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Bookish Treasures

My name is Laura and I am a huge fan of YA, NA and fantasy novels. I proudly support both indie and traditionally published authors. You can check out my blog for reviews, interviews, guest posts and more at http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.com

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101

101 - Margaret Chatwin

"KILL OR BE KILLED"

 

101 is a dark version of the future where all criminals – no matter the reason for the crime – are locked away in townships to fend for themselves. After Trigg and his sister Ren shoot their abusive father, they are both sentenced to township 101, a place where only the strong survive and the weak must either toughen up or become one of the many casualties of 101.

 

All the characters in this book complement each other very well. Trigg, peaceful and non-confrontational but willing to do anything for his sister Ren who cares for him just as much but is tough enough to protect them both. The antagonist Ace is ruthless, violent and willing to do anything to have complete control over 101. All the secondary characters are just as multi-faceted and well developed, from tough and mean but loyal Pitnar to kind and caring victim of coincidence Keely and finally Bobby Joe, who just wants to survive in 101 until she is released and can make a new life for herself.

 

Margaret Chatwin has written a book that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and refuses to let you go. Even after you have finished 101 it will be branded on your brain and you won’t be able to stop various scenes from replaying in your head. This is a book that makes you think. The problems that are faced in township 101 are problems that occur all over the world.

 

I’m really hoping that the author writes more books in the world of 101 as there seems to be so much more to explore. Fingers crossed that we get to hear more about Trigg and Ren in the future.

 

*This book was provided to me by the publisher for review. In no way has this affected my review*

Faelorehn (The Otherworld Trilogy, #1) - Jenna Elizabeth Johnson 2.5 starsLet me start by saying this is probably one of the hardest reviews I have ever written because this book just had so little impact for me. I’m not saying it was bad, in fact I remember thinking when I finished the book that I sort of liked it, but now (only a few days later) I can hardly remember anything about it, and that isn’t good.This book is based on the Fae and Celtic mythology; it is very good in this respect, quite unique and really interesting. The characters are what let the book down, there isn’t much substance to them and I felt they were under developed. The romance between the two main characters felt forced, like the author had put it in because she felt she had to rather than because that was what worked best for the book. Also, this book is yet another case of the girl deciding she loves the guy after they have spoken about twice, and the very predictable big misunderstanding that nearly ruins everything and is caused entirely by the main character just being an idiot. Sigh. The idea and basic storyline behind the book is good; it just needs more development for the characters and their romance, a little more action and a general polish and it could be a very good book. In my opinion it is not there yet though. Give this book a try if you like fiction based on mythology as that aspect of the book is very good.*I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my review in anyway*
Sweet Blood of Mine: Book One of the Overworld Chronicles (Volume 1) - John Corwin This book is one of the funniest I have read in quite a while. Nerdy, overweight Justin Case isn’t exactly the type of guy women go wild for, until that is he develops the ability to seduce any woman that he wants to. He has other abilities as well such as super strength and speed, but for a horny teenager, being able to make any girl throw herself at you with desire is by far the coolest.One of the best things about this book are the characters, they are all just so amazing especially Justin, he is just so unlike any main male character in any other book ever written. The author makes Justin’s personality really shine, he is very funny and snarky and says some great things. “Nothing I’d read in paranormal novels had prepared me for this predicament. I didn’t glow, glitter or grow fangs, but I could seduce any woman in a heartbeat.” I liked that this book has a male POV; it is nice to see the world from a guy’s perspective for once, especially a guy as funny as Justin. John Corwin’s writing style just really is brilliant and I definitely want to read more of his books in the future.
Make Believe - J.A. Belfield, Jennifer M. Eaton, J. Keller Ford, Terri Rochenski, Lynda R. Young, Kelly Said Make believe is a collection of 6 fantasy and paranormal short stories. The content and feel of the stories are varied; from Terry Rochenski’s tale of a girl forced to sacrifice herself to a goddess to save her father, to Jennifer M Eaton’s interesting fantasy dystopian crossover about two civilisations that both believe the other to be diseased. Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski – I thought this was a beautiful, well written story. Showing a girl whose mistake means she must be sacrificed to a goddess live her final days this is a tale about love and someone willing to give up their own life for someone else.The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford - This story had a nice idea but it felt very rushed, nothing seemed to be explained particularly well and the ending in particular felt very hurried. I think this probably would have worked much better as a longer novel.Birthright by Lynda R. Young - Birthright was an interesting tale but I didn’t find it to be particularly memorable and it was overshadowed by all the other excellent stories in this anthology.Petrified by Kelly Said – I thought Petrified was a lovely little fantasy story. It has a fairy tale quality to it that made it unique and I loved the concept about Wiccae and I think this world would make a great basis for a longer book.Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton – This was probably my favourite story; it is just so intriguing. The idea behind it is brilliant and Jennifer is clearly a brilliant writer. She perfectly portrayed someone who is learning that their entire life has been a lie and leaving behind everything they have ever known.Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield – J.A.Belfield is an excellent writer whose books are always amazing so I had high expectations for Escort to Insanity and it did not disappoint. It was funny, tense and action packed all at the same time. Definitely a story to read.Whilst I prefer reading longer books, short stories in an anthology like this give you an opportunity to sample the writing style of several authors and you might just find some that you love. My two favourite stories in this anthology were Last Winter Red by Jennifer M Eaton and Escort to Insanity by J A Belfield. Whilst I have read and enjoyed many of Belfield’s books already, I have not read anything of Eaton’s but after how good her short story was I definitely intend to read other books she writes in the future.

