Saturday, 7 October 2017

Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This Mortal CoilThis Mortal Coil

Author: Emily Suvada
Series: - 
Release date: 7th November 2017
Publisher / Source: Simon Pulse
Pages: 432
Young Adult Fiction / Science Fiction

Synopsis (Goodreads)

In this gripping debut novel, gene-hacking genius Cat is the only one who can decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague.

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash though firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself? 

Review: 5 out of 5 stars

I don’t know where to start with this review! I haven’t read a book that has had me completely engrossed and wanting more in such a long time. Despite the complex world-building and intricate plot I couldn’t put this book down.

Catarina Agatta is the daughter of a legendary geneticist, she is also a professional hacker who can destroy a mainframe and complex firewalls, something that she also learnt from her brilliant father. When Cat’s dad, Lachlan Agatta is kidnapped by a shady organisation known as Cartaxus, she is left to fend and protect herself from the deadly plague outbreak which turns regular humans in to zombie like creatures that explode and further spread the disease.

When a Cartaxus soldier appears with news of Catarina’s father’s death, her world is turned upside down and she learns that everything that she once knew has been a complete lie and there was more to her father’s work than she originally thought and she may be the last hope in eradicating the deadly plague with a vaccine that was created before her dads death.

Catarina was a wonderful character, she really shone with her strength, determination and her lack of fear; her life hasn’t appeared to be easy with her often describing her father as absent so she was independent and more than capable to look after herself. Cole is a specialised soldier with implants to protect Catarina and I absolutely adored him! He was a mystery and one that I enjoyed getting to know. We have a small amount of romance but it was definitely in the background. The side characters weren’t as developed but each played an important role in the storyline.

The world-building was extremely technical, creative and complex and I admit I did find myself confused at times, In Catarina’s world people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they like. I couldn’t picture the implanted technology and how it all worked, it all seemed very robotic and was a little too much for me. The plot was intricate and was filled with many twists and turns that I didn’t expect, it all came together very well.

Overall, This Mortal Coil is a very well-crafted story with complex characterisation and some shocking happenings. Suvada’s writing is extremely readable and smooth; I enjoyed every moment of it and I look forward to reading more books by this author. A fabulous debut!


Emily SuvadaAbout the author:


Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, OR, with her husband.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Review: Trust by Kylie Scott


Author: Kylie Scott
Publisher: Self
Release date: 18th July 2017
Genre: YA/NA contemporary
Pages: 382

Synopsis: Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

Review: 3 out of 5 stars

Trust is a book that took me by surprise, after reading the synopsis I was eager to delve into this book which was raw and real with likeable characters and an interesting story-line.

Our MC’s are John Cole and Edie Millen, complete opposites but bought together by a traumatic event which affected them both. When Edie has enough of her private school life she moves to the local public school and again meets up with John.

These characters share a connection, John understands what Edie is going through emotionally and vice versa; they support one another and get what each are feeling, they are both needing support and rely on one another to get through each day.

Edie wasn’t your typical YA heroine, not stick figure perfect or popular but she was kind-hearted and strong, the way that she dealt with the event was very different to John's response to it all; I really liked John – he had his issues and has made mistakes but he was working through them and trying to be a better person.

The story-line in a nutshell is about Edie and John being held up in a convenience store, their feelings and the way they deal with what happened to them and the aftermath and their growing friendship and feelings towards one another.

What let it down for me was I found the plot to be unclear and inconsistent at times, there was a lot happening. The pacing started off at a rapid pace but throughout the rest of the book it was varied; I also found the ending to be quite rushed.

Overall, I enjoyed Kylie Scott’s writing style and the way she dealt with serious issues, I also liked her interesting characters but the points above did let it down for me.

Thank you to Kylie Scott via Netgalley for the opportunity to read Trust.


