Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom's haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

I listened to this book through and it was the first full audio book that I have tried, I listened to it on the way too and from work in small chunks and I like that I can listen to a book while driving. The speaker for this audio book was a little bit odd I must admit and some of the accents she used were a little distracting but over all I am a fan of audio books.

Now down to the story.......

The plot was a little slow to start off with but I did find that it picked up about half way through.
I liked the world building and enjoyed imagining the lovely scenery. One of my favourite things about the story was that it is not based around a soppy love triangle, in fact there is little to no swooning at all. Although I hope that something does develop with Penn and Kelsea. 

The story was based around young Kelsea who finds out at the beginning of the story that she is destined to be the queen of the Tearling. I liked Kelsea because she seemed to realise pretty early on that she was going to have to be strong and brave to get through the journey and if she couldn't be brave then she needed to fake it. I also liked that Kelsea wasn't a beautiful princessy kind of girl she was a bit plain Jane.

I think that all of the characters were interesting in their own individual way and it made the main characters really memorable.

So considering that I didn't think I would like this story and that the lady reading had funny voices I was pleasantly surprised.

Thanks For Reading

Em x   

Sunday, 17 January 2016

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

16101128After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

This is the second Alien book I have read this year and if they continue being this good then that is what I will read for the rest of 2016. I loved this book. It was exciting and fast paced. 

The story is set in multiple point of views, there are maybe four different ones to keep up with so if you don't like that then you probably won't get on with the 5th wave very well but I thought it was a brilliant way for me to understand what was going without any blank spots. 

Every single character in this book was individual and interesting.

Cassie for Cassiopia was scared and brave, independent and lonely. none of the problems Cassie came across were easy fixes but she struggled through and made the most of every situation. I don't know why all all the girls have to chop off their hair in books though, what is wrong with some bad ass long locks?

Ben/ Zombie - I didn't really like him at first because i thought when he saw Cassie he was going to fall instantly in love with her and all live happily ever after but he exceeded my expectations and he was strong. I liked him because he was human and he thought like a human even with all the alien mumbo jumbo.

Nugget, Sam was adorable the entire way through. Kids are so trusting and he was the vision of innocence. It is a horrible situation for a child to be stuck into but he trusted in Cassie and Ben and kept himself going. 

Ringer is the strong female in this book. I mean Cassie is strong, she survives but ringer kicks ass. I like the connection between her and Zombie and I am excited to see that develop. She hasn't yet smiled and that for me suggests that she has been through more stuff than we understand.

The only thing that really upsets me is that I have had this book sat on my bookshelf for ages and I have only just picked it up. There was absolutely nothing about this book that I didn't like.

I will be ordering the rest of the series. I need Evan Walker and Cassie Sullivan in my life.

I would say if you liked Never Fade and Host then seriously do yourself a favour and pick this up!!!NOW!!!

Thanks For Reading

EM x

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Trafficked: The Terrifying True Story of a British Girl Forced into the Sex Trade by Sophie Hayes

12187771When Sophie Hayes met Bledi she knew he'd change her life – but she had no idea how much. At first, it was a typical whirlwind romance. But one day Bledi told her that love always comes at a price ...
Bledi tricked Sophie into travelling to Italy, where he forced her to sell her body to help him pay off a debt. Terrified and ashamed, Sophie worked the dangerous Italian streets without rest, seeing as many as 30 clients in a night. She was completely at Bledi′s mercy for food, clothes and shelter. And without money, friends or family, she was trapped.

But Sophie found the strength to keep going, clinging to life by a single thread of hope: that somehow she′d find a way to escape.

The title is quite a mouthful don't you think? 

Sophie might have been freely walking around Italy and France but she wasn't actually free. She will never be free from Kas. Sophie couldn't even trust the police because she was convinced that Kas knew people everywhere and that if she told he would kill her family.

The way that Sophie was treated, firstly by her dad and then by Kas is unimaginable to those of us that have not been through it. Its a horrible situation that she found herself in an I am glad she managed to get herself to safety before something even worse happened.

I found it interesting to read about the horrid things that happened and how Sophie dealt with it with a kind of ease that got her through.

What I dont understand about this book is that Sophie didn't trust men and she didn't even like Kas but then all of a sudden he says hey come to Italy and Sophie goes to him. It seems like a pretty big leap.

It made me really cross that she was happy to talk at conferences and the police and others but she would not press charges. I thought it was a disgusting example to set for all of the people she was speaking to at these conferences, she is basically saying that she didn't press charges so they shouldn't either.

To be honest I probably wouldn't recommend this book and I would have given it a two or a three on goodreads however I gave it a four because at the back of the book there were several contacts for people who maybe suffering the same things that Sophie went through and if someone is reading this book because they have been through something similar then that would be extremely helpful.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Saven: Deception by Siobhan Davis


What better way to start off 2016 than with an excellent alien romance? 

Sadie Owens didn't have a very good life and to be honest it didn't look like it was going to get any better. Sadie was stuck on the poor outskirts of the city, working at a dead end job in a factory. Sadie has no hope of a normal relationship in the future as she will not be allowed to marry or have children.


The government have begun experimenting with settlements under the sea and luckily Sadie has been chosen to be one of the few people allowed to trial this experiment for 6 months. This means more freedom, no work, no curfew and she can go back to school.

