Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Holiday Books

Hey guys! :)

Booked a very spontaneous holiday leaving tomorrow, so thought I'd share some of the books I'm taking with me because one of the best things about holidays is allllll the reading time!

Here are the eBooks I'm going to take with me:

I'm also going to take physical copies of Daughter of the Pirate King, Red Rising and The Queen of the Tearling. I may also pick up one or two at the airport as well. I'm thinking something contemporary/romance. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

I hope everyone has a great week and I'll be back on the 6th September :)

Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it's worth--especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

My Review:
When I first started this, I only intended to read a few opening pages so that I could get a feel for the story and style, however I was instantly hooked! I just couldn’t stop reading! The writing was so lyrical and poetic and just marvellous. I was enchanted by this world and all of the characters, you can almost feel the crackle of fire and crunch of snow.

I am familiar with some of Novik’s work, I’d previously tried Uprooted a few years ago however I DNF’ed that, so maybe I need to give it another whirl now that I know Novik’s writing style and character development etc. I also know it’s a favourite among the book blogging community.

The plot was interesting, there were twists and turns and the story can be very gritty in areas, it’s not afraid to look at the bad aspects of the character’s lives, from abuse, violence, threats, betrayals, but it also shows the lightness with magic, hope, laughter and families. I felt like the writing was overly descriptive in some parts, and found myself skimming towards 3/4s of the book, where I felt it could have been made much shorter. I’m very happy with how everything ended and I’m glad it’s a standalone!

There are multiple POVs in this novel, I think there were around five or six, and understandably this sometimes made it confusing on which I was reading from at the time, and I had to flip a few pages back to work it out. I enjoyed all of the different voices as they showed different aspects of life in this world.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend if you enjoy fables, magic, and great character driven stories.

4/5 stars.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Review: Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

In this debut set in near future NYC—where lives last 300 years and the pursuit of immortality is all-consuming—Lea must choose between her estranged father and her chance to live forever.

Lea Kirino is a “Lifer,” which means that a roll of the genetic dice has given her the potential to live forever—if she does everything right. And Lea is an overachiever. She’s a successful trader on the New York exchange—where instead of stocks, human organs are now bought and sold—she has a beautiful apartment, and a fiancĂ© who rivals her in genetic perfection. And with the right balance of HealthTech™, rigorous juicing, and low-impact exercise, she might never die. 

But Lea’s perfect life is turned upside down when she spots her estranged father on a crowded sidewalk. His return marks the beginning of her downfall as she is drawn into his mysterious world of the Suicide Club, a network of powerful individuals and rebels who reject society’s pursuit of immortality, and instead chose to live—and die—on their own terms. In this future world, death is not only taboo; it’s also highly illegal. Soon Lea is forced to choose between a sanitized immortal existence and a short, bittersweet time with a man she has never really known, but who is the only family she has left in the world.

My Review:

'"Did you know the latest SmartBlood clots in less than a millisecond? DiamondSkin that will withstand not just the force of a car... but a fall of eighty floors."' 

I first heard about Suicide Club months ago and was definitely intrigued straight away, a world where people can live forever and an underground rebel group? Sign me up! I then saw that the first five chapters were posted on The Pool’s Bedtime Reading section, which is a great way to find new books! After reading those five chapters I was instantly hooked and needed more!

You’re thrown into this seemingly perfect world where people are living longer, called ‘Lifers’ thanks to new technology and it’s not unusual at all for someone to be over one hundred years old and still look youthful. The descriptions of this new tech was interesting! I loved hearing about the DiamondSkinTM and ToughMusTM Replacements that you could get. 

I enjoyed the characters a lot, and the switching POVs between Lea and Anja helped me see more into their very different lives. Lea is a high-powered executive working in health tech that has it all, whilst Anja is a waitress living with some dark secrets. They felt very believable and had both good and bad traits, so the characters development arcs from beginning to end were realistic. 

Towards the end I became emotional; it was the little precious moments that got to me. Some might say it was expected, however I didn’t see it coming. At one point I had to put the book away, otherwise I would have been a blubbering mess on the train haha! Suicide Club is a whirlwind of emotions and it’s definitely worth adding to your TBR list!

Ultimately, this book is about what it means to really live your life to the fullest extent. You can have all of these extensions of life, tougher hearts and rigorous wind pipes and special blood but if you’re not enjoying yourself and having to live by strict rigid rules such as, No Running, No Fast Food etc etc. are you really that happy to go on as an Immortal? Suicide Club makes you think about what's important to you in your life. 

I loved this book and its characters and I want to know more about their lives please! 

5 out of 5 stars. Would recommend to everyone!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey guys! Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights an upcoming release we are greatly anticipating! :)

Mine this week is:

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for...and the most cruel.

But this year, there's a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it's Lei they're after--the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king's interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king's consort. But Lei isn't content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable--she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.

How amazing does this sound?! That cover is beautiful too! I CANNOT wait till it comes out in November 2018! 

What's on your Waiting on Wednesday? 

Monday, 20 August 2018

Review: VOX by Christina Dalcher

Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, 
VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial--this can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end. 

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

My Review:

‘“There’s a resistance?” The word sounds sweet as I say it.
“Honey, there’s always a resistance. Didn’t you go to college?”’

As soon as I heard the premise of VOX, I just knew I HAD to read it as soon as possible. Imagine a world where females can only speak one hundred words a day and should they go over this limit, they’ll suffer horrific electric shocks. VOX is a dystopian delight that should be recommended reading for all, especially fans of Atwood and Alderman.

The plot was interesting, I was constantly finding any spare minutes reading this in queues, whilst waiting for the kettle to boil, and of course, in bed. There were a few unanswered questions regarding the ending and characters that I NEED to know!! Be warned, this is definitely an adult book featuring profanity, sex etc. Side note - I hate it when authors use ‘my sex’ but this is just personal preference. 

The schools brainwashing of the children with religious propaganda about purity etc. and gifting treats to girls for speaking zero words all day felt very scary but believable. This world felt so real and I was completed absorbed in it for a day or so after finishing.

I feel like the story was just a bit too long as it focused a lot on the neurolinguistics plot and dawdled in other areas. There were some techniques and linguistic terms that I didn’t completely understand but I personally don’t think it hindered the story in anyway. 

Jean is our main protagonist and she’s highly intelligent and angry, so so so angry. I enjoyed the little moments where she wasn’t perfect and resented the men in her life because this felt so real and honest. 

The secondary characters, Patrick (her husband), her colleagues Lin and Lorenzo, and her old school friend Jackie were all interesting but not gripping, I didn’t enjoy those moments as much. Reverend Carl and Morgan were THE WORST. Patronising, belittling and sexist, they believed in this Pure movement so rigidly. 

Overall, this book is a warning. 

3/5 stars.

(I received this book free in exchange for an honest review)

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