Monday, May 23, 2016

Well..

So it has been a while...

Update: I am still in a reading slump - wow big surprise 

I'm not sure what to do with this blog anymore.. :/

Reading through my old posts is actually making me some what sad and miss blogging.. but i have nothing to blog about nor am I heavily interested in books anymore


bye for now




Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dreamfire | Kit Alloway

Hey guys! So yes it has been a while again since I have been on this blog but for the past month I have been in a reading slump and from past experiences I have learnt that just letting the slump past rather than forcing myself to read. I blame the internet -_- But Penguin Teen Australia actually sent me this book earlier and because I haven't been able to read it I thought I would try to promote it and once I get around to reading it I will review it.

Joshlyn Weaver has always lived with a big secret. Ordinary kids spend their free time going to the movies, hanging out with friends, and searching on the internet.  
But for her, an evening at home usually means entering people's dreams. For many generations, her family has been part of a very powerful and very secretive society of dream walkers. Tasked with the responsibility of lowering the world's general anxiety — which only leads to war and strife in the waking world — their job has always been to stop nightmares before they go too far.By stopping nightmares while sleeping, they help to stop nightmares in real life. 
But when an ancient feud within the dream walker society resurfaces right when a seemingly unconnected series of very strange and very scary events start occurring during her dream walks, Josh finds herself in a race against time. The one true dream walker has never been known. Could she be the one?

From what I get from the blurb its about a girl who is a protecter in the dream world and its her task to stop nightmares while dreaming or they will become nightmares in real life. To me this premise is totally new and different. I can't wait to read this! If you have read this let me know what you thought of it! :)

Sorry for the lack of everything but as soon as school holidays hit I'll be able to read and review as many books possible


Monday, June 1, 2015

A Court of Thorn and Roses | Sarah J Maas - Spoiler Free

Guys! THIS BOOK IS SO SO AMAZING OH MY GOSH SARAH J MAAS NEVER FAILS ME. This book was just.. I'm speechless.


When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

So this book is a New Adult in a new series. This was the first time I had ever read a New Adult and I loved it! At first I didn’t know that this was a New Adult, I thought it was a Young Adult because the other book that I had read from Sarah J Maas was a Young Adult so I just assumed. But when I was reading it the romance was more than YA so then I knew that it was NA. But nonetheless I still highly enjoyed it.


In the past I have read faerie books and I went through a phase when I really wanted to read faerie books nonstop (that phase was over in 2 weeks hehe). But now that I look back at the faerie books that I read they kind of sucked. Sorry! However this one was just full of sass and kick ass lead protagonist.

Feyre is the hunter for her family. Her family treats her pretty badly and whilst reading about them I really wanted to punch. Them. In. The. Face. They are so ungrateful and selfish even after what Feyre has to go through. When Tamlin comes to take Feyre away I was kind of excited to see her get away from her thankless family. She is so full of sass and isn’t afraid to protect those she cares for. I really do like her personality and the way she conducts herself. Feyre reveals her true potential and is strong, brave and a passionate huntress.

The romance is hot and smokey it's full of sassiness.

Overall this book is amazing! the characters and plot line is wonderful and unique. Sarah J. Maas has done it again!


5/5 Stars



Monday, May 11, 2015

Of Poseidon | Anna Banks - Full of SPOILERS

Okay lets get this straight, when I finished this originally i gave it a 4 stars because I had read it super fast and i could NOT put it down - that must mean something right?
But after pondering it overnight I realised that it didn't really deserve a 4 stars. It kind of deserved a 3 star. So I went onto Goodreads and proceeded to change it to 3 stars. Whilst on the page I scrolled down and I started to read the 1 star reviews that this book was receiving and I totally agreed with everything they said! So that's when I changed it to 2 Stars.

