Blog Tour | Review ― Obsidian Sky by Amy Braun

Is it just me or are my reviews getting shorter?

!! potential spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!


obsidian-sky-2d-coverObsidian Sky
(Dark Sky #3)
by Amy Braun

Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk, Post-Apocalyptic
Publication Date: 7 February 2017

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Smashwords

Summary:
The final struggle against the Hellions has arrived. A trapped engineer and a desperate marauder scramble to fight an enemy with unspeakable power on its side. Time is running out, and one world will be destroyed…

After sacrificing herself to save the lives of her friends and family, Claire Abernathy struggles to outwit her Hellion captors. They torment and terrify her into working on a weapon with the sole purpose of obliterating the world, friends, and love she has struggled to save. If Claire has any chance of saving those she loves, she must delve deeper into the Hellion world, and witness nightmares she could never imagine.

In Westraven, Sawyer Kendric is desperate to find the woman he loves. To do so, he must finally embrace his family’s atrocious past and heal the wounds it has caused. He will be forced to make new allies, uncover secrets that change all he knows, and find the courage to lead a ragtag crew into the darkest, deadliest battle of their lives.

Claire and Sawyer fight to save their broken world in the final installment of the epic DARK SKY trilogy.Read More »

Blog Tour | Audiobook Review ― Anomalies by Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman (+ Giveaway)

!! potential spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!


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by Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: SelectBooks

Expected Release Date: 9 February 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books A Million | Select Books | Audible 

Summary:
In the future there is no disease. There is no war. There is no discontent. All citizens are complacent members of the Global Governance. But one summer is about to change everything.

Keeva Tee just turned fifteen. All of her dreams are about to come true. She’s about to make the trip to Monarch Camp to be imprinted with her intended life partner. One day they’ll have perfect kids and a perfect life. But in her happy, carefree life in the Ocean Community, something weighs on her mind. She hears whispers about anomalies citizens who can’t be imprinted. No one knows what happens to them, but they never seem to come back.

When Keeva arrives at Monarch Camp, her worst nightmare becomes a reality’s he is an anomaly. After imprinting, the people she loves change, and she starts to doubt everything she’s ever believed. What if freedom and individuality have been sacrificed for security? And what if the man who solves all the problems is the very man who’s created them and what if he isn’t a man at all?
 

When Keeva finds a warning carved under a bunk bed she begins to understand: nonconformity will be punished, dissent is not an option, insurgents will be destroyed.Read More »

Review ― Shadows of the Forest by Emma Michaels // in which I learn the cons of a vague book summary

That moment when your review for a book you only read 1/5 of is longer than reviews of  books you finished HAHAHAHAHA.

So, um, sorry for the lack of posts the past two weeks. Actually why am I even apologising? Probably none of you noticed my lack of activity on this blog. Heck even I myself didn’t notice it till I wrote my first review for this month (which was like three days ago??).

I feel like my reviews have changed slightly after my month-and-a-half long reading slump. Like I’m writing more about my feelings now instead of following the whole plot-characters-writing-etc format. Maybe I just have a lot of LEFTOVER ANGST from all those fanfics I’ve read the past month.

Almost didn’t want to put any purchase links on this review because I really didn’t like the book so why should I torture y’all and push for you to buy it?? But hey, if you wanna take the risk, go ahead. You may end up enjoying it, who knows ¯\_(ツ)_/¯Read More »

Blog Tour | Review ― Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano (+ Giveaway)

I always do this thing where I unconciously compare something with another thing I’m already familiar with, and somehow this “another thing” usually ends up being Tokyo Ghoul. It probably skews my opinion of the “something” but it just happens?? Like I’ll read something and my mind goes “hey, that sounds like something that could be in Tokyo Ghoul.

!! potential spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!


lost-girls-3d-coverLost Girls
by Merrie Destefano

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Expected Publication Date: 3 January 2017

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon AU | Amazon UK | Amazon CA

Summary:
Fight Club meets Black Swan—Rachel wakes up in a ditch to find she doesn’t remember the last year of her life, and that everything—including herself—is vastly different than she remembers.

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry.

Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.Read More »

Blog Tour | Review ― Smoke Sky by Amy Braun

I don’t usually post this early but I’m leaving for Malaysia soon so here’s a review before I go on a week long break.

!! potential spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!


Smoke Sky 2d cover.jpgSmoke Sky
(Dark Sky #0.5)
by Amy Braun

Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk, Post-Apocalyptic
Publication Date: 6 December 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords

Summary:
To survive in a horrific world overseen by bloodthirsty monsters, young thief Gemma will do whatever she must to see another day. Even though that means working for a damaged man convinced to make her a permanent member of this thuggish family.

So when her employer tells her that he’ll release her from his clutches, Gemma is obviously skeptical. Especially since the job is easy enough– recruit the two marauders that the gang has been spying on to take her place.

But as Gemma lies to Nash and Sawyer, she commits the greatest mistake a spy can make–– she begins to see them as friends, and perhaps more. Soon, she will have to choose: Sacrifice two strangers to ensure freedom from a brutal future, or risk her life to save them…

Set two years before the events of CRIMSON SKY, this prequel novella tells the story of how Gemma met Nash and Sawyer, and what prompted her to chose their safety over her own. While best enjoyed before reading CRIMSON SKY, this bonus story can be read at any time or enjoyed as a standalone.Read More »

Blog Tour | Review ― Plastic Wings by C.T. Callahan

Hey there! How’s your day been?

