Sunday, 26 June 2016

Review: Ghost Hope by Ripley Patton

Title: Ghost Hope (The PSS Chronicles #4)
Author: Ripley Patton

Release date: June 15th 2016
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format: eARC
Pages: 203

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Olivia Black does not feel safe. Nightmares plague her sleep and haunt her days. If she has to endure one more minute stuck in a safe house in rainy Portland, she's going to lose it. When Mike Palmer sneaks off to find her sister Kaylee without her, it's the last straw. She has to do something.

Then Palmer's hackers find the Dome on a satellite feed: dark, abandoned and smack in the middle of the Oregon desert three hundred miles from where it started. If they can reach it before anyone else, they can crack the computer systems and access every piece of information on PSS the CAMFers and The Hold have ever collected.

But in order to do that, Olivia must return to the origin of her fears in a race against all the forces that have ever pitted themselves against her. She must unravel decades of deceit to reveal the true origins of Psyche Sans Soma to the world at last.

Ghost Hope is the fourth and final book in the PSS Chronicles, and I've got to say it was a very satisfying finale. Though the novel itself is on the shorter side, it's packed with action and intensity and lots of emotion. I've gotten to know these characters so well over the series and can't help feeling like I'm a part of their lives. When that ends, it's inevitably sad, but I really enjoyed this last part of their journey.

The book picks up where Ghost Heart left off, with the main characters still split into different groups. Marcus and Kaylee are together looking after each other, and I loved getting to know what Kaylee is like. She intrigues me the most out of the characters in this book, and I just wish I got to see more of her. She's innocent but incredibly wise at the same time, and her unpredictability makes for some interesting plot points.

I was still iffy about the new Marcus, because he's not the same guy he used to be, the guy I loved in the first book. But I warmed up to him in this book. He steps up and really tries to do good instead of staying rooted to his past and what he remembers. It still hurts to see Marcus and Olivia interact like strangers, but from the title of the book, you can tell that there's always some hope.

Olivia is still up there among my favourite YA protagonists. She's stronger and more determined than ever, and her drive to protect those she loves is so admirable. Especially after everything she's been through, and with Marcus not remembering her, and now with her long-long sister being back in her life. Olivia takes up the role as a leader, and she doesn't shy away from it. Her tenacity is incredible, and I applaud the author for writing such a strong but realistically flawed character.

I won't say anything much about the plot, but there are a few big things we find out related to PSS, its nature and beginnings. Questions I've had since the first book have been answered! The ending of the book (and series) is bittersweet for many reasons, but like I mentioned before, the title of the book is a key indicator of the events that happen. All in all, The PSS Chronicles is a unique YA paranormal series, and Ghost Hope closes it out superbly.

*Thank you to Ripley Patton for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, 4 June 2016

The Fallen Prince Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

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We hope you're ready to be transported by Amalie Howard's THE FALLEN PRINCE, a Young Adult Science Fiction novel and the sequel to THE ALMOST GIRL! Publishers Weekly calls the first in the series “a high-octane thriller.” Grab your copy of this amazing novel today!

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Riven has fought for a hard-won peace in her world, and has come to shaky terms with who and what she is—a human with cyborg DNA. Now that the rightful ruler of Neospes has been reinstated, Riven is on the hunt for her father in the Otherworld to bring him to justice for his crimes against her people.

But when she receives an unwelcome visit from two former allies, she knows that trouble is brewing once again in Neospes. The army has been decimated and there are precious few left to fight this mysterious new threat.

To muster a first line of defense, her people need help from the one person Riven loathes most—her father. But what he wants in return is her complete surrender.
And now Riven must choose: save Neospes or save herself.



Praise for THE FALLEN PRINCE:

"[P]acked with action . . . Imagery is the highlight of this book."—VOYA

“A parallel-dimension–jumping cyborg soldier must make questionable alliances to save her country from an existential threat in this sequel to The Almost Girl. [O]ffers a solid conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This sequel to The Almost Girl was everything I wanted: non-stop action, smart science, new and intriguing characters, and a satisfying romance. I couldn’t put it down!” —Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and the Cursed

“[T]he next step in a dark, clever and thrilling scorched-earth, world-hopping adventure.” —Jet Black Ink

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Cale and I used to dare each other to go outside the dome as kids, knowing we’d get into trouble if we were ever caught. Leaving the safety zone had been illicit and thrilling. It had been our secret spot, a tunnel in the bedrock carved by a long-dried underground stream when Neospes had fresh running water. I stare at the old access hole, now filled with titanium, as the memories rush back.

