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The Revealed
The Revealed
Price: £7.07

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, 25 Jan. 2015
This review is from: The Revealed (Kindle Edition)
Thank you to Spark Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

So in a world already saturated with young adult dystopian novels will The Revealed be able to hold its own, will it have a different spin on this genre that will keep the reader entertained?

Well I'm glad to say it does, It is a dystopian but the way the world building has been done it is not a dark ruined world that our main character lives in.

Lily is a teen living in what was Washington DC, the daughter of an influential man, she lives very a very influential life but her every move is monitored by her father's security and at the start of this book she finds herself in his bad books after stealing his car, now he is not just annoyed that his favourite wheels have been nicked, he is annoyed that his daughter is putting herself in danger by leaving their compound.

Lily is 18 and is this brand new world a new threat has come to light, The Revealed a sinister group who have been kidnapping 18 year olds across the world, nobody knows who they are or where they came from but one they have you in their sights there is no getting away from them and Lily is very much in their sights.

Despite being in a supposedly secure area Lily has been receiving notes letting her know that The Revealed are coming for her, she is scared but feels defeated and decides that she wants to do as much as possible before she is taken.

One night they do come, during an important party, they arrive without warning, they are different they can control the elements, making things cold, creating fire at the click of the fingers, thankfully they don't take Lily but they do leave her and her family shaken.

Can she keep safe? Will The Revealed pass her by once she turns 19?

Unfortunately she doesn't get that far, the worst happens and she is taken. But she finds that what she thought she knew about The Revealed is wrong, things are very different and their agenda make not be as sinister as she once thought.

So what happens next, well you know what I'm going to say, get yourself a copy!! It is a dystopian but like I said above it is not a totally grey and dark world Lily lives in and The Revealed well they reminded me of the characters from the tv series Heroes, I found them incredibly sinister with their notes and stealthiness to begin with, though they did grow on me!

A good read and the first in a new series, I'm looking forward to seeing what is going to happen in this world.

Awarded 4 out of 5


To The Edge of Shadows
To The Edge of Shadows
Price: £3.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 22 Jan. 2015
Thank you to Legend Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Sarah Phillips wakes up one day and finds life is no longer the same, her family have been killed in a tragic accident and everything she knows is gone, you see it is not just her father and sister she has lost, she has woken up in hospital with severe amnesia.

At the young age of thirteen she has to start again, to create new memories whilst dealing with an occasional flashback of her old ones. Thankfully she has one relative left, her fathers baby sister, her Aunt Leah.

Still in her twenties, Leah becomes a mixture of mum, sister and best friend to Sarah, helping her cope when she is sent home from hospital, you really feel for Leah, she is still young and to suddenly have to look after a thirteen year old girl, never mind one who has just been in a fatal accident is not going to be easy but she helps Sarah start to recover, gently helping her explore her surroundings.

Sarah is still incredibly wary of everything, she suffers horrendous flashback nightmares and she feels the need to count her steps constantly. Thankfully Leah is incredibly patient and eventually Sarah is able to go back to school.

Now the first part of the book deals with young Sarah when you least expect it the book moves forward six years and you meet older Sarah, still without her memories and still incredibly fragile but trying to make her way in the world, Leah is running her own flower shop and has her niece working for her, they are barely living but you get the feeling the are both aware they could be holding the other back.

Sarah has a great friend in her old school chum Alex but you get the feeling she is still very much alone, little does she know she isn't.

We meet a new POV, a young woman who has been watching Sarah, watching her every move, manipulating Sarah without her knowledge, slowly but surely getting closer to Sarah, where is this heading, what does she have planned for her?

Well you will need to read it for yourself, This new development adds such an amazing sinister element to this already vastly enjoyable read, This novel ticks all my boxes, strong characters, gripping story and a sense of menace to mix it all up, beautifully written it deserves to be devoured in one sitting!

Great book and I award it 5 out of 5


Hydro (Aurelia Book 1)
Hydro (Aurelia Book 1)
Price: £2.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice YA Read, 14 Jan. 2015
I do love a good post-apoc and I'm always excited to read any new ones that appear on my dystopian radar. Hydro recently appeared on said radar and it was a really enjoyable read.

It's set towards the end of this century, a nuclear war has decimated Earth, the population that was not killed by the blasts is struggling to survive but a lucky few managed to escape look down upon the once thriving planet from the safety of a compound on the moon called Hydro.

Hydro is very much the perfect utopia, everyone lives longer and are much healthier than their counterparts on Earth but there are some things that they just cannot do.

