Leah Gorman has been haunted by the kiss she shared with Ryan after he discovered his estranged wife’s plans for divorce, but can’t help the way she feels about the man she’s been in love with for years. It’s hard enough facing the backlash that comes from being connected to someone in the public eye, but with Leah’s management contract stipulating against an intimate relationship with a client, Leah and Ryan could be over before they begin if Leah’s bosses discover the connection between them. Will Ryan and Leah be able to have a future, or will work commitments and Ryan’s past keep them apart forever?
Having fallen in love with the series a little bit more with each and every novel, I was absolutely thrilled with this ending to the Reckless Beat series. I have loved reading about these characters and watching them fall in love with each novel and was very happy with the way in which Edden Summers chose to conclude the series—it couldn’t have been more perfect in my eyes.
Undeniable Temptation is the story most fans, like myself, have been waiting for—Ryan and Leah’s story. Finally. And boy does it entertain. Long awaited, Undeniable Temptation is Leah and Ryan at their best. I loved them before, but I love them even more after this story. Leah and Ryan just go so well. There’s chemistry, attraction and a lovely foundation of friendship. Summers has built them up for so long and us readers have just been dying to see the final result….
I mean honestly….Leah is a strong, capable and successful businesswoman who manages one of the biggest bands in the world and manages to keep all five men in check; a feat that isn’t always easy with Mason Lynch involved. But she does it, while managing to remain composed and poised—that’s a strong woman right there. And Ryan? Ryan was just the perfect gentleman….with Summers giving him a shakeup in this novel and allowing readers to see another side to Ryan Bennett. It was wonderful seeing him admit how he felt about Leah and finally acknowledge that she was the one for him—and then go for it; wholeheartedly and one hundred percent.
Sensual and thrilling, Undeniable Temptation saw all out favourite characters back with the Reckless Beat guys helping and supporting Ryan and Leah like never before. Mason proves again he’s more on point than people give him credit for as the adorable relationship he has with Leah stands out too in this instalment.
Ending the series in perfect fashion, Undeniable Temptation is a fabulous addition to a series that has only gotten better with every book. Eden Summers has won a fan in me with Reckless Beat! I can’t wait to see what she releases next!...more
Sultry Groove is the fourth novel in the sizzling Reckless Beat series by Eden Summers and is another deeply engaging and sexy read sure to please fans of the series!
Drummer Sean Taiden is tired; tired of living in the shadows of his bandmates success, tired of being the unknown member of Reckless Beat and tired of being in love with his best friend’s girl. All he wants is a little recognition and a distraction, and luckily for Sean, he may have found both when Sean is chosen to take the lead in Reckless Beats new music video and the chorographer he’s paired with makes him feel good for the first time in a long time. Melody Jenkins had it all; fame, popularity and a successful dancing career until an accident saw her scarred, physically and emotionally. Retreating into herself, Melody owns and operates a small dance studio but yearns for the days when she was confidant and whole. Agreeing to teach Sean to dance seems easy enough….until it becomes clear Sean is more interested in her than dancing. But with Melody’s fears and insecurities running as rampant as ever, will Sean be able to convince the woman he’s coming to adore to give him a chance? Or will Melody let her past define her?
Sultry Groove is another brilliant Reckless Beat book! Highly entertaining, sexy, thrilling and soooo addictive, Sultry Groove tells Sean’s tale; finally allowing readers into the heart and head of Reckless Beats drummer. Featuring a fun storyline full of sexual heat and sexual innuendos, Sultry Groove had all the snappy and sassy dialogue I previously enjoyed with this series.
I have to say I found Sean really sexy. There's something about this big guy with the wicked cheeky and flirty nature I really dig. But oh how my heart felt for Sean too in this novel. We discovered his feelings for Sidney in the last book, but I don't think anyone really had any idea of the depth of those feelings until this story. It was sad to see how much Sean struggled with his lot in life but I commend Eden Summers for the way she developed Sean and helped him come to grips with what he really wanted and how he really felt. I loved the moment when he saw what he felt for Melody for what it really was.
