book review

Salvation: Lost | Peter F. Hamilton

 

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Synopsis:

Fight together – or die alone . . .

In the twenty-third century, humanity is enjoying a comparative utopia. Yet life on Earth is about to change, forever. Feriton Kane’s investigative team has discovered the worst threat ever to face mankind – and we’ve almost no time to fight back. The supposedly benign Olyix plan to harvest humanity, in order to carry us to their god at the end of the universe. And as their agents conclude schemes down on earth, vast warships converge above to gather this cargo.

Some factions push for humanity to flee, to live in hiding amongst the stars – although only a chosen few would make it out in time. But others refuse to break before the storm. As disaster looms, animosities must be set aside to focus on just one goal: wiping this enemy from the face of creation. Even if it means preparing for a future this generation will never see.

Review:

As I said previously, Salvation, book one in the Salvation Sequence started a little slow for me, but Salvation: Lost got right into the action and continuing the story which was what I was looking for this time around.

Not a lot changed compared to this one and the last, many of the same characters, with a few new faces which brings a breath of fresh air to the book, and which I enjoyed.

Hamilton again created such amazing world building with his descriptive and detailed writing and action packed adventures.

Hamilton has a way of leaving you right on the edge of your seat, turning the page and realising you have reached the end, and immediately wanting to know what’s next.

And what’s next? I’ll guess we will have to wait and see in Book 3, The Saints of Salvation.

 

Thank you to the team at Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a copy of Salvation:Lost to review.

Book info:

  • ISBN: 9781447281368
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 29/10/2019
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    Fiction & related items / Space opera
    Fiction & related items / Science fiction
  • Imprint: Macmillan
  • Pages: 896
  • Price: $32.99
book review

Permanent Record | Mary H.K. Choi

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After a year of college, Pablo is working at his local twenty-four-hour deli, selling overpriced snacks to brownstone yuppies. He’s dodging calls from the student loan office and he has no idea what his next move is.

Leanna Smart’s life so far has been nothing but success. Age eight: Disney Mouseketeer; Age fifteen: first #1 single on the US pop chart; Age seventeen, *tenth* #1 single; and now, at Age nineteen…life is a queasy blur of private planes, weird hotel rooms, and strangers asking for selfies on the street.

When Leanna and Pab randomly meet at 4:00 a.m. in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn, they both know they can’t be together forever. So, they keep things on the down-low and off Instagram for as long as they can. But it takes about three seconds before the world finds out…

Review:

After reading Mary H.K. Choi’s novel Emergency Contact, as soon as i saw that she was releasing Permanent Record, i knew it was something i wanted to read.

Permanent record follows the story of Pablo, a school drop out working at a corner store/bodega. In walks childhood star Leanna Smart, they meet, and life as Pablo knows it, changes.

I thought that we would see more of a dual POV, but Permanent Record is mainly told from Pablo’s POV, which i didn’t mind, but i would have liked something more from Leanna’s POV.

Both Pablo and Leanna have struggled, each in their own way, whether it was because of their cultural backgrounds, jobs, social status and i suppose wanting to belong somewhere.

I feel that they both bonded over the struggles they have both been through, and were able to find love and happiness with each other, and were also able to be completely themselves, which i’ll admit, i’m a sucker for that type of love!

Choi certainly didn’t disappoint with this one and i’ll definitely be reading what she creates next!

I’ve given Permanent Record 4/5 stars.

Thank you to Hachette/Date a book for sending me a copy of Permanent Record for review,

Book info

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Format type: Paperback

Release date: October 29th 2019

ISBN: 9780349003450

RRP: $18.99AUD

 

Until next time,

Happy reading!

Lizz xx

book review

Salvation | Peter F. Hamilton

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Synopsis:

Know your enemy – or be defeated

AD 2204
An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion – so Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship’s sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions, but could also foreshadow humanity’s extinction. It will be up to the team to bring back answers, and the consequences of this voyage will change everything.

Back on Earth, we can now make deserts bloom and extend lifespans indefinitely, so humanity seems invulnerable. We therefore welcomed the Olyix to Earth when they contacted us. They needed fuel for their pilgrimage across the galaxy – and in exchange they helped us advance our technology. But were the Olyix a blessing or a curse?

THE FAR FUTURE
Many lightyears from Earth, Dellian and his clan of genetically-engineered soldiers are raised with one goal. They must confront and destroy their ancient adversary. The enemy caused mankind to flee across the galaxy and they hunt us still. If they aren’t stopped, we will be wiped out – and we’re running out of time.

