Book Review- The Prey

Monday, 2 December 2013
The Prey (The Hunt, #2)Title: The Prey
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Published: January 9th 2013
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 304
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires, Dystopia,
Series: The Hunt #2

Rating: 5/5

For Gene and the remaining humans—or hepers—death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast... and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side.

When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found—and Gene begins to wonder if the world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other... if they can only stay alive.- Goodreads

This is a short review of the second book in the Hunt series by Andrew Fukuda. Check out my review of the first novel in the series here
It's very rare for me to read two novels in a series in such quick succession, but that's what happened to me with this series. I really really loved the first novel, and went out and bought this one immediately!
Although I gave this novel 5/5 too I felt a little disappointed, as a sequel, it wasn't as amazing as I wanted it to be. This one lacked a lot of action throughout, and for a novel about vampires, it was also lacking a lot of vampire action for the most part.
However, Fukuda still manages to write a scary and nerve jangling book, this time in the form of a creepy village housing other humans like Gene and the hepers. Everything about this town was creepy, from the lack of males to the middle aged leaders, to the girls with their perpetual forced happiness. I also enjoyed the mystery that surrounded the town. Being told certain situations ( I won't go into details because spoilers!) and then being completely unsure if they were true or not, was so frustrating. 
In terms of the characters, I thought Gene was still a good character, we got to learn more about his father and his life, and he proved himself to be a capable leader, even if his decisions were rash at times. I didn't particularly like Sissy (apart from her hilarious name!) she seemed very one dimensional, after all the time Fukuda spent fleshing out Ashley June in The Hunt, it seemed strange that she was so underdeveloped. The relationship between Gene and her was  weird, it seemed based only on the fact that Fukuda needed them to be together for a plot reveal later. The other characters in the group were similarly underdeveloped and I did have trouble remembering exactly who was who.
All this being said, it was still an epic novel, it was tense and dark, and revealed a lot of nice plot twists which set up the third book nicely. I would definitely recommend checking out this series if you haven't, its pretty awesome!!

New Release Sunday #9

Sunday, 1 December 2013
Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)I struggled to find a book to feature this week, I normally only choose a book if Im truly interested in it and it took a long time before I finally discovered this one.
This weeks New Release Sunday novel is Pawn by Aimee Carter. This is by the same author who wrote The Goddess Test, which I haven't read but is on my TBR pile. This is the first book in The Blackcoat Rebellion, a young adult dystopian novel. It was released on the 26th of November,  by Harlequin Teen.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand. - Goodreads

December TBR

I've only got one book that I have to pick up this month for review, the rest of the month I'm just going to pick up what I fancy!
The Troop by Nick Cutter is my review book from Net Galley, but the review won't be out until January.

Have a good month!!

Book Review- Generation Dead

Monday, 21 October 2013
Title: Generation Dead
Author: Daniel Waters
Published: May 6th 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (UK)
Pages: 392
Genre: Young Adult, Zombies, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Series: Generation Dead #1

Rating: 2.5/5

Phoebe Kendall is just your typical Goth girl with a crush. He’s strong and silent…and dead.
All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occurring. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. But when they come back to life, they are no longer the same. Feared and misunderstood, they are doing their best to blend into a society that doesn’t want them.
The administration at Oakvale High attempts to be more welcoming of the “differently biotic." But the students don’t want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn’t breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the “living impaired” from the people who want them to disappear—for good.
When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids, no one can believe it; not her best friend, Margi, and especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has feelings for Phoebe that run much deeper than just friendship; he would do anything for her. But what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?-Goodreads


If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I love zombies. Although I wouldn't particularly like to meet one, I really enjoy reading about them!! This book has always featured fairly high on most people's list of zombie novels (especially YA)and I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately it really let me down :(
Firstly the characters; Phoebe was a pretty cliché character, a Goth who wrote deep and meaningful poetry and wore a lot of black. She seemed to be a Goth for no other reason than to be something "different" in YA. She really had very little interesting or original to say, I was pretty disappointed by her as a main character.
Her love interest is a zombie called Tommy, who was a pretty limp character, he wasn't particularly fleshed out (excuse the pun!).
The other minor characters in the novel include Adam, who fills the clichéd role of the best friend who is in love with our main character, and Margi the other best friend, who Phoebe tries to convince that zombies aren't all bad.
I also had a problem with the zombies themselves in this novel. They were the weakest and most pathetic zombies I've ever read about. They did nothing even remotely zombie, I understand that they're trying to be integrated back into society, but if they're so like humans, why is everyone creating such a fuss? I also would've liked a bit more information on exactly why these teenagers were coming back as zombies, absolutely nothing was explained about this at all. I understand it's a series, but c'mon!
The author also used some weird language throughout the novel, including very lengthy descriptions of things, that frankly didn't need to be explained. For example "Phoebe's breath preceded her, puffs of vapour like spirits dancing in the light of the moon." There was no reason for all the dancing spirit stuff, we all know how our breaths appear when it's cold!
There were also some just plain weird descriptions, like this one; "Phoebe just looked at her beautiful egg salad sandwich and wished that she had any desire left to eat it." A "beautiful egg sandwich"? Seriously!
The story also had a weird point of view, which changed from a third person POV to jumping between many different characters POVs with very little warning. It all meant a rather confusing time for the reader,
Overall I really didn't enjoy this novel, if you hadn't noticed!! I had such high expectations for it and it really disappointed me.