As Sean's match I did like Melody, although perhaps not as much as the other female leads in the series. I liked her vulnerability and that even though she was small, that she went barb for barb, bite for bite against Sean and wasn't daunted by his size, desires and attitude. I thought her self loathing was a bit tiresome and was really thrilled when she began to see her worth towards the end of the story.
Setting up the next story and including all the characters I've previously lived including the other Reckless Beat members, Sultry Groove was well worth a read and leaves me keen to jump straight into the next tale, stat!...more
Eden Summers takes the Reckless Beat gang on the road in Reckless Weekend, with all our favourite characters joining Alana and Mitchell on bachelor and bachelorette nights out in Vegas for a night full of fun, laughs and shenanigans.
With Alana and Mitchell’s wedding just around the corner, all our beloved Reckless Beat characters join the happy, if not somewhat stressed, couple as they head to Las Vegas for a weekend of challenges, excitement and alcohol infused dares in the lead up to their big day. What can go wrong as our beloved characters celebrate the upcoming nuptials with all the sex, sarcasm and tantalizing chemistry we’ve come to expect from this series?
I have to say I really loved the blend of fun and seriousness Eden Summers weaves into this novella. Reckless Weekend is a seriously fun tale to read. The challenge between the guys versus girls was laugh out loud funny at times and the cheeky dares came undone in spectacular fashion. However, Summers also mixes a lot of deep emotion and even loss into this tale as two of our beloved characters have a painful situation to deal with.
Told through the varying POV’s of multiple characters, there’s plenty of laughs amongst the tears in Reckless Weekend as we get to know some of the other characters in the series we haven’t previously followed. Leah’s, Sean’s and Ryan’s were three voices I enjoyed following and whose stories I’m very excited about reading in the future.
Coming into the series late means I have an idea of where certain plot arcs are going and who’s going to be paired with who, so I’m enjoying seeing Eden Summers set little things in motion. I love being able to jump from one book straight into the next and loved seeing our two past couples, Alana and Mitchell and Blake and Gabi feature in this story alongside all their friends.
Reckless Weekend also sets the stage for the next full length novel, Undesired Lust with our first glimpse into the mind of Mason and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave you wondering what the fate of Reckless Beat will be.
A great novella and addition to the series you won’t want to miss, Reckless Weekend doesn’t disappoint and leaves me raring for more! ...more
Erica M. Chapman's debut novel Teach Me To Forget is a beautiful and compelling tale of emotion, honesty and powerful themes all woven together with layered characters, sassy dialogue and a swoon-worthy romance.
Ellery Stevens wants to kill herself. She's bought the gun, decided on the day and even made arrangements for her funeral. Everything is going according to plan....until the gun she uses breaks on the day. So Ellery does what any sane person would do...she decides to return it and get a new one. Only customer service doesn't smile upon a seventeen year old returning a shotgun with the wrong reciept, and soon Ellery finds herself being escorted from the mall by a security guard. A security guard who happens to go to her school and is someone she knows. Colter Sawyer, jock and seemingly perfect individual, quickly discovers Ellery's secret and is determined to change her mind. Colter's got secrets of his own and is one of the few people able to understand Ellery's pain. He's refusing to give up on her even as Ellery is determined to fight her attraction to Colter and find another way to die. As Colter tries to convince Ellery to live, will another tragedy push her over the edge? Or will Ellery finally discover a reason to live and be able to move on from her pain?
Having devoured Teach Me To Forget, I have absolutely no hesitation in giving it the perfect five star rating I've given it. None at all. Erica M. Chapman details an incredibly written and powerful novel with this story. Teach Me To Forget deals with strong, important themes whilst managing to mix romance, friendship and sarcasm into a story that follows a strappy, strong voiced heroine. There's the perfect blend of entertainment and thought provoking situations blended together with lyrical writing and wonderful dialogue.
