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The Selection – Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection #1) – Kiera Cass

The Selection

1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)

Sometimes I consider myself to be quite a YA fan. I’m not even sure what I like about the genre. I guess it depends on the novel. I like the adventure when someone is just growing up and is thrust into a world that they have to learn how to deal with, even though they have limited life experience. It reminds me of growing up I suppose. As I become older, growing into an adult becomes more and more of a memory and part of me yearns for the innocence and naivety of youth. Wow, that was deep. Ok enough of that. Lets cut a long story short: I hate “The Bachelor” on television… I have no idea what possessed me to listen to this audio book and think that I would enjoy it.

America Singer (yes, that’s actually her name) is a teenage girl growing up in a dystopian world, where people are divided into numbers based on class. The upper classes are wealthy, and never have to want for anything. The lower classes are starving, and work hard to stay alive. The prince needs to find himself a wife, so they run the bachelor. Its actually called the “selection” but its the darn bachelor television show but getting around trademarking. A bunch of women must compete for the love of the prince, he must eliminate all but one… Blah blah blah… And of course he is drawn to the beautiful lower class America, because she is “witty” and “stands up to him” and “brave”. But she is already in love with someone who is  of a lower class than she is. Oh what? A love triangle in a YA? Nooooo.

I actually didn’t dislike this book too much at the start. I was listening intently, enjoying the story. However the problem was, that the WHOLE BOOK was just the start. I knew that it was a series, what I didn’t realise was that the actual selection GOES ON for the whole series!!! Who does he choose in the end? No idea, there are another TWO books to get through first!!! Stuff that! I’m done. I have no doubt he will pick her in the end and that she will dump the lower class boyfriend for the handsome rich prince (that is not a spoiler, I honestly have no idea!)

Anyway, perhaps the 14 year old me would have enjoyed this a lot more. But it was just way too “oh woe is me, oh I love him, but I also love HIM”. Yes, this will end in heartbreak, which is exactly what my wasted hours listening to this audiobook has turned into.

Would I recommend The Selection?

Um no, I don’t think I would even recommend it for teenagers. I prefer books that describe love in a healthy way.

Mike drop.

The end

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Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

Dark Matter

5 Stars (5 / 5)

Well, this one is a MAJOR contender for my favourite book of the year! This book was right up my alley, I love nerdy science stuff, and the concept of this book really appealed to me. I was trying not to expect too much as it is very hyped. But in the end, I was totally swept away by this fabulous sci-fi adventure.

Think Schrodinger’s cat as a novel if you can… Jason Dessen is a brilliant scientist, leading a very happy, yet average life as a science professor, wondering what would have happened if his life led him on a different path. He is abducted by a masked man at gunpoint, drugged, and awakens in a world that is not his own. His house isn’t his own, his wife isn’t married to him, and his son doesn’t exist. What the hell is going on?

This is all the plot I am going to give you. It gets strange, then weird, then weirdER, then FREAKING CRAZY!

I listened to the audio version of dark matter and i LOVED IT! Jon Lindstrom was the absolute PERFECT narrator for this book, he made every minute of listening to it extremely enjoyable.

This book made me think, it made me laugh, it made me go WHOA!!!!! Absolutely bloody brilliant!

Its not often i’m finished talking about a book in only 200 words, but I’m done. I don’t want to ruin anything else for you, read it or listen to it. ASAP! Its absolutely fantastic!

Would I recommend Dark Matter?

YES! Even my friends who HATE sci-fi absolutely LOVE this book, and that’s saying something! Highly recommend the audio version, but I am sure it would be just as good with words!

 I listened to Dark Matter through audible.com, at my own expense.

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Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart (Reckoners #1) – Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart

3 Stars (3 / 5)

I was expecting to enjoy this one more than I did. I felt quite underwhelmed unfortunately. It had an extremely promising start but for some reason it started to fall a bit flat for me. However, I still mostly enjoyed it, what nerd like me wouldn’t enjoy a story about super villans and super heroes?! Now I know a LOT of people adored this book, so please don’t hate me if you are one of them!

