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Book Review, Psychological Thriller, Thriller, YA

The Treatment by C.L. Taylor

The Treatment is another book that I received when I was at YALC, I was lucky enough to meet the author and get it signed. This is the first YA book that C.L Taylor has written, but she has written several other psychological thrillers. The Treatment is realised on the 19th October 2017.

This book follows Drew Finch a sixteen year old girl, who life is turn up side down when she receives a note from her brother from a mysteries woman. Her brother is currently staying at residential reform academy after being expelled from another school. The note tells Drew that he is not being reformed but brainwashed. When no one takes Drew seriously she decides to get herself sent there to help save her brother, but it wont be as easy as Drew thought.

The book was gripping, I was sucked into the story from the very beginning. I found Drew a very relatable character and that made the stake higher as you want her to be ok. As the book reaches it climax I was holding my breath gripping the book completely engrossed into the story. I think part of the story that makes the book spine chilling is that I wouldn’t be surprised if this was happening or ended up happening.

If you like psychological Thriller I would advise you to give this book a read, I will be differently be reading C.L Taylor other book.

I give this book 4.8 out of 5.

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If you would like to find out more about C.L Taylor click HERE

 

Book Box Club, Book Review, Fantasy, YA

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe was the book that I received in my September Book Box Club, Libby and Kate have good taste in books.

The Book follows Sante a fourteen girl who as a baby was found by Mama Rose, Mama Rose found her and a sea-chest on a beach, a survivor of a sinking boat. Mama Rose runs a traveling circus where she has taken in many lost souls. Sante past catches up with her when another survivor recognise her while performing, now the soul lost on that sinking boat are coming to Sante asking for revenge.  Sante must find the missing pieces of the jigsaw to complete her own story.

One of my favourite parts of the book is the relationship between Sante and Priss her bird. Priss was the first to find her in her sea-chest, and has taken her role of protector very serious. I like Sante wish of being able to fly free with Sante.

I found the book very easy to read, with a charming charismatic story.  The balance with the light heartiness with the circus,  and with the seriousness of race, kidnappers and human traffickers. This has creates a compelling story and a must read.

I give this 4.4 out of 5

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Thank for reading

Gem x

Book Review, NetGalley Review, Sci-fi, YA

Satellite by Nick Lake

Satellite is the new book by Nick Lake, the book follow Leo a 15-year-old boy born on Moon 2 a Satellite orbiting space.

Moon 2 is all that Leo and twins Libra and Orion have every known, born in space to astronauts mothers. Leo has been waiting till his sixteen birthday when he is strong enough to go back home to earth. After all his dreaming of earth, will Leo have the ability to cope with all the new experiences once he is one earth. Leo thought living in space was dangerous but nothing is a dangerous as a planet full of billion of people with their own agenda. Now Leo, Libra and Orion will have to survive and defy all odds.

Nick Lake has beautifully written this story, but my favourite parts are Leo reactions to his new experiences on earth. Things that we take for granted, I wish I could remember my first experiences of snow and sunsets.

This book got me on a more of an emotional level, than I thought when I read the book descriptions. The book is an emotional adventure, that take an interesting take on the Young Adult Space fiction.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5.

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Thank to Netgalley for allowing me to read and advanced copy.

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Book Review, Book Subscription box, Fairy Loot, Fantasy, YA

Fairyloot September 2017 All that Sass unboxing

I always enjoy getting me FairyLoot box, and never been disappointed with a single box.

This months box theme is All That Sass, a box all about Sassy characters and books.

This first thing I pulled out was Hot Chocolate for a Sassy Demi-Gods by Brontie & Co. This Hot Chocolate is suitable for Vegan and is people that are Lacto intolerant. Which is great as my twin and her Girlfriend are lacto intolerant so now I can make them a Hot Chocolate when the night get colder.

Ink and Wonder Designs has desgined a beautiful Solemnly Swear Magnet, the iconic quote from the Harry Potter box, the quote is a must for every Potter fan. Its also a good reminder that life needs some mischief.

The candle in this box was made by In The Wick of Time , the candle is inspired by Magnue Bane from The Mortal Instrument series. The High Warlock candle is scented with Sandlewood, Incense and lavender, its smells beautiful.

I love Tote Bags and Miss Phi has desgined a beatuiful bag with a quote from Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices/ Mortal Instruments series.

I always need a good notebook, and Alexis Lampley has desgined with the very true Moto ‘Anything worth doing starts with a Bad idea’. The notebook is great for noteing thing down quickly.

Taratjah  has drawn two beautiful pieces of Artwork, One is the very cheeky Carswell Throne from the Lunar Chronicles and Delilah Bard from Shades of magic.

As winter is coming the next item that was in the box will come in very handy. Its a Rattle The Stars Beanie desgined by Reverie and Ink. The beanie makes you head lovely and warm and makes you feel a little sassy like Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass.

The book of the month is Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett,a book full of sassy characters, dark witches, dragons and Fire demons. All wrapped up in a story full of adaventure and romance.