Open Minds: (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy): 1

Open Minds - Susan Kaye Quinn

It’s 100 hundred years in the future and for the past few generations everyone has been a reader – someone with the ability to read minds and have all their thoughts heard by the rest of the world. Unlike everyone else, 16 year old Kira Moore is a zero, unable to read minds or have hers read by others. Kira knows that being a zero means she will be a second class citizen all her life and she can’t think of anything worse. Until one day at school Kira discovers a new skill, the ability to control people’s minds. With the help of new friend Simon, Kira pretends to be an ordinary reader to hide what she is from the government, a Mindjacker. After all, when the first readers appeared they were locked away and experimented on, so god only knows what the government would do to Mindjackers. If Kira isn’t careful she might just find out.

 

This book is amazing, i love dystopian books and open minds is definitely one of my new favourites. Susan Quinn has created a masterpiece that stands out in what is becoming one of the most popular genres in young adult literature. An original concept together with an engaging plot and interesting characters make this book a truly superb read. I really loved the characters especially the two love interests, Kira’s best friend Raf and bad boy Simon. The book is fast paced and exciting with some shocking twists that I most certainly did not see coming. The ending is outstanding and I am very eagerly awaiting the next book in the series so I can see the affect that Kira’s actions have had on her world. I think this book is definitely a future hit and is most certainly worth reading.

 