Book Review- The Hunt

Thursday, 10 October 2013
Title: The Hunt
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Published: May 8th 2012
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Pages: 293
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: The Hunt #1

Rating: 4.5/5

Don’t Sweat.  Don’t Laugh.  Don’t draw attention to yourself.  And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.  He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?-Goodreads
I bought this book from The Book People on a whim, after reading the description, even though I had never heard of it before. I love that moment, when you find a little known book that turns out to be an absolute cracker! This definitely happened to me with The Hunt.

The plot to this novel revolves around a boy called Gene, who is a human trying to blend in to a world overrun by vampires. Not your Twilight sparkly vampires but your blood-sucking evil vampires!! Suddenly he finds himself a winner of a once in a lifetime chance to hunt the last remaining humans with a small group of vampires.
The plot is very fast paced, I was so nervous for Gene the whole way through the novel, and the tension the author creates when Gene is pretending to be human made me literally sweat with nerves myself!
The only thing that stopped this novel from getting 5 stars was the ending, it didn't really seem to have an ending at all. It didn't have a cliffhanger either, it just sort-of ended, rather abruptly.
The main character in this novel is Gene, and the story is told from his point of view. It's rare (for me anyway) to find a YA novel that's narrated by a male protagonist, but I really enjoy them! Gene was clever to survive among the vampires for so long, he was also brave and caring.
Ashley June is the "love interest" in this novel and I really liked her character as well. She begins the novel as quite snooty and dislikeable, but her development throughout the book meant by the end of the novel I had warmed to her considerably.
The other minor characters in the book were pretty good, the diverse group that were the other contestants in the hunt and the humans that they were hunting.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, and I have the second book, which I'm really looking forward to reading!

Book Review- The Name of the Star

Monday, 7 October 2013
Title: The Name of the Star
Author: Maureen Johnson
Series: Shades of London #1
Pages: 374
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: September 29th 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Historical Fiction

Rating: 4/5



"New York Times" bestseller Maureen Johnson takes on Jack the Ripper in this captivating paranormal thriller!
The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him--the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.-Goodreads

I have followed Maureen Johnson on twitter for a little while now, without really realising that I owned one of her books and hadn't read it yet. You can follow her here if you want!!

When I found the book on my TBR pile I dived into it excitedly. The fact that the novel is set in London and features Jack the Ripper just further cemented how cool Maureen Johnson is.
The plot for this novel revolves around our main character Rory, who is an American coming to an English boarding school. I really enjoyed the boarding school element, it all seemed very quaint and Mallory Towers-ish to me! I also enjoyed how some of Rory's American-isms were met with confusion from many of her fellow students.
It becomes quickly obvious that this is more than a normal murder mystery novel when Rory discovers she can see people that no one else can. Although the ending was a tad predictable, overall I really enjoyed the plot, it had some nice twists and the Jack the Ripper theme appealed to my macabre interest in all things gruesome!
I felt that I could really hear Rory's voice throughout this novel, and the fact that her American accent stood out so much in England. I also enjoyed some of the things the other students said, although some were a little cliché, it was nice to see some British characters in YA.
There also wasn't too much romance in this novel, instead of the relationships taking centre stage, they were pushed to the back to allow for a better and more developed plot.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, and I really want to pick up some more of Maureen Johnson's novels if they are anywhere as good as this one was!

October TBR!

Saturday, 5 October 2013
Hi guys, I will definitely be posting more soon, I promise :)
Anyway for now, here's the books I want to read in October.
  • Clockwork Prince- Cassandra Clare
  • Martyr- Rory Clements
  • The Girl in the Wall- Daphne Benedis-Grab
  • Wither- Lauren DeStefano
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde

September Wrap Up

Monday, 30 September 2013
Firstly I would like to apologise for being away for so long, I realise it has been over a month!!
As this is the first post I have done in a while, I thought I would start with a quick wrap up of the books I read in September. I'll be honest, it's not a huge list!.......... To be perfectly honest, it's only two ;)

The first book I read was Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. This is the first book in the Bloodlines series, which follows some of the characters we met briefly in the Vampire Academy series by the same author. I really enjoyed this novel, it was a good beginning to a series which I hope I will enjoy as much as the Vampire Academy series. I gave this novel 4/5 stars.
The second, and last book I read this month, was The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. This is the first of Maureen Johnson's novels I have read, and I quite enjoyed it. I gave this one 4/5 as well. I was initially attracted to this novel because of its setting in London and the Jack the Ripper theme, and it didn't disappoint on any of these fronts.
I do plan on reviewing these books at some point, but I can't make any promises. Hopefully my October TBR will be up later this week! :)

Book Review- Parasite X

Monday, 26 August 2013
Title: Parasite X
Author: Louise Miles
Pages: 334
Series: Fugitive Series #2
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Action

Rating: 4.5/5

This is a review of the second novel in the Fugitive Series, if you don't want to be spoiled, check out my review of the first book here

