Oct 29, 2013

Blog Tour : The Flame In The Mist by Kit Grindstaff

Posted by Emily at Tuesday, October 29, 2013 3 comments
Book : The Flame In The Mist by Kit Grindstaff
Publication date : April 9, 2013
Pagecount : 464
Summary : Fiery-headed Jemma Agromond is not who she thinks she is, and when the secrets and lies behind her life at mist-shrouded Agromond Castle begin to unravel, she finds herself in a chilling race for her life. Ghosts and misfits, a stone and crystals, a mysterious book, an ancient prophecy—all these reveal the truth about Jemma's past and a destiny far greater and more dangerous than she could have imagined in her wildest fantasies. With her telepathic golden rats, Noodle and Pie, and her trusted friend, Digby, Jemma navigates increasingly dark forces, as helpers both seen and unseen, gather. But in the end, it is her own powers that she must bring to light, for only she has the key to defeating the evil ones and fulfilling the prophecy that will bring back the sun and restore peace in Anglavia. 
Stars : 5/5 stars!
My review : I normally don't read middle grade books, but since this book is upper middle grade and looked amazing, I decided to give it a try, and I'm so glad I did!
It's a great read for Halloween (which is only a couple of days away, so get this quick ;)) because of some spooky scenes, and an overall creepy feel.
I loved the characters, I think they all had very realistic, well-defined personalities, and it was a great read.
It's such a well-crafted story, very well thought out, and I loved all of the characters - even the villains. I was sad when it came to an end - Mrs. Grindstaff is wonderful at suspense, and keeping readers guessing on what is going to happen next.
Mrs. Grindstaff has a very unique writing style - and I mean very unique in a great way! She has very vivid descriptions, and very beautiful writing.
Overall, I loved this book, and definitely think you - and any middle grader whom likes reading - should give it a try!
Here's my little sister's take on this book(since she's 9, she's much more knowledgeable about middle grade books):
I would rate it 5 stars because I loved all of the characters, especially the rats, who have awesome names - Noodle and Pie.
I loved the main character, and I think the way Mrs. Grindstaff writes is incredible, I could picture everything she wrote about in the book, in my mind. I liked the way that the characters acted like they were really as young as they were supposed to be, since a lot of middle grade books have kids acting like they're adults.
I think it was a splendid book, and I will definitely be checking out any more books that she writes.
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Oct 28, 2013

Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney | A book Review by IrisjeXx

Posted by Iris Kwakernaat at Monday, October 28, 2013 0 comments


This review was originally posted on my blog IrisjeXx.  I would love for you to check out my blog and tell me what you think about it! Click on this link to go to the original post.
This book was given to me by Rachel from Hello-Chelly!
 
Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney | Book ReviewStarry Nights by Daisy Whitney
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 3rd 2013
Pages: 288
Goodreads
two-half-stars
Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.

The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio and he can't help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio must save the world's greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love they've ever known.

Like a master painter herself, Daisy Whitney brings inordinate talent and ingenuity to this romantic, suspenseful, and sophisticated new novel. A beautifully decorated package makes it a must-own in print.

My Thoughts


 This was my first time reading a book that had Art as a main theme. So I can’t really say whether this book is really original in its kind or whether the premises of this book have been used before. What I can say is that when I read the synopsis I became interested right away.

I’ve always had art classes in school, so I think it is fair to say that yes I do love art. Now, I wont turn my blog in to one big discussion with myself on which art I like and which art I don’t, because if I do this post won’t ever be finished since of course all of that is totally up to the taste of one individual person. I do think that Daisy Whitney has made art more approachable for lots of people  with the way she describes them coming alive in the museum after dark is beautiful! The description of the sick paintings is very well done as well, the imagery is great! It is because of these vivid descriptions that made it so easy to fall in love with the paintings.

The mythological aspect of this story, the muses, wasn’t what I was expecting at all! I didn’t dislike it though, eventually it kinda fit the story.

The characters were enjoyable, though I did like some of the minor characters -such as Bonheur- way more than the main characters. There wasn’t anything wrong with the main characters but I just appreciated how Bonheur was the odd one out, his personality was really colourful and his odd behaviour made me laugh.

