Thursday, December 13, 2018

Book Shelf: Unearthed (Unearthed #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race...


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Review:

Unearthed is the latest release from supreme writing duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and is an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure full of danger, discovery, and unexpected but heart racing twists!

When Earth intercepts a message from a long extinct alien race, it seems like the solution to all the dying planet’s problems. The technology held by the Undying may be the solution to the environmental disasters effecting Earth and their home planet Gaia is considered to be a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered. For scholars such as Jules Addison, the opportunity to explore an alien culture comes about once in a lifeline but travelling to Gaia comes with its own dangers if scavengers determined to loot the deserted planet don’t destroy it first….Amelia Radcliffe is one such scavenger, hoping that what she discovers on Gaia may be the ticket to saving her younger sister from her current life of servitude. Jules and Mia hold different beliefs, but when circumstances bring them together, they’ll have to put aside their differences if they want to survive. Gaia is holding dangerous secrets and discovering them with either be their salvation, or their doom.

After the success of their sensational Starbound trilogy, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are back with another thrilling intergalactic sci-fi read! Delving into Unearthed was exhilarating and exciting as the dual perspectives of both Jules and Mia sucked me into the story! Expertly written, Unearthed brings to life an intriguing world of puzzles, tests and exploration as the characters trapeze across a deserted planet that is so much more than it appears.

Protagonists Jules and Mia are both highly likable characters and truly effortless to follow. Jules is an academic; thoughtful and precise, while Mia is more decisive; quick to act before thinking but good under pressure. The two personalities are very different yet complement each other wonderfully. I feel Jules and Mia balance one another out and work together really well. They bounced ideas of one another throughout the story and their different thought processes and perspectives helped them come to conclusions and discoveries they may not have made had they been on their own.

There’s an undeniable attraction and chemistry between them that proves to be a delicious undertone to an adventure driven story. As Jules and Mia fight to survive together, the sweet and endearing romance that is developing between them is a great inclusion to the story that doesn’t take away from the overall storyline but instead compliments the other elements within the novel.

Building to an unexpected conclusion with revelations that readers will not anticipate Unearthed was highly exciting and riveting. Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have created another masterful story and I can’t wait to see what they have up theirs sleeves next!

Rating:
Source: Bought by me
Publisher: Allen & Unwin 
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 1st 2017
Buy: Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: Thoroughly enjoyable, I'm looking forward to reading the next one.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #250

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.....
 
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen 
Releases on: May 7th 2019
 
Piracy, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, a thrilling first novel in a fast-paced new YA fantasy series by Danielle L. Jensen.

A PIRATE'S DAUGHTER
Teriana is the daughter of a trading ship captain. Her people have the sea in their bones, their ships are guarded by demigods of the Sea Goddess, and they are the only ones who know how to traverse the never-ending ocean between the East and the West.

A SOLDIER WITH A SECRET
Marcus is the leader of the Thirty-Seventh legion, the notorious army that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is the only family he has, and even they don't know the secret he's been hiding since childhood.

A DANGEROUS QUEST
When a tyrannical ruler gains power in Celendor, he kidnaps Teriana's mother and threatens to reveal Marcus's deepest secret unless the two of them help him conquer the unknown West. The unwilling pair, distrustful of each other's motivations, join together for the sake of their families, and must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much of themselves they are willing to sacrifice.
 
 
Thoughts:
Tales about pirates are very popular nowadays and I have to say I've enjoyed the ones I've read. Dark Shores is another I'm eagerly adding to me TBR list as I think it sounds very promising and has everything that I look for in a great YA fantasy!
What do you think of Dark Shores?
And what are you waiting on this week?


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Book Shelf: Raging Rival Hearts (The Lost Clan #4) by Olivia Wildenstein

Raging Rival Hearts is a spinoff told from Lily's point of view.

I WAS A PRINCESS. I WAS ENGAGED. I WAS ALMOST IMMORTAL.

Breaking my engagement to the man I had loved my entire life was a dangerous move, one that got me expelled from the faerie isle. I’d known the risks, though. I’d known that if Cruz, Cat or my brother didn’t find a way to get me home, the fire in my veins would dwindle until it was gone, and with it my life.

Months slid by, and still nothing. With mere weeks left to live, I set out on a last adventure: discover if more Daneelies had survived the massacre, the same way Catori’s ancestor had. Although I’d decided to go alone, Kajika insisted on accompanying me.

I wanted to believe he was coming because he liked me. But I was still the enemy…the mute girl whom he could hear speak when no one else could…the one person who could track him when he didn’t want to be found. 


Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Vampire Diaries.

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Review:   

Raging Rival Hearts is the exciting fourth novel in Olivia Wildenstein’s The Lost Clan series and is a passionate and thrilling story featuring the lovely Lily Wood and brooding hunter Kajika as they fight to save Lily’s life.

Lily Wood is dying. After breaking off her engagement, Lily was locked out of the faerie world of Neverra and as a result the fire in her veins is slowly dwindling. Months have passed and as her brother and close friends have searched for a way for her to return home her body has finally begun breaking down. With only weeks left to live, Lily wants to make the most of the time she has left and do something good for those she loves. Setting out to find the elusive Daneelies seems like a great way to give her sister-in-law Cat something; a connection to her people. Yet Lily’s travel plans take an unexpected detour when the darkly haunted hunter Kajika decides to accompany her. Lily wants to believe that the stubborn and infuriating hunter is coming along for her but with their people enemies, Lily knows there can never be anything between them. So why does he constantly haunt her thoughts? As Lily’s time begins to run out, will she be able to find a miracle? Or is her time up just when she has found something to really live for?

The Lost Clan is a series I have come to highly adore. The world and storyline Olivia Wildenstein has created has never failed to capture my heart and soul and as Cat’s story came to a close, I was thrilled to learn I would still have the opportunity to immense myself once more in this mouth-watering and addictive series with Raging Rival Hearts featuring Lily and Kajika who I have loved in the past.

Picking up where the last instalment left off, Raging Rival Hearts was a tantalising and exhilarating story. Lily has always been someone who intrigued me, especially seeing as she was mute. The opportunity to get into the head and heart of this bewitching faerie who has always been so much of a mystery was so exciting and I have to say I think Wildenstein did a fantastic job with her tale.

I genuinely loved Lily as a person. She was so good and kind and everything I had hoped she would be. I adored the building tension she had with Kajika who has always been a favourite of mine (even though I was always Team Ace) and immensely loved seeing their relationship develop. It was electric in a simple, effortless way but so consuming at the same time. Each tension charged moment they shared where it was clear they were coming to care deeply about one another was so addictive. I simply wanted to see as much Lily and Kajika as possible; they were so good together.

Raging Rival Hearts is not without its heartbreak and loss. Olivia Wildenstein keeps her readers on their toes as Lily and those around her fight for a way to get her back into Neverra in time to save her life. Ultimately this comes at a cost but this emotionally development seems to fit in very well with the storyline that is full of moments or romance, friendship and family.

As this fourth novel ends beautifully and better than I could have ever asked for, Olivia Wildenstein leaves me dying for the release of the fifth and final novel Reckless Cruel Heirs that is set to feature a certain baby I came to love in Raging Rival Hearts and another faerie child who we’re yet to meet but I just know I’m going to adore based on who I’m sure her parents are!

A fantastic novel in a breathtaking and addictive series, I highly recommend Raging Rival Hearts and the entire Lost Clan series for those who love adventure, excitement and thrilling romance with bite and flair!

Rating: 
Source: Sent for review by author (Thank you Olivia!)
Publisher: Olivia Wildenstein
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: October 18th 2018
Purchase: Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | The Book Depository
Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Final Thoughts: I just love this series and can't wait for the next one Reckless Cruel Heirs!


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #249

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.....
 
The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair
Releases on: July 2nd 2019
 
The Magicians meets Fight Club in this heart-stopping contemporary fantasy stand-alone about a teen girl with special powers who seeks redemption through a dangerous tournament that guarantees the winner a chance to undo the past. Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and The Young Elites, and written by debut author Katharyn Blair.

Vesper Montgomery can summon your worst fear and turn it into a reality—but she’s learned the hard way that it’s an addicting and dangerous power. One wrong move and you could hurt someone you love.

But when she earns a spot in the Tournament of the Unraveling, where competitors battle it out for a chance to rewrite the past, Vesper finally has a shot to reverse the mistakes that have changed her forever. She turns to Sam Hardy, a former MMA fighter who’s also carrying a tragedy he desperately wants to undo. However, helping heal Sam’s heart will mean breaking her own, and the competition forces her to master her powers—powers she has been terrified of since they destroyed her life.

Thoughts:
In a world where pretty much every novel marks the beginning of a series, I'm stoked to come across a fabulous sounding novel set to be a standalone! The Beckoning Shadow seems really promising and I'm very much looking forward to reading it. 

What do you think of The Beckoning Shadow?
And what are you waiting on this week?