Review: Wicked Fallout

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Convicted of six murders when she was just fifteen, the notorious Ryann Wilkanson hasn’t been able to act on her darkest, deadliest urges for twelve years. She’s exhausted her appeals and has little hope of ever getting out of prison and back to hunting.

Until a media-hungry legal team mounts a campaign to do the impossible—get her immediately released with a commuted sentence.

Forensic psychiatrist Nancy Clafin has mere weeks to evaluate Ryann’s current mental state against her grisly past to determine if she’s changed. But under the shadow of her own questionable history, it’s not easy to separate her personal life from her professional duty.

At least that’s what Ryann is counting on.

Behind the cold steel doors of a Colorado maximum-security prison, will Nancy find a cold-blooded killer or a newly redeemed woman determined to right her past wrongs?

Review

I found this an interesting read, I liked being back in this world but found it not really a sequel more of another way of retelling what we already knew with a little extra. It was an interesting way to tell the story but I found the ending so bad. It was awful, there was so many ways this book could have ended and this was just so meh. I enjoyed the first 90% very much, it was good to get inside Ryann’s head again.

I did find the fact that Lucas was only mentioned but not there annoying because he was a much better character than Bay-ou. I am still convinced that Lucas is a killer too, I would his story explored

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Study series new covers

I adore the Study series by Maria V Snyder. I have some in paper back and some on kindle. I saw the full set of 6 study books, all lovely new covers for £12 just before christmas and had to get them before they were all gone. What do you think of these covers? Do you like the books? Here’s the first in the series

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These are all beautiful books, none of mine have the writing but I couldn’t find pics on goodreads for them all like that. I prefer no writing it makes it more mesmerising.

Reread Review: Pretty Wicked

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The daughter of a local police detective, fifteen-year-old Ryann has spent most of her life studying how to pull off the most gruesome murders her small Colorado town has ever seen.

But killing is only part of it. Ryann enjoys being the reason the cops are frenzied. The one who makes the neighbors lock their doors and windows on a hot summer’s day. The one everyone fears but no one suspects.

Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price.

Written in a mature YA voice. Some graphic content.

Original Review

This book was unlike anything I had read before. The book was told mainly from Ryann’s POV, who was trying to make herself into one the most infamous names in history. The story follows her escapades and her trying not to get caught. She tries to juggle her school work, keep her family and friends from finding out what she was doing and trying to work out who she was going to kill next and putting it into action.

It was interesting because in most crime and thriller novels the killer is not revealed until the end, in this one it’s on the very first page where we become acquainted with the murderer. You got to know her and her relationships.

I enjoyed the story and seeing if she was going to get caught or not and by who. It was interesting to see all the lies she came up with to cover her tracks, sometimes I do think her family and friends believed them too easily though.

This book is YA and deals with serious issues, the main one being murder. For such a book I think Ryann was portrayed too young and immature at times. Her character was very blase about the situation.

All in all it was a good book but the character would have been a little better more mature and acting smarter.

Reread Review

I still found the Ryann a little immature. I wish we got to know Luc more, he seemed like it was building for him to be a big charter at the end of he book, he just kind of fizzled out. I also found Ryann’s other friends were a bit bland, her best friend just seemed like a name without much personality.

I am currently reading the second in the series although the book has a good enough ending without it.

Still 4 out of 5 stars

R4R Review: S.T.A.G.S.

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Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend.

It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin’ shootin’ fishin’. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered.

But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry’s parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days, as the three bloodsports – hunting, shooting and fishing – become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school…

Review

I thought this was a fascinating book. It’s a mystery book with a difference. You know who was murdered and who by just not the how or why. Greer is a good main character but is a little naive at times especially when it comes to boys. I thought the plot was good, maybe a few holes but very interesting and well put together. The suspense was well done and kept me guessing throughout the  whole book. The characters were fun and interesting and had good growth.

The ending wasn’t my favourite it left too many holes and unanswered questions, if it had just stopped a chapter before it would have been so much better. But overall it was a good exciting book and a nice quick read.

4 out of 5 stars

Mystery Book and Prize

I have a goodreads group that constantly has a mystery book and prize on the go, think you get it before anyone else?

The prize is the kingmaker

The clues so far

1. The main character leaves home to avoid marriage
2. The MC decides to become a warrior.
3. The training includes both men and women together, and it follows a lot of drilling, marching, seiging and fighting.
4. The MC is fiercly loyal to her Duke.
5. After training many troops see dwarves and elves for the first time.
6. The MC discovers fighting is in her blood, and she is very good at it, gifted!
7. After her service she leaves her troop to become a free blade.
8. This is 3 books in 1. A trilogy but as a whole it tells the whole story.

Think you know it? Head on over to my group and leave a comment/message to see if you can win the book. https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18860145-mystery-book-september?comment=171102113#comment_171102113

Happy reading

Emma

 

ARC Review: Draekora (Medoran Chronicles #3)

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“I swear by the stars that you and the others slain tonight will be the first of many. Of that you have my word.”

With Aven Dalmarta now hiding in the shadows of Meya, Alex is desperate to save Jordan and keep the Rebel Prince from taking more lives.

Training day and night to master the enhanced immortal blood in her veins, Alex undertakes a dangerous Meyarin warrior trial that separates her from those she loves and leaves her stranded in a place where nothing is as it should be.

As friends become enemies and enemies become friends, Alex must decide who to trust as powerful new allies—and adversaries—push her towards a future of either light… or darkness.