It's impossible to read this tale and not be completely won over by Ellery. She's guilt ridden and in pain but very determined. And she actually manages to instill a lot of logic into her attempts at suicide. Through Ellery, Erica M. Chapman highlights how easily it is to miss someone's pain and how it's often those who keep their intentions a secret that are actually the most serious about ending their lives. Throughout Teach Me To Forget, you will feel Ellery's pain, feel her uncertainly and feel her confusion as Colter begins to make her question her intensions.
There's no quick fix in this novel as Elley's pain is real and unbending, but Elley's chance at salvation does come in the form of Colter Sawyer who quickly makes it his mission to watch over Ellery and try to convince her to live. There was nothing about Colter I didn't like--he really was a beautiful soul who managed to be cheeky, honest and swoon-worthy all at the same time. As with Ellery, Colter felt real and I really did love him as a person as well as a love interest.
The relationship between Ellery and Colter is a big part of Teach Me To Forget, as what starts out as Colter trying to save Ellery from herself soon turns into an endearing, honest and emotional romance. There's so much authenticity to Ellery and Colter as a couple. Chapman manages to wonderfully capture the anticipation, uncertainty and awkwardness that comes as two people start to fall in love and begin to blossom, even as one remains determined to fight their feelings for as long as possible. There's a wonderful chemistry between Ellery and Colter and I thought they were such an adorable couple.
There's so much about Teach Me To Forget to love. Ellery has a snarky and sarcastic personality that bleeds through the story while Chapman instills a lot of heart wrenching emotion within the story alongside some fabulous minor characters who give the story depth and life.
Sensationally written, featuring a witty dialogue and a romance that feels real, Teach Me To Forget is a beautiful novel that I doubt my review will do justice for but can't recommend regardless! One of my favourite books this year! ...more
Passionate Addiction is the tantalizing second novel in the Reckless Beat series by Eden Summers and is a passionate and emotional romance that gives its predecessor a run for its money with its electricity, sass and flair!
Having connected through an online support group for individuals with addictions, Gabi Smith and Blake Kennedy have been best friends for years, speaking every day online and over the phone but never meeting face to face. The will happen when one of them are a member of an internationally renowned rock band and the other a humble girl from Australia still saddened by her beloved brother’s death due to drugs. Yet all that changes when Blake surprises the girl he’s loved for years and fly’s to Australia to crash her birthday party! She’s been his best friend, confidant and the most important person in his life since they first spoke, while Gabi has secretly fantasied about the unattainable rock star who owns her heart. Sparks fly as soon as they lay eyes on each other and as they embark on a whirlwind romance, have Blake and Gabi just begun their happily ever after or will the secrets of Blake’s past tear them apart?
My goodness does Eden Summers know how to write delicious, sexy, and emotion filled tales! Every part of this sexy book bled through to me; I felt the giddy anticipation as Blake prepares to meet Gabi for the first time in the flesh, I felt the deep, powerful love that burned between them as they finally acted on the years long love and desire they had for the other and I felt every painful thought and emotion Gabi went through when Blake hurt her. The characters came to life and the story were so well told and vibrant. I love these rockers and the gals in their lives—Blake, Mitch, Mason, Sean, Ryan, Leah, Alana, Gabi….they’re all such perfect additions to the NA world.
Considering how deeply in love with each other Blake and Gabi, in some senses the relationship and romance between them may have seemed too quick, but Summers give Blake and Gabi this solid foundation of friendship and years of correspondence online and over the phone. They fell in love before they ever met the other in person, so in Passionate Addiction, all we're seeing is them finally being able to be physical and intimate with the person they’ve loved for such a long time.