The fight for survival begins again.
Numbed, drugged, imprisoned in a windowless, hospital cell, sixteen-year-old, Didi wakes to find herself alone, with no idea where she is or how she got there. And with the arrival of The Scientist, the ruthless pioneer at the heart of Xenogene’s flagship research facility, things are about to get a whole lot worse for Didi and her friends. - Amazon


I received this as an ebook from the author in return for an honest review.
I read the first book in this series in January or February of this year, and I was very excited when I was informed there was going to be a second. I really enjoy the characters and plot the author has created, and I was interested to see where she took it from there.
The book begins with Didi, out main character, waking up from some sort of drugged sleep. She is disorientated, and this mirrors what the reader is feeling as we try to figure out what has happened since the last book has finished.
I really liked this novel, it was fast paced, I could hardly catch my breath! It also had a few interesting twists (I'm looking at you, Tom!) and a number of near death experiences for the characters!
I also thought the character development within the novel was good, we learnt more about Didi and her family, especially her father and the medical experiments he was involved in. I also thought the "baddie" in this novel was good too. She was called The Scientist, and had just the right amount of mystery and evil in her to be a truly great foe for our main characters.
The novel has been left on a frustratingly good cliff-hanger, and I really, really want to know what happens next, which I suppose is a sign of a good book!
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, it was an excellent sequel, which continued a story that I recommend that everyone checks out!

Buy the book on Amazon here
Buy the first book in the series here

New Release Sunday #8

Sunday, 25 August 2013
The book released this week that I'm most excited to check out is Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. This book has 368 pages in the hardcover edition and is published by Zondervan. This book is based in Scotland, so of course I'm intrigued!!


Blurb: DOON…

Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for...or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.
DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at http://www.DoonSeries.com

~Destiny awaits!- Goodreads


You may enjoy this novel if you like; Young Adult, Fantasy
Check it out on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here

WWW Wednesday #5

Wednesday, 7 August 2013
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

  • I am currently reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin
  • I recently finished reading Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen by Terrance Dicks
  • I'm not sure what I'm going to read next, I might continue with the Game of Thrones books or I might read something else!

Teaser Tuesday #9

Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I'm still reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, hey its 800 pages long okay!! :)

"The wineseller shrugged, reached for the cup ... and grabbed the cask instead, flinging it at her with both hands. Ser Jorah bulled into her, knocking her out of the way."

I'm going to try to get through this book by the end of this week, but it's huge!!

Book Review- Big Frog

Monday, 5 August 2013
Title: Big Frog
Author: Rob Badcock
Published: June 30th 2011
Publisher: Book Guild Publishing
Pages: 345
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Rating: 4/5

Rib Meskitoe - a fourteen-year-old student of Nanozoomology from Milton Keynes citidome - has run away from home and is working on a lottery till in Wigan. There he takes it into his head to steal a winning ticket worth 250 million dollars and suddenly he finds himself on the run, a fugitive in the rainforest with a price on his head. All he has is the money and an incomprehensible set of instructions from his oddball friend Kaddie...- Goodreads

I received a copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review.
It's always a bit of a gamble when a blogger agrees to accept a novel for review, really we have no idea what the book is going to be like. We normally only have the author/publishing company's  description of the book, or maybe a blurb to go on. When I accepted this novel I was really unsure what to expect, the blurb, if I'm totally honest, is weird!
Thankfully this is one novel I'm very glad I accepted, it's a quirky read, but it's definitely worth it.
This is the story of Rib, who steals a winning lottery ticket and runs away, throwing him into a pretty crazy adventure.
Although the beginning of this novel is a little slow, the pace quickly picks up and continues at breakneck speed for the rest of the novel.
This novel is made up of a number of different threads of plot, about different characters, but these threads come together towards the end, meaning most questions are answered! (I said most as their are some questions left open, presumably for the sequel!)
The characters in Big Frog are some of the most interesting I've read about in a while, Rib is clever and brave, but not perfect (stealing lottery tickets anyone?!). Rika is a girl that Rib travels with for a little while, and she was an intriguing character, I need to know more about her! She had some really great sassy one liners.
The author also does a good job of creating a different world to set the novel in, and I liked the Global Warming aspect. It's very well described, but it's also different from normal dystopian settings and that was nice for a change.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, I think it is a novel with a unique setting and plot, and I am very much looking forward to reading the sequel!
I would like to thank Rob Badcock for sending me a copy of this novel.

Check out the book's website here: http://bigfrogbook.com/main.html
I definitely recommend checking out the website, its really cool, interactive with sound too!!
The book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11764354-big-frog

New Release Sunday #7

Sunday, 4 August 2013
The Boy on the BridgeThe book I'm most looking forward to checking out this week is The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford. This book has 256 pages in the Hardcover edition and is published by Scholastic Press.
Basically this is the story of love during the Cold War. It is about a girl who goes to Russia during the war and falls in love with a Russian called Alexei.

