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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

BLOG TOUR!! Chantress Alchemy by Amy Butler Greenfield

Chantress Alchemy (Chantress #2)
Behind 352 Pages
Released: 6 May 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Historical
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository
At the Other End:
Since defeating Lord Scargrave with her music, Lucy, the last Chantress, has lived by the sea, mastering the intricacies of Wild Magic. But now her quiet life is about to end: the wheat crop has failed, the people are rebelling, and Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry IX’s court. There she finds the Inner Council planning to save England by making gold through alchemy. But the golden crucible — the critical element in the alchemical process — has been stolen, its guards murdered. Lucy is charged with finding the traitor behind the attack. 

Meanwhile, enemies old and new are gathering. Scargrave's brutal Chantress-hunter has become King Henry's closest advisor. Lucy’s beloved Nat has fallen out of favor and is shunned by his colleagues; their romance means trouble for both of them. Worst of all, something goes wrong with Lucy’s magic. The palace is a labyrinth, and there’s a monster at its heart — a monster who may have the power to defeat Lucy once and for all. 


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One more spell, that's all I meant to sing. One more song-spell and then I'd go home.
I blew on my icy fingers and faced the wintery sea. I'd been out for hours, honing my magic, and the sun had long since vanished behind sullen clouds. My boots were damp from the froth of the ocean, my cheeks wet with its salty spray. the wind sawed along my very bones. I thought with longing of the snug cottage I shared with Norrie and the soup that would no doubt be simmering on the fire.
Something easy to finish on, I promised myself. Something that won't go wrong
Clutching my woolen cape, I tilted my ear toward the ocean and its tangle of watery music. A simple song-spell that's all I needed...
But what was that sound? That distant humming?
Forgetting my frozen hands and feet, I listened, perplexed.
No one knew better than I that the ocean could sing a thousand songs: music to cradle me, music to drown me, music to call up waves and tides and storms. I was a Chantress, after all. Yet this wasn't a tune I had heard before, Indeed, its faint thrum was quite unlike any melody I knew. That alone was disturbing. 
"Lucy!"
A woolen bundle clumped toward me: Norrie in her winter wraps. The wind snatched at her hood and cap, and her silver hair stood out like dandelion fluff around her wrinkled face.
"You've been out here too long," she called. "You'll catch your death cold."
I was about to reply when I heard it again: a disquieting drone in the midst of the sea's other songs.
Norrie marched up to my side, her gait uneven. "Lucy, are you listening to me?"
"Yes," i said quickly. "Of course I am." But I was listening to the humming, too. If I concentrated hard enough, I usually could make out at least the gist of the sea's song. Of all elements, water was the easiest for me to understand. Yet these notes held fast to their secrets.

Chantress (Chantress Trilogy #1)
Behind 324 Pages
Released: 7 May 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Historical
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books
At the Other End:
Lucy, shipwrecked on an island at 8, is forbidden to sing by guardian Norrie. On All Hallows Eve 1667, at 15, she sings, and is swept into darkness. She wakes to hear powerful men hunt Chantresses who sing magic into the world. 

At the Invisible College she finds sanctuary, plots to overthrow the evil Lord Protector, and distrustful scientist-apprentice Nat. 

Only a Chantress can overcome the Protector, and Lucy is the last in England.
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Author Bio:
Amy Butler Greenfield was a grad student in history when she gave into temptation and became a writer. Since then, she has become an award-winning author. 
Amy grew up in the Adirondack Mountains and later studied history at Williams College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Oxford. She now lives with her family in England, where she writes, bakes double-dark-chocolate cake, and plots mischief.
Find Amy:
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1. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
That week is always such a blur! My writing life is usually very quiet, but right after publication my schedule can be crazy. By the end of that first week, I’m wishing I could give bouquets to all the readers and bloggers and booksellers and librarians and reviewers who’ve helped me get the word out about the book.  

2. What inspired you to write this novel?

I’ve always been fascinated by alchemy – not just the idea of turning dross into gold, but the whole wild history of it, and the way that it promised to confer all kinds of supernatural powers on people.  So I wanted to see what would happen if it someone with Lucy’s singing magic got tangled up with an alchemy experiment.  And I also wanted to see what (and who) would be waiting for Lucy when she came back to Court.

3. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?

I didn’t have any idea what the cover would look like, but I was delighted when I heard it in was in the hands of the same art director and photographer team (Michael McCartney and Ali Smith) who did the cover for the first Chantress book.  They put so much time and care into this one, too – from the photo shoot to the overall design.  My very favorite part? The gorgeous swirly title lettering!

4. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?

I’m at work on the third Chantress book right now.   It’s been a real challenge – but also very exciting.  All kinds of secrets come out, and the stakes have never been higher.

5. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?

I would love to have written Code Name Verity, which is an absolutely riveting WWII story about friendship, spies, and loyalty.  I’m also a big fan of Holly Black’s Curse Workers series (White Cat, Red Glove, Black Heart), which is a miracle of plotting - and wonderfully wry and funny.
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The Book Blogger Test

Thanks to Tina from The Book Landers for tagging me in The Book Blogger Test!!
The rules are simple: Answer the questions truthfully and then tag 5 other bloggers.
Now onto the questions:

1. What are your top three book pet hates?
Love triangles, insta-love and stupid/dumb protagonists

2. Describe your perfect reading spot
Ooh, I love reading anywhere I can! Usually I don't really care where I read, just as long as I do. Sometimes I end up is really weird positions while reading (example; I once came out of a book coma upside-down in a chair, and had my legs sticking up in the air hahaha)

3. Tell us 3 book confessions
I am a sucker for covers (and admit to judging a book by it's cover sometimes). If I don't like one edition of the cover, I will go out of my way and buy the prettier version of the cover (aka. the Shatter Me series in the US edition covers, even though I have all the Aus edition covers).

I have tried different methods of writing reviews. I've now stuck with, I am not going to start a new book until I have written a review of the book that I had just finished. This one seems to be working for me, none of the other methods I've tried work, so I've got a whole heap of reviews that I still need to write from ages ago :/

When I know I won't be able to finish a book (DNF), I try as hard as humanely possible to at least finish up to the next chapter after I hit 100 pages. Sometimes it is reaaaaaaaaally hard to get to the 100 page limit and finish that chapter. I didn't even get up to 100 pages in, The Queen's Choice, nor did I finish the chapter! I got halfway through the chapter, and stopped at one of the paragraph breaks. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't read past it, I just kept on reading the same sentence over and over again so I gave up haha

4. When was the last time you cried at a book?
I admit to doing this quite a bit if the book is good enough. Can't remember the last book that made me cry though, so here are some that I remember crying in:

5. How many books are on your bedside table?
Ummm, I don't have any books on my bedside table. That spot is reserved for my laptop, then my currently reading book is always on top of that next to my phone. My to-read pile is the closest to my bedside table? Here is a photo! (The top books are after the ones at the bottom)

6. What is your favourite snack whilst your reading?
I don't usually eat while I'm reading, I get afraid of dirtying the pages (and if I do, then I constantly appologize to the book in my head so I don't sound crazy lol). 

7. Name 3 books you would recommend to everyone
Ooooh, this is a tough one! ummm, here goes:
Awesome zombie-fied fun set in South Africa & total kick ass characters!

Something completely new and such a well developed series, will leave you craving for more every time!

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Chaol!! Need I say more? (+ Celaena's awesomeness)

And so many more!

8. Show us a picture of your favourite bookshelf on your bookcase
I don't really have a favourite bookshelf.... I love them all!! Plus my shelves are in alphabetical order by author, so yeah. What the hell, here is a photo of two of my bookshelves ;) (third is still under alphabetical construction)

9. Write how much books mean to you in just 3  6 words
Cheating! I changed it to 6 words :P
My life is lived in books

10. What is your biggest reading secret?
Sometimes if a book is really slow, I will look up spoiler filled reviews, and read a tiny bit of the spoiler. Basically, enough to get me antsy, so I continue the book to find out exactly what happens and what it means. I read only a tiny bit so that I can still be {__insert appropriate emotion here__} when I actually get to it. I did this in The Twin's Daughter, I read that one of the twin's get killed, yet I was still kept guessing until the very end of the book.

That's it!! I can't wait to share this :)
I tag:
Kelly @ Diva Booknerd

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Pre Release!! Hold Me Tight by Faith Sullivan

Hold Me Tight (Take Me Now #3)
Behind 216 Pages
Released: 30 April 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Smashwords
At the Other End:
He loves me. He loves me not. 

Ivy's heart shatters upon hearing Eric's crushing ultimatum. Despite how much she cares for him, she won't give in to his demands. She has no choice but to leave, even if it's the hardest thing she's ever had to do.


She loves me. She loves me not. 


When Ivy walks out, Eric can't help feeling betrayed. Unwilling to put her at risk, he values her safety above all else. By refusing to compromise, he's blindsided when she moves in with a man who's already stolen so much from him.


I love you. You love me not. 


