IGNITE is definitely an action and tension-filled fantasy story. Sara B. Larson didn’t waste time putting heFull review posted on my blog, Blackplume
IGNITE is definitely an action and tension-filled fantasy story. Sara B. Larson didn’t waste time putting her characters to another whirlwind of challenges, both personal and professional.
Damian is the new King of Antion trying his best to rebuild the Kingdom after the devastating war. He is trying to make amends to his people after what the former King, his father done for the sake of power. His best guard, Alex/a still continue to hold a position as one of his guard, protecting him with her best of ability without hiding her true sexuality anymore. As the only female in the King’s guard, Alexa earned both respect and judgment from people around her. Some love her guts and other hate or envy her. But still she continue to serve the new-King and the whole Kingdom of Antion even being closer to the Damian means more heartache for her. She may not be pretending to be a boy anymore but she is still hiding something. She has to hide her true feelings for the King because she think that she isn’t good enough for him, and that Antion deserves a much better Queen than a scarred soldier like her.
Then new threats are coming, the peace that Antion held for awhile is in danger once more. There are attacks in their Kingdom and the blame leads to their new found ally, Blevon. But Alexa and Damian cannot believe it, not with Eljin saying differently and not after they made peace to the neighboring Kingdom. They have their theories but they need proofs before everything else goes wrong.
Also known as I Am The Mission in US or The Lost Mission in UK, this second installment of Allen Zadoff’s ThFull review posted on my blog, Blackplume
Also known as I Am The Mission in US or The Lost Mission in UK, this second installment of Allen Zadoff’s The Unknown Assassin series is not only an entertaining read like the first book but also more action packed, more thrilling, and full of twist and turns that will surely keep readers on the edge of their seats.
If you have read my review for the first book, The Hit (first published as Boy Nobody) you know that I’m all praises for that book. I love everything about it that I’ve written a longer and more detail review than usual. I also developed high expectations from Allen Zadoff, I don’t know how he will do it but I’m certain he can top the first installment, and top he did. He not only deliver a thrilling story but also surpass the first installment with this book, The Mission.
In here, Nobody’s mission is much bigger, the risk is definitely much higher, tension is shooting up, and the danger is more real.
New mission, new name and new background for Nobody. For this mission he is going under the name of Daniel, a regular kid who was sent by his father to join a recruiting event for a teenagers’ camp. The camp called Camp Liberty is owned and managed by a former US military officer, Eugene Moore – Daniel’s new target. Daniel isn’t the first assassin sent by The Program to do the task. He is deployed to complete a lost mission with one specific condition set by The Program – he must not enter Camp Liberty.
But things doesn’t always go as plan and Daniel was left with no other choice than to continue the mission even without the help of The Program. Without communication and assurance from his superiors Daniel must rely on his own to complete the task while deciphering who is really the good guy and the bad guy.
Going back to Nobody’s (now Daniel) head is always a welcome experience. His isolated and succinct voice is perfect to his personal background as an assassin trained by The Program. His process of thought and his ideas are interesting and even thought-provoking.
After attending an elite party in Washington D.C., Emily Bird find herself in a hospital with no memory of wFull review posted on my blog, Blackplume
After attending an elite party in Washington D.C., Emily Bird find herself in a hospital with no memory of what happened that night in the party. She spends a lot of time trying to figure out what happened to her that night and find answers to all her questions. Coffee a fellow student might know something about it but he’s gone into hiding. Meanwhile, the world around her is suffering from a deadly flu epidemic. Cities are quarantined, curfews are forced, and people are dying. What if what happened that night is the key to all the crazy things that are happening around Emily.
What I really love about this book is how it celebrates cultural differences. I can’t remember when was the last time I encounter something like this in YA fictions but it was really a welcome addition. I like that the characters are mixed of black and white, and that the story shows and accepts their differences.