Sadie is used to a life of solitude mainly keeping herself to herself but she easily makes friends with a girl named Jenna. Sadie is actually very good at making friends and soon meets Neve, Jarod and Hayden. Logan however is in a separate mock up unit to get them ready for the real city but when he and Sadie see each other through glass and water the attraction is instant. These moments between the pair allow them to slowly get to know each other without the added pressure of being face to face. 

Logan has a secret in fact nothing is quite as it seems in Thalassic City.

  I loved the world building in Saven because it allowed me to feel like I was part of the experiment myself. Thalassic City was so beautifully described that it is easy to imagine the complex details of how it works without too much struggle.

The characters are written as though Siobhan Davis is writing about her own friends. There is a character in this story for everyone to feel connected to and actually I found Sadie very relate able.

Sadie is fun to read about, I especially enjoyed Sadie getting to know Logan because she has had very little experience with boys and her innocence shows but it makes her much more likeable. I don't normally like stories where the boy and the girl instantly fall in love however this is different this makes sense. 
The other friendships that Sadie has secured feel real and strong. They tough it out but they stick together.

I seriously can not wait to read the next instalments of this exciting story. Another great job Siobhan.

Thanks For Reading 

Em x

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

You Killed me by Keith Gray

17172432Len Grimsby is dead and he blames Toby. When Len's ghost appears at the end of his bed, Toby is taken back in time to see the repercussions of his actions and unravel the series of events that led to Len's death. Can he save Len from being killed? And can he manage not to screw everything else up in the process?

You all know how much I like a book with a moral to the story and this short story has a moral but surprisingly I did not love this story. I picked it up because i was in a bit of a slump and I wanted something easy to read and I suppose it filled both of those needs at only 72 pages I whizzed through it in about ten minutes but I wanted a bit more from it. 

Basically a butterfly effect is set off when Toby drops his cricket bat over a wall.  The story plays out the things that happen as a direct effect of this and some of this is good an some of it is bad.

The story has a sort of Christmas Carol feel when the Marley ghost visits Scrooge which was an interesting way to tell the story.

I am clearly not the target demographic for this story and so I only gave it a 2 star but I do think it wouold be ideal when teaching young children a lesson.

Thanks for Reading

EM xx 

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

12958103In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

The Pledge is set in a dytopian future where your class is defined by the language you speak. The concept is interesting and unlike anything I have previously read.

I didn't feel much of a romantic connection between Charlie and Max, in fact I found Charlie quite dull. Max seemed infatuated with her instantly but I'm not sure why.
Charlie is different, she has a special secret. A secret that could get her into an awful lot of trouble if anybody found out. She understands other languages which is not only unheard of but against the law and punishable by death.

Charlie did have a very believable relationship with her little sister, I liked how the two communicated and looked after each other when things got tough. Unlike other YA stories Charlie did have parents who were present for half of the book at least. 

The story wasn't as action packed as i would have liked but there was enough to keep the book going at a decent speed. The queen could have been much scarier and the ending didn't leave me wanting to read on into the next book (The Essence) if the queen ha been much scarier then i think i would have jumped on the second book.

The story definitely had promise and I am not put off from reading other books by Derting but this series is not really my cup of tea.

Thanks for reading

Em xx

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Frozen Dreams by Cori Williams

25019648My life was perfect. I had everything I wanted, including the love of a man that intended to make all of my dreams come true. 
“…the night my life as I knew it ended.” 

In the blink of an eye, all I'd once known was ripped away. Suffering in limbo, full of fear and regret, I had only memories and dreams to comfort me, urging me to fight. 

"...marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled..." 
But they stole it all. 
Awakened to betrayal and pain, I struggle to find a new beginning. Yet the past seeps in, pulling me under. No matter how hard I try to keep my head above water, it threatens to ruin me. 

How can I really live with my hopes for the future still frozen? And if the ice thaws, will I have the courage to build new dreams? 
Contains mature content, suitable for 17+ 
This is a standalone

The beginning of this story is gripping!! its absolutely terrifying thinking that the main character had been kidnapped to teach her a lesson. Grasping my interest so early on in the story made me interested for the entire story. 

Emmy is a very likeable character. She is the right kind of vulnerable before she grows stronger and she isn't dependant on a boy, she doesn't stick with Austin because he is her first love but instead kicks him to the kerb to  better herself. This girl spend very little time moping around and actually does things that will help her improve as a person. I like that.

Gannon is a perfect companion for Emmy and the romance isn't instant which makes it more believable. She actually doesn't like him very much to begin with but he gets under her skin and he listens. Gannon takes that time to understand what Emmy needs and eventually she begins to fall for him. 

There are a few twists and turns in the plot which keep it fresh and lots of characters to keep things exciting. It didn't take long to read at all and was very enjoyable. I expected a soppy romance but I got a well thought out story about two people who fall in love. The plot is part past part present, A little bit Austin, A little bit Gannon a lot Emmy, sound confusing? it actually is not!! the multiple perspectives help to create a well rounded story.

this is the only book by Cori Williams that I have read and I cannot wait to grab another.  

I received this story in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks For Reading
Em x