Category: Review

SST Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Posted November 19, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

SST Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

SST Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily SuvadaThis Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
Series: This Mortal Coil #1
Published by Simon Pulse on November 7th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Pages: 432
Format: ebook
Source: the publisher
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-stars

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book is a science lover’s DREAM! It has, ok not complex, but more detailed descriptions and reasons why the tech works. There are explanations that make sense and its obvious that the author has done a ton of research. I really loved the premise too. Embeddable tech is the future. Wearables are already here, like the Apple watch but also AIRA‘s assistive glasses that help blind people navigate their world.  However, embeddable tech is also legitimately terrifying. There are so many evil things that can be done with it. Emily Suvada does an awesome job exploring both the positive and horrifying aspects of having a device implanted in your arm.

The story itself is fun too. It’s new and exciting but it still reminded me a little of The Fireman by Joe Hill, which I loved. I think that the dystoptian world that this book is set in was at least as interested as the characters Cat and Cole. There has been a outbreak of a disease. The majority of the world has retreated to corporate sponsored bunkers where their lives are ruled by the company. Those who remain on the surface fight every day but remain free. How did none of that make it into the blurb???

I didn’t really feel any particular connection to the characters. Cat was a square peg in a world full of round holes. I thought that her particular idiosyncrasies were interesting and fit the world that was established. I just didn’t feel anything towards her. Cole seemed like a typical supersoldier. I didn’t find him to be all that interesting either. Luckily the world and the story made up for it in spades.

This did not end in a cliffhanger but I’m very hopeful that there will be another book in this marvelous world!

About the Author:

Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, OR, with her husband.

Author’s Social Media:

Blog: http://emilysuvada.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/emilysuvada
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilysuvada
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emily.suvada/
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/

Divider

Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Divider

Follow the Tour

11/5 Tour Stops

Interview – Megan Manzano
Review  – Books N Calm
Review – Dani Reviews Things
Interview – Fly Leaf Chronicles
Unique Post – Book Stacks Amber

 11/12  Tour Stops

 Guest Post – Mikayla’s Bookshelf
Interview –Reading is Dreaming with Eyes Wide Open
Review – Sarcasm and Lemons
Unique Post – Downright Dystopian
Review – Here’s To Happy Endings

 11/19  Tour Stops

 Interview – Books, Boys, and Blogs
Review – Emily Reads Everything
Guest Post – The Book Corps
Unique Post – Life of a Literary Nerd
Review – Bay in Wonderland

 11/26 Tour Stops

 Review – A Gingerly Review
Review –  Pretty Deadly Blog
Interview – Library of a Book Witch
Guest Post – The Hermit Librarian

four-stars

Tags:

Divider

Rockstar Arc Review: Into the Black by Ava Jae

Posted November 14, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

Rockstar Arc Review: Into the Black by Ava Jae

Rockstar Arc Review: Into the Black by Ava JaeInto the Black by Ava Jae
Series: Beyond The Red #2
Published by Sky Pony Press on November 14th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 360
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-stars

The world ruler is dead, technology foundational to their society destroyed, and Safara is on the brink of collapse. Half-human, half-alien Eros is the rightful heir to the world throne, but before he can return to the capital, he's abducted by a rebel group of humans who call themselves The Remnant--and won't release him until he swears to help them overthrow the very government he's inheriting. With Eros missing, ex-queen Kora is determined to stave off mad grabs for the throne. But as royalty from across the territories flock to the capital, and a new charismatic candidate takes the spotlight, Kora sets off into the desert with a skilled prince-turned-bounty hunter to find Eros before it's too late for both the future king and his kingdom.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

YES YES YES YES

When I reviewed Beyond the Red last year, I said that the only thing wrong with it was that it was a stand alone novel. I really felt like the story wasn’t finished and I was going to be sorely disappointed if I never got to read about Kora and Eros again. Don’t get me wrong, Beyond the Red does not have a cliffhanger. It is a complete story. It just left me wanting so much more. Into the Black definitely lived up to what I was hoping for. The characters are established, the world is the same one I enjoyed from Beyond the Red, everything was in place and this was the completely of the story I wanted. Where I loved the character development in Beyond the Red, What I really enjoyed in Into the Black was the politics. There is so much going on! Not to post too many spoilers but the ending of Beyond the Red flipped everything upside down and it was incredibly satisfying to find out what happened after.

****I’m going to assume that you’ve read Beyond the Red from this point on, so please don’t continue if you are afraid of spoilers.****

The roles in this book have flipped and I loved it. Eros is now the rightful heir, except no one wants to consider him based on the politics and prejudices of the world. Kora has gone from being Avra to being no one and she really doesn’t like it. It was fun for me as she had to struggle to adjust to her new circumstances and grow as a person. Eros on the other hand, had to come to terms with being the heir to the throne of a society that hates him. His journey was just as amazing as Kora’s because he has to learn forgiveness if he’s going to be able to change anything at all.