No hate please this is my opinion and everyone is entitled to their own opinions

First I would like to give a little shoutout to a few reviews that I completely side with -

Steph Sinclair
Katya

After reading my review go to theirs and read it if you want a deeper understanding as to why I gave 2 stars

Of Poseidon tells the story of Emma, a girl who possesses a few Syrena (mermaid) traits, and Galen, a Syrena prince, who attempts to unravel the secrets of Emma. It's discovered that she has the Gift of Poseidon (think Dr. Dolittle at the aquarium) and that she may be the key to pass on the Gift to future generations. The problem arises that Emma can't change into her Syrena form causing Galen to spend more time with her training her. You know what happens next: they fall deeply in love.

^^^^ above is a plot explanation from Steph's review - full credits to her of course


Okay so once again this review is FULL OF SPOILERS 


Okay so the novel starts with Emma and her best friend Chloe at a beach. Chloe is a person of colour so I was happy and surprised that there was a person of colour in a YA Novel. Well Done! *clap clap*. Now that was before I continued reading and Chloe just died. What?! The first person of colour in any book and she's dead! :O what is dis? What is that supposed to say about our society. Maybe it was never the author's intention to be discriminative but it could've certainly come out like that. Another thing that really bugs me right now is that FREAKING GALEN COULD'VE SAVED HER! SMH Instead of FREAKING standing there and watching he could've done everything in his power to save her. UR A FREAKING MERMAN DO SOMETHING U IDIOT!

Now that wasn't the only issue i had with the book. Galen Freaking Galen - what isn't there to say about him?? hmmmm... how about the way he POSSESSES Emma and basically CONTROLS her and she basically LISTENS to him *sigh* He's the classic character that authors write about so they attract tons of fangirls in swooning over Galen. Uh no. Just no. What is to swoon about except for the fact that he is a boring mindless sexist character that is a creepy stalker fish. Literally.

The way that females are treated in this book is just ugh. When a male Syrena turns 18 they search for a female "whose company he will enjoy and will be suitable for producing offspring". Basically saying hey females only have one purpose in life is to support the man and produce children and that it the only reason there are females in the world.

Galen's sister, Rayna, who I actually quite like because she's a stronger character compared to Emma. SHe does what she wants and doesn't give a shit about what others think of her. Anyways Rayna basically in half the book is angry because she was 'mated' to another merman whom she doesn't even know of their 'marriage' and was completely out of the know. I mean i would be angry too! She wasn't even present for her own ceremony! Tarof (the 'husband' of Rayna and bff with Galen) asked Rayna's brother, Grom for his consent and the deal was sealed. But get this guys! She sees Tarof kiss Emma and BOOM I WAS FREAKING IN LOVE WITH U THIS WHOLE TIME LETS HAVE SEX ON A ISLAND oh fml -_-

Okay so throughout this book Emma is a special half breed darling and she cant sprut fins abut she has the Gift of Poseidon so she's vewy speshul and Galen keeps it secret that basically she has to be mated with Grom in the future to produce offspring. Basically Emma has no say in this and I guess she'll just have to hand herself over? GETS SOME BRAINS KIDDO AND ACCEPT WOMEN RIGHTS

I guessed right fromt he beginning that Nalia was Emma's mum and she was a half breed - uh hello if a lowly human commoner like me can tell that Nalia was Emma's mum couldnt some Royal Prince figure it out! stupid. So predictable and really quite  stupid. There was no real plot. Emma was stupid. Everyone was stupid

Though there was some funny bits in it that I enjoyed. Especially when Emma called Galen a jackass :) that brought me smiles


But yea this book was a 2/5 stars 

On Goodreads the average is 4/5 stars. pretty unbelievable considering the amount of mixed reviews this book has -_-






Saturday, May 9, 2015

Its my 1 year Bloggerversary!

Guess what guys? Its my Bloggerversary!

Yay one year on blogging! and im still so inexperienced... sigh

Hahah but this past year has been wonderful and yes i still need to learn to be more consistent and active on this but im so so happy that u guys were here to support me so thank you!


