Sunday, November 12, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: OTHERWORLD by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller

Otherworld (Otherworld #1)
by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Publisher - Oneworld Publications
Release Date - October 31st 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

The Company Welcomes you To
The new generation of gaming.

Welcome to real life 2.0.
Are you ready to play?

There are no screens. There are no controls.
You don’t just see and hear it—you taste, smell, and touch it too.
In this new reality there are no rules to follow, no laws to break.
You can indulge your every desire.
Why would you ever want to leave?
Step into Otherworld.
Leave your body behind.

Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller have created a brilliant and terrifying view of a possible future that’s not far away. OTHERWORLD asks the question we’ll all soon be asking: if technology can deliver everything we want, how much are we willing to pay?

My Review
"An absolutely amazing book! Unique and original take on virtual reality and gaming! A new generation of sci-fi."

I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book.  If I'm completely honest I was totally outside of my comfort zone with this book and that is the beauty of it because this book has to be one of the best Science-Fiction book I've read this year. I didn't even know legendary Marshall of How I Met Your Mother was an author, so you can tell the shock when I got it through the post and saw it on the dust jacket. 

Otherworld, was born a millennia ago, but it didn't survive, it became obsolete. Then Milo Yolkin brought it back from the dead, spending billions of pounds to make this game into the ultimate game. Taking AI further than ever. Just imagine being part of world that is exactly like reality, touch, smell, and taste - every desire you ever wanted, right there for you to live in the world of Otherworld. Why wouldn't you want to leave?

Simon isn't stupid, he's clever, resourceful, funny and caring. He parents may think he's a troublemaker - especially when his arse is in full view of his parents - instantly you want to laugh because you know it's totally going to wind his parents up and their perfectly manicured lives. Simon cares more than you know too - so when he kept pushing the boundaries between himself and his parents, going against the rules of his probation officer and getting kicked out of boarding school for hacking - which he didn't do - he didn't to protect people, like Kat. Kat was obviously the victim of the story but from I knew of her and the way Simon describes you can tell that she's strong, brave and in a way the perfect match for Simon. There is such a range of characters in Otherworld, split between real world and the game, good vs evil, allies and enemies it's truly as if you are immersed in the games yourself. That your not Simon but your another avatar with him in the game.

Otherworld is one skilled piece of writing, it's addictive, pulse racing, enticing, almost surreal. It will hook you in on the first page and you won't be able to escape it. The style of writing keeps you hooked. I've never read anything like this.What I loved about Otherworld makes you think, it makes you reflect on your own reality. It's scary as hell and that's why I love this book because in it's own way it's so relatable to today. I mean we already have Headgear with Samsung, we have robots that look like us and work in medical... AI is very real - what's to stop Xbox games becoming like OtherworldOtherworld kind of plays of the fears of the real world, whilst encompassing our desires - it's addictive and that's the beauty of it. It's designed like that and that's what Simon and Kat thought too.

Otherworld is beyond this world... it's in a dimension of its own and you will never forget this book. You'll keep subconsciously thinking about it even when your not reading it. The book becomes the headgear - you can't get out it until you've read till the very last page - but then you'll get the worst book hangover of the century. Have I sold it to you? Do you dare enter Otherworld... you won't be the same after!

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


It Only Happens in the Movies
by Holly Bourne
Publisher - Usborne Publising
Release Date - October 1st 2017
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Audrey is over romance. Since her parents' relationship imploded her mother's been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn't mean things are easy. Because real love isn't like the movies...

The greatest love story ever told doesn't feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichΓ©s. Oh, and zombies... YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

My Review

If you don't already know about this book then you need to drop everything, grab your phone and order this book straight away. DO IT NOW! 
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Holly's, I'm lucky and truly honored to be quoted in them. But that's not the reason why I love her books and why this book has been the most anticipated book since finishing ...And a Happy New Year last year. It was sad to leave the Spinster Girls behind but It Only Happens in the Movies, is Holly's best one yet. Simple as that. Be prepared though you'll need lots of tissues. 

Audrey is sooo over love. She's anti-love, anti-guy and anti-romance altogether. You probably think she's a cynic but that's not a bad thing is it?! She has a reason to be, her parents marriage fell apart because her father chose to love someone else. She fell in love with a guy called Milo in her drama club, but he dumped her right after the night they slept with each other. With love, comes sacrifices, and breaking up means that she's been distant from her closest friends and to a point her family too. Audrey's life has been nothing but the hurt that comes from being love, how it ruins your own happiness. Working at a local cinema, she finds herself intrigued by zombie film maker Harry, no matter 'he's trouble' warnings she's got, becoming a feminist zombie bride in the movies and trying very hard not to fall in love. 