Blurb: A new breathtaking novel from Natalie Standiford about love and trust during the Cold War.
Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia--a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music, and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse. At the same time, she's been warned that Soviets often latch onto Americans in hopes of marrying them and thus escaping to the United States. But she knows Alexei loves her. Right?
As June approaches--when Laura must return to the United States--Alexei asks Laura to marry him. She's only nineteen and doesn't think she's ready to settle down. But what if Alexei is the love of her life? How can she leave him behind? If she has a chance to change his life, to rescue him from misery, shouldn't she take it?- Goodreads


You may like this novel if you like; YA, Romance, Historical Fiction

Teaser Tuesday #8

Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The book I'm currently reading is A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
""This man came a guest into my house, and there conspired to murder my son, a boy of seven," she proclaimed to the room at large, pointing. Ser Rodrik moved to her side , his sword in hand."

Book Review- Luminaire

Friday, 26 July 2013
Title: Luminaire
Author: Ciye Cho
Published: November 28th 2012
Pages: 250
Series: Florence Waverley #2
Genre: Young Adult, Mermaid. Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5


Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.

The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans. But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?

Everything hangs in the balance: her life, her world, and her love.- Goodreads


I received an ebook copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review.
This is the second book in the Florence Waverley Series, check out my review of the first novel here!

I really enjoyed the first novel in this series and I was eagerly anticipating when I would get a chance to pick the sequel up. I am glad to say that it didn't disappoint! This novel begins right after Rolan's coronation as King of Niemela, and any of the story we missed, including the coronation itself is filled in nicely by flashbacks from Florence. I thought these flashbacks were used well, not too frequently to become annoying, but sparingly enough to allow the reader a full picture of what had happened between the books.
In this novel Florence takes part in the Life Path tournament, (think Tri-Wizard Tournament, underwater, with careers for the victors) which I really enjoyed reading about, as it was action packed and edge-of-your-seat reading. There is definitely more action in this novel than the last, the Life Path tournament introduced more action and also introduced the readers to an enormous number of new creatures which were interesting to read about.
Rolan is the main love interest in this series, and he was very frustrating to read about in the beginning, as a complete change had come over him since the end of Book 1. Whereas in book 1 he was quite warm and caring towards Florence by the end, in the beginning of this novel he is distracted and cold towards her. Thankfully he didn't keep up his stubborn distance and coldness to Florence for very long. As a reader, I was able to better understand why Rolan was acting that way through a few short chapters of this novel being from his P.O.V. As well as allowing insights into his thoughts and feelings, it allowed us to read a little bit more about the goings on in the kingdom of Niemela.
Florence is also different in this novel, but in a more positive sense. She is much more confident, she feels like she has found her place, where she belongs in Niemela. Florence is one of my favourite female protagonists to read about as she is very strong and always stands up for herself and things she believes in. I also enjoy the fact that she doesn't let anyone, especially Rolan boss her around.
I also like the relationship between Florence and Rolan, I think it's super sweet and it developed nicely towards the end of the book.
Overall I really enjoyed this sequel. It is a quick read that continues and develops what was in traduced in Book1. I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see how the story develops further in a world that has intrigued me from the beginning.

Book Review- Kaylen's Rising

Saturday, 6 July 2013
Title: Kaylen's Rising
Author: Yves Robichaud
Published: February 6th 2013
Publisher: Friesen Press
Pages: 200
Series: Tomes of Taria #1
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade

Rating: 4/5

View book trailer: http://youtu.be/bO3Z02BALMw

Kaylen Amdir has been living in the dark for fourteen years—in every sense.

His people are hunted on the surface world, so they must struggle to survive within underground caves. His community hates his family but no-one will say why. Unlike most teens, his parents keep him housebound, and forbid him from wielding weapons or learning magic. But when his parents finally change their mind and send him to school, Kaylen is suddenly exposed to the harsh truth. He has much to learn and understand all at once—including a mysterious magical ability.

With the threat of war with the surface-dwellers ever present, Kaylen will need to make new friends, and to stay true to himself if he is to survive what is to come…while something frightening stirs inside him.- Goodreads


I received an ebook copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review.
I gave this novel 4/5 and I really enjoyed it. The plot and characters in this novel were great, the author had developed them nicely. I will say that I think this is probably a middle grade novel, the writing and plotline would suit 10-14 year olds, but I enjoyed it none the less.
The plot was fast paced and action filled, the characters were hardly finished one adventure when they were on to the next. This helped keep my interest through out the novel, and I finished it in a relatively quick time.
The characters were nicely developed, the group that Kaylen fights with were a diverse group all with individual strengths and weaknesses. The only slight problem I had with the characters was I felt that some of the characters relationships were a little 2 dimensional. They felt like they were only there to fulfil a purpose, that they weren't build on any evidence of affection between the characters.
The world that Robichaud described in the book was good, it had a fantasy element to it, but still retained features that made it feel like Earth. I also liked the history we were introduced to between the humans and the elves, hopefully we will learn more about the history of the battles between the two races in other novels.
I thought Kaylen's parents were interesting and intriguing characters who, unfortunately didn't have a very large part in the story!
Overall I liked this novel, and I am interested to see where the author takes the characters in the next books in the series.