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Eternal - J.A. Belfield Before reading this book I thought that it was just a paranormal romance and I didn’t realise that it was also historical. I still liked it though which was a surprise considering that I usually hate historical romances. It shows how good this book is that despite it being in a genre that I normally don’t like I am still giving it four stars. I loved this take on werewolf legends with our protagonist Jem being the only known female werewolf. As you would expect this leads to lots of tension, as despite having a mate all the male werewolves are after Jem. Jem’s mate Sean is a sexy alpha male werewolf and is certainly a character to drool over. I was also very intrigued by another character and I really hope he features in some future books – you’ll have to read this book to find out who I’m on about.Despite this being a prequel to darkness and light, I would recommend reading darkness and light first as there were a few times when I was a little confused. You can read this book first but it’s probably better to read it later to gain some backstory. This book has definitely made me interested in the rest of the series as the author has a beautiful writing style and she has managed to get a well-developed story into this short book (something that many authors fail to do) so I can’t wait to see how well in depth and developed a full length novel by her would be.*This book was provided to me by the publisher for review. In no way has this affected my review*
Solo - Sarah Schofield Eliana Davis is no stranger to moving house a lot as her dad is in the army and she has never lived anywhere for more than a few years. She has grown to love her current home in California however, and is devastated to learn that her dad is being posted overseas so her and her mum are going to live with her grandparents in the small town of Myrtle Creek in Oregon. Eliana knows that she is only going to be living there for a year, so she doesn’t want to get too close to anyone and she most certainly doesn’t plan to get herself a boyfriend. However things don’t always go as planned and Eliana finds herself making new friends, a possible boyfriend and discovering that Myrtle Creek maybe can become her home.Solo is a beautiful read, a truly lovely story about discovering the true value of friendship, young love, and the meaning of home. This book perfectly captures what it is like to be a 16 year old girl struggling with friends, high school drama, and falling in love for the first time. I really liked the character of Eliana, she is strong, refusing to be beaten down by her new high schools popular girl and also refusing to retaliate. I loved the relationship she has with her mother, one open and full of trust and also the fact she spends lots of time with her gramps. Overall a lovely enjoyable read perfect for teenagers or those who wish to remember the drama, angst and also life changing experiences of being a teenager.reviewed for readers favourite

My Paper Heart (My Paper Heart, #1)

My Paper Heart - Magan Vernon Review also posted on http://bookishtreasures.blogspot.co.uk/Having enjoyed reading this authors YA book - How to Date an Alien - I was excited to see how she would do with a contemporary NA story. I think the author did an excellent job with the more mature storyline and as a result My Paper Heart is a great example of an NA contemporary romance.I liked how in this book the characters aren’t perfect; they don’t live perfect lives and things don’t always go the way they wish. The book starts with the main character being kicked out of college and being sent to live with her great aunt in Louisiana by her ashamed parents. In my eyes Libby is a perfect main character, she starts off as a nice girl but she is a little spoiled and somewhat shallow and during the book you actually see her grow up and become an adult. In my opinion this is what New Adult books are all about.This book has a brilliant romantic element to it, the main characters are both having their first ever true serious relationship and we get to see all the drama that comes with that. From the worries and insecurities to meaningful sex and those all-important three words. Like many books I have read this has the - guy is a player but changes his ways after seeing the heroine only once aspect to it. This can annoy me slightly but I thought this book did it well and it made sense as to why Blaine chose to change his ways for someone he barely knew.Libby is such a complex character, she is a rich college dropout and everyone just sees her as a dumb blonde but she is so much more than that. She has a longing to fit in, look perfect and to have everyone like her – something I think we can all relate to. It just takes people to treat her as if she is perfect the way she is for her to finally discover herself.I really enjoyed this story of finding love and discovering who you truly are. I liked the ending so I was quite surprised to see that there will be a second book, I am interested to see what will happen next for these characters as it seems their story is not yet over.*I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Eversea: A Love Story