David was only 10 when the world changed. “Calamity” came, and the Epics arrived. Supervillians with terrible powers, all evil and murderous. Steelheart was the worst. He killed David’s father, and now David wants revenge. He has to somehow join the resistance known as the Reckoners to bring down the epics. And destroy Steelheart.

Points to the audio version narrator MacLeod Andrews. He was fantastic! I am glad I listened to the audio version for this one. I think he made it more enjoyable in my ears than I could have made it in my head!

This is the first Sanderson book that I have read and I didn’t realise that it was YA. Not that I would have had a problem with that, I love a good YA. However I think maybe I should have stuck with his more adult fantasy books.

I found the main character David to be exceedingly annoying. He was a pompous little upstart and I just couldn’t bring myself to like him. When he wasn’t doing stupid things, he was dreaming about a girl. Because that’s all YA characters can do you know… Its all superheroes and girls. The language that all the characters used was the most annoying part of the whole book for me. “Calamity” and “Sparks” are the new swear words, and they just made it sound so stupid. Whenever I would hear the narrator say “Calamity!” I would roll my eyes.

Sure, some of the epics were well plotted, however I was still a bit bored. There was just something missing for me. Perhaps it was the atmosphere. It didn’t feel like humanity were slaves to epics now and the whole world had changed. Maybe it needed more than the viewpoint from some annoying young character to give it a bit more depth for me. People died but the atmosphere didn’t really relay that. It felt like all the awful things that happened in the book were superficial. If that makes sense.

There were a few redeeming factors, besides the awesome narrator… It had a good twists at the end. I totally saw one of them coming but the other one blindsided me. Despite the “Calamity” and “Sparks”, it was fairly well written. It was easy to get into and had a great premise. The other characters were not quite as annoying as David, and I enjoyed the way the whole thing ended.

Would I recommend Steelheart?

Maybe… If you don’t mind the corny language and annoying main character you may enjoy it more than I.

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The Darwin Elevator – Jason M. Hough

The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle #1) – Jason M. Hough

The Darwin Elevator

4 Stars (4 / 5)

I immediately purchased this audio book after I finished Zero World. I loved Zero World so much and wanted to read (or listen to) something else by Jason M. Hough straight away! I heard great things about this series and wanted to delve straight in. While I did not quite enjoy it as much as Zero World, it certainly did not disappoint!

Over 200 years from now, an alien plague has taken over the earth and it is in ruin. All except Darwin, Australia of all places. Darwin was saved because a few years before the plague hit, an alien space ship arrived and put an elevator up into space. On the ground it emits a “aura” keeping all who reside in this area free from the symptoms of the disease. While outside the aura, the disease leaves humans in an angry “kill everyone they come across” state. But the elevator has started malfunctioning. Its up to Skylar, the leader of a scavenger group who are all mysteriously immune to the alien disease, to save the remainder of humanity.

I just thought this was such an interesting and original concept. And set in Darwin! Awesome! I really enjoyed the setting and the atmosphere of humanity striving to survive. I loved the politics and power plays, and thought the elevator and the aliens were just awesome. I was hooked!

Thought the characters were all fantastic, I loved the bad guys in this! They were horrible, in a good way! Skylar and Tania were awesome and there were so many awesome secondary characters!

There were a few slow parts and a lot of detail at times, but overall I really enjoyed the writing. The narrator was great, and the audio version was fabulous. I did get a bit annoyed with the narrators attempt at Australian accents, however I was able to let this slide as I got used to it!

There were twists and turns, deceit and deception, and a touch of romance. Unfortunately just a touch mind you. I am super excited to read (or listen to, I haven’t decided which yet) the next one! I really want to know what happens with the characters and those darn aliens!

Would I recommend The Darwin Elevator?

Yes for any sci-fi fan or any fan of dystopian/apocalyptic/futuristic books. Well worth the read!

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Artificial – Jadah McCoy

Artificial (The Kepler Chronicles #1) – Jadah McCoy

Artificial

3.25 Stars (3.25 / 5)

I enjoyed this Young/New adult dystopian tale. I thought the cover was well designed and the synopsis grabbed me. It has amazing ratings on GoodReads so I was excited to be approved for a review copy.

