Review: The Show – John A Heldt

Review: The Show – John A Heldt

Title: 27858685The Show

Author: John A. Heldt

Genre: History, Romance, Science Fiction, Time-Travel

Format: E-Book

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: I was so excited to read this book after reading ‘The Mine’ and when John offered to send me a copy of the book I was so happy!

The Show’ follows on from where ‘The Mine’  left off and it’s Grace’s side of the story. This made me even happier because I was left with so many questions about what Grace did after Joel left and how it came about for her to make the decision to follow him to 2000. This book had all the answers and left me so happy to see how their relationship progressed over the years.

The Show’ was a lot quicker in the progress of their relationships and would jump a few months ahead at times which slightly annoyed me because I just wanted to know all about them as I became to love them both. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one because just as things were starting to go well for the couple, Grace all of a sudden ended up in 1918. Again we’re introduced to a wide range of new characters who I feel were all quite similar to the characters we met in ‘The Mine’. The one thing I disliked about this happening was her meeting someone else and then the wait to find if they were going to get together because I still had the hope she would return and be able to continue her life with Joel and their children. I did like how open the couple were with their families about time travel whether they believed them or not.

With this book I was left again with a few questions about time travel. There’s just so much I can’t grasp but it’s such an interesting thing to read about and reading these books has made me want to read more books about the subject!

Although I was slightly disappointed with this book, I did still enjoy it and I’m happy with what the outcome of the book was. If you enjoy anything with romance then I think this is a book you will enjoy as there’s a lot of it in the story!

Thank you again to John A Heldt for sending me copy of both books to read.

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Review: Lois Lane: Fallout -Gwenda Bond

Review: Lois Lane: Fallout -Gwenda Bond

23110163Title: Fallout (Lois Lane #1) 

Author: Gwenda Bond

Genre: Sci-fi, Young Adult, Mystery

Format: Hardback

Rating: 2/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: I first came across this book when Maximum Pop tweeted a giveaway for it and after reading what people were saying about it I decided to enter because well why not plus the cover was exciting! When I found out I was one of the lucky winners picked to review it I was so excited because I had heard so many good things about it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t what I hoped for and I was slightly disappointed. I couldn’t get into the story at all and for the majority of it I was bored.

In ‘Fallout’ we’re introduced to Lois Lane, the daughter of an Army General as her and her family settle for good (hopefully) in Metropolis. On her first day of school she is introduced to a strangely connected group called the Warheads who are making life miserable for young Anavi. Lois then decides to find out more information about the Warheads and see if there’s a way she can stop them all whilst trying to make new friends. Although I wasn’t really into the story, I did really like Lois’ character. She was funny, witty and strong-minded. I was kind of surprised by her forwardness at the beginning of the book when she butts into a conversation the head teacher is having with a fellow student. As the story starts to unfold we also see how smart and sneaky she can be.

As for the story, I can’t quite put my finger on it but I just couldn’t get into it at all. There were times I thought I would start enjoying it but then it would just go back to how it was and I would get bored again. I didn’t quite understand the game in the book either which is a huge part of the plot so that’s probably the main reason I never understood it.

With the question rising of “would you read another book by Gwenda Bond?” I think I probably would as I don’t want the one book I’ve read to ruin her other books which may be better!

If you’re into gaming and mystery books then this is probably the book for you. Thank you again to Maximum Pop books for sending me a copy to review!

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Review: Monsters Of Men – Patrick Ness

Review: Monsters Of Men – Patrick Ness

8100904Title: Monsters Of Men (Chaos Walking #3)

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Format: Paperback

Themes dealt with: War, Terrorism

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: The Book People (you can buy the trilogy for only £6.99 on this site!!)

Review: *THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD*

Okay let me just start by saying that this book should’ve been called The Book Of Death because it’s just full of it! If you’ve read my reviews of ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go’ and ‘The Ask And The Answer’ then you’ll know I absolutely adore this series and with the way the second one ended I just couldn’t wait to pick up book three. When you first start the book, you’re thrown right into the action as the war begins between Mayor Prentiss, Mistress Coyle and The Spackle and this gave me so much hope for another fantastic book.

Unlike the first two books in the series, ‘Monster’s Of Men’ doesn’t exactly contain chapters. It’s more or less split into parts so for example, the first part is called “It Begins” which is told from both Todd and Viola’s POV. Seventy-seven pages later we’re introduced to a third person and then each part splits. This for me is when things started to go slightly downhill. I was left feeling confused over the strange language the third person spoke in and the way they described things. Each time ‘the land’, ‘the sky’, ‘the clearing’, etc were mentioned, I was getting more and more confused.