I thoroughly enjoyed all the interactions between Gabi and Blake as well as all the other characters throughout Passionate Addiction. Having met Blake in the first novel, he really was so much softer and sweeter than I was expecting. I loved the dedicated, determined side of him we met in this novel and honestly thought Gabi was a worthy match for him. I thought it was super sweet the way they met and loved how Eden Summers gave them an almost fairytale like story....with a lot of angst, emotion and drama woven in that is.
Finishing up nicely, Passionate Addiction sets up the next full length novel in the series, Sidney and Masons story Undesired Lust wonderfully and leaves me keen to read the short novella Reckless Weekend next! ...more
Blind Attraction is the first novel in Eden Summer’s Reckless Beat**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Blind Attraction is the first novel in Eden Summer’s Reckless Beat series and kicks off a deliciously sexy and romantic tale right in the vein of Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive books and is perfect for those who love their men cheeky, devilish and oh, so addictive.
Alana Shelton grew up in a woman’s retreat run by her mother, sheltered and protected from the world around her. With little experience with the opposite sex and her mother’s fears and warnings ringing in her ears, Alana decides to take a chance and spread her wings; visiting her best friend and attending her first rock concert, never knowing her whole world is about to change….Mitchell Davies is the lead guitarist of renowned rock band Reckless Beat and has had his fair share of escapades with easy women and groupies. Tired of that aspect of the lifestyle, Mitchell finds himself captivated by one woman whose emerald green eyes gaze up to him at one of his concerts. Determined to convince Alana to spend some time with him, will Mitchell be able to sooth Alana’s fears or will his public image and rock and roll lifestyle keep him from the woman he’s deeply falling for…..
Wow! What a great book! This is my first novel by Eden Summers but she did absolutely not disappoint with this well written, sensual and oh so sexy novel. Blind Attraction caught my attention from the very beginning, and as with the rock star romances I’ve loved in the past, managed to really make me care and enjoy her characters. I’m already invested in lives of the other Reckless Beat members we met alongside Mitchell and am keen to read each and every one of their stories.
With Reckless Beats unfolding through Alana and Mitchell’s varying POV’s, I enjoyed the main characters Eden Summers introduced us too. Mitchell was just a solid and sexy rocker who was over the groupies and easy women and who found himself drawn to Alana. I also have to commend Eden Summers for giving Alana an innocence to the world, but actually giving this a reason in the form of the isolated childhood and life she had experienced. Alana had very little life experience thanks to her mother’s fears and neurosis, so visiting her friend in Richmond allowed for her to finally experience a lot life has to offer.
As a couple, I really liked Alana and Mitch. The chemistry was there between them and I thought it was seriously sweet how easily Mitch slipped into the role of carer and protector where Allie was concerned. He was determined to look after her and I thought that sweetness blended perfectly with the attraction and electricity between them!
Ending Alana and Mitchell’s tale perfectly, Blind Attraction was a saucy read and leaves me raring to jump straight into the next novel ASAP and discover the woman set to bring Blake to his knees! ...more
The Kill Order is the fourth book released in James Dashner’s Maze Runner series, but is prequel novel to the main trilogy, set before there was any need for the Maze and detailing the events after the sun flare first hit Earth.
Long before Thomas and the Gladers found themselves in the Maze, sun flares hit the Earth and soon disease starting infecting the survivors. Mark and his best friend Trina were lucky enough to survive the horror that accompanied the sun flares, but now a year later they’re facing a new challenge as an unknown group begin attacking survivors and unleashing a virus upon them that sees those infected descend into madness. As Mark and his close group of allies fight to protect each other from this new threat, will Mark and Trina be able to stay alive, or has their luck finally run out?
Though not my favourite book in the series by a long shot, I really did appreciate The Kill Order for what it was. So much that made The Maze Runner series great was the mystery and unknown that surrounded the storyline, but it was also great to go back to the beginning and get a glimpse of how things came to be.
James Dashner keeps The Kill Order forward moving with a fast paced plot and lot of action. There’s an aspect of bitter-sweet tinging the story as those who’ve read the rest of the series will be aware of the horrors the world would soon face as the effects of the Flare would spread throughout humanity.