This story take place in Paris, the city of love! Though from reading the story alone it could be just as easy in another city. I only know that it takes place in Paris because of the Eiffel tower  being displayed on the cover. It was one of the things that I really missed while reading. Since I live in the Netherlands I’ve been to Paris myself and I would have liked for the city and views to be described some more. It just didn’t feel French to me in any way, and it definitely didn’t feel like Paris to me, while it is such a beautiful and vivid city!

The romantic aspect was were it turned bad for me. Julien and Clio fell in love a bit to quickly for my liking, quite a typical case of insta-love. It was very disappointing since the actual story about the paintings coming to life was great! Clio came out of the painting, they went on a date immediately when they don’t even know each other and fall in love. Just like that.

This insta-love is probably why I liked the main characters less as well. The insta-love had this effect that Julien and Clio had limited personality… This also resulted in me not really feeling the connection they were supposed to share. Julien just got out of this ‘bad’ breakup, and Clio had literally been stuck inside a painting for over a hundred year. So they were ‘meant’ to fall in love. It was like Clio just fell in love with the first boy she saw after coming out of that painting she had been trapped in. It just seemed forced and unreal to me.

Aside from all of this, the ending was completely cheesy. Which normally I don’t really mind if it fits the story! But the ending was just a little bit too convenient for my liking.

Overall this book was a bit of a disappointment. The idea and the framework was there, but the insta-love pretty much ruined it for me. I expected it to be a read that would be completely magical -You know the whole paintings coming to life in the night- but it turned out to be less. Not a horrible read, not at all! But nonetheless the expectations I had in advance were severely crushed in some aspects.

Oct 26, 2013

Rush Hunt : In Stone

Posted by Emily at Saturday, October 26, 2013 1 comments
Welcome to Rush Hunt. A YArush hosted scavenger hunt with exclusive content from a number of published and forthcoming Entranced titles, a huge prize, and loads of fun. Along the scavenger trail you’ll find a mix of YA and NA titles from Entranced Publishing’s Rush imprint.
Look out for these 11 titles!

The excitement starts October 25 and runs through to November 1. So hop along to the blogs on the list below and join in the fun. Each hosting blog will have exclusive content from a single title. If the post isn’t at the top of their blog look for the #RushHunt button in their sidebar, that should link to it. Not only will you get to read / see exclusive content, but there’s also a huge prize. That’s what you’re hunting for! Keep an eye open for the numbered clues in each post. You’ll need these in order to enter for a chance to win a massive stash of prizes.

Good luck!

How It Works...
On each blog you will find a clue, a clearly marked number somewhere in the post. Collect all these numbers from all the participating blogs, and simply add them together. The correct answer grants you entry into the Rafflecopter on the YARush blog for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

Participating blogs:

From Bows to Books - The Georgia Corbins
Chapter by Chapter - The Sacrificed
Aussie Owned and Read - Shadow Born
Book-Marks the Spot - Forget Me Not
Lola's Reviews - Sleeper
Cosmochicklitan - Elsker
A Life Bound by Books - Vision of Shadows
Reading Rain Blog - Awakenings


Title: In Stone
Author: Louise D. Gornall
Publisher and Imprint: Entranced Publishing, Blush
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Release Date: July 1
Length: 120 pages
Blurb:

Beau Bailey is suffering from a post-break-up meltdown when she happens across a knife in her local park and takes it home. Less than a week later, the new boy in school has her trapped in an alley; he’s sprouted horns and is going to kill Beau unless she hands over the knife.
Until Eighteenth-century gargoyle, Jack, shows up to save her.
Jack has woken from a century-long slumber to tell Beau that she’s unwittingly been drafted into a power struggle between two immortal races: Demons and Gargoyles. The knife is the only one in existence capable of killing immortals and they’ll tear the world apart to get it back. To draw the warring immortals away from her home, Beau goes with Jack in search of the mind-bending realm known as the Underworld, a place where they’ll hopefully be able to destroy the knife and prevent all hell from breaking loose. That is, provided they can outrun the demons chasing them

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Review Snippets:

Straight away I was drawn in by the story and Louise's fantastic writing style, and I really struggled to put it down.”

“If a story can have me so invested that it brings out those kind of emotions in me - whether happy or sad - then I know I've found another to add to my favourites, and In Stone was one of those books.”

“The plot was perfectly executed and delivers a thrilling ride filled with adventure, trails and an unexpected end.”


