Wednesday, 24 January 2018

πŸ“š REVIEW - BATMAN by Marie Lu

Batman (DC Icons #2)
by Marie Lu
Publisher - Penguin
Release Date - January 4th 2018
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world's greatest super hero: BATMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu.

Returning home from his lavish eighteenth birthday party, Bruce Wayne stops a criminal's getaway - disobeying the police and crashing his car during the chase.

Sentenced to community service in Gotham City's Arkham Asylum, he encounters some of the the city's most dangerous and mentally disturbed criminals. Among these, Bruce meets the intriguing Madeleine who has ties to the Nightwalker gang that is terrorizing Gotham City.

She's a mystery Bruce has to unravel but can he trust her? The Nightwalkers target the rich, and Bruce's name is next on their list.

When you think it can't get any better with Wonder Woman, you then meet Bruce Wayne...

This series is bloody brilliant, it's almost nostalgic in a way when as readers we have probably seen all the films. I didn't grow up with the series, or Michael Keaton, I grew up with Christian Bale and Ben Affleck but in-between those versions of Batman, I did watch Michael Keaton and I even saw the series (never again mind you, that was awful and totally embarrassing in this day and age, no offense to all that enjoyed it though.) But in the films its the same old story in a way, some darker, some more in detail, some in a different angle completely but what this series does is take it before, to Bruce Wayne and his story, to the crucial point where he first loves and opens his heart...

So Bruce was well, I would say average but he's a billionaire, he's just turned eighteen which means he has access to his trust fund and is also the owns the company WayneTech. But all he wants is to just escape, he doesn't want to be judged by paparazzi about his parents murder, or followed with what he's going to do next. So on the night of his eighteenth birthday, his reckless nature decided to get the better of him when he gets mixed up in a car chase by capturing of one of the Nightwalker's, the new villain of Gotham. Bruce ends up in Arkham Asylum on his community service, but his curious nature wants to find out what these Nightwalker's want and how to save Gotham. Maybe his sentence will be lead on the right path, or onto the Nightwalker's hit list?

Like I said before, what I really loved was getting know Bruce as a character, he still carries a lot of emotion, darkness, fear, grief but you also saw a kinder, gentler self to him as a teenager especially to his guardian, Alfred, and also to his mentor Lucius Fox. In the films, you see him taking charge, you see him being a boss, but what about those who were his charges, that looked after him, guided him to where we know him to be. There was also genuine vulnerability to him as well, I always felt that Bruce found it hard to trust or love, but his love for his friends Harvey and Dianne was so visible, it's like when they are around, his heart is on his sleeve. 

Marie Lu - bestselling author but also my first from her and probably in my eyes the best book to start off with. She has stripped Bruce down to the core, to the darkest depths and she has done it justice. More than that, she's put her stamp on it. I admit it must be hard to create a story based on such an icon, but also it wasn't just the characters but also the atmosphere of the book too. She captured the very essence of Batman, especially with Arkham Asylum, that was chilling, echoes of the crazies around you, as well as the poorest and cold surface of Gotham City. 

Each of these superheros are making their debut in this series, the beauty of it is is that we see them, striped to the core, naked, we relish in the story that made them into their alter ego. Marie Lu exposed the real person behind that mask and distorted voice, and it poured out of every page of Batman: Nightwalker. Addictive, action-packed, thrilling, dark, pulse-racing, this book is for anyone, whether they are starting their journey with superheros or already established, you won't be disappointed! 

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thank you to Penguin for sending me a copy in exchange for a honest review. 

Monday, 22 January 2018

πŸ“šREVIEW - THE FANDOM by Anna Day

The Fandom
by Anna Day
Publisher - Chicken House
Release Day - January 4th 2018
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands ...

A fast-paced, genre-flipping YA fantasy adventure from a brand new author, writing in homage to the best YA fiction.



The Fandom is any reader's dream book... we go to YALC or Comic Con, we want to take that picture with a Marvel Superhero or even with your favourite author. The Fandom brings to life your fantasy dreams, it plays on your guilty pleasures, the danger and romance in one, creating a fun, action packed adventure from page one!