Eversea - Natasha Boyd (You can read an awesome deleted scene from Eversea on my blog - http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/blogaversary-celebrations-exclusive.html )4.5 stars Loved this book. Full review is coming soon :)With that ending there had better be a sequel!Full ReviewI really enjoyed this book. It is a fun read but it also has lots of depth and emotion. You will get lost in the characters and their stories. This book is escapism at its very best. It is a beautiful coming of age story with lots of lovely romance mixed in.The synopsis may make Eversea seem somewhat clichéd, but there is so much more to this book than it just being a movie star romance. It is a coming of age tale about two people realising that what the people around them want them to do and what they want to do may be two different things. Without realising it Keri Ann has settled into a life that doesn’t make her happy and Jack is discovering the downside of true fame. Together they help each other realise who they really are and what they truly want.I love books set in the south (I think it is the sexy accent) and this one captures the southern feel perfectly. The authors’ writing is very visual and you feel as if you have been transported to Butler Cove. You can almost see the characters and they feel so real.Keri-Ann is a great character, she always puts other people first and she is kind and caring. I would love to know her in real life. Jack is a character you will wish was real. He is so swoon worthy; sexy and powerful but he also has an innocence that makes you want to look after him. The romance builds slowly. Jack and Keri-Ann have an instant attraction that becomes something deeper. I felt that the romance is really believable and it is the perfect mixture of sweet and steamy.I recommend this to fans of NA books and any type of romance. The ending makes it pretty obvious there is a sequel. It isn’t really a cliff hanger but it certainly isn’t a happy ever after. I can’t wait for book 2.*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way*
Breed of Innocence - Lanie Jordan Two years ago Jade’s family was killed by a monster, not a human who does despicable things but a real monster, a Demon. She has spent the last two years being shuffled between foster families and group homes whilst secretly trying to find the Demon that ruined her life. When a secret organization called the CGE offers Jade the chance to be trained as a real demon hunter and eventually go after the one that killed her family she jumps at the opportunity.With classes like Demonology and Combat, Demon hunting school is nothing like a regular school and Jade is going to have to work very hard if she wants to catch up to the other students in phase 1 and pass at the same time. As well as Demon hunting, the CGE offers some other things that jade hasn’t known for a long time such as friendship, a place to belong, and possibly even a little love. The characters are fantastic; Jade is smart, tough and fiery and makes the ideal protagonist whilst Linc is her perfect match, still tough but a lot calmer and more controlled. Even the smaller characters are well written and interesting from smart Doc to ruthless and aggressive Felecia and finally Director Greene who definitely has a secret or two up his sleeve.Breed of Innocence is a great book and a good start to the series, with an engaging plot and the occasional shocking twist that will have you gasping. This book is an action packed journey of self-discovery with Jade slowly learning that there is more to life – and Demon hunting – than just revenge. I am looking forwards to the next book in The Breed Chronicles and seeing how Jade does in phase 2 of her training.*This book was provided to me my the author for an honest review, this has not affected the review in any way*
First Days (The Academy, #2) - C.L. Stone This review and others can be found on http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.comFirst Days is definitely better than Introductions. More things actually happen in this book and the mystery is built further. The characters are still the best thing about the book. There are not one but NINE gorgeous guys and I’m not sure who I like the most. Probably either Kota or North, or maybe Blackbourne, or Luke :P Don’t worry though, this book isn’t some crazy giant love triangle and the focus is on friendship rather than romance.This book answers some of the questions brought up in book one but in a way that only creates more questions. If you don’t like spending a good portion of a book not knowing what is going on, then this series probably isn’t for you. The revelations at the end made me even more eager to find out more. I need to know exactly what the academy is and also what is going on with Sang’s family. Luckily book 3 will apparently be released by the end of August so I don’t have too long to wait.
Dying to Remember (The Station, #2) - Trish Marie Dawson 3.5 stars
Just One Bite: Part One - Kay Glass Just One Bite: Part One is a collection of the first two books in the Just One Bite series, Love Bite and Bitten by Regret. Combining these two novellas makes a book of decent length and they flow well together making it seem like just the one book. Just One Bite: Part One is a vampire love story but although there are lots of books of this type it is quite unique. Diandra has recently become a widow after her husband’s murder on the same day she found out she was finally pregnant. Struggling to come to terms with what has happened she befriends the homeless ex-cop who found her husband’s body. Life finally seems to be improving until someone very expected turns up at the house and Diandra leaves the encounter as a vampire.The characters show a lot of growth especially Diandra as you see her mature and gain lots of understanding as well as grow into her powers as a vampire. This is essentially a love story about two people finding each other and learning what love really is although there are lots of paranormal and crime elements that add extra depth to the story. I really liked how Kay Glass didn’t try to make the characters ‘perfect’ but instead they suffer from many real life problems such as infertility, homelessness, and weight issues.Just a warning in that there are several fairly graphic f/f sex scenes so if you are small minded and have issues with anyone who is different this is not the book for you and you probably shouldn’t read it. However if you believe that people have the right to love whoever they want you really will enjoy this book as it is very unique and generally just a good book though there are a few issues with spelling and grammar at times.*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Reckless Perfection - Laura Francois Reckless Perfection is the story of four very different girls who are all facing the struggles of being teenagers. Juliana the good girl is trying to get over her ex-boyfriend whilst maintaining her high grades so her parents will be proud. Mercedez is struggling with coming to grips with her comatose mother and pregnant step mother whilst also navigating young love and relationships. Bad girl Angela is trying her hardest to reform, but she is discovering it’s hard trying to change whilst dealing with a drug addicted mum and a younger sister who is going the same way. Amanda is a rich snob who was kicked out of her old private school and is now trying public. Used to always getting what she wants, Amanda is going to have to learn that the world doesn’t always work that way. As the girls lives intertwine, their actions impact on each other’s lives for both the better and the worse.This book perfectly captures the drama and troubles teen girls face daily as well more serious issues such as drug use and abusive relationships. I feel that teenagers will enjoy this book as many of them will be going through similar issues to the characters. The plot and storyline of reckless perfection is excellent and all the characters are well developed and as a reader you begin to really feel for them. The only down side to this book is that the ending is very abrupt; at first I didn’t realise it had finished. There is a sequel however, and I am looking forwards to reading it so I can find out the rest of the girls’ story. Overall I think this is a very good book and is definitely worth a read.
Drayling - Terry J. Newman For over 140 years the world has been at peace: war, homelessness, starvation and corruption are all things of the past. The world has been divided into small entirely segregated counties that are independent of one another; inter-district travel is banned as is all non-administrative communication. In the small community of Drayling in what was previously known as England, all the citizens are as happy and peaceful as the rest of the world until bit by bit everything starts to change. The local historian and his son Marius take it upon themselves with the help of some friends to find out what is going on. Each new discovery only reveals more mysteries until it appears that they have been lied to and misled their entire life but with the help of Stin – a new man in the district and an ancient computer known as Cipherslider they may be able to unravel the truth.This is such an astonishingly well thought out book. The world building is fantastic and the author has created a thorough history as to why the world has ended up this way; something which is often neglected in other books of this genre. The book is so detailed it almost appears at times to be a true story something which I as the reader personally found incredible enjoyable. I found myself thoroughly engrossed in this masterpiece of a book as it is simply perfect in every way. This is a book that will be loved by all fans of dystopian fiction and mysteries but also anyone who just wants to read a book that will blow them away with every detail.Reviewed for readers favourite