Ness’ ability to make you have so many mixed feelings towards certain characters is unlike anything I’ve ever read and it’s one of the reasons I love his writing. Let’s take Mayor Prentiss for example. In the first book I didn’t really care much for him, coming to the second book I despised him and then the more I read this book I was confused about how to feel. Could he have changed? Was he truthful to Todd and did he really care? I was scared to like him because I didn’t know if I could trust him or not but he continued to change his ways throughout the book leaving you with a lot of hope for him. Mistress Coyle was another character I wasn’t sure about. She didn’t really seem to care about what she put Viola through, just as long as she was winning. Both these characters made me sort of think about war and I can’t seem to stop thinking that, war happens because leaders can’t seem to agree over something but rather than sit down and discuss it, they get their people to fight their battles for them (and die in the process) whilst they sit and watch it going on rather than deal with it like mature adults.

Unfortunately I wasn’t impressed with this book. I was so disappointed by it and I expected something better than what I got. My main problem was the whole ‘third person’ part because when reading the majority of Todd and Viola’s parts, I was really enjoying it! But any time I seen the third person appear then I just wanted to finish their part asap because it bored me. The biggest thing I loved about this series was that with each book you can see just how much Todd and Viola have grown and how mature they’ve became and it’s one of the reasons I do love this series because I haven’t seen much of that in a series of books.

Although I didn’t enjoy this book I do highly recommend this series as it’s unlike any YA fantasy I’ve read before and Ness’ work is starting to become some of my favourites. Like the other books, this book is no different when it comes to the heartbreaking scenes so watch out for them!


 

If you have read or are planning to read these books please do let me know your thoughts!!

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Review: The Ask And The Answer – Patrick Ness

Review: The Ask And The Answer – Patrick Ness

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Title: The Ask And The Answer (Chaos Walking #2)

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: The Book People (you can buy the trilogy for only £6.99 on this site!!)

Review: *THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD!!*

I’m honestly in love with this series! ‘The Ask And The Answer’ definitely did not disappoint as a sequel. This book deals with so many huge issues such as feminism, genocide, terrorism and war ethics. Like the first book, we’re following the story of both Todd and Viola only this time it’s told from both points of view rather than  just Todd’s which I actually liked as it gave us a chance to get to know Viola and how she thinks a bit better. This book was more action-packed, violent and so much darker than the first one and there was so much tension between certain characters which I loved because it made me want to read on to find out how the relationship between characters would work out. There were a lot of surprises in this book too which made me extremely confused as to how I felt about people and events that took place.

I can’t get enough of the characters in this series although I do have huge trust issues with a few of them in this book. One of the reasons I love the characters is because they’re all so interesting and diverse which helps make this book such a good read. Some of the characters are pretty scary, especially Mayor Prentiss and Mr Hammar. Mayor Prentiss is a man who manipulates people into doing what he wants using his unique power that not many people have. Ness does a fantastic job of making you feel confused about this character and what his motive is throughout the book. Mr Hammar on the other hand is a man who prefers to use physical abuse to torture victims and when I think back to the first book there was evidence even then of how evil this character is. Although Mr Hammar is a minor character, Ness’ characterisation of him makes him stick in your head after the book is done.

Davy Prentiss, was a character I absolutely despised in ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go‘ but you really got to know more about him and his character in this novel which is one of the things that left me really confused because I wasn’t sure if you could trust him or not. I really wanted to hate him because of his actions in the first book but we soon find out that like Todd, he’s been deceived by his father his whole life. It just shows that both him and Todd are much more similar than we were first led to believe and it slowly made me start to like his character (as much as I didn’t want to).

Although there’s not much I can fault about this book, there’s two things I’m still slightly confused about. Spackle being the first. I’m genuinely so confused as to who the Spackle are. It’s explained that they’re some sort of alien but I still don’t quite get what’s actually going on with them. Have the humans moved to a new planet (I’m guessing since it’s called New World) or have the aliens came to earth? Why is there such a problem between the species? Can they not just come to an agreement and live in harmony? With the way this book ended and from the 88 pages I’ve read of ‘Monster’s Of Men’ I’m hoping all my questions are going to be answered. Age is the other thing I’m confused about. In ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go’ we’re told that Todd is 12 (a month away from turning 13) then when Viola appears we find out he should really be around 14 but after reading this book, both the characters seem so much older! It could be because of everything they’ve been/going through in the past and because war’s on the horizon they have a lot of grown up decisions to make but I don’t know. Maybe it’ll be another thing explained in book three!

Ness is a writer who does a brilliant job of making you feel as though you’re right there in the book, in the middle of the action with the characters watching everything going on as you read which is what I absolutely love in a book. Everything is so vivid in my head and I can see it all happening so clearly as though I’m watching a movie rather than reading a book which makes it better! He’s one of the few writers I’ve known who has the power to do this for me and he’s gradually becoming one of my favourite authors.

