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The Designed

Title: The Designed
Series: The Designed Series #1
Author: Kate Tailor
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: BookBaby
Publishing date: January 26th, 2015
ISBN: 9781483548838
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: What if the next new drug was you? Raleigh’s body produces a drug that could define the future of medicine if the dangerous world surrounding it doesn’t kill her first.
Eighteen-year old Raleigh Groves can sense disease in others and is suffering from her own unexplained illness as well. After years and dozens of doctor visits, she has given up hope of ever finding a cure, let alone a diagnosis. Then she meets a man who explains that her talent and curse are linked. Her body produces a drug, Lucidin, which allows her to sense others. She’s rare, and the drug she makes is coveted.
Rho has spent the last few years on the run. The Lucidin that is racing through his system makes him a target. Surrounded by addicts and dealers on one side and scientists and doctors on the other, he has to rely on his wits and his team to stay one step ahead. So far he has stayed afloat, but some of his brothers haven’t been as lucky.
As Rho and Raleigh collide they must face the perilous world of Lucidin together. Nothing is black-and-white and Raleigh must decide where her alliances lie. Sometimes the hardest heart to sense is your own.

My Review:

The Designed is a very well written indie book. It got a lot of tension, the author knows to pace her characters and the events. The story is intriguing and drives the reader forward, it is a book you can easily read in one sitting.
Like any other work of art The Designed does have it’s problems and one of the main problems with this book is the story of Rho. His story line is very intriguing, but it raises too many questions, questions which are left unanswered. This is the first book in a series, but I am a firm believer that every “first book” in a series should house enough qualities to stand as a stand alone book (in case you have no interest in continue reading the series). At that book this book failed, as it ended on a cliffhanger, and not only a cliffhanger but a massive one
That aside, this books has enough good points; exceptional writing, leveled characters, multiple layers and a good story. This is a book which is well worth reading.

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Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. A topic is provided for each Tuesday. This week’s topic is actually My Ten Favorite Top Ten Topics We’ve Ever Done In The Past 5 Years. But as I have not done Top Ten Tuesday for very long, I took the liberty to pick an earlier topic and answer that.
So my topic of the week is: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books.

I love quotes, and I love posting them everywhere. My Facebook and Twitter if overflowing with quotes (which is why I opened a tumblr account: It’s for the days I go crazy about quotes but still want to keep my facebook friends and twitter followers). Picking a Top Ten is not easy, so this is more of a “ten first quotes I thought about from my favorite books”-list.

1.. “There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore.”
― Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

2. “No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”
― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

3: “So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

4. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

5. “I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

6. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

7. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

8. “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

9. “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections

10. “Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Abomination

Title: Abomination
Author:  Gary Whitta
Genre: Historical Horror/Fantasy (?)
Publisher: Inkshares
Publishing date: July 30th, 2015
ISBN: 9781941758335
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: ENGLAND, 888 A.D. As King Alfred the Great struggles to defend his realm from hordes of Viking invaders, the Archbishop of Canterbury stumbles upon an ancient secret — dark magic that could turn the tide of the war in England’s favor. But when exposure to the magic corrupts the Archbishop, Alfred commands his greatest Knight, Sir Wulfric, to hunt the mad priest down. One final campaign for Wulfric, and one that brings with it disastrous consequences…

My Review:

Gary Whitta is no doubt a terrific screenwriter, there is no doubt in that. With Abomination he tries his hands on fiction writing, and his book’s premise is intriguing and original. It was with great excitement started reading his book, and after a few chapters I found myself wishing he had just written a screen play for a movie or a TV-series.
The story is well told, apart from many striking historical inaccuracies. The inaccuracies can be dealt with as a part of the premise is that historians did cover up what really went down.  The writing-style is simple and straight forward, and too much so. To me this book reads much more like a screenplay than a piece of fiction. There is too much telling, and not enough showing. The reader is never challenged to think on his or her own, it’s just simply too simple.
The characters are interesting but not too complex, and I am not quite sure if this is intended to be a teen/YA-book or a book intended for adults, the writing style and word choices indicate the former.
The story has such promise and the blurb felt like a fresh breath, though the reading experience would have been greater if the author expected more from his readers.

City of Fae

Title: City of Fae
Author: Pippa DaCosta
Genre: Teens & YA, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Publishing date: May 7th, 2015
ISBN: 9781408868720
Purchase Link: amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: From the moment Alina touches London’s hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in.
Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.

