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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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Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) – Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom

5 Stars (5 / 5)

I originally rated this book 4.5, but then I was thinking about exactly what it was that deducted half a star and I honestly couldn’t come up with a single thing I didn’t like about it. It was even better than the first one, I just loved it!

So our friends have just finished with the Ice Court and have been betrayed. Inej has been taken, and they need to get her back. So begins an exciting tale of mystery, intrigue, romance, laughter and the classic twists and turns that have made this series so entertaining and unique.

So sad that this is the last one, and it is EXTREMELY RARE for me to say that about a series because I much prefer stand alone books usually! However, two is a very readable number, and I highly suggest you check this series out!

Again I listened to the audio version, and this time it got straight into it. I didn’t need to be introduced to the characters one by one like the first book, and it was WHAM BAM! The audio version was great, yet again. But this time it didn’t feel slow at all. The story was already set up, the characters already known and loved. So it was just my job to sit back and enjoy the ride.

It had more action, more intrigue, more betrayal, and more excitement than the first one. I actually couldn’t stop listening to this book. Ended up stayed up extremely late for a few nights even though I had things on in the morning! I was UPSET THAT AN 18HOUR AUDIOBOOK ENDED!!! UNHEARD OF!

Although I did pretend the characters were older like I did in the first book. It just made it much more enjoyable to me than imaging a bunch of 15 and 16 year olds doing all of that. Seriously!

Anyway, absolutely one of the best reads of the year!

Would I recommend Crooked Kingdom?

YES YES YES YES!!! If you enjoy fantasy and don’t mind YA (or can just be like me and pretend its not YA because it DOESN’T WORK) then you will LOVE this series. Its so unique, has a surprising depth to it and I will be absolutely checking out her other work set in this universe!

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Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)

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4 Stars (4 / 5)

Ok, there is a lot of hype surrounding this one. I was a bit out of the loop as I hadn’t read any of Bardugo’s previous Grisha books, although the first one, “Shadow and Bone” has been on my to read list for a long time.

Set in a fantasy world where a certain race of people called the Grisha have magical powers, Six of Crows is pretty much the story of a heist. Six people come together through Kax Brekker, the leader of a criminal gang, to perform a somewhat impossible caper. A lot of action, adventure and romance follows. I have heard it time and again compared to “oceans 11 meets game of thrones”, which is almost right… Except it didn’t quite have the game of thrones vibe for me. It did have the entertaining one though.

I must admit that for the most part, the hype is warranted. The characters are fantastic. All their backstories are superb, and I found them all to be extremely likeable. The humour was fabulous, the story was exceptionally well done and I did thoroughly enjoy it.

However I did have one major problem with it though. I haven’t heard many other people complain about this, so it may just be me: But how the hell can these characters be so young??? I cannot for the life of me bring myself to believe that Kaz, Inej and the rest of the characters are TEENAGERS! Especially Kaz… It just ruined the whole atmosphere for me, the things that they said and did just didn’t meet with their ages, no matter how much they had been made to mature quickly in their extremely hard lives. If I pretended that they were adults, at LEAST in their 20’s, the story was much more enjoyable for me. Of course I have nothing against teenagers, or the young adult genre. I quite like young adult. But this didn’t feel young adult to me. Also, I listened to the audio version and the narrators reading the story were obviously older, which that added to my dissonance about this. When they were talking about how they were teenagers merely 16 years old, I just kept going “NOPE, NOPE, NOPE! There is just NO WAY!!”.

Other than this major hurdle which I had to keep pretending was not written into the story, I thought it was great. It certainly did have that “Oceans 11” vibe, and I really loved the way all the twists and turns were written. very clever indeed! The only other thing that lowered the rating for me, was it had a bit of a slow start. It took me a good 5 hours to start to get into this book. And 5 hours of an audiobook is longer than I usually get if I’m not getting into it. But thankfully I persevered and it got SO MUCH BETTER! It was just a bit hard to follow all the characters and get into the world at the start. I’m not sure if I should have read the first series before attempting this one to get a better feel for it, but I got there in the end.

I love audio books with different narrators, but holy moly! 6 NARRATORS!??? It took me a while to get used to the voices and figure out what was going on, but it surprisingly worked.

Would I recommend Six of Crows?

Yes for sure! See if imagining the characters as a bit older makes it better for you?? I have the next one on audible ready to go! Might just jump straight in!

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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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You Were Here – Cori McCarthy

You Were Here – Cori McCarthy

You Were Here

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Wow. This book totally took me by surprise! I love when I get taken by surprise!

Jaycee is still dealing with the death of her big brother 5 years ago, albeit not very well depending on how you look at it. On each anniversary of his death she breaks into an abandoned insane asylum, which was one of her brothers favourite places to do dangerous stunts. Accompanied with one of his old friends, selective mute Mik, and this year joined by some other friends with their own issues, Jaycee must start to move forward.