All of the food for Hydro is still grown on Earth in giant greenhouses which the survivors frequently try to get in to, the population of Hydro really do take their lives for granted until the arrival of a stowaway on a ship from Earth, a young man has arrived on Hydro and his name is Blake.

Blake has come from Earth to try and make a deal with the Hydro council in return for revealing the location of a new planet which could solve all their problems, a planet which could be the new home for both the residents of Hydro and Earth he wants their help to help save his father who has a terminal illness.

But he has a lot in his way, starting with the Commander of Earth who views Blake as a criminal and doesn't trust him at all, the feeling is very mutual with Blake hating him in return. Blake finds himself in the company of teens his age and through them he finds that the plan is to return to Earth, they have been told that work is currently under way to make it habitable again for them. He tells them that this is not the case and as far as he can see nothing is changing, the question is why are they being lied to?

One of the teens that Blake has befriended is Ziva who is the Commander's granddaughter, she wants to know why he has been lying to her and decides to help Blake in his mission to get to the bottom of what is being hidden from the residents of Earth and Hydro.

This is a great young adult read, it reads very nicely and has plenty of plot to keep you interested. The characters do come across as a little young in parts but they are sixteen and seventeen so they are young! I do like they idea of a compound on the moon and the world building of Hydro was very well done.

I'm you enjoy your young adult novels with a good dose of dystopia then you will enjoy this.

Awarded 4 out of 5

I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review


Origin of Angels: Elemental Legacy Book 1
Origin of Angels: Elemental Legacy Book 1
Price: £2.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 12 Jan. 2015
So the cover actually grabbed me before I even knew what this book was about, I think it is very eye-catching or should I say easy on the eye!

Now I haven't read any of Christie's books before but this was a really good read and she has a whole other Elemental series called Elemental Enmity which I will be adding to my reading list too!

Origin of Angels introduces us to Travis, a male elemental, the only male elemental, and he is very much in demand from his female counterparts both fae and elementals but an encounter with a mysterious unforgettable woman many years before has stayed very much in his mind. The woman in question has vanished and he wants very much to find her.

Travis is determined in his quest but there are a few other things that get in the way such as his sister Ralya who is the queen of the Fae sticking her nose in where it's not wanted and the possibility of an impending war.

Now I think if I read the Elemental Enmity series I would have had a better idea of how the land lies but not to matter as this is a great read from the first word to the last, it is the perfect young adult read with a great mix of characters and world building that will keep you gripped all the way through.

I'm looking forward to hearing more from this series and I'll definitely be going back to read the other series!

Awarded 4 out of 5

I was sent a copy in exchange for an honest review


The Doomsday Kids #3: Amaranth's Return
The Doomsday Kids #3: Amaranth's Return
Price: £2.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read in this series, 11 Jan. 2015
Thank you Karyn Langhorne Folan for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

The Doomsday Kids series has reached book 3 and this time it is Amaranth who steps up to have her story told. Unlike book 1 and book 2 which focused on the whole group this novel is really just all about Amaranth and Rod, he has decided he wants to travel back home to Washington D.C. to see if his mother has survived.

Of course the fact that the whole country has been turned in to nuclear wasteland could be a problem and the small issue of the fact that Rod is slowly dying from radiation poisoning turning him from his original jock self in to a shadow of his former glory.

Our two teens do not have an easy journey ahead of them, leaving the relative safety of the mountain place they have miles and miles ahead of them in treacherous snowy conditions, thankfully they don't have to walk to begin with as they find a tractor to help them on their way.

They have not gone far when they start to see signs of other survivors, unfortunately none of them are of the caring sharing type, they meet people driven mad and the worst kind - cannibals with whom they have a very close shave.

With Rod's deteriorating condition it seems very unlikely that they will make it to Washington but just when they think all is lost they come across the most unlikely sight, something they never thought they would see again, lights.

An oasis in the nuclear wasteland, a casino and hotel of all places, could this be somewhere where they can seek refuge for a while and will Rod be able to get medical help here?

Well the answer is no, nobody is handing out anything without receiving something in return and as the casino is full of men and lacking in women you can guess what horrible job Amaranth may have to perform.

This third instalment is darker than the last two, as I said we barely hear from the other teens but you know what?, I did not miss them, Rod and Amaranth make such a great team, they bitch at each other, joke and share old memories but at the same time they stop each other from falling apart when it gets too much, we also meet some new characters and an old friend/foe who comes back in to the groups life.