Mark was an easy enough character to follow and I appreciated the closeness of his group as they fought to live and survive together. Dashner’s writing is as solid as ever, as is his ability to tell an action packed story, full of survival and the power of human nature.
Perfect for those who ever wondered how they Flare first began, The Kill Order is an eye opening and informative read worth reading if you’re a fan of this series!...more
The Scorch Trials is the second book in James Dashner's exhilarating and cryptic Maze Runner series and is another fast paced mysterious tale full of danger, excitement and the unexpected.
Solving the Maze saw Thomas and his friends escape it's dangerous confines, but as the Gladers quickly realize their rescuers aren't rescuers at all, they'll soon be forced to embark on the next stage of the trials if they want to survive. Stuck in a barren and burning wasteland, the Gladers have two weeks to make it across this desert land to reach a seemingly safe haven. But nothing is as it seems. Friends may not be friends and there's new dangers around every corner. Forced to cross the Scorch, Thomas will have to be stronger than ever if he hopes to save his friends.
Having enjoyed The Maze Runner, I was excited to finally begin the next installment in Thomas's journey and was impressed with The Scorch Trials. I'm aware of a lot of mixed reviews where this series is concerned, but so far I'm really enjoying it. Thomas is a strong voice to follow and James Dashner has woven together a story that continues to be exciting whilst managing to keep you guessing and wondering all the way through.
Sometimes when following a protagonist, it seems like all the answers are staring them in the face, while in this series, I never know what's going to happen next or what everything means. I have no doubt all these little clues and developments mean something but right now I'm just along for the ride as Thomas and the Gladers stumble their way to safety, and hopefully freedom. And I like that. I'm enjoying only knowing as much as my main character and learning as they do.
In this riveting sequel, Dashner continues to develop the overall series, adding in new characters and new layers to the plotline. Personally I quite liked the inclusion of Brenda, who proves to be a shakeup to Tom and Theresa's relationship as Dashner utilizes the aura of mystery in this series to twist and turn them until even you as the reader have no idea whose motives are pure.
As far as sequels go, I thought The Scorch Trials easily satisfied. The story jumped straight into the action and danger as the Gladers continued to fight for safety. The ending was a bit perplexing and leaves me with more questions than answers as James Dashner sets up the next novel.
Fast paced and exciting, The Scorch Trials was a worthy sequel and leaves me ready to dive straight into the next novel in the series, The Death Cure. ...more
Infinity kicks of Jus Accardo’s Infinity Division series and is an exciting start to a promising new sci-fi series featuring danger, romance and interdimensional travel!
Seventeen year old Kori Anderson is an army brat, used to moving a lot due to her Amy general father’s job. It’s never been a problem, but with her mother having passed away two years before, Kori is lonelier than ever and now finds herself in trouble for public vandalism. Her dad’s response is to send two young recruits to watch over and shadow her, but there’s something about the two boys that Kori can’t quite put her finger on. Cade Granger ignites a fire in her like no other, and watches her with an equally hot look in his eyes, while Noah is surly and gruff and seems to take an instant dislike to Kori. Discovering the truth about Cade and Noah changes everything Kori ever knew about herself and her world. Now left connected to a device that allows its wearer to jump dimensions and will surely kill Kori if not taken off, Kori, Cade and Noah will have to outsmart an enemy driven by revenge if Kori has any hope of surviving…..
Having previously had mixed thoughts about Jus Accardo’s work in the past, I headed into Infinity loving the concept of the tale, but not sure what to expect. As a sci-fi geek, multiple dimensions is something I’ve always found exciting, but I find that authors sometimes turn fated loves such as the one I was expecting between Kori and Cade into my long standing pet peeve, insta-love. So I was perplexed….then Jus Accardo sucker punched me with this tale and blew all my hesitations out of the water!