Syl and her friends are survivors on Kepler, a colony of future Earth. By day they scavenge for food in the dilapidated city. By night they hide underground, away from the genetically engineered “Cull”, bug-like humanoid creatures intent on devouring everything in their path. Syl is kidnapped by Androids and is genetically altered, beginning to transform into one of the cull. She is rescued by an android with emotions named Bastion, who attempts to help her and the other humans who have been captured.

I really enjoyed the start of this novel. It began with a bang, and non stop action. I was enthralled! However after Syl gets kidnapped it lost a lot of its momentum for me. The storyline was still interesting, but it just lost the spark from the first part of the novel.

I liked the format of the chapters, alternating between Syl and Bastion’s point of view.

I didn’t really gel with the characters. Syl, and some things she did annoyed me and the romantic tension thing that was between her and Bastion was totally weird and I wasn’t feeling it at all.

There were some good twists and turns and the ending was not what I was expecting. There was a heap of action and a fair bit of blood and gore which was good. I liked the cull creatures. They weren’t in it as much as I was expecting in this one, I can only imagine that there will be more of them in subsequent books.

I will be interested to see how the series develops following that ending. It left a lot of questions that I would like to know the answer to!

Would I recommend Artificial?

Yes, for YA/NA fans! They will definitely enjoy the story! I will be interested to read the next one to see how it progresses.

Many thanks to the author and publisher via NetGalley for a copy of Artificial in exchange for my honest review.

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The Fireman – Joe Hill

The Fireman – Joe Hill

The Fireman

4 Stars (4 / 5)

It must be hard for Joe Hill to follow in his fathers footsteps as an author. As the son of Stephen King it’s not really surprising that Joe Hill is well known now for his horror writing, however he is an extremely talented author in his own right. I am sure he gets even more criticism than your usual author for having one of the most renowned writers of our time as his father. However I think he probably gets a lot MORE ATTENTION than your average writer probably would because of this fact. No doubt about it, The Fireman is a good book. But I did compare! As much as I told myself I wouldn’t! I couldn’t stop myself! The Fireman was almost a homage to The Stand. When at first I was slightly disappointed, I soon realised that this was obviously totally intentional. Character names and traits were similar or the same, parts of the story that I picked up were the same or mirrored, and probably a lot that I didn’t pick up (its been a very long time since I read The Stand!) And at the age I was, I am sure I didn’t appreciate The Stand as much as I probably would now. The Stand was a 3 star read for me at the time. Despite this, I have given The Fireman 4. So I obviously still enjoyed it, actually more than his fathers work.

Harper is working as a school nurse when Draco Incendia Trychophyton makes its way to her city. Soon the disease has taken over the whole world. Otherwise known as Dragonscale, this deadly spore covers the sufferer with black and gold markings as it enters the blood stream and overtakes the whole body and brain, before literally burning the victim from the inside out. Spontaneous combustion. Before they know it the world is in ruin and the healthy turn on the diseased to try to eradicate them. Harper and her husband Jakob decide that if they get infected that they would both end their own lives, together. However this all becomes complicated when Harper discovers she is pregnant, soon before discovering the marks all over her body.

I really did like this book. I listened to the audio version narrated by Kate Mulgrew. The first half of The Fireman especially was extremely riveting. I really enjoyed listening about the progress of the disease and the deterioration of the world. Being a nurse too I think I really enjoyed Harper’s character and resonated with her. Although I found her to be just TOO good, and it annoyed me at times. The Fireman himself was nothing like I expected him to be. I thought he would be a larger part of the book, having the title role, however the book was all about Harper.

The length of the book and the slow parts were what brought this book down for me. I found the narration to be excellent in general, however I am not sure if perhaps I would have enjoyed the book more listeneing to the characters in my head instead. I guess that’s the risk with all audio books that you listen to. Even the most wonderful of books can be brought down by a bad narrator, and a horrible book can be made magical by a good one. I didn’t like the way she portrayed The Fireman. This could have just been her feminine voice with the English accent.

