Read3r’z Re-Vu Exclusive – Father’s Day Special

Anybody can be a father but it takes someone awesome to be a Dad..
Read3r’z Re-Vu would like to wish all the awesome Dads a wonderful and happy Father’s Day!!! To celebrate this great occasion, here is a Father’s Day special – a blog round up of recommended reads for the Dads!!!

The Martian by Andy Weir
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

This book!!!! I know the writing style won’t work for everyone. However, as a science nerd, the scientific jargon and log entry style was engaging and I consumed this novel. I felt all of the emotions while reading this book. I feel like no matter how hard I try I won’t be able to adequately express how much I loved this book. A rare gem.

This is one of my all time favourites and tells the story of an Astronaunt that gets left behind on Mars and his struggle for survival. I couldn’t read this book fast enough.
-Amanda


The Grimm Series: The Icy Touch by John Shirley
There once was a man who lived a life so strange, it had to be true. Only he could see what no one else can: the darkness inside, the real monster within. And he’s the one who must stop them.. This is his calling. This is his duty. This is the life of a Grimm.

When a torched body is found in an underground tunnel, Portland Police Captain Sean Renard takes one look at the victim’s burned claws and assigns the case to homicide detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin. They soon discover that a criminal organization known as The Icy Touch is threatening Wesen into joining their illegal drug-smuggling operation, and brutally murdering those who refuse. But as Nick closes in on the gang’s charismatic and ruthless leader, the Grimm uncovers an ancient—and deadly—rivalry.

As a HUGE fan of the TV Series, I immersed myself in this book to manage my Grimm withdrawals after watching the final episode ever. I did enjoy this book and I found I was able to relive the series and the characters. What I loved most was the historical backstory taking us back to the Grimm’s ancestors which we didn’t get to see on TV. The underlying storyline of the Grimm being the centrepiece in a world of kersheite and wesen however I found the dialogue was different than what I was used to on TV – I found some of the way the characters conversed in the book was very different from the TV but you have to expect that when you read a novel that is inspired by TV and film (and vice versa). I enjoyed the story – the mystery – the action.. I don’t believe this book ruins anything if anything it helps you enjoy the Grimm story a little differently.
-Annie

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

This is easily one of my ALL TIME favourite books. Ready Player One is a virtual reality treasure hunt, based around 1980’s pop culture. This novel celebrates geek culture with an action packed, suspenful treasure hunt that had me obsessed with every page. You don’t need to know 80’s pop culture to love this book. I didn’t know a lot of the references but the passion of fandom transcends genre. I think that there is something for everyone in this story. There are geeky references, gaming, an action-adventure packed treasure hunt, suspense, romance, dystopian setting and political undertones. There is no way I could write a review which could accurately capture the awesome of this novel. It was a true joy to escape into the world of Ready Player One. I highly recommend this novel.
-Amanda

S.T.A.G.S by M.A Bennett
9 students.. 3 blood sports.. 1 sinister secret.. TEAM SAVAGE!!!! This is a recommended read to the Dads that enjoy Y.A. Inspired by 1985’s “Blood Sports”, It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin’ shootin’ fishin’. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered – a weekend away with society’s elite – an opportunity to make new friends and try new, exciting activities.. or is it? A suspenseful thriller that will keep you turning the page right until the end with unpredictable twists and plots. The writing style is definitely YA – especially the dialogue between the characters however the plot and the premise is what holds you to the end. Many thanks to Allen & Unwin for sending me an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.
-Annie

Happy Father’s Day to all the Awesome Dads!! Happy Readings!!

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When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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The next “Looking for Alibrandi” – will become a Modern Australian Classic – A book EVERY Australian MUST read!!
Amazing – Mind Blowing – 5 STAR READ!!!