So it starts with the best book in the entire world, The Gallows Dance, then it turns into the movie, you think of all dreams have come true when you see who plays your hero, that all those day dreams, conjuring up the characters and world building of the most famous book. But what happens when Violet, Alice, Katie and even her brother Ted, turn up at Comic-Con dressed as Imps or Gems or a double helix, and finally get to meet their hero in real life... Well an accident happened and the next thing they know they are in the movie, they are in The Gallows Dance. In order to get back home they have to follow the story but there it doesn't go smoothly like any story, and the world itself becomes their world, it becomes their story.

When they were in The Gallows Dance, aka the canon, it wasn't all sunshine and roses, the world is savage, spilt, divided by Imps - normal in comparison but the Gems see them as damaged and the Gems - enhanced beautiful humans, some would even say smart, capable of greatness, they have the future. Violet and her friends soon realised that the world is far more horrifying, that their hero is a total wuss, (I'm naming no names), and the Knight in shining Armour, is actually the true hero. The characters grew, not only in the ones in the story but also in themselves, the canon, played on their perfections and imperfections, it made them braver, smarter, but also more self aware and truer to themselves and their beliefs.

What I loved about this book, is that it felt like an out of body experience and essentially it was. Both as the reader but then also for the characters. Echoes of the real world surrounded you, it was like you drift through the story through their lives, seeing it their eyes. There was some modern-day realities in The Fandom that you couldn't help but see comparisons in the world building, which just made it that more effective and shocking. Anna's writing is just flawless, spot-on, the concept of this will appeal to any fangirl-lovers, you can't but laugh at the pop-culture references, it especially touched me with Ted and his Sheldon reference in The Big Bang Theory, I love Anna for adding that. Anna's debut is completely addictive, compelling, action-packed dystopian fantasy novel.

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Monday, 15 January 2018

πŸ“šBLOG TOUR REVIEW - ZENITH by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings



Well hello again everyone, I'm back with your another blog tour review. Again this is one of my most anticipated books of 2018, I was lucky enough to read it over Christmas, and it was truly magnificent. So today I share with you my review, but before that here is a little bit more about the book. 


Zenith (The Androma Saga #1)
by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Publisher - HQ 
Release Date - 11th January 2018
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation—and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.
A book that defies the stars...

The best way to describe this book is 'All kick-ass girls Guardian of the Galaxy'! A stunning novel and a brilliant start to such a spell-binding series. When I first started reading this book I knew I was going to love it, there was an addiction, but it had something else, something that I hadn't seen in a long time...not since the days of when I read The Vampire Academy series like there was no tomorrow.

Four girls, Andi, aka the Bloody Baroness and her crew Lira, Breck and Gilly on-board the sleekest and most sought after starship in the Mirabel Galaxy. Each of these girls, ladies have been running, fighting for something in their past, and Andi has saved them and now they are under her guidance, her responsibility to protect, her family, the heart of the ship. They have been running for years, it isn't until 'government lackeys' as Andi would say, caught up with there everything changes. A routine mission that turns against them, an old flame of Andi past reappears, and a war that has raged and built across the stars is finally unearthed...

This crew is by no means perfect, each of them have their own specialties, Andi is a haunted by nightmares of her past, by day she is this bottle of energy, striking her enemies and she won't give up. But Andi is still human, every kill she makes, she dances with them, it's always there, heavy on back. Lira, her second in almost everything, she was lost in her life, until she was found by Andi, she has very peculiar qualities but overall she's best when she flies true. Breck and Gilly, two total opposites but best work as one, Breck is known for her giant genes and strenght, whilst, Gilly is cunning and also cheeky. My favourite has to be little Gilly, she maybe young, but she is one hell of fighter. Whilst Dex, the cunning romantic, and brutal Guardian, he's also a player, all he wants is his own glory. Although I loathed him at times and the way he treated Andi, he certainly has balls to go up an all female starship crew, capable of real damage Guardian of otherwise.
"She'd stolen his ship, filled it with the fiercest females in the galaxy, and together the, the girls had made it their own!" (Taken from a proof copy - subject to change)
The most important aspect of this book was family, friendship that the crew of the Maruder unveiled. Through love, loss, fear and anger, those girls will fight for each through time and space. There, that's the connection that you feel with Zenith that I haven't read in a long time - that is the secret to this book, the connection. The connection with the authors and the readers, through the most diverse and wacky crew you think of imaginable - the characters that every reader will find relatable and will love. This is my first book from either of these writers, I don't know their writing style individually, but they way they write together, it really compliments each other.