If fae stories will always be this good, I think I can finally put an end in my usual routine of avoiding boFull review posted on my blog, Blackplume
If fae stories will always be this good, I think I can finally put an end in my usual routine of avoiding books that deals directly with this magical creatures. Though there are books that has faery twist or fae characters that I have enjoy reading most books that directly focus to this magical creatures are missed than hit for me. The Falconer is actually the first YA faery fantasy reads that I really enjoy.
It’s a surprise for me to love this book and the faery characters inside its world. It’s like I was magically converted or put enthralled by this magical creatures, almost like faestruck by them. The book’ spells wrap me up in a way I never expected.
Aileana Kameron aka Kam kills feary for revenge. After witnessing the death of her mother whom killed by a faery, she promised to hunt down the fae that kill her mom. With the help of Kiaran, another faery who happens to be at the opposite side of the battle, Aileana study and trained herself killing fearies. Her list of kills grow almost every night and she look forward for the day that her next kill is the one faery who kill her mom and destroyed her life.
Scotland in 1800 is just a perfect setting for this story. With the huge fae folklore from that country and the old but majestic vibes it just so fitting. Elizabeth not only utilize the setting but also creatively build an authentic and realistic environment for her story and characters. The description of things and surroundings are vivid and alive.
The steampunk touch in the story is just perfect enough. Too much doze of steampunk is not really for me so I’m glad The Falconer deliver just enough for my liking. The fantasy and the steampunk kinda jives perfectly. Nothing too much which makes the story flow easily.
And since I love actions, I love all the glory details describe in Aileana’s fights or the faery killings. From her different attacks/moves to the name of her weapons. I also like the fact that she is making her own weapons, from conceptualizing, sketching and even testing them. It shows not only her talents but also her brilliant mind.
Ailena is definitely a strong heroine – both physically and mentally. Her development from an innocent young girl whose goal is to find love and marriage as expected by the society to a girl who is driven by revenge is well executed. All the hatred that push her to be a liar, and a killer is believable. All her actions and decisions are justified by her lost. It’s her way of coping up and I think she earned the right to be like that. For a girl in the year 1844, Aileana is a definitely a kick-ass heroine.
I haven’t read much books that deals with multiple personality disorder. Though I’ve seen a lot of movies thFull review posted on my blog, Blackplume
I haven’t read much books that deals with multiple personality disorder. Though I’ve seen a lot of movies that deals with the subject I don’t find it common in fiction especially in YA. Yes, there are many psychological thrillers in YA genre out there but not much deals with multiple personality disorder and not as subtle as this one. Those I’ve read mostly gears from psychological to paranormal – a twist I don’t like much because it loss the realistic vibes of the story.
In this book, The Half Life of Molly Pierce, I really appreciate that the author sticks her story in the contemporary and psychological thriller side. I’m glad she didn’t push the story to other genre just to add twist or shock factor for her readers.
The first few pages actually reminds me of the suspense Japanese movie Tokyo Shōnen / Tokyo Boy. The two are not the same except for the multiple personality disorder, it give me more theories about the twist and turns of the plot. Though it doesn’t end up as darker as I expected, the journey is still as thrilling.
Molly Pierce life is a mystery, even to her. She suffers from blackouts, where part of her time is a total blank to her. One minute she in school attending class, then next thing she realize she is somewhere she can’t even recognize. She don’t know why she was there, what she did, or whom she spent her time with. She knows something is wrong but she can’t figure it out. But still she pretends that her life is normal. Until she witness a road accident where a boy she doesn’t know seems to know her very well. Eventually memories are start come back to her. Little flashbacks are filling her mind and Molly have to find out if she is ready to face them all or not.
“Now I am remembering. And I’m not sure what I liked better. Being in the dark or being thrust unceremoniously into the light.”
Molly’s stream of consciousness is well written. Her choppy voice is realistically aligned to her condition. Katrina Leno created Molly with a consuming voice that makes me empathize and relate with her even from the outside perspective of the reader. It so easy to feel her struggles and confusions, like I was inside her head every moment. Even during the times when her narrative are chopped and hanging creating an isolated atmosphere, I still feel her and her isolation. Her complexity echo throughout the pages of this book.
