Thanks to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Flying Straightish is a novel by Nina White.Actual Rating: 3.5
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Flying Straightish is a novel by Nina White. It follows Lex and Domino, two space pirates who are drafted into “the clean up crew” and forced to help an organisation called the Galactic Alliance. The story jumps straight (ish… sorry I couldn’t resist) into the action, with events unfolding until our two main characters find themselves employed under a new captain and stationed on a ship which, for once, they haven’t stolen.
Lex and Domino themselves are strong characters and I liked their dynamic from the start and the descriptions of all the characters, especially the alien species, were creative and original. The plot itself was interesting, though I won’t include any details here for spoiler reasons, but I think the main strength of the novel is its leading space pirates, and all the interactions between them and the rest of the main cast.
Overall, although at times the writing was a little rough and the grammar a little off, the plot was solid and the characters shone. The writing itself was entertaining too, with sentences like “Their head tentacles were far too pleasant and exotic for trifles like gender to matter” or “And to be fair, most pirates have killed a lot of pirates. It’s a very competitive industry,” among my favourites. I recommend it for anyone looking for a fun, diverse space adventure....more
I really enjoyed the book, right up until the end. I'm not going to include any spoilers but it didn't feel properly concluded in my eyes although I cI really enjoyed the book, right up until the end. I'm not going to include any spoilers but it didn't feel properly concluded in my eyes although I can say for certain I didn't see it coming until right before it actually happened. I wavered between giving it a higher rating because I felt like it was well written and giving it the rating I have because of the dissatisfied feeling I was left with. A more accurate rating is probably more 2.5....more
I want to say a massive thank you to the author, who provided a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I am so grateful, I thoroughly enjoI want to say a massive thank you to the author, who provided a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I am so grateful, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I can happily recommend it.
Real rating: 4.5
Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner is the first novel in a series which is based around the story of the island of Eriana Kwai and its pest problem. Instead of bugs or rats though, the pest problem in question is that of sea demons, or, mermaids. Each year the island sends out a crew of men to try to kill off as many of the vicious demons as possible, and each year they fail to claim their freedom. For the first time ever the island decides to send twenty battle ready girls instead, as they have a natural resistance to the mermaids lure.
Our hero and protagonist is Meela. Meela has already lost her brother to a previous massacre, and she wants revenge. But taking to the seas in a crew that is splitting apart at the seams with fear and contention isn’t easy, watching friends die isn’t easy. Before the end a mission to cull and fight for freedom becomes about more than just surviving each day.
I loved this book. I started reading it properly on saturday morning and I was finished by 3pm. The constant action kept the flow of the book moving, it was never boring and I couldn’t wait to see what happened, and who survived. This is one of the only books that I’ve read recently that has been this tense and I haven’t skipped to the end to make sure everyone I loved survived, and that was only because I was so caught up in reading the book itself that I forgot.
Meela herself is a strong character. As a child she hated seeing or causing pain but years of training to fight change a person, and killing to survive becomes a must. What I loved about her character arc is that we see her through some of her childhood, where she first meets Lysi, the mermaid child she makes friends with, to when she’s ready to depart from the island and ready to fight, to some realisations she comes to while on board, that I won’t spoil for anyone, and she never stops fighting for what she believes in. The other characters are all great too. Meela’s best friend Annith, I especially loved. You could tell that they loved each other but like all friends, they argued and kept secrets.
The world building was great. At the beginning I was slightly confused as to what time period the novel was set in but it soon became clear that it was in the modern day, which I love. This is the first book of its type that I’ve read set in our own time period, and I felt like it worked really well. The relief attempts in the form of food brought in on helicopters, the mention of spongebob squarepants, it all added to the atmosphere and provided a great contrast to how the weapons and the ships used give the novel an older feel.
The change in the usual mermaid behaviour was also done extremely well. Mermaids are one of my favourite topics; books like Ingo were my favourite when I was younger, and Ice Massace adds a grown up touch to that, because it is definitely a dark book in a lot of ways. There is a lot of death and violence, which I expected going in from reading the title. In places it really is a massacre....more
This is a book I should have read a long time ago, and a review that should have followed quickly but real life got in the way. As it is, it’s a bookThis is a book I should have read a long time ago, and a review that should have followed quickly but real life got in the way. As it is, it’s a book I literally just finished and a review that is following quickly, so one out of two isn’t bad. This book. This book, friends. This book.
