Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Slated - Book Review


Slated (Slated #1)
by Teri Terry


What is it about:
Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?


What did I think of it:
This is a cool read.

I liked that even though Kyla knows there's something not right, she's hesitant to act at first. She's well aware of the trouble she might get into and isn't throwing herself headlong into danger. She does act without thinking things through sometimes though.

The future setting was really intriguing, and if there's one point of critique it's that I wanted to know more than was told.

The story itself is suspenseful and with a slow building tension that made me want to keep reading. Slowly things become clearer, and Kyla learns who to trust and who might be a danger. There are some events near the end of the book that force Kyla to make some important decisions, and the book does end with lots of things unresolved, although not in an annoying way.

All in all I very much enjoyed this book and I'll most probably get my trotters on the other books in this series soon.

Why should you read it:
It's a suspenseful and cool Near Future YA read.


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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Teaser Tuesdays - Vampire Destiny Trilogy


In the distance a wave of blood was building. Red, towering, topped with spitting heads of fire. On a vast plain, a mass of vampires waited.

(page 223, Vampire Destiny Trilogy by Darren Shan)


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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!

Monday, 25 July 2016

This Savage Song - Book Review


This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
by Victoria Schwab


What is it about:
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.


What did I think of it:
This is a really cool read.

The world didn't always make sense to me. So there are cities with monsters, but once outside of a certain zone around those cities it's perfectly safe? The way the monsters were described I didn't get why they weren't everywhere. And why are people still living in those cities if it's safe outside of them? But maybe I missed something...

That one point of confusion aside: I loved both Kate and August. August is a tortured monster who longs to be human, while Kate wants the love of her father so badly she is willing to give up on her humanity if it makes him notice her. Of the two of them I could understand Kate the most. August has people who are there for him, and at times I thought he was ungrateful for what he had, while I could understand Kate's longing for a place to belong. She's going about it the wrong way to get it, but that's what can make a good story if told the right way.

The story itself is suspenseful, full of action, and it drew me in from the start. There's one point about 2/3 in that it dragged a little in my opinion, but that might be because I thought Kate and August were given important clues, but were a bit slow to catch up on what's going on.

All in all a cool story, with interesting monsters and world building. I will keep an eye out for the next book, even though this book gives us another one of those 'let's throw this out as bait for the next book' endings.

Why should you read it:
It's a well written Dark Future YA read.


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Friday, 22 July 2016

Lonen's War - Book Review


Lonen's War (Sorcerous Moons #1)
by Jeffe Kennedy


What is it about:
An Unquiet Heart
Alone in her tower, Princess Oria has spent too long studying her people’s barbarian enemies, the Destrye—and neglected the search for calm that will control her magic and release her to society. Her restlessness makes meditation hopeless and her fragility renders human companionship unbearable. Oria is near giving up. Then the Destrye attack, and her people’s lives depend on her handling of their prince…

A Fight Without Hope
When the cornered Destrye decided to strike back, Lonen never thought he’d live through the battle, let alone demand justice as a conqueror. And yet he must keep up his guard against the sorceress who speaks for the city. Oria’s people are devious, her claims of ignorance absurd. The frank honesty her eyes promise could be just one more layer of deception.

A Savage Bargain
Fighting for time and trust, Oria and Lonen have one final sacrifice to choose… before an even greater threat consumes them all.


What did I think of it:
Jeffe Kennedy is one of my must read everything I can get my trotters on authors, so you bet I wanted to read Lonen's War.

And this is a beautiful and intense read.

Oria has been sheltered all her life, kept both ignorant and vulnerable, so when barbarians attack her city she is totally unprepared when circumstance puts her in charge of important decisions. Yet she shows she's stronger than even she herself ever thought possible.

Lonen on the other hand is used to a life of hard work and survival. Yet when he has to fight the Barra he is forced to acts that he believed to be unthinkable.

I loved both Oria and Lonen. They're from different worlds and seem to have nothing in common. Still apart from the necessity to work together there's a curiosity that draws them towards each other even without them really being aware of it just yet.

And the world building!

I loved the world Jeffe created for this story. The city where Oria lives sounds like a complex and magical place, while Lonen's homeland sounds much more practical and straightforwards. I love how the environment reflects the people who live in it and vice versa.

The story is intense, suspenseful, and filled with action, cool creatures and events. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it.

All in all this is a wonderful start of the series, and I'll be getting my greedy trotters on the other books as well, because I want much much more.

Why should you read it:
It's an amazing Fantasy Romance read.


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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Teaser Tuesdays on a Thursday - This Savage Song


And how long had the Malchai been there, at her father's side when Kate wasn't? The question made her want to put a silver bullet through the monster's eye.

(page 98, This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab)


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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!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Crash - Book Review


Crash (Visions #1)
by Lisa McMann


What is it about:
If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of three books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.


What did I think of it:
This is a fun read.

It's written as if the lead character has written the story, and here I found my one little grumble: using 'big' words and acting as if your reader is stupid. Example: using the word umami and using a * at the bottom of the page with the explanation "look it up". Yeah...

That one grumble aside, I enjoyed this story.

Jules is a bit immature at times, but otherwise likeable enough. Her family is weird and they're in a sort of non-lethal vendetta with another pizzeria. Of course the boy Jules likes is working at the other pizzeria to add extra suspense to an already stressful situation.

The way Jules deals with her visions and with her family were fun to read if a bit far fetched at times. I didn't mind too much though: the story is fun enough to forgive some far out situations.

The ending was one of those 'let's throw this out here even though it's not absolutely necessary, so people will want to buy the next book' cliffhangers, so me being who I am, I most probably will only read the next book if I stumble into it. All in all an entertaining read though.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun YA read



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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Release Day Alert - Lonen’s War

The first book in a Fantasy Romance trilogy by Jeffe Kennedy releases today! I can tell you it's yet again a wonderful story. I'll be reviewing it soon.


Lonen's War (Sorcerous Moons #1)
by Jeffe Kennedy


An Unquiet Heart

Alone in her tower, Princess Oria has spent too long studying her people’s barbarian enemies, the Destrye—and neglected the search for calm that will control her magic and release her to society. Her restlessness makes meditation hopeless and her fragility renders human companionship unbearable. Oria is near giving up. Then the Destrye attack, and her people’s lives depend on her handling of their prince…

A Fight Without Hope

When the cornered Destrye decided to strike back, Lonen never thought he’d live through the battle, let alone demand justice as a conqueror. And yet he must keep up his guard against the sorceress who speaks for the city. Oria’s people are devious, her claims of ignorance absurd. The frank honesty her eyes promise could be just one more layer of deception.

A Savage Bargain

Fighting for time and trust, Oria and Lonen have one final sacrifice to choose… before an even greater threat consumes them all.



Find buy links here