Book Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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Read between: 5th-14th November
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 384
Published: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books
Synopsis: Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

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Review: Ten people, all with one goal, to get to Eden and have their families made richer than beyond belief. It’s a bit like The Hunger Games in space, but with less death, and a far bigger prize.

The main character, Emmett, wants to get to Edene so that his mother can afford treatment for her cancer. So his father doesn’t have to do dead beat jobs. To him, that’s more important than anything and I felt this really built his character. He’s a down to Earth kind of guy, but he also has a temper, which gives him the fighting spirit needed to keep going.

Having an ARC of this book, I went into the story blind, all I knew is that it was sci-fi. It ended up being so much more than that and I loved it. I loved following the characters on Genesis 11- even though they were competing against each other- they were all individual characters and I wanted them all to get to Eden.

There were moments of grief, as well as romantic moments that demonstrated the harsh reality that they wouldn’t see their families for a long time. Not until their mission on Eden is complete.

I’m glad I knew nothing about the story before I read it, because I would have made assumptions about the plot before I’d even read the book.

That being said, I really enjoyed this book! I’m very interested in the next one when it comes out because the change of setting and character group will differ from those of this book.

If you’re looking for a fast-paced sci-fi read, pick this book up. I’d definitely recommend it!

5/5 stars! A great read!

Thanks for reading.
~Katie

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My Life in Books Tag.

I’ve seen this tag floating around and thought I’d give it a go because it’s very short! So, without further ado, let’s get to the tag!

  1. Find a book with each of your initials

K- (The) Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

L-  The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

B- Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher

2. Count along your age on your bookshelf: What book is it?

My shelves are actually double stacked, so I only counted along the ones on the front, but the book I got for this isn’t actually a full sized novel, but a chapter sampler for Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

3. Pick a book set in your city/country

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This is the book I chose, it’s the book set closest to where I actually live as it’s set in Bristol.

                            4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- I’d quite like to visit Prague. I’ve heard its a very beautiful city and I’d make a sightseeing holiday out of it (usually I’m by the pool with a good book :P)

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color

My favourite colour is purple, so I chose Insurgent in the new UK covers because it’s very purple!

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6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

I’m pretty sure everyone says this, but Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Out of the books on my shelf, I’m not overly sure, but it was probably the Cursed Child. Not because I found it hard, but the way the story went just had me gritting my teeth because it didn’t sound like Harry Potter in some places.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

So many! I can’t pick one! I have so many books I need to read so if I get them read I’ll be happy.

And that’s the tag!
If you decide to do this tag, or have done it, leave it down below so I can go check it out!

Thanks for reading!
~Katie
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The Anti-Bullying Readathon

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As of Monday, the Anti Bullying Readthon starts for the fourth year running! It was set up in 2013 by Booktuber Sarah Churchill, and for the first time I wanted to spread the word about this upcoming readathon.

If you’re interested, here is a link to the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AntiBullyReads/

I’ve put together a small TBR (whether I read all of the books in this week is another story, but I’ll try.) as Anti- Bullying is something I think needs more support, especially now with social media as popular as it is.

I have one re-read and two other books I’d like to read:

  • Eleanor & Park
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Truth or Dare by Non Pratt.

I hope you consider joining this readathon too!

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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Book Review: The Beasts of Karlstad by David J H Smith.

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Previously read by the same author: The Titanic’s Mummy.

Read between: 26th October- 5th November
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 311
Published: June 18th, 2016
Publisher: Paige Croft Publishing
Synopsis: Professor Charles Montacute, his daughter Jazmine and Captain Richard Mallory, with the help of Yuri Romanovsky, travel to Karlstad in Austria-Hungary in search of their missing friend and to investigate the rumours of strange Yeti-type creatures that are said to live there.

However, when they arrive, it is soon clear that there is much more to this provincial town than meets the eye.

From the strange way the local’s dress, to the advanced devices and technology they use, it is clear that Karlstad is a town that is secretly run on cogs, gears and steam.

Rating: 5521e-4stars

Review:

This is the second book by David that I’ve read- and even though the author is a friend of mine, I was not asked to review this book. As I bought it with my own money, all the thoughts in this review are my own.

This book sees the return of the characters Professor and Jazmine Montecute, and Richard Mallory, who we first met in The Titanic’s Mummy. This time however, they are joined by a new character, Yuri, a Russian who joins the gang on their search for a missing friend.

