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Infinity (The Infinity Division #1)

Read on 9th November, 2016

Author: Jus Accardo

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4.5 Stars

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Nobody said being the daughter of an army general was easy. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he’s away… That’s taking it a step too far.

Cade, as beautiful as he is deadly, watches Kori with more than just interest. He looks at her like he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, well, that’s when things get weird.

Turns out, Kori’s dad isn’t just an army general—he’s the head of a secret government project that has invented a way to travel between parallel dimensions. Dimensions where there are infinite Koris, infinite Cades…and apparently, on every other Earth, they’re madly in love.

Falling for a soldier is the last thing on Kori’s mind. Especially when she finds herself in a deadly crossfire, and someone from another Earth is hell-bent on revenge…

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Note: I was sent a copy of this book by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review.

Infinity was an unexpectedly fantastic read. It had the potential to be extremely tropey and filled with instalove but (thankfully) was anything but that.

Very much a character-driven novel, Infinity was a thought-provoking read (even though I finished it months ago, I still sometimes think about it) complete with a compelling plot.

The characters in Infinity were realistic and flawed.

Kori is posed as a mature, rational person who is able to reasonably deal with issues and communicate well – which are not skills often represented in YA. Her emotions are vivid but she is able to think things through. Having lost her mother to cancer, she has experienced grief, which gives her a unique perspective and understanding when dealing with the other core characters.

Kori was also intelligent. Even though she was constantly placed in bad situations with her life on the line and her entire understanding of her parents was turned upside down, she never whined about it. Instead, she was practical in getting information and formulating a plan.

Cade was interesting. Guilt-ridden and tragic, I really felt for him and appreciated his depth of emotions. His character development was very well done.

I really appreciate the emphasis placed on perspective in this novel. As new information came to life, characters were seen differently, yet the core of them stayed the same.

Noah was a great example of this. At first, he was distanced and antagonistic but then as Kori, and therefore the audience, were explained the reasons as to why he was like this, an understanding formed and he became one of my favourite characters. He was very much a tragic cinnamon roll.

Infinity focuses on the complexity of humanity and the morally grey area; when is it okay to kill someone? Is the death penalty ever okay? If someone close to you has broken the law or is planning to, where do your loyalties lie? What is the right thing to do?

How do you know it’s love if you’ve only ever experienced it once? What can you really know about a person when you only glimpse them? How do you know happiness is real? How do you separate your feelings for someone if they look exactly the same as the last person you loved?

The romance in this book was fantastic – instead of instalove, it focused on potential rather than destiny, while also recognising unhealthy relationships and not labelling them as love.

Unexpectedly, family plays a significant role in Infinity. Although Kori’s mother is dead and her father absent for large portions of the novel, the impact and values they left behind was recognised and realised through the characters’ actions.

As mentioned, the plot itself was great. It was engaging yet realistic, gradually widening the parameters of the world as Kori got to know more, rather than engaging in the well known practice of info-dumping.

In a world of parallel dimensions, how do you define yourself? What makes one Kori different from another? Does fate play a part? What does it mean to interact with people who knew another version of yourself? 

Recommended for fans of Claudia Grey’s Firebird trilogy, character-driven narratives and general parallel dimension plots.

Let’s Discuss!

Have you read Infinity? 

If so, what were your thoughts?

If not, does it sound like something that would interest you? (Please say yes, I really need someone to fangirl discuss with!)

Have you read any other books featuring parallel dimensions? If so, please recommend – it’s a favourite trope of mine but I’ve only read a few.

The Sway (Hidden #1.5)

Read on 24th May, 2015

Author: Amy Patrick

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5 Stars

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A member of the Dark Court, Vancia has spent her life among humans—together but separate, hiding in plain sight. Now Pappa says it’s time to put her glamour to use against the unsuspecting humans and worse, agree to an arranged political marriage with the reclusive Light Elven prince.

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Amy Patrick knows exactly how to mess with my emotions.

The Sway is a brilliant novella that focuses on Vancia, Lad’s proposed bride-to-be, and takes place before and during the last few scenes of Hidden Deep. (You can find my reviews of Hidden Deep and Hidden Heart here and here).

I love Vancia – so much. She is just such an awesome character who was not flushed out at all in the first two installments of the Hidden trilogy. I loved her perspective and I wish that I had read The Sway before Hidden Heart. I just- she is absolutely amazing.

I also loved finding out what Davis was actually like. He’s mentioned in the first two books of the trilogy, but this is the first time that we actually met him. It was… Interesting. Let’s just say that I am certainly not a fan.

In Hidden Deep, I shipped Ryann and Lad; in Hidden Heart, it was Ryann and Nox; and now… I’m conflicted. I really do love Ryann and Nox, but then after reading The Sway, I’m partial to the idea of Nox with Vancia and Lad with Ryann… You could say that I’m somewhat of a mess right now.

I would like to give a huge thank you to Amy Patrick, the author of the Hidden trilogy, for gifting me with a copy of this book in the anthology Faery Tales: Six Novellas of Magic and Adventure.
The Sway will be available for individual purchase after June 15, 2015.