Extremely addictive, Infinity was a really enjoyable story to read! It was fast paced, well told and very exciting. Introducing readers to an intriguing sci-fi world I’d keen to explore more of, Infinity follows a strong heroine in Kori who is fiery and passionate. Kori has plenty of attitude and personality, and is genuinely likable.
Jus Accardo supports Kori with two super awesome personalities in Cade and Noah, who are obvious highlights to the story with fantastic dialogue, interactions and an addictive connection between the three evident throughout Infinity. Cade was an excellent love interest for Kori. He was strong, capable and very sweet. He wanted to right wrongs and basically save the world. And Noah? Though grumpy and argumentative, I really liked Noah. He was entertaining and I did like his attitude. Plus, I want to give Jus Accardo a serious high five for stepping away from the stereo-typical jerk/nasty-guy-secretly-wants-and-then-gets-the-girl theme that gets around where Noah is concerned. His connection to Kori is one of a different nature, that I’m excited to explore further in the rest of the series.
I was really impressed with Infinity and found it highly entertaining reading. Jus Accardo introduces readers to an intriguing new world and a feisty heroine I can’t wait to follow in the next book. A great kick-start to a series that has a lot of potential, Infinity definitely left me craving more! ...more
The Boxer and the Butterfly is Sasha Hibb’s latest release and is a highly engaging and highly entertaining tale of forbidden romance and the power of love.
Autumn Chamberlain has always been the perfect daughter; she’s gotten good grades, done what her parents expected of her and kept up the appearances that come with being part of a wealthy family. Then Autumn participates in an act of vandalism against her school and the Principal’s punishment for the graffiti is to have Autumn tutor bad-boy Mickey Costello. Mickey is known for cutting class, his living on the edge attitude and his hatred of his teachers, but as she tries to persuade Mickey to accept her tutoring, Autumn can’t deny the growing attraction she feels towards Mickey. With both teens from opposite sides of the track, will Autumn and Mickey be able to stay together or will Autumn’s determined parents keep them apart? And when long kept secrets come to light, will Mickey and Autumn’s love be strong enough to last?
As someone who really enjoyed Sasha Hibb’s paranormal infused Vulcan Legacies, it was really refreshing to see her tackle contemporary romance and tackle it well. Perfect for those who have love Katie McGarry, The Boxer and the Butterfly was an emotion filled romance that will sweep you up into a tale of forbidden love, attraction and teen angst.
I’m always a sucker for the good girl/bad boy tale from different social standings in society. Rich versus poor will be something we all encounter and witness throughout our lives so it isn’t anything new, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable to read about. The Boxer and the Butterfly was a fun contemporary read that hit all the boxes.
When The Boxer and the Butterfly begins, our heroine Autumn is somewhat naive and content with her lot in life—happy to be the perfect daughter. She doesn’t overthink things or consider the bigger picture until she meets Mickey and begins spending time with him. Being a part of Mickey’s world sees Autumn step out of her shell and discover how difficult life can be for those who don’t come from money. I liked the growth in Autumn Sasha Hibbs explores—she becomes a much stronger and grounded individual.
I thought the romance between Mickey and Autumn was sweet, although there’s no denying how strongly they felt about one another. They were all in regardless of their parents’ wishes and I commend Sasha Hibbs for giving them a reality check towards the end of the novel and forcing them to reassess themselves and what they both wanted in life—it felt more authentic and real this way.
Romantic and entertaining The Boxer and the Butterfly is an enjoyable contemporary romance by Sasha Hibbs well worth a read if you love your YA contemporary tales! ...more
Soul Finder is the second novel in Australian author Jacinta Maree’s ingenious Immortal Gene series and once again captivates with its raw, brutal dystopian setting, strong tangible heroine and addictive romance.