My Review:

I’m going to jump right in and say it, this book was a huge disappointment. This is a book I was really looking forward to read, the plot sounded interesting, the cover was gorgeous. But upon reading the pages, the story just fell flat.
Instead of a love triangle, we got  a love quadruple (if that’s even a thing), as if love triangles aren’t hard enough to pull off without too much jibber jabber. It is okay that a book needs drama, and romance is an important factor in YA-fiction, but enough is enough.
At several point it felt like the plot was hand-fed to me, expect you reader to be intelligent, don’t treat them as if they are stupid. The “big reveal” was revealed to the reader long before it was written in plain words.
The strongest point with this book was the plot, which by all means felt like a fresh breath in a otherwise swamped area. The plot was just executed poorly and with too much going on around it.

Pegasi & Prefects

Title:  Pegasi & Prefects
Series: Scholars and Sorcery #1)
Author: Eleanor Beresford
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: KoR Cubed
Publishing date: January 10th, 2015
ISBN: B00R7MZOJQ
Purchase Link:Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: Charley’s final year at Fernleigh Manor is complicated by a runaway pegasus, unwanted Games Captainship, a dangerous new rival and, most of all, falling head over heels in love with another girl. What is a reluctant Senior Prefect to do?
A magical YA school story with a sapphic twist, the first in the Scholars and Sorcery series of lesbian YA fantasies.

My Review:

First off I don’t understand the need to label every books featuring a gay characters as a LGBT (or GLBT). We should stop alienate these kind of books if we really want equality.
The book however, felt a little like starting in the middle of a series that somehow tries to be Harry Potter just with a all-girl school. The writing style was elegant, but the story just felt too plain and simplistic. It starts off with the main character as a graduate student, and her breaking school rules. The concept of the whole world did just not agree with me, I felt like I was questioning everything. Eg. why would the school permit students to bring their Pegasuses with them, and then deny them to go to the stable and see them etc. I’m not too familiar with the boarding school concept in general, but it just felt like it went back to centuries and I did not grasp what and where this world is.
On a positive note, I did really like the cover.

Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. A topic is provided for each Tuesday, and this post will answer my top ten for that topic. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015

1. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (finishing)
2. Ignite The Shadows by Ingrid Seymour
3. The Designed by Kate Tailor
4. Centuries of Genocide: Essays and Eyewitness Accounts by Samuel Totten (Editor) & William S. Parsons (Editor)
5. Are You Still There by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
6. Footprints in the Desert by Maha Akhtar
7. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
8. The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
9. Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood
10. Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye  by Tania del Rio

What books are you looking forward to read this summer?

The Choice

Title: The Choice
Series: The Sidhe #2
Author: Cindy Cipriano
Genre: YA, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Publishing date: June 9th, 2015
ISBN: 9781922200198
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: For Calum Ranson, seventh grade brings changes in his relationship with his parents and his friends, and a confrontation with his bully. Calum’s talents have also developed to a level unheard of in the Sidhe world, and he surprises everyone when he cleverly catches the person responsible for casting Finley out from the Otherworld.
When Calum goes against everything he knows is right, he makes a choice that may cost him his friendship with Laurel. An old friend steps in, but her mysterious ways leave Calum questioning her motivation.

My Review:

Irish mythology is much complimented in this story, and it is because of the overtone of mythology that I was interested in reading this story. This book is a second book in a series, and it did not read well as a stand alone novel, but I have decided to not let that cloud my opinion of the book.
The characters were well written and came alive on the page, they were interesting even though I knew little of their background. The themes of the story were clear: friendship and loyalty, and the story was well crafted around them.
Even though “The Choice” is the second book in a series, it did easily explain the Sidhe’s world with its rules and limitations, so it was easy to get into the story and understand the realm.
As an overall, “the choice” had a good and entertaining story, which was well written with a  fastidious attention to details, but the fantasy elements could have been stronger.

 

The Faerie Tree

Title: The Faerie Tree
Author: Jane Cable
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Romance
Publisher: Matador
Publishing date: April 28th, 2015
ISBN: 9781784622220
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: In the summer of 1986 Robin and Izzie hold hands under The Faerie Tree and wish for a future together. Within hours tragedy rips their dreams apart.
In the winter of 2006, each carrying their own burden of grief, they stumble back into each other’s lives and try to create a second chance. But why are their memories of 1986 so different? And which one of them is right?

