Fathomless by Greig Beck

Carcharodon Megalodon: “The largest and most fearsome predator to have ever existed on our planet. Rumours of its existence in our modern oceans have persisted for centuries. Now, in a new adventure, the rumours explode into brutal and terrifying reality in Fathomless by Greig Beck

5 BIG STARS FOR THIS BOOK!!!!
I highly recommend this book to readers over 12 years of age who LOVE horror and suspense stories!!!

Synopsis:
In 1952, Cate Grangers’ Grandfather set out in search of a place of legend known as “Bad Water” by the Island elders – home to many dangerous creatures… he never returned…

In 2016, Cate sets out to follow in her Grandfather’s footsteps seeking the Unknown and accidentally releases a creature from earth’s primordial past!!!

My Thoughts:
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! It promises horror and suspense and it does not disappoint!! The story had me feeling the suspense right from the very beginning as it drags you into the depths of hell into an underwater world that has not been seen by man for thousands and thousands of years – and I feel it should probably have been left that way! Once the beast is unleashed, the terror is real and I felt every minute of it. What horrifies me more is this could one day be very real. There are so many depths of our ocean yet to be explored. The first thing I told my friends when I finished this book is “I’m never going back into the water again”.

One of my favourite books for 2016!!!
-Kay

Black by Fleur Ferris

“shut the windows.. lock the doors.. you don’t know who’s coming!!”

INTENSE – GRIPPING – HAUNTING
READ IT DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS
YOU WONT WANT TO PUT THIS DOWN
5 STARS – 2016 FAVOURITE!!!

Australian Author Fleur Ferris dazzles the YA reading community with her 2nd novel “Black” a haunting thriller that will make you check your doors are locked and blinds are drawn at night before you go to sleep!!! Fast paced, action packed with an intriguing storyline – although you will be freaked out, you will be gripped until the last page!!!

This story follows protagonist Ebony Marshall – also known as Black.. Cleverly nicknamed as ebony can also mean black, however her nickname takes on a whole new meaning in quiet small town Dainsfield where priest Father Ratchet has creepy control over a following called the Pure Apostles who are convinced Ebony is cursed and have convinced others of the same thing.

Ebony – “Black” is trying to see her senior year through and live a normal life following her grief over the loss of three of her dear friends who died in tragic accidents. Rather than receiving support for her loss, rumours are spread about her saying she is cursed and had something to do with the deaths of her friends. Due to these rumours, Black isolates herself and finds it normal to be on her own until she meets a new friend Aiden who, on the night of their Year 12 formal ends up in intensive care. This unfortunate incident ignites the rumours and these rumours then become life threatening to Black. To deal with this, Black starts to piece together the events and the root of these rumours to unravel a mystery that started once upon a time.

This book had me engrossed in the story from page 1, I found this to have an incredible plot and it was extremely well written. Parts of the story gave me goosebumps – to think there are people out there who have such far fetched ideologies that impact on people’s lives. I purposely read this only during daylight hours and even though a lot it freaked me out, I was yearning for more of the story as I simply had to know what happens next!!! I formulated a few theories about the next scene or who the real enemy was and yes – I was slapped in the face when I got the answer. I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend this to all YA fans who are looking for a book with mystery and intrigue.

Special thanks to author and friend Fleur Ferris for sending me a personally autographed copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and congratulations on launching your second novel!!!

-Annie

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The illusion of power is just as great as power

Advanced Review Copy – 5 Star Rating
Book due for release: December 2016
This has been voted as one of my favourite reads for the year!!!

Synopsis
In a world with elements of Indian culture that relies on horoscopes to dictate fate, Maya is deemed to be cursed with a horoscope that promises marriage of death and destruction. She is feared by those among her in her father’s kingdom however her father – the Raja – arranges her marriage to retain political and diplomatic ties to diffuse the rebellion happening in the outskirts of the kingdom. Although Maya wishes to live a life that is hers, she agrees to this arrangement and prepares herself for a life of a submissive and obedient wife. However, on the day of the “selection” she meets Amar – a candidate promising her a life of equality – a life of her own and takes her to a place called Akaran. Captivated by the promise of an equal partnership with her new husband, Maya embarks on her new journey to Akaran only to find that Akaran has its own secrets— locked doors, gardens of glass, a tree that bears memories instead of fruit and an ancient mystery. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger and questions the trust she put into her new husband…

My thoughts:
This was an amazing read!!! I found it to be so elegantly written and I also found this unique story took me into a world you where at first I thought it was an Arabian Nights theme – then thought it’s an old Indian tale as the author draws on saris, the Night Bazaar and Indian culture however it transported me into a whole new realm I never thought possible! I was engrossed in this book from page 1 and what I liked so much about this book was how unpredictable it was. At one stage I thought I had a handle on the concept only to be turned to a whole different direction. With such intricate world/realm building and plot development, I strongly advise the reader to not be subject to any distraction while reading this as the mystery, twists and turns can get a little mind boggling and you may need to re-read the last paragraph or two to get your head around what just happened. I highly recommend this book to all YA fantasy fiction fans looking for a unique story/concept with elements of cultural representation and an ancient mystery that keeps you guessing and hanging for an answer… You won’t regret reading this!!

Many thanks to Harlequin Teen Publishers for sending me and Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review

-Annie

Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt

A great YA read – 4 stars

For a novel based on lies, Tell Us Something True is an honest depiction of life.