Katrina Leno’s unfolded Molly’s story in a right pace. Every hints and revelations are well executed, leaving readers enough moments to formulate theories and evaluate Molly’s situation. It’s a gripping ride getting to know Molly’s character as she try to put together the puzzle behind her blank hours.
Fan Art is such a fun read that it becomes my savior, ending my reading slump stage. When I pick-up the bookFull review posted on my blog, Blackplume
Fan Art is such a fun read that it becomes my savior, ending my reading slump stage. When I pick-up the book, I didn’t know what it is all about. I expected that there will be lots of arts because of the title. Like maybe the characters are artist and there are some showcases of arts in the book. Then I read the synopsis at the back of the book and assume it will be a romantic story – something light and fun to read. Though my expectations are mostly correct, there’s one thing that caught me off guard as I wasn’t expecting to read an LGBT theme story. The book blurb is smart enough not to use pronouns to refer Mason that I assume Jamie’s love interest is a girl. But another unexpected thing happened, right from the start I am enjoying the book more than than the usual.
I don’t have issues with books that pair characters of the same gender. In fact, I did like Magnus and Alec from Cassandra Claire’s The Mortal Instruments series and I didn’t mind at all that they become a couple in the story. I love them as individual characters and being paired doesn’t change that. But honestly not every gay characters paired in fictions are easy to like. There are some pairing that aren’t comfortable to read and I’m just glad that this one didn’t fall on that category.
Sarah Tregay managed to make Jamie and Mason’s relationships not only fun but also sweet and relatable. Instead of a story of a boy falling in love with another boy with all its awkwardness, it become more of a story of a boy falling in love with his best friend, no gender or any label attached. It is also a story of friendship, love, family, and acceptance.
Once in awhile I try to stash some middle grade book in my reading pile for the purpose of recommending newFull review posted on my blog, Blackplume
Once in awhile I try to stash some middle grade book in my reading pile for the purpose of recommending new read for my ten year old nephew who loves to read books as much as I do. Actually, he is much better reader than I am, he’s just 10 years old and already read classics titles more than I have read. And every time I found myself enjoying books intended for younger readers, it reminds me how to be a kid and to enjoy simple things in my stories.
“No thief likes a full moon. Like mushrooms and owls, they do their best work in the dark.”
March McQuin is the son of the world’s most notorious jewel thief, Alfie McQuin. Being a son of a thief he is living his life on the run, traveling from different places, never attending school or having real friends to surround him. That’s his life until his father, Alfie McQuin died. His father’s last words “Find jewels.”
Turns out jewels is not a gem or any precious items Alfie wants him to steal. He got it wrong. Jules, not jewels is a twin sister he didn’t know he had. With no parents to take care of them, Jules & March are sent to an orphanage which is not much better than prison. There, they met Darius and Izzy who become an alliance in breaking out of the orphanage. Together they went finding clues and solving puzzles left by Alfie to execute an unfinished and possibly biggest heist.
For a short read, Loot is packed with lots of actions, adventures and schemes that will keep readers on the edge of their seat. With the bunch of kids that are clever and cunning, Loot provides a thrilling story of adventure and friendships.
March and his gang are brilliant characters you can’t help but root for despite of the illegal things they are doing. They are brave and talented kids who choose to remove themselves in a corrupt society like the foster home that was supposed to take care of them. Together they form an alliance to find seven gems that possibly cursed. Each schemes they pull are twisty and well plotted making the story engaging and fun.
Jude Watson did a terrific job in making March and the other characters realistic despite the little possibility of kids plotting heist as big as this one in real world. Her writing style is also top-notch! For a middle grade book, she successfully weaved an easy to read story for kids while plotting intricate crimes that even adults will enjoy. The writing is fast-paced with consistent sense of urgency leaving no room for dull and slow moments. Each happenings are essential to the plot and to the development of characters.
