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

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

 – 4.5 stars –

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer’s fate takes a interesting and unpredictable turn when one night, she loses everything she knows and loves as she is thrown into an unknown world and wakes up on a boat as a ‘passenger’. Etta then comes to realise, she isn’t just far from home, she’s years from home and has inherited a family legacy she knew nothing about. Etta meets Nicholas Carter, who tries to protect Etta on board the ship by saying he is her passenger. Both Etta and Nicholas are sent off in search of a stolen object of untold value as it is believed only Etta can access.

This is one very imaginative and clever storyline, intricate and detailed world building in the beginning but once you pass that, the adventure really takes off!!! I have read stories of time travel however this was delivered very smartly – and it was very different to what I have read in the past I also found references to historical areas were accurate which adds to the quality of the read.. If you’re looking for a unique time travel adventure, this would be it!!!

Special thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for providing me with an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. Please note, this book is now available in leading book retailers.

-Annie

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

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Another title that would have to be added to the “officially one of my favourites” list.. 5 stars!!!

This is a story of young Gwenyth who is an ordinary teen complaining about assignments and stupid boys only to suddenly realise she’s inherited a time travel gene she once thought her cousin had.. With great power comes great responsibility and intrigue and many unanswered questions.. being thrown into the deep end, Gwenyth is still trying to find her feet in all this whilst facing a possible life threatening situations..

Fantastic world building and time travel concept.. I thoroughly enjoyed this book… Unlike a lot of time travel books I have read, the concept was delivered in a concise manner rather than a detailed explanation.. Ruby Red is the first instalment of a trilogy that is really worth investing in!!!

Also available in the series…

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Ruby Red Synopsis, click to: Goodreads.com

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

JUST BRILLIANT!! one of my favourites.. 5 STARS!!!

I was engrossed in this from beginning to end. I particularly liked the elements of physics that was used to set the foundation of the plot which led to the focus of the story – an inter-dimensional time travel, sci-fi thriller that tells Marguerite Caine’s story.. A story of betrayal.. intrigue.. mystery.. humour.. forbidden romance.. this book had it all..

This is the first book of the Firebird series, I have found in the past that ‘pilot books’ or a series’ first instalment is normally quite slow given careful world building and detailed explanations however this one captivated me from page 1!!!

As I don’t want to spoil it for the reader, best to hit this link to Goodreads.com for the synopsis..

sequel
Book 2 is available now in all leading book retailers, Book 3 scheduled for release November 2016

-Annie