Title: The Memory Game
Author: Sharon Sant
Publisher: Lightfoot Press
Publication Date: April 8th, 2015
Genre: YA, Thriller, Paranormal, Ghosts
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Links: Goodreads . Amazon .
'If there is a hell, I think maybe this is it.'
Weeks after fifteen-year-old David is killed by a speeding driver, he’s still hanging around and he doesn’t know why. The only person who can see and hear him is the girl he spent his schooldays bullying.
Bethany is the most hated girl at school. She hides away, alone with her secrets until, one day, the ghost of a boy killed in a hit-and-run starts to haunt her.
Together, they find that the end is only the beginning…
I received an e Arc copy of The Memory Game from LightFoot Press via Net Galley in exchange with an honest review.
Although the plot sounds a lot of things that have I watched and read before, the author found a way to take an (over said and done tale) , and make it unique.
I would have to say that voicing the main characters' emotions is an important thing to display in this story, and I wasn't disappointed !
The ending left shocked and amazed ! I never saw that coming.
I would definitely be interested in reading more of her novels.
I give it 4/5 stars.
About the Author :
Sharon Sant was born in Dorset but now lives in Stoke-on-Trent. She graduated from Staffordshire University in 2009 with a degree in English and creative writing. She currently works part time as a freelance editor and continues to write her own stories.
An avid reader with eclectic tastes across many genres, when not busy trying in vain to be a domestic goddess, she can often be found lurking in local coffee shops with her head in a book. Sometimes she pretends to be clever but really loves nothing more than watching geeky TV and eating Pringles.
She is the author of a string of YA novels including Runners and the Sky Song trilogy.
Author: Emma Rios
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: June 28th 2016
Genre: Dystopia, Comic
My Rating :3/5 stars
A dystopian tale that analyzes the conflict between perception and identity through the struggle of three people who consider a 'body transplant' as a solution to their lives.
I received an eARC of I.D. from Image Comics via NetGalley in exchange with an honest review.
This Comic is about 3 people who are considering to have a body transplant to escape a specific aspect of their lives. The whole point of this transplant is to offer a new life to each individual, but it isn't 100% safe.
We get a peak on why each person wants to undergo this surgery, and see their lives after they body transplant.
The ending was a major down-fall for me because so far, this is a standalone . So much is still to be uncovered in this story.
The illustration was accurate and beautiful, but a bit unclear. The drawing being in only black and orang-brown was a bit tiring to the eyes.
I give it 3/5 stars.
Title: King #1
Author: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Illustrator: Marcelo Maiolo
Publisher: Jet City Comics
Publication Date: August 19th , 2016
Genre: Sci-Fi, Comics
Format: e ARC
My Rating: 3/ 5 stars
From critically acclaimed comic book writer Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Bunker, Echoes, and I, Vampire) and superstar artists Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo (Green Lantern Corps, Batman Beyond) comes a postapocalyptic action/adventure comedy.
King just wants what anybody wants: not to get fired, eaten, or forced to mate with a cheetah lady. For Earth’s sole human survivor after the apocalypse, life among Los Angeles’s strange new populace ain’t easy. Working for the LA Department of Reclamation, King gets a lot of crappy jobs going on quests and searching for artifacts from the “old world,” which can range from the mythical (Excalibur!) to the absurd (an iPod shuffle—which, let’s be honest, was a terrible, terrible invention). The commute can be a real pain in the asphalt, too; the 405 freeway is filled with mutants, monsters, mayhem, and tentacled Elder Gods. And that’s all before you hit the horrors of the San Fernando Valley. As the world’s freakish inhabitants battle for supremacy, King searches for the “seed of life,” which may give Earth the second chance it probably doesn’t even deserve.
This comic is about King, the last human alive after LA was destroyed. He lives with mutants, and other weird beings that are not human. His quest is to find a way to restart life again.
I enjoyed reading this post- apocalyptic comic; the story and the creatures are very creative concepts that I enjoyed learning about.
The illustration were perfect in this comic.
I am definitely going to keep an eye for the next issue.