Book Review- Jimmy Threepwood and the Veil of Darkness

Wednesday, 3 July 2013
Title: Jimmy Threepwood and the Veil of Darkness
Author: Rich Pitman
Published: October 10th 2012
Publisher: Ghostly Publishing
Pages: 210
Genre: Fantasy, Middle-Grade, Childrens

Rating: 3/5

Many centuries ago the Elders designed the world we live in, but they knew that through time and the advances in medicine and technology, the world would slowly start to die and man would ultimately destroy the planet. The Elders created a prophecy that every two millennia, four children would receive a mystical mark. The children would grow and (one day) be powerful enough to release the mighty beast, Tyranacus. Together they would purge the world of man, allowing it to heal before the life cycle would start again. Margaret Threepwood was a gentle and loving wife and was due to give birth when tragedy struck and Margaret fell severely ill. The Gatekeeper of life and death appeared in the hospital ward and provided a one-time deal so Margaret would live as long as her son Jimmy Threepwood was brought up unloved, uncared-for and handed to the Gatekeeper and his minions on his eleventh birthday, where his destiny would be unveiled to him. As Jimmy approached his eleventh birthday he noticed strange and unusual things happening. Firstly, a mysterious crow started to follow him around school; this ultimately led to a Bunson burner accident and an unusual scar forming on Jimmy's arm in the shape of a number nine. This was followed by Jimmy protecting his friend against the school bully, but one touch changed both Jimmy's and the bully's lives forever...
I received a copy of the ebook from the author in return for an honest review.
I am in two minds about this book. I really enjoyed the story, the plot was good and the characters were interesting and nicely developed through the book. The thing that lets this book down is the writing itself. Really all it needs is a good look over by an editor to straighten out errors. This meant I couldn't enjoy the book fully as the mistakes kept catching my eye. There were problems with missing commas and other forms of punctuation, and a couple of times when it appeared the author got confused between characters as the names kept changing.
Apart from the errors, I quite enjoyed the story. I definitely think this is a middle grade book, as the language and ideas in the novel would definitely appeal to readers of that age.
I also thought the action scenes were nicely done, with good description of what the characters were doing. The quantity of action through out the whole book was good, the story moved quickly, meaning the plot kept my interest.
The main character, Jimmy, was a good main character, he was brave and sensible, but there is definitely some underlying traits in Jimmy that we haven't really been introduced to yet.
Overall I liked this book, and I am interested in seeing where the author takes the story in the next book. In my opinion this book was good, but with a little tweaking of the writing, it could definitely be great.



Book Review- A Shade of Blood

Sunday, 16 June 2013
Title: A Shade of Blood
Author: Bella Forrest
Published: April 8th 2013
Series: A Shade of Vampire #2
Genre: Paranormal, Vampire, Young Adult, Romance

Rating: 3/5

This is a review of a sequel, if you haven't read the book or don't want to be spoiled, check out my review of the first book here.

I received a copy of the ebook from the author in return for a honest review.

This is the second book in The Shade of Vampire trilogy and if I'm honest I was a little bit disappointed. I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, but this one let me down.
There are however, some positives to this novel, it's not all bad.
This novel was lot longer than the last, which allowed better character development and allowed us readers to become better acquainted with the characters in the novel. I also appreciated that we learnt more about Derek and his background, through the use of flashbacks. We also learnt more about Derek and Sofia's family, which were a bit of a mystery in the first book.
In terms of the author, her writing style has improved since book 1 and the book flows smoothly throughout. The author's use of different P.O.Vs, allows more insight into the different characters and makes sure we follow all the differing plot lines as we move through the story.
I also thought the pacing of this novel was good, it kept my interest throughout and there were some good twists and turns which kept me on my toes.
Unfortunately there were also quite a lot of things I didn't like.
I really didn't like Ben in this book, he seemed horrible and completely different from how he came across in the first book. To me it seemed that he was supposed to be a love interest to compete with Derek but to me he seemed like a douche. He dated other girls because he felt that he wasn't ready to settle down with Sofia. He knew Sofia loved him and just expected her to wait for him while he dated other girls. To me that makes him a jerk.
In this book, when Sofia leaves it causes Derek to spiral down to depths of evil, which involve murder and almost rape but when Sofia returns she goes back to him and accepts him without any problem. This didn't sit very well with me as I'm sure most women would be affected by the actions of Derek and may reconsider their feelings for the guy. I don't believe that the explanation that Sofia will turn him good, that she will change him, is enough to forget what he has done.
Sofia also annoyed me that she forgave Derek so quickly and easily, and didn't stay angry at him for any length of time, she seemed unable to stay angry at him, even though the things he did were pretty bad!
Another part in the book that didn't quite make sense to me was the change that overcame Vivienne in this book. In book 1 she was cold and ruthless and seemed a dislikeable spoilt Princess, but in this book she had changed into someone we were supposed to like and feel sympathetic towards. This just didn't make sense to me, we were given very little evidence to show why this change had happened. 
Another problem I had with this novel was the predictability of many of the plot twists. I found myself exasperated over many of the revelations in this book, for example with Sofia's family, as they were very obvious while reading.
Overall I thought this instalment in the series was ok and I'm interested to see where Forrest takes the story next, but I thought this was a disappointing sequel in a series which I was really enjoying.

Check it out on Goodreads here 

May Book Haul!

