Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - Plague Town


"I think I just killed a zombie." Yeah, that definitely didn't sound like something I would say.

(page 34, Plague Town by Dana Fredsti)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Starflight - Book Review


Starflight (Starflight #1)
by Melissa Landers


What is it about:
Solara Brooks needs a fresh start, someplace where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. The outer realm may be lawless, but it's not like the law has ever been on her side. Still, off-world travel doesn't come cheap; Solara is left with no choice but to indenture herself in exchange for passage to the outer realm. She just wishes it could have been to anyone besides Doran Spaulding, the rich, pretty-boy quarterback who made her life miserable in school.

The tables suddenly turn when Doran is framed for conspiracy on Earth, and Solara cons him into playing the role of her servant on board the Banshee, a ship manned by an eccentric crew with their own secrets. Given the price on both Doran and Solara's heads, it may just be the safest place in the universe.

It's been a long time since Solara has believed in anyone, and Doran is the last person she expected to trust. But when the Banshee's dangerous enemies catch up with them, Solara and Doran must come together to protect the ship that has become their home-and the eccentric crew that feels like family.


What did I think of it:
This is a really fun SF read.

Solara and Doran make a great mismatched duo and I loved their banter and interaction. I also loved the crew of the Banshee, some more than others of course.

The world building is minimal, but enough to picture everything, and the story is fast paced with some really cool action and fun events. I enjoyed it from start to finish.

I can advice this book to anyone who's looking for a fun YA SF read. I liked it so much I'm tempted to pre-order the second book which releases next month, even though it's a hardcover priced over 10 Euro.

Luckily I still have the second book of Landers' Alienated series in my TBR pile, so I'll be reading that soon while trying to decide if I want to wait for the paperback of Starfall or if I'm going to get the hardcover after all.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun and action packed YA SF read


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Friday, 20 January 2017

Lost Girls - Book Review


Lost Girls
by Merrie Destefano


What is it about:
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year... but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker... something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed...

The only rule is: There are no rules.


What did I think of it:
This is a really cool read.

Rachel's search for the truth and for what happened to her and to the other girls who went missing is suspenseful and I was hooked from the start. Slowly you discover what Rachel was involved in and it's exciting to read as well as disturbing. The things she uncovers are dangerous and she might not be able to trust those close to her.

If there's one thing I can say against this story it's that it briefly touches on a personal pet peeve: apparently only people who feel miserable/depressed are into the Goth scene... *grumbles*

That small pet peeve aside I loved this book. Rachel is an interesting heroine with surprisingly dark secrets. I liked discovering what was going on and was rooting for Rachel to find a way to deal with what happened to her. I also liked Rachel's interaction with her family, even though at times I was surprised by what she got away with after just having been missing for two weeks.

All in all this is a gripping and awesome read, and you bet I'll be keeping an eye out for Destefano's next book.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool, gritty and suspenseful YA read.


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Thursday, 19 January 2017

On McPig's Wishlist - End Games


The End Games
by T. Michael Martin


It happened on Halloween.

The world ended.

And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.

Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

And the brothers will never be the same.

T. Michael Martin’s debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance.



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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Werewolf in the North Woods - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


Werewolf in the North Woods (Wild About You #2)
by Vicki Lewis Thompson


What is it about:
When she used to walk around her grandfather’s property out­side Portland, Abby Winchell loved the idea that Bigfoot was somewhere out there too. Now her grandfather swears he’s seen two creatures that fit the legendary description—and he has evidence. Sort of. Grandpa Earl may be a bit dotty, but when his neighbors invite a renowned anthropologist to disprove his theory, Abby decides to send the man packing... until she sees how hot he is.

Anthropology professor Roark Wallace can’t risk news be­ing made of a Bigfoot sighting in the north woods—not with a local pack of werewolves to protect. Disproving the evidence should be easy, but ignoring Abby is not. Her fiery red hair makes him want to sit up and beg, and this obvious attraction is making the pack suspicious...


What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
This is a fun read.

The romance is cute and fluffy with some steamy scenes. It's a fast romance, but that is what I expected going in. The dynamics between Abby and Roark were fun to read. I also really liked some of the minor characters, especially Abby's grandfather.

The overall storyline has some suspenseful moments, but this being a fluffy paranormal romance it never got to nailbiting tension.

Overall this is a lighthearted, fun read that might not surprise you, but will give you the perfect fix when you're looking for something fluffy and enjoyable.

I will most probably get my hands on the next book some day.

Why should you read it:

It's a fluffy and fun Paranormal Romance.


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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - Starflight


"Doran," she warned, "on a regular day, I want to push you in front of a bullet tram. But today I was robbed of spiced berries and then handed a suicide pill. So don't test me."

(page 110, Starflight by Melissa Landers)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 16 January 2017

Woodwalker - Book Review


Woodwalker (Woodwalker #1)
by Emily B. Martin


What is it about:
“What on earth would I gain from that?” I asked him. “Risk my own neck by violating my banishment just to leave you? The sentence placed on me if I return is execution. If I’m entering the mountains again, I’d damn well better get something out of it.”

Exiled from the Silverwood and the people she loves, Mae has few illusions about ever returning to her home. But when she comes across three out-of-place strangers in her wanderings, she finds herself contemplating the unthinkable: risking death to help a deposed queen regain her throne.

And if anyone can help Mona Alastaire of Lumen Lake, it is a former Woodwalker—a ranger whose very being is intimately tied to the woods they are sworn to protect. Mae was once one of the best, and despite the potential of every tree limb to become the gibbet she’s hanged from, she not only feels a duty to aide Mona and her brothers, but also to walk beneath her beloved trees once more.

A grand quest in the tradition of great epic fantasies, filled with adventure and the sharp wit—and tongue—of a unique hero, Woodwalker is the perfect novel to start your own journey into the realm of magical fiction.


What did I think of it:
This is a very enjoyable read.

Even though I soon suspected Mae of being an unreliable narrator - keeping information she knows hidden for a surprise effect for the reader later on - I liked her and was soon invested in the story.

Mona and one of her brothers were a lot harder to like and I wouldn't have blamed Mae for leaving one of them stranded on a mountain. But Mae takes her task seriously and tries her best to get the three where they want to go.

For most parts this book is a travel story with all the perils that brings, but there's politics, adventure, narrow escapes, and lots more as well. There were some things I could see coming by the few hints Mae lets slip in her narration, but others were a surprise. All in all a really nice Fantasy read, and I will most certainly get my trotters on the next book as well.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun and enjoyable Fantasy read.


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