Book Review: Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Title: The Edge of Everything
Author: Jeff Giles
Release Date: February 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Overall Rating:  7/10
Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Action, Romance

“The pain between his eyes was excruciating now.
It was time. ”
– Jeff Giles, The Edge of Everything ARC pg 78

Jeff Giles’ Edge of Everything was quite out of this world (get it because like the story is set outside of this world ahahah 🙂 ). I had no clue what to expect when I dived into this novel. I went in there completely blind and the story I discovered wasn’t quite what I expected but that didn’t mean it wasn’t good. I actually found myself enjoying this novel. It was a fresh and unique storyline and I found myself hooked to the storyline.

I love how Giles takes the cliche alien love story and makes it into something thats more gripping and more heart felt. I definitely felt a few gut and heart wrenches throughout the story. Especially, when *SPOILER ALERT* X leaves and she sees her father again. I also really enjoyed how there are so many different facets to the storyline and therefore, I was always questioning what would happen next. Jeff Giles’ writing is very real he doesn’t sugar coat things but the way he describes situations and characters painted a vivid picture into the minds of the readers.

However, I have to admit the world building wasn’t a highlight in this novel. I don’t know if it was just me but I found it quite difficult to understand the Lowlands concept. I understood that X had to take souls for him to be free but I still didn’t quite follow the other world. I was confused in many parts of the novel and I think it would have been much easier to understand the concepts if there was a bit more world building. I also didn’t quite enjoy the dual perspectives. I understand why it is necessary to have the two perspectives but I found it boring to read from Xs perspective because he lacked some personality.

In addition, the development of Zoe and X’s relationship was pretty poor. They fell in love in an instant and I didn’t really see the buildup or chemistry between the two at all. I found it difficult to connect to their relationship and in fact, I thought Zoe should have ended up with Dallas because I could definitely see the chemistry between the two. In hindsight, the storyline made this book really enjoyable and I actually found it easy to get deep into the novel.

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That’s all for this review! Have you read The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles? What was your latest read? I’m just about to fly out for a holiday, so hopefully I can get some posts up in the next few weeks!

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Book Review: The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew

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Title: The Light That Gets Lost
Author: Natasha Carthew
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Overall Rating:  5/10
Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Action, Coming of Age

“He promised the demon that was forever watchful inside,”
Natasha Carthew, The Light That Gets Lost pg8

I recently read The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew but much to my surprise, I have mixed feelings upon finishing the novel. When I first picked it up the title and cover caught my attention, I loved the name of the novel and the blue colors splashed across the cover won me over- I couldn’t wait to read the book. However, after three chapters my heart sunk because it turns out this book wasn’t as good as it seems, in fact, I didn’t like it at all. There were bits that I thought were still somewhat well done and so lets begin with that.

I enjoyed how Carthew began with a really exciting prologue. The scene in which Trey’s family was in danger sparked lots of questions in me which caused me to really want to continue the story. I wanted to find out what happens to Trey, why his family was killed and many more questions. However, when Trey set foot in the camp the story began to tumble down for me.

I think a huge issue with this book was that I found it extremely hard to connect to the storyline and its characters. For one, I have never experience or been through the issues many of the characters faced and the character’s background and personalities weren’t quite like mine. For example, I couldn’t connect to Trey at all, his actions annoyed me and his decisions were nothing like what I would do. He was reckless and angered which got on my nerves during many situations. With Kay, I couldn’t quite connect with her either. I think that because I had couldn’t click or relate to the characters, I found it difficult to enjoy the book. I believe relatable characters or characters which pull you in are vital to creating a good book but there was a lack of that in this novel. The dialogue between the characters was also quite hard to understand the jargon and slang used by the characters made it pretty difficult to follow.The storyline was also quite hard to follow there were issues and problems here and there

The storyline was also quite hard to follow there were issues and problems here and there that added layers of confusion. I think there were too many loose ends in the book- the demons that lived inside of him was extremely confusing. There was no mention of demons in the first quarter of the book and they suddenly came into the story about 60% of the way through the novel. It made the story seem unrealistic and childish. I understand that it was a metaphor for his evil nature but I did not like the idea at all. In addition, the relationship development between Kay and Trey was quite poorly done. I didn’t see much romance or development between them and they didn’t even get together in the end. It felt like puppy love to me and I was really disappointed at the end of the book.