 

Review:

When I started Salvation, I figured there was either something wrong with me or the book itself. It took me a while to get into a groove with reading it, it may have been that I was in a slump, or the fact that I am someone who doesn’t usually read a whole lot of sci-fi, and has only just started to dabble in the genre, Salvation started a little slow for me.

However with that being said, the more I read, the more I can see why Peter F. Hamilton has “Britain’s number one science fiction writer” on the top of his book.

Let me say, there is a lot going on in this book. By a lot I mean the book is quite lengthy, which I’m not mad about, there were some chapters in there that were quite long, but I can see that Hamilton has a way with words and likes to build his stories with a lot of information, descriptions and action.

Salvation follows two storylines, one in the “present” which in itself is set in our future (e.g. 2204) and the past. The present storyline allows us to see the way the past story line makes for the current day, the reason why they are still there and how all of the characters are important through out the story, especially in the present.

The multitude of characters left me a little confused in the beginning, there is a fair few, but the longer I read on the more it made sense and how they all integrate together somehow.

After a slow start, Salvation is full of twists, mysteries and the out of this world unknown, and the ending leaves you wanting the “what next”, and I can’t wait to dive into the next book in this series Salvation: Lost.

 

A huge thank you as always to the wonderful team at Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a copy of Salvation, along with Salvation: Lost, the next book in this series which I will be reviewing soon!

 

Until next time, happy reading!

 

Lizz xx

book review

Imaginary Friend | Stephen Chbosky

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Synopsis:

Imagine….

Leaving your house in the middle of the night. Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she’s just as scared as you.

Imagine….

Starting a new school, making friends. Seeing how happy it makes your mother. Hearing a voice, calling out to you.

Imagine….

Following the signs, into the woods. Going missing for six days. Remembering nothing about what happened.

Imagine….

Coming back a totally different person. Thinking you’re going crazy – or being the only one who knows what’s coming.

Imagine….

Something that will change everything…And having to save everyone you love.

 

Review:

In a completely different direction to Chbosky’s first and up until yesterday, only novel, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Imaginary Friend will lead you straight into the horror of Mission Street Woods, which will leave you only reading in daylight and triple checking the locks on your doors.

“Don’t leave the street. They can’t get you if you don’t leave the street.”

 

Fifty years ago, 6 year old David Olsen entered the Mission Street Woods, and never returned home. Now, fifty years later, 7 year old Christopher and his mum Kate, have moved to a new town, ready to start over, and history begins to repeat itself.

A lot of detail went into this 700+ page story, some a little repetitive at times, but the descriptiveness and the writing style pulled it together well enough that it didn’t bother me that much.

An absolutely thrilling and creepy read, if you enjoy the work of Stephen King, or paranormal, thrilling reads and if you are looking for a spooky horrifying book for October, this would be one of those.

Imaginary Friend is out now.

 

Thank you to Hachette Australia for sending me a copy for review.

Happy reading!

Lizz xx

book review

Rules For Vanishing | Kate Alice Marshall

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Synopsis:

Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?

It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.

Review:

Do you want to know where Lucy went?

 

Follow the road.

 

I followed the road from beginning to end in a day with this and honestly, it was such a creepy, thrilling and amazing read.

We follow Sara as she follows the road to help find her sister Becca, who disappeared, along with the urban legend story that is Lucy Gallows.

Through interviews, evidence and playbacks we find out what happens when they follow the road, and the horror that lies within.

 

For some one who doesn’t mind a bit of thriller/horror reads I really enjoyed this, but if you aren’t such a fan maybe read it during the day.

I don’t know what it was with this book, but I just never wanted to stop reading. The writing itself and the way that the book was set up, kept you wanting more while slowly putting everything together.

 

Now,THE ENDING. I know I’m not the only one but why?! I was flipping the next page thinking there had to be something else. I hope there is a sequel or something, cause I just need to know what happened next.

Overall, a thrilling creepy read which I think would be perfect to add to anyone TBR pile this October and spooky season, and remember, two by two, and never leave the road.

A huge thank you to Georgie at Walker Books Aus for sending me a copy!!

Rules for Vanishing is released tomorrow, October 1st!

 

Until next time,

 

Happy reading!

 

Lizz xx

book review

Wearing Paper Dresses | Anne Brinsden

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Synopsis:

You can talk about living in the Mallee. And you can talk about a Mallee tree. And you can talk about the Mallee itself: a land and a place full of red sand and short stubby trees. Silent skies. The undulating scorch of summer plains. Quiet, on the surface of things. 

But Elise wasn’t from the Mallee, and she knew nothing of its ways. 

