Saturday, June 24, 2017

Book Shelf: Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.


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Review:

Steelheart is the first novel in The Reckoner's series by Brandon Sansderson and is a deliciously action packed tale that is X-Men meets Superman with a villianous twist in what is a great start to a promising series!

Ten years ago a meteor named Calamity shot across the sky and in it's wake ordinary men and woman developed incredible abilities. Though no one can say exactly why these extraordinary powers appeared, those blessed to inherit them found themselves changing. Known to the public as Epics, their desire to rule, to destroy, to control saw them become twisted. Nobody fights the Epics....nobody but the Reckoners; a small group of ordinary humans who dare to stand against them. Eighteen year old David has spent the last ten years planning to kill an Epic who is believed to be invincible. Steelheart killed David's father and now rules Newcago through fear and death. Years of planning and studying means David knows his best chance of taking out Steelheart is with the help of the Reckoners, but with the elusive group hiding their own secrets will David and his new friends be able to stop Steelheart or will they simply be more victims of the Epic many say can't be killed.....

Despite being a focal voice within the fantasy genre, Steelheart marks the first novel of Brandon Sanderson that I have read and I must admit, despite getting off to a slow start in the beginning, I really ended up enjoying the experience. The world that Sanderson has created is very unique and vivid, mixing fantasy with science fiction aspects to create an interesting society of superheroes and villains with powerful abilities.

Sanderson litters Steelheart with some very personable characters, all with different personalities and attributes. Following main character David who is a very likable, but daring nerd, Brandon Sanderson creates a vivid bunch with the Reckoners who have a great dynamic together. Prof, Tia, Megan, Cody and Abraham are all very different but make for some funny dialogue and situations. They all compliment each other really well.

I must say there were plenty of twists at the end that I really wasn't expecting. Sanderson allows you to think you know some of the characters, only to turn things on their head with revelations and secrets coming to light. It was spectacularly well done on his part and makes for some very promising developments.

Well written, clearly well thought out and very entertaining, Steelheart was a wonderful book from Brandon Sanderson and leaves me ready to jump straight into what I'm sure will be an action-packed sequel! A great read!
 

Rating:
Source:
I bought from The Book Depository
Publisher: Orion Books              
Format: Paperback

Release Date: September 26th 2013
Purchase:
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Final Thoughts:
A great read; I'm ready to jump straight into the next one!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Blog Tour: All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham-

The Blog Tour for All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham stops by today with a few teasers and a giveaway. Be sure to check out my review that went live yesterday also.
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Relocating to Arctic Norway would put a freeze on anyone’s social life. For Leda Lindgren, with her crutches and a chip on her shoulder the size of her former Manhattan home, the frozen tundra is just as boring as it sounds. Until she meets her uncle’s gorgeous employee.

Unfortunately, no matter how smoking hot the guy is, Roar comes with secrets as unnerving as his moving tattoos. And Leda doesn’t trust him.

Roar shouldn’t be drawn to the moody human girl with eyes that leave him weak in the knees. But when Leda gets shot by one of his enemies and survives, Roar finally understands why he’s drawn to her: Leda is exactly what he was sent to Earth to find. A weapon of immense power capable of saving his planet.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

 
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Ashley Graham was born in Ontario, Canada, and has since lived in five countries. Before writing her first manuscript in 2015, she worked as a clerical assistant, quality assurance officer, chef, and stay-at-home mom/homeschool teacher. When she isn’t writing or reading every book she gets her hands on, Ashley enjoys online window shopping, Netflix binges, and spends way too much time thinking about space travel. ALL THE STARS LEFT BEHIND is her debut novel.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Shelf: All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham

Relocating to Arctic Norway would put a freeze on anyone’s social life. For Leda Lindgren, with her crutches and a chip on her shoulder the size of her former Manhattan home, the frozen tundra is just as boring as it sounds. Until she meets her uncle’s gorgeous employee.

Unfortunately, no matter how smoking hot the guy is, Roar comes with secrets as unnerving as his moving tattoos. And Leda doesn’t trust him.