My Review:

This was a book I was excited to read, mostly because the description said that the author was heavily influenced by paganism. However the element of paganism is somewhat lacking in the book, there is some of it but nowhere near as much as I was expecting when I read about it.
It is a typical “second chance” love-story, and it did not intrigue me as much as I would have liked. Though it is sweet and sad, it failed to engage my interest. In the end I just skimmed through the pages.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic each week. This week’s topic is: Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

1. Made to Kill by Adam Christopher
This is a science fiction novel set to be published in November by Macmillan-Tor/Forge. It is a speculative noir and  I look forward to dig into it.

Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency–except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray’s inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.
When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he’s inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.
Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen–and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

2. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
This book doesn’t sound like the normal kind of romance, it sounds different, which is why I’m looking forward to read it. It is set to be published by Delacorte Books in September

“My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”

3. Are You Still There by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
School bombings are a sensitive and horrible topic, but I am looking forward to see a fictional take on the matter. “Are You Still There” is set to be published late September by Albert Whitman & Company

“Every year it takes the teachers until winter break
To learn my name. That’s why I call myself Stranger.
I am a stranger. To everyone.
Because no one knows me.
Or notices me. Just wait.
They will notice me soon.

The day the bomb threat put the school on lockdown, Gabi was trapped in the girls’ room. It seems everything she’d been working for–the AP classes, the college applications–was about to go up in smoke.
The police found the bomb in time, but they didn’t find the bomber. Out of two thousand students at Central, the one who’s ready to explode is still at large.
The bomber could be anyone–one of Gabi’s friends or the guy she rejected or the person leaving ominous notes all over the school. It could even be one of the anonymous callers who calls the school helpline where Gabi volunteers.
And the more messages Gabi gets, the more she suspects she’s part of Stranger’s plan. Could she be the only one who can stop another attack? Or will she be the first victim of Stranger’s revenge?”

4. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
This looks like it can be some sort of epic fantasy tale, and I look forward to devour it. Legacy of Kings is due to be published in September by Harlequin Teen

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains, and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn and in their ashes, empires rise.
Alexander, Macedon’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world, but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…
Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life, while keeping hidden her own mission: kill the queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…
Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means competing with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.
And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

5. Captain in Calico by George Macdonald Fraser
Honestly I haven’t read many pirate books, but t”CAptain in Calico” does sound rather interesting. It is due to be published in September by Grove Atlantic, Mysterious Press.

On a tranquil evening in the Bahamas, Calico Jack, long wanted on counts of piracy, makes a surprise appearance at the Governor’s residence and asks for a pardon. A deal is brokered after Jack reveals the motive for turning himself in: love. When he last set sail from the Bahamas two years ago, Jack left behind a beautiful fiancée, and he hopes to win her back. But while Jack was off pirating, his beloved has become betrothed to a new man—the governor himself. It doesn’t take long for this truth to come to light, and after embarking on a new romance with famous Irish pirate Anne Bonney, Jack is quickly transformed back into a thieving captain in calico.

6. Nightfall by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski
Set to be published in September by Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Night is coming.
On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours–it comes every twenty-eight years. Each sunset, the townspeople sail to the south, where they wait out the long Night. None of the adults will tell Marin, Kana, or their friend Line exactly what happens when they leave the island, but when the three are accidentally left behind in the gathering dusk, they learn the truth: at Night, their town belongs to others, and those others want them gone.
Fleeing through the now-alien landscape that used to be their home, the three confront shocking transformations and uncomfortable truths about themselves. They are challenged to trust one another or perish. Marin, Kana, and Line must find their way off the island . . . before the Night finds them

7.  The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
Set to be published in February 2016 (Ops) by Flatiron Books

8. Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood
Set to be published in December by Perseus Books Group, Running Press.

Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.
Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren’s life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.
But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?

9. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Set to be published January 2016 (ooops) by Sourcebooks.

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.
10:05
Someone starts shooting.

10. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
This book is set to be published in September by Poppy

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

An absence of Light

Title: An absence of Light
Author: Meradeth Houston
Genre: YA
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Publishing date: November, 2014
ISBN: 9781772330809
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis:She’s walked into a massacre, stolen a BMW, and is running from the law for a crime she didn’t commit. Nineteen-year-old Leah’s life just went from mildly abnormal to totally crazy at lightning speed. But no one will believe that the shadow creatures are framing her for the murder, because she’s the only one that can see them. At least that’s what she thought.

My Review:

An absence of light starts right into the action, it opens with the death of a family which is quite effective. The story from there takes the reader on a captivating journey. The idea of the shadows and what they are was very interesting. Through out the book small bits of information were given and new characters were introduced to drive the story on. The authors managed to keep the suspense quite high through out the story, the very end.

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