Zenith will be the best book you read this year - it's the hottest new series, it combines all the great sci-fi fantasy novels to date. You won't want to miss it! Androma and her crew will fly true through the YA universe.

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thank you to HQYA for sending a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

About Sasha and Lindsay
Sasha Alsberg is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Zenith, the first book in The Androma Saga. When Sasha is not writing or obsessing over Scotland, she is making YouTube videos on her channel, Abookutopia, and studying history at university. She lives in Massachusetts with her two dogs.




Lindsay Cummings is the #1 NYT Bestselling Co-Author of Zenith: The Androma Saga. She is also the 24-year-old author of The Murder Complex duology and The Balance Keepers trilogy for HarperCollins. She lives in North Texas, where she writes full time. Lindsay is represented by Pete Knapp at Park Literary & Media. Find out more about Lindsay and her books, and get writing/publishing advice on her website.



My review may not convince you, it should do though, but if you need more confirmation of how galactic this book is, then follow the Zenith Blog Tour below...

Sunday, 14 January 2018

πŸ“šBLOG TOUR REVIEW - THE EXTINCTION TRIALS by S.M. Wilson


Hello Everyone, The start of the new year is all blog tours for me, two in two days! First up is the highly anticipated book from debut author Susan Wilson. It came out a little before original publication, in late December! I couldn't wait to be part of the blog tour, and I'm very lucky that the publicist squeezed me in... Today I share with you my review of The Extinction Trials, but before that, here is a little bit more about this book.


The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials #1)
by S.M. Wilson
Publisher - Usborne
Release Date - January 1st 2018
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.

Welcome to the Extinction Trials.

In Stormchaser and Lincoln's ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.

But in a land full of monsters - human and reptilian - they can't afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other...

This book has bite...


The Extinction Trails will be everything you want to read and more, it has dinosaurs, bloody rivalry, friendship, danger, competition and most of all survival of the fittest. The is no question, that I absolutely loved this book without a doubt. Its the next generation of a dystopian series and the hottest one to read to date.

Stormchaser and Lincoln live on a island called Eartasia, plagued with sickness, famine, poverty, homelessness, it's become a barren wasteland all because of the dinosaurs. They share there resources with Piloria, there neighbour planet which has everything you need to survive. Humans and Dinosaurs clearly can't live in harmony, so the Stipulators, the government decide to host The Extinction Trials, a competition of great health and wealth to the person who can bring back an egg of each dangerous dinosaur, so they can finally beat the beasts once and for all... but something smells fishy along the way.

Told from two perspectives, first is our feisty leading lady, Stormchaser is resourceful, smart, loyal, independent, she's a little cunning too and she's loves dinosaurs, the herbivores though...obviously. She has a connection to them, one that makes her think that there is more to this mission, this trail that the Stipulators are revealing. Stormchaser is unforgettable character and she is right up there with Katniss and Tris of the dystopian universe. Lincoln is competitive, he strives to succeed especially when his sister's life is at stake, he's also smart, smart enough to tag up with someone like Stormchaser that can get to the end of the trial. 

Your hooked upon the first page, my first impressions of the book was just the sheer epic-ness of it, the world your carried into is fresh off the page, it's brought to life by Susan's brilliant writing. When Stormchaser and Lincoln first step onto the island roamed with dinosaurs it's like the theme song of Jurassic World/Park was playing, the gates opened for the first time and you literally look up and think '.......', well more like gawp in awe. It makes your hairs stand on end and all you can do grin your way through the entire book.

The Extinction Trials revamps the world of Jurassic World, but brings about a  new generation of YA!

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*queues theme song*

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thank you to Usborne for sending a copy in exchange for an honest review. 


About S.M. Wilson
S.M. Wilson lives on the west coast of Scotland with her fiancΓ© and two sons. Her day job is as a nurse in public health – and her dream job is writing fiction. Her love of YA fiction started as a teenager and has never stopped. She wrote The Extinction Trials to try and infect her sons with the same love of reading that she has – watch out, she’s hoping it’s contagious!


I'm on the last day of the tour... but don't forget to join in at #SundayYA on Twitter where Miss Wilson will reveal the second book and cover in the The Extinction Trial series. Out this year!!! 