I really enjoyed this series. Into the Black was the ending that it needed. I definitely recommend that you read it for the characters. I fell in love with Kora and Eros all over again. If I had one little tiny quibble, it would be that the ending was too perfect. It wrapped up too neatly in the last 30 pages. The entire book was struggle struggle struggle and then oh, it’s done. I don’t know how you can change that but it was a tiny let down after 200 pages of awesome.

About the Author:

Ava JaeAva Jae is a writer, an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing, and is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her YA Sci-Fi debut, BEYOND THE RED, is releasing March 2016 from Sky Pony Press. When sheÂ’s not writing about kissing, superpowers, explosions, and aliens, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, nerding out over the latest X-Men news, or hanging out on her
Blog http://avajae.blogspot.com/
Twitter (https://twitter.com/Ava_Jae
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AvaJae
tumblr http://avajae.tumblr.com/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9011987.Ava_Jae
Instagram https://instagram.com/ava_jae/
YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/bookishpixie

Divider

Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

four-stars

Tags:

Divider

Review & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

Review & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on July 25th 2017 Genres: Young Adult Pages: 448 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.A secret society – for the four of us. The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that. Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.We wanted revenge.We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to. Our invention ratcheted out of control.What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Barnes & Noble | Book Depository I’m the worst kind of mystery reader. Generally about halfway through with the story, I get bored and decide to flip to the end to find out who the killer is. I don’t know why but i’m usually not […]

Posted July 12, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 5 Comments
Divider

Rockstar Review: Dragons of Nova

Rockstar Review: Dragons of Nova

The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova Series: Loom Saga #2 Published by Keymaster Press on July 11th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, steampunk Pages: 488 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh. While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons. Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. […]

Posted July 6, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
Divider

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on June 13th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, romance Pages: 368 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone. Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape. Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Emotional. Cringe-Inducing. Intense. Realistic. I’ve lived this book. Perhaps not to some of the extremes Gavin went to, but I’ve been the other half of a verbally abusive and emotionally manipulative relationship. After one daughter and four years of my life, all I can do is reflect and learn from that experience. This book was so uncomfortable at […]

Posted May 15, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
Divider

Rockstar Review: Umberland

Rockstar Review: Umberland

Umberland by Wendy Spinale Series: Everland #2 Published by Scholastic Press on May 9th, 2017 Pages: 288 Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads What began with a reimagining of Peter Pan and Wendy now twists into a stunning version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass! Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. But the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn’t exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in to lead, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated, accelerating the disease. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus’s origin: an extinct poisonous apple. Legend has it a tree bearing the apple might be found at the center of a deadly labyrinth hidden deep within Germany. A place that no one in their right mind enters. Leaving Pete in charge of the survivors, Alyssa sets out with only her sword, her wits, and the help of Maddox Hadder, a wild boy who oversees the castle gardens. To get to the center of the maze, she’ll be forced to battle monsters more terrifying than her darkest nightmares. But can anyone truly survive the madness of the maze? And what if there’s no apple to be found there? I received […]

Posted May 12, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
Divider

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli on April 11, 2017 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 336 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right? I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Upside of The Upside of Unrequited was one of the best books I’ve read this year. It was maybe one of the best books I’ve ever read in my life. However, it wasn’t an easy read or a comfortable read. I saw myself in […]

Posted May 5, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
Divider

The One Memory of Flora banks by Emily Barr

The One Memory of Flora banks by Emily Barr

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr Published by Philomel Books on May 2nd, 2017 Genres: Fiction, mystery, Contemporary Pages: 304 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home. […]

Posted May 2, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
Divider

Arc Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Arc Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh Series: Flame in the Mist #1 Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on May 16th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 368 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets […]

Posted April 21, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
Divider

Tour Cage of Darkness Review + Giveaway

Tour Cage of Darkness Review + Giveaway

Cage of Darkness by Jennifer Anne Davis Published by Reign Publishing on April 4th, 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 219 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads While traveling to Fren, Allyssa and Odar are hijacked by a ruthless assassin who divulges a stunning secret that changes everything. Trying to come to terms with this newfound revelation, Allyssa is taken to Russek and delivered into the hands of a malicious and twisted royal family. She finds herself an unwilling pawn in a risky political game that will either end with her death or the annihilation of her beloved kingdom. Unsure of where the lies end and the truth begins, she must survive the brutal family and escape the fortified castle, all the while coming to grips with her feelings for Odar. In a kingdom filled with darkness, Allyssa enters a game where one wrong move means death, secrets hide around each corner, and it will take every ounce of cunning she has to survive. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I’ve been waiting for this book for over a year. Cage of Deceit ended in a cliff hanger. While it was the perfect ending for the book, it also made for a very […]

Posted April 13, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review, Special Feature / 1 Comment
Divider