Also the ending just didn’t do it for me. I was expecting it and felt a bit let down. I found a lot of the novel predictable. I was also surprised by the constant Merry Poppins references. I understand that he was aiming for that sort of vibe with Harper and that Merry Poppins was an influence for him. However it really started getting on my nerves.

The majority of the book however, was superb. I loved the chase with the exterminators, the camp, and the fact that the disease wasn’t exactly a disease as such, and gave the sufferers something very special… The fact that the world split into healthy versus diseased was depressing, but made every move they made even more dangerous and exciting. And you could imagine easily that humanity might actually do that if there was an event like that. All these excellent qualities of this book was still not quite enough to give it 5 stars for me, but its a strong 4!

Would I recommend The Fireman?

Yes, I think its worth a read even if this isn’t your usual genre. And if you enjoyed the stand you will appreciate (or maybe not) the references made throughout this book.

I only wish I had been able to have such an opportunity to learn from such an inspirational author from birth. Its no wonder he paid homage to him!

*I bought this book myself on Audible.com

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Poison – Lan Chan – BLOG TOUR + Giveaway

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 So excited to be part of the Poison blog tour! What appealed to me most is that it’s a YA dystopia novel and its written by an Aussie author and set in post apocalyptic Australia. What I wasn’t quite prepared for was how much I enjoyed it!

Poison by Lan Chan 
(Wind Dancer #1) 
Publication date: OUT NOW
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Since the night her mother was murdered, sixteen-year-old Rory Gray has known one truth: There are no good Seeders.

In post-apocalyptic Australia, the scientists known as Seeders have built a Citadel surrounded by food-producing regions and populated with refugees from the wars and famine. To maintain their control, the Seeders poisoned the land and outlawed the saving of seeds.

It’s been six years since Rory graced the Seeders’ circus stage as the Wind Dancer and still the scars on her body haven’t healed. Even worse are the scars on her heart, left by a Seeder boy who promised to protect her.

Now the Seeders are withholding supplies from Rory’s region for perceived disobedience. Utilising the Wanderer knowledge she received from her mother, Rory must journey to the Citadel through uninhabitable terrain to plead for mercy.

However, the CitadelPoison isn’t as Rory remembered. The chief plant geneticist is dying and rumours fly that the store of viable seed is dwindling. The Seeders are desperate to find a seed bank they believe Rory can locate, and they will stop at nothing to get it.

To defy the Seeders means death. But Rory has been close to death before–this time she’s learned the value of poison.

Recommended for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, strong protagonists, minority characters, circuses and nature!

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MY REVIEW OF POISON

What an unexpected surprise! What an absolutely FABULOUS book!

I won’t go too much into the plot because its outlined very well in the synopsis above. It is quite complex and when I first started the novel I was a little lost and confused. It goes straight into the storyline and refers to characters you know nothing about, but it wasn’t long before I got my bearings and it set off!

Im going to start by talking about the BEAUTIFUL cover! Just GORGEOUS!!! My favourite cover of the year so far! (I know its only the beginning!)

I found this book to be such a refreshing take on the post apocalyptic YA genre! Yes, it had similarities to the hunger games at the beginning as they are making their way to the citadel, and at some other points of the book, however it was totally original and refreshing in its own right.

This book was FULL of excitement! Blood, guts, violence, romantic tension, betrayal, I really enjoyed it!

It was extremely fast paced and action packed! I really enjoyed all of the characters. I thought Rory was a great heroine, at times I feel that she was quite careless, however the story moved so quickly and she had so much happening at once that she was just trying to keep her head above water. I enjoyed that even though there was a hint of a love triangle, that it wasn’t exactly a love triangle (because I HATE them). I thought the boys were great, Aiden and Gage – I love how they all had a history with Rory in some way. And what a history they all had. What an awful world they live in!

I also found it really refreshing that you never knew what was going to happen and who was going to die or turn out to be the good or bad guy! And towards the end OH MY GOODNESS!!! WHAT THE HELL!!!??? I DID NOT SEE THAT TURN COMING!