The main character River, lies to everyone he knows. He stalks his ex, neglects his friends and obsesses over the wrong things. Despite all this however, he is in fact a likeable character! Like all of us, he is just trying to make his way through life the only way he knows how and trying to figure out who he is – hopefully along the way, he will make some genuine connections with other people.

I read this book really quickly as I was captivated by the story and the characters. It’s a story that highlights the importance of honesty and friendship. To quote the novel “it’s better than perfect.. it’s good”

Special thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Australia for sending me an Advance Review Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I highly recommend this to YA fans who are looking for a unique, contemporary read.

-Amanda

It’s My Body by Lory Freeman – Illustrated by Carol Deach

A 5 star rated book that empowers children to say no to unwanted touch!
Educational – Relevant – Important

The one fear most parents experience is the fear of their child being placed in the care of the wrong people or being molested by a predator. As a single parent, that fear increases. Neither parent can thoroughly monitor who their child is coming into contact with when they are with the other parent and often, separated parents are not open to co-parenting.

For me as a single parent, the best gift I can give my child is a book just like this one that will teach her that her body is special, it belongs to her and no one is entitled to touch her without her consent.

A short and simply worded book suitable for children as young as 3 years old that explains what a healthy touch is all about. I found this book as a recommendation on a parenting website along with a few other books relating to empowering children and developing healthy boundaries. So if you are a parent like me and wishes to be free from worrying then this is a positive step forward to one of many proactive means of protecting your child.

I highly recommend this to all parents of young children.

-Crystal

Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Collective Blog from some avid readers in Read3r’z Re-Vu who engaged in an epic “whattsapp read along” What is a whattsapp read along you ask? it’s a tech savvy way to enjoy a read long with friends in a group chat on the app “Whattsapp”.. Ground rules: updates are spoiler free – use emoticons when can – updates are feels + page or chapter number – engage in full discussion upon everyone’s completion of the book… Here are the reviews…

Rebel of the Sands (synopsis found on Goodreads.com)
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands. Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from. Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Magic, Adventure, Myth and Legends – 4.5 stars!
After reading The Wrath and The Dawn, I wanted to read another middle-eastern fairy tale inspired story containing heroic characters, adventure and plot twists; Rebel of the Sands did not disappoint. It’s action-packed, easy to read, contains witty characters that make you want to read on,  plot twists that I did not see coming and mystical beasts which made the world sensational. Highly recommended for YA fantasy  readers that like a plot-driven story, adventure quests, strong characters and magical powers. The cover is also gorgeous, I loved the texture, it really enhanced the reading experience!
– NJ

Another epic read to add to a list of 2016 favourites.. Although I was the last to finish, I enjoyed the read along I did with members of Read3r’z Re-Vu! For this book, you can judge a book by the beautiful cover!!! From page 1, the story really pulls you into a world where you’re thinking Arabian nights meets quick draw at a Texan saloon.. Where you meet a girl who dresses up as a boy and enters shooting games to simply to get away from a life that is dictated to her and win enough money to escape.. A tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat , turning the page and even hating some characters!!! I highly recommend this story to YA fans, particularly fans of fantasy fiction and those who have yet to tap into the Arabian nights theme.. I am yearning for the sequel now!! A 5 Star Read!!!
-Annie

I bought a copy of this book because of its sunning cover and I was not disappointed!! The story is a cross between an Arabian nights adventure and a Western with a tough heroine and some (but not a lot) of romance to boot. What it also has is gunslinging, good pacing and plenty of twists and turns plus a healthy dose of Middle Eastern Folklore and magical creatures! If that sounds right up your alley, pick this up because I sure can’t wait for book 2!!!
-Queenie

OK.. WOW!!! I am speechless… Rebel of the Sands draws you in and doesn’t let you go. I loved this book, I was the last to start and one of the first to finish this read along.. I found this to be a YA about coming of age story as the character was figuring out who she is.. A classic mix of Arabian nights and fantasy fiction, waiting for the sequel now..
-Meredith

This fantasy-western I rate 4 stars pulls you in rom the first few pages and doesn’t let go. Amani is trying to write her own story within her misogynistic world. This action packed novel had me turning the pages, eager to find out what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed this story. The only thing that stopped it being a 5 star rating was at times, I felt the pacing was a bit off. However, Amani’s story had my full attention and I have high hopes for the next book in the series!!!
-Amanda

I guess my tastes are different as I couldn’t really get into this book – the world didn’t seem real to me and the characters seemed a bit out of place. For a country which was at the heart of industrialisation, it didn’t seem like it. The American wild west + magic with Arabian names didn’t exactly grab me either. I would say this more suited to YA fans who enjoy fantasy fiction – it was worth reading though, I gave it at least a 3 star rating..
-Vaughan

The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.” – The Rose & The Dagger

Book 2 of The Wrath and The Dawn – 4 stars!

Epic and a great ending to the love story of Shazi and Khalid. After reading The Wrath and The Dawn, I was really interested and excited to read the final book and see where it all leads. Without giving away any spoilers, all I can say is that the ending is filled with emotion, twists after twists and a captivating retelling of Arabian Nights. I enjoyed the plot, the sharp biting dialogue between the characters and the magic weaved throughout the story really shined through in this final book. Recommend if you have enjoyed the first book, like strong characters, magic, plot twists and thought-provoking dialogue.

– NJ