It reminded me a little of the novel The Road in parts, well mostly the part where they make a horrific discovery after being on the run from cannibals. This book did not disappoint and I am really enjoying this series. As I have said before what makes this series is the fact that the characters are real, they don't all of a sudden become super survivors.

A great series and I'm looking forward to reading more.

Awarded 5 out of 5


Whispers
Whispers
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 8 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Whispers (Kindle Edition)
So the opinion I had when I started this book totally changed by the time I finished it, I thought it was going to be a straight forward NA/YA read but by the last word it proved to be something much much more.

Whispers is the story of Natalie a girl who has been branded as "Special", she is talked at and talked about, she is different, things appear in her head that have no business of being there.

She is a troubled girl and the only thing that keeps her tethered to her own thoughts is the knife she uses to harm herself.

Her family and doctors decide the best step to take is to use medication and slowly she starts to feel...well maybe better is not the best word but she starts to feel a tiny bit normal.

She receives a letter offering her a place at a college she does not remember applying to but hoping to lead a normal life and to have some quiet time away from her family she takes her place and begins to live again.

She has to take part in a study programme and during this course she meets Luka who will be her tutor, he is gorgeous, dark and brooding, and she is shocked to find out she can hear him inside her head.

Natalie is thrown by Luka and tries to avoid him but they are drawn together and she finds out that the "special" branding that she has had is wrong, she can hear people, she can hear their thoughts and Luka can hear them too.

Together they form a special bond, one that goes from friendship to love and when Luka starts working away as an intern Natalie misses him terribly but things are about to get worse with one phone call that destroys her world.

Now I toyed with the idea of telling you about what happens in the phone call but nope I don't want to spoil it for you what I will say it that this book is just superb, as I said I thought it was just a YA/NA read but on the discovery of Natalie and Luka's abilities it goes a bit paranormal which steps it up a gear then wham it really takes off after the phone call, everything you thought was one thing turns out to be......well you will just need to read for yourself.

It does start out a little slow but bear with it as it is worth it, it does cover self-harming and the taking of medication but it does so with great tact on a difficult subject.

This really deserves your time!

Awarded 4 out of 5

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


After The Ending (The Ending Series, #1)
After The Ending (The Ending Series, #1)
Price: £0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, 6 Jan. 2015
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My first dystopian read of 2015 and it is a good one!

The first book in the Ending Series, After The Ending is a compelling read, enjoyable from the start all the way through to its thrilling ending.

Now books about the end of the world, viruses, billions dying are by no means a new subject, there are loads of them out there and what I try and look for is something a little different, which can be difficult as there are tons of books that do they same as this book which is people trying to survive in an inhospitable environment banding in to groups for support and defence with a bit of romance added in.

So what makes this book different or at least worth your time?

Well in my opinion, you may be the same, if a book is worth reading you tend to know in the first couple of pages and After The Ending got me hooked in straight away, it is told from the point of view of two best friends Zoe and Dani who are stuck on opposite sides of the country stranded by the virus which has rampaged it way across the country (which country? are you new to this!? America of course!! ( Sorry Americans I love you but if the s**t hits the fan I'm cancelling my holidays to Orlando!!)), these two have grown up together, they are each others lifeline and when they need each other the most the have thousands of miles in between them.

The story is all about the girls desperately trying to get to one another and the obstacles they have to overcome, the major one is what they call the crazies, the people who did not fall prey to the virus they have been left majorly mad, acting strange and very violent but thankfully the girls are not alone as they begin their respective journeys they come across friendly faces who help them, some familiar to them and some not. New friendships are forged and also some not so friendly relationships made.

Surviving and not getting taken out by the crazies is a good part of their day but Zoe and Dani along with their fellow survivors start to feel different, they experience strange things, some of them start to communicate with different creatures, some of them can can calm people down, some can heal quickly, it seems everyone who has not been killed by the virus or driven crazy has a new ability that they need to learn to control.

Now this is part of a series so this story is going to continue for a while (which is good!!) and as this book comes to the end I think you may get an inkling of where this story is going (no spoilers), the characters of Zoe and Dani along with their love interests, friends and furry friends are going to have to come to terms with their new abilities and they are going to have learn to survive, it is not just the crazies out there to worry about.

I really enjoyed this book as I said it reeled me in straight away but a couple of things could have done with more explanation, there is one scene where an old teacher of the girls is discovered still very much alive and a meeting with him and his fellow survivors happens, I would liked to have read about it, it is just briefly mentioned and it would have been nice to have heard about if they met any old faces and what has happened in that community, the other thing was that email seems to stay on for an awful long time after the country goes pear-shaped I struggle to get it hear on a good day and the last thing was just back story on few of the characters but YAY!! there are novellas on the characters in question and I have added them to my wish list along with the next two books in the series.