Loved that it is set in Australia! I haven’t read many dystopia novels set in Aus so that was really appealing to me, plus I love finding talented new Aussie authors! I will certainly keep an eye on Lan Chan and her future work!

The only thing that I didn’t like about Poison was that sometimes it was TOO fast paced (Yes I know, I’m usually complaining of the opposite) but I did get a little bit lost at times, only briefly mind you! And not enough to take away much from the story.

But man, strange creatures, killer jumping piranhas… I had such fun with this book! Can’t wait for the next one!

Would I recommend it?

Yes for any YA fantasy/dystopia fan who likes their stories action packed!

Many thanks to author Lan Chan via Xpresso Book Tours for an advanced copy of Poison in exchange for my honest review!

4.25 Stars (4.25 / 5)

 

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Lan Chan is a writer, gardener and professional procrastinator based in Melbourne, Australia. She is still waiting for Lan1her super powers to manifest but until then she writes young adult novels featuring strong female protagonists, minority characters and has a particular interest in dystopias and urban fantasy. Lan’s debut novel POISON, the first in her WIND DANCER series is due for release in September 2015.

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Floor 21 – Jason Luthor – BLOG TOUR

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And here we are, another blog tour. I have only been doing these about once every two months or so because I am super busy, so a book has to REALLY grab my attention for me to want to sign up! Floor 21 did as soon as I saw the cover!

FLOOR 21
by Jason Luthor
Release Date: OUT NOW

Summary from Goodreads:

As humanity lives out the remainder of its existence at the top of an isolated apartment tower, young Jackie dares to question Tower Authority and their ban on travelling into the tower’s depths. Intelligent and unyielding, Jackie ventures into the shadows of the floors below. But will her strong will and refusal to be quiet—in a society whose grFloor 21eatest pride is hiding the past—bring understanding of how humanity became trapped in the tower she has always called home, or will it simply be her undoing?

 

MY REVIEW OF FLOOR 21

I’m not sure what appeals to me so much about the YA dystopian genre! I have read quite a few of them lately. Some were good, and some didn’t quite hit the mark. Thankfully Floor 21 was a win for me!

What’s left of humanity lives in a high rise tower, unable to get into the lower levels because of “the creep” a black growth of tissue, muscle and sludge that causes hallucinations when touched and is taking over the tower. Jackie is a 17 year old girl who lives with her parents on floor 4, the forth highest level of the tower. Although they are not supposed to be inquisitive, and asking questions of what happened to the world before and what is outside the tower is forbidden, Jackie finds herself wanting to know what is down in the lower levels of the tower and beyond.

I really enjoyed the complex layers of this story. Despite the usual dystopian “what happened to the world before, are we the only ones out there?” vibe, I found the storyline to be extremely original. It does have a vibe similar to the silo series, although aimed at a younger audience. It also had the feel of novels such as the hunger games and the divergent series, being that the residents of the tower didn’t have much freedom and were oppressed by those of the higher levels. However I found the creep and the set up of the tower itself made it stand out differently for me. It was not particularly better than the above series, but I was surprised how original it felt and it was certainly extremely enjoyable.

The format was refreshing, the voice recording transcripts from the characters. At times I felt it didn’t quite work as it seemed a little too unbelievable that they would be recording their voices after certain events of the novel. HoweverFloor 21 promo image it worked really well overall.

I enjoyed the switch in character halfway through the book. It was where I really began to get into the story. And I LOVED the creep! I thought it was really original and I am super excited to find out more about it and the tower and what happened to the world in the next books!

There was one thing that brought it down from a 5 to 4 star rating for me. And unfortunately that was the main character Jackie. I understand that she is only young, but she annoyed me SO MUCH. She was supposed to be beyond her years in intelligence and inquisitiveness, but her immature dialogue annoyed me so much that the book took me much longer to get through than it usually would have. I love a strong young female leading character, but I really disliked Jackie. I’m hoping that she will grow up and grow on me in the next book.

