Dyslexic Reader – One Dyslexic women and lots of books to talk about
I am 28 years old. I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was 10 years old, my parents were told that it would be unlikely I would leave high school with any qualification. I proved them wrong by getting my degree in drama studies with film and screen studies. I have always wanted to blog about my reading especially when I started Goodread and even more when I started their reading challenges..
I really interested in books that deal with technology altering DNA, so when I found out about Robert MuchamoreKiller T I knew I wanted to read it.
Teenager Harry has moved to Vegas with his Aunt, where he meets Charlie when he is after a story to start his career as a Journalist, these two become unlikely friends.
They are both growing up in a world where your own DNA can be modified, but this development of technology has seen the increase of genetically modified virus, more deadly than the original.
Killer T was not what I expected, I knew I would get an interesting story about genetically modifying DNA, but I was surprised with the human element of the story. Killer T is full of drama, romance and Teenage angst. I was gripped from the first page till the very end. I think this story is slightly scary as you can see that this may happened in are reality.
Harry and Charlie are both really interesting, likeable lead character, I end up getting very emotional invested in them from the beginning. Certain aspects of Charlie situation got to me so much that I had to stop reading, so I didn’t end up crying in public. (I did end up crying in private.)
One of my favourite elements in the Killer T story telling was that the story jumped though time periods. When you met back up with the character it made the changed in their lives and the world more dramatic.
As I read a lot I feel like I should create a list of my most hated character, just so I can add Charlies sister Fawn on it. She is a great character for creating drama, but she has no redeeming features, if she was real I hope she would burn in Hell.
If you like books that mix apocalyptic situation mixed with technology I would advise picking Killer T up.
I give this book 5 out of 5.
Thank you to Reader First and Hot Key Books for sending me a copy of a fair and honest review.
Synopsis: When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .
Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.
Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.
I know have 2 copies of Catwomen: Soul Stealer so keep an eye out on my twitter as I will be giving it away.
The next Illumicrate box that is about in November theme has yet to be realised.
She will honour that name.
For years, Princess Amarea was abused by the corrupt religious Brotherhood that ruled her lands in her stead. The Daylarian Church permanently veiled her face to shield onlookers from the sinful curse that is her beauty.
Now, Queen Amarea craves her rightful power and swift vengeance.
In a massacre known as the night of the Blood Moon, Amarea slays the Brotherhood and reclaims her queendom from its tyrannical grip.
But despite her new reputation as the bloodthirsty Dark Queen, enemies challenge her both in Maldessa and across her borders. An even darker threat stirs in the midst of her own queendom and threatens all that she loves. Amarea will have to find a way to stop the dark forces that are uniting against her and learn to wield the magic that lies dormant in her veins.
Can Amarea defeat her enemies without giving in to her own darkness?
Gem’s Thoughts: First off I must say I love this cover, seconded a love the sound of a queen taken back her throne, by any means possible.
Synopsis: Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl.
A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.
Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?
Gem’s Thoughts: I am loving books in space, I like the sound of a teenage criminal mastermind too.
Synopsis: Our world is about to change in ways we can barely imagine. KILLER T is a novel about growing up in that world.
Harry and Charlie are teenagers whose lives are shaped by a society that’s shifting around them. He is a lonely Brit in his first term at a Las Vegas high school. She is an unlikely friend, who gets accused of mixing a batch of explosives that blew up a football player.
The two of them are drawn together at a time when gene editing technology is starting to explode. With a lab in the garage anyone can beat cancer, enhance their brain to pass exams, or tweak a few genes for that year-round tan and perfect beach body. But in the wrong hands, cheap gene editing is the most deadly weapon in history. Killer T is a synthetic virus with a ninety per-cent mortality rate, and the terrorists who created it want a billion dollars before they’ll release a vaccine.
Gem’s Thoughts: I heard about this book at YALC and was fascinated with the mixture of technology and genes.
I was lucky enough to get a copy of Killer T from Reader First and you can read my full Review in the next couple of days.
Synopsis: Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall St. office building in the latest in the #1 New York Times bestselling series…
For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter—but what was the motive of the masked men?
Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.
Gem’s Thoughts: This is one of my favourite series and I am looking forward to seeing what Eva and Roarke get up this time.
Synopsis:In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success — but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in rural Pennsylvania.
Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western – she’s tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when she discovers a shocking secret from her heavy metal past: Turns out that Terry’s meteoric rise to success may have come at the price of Kris’s very soul.
