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The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials #1) by S.M. Wilson (A Review)

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Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy.
Year Of Publication: January 1st 2018
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Pages: Paperback
, 384 pages.
My rating: 4.5 out  of 5 stars.

 

“HUNGER GAMES MEETS JURASSIC PARK.”

 

Yes, you read this right! The tag line of this books is indeed that sentence. I have no idea about you but when I read those words I was like heck yeah need it in my life! Imagine me freaking-ly typing my yes yes yes to the available review copy email.

Anyway. The Extinction Trials is a story about a fictional earth where humans and dinosaurs exist together at the same time. But on two different continents. The humans occupy earth Asia and the dinosaurs occupy Piloria.

 

The humans as they do (clears throat) over used and mistreated their land. And now keep looking towards Piloria to solve their food, land and accommodation problems. Sigh yeah typical human thing to do. Destroy other for their own needs.

 

The two main characters of this book are Lincoln and Storm Chaser. The story told in their dual perspective with alternatively voiced chapters. They both are starkly different from each other. Lincoln is nice and caring but he also had this determined streak to him to get things done and complete his mission. He seems to have a lot of inner struggle going on.
Storm chaser I quite like her and connected to her. Alone, on Earthasia because her mother has died and she has no other family…… she has quite a shield around her. She has a lot of compassion(not just for humans but for other creatures, for earth, for her environment) and emotions. She constantly questions things around her and notices a lot. She is strong, adventurous independent and driven. Also a dinosaur is her best friend ( I mean winnnnnnnn).

 

With some twist and turns and some survival needs or adventurous need (counting of the character you talk about) Lincoln and Storm Chaser and well a few others (100 to be exact) end up on Piloria with a special little task to complete….

The story is full of action, drama, survival and……… betrayal. It highly fast paced and very unput down able

The world building and imagery is top class and it is done so beautifully. The dinosaurs were researched so well and I loved that she didn’t stick to general research she did add different to bits of her to the dinosaurs and made them different. The description of the world, the forests, the sea at Piloria ….the buildings, the stuffy environment at Earthasia leaves a very well sketched world in your mind.

Yes as some stories go its also very quite predictable sometimes. But also brutal. You will loose quite a lot of characters by the time you are done with us so yeah.

 

Also another thing about the dual voices was you could see how Stormchaser see the dinosaurs. With compassion and with respect she doesn’t think of them as mindless predators. Where Lincoln thinks exactly that. It’s intriguing to see as their journey through the story progress and to see them go through their beliefs and questions things around them.

One of my only complaint would be I would have liked them to spend more time on Piloria. The place was so beautiful ( and deadly) I just wish I could have read more about it (ahh maybe the sequel will full fill my need for that land)

 

This book is vivid. And with a lot of twist and turns by the last chapter you are left breathless for the sequel because you are left with a bang and really need some answers so yeah for me the waiting game beings. For you? You should totally try this book out. I mean come out. DINOSAURS. KICK ASS FEMALE LEAD. NEW WORLD. POLITICS. PUNY HUMANS.

 

Well what more I can say. I just think you really need this in your life.

Thank you to Usborne  for the ARC.

 

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Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Heather Webb , Hazel Gaynor ( A Review)

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Genre:  Historical Fiction, Romance.
Year Of Publication:
 October 3rd 2017

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Pages: Paperback, 368 pages.

My rating: 4 out  of 5 stars

 

When I heard about this book, it intrigued me. And I really wanted to read about World War 1 and how it was woven into a story by letters. Reading about war has always provoked a lot of thoughts within me. This was no doubt profound, moving and heartbreaking.
Set in the 1914 at the start of world war one. This story is about three main character Tom Harding, Will and Evie Elliott. Tom and Will leave to help with the war by joining the army. Leaving Evie behind terribly frustrated with her life. That starts a constant correspondence between them from the front line of France to the quite suburb of London. As the story grows we see the characters grow a lot. See how war struck them and the changes they have felt. And how excruciating something was for them; exploring mental, physical and psychological health.
The story is told through out the book via letters of correspondence between the characters with a few chapters of narrations from the future.
The letters are full of humor, tragedy, love and hardship. They paint the stark reality of war for not only those who are fighting it but also those who are left behind at home. The letters are full of beautiful prose, and but than in turn also bring WWI to life.
The story itself is quite amazing interwoven in time of war, beautifully weaving tales of friendship, love and family. And sometimes had intriguing or sometimes heartbreaking twist. Despite the war being heavily featured this book also provides entertainment and keeps you fully hooked to find out the fate of each character and their life story.