Sapient | Jerry Kaczmarowski

Sapient by Jerry  Kaczmarowski 


Hey guys! So I am extremely excited to promoting this book! This is a young adult thriller that was published in April 2015 (sorry I'm late to the party)
It is available for sale on Amazon in eBook and paperback


Synopsis:

Abandoned by her husband after the birth of their child, Jane Dixon’s world is defined by her autistic son and the research she does to find a cure for his condition. She knows her work on animal intelligence may hold the key. She also knows that the research will take decades to complete. None of it will ultimately benefit her son.

All that changes when a lab rat named Einstein demonstrates that he can read and write. Just as her research yields results, the U.S. government discovers her program. The army wants to harness her research for its military potential.  The CDC wants to shut her down completely.  The implications of animal intelligence are too dangerous, particularly when the previously inert virus proves to be highly contagious.

She steals the virus to cure her son, but the government discovers the theft. She must now escape to Canada before the authorities can replace her son’s mental prison with a physical one.

Praise for Sapient:

“The plot is fast-paced, thought provoking, funny at times, and kept me reading to find out what would happen next. I think that the YA audience will love it.” - Dana Bjornstad

“I loved this story and I especially liked its animal characters - Einstein the lab rat with the keen sense of humor and Bear, the one-eyed German Shepherd dog who seems to always be the butt of Einstein's jokes. And the human characters aren't half bad either.” - Cheryl Stout

“A timeless, engrossing and perfectly-paced techno thriller about the promise – and fear – of modern medical science.” - Best Thrillers

About Jerry Kaczmarowski:

Jerry Kaczmarowski lives in Seattle with his family. He writes techno-thrillers that explore the benefits and dangers of mankind's scientific advancement. His first book, Moon Rising, was released in June 2014.  His second book, Sapient, was published in April 2015.


Jerry spent the first twenty years of his professional life in the consulting industry on the West Coast. His fascination with technology is matched only by his love of stories. His books intertwine action with a keen insight into how technology will shape our lives in the coming years.



Now for the super exciting part!
I was sent a excerpt to publish! Yay! Read ahead!







Chapter 1

A young research assistant poked his head through the laboratory door and said, “We’re heading out to grab some beers. Want to join us?”

Dr. Jane Dixon brushed aside a strand of dark hair that had fallen from her ponytail. She waved the offer off without turning to face him and gave a curt, “Too much work.” I need to get out of here at a decent time to see Robbie, or I’m going to need to find a new nanny.

“Come on, Dr. Dixon. One quick drink. It’s Friday.”

She sighed and faced him, removing her dark-rimmed glasses. “How about a rain check?” She gave the younger man her best smile, but Jane knew she sounded insincere.

“Sure, a rain check.” The research assistant gave a perfunctory nod and let the door swing shut. Jane wouldn’t receive another invitation anytime soon, which was fine with her.

She put her hands in the small of her back and stretched, yielding a satisfying pop. Not for the first time, she congratulated herself on the regularity of her yoga workouts. They were one of the few distractions she permitted herself. With forty in the not-too- distant future, it was one distraction she couldn’t afford to forgo. She pulled her stool closer to her computer and checked her maze for the final time. She chuckled to herself. After all her years of education, she was reduced to playing video games with rodents. Using a virtual maze allowed her to create a level of complexity unrealistic with traditional animal intelligence testing.

Jane walked into an adjoining room with rows of cages where her subjects spent most of their day. She approached a cage adorned with a garish blue first-place ribbon. Her assistant had put it on the door as a joke. At first, it migrated back and forth as different rats outperformed others. For the past two months, it hadn’t moved.

She opened the cage and made a coaxing motion. “Come here, Einstein.” A fat, white rat dashed out the door onto her hand and scrambled up her right shoulder. His neon-blue eyes gave off an icy intelligence. The change in eye color was one of many side effects of her tests Jane still couldn’t explain. The rat whipped its tail into her hair for balance, hopping from paw to paw.