This revelation prompts Kris to hit the road, reunite with the rest of her bandmates, and confront the man who ruined her life. It’s a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a Satanic rehab center and finally to a Las Vegas music festival that’s darker than any Mordor Tolkien could imagine. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul…where only a girl with a guitar can save us all.
Gem’s Thoughts: A interesting mixture of rock and Horror.
Quirk books sent me a copy of the book for an honest and fair review which you can find HERE.
In the ancient halls of the Imperial University of Carthak, a young man has begun his journey to becoming one of most powerful mages the realm has ever known. Arram Draper is the youngest student in his class and has the Gift of unlimited potential for greatness . . . and of attracting danger.
At his side are his two best friends: clever Varice, a girl with too often-overlooked, and Ozorne, the leftover prince’ with secret ambitions. Together, these three forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms.
But as Ozorne inches closer to the throne and Varice grows closer to Arram’s heart, Arram realizes that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.
In the Numair Chronicles, fans of Tamora Pierce will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmaln came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a boy with unimaginable gifts and a talent for making deadly enemies.
Gem’s Thought: A world of magic in an educational setting, sign me up for the series.
The amazing people at Haper Voyager sent me an advance reader copy of the book and you can find my review HERE.
Sysnopis: Once there were two sisters born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. When they were angry, mirrors shattered, and when they were happy, flowers bloomed. It was a magic they cherished – until the day a terrible accident took Essie’s life and trapped her soul in this world.
Dax – the heir to Firgaard’s throne – was responsible for the accident. Roa swore to hate him forever. But eight years later he returned, begging for her help. He was determined to dethrone his cruel father, under whose oppressive reign Roa’s people had suffered. Roa made him a deal: she’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen.
Together with Dax and his sister, Asha, Roa and her people waged war and deposed a tyrant. But now Asha is on the run, hiding from the price on her head. And Roa is an outlander queen, far from home and married to her enemy. Worst of all: Dax’s promises go unfulfilled. Roa’s people continue to suffer.
Then a chance to right every wrong arises – an opportunity for Roa to rid herself of this enemy king and rescue her beloved sister. During the Relinquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa can reclaim her sister for good.
All she has to do is kill the king.
Gem’s Thought’s: I loved the first book in the series and as I twin, I always find it interesting reading fantasy book with twins in.
I was lucky enough to get a e-arc of this book from Netgalley, and you can read me full review HERE.
Synopsis: Raised in a small village surrounded by vast forests, Liba and Laya have lived a peaceful sheltered life – even if they’ve heard of troubling times for Jews elsewhere. When their parents travel to visit their dying grandfather, the sisters are left behind in their home in the woods.
But before they leave, Liba discovers the secret that their Tati can transform into a bear, and their Mami into a swan. Perhaps, Liba realizes, the old fairy tales are true. She must guard this secret carefully, even from her beloved sister.
Soon a troupe of mysterious men appear in town and Laya falls under their spell-despite their mother’s warning to be wary of strangers. And these are not the only dangers lurking in the woods…
The sisters will need each other if they are to become the women they need to be – and save their people from the dark forces that draw closer.
Gem Thought’s: I am interested in reading more books based on folklore and this book sounds beautiful.
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Todays book review is Ultima by L.S Hilton, after watching programs like White collar I am interested in books that revolve Art crime. So I was very interested in reading Ultima for that reason.
Judith Rashleigh is in trouble, she is caught in the middle of the Russian Mafia and a corrupt Italian police inspector. There is only one way for Judith to survive and that is to fake piece of masterpiece and sell it for over $150 million. Judith knows she can do this as her life as Elizabeth Teerlinc international art dealer is all a lie.
The thrill of creating the fake and getting one over on the auction house that fired her years ago are added bonuses to the deal.
The spotlight is on Judith, can her fake identity and fake masterpiece fool the Art world, or will she end up with a bullet in the back of her head.
I haven’t read the first two books in this series Maestra and Domina, I think if I have read these two I would have understood Judith world more. Ultima does cover topic/ relationships that have happened in previous book so you can still enjoy the book.
Judith is a not your average leading lady, she is a dark character. She is willing to kill anyone that gets in her way and feels no remorse. She is incredible smart and very good at pretending to be whoever the person what her to be. One of my favourite elements of the book is her figuring out her next step, and how she plays the other characters.
Ultima has some great action sequences that keeps flipping the pages, I did find that in-between the action the story did lagged in places. Although I find the processing of faking the art and the wheeling and dealing of the art world interesting, I felt that it went on a little bit to long or into too much detail.
