Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #198

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney
Releases: February 27th 2018

When Lizzie Lavenza enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn't have an easy time. From class demands to being an outsider among her male cohorts, she'll have to go above and beyond to prove herself. So when she stumbles across what appears to be a faulty Bio-mechanical--one of the mechanized cadavers created to service the school--she jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program.

Only this Bio-mechanical isn't like the others. Where they are usually empty-minded and perfectly obedient, this one seems to have thoughts, feelings...and self-awareness.

Soon Lizzie realizes that it is Victor Frankenstein--a former student who died under mysterious circumstances. Victor, it seems, still has a spark of human intelligence inside him, along with memories of things he discovered before his untimely death...and a suspicion that he was murdered to keep that information from getting out.Suddenly Lizzie finds herself intertwined in dark secrets and sabotage that put her life, and the lives of Victor and their friends, in danger. But Lizzie's determined to succeed--even if that means fighting an enemy who threatens the entire British Empire.
 

Thoughts:
Ooooooh. This novel sounds really good! I mean it basically looks like a sci-fi type retelling of Frankenstein? Um, yes please. Just please let there be romance within the story and then the tale will be perfect. Very much hoping to read this when it comes out!

What do you think of  Cadaver & Queen? Is it something you would like to read?
And what are you waiting on this week?


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Book Shelf: This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?


More info on Goodreads.....


Review: 

This Mortal Coil is Emily Suvada’s debut novel and is a rich science based thriller that intermingles elements of sci-fi, dystopia and action into a fast faced, mysterious and engaging read.

Catarina Agatta is the daughter of legendary geneticist Dr Lachlan Agatta, the man who may be humanity’s last hope against a deadly virus that has crippled the population. In a world where everyone is implanted with technology that allows people to change their bodies any way they like, the majority of society survive in airtight underground bunkers, while Cat lives above ground; alone in a deserted cabin and fighting to stay alive and away from the infected. During the beginning of the outbreak, Dr Agatta was kidnapped by a shady company called Cartaxus and ever since, genius hacker Cat has managed to remain off their radar, just like her father wanted. Until the day a Cartaxus soldier comes baring the news that Cat’s father has died and she is now the only hope humanity has of a vaccine being made. Cole is a typical Cartaxus solider, encompassing everything her father told her not to trust about the organisation, but when it becomes clear there are more dangers out there than just the plague, will Catarina be able to survive the secrets she discovers? Or will learning the truth get her killed?

This Mortal Coil is a fast paced and highly detailed novel from Emily Suvada that offers readers a fresh twist on the age old zombie apocalyptic tale. Focusing heavily on the technology based themes of this futuristic society, Suvada has created a world in the middle of a catastrophe where codes and apps are a key element of everyday life and can act as everything from medicine and medicinal treatments to upgrades and alterations to an individual’s DNA and genetic makeup. It made for fascinating reading.

The main character in This Mortal Coil is Catarina. I did like her as the heroine; she was capable and resilient—clearly able to survive in extreme conditions, if her existence alone for so long was any indication. She was intelligent and willing for fight for herself and the right thing. I liked that as well as the relationships she had with those around her.

My only issue with this book is that there’s a twist towards the end of the story that I’m not sure was really necessarily if I’m being honest. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but with the way in which the story was progressing and the relationships developing, the revelation seemed a little bit like a setback to the characters growth. I’m not saying it was the worst twist I’ve ever seen, but I feel like Suvada could have left it out of the story and all still would have been right with the world.

There are plenty of twists and revelations with this story and with Emily Suvada concluding this tale with a few key heart pounding chapters, I’m keen to see what happens next. I’m still eager to learn what happened to some of the characters including Agnes and Dax and will be hoping for a sequel so I can discover all the secrets we’re still left to uncover.

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Kindle ebook via Netgalley
Release Date: November 7th 2017
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: I did quite like this book and I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for a sequel.