Monday, 3 June 2013
This month I got 6 books, when I went shopping one weekend.
The first book I got was Martyr by Rory Clements, which was on a special deal in Waterstones for only £2.99. This is a historical fiction novel set in London.
The next novel I got on the £2.99 deal from Waterstones was The Ghost by Robert Harris. This is an action thriller novel which has been turned into a movie.
The next three books I got on a 3 for 2 from WHSmith. The first book was The Sight by David Clement-Davies. This novel is about wolves, and just looked like something different for me to read.
I also got Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, which is set during World War II about 2 war pilots.
The third book I got on 3 for 2 was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy. I've seen a lot about this novel in blogs and on Goodreads and I was really keen to check it out.
The last book I got was Doctor Who: A History of The Universe in 100 Objects by James Goss and Steve Tribe. This is a lovely hard back edition talking about 100 important objects in Doctor Who.
        
 



May Wrap Up

Saturday, 1 June 2013
Hi guys sorry for my long absence, I've just been really busy this month with exams but they're all finished now so I'm free to blog :)
Although I did a lot of studying this month I still managed to read 10 books in May.
The first book I read was Fear by Michael Grant. This is the 5th book in the Gone series and I really enjoyed it, I gave it 5/5 stars. It was just as good as the previous instalments in the series.
The next book I read was Light by Michael Grant. This is the final book in the Gone series. It was awesome, I gave it 5/5 stars and I thought it was a great ending to one of my favourite series.
I also read Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. This is the third and final book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, another one of my favourite series. I absolutely loved this novel too, and it also got 5/5 stars (there are quite a lot of high rated books this month, just to warn you!).
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore was the next book I read in May and I was kind of disappointed in this book, it just wasn't as good as I was hoping. This is the second novel in the Lorien Legacies. I gave it 3/5 stars and I thought it was a bit of a disappointing sequel.
I also read Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, which obviously is the 2nd book in the Hunger Games trilogy. I love this trilogy and I gave Catching Fire 5/5 stars. I had read this series before but I really wanted to read it again!
Next I read The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda. I didn't know very much about this book when I picked it up, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I gave it 4/5 stars and I will definitely pick up the rest in The Hunt series (or trilogy?).
Then I re-read Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins which is the third and final novel in The Hunger Games trilogy. I quite liked this novel, although I was a little bit disappointed in the ending and a certain characters death (grrrrrr) but I still gave it 4/5 stars.
I also re-read Stealing Pheonix by Joss Stirling. I bought and read this novel a number of years ago before I realised that its actually the 2nd novel in the Benedicts series, but it works well as a stand alone novel too! I really enjoyed it and I gave it 5/5 stars.
The next novel I read was Double Cross by Malorie Blackman. This is the 4th and final novel in the Noughts and Crosses series. I really like this series and I gave this novel 4/5 stars.
The last book I read in May was The Dead by Charlie Higson. This is the 2nd novel in The Dead series, which is a Young Adult zombie series which I love. This book was really gruesome and gory but still awesome and I gave it 4/5.

April Book Haul

Friday, 3 May 2013
I got 5 books this month, which I felt was ok, not too many, but some new reading material!
This month was my birthday, and I got one book for my birthday. That was Light by Michael Grant. This is the last book in the Gone series, and my brother got me a signed copy!
I also won a giveaway from BooksofAmber and I won a copy of The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd, which I'm really excited to begin soon.
I also purchased 3 books from Amazon with my birthday money! I bought Fear by Michael Grant, which the 5th book in the Gone series. I had to buy this one to read before I can read Light. I also bought Generation Dead by Daniel Waters, because I've heard a lot about it and just spontaneously purchased it. The last book I purchased was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith. Bit of a zombie theme but not too bad!
                                                        










May TBR

Thursday, 2 May 2013
I have exams in May, so I won't be getting as much read, and I also wanted to pick books that would allow me to relax and enjoy when I'm not studying. That's why in May I'm trying to finish off some YA series that I haven't yet finished.
I plan to read:
  • Fear by Michael Grant
  • Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
  • The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
  • Light by Michael Grant
Exams is also why there will be a lack of posts from me for a little while, especially reviews, but stick with me because I will be back in June!

Book Review- What's Left of Me

Sunday, 7 April 2013
Title: What's Left of Me
Author: Kat Zhang
Published: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages:343
Series: The Hybrid Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Rating: 4/5

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything -Goodreads


I got an ebook copy of this novel from Net Galley.
I really liked the idea for this novel, the idea of two souls in one body, I thought that was a really unique and intriguing storyline. This novel is very different to any other YA novels I have read, and I really enjoyed it.The plot is thought provoking, when you stop to think about what it would be like to have two souls in one body. 
The plot moves quite slowly, it isn't a fast paced action packed read, but the second half picks up in speed and action content a bit.
I would describe this novel as a dystopian novel, as it has an interesting and well built world, with enough mystery surrounding the fate of other continents as a good dystopian should. There is also a lying government, which is keeping secrets from the population.
I loved that Zhang wrote from Eva's perspective. She is the recessive soul, and I thought this P.O.V was a unique method that worked really well. Eva's voice was strong and resonated well throughout the whole novel.
There are a nice range of side characters in this novel, all of which were interesting to read about. Devon/Ryan was my favourite character, I thought he semed really cool and I enjoyed the sort-of romance between him and Addie/Eva. I also liked that you could easily tell which of Devon or Ryan was the dominant soul at any time because they were so different.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, I thought it was creative and original, and I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Reading Break #2

Saturday, 6 April 2013
I haven't done a non-book related post for a long time, and I felt it was about time I did one. This post is going to be about me, I have answered some random questions about myself!

