Debut Showcase: January 2018

debut showcase

Since I fell off the blogging bandwagon a couple of years ago, I wasn’t able to keep up with one of my favourite features on my blog. I absolutely love discovering new authors, and I love supporting the YA newbies, so this feature is one of my favourites. I wanted to bring it back this year because I’ve already read some great 2018 debuts, and I hope to read many more! Without further ado, here are the debut authors whose books are out in January.

January Debuts

january 2018 debuts

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert / You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon / Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely /Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed / Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer / Everless by Sara Holland / The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis / Where I Live by Brenda Rufener / Keeper by Kim Chance / Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings / Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann / Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra / Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk / The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson

Continue reading

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic StoneDear Martin by Nic Stone
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 17th October 2017
Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.

This is one that I was super excited for because I was riding on the hype for The Hate U Give and was ready to read alllll of the books on the same (or similar) subject matter. Unfortunately I didn’t really like it. SORRY. Please don’t shout at me. Or do. Whatever. Continue reading

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerUnearthed by Amy Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Unearthed #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 9th January 2018
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race...

Unearthed was sooooooo good! I went into it knowing next to nothing, only that I was in a sci-fi mood and I needed something action packed. This book delivered so hard. It’s set on another planet, and the two main characters basically have to go into an temple and try to find the secrets within. It sounds cliché, but it’s brilliant. The Uncharted/Tomb Raider vibes were real.

Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday: 2018 Travel Plans

wanderlust wednesday

2017 was a great year for travelling. I discovered that I adore Somerset in the UK and would quite happily move there, and I had a fantastic time in both Kos, Greece and Carcassonne, France. I’ve already made a tonne of travel plans for this year and I’m super excited to get this feature of mine moving (finally!) by including all of my plans and findings in my posts. Here are my current travel and holiday plans for 2018.
Continue reading

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Invictus by Ryan GraudinInvictus by Ryan Graudin
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 26th September 2017
Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

I was really excited for Invictus because I’m a sucker for time travel in books and shows, plus the book starts off at a gladiator match in Ancient Rome. What more could I ask for? I was, however, left a little disappointed by the world building, which is a shame.

Continue reading