Unchained (Nephilim Rising, #1)

Unchained - J. Lynn, Jennifer L. Armentrout This review and others can be found on http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.comOverall, I really enjoyed Unchained. Though this isn’t my favourite book by Jennifer, her series’ always improve book by book and I think that this series has the potential to be my new favourite. I loved the gritty Urban Fantasy world of the fallen angels and the Nephilim whose duty it is to kill them and their minions. Lily is pretty much my ideal female main character; she is feisty and tough but still has vulnerable moments that keep her realistic. She is very protective of her friends and loves fiercely. In true JLA fashion the male lead is sexy and powerful and to top it off he is an actual angel – ok a fallen angel. Julian is certainly top book boyfriend material and he has many moments that will make you swoon. The passion between Lily and Julian was scorching and I thought the fact that we couldn’t be fully sure if Julian was trustworthy made things even more exciting.I love that while this book was dual POV the second perspective was not that of the main love interest. It helped take the focus of the novel to places other than the romance and it allowed Julian’s thoughts and motives to remain secret. Michael is a wonderful character and I wish we had seen more of him in Unchained, I’m pretty sure we will see more of him in book 2 though.I really liked the elements of mystery and suspense in this book; it is a guessing game for the reader right up until the end. Jennifer L. Armentrout can certainly write a gripping Urban Fantasy novel and I hope that she continues to write more in this genre.As far as the writing goes, this book is more like Jennifer’s earlier books and you can tell this was written a while ago but that doesn’t mean it is not amazing. The ending was great, no big cliffhanger but it leaves a few things open and unresolved for a sequel. I can’t wait to find out more about Michael and I also hope we get to more of Lily and Julian.