Roar shouldn’t be drawn to the moody human girl with eyes that leave him weak in the knees. But when Leda gets shot by one of his enemies and survives, Roar finally understands why he’s drawn to her: Leda is exactly what he was sent to Earth to find. A weapon of immense power capable of saving his planet.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

 
More info on Goodreads......


Review:

All the Stars Left Behind is Ashley Graham’s debut novel and is a rich intergalactic sci-fi novel that will appeal to fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series with its romance, action and characterisation. 

After the recent loss of her father, Leda Lindgren finds herself relocating to Norway to live with her estranged uncle and grandmother. Starting over in a new country would be hard for anyone, but with Leda suffering from spina bifida and a chip on her shoulder, this icy Arctic is far from a winter wonderland. Miserable and still grieving, everything changes for Leda when she meets her uncle’s gorgeous and mysterious employee, Roar. Entranced by Roar’s moving tattoos and drawn to him for reasons she can’t understand, Leda knows there’s more to Roar than meets the eye. Roar knows the last thing he should be thinking about is the beautiful but sad human girl he can’t seem to get out of his head. Part of a small group sent from his home planet of Aurelis to Earth in an effort to find a weapon capable of saving his people from a relentless enemy, Roar has a duty to his crew and his mission to find the weapon whatever the cost. Yet when it comes to light that Leda is the weapon Roar has been searching for, will his desire to be with her stop him from doing what has to be done? And Leda be able to accept her destiny to save an entire alien race?

Launching readers into a sci-fi YA full of aliens, romance and action, All the Stars Left Behind was an easy to read tale that unfolded well and managed to tick all the boxes. Ashley Graham won me over with the intriguing space world she created and the way she wove the characters and their relationships with each together.

I liked the characters within the story from Leda and Roar to Leda’s uncle and grandmother to Roar’s teammates Oline, Petrus and Stein. They complimented each other well and supported the story. Without giving away any spoilers, I have to say I was really surprised and intrigued by one revelation revolving one of Roar’s teammates and am keen to see what Ashley Graham does with this in the future.

Admittedly I did struggle early on with the fast, intense way that Leda and Roar fell for one another and the power behind their feelings. It just seemed to come on too fast, too strong for my likings to be believable. That being said, there was a reason behind this intensity that was explained by Graham as the novel progressed. Who and what they were had an impact on the attraction they felt and as such it went a long way to support the intensity of their feelings. Personally I’m just over insta-love and can’t stand to see these in books nowadays as I feel it cheapens and lessens the romance. 

The ending of All the Stars Let Behind seemed a little anti-climactic and forced for my taste—too easy if I’m being honest. I’m not sure if this tale is meant to be a standalone or part of a series as All the Stars Left Behind ended in a way that could have been either. Personally I think Ashley Graham should explore the world a bit more and I’ll be looking for updates on future books.  

Overall, for a few issues I had with All the Stars Left Behind, I did enjoy it. It was a solid read with a beautiful cover that entranced and entertained. I’m keen to see what Ashley Graham does next and will be keeping my eye out!

Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Entangled: Teen      
Format: Kindle ebook via Netgalley

Release Date: June 6th 2017
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Final Thoughts:
A solid sci-fi YA; I'm keen to read more!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #183

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
Shadow Rise by Audrey Grey
Releases on: November 14th 2017
 
Terrorist. Rebel. Traitor.

One rash decision during the Shadow Trials led to unspeakable horrors that left innocents dead, friends injured and hunted by the Empire, and Maia Graystone imprisoned in the Tower at the Archduchess’s mercy.

Unsure if Riser Thornbrook survived, Maia must find a way to battle the Empire from within its own walls and escape so she can fulfill the promise to her father and stop the asteroid. But when she breaks free and joins Nicolai's Rebel army, she discovers she’s been branded a traitor. With war between the Rebels and the Empire looming, old alliances shifting, and suspicion hanging over her head, she must fight in the Rebel Blood Courts—and win command—to regain their trust.