“Settle down, boy,” she said. She carried Einstein back into the lab with its virtual maze and extended her hand. He raced down her arm to the large trackball and made little jumps in anticipation of the race. As Jane clamped him gently into the metal rig that held him in place, he stopped jumping. Einstein differed from the other rats—he never struggled when Jane locked him in place. The other rats fought against the harness, making it difficult to complete the test preparations.

A two-dimensional overview of a simple maze flashed on the screen. Without hesitating, Einstein rolled through the maze on his trackball, completing the challenge in seconds.

“Too easy,” Jane said. “You don’t even deserve a prize.” Despite this, she stroked the rat’s head and gave him a small piece of cheese. Einstein snapped it up in his front paws. As soon as he devoured it, he pulled against his harness and chattered at Jane.

“Relax, big fella.” She tapped on her keyboard to reconfigure the course before bending down to eye level with Einstein. “Now the real challenge begins.” He stared into her sea- green eyes. The small rodent had the intense focus of a fighter about to get in the ring.

A second maze flashed on the screen. There was a straightforward solution that was long and twisting. A second solution existed, but so far, none of the rats had figured it out. The second path had two tiny virtual teleportation pads. If the rats stepped onto one of the pads, they were transported to a corresponding location in a different part of the maze. For this test, the pads would save precious seconds.

“Go,” Jane shouted, starting the timer. Einstein didn’t budge. Instead, he looked back and forth between the obvious path and the first teleportation pad.

“Clock’s ticking,” Jane said to herself in frustration.

Einstein shrieked as he noticed the decreasing progress bar. A tentative paw step forward cleared the maze overview and put him in a six-inch-high virtual hallway. He waddled straight to the teleportation pad but stopped short. He turned his gaze to Jane as his whiskers moved back and forth, up and down. Jane stared back, willing him to make the right move.

The rat rolled forward on his trackball across the pad. The screen flashed, and he teleported to within a few steps of the exit. With a final glance at Jane, he spun through the gate with twenty seconds left on the clock.

Jane clapped her hands. “You did it.” She reached toward him. He clambered up her arm, slower now that he was out of the virtual world. She gave him a piece of cheese and returned him to the steel table.

“Impressive,” she said to the empty room. At times like this she wished someone could appreciate her triumphs. Her coworkers were at the bar. And Robbie? Robbie is Robbie. The warm smile of a mother flitted across her face as she thought about her son.

Einstein broke her reverie as he scratched and clawed at an iPad on the table. “It’s like having a second child,” Jane sighed to herself. She obliged Einstein’s pestering by starting an old episode of Sesame Street. The classic show was his favorite. Most other children’s programming bored him. His second-favorite genre was as far from the Children’s Television Workshop gang as you could get. One of Jane’s more unsavory assistants had decided to play Rated R comedies on the screen in the evening when the animals were alone in their cages. The crass movies entertained Einstein for hours despite the fact he couldn’t understand any of them.

Jane’s mobile phone vibrated. A message from her nanny read, “WHERE R U!!!” She glanced at the time in the lower right of her screen and gave a sharp intake of breath. I did it again, she chided herself.

“Leaving now. Sorry.” She almost typed a sad face emoticon but caught herself. It wouldn’t be well received. She pushed Send and dropped the phone on the lab table. She pounded the results of today’s tests into her computer, not bothering to correct spelling errors as she raced to enter her observations while they were still fresh.

The phone buzzed again. Jane gritted her teeth at the unnecessary back-and-forth. These nastygrams would only delay her departure. She reached for the phone in frustration, but Einstein was perched over it, staring at the screen. She nudged the little rodent back and set her jaw as she read the text.

The screen read, “Who is Einstein?” As she struggled to make sense of the nanny’s text, her eyes scanned back to the previous outbound message. She juggled her phone, almost dropping it on the floor.

The screen read, “I am Einstein.”