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Book Review – The Revealed

Published 11/05/2014 by leannecrabtree

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Name: The Revealed

Author: Jessica Hickam

Genre: Dystopia, YA/NA, Romance

Release Date: 20th May 2014

Rating: 4½ out of 5 stars

I received this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lily Atwood lives in what used to be called Washington, D.C. Her father is one of the most powerful men in the world, having been a vital part of rebuilding and reuniting humanity after the war that killed over five billion people. Now he’s running to be one of its leaders.

But in the rediscovered peace on Earth, a new enemy has risen. They call themselves the Revealed – a powerful underground organization that has been kidnapping 18 year olds across the globe without reservation. No one knows why they are kidnapping these teens, but it’s clear something is different about these people. They can set fires with a snap of their fingers and create a wind strong enough to barrel over a tree with a flick of their wrist. No one has been able to stop them, and they have targeted Lily as their next victim.

But Lily has waited too long to break free from her father’s shadow to let some rebel organization just ruin everything. Not without a fight.

I just love the cover of this! Don’t you agree it just grabs the attention?

I’m a big fan of dystopia stories and this sounded different, so I thought, “Why not?”

The USA has been mostly destroyed with only a few states remaining. Lily is the daughter of a politician running for President, along with another man, Roderick Westerfield, who Lily’s family used to be close to. Roderick has a son, Kai, a year older than Lily and someone she used to be close to until the politics got in the way.

Lily has been marked to be taken by the Revealed–a group of people with abilities–since her 18th birthday and like every other 18 year old in the city is being kept at home until they reach their 19th and are safe from being taken. Truly believing they’ll come for her despite all the precautions she just wants to live life to the fullest until then.

I really liked the concept. It was dystopia but had a very different take on it, it wasn’t all deserted and “every man for themselves” or strict dictatorship, it was…like now, only with billions less people populating the planet and with a need to bring the world back into some semblance of working order.

Now to the characters. Lily is our main character and we see her struggle to do what she wants while being a member of such an influential family and the effect her actions have on them. Then there’s Kai. I wasn’t sure about him to start with but he grew on me a lot. Then Rory, Lily’s best friend, she’s pretty awesome.

The story was pretty much continuous action, there was always something happening–which stops boredom from creeping in–and it kept me reading, and wanting to read it when I was busy. It was politics and supernatural and romance. I can’t really say much else without spoiling the plot but it was right up my street and I really enjoyed it!

If you’re looking for something dystopian and a little different then you should try this. If you’re looking for a new name to read, then this is a good story.

I’d definitely recommend this book/series! It’s a great start.

Next review(s): N/A

Won this via Booklikes

Published 25/03/2014 by leannecrabtree

 

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This came yesterday in the post, an ARC Paperback that I won via Booklikes. I may as well admit that I tried to win a copy via Goodreads but missed out so when I saw it on Booklikes I immediately entered and was lucky enough to win!

About the story:

What happens when you turn eighteen and there are no more tomorrows?
It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction….

Tania Deeley has always been told that she’s a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the utter collapse of society.

Though she has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at The Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend, Siân, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Siân has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Siân could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania’s life are not real?

Driven by the need to understand what sets teknoids apart from their human counterparts, Tania begins to seek answers. But time is running out. For everyone knows that on their eighteenth “birthdays,” teknoids must be returned to Oxted—never to be heard from again.

Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17910147-expiration-day

Amazon US: Expiration Day

Amazon UK: Expiration Day

Book Review – Talented

Published 18/03/2014 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Talented

Author: Sophie Davis

Genre: Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult

Release Date: 11th January 2012

Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

When Talia Lyons was just a child, her parents were murdered before her eyes. Offered a choice between accepting their fate and exacting revenge, Talia trains to become one of the country’s deadliest assassins in order to kill the man responsible for their deaths: Ian Crane. Luckily, Talia was born with a gift- the ability to read and influence the minds of others. At sixteen, Talia is poised to graduate from the McDonough School for the Talented, where she learned to control her abilities. Now there is only one obstacle standing between her and the retribution she craves… Talia herself.