1. How old are you?
17 years old
2. When is your Birthday?
5th of April. So yesterday!!
3. What starsign does that make it?
I'm an Aries
4. Whats your favourite colour?
Purple!
5. Whats your lucky number?
7
6. Do you have any pets?
No :(
7. Where are you from?
Scotland
8. How tall are you?
5ft 7in
9. What shoe size are you?
7
10. Which form of public transport do you prefer?
Trains
11. What talents do you have?
I'm pretty good at basketball
12. Can you juggle?
Sadly no.
13. Can you solve a rubix cube?
Again sadly no
14. Do you have a cherished childhood teddybear?

Yeah I've got two, one called Rocky Racoon and one called Mr Blue Bear!
15. Are you a good dancer?

Hell no!!
16. Are you a good singer?

People tell me I am!
17. Are you a good cook?

I'm ok
18. Which types of holidays do you prefer?

City breaks!
19. Where is the furthest you've ever been on holiday?
New York and Washington D.C
20. Do you prefer baths or showers?
Showers all the way!
21. Do you prefer towel drying, blow drying or natural drying your hair?
Natural drying
22. Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets?
Sunrises
23. Do you like scary movies?
No I'm a scaredy cat!
24. Whats your favourite Milkshake flavour?
Chocolate
25. Do you have a strong local accent?
Well I have a Scottish accent so I guess that counts :)

Ok guys I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me, feel free to answer these questions yourself in the comments as I would love to hear your answers!
Bye :)

Book Review- Scent of Magic

Friday, 5 April 2013
Title: Scent of Magic
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Published: December 18th 2012   Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Pages: 414
Series: Healer #2
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Romance
Rating: 4.5/5
 
I won't post a blurb for this novel, because it may spoil the story for you, if you haven't read the first installment in the series.
 
I received an ebook copy of this novel from the publisher in return for an honest review.
 
I liked this book, I gave it 4.5/5 stars, and I much prefered it to the first book in the series. This novel has much more action in it, and the plot is fast paced and action packed. There is less camaraderie with the Monkeys, as they don't feature heavily in this novel, which I enjoyed a lot in thelast novel, but I got over this fact. There is a darker feeling to this novel though, more of a feeling of the danger and the threat of war that is looming. The storyline continues from the first book, hence the reason why I didn't post the blurb.
The point of view changes from Kerrick to Avery, and I quite enjoyed the split perspectives, as it allowed you to follow both storylines, and get to know the characters a little better. The only negative I found with the split P.O.V was that the author would often leave the end of the chapter as a cliffhanger, and then go to the other character's P.O.V in the following chapter. This got a little annoying because by the time I had read that chapter, I had forgotten what was going on, and it got tiring having to wait for the resolution every time.
There are a lot of twists and betrayals in this book, some I can honestly say that I didn't see coming, so beware!
There is a great diverse collection of characters in this book, and although some of the secondary characters seemed a little 1 dimensional, on the whole the characters are great.
Avry is our female protagonist, and she was just as awesome in this book as in the previous. She was still as brave, loyal, strong and kick-ass as before, and I loved this about her.
I liked the relationship between her and Kerrick, it's really cute to read about, but thankfully it doesn't take up too much of the novel.
I also enjoyed the comeback of some characters, not naming names! But really, it was great to get to read more about those characters.
The ending, oh my gosh the ending. It was so good, and so annoying! The novel ends on such a cliffhanger. I just want to read the next novel now so I can find out what happens!!!!
I would recommend this novel if you like YA fantasy novels, or are a fan of any of Snyder's other work. If you do decide to read the series though, be warned for the ending!!!!

March Book Haul

Thursday, 4 April 2013
I've been trying to reduce the amount of books as I buy, as I have a very extensive pile of books waiting to be read, so I only got 3 books last month. 2 of these books I purchased myself with a book token I got as a secret santa gift at Christmas. The third book I won in a giveaway on Goodreads!
The first book I bought was BZRK by Michael Grant. I am a huge fan of his Gone series, so I was really eager to pick up this other book. This is a sci-fi novel, involving nano technology, and it looks like it has a great mix of adventure and thriller too.
The other book I purchased was Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. I was intrigued by the cover on this book, its so lovely, and the blurb really convinced me to pick it up! This is a fantasy novel, which involves dragons,and it looks like a great read.
The book I won in a giveaway was The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi. I just entered this giveaway on a whim, so I was pretty excited to find out I had won a copy. From what I've read on Goodreads, this is mythical fiction, with fantasy elements. It looks like it will be a good read!




Easter TBR!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013
I have got two weeks off for my Easter holidays, so I thought I would do a little TBR of the books I hope to read while on holiday. I will post my April TBR later on in the month.

  • Havisham by Ronald Frame
  • The Enemy by Charlie Higson
  • The Hound of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Teaser Tuesday #7

Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Havisham by Ronald Frame

"Above me, supported from the side of the stage, was one vast, cleverly painted, outstretched wing of golden feathers: the wing of the mighty eaglewhich Jupiter had taken as his disguise. It overarched me, threatening to overwhelm and devour me- a menace every bit as much as a guard."