You will find it hard not to compare Audrey to Lottie, Evie and Amber of the Spinster Girls, I mean I did. But when you really get into the story into Audrey's character she is so much more stronger, individual and one not to mess with. She isn't afraid of being opinionated, she's isn't afraid to fight and actually own who she is and what she believes in. She is a superior feminist and not afraid to be honest with anyone, even if that means frightening boys with all of our emotions including the ugly ones. You go Audrey! 

Harry is you classic cliche of the guy in the romance movie, who has trouble written over them, and Audrey falls for him, she peels each of his layers, one by one, to unearth his true character. She doesn't want to be with the guy that feeds her his pick up lines or goes to the places where he always pulls the girls. She wants real love... she doesn't want to be hurt again. Can you blame her. 

I really resonated and envied with Audrey's character, but also with this book as a whole. As part of her media coursework, Audrey picked how romance films are 'unhelpful lies', that love is much harder and emotional than in fiction. - I couldn't agree more. I love a good romance movie, like anyone does. You can't not say you haven't fantasied about your own romance being something like that - I did. But there's certain elements of romance movies that are untrue and I feel we really do idolise these movies too much. We feed off them. 

There's something about Holly's writing that is just star quality. It gets me every time! She isn't afraid to rant in her books and the way she writes that is powerful. It's a message but a way to really get through to people in the most genuine but hilarious way possible. Holly has a way with words especially when she describes things with metaphors they are accurate that you can't help but pee your pants with laughter. 

Holly Bourne is the realest voice of YA you'll ever read! It Only Happens in the Movies brings true romance at it's core, with it's ugliness, its hurting, it's raging hormones and still falling head over heels in love. You'll learn to love not just this book, but yourself too. To love yourself, that's you romance story right there. If you do that, you'll have your happy ever after. Rants, romance and feminist zombie brides, it's Holly Bourne's best one yet!

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Monday, September 25, 2017

REVIEW - INVICTUS by Ryan Graudin

by Ryan Graudin
Publisher - Orion Children's Books
Release Date - September 21st 2017
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Time flies when you're plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

My Review! 
I've read some books this year but nothing like this, not in a loooong time. This book needs to have the television or film rights to it, because this should be seen in all media. It's absolutely truly mesmerising and totally addictive. I couldn't put it down! 

In 95 AD, Recorder Empra McCarthy fell in love with a gladiator, she's been a part of this time for over 9 months, she is about to give birth to his child. Leaving her love was the hardest thing to do but right now the baby inside of her is coming out... born out of time on the ship Ab Aeterno lives a boy, a soon-to-be cadet and future Recorder Faraway McCarthy. In present time (at the moment), 2354, Far wants to travel, explore time, record history first hand, but when a Maria Antoinette, winks at him, he fails his right to even graduate as a Recorder and be captain on an Academy vessel. He gets a second chance and becomes captain of his ship, the Invictus, with his cousin historian, chai tea extraordinaire, Tetris nerd he couldn't be more at home in the stars. But his story both begins and ends with him. Time as we know it is about to be erased, Far's existence has defied the laws of nature, and now he needs to fix it against the Fade. 

This book people, it blows your mind! I completely at the mercy of Ryan writing, it's pure genius and it won't be the last compliment I will be giving her. What I loved about it is that Invictus is a journey, a journey of characters, of time, of history, and more importantly of self discovery. I was enthralled and fascinated by the world of this novel with the imagination, accuracy and history. How although primarily Faraway and his crew record time, it's like your part of that time with them and they were recording you with Maria Antoinette or next to the band on the Titanic, or in tunic in 95 AD. It's totally surreal but that's just how amazing Ryan is in her writing style, the imagination and creation of that within the book. I adored it!

Told is alternate characters of the crew, you really have a bag of different characters. My favourite being Faraway's cousin, Imogen, she chalks the ends of her hair everyday, she bright, wonderful and always full of happiness and optimism. Her persona is just totally infectious, sweet and just makes me laugh. There was also some very untold chemistry upon the vessel too, I loved the romantic aspect between Faraway and Priya and also the sweetness of Gram and Imogen, that relationship was particularly adorable and frustrating. You just wanted them to bang each others heads together. Although I admit, I would have loved to have seen more of a development of the their relationships from the beginning. But I'm totally nit picking. At the end of the day, they have each other's backs throughout time and whatever happens, these characters are a family and you completely fall in love with them all.  

This is my first venture into Ryan's novels, and her writing is golden, powerful and completely addictive. As soon as you start the book it's action from the word go, it's fast-paced, full of adventure you really can't put it down. The MatrixDoctor Who and Star Trek, it combines the greatness of the time-travelling genre in one book. A sci-fi time travel novel in YA is very hard to come by these days, the last one I read was probably a good couple of years ago. But I have to say that Invictus really hits the sci-fi nerd in me.

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