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Review: Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson

Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic, #1)Boundary Crossed

Author: Melissa F. Olson
Series: Boundary Magic
Publisher: 47North
Genre: Paranormal
Pages: 302
Release date: 1st May 2015

Synopsis (Goodreads): After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.
She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces...and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex makes a deal with the local vampires. She sets out with the mysterious—and undead—“fixer” Quinn to track down whoever’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her newfound magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become.
Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling journey into a world where the line between living and dead isn’t nearly as solid as it appears...
Review: 3 out of 5 stars

Former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther is content to work at the local depot, babysit her niece weekly, grieve the death of her twin sister Sam and look after her numerous rescue pets so when a kidnapping attempt is made on her niece Charlie her life is forever changed; she not only finds out that she should have died in her rescue attempt from multiple stab wounds but there is a supernatural world of witches, vampires and werewolves that she is a part of!

Lex finds out that she is a Boundary witch, meaning she has the power over life and death hence the reason she ages slowly and has been unable to die; she is extremely dangerous but has never received formal training.

The plot is fast paced and thrilling as Lex learns the ways of the supernatural world whilst trying to keep her niece safe so she makes a deal with the undead leaders to keep Charlie protected while she works with a mysterious vampire named Quinn to find out who is after her.

I was eager to learn where Lex fit into the Old World and her background story; there are still so many questions to be answered. All of the side characters were interesting but I do look forward to finding out more about them in the next instalment, I enjoyed Lex’s growing friendship with Simon and Lily as well as her relationship with her family.

There is a smidgeon of romance but nothing that truly wowed me unfortunately; I hope that this is developed further in the next book.

Overall, Boundary Crossed is a nice start to the series and I look forward to reading the next book,



Melissa F. OlsonAbout the author: Melissa Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa landed in Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, a teaching gig, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs, not at all in that order. She loves Madison, but still dreams of the food in LA. Literally. There are dreams. Learn more about Melissa, her work, and her dog at www.MelissaFOlson.com

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Review: Omega (The Infinity Division #2) by Jus Accardo

Omega (The Infinity Division, #2)OMEGA

Author: Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult / Sci-Fi
Pages: 320
Release date: 1st August 2017

Synopsis: The second book in the Infinity time travel series is full of action, romance, and an intricately designed roller coaster plot.

One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission in danger.

But there’s more going on in Ash’s alternate universe than either of them knows: a mysterious project called Omega. A conspiracy spanning multiple Earths and revolving around none other than Ash. Its creators would do anything to keep Omega secret…

Anything.

Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I am such a huge fan of Jus Accardo and despite having a few issues with Infinity, the first book in The Infinity Division series I was still quite eager to read the sequel, Omega and see how this creative world would develop.

The first instalment, Infinity followed Kori Anderson and Cade Granger; they make regular appearances throughout this book but it was told in the POV’s of Noah Anderson and Ashlyn ‘Ash’ Calvert who I thought were more interesting narrators.

The time travelling plot was fast paced as we see the characters still following villain Dylan Granger in his quest to kill every Kori in every world they stop at, the trio eventually land in a technology advanced world where the criminals are transported to another dimension.

I adored Ash, she was feisty and fantastic and her back story was quite sad, we didn’t learn much about her in the first book so it was nice to meet her; Noah is stubborn, loyal and an all-round decent guy! I loved his interactions with Ash as well as his friendship with Cade; his relationship with Kori still seemed tense but you can see the growing respect that they have for one another.

We meet a few more characters, Ava/Sera and G and I’m unsure of their purpose as yet and the effect that they will have in the future. 

Omega is a nice continuation to the series, and despite the plot not changing much from the first book it was an adventure and entertaining none the less and the world building was more in-depth in this book. It was fast paced, action packed and leaves you wanting more. This book was a big improvement on Infinity for me.

Thank you to Entangled Teen via Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.



Jus AccardoAbout the author: JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Review: Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson

Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic, #1)Boundary Crossed

Author: Melissa F. Olson
Series: Boundary Magic #1
Publisher: 47 North
Genre: Paranormal
Pages: 302
Release date: 1st May 2015

Synopsis (Goodreads): After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.
She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces...and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex makes a deal with the local vampires. She sets out with the mysterious—and undead—“fixer” Quinn to track down whoever’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her newfound magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become.
Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling journey into a world where the line between living and dead isn’t nearly as solid as it appears...
Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars

Former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther is content to work at the local depot, babysit her niece weekly, grieve the death of her twin sister Sam and look after her numerous rescue pets so when a kidnapping attempt is made on her niece Charlie her life is forever changed; she not only finds out that she should have died in her rescue attempt from multiple stab wounds but there is a supernatural world of witches, vampires and werewolves that she is a part of!