Having been discovered as Soulless, Nadia has found herself wanted, hunted and sort out by various organisations who want to study her or take advantage of her lack of a soul imprint. Torn between putting her trust in Diesel, the fractured and often frightening individual who ignites her blood, and her own insecurities, Nadia must decide whether she can place her faith in Diesel even as he continues to struggle under generations of insanity. In a world where madness inhabits the minds of almost everyone in existence, Nadia and Diesel must battle for sanity, love and trust but as they fight to discover a cure for the insanity that plagues their world, will Nadia be able to trust the most important person in her life, or will Diesel’s past destroy their future?
The first novel in this series, Soulless has been one of my favourite books of this year and I was happy to discover that I seemed to enjoy Soul Finder equally as much. There’s something so raw and gritty about this post-apocalyptic trilogy that author Jacinta Maree details so well and in the vein of all the great dystopian tales out there.
Through Soul Finder Jacinta Maree explores new branches of her dystopian world not previously touched on in the first novel. Having made a daring escape at the end of the last novel, Nadia finds herself outside her normal city limits and we as the reader discover more about the outer areas surrounding the city where Drifters are aplenty and poachers linger. And then later on Maree takes us briefly into the heart of the place the Elites call home, highlighting the differences those of wealth experience in the Immortal Gene world.
Wonderfully written, Soul Finder continues to follow a strong protagonist in Nadia. Nadia has been through a lot already, and has to make some tough choices in Soul Finder. Nadia does things she never expected herself capable of in her fight to survive, but continues to remain a character that is easy to get behind, like and root for.
Maree continues to shape the series well; introducing new characters and allowing us to follow previous ones. I’m intrigued to see Hiro’s continued presence in the trilogy and what it will all mean in the end, as well as Jacky and Logan who were interesting additions also. But you know what? As insane as it may appear to some, my favourite part of the trilogy is and remains, for no logical reason, Diesel…..
I just love Diesel. He’s one of those characters that will draw every emotion possible from you at some point or another during your reading experience. From one extreme to the next, Diesel is a complex puzzle of an individual with more personality than seems possible. He’s psychotic and he’s rash, he’s unforgiving and he’s cruel, he’s brutal and he’s fierce but ohmygoodness does he care for Nadia. And that really is his saving grace at times.
As the story unfolds, Jacinta Maree makes it clear that Nadia and Diesel really aren’t a healthy couple in most senses. Diesel is a fractured, struggling human being whose tendencies lean towards violence, cruelty and selfishness, but when he is with Nadia, the best in Diesel shines through. And he does genuinely want to be good for her. Diesel isn’t a bad soul deep down and he does have the ability to show kindness and understand empathy, but all his past lives and their personalities have led him down a path towards madness. Nadia cares for him in a way I think he needs and with Nadia needing someone to pick her up at times and stand by her in this unforgiving world, Diesel may just stand a chance at redemption and happiness if he lets himself love her as it's clearly evident he does.
A sequel well worth a read, Soul Finder packed a lot of excitement and development into its pages and leaves me eagerly anticipating the third and final book in the trilogy, Soul Reaper, to discover how Jacinta Maree plans to conclude this spectacular series! ...more
All Her Secrets is a standalone tale from author Kate Avery Ellison and is a mysterious tale of survival set in an alternate futuristic world that keeps you guessing until the very end.
Set in the not too distant future, All Her Secrets introduces readers to eighteen year old Victoria whose father is the world famous genius and inventor Bill Faraday known for his robotic inventions that now litter the world all around us. Victoria is a survivor, having survived an attempted murder four years before, but nothing could have prepared her to find herself kidnapped from her home and taken out into the wilderness by a group of individuals who plan to ransom her to her rich and powerful father. Sam’s just a hard working young man who grew up in a ruined city and is just hoping to put his younger sister through school and pay for is ailing grandmas stay in a medical facility. He never planned to get drawn into his cousin Craig’s kidnapping of Victoria or find himself a victim too when Craig turns on him. Imprisoned together in a deserted cabin, Victoria and Sam will have to work together if they have any hope of escaping, but with both teens keeping secrets, will their secrets be their downfall?