Be sure to check out this series and let me know your thoughts! Who do you ship? Have you wound up as conflicted as I?

ARC Review: Hidden Heart (Hidden #2)

Read from 23rd-24th May, 2015

Author: Amy Patrick

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Release Date: Today (24th May)

4.5 Stars

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17-year-old Ryann Carroll thought she knew who she was… a small-town Southern girl just trying to survive her parents’ messy divorce and find some peace for herself. She thought she knew what she wanted… a summer job, a car, a first date that didn’t suck, and NO complications from a serious relationship— any guy in her life would simply be icing on the cake.

But now… she’s not only in love, her boyfriend Lad is a member of a secret race that’s lived secretly among humans for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore. Things could hardly get more complicated than that.

More importantly, she’s learned the world’s top celebrities… those actors, musicians, athletes, and politicians who seem a little too beautiful and talented to be true… actually are. They’re not human, and they’re using their glamour and the increasing popularity of fan pods to control more and more humans. But why?

With her best friend Emmy leaving soon to join the fan pod of a famous actor, Ryann has to find out the answer. And she can’t do it alone. But after a shocking murder, Lad can no longer fight his destiny or his duty, and Ryann’s not sure whether his top priority is their relationship or his people.

In this second book of the Hidden Trilogy, true friendship will take Ryann from rural Mississippi to the glittering city of Los Angeles. And true love will take her to places she never expected to go…

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You can find my review of Hidden Deep, the first book of the Hidden trilogy, here.

First of all, I would like to give a huge thank you to Amy Patrick, the author of the “Hidden” trilogy, for supplying me with an advanced reader copy (ARC) of this novel.

I really appreciated the world building of this series. Hidden Heart really showcased the fan pods – the dynamics, purpose and execution of them were brought to light in a scarily realistic manner. It was not hard to believe that this could happen in our society, our world, in the present time (or near future).

Although I loved Hidden Heart, it did take me about a hundred pages or so to really get into it – mainly because Ryann (the protagonist) was really frustrating me. She was stubborn and made some decisions that I didn’t necessarily agree with. However, she did have some growth and character development throughout the novel which I appreciated and the story really picked up towards the second half of the book.

As for Lad… I don’t even know. Hidden Heart made me fall in love with Nox, and now I ship him with Ryann way more than Ryan and Lad – I loved Lad in Hidden Deep, and I appreciate that he was her first love, but in real life, first loves are often not the last – or only – love someone has in their life.

I also currently love Nox’s character more than Lad’s. I don’t understand how anyone can read Hidden Heart and not fall in love with Nox. That end revelation only solidified my love for him. However, as much as I’d like to believe Nox is endgame, Amy has left space for it to go either way.

Despite my initial frustrations, I really admire Ryann’s loyalty to Emmy and I feel that it is a large part of what kept her grounded as a character.

I’m not sure what to make of Vancia. I wish that I’d read The Sway (a Hidden novella) before Hidden Heart as I would love to know what’s going on inside her head. We don’t really see much of her in the first two installments of the trilogy, but enough to get me intrigued. I feel that she will be a featured character in the next book, which I hope is the case.

Davis. Although I didn’t mention anything in my review of Hidden Deep, I had my suspicions of his true nature even then. – He was dating Ryann’s mother and despite exchanging a few phone calls, had never met Ryann in person. Also, he turned Ryann’s mother lovestruck, which is certainly a feat in itself. Everything about him screamed too good to be true…

I highly recommend the Hidden trilogy to fans of urban fantasy and faerie lore.

ARC Review: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks

Read 10th May, 2015

Author: Sam Maggs

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Release Date: 12th May, 2015

5 Stars

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Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Geek Girls is everything that I had hoped it would be and more.

Told with an interesting, humorous voice, this book is an absolutely wonderful read. Whether you’re into books, movies, TV shows, gaming, anime, comic books or science, I highly recommend checking out The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galexy.

Aside from all the awesome points featured above, there are also short interviews at the end of each chapter with some iconic people including Beth Revis (author of the Across the Universe trilogy) and Victoria Schwab (also known as V. E. Schwab, author of The Archived, Vicious and A Darker Shade of Magic). Plus, Tamora Piece is mentioned, who is one of my favourite authors of all time.

A quick, enjoyable, insightful read, why wouldn’t you want to pick it up? Do I also need to mention fandoms such as SuperWhoLock, Harry Potter, Tolkien, Marvel and DC? Oh, and don’t forget the mini section on fanfiction…

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Though I do not have the physical copy, I have seen it on BookTube and under the dust jacket is absolutely gorgeous – it even has a TARDIS and a book on it!

Thank you so much to Quirk Books for approving my request for this book on NetGallery! (Which I have literally just found out is pronounced and spelled NetGalley – whoops.)

True Calling (True Calling #1)

Read from May 3rd-4th, 2015

Author: Siobhan Davis

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4.5 Stars

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Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17 year old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.

As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent preoccupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.

Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.