Monday, October 16, 2017

Owl Post #195


Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
 
Hello book lovers and welcome to another week's Owl Post! Hope you all had a great week in books :)
 
I Won:
 - Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell 
- Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell  
I was super stoked to win these two books from Allen and Unwin Teen's Facebook page! I've heard great things about them, but haven't had a chance to get copies or read them myself. Can't wait to dive into them. Oh, and these covers are just amazing!! 
 
 
I Bought:
- Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead 
I love Richelle Mead, but it's taken me a strangely long time to get a copy of this, but seriously, a HARDBACK for $8.50 and that included shipping--glad I waited!

- Circle of Fire by Keri Arthur 
My first buy for Sydney Author Event next year. Still six months away, but I figure it's best to get my reading started early. This will also be my first Keri Arthur novel. Anyone out there a fan of her books?

- Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
- Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton
- The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton
- The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton
- Cole's Redemption by J.D. Tyler
- Undead and Unemployed by MaryJanice Davidson  
- Undead and Uneasy by MaryJanice Davidson   
I LOOOOOVE getting myself some bargains from my local op- shops! Whether it's Vinnies, Salvos or Lifeline, I'm always on the lookout for secondhand books in great, practically new condition....and all these were only $1 EACH! 8 books for $8... I'm a happy girl, even if these are a bit of a mixed bunch and I'll have to get copies of some missing from the series, lol.

And that's me this week!
What did the owl's bring you? I'd love to hear!



 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Book Shelf: Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:  

Zenith is the first collaboration between authors Sasha Alsberg & Lindesay Cummings and is a compelling intergalactic tale that blends action, adventure and intrigue together in a heart-pounding sci-fi setting brimming with potential. 

In the Mirabel Galaxy most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, an infamous mercenary known for her ruthless brand of death, but to those aboard her starship the Maurader she's just Andi, their captain and friend. Yet when a routine mission doesn't go as planned, Andi and her all female crew find themselves in hot water and forced to take on a mission of dangerous proportions. Paired with a reckless bounty hunter named Dex whose history with Andi is checkered at best, Andi and the Mauraders are about to take on their most troubling task yet, but no one is prepared for the danger that is coming and the war that is about to break out....


Even though Zenith has been on my list of books I was looking forward to reading upon release, and I was stoked to receive an ARC for review, it admittedly took a while to win me over. It wasn't necessarily bad or even slow, but there was just something about the story that I struggled to connect with in the beginning. That being said, the more the story progressed, the more I seemed to enjoy this intricate and engaging world that Alsberg and Cummings have created. 


Told in third person, Zenith follows a number of important characters within the story, including the overall main character Andi as well as bounty hunter Dex, Andi's second in command Lira and a number of other characters who are for all intents and purposes the "bad guys". This allows for a well told story that brings a number of different elements together to bring the tale to life. It was interesting to come to understand what the different POV's meant for the overall storyline as the novel progressed. 


There's a lot going on within the story and Alsberg and Cummings bring it all together well. I really loved the aspect of female empowerment that comes with Andi's all female team that is made up of Breck, Lira and Gilly, outcasts who have built themselves a family together as they travel the galaxy. They had a very endearing friendship and I enjoyed the light and funny moments we see between them throughout Zenith. 


Something I also appreciated seeing was the different sides to the story. Considering we're witnessing a galaxy in the middle of a war, the authors do a fantastic job of blurring the lines and allowing you to see the good and bad in each side at different times during the tale. I felt for all those involved as I read the novel and couldn't help but feel for each character.


As far as first novels go, Zenith seems to have it all. Sasha Alsberg & Lindesay Cummings detail a very intricate and beguiling world and kick off their series with a bang! Ending spectacularly, I'll be keen to see what happens next after the cliffhanger conclusion that opens up so many possibilities and leaves me wondering just what we're in store for next! 


Rating: 

Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher:
Harlequin Teen Australia
Format: Paperback ARC
Release Date: January 11th 2018
Pre-Order: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: After a slow start, I ended up enjoying Zenith and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel when it comes out. 



