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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Curse Breaker

*
1 Star/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Curiosity Quills Press for giving me this book to review.

Wendy has lived a Privileged life in Jupiter city until her mother is murdered and she is framed for it. Wendy is sent away to Greenleaf asylum and after years of terror and pain she is rescued by a mysterious guild, which shows her a world of magic users called Validus, and half-breeds. However, Wendy is a special and powerful Validus, the curse breaker, but this means all the other guilds either want her for themselves or want her dead.

I did not like Curse Breaker as I really could not connect to the story, it had a slow pace and lacks world building. It seemed to be a steampunk book, but when I started to read it, I realised it is a sci-fi novel.

I could not connect to Wendy as I just did not care about what happened to her, even when her mother was murdered and everything that happened to her at Greenleaf asylum. The rest of the characters were not as bad as Wendy but all of them felt a bit flat.


Curse Breaker had an interesting premise but I could not finish it.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Iron Trial

***
3 Stars/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Children’s Publishers UK for giving me this book to review.

Call has been bought up by his father to believe that the Mages are evil and selfish, and are the reason that his mother was killed. When he unwillingly takes part in the trial for the magic school, magisterium, he does everything he can to make sure he fails, however, he is unexpectedly by the most sought after Master. As Call learns magic and grows close to the two other students of Master Rufus, Aaron and Tamara, he does not know who to believe, his father or the Masters. However, The Enemy of Death, the chaos mage who killed his mother and others, is seemingly growing in strength and testing the treaty, but does Call have an unknown connection to him?

The Iron Trial is a tween fantasy book which is full of action and unexpected twists which kept me interested, and it did not feel like it was written by two authors. While this book is not a copy of Harry Potter, it is very similar, for example three friends, 1 girl and 2 boys, at a school of magic, with an evil mage threatening them.

Call is definitely not a perfect hero, he is sarcastic, confident, and a bit annoying but this is just a front as he feels very vulnerable and unsure of himself. Aaron is a good and loyal friend to Call, but as the series continues it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure. Tamara is smart, a bit of a know it all and has the worry of living up to her family’s expectations.


The Ending has a twist I did not see coming and I am looking forward to the next book The Copper Gauntlet. I would recommend The Iron Trial to fans of Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Reason for Vengeance

****
4 Stars/5


In the distant future, mankind has spread out onto many worlds, but society is very unequal.  The Privileged live in wealth and power for hundreds of years, and the rest of humanity live short, menial lives, struggling to survive.  Valerie Carter is Privileged, working as one of the best Special Operatives in the Legion, putting down rebellions against the Privileged, and living as a loving wife and mother when not working.  When tragedy strikes she turns rogue.  In time she meets Hanna, a street waif whose life she saves, and through their association, gradually her thoughts turn to vengeance.

Reason for Vengeance is a very good Sci-fi novel with elements of dystopia.  It is a little bit too detail-heavy, especially in the beginning, which made it a bit slow to get into, but it picked up pace later on.

Valerie is a strong and powerful lead character, maybe a bit too perfect in her family life, but her character flaws came to the forefront later in the book and made her quite intriguing.  Hanna is another strong character, a survivor in a dangerous world, and someone you feel you can relate to.


I really liked this book and am looking forward to the next one.  I would recommend Reason for Vengeance to fans of classic Sci-fi novels.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Forest of Whispers

*
1 Stars/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Spencer Hill Press for giving me this book to review.


Rune has lived all her life with an old fortune teller on the edge of the black forest, but recently she has been starting to hear whispers from her long dead mother. When she is forced to leave everything she has known, Rune discovers that she is bound to a legacy of witchcraft and murder. I really could not get into Forest of Whispers and could not finish it. While I didn’t dislike Rune and Laurentz, they just felt bland and I did not care about their situation. I did not hate this book but I didn’t feel much about it. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Perfection

***
3 Stars/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Spencer Hill Press for giving me this book to review.

Hitler had won the 2nd world war, and everyone has to conform to his version of perfection, fair skinned, blond hair and blue eyes. Ellyssa has been created to be the perfect soldier, strong, intelligent and telepathic but she is not perfect, unlike her siblings, as she feels emotions, which she has been hiding and repressing for all her life. When Ellyssa discovers her father’s plan for her, she runs away and encounters a group of rebels who are seen as flawed in the eyes of society. She grows closer to the rebels, especially Rein, but is she able to be happy without putting her new friends in danger?

Perfection is an interesting and likeable dystopia with action and romance, however, the first half was slow and I struggled with it, but the second half was much better. I do not know much about history so I might be wrong but, while I know that Hitler thought blonds with blue eyes were the ideal, I didn’t think that he thought brunettes were imperfect, as he was one.

Ellyssa is a strong yet vulnerable character, and very na├»ve as she does not understand emotions and how people think but she did get better as the book went on. Rein is protective, brave and would do anything to look after his “family”, however, I did not like the insta-love in this book between him and Ellyssa.


Interesting concept let down a bit by the slowness of the first half of the book. I would recommend Perfection to fans of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken or The Host by Stephenie Meyer. 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Branded

****


Thanks to Netgalley and Month9Books for giving me this book to review.

50 years ago the commander come to power and thought that the 7 deadly sins led to the corruption of society. The guilty are branded different colours according to their sin and are sent to The Hole, a lawless place with poor conditions and you have to be wary of everyone, especially the guards. Lexi has been falsely accused of the sin lust and has been sent to The Hole with a guard, Cole, who is meant to watch out for her. As Lexi adjusts to her new harsh surroundings, facing violence and death every day, she grows close to Cole but rebellion is brewing in The Hole.

Branded is a unique and very good dystopia based on the 7 deadly sins and it did not read like it was written by two authors. This book has action, forbidden romance and danger, it is a YA but also dark and gritty. This book is better than I thought it would be as it has twists, flowed very nicely and I could not put down.

Lexi is kind, strong and a survivor as she did not let life change her, she also adapted to her different surroundings and did not let it get the best of her. Cole is brave, protective and reused to abuse his powers like others in his situation. However, my favourite character is Zeus as he is a protective and lovable dog.


I really liked this book and am looking forward to the next book. I would recommend Branded to people who enjoyed The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon or Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Fractured Dream

**
2 Stars/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Booktrope for giving me this book to review.

It has been 8 years since Story has last had her dreams but now they are back, Lake Sandeen, where here Uncle apparently drowned years ago, may hold the answers to her dreams and memories. When Story along with her two best Elliot and Adam hike to the lake, they go under and don’t resurface. The world under the lake is unlike anything they could have imagined, with fairytale creatures, and gods both good and bad. The fate of two worlds is resting on Story, but is she able to stop there obliteration?

Fractured Dream has an interesting concept but I just could not get into it maybe because it started out slow. This book is unique but I got really confused by it although it did get a bit better when they are in Tressla.

I could not click with Story as she is like so many other fantasy leads in that she thinks she is normal but discovers that she is special and has a destiny. I liked Adam and Elliot as they are both very different but still look out for Story, but they did come across as stereotypes.


I could not finish this book as I could not get into it, but I seem to be into the minority.