Only problem is, first she has defeat the reigning champion, someone she knows all too well. Will Maia’s emotions lead to her defeat, or will she rise up and claim her victory?
 
Thoughts:
SQUEEEEE! I'm soooooo excited for this book and absolutely stoked by this description. Personally I loved the first book Shadow Fall and am so dying to be with Maia and Riser again. Audrey Grey is killing me with this November 2017 release date, but I'll wait with baited breath for this beauty to be released. Oh, and speaking of beauty....how stunning is that cover?!? It's rocking!
 
Have you read the first book in this series? (If not I suggest you do!)
And what are you waiting on this week?
 
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Shelf: The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano

“It’s dark magic brings him back.”

Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family—it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” But none of that seems to matter after Tori witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard.

Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events—including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter’s cousin—that seem to point back to Nathaniel.

As Tori digs for the truth—and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel—she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the centuries-old curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried… at any cost.

From award-winning author Elle Cosimano comes a haunting, atmospheric thriller perfect to hand to readers of the Mara Dyer trilogy and Bone Gap.

 
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Review:

The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano is a highly engaging and deeply entertaining novel that wonderfully mingles haunting supernatural elements with important themes, historical mystery and budding romance. 

Victoria “Tori” Burns has just moved with her family to the small town of Chaptico, Maryland after surprisingly inheriting a house from a complete stranger under mysterious circumstances. Though the Burns are hoping for a fresh start after a hard year, Chaptico is a close knit town and the Burns find themselves outsiders, especially with the Slaughter family adamant that the Burns have no right to the land and home they occupy. Brimming with influence in Chaptico, they’re adamant that the land rightfully belongs to the Slaughter’s. Depressed and alone, everything begins to change when Tori witnesses a young man literally claw his way out of the ground from under a tree in the graveyard in her new backyard. Nathaniel Bishop doesn’t know what brought him back to the land of the living centuries after his harrowing life came to a brutal end, but when it becomes clear that Nathaniel’s past is connected to Tori’s present, only by discovering what connects Tori to the Slaughters will Tori and Nathaniel be able to stop the curse that is overshadowing the Slaughter people and save innocent lives from being lost. 

Having recently finished The Suffering Tree, I’m surprised to see all the negative responses to the novel, as I personally found myself enjoying it from the moment I began reading. As far as I’m concerned, Elle Cosimano has detailed a wonderfully woven story that mixes history with entertainment and hints of the supernatural, as well as strong themes including self-harm and the abuse and treatment of slaves and servants during the Plantation era. As far as I’m concerned, it was a good blend and was well executed. 

Supernatural to a part, The Suffering Tree features a very beautiful atmospheric and haunting feel reminiscent of ghostly tales as it bridges the gap between past and present. Unfolding through Tori’s eyes and Nathanial’s memories of his time as an indentured servant, The Suffering Tree is true to its name as we witness the horror of both Tori’s and Nathanial’s life. Tori’s experiences with self-harm is a large part of the story and will make you feel for her; this girl that feels like she doesn’t belong. 

There a small hint of romance within The Suffering Tree, but don’t expect it to be such a large feature as Tori and Nathanial’s relationship if often only a backdrop to the supernatural and human dangers within Tori’s life. That being said, I thought they were sweet and I really enjoyed how Nathanial’s past with Emmeline was interwoven with who Tori was.  

If I’m being picky, I only had two issues with this novel, one being that I felt Tori was a bit too quick to accept Nathanial. I mean the guy clawed his way out of the ground and next thing you know she’s hiding him in her barn, and the second thing was that I don’t think Tori’s issues with self-harm were correctly addressed. Yes, Cosimano gives us closure with this issue at the end of the story as we learn Tori has plans to begin to heal, but seeing how large an issue it is, I feel like Cosimano should maybe have expanded on this resolution a little bit more. But that’s just me, I guess. 

