Monday, 20 April 2015

Neverland Review

Title: Neverland

Author: Shari Arnold

Genre: young adult, fantasy

Pages: 358

Publisher: Create Space

 Date Released:  7th April 2015

Format:  ebook

It’s been four months since seventeen-year-old Livy Cloud lost her younger sister, but she isn’t quite ready to move on with her life — not even close. She’d rather spend her time at the Seattle Children’s hospital, reading to the patients and holding onto memories of the sister who was everything to her and more.

But when she meets the mysterious and illusive Meyer she is drawn into a world of adventure, a world where questions abound.

Is she ready to live life without her sister? Or more importantly, is she brave enough to love again?

In this modern reimagining of Peter Pan, will Livy lose herself to Neverland or will she find what she’s been searching for?

(Goodreads Synopsis)

** I received a free advanced copy this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review**

When I first read the synopsis for this book I really like the idea of Peter Pan type world. I guess that's what really pulled me in.One thing I like about this was that the story was interwoven with the modern world which made it more realistic and put a different spin the fairy-tale.  The start of the story Livy is very focused on her sisters death and it kind of consumes her to the point where its taken over her life. Then in comes Meyer who is adventurous and daring, he helps Livy heal. I found that the start of the novel was quite hard to actually get into because I felt as though the writing but it definitely got better as the story continued. I can't say that I fully enjoyed it because I didn't. The first half just felt a bit repetitive and it dragged on a bit but once Never land was introduced I started to enjoy it.

Overall: For the most part of the novel I enjoyed it and I think that any peter pan fans out there would enjoy this retelling of an original tale.

Cover art: 5
Plot: 3
Level of interest:4
Total rating:3

Happy Reading Everyone!! :D
- Jordan

Saturday, 11 April 2015

walker saga Review (books 1-6)

Title: First world (#1),
Spurn (#2),
Crais (#3),
Regali (#4),
Nephilius (#5),
Dronish (#6)

Author: Jaymin Eve

Genre: Distopian, young adult, romance, sci-fi

Publisher: Create Space
 Date Released: July 10th 2013

Format:  ebook

Synopsis:If the Seventine are released, will anyone survive?
Abigail Swish might not love her life, living in gang-ridden New York in 2035 and training to fight and survive with Compound 23. But she is grateful for a few things, especially her no-filter-between-brain-and-mouth best friend Lucy and her escape each night into a dream world far different from her own.
In fact, sometimes she lives for the fleeting moments she spends at night with the man who fuels every romantic fantasy she’s ever had. But each morning reality returns. She could just cry. But she won’t of course; tears don’t change a damn thing.
Then without any warning, a month before her eighteenth birthday, everything does change. A guardian finds her. He explains, in a strangely familiar accent, that she was stashed on Earth for safekeeping and has been lost to her family ever since. And it is time to return home. To the First World; a land of unimagined beauty.

Abigail and Lucy find themselves escaping New York, ending up on another planet and traversing through an unforgiving wilderness. Yeah, because that sort of thing just happens every day. Luckily an unexpected saviour arrives; the man from her dream-world. Brace is six-and-a-half feet of gorgeous perfectness, wrapped in an arrogance like no other. Unable to trust his assistance, and unsure which of her instincts to follow - kiss him or punch him in the mouth - Abigail eventually accepts his help to find her family.
And what a family. Enter Josian, her father; larger than life and apparently not even human. He is Walker, a planet-less race revered as gods, causing mischief and mayhem through-out this star-system. Unfortunately, there is no time for a cosy reunion, since no one explained that by returning to First World her half-Walker genetics would act as a catalyst setting forth a chain of events which could spell disaster for not only her existence but that of all worlds. ( Goodreads synopsis )

 I'm gona be honest and say I read all 6 books on 3days oops. Haha but now I wish I hadn't because I have to wait for the last book ti be released and I must know what is gona happen! I don't read a lot of books with "aliens" but a friend recommended this to me and I am so glad she did because I could not put it down. I love the world building and they way the Jaymin described the different worlds was fabulous. I could picture everything perfectly in my mind. The writing really flowed and I loved Lucy's smart mouth, it got my laughing plenty. I loved how strong and independent Abby is but that she could also go to Brace when she knew she couldn't do something on her own. The bond between the walker girls was awesome and I love how they have all grown so far and I can't wait to meet the final walker girl.

Overall: I'm very excited to find out how the Final battle will commence and I'm curious as to what is Josians fate. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a pick me up because this series will definitely hit all the right spots.

Cover art: 3
Plot: 5
Level of interest:5
Total rating:5

Happy Reading Everyone!! :D
- Jordan

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Spark Review

Title: Spark

Author: Rachel Craw

Pages: 464

Genre: sci-fi, young adult, romance

Publisher: Walker Books Australia      

Date Released: July 1st 2014

Format:  paperback

Synopsis:Evie doesn’t have a choice.

One day she’s an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer.

The threat could come at home, at school, anywhere. All Evie knows is that it will be a fight to the death.

And then there’s Jamie. irresistible. off-limits.
   (Goodreads synopsis)

Review:This cover is so cool! I picked up this book at my local bookstore and didn't realise until the end of the book that the author is a fellow New Zealander :D
This book draws you in from the start. The main character Evie doesn't need a Hero because she is her own hero. At the start she is lost, her mother has just died and she feels as though her world is falling apart but suddenly she starts having odd changes. I like that the story always had something happening, there were not many scenes where there wasn't something exciting. The end was a major plot twist that I was not expecting which I loved because it is not often in a book where you didn't predict the outcome, because lets be honest a lot of books now days can be predictable. The writing was well done but my only complaint would be the information overload as it took a while to sink it all in.

Overall:If you're looking for a good sci-fi with a great plot twist that you will not see coming then this is for you. I am anticipating the next book and will be counting down the days till its release.

Cover art: 5
Plot: 4
Level of interest:4
Total rating:4

Happy Reading Everyone!! :D
- Jordan