I read this story in a day. It was a delight to read. Although I think the last two years of war went by a little to fast paced, not quite the same pace and detail as the first two. Also the ending seemed quite rushed to me. But none the less this story was beautiful and I loved it. Although it has nothing to with Christmas as the name suggest. But yeah I think the idea of name of the book is quite poetic of sort because the characters find solace in-between war thinking of Christmas and how they would get together after in ended and go gave fun in Paris together.
If you are a fan of historical fiction specially centered around wars. You will enjoy this one.

Thank you to Harper 360  UK for the copy.

 

 

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Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff ( A Review)

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Genre:  Fantasy, YA.
Year Of Publication: August 11th 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages:
Hardcover, 429 pages.
My rating: 3.75 out  of 5 stars.

 

Sigh! I have no clue how to write this review. But let’s do this shall we. *nervous laugh*
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Okay I’ll cut chase to the verdict straight away! YES I LOVED THIS BOOK.
But why 3.75 stars? Because I also found a lot of things meh that in turn lead to the lower rating!
Ermm the writing. Sometimes it was TOOO MUCH. It was trying tooooo hard. Over use of descriptions and humor just made me annoyed. Also sometime the cliff notes were over done. It irked to go back and forth between the story and the cliff notes i always ended up forgetting which line i was on .But yeah after a 100 pages I was okay with the book (i made my peace with the ~over~ parts of writing) and really really was excited about this story.
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This books is brutal. It’s bloody. And it’s grueling. So if you are faint hearted it might not be for you. Also the words and scenes are sometimes very PG.

It’s basically a bunch of assassins who really don’t care about killing tbh. 😂
Its also includes a school the red Church where ahrem they go to become more assassin-y 😂

Mia Corvere is the main character of this story. Her father was executed for treason and her mother and brother was sent to a prison. And this starts her journey.

“Never Flinch.’ A cold whisper in her ear. ‘Never fear. And never, ever forget.’
The girl nodded slowly.
Exhaled the hope inside.
And she’d watched her father die.”

After all this Mia, instead of feeling sorry for herself. Decided to find answers, take action and find vengeance. For that she has to be inducted into the red church. The school for murderers . So yeah it’s all about her journey to get into red church and to survive it.

Oh and she is also a Darkin. Which means she can control shadows. And she also has a shadow cat. WHICH WAS FABULOUS!!! The cat had some of the most hilarious and sarcastic and fun dialogues. I loved their banter.

“…bravo…’ Mister Kindly said,’..if only I had hands to applaud..’
Mia smacked her backside. ‘I’d settle for lips to kiss my sweet behind.
‘…I would have to find it first…’
Arses are like fine wine, Mister Kindly. Better too little than too much.
‘ …a beauty and a philosopher. be still my beating heart…’ The not-cat looked down at its translucent chest ‘…O,wait…”

Life at Red Church is ruthless and brutal. There are also 29 other acolytes who got inducted into the are church an are all competing for the chance of being a BLADE. The acolytes befriend each other, love each other, back stab each other and one by one, get killed off. Yes it is a bloody journey….

This book even with the over writing and excessive use of words and elaboration ; (“kicking him hard enough to cripple hid unborn children”
Like Just say u kicked him in the nuts.
, “Mia sighed. Took her temper by the earlobe and pulled it to heel.” ) manages to hook you up and sucks you up into its dimensions.. You cant help but devour it.

Along with the thrilling journey there are also some downs, maybe i have read a lot of books or stuff but some of the deaths and plot twists were very predictable. Also something Mia does in the 3.5/4th of the book made me really question her ruthlessness. Wasn’t she supposed to be a cold blooded murderer?

Also i have read in many reviews that this book is adult fantasy and i would say that yes the bloodiness and the sex scenes are indeed explicit but i think the story without all the embellishments itself is purely YA in its soul.

SO overall, despite my grievances with this book i enjoyed it a lot. I was very excited to finish it the journey was enthralling. My advice to anyone who loves fantasy read itt you must also love it like me. OR maybe not i think this book a very acquired taste it can go very well or not at all.

For me i cant wait for my copy of Godgrave to arrive. 🙂

 

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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (A Review)

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Genre:  Historical Fiction.
Year Of Publication: September 27th, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: Paperback
, 404 pages.
My rating: 3 out  of 5 stars.

Victoria if you couldn’t already tell is a historical fiction based upon Queen Victoria.

Thank you Wednesday Books for my sending me a copy .

It’s a historical fiction meets comming of age story meets monarchy.