Haunting, but really entertaining, The Suffering Tree encompassed it all for and had all the fixtures I look for in a unique supernatural YA that dares to offer us something different. I’ll definitely read more by Elle Cosimano in the future and look forward to seeing what she releases next. 

Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion      
Format: Kindle ebook via Netgalley

Release Date: June 13th 2017
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Final Thoughts:
A mysterious, supernatural tale, definitely worth a read.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Free Ebooks

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Book Shelf: Avenged (Ruined #2) by Amy Tintera

A war that will fuel her. A bond that will destroy her.

Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister Olivia from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together have devised a plan that will rebuild Ruina to its former glory.

But just because Em and Olivia are out of Lera doesn't mean they are safe. Their actions over the past year have had consequences, and they are now targets of retaliation. Olivia will destroy everyone who acts against Ruina, but Em isn't as sure.

Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir's betrothed in Lera, she's started to see another side to this war. Lera may have destroyed the Ruined for decades, but Em knows that Cas is different. And now that he's taken the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach. But Olivia suspects that Em's romantic feelings for Cas are just colouring her judgement.

Em is determined to bring peace to her home. But when winning the war could mean betraying her family, Em faces an impossible choice between loyalty and love. Em must stay one step ahead of her enemies--and her blood--before she's the next victim in this battle for sovereignty.

 
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Review:

Avenged is the sensational sequel to Amy Tintera's thrilling novel Ruined and is an incredible follow up to its predecessor, full of all the excitement, danger and riveting romance that made the first novel so brilliant and mixing action, adventure and unexpected development in spectacular fashion.

Emelina Flores has returned to her home of Ruina, having successfully infiltrated the Lera castle and rescued her sister Olivia, who went through a year of torture at the hands of the Lera King. Brimming with anger and hatred , Olivia wants to destroy anyone who stands against Ruina yet after her experience posing as Prince Casimir's betrothed, Em isn't so sure. Being with Cas opened Em's eyes to a new side of the war and though Lera may have been responsible for thousands of Ruined deaths, Cas is different. Determined to right his parents wrongs, Cas has plans to bring peace to Lera and Ruina, but with Olivia's hatred of Lera knowing no bounds, Em's sister will stop at nothing to make their enemies pay even if it means destroying their chance at peace. Torn between love and loyalty and with the lines between right and wrong greyer than ever, Em will have to make some tough decisions if she wants to protect her people and stop the endless array of death....

Amy Tintera has done it again! Giving it's predecessor a run for it's money, Avenged was an absolutely thrilling sequel that incorporates everything I loved about the first novel as well as adding new layers and new dynamics to this alluring fantasy world. Opening new doors in the series, Avenged explores new aspects of Tintera's world; allowing the reader to straddle the line between the "good" guys and the "bad" guys as Tintera blurs the lines between the two.

As her characters come alive, motivations and desires are explored spectacularly. I love that all the characters are so complex and multi-dimensional. Friends become enemies and enemies can become true friends. No one is really right or wrong as we follow a margin of characters from two opposing sides of the war. Amy Tintera has made me care for and adore so many of her characters--both Ruined and Leran.

Em remains our beloved heroine who is strong and capable and who honestly wants the best for her people, but who no longer sees violence and destruction as the answer to saving them. Cas is a kind and honorable male lead and love interest for Em who honestly is the best thing for his Kingdom and who if able may be able to change everything. I really did fall for Aren and Iria in this novel too. Aren who has been so angry and jaded but who realizes that Olivia's way isn't the right way and Iria an Oslo warrior who has become a friend to Aren and Em's cause.

Filled with brilliant fight sequences, beautiful romance and powerful displays of friendship, Avenged is a sensational read with high stakes, betrayals and multi-layered characters. Readers will fall in love with the characters and become immersed in their journey. Ending as good as it begins, I for one cannot wait for the next novel Allied to see what Amy Tintera does next!

Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Parperback
Australian RRP:
$16.99
Release Date: April 26th 2017
Purchase:
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Final Thoughts:
I abdolutely adored Avenged and cannot wait for more. I love everything about this series and am dying to join Em and Cas again!