Monthly Archives: September 2016
Review of The Surrendered by Case Maynard
This was an easy and enjoyable read and a very accomplished and polished debut. It was actually really refreshing to have a read that was pretty much a standalone – there is no indication that it is part of a series or the ever popular trilogy. Towards the end I was elated to realise that yes, the story would reach it’s end with pretty much everything tied up, is there scope for further books with these characters, of course! But I like the fact that I am not adding book 1 in another series to my list of started’s and I feel my journey with these characters can be complete.
Author Interview with Bethany Adams
As part of this weeks author spotlight, I was delighted to have Bethany Adams agree to take part in our author interview. I reviewed Soulbound a while back and loved it, so am really glad to have this opportunity to find out more about Bethany and her books in this interview!
Q. For those that are new to Bethany Adams, can you tell us a bit about your books
Q: At what point in your life did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Q: Do you need peace and quiet to write or do you have a playlist to keep you going? If you do would you share it with us?
Q: Are your characters always a complete work of fiction or is there an element of someone you know to start the idea rolling?
Q: What are your experiences of being an Indie Author, do you find that social media is a help or a distraction to your writing?
Q: What are you currently working on or is it a secret!?
Q: The Elven world in Soulbound is so intricately woven, including the language, how do you go about creating a whole new world like that?
Q: If you could be any character you have written who would you choose?
Q: What are you currently reading?
Q: Fictional Dinner Party – give me 5 fictional characters or authors who you would have as dinner companions
Thank you so much for taking part Bethany, I now know not to get on your bad side 😉 or perhaps I do to get a mention in a book! Can’t wait for Sundered!
Review of Killshot by Aria Michaels
Killshot has been on my TBR ever since Aria Michaels won a spotlight contest on this blog a couple of months back. When the opportunity presented itself to receive a review copy I jumped at the chance and I wasn’t disappointed.
Set in the lead up to, and then aftermath of a solar event “Icarus” we are first introduced to our heroine, Liv, and learn a little about her life. Sadly orphaned and separated from her little brother Lucas, she lives in Foster care, just getting through each day until she is old enough to go it alone and to be her brothers carer. Also fostered with her is the effervescent Riley, an absolute optimist and despite their social differences, is truly like a sister to Liv. We are in firm high school territory when Riley organises a gathering to view the Icarus event, with her boyfriend Micah, his cousin Zander and an assortment of other friends and foe. Having viewed the beautiful phenomenon, none could have foreseen the tragic chain of events that would then unfold.
A solar storm cuts the group off from the rest of the town, causing them to retreat into the depths of the high school building to survive the freak weather conditions. Liv finds herself an unlikely leader, with survival skills learnt as a child, coming to everyone’s aid, including Zander who clearly has his eye on Liv and she on him. The unlikely group must form a team to get to the bottom of what is going on and to go on a journey to try and save those they love.
This story is much longer than I expected, yet none of it seemed to drag or feel like filler, the prelude to the Icarus event is as short as it needs to be and we are soon thrown into the chaos. The group of friends (or not so much in some cases) are like their very own Breakfast Club, the cheerleader, the popular kids, the genius and the socially awkward, but non feel over done in their roles. The discovery of the horrifying consequences is played out in gruesome detail, the author has an amazing ability to really make you see what it going on in their world, in a no holds barred way (I would suggest not eating a snack during reading).
The journey they must take is fraught with both danger and discovery, leading the plot to places that I would never have imagined when I first started reading. I have no idea if the “science bit” is accurate but it damn well sounds like it is, and it’s clear that a lot of research went into getting things right or at least sounding right.
It’s an emotional read at times, but not in a mushy way, everyone has their own cross to bear and issues are dealt with sensitively without dwelling or becoming too angsty.
This is a fantastic, page turner of a read. Bursting with content and amazing imagery, and whilst yes, it does end on a cliffhanger, it does so at a natural point rather than on a shock which is refreshing. There are scenes that have stayed with me given their intensity and it’s easy to imagine the book as a movie whilst you are reading.
I’m excited to move onto Ballistic next!
Throwback Thursday – George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
It is a story which no doubt had many parents locking up their cupboards in the 80’s for fear of what their children would create. For me, it was the start of an amazing literary adventure – he was probably the first author that I binge read – for my age (around 8) and I now know what my next bedtime read with my daughter will be!