About the Author:

Louise is a graduate of Garstang Community Academy. She is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in English language and literature with special emphasis on creative writing. YA aficionado. Brit bird. Film nerd. Identical twin. Junk food enthusiast. Rumored pink Power Ranger. Zombie apocalypse 2012 survivor. She is also an avid collector of book boyfriends.

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In Stone is the first book in a YA urban fantasy series. It is told from the heroine's, Beau's point of view. The leading male character is a Gargoyle named Jack. We hope you enjoy this pivotal scene from In Stone retold from Jack’s point of view.

This forest is never ending. I’m trying not to run; the speed will kill her for sure, but it’s so hard. A mortal sprint simply isn’t quick enough. I need to find shelter, get her inside, away from the bitter air. Her waterlogged clothes are icing over, and her breathing is becoming more shallow by the second.
Her skin is chalk, and her lips cobalt blue. It makes me think of marble, which I detest. Marble is cold, stagnant, inert. Beau is none of these things. Was none of these things. But here she is, her body lying limp in my arms. If it weren’t for the occasional twitch under her eyelids, I’d think she were dead. I bite down hard, swallow the thought before it chokes me.
I’m afraid. Afraid I’m going to lose her.
At last, the trees come to an end and spit me out in front of a rock face. I make a beeline for the first crevice I see and slip inside. She groans as I lie her on the ground, and I don’t want to leave her, but I have to go back out and find wood.
I run, like lightning, quicker than I’ve ever run before, back into the forest. The ground is littered with sticks, I collect an armful before I’m back by her side and starting a fire.
I shouldn’t have left her on the train. What the hell was I thinking? I wasn’t thinking. She asked, threw in some emotional blackmail, and I couldn’t say no. She’s like liquor, has this uncanny ability to impair my senses.
I reach for the button on her jeans, but hesitate. Wrestle with the idea of how necessary it is to get her naked. I touch her leg. She’s wearing jeans that double as a circus tent. The denim is frozen solid and weighs a ton. I have no choice. Plus, a side effect of my immortality is warm skin. I once read that body heat helps combat hypothermia. I plan to shed my clothes too and then wrap myself around her like a blanket.
“You’re going to be all right, Beau. Just rest,” I say as I pull her fragile body against my chest and wrap my arms around her frozen shoulders. She takes a breath. Maybe she sighs. Like it matters; it’s the sweetest sound I’ve ever heard, and my grip around her tightens a little more.  

Rush Hunt Number: 11



Oct 21, 2013

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller | A book review by IrisjeXx

Posted by Iris Kwakernaat at Monday, October 21, 2013 0 comments

This review was originally posted on my blog IrisjeXx.  I would love for you to check out my blog and tell me what you think about it! Click on this link to go to the original post.

Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller | Book ReviewWhere The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 24th 2013
Pages: 308
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
five-stars
Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true


This book completely floored me.

Painfully Realistic and oh so beautifully written.

Callie, our protagonist in this story, has been on the road with her mother for as long as she can remember. Constantly on the move, never having the chance to take root anywhere. In the early course of the story, Callie is taken from her mother and placed back in the care of her father, the same care that her mother took from her all these years ago by abducting her.

While Callie is trying to adjust to her new surroundings, she is battling the loss of life as it was before. Her new life offers so much possibilities but with everything so foreign to her, I can’t help but understand her feeling off loss and confusion.

Callie’s life has been everything that a girl never should have to go through, yet she never truly loses herself. She is such a strong protagonist and very easy to admire more and more as you get pulled deeper into the story. There wasn’t a single moment that this story felt unreal to me. Every moment of reading remained painfully -while other moments beautifully- realistic. Making friends doesn’t come naturally, since she never had the possibility to make them. Romantically, Callie has no way how a relationship works, the only side she knows is the sexual side. In her new life, she has to learn this step by step and her problems don’t just magically disappear. This ads to the fact that the character development in Where the Stars Still Shine is immense. There where just so much layers that I found myself peeling back again and again.

The romance between Callie and Alex builds slowly. They don’t magically fall in love, but they learn to trust each other as they go. Besides that, I found that Alex Kosta, appealed so much more to me than most guys in YA books. He had this maturity to him and his character was well-developed as well. He is one of the layers to this story. There was just so much more to him then meets the eye.  He has his own reasons for being how he is and as the story progresses Callie and Alex find the trust to confide in each other.