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely for any YA dystopian fan! It was a mix of the silo series and the hunger games, with a touch of Snowpiercer. A solidly enjoyable read and I will not hesitate to pick up the sequel.

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Many thanks to Jason Luthor via YA Bound Book Tours for a copy of Floor 21 to read in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Author
Jason Luthor has spent a long life writing for sports outlets, media companies and universities. His earliest writing years came during his coverage of the San Antonio Spurs as an affiliate with the Spurs Report and its media partner, WOAI Radio. He would later enjoy a moderate relationship with Blizzard Entertainment, writing lore and stories for potential use in future games. At the academic level he has spent several years pursuing a PhD in American History at the University of Houston, with a special emphasis on Native American history.

His inspirations include some of the obvious; The Lord of the Rings and Chronciles of Narnia are some of the most cited fantasy series in history. However, his favorite reads include the Earthsea Cycle, the Chronicles of Prydain, as well as science fiction hits such as Starship Troopers and Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?

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The Threat Below – Jason Latshaw

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5 Stars (5 / 5)

What a fantastic surprise! What an ABSOLUTELY AWESOME book! When I first saw The Threat Below, I was apprehensive. There are SO many YA dystopian books out there. I wasn’t sure that this one was going to be much different than the rest. But with a whole lot of positive reviews, and thankfully a bit of time on my hands, I decided to give it a go. And I’m SO GLAD that I did! I had already decided on my top 5 books of the year, a list compiled in my head – awaiting December for me to put it together and blog it, not expecting the next month and a half to bring me anything worthy… Now its going to have to be changed! Yes, this book was THAT GOOD!!

Set in the distant future, Icelyn is the heir to Mountaintop, a place where the remaining existence of humanity lives high up on a mountain, separated from the world below. They are separated by a wall, and further below is a thick cloud covering that makes visualising the world below impossible. They have lived this way for hundreds of years. But now their water supply has been tainted, and people are dying. Someone has to go down below to save them all…

This wasn’t your typical YA dystopian book. It was EPIC. But so easy to read! Think The Silo Series by Hugh Howey, meets A Game of Thrones with a touch of The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes and a sprinkle of The Sparrow rolled into a fantastic YA read. But I don’t think this is just a YA Book! Even though the central characters are young, I am sure this book will be enjoyed by just about anyone!

This book captured me from the first chapter! What a fantastic premise! It has EVERYTHING! Excitement, action, adventure, un-worldly creatures, romance, power, betrayal, love, hate, violence, BEARS!! IT HAS BEARS!!! I could keep going!

The characters are FANTASTIC! Every one of them, from the dickheads up on Mountaintop, attempting to out play and our power each other… To the young ones stuck below cloudline. Each character brings a unique energy to the book. Usually quite a lot of characters in a book annoys me, mostly because I can’t keep up because I read so fast! I get confused with names and who is who when there is an abundance of characters. The only thing I got confused about at the beginning of this one was the difference between Torrain, Tranton and the Tarlinius, (All the T’s) but after it got going it didn’t take long at all to become engaged with EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER!

The book doesn’t go any way you expect it to and I love that. You have no idea what is waiting around the corner, all you know is that HAVE to see what’s waiting there!

The only thing I almost don’t like about this book, is the strange little almost love triangle thing that Icelyn has got between Ad and Torrain. I get that love triangles are often pivotal in most YA books… I understand why they appeal to younger audiences, what is more young adult than the perils of love?… And in this book it wasn’t too bad. Its just love triangles in general piss me off but I didn’t hate it enough to deduct stars from it, so that’s saying something.

Another thing that I feel doesn’t quite do the book justice is the cover. It just doesn’t really grab your attention. Honestly if it was based on the cover alone I wouldn’t have read it. I would hate to think that others are missing out on such a fantastic book because of it. Don’t get me wrong, its not a “bad” cover… It just lacks something for me. I know that when I first look at a book I only really take a quick glance at the cover. My initial feeling about this cover was “Meh…”. Also because the authors name is so big down the bottom (in plain font that again, doesn’t do the book justice) I didn’t even really look at what was behind it. I didn’t realise that there was a monster down there. It wasn’t until I read reviews and considered reading the book that I looked closer and realised that there was a monster down there and that were thick clouds below the mountain, not water or some kind of red sea. The cover can make or break a book, and this one doesn’t do it for me. However I loved the small illustrations at the start of each chapter that made it clear where the chapter was set.