I wouldn’t say this book was a disappointment because I had high expectations, there were some things here and there that were enjoyable to read but overall, I didn’t quite enjoy it. I thought there were two many loose ends and I found it difficult to relate and connect with the characters. Perhaps, it was because I have never really experienced what had happened in the novel, which caused me to dislike the book. However, I have to say that I didn’t like it. Have you read The Light That Gets Lost? What did you think?

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Book Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

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Title: The Leaving
Author: Tara Altebrando
Release Date: June 2016
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  6.5/10
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Thriller

The Leaving literally throws the reader into the midst of a twisting and turning plot, that leaves them on the edge of a thrilling ride. That’s exactly how I felt why I was reading this. The format and the way this book has been written really made it seem like a real story, although it is not actually reality.

One of my favourite features of this novel is its layout. I haven’t read Illuminate yet but the layout of Illuminate is very similar to the leaving. Certain letters are bolded, the words are written in a certain format to convey thoughts and emotions and in addition, words are put into different text boxes to display signs and certain memories. All those things put the book in a three-dimensional edge and it makes it so much more real. In fact, it’s like reading a victim’s diary.  Another feature about this novel is its different point of views. I’m not a huge fan of multiple points of views as I am always confused as to who is who but this was different. Every character had a different story and I love the most point of views were the actual victims.  There are so many unanswered questions from the beginning that you can’t help but turn page after page after page because you just want to find out what has happened.

The plotline was really original and unique. I don’t read thrillers every day and reading one like the Leaving really opened my eyes to this genre. However, the ending was what let me down and this may sound contradicting but the genre also lets me down. Sometimes, I felt like the book was leading to nowhere. Characters went back to their families and they want to know what happened, that is the main story but sometimes I felt like the story really fluffed around the edges and it made it difficult to find out what was really happening. The ending was such a disappointment there are way too many unanswered questions and I think the storyline didn’t really fit the ending. I don’t know if it was just me but I was so confused by the end of the book that I felt like I was reading it just to finish off the book. Perhaps, I need to go  back and read it again but I definitely missed something. I also wished there was something more. I want to know what happens to them in the future.

I think something else that let me down was the emotional attachment. I didn’t feel any emotions in the story, I was just curious about what was going to happen. Reading The Leaving made me felt like I was reading a police report, I want to know what happens so badly and who the culprit is but I never really feel any connection to it. That’s what was lacking in this novel. However, it was a really good read in terms of the thrill and excitement.

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I haven’t written a review in ages! I hoped you enjoyed this one! Will you be reading The Leaving? Have you read this novel? Let me know!

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exciting releases + mysteries Teaser Tuesdays

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I just realised that this week as vanished before my eyes and I completely forgot that today is Thursday! I actually thought it was Tuesday, which is why I have an overdue Teaser Tuesdays! I hope everyone’s week is going well! I am actually kind of reading two books. (Yes, it’s pretty disastrous because I never read two books at once) I am currently reading The Leaving and The Rose and The Dagger. However, since I really want a real copy of The Rose and The Dagger rather than an ebook, I’m also reading The Leaving. I’ve only read a few chapters of The Rose and The Dagger, as well as The Leaving!

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As I mentioned earlier, I only just started reading The Leaving by Tara Altebrando and so I can’t give you my conclusive thoughts on the novel sfd43urj2o
far. However, I can tell you a little bit about what, The Leaving is about. Basically, The Leaving is about six children who were taken away at the age of five. Now at the age of sixteen, only five have been released back into the world without having any recollection of who they were and who their family is. They must now learn about the real world as well as discover what really happened when they were taken and where is the sixth child.

I really like the concept of this! I haven’t read a thriller/mystery in a while and this new release has got me super excited! I also really like the layout of this book which kind of reminds me Illuminae, although I have not read it yet. This novel has cool layouts, fonts and pictures throughout the story. So far, I’m really enjoying it! Anyway, here is a little teaser:

“Like being ripped open, midnightmare. Breathless, in the centre of a scream. Her hands went to the knot on the blindfold at the back of her neck,”
– Tara Altebrando, The Leaving

what are you guys reading this week?

Teaser Tuesdays!!! (December 28th)

Hey guys!