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

πŸ“š ARC REVIEW - SECOND BEST FRIEND by Non Pratt

Second Best Friend
by Non Pratt
Publisher - Barrington Stoke
Release Date - 15th January 2018
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Jade and Becky are best friends, but when Jade’s ex-boyfriend lets on that everyone thinks Becky is the better of the two, Jade finds herself noticing just how often she comes second to her best friend. There’s nothing Jade is better at than Becky.

So when Jade is voted in as Party Leader ahead of her school’s General Election only to find herself standing against Becky, Jade sees it as a chance to prove herself. If there’s one thing she can win, it’s this election – even if it means losing her best friend.
My first review of 2018...Author of Truth or Dare, Remix and my absolute favourite Trouble, Non Pratt delivers another brilliant and honestly refreshing novella on friendship, rivalry, jealousy and politics. It's a story that everyone will relate too. 

What happens when your boyfriend your going out with, utterly hot and the popular guy of the school say's: I'm only going out with you because [insert your best friend] didn't."? What happens when the person you just dumped wanted your best friend all along, what if you become second best and all you do is compare yourself to that person? Well that is what Jade does, she goes into a state of denial, and after her ex-boyfriend's last passing comment she can't help but feel that Becky, her best friend is better than her. 

What I loved about this book was how honest and relatable, the whole scene and characters were. The school scene, social scene and the relationship we have with other people. Jade had a hard lesson to learn but also the realisation that we, us, you, the world will look upon another person and think 'she's better than me', it's human nature - but you are the better person to realise and admit this to yourself that you're hurting that other person and becoming someone else in the process. 

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟.5

Thank you to Barrington Stoke for sending a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, 1 January 2018

πŸŽ†Happy Booky New YearπŸŽ†

Best Books of 2017 & Books I'm most anticipating in 2018! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!
It's been a long time I admit - the last post on here was November but to be honest I don't feel I've been around much at all lately. Reading has been sparse, I'm lucky to have read one book in two weeks, which too me is really bad, or I would pick a book up and put it back down again. It doesn't mean I haven't stopped buying books though - that's kind of backwards thinking really. But 2018 is a new year and you know what they say - New Year, New Start, New Resolutions! 

Best Books of 2017
 I've read some amazing books which I've been lucky enough to receive from publishers or I've bought. I've read some books from my top authors, some totally outside of my comfort zone and discovered some new authors too. This is why I love blogging and being a reviewer - I've explored such a range of YA that I can recommend to other readers as well as my students as a school librarian. I had 15 top books but I managed to whittle it down to 12 - 1 for each month - Top 10 is just impossible there has been some incredible books last year!

 


My most anticipated books of 2018
You know when you get so overwhelmed with the books of 2017 that you draw a blank as to the new year and the new books ahead. So here are a few books that I know I definitely can't wait for, but I'm sure there are many more. 

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Books already received in celebration of 2018
I've been very lucky that the lovely publishers have sent me some of my most anticipated and some surprises along the way. I've already read Zenith and let me tell you - that is bloody amazing. 

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Goals of 2018 

1. More Blogging/Reviews
So at the end of the year I seriously considered somethings about my blogging. It hasn't been regular - I feel like at the beginning of every year I start out good and then it drifts off, when I'm on school holidays it gets better than drops off in term time. So I put out a tweet with any tips on reviewing and I can't thank you enough for the response. I've got some good ideas including shortening my reviews to a paragraph if I know I don't have time to write more and even give myself a few questions to answer about the book, as well as making notes during my reading of the book too.

I also don't want to worry about the no. of comments on one post or views because at the end of the day this blog is mine and what I love to do, longs the most important people know i.e. the authors, publishers and recommending on Twitter then I've done my little bit.  I hope this works out for me. 

2. Reading more and what I fancy too...
My plan is to at least read one book at week, and then hopefully more when I'm on school holidays. I'm also going to prioritise my proofs that I've received for 2018. I'm also not requesting any Netgalley unless I really want it and will read it - I don't really read my kindle very often these days, I'm very much into my paperbacks, although that's not very good for my bedroom/shelf space. 

3. Book Events
I intend to hopefully go to YA Shot in April and YALC in the summer! 

2017 Highlights


 A privilege of being a school librarian and a blogger I meet some outstanding authors and I thank you for coming to my school and being a part of my journey in 2017. I hope I meet many more in 2018

 All there is left to say is,

Happy New Year and may 2018 be filled with wonderful memories and adventures both personal and bookish.