Another thing that made this story just so beautiful is the way it ends. There is no fairy tale ending. It’s as realistic and brutally honest as the rest of the story. Most of the time I don’t really like open endings, because I feel as if at the ending there are so many things left unfinished, but there simply was no better way to end this story. In the end, nobody knows where to the future will go, but Callie does end up in a place that is way better than the place she was during the early events of this book.
This read is definitely on of the best reads I’ve had this year. Trish Doller has pulled me in with her beautiful and realistic way of bringing a story across, and because of that, she has now landed herself a place among the list of my favorite authors!

This being said, there is just one more thing I would wish to share with you. This is one quote that I noticed and wrote down right away the first time I read it. It sums up Callie’s personality in just one sentence and perfectly brings across why I loved her as a protagonist. You’ll have to see if you continue reading to see the quote, but if you haven’t read the book I would strongly advise against, as it may spoil the ending for you. Because honestly, I want for you to have the same experience while reading as I had.

The Quote:
Hope blooms on the surface of my sadness. It's improbable that our relationship will survive the time and distance. Except improbable is not impossible. There are so many maybes in life, but sometimes you just have to put your faith in possibility

Oct 16, 2013

Unbreathable by Hafsah Laziaf | Book Review by IrisjeXx

Posted by Iris Kwakernaat at Wednesday, October 16, 2013 0 comments
This review was originally posted on my blog IrisjeXxhttp://irisjexx.com/unbreathable-by-hafsah-laziaf-book-review/. I would love for you to check out my blog and tell me what you think about it!
 
Unbreathable by Hafsah Laziaf | Book Review
 
Unbreathable by Hafsah Laziaf
Published on October 29th 2013
Self Published
Pages: 379
Source: Hafsah Laziaf
Goodreads
four-stars
 
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
The Story :One hundred and fifty years ago, Earth was destroyed, and the remaining humans fled to the dusty red planet of Jutaire, where the only oxygen is manufactured, food is scarce, and death strikes often.

When Lissa's father discovers Earth still exists, she accidentally inhales the toxic air of Jutaire, and in one breath, discovers she isn't quite human.

Her father hangs for his discovery, and Lissa knows the Chancellors will come for her, for she saw the Earth that night too. With nothing to lose, she sets out to expose the truth. It isn't long before she meets Julian, a beautiful boy who can breathe the toxic air like she can - and shows her that the Jute, the original inhabitants of the planet, are more tangled in their lives than she knows.

But the Chancellors are only pawns in a greater game - one where the Jute control everything. Worse, the Jute plan to leave Jutaire for Earth, but to get there, they need her. And they'll stop at nothing until Lissa is in their clutches, even if they kill every human in the process.

The race for Earth has begun.

Unbreathable is a tale of love, redemption, and sacrifice, and one girl's struggle to find her place in a world where she doesn't belong.

My Thoughts :When I first read the summary and saw the cover of this book I remember tweeting Hafsah Laziaf if she was still looking for people to review it for her (I mean have you seen the cover? It’s gorgeous!). Unfortunately she wasn’t looking for reviewers anymore, but she was in fact still looking for people on her Street-Team. I signed up and here we are!  I finished it a few days ago and here comes the much awaited review.

If there is one thing I like in my books it would be a strong protagonist. Check. Lissa was everything you would want in a protagonist. she is strong willed, fights for what she wants and believes in. She really matured throughout the book and reading from her perspective was fun, her thoughts felt genuine which made it much easier to feel ‘in touch’ with her.

Thinking back I think the main thing I liked so much about Unbreathable would be the characters. As mentioned above it holds a strong protagonist. But aside from Lissa, the other characters are just so well thought out and well-written. There’s a distinction going on between the ‘good’ and ‘evil’ characters but all of them are just so well developed! They grow and change throughout the story and even though there is some stereotyping going on, in a sense they are all unique in their own way. And not to forget not ‘quite’ human. Hafsah Laziaf did an amazing job with these characters because they managed to surprise me just when I’d thought I had figured them out.