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A futuristic novel with dystopian vibes that had a touch a paranormal, True Calling was enthralling right from the start. Aside from a brief interlude when I had to physically force myself away from the book so that I could get some homework done, I could not put this book down, and hence neglected a stack of homework that I should have been doing instead… And who needs sleep on a Monday morning anyway? Pfft… *shakes head* No joke, some of my notes that I jotted down while reading included “just let me do my homework!!” and “I just want to read!! Why??” Yeah, so that happened…

So much happened in this book. Plot twists; huge character and story arcs; mystery; rebels; friendship; love; political intrigue; a Selection-like contest (except not); great family relationships and a range of dynamics; homo and bisexuality and what that means in terms of going from a modern society who largely accepts the different sexualities to a corrupt government controlling what was set out to be the perfect utopia; and so much more. As you can probably tell, chaos ensued – which I loved.

The only criticism that I have for this book is that despite the disasters that ripped the world apart and decimated the human population affected our entire species, on both Novo and Earth we only seem to hear about Americans. I mean, what happened to the rest of the world? In this reality, the claim is made that in 1996 various leaders from countries all over the world formed an alliance and started working on Nova – yet we don’t appear to see these other countries at all.

On a similar note, how did the new government come to be in power? Who chose? How were they chosen? Because they obviously weren’t the best choice… What’s the deal with the extrasensory abilities? The dreams and Ariana’s “6th sense”? What are the origins? Why do only a select few have them? Is there any correlation between them? Were they “chosen”? Maybe it has to do with one of the disasters that racked the Earth? Can the government impregnate people with their hormone injections? I have no clue, but I do love to speculate.

May I also note that the title was very aptly chosen – it tied into the story really well. Plus, the cover is beautiful. I mean, look at it.

True Calling was such a great, enjoyable read and I am super grateful to Siobhan Davis (the author) for approving my request on NetGallery for a copy of this book (and the next one!) in exchange for an honest review. She actually has a WordPress blog which I will be sure to check out and you should too. I cannot wait to dive into Beyond Reach which is the second installment in the series.

Ignite (Ignite #1)

Finished on 13th April, 2015

Author: Erica Crouch

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5 Stars

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Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed.

As Hell prepares for war – spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army – the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice.

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.

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First of all, I would like to thank Patchwork Press for supplying me with a copy of this book via NetGallery in exchange for an honest review.

I went into Ignite with an open mind – the synopsis sounded intriguing and I haven’t read many angel books so I decided to go for it, not knowing what to expect.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it!

Cutesy romance, action, a focus on siblings, great characters, moral struggles, emotional manipulation (as in, mine were being tossed around like a rowboat in a storm, out on the open sea)… Ignite was just such a brilliant read.

Now one of my favourite angel books, Ignite is right up there with the Sweet Evil trilogy by Wendy Higgins and Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter chronicles.

The characters are what made this book for me. Aside from Ariel and Sablo, I loved all of the characters. That said, they were still very well done.

Ever so sarcastic and dark, I actually really liked Azael – I’m not even entirely sure why. I also really enjoyed  how his and Pen’s relationship was explored, their centuries of history together and dependence upon each other. Also *cough* telepathy *cough*.

Gavin made a brief appearance, in which I grew to love him too.

Pen and Michael were just so cute together. Their relationship evolved really well and there were several moments when I literally had to stop reading and take a moment to squeal and aww about how cute they were – I’m not even joking. Their love of books, the cave and the stars are particularly of note.

Overall, I really enjoyed Ignite and recommend it to people interested in a YA book featuring angels and demons, a complicated sibling relationship, a great romance and are prepared for a potentially emotional read (I found it so, but I’m not sure if others will).

I am not entirely sure when I will be continuing on with the series – they were previously available on NetGallery, but have now been archived. However, I am quite intrigued to discover how this series progresses.

On a side note, I have recently been watching Erica’s YouTube channel and she seems to be a really cool person.

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)

Finished on 4th April, 2015

Author: Marie Rutkoski

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Release Date: March 12th, 2015

5 Stars

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Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust …

While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner’s trilogy.

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I was warned, but nothing – nothing – could have prepared me for the beautiful torture that is Marie Rutkoski’s Winner’s Crime. I just – I can’t. The worse part is, I allowed myself to hope.

A lot of people argue that this installment is Marie’s best yet – and I would be inclined to agree. However, don’t go into it expecting rainbows, butterflies and fun times. Because if you are… well, let’s just say that you are in for a huge surprise.

The Winner’s Crime is full of secrets, lies, tension, politics, high society, betrayal, intrigue, espionage and a whole lot of emotional manipulation. There will be tears, frustration, yelling at the characters to just get over themselves and hurt when others turn out not to be who you thought they were. This novel will have you on the edge of your seat, will make you hope and then crush that hope into a thousand pieces.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Now go and pick it up anyway because you do not want to miss out on this spectacular ride.

Thank you so much to Bloomsbury Publishing for approving my request for this book on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This copy of “The Winner’s Curse” is actually an ARC, but unfortunately I did not get around to reading it before the release date.