I absolutely adored the format of this book. Each chapter was from one of the characters perspectives, and it was not all words. One of the characters chapters consisted entirely of graffiti, another’s chapters of a graphic novel, and my goodness, it really worked for me!

Straight away I was caught up in the emotion of the story, it was gritty but not in a bad way. There is gritty and there is depressing, the latter this novel is certainly not. The grief subject matter is raw yes, but it is written in such a good way that you can’t help but become immersed in it and keep turning the pages!

Every one of the characters were so well written. Each of them had such depth to them, funny enough – especially Mik, who was my favourite character. Each character brought something special to the story and made me pine for the days back at that stage of my life, where everything was starting out and changing, and nothing was ever going to be the same.

A fantastic coming of age, dealing with issues Young Adult story with a touching story, a passionate romance, and more than a few laughs! All leading to an ultimately extremely satisfying conclusion.

Would I recommend You Were Here?

Yes! Attention YA fans! This is the best Young Adult book I have read this year. Absolutely an author to watch!

Many thanks to the author Cori McCarthy and the publisher via NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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School of Deaths – Christopher Mannino

School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #1)

School of Deaths

4 Stars (4 / 5)

I really enjoyed this YA fantasy. It was different than I was expecting.

 Suzie is thrust from her life with her family and friends in the mortal world, and is forced to become a student in the school of deaths, a school that trains ‘grim reapers’ to harvest souls to take to the after life. There hasn’t been another female student in a million years, and Suzie is faced with sexism, ridicule and violence, and she is an outcast. Thankfully not everyone hates her, and with a few friends, Suzie must make her way through her first year to pass the end of year test so that she can return home…

The story was fun and interesting and even though it bore some resemblance to Harry Potter, it was still refreshingly original. I enjoyed Suzie’s character. I thought the way she experienced sexism and isolation was quite well written. She has a lot of inner strength which is appealing for me as a fan of strong female characters.

I liked the other characters, her friends and teachers and the “mentals”. There were a few good twists and turns throughout the book that I really enjoyed. And I appreciated the ending, leaving it ready for the next one.

It was easy to read and well written, and would absolutely appeal to a wide range of young readers. There were a few adult themes and some violence, I think the majority of YA fans will really enjoy it. I thought the romance was cute and lovely. Death itself is dealt with in an interesting way. I thought it was a really great concept having a school for deaths. And I really enjoyed Suzie learning her way through different aspects of her classes.

And YAY! No love triangles!!! WOOHOO!

Would I recommend School of Deaths?

Yes it was a fun, different yet familiar kind of YA read that I enjoyed. I am looking forward to reading the next one and seeing what is in store for Suzie!

Many thanks to author Christopher Mannino for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christopher Mannino’s life is best described as an unending creative outlet. He teaches high school theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland. In addition to his daily drama classes, he runs several after-school performance/production drama groups. He spends his summers writing and singing. Mannino holds a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Catholic University, and has studied mythology and literature both in America and at Oxford University. His work with young people helped inspire him to write young adult fantasy, although it was his love of reading that truly brought his writing to life.

Mannino is currently working an adult science fiction novel, and editing the end of The Scythe Wielder’s Secret series.


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The Awakening – Melissa A Craven

The Awakening (Emerge #1)

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Summary from Goodreads:

2015 Dante Rossetti Awards Finalist
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2015 USA Best Book Award Finalist

The AwakeningAllie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
You’re born.
You live.
You die.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.
Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.
…only Allie hates to fight. 

MY REVIEW OF THE AWAKENING

I enjoyed this YA fantasy tale!

Young Allie moves with her family from place to place around the world for reasons unknown to her. Finally she settles in Kelleys island, only to discover that the reason her family have been on the run, and that nobody ever really feels comfortable with her, is because she isn’t exactly normal. She is developing powers that she doesn’t know how to handle. Together with a group of new friends, she must discover who she really is, and what she is capable of.

I think The Awakening will really appeal to the younger readers, it has normal kids developing powers and realising that they are not exactly as normal as they thought they were, it has a trademark YA love triangle and an exciting plot. Exactly the recipe YA fans love!

I tend to get extremely annoyed at love triangles, this one wasn’t too bad. There is something about needy young love that drives me crazy, but this wasn’t done like that. It was more respectful and much less “I will die without you”, although her bantering with Aiden got extremely frustrating at times, overall I liked it. Definitely leaves the potential for a lot more depth to the saga in following books.  I enjoyed all the characters. However, I don’t think I liked Aiden as much as I’m sure everyone else does. I didn’t see him as the “dream boat” I think he was meant to be. I didn’t like how he was really pushy towards Allie when she was telling him to back off. I understand that all the characters are so young, and there is something so appealing to readers when young people are pushed into circumstances way beyond their emotional maturity level. But the ‘relationship’ didn’t particularly work for me, however it was still enjoyable none the less.

