Title – Dawn of Eden Author – Julie Kagawa Series: Blood of Eden Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
If you follow my blog (maybe), you’ll know that I LOVE Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. I gobbled that bad boy up in days and when I finished The Forever Song, I cried because the emotional whirlwind of plague, friendship and general badass-ery was over.
UNTIL I FOUND OUT ABOUT DAWN OF EDEN! (Apparently this was released in 2013 and it’s just popped up in my kindle store. I feel a bit daft for not knowing about it sooner but that’s okay).
It’s not much. Just a little teaser into the world before, into a world that is only beginning to learn the brutality of the Red Lung virus. But it’s enough for me.
Title – A Monster Calls Author – Patrick Ness Series: N/A Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
I am so late to the party with this one. It’s a book that has been sitting on my bookcase for a long time and I’ve just never gotten time to read (especially now with a baby). But in this crazy world I managed to find an afternoon to do my own thing and I picked up this book.
It was beautiful. It was unexpected. It was utterly heart wrenching.
Patrick Ness is a superb author. He was asked to write finish writing this for Siobhan Dowd, an author who sadly died from breast cancer. I don’t know what I expected from this book but I’m glad I read it.
Title – This Cruel Design Author – Emily Suvada Series: This Mortal Coil Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ Here we are for the stunning second in the series. I LOVED this book. Definitely strap yourself in for this roller coaster of plot twists and betrayals. You can read my take on book 1 here.
I love a short story, especially one that gives us more insight to a world we have grown to love. Here is the prequel story in This Mortal Coil Series, set before book 1 when the Knockout Kids were still just kids.
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada was a series that took me by storm. Another gem I found while browsing my local Waterstones bookstore, it fit my need for dystopian YA Sci-Fi after Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa left me in a little bit of a slump. After reading Blood of Eden I found I needed two more things in my life; books with vicious plagues and kick-ass women leads.
So this is one I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while. I had a few rants to friends just after I read it from the sheer shock and horror that I experienced from reading this book but the themes and plot of the book have finally settled enough in my mind that I can write about it.
*I will make a point to warn you, dear readers, that there are some dark themes present in this book that may be mentioned in this post (abuse, sexual assault) so do be aware and read further at your own discretion.*
Do you ever judge a book by its title or cover? Yep, me too and that is exactly what I did when purchasing this book on my kindle. The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen was a book that was on sale on my Kindle a few months ago and I got a little notification on my phone for it. I thought, “why not?”, bought it for myself and I settled in for a nice read. Wow, was I naive? (Honestly, I saw “fireflies” in the title and thought it would be a nice, feel-good kind of book. Have you ever seen Grave of the Fireflies? That should have been my first insight that usually fireflies in titles means you’re in for an emotional rollercoaster).
Before we start I would like to point out that I did not know what a harem was until I started writing this post. I had to Google it and I’ve decided that it’s not my favourite word and it does not change my opinion of this book.
So I saw a post in a group I’m in on Facebook asking for Alice in Wonderland retellings and, given how much I usually enjoy retellings, I jumped in for the most highly recommended one without thinking of what I was getting into. Oh. Dear. God.
Alison’s Adventures in Underland by C.M. Stunich was that book and I thought that I was in for a dark retelling of the story I know and love and I suppose in a way I was right. But in so many ways I was wrong. This book is not suitable for young readers and it is most definitely NSFW.