Monday, 26 August 2013

Book Review- Parasite X

Title: Parasite X
Author: Louise Miles
Pages: 334
Series: Fugitive Series #2
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Action

Rating: 4.5/5

This is a review of the second novel in the Fugitive Series, if you don't want to be spoiled, check out my review of the first book here

The fight for survival begins again.
Numbed, drugged, imprisoned in a windowless, hospital cell, sixteen-year-old, Didi wakes to find herself alone, with no idea where she is or how she got there. And with the arrival of The Scientist, the ruthless pioneer at the heart of Xenogene’s flagship research facility, things are about to get a whole lot worse for Didi and her friends. - Amazon


I received this as an ebook from the author in return for an honest review.
I read the first book in this series in January or February of this year, and I was very excited when I was informed there was going to be a second. I really enjoy the characters and plot the author has created, and I was interested to see where she took it from there.
The book begins with Didi, out main character, waking up from some sort of drugged sleep. She is disorientated, and this mirrors what the reader is feeling as we try to figure out what has happened since the last book has finished.
I really liked this novel, it was fast paced, I could hardly catch my breath! It also had a few interesting twists (I'm looking at you, Tom!) and a number of near death experiences for the characters!
I also thought the character development within the novel was good, we learnt more about Didi and her family, especially her father and the medical experiments he was involved in. I also thought the "baddie" in this novel was good too. She was called The Scientist, and had just the right amount of mystery and evil in her to be a truly great foe for our main characters.
The novel has been left on a frustratingly good cliff-hanger, and I really, really want to know what happens next, which I suppose is a sign of a good book!
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, it was an excellent sequel, which continued a story that I recommend that everyone checks out!

Buy the book on Amazon here
Buy the first book in the series here

Sunday, 25 August 2013

New Release Sunday #8

The book released this week that I'm most excited to check out is Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. This book has 368 pages in the hardcover edition and is published by Zondervan. This book is based in Scotland, so of course I'm intrigued!!


Blurb: DOON…

Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for...or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.
DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at http://www.DoonSeries.com

~Destiny awaits!- Goodreads


You may enjoy this novel if you like; Young Adult, Fantasy
Check it out on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

WWW Wednesday #5

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

  • I am currently reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin
  • I recently finished reading Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen by Terrance Dicks
  • I'm not sure what I'm going to read next, I might continue with the Game of Thrones books or I might read something else!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Teaser Tuesday #9

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I'm still reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, hey its 800 pages long okay!! :)

"The wineseller shrugged, reached for the cup ... and grabbed the cask instead, flinging it at her with both hands. Ser Jorah bulled into her, knocking her out of the way."

I'm going to try to get through this book by the end of this week, but it's huge!!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Book Review- Big Frog

Title: Big Frog
Author: Rob Badcock
Published: June 30th 2011
Publisher: Book Guild Publishing
Pages: 345
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Rating: 4/5

Rib Meskitoe - a fourteen-year-old student of Nanozoomology from Milton Keynes citidome - has run away from home and is working on a lottery till in Wigan. There he takes it into his head to steal a winning ticket worth 250 million dollars and suddenly he finds himself on the run, a fugitive in the rainforest with a price on his head. All he has is the money and an incomprehensible set of instructions from his oddball friend Kaddie...- Goodreads

I received a copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review.
It's always a bit of a gamble when a blogger agrees to accept a novel for review, really we have no idea what the book is going to be like. We normally only have the author/publishing company's  description of the book, or maybe a blurb to go on. When I accepted this novel I was really unsure what to expect, the blurb, if I'm totally honest, is weird!
Thankfully this is one novel I'm very glad I accepted, it's a quirky read, but it's definitely worth it.
This is the story of Rib, who steals a winning lottery ticket and runs away, throwing him into a pretty crazy adventure.
Although the beginning of this novel is a little slow, the pace quickly picks up and continues at breakneck speed for the rest of the novel.
This novel is made up of a number of different threads of plot, about different characters, but these threads come together towards the end, meaning most questions are answered! (I said most as their are some questions left open, presumably for the sequel!)
The characters in Big Frog are some of the most interesting I've read about in a while, Rib is clever and brave, but not perfect (stealing lottery tickets anyone?!). Rika is a girl that Rib travels with for a little while, and she was an intriguing character, I need to know more about her! She had some really great sassy one liners.
The author also does a good job of creating a different world to set the novel in, and I liked the Global Warming aspect. It's very well described, but it's also different from normal dystopian settings and that was nice for a change.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, I think it is a novel with a unique setting and plot, and I am very much looking forward to reading the sequel!
I would like to thank Rob Badcock for sending me a copy of this novel.

Check out the book's website here: http://bigfrogbook.com/main.html
I definitely recommend checking out the website, its really cool, interactive with sound too!!
The book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11764354-big-frog

Sunday, 4 August 2013

New Release Sunday #7

The Boy on the BridgeThe book I'm most looking forward to checking out this week is The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford. This book has 256 pages in the Hardcover edition and is published by Scholastic Press.
Basically this is the story of love during the Cold War. It is about a girl who goes to Russia during the war and falls in love with a Russian called Alexei.

Blurb: A new breathtaking novel from Natalie Standiford about love and trust during the Cold War.
Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia--a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music, and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse. At the same time, she's been warned that Soviets often latch onto Americans in hopes of marrying them and thus escaping to the United States. But she knows Alexei loves her. Right?
As June approaches--when Laura must return to the United States--Alexei asks Laura to marry him. She's only nineteen and doesn't think she's ready to settle down. But what if Alexei is the love of her life? How can she leave him behind? If she has a chance to change his life, to rescue him from misery, shouldn't she take it?- Goodreads


You may like this novel if you like; YA, Romance, Historical Fiction