Just like the Titanic’s Mummy, there is a supernatural element to the story. Yetis. Big furry white yetis that living amongst the people of Karlstad and providing them with technology way beyond their means.

I loved that element of the story, with the steampunk feel to it. Our characters live in the 20th century, the story is set in 1913, just before the start of the first World War, so its understandable they were bemused by the inventions the locals had; goggles, guns and even a selfie stick!

Although, about that last one, according to one of the creatures “don’t be too disappointed if it doesn’t catch on…”
If only he knew!

I always like the fact the author uses actual historical events to set the scene- in this case, the death of Emily Davison at the Epsom Derby. You know where you are in history- and this really helped the to get a better picture and understanding of the story.

Overall the novel is a very fun read. The mystery and the adventure didn’t clash, but fitted together rather well, although Yuri’s clumsiness made me laugh because he always seemed to get himself in some kind of trouble.

It’s a great story, and uses a very creative mix of tropes. I’d recommend it if you like historical fiction, mystery or supernatural reads. I wonder what happened to the painter A.Hitler though……

4/5 stars!
I really liked it!

Thanks for reading
~Katie

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October Wrap-Up

November is here!
That means that it’s time to do my October Wrap up. I read four books this month and I actually enjoyed all of them- three of them were ebooks and one of them was a print book.

The books I read this month were:

A great reading month I think!

What did you read this month?

Thanks for reading
~Katie

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Book Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

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Read between: 21st-26th October
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 384
Published: November 11th 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Synopsis: Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.
Rating: 9dbae-4-52bstars

Review: Heiress Lilac LaRoux and soldier Tarver Merendsen are unlikely to interact in normal circumstances due to their classes, but when the spaceliner Icarus crashes on an abandoned planet, they must rely on each other to survive.

For a sci-fi book, the mention of terraforming and space travel really helped me to visualise another world and a futuristic setting, which was good because it reads like a survival story. Not that that was a problem! I really liked the book.

The characters were also really well written- both have intricate and emotional backstories that makes them who they are. They’re emotional themselves and that may be the reason that the romance happens pretty quickly. Especially from Tarver’s view. There’s more than one occasion where he describes Lilac as beautiful.

It’s cute.

They’re total opposites but together they just work- I mean, you’d have to in their situation.

There were definitely moments that made me feel sorry for them, especially towards the end of the book. However, the ending gets a little bit confusing- I was hurt, and then I was confused, thankfully, the more I read on, the questions I had were answered. Still left me a little miffed though!

However, the story flows well through the dual perspectives- which also heped to see what they thought of each other- but sometimes I found their actions to be a little predictable. This made me like them more though! It made them just that little bit more human.

It’s a survival story with a space twist and it was just what I expected it to be! The world building helped to imagine a barren world- the last place anyone would want to visit. I would definitely recommend it. It’s clever and well written, and who doesn’t love a bit of sci-fi?

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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Book Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Read between: 14th- 20th October
Format: ebook
Published: May 30th, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Synopsis: One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Rating: 003d1-threestar

Review: Firstly, thank you to Netgalley and the author for letting me read this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Five students end up in detention- then one of them dies. Tragic accident or deliberate? Whatever happened, the other four become murder suspects and their lives change dramatically.

To make it worse, the boy who died, Simon, was going to post incriminating gossip about all four of them on his app, gossip that could effect their personal lives. It gives them motive, so- did one of them actually do it or is it all a misunderstanding of an accident?

The author is really good at building suspense from the moment Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper become persons of interest in Simon’s death. Obviously, they all had secrets they wanted to hide, and Simon knew about them. It would make a lot of sense that one of them could have done it.

However, the more I read, the more I found it difficult to pin it onto one of them, even if Nate did have a criminal record. It would point towards one of them, and then the plot would change direction and I’d be unsure again!

There are lots of twists in the story, especially the reveal that one of the characters is gay- but it’s used negatively, seen as something scandalous and used against him. I like that the author decided to include LGBTQ+ representation, but she could have done it a little better I feel. There is also representation of depression that could be seen as negative representation so take this book with a pinch of salt if you decide to read it.

The representation of depression is very important to the story however.

When it came to the outcome of the story, even though the author did use it as Simon’s way to entertain people after he’d gone, the idea of his depression didn’t make a whole lot of sense. However, I admit that I didn’t see the ending coming.

At first it didn’t make any sense, but when I thought about it, it was actually really obvious.

It was a good book, and I did enjoy it, despite the slightly controversial and problematic scenes.

3/5 stars.

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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