Since I am talking about characters, I might as well go on with Julien and Rowan, because yes there is a love triangle in this one. I spoke about the distinction between good and evil before. Insert that here. This is also what I meant with the stereotyping. I do think it is awfully typically for YA to have a love triangle (and not to forget the parental issues). Now, this might sound really negative, but it wasn’t that bad. It actually worked. Lissa is in love with Julien and is in serious denial about Rowan. Most love triangles feature a protagonist that isn’t able to make a choice between two guys, which is NOT the case in Unbreathable. Yes she is facing a though spot, because Julien and Rowan are total opposites (and I can’t forget to mention that they are brothers either) but she has made her choice. I am not telling you because that would be a major  spoiler, but I can tell that she is confused for a while but then stands by her decision. And boy is that refreshing!

Plenty of action, great word building,  and a superb ending! *sigh! That ending!*
A tale about love, hope, and forgiveness. A beautiful debut for Hafsah Laziaf! I look forward to reading more of her work.

Oct 15, 2013

International Giveaway : WildCards by Simone Elkeles

Posted by Emily at Tuesday, October 15, 2013 1 comments
Hey guys!
I got a few ARCs of WildCards by Simone Elkeles at BEA in June, a blogger friend was upset because we were in line for a signing when the galleys dropped, so I ran all the way cross the exhibits and got a few copies, for the book bloggers who held my spot in line, and me, and got back in time for the signing. Now, I was in such a rush I grabbed an extra copy, and I was going to give it to someone at BEA, but then I remembered I never do giveaways, so I thought I'd do one with it!
I never know what to include here, I would put a cover image, but my laptop recently decided to rebel and not let me add images to things, so until we compromise this will remain coverless.
I'll just put the widget down below!
Oh, one last thing : this is open international! Even if you live in an igloo or in a cave in the forest, as long as you have some way of getting mail to you, I will get it to you, if you win. :)

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Oct 9, 2013

Small Bit Of News

Posted by Emily at Wednesday, October 09, 2013 1 comments
Hey guys! I wanted to pop in to say that Jessi at Undersea Reads has me featured in a spotlight post, with an interview, so go ahead and pop over there if you're interested! http://auntiespinellireads.org/2013/10/undersea-spotlight-emilys-bookshelf/

Oh, and I should be returning to my old posting schedule within the week, so that's exciting!

I have a kitten now, too, his name is Winston and he's the cutest thing I've ever seen. <3

Sep 27, 2013

My 250th Post

Posted by Emily at Friday, September 27, 2013 1 comments
A little under two years ago, I started this blog.
When I was eight or nine, I had ran a marginally successful book blog for about seven or eight months, but it got too much work for me to do, so I took a break, and when I went back to start it up again, I found it was childish and clumsy, so I started this blog.
It has changed so, so much in just under two years, so many amazing things have happened on it(recently, the most amazing thing is my co-blogger, Iris, she's really awesome, and I'm so glad to have her as my co-blogger), and I am so happy to be a book blogger.
Sometimes, throughout these 250 posts, I was stressed,  I had to juggle school and big tests and book blogging and I had so many posts to put up, I contemplated quitting book blogging, I took month-long hiatuses with little to no warning, etc. But, the happy times outweigh the bad times by far, and it's all worth it when I get just one comment on my blog or can laugh at what insane search terms on Google led people recently to my blog (recently, it was some mom frustrated with her 9-year-old's lack of literacy, and she ended up here, reading my nine-year-old sister's review.. I don't think that would have helped much. Often, I get a lot of hits from people who are looking how to build bookshelves. I probably helped them even less) or have someone tweet me just to say they like my posts.
I could go on for hundreds or thousands of words about this, I'm sure, but I'll end this soon, because I know you all have busy lives and don't want to spend forever reading this.
I just have one last thing to say, appropriately, since this is a book blog, I will use a GIF of, I believe, J.K. Rowling saying it.
Thank you all so, so much, and have a wonderful day, I hope to soon be celebrating my 500th post with you.