Like the first book, I found it to be quite slow at the beginning and so I’ve taken .5 stars off the rating but apart from that this book was incredible! If you’re looking for something that’s full of action, violence, deceit and hope then I highly recommend this book and series to you. I’ve been an emotional wreck whilst reading both books and there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be the same reading book three but it’s so worth it because the plot and the characters are just phenomenal.

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Review: The Knife Of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

Review: The Knife Of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

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Title: The Knife Of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1)

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: The Book People (you can buy the trilogy here for only £6.99!)

Review: I hate this book. It broke my heart and destroyed me in every way possible. BUT IT WAS SO GOOD. I genuinely have a love/hate relationship with this book. Everything about it was excellent! (Apart from the part my heart was broken).

There’s so much I could say about this book but I don’t want to spoil anything! I’ve been meaning to read this book and series for a long time but never actually got round to it until the UKYA In The Rain book club chose it to be our read for this month so it was just the perfect time! This is the first Patrick Ness book I’ve read and it did not disappoint! (Apart from the part where he broke my heart. Did I mention that???)

The Knife Of Never Letting Go tells the story of a young Todd Hewitt, the last boy left to become a man in Prentisstown, a town full of men where not one person’s thoughts are private. One month from becoming a man, Todd is forced to flee Prentisstown with the help of his talking dog and a strange girl he met at the swamp. Whilst on the run from the men pursuing him, Todd discovers that everything he has ever known was a lie and nothing everything is the what he thought. Ness gives us a story full of hope, fear, friendship and self-discovery in this gripping and heart-wrenching novel.

At the start of the book I found the language very frustrating and annoying and was so close to just putting it down but I started to get used to it and it helped make Todd the character he is. The character development in this book was brilliant. Especially with Viola, who started off as a shy, quiet little girl and by the end of it was one of the stronger characters in the story! At first I didn’t like her because she never spoke and I just assumed she was being ignorant but it helped make the connection between both characters stronger and I feel it played a part in helping them understand each other more. The main reason I love this character is because in a world full of men who believe women should have no say, she sticks up for herself and soon becomes the only person who Todd can rely on and she’s the person who helps him understand this new world when he struggles to cope with everything.

Todd became just as strong as Viola in the end. At the beginning he was extremely naive and as you find things out with him you begin to feel a lot of sympathy for the young boy as you find out his whole life has been a lie and each step of the way both him and Viola discover the truth about the world they both live in. About two thirds into the book there’s one scene that your heart just completely breaks for him. With Todd comes his annoying, loving, talking dog Manchee. When we first meet Manchee I was automatically reminded of Dug from the movie ‘Up.’ Ness’ characterisation of the dog was exactly what a dog would be like if they could actually talk which I loved! Like Todd, you feel a lot of sympathy for the dog as all he ever wants to do is help Todd and he tries his best to understand everything that’s going on. There’s a touching scene on page 333 of the book that has became my favourite as Todd, who at the start of the book disliked the dog starts to talk about Manchee in such a lovely way and it shows just how much he’s grown to love and appreciate the dog who’s always been there to help and protect him. The fact you can see how the relationship between dog and boy has grown made it much more poignant for me.

I honestly can’t recommend this book enough and I would have given it 5 stars if it hadn’t been for the fact it took me about 100 pages to actually get into it and also for the fact IT BROKE MY HEART IN THE WORST POSSIBLE WAY! But yeah, I do highly recommend you read this book! It’s got just the right amount of action in it and the villians aren’t your stereotypical, predictable villians. Ness did a phenomenal job of making you as the reader feel just as much hope as the characters felt in the book and that was another reason I loved this book so much. You were made to feel like you were there on the journey with the characters and at some points you were holding your breath hoping that Todd and Viola would overcome everything they faced. If you’ve yet to read any of Patrick Ness’ work then I would say this series is a good place to start as it has just about everything in it!

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Review: The Mine – John A. Heldt

Review: The Mine – John A. Heldt

19353394Title: The Mine

Author: John A. Heldt

Genre: History, Romance, Science Fiction, Time-Travel

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: I didn’t really know what to expect from this book but when I seen the description it sounded quite interesting and therefore helped me decide that I would give it a try.

‘The Mine’ tells the story of Joel Smith, a college-senior who whilst on a trip with his best friend wanders into an abandoned mine, bangs his head and somehow wakes up in May 1941. With nothing but his phone, money that he can’t use, his wits and his amazing memory for history, we follow him as he tries to survive in this strange, old time. We see him make friends, fall in love and spend time with his grandmother as a young woman. When the opportunity arises for him to return to the year 2000 he has a tough decision to make. Does he stay with his new friends and alter the future or does he return home and let things work out?

I loved the characters in this book! Especially Tom. After Joel helped Tom in a time of need, Tom took Joel in off the street and gave him a place to stay whilst his father gave him a job. From then on, both young men became the best of friends and their friendship was just so lovely to see unfold. Tom’s girlfriend, Ginny  (also Joel’s grandmother) was another one of my favourite characters. She was funny, witty and cared about everyone she came into contact with.