Her greatest asset may also be her undoing; while a formidable weapon in the field, Talia’s talents prevent her from both shutting off the mental connection she shares with her questionable boyfriend and blocking out the thoughts of a beguiling fellow recruit. But Talia can’t afford to have the feelings and distractions of a normal teenage girl, when her life is far from normal.

She must regain the single-minded determination that has brought her this far, or it may cost Talia her life when she finally faces Crane. And even after being molded in to a weapon of war, she’ll still have to find the strength it takes to pull the trigger.

Yet again I was drawn to the cover. Then I checked out the synopsis and I thought, “This should be good!” So I requested to read it and got the go ahead several days ago.

I’ll admit it took me a good 20%-25% to really get into it, mainly because of all the description and back story that was thrown in, but once that was out of the way I got quite into it.

Character wise, I have to admit that for the first 40% or so that Talia annoyed me. She seemed rather whiney and didn’t like it when Donovan or others didn’t go along with what she wanted to happen. At the same time Donovan seemed off, himself, though the reason behind that soon came to light. One person I did like was Erik, one third of Talia’s Hunter team. I liked him from the start but there was one scene; one lovely scene involving him and Talia after a mission that made me almost fall for him. It was so sweet. Then there’s Henri, the last member, and leader of their team. He seemed like a pretty great guy, taking care of them on missions and making sure they were up to scratch with their mental and physical abilities.

The world building was pretty good, with lots of detail to help you picture it in your head.

I was waiting for Natalia’s showdown with Ian Crane for most of the book, since that was what the synopsis mentioned, and it was mentioned in the last 30%, though the mission itself actually started with about 15% of the book to go.

As usual, I choose books for the romance aspect and I wasn’t disappointed. The thing between Talia and Erik was really good when it got going.

Overall, I liked this but the information overload at the beginning and the annoying character traits knocked it down half a star for me. A good first book into the series, though. I’m not in any hurry to continue the series but I may read the second book at some point.

Link to book:

Amazon UK: Talented (Talented Saga #1)
Amazon US: Talented (Talented Saga #1)

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Finally decided…

Published 08/11/2013 by leannecrabtree

…what books to take. And here they are!

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So these are the four lucky books I’ve chosen to take away with me. I always seem to do better reading the Morganville Vampire series when I’m abroad so books 13, Bitter Blood, and 14, Fall of Night, are coming with me. Then Blood Red Road is coming because I quite like a dystopia novel every now and then and finally my signed copy of Eversea just to add a bit of none paranormal/sci-fi to the mix.

I have been known to devour books in the down-time between outings while on holiday so you never know, I may end up coming back with more than I went with ;D

I’ll also be taking my notebooks with me, because with no laptop, that’s where my writing happens and hopefully San Francisco will give me plenty of ideas/inspiration for me to get on with books 0.5 and 3 in my Shifter Romance Novella series.

What books to take…?

Published 31/10/2013 by leannecrabtree

Is it strange that I’m already thinking of what books to take with me to San Francisco when I don’t go for another 11 days? I’m having a kindle vs paperback war, but considering I wont be taking my kindle charger with me, maybe it’s better to go for paperbacks. Plus, I have quite a selection to choose from. Now it’s just which ones to take…hmm?

Would you recommend any of the following?

