Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Cover Reveal: Covet by Micalea Smeltzer!


Covet
by Micalea Smeltzer
(Enchanted #2)
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
On the run from the Iniquitous, Mara feels lost and helpless. Without Theo by her side she’s left bare and vulnerable, but she’s a fighter and, with blood boiling in her veins, she vows to avenge him.
The Iniquitous have already taken so much from her, and she refuses to sit back and let them take anything else. She trains harder, preparing herself physically and mentally to take them on. As her magic grows stronger, so does the voice speaking to her from beyond the grave.
She wants to believe it’s real, to give in to what feels right, but if she does, her mind might be lost forever.
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Author Bio:
Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Cover Reveal: Touch by Camille Picott!

Touch
by Camille Picott
(Sulan, Episode 4)
Publication date: February 1st 2018
Genres: Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Young Adult
From a young age, Gun has trained in the way of Anderson Arms. He learns to manipulate, steal, blackmail, and kill—whatever it takes to accomplish the mission set by his father. But Gun despises the work he does and the wreckage it leaves behind.
His newest assignment is to befriend a Virtual High student and infiltrate Global Arms. His target is Sulan Hom, the daughter of a renowned Global scientist. Gun approaches the mission with detached coldness, the same method he uses for every assignment.
But it isn’t long before he finds a budding friendship with Sulan. The more time he spends with her, the more he begins to care for her. Soon, Gun avows that Sulan will not become one more mission casualty.
The more he delves into Global Arms, the more Gun realizes the true danger that awaits Sulan. Determined to keep her safe, Gun works behind the scenes to protect her. Will it be enough to keep Sulan safe? And will he ever be able to win her trust after deceiving her?
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Author Bio:
Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings.

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade (Review)

        A lost kingdom, a hunted princess, androids, AIs, and killers. Princess Talia is lost in time and space. She is supposed to be dead, dead as her people, dead as her kingdom and dead as her family. Adrift in the universe, when she is finally saved, nobody knows who she is and the new galaxy is compleatly changed. Androids have taken over and humans are now their slaves, if they were even left alive. Talia has to fix this, she has to save her people and fix her mistake that launched it all. Intermixed with romance and adventure, Our Dark Stars tells a story that traverses time and the universe.
         From the get go, the story jumps from the past to the present fairly frequently. It was a little jarring, making some parts of the story feel more like fluff to balance the past and present parts then anything. I found Talia to be an okay main character. She was not very unique, but she was in no way a badly written character. Story wise, the romance was pretty weak and the inter-character relations were also just meh. Nothing terrible, but nothing great either. I also noticed that there were many exciting ways the story could have gone that would have been mind blowing and exciting, but it ended up being a mostly predictable plot. That aside though, it was still pretty fun to read, and because of that, I give Our Dark Stars FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions #1) by Gabrielle Prendergast (Review)

      Dark, heart wrenching and emotional, Zero Repeat Forever takes places in the end of the world. Aliens have attacked and almost all of the humans are dead. Darted with alien poison and left where they fall. In this world, a young teenage girl and a Nahx are alone in the world, and when their paths cross they will have to face their natures and the nature of love and loss.
      I thought I would hate this novel. Right from the first chapter I found it immature, boring and depressing. I was really struggling to motivate myself to continue reading. Little did I know that the story would take such an emotionally intense switch that would hook me and leave me crying. This story is without a doubt a tragedy. It is not the happiest book you could ever read, but if you want to read about true TRUE love I totally recommend it. I found it ripped out my heart and directed the meaning of true love, and how it is shown. I also found many connections to Beauty and the Beast throughout the story. Its a lot darker, but I found I liked Zero Repeat Forever for the same reasons I love Beauty and the Beast. It showed uncontrolled and unadulterated love. I loved it. I give Zero Repeat Forever the rating of FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay (Review)

     The world has ended and there are only clones left over. Well, clones and Jack, the last living natural and normal human. The clones made Jack to resurrect much needed parts of their human pasts. For Jack though, this means being the odd man out of the community in the realest sense possible. A complete loaner and outcast, Jack beings to feel for one of the only clones that has ever been kind to him, Althea-310. Althea has always felt a little different from her clone sisters, and when she starts to care for Jack, those differences become more and more obvious to her. Together they will search for meaning, safety and maybe even love.
       Very intense and not always in the right way, Your One & Only had some mixed content and storytelling. It went from way too slow to passing very fast over important moments and details. It also had what felt like unnecessary sexual relations that really did nothing for the story and just made the readers more and more uncomfortable. I will give the story this, they did present a lot of moral conundrums. It makes the reader think about what makes us human, when does the greater good justify horrors and the morality of cloning and genetic modification. With all of this amounted for, I give Your One & Only the rating of THREE AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Berserker (Berserker #1) by Emmy Laybourne (Review)

       Hanne is a Berserker. She goes into violent killing rages that cannot be stopped whenever the people she loves are threatened. And as much as she wants to protect them, she hates the killing, she hates being a killer. When things go off the rails, she and her family must flee to search for her uncle, her only hope to learn how to control her "gift". Along the way she and her siblings flee to the wild west and meet a handsome and honourable cowboy that will help them flee in their mad dash to safety.
       I surprisingly got really into this story. It took a moment to get into it, but all things considered, I became invested in Hanne and her siblings fairly quickly. I also liked that the world was structured around a key set of rules and myths, and actually held to them... (for the most part). They follow the rules enough at least that I was successfully able to find my bearings in the universe and experience it as if its mythology was actually moderately realistic. This story was definitely character driven and that felt like a major strength of its story telling. The readers are really led to feel a lot for these characters and to feel their pains and triumphs. The characters were also very dynamic, from the passive big (in stature) brother, to the snippy and selfish younger sister. These characters were more real then what you would find in some contemporary literature, and for that reason as well as many others, I give Berserker the rating of FOUR AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Thursday, 21 December 2017

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett (Review)

      In a world of money and prestige, Greer is the odd one out. She is not a rich socialite, she is an average middle class girl that is in the world of STAGS (a prestigious school stuck in the midivil times) on a special scholarship. Although elitist and snooty, the school seemed pretty normal, at least until a strange invite arrives to go "Huntin', Shootin', Fishing'" with the Medievals (the richest and most powerful of the school). From there things start falling apart. Who will survive the weekend? What are they really hunting, shooting and fishing?
      Not as exciting as I thought it would be. If I'm honest, I assumed that there would be more action and insane twists in this story then there actually was. With the synopsis hinting at human hunting and a giant hunger-games level drama story, I was pretty underwhelmed. I thought that the build up was too slow for that much of an underwhelming reveal. For human killers, the killers really don't seem that committed to getting things done and done right. They seemed to just settle for just scaring their victims... their victims they had been intending to MURDER! It made no sense. Anyway, didn't love it, but it was okay all things considered so I give it the rating of THREE AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*