Lauren sees Eric and Ivy's split as an opportunity to end their relationship once and for all. When Ivy places herself at the mercy of Eric's rival, Lauren plots to destroy the fragile tie binding them together, even if she endangers Ivy's life in the process.


Author Bio:
Faith Sullivan is an author of New Adult contemporary romances including the HEARTBEAT trilogy, the TAKE ME NOW series and the 9/11 novel, UNEXPECTED.

Find Faith:
Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |  Blog

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Shhh... Take a Sneak Peek:
But there’s something I have to do before this goes any further.

Slowly, I draw my head away from her embrace, finding the courage to finally meet her eyes. Her hair hasn’t been combed and her face is all tear-stained, but she has never looked more beautiful.

She stands, bracing herself against me. Her breath hitches when I gently start unbuttoning her shirt, but her eyes never leave my face. I stop partway up, raising the bottom half of her cami up and over her baby bump. Dropping down, I run my hands across her stomach, feeling her shiver against my fingertips. Looking up at her, I place my lips on her bellybutton, kissing the child that’s growing within her, the miracle we created.

“I will never ask you to choose again,” I say solemnly, my voice nothing but a whisper.

Ivy starts to cry in earnest, placing her hands atop mine.

“You are my heart now. Whatever happens to you happens to me.” I kiss each one of her knuckles as she sighs deeply, like she’s been longing with all her soul to hear me say these words. “I know I’m not as brave as you are, but I promise to try harder.”

“Eric, stop. You’re the bravest man I know,” she proclaims with a tender fierceness, tears shining in her eyes.

“I’m just so afraid of losing you,” I mutter, breaking down.

“Oh, Eric,” she whimpers, sobbing right along with me. “I know, baby... I know.”

I lean back against the wall, guiding her onto my lap. We don’t say anything more. We just sit there and hold each other, savoring the moment.

What's Next: 

Take Me Now (Take Me Now #1)
Behind 175 Pages
Released: 7 November 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Me: Amazon |  Barnes & Noble  |  Smashwords
At the Other End:
How do you survive the internship from hell?

Don't fall in love.

Ivy thought being a reporter-in-training at the Independent Gazette would be her dream summer job. Little did she know, interviewing Eric, a landscaper with a heart of gold, would derail her plans. It turns out Ivy's boss, Lauren, has been eying his chiseled physique for quite some time.

But at twenty-four, Eric already has a tragic past, one that he is still reeling from. Even though his ordeal turned him into some sort of local celebrity, it's been a while since he's shared his bed with anyone. When he comes to Ivy's rescue out of the blue, it's not long before the two of them start seeing each other behind Lauren's back. When they get caught, Ivy's journey toward a college degree is jeopardized and her relationship with Eric is severely put to the test.

Career versus love? In the end, a shocking turn of events provides Ivy with a revelation she never saw coming.



Meant for Me (Take Me Now #2)
Behind 235 Pages
Released: 12 February 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Me: Amazon |  Barnes & Noble  |  Smashwords
At the Other End:
Eric thought he had forever...before.



Divided between reliving the past and embracing his new life with Ivy, Eric fears that love will once again be ripped from his grasp. Having faith in the future is hard. So many things can go wrong.

Ivy is convinced that what they have is meant to be...but no one can escape the wheel of fate.

Her love for Eric and the life they're creating make every sacrifice seem worthwhile. Until she's forced to reveal the truth surrounding her delicate condition. Even if it shatters his hope.

Can they hold onto their newfound happiness or are events already in motion to keep them apart?

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Interview & Release Day: Blood Oath by Samantha Coville

Blood Oath (Secret of the Halflings #1)
Behind 120 Pages
Released: TODAY! 29 April 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Me: Smashwords  |  Barnes & Noble
At the Other End:
Raya Sarian has always known she was different. The water calls to her in a way that isn't human. She has seen things that would scar anyone for life. And her father has been non existent in her childhood.
Because he is a Siren.
A blood drinker.
A monster.
And now she must live with him in a world populated with deadly enemies and dangerous friends. Can she survive the year

Shhh... Take a Sneak Peek:

“No one will get hurt?”
“Of course not, my dear niece. All we want is to make things right for all. We want to reunite broken families, restore our once great race and put my dear brother on the throne like he was told he would be. He was trained since he was an infant to be Lord and he deserves to put that training to use. Don’t you agree?”
Raya took a deep breath and looked at the group. As much as she despised them, they stood for a cause that she could agree with. How different would things be if Byron were Lord and her father didn’t have to worry about what the others thought when he married her mother? What if she had grown up with a whole family instead of the broken one she now had? What if things were the way they should be?