Nevertheless, once you start the book you CANNOT stop. Or at least, I couldn’t. Thought it was absolutely fantastic! Loved the complex story and the relationships between all the characters and creatures. I thought it was truly original and undeniably worthy the whole 5 stars!

Would I recommend it?

ABSOLUTELY! Read it and tell me what you think of it! I’m DYING to discuss it with someone!

“Life is exactly what it is, and nothing more.”

Many thanks to author Jason Latshaw via WordSlinger for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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RETURN ONCE MORE – REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!!

I have such a soft spot for the Young Adult genre.. However I find YA is also a genre that can go very wrong and when the concept isn’t pulled off, it can be a total disaster! I tend to be quite picky with my YA reads. When I read the description of Return Once More on the Bound Book Tours email, I admit I was apprehensive. I don’t normally like books about your “one true love” and time travel can be so hit and miss. But the beautiful cover along with the interesting description pushed me to give it a go. And I am SO glad that I did! One of my favourite YA books of the year! And definitely in my top 5 books this year!

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Return Once More is set in the distant future, where Earth as it was is no longer habitable and humans live on a group of terraformed planets, 16 year old Kaia is training to be a “Historian”. Historians are a group of people who go back in time and record important events in Earth’s history. It is extremely important that the historians do not disturb the past, only record. But when Kaia’s 17th birthday arrives, she gets to learn the name of her one true love (yes I know, I know… A scientific calculation based on genetics gives every person the name of their one true love – The person they are most compatible with throughout all of time, I don’t know quite how the author made it work, it just does). And Kaia learns her one true love is a pivotal character in Earth’s history. So obviously she can’t resist going back in time and meeting him. And thus begins an exciting tale of adventure, betrayal, and *shucks*… Love.

This book was REALLY well written. Trisha Leigh has done a fantastic job writing a far-fetched concept and making it exciting and interesting without too much of the corniness that tends to come through in a lot of these sorts of novels. I really enjoyed the world that she created. I LOVED the technology such as the time travel system and the different ways to talk to other people through these futuristic tattoos that link to the persons nervous system. I thought all of these concepts were really creative and clever.

The best thing about this book was the time travel aspect. What a FABULOUS concept! Going back to all different times to witness events of the past! Leigh takes us from the Roman era to the early 20th century and back to Egyptian Pharaoh times, back to 2001… And then swings us back again. I found it thoroughly entertaining!

The characters were fantastic! The main character Kaia wasn’t too annoying for a YA lead. Generally I find that the young female main characters of YA novels extremely irritating, but even though she made some stupid decisions, I found Kaia to be quite likeable. I am really excited to watch her grow both in age and maturity in future novels.

I LOVED that there wasn’t technically a love triangle. That’s probably my number one pet hate of YA books. But this wasn’t like that. Even though there was more than one potential love interest (sort of), the storyline was so complex that it didn’t bother me in the slightest, and I really enjoyed the romance aspect!

But again, the time travel was the star of the show… Couldn’t get enough of it! I think this would make an absolutely fantastic movie (or group of movies) or even a TV show! It has the potential to be BIG.

And what a twist at the end! I totally didn’t see that one coming and I am usually very good at picking it! Can’t wait for the next one!

So many thanks to author Trisha Leigh and YA Bound Book Tours for the opportunity to read this book and be included in the blog tour!

5 Stars (5 / 5)

5 STARS!! FANTASTIC!!!

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WHERE CAN I BUY THIS BOOK?

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ISBN – 9781619637856

Publisher – Bloomsbury Spark

Release Date – 20th October, 2015  OUT NOW!!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Summary from Goodreads:

If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Trisha Leigh

imageTrisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies,  reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who numerous, loud, full of love, and the kind of people that make the world better. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories—made up, of course, but true enough in their way.

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