Thank you to Bonnie Zaffre for sending me a copy of the book for a fair and honest review.
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Tempests and Slaughter is the new series by Tamora Pierce, the book is already out in the states, but it is published in the UK on 20th September 2018. I have not read any of Tamora previous books, but I loved the sound of a fantasy book in a school setting.
Arram Draper is the youngest Mage in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he is on a journey to become the most powerful Mage the realm has even known. Arram has unlimited potential with his gift, but with his potential does have a habit of attracting danger. Arram has two friends, also younger than the rest of the class. Varice is incredible clever but over looked due to the area of magic she wants to study. Ozorne is the left over prince, 8th in line to the throne, although he says he just wants to be a mage he has secret ambitions.
As Arram grows into his gift, Arram will have to decide what he will want to do after his education finishes, and what will this mean to his friendship with Varice and Ozorne.
I loved to book from the beginning, I found the world intriguing and the education of the Arram fascinating. I would love to go to Imperial University of Carthak and be taught how to be a Mage.
As I havent read any of Tamora previous books I loved learning about the world as Arram is learning, you don’t feel like you are missing out by not reading the other books.
Arram is a great character, but the character that sold the show was Preet. She is a bird left in the care of Arram, so much personality for an animal that can not speak. I am not a bird person but I am a Preet person. Another honourable mention is to Enzi the crocodile God.
Tamora Pierce has created such a magical world, once I found out her other books are sent in the same world, I knew I will need to read them, but I am sadly going to have to wait till I get my TBR pile down, before I add another 20+ books.
I give Tempests and Slaughter 5 out of 5.
Thank you to Harper Voyager for sending me an ARC of Tempests and Slaughter for a fair and honest review.
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I have previously read and loved the first two book in the Frostblood Sage, Frostblood and Fireblood, I have waiting since last year to get my hands on the final book in Elly Blake series, Nightblood.
Ruby never thought her life would turn out the way it has, she is in love with the Frost King and he loves her. She found out her mother was a Fireblood princess and she is now the heir to the Fireblood throne. He Mother was possessed by the Minax when pregnant with her, meaning she is the first of a new kind, she is a Nightblood.
The evil God Eurus the God of the Minax is planning to break open the gate that holds the Minax so they can infect the world. Once infected he will have control of all of humanity. Now Ruby, Arcus and Kai, will have to put their difference aside and get the Frostblood and Fireblood to work together as this is the only way they can stop Eurus and save the worlds from the darkness.
Nightblood is the perfect way for the series to end, it is an emotional rollercoaster, that has plenty of action, drama and romance. The story wraps everything up nicely too, while also giving several surprises along the way. I really didn’t want the book to end as I love the character so much.
Elly Blake has created an amazing and vivid world, Nightblood introduces us to another aspect of the world which we haven’t seen before in Frostblood or Fireblood. One of my favourite expects of these book is that each book has been different from the previous one, I like that I didn’t no what to expect.
I would love to hear more stories about what the Gods get up too, especially Sud and Fors I bet them two have interesting stories.
Arcus and Ruby relationship is one of my favourite aspects of this book, as it has been previously. They have tender, funny, romantic, sad and fiery moments that gives this relationship more of a realistic feel to it, it’s not perfect but they are willing to fight for each other. I think Arcus and Ruby are one of my favourite fictional characters.
I give this book 5 out of 5
I can wait to read what Elly Blake writes next.
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I decided to go for something a little different with this book choice as We Sold our Soul by Grady Hendrix, this book is advertised as a Supernatural Horror. I was intrigued by the premise so I thought I would give it a go.
Kris Pulaski was the female guitarist in a 1990’s heavy metal band called Dürt Würk, on the brink of making it big, when the lead singer in the band Terry Hunt decided to leave and becomes the solo artist Koffin.
20 years later Kris is the night manager at Best Western, while Terry is one of the biggest stars in heavy metal. Kris is broke, tired and unhappy, but when she looks back on the day Terry left the band she realises that something is not right. When she start digging into the past she find out the secret to Terry success may have come at the cost of her very soul .
Kris hits the road, she wants to speak to her old band mate and confront Terry and ask why he ruined her life. This road trip is like no other road trip before with, Satanic rehab centres, dangerous UPS men, Hell festival, and soulless fans.
We Sold our Souls is a fast paced, action packed and easy to read book. It took me a couple of chapters to get into the book, but once Kris was on the road and I was right there with her for the journey.
