Sunday, 19 March 2017

Mini Reviews: Lifeblood, The Impossible Story of Olive in Love, Frostblood, A Shadow's Breath, Hunted

These books range from the sublime to the ridiculous, and as I'm feeling a little bit poorly at the moment, I'm going to do a bunch of mini reviews. Some of these deserve more, but alas, this will have to do.



Frostblood by Elly Blake is the story of Ruby, a girl who has been forced to hide her status as a Fireblood from the authorities. Her country, ruled by Frostbloods, has hunted and killed Firebloods for years. When she's captured, and then rescued by rebels, she's enlisted to help bring down the Frostblood king.

Ruby is trained by the mysterious Arcus, who she finds herself falling for, despite his harshness towards her.

Frostblood is completely predictable, but is great fun. Yes, it's a chosen one story, but I actually really like that trope. There's enough depth in the story to keep you interested, and I'm looking forward to the next instalment.

Frostblood is published by Hachette who kindly provided a copy for review.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

10 Books I Should Have Read (But Haven't).

There are a lot of books out there, and people have opinions on all of them. Some are "must read" and some pass the masses by. This is a list of books that have, so far, passed me by, despite their popularity. Some of them I'll read eventually, some of them I'm never going to bother with.




Confession time - I've never read anything by Margaret Atwood. No good reason, I just never came across them. The Handmaid's Tale is widely taught in UK schools, but I was too old to have read it at school, and it came out at a time when I wasn't reading much.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas

Title: Nowhere Near You
Author: Leah Thomas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Date of Publication: February 9th 2017
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher

Summary:


Ollie and Moritz might never meet, but their friendship knows no bounds. Their letters carry on as Ollie embarks on his first road trip away from the woods--no easy feat for a boy allergic to electricity--and Moritz decides which new school would best suit an eyeless boy who prefers to be alone.

Along the way they meet other teens like them, other products of strange science who lead seemingly normal lives in ways Ollie and Moritz never imagined possible: A boy who jokes about his atypical skeleton; an aspiring actress who hides a strange deformity; a track star whose abnormal heart propels her to victory. Suddenly the future feels wide open for two former hermits. But even as Ollie and Moritz dare to enjoy life, they can't escape their past, which threatens to destroy any progress they've made. Can these boys ever find their place in a world that might never understand them?

Review:

In the first book we met Ollie and Moritz. Ollie was trapped in his cabin in the woods due to his allergy to electricity. Moritz was born without eyes, but is far from blind. The two write to each other, comparing notes on their lives and loves and hardships, and a rare and enduring friendship is formed.

This book is a true sequel, picking up after Because You'll Never Meet Me with almost no exposition - it's straight into the story. Like the first book, this is epistolary, told primarily in letters between Ollie and Moritz, but unlike the first book, there is the occasional letter from other characters mixed in.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Bone Season Giveaway!



So in very exciting news, The Song Rising, book 3 in The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon is out today!

You might remember I shared the Prelude with you a few months ago, if not, you can read it here.

Here is the very lovely cover and a teaser from the book. A review will follow soon.





And here is a very cool little gif



A new edition of The Bone Season and The Mime Order have been released with stunning new cover art to match The Song Rising and thanks to the very lovely people at Bloomsbury, I have two copies of the new look The Bone Season to give away.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder

Title: Dawn Study
Author: Maria V Snyder
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Date of Publication: January 23rd, 2017
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher

Summary:


New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.

Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.

Review:

This final part of Yelena's story has been a long time coming. Yelena and Valek are one of the most enduring couples in fantasy. Despite each being hated in the other's home country, and being kept separate for much of their relationship by their duty to their respective leaders. With her pregnancy to worry about and the loss of her powers, Yelena is perhaps at her most vulnerable. Despite this, she must convince Sitia's leaders that they are being controlled by magic, and free them of this influence so they can take back power. Valek must face the Commander one last time as his loyalty is pushed to its limits. At stake is not only the fragile peace between Sitia and Ixia, but the fate of all magicians.