I give it 3/5 stars.
Title: Curses & Ash ( Coral & Bones )
Author: Tiffany Daune
Publisher: Jester Ink Press -Self Published
Publication Date: January 2016
Genre: YA , Fantasy , Mermaids, Magic
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Links: Amazon . Goodreads
Discover the spellbinding sequel to Coral & Bone...
A demented twin sister, a demon hijacking her powers, and a mysterious journal filled with more questions than answers—Halen needs her Guardian Dax more than ever. But if she confides in Dax, she fears he will never forgive her, not after all he sacrificed to help her vanquish Asair. Halen drowned Asair in a tornado of wings—at least, she thought she killed him. Why then does his mocking voice snake through her thoughts, enticing her to surrender her power? Maybe she screwed up—big time—but she will never allow Asair to control her magick. And when Etlis' fires threaten the Earth, suspicions surrounding Asair's death rise, igniting restlessness within the realms. Her life in balance, Halen must race time, purge the demon's soul before flames consume the Earth or the Tari strike first.
I received a copy of Curses & Ash from the author in exchange with my honest review .
I really enjoyed reading Coral & Bones , the 1st book in the series. I fell in love with the plot , writing style, and world building . I was expecting the sequel, Curses & Ash, to be like it. It wasn't ; it was much better !! I have no idea Tiffany was able to make a sequel that was so great , compared to the epic start of the series .
Sequels sometimes end up to be a disappointment , but Tiffany was able to break this stereotype.
The story picks from where the 1st book ended, with us wondering if Asair is actually inside Halen. This means that one will be hooked by the story directly.
In this sequel that is filled with surprises, hate, love, and a lot of ( OMG), I found myself unable to put this book down. The book was leaving me torn apart with every chapter I finish !
The book contained a story within a story that left me amazed. It was so creative , like that in Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.
Between the unfolding events, characters' pasts, and their lies&secrets, you will barely be able to put this book down.
As I approached the end, I entered a reading phase that I rarely ever visit; the shuffling between "Having a few pages left ,with events that are going to destroy me emotionally, that I pause with every page to delay it" & " Reading so fast to see how the story ends " !
How does Tiffany have all of this amazing creativity ???? Not only that, but she describes these descriptions and feelings perfectly ! No, perfect doesn't even begin to describe this ."
To sum it all up, this book left me emotionally exhausted , and impatiently waiting for the end of the series !
I give Curses & Ash 5/5 stars .
Click on the image to read my review of Coral & Bones !
Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.
Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.
About the Author :
Tiffany Daune writes stories about magick, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. She is the author of Surface and the Coral & Bone series. When not lost in Editland, you can find her reading a book from her towering tbr pile or kicking back and watching movies with her family. She lives on an island, in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by mermaids that are much nicer than the ones found in her books.
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Title: The Darkest Lie
Author: Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Publication Date: June 28th 2016
Genre: YA, Mystery , Contemporary
Links: Amazon . Goodreads .
My Rating : 5/5 stars
“The mother I knew would never do those things.
But maybe I never knew her after all.”
Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked.
As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death surface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own…
My Review :
I received an eARC of The Darkest Lie from JenHalliganPR in exchange with my honest review .
This is my first Pintip book to read; honestly , I wasn't disappointed .
The writing style perfectly entwines with the plot of the story. It will keep you on your toes, anticipating to flip every single page to unravel the mystery .
I really liked the topics that Pintip discussed in this book . It is more than just suicide . There are things that I can not mention without spoiling the book, but I can tell you this. It includes topics that many authors choose to stay away from , and refrain from discussing it.
The Darkest Lie made me stay up till sunrise to finish it, just because I couldn't bare the idea of sleeping without knowing how the story ends.
This is one of the 3 books that helped me overcome my very long reading slump, so there is that !
I really enjoyed The Darkest Lie, and I can't wait to read more of Pintip's books.
I give this book 4.5/5 stars.
About the Author:
Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, Forget Tomorrow, is a finalist in the Best First Book category of RWA’s RITA® contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com