So all in all if you like a young adult dystopian novel with a hint of romance and danger set in our near future with the prospect of many more books in the series to satisfy your hunger for all things end of the world then this is it, as I mentioned above I need a book to stand out a little to make it worth while in amongst all the other similar stories, this stands out with a well written story, scope for exploration in the characters abilities plus it has the hint of a lot more to come.

Awarded 4 out of 5


Surviving The Evacuation, Book 3: Family
Surviving The Evacuation, Book 3: Family
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great series, 29 Dec. 2014
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Well after snuggling up with Book 2 on Christmas Eve I settled down on Christmas Day with Book 3: Family but only after first consuming my body weight in Turkey and Brussel Sprouts.

Book 3 follows straight on from the discovery that Annette and Daisy have been taken to London and the arrival of Sholto, who had been in contact with Bill before everything went tits up and is now revealed to be **SPOILER ALERT** Bill's brother.

Along with Kim, Bill and Sholto head by water to London in the grave hope that they can rescue their young companions, thankfully they know they are on the right path when they come across clues which they can only assume have been left by the wise beyond her ten years Annette.

The biggest clue points to Kew Gardens and our reluctant sailors step on to dry land to start their mission to rescue the girls, now maybe mission is not the right word, the use of mission makes them sound like a team of crack Navy SEALS which they are not! Maybe I should use the term Treasure Hunt with added Zombies.

Long story short they get the girls with another stunning patched together and hope for the best plan, which is how all good plans should be executed. Now with four wheels beneath them our "family" escapes the smoke to try and get to the Welsh coast where a boat rendezvous with survivors to take them to a safe colony.

But they have to get their first, on their way they come across the worst thing possible, a horde, thousands upon thousands of the undead, trampling everything in site, razing buildings, carving a dark smear across the landscape. Our travellers have no option but to find a "hordeproof" hideaway and resort to lying low in a disused tunnel.

With a lack of light and fresh air our unlikely companions find themselves feeling worse for wear but mostly poor baby Daisy feels the brunt of it changing from a lively tot to a quiet withdrawn one.

Eventually escaping they reach the rendezvous point and discover more survivors there, each with their own tale to tell and thankfully one of them is a Doctor who can give Daisy a looking over, they feel safe for now but as they get to know their new group mates things start to ring alarm bells and with that Bill has a difficult decision to make, does his journey lie with his friends to the relative safety of the colony or should he make a journey of his own to settle some scores?

I can honestly say hand of my beating not dead heart that I have loved this series and felt a pang of sadness as I read the last few lines but that sadness was short lived as I have discovered Book 4: Unsafe Haven which is happily sitting waiting to be read on my Kindle as we speak.

I have said it before in my past reviews of books 1 and 2 that what makes this series is the whole Britishness about it, I love America but naturally I can relate so much better to my home country, The general Britishness of the characters too just makes this such a must read, the zombies themselves are as all zombies are a general pain in the arse but they are usually dispatched without too much gore (yes I'm talking to you The Walking Dead, but I still love you too!!), all in all Surviving the Evacuation gives us a horrific look at what could happen, with the dreaded Ebola and all manner of other infectious diseases in the news just now I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who expect to see what happens in this series on their doorstep and because of this dystopian fiction I think is getting more and more popular (and it is already huge) especially when it ventures in to the undead territory.

I never tire of reading book likes this, I really good author like Frank can take this genre and add his or her own mark upon it and Frank has done this with Surviving the Evacuation, If you haven't read it I suggest you get your butt or finger down to your Kindle Store or equivalent and buy this, you will not regret it.

Also whilst I'm thinking out loud this would make a really good TV series..........

Awarded 5 out of 5


Surviving The Evacuation, Book 2: Wasteland
Surviving The Evacuation, Book 2: Wasteland
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant follow up, 27 Dec. 2014
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This is the second book in the Surviving the Evacuation series, I reviewed the first book back in July and had hoped to quickly read this book straight after but as usual life got in the way and on Christmas Eve whilst I waited snug in bed for Santa I cosied up under the duvets in the dark to read about the world gone to hell after a virus has gone crazy and infected millions leaving the survivors to either fend for themselves or risk going to the governments evac point.