Thanks for Reading

Gem x

Book Review, Fairy Loot, Fantasy, YA

Wicked like a Wildfire (Hisbiscus Daughters #1) by Lana Popovic

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popvic was the book I received in my August FairyLoot box.
I was really interested in the premise of this book as a love book that have magic in it. The book follows twins Iris and Malina girls born into a family that has unique magical ability which they call the gleam. The gleam allows them the ability to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glass work, while Maline interprets moods as music with her voice and violin. To keep them safe their mother has strict rules so that no one will find out their secrets. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic and most important, they are forbidden from falling in love.  Iris and Malina life is turn upside down when their mother is mysteriously attached, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line, but with the discovery of the curse the magic that has always kept Iris and Malina together maybe be the thing that tears them apart …. forever.
As a twin I am always more critical when the story has twins in it, most stories have twins as either identical in every sense of the word, or one good and one evil. Which isn’t a correct reflection on twins. So I was really surprised with Iris and Malina as their relationship is like similar to my sister and I, this is so refreshing to see and made me connect more to the characters. There is a part in the story when they are decided who will go and who will stay, I could see me and my sister having a similar conversation, this ended up making me cry.

The story was a great mix of genre for me, as it had the crime solving with the case of their mothers mixed with magic and fantasy. I was absorbed in the story and Iris and Malina world, the story is beautiful written with great twists and turns. The way that Lana had described Montenegro makes me want to start planning a trip there.

I will definitely be on the look out for book 2.

I give this story 5 out of 5

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If you would like more about the author Lana Popovic click HERE

Thanks for reading

Gem x

This months Books

Books I like being Published in October 2017

It’s the being of October so it that time to talk about the books coming out this month, that I am like / looking forward too reading.

3rd October 

Satellite by Nick Lake 

Satellite is about a teenage boy born in space on a satellite called Moon 2. Leo and twins Orion and Libra are finally old enough to go home to earth. They have been ‘parented’ by a team of astronauts since birth and have run countless drills to endure the dangerous trips to earth. Through all that training and preparing may never really prepare them for earth a planet of billion of people.

Origins (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown

Another book that follows Robert Langdon , Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology. One of Langdons first student at Harvard Edmond Kirsch is holding an event, Kirsch is a billionaire and futurist he want to reveal an astonishing breakthrough. This breakthrough will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence. At the event things take a turn for the worse and Langdon is forced to escape, now he must find out what Kirsch breakthrough was before its lost forever,

5th October 

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda Jones 

Charley has a little problem ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension that she accidentally trapped him in Reyes hasn’t really been himself. He is more like the son of Satan than before as now he is hell-bent on destroying the world his two heavenly brothers have created.  While Charley has to deal with Reyes being more feral than her used to be husband, she is having to deal with her everyday life with a twist, where normally she is helping uncovering murders this time she is covering one up.

Ringer (Replica #2) by Lauren Oliver

The book again follows Gemma and Lydra as they come to terms with their life after finding out the truth at the Haven institute. Lydra is looking for a place that she belongs, while trying to find a cure for the illness that is destroying her mind. While Gemma is coming to term about what she is and her controlling father, she has to put that i side when she find out that her father has hired men to find Lydra. Gemma and her boyfriend leave to warn Lydra, but a case of mistaken identity cause Gemma and Pete to be caught in her place and now Gemma is behind the walls at the New Haven institute.

The Fandom by Anna Day

Violet and her friends are off to Comic-Con with their Cosplay ready. The are exited to meet the Fandom of the mega movie, The Gallows Dance. Something weird happens and in a freak accident into their favourite world – for read. Now the friends have to come together to get the plot back on track and get out, as they deal with love guilt and fear. 

9th October 
The Girl who drank the moon by Kelly Barnhill 

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming and loving families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, she calls  the girl Luna, and raises her as her on. To keep young Luna safe from her power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her 13th birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is not their. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

19th October 

The Treatment by C. L Taylor 

All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She is not interested in spending time with her mum and dad or her troublemaker of a younger brother Mason. When Mason is expelled from school and sent to a residential reform academy she almost relieved not to have to deal with him. One day everything changes when Drew is followed home from school by mysterious Dr Cobey who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about that school and the ‘treatment’ her brother is undergoing. To help her brother Drew must infiltrate the Academy and find out its deepest, darkest secrets. 

Thanks for reading

Gem x

 

Book Box Club, Book Subscription box, YA

Book Box Club September 2017 Outlaw Unboxing

I was very exited to receive my first Book Box Club box, I signed up for the box when I was at YALC and I got meet the lovely Libby and Kate.

I love bookish socks, so when I pulled out the Sante Sock that the Book Box club had desgined I couldn’t wait to wear them. The socks have been desgined with the heroine of this month book in mind

As a Harry Potter lover, I love the Marauders Postcards created by The Imaginative Illustrator . Now I can’t decide to keep them to myself, or start sending them to my friends with book recomendations on them.

I am obssessed with lip balm, so I was so happy when I pulled out the Inej Lipbalm by Oriandle  its caramel and cinnamon flavoured.

I love a good bookmark, and Marked by Hephastus has created this pretty Robin Hood magnetic bookmark, so that I can carry an Outlaw where ever I have a book.