The main event of the book was indeed Victoria. She inherited the throne at a very young age. And it was intriguing to see her go through her paces. She was a very brave, likeable, smart and she wouldn’t let anyone bring her down about her height or gender. She was ferocious in her dealing. From the day she inherits the throne she starts rebelling against her mother who had kept her smothered. She wouldnt let herself be controlled by anyway. She was strong and she made the decisions herself. But along with all this she was also naive because of her age and she did end up making mistakes some times. Her stubbron steak also didn’t help her matters.

This story focused more on family ties, Victoria comming of age and character and romance less on the nitty gritty of British monarchy and politics.

This story focused heavily on Victoria’s relationships. First her infatuation with Lord Melbourne than her encounters with Albert.

This was a nice enjoyable story. And it was intriguing to see a teen age monarch do things teenagers do and cause drama.

Overall, this books is an enjoyable historical fiction. Even if some events aren’t true it still packs a lot of entertainment

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Bonfire by Krysten Ritter ( A Review)

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Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Fiction.
Year Of Publication: November 9th 2017
Publisher: Hutchinson
Pages: Paperback
, 288 pages.
My rating: 3 out  of 5 stars.

Bonfire was a novel that wasn’t my usual cup of tea because I don’t read a lot supense and mystery novels because I don’t have the patience to wait for answers. But when I got the email about reviewing it I couldn’t pass it on because one it was written by krysten aka Jessica Jones I was very intrigued and also the plot sounded interesting.
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Thank you Penguin UK books for my advance reader copy .
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So now about the book. Bonfire is the story of Abby Williams who left her home years ago to escape the small town life and to but behind all the things she went through during high school. Now after ten years working as an environmental lawyer, she has to go back to her town for a case. One that will open up the doors to a past she never wanted to revisit again.
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This book was good and shed light on topics like bullying and highschool politics. So yeah Krysten can totally write. This book was smooth to follow, pacing was good and the style was coherent. And the story came out naturarally. But the story itself is mediocre and nothing we haven’t seen before. The mystery isn’t big a mystery you couldn’t solve or a thing that keeps you on the edge of your seats. You could totally point out the villains in the story. But despite all this the story is still good to follow and read, it grabs your attention and yeah you read it all the way to the end.
The troubled journey of Abby is quite entertaining and it is intriguing to follow her because she is such an unreliable narrator and she creates more of a mystery to the story.
I have to say that the climax of the story felt rushed. And I didn’t like that fact that in the end things weren’t narrated as they happened but in fact were told after they had happened. That part didn’t fit right with me.
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Over all this book despite being nothing new or an not being over the top mysterious and twisty is still very enjoyable and worth the read.

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Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn (A Review)

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Genre: Fantasy, Ya.
Year Of Publication: November 2nd 2017
Publisher: Penguin
Pages:
Hardcover, 288 pages.
My rating: 2 out  of 5 stars.

 

First thing first i was really really excited to read this book. I mean come on princess and private school and Mystery. I gave me such princess diaries, hex Hall and Hogwarts vibes. So when I got the email for reviewing I said count me the heck in.

Than when I got the book i got blow away by its prettiness. I love love the arc. The front has a silhouette of a princess and is watercolors and has a big house castle silhouette on it. Anyway I am doing a sucky job of describing it. But it’s beautiful with a golden spine.
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So yes in short i was EXCITED AND HAPPY as heck when I got it.
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How let’s get to story part and how that went. I think this story has a lot of potential. But it didn’t deliver. Their were a lot of plot hole. And most of the things weren’t quite impressive and left you underwhelmed. And it was also full of clichés.

Lets start with the main characters:

Charlotte aka Lottie Pumpkin. I just couldn’t get her. She is supposed to be sensitive little soul. But she doesn’t look hurt or even is sensitive through out the book or like sad with an exception once or twice. And her point of selfless for others is very HUH????!!!! Specially for a person she met 5 minutes ago and doesn’t even know properly??!? Arent you supposed to be 14? i haven’t seen a single 14 year old this stupid.
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The oh so badass princess Ellie wolf. Was so not badass. With the exception of dying her hair or like breaking in once or twice. Both of these characters were quite underwhelming.
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And their friendship I just could not get it. From being enemies to best friends in a hour?!?!! What how? How can you get so emotional and possessive or that friendly with someone so quickly to care that much about them? Their is this weird bath scene at the beginning and idk it’s told or Lottie describes it in such a weird way that it seem like it’s something important. But I just don’t see friends doing that together eh? And they are always like so intimate; stroking each other, taking icing off of the other ones face and nuzzling into the hair. I just don’t know it was weird as heck their relationship. It would have been fine if it was a love interest but no where does the plot give away that. So I am left with the feeling *weird*.