Joel’s relationship with Grace happened pretty fast. I loved both characters and Grace was so endearing, naive, sweet and innocent. It seemed that until Joel came along, she was always doing things that made other people happy rather than thinking about what made her happy. I really enjoyed reading about the progress of their relationship but the more it blossomed, the more I panicked about what was going to happen if Joel returned to the future.

The whole way through this story made me question what was going on in the future where Joel was from. Did his friend Adam, whom he left behind, go looking for him and find him gone? Did he hit his head that hard he had went into a coma? WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE YEAR 2000 WHILST HE WAS IN 1941??? I finally got my answer in the end which was actually quite disappointing and pretty much impossible. There was also a huge twist at the end which I would never have guessed! It made me cry like a baby but it was happy tears. It was a perfect ending, maybe just too perfect but I was still pretty happy with it.

When I first started reading this book I just couldn’t get into it and was so close to putting it down but I’m glad I stuck at it because as soon as Tom and his gang of friends came into it everything started to get fun and interesting. I enjoyed reading about Joel’s time in the 1940’s but I think the ending was a good way to end the story rather than carry it on over a series which I feel would’ve been a decision a lot of people would’ve made. If you enjoy a bit of historical romance and time-travel then I do recommend this book to you!

I received an ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review so I’d just like to take this moment to thank John A. Heldt for getting in touch with me and asking me to review this book for him. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to read more of his work in the future!Blog Sign

 

Demon Road – Review

Demon Road – Review

Title: Demon Road

Author: Derek Landy

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: The first line of this novel had me gripped straight away. “Twelve hours before Amber Lamont’s parents tried to kill her…” WELL NOW YOU HAVE ME CURIOUS AS TO WHY THEY WANT TO KILL HER SO OF COURSE I’M GOING TO READ ON!!

Usually with books that grasp your attention right from the start make me weary of them because they’re most likely to leave me disappointed however this novel is one of the few that has impressed me. Demon Road follows the story of sixteen year old Amber whose life is in grave danger. As the storyline goes on we meet the many varieties of monsters, villians and friends she encounters on her search for freedom.

Demon Road is a book that contains a little bit of everything. The humour in the novel made the book brilliant for me because it made the story more light-hearted at times and in my opinion I don’t think the book would’ve been as good if those humorous parts weren’t included in the final product. It also took you away from all the doom and gloom in Amber’s life too. There was a lot of action and bloody violence throughout the book and it just made you keep turning the page to find out what was next for each character in the story. I like the fact there was a lot of dialogue included too as it made you feel part of the story and like you were experiencing it along with the characters. One of my favourite things though is, THERE WAS LIKE NO ROMANCE!!!! I’m honestly starting to get fed up of authors having to include some sort of romance plot in their book. I know the majority of my favourite books all include a predictable love story but come one, is there any need for almost every YA novel to have one?

I loved the characters in this novel. Amber was a fantastic heroine and wasn’t your typical YA female. She’s awkward, self-conscious and not very good at making decisions and lets be honest, that’s more realistic to teenage girls in real life so she was a realistic character (minus the whole she’s also a demon thing but that’s not the point right now). When she had to be she became strong and independent even if it did take her a while but it’s admirable as she’s going through a lot more than any normal sixteen year old should. One of the touching things was that although she is a demon, she worried about killing people which showed the reader, her humanity is a lot stronger than her demonic side and she is able to resist the temptation.
Milo was another fantastic character. From the minute you meet him you’re unsure whether to trust him as he acts pretty strange and doesn’t really say much however, as he helps Amber on her journey we learn that he’s one of the good guys. He’s serious all the time and although he doesn’t talk much, he is a very protective father and helps Amber with every problem she faces even if he’s the one that gets hurt in the process. Also, he drives a pretty cool car which is all I’m going to say about that. (If you want to know what makes it cool, READ THE BOOK!)
Glen was probably my favourite character. From the minute you’re introduced to him you’re laughing because just like Amber, he’s awkward and doesn’t really have any friends but he’s funny even if he doesn’t mean to be. He’s so sweet and endearing that you can’t help but love him and you hope that good things will come his way.

This book was so much better than I thought it would be! I’ve been wanting to read Derek Landy’s work for a while now and I don’t think I could’ve started it off any better. I never wanted to put it down and got so upset when I had to leave for work because it meant having to wait another 7 hours before I could find out what would happen next!

If you’re interested in books that include vampires, witches and demons then this book is right up your street. I would highly recommend this book to anybody because it’s got a bit of something for everyone! I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review so I’d just like to them for giving me this opportunity. I’ve since went and bought a physical copy of the book so I can read it over and over again in the future!