Bill our anti-hero continues his slow journey, he has been recovering from a broken leg, out of the city in to the countryside, he is becoming a dab handy at dispatching the undead but he is still all on his own. But luck is on his side, well after he has been continually shot at for a while, he meets/rescues Kim who is being held by two men, Bill helps her escape and together they make their way through the zombie infested landscape of Southern England.

This is actually one of the best things about this series, the setting, so many zombie books and other dystopian is that they are set in the United States, it is refreshing to read a book and go "Oooh I've been there and you can vividly picture it", anyway I digress back to the plot again!

Bill and Kim (who is by no means a damsel in distress) enter a village and discover a large group of zombies trying to get in to a building, as it is very unlikely they are going shopping it can only mean one thing, survivors, a cry pierces the air and Bill and Kim are in no doubt about whether to ignore or help whoever is trapped in the building.

A cunning plan is put in to action to distract the dead which has just a few little snags but it does the trick and our little group of two doubles in size with the addition of Annette who is ten and Daisy who is just a baby. Annette may be a child but she is very savvy having made her way out of the city all alone with Daisy.

Our gang continue on their merry way hiding out, avoiding the dead and just try to survive, plus Bill is still holding on to Sholto's hard drive with all the information regarding the outbreak on it and he is also carrying a lot of guilt around due to him being the architect of the evac plan that the government initiated and that did not got to plan.

Swapping their legs for two wheels, then four wheels they start heading towards the site that Bill believes the Doctor who created the virus/vaccine is based at, on their way they encounter more survivors and this is where the story is kicked up another gear.

They seem innocent enough to begin with, but these people are hiding something, there is something about them that doesn't ring true, holed up together they all come up with a plan to escape but some of the new survivors have a different agenda and with that comes the splitting of the camps as the new group kidnaps young Annette and baby Daisy, Kim and Bill are hot on their tale but they seem to be heading back to London, will they find them again? Plus Bill comes across a blast from his past whose revelation rocks Bill to his core. Will Bill and Kim manage to rescue their young companions and who is the newcomer?

Well you'll find out in book 3, Wasteland has been another enjoyable read in this series, I have already read book 3 and can say the consistently brilliant story telling continues through to it, and I promise to review soon.

The characters are just normal people, they still like a cup of tea and quite happily use their bikes as modes of transport, this book can be bloody and violent but if you are not so keen on horror novels you have nothing to worry about think of this as zombie-lite, I am actually watching World War Z as I type this and Bill is much more of a believable character than gung ho Brad Pitt and his sprinting zombies!

Great read, the kind of book once you start you won't put it down till you read the last word.

Awarded 5 out of 5


City of Stairs
City of Stairs
Price: £6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, worth your time, 23 Dec. 2014
This review is from: City of Stairs (Kindle Edition)
Thanks to Quercus for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

City of Stairs, where do I start?

Well I have no idea!, it was an epic read with one heck of world built around it, there is no hope in hell that I am going to be able to convey just how great it was but hey ho let's try!

First of all this is not set in the world as we know it, most of the action takes place in the city of Bulikov, now it sounds possibly a little Russian but this city is very different it has been struck by the Blink, Gods used to roam the continent that this city is part of but they have been destroyed and with it many strange things have happened notably massive parts of Bulikov just disappearing or ending up not where it supposed to be.

The continent is also in turmoil, the Continentals have been conquered by the Saypuri's (with me so far?, don't worry if you are not!!), a Saypuri historian Dr Efrem Pangyui has been in Bulikov researching the Continents forbidden history but unfortunately he has met with an untimely end.

Enter Shara Thivani, cultural ambassador, tea drinker and a all round fab feisty character, she also brings with her possibly the best character in the book Sigrud, a Dreyling (very Viking-esque) an all round quiet assassin, jack of all murderous trades but don't worry he is very likeable.

Shara and Sigrud begin their journey in to what has happened to Dr Pangyui, what has he found out in his deep digging of the continents history, who is his killer?

Well City of Stairs takes us all over the city of Bulikov, we meet other brilliant characters such as Governor Mulaghesh - I will just say now that the female characters in this book are just superbly written, they are very very likeable - and together with our two amateur detectives they discover more and more hidden mysteries of this very strange city.

I felt it started of a little slow but once it kicks off it just keeps going, the creation of the world that this novel is set in is just immense, the whole story is a lot to take in, it is not light and fluffy but it is smart and it can be very funny, a scene involving a god's many tentacled pet and a greased up Sigrud is just brilliant.

There so much going on in this book that I haven't even touched on, warehouses of mysteries, past lovers, strange portal, too much to list here but you will find out all about it when you read and read it you should!!

Awarded 5 out of 5


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