Discover the world of a small homestead perched on the sunburnt farmland of northern Victoria. Meet Elise, whose urbane 1950s glamour is rudely transplanted to the pragmatic red soil of the Mallee when her husband returns to work the family farm. But you cannot uproot a plant and expect it to thrive. And so it is with Elise. Her meringues don’t impress the shearers, the locals scoff at her Paris fashions, her husband works all day in the back paddock, and the drought kills everything but the geraniums she despises.

As their mother withdraws more and more into herself, her spirited, tearaway daughters, Marjorie and Ruby, wild as weeds, are left to raise themselves as best they can. Until tragedy strikes, and Marjorie flees to the city determined to leave her family behind. And there she stays, leading a very different life, until the boy she loves draws her back to the land she can’t forget…

Review:

When trying to think of words to some up Wearing Paper Dresses, I think of just two. One being wow, the other being beautiful.

Set in the Australian Outback in Victoria in the 1950’s, Elise, a city girl, along with her country husband and two children return to his home of Mallee. You see Elise trying to fight the stigma of a country town, and the stigma of what a housewife should be in the 1950’s.

Marjorie and Ruby are free spirited and run wild, while struggling to understand and come to terms with their mother’s untreated mental illness, while also just wanting to be kids, growing up and finding out who they really are.

The writing was so beautifully crafted, there were so many parts through out that I could picture myself out in the country, sitting on a bench at night by the fire, I could feel the heat of a hot summers day and humid nights, and the sweet smell of much needed rain, and having not only the people as characters, but the house, Mallee itself, the trees and the red dirt really pulled it together.

From how mental illness wasn’t really heard of, taken seriously or treated properly back then, grumpy grandpas to young love, and showing that when times are tough, people rally and come together and help each other, whether they have a little or a lot which shows that Australian fight and spirit we love so much, Wearing Paper Dresses was a beautifully written and crafted story, one I recommend everybody should read.

Thank you to the amazing team at Pan Macmillan Aus for sending me a copy of Wearing Paper Dresses for review.

ISBN: 978-1-76078-485-0

Imprint: Pan Macmillan Australia

Format: Paperback

Publication: 24thSeptember 2019-09-24

RRP: $32.99AUD

book review

Heartstream | Tom Pollock

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Synopsis:

I just wanted to see you. Before the end. A taut psychological thriller about obsession, fame and betrayal, for fans of Black Mirror. Cat is in love. Always the sensible one, she can’t believe that she’s actually dating, not to mention dating a star. But the fandom can’t know. They would eat her alive. And first at the buffet would definitely be her best friend, Evie. Amy uses Heartstream, a social media app that allows others to feel your emotions. She broadcasted every moment of her mother’s degenerative illness, and her grief following her death. It’s the realest, rawest reality TV imaginable. But on the day of Amy’s mother’s funeral, Amy finds a strange woman in her kitchen. She’s rigged herself and the house with explosives – and she’s been waiting to talk to Amy for a long time. Who is she? A crazed fan? What does she want? Amy and Cat are about to discover how far true obsession can go.

Review:

I discovered Heartstream through bookstagram. There was a fair bit of hype that I noticed, and with that I found it a book that I needed to read.

Sometimes when a book has hype surrounding it, it might not be as good as you thought, but thank the book gods, I was hooked and read it in a few hours – yes, you read that right.

Heartstream is an app that allows people to feel exactly how you feel, by connecting stick pads to the back of your head. I found this just really weird but that’s also what hooked me in.

We firstly follow Amy, a popular heartstream user and broadcaster, who shares her feelings through the app at her mothers funeral, and suddenly a mass amount of followers show up and its just this huge weird kind of thing, and once she arrives home she has this super fan in her kitchen and things just get even more creepy

We then switch to Cat, a teenage girl who’s secretly dating this superstar boy band member while being a member of their fandom, giving you a look at how hardcore and fandoms in general can be and the effects of social media.

We go back and forth between both Amy and Cat, a past/future, present/present, until we get to the part where you need to hold onto your hats ladies and gentlemen – because let me just say, the plot twist in this had me like “oh!” and a possible expletive followed

The only negative I have and I say that very lightly is that I wish the ending had more closure, I felt that it ended suddenly and there was no what happens next. However, since I haven’t read anything from Tom Pollock before, if that is how he usually leaves things then well played sir!

Overall a thrilling and addictive read which will leave you on the edge of your seat until the end.

4/5 stars !

*A huge thank you to Walker Books Aus for sending me a copy of Heartstream to review.