The book is this months box, is A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe, the book follows an orphaned girl Sante who is shipwreck and joins a travelling circus, but the ghosts from her past refuse to leave her in peace.

As it was the Book Box club 1st anniversary, their was two bonus items in the box. A yummy Birthday Biscuit made by Nila Holden and a extra book from their publisher friends. The book I got was My Side of the Diamond by Sally Gardner, the book is about Jazmin a girl that is being shunned ever since her best friends Becky disappeared. Becky disappearces is strange as she jumped of a tall building, but never reached the ground. She just vanished into think air. now Jazmin has to find out if she has something to do with becky disppearence or the strange and beguiling Icarus, the boy Becky was besotted with.

I can’t wait to join in, in my first members online book group. I loved having a scoll in my box, more things need to be in scoll form.

Thanks for reading.

Gem x

Book Review, Romance, YA

Undercover Princess (The Rosewood Chronicles #1) by Connie Glynn

Undercover Princess was another book that I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of. I was looking forward to reading the book, as a little girl (and maybe not so little) it was always a fairytale dream to be a princess. 

The book follows Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Pumpkin as she takes her place at the infamous Rosewood Hall a prestige boarding school. Lottie is surprised when she finds out that her roommate is the Crown Princess of Maradova Ellie Wolf. So that Ellie can lead a normal life she has lied about who she is, due to some lies and coincidences people believe that Lottie is the princess. To help Ellie Lottie keeps pretending to be the princess and is trust into a world of royalty, a world which is filled with secrets, intrigue, betrayal and danger. Lottie finds out that the reality of being a princess isn’t a fairytale. 

I was a little worried in part when reading the book, due to embarrassing moments that Lottie finds herself in. That was more to do with flash back to my embarrassing teenage moments. As the book progressed I found myself more and more engrossed into the story, I loved the juxtaposition between Ellie and Lotties characters, the rebel princess that does not fit the stereotype of princess and the ‘common’ girl who behaviour is more princess like. I can’t wait to see what trouble Ellie will get Lotties into in her next year at Rosewood Hall. I hope we get to find out more about Jamie as he a very intriguing character, and I would like to see more of his lighter side. 

I give this book 4.4 out of 5 

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If you would like find out more about Connie Glynn she has a YouTube channel, to have a look click HERE

Thanks for reading

Gem x 

Book Review, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Science Fiction, YA

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Invictus by Ryan Graudin was one of the books I was lucky enough to pick up a copy at YALC. The book came out on the 21st September in the UK 26th September in USA.

This book really took my interest as I love sci-fi and history this book has both in spades..

The book follows Farway McCarthy, a boy born outside of time. His mum is a time traveler that gave birth the Farway as she traveled back from Rome time to her present. When Farway grows up that all he wants to be is a time traveler but when he fails he fails his final exam, his dreams are dashed until he is given a second chance. This second chance is not legal to be a captain of his own time travel ship he will go back in time, and steal things from history disaster. When Farway tries to steal a book from the titanic he meet a girl, who end up changing how Farway and his crew see time, and finally answer some of Farway questions about his Heritage.

I love the idea that in the future we have the ability to go back in time, and record historical events. That the entertainment of the future is watching the past. I think I would want to be a historian and get to research the time period and sort out the clothing. Being the person that goes out and records history sound fun but I would want to interact with people instead of just watching them.

One of my favourite characters is Farway cousin Imogen, a free spirit historian with ever-changing hair colour, confident in everything other than her love life.

The Story is interesting, gripping and takes turns you would never of guessed. The characters are intriguing and charming that you would also like them as your friends.

I give this book 5 out of 5

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To find out more about the author Ryan Graudin click here.

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Book Review, Fantasy, Sci-fi, YA

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1) by Scott Reintgen

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Scott Reingen debut novel Nyxia, In my Illumicrate box. This book was on my watch list so I was very exited to read it.

The book follows Emmett Atwater as Emmett is leaving Detroit, the Babel Corporation has recruited him and will pay him handsomely to go to another Planet called Eden. Emmett can’t turn down that much money, as it will give him the money to look after his mum and dad for forever.  Babel motives are unknown, but Emmett doesn’t have time to focus on that as Babel will only take 8 out of 10 to Eden, he has to compete against the other recruits to earn his place. Babel are trying to test are turning Emmett into someone he doesn’t want to be, Emmett has some hard decisions to make. Either win at any cost or find a way to fight with out compromise what it means to be human. 

The book is gripping from the start, the story is interesting and at great twist on the space genre.  In the book the recruits earn points, and seeing the score boards really up the suspense more so at the end. One of the things I really enjoyed with this book is that I never guessed any part of it, I was always surprised with the twist. I tried to go to sleep while thinking what could Babel but up too, that how much I got into the book. 

This book is for anyone that has enjoyed books like, The loneliest Girl in the Universe, Flashfall, Hunger Games etc. If you enjoy Young adult Sci-Fi and this book isn’t already on your TBR list you need to add it. 

I can’t wait to read the next book. 

I give this book 5 out of 5. 

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If you want to know more about the author click HERE

Thanks for reading

Gem x