Sep 26, 2013

On My Bookshelf : Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

Posted by Emily at Thursday, September 26, 2013 1 comments
Book : Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
Expected Publication Date : October 1st, 2013
Rating : 5/5 stars
Short summary(from Goodreads)After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

Review : I normally really don't read much contemporary, I prefer supernatural and paranormal, things that go bump in the night, demons and all that stuff, you guys can tell from my review archive the amount of contemporary I've read is minimal at best.
Sadly, I probably would have never read this unless I got it at BEA, I'm so glad I did! Someone mentioned there was a galley drop at a booth halfway across the BEA floor, I was in line for a signing at the time, and a few book bloggers who were also in line were complaining about how they wanted it, and so I had them hold my place in line and I ran up and nabbed a few copies of Wild Cards. I gave a couple to the bloggers who held my place in line, and kept one, and have another for a giveaway I will be holding soon(more on that later this week or next week!).
OK, so now to the actual review!
This book was really, really good. It's one of those books that you can't stop reading and you need to keep reading and don't want to put it down, I even read through dinner once with it, which is something I never do. It hooked me at the first chapter, and made me keep reading.
It also has a lot of character development, I loved the characters and felt like Ms. Elkeles did an amazing job with them, they were like real people, it was truly a treat to read.
This book is highly recommended to y'all, it really was one of the best books I've read in 2013, and I'm 99% sure it is the first book in a series(I didn't know this until I saw it on Goodreads, haha), and if it is, I will definitely be buying the other books as soon as they come out.
Sorry if my review wasn't very good, this is the first one I've wrote in a month or two so I'm still a bit rusty, haha, I will close though with again telling you guys you have to read this, I highly recommend it!
Did you read this book?
Do you want to read it?
Sound off in the comments below, I love reading them!

Sep 19, 2013

Countdown by Michelle Rowen | A Book Review by IrisjeXx

Posted by Iris Kwakernaat at Thursday, September 19, 2013 1 comments
This review was originally posted on my blog IrisjeXx. I would love for you to check out my blog and tell me what you think about it!

Countdown by Michelle Rowen
Format :eARC
Rating :4 stars
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Summary :3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped.

2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game.

Kira Jordan survived her family's murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis.

1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it.

Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira's psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan's secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira's only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can't escape.
My Review :As you’ve all probably noticed I’ve been reading a lot of sci-fi /dystopian books. Some disappoint, some are the epitome of awesome and some are okay.  This one was interesting to say at least. At some points I was like Whoah! and at those moments I could definitely describe it as the epitome of awesome, but at other times I found myself thinking this was an okay read. So it’s a little bit of both I guess! (Which is not bad!)
Countdown has lots of action! Seriously, plenty of action! So if that’s what you’re into you should definitely pick this up. Countdown is past-paced right of the bat. The tension and action is present throughout the whole read and doesn’t stop until the story is finished.

The characters were fun. Kira is a fighter through an through. She’s been to hell and back and as if that wasn’t enough she gets forced to fight for her life in Countdown. As you might have noticed sarcasm and dark humour are kinda my thing in books. I don’t know why but I just love it, both Kira and Rogan have that nail it at this aspect. Rogan fits the whole mysterious and sarcastic role perfectly, but he’s not all bad boy-ish like you’d normally see in a character. From the moment he’s introduced I just knew that there was more to him. Kira’s not the only one that’s been to hell and back and even though you don’t know what happened to him until later in the story, there’s just something that had me notice it straight away!

Both of them have this sassy/ sarcastic banter/ humour thing going on that had me cracking up every now and then. It brought some relief to the always existing tension that was always just right there. I love how they grew to trust each other and how they learned to know each other… yes maybe how they met was forced but it just worked. The romance blooming between there wasn’t too much, it was just the right amount for a story like this. I mean… you can’t go all lovey-dovey while being paired in extreme circumstances while fighting for your lives! Their connection slowly builds until it grows into something they can both rely on.

I loved the whole Countdown aspect, it was of course the most important thing happening in the book, but to me there were just a little bit to much things going on. What I’m talking about is, while the story was mainly about the Countdown, aside from that there had been a plague in the past,  there was a Colony somewhere away where life would be so much better and then Kira also had this ability to sense other peoples emotions and read their thoughts (She was just as surprised about this as me… Even though I did like the twist her ability caused). It was just a little bit too much sometimes in my opinion.

Some twists in the plot came as a big surprise, but others I’d seen coming right away. Some things were a bit predictable where others weren’t at all.
All and all, I thing this was a very good read. Countdown wasn’t the best dystopian book I’ve read, but it most certainly wasn’t the least either! I had a whole lot of fun while reading it.
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