Saturday, 28 March 2015

Slated Trilogy by Teri Terry

“It is one thing to ask questions; what do you do with the answers?”
This is one of the most mind-boggling quotes that I have ever come across. It sums the whole trilogy in one sentence and leaves you gasping for so much more. The fact that the series is also based in the genre of being a thriller/dystopian, also gives an atmosphere for mystery and excitement. Leaving you with more answers than you ever thought possible, to those impossible questions.
I must be honest, the last book I read was last year - but don't let that fool you! When I first read the beginning chapter of the start of the whole trilogy, back in 2012, it has never happened for any book, that has somehow let me become so hungry for the next instalment. (Apart from worshipping Darren Shan's books, as a Shanster!)
So your probably wondering what it is actually about! Don't worry, I'll tell you all gladly - trust me, I don't mind! 

Publisher: Orchard Books

Year of Publish: May 3rd 2012

Pages: 448

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Mystery, Psychological, Thriller, Fantasy, Romance

Setting: England, 2054 (United Kingdom)


 

Looking at all three covers now, I think that they have done a good job at it. Even if it does wreck the imagination to what you think of Kyla!

The official blurb for the first book (I didn't want to show the other two in case it gives any spoilers!):
Slated: 'Kyla's memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
 her memories lost for ever.
She has been Slated.
The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla's mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?'
The entire synopsis for all three of the books in the trilogy are all about a girl in futuristic UK, where the government is corrupt, probably even more so than the terrorist groups of the time. But also it shows that throughout it presents a young vulnerable girl who is trying to deal with the unknown - even if she is starting to realise what actually happened to her in the end.
It demonstrates the concept of the determination of what one person can do, when you really want something. I am so glad that at the very end, everything explains itself. Even if it sums all of your impossible questions into one sentence. The great thing is that with the trilogy spanning out into three individual books, not only do we get to know our own Kyla a bit better, understanding both of her flaws and greatest qualities, but also that the amount of change that can happen all of a sudden is incredible. Which I must point out that Teri Terry, writes in a style perfectly for this genre, as this young character's thoughts waltz across each page.

Rating: ****

It is very exciting that Teri Terry is publishing a stand alone book; it's actually out now, called Mind Games: 
 
Personally I haven't read it. But I wonder what it is all about?!
So, I haven't told you the word of the week yet. Sorry about that. This week the magic word is called bibliopole - a person who buys and sell books - especially rare ones.

Kiki



Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

I'm sure that most of you have heard about how there was an amazing astronomical event that happened yesterday in Europe. I was so lucky to experience the solar eclipse. I'm just so sad now that I won't be able to see it again like it for the next 11 years.

 Also one of the annoying parts about it was that you couldn't look directly at it, otherwise you vision will become bad. The problem is, with such light intensity, you can't help but look at it. (I may have accidently done it!)But all is not lost; at least in November I will be able to experience a partial lunar eclipse. And I don't need any special eye wear for it, because it happens in the night time!

The word for this week that is the most unique is: Syzygy -- I chose this word to correspond with the events that have happened this week in Europe. This means that with having three letters being Y, it is meant to describe a rare astronomical event (which in this case would be the solar eclipse), which would involve three heavenly bodies. It is the alignment of three celestial bodies in a straight line, which could be the Earth, Sun and Moon.

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As a huge reader, I was really excited about trying something new. Yes, I think that the cover itself may have influenced my overall decision. But not only that, I was deeply intrigued into the ethical dilemmas that go into a dystopian book. And I think this genre will interest me for some years on.

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance, Magic and Teen

Format: Hardback/Paperback

Year Of Publish: September 2nd 2014

Synopsis

'Today is my last day as Violet Lasting. Tomorrow I become lot 197.' This is all about a girl who is unable to lead her own life. Born to serve the royal family as a surrogate, she cannot escape from her fate from her mistress; the Lady of the Lake. A woman who is determined to have a daughter who will one day become the future Electress. Unfortunately, for Violet, she doesn't want to give birth to some else's child, let alone the Lady of the Lake's. So as she dives ever so deeper into the politics around the royals, she finds that it is severely dangerous and it is better to live as someone who is a peasant.
 

Criticisms

So first of all I think that the main concept of the book is very similar to 'A Handmaid's Tale', almost so that she may have copied it. I don't know if you would agree with me but I hate authors who steal another person's idea. Because first of all, they are not using something which is original; anyone would just be able to do that and also I don't agree with someone stealing someone else's work and getting thousands from it - it's wrong.
 
Also there is other things that I could pick on. Including the romance itself. This is because the love between Ash and Violet just comes out from no where. I just don't understand why the editor didn't pick up on it. Absolutely rubbish. Why can't they be fired? That is probably the worst text I have ever read in my life. Every time that I think of it, it makes it me cringe and become extremely mad!
 
No more talk! I have had enough.
 

Rating: *

(If that!)
 

Kiki

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Touched Up Tour

So this is the second time that i have hosted a book blog tour. It only feels like five minutes since the last one. So what is the book of the hour? Well this this time it is a book called Touched up by Leo Dufresne.


Synopsis 

No one should smile before the sun rises. On the happiness scale, content is about as good as you can get to in these dark hours. I wake early most every morning because content works for me. Since becoming a father of two, this tiny portion of the day is all the me-time I have left. If people were honest, which they mostly aren't, I think they would admit to wanting more time alone. It's 5:47 AM and I'm sitting quietly in the kitchen, where there are no responsibilities, no guilt, and no unmet expectations. Simply silence.