The plot is all over the place. And sometimes makes so sense. Their are so many different things thrown in into the mix that you have no clue of and what they are leading too and in the end some of them aren’t even explained. For example Bina’s puzzle, idk what I was about what it was for? And why she gave them it? It literally isn’t even explained.
Their are so many different elements thrown into the mix that you can’t help but wonder is this contemporary or is this fantasy? What exactly is this story? Their is some weird magic thing/storyline placed in between but even that isn’t explained properly.

The world building is so poor. We don’t know much about Maradova. It isn’t established properly. Nor are it’s customs. It was supposed to take place in Russia? And the language they speak is English they don’t use their own dialect?!?!?!? Or have an accents or traditions?!!?!?!?!

Other characters. Oh my god they are such a meh point; all of them. Most of them are so unnecessary and almost all of them are underdeveloped. Almost to the point they are just names. They have no relevance to the story other than two too three non story building cameos. Even the characters that bring something to the stories and have more interaction are just so personality less and meh. Jamie’s has a back story toward the end and it’s so odd and weird and out of place like what? Their is a stepmother thing going on but even that isnt explained. It’s basically a lot of confusion and unbelievable stuff happening.

Everything happens so fast. It unreal.

Like this just being to happen and than abruptly end. They don’t have a time to start , play/pan out and than end it’s just oh this happened oh now this happened. Things aren’t explained through out the story they just HAPPENs.
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The villains. Omg all of them are so lame. And the whole mystery through out the story get more annoying by that point. Because half the villains that are supposed to be villainous or are suspects you don’t know why they were doing that thing. Because no where was it explained. And the two that were. God eh? I didn’t even get any thrill from it what do ever.
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The *writing* I don’t think I am a fan of it. It was too all over the place. No sense of direction. I think she just wanted to chuck every concept she found interesting into the story. She has 5000 plots going on and half of them she abandons in between and you are like what? And also. A lot of things about Lottie are basically the writer herself : aka her love for pink, fairy tales, being a vegetarian. *groans*
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This book had a lot and lot of potential as I said in the beginning. But it wasn’t utilized. This book suffered a lot because their was not a clear direction. And I would have loved it if it was just about Rosewood Hall but it was just all over. The character had no personalities. And over all the book had no point in it where it did wow me.
Maybe a younger audience might like it and may able to overlook all the indescrepencies but i don’t think proper ya reader will enjoy this much.
I am sorry to say this one wasn’t for me sadly.

Thank you to Penguin Random House UK for the arc.

 

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Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1) by Jodi Meadows ( A Review)

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Year Of Publication: September 12th 2017.
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books.
Pages:
Hardcover, 485 pages.
My rating: 4 out  of 5 stars.

“Alone. Abandoned. Apart from everyone I loved. All because of one act of trust. One truth. One horrible mistake.”


I was very very very excited about this book. Because DRAAAGOOONS!! Do you need ever more of an incentive from a book other than that word?
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Anyway going into the story. It was much more about politics and imprisonment than dragons. That was a bit disappointing since I thought there would be a lot and a lot of dragon scenes. (Sigh expectations ruin things). Anyway I still enjoyed this books a lot.
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Mira, our protagonist is a very privileged girl because the peace treaty between the lands is named after her and she has been a symbol of hope and respect for everyone. But she ends up discovering a deep dark secret and is than sent to a prison that is very deadly. Totally blindsided by this she has to survive and live out her days until someone proves her un-guilty and rescues her.
Mira has a quite an un confident mind. She has always being brought up by her mother to be : just a pretty face. She has no believe in herself. She suffers from anxiety, OCD. I loved the portrayal of her character of how raw and insecure she was. Things about her mental health were handled and portrayed very realistically.
The world built in this book was fun. I loved exploring and finding out more about it as the story progresses how each isle is different the gods the follow. How each one has different strengths.
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The story line jumps back in between past and present sometimes it was a bit erratic for me how information was given and kept and how long it took to finally find out what happened. But in turn I also did end up enjoying the contrast.
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Mira’s life at prison is very difficult. Switching from a privileged life to this hard prison life is very difficult for her. Specially when one of the guards is pressing upon her to find out the deep dark secret that landed her here. She find allies in people she never thought she would. This story is very empowering and about the journey of a girl who finally finds her way to stand up for what she believes in.
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The dragons are *talked* about very often in this story , Their are a lot of their types and they are discussed in the book but we never see much of them. . But I think this will be redeemed in the next book. So yeah but I am really excited for the next book. To see more of dragons.
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Another thing i also like about this book was that the love interest were not like the cliche ones like the best friend bodyguard was just a best friend.
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The plot of the book is very intriguing and political. And those ending chapters were so ka-boom an every thing ended in such a dramatic way that i am so looking forward to the next book.

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