You must be thinking Teaser Tuesdays??? I decided to start Teaser Tuesdays, to bring in some new things into my blog for the new year! Teaser Tuesdays is where you open to a random page in your current read and give a short teaser sentence or short paragraph from that page. I’ll also include the title and author of the novel, as well as how much I’m currently enjoying it!

What are you currently reading?- comment below:  Or you can link your Teaser Tuesday Post below, I would love to see what you are reading!

If you read in my last post, you would know that I am currently re-reading the Lux series! I recently read Oblivion and after enjoying it so much I decided to finish off where Oblivion ended! I am currently reading the last novel- Opposition!

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“I bit down on my lip, sensing something was off. Like the air had suddenly turned stale, and it was hard to catch my next breath. A nervous sensation crept into my core like a thousand little ants,”
– Jennifer L. Armentrout, Opposition

I hope you all enjoyed this little teaser from my current read, Opposition! I love the Lux series and so it isn’t a surprise that I am currently really enjoying it! Don’t forget to comment below a teaser from your current read!

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Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon❤

Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season
Release Date: August 2013
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Adventure, Dystopian

Hey guys! Today I have an mini review on The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, a dystopian, thriller that has had me hooked for days. The intricate and spellbinding world of Scion and the carefully thought-out characters, has left me with a wistful pang in my chest. Samantha Shannon’s voice and writing has created an exciting and fresh series, that I am super excited to follow. If you are still hung-over on dystopian and adventure novels, such as, The Darkest Minds and The Fifth-Wave, this book will definitely be for you.

The Bone Season sets fifty years later from our current year of 2015, and revolves around the tale of Paige, who has lived her life in the illegal town of Scion. Paige, with her unique abilities, struggles to understand what she can truly do and when she is caught one day for killing a man, she is suddenly whisked away into a different world. She is now kept captive in this new world that contrasts vastly to her previous life and now all Paige wants is to return to her criminal world but as she tries to weave her way back into her old life, she has to face arising problems, romance and friendship.

*SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE BONE SEASON BY SAMANTHA SHANNON*

To be honest, when I had first started reading this, I was nervous. I was nervous that I wasn’t going to be able to get through what I originally believed was a verbose book. I hate to say this but sometimes less descriptive books can appeal more to me. However, I was wrong, and this book really changed my point-of-view. A lot of the time many authors will over-complicate the storyline, world and characters, which makes it hard for the reader to understand all the “technical jargon” used by the world built by the author. As I progressed through the books and learnt about the complex world, I didn’t find it as perplexing as I had expected. The story and intricate world of Scion flowed through my head as Samantha Shannon’s well-turned and poetic writing didn’t puzzle me and I truly enjoyed the story for that reason. You are physically taken to a vividly described world, that will make you forget about all the worries swimming around in your head- that is what I really look for in a book and The Bone Season really delivered that.

The characters were one-of-a-kind, I am one of those people who absolutely hate it when authors conjure up this completely perfect characters, with a perfect life and perfect talents. However, The Bone Season didn’t have that, Samantha Shannon’s characters had this depth that is hard to find in books. Paige, the main character, was a girl who came from a messed-up childhood and as I read memory after memory, I began to click with this character like a best-friend. Her backstory was really unique, often, we read about characters who have messed-up childhoods because their parents were poor and they divorced at a young age but Paige was really unique in a way that Shannon linked the clairvoyant world and her memories, that created a really vivid character depiction. We really get to dive into her mind and I was really glad that the book was written in purely Paige’s perspective.

The development of her character was also beautifully done. At the beginning of the book, she seemed lost and stuck in believing who she was. As the story progresses we really see how Paige grows into a stronger character, that I seriously respect. In that scene where Paige shares one of her most important memories with Warden, you can really see how much she has changed since the start of the novel.

Warden’s puzzling character, really kept me questioning. I wanted to find out more about his back-story but Paige was kept closed off from him. Surprisingly, that didn’t frustrate me and instead it just added more fun for the reader. I am so frustrated that Warden left Paige and I can’t wait to pick up the next book to find out more about his character. Nick, was a bit of a surprise. His character wasn’t formally introduced until a quarter through the novel and that, on the other hand, annoyed me. His character felt distant and lost in translation. However, hopefully his character will be explored in more depth in the next book, The Mime Order. Paige and Nick’s relationship puzzled me in the beginning but as we delved deeper into Paige’s memories their relationship really began to click in. Warden and Paige’s relationship was foreshadowed throughout the story but Warden seems a little too old for Paige. My perception of Warden is an older man, whose appearance appears to be like one of a late 30 year old’s but I am excited to see how his relationship with Paige will be developed.