Lex finds out that she is a Boundary witch, meaning she has the power over life and death hence the reason she ages slowly and has been unable to die; she is extremely dangerous but has never received formal training.

The plot is fast paced and thrilling as Lex learns the ways of the supernatural world whilst trying to keep her niece safe so she makes a deal with the undead leaders to keep Charlie protected while she works with a mysterious vampire named Quinn to find out who is after her. The world that Olson has created was imaginative and entertaining, I liked the way Lex dealt with everything that was thrown her way.

I was eager to learn where Lex fit into the Old World and her background story; there are still so many questions to be answered. All of the side characters were interesting but I do look forward to finding out more about them in the next instalment, I enjoyed Lex’s growing friendship with Simon and Lily as well as her relationship with her family.

There is a smidgeon of romance but nothing that truly wowed me unfortunately; I hope that this is developed further in the next book.

Overall, Boundary Crossed is a nice start to the series and I look forward to reading the next book, Boundary Lines.



Melissa F. OlsonAbout the author: Melissa Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa landed in Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, a teaching gig, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs, not at all in that order. She loves Madison, but still dreams of the food in LA. Literally. There are dreams. Learn more about Melissa, her work, and her dog at www.MelissaFOlson.com

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Review: Summoner by S.D. Grimm

SummonerSummoner

Author: S.D. Grimm
Publisher / Source: Entangled Teen
Release date: 4th September 2017
Genre: Young Adult

Synopsis: When Allie’s best friend dares their group to play a game in a cemetery—something she calls “witching”—Allie never expects what it might mean for her. When she plays, she doesn’t just find bodies, she summons their souls. But one soul wants more than Allie is willing to give.

And the boy next door could be the key to saving her.

Cody Burkhart. Straight from Montana, cowboy hat wearing, and smoking hot, he’s just the thing to help Allie become “normal” again after the death of her mother. And as her newly appointed Guardian, he’s also just the thing to help Allie ward off the vengeful spirit who’s after her soul. Except Cody has his own demons to slay that keep him closed off. But as the full moon approaches, so does their only chance to break the curse, and Cody will have to make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars

Our MC is Allie Billings who has avoided her closest friends since the death of her mother, trying to reconnect she joins them on a dare to the local cemetery for a night of witching. Allie doesn’t believe in witching but after this night her opinion changes when she becomes bonded to a evil spirit by summoning her soul.

The plot was engaging as we see Allie do everything she possibly can to learn more about what is happening but she soon finds out her only hope could be from her new neighbour Cody Burkhart, her guardian who is also needing to work out his role between Allie and the spirit, Katerina that has bonded to her. They both end up working against a full moon deadline which could mean a sacrifice by the end of it.

I really liked Allie and Cody as characters, they have both felt loss and were able to bond over this and their slow building romance didn’t feel forced but came naturally which I enjoyed; it also wasn’t at the forefront of the story. The side characters were each written well, the freaky souls included.

I don’t tend to read ghost books, I’ve never enjoyed them but I liked S.D Grimm’s writing style and her entertaining and at time freaky storyline. It was a fast paced read with a few twists that kept things enjoyable.

Overall, Summoner kept me riveted from the beginning and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen; the characters were written well and the plot was intriguing. I will definitely read more books by this author.

Thank you to Entangled Teen via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review Summoner.



S.D. GrimmAbout the author: S. D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction, which is to be expected from someone who looks up to heroes like Captain America and Wonder Woman, has been sorted into Gryffindor, identifies as rebel scum, and loves elevensies as much as afternoon tea. Her patronus is a red Voltron lion, her spirit animal is Toothless, and she totally has a superpower. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency, her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog, and you can learn more about her upcoming novels at www.sdgrimm.com