March Wrap Up!

Monday, 1 April 2013
I didn't get very much reading (or blogging!) done this month,due to school being so busy and stressfull, but I did get 4 books read during March.

The first book I read was Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I bought this on my kindle a while ago, I had planned on reading it on holiday, but didn't get around to it. I gave this book 4/5, I thought it was an interesting YA read, and I hope to pick up the sequel some time in the future.
The next book I read was Winter in Madrid by C.J. Samson. This is an adult historical fiction set in Spain just after the Civil War in 1940. I really enjoyed this novel, I gave it 5/5, and I will definitely be checking out some of Samson's other works.
The third book I read in March was Across the Universe by Beth Revis. This is a very popular YA read, which I've had sitting on my TBR shelf for a long time, but I finally decided to pick it up. I'm so glad I did as I thought this was a really great read, I gave it 5/5. I will have a review of this posted soon.
The last book I read in March was The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. This was my school book club's book choice for March, which I must admit I wasn't ecstatic to be reading. I gave this novel 2.5/5 as it really wasn't my cup of tea at all.


Teaser Tuesday #6

Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Winter In Madrid by C.J. Samson

"Part of Bernie wanted to make some fierce gesture like Tomas's, but he wanted to live. If they killed him that would be their final, irrevocable victory."


March TBR!

Monday, 4 March 2013
This is a list of the books I hope to read in March!!

  1. Winter in Madrid- C.J Samson
  2. Uglies- Scott Westerfeld
  3. Havisham- Ronald Frame
  4. Endless- Matt Bone
  5. Across the Universe- Beth Revis

February Wrap Up!

Sunday, 3 March 2013
This is a post just letting you know the books that I read in February. Sorry it's a couple of days late!

The first book I read in February was Zephyr The West Wind by R.J. Tolson. I received this novel from the publisher, to review on my blog. I gave this novel 2.5/5 stars, as I felt there were things lacking. You can read my review here.
The next novel I read was What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang. I requested this ebook from NetGalley, and I've heard some really great things about it, so I was really excited to pick it up. I really liked it and I gave it 4/5 stars. The review for this novel will be coming soon!
Next I read Terra by Gretchen Powell. I was part of the blog tour for this novel hosted by CBL Tours. I really enjoyed this novel, it was a great mix of dystopian and sci-fi. I gave it 5/5 and you can read my review here.
I also read Borderlands by Brian McGilloway, which is the first in the Inspector Devlin series. I thought this was a pretty good Detective mystery novel and I gave it 4/5.
I also finished Great Expectations by Charles Dickens this month. I have been reading this novel for months on my Kindle, so it was great to finally finish it. For my first Charles Dickens I was very impressed. I gave it 4/5 stars.
The last novel I read in February was my first re-read of the year, and it was Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver. This is more a children's novel than a Young Adult read, and I absolutely loved this series when I was about 11. It was really great to get to re-read it, and I gave it 4.5/5.



Terra by Gretchen Powell Blog Tour

Tuesday, 19 February 2013
About This Book:
Title: Terra
Author: Gretchen Powell
Release Date: 12th December 2012
Series: Terrestrials #1
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-fi

Rating: 5/5

A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl simply trying to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.

A discovery that will change everything.

In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth's population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial--a denizen of the barren groundworld--who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra's world is turned upside down.

Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam--a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own. With him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything--a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.

The first book in debut author Gretchen Powell's anticipated Terrestrials series, Terra catapults you through a story filled with blood-pumping action, intrigue, and surprising twists that will wrench and warm your heart. As the hidden truths of this world unfold, the new dangers looming on the horizon are sure to leave you waiting breathlessly for the sequel.

(Mild language; recommended for ages 12+)


 
 
I really enjoyed this novel, hence the 5/5 stars rating. This novel is a mix of some of my favourite genres; Young Adult, Dystopian and Sci-fi. This novel had just the right percentage of action in it to keep me interested and also enough information about the world and the characters to make sure you understood everything that was happening. The plot was really gripping the whole way through this novel, I flew through it in about 2 days! The plot contains many twists, some of which were predictable, but some which I really didn't see coming, and they were nicely written by the author.
The characters in the novel were a really strong part of the novel, they had depth, they were complex and seemed real. Terra was a great main character, a strong female character, something that is uncommon in YA novels. She was brave,intelligent and cared deeply for her younger brother. Adam was the other main character in the novel and he was a good character too. I like the twist that was revealed about Adam, it added an interesting twist to the novel.
The relationship between these two characters was good, it seemed realistic. Terra found him attractive in the beginning, but there was no insta-love, which was a relief.
The writing style of the author is good. The writing flows nicely, and reads smoothly. The author's use of description was great, I could imagine the world Terra lives in, and the contrast between that and the floating cities where the sky dwellers live.
I really enjoyed the ending of the novel, even though it ends on a bit of a cliff hanger, it also comes to natural ending, giving a sense of closure too. The last couple of chapters allow the reader to discover more about the world and the political situation in the country, and the imminent danger!
I would like to thank CBL Tourhosts for hosting this blog tour, and for providing me with an ebook copy of the novel.
 
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