Mitch Pederson, a forty-something executive in the high-tech world, made no allowance for blackmail in his comprehensive plans to ascend to the top of an electronics company. His carefully ordered world quickly unravels into a chaos that threatens everything he cares about. As he puts his life back together he discovers something about himself that is much more than the sum of the parts.

Review
I genuinely enjoyed trying out something different, which I found that with this book, it really made you look at yourself as well as the character. It also gives off vibes such as Scrooge, where he pays more attention to his work than anything else. But this story is completely unrelated to the synopsis of A Christmas Carol. No, this was something much more different, even with the first page that you read, it is completely unique.

On the contrary, in some places I found it quite difficult to understand. I don't know whether that was because of the language that was used, or the amount of words that were fit onto one page. Sometimes I find that if you find a book with too many lines on one page, it can become hugely distracting.

Rating : *** and 1/2

Author
The son of a career Air Force serviceman, Leo spent his childhood living the nomadic life of a military brat. Having survived the constant uprooting, Leo draws upon the time spent in the four corners of the US as well as Europe to develop his characters.

Leo has finally settled down in San Diego, California with his wife of over thirty years. Aside from writing, and engineering (the necessary day job), he enjoys time with his children/grandchildren, running distance races and all things baseball.

" I wife contemporary novels where I stress a character's beliefs to the point of breaking and then i follow along for the ride. My goal is to offer readers a pause in their lives to think about what they believe and why."~ Leo Dufresne

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I did enjoy this. I hope there will be a film adaptation in the near future. As there was quite a few themes that I was able to sink my teeth into. Truly marvellous!

The work of the week would have to be: kakorrhaphiophobia = meaning the fear of failure. To be honest I think I would fear failing to pronounce this word properly -- its far too long! 

Pages: 328

Year of Publish: April 2012

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

A big red girl moves into the neighbourhood, with her family which consists of a herd of younger siblings (she being the oldest out of the lot). This is where school fits in, with moving into a new house, also involves a new school, friends and a lot of bullies.When she enters the school bus for the first time, it becomes clear that all of the designated seats have been taken -- all accept one. A seat placed next to the only Asian kid on the bus, Park. Eventually by lots of small conversations and heap of mix tapes as well as comics, they fall in love as two young adolescents.

For a young adult book, it contains a sense of vulnerability and naivety, that is called a first love romance. As a girl such as Eleanor facing several implications in her own personal life, the concept of having Park as a love interest, not only develops her overall confidence but also her character. Park himself, is a lovely character, which slowly shows the gentle and kind character he has. And in the end what he would do for love. 

I loved this book it truly is raw and an inspirational story, which could easily be read for many generations. It is definitely an eye opener.

For the ratings, I would give it: **** stars
Well done Rainbow Rowell, for this amazing book. I can't wait for your next book to come out soon!

Kiki






Saturday, 7 March 2015

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

269831For something new this year I have decided that it would be different to try out something new on the blog. Every week from now on I am going to find a word that I find to be interesting. So for this week the word is: denouement - the resolution of a mystery.

Publisher: Corgi Books



Pages: 593



Year it was Published: 2004



Places: Paris, London, England, Roslin

Original Language: American English


So do you remember when I showed you my TBR pile of Dan Brown books? I am sure that you are thinking where they have all got to! Well the reason because of this is I wanted a change for a little while and I have loads of other books to get through - as well as the obvious blog tour and interview! Unfortunately there won't be a relentless amount of Dan Brown reviews for the time being, after this one. I have only just started The Lost Symbol and there are plenty other reviews that are for other books.


Plot Summary

For the Robert Langdon series second instalment, it focuses upon a murder which happened at the Louvre late at night. Robert is a suspect of the French police and therefore is on the run with Sophie Neveu - the granddaughter of the victim. Together they follow a trail which leads to many works of Leonardo Da Vinci, including The Mona Lisa. This is where they discover a truth deeply routed into huge secrets stretched through most of History.

Criticisms

Particularly I like the idea of that Dan Brown has decided to go in the direction of having to look at more of religion and it's history. This can be very interesting in itself as it can stretch quite far back, and in some ways we don't even know any different. 




On the contrary, I found it so that there was many inaccurate representations of certain aspects of the story. You probably won't understand this, but the way that a British person is described can be very stereotypical. Especially coming from an American author, this is why I tend to avoid books written by American authors concerning British characters. They may sometimes be due to how they think of what a British lifestyle is all about, and they may have not researched into this. Also I think it is good to identify what type of nationality they have and the place they come from. This is because if I get these elements inside my head, it gives a better image of the character. For example, they may be Scottish and come from Glasgow. Their accent would be completely different to someone from Edinburgh let alone Cockney accents from London, England.


In the end this is a very controversial book and in some ways the prose is just appalling, hopefully the next book will be much better.


Rating : **

Hopefully it won't be long until my next review for the Dan Brown books' readathon!

To be a good person I have decided to tell you what is going to happen within the next few weeks for posts! 
  • Eleanor & Park on 14th March
  • Touched Up Blog Tour on 17th March
  • The Jewel on 21st March

Kiki