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

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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

Threader by Rebekah Turner

Action-packed sci-fi YA read with a side of romance – 4.5 stars!

Expected publication: June 2016

Josie is an unregistered talent Threader who must keep her unusual talent hidden from the government. Being a Threader meant that she’s got the rare ability to enhance and manipulate other people’s “talents” (aka special powers); her talent is  powerful and her past is a mystery. Set in the year 2050, in a world filled with robots, emerging “Mars” colonies, non-citizens and people with special genetic abilities; Josie desperately wants to find her place in the world, and through a series of unfortunate events finds herself at Helios Academy, a prestigious corporate facility that trains many of the genetically “talented” people. Will she survive?

I enjoyed the mystery and world building in this book. Most books with good world building tends to be a bit slow and very descriptive, but this book had the perfect pace. Josie’s Threader power is also quite imaginative and fascinating. I also liked the fact that even though Josie is deemed “special”, she still made some wrong, shameful choices. Our protagonist however is nonetheless a courageous character who goes after what she wants and is unafraid to wear her heart on her sleeve. The plot is fast paced and the book can be read in one setting. If you like to escape reality  and like a good plot-driven YA read with a side of romance, you will enjoy Threader. Also, if you’re a fan of Four from the Divergent series, you will absolutely fall for Blake. You have been warned.

Click here to read the book blurb from Goodreads.

– NJ

 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

“I am not the chosen one”

A pretty cool read I would like to rate: 4.5 Stars

This was one imaginative/creative story! I received this as part of the YA Chronicles pack having no idea what it was about other than the great reviews I heard.. When I started reading it I thought this was a contemporary YA story that taps into real youth issues only to find it cleverly intertwines with paranormal!!! Very well written, quite cleverly constructed, it was quite unique – very different to what I have read in the past where main characters are part of the main event, this felt as though the story was told by the main character who is sitting on the side lines watching the whole thing unfold whilst battling his own demons as he ‘was not the chosen one’ Well worth the read!!!

Book synopsis: Goodreads.com

-Annie