“I agree.”
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Author Bio:
Samantha Coville is an editor and literary critic at her website, Sammy the Bookworm. She’s been writing short stories for six years and has appeared in magazines, both in print and online. When she’s not doing something book related, she is singing in her church choir or enjoying one of the theme parks in her home state of Florida.
Find Samantha:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

Interview:
1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
A lot of people know me as Sammy because of my book review website, Sammy the Bookworm. I've been blogging over there for almost two years and it's got a pretty good following. I also published a couple short stories in magazines, so, who knows? You may have just read my name before!

2. What inspired you to write this novel?
Back in 2008, I wrote a basic synopsis for a story idea. That's usually what I do since I'm not overly fond of major outlines. I forgot about it and it disappeared somewhere in all of my computer files. Last year, 2013, I decided to take a swing at National Novel Writing Month. The goal was to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I tried to think of a story I wanted to write and Sirens popped into my head. During the week before NaNoWriMo, I wrote out a general outline and I was thrilled with the outcome. After I completed the 50,000 plus some, I was looking through my computer and there was my synopsis from five years earlier! It's changed a lot over time, but I think the fact that the story stuck in my brain for that long shows that there's something here worth reading.

3. How long was the writing/planning process?
Like I mentioned before, the planning process spanned five years, even if I wasn't writing out an outline for the whole time. But I think those five years were good for me, because it helped the story grow in a complexity that would have been harder to achieve. The writing process, on the other hand, only took eighteen days. Now, the rewrite process was a lot longer! I looked through what I had written in that 18 day craze and I said, "What was I thinking?" I changed quite a bit, but it sorely needed it.

4. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
While writing, I envisioned a cover with lots of red, some blood and maybe a girl somewhere on there. I had a vision and I was stuck on it. When I went to go order beta reader copies, however, I had to get a cover quick, so the one I used was a girl swimming underwater. I didn't think much about it, plastered it on the beta copies and gave them out. When I gave the first beta copy out, I had a lot of people around us talking about the cover and how much they loved it. Everyone agreed, they wanted an underwater swimmer. I wasn't too sure and tried to fight it, but, when Najla Qambar showed me the cover I have today, I knew it was perfect. It was beautiful and mysterious; everything a Siren is. And when I saw my name on that cover, I nearly cried. I am thoroughly pleased and completely in love with it. 

5. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
Right now, I am working on writing book two in my series. Raya, my main character, demands her story be told and resistance is futile. I'm super excited and I know readers will enjoy the story that I have planned out. Beyond the four books that are expected in the series, I have an idea for a medieval prequel and a sci-fi novella that I've been daydreaming about. Those who have read my short stories know I have trouble containing myself to one genre and I don't see why I have to. I write what comes to mind and I look forward to all the stories I will share.

6. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
I've thought about that before. Sometimes I imagine myself in JK Rowling's place, but I think that's more because I wish I could meet Emma Watson. I bet it would be cool to have a hand in writing the Bible. I mean, that's a pretty awesome non-fiction piece to have on your resume!

7. Why read your novel?

 Because I say pretty please? In all seriousness, I think my book can help show that the YA Paranormal genre isn't dead like so many people are convinced. They really mean YA Vampires are dead (literally), but they generalize it. We may be tired of sparkly guys, but readers can still enjoy other variations of the paranormal genre. My story showcases Sirens from Greek mythology; this is a race that is easily looked over or replaced by mermaids. I know my novel is different and unique and I'm sure you'll enjoy a new look at the "dead" genre.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

RELEASE DAY BLITZ!! Orenda by Ruth Silver

Orenda
Behind 134 Pages
Released: 27 April 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble
At the Other End:
Join forces with a parallel universe.

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can't exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her younger sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.


A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.



Author Bio
Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required, because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. Upcoming works include Royal Reaper, a young adult series about grim reapers, due for release  June 3rd, 2014. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

Find Ruth
Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads
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Shhh... Take a Sneak Peek:
Lil stood firm, sword-in-hand, staring at the beast as it flew directly at her. “How do I kill it?” She raised the sword above her head with two hands. Hudson glanced at her. “With what we taught you. The dragon is no different than a man.” “It has wings and is flying at me. I’d say it’s different!”  

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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Stacking the Shelves (7)


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Got a few books in this week's haul! Now I can finally see what everyone is talking about with the Syrena Trilogy and the Gone series.
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Review:
Thank you Simon and Schuster Australia, Bloomsbury Publishing Australia and Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me these review copies!
 Thanks to Simon & Schuster Australia
The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle 
How gorgeous is this cover!! I think I prefer this cover over the US edition.

Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Australia
Mutant City (Mutant City #1) by Steve Feasey 
This is definitely a touch-y feel-y cover! (Check it out at a bookstore to know what I mean)

Thanks to Hardie Grant Egmont
Of Neptune (Syrena Trilogy #3) by Anna Banks
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Gone (Gone #1) by Michael Grant
It's sad to say, that I haven't read the Syrena trilogy, or the Gone series yet. I love the Gone series new look, it's so cool!!

Friday, 25 April 2014

Review: Pandora Jones: Admission by Barry Jonsberg + Giveaway!

Pandora Jones: Admission (Pandora Jones #1)
Released: May 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
At the Other End:
Pandora Jones wakes in an infirmary - her body weak, her memory providing only flashes of horrific scenes of death. She soon discovers that her family has succumbed to a plague pandemic which almost wiped out humanity. Pan is one of the survivors who have been admitted to The School - a quarantined, heavily guarded survival-skills facility - to recover their strength, hone their skills and prepare for whatever comes next. Pandora's skill is intuition, but how useful will it be outside the secure walls of The School? And what if it leads her to question where the truth lies...

Plague. Pandemic. Intuition. Secrets. Truth. Courage. Action. Survival.





Barry Jonsberg's young adult novels, The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull and It's Not All About YOU, Calma! were short-listed for the CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, awards. It's Not All About YOU, Calma! also won the Adelaide Festival Award for Children's Literature, Dreamrider was short-listed in the NSW Premier's Awards for the Ethel Turner prize and Cassie (Girlfriend Fiction) was short-listed for the Children's Peace Literature Award. Being Here won the QLD Premier's Young Adult Book Award 2011 and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award 2012. My Life as an Alphabet won the 2013 Gold Inky, the Children's Peace Literature Award and was short-listed in the 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards.

Barry lives in Darwin with his wife, children and two dogs. His books have been published in the US, the UK, France, Poland, Germany and China. 
Find Barry:
Website  |  Facebook  
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This entire novel was completely unexpected. It hooked you in, and it played with you mind, leaving you shocked and wondering what is true. 


Holy. Shit.
Finishing this book, and thinking about all that happened makes me dizzy. So many things have happened, and none of it was expected in any way, shape or form. It was so random that it was perfect.  

When I first saw the cover and title, and even looking at it now, it looks like some super cool spy book. Here's me thinking this chick is some to notch spy and she goes and changes the world etc. That's the vibe this cover and title gives me, and even though I read the blurb, I couldn't see how it all fit together. Ok, let me just be clear, that Pandora Jones isn't some super secret spy. And this book is so far beyond that, it's not funny. This book is on a completely different level. 

I can't get over how unexpected this novel was, and how shocked I was after finding out the "truth" at the very end, I even had to re-read the last paragraph twice to be able to get everything to sink in properly. Just wow. That's all that I can say. This book was so unpredictable that I got shocked by how many genres you can switch to in one novel, and still not be able to pinpoint exactly what one it begins to. So many things happen that I can't even begin to explain. 

What I didn't like about the novel was the language used, and the writing style. The short, blunt sentences were ok at times, it picked up the speed in the novel at more exhilarating times, and during times she out could have been boring. But it's the fact that it carries onto the characters as well. I know that they are all facing the same kind of trauma, but for them to sound like people triple their age was a little strange.

I think this sentence, perfectly sums up the writing style of this book:

Wei-Lin laughed. ‘Oh, yes. Sometimes I think he looks on words as bullets. Quick sprays are best. Don’t waste your ammunition.’

I know she is practically making fun of the teacher, but it’s kind of hypocritical when they all do it, even her.

It didn't help me connect with the characters as much as I wanted to, especially with Pandora. The only thing that was good about it, was that we got to see what she was thinking every now and again, and it was her thoughts that made me connect with her. She was speaking like someone get age should, well, at least how the protagonist in a YA novel should. It was only because of the memories from before, shows that this is a YA novel. 

I can't wait for the second book. I desperately want to find out what is true and what isn't. I want to know so many things that it's killing me right now, because I don't have the second book. I want to know, why did only a few survive the pandemic? I want to know about Nate, about everything! 

This book, definitely leaves you with your jaw halfway down your face. It was explosive, brutal, a little eye opening (about the whole, trust your instincts vibe), and more than it's fair share of shocks. This one is definitely a read.



This giveaway is open to Australian residents ONLY




This novel was received for review via Allen & Unwin Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.