I am super stoked to read the next book and I will definitely devour it! A review will be up for the second book in the series, The Mime Order. Overall, the novel was poetically written, the characters were one of a kind and the world-building was incredible. However, with a few faults here are there, I still definitely recommend this thrilling novel that surely will not disappoint!

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Review: The Almost King by Lucy Saxon

Title: The Almost King
Author: Lucy Saxon
Release Date: June 2015
Retail Price: $15.99
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance

The Almost King is Lucy Saxon’s second novel in the Take Back The Skies series. Lucy Saxon’s one of a kind story, immerses the reader into a dystopian cross old-London world and tells the heroic tale of Aleks. I loved jumping into a whole new world with an action-packed adventure, whilst reading this novel. I sped through it and despite my post-negative predictions of this novel, I really enjoyed it! With a whole lot of adventure and a pinch of romance, I highly recommend this novel to fans of the 5th Wave and Sarah J. Maas.

The Almost King follows the story of Aleks Vasin, who sets out to be different from his family, by becoming a noble soldier. Little does he know what lies behind the fenced soldier camp, as he faces torture and torment in conscription he makes the decision to flee. Taking his horse and a stolen possession, he stumbles upon a small town and along the way meets an inventor, falls in love and begins a journey, he won’t regret.

The Almost King is filled with a page-turning adventure you won’t regret reading told by a unique voice. Purchase The Almost King by Lucy Saxon in your local bookstore!

*SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE ALMOST KING BY LUCY SAXON*

The Almost King was truly a distinctive novel. It was very different to the normal fantasy novel and I had a hard time comparing it to other books because I couldn’t find one similar to Lucy Saxon’s novel. The novel was jam-packed with action, plot-twists and adventure. It was a really entertaining novel. Lucy Saxon’s writing is beautiful and it wasn’t too verbose or too laconic, which is one of the reasons why I flowed through the book really well.

We start off with Aleks signing up to conscription as he wants to impress his family, when he enters the “dorms” of the army he notices a bad feeling he is getting and starts to understand why taking this route was a bad idea. What a really like about this novel, is the fact that we drove straight into the novel but the world-building and character development was unfolded smoothly throughout the novel.

The steampunk cross dystopian cross “old-London” world, was introduced and explained very clearly. After reading the first chapter, I got really nervous that I wouldn’t understand the setting and ambience of the world it was set in, Tellus. This book was a spin-off of Take Back The Skies, which I haven’t read and so before I started the novel, I was very paranoid that I wouldn’t understand it. However, after three or four chapters I noticed how much I learnt about the world. Lucy Saxon subtly hinted the system of Tellus through Aleks words and thoughts that at about a quarter through the story I fully understood how the world worked.

The character development of the story was done fairly well. Aleks, the main character, was an relatable character who had a really unique voice. His backstory was really noteworthy, which added a lot of depth to his character. It was easy to see how he drew on his decisions based on his previous encounters. He was slightly reckless but not over-confident, which is why I really enjoyed reading from his perspective. It would have been nicer to read his view through first-person. Shulga was a seriously annoying character and I really wanted to strangle him. His character was designed to be hated due to the way he treated Aleks but I would have loved to read his backstory and how he got his hands on the journal Aleks stole.

At first, I really liked Saria, Aleks’ love interest, and I enjoyed her presence in the story as it really showed how Aleks’ personality changed and how he really tried to step out of his comfort zone. However, the first time she called their relationship off, I knew from that moment that Saria will begin to irk me and she seriously did. I hated how she didn’t stop to listen to Aleks’ side of the story. What really annoyed me was the fact that she actually had the nerve to go up to Shulga and dib Aleks into him (WHAT???)! Their relationship development, was really fast and I was really surprised when they went on their second date and Aleks immediately fell in love with her.

In terms of the storyline, there were some major plot twists in there. I couldn’t believe that Zhora died. I was stunned! I really liked how the title foreshadowed the fact that Aleks was almost a king but it got taken away by both the king and Kara. I really liked how the ending was an ending but still left it open-ended for the future. I really wanted to see how Prince Erik and Alek’s relationship would have developed. I wanted to know if the government could figure out a way to the Stormlands.