It was the first time I’d seen a Reptile. Cale had just turned eleven. Thinking himself braver than ever, he’d dared me to accompany him on an early morning adventure beyond the dome. As much as I hadn’t wanted to go, he was my responsibility.

“Come on, Cale. This is far enough. We need to get back.” We’d turned around only to see a horse standing between our secret exit and us. Only, it wasn’t a horse.

“What is that?” Cale had whispered.

“Cale, get behind me.”

“No way.” He’d stamped his foot. “I want to see.”

Steam had blown from the creature’s distended nostrils, and then it had charged. I remember the rotting smell and the chunks of flesh hanging off its wired frame. It was also the first Reptile I’d ever killed.

Cale became obsessed with Reptiles after that. He would lure and catch smaller ones, keeping them in cages. He studied the creatures, torturing them—ripping them apart and piecing them back together. I’d always thought his morbid fascination was odd, but, in hindsight, it was understandable. After all, he was a clone with a failing body, searching for a way to reconstruct himself.

But Cale is dead. He’d died months ago in the Outers.

About the author:

Amalie Howard - headshotAMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn't entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid's INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Problem with Forever Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


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From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER-a young adult title about friendship, survival, and finding your voice being released on May 17th, 2016! Read more about this stunning new novel below and be sure to pre-order your copy today to receive an amazing FREE fan pack while supplies last!

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Title: The Problem with Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release date: May 17th 2016
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: eARC
Pages: 492

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For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

The Problem with Forever reminds me why I love Jennifer Armentrout's books. I normally don't read much YA contemporary, especially with premises similar to this, but I wasn't nervous at all going into this book because it's written by one of my favourite authors. And I wasn't disappointed at all! Armentrout's writing will make you fall in love with her characters, no matter how flawed or broken they are.

After everything she'd faced as a child, Mallory has been homeschooled for the past few years, but she's decided it's time to rejoin the real world by spending her senior year of high school in a public school. She's terrified, obviously, but her emotions get all jumbled up when she meets the last person she'd expected to see at the school - her best friend and the boy she grew up with, Rider. They'd been through a lot together in the foster home they'd lived in, but after the incident that brought Mallory to her current adoptive parents, she'd never heard from Rider, until now. They begin to reconnect, and as Mallory gains the confidence to fight for herself, she realizes that she wasn't the only one affected by her past, and along with Rider being her rock, she may have to be his, too.

Mallory is very different from Armentrout's other female protagonists, and also very different from any YA female protagonist I've read about, really. She takes quite to a whole new level - to the point where people are actually speechless when she does end up saying something to them. But Mallory has reasons for it. Her entire childhood depended on her ability to stay quiet. She was conditioned to never make a sound. Of course that impacts who she grows up to be! I'm amazed at the steps she takes in this book to come out of her shell and change who she was forced to become. It's a very different kind of bravery, but just as important as anything else. Mallory doesn't need anyone to stick up for her anymore, she does just fine on her own, and I was proud to see that happen.

Rider is also pretty different from most YA protagonists. We don't get his point of view in this book so it's a little harder to figure him out, but I loved him. I loved seeing how much he cared about Mallory, and about his adoptive brothers. Rider is a good guy, no matter what he thinks or feels. He's kind and compassionate and though he has a lot of issues to work through, he's strong-willed. I found it a little annoying at first how he'd keep trying to protect and coddle Mallory when what she really needed was to be able to stand up for herself without anyone's help. But Rider understands later, and gives her space.

I wouldn't say there's much romance in this book - it's mostly about Mallory and Rider discovering themselves and becoming the people they want to be. There is romantic tension, for sure, and the slow-burning connection between them is really sweet. What I found interesting is that the story would've worked out great even if there was no romance between them at all! They already have such a deep connection, which definitely would've been enough. But it's a YA contemporary so I guess romance is inevitable. Not that I'm complaining - I really liked it!

There are quite a few shockers in the book, and a few emotional moments too - especially towards the end. I won't say anything about the specific details, but we do find out what happened in Mallory's past. Not as much as I'd expected to know, but still enough. To anyone who enjoys JLA's books - you need to read this one! And also anyone who liked YA contemporary in general. The Problem with Forever is one book you most definitely cannot miss out on. It's touching, captivating, and just overall a great story.

*Thank you to Inkslinger PR and Harlequin TEEN for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5





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“The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.” -Kirkus

“Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful” –Publishers Weekly

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About the author:

Author Photo--JLA_J. Lynn# 1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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