Having deeply enjoyed Kate Avery Ellison’s Secrets of Itlantis series, I was excited to dive straight into her latest release All Her Secrets and was very happy with the story I found. Perfect for fans of Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, All Her Secrets is a well told tale of survival that mixes romance with mystery, secrets and the unexpected.
Unfolding through short, sharp chapters that bounce back and forth between Victoria and Sam’s POV, All Her Secrets introduces readers to a slightly futuristic world where robots have taken the majority of jobs from everyday people and are a fixture in everyday life, although they are vehemently opposed by certain groups of people. Personally I enjoyed that the world within All Her Secrets is very close to our current would but was tinged with advancements. If I was being picky I think I would have liked to get to know Ellison’s world a little bit more, but at the same time I appreciated that she focused around Victoria and Sam’s fight for survival more and that survival in the elements aura that surrounded the story.
I thought Victoria and Sam were personable characters, especially Sam who won me over with his kind-hearted desire to do the best for his family. Discovering that he works to put his sister through school and keep his unwell grandmother in the care made me love him even more. He really was just in a bad situation and fighting to do the best he could.
Imprisoned in a cabin in the woods, Victoria and Sam do bond very quickly as they realise they’ll need to rely on one another if they have any hope to escape. At first they’re both not sure if they should trust the other or if they should fake a sense of camaraderie to get what they want, but there is an honest connection there between them and I liked seeing Kate Avery Ellison build their relationship up as they shared details about themselves with each other to pass the time.
There’s this burning sense of desperation to Victoria and Sam’s plight as they fight to survive and escape. Readers will never expect the twist at the end when Ellison reveals the motivations and true natures of some characters. Unexpected and surprising, the ending was sufficient enough to wrap up the tale, but still left me with questions.
Overall All Her Secrets is an engaging tale of survival and the power of secrets that is well worth a read if you love survivalist tales with a twist or are after something guaranteed to keep you wondering until the final page. ...more
Quanta Rewind is the fourth instalment in the Shadow Raven’s series, featuring Quanta and Altair for the third time around as they continue on their fight against Doctor Nagi and the Seligo in a fast paced, action filled and adrenaline pumping novel.
As more and more Red Helixes go missing or turn up dead, the Shadow Ravens find themselves having to take the fight to Doctor Nagi as he kidnaps those that are near and dear to them in an effort to lure them out of hiding. Breaking out of Alpha Citadel was one thing, but breaking in will be a new issue as Quanta, Tair and the other Shadow Ravens decide to launch a rescue mission to save their friends, and hoping to stop Doctor Nagi once and for all. With so many factors in play and all scenarios seeming to end in bloodshed, the Shadow Ravens are in for their most dangerous fight yet, and this time Quanta’s ability to rewind time may not be enough to save them….
In another fast paced and enjoyable read, Quanta and Tair take centre stage again in Quanta Rewind, going up against the controlling and overzealous Doctor Nagi in an effort to save those they love. Lola Dodge writes another quick and entertaining read with Quanta Rewind. Entertaining, endearing and exciting at times, Quanta Rewind is just a solid read.
I loved seeing Quanta and Tair join Ciper, Knight, Devon and Dex once more. This series is such a fun one to read. After the first novel featuring Ciper, we've had the pleasure of following Quanta and Altair for three who novels, but really all the characters are highly entertaining to follow.
The world of the Selgio is very intriguing. Those perfect and altered genetically individuals mixing with the underground worlds of rebels and tech savvy risk takers--it's got a lot of potential. Quanta Rewind ends really well but I still want to see so much more of this world. Devon and even Tair's sister Cassie would make such great heroines to follow and I can only hope to see more of the Shadow Ravens down the track!
Highly entertaining and action packed, Quanta Rewind is another great read in a fabulous series. Definitely recommend!...more