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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Review: Stray by Rachael Craw + Bookmarks + Wallpapers

Stray (Spark #2)
Released: 1 September 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
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At The Other End:
It’s hard to remember hating anything as much as I hate Affinity; a bone-deep loathing for the faceless unknown and the concrete walls of my own DNA.

Evie is a Shield: designed to kill in order to protect, and the Affinity Project have finally come for her. But Evie isn’t ready for the sinister organisation to take control of her life, her body, her mind. She isn’t ready to follow their rules about who may live and who must die – not when it condemns the innocent. She has one option: risk losing everything and everyone – including Jamie – and run.





Rachael Craw studied Classical Studies and Drama at the University of Canterbury, but became an English teacher after graduation. Working with teenagers has given her a natural bent towards Young Adult fiction and a desire to present a feisty female protagonist in her writing. Her debut novel, Spark, is the first in a series released with Walker Books Australia from 2014. Rachael was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, and currently lives in Nelson with her husband and three daughters.

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Fast paced, heart breaking, gut wrenching and loads of bad arse moves pile high in this thrilling and unique sequel that leaves you craving for more.



I don’t really know how I will come up with most of this review, it’ll probably be pure luck that I make it through everything that is going on in my head from finishing this book. I’m in this (what seems like) incurable book hangover that most probably won’t go away until next year when Sheild comes out, and even then I’m probably going to be somewhat comatose from the end of this trilogy. I had no idea what to expect in this book after finishing Spark last year, and now I’ve got the same feelings about Sheild. I have absolutely no freaking idea what is going to happen and it’s killing me. 

Stray started off really fun and light, I was actually laughing out loud at Evie drunk, but then it all went crashing to hell and my good mood was just snatched from me, catapulting me into a pit of despair and a mountain of tears. I was hell bent on reading this book, and I actually didn’t care what was happening around me, just as long as I kept on reading and didn’t stop until things just work out. Yeah….. nope, like that would happen. I feel numb, I don’t know what to think or what to feel, and I can’t remember another book that has made me feel like this (other than the Throne of Glass series). 

I only had one minor qualm with this book, and I do wish that there was some sort of re-hashing about all of the terms and lingo in the Affinity world. Even if it was a glossary of terms at the start, just so that everything makes sense when reading it after not being in that world for months. It’s not majorly confusing, and you do figure it out after a few sentences, but I think it would have helped that confusion? It’s not like this made me feel any different about the book or anything, I just think that it would have helped save me that little bit of confusion.

I loved Evie in this book, she was so strong and really really fierce in the face of everything that she went through. She’s absolutely bad arse, and one of my fave female protagonists. She definitely does her ‘in the moment’ rash decisions and she faces the consequences no matter what happens. I shipped her and Jamie like they were life and they could not have been a better couple trying to do what’s right. I could seriously picture everything that was happening like a movie in my head. I was hanging on every word and dreading the end of each chapter. I hated the Proxy, she was such a surprise in this book to me, and I didn’t know what to expect of her at first, but then after everything that she did, I don’t know what to feel about her. I feel angry at her for the things that she did, but then I understand why she did them as well because of how her life has been. 

This is such a unique series and I cannot say enough how much you need to read it. I suggest binge reading them, just so that there is no confusion in this world because of all the DNA, lingo etc etc.





This novel was received for review via Walker Books 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.

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