Friday, 24 June 2016

Review: Untouchable by S.A. Starcevic


Untouchable
by S.A. Starcevic

Series: Untouchable #1
Genre: Young Adult / Superheroes
Length: 54 pages
Published on 18th June 2015 by Forever More Publishing
S.A. Starcevic: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received for review

Synopsis:
Unlike most people, Ethan Elliot never wanted to be a superhero. Nevertheless, when his powers flare up to save his life—and the lives of innocents—he has no choice in the matter. Plunged into a world of capes, costumes and derring-do, he’ll do what it takes to succeed. Even if that means casting away his old life to become someone else. Maybe even someone better…

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Shatter Me
by Tahereh Mafi

Series: Shatter Me #1
Genre: Young Adult / Dystopian
Length: 338 pages
Published on 15th November 2011 by HarperCollins
Purchase: Amazon / Amazon US / B&N / The Book Depository
Tahereh Mafi: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Copy received as part of my travelling book project (this belongs to Lauren)

Synopsis:
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged (83)

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Talk Supe is a weekly meme where you can share your book haul, ongoing events and news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.
Please Note: All images link back to their GR pages.

 
New Books
I've been good these past two weeks and only grabbed on book, that was a freebie - Ghost int he coffee Machine - its sounds pretty odd but hopefully I'll find time to read this tiny book
 Ghost in the Coffee Machine: Coffee and Ghosts: Episode 1

Friday, 17 June 2016

To Plunder: Remember Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram


Remember Jamie Baker
by Kelly Oram

Series: Jamie Baker #3
Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal
Length: 422 pages
Published on 10th June 2016 by Bluefields
Purchase: Amazon US / Amazon UK / iBooks / Kobo / Nook
Synopsis: The explosive and long awaited conclusion to the Jamie Baker trilogy!

Plagued by memory loss, Jamie Baker searches high and low for the answers to who she is, where she comes from, and why she’s able to do things other humans can’t. A not-so-simple task when she’s hiding from the people responsible for her amnesia—an evil scientific research company that wants to capture her at any cost.

When Jamie’s quest for the truth reveals a devastating betrayal from the one person she thought she could trust, she’s forced to team up with a secret military organization in order to ensure her safety and stop Visticorp’s horrific human experimenting once and for all.


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Kelly Oram Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen—a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Quick Review: Memory's Wake by Selina Fenech

Memory's Wake by Selina Fenech
Series: Memory's Wake Trilogy #1
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Length: 320 pages
Published on 5th June 2011 by Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd
Purchase: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository
Selina Fenech: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Received from author via Xpresso Book Tours

Synopsis: Lost in a world full of monstrous fairies, a troubled sixteen year old has to find out who she is and why her memories were stolen before she is found by those who want her dead.

She takes the name "Memory" and knows she has just one goal - to find her way home, wherever that is. But this land is strange. No technology to be seen, and iron is banned, thanks to a pact the humans have with the magical creatures who share their pre-industrial era world. In her t-shirt and torn jeans, Memory knows she's different, even before she performs impossible magic.

Haunted by her past, chased by a dragon, wanted by the king and stalked by the strange, handsome savage that seems to know her, everyone is after Memory, and she suspects it's not just for her eye-catching outfit. Her forgotten past holds dangerous secrets that will challenge everything she believes and risk the lives of everyone she loves.

Memory's Wake contains over 45 illustrations by the author and artist.

I actually read this book by in 2014, I originally got it as part of a book tour but I had to drop out as I underestimated how busy the first year of university would be, but I promised I'd still read and review it when able.

Which I did over the next few months and then I did one of my usual falls behind on all forms of blogging and its just been sat here nagging me.

Memory's Wake has a really interesting premise. It opens with the protagonist knowing nothing of herself or the world around her, even her clothes don't match the world she's in. 

On her journey she meets Eloryn who is the opposite to her in almost every way, but they share one thing in common. They're both on the run for safety.

There are also illustrations throughout the book which I really loved. They added a bunch to the story, and as a just finished illustration student, something I found super interesting. I kind of wish more bookshad this.

My biggest trouble with this book is that it was the first fantasy I had read in ages so I found it a bit slow to get into and struggled remembering what was going on (though the studying didn't help).

However, it left enough positive thoughts for me that I intend to revisit this book one day and read the full series. There is no maybe out this, its something I truly intend to do.
3.5 stars / 5 stars
I look forward to reading the other books in the series
Hope's Reign (Memory's Wake Trilogy, #2) Providence Unveiled (Memory's Wake Trilogy, #3)

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Review: Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness


Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness
by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Series: Scott Pilgrim #3
Genre: Graphic Novel
Length: 228 pages
Published on 1st May 2006 by Oni Press
Purchase: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository
Byran Lee O'Malley: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Copy gifted from a friend

Synopsis:
Ramona's third evil ex-boyfriend, Todd Ingram, is currently dating the former love of Scott Pilgrim's life! Envy Adams broke Scott's heart a year and a half ago. Now she and her evil art-rock band are back, and they're getting Scott's band to open a show two days from now! That's just enough time for Scott to fight Todd, keep Ramona happy, fend off demented ex-girlfriends, and practice that new setlist. Right Don't miss the latest chapter in the graphic novel saga The Globe and Mail calls "Canada's answer to "Tank Girl"!"

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged (82)

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Talk Supe is a weekly meme where you can share your book haul, ongoing events and news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.
Please Note: All images link back to their GR pages.

 
New Books
This post was supposed to go live this morning but I totally forgot today was Saturday. Anyway, I've been good this week and not bought any books. Though I have accepted 2 for reviews - Clutch by Lisa Becker as I enjoyed her other books so much it seemed silly to turn down the opportunity to review her others, and The Dark World by S.C. Parris who I met through my Discord Book Chat!
Clutch: A Novel The Dark World