One way or another, the world will change…

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I love this series, it explores many different worlds which gives an unique angle. I was a little mystified at one point thinking that it going off on a tangent, but it brought it back to the story after a while. I did like the twists, they left me trying to get my head round some of it., but in the best way.

The story explained some key details of the past that really helped the story. Favourite characters were back along with some exciting new ones. It was nice to see Alex’s powers developing. I am very much looking forward to seeing what happens in the next one.

4 out of 5 stars

If you are looking a great series about magic and adventure I suggest you pick in the first one.

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The second one in the series is raelia

 

 

ARC Review: Haven (Chronicles of Warshard #1)

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Princess Haven was never meant to be Queen.

Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.

With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her sights on the six kingdoms. Haven’s neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia’s shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven’s only home.

As Kadia’s obsession with Haven mounts, little time remains, and Haven must make a choice; join together with her fellow Royals, and test her immortality in a final stand against the evil Queen, or flee across the sea to a foreign republic in hopes of salvation. Both choices have a cost. Both plans could go awry. Haven must decide quickly, or she might be the only one left.

Review

I found the story pleasing enough, Haven had some good qualities. She was a good role model to her countrywomen. She showed them they did not have a weak Queen. But she was often selfish and I found the love interests annoying more than anything.

Kadia was a great character, off her rocker but a great character and gave the story more depth. I wish got to more a little more about  her though.

The story felt a little dragged out, but had a lot of interesting plot points.

Havens power was interesting but confusing, she is meant to be immortal but there was a few points where it was indicated that she would die of old age. I think the author has gotten confused between invinceable and immortal.

I do not think I will be reading the next book in the series.

It was a sweet interesting book and worth it if you like fantasy books espeically ones based on war.

3 out of 5 stars

Review: Eagle Strike (Alex Rider #4)

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Sir Damian Cray is a philanthropist, peace activist, and the world’s most famous pop star. But still it’s not enough. He needs more if he is to save the world. Trouble is, only Alex Rider recognizes that it’s the world that needs saving from Sir Damian Cray. Underneath the luster of glamour and fame lies a twisted mind, ready to sacrifice the world for his beliefs. But in the past, Alex has always had the backing of the government. This time, he’s on his own. Can one teenager convince the world that the most popular man on earth is a madman bent on destruction-before time runs out?

I really like this series yet this one was the best yet. It was full of action from the beginning, it was the best start in my opinion. Not sure how Alex is still 14, 4 books in, and it seems like only a few months have gone by, the timeline doesn’t seem great, but still a fabulous book.

Alex has a great way of working through problems, and I like how people still underestimate him, you think by now people wouldn’t. Yassen seems to be the only one who sees his true worth.

The story is always new and exciting, I am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next in the next one.

4 out of 5 stars

Black Ice reread reviwe

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Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there…and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

“Rife with psychological twists exploring themes of revenge, misogyny, and familial duty” (Publishers Weekly), Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

Review

I liked this book, but there was some parts that were just way over the top and I wanted to shout “What was she thinking?”.
The overall story was good. It was full of suspense and action. It left me wondering who was the bad guy. I did guess correctly but I wasn’t 100% sure. The interaction between Korbie and Britt was strange, they were supposed best friends, but all they did was keep secrets and try to get one over on each other.
Calvin seemed like the nice boy next door at the start but as the book went on, it was revealed he was a jackass. I don’t understand why she put up with it. I know she was only seventeen but come-on.
There was a little too much “I am attracted the guy who kidnapped me” going on for my liking.

But all in all it was a good story. I would recommend it to my friends.

Four out of five stars.

Reread notes

Korbie was a horrible friend, why would Britt put up with her, she seemed to let people walk over her. The growth in Britt was good but far too fast. I would have liked a little more from Mason, I think we could have found out more about what happened to his sister. And more on what happened to Calvin at the end.

I did enjoy the reread I didn’t remember it all so it wasn’t too spoiled.

Still 4 out of 5 stars

Reread Review: An Average Curse

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Flynn Hawthorn is tired of disappointing her mother. Being born “the child of prophecy” is an unwanted burden, but the worst part is that she will never be able to fulfill her destiny without the magick of her ancestors. In a land filled with magick, Flynn is cursed to live her life as a Watcher—born into power, but unable to wield it.

As the ninth daughter of the ninth daughter it is Flynn’s birthright to inherit the wand of the High Priestess, reunite the damaged halves of the Book of Shadow and Light, and return balance to her world.

Dark forces oppose her purpose and as the threat from the Shadow Coven of Southeil touches her shores for the first time in generations, Flynn and her best friend Hazel are the only ones who believe something is wrong.

Flynn wants to impress her mother and solve the problem on her own, but if she fails, her people will be enslaved by dark magick and the Shadow Witch will destroy the Book of Light—forever.

Original review

I really liked the world this story was set in, it was different, well set up and easy to follow. The characters were fun an inviting. I loved the way magic worked in this world I always wanted to know more, no matter how much was revealed.

Flynn was a great main character, she knew of magic but she was still learning, so it had a great mix of learning with the main character and the character thinking about what they knew. The friendships were a main part of plot and there was a mix of good relationships and ones that are not so great.

There was some good plot twists which kept me guessing and I am looking forward to seeing what is going to happen next in the second book in the series.

There were a few parts that didn’t make sense, but it has been updated since I read it, I didn’t have time to reread it so maybe they were sorted but not sure.

New thoughts

Flynn and Hazel are young I know but they really do not think about the consequences. Hazel is meant to be quite smart but some of the things she does is silly. I still really enjoyed this book, great for younger readers, it’s full od depth and fun. Older readers like myself might probe too much.

4 out of 5 stars