This book is YA Contemporary Fiction from the brilliant, Randa Abdel-Fattah – an author of whom I have the greatest respect – she is such an inspiration to me and I love that she’s written this book. This book explores important issues that a lot of young Australians are facing in today. I can see this book becoming classroom reads for English HSC students. I had the pleasure of doing a read along for this book with another author, friend Shivaun Plozza (author of Frankie)

“When Michael Met Mina” is so relevant to today’s current climate, not only does this book explore immigration and refugees, it also explores Islamaphobia that unfortunately exists in today’s society. By following 2 teens: Michael and Mina, it drives a…

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The Syndicate by Sophie Davis

Timewaves #1

An unmissable, whimsical fun read…4.5 Stars!

“We have a novel to find, a rogue runner to locate, and a killer to stop. I’d say our dance card is pretty full at the moment.” – Stassi

If you love interesting, fun characters and time travel, you’re going to devour The Syndicate. It’s a captivating story of friendship, the glamorous 1920s, humour, thriller and history. It had me laughing out loud from the fantastic, tongue in cheek dialogue while being at the edge of my seat from the gripping plot. You will fall in love with the characters so much that it’ll be like reading about your best friends. I particularly liked Stassi and Gaige’s enviable friendship and hilarious bantering. It is also refreshing to read a story with a platonic male & female friendship/partnership without it becoming a romantic relationship. However, If you’re a romance-genre fan, don’t worry, there is an old school romance component to the story that is beautiful and charmingly executed! Plenty of heart warming moments and action.

Stassi is a loveable, whimsical character and no push over; Gaige is absolutely hilarious and the best kind of literary friend. I highly recommend this book if you want a fun read with lots of giggles and characters you can fall in love with. The duo authors (pseudonym Sophie Davis) are amazing writers, I wished I had discovered them sooner. Looking forward to book 2!

Quick Synopsis:
Stassi and Gaige are thieves from the future (year 2446) going undercover and time travel to steal artefacts from the past for the syndicate. They must go back to the glamorous, debonair period of the 1920s to steal the manuscript of a well known author, however their journey becomes a race against time to out-smart a serial killer, save each other and uncover a secret past…

Click here to read the book blurb on Goodreads.

– NJ

Hate is Such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub

I hate being invisible.

I hate that I still can′t fight my own battles.

I hate that I can′t keep up with the demands of high school.
-quote from “Hate is such a Strong Word”

 

My thoughts – BRILLIANT 5 STAR BOOK!!

This book tells the story of Sophie. Australian born to Lebanese parents, she felt trapped between to cultures and boggled with expectations. Although I am not of the same culture or faith as Sophie, I saw so much of myself in her – her beliefs, how she felt about cultural identity, her apprehension about cultural community involvement and her passion to be independent – not just from friends and community but from her family and their expectations of her. We are both advocates of having your own say about your own life rather than existing to fulfil other people’s fantasies for fear of being labelled rebellious.

A lovely coming of age story that explores cultural diversity in Australia and the curse of racism/reverse racism that exists among the community and even in public schools. It was quite exciting to have the author contact me personally after reviewing this on Goodreads.com. It was even more exciting to have Sarah join Read3r’z Re-Vu as our special guest author!!!

I recommend this to all Aussie YA fans – very insightful!!

In the last week, Sarah released her new book: The Yearbook Committee it’s on the to read pile so a review will be posted soon!!!

-Annie

 

 

 

Dark Deceit by Lauren Dawes

Dark series #1…4 stars!

Recommended for lovers of urban fantasy, paranormal romance and Norse mythology. Lots of action, fast paced plot, intensely dangerous characters, and an interesting back story. This story involves modern day Norse gods and goddesses battling it out on Earth after their fall. Loyalties are tested and the plot thickens as Odin, Loki and the Valkyries fight for vengeance, blood and love. I liked the idea of imperfect gods/goddesses, a fresh take on Norse mythology and the over encompassing love story between Bryn and Korvain, which is both seductive and intense. Will love be the death of duty?

Click here to read the book blurb on Goodreads.

Book 2 – Dark Desire

Book 3 – Dark Devotion released on 25 Feb 2016!

– NJ