I really enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it to fantasy enthusiasts. If a second book was to come out, I would definitely get my hands on it! FIlled to the brim, with an amazing journey told by a remarkable voice, I definitely savoured this thrilling novel.

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White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Review

Title: White Hot Kiss
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements
Release Date: 25th February, 2014
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Genre: Fantasy, Myths, Legends, Urban Mythology, Romance, Action, Thriller, Mystery

Lux was amazing and White Hot Kiss did not disappoint at all! Jennifer L. Armentrout pulled an ace out of a deck, I am super stoked to read the rest of the series. Don’t be fooled by the title or the cover because I’m telling you this book is amazing. If you loved Lux, trust me, this book will not let you down. I have been reading a lot of contemporary, as you can tell by my previous posts, but I’ve been missing all the action, romance and fantasy sagas. I heard from others that her other series were good and so I picked up The Dark Elements. It is like the Mortal Instruments meets Hush Hush and Lux!

White Hot Kiss follows the story of seventeen-year old Layla, who is half-demon, half gargoyle. She was raised by the gargoyles and has been told multiple times that demons are horrible creatures and should be killed. She was trained by Zayne, who Layla has been crushing on for a long time. One day, she meets a Demon, Roth, who mysteriously saves her and claims that he knows everything about her. Layla then discovers fragments of her history and as she pieces together, she becomes torn between two boys and two completely different worlds!

*THE FOLLOWING REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR WHITE HOT KISS*

I have three words: ZAYNE! ROTH! WHY?? I absolutely loved this novel and after reading this, I noticed how much I actually missed reading witty, adventure and fantasy novels. It is nothing like Lux, yet it was mind-blowingly good. At the start, we read about Layla getting attacked by a demon but then Roth mysteriously comes in and saves her. We then meet Zayne, who is such a lovable character. He was so nice, loving and protective but I am still wondering if Zayne actually loves Layla or if he only loves Layla in a brotherly way. I don’t know if I’m the only one who thought this but I was expecting Zayne to say I only love you like a sister to Layla.

Oh My God! Roth is honestly goals, I want to compare him to Daemon, from Lux, but he is nothing like Daemon. Roth is totally different but I still love his character. He is witty, sarcastic and so protective. You can easily see the differences between Roth and Zayne but they are both still amazing. When we discover that Roth is in the same class as Layla, I was expecting him to do something Daemon-like, such as, poking Layla with a pen or dipping his table down to talk to her but that never happened. I love Roth’s sense of humor. He was so protective of Layla. He is just perfect.

Zayne is also a lovable character. He was so nice Layla and you could tell how much he cared for her. I loved how Zayne and Layla had that tree-house. I was imagining that whole High-School Musical thing when Troy takes Gabriella to his Tree-House. That is why I am pretty much torn between Team Roth and Team Zayne, but maybe because I feel sorry for Roth I’m leaning towards him, but I believe that both are good for Layla. Layla is such as strong character. Yes, there are some times where she can be slightly whiny but I can totally relate to her. When she cries, its not in an annoying manner, its usually for a valid reason. I love how she doesn’t want to hide behind the boy’s back she wants to jump out and help. She is very much like a Rose (from Vampire Academy) but because she is not as experienced, she still makes mistakes, like when she sucked the soul out of Petr (I can’t even pronounce that name 🙂 ). I really like her character, it is unlike the usual weak heroines.

I loved the world building, it was easy to comprehend and it didn’t take that much memorising. Finding out that Lilith and Elijah were Layla’s parents was a huge shock. I did not see that coming. Abbot had that over-protective vibe but I didn’t really like him, for obvious reasons. But really what hit me was Roth’s sacrifice. I had no clue whatsoever that Roth was going to go to that fiery pit and it all made sense when the seer was like Roth will be in that fiery pit. Oh My God! I desperately need the next book because Roth!! The Feels!! Honestly, I need Roth and I am hoping that he will come back in the next book.

Overall, I had so much fun laughing out loud, screaming out loud and having my heart seized. I loved everything and I am so glad I picked up this book!

What did you think of this book- did you like or did you hate it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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