You’ll have to forgive me if i’m still a bit speechless I literally just finished and I am in awe, what a beautiful book. Before I say anything else I need to say that while I suffer from anxiety, and possibly depression at times, I am not bipolar, and so I can’t really speak for the aspects of that within this book, as the main character is bipolar and depressed, but I can say that it felt very well written to me, and very honest, and the anxiety/depression aspects that were written into it felt very familiar to me, which I think says a lot for how well it’s written.
The premise is this: A clinically depressed writer of pulp crime fiction, Ash Winters has given up on love, hope, happiness, and—most of all—himself. He lives his life between the cycles of his illness, haunted by the ghosts of other people’s expectations. That is, until he meets Essex boy Darian Taylor, an aspiring model who lives in a world of hair gel, fake tans, and fashion shows. By his own admission, Darian isn’t the crispest lettuce in the fridge, but he cooks a mean cottage pie and makes Ash laugh, reminding him of what it’s like to step beyond the boundaries of anxiety. But Ash has been living in his own shadow for so long that he can’t see past the glitter to the light. Can a man who doesn’t trust himself ever trust in happiness? And how can a man who doesn’t believe in happiness ever fight for his own?
I read this in the space of a few hours, I was captivated, I needed to know what happened I needed to consume it as fast as I could and I’m so glad I finally got to read this book. Written in a way that perfectly captures the different characters as well as the emotion, both the good and the bad, this book has also captured my heart. From start to finish I loved the main character, Ash, I felt for him, I sometimes wanted to hit him, and at times I understood some of what he was feeling. And Darian, oh boy, Darian. At first I’ll admit, I was sceptical. I’m not a fan of the whole “writing how an accent sounds” approach that some books, including this one, take, it sometimes takes me out of the story, and it did here at first too, but in the end it worked better for it, to give the contrast between the two characters, it did exactly what I think it was probably supposed to (and if it wasn’t for that at all then this is just a nice coincidence).
I loved the other side characters too, for as kind or as flawed as they were, including Amy, Niall and Max, and I will also add, Niall is gay, and Max is bisexual, and marrying Amy, and at first I was a little annoyed because one of the first few lines Niall and Ash say to each other is “filthy bisexuals” which sort of lends itself to the stereotypes, but Ash acknowledged afterwards that it was a joke which “isn’t funny anymore,” (slight spoilers ahead) and even thought Niall is in love with Max they don’t end up together, Max marries Amy, and he is still bisexual. I’m glad this book didn’t go along the “secretly gay/straight” stereotype that is annoyingly still a thing people believe.
There are quite a few trigger warnings for this book, including drugs, alcohol, discussion of a suicide attempt and self harm, some elements of ableist language and description of panic attacks. A copy of the book was provided by riptide publishing in exchange for an honest review, and I can honestly tell you that this book will hit you in a variety of ways, and as much as it is about being mentally ill it is also about living with that, and moving on with it. It isn’t about being “fixed,” there is no magical cure, but there is a hopeful ending, a happy ending, and a really great book....more
**spoiler alert** I have a lot of complicated feelings about this book, i'll be honest. The first part of it, I LOVED, like seriously, it was on it's**spoiler alert** I have a lot of complicated feelings about this book, i'll be honest. The first part of it, I LOVED, like seriously, it was on it's way to being a 5 star book, of which I don't have that many, I loved the characters, the flow, the plot, how it deals with trauma and long distance relationships, but it was in the latter half that the book let me down a bit but its mostly because i can't stand cheating/miscommunication plot lines they make me want to pull my hair out.
I think a lot of you might assume that what I'm about to say is a bit of an exaggeration but there was one point where i felt like I was having a bit of an anxiety attack while I was reading, towards the end, and I had to skip forward and read the last chapter before I could stomach going on. I don't know if it's because I got so attached to the characters (which I really really did) or because it deals with such dark themes (which it REALLY REALLY DOES) or maybe it was that at this point it was 2am because the book had kept me up reading all night.
If it hadn't been for the Luke romance plot line I'd have rated the book 5 stars, as it is I was tempted to rate it lower out of spite (and really, in a way, thats a compliment to the author) just because it hurt me so freaking much, but I try not to be spiteful, most days, and in the end the book was just that good; good enough that reading it almost physically hurt me. The ending, thank god, is happy, because I don't think I'd have been able to cope if it wasn't, and I'd totally strangle my good friend Tina, who recommended it to me haha. ...more
**spoiler alert** It was amazingly well written and the characters were great but I was left so emotionally drained afterwards (at 3am bc I read it in**spoiler alert** It was amazingly well written and the characters were great but I was left so emotionally drained afterwards (at 3am bc I read it in one sitting) that all I really wanted was a sugar coated happy ending and a cup of tea, neither of which I got....more