A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

“It’s easy to poke fun at the world and think yourself clever but it’s much harder to stand silent and endure…”

This story is about Henrietta Howel… The first female sorcerer… The prophesied one… Or is she?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her and as Henrietta “Nettie” discovers the secrets hiding behind the sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s truly the prophesied one.

A magical story of identity and wielding some awesome magic through the elements.

I Loved this read and I recommend this to fans of Harry Potter, magic and fantasy fiction.

Told in first person by the protagonist, “Nettie”, what I liked most about this book was the use of magic to control the elements in a world where magical talent wasn’t just with the wave of a wand (or stave)characters could wield power of the elements through your palms. What I also liked was the journey Nettie has had to take to discover herself and her talent, meanwhile learning of her true heritage and a prophecy that can set her on the trajectory to save the world – or destroy her. I really cannot wait for the sequel now as I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the character development, world building, style of writing and the storyline with twists and turns!!

-Annie

Everlife Series by Gena Showalter

These are reviews for 2 books in the Everlife Series by Gena Showalter, Firstlife (Book 1) and Lifeblood (Book 2). Having heard and read mixed reviews on both of these, I decided to take the plunge and read it myself to draw my own conclusion – turns out, I thoroughly enjoyed both books and recommend to fans of YA fantasy fiction and Dystopia.

Firstlife, Book 1
ONE CHOICE – TWO REALMS
Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is  17 year old girl who has spent the past 13 months locked up in Prynne Asylum. Her crime was not her obsession with numbers but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live, after she dies… In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon finding herself on the run, Ten has to decide who to trust and which realm to pledge her allegiance..

Although there is a lot of information provided to intricately build this new world, I found it quite easy to read. It call this a dystopian preparation for the afterlife – where our time on earth is only prep for the next life however while we are on earth we are dictated to choose which realm we would go to – Myriad or Troika – those who don’t make a choice are the unsigned and doomed to the Many Ends.. I enjoyed the plot, the way the story was going, the struggles the character faced which did have me on the edge of my seat and I also found the character quite unique with her obsession with numerology during intense times.

Lifeblood, Book 2
I don’t want to say too much about this one to avoid spoilers however this is the continuation of Ten’s journey. “My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning. ” With her last living breath, Ten Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences of the decision she made. With an interesting storyline and plot twists, it’s made me want to continue Ten’s journey in book 3!!

Many thanks to Harlequin Publishers for sending me a Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.
-Annie

 

 

 

The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid

– EPIC – AWESOME – WOW!!! … 5 STARS …

Diabolic (noun) a creation that is specifically designed to protect the one they are assigned to and are destined to kill in order to protect

This was a pretty neat story about a Diabolic known as Nemesis.. A creation that is designed to protect yet destined to destroy. Nemesis was created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter: Sidonia. When Sidonia is summoned to the galactic court of a tyrant emperor, there’s only one way her Diabolic, Nemesis, can protect her – she must become Sidonia. When Nemesis assumes the role of the one she was created to protect, she has a lot to learn – downgrading her strength to assimilate in Court.

Whilst there, Nemesis learns the Empire is beginning to fracture and a rebellion looms closer, in forming the most unlikely of allies, Tyrus, Nemesis finds there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire.

This book brought back memories of that 1997 Blockbuster “Face Off” starring John Travolta and Nicholas Cage where one was to assume the role of another to infiltrate gangsters and protect a family – so think “Face Off” but set somewhere in a distant galaxy where one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is blending in among people in a world of corruption that is ruled with an iron fist. I found the book to be written very well, it was really fast paced and action packed with twists, turns, betrayal that leaves you feeling slapped in the face by the end. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend this to fans of YA Fantasy Fiction/Sci-Fi.

-Annie

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

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

Disruption by Jessica Shirvington

An addictive – Suspenseful – 5 star read that leaves you on the edge of your seat!!!

 Imagine a society which is controlled by a corporate giant that is working like a government to control the population by forcing them to wear a band that gives you a compatibility rating.. A band that could even identify your perfect match.. A band that can pick up a rating when you walk past a complete stranger, however, it’s a system that’s so controlled, it could work against you or even rip a loved one away from you…

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bands promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it. Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for? In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking… (synopsis taken from Goodreads.com)

This book is real world with a dystopian vibe.. A fantastic read I just could NOT put down.. Gripping from page one to a cliff-hanger ending that can hold you for awhile yet make you so anxious for the second and final instalment “Corruption”

-Annie

Broken Sky by L.A Weatherly

A unique read I rated 4 stars

Unique – Action Packed – Intricate

Imagine a dystopian world set in the 1940’s where peace fighters flew planes in “tournaments” for oil and natural resources and this perfect world where war is illegal and everyone lives by Astrology where your star sign dictates your destiny, however, in this perfect world of harmony, the world is in fact broken and you just can’t trust anyone. When I first read this, the prologue really gripped me into the book and set up a great mystery that kept me turning the page as I really wanted to know what happened next. Following the prologue, it took me into a whole new world with a step by step, intricate story that developed into a cliffhanger. I really want to read the sequel sooner rather than later!

A book that is action packed full of mystery and epic backstory that shapes a very unique world, I highly recommend this to fans of dystopia Young Adult books.

Many thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for sending me a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

-Annie