Friday, October 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Premonition by Leigh Walker- Author Interview & Giveaway


Welcome to the Blog Tour for Premonition by Leigh Walker thanks to YA Bound Book Tours! Yesterday my four star review of Premonition went live and today I have an author interview with Leigh Walker and a giveaway to share with you.
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When Riley heads off to boarding school for a summer work-study program, she knows it'll be demanding. What she doesn't expect? To be thrust into an intense physical training program described as special, exclusive and worst of all--top-secret. She signed up for tuition assistance, not to be held in a secret government facility for boot camp...

Welcome to The Division, the government agency that's so classified, most United States senators have never heard of it.

The Division wants Riley bad, but she can't figure out why. Skeptical of what she's being told, Riley's determined to uncover the truth. Boot camp is intense, physically and mentally draining. The upside? One of her new teammates is the cutest boy ever. Watching Finn hit the gym wearing a tank top doesn't suck--although sometimes his brooding attitude does. But when training forces Riley to confront her tragic past, even Finn's big biceps aren't enough to make her want to stay...

Beware: The Division isn't something you just walk away from. You better run.


Riley realizes her capabilities and strengths are greater than she'd ever imagined. But she also learns she wasn't just chosen for this special program...

She was made for it.


Add on Goodreads or check out my review!

Purchase:


INTERVIEW WITH LEIGH WALKER, AUTHOR OF THE DIVISION SERIES

Q: Wow, you re interviewing yourself ... how pompous!
Right? It s to tell people more about the series, lol. Although I should admit that I normally talk to myself a lot , so this isn't much of a departure.

Q: Tell us about The Division – it s a bunch of teenagers with psychic powers, right? How did you get inspired?
Everyone on the team has psychic powers, yes. I was watching Stranger Things on Netflix and I WAS SO PSYCHED they were testing poor Eleven for psychic powers. But I was also like , YEEHAW! Because I LOVE psychic powers, and I can't remember the last time I saw or read something that included them. I've always been obsessed by the concept, and there s so many variations of powers, so many incarnations it can take... Anyway, after watching that show and having that reaction, I thought, other people must love t his stuff, too, I can't be the only one. So I wanted to give us all more!

Q: Tell us about the main character, Riley Payne.
Riley is a normal girl dealing with a lot. Her father and sister died in a car accident and her mother started drinking heavily after it happened. She just wants to get out of her house and go to boarding school, but she gets more than she bargained for when she abruptly gets recruited into a secret agency...

Q: The secret agency is The Division, correct?
Yes. It s a secret cell of teenagers who were genetically engineered with psychic gifts. They work for the American government to combat domestic terrorism.

Riley thinks they're nuts, of course. Until she unlocks her powers, then she s blown away by what she can do.

Q: As the series goes on, you get into genetic engineering, fated love, eco-terrorism, loyalty, isolation, human nature, climate change ... some pretty heavy themes. But would you describe the series as a difficult read?
I don t think so, but certainly some parts were hard to write – like about Riley missing her dad and her sister. I still cry when I read those parts. And in the second book, an eco-terrorist is introduced, and some terrible things happen in the book. So yeah, there's definitely a heaviness to some of what the characters are dealing with. But they're teenagers, and their youth is sort of a tonic against everything they're dealing with. They still care about their friends. They's till want to hang out, tell stories, joke around. They are still very interested in falling in love. I think my writing style is naturally light and breezy, so it s sort of a counterpoint to the storyline. If that makes sense, lol.

Q: What s your favorite part of this series?
Riley and Finn's relationship. They have so much on their plates, and they're so young, but they genuinely care for each other in a way that makes me ache.

Q: What do you do when you're not writing? 
I have three large, unruly boys who like to play every sport and eat as much food as possible. When I'm not at my computer, I'm busy carting them around and grocery shopping. But I also love to relax with a great book or television show – I am currently completely obsessed with Riverdale, OMG!!!

Thanks for having me! Happy reading!!!