It’s been an extremely eventful day for me. First on the list… I received my promotional exams results today and as expected, I’m retaining for a year. And since it wasn’t compulsory for me to attend the rest of the lectures for the year, I decided to make a trip down to Orchard Road, or more specifically, Kinokuniya, where I bought Tokyo Ghoul Days (I was tempted by Hide) and Teen Titans Vol. 1 (have I ever mentioned HOW MUCH I LOVE DAMIEN WAYNE???). Now that I’m in Orchard Road, I thought: hey, why don’t I visit that gorgeous looking library that I’ve known about for two years now?? So I did. And damn it was amazing. The air-con wasn’t the best but the shelves, man, the shelves. I walked out thirty minutes later, with my bag having put on some more weight and took a direct bus home. But wait, the story doesn’t end here. I saw how my wardrobe was sorely lacking in clothes I actually enjoy wearing, and so, using the upcoming New Zealand trip as a cover-up, I splurged almost S$200 on clothes.

Now then, let’s move on to the book review! But first, a warning…

!! potential spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!


plastic-wings-2d-coverPlastic Wings
(The Evie Weiss Chronicles #1)
by C.T. Callahan

Genre: Young Adult, Apocalyptic, Paranormal
Publisher: Three Little Books Co.
Publication Date: 22 November 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Summary:
When seven-year-old Evie Weiss discovers a strange, sickly boy in her otherwise familiar forest, she has no idea what it holds for her world. He is a dark angel, one of a race of humanoid beings that feed on humanity and tear Evie’s world down around her. Years later, as humanity mounts a counter-attack against the dark angels, Evie remembers the boy in the forest and finds herself torn between her loyalty to her own people and feelings of compassion for these strange creatures that first captivated her as a child. It is the quest of one girl to unite two worlds so separated by war, but how can she close the gap between two races so determined to hate each other?Read More »

Book Review ― Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley

Hello, hello! It’s currently 12.45AM on this wonderful Thursday and I should really be getting into bed. But not before I’ve posted this review. I believe I’ve procrastinated it enough (ha, tell that to my Under A Million Stars review which is 17 days overdue but I’m kinda lacking the mood).

!! potential spoilers below. read at your own risk !!


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Genesis Girl
(Blank Slate #1)
by Jennifer Bardsley

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: 17 June 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Summary:
Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable.

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.Read More »

Blog Tour | Review ― Forever Blue by Abby Wilder (+ Giveaway)

On Thursday, I watched Doctor Strange in the cinemas and I was so sure that it’ll put me in a reading slump because it’s hella amazing and I may be in need of fanfiction therapy but apparently, it did not as I finished half of this book in one sitting hours later. I’m still in need of that fanfiction therapy though.

!! potential spoilers below. read at your own risk !!


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Forever Blue 
by Abby Wilder

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance
Publication Date: 17 June 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Summary:
I never thought it would end like this.
I never thought it would end at all.
But not all stories get a happy ending.

When Lennon Donnelly moves back to the quiet town of Puruwai, she never dreams that a chance meeting with a boy sitting at the cemetery will change her life. Her best friend warns her about Judah Mitchell. There are rumours that he killed his brother. But as Lennon is drawn deeper into the mysterious boy’s life, the events of his past unravel until she finds herself driving over the edge of a cliff and into the depths of the lake below.

Spanning over two years and starting at the end, this compelling novel tells of the intertwining relationships of Lennon, Ruben, Judah, and Cara. Told from the different perspectives of before and after, the story unfolds like a puzzle and reveals secrets that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

“Devourable” – YA Books Central

“An unforgettable experience” – Readers’ Favorite

This story contains mild use of strong language and references to underage drinking and smoking.

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Blog Tour | Review ― In The Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales

It’s only after I finished the third story that I realised I might have run into a problem: My thoughts regarding the past three stories are all different so how am I going to go about rating this anthology?


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In The Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales
by Stephen Clements, Nicole Crucial, Mike Hays, Sharon Hughson, Marti Johnson, Elle O’Neill, Lora Palmer, Christina Raus
, Laureen Cantwell (editor), Georgia McBride (editor)

Genre: Young Adult, Retelling, Anthology
Publisher:
Month9Books

Publication Date: 25 October 2016

Links: Goodreads | Book DepositoryAmazon | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Chapters

Summary:
In the Beginning (Oct. 25, 2016) – Eight authors come together to build a powerful collection of dark young adult short stories inspired by the mysteries, faith, and darkness found within the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament, iconic and obscure figures alike are illuminated, explored, and re-envisioned throughout this charity anthology from Month9Books.

In The Beginning, ed. Laureen Cantwell and Georgia McBrideRead More »

Book Review ― Vicarious by Paula Stokes

vicarious-2d-coverVicarious
(Vicarious #1)
by Paula Stokes

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, 
Publisher: Tor
Publication Date: 16 August 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Book Depository

Summary:
Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. But they’ve escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you—for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. She won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the digital recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.Read More »