I enjoyed the developing powers that all the different characters had, some more established than others. I liked the action scenes and fighting scenes. I also really enjoyed all the history that the older characters had. It really enriched the story.

The writing was fantastic! Easy to read and it flowed really well.

I thought the ending was really well done, leaving it wide open for the next book!

Would I recommend The Awakening?

Yes, to avid YA fans. Although I didn’t “love” it, I really liked it! I would absolutely be interested to read the next one to see how the story progresses! Overall a solid 3.5 Stars!

Many thanks to the author via YA Bound Blog Tours for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

 

 

 

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Melissa A. Craven (the “A” stands for Ann—in case you were wondering) was born near Atlanta, Georgia, but melissa a. cravenmoved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. She still thinks of Cleveland as home, so it was only natural for Emerge to take place there.
Today, she is back in Atlanta—for some reason she can’t seem to stay away from the ungodly heat that makes her long for things like “lake effect snow” and wind that will knock you flat.
Melissa decided a long time ago that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she is weird like that, but then, she is an artist and artists are notoriously “unique” and “quirky.”
She is an avid student of art and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but she’s always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up.
In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the interior design part of her brain.

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Eerie – C.M. McCoy – BLOG TOUR

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I’m really starting to enjoy doing these blog tours. They are opening my eyes to books that I probably wouldn’t have read otherwise and I am really enjoying finding new authors. Plus YA is totally a guilty pleasure of mine.

Eerie
by C.M. McCoy
Genre: Mature YA/ Fantasy/ Romance
Release Date: December 19th 2015
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Summary from Goodreads:

Hailey’s dreams have always been, well…vivid. As in monsters from her nightmares follow her into her waking life vivid.

When her big sister goes missing, eighteen-year-old Hailey finds the only thing keeping her safe from a murderous 3,000-year-old beast is an equally terrifying creature who has fallen “madly” in love with her. Competing to win her affection, the Dream Creature, Asher, lures her to the one place that offers safety—a ParaScience university in Alaska he calls home. There, she studies the science of the supernatural and must learn to live with a roommate from Hell, survive heEerie Finalhigh resr ParaScience classes, and hope the only creature who can save her from an evil immortal doesn’t decide to kill her himself.

“EERIE, full of voice and romance, is a thrilling and beautifully crafted story that had me up late, racing through the pages to get to the end. ” – Author Brenda Drake 

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MY REVIEW OF EERIE

This was quite a difficult book to review. The 16 year old in me absolutely loved it! However the 33 year old found it not quite as enjoyable.

Hailey and her sister Holly are living out their lives when suddenly Holly goes missing. Presumed dead. Hailey then goes to university on her own, something they had planned to do together. There, she comes in contact with Asher, who she had met before in her dreams, and discovers her old friend Fin is also at the university. Asher is a ‘creature’ that has fallen in love with her through their contact in the dreams. He is also supposed to kill her. The university itself is akin to Hogwarts with its teachings of magic and the supernatural. Except is WAY weirder, and deals with a few more adult themes.

I only had one small problem with the novel, the love triangle with Hailey and the two main male characters. Now, I understand one of the main drawcards of YA adults is usually a heart wrenching love triangle, so I was expecting one. I don’t like love triangles in general, they are a pet peeve of mine. Sometimes they can be pulled off in a good way that I like, sometimes they dont. This one didn’t work for me unfortunately. They both treat her badly, they both toy with her emotions and humiliate her, one of them pretty much physically assaults her and was involved in the death of her sister. Yet she is still MADLY in love with both of them. I didn’t buy the attraction she had with either character.

The book starts off in one direction, and you think you get a feel for what its about. I quite enjoyed the first part of the book. But as soon as she heads off to University it abruptly changes. It becomes a bit disjointed and at times I struggled to understand what was happening. It was incredibly strange at times, not in a bad way mind you! Just totally different than what I was expecting, and that was quite refreshing at times.

I enjoyed some of the secondary characters. I loved the budding friendship between Hailey and her flatmate Giselle. I also really liked all the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. A lot of them resonated with me and I really enjoyed reading them!

Eerie was well written and quite quirky and fun in places. Great for a debut! The series holds a lot of promise!

Many thanks to the author via YA Bound book tours for a copy of Eerie in exchange for my honest review.

3 Stars (3 / 5)

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I’m an Irish dancer and former military officer living in the Great White North. Though B.S.’d in chemical engineering and German, I’m far happier writing stories involving Alaska and a body bag (with an awkward kiss in the mix.) While working 911 dispatch for Alaska State Troopers, I learned to speak in 10-codes, which I still do…but only to annoy my family. In the writerly world, I’m the PR Manager at Inklings Literary AgencC.M. McCoyy. My debut novel, EERIE, is fantasy adventure with romance and released 15 Dec 2015 through Omnific Publishing/Simon and Schuster. My memoir is out on sub through Martin Literary Agency, and my fiction is represented by Michelle Johnson.
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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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