I am not a big fan of heavy metal rock, (my rock levels is the Supernatural sound track.) so I feel that if someone is a heavy metal rock fan they will get more enjoyment out of the book, with the music references, and the song lyrics.
The book left me want more, we do get to find out a little with a chapter based 3 years in the future, but I still wanted to know more about Kris and Melanie life after Hellstock.
If you want a Horror book that leave you with a creepy feeling, and questioning every document you have ever signed, than pick up We Sold our Souls.
I give this book 3.5 out of 5
Thank you Quirk Books for sending me a copy of the book for a fair and honest review.
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The Last Namsara was one of my five-star reviews from last year, so when I got the chance to read Kristen Ciccarelli, second book in the Iskari series The Caged Queen I jumped at the chance.
Roa and Essie are sister born with such a unique bond that connect them forever, their emotion strong enough to shatter mirrors or make flower bloom. Until one day an accident happen and unable to leave her sister Essie soul is trapped in the form of a bird.
Since that day Roa has hated the man responsible for accident, the only problem is that man is Dax the Heir to the Firgarrd’s Throne. Dax comes to the House of Song the home of the most powerful family in the Scrubland, asking for help to dethrone his cruel father. The price in helping Dax is that he need to make Roa his Queen, so she can help her people and put an end to the cruel laws that punish them.
When Roa see that Dax is not up holding his side of the Roa will have to make choices that will help her people, but there is one choice she could make. A choice that would return her beloved sister back to her, but the cost would be to kill a King.
You know a book is good, when you automatically gone on the internet to find out if there are another book in this series come out. I was very happy to find out goodread, a third untitled book planned for next year. (I may have done a little happy dance when I found out, but a little sad because I’ve got to wait to next year.)
The book is told though Roa perspective, some chapters are told in the present and some chapter are telling us the History between Roa and Dax and the Scrublanders and the people of Firgaard. I would love to read more about Roa and Dax games playing Gods and monsters (also can someone make this game.)
I was unsure about Dax at the beginning as Roa perspective coloured my view of him, but by the end of the book he was one of my favourite characters. I would LOVE to read this story from Dax side.
There where time when their was so much was going on and the stakes where high that I had to put the book down, as my heart couldn’t take it. But I couldn’t put the book down for long as I need to find out what happened, so much so that I finished the book in 1 night.
I always find it harder reading books that have twins in, especially if something happened to one of them. I always end up questioning what I would do for my twin, I might not got to the lengths that Roa does for Essie, but they do have that special bond.
The Caged Queen is full of action (sandstorms, fighting, some B&E), Romance (Some Romance easier to see some aren’t.) Drama, (well what do you expect when trying to overthrow Royalty).
I give this book 5 out of 5.
Thank you to Netgalley and Gollancz for sending my a digital copy of The Caged Queen for a fair and honest review.
The Caged Queen is out 25th September, Kristen is also doing a preorder giveaway if you order the book, the link is HERE for details.
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Quirk Book got in contact with myself, to see if I was interested in reading the first English novel set in the massively popular An Attack on Titan world. Garrison Girl by Rachel Aaron introduces us to a new set of characters.
Rosalie Dumarque is the cousin of the King, and is destined to marry a nobel man her father had chosen for her. Before she marries Rosalie wants to see past the wall the protects her, and to put her training in the Military academy to use. She bargains her way to the frontline, but when she gets their its is nothing she would every expected. As she comes to terms with the reality of an endless war with creatures, the corruption, and finding people to trust as she battles Titans.
This was my first introduction into the An Attack on Titan world, and I really enjoyed it, I was intrigued by the world that has been created, that the only thing keeping people are walls that stop the Titan getting to the general population and eating them. It’s also interesting the way the wall are set up, that there are more walls between the rich and the Titans.
Rosalie has a massive growth as a character though out the book, she starts of as a naive lady and the end of the book she is a solider. Rosalie isn’t the only character to have emotional growth, but she does have the biggest.
Garrison Girl has some great action sequences, some real heart pounding moments. The fights on the wall between the Titan and squad 13 and the vertical moments they pull out.
Garrison Girl is only 240 pages long, it’s a perfect book if you have a couple of hours free.
I give this book 4 out of 5.
Thank you to Quirk Books for sending me this book for a fair and honest review.
This book has got me interested in An attack on Titan world, Ive already found the Anime on Netflix, so that my TV sorted.
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