Overall, with quirky & smart characters Loot is a clever, creative fun read. Not only it will take you to a thrilling ride of adventure and non-stop action but will also reminds you the importance of family. Highly recommended for kids and kids at heart who love some adventures to their stories.
I’m lost! I don’t know where to start this review except to tell you all that I am gripped and moved by thisFull review posted on my blog, Blackplume
I’m lost! I don’t know where to start this review except to tell you all that I am gripped and moved by this novel in the most unexpected way. No I didn’t cry but I am drained and utterly horrified by the possibility that the story is real and happening somewhere or may happen in the near future, though I still hope it is not.
The story is set around Britain in the year 2018. It started right at the center of a riot happening in London where Tia an activist is part of. She is not ordinary activist though, because she is the daughter of a prominent government figure who is running a campaign against the poor. Tia is one of the Anonymous – an active Hacktivist who started their campaign online. The riot is a real messed. There are lots of deaths and casualties and Tia is one of them. She was shot but saved by Cobain, another target of the government. Cobain is publicized by the government as the epitome of all that is wrong with the country. He is presented not only as an enemy of the state but also the most bad example of the poor, a mistake cause of poverty that according to the government is due to overpopulation. Eventually, Tia and Cobain find an unusual ally with each other. A combination of will and brain to fight against the most powerful.
I’ve seen some mixed ratings for this book from goodreads and I wonder what went wrong for other readers? I guess, this is not really for everyone. This isn’t perfect, even I have little issue and preferences but overall, I don’t think those issues really matters, because the novel did a great job in raising question and adding awareness to the readers like me. It serves it purpose being a dystopian fiction that it is. It’s entertaining and thought provoking.
Whitley Johnson is a pretty wild girl. Since her parents separated, she began acting out by partying and driFull review posted on my blog, Blackplume
Whitley Johnson is a pretty wild girl. Since her parents separated, she began acting out by partying and drinking. But no one really noticed which equally mean to her as no one really cares. From then on she started pushing people away from her so she won’t get hurt anymore. If there’s one thing she treasure so much is the summers she spend with her father. It’s the only time of the year that she see her dad, and she always looking forward for it. But this summer, she is shock to find out that she won’t spending time alone with her father, because her dad got a new fiancée with two children of her own. The alone time she’s expecting with her dad suddenly become a nightmare, not only because her dad seems to forget about her but also there is the living complications brought by her last wild night out.
Whitley is a kind of character that is quiet challenging. She can be very difficult to like but somehow I cannot hate her. Even she is being pessimistic which I normally dislike for a character I still root for her. Same as she can’t say “no” to her future step-sister, Bailey, I can’t managed not to care for her. It’s like her difficult side is also part of her charm. She is a troublesome teenager with some bad habits, which can be easily blame to her broken family status. Though, it’s not really an excuse to do some of the things she do, it easy to understand where she is coming from. It is easy to feel for her or at least see life from her perspective.
Nathan on the other hand is very easy to love. He is considerate and understanding. I like his open-minded and straight forward personality. He isn’t afraid to say what he thinks and f eels. It’s really a breath of air from those mysterious leading man characters from YA fictions. I just don’t get much why the author need to push him to be nerdy, when clearly he doesn’t fit the bill and he doesn’t have to be one.
Then there’s Bailey, Whitley’s soon to be younger step-sister. The bond between her and Whitley is cute and sweet. Of course, it doesn’t really started pretty well, there are lots of issues and misunderstanding because Whitley is so good in pushing people out of her lives. But Bailey doesn’t back out. She really wants a sister and loves Whitley so much that she continue to give Whitley chances. She always forgive her even at times that you thought she cannot, which is very heartwarming. I enjoy reading their interactions – the way she makes Whitley fold is endearing. She reminds me so much of my nephews, the way I can’t say no to them even I’m really irritated or frustrated. Kids are easily my weakness.
Harrison, Whitley’s self-proclaimed (because Whitney doesn’t really do friend thing) gay friend is so funny. Everyone should have a friend like him.