 

Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy/Dystopia

Rising Darkness

The Maze Runner

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)

Confession (David de Morrissey, #3)

Eternity (David de Morrissey, #4)

The Secret Hour (Midnighters, #1)

Touching Darkness (Midnighters, #2)

Blue Noon (Midnighters, #3)

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)

Shadowland (The Immortals, #3)

Dark Flame (The Immortals, #4)

Night Star (The Immortals, #5)

Everlasting (The Immortals, #6)

Silence (Hush, Hush, #3)

Ultraviolet (Ultraviolet, #1)

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)

Bitter Blood (The Morganville Vampires, #13)

Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires, #14)

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)

Adam (Nightwalkers, #6)

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)

Until I Die (Revenants, #2)

If I should Die (Revenants, #3)

Entice (The Violet Eden Chapters #2)

The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2)

The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3)

The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey, #4)

 

Contemporary

Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)

Entwined with You (Crossfire, #3)

The Nearly Weds

Eversea (Eversea, #1)

(Un)like a Virgin

The Dark Side of Desire (Mills & Boon Modern)

Back in the Headlines (Mills & Boon Modern)

The Girl He’d Overlooked (Mills & Boon Modern)

One Perfect Summer (One Perfect #1)

Adorkable

Pictures of Lily

Crash Into You (Loving on the Edge, #1)

Melt Into You (Loving on the Edge, #2)

Love Potions

Going La La

 

Can’t Read

Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2) — Don’t have book 1 yet

Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville, #4) — haven’t read book 3 yet

Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand (Kitty Norville #5)

Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville, #8)

Nocturne — hasn’t arrived yet

Fallen In Love: New Tales From The Fallen World (Fallen, #3.5) — haven’t got 2 or 3

Book Review – In His Command

Published 18/08/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: In His Command (Don’t Tell, #1)

Author: Rie Warren

Genre: MM Romance, Dystopian

Release Date: 6th August 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

In the dystopian future, two men discover attraction isn’t just dangerous, it’s deadly.

Two generations ago, the world was annihilated by a series of catastrophic environmental events. The remaining survivors were driven closer and closer to big city centers-damaged but not destroyed-divvied into sixteen identical international territories ruled by the Company.

Oppressive to the core, the Company has one rule in order to recoup the world’s devastated population: homosexuality and deviant sexual behaviors are hanging offenses. First time offenders are last-time offenders.

It is the year 2070. Commander Caspar Cannon has a stellar military reputation-and a life-threatening secret. When a revolution rips through the territories, Cannon is ordered to escort Company Executive Nathaniel Rice to a secure location. Leaving the besieged city behind, their journey becomes a minefield of sabotage, betrayal, secrets . . . and intense desire for one another.

Cannon’s militant self-repression takes a direct hit, his suspicions warring with passion for a man who can never be his, not while the Company remains in power. True to his mission, he delivers Nathaniel to the safe bunker where a fate he never expected awaits him.

I read books for the romance and I’ll tell you now, this was full of it, which is why I liked it so much. Normally when I read a MM book, it’s more concentrating on the sex, whereas this one concentrated on the relationship and how it grew from mistrust into love. It was so sweet in places and I was bawling for a while near the end.

I liked both of the main characters and how they acted around each other. They were both great guys who’d had to put up with a lot of crap in the past and when they finally got it together I was almost cheering.

Liz, Caspar’s best friend and one of his Lieutenants, was also a cool character and though I thought we’d never see her again after they left Alpha, she makes another appearance near the end, which also had me smiling.

I should probably point out that it does concentrate more on the romance and it’s progression that the dystopian world but it’s still a good tale if you don’t mind that minor detail.

If you like MM Romances that actually focus on the romance, then this shouldn’t be missed. I recommend it.

Next review(s): Deeper

Reading something different

Published 03/06/2013 by leannecrabtree

Well after reading 6/7 New Adult books back to back, I need a change of genre so I’m going for Veronica Rossi’s “Under the Never Sky” series. They’re kind of upper aged young adult with dystopian and sci-fi themes. I have the first two books in paperback–feels like I haven’t read one in ages–and am currently about a third into the first and I’m just starting to get really into it (after the New Adult stuff I’m finding it a little difficult to adjust to the different style).

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If you’d like to see what I’m reading next or currently, just check the “Reading List” tab above and you’ll find a gigantic list including rating and date read. I’ll be sticking to paperback’s for a while as the pile keeps getting higher and higher and mainly books of the paranormal romance/urban fantasy genre’s but you’d have to check the list to find out what comes after that 🙂