I loved this interview with Leigh. It was so insightful and fun :)


Leigh Walker lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. She has a degree in Journalism and a law degree. She's never been to the Naval Shipyard prison in Kittery, ME, but she's driven by it...and boy, is it creepy! Leigh has lots of books planned for The Division Series.

She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to email her at leigh@leighwalkerbooks.com. 


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Shelf: Premonition (The Division #1) by Leigh Walker

When Riley heads off to boarding school for a summer work-study program, she knows it'll be demanding. What she doesn't expect? To be thrust into an intense physical training program described as special, exclusive and worst of all--top-secret. She signed up for tuition assistance, not to be held in a secret government facility for boot camp...

Welcome to The Division, the government agency that's so classified, most United States senators have never heard of it.

The Division wants Riley bad, but she can't figure out why. Skeptical of what she's being told, Riley's determined to uncover the truth. Boot camp is intense, physically and mentally draining. The upside? One of her new teammates is the cutest boy ever. Watching Finn hit the gym wearing a tank top doesn't suck--although sometimes his brooding attitude does. But when training forces Riley to confront her tragic past, even Finn's big biceps aren't enough to make her want to stay...

Beware: The Division isn't something you just walk away from. You better run.


Riley realizes her capabilities and strengths are greater than she'd ever imagined. But she also learns she wasn't just chosen for this special program...

She was made for it.


More info on Goodreads......


Review: 

Premonition is author Leigh Walker’s debut novel and is a mysterious sci-fi tale that draws readers into an intriguing and enigmatic story seeped in intrigue and blended with action, possibility and a small hint of romance.

Riley Payne is heading off to a summer work program before beginning her new scholarship at a prestigious boarding school. Wanting to escape her inebriated mother and the pain of losing her father and sister, Riley is hoping her education will help shape her future. What she isn’t expecting is to be drafted into a secret government organisation known as The Division that trains and deploys elite individuals to protect America from both home grown and international terrorism. The Division is adamant they want Riley, but Riley isn’t so sure—not understanding what she has to offer. Fighting her uncertainty as well as her growing attraction to her handsome and moody teammate Finn, Riley must decide whether she can trust The Division or if the mysterious organisation is keeping secrets from her for nefarious reasons.

Kicking off her debut series, Leigh Walker’s novel Premonition is an easy and enjoyable reading experience. Unfolding through the eyes of Riley Payne, Premonition is a sci-fi tale with plenty of mysterious elements that will definitely keep readers plodding along, keen to discover its secrets. Walker sets up the beginning of what I’m hoping will be an action packed saga with the beginning threads of a driven division of people with powerful abilities.

On the whole I did like our main character Riley, although I feel like she also has a lot of potential for growth. We haven’t even unlocked the smallest amount of what she can do and I can only anticipate where Leigh Walker plans to take her. As our main character she was easy enough to follow and I like the budding relationships she has with many of the other characters in the novel including Emma, Josh and of course Finn.
 
Premonition was a decent science fiction read and I think the series has a lot of potential. Leigh Walker includes a fair amount of action and budding friendships to keep you eager to see what happens next and the mystery surrounding Riley and the Division are bound to leave you keen to see what happens in the next novel!

Rating: 
Source: Sent for review by YA Bound Book Tours and the author (Thank you guys!)
Publisher:
CMG Publishing
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date:
July 19th 2017
Purchase: Amazon
Final Thoughts: A good start that opens a lot of doors, I'll be interested to see where author Leigh Walker takes the series. 




 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #197

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
ISAN by Mary Ting
Releases on: May 1st 2018

The world has changed.

Scientists warned it would happen.

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

While on a training mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.


Thoughts:
I have to say I do love a good dystopian novel and ISAN sounds like it could be a really great one. Not only does it have a kick-ass cover but the description seems to include all the things I love about a good futuristic/apocalyptic tale and I'm keen to read this when it releases. 

What do you think of ISAN? Is it something you would like to read?
And what are you waiting on this week?