WARM BODIES – ISAAC MARION

Warm_bodies_book_coverWarm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Publisher: Atria
Ratings: 3/5
Genre: Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Adult Fiction
Post Book Thoughts: …That was better than I expected it to be…

R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse. Just dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world…

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead and the blurry line in between.


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BLACK MOON |THE BROKEN TRILOGY #3

32944085Black Moon by L.A Weatherly
Published by Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
For fans of: Mockingjay, war novels, Legend
My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Welcome to New Manhattan, home of dictator, Kay Pierce, and her enemies in the resistance…

Leading them is Amity. Working undercover for them is the man who betrayed her.

Because even when her world is broken, Amity will risk her life to fix it.

Set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America, Black Moon brings this epic series of corruption, romance and intrigue to an explosive finale.


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IDA – ALISON EVANS

30720860Ida by Alison Evans
Published by: Bonnier Publishing Australia
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
For fans of: wonderfully diverse books, time travel, alternate universes!
My rating: 2 stars out of 5

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?


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DARKNESS FOLLOWS | THE BROKEN TRILOGY #2

30090076Darkness Follows by L. A. Weatherly
Published by Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia
For Fans of: Legend, Divergent, Shatter Me
My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Welcome to a ‘perfect’ world. Where war is illegal, where harmony rules. And where your date of birth marks your destiny. But nothing is perfect. And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust? Set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America, the BROKEN trilogy is an exhilarating epic of deception, heartbreak and rebellion.

Welcome to Harmony 5: a secure prison camp where the rebellious and the Discordant are broken. Amity is their newest inmate. The rules are simple here: obedience or death. Anyone caught trying to escape is executed. But former Peacefighter, Ingo, is prepared to risk everything for freedom. And in a world this dark, what has Amity got to lose?

The second in a brand-new YA trilogy with an exhilarating mix of irresistible romance, breath-taking action and thrilling mystery. Effortlessly fuses the old-style glamour of 1940s America with the corrupt menace of a futuristic world in a hugely original twist on the steampunk genre – Blitzpunk. Darkness Follows is a chilling and compelling journey of revenge, survival and love.


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THE MAD SCIENTIST’S DAUGHTER – CASSANDRA ROSE CLARKE

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Published by Angry Robot
Genre: Sci-Fi, YA, Romance
For Fans of: Wonderful male leads, realistic heroines, and intense, well-written books that give you FEELINGS.
My Rating: 4.7 stars out of 5

“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task is now to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion…and more. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world, and in Cat’s heart


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TUF VOYAGING – GEORGE R. R. MARTIN

Tuf Voyaging by George R. R. MartinIMG_20160902_085728
Genres: Science Fiction, Short Stories
My Ratings: 4/5 (if you like cats) 3/5 (for all the other heathens out there)
Post book thoughts: ‘OMG I need to read more Martin that is not GoT related.

Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader (one of the few) and he likes cats. So how is it that, despite being up against the worst villains in the universe, he has become the proud owner of the last working seedship, pride of Earth’s Ecological Engineering Corps?

We’ll leave that aside for now – just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in space is in good hands, hands which now control cellular material for thousands of outlandish creatures.

With his unique equipment and powerful spacecraft, Tuf is set to tackle the myriad problems that human settlers have created during their colonisation of far flung worlds. Host of hostile monsters, a population addicted to procreation, a dictator who is willing to unleash plagues to get his own way – and all that stands between the colonists and disaster is Tuf’s ingenuity, and his reputation as an honest dealer in a universe of rogues…


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BROKEN SKY | THE BROKEN TRILOGY #1

Broken Sky by L. A. Weatherly
Published by Usborne
Genres: YA, (NA?), Disptopia, Utopia,
For Fans of: Legend trilogy,
My rating: 4 stars out of 5

Welcome to a ‘perfect’ world.

Where war is illegal, where harmony rules.

And where your date of birth marks your destiny.

But nothing is perfect.

And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust?

From the bestselling author of the Angel trilogy comes Broken Sky – an exhilarating epic set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America and first in a new trilogy.


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WINTER | THE LUNAR CHRONICLES #4

Winter by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Genres: YA, Retellings, Sci-Fi
For Fans of: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Legend, Cyborgs, princesses and grumpy guards.
My rating: 3.8 stars out of 5

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?


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TOP TEN BOOKS WE READ IN 2015

First of, I need to apologize for the hiatus we went on November. It was an accident, I swear. If I’d known I was going to be too darned busy to blog, I’d have set up a queue or something. Or I’d have informed you guys. But life (and assignments) happened, and I had to neglect the blog for a month. I apologize for not saying anything.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, Top Ten Tuesday is here again! Today’s topic is Top Ten Books We Read In 2015. Or, as I like to call it, “If You Only Read One Book This Year, Make It One Of These”

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Gabrielle’s picks

1. Uprooted – Naomi Novik

The Tor cover, because that's the version I own

This book was magical. It was sent from the Heavens to bring joy to the hearts of YA and fantasy readers. I’ve read this three times now, and I still can’t get enough of it. If you go through the review that I posted when I first read it, you could probably have a blast tallying the number of times I used the word “delightful” to describe this brilliant piece of fantasy writing.

If you’re looking for one really good fantasy novel to read before the year ends, then let this be the one. It’s got all the magic and wonder of your first fairytale back when you were a kid, and it’s so wonderfully original. The protagonist is charming and brave and strong, and the male lead is a grumpy old-man-type. WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT?

 

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THE HALLOWEEN REC LIST

With the exception of that one memoir, and a couple comic books, I’ve read nothing but SPN, horror and thriller books this entire month. Why? Because it’s my little way of celebrating Halloween, to make up for the fact that I’ve never been trick or treating my entire life. (;__;)

Somewhere in the middle of all this Halloween reading, it occurred to me that I could compile a list of a few creepy books for you guys to check out during Horror Week. And so, I present to you:

 


 

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