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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

Michelle O’ Leary

Published 19/02/2014 by leannecrabtree

As you may know, every so often I like to do a sort of spotlight on author’s that I’ve read and really liked that aren’t as well known as I believe they should be. So far I’ve done Rachel Higginson and Lindsay Buroker.

Today it’s the turn of Michelle O’ Leary.

She’s an author of science fiction romance. I’ve read two of her books so far, The Huntress and Light of Kaska, and really enjoyed both, with No Such Thing still to read.

I’m not the biggest fan of Sci-fi books, I’ll admit. If I do happen to read one, I’m looking for a good romance sub-plot and Michelle’s books have just that. She weaves stories that draw you in and the world building is really detailed. I grew to really care about her characters plights and were happy when things turned out good for them in the end.

If you like sci-fi romances and are looking for a new name in the genre then I suggest you give Michelle O’ Leary a try. I’m certainly looking forward to reading more from the author in the future.

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Lindsay Buroker

Published 15/01/2014 by leannecrabtree

I know I normally post about New Adult books and stuff so I thought I’d go for something different today and mention an author I love but who doesn’t seem to be so well known, though she has quite a lot of fans.

Lindsay Buroker.

She writes science-fiction/fantasy with a bit of steampunk thrown in, generally with a touch of humour and romance too. I absolutely adore her work and that’s why I’m writing this post. If you want to check her books out, the first in her Emperor’s Edge series, is permanently free; it’s a full length novel, as is the first in her Flash Gold Chronicles, which are novella length.

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Or you can check out her website: http://www.lindsayburoker.com to find out more.

 

 

Book Review – Obscura Burning

Published 27/09/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Obscura Burning

Author: Suzanne van Rooyen

Genre: MM, Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Release Date: 7th December 2012

Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars

I won a copy of this e-book via a giveaway on Bookish Treasures

The world’s going to end in fire…and it’s all Kyle’s fault.

Kyle Wolfe’s world is about to crash and burn. Just weeks away from graduation, a fire kills Kyle’s two best friends and leaves him permanently scarred. A fire that Kyle accidentally set the night he cheated on his boyfriend Danny with their female friend, Shira. That same day, a strange new planet, Obscura, appears in the sky. And suddenly Kyle’s friends aren’t all that dead anymore.

Each time Kyle goes to sleep, he awakens to two different realities. In one, his boyfriend Danny is still alive, but Shira is dead. In the other, it’s Shira who’s alive…and now they’re friends with benefits. Shifting between realities is slowly killing him, and he’s not the only one dying. The world is dying with him. He’s pretty sure Obscura has something to do with it, but with his parents’ marriage imploding and realities shifting each time he closes his eyes, Kyle has problems enough without being the one in charge of saving the world…

I love the cover of this. It’s very sci-fi-y and drew my attention straight away before I even read the synopsis.

So I found this to be a bit confusing with the continuous switching between realities and it took me a while to get used to it, especially keeping up with how all the other characters interacted with Kyle between the two realities he was living. In one people are alive who should have been dead, in the other he was friends with a girl who treated him like crap in the former. Another strange fact is that while he’s in one alternate universe, he continues to function in the other, so he zips back and forth and can be in the middle of doing something that he then doesn’t remember starting.

The girl I just mentioned above, Mya, tries to help Kyle figure out what’s happening by taking him to a scientist/professor who did a paper on multiverses. In the “Danny’s dead” world, I really like her, she’s friendly and fun, while in “Shira’s dead” world, well, she’s not. (I think I got that right…)

As for Danny and Shira, I don’t think I was a fan of them from the start. I’m not sure why, maybe it was because we never really saw enough of them, or the them before the fire that injured/killed them. But by the end, I definitely didn’t like them.

The writing style was easy to get into and I kinda devoured the book when I finally just sat back and let myself read it without any distractions.

Don’t be put off with it having a gay relationship in it, there’s nothing overtly graphic between Danny and Kyle, just references, it doesn’t go into great detail. It doesn’t go into detail with Kyle’s female relationships either.

This was probably a little too sci-fi for me; alternate universes? Erm…not really my thing but I did enjoy it. If you like sci-fi and mystery then you’ll probably like this.

Next review(s): Dark Child or Patch Up

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 🙂