by Michael R. FletcherGenre: Fantasy Release Date:
16th June 2015 Publisher: Harper Voyager Source: Publisher Add it: Goodreads Rating:
Faith shapes the landscape, defines the laws of physics, and makes a mockery of truth. Common knowledge isn't an axiom, it's a force of nature. What the masses believe is. But insanity is a weapon, conviction a shield. Delusions give birth to foul new gods.
Violent and dark, the world is filled with the Geisteskranken—men and women whose delusions manifest, twisting reality. High Priest Konig seeks to create order from chaos. He defines the beliefs of his followers, leading their faith to one end: a young boy, Morgen, must Ascend to become a god. A god they can control.
But there are many who would see this would-be-god in their thrall, including the High Priest’s own Doppels, and a Slaver no one can resist. Three reprobates—The Greatest Swordsman in the World, a murderous Kleptic, and possibly the only sane man left—have their own nefarious plans for the young god.
As these forces converge on the boy, there’s one more obstacle: time is running out. When one's delusions become more powerful, they become harder to control. The fate of the Geisteskranken is to inevitably find oneself in the Afterdeath.
The question, then, is: Who will rule there?
This is going to be an incredibly short review. Not even a review, really, just more of a brief explanation as to why I couldn’t make it past the first fifty pages. Spoiler: It was the writing style. It was all very bland. We were thrown into this world with little explanation, and then we were told what the characters were doing. Not shown. Told. And they weren’t doing anything interesting either, just talking a lot about a load of nonsense. The German names and words were also off-putting. I didn’t like it.
by Gregg RosenblumGenre: Science Fiction Release Date:
January 7, 2014 Publisher: HarperCollins
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A war between humans and robots is on the horizon, and only one side will survive.
Siblings Nick, Kevin, and Cass are struggling to survive in a world where deadly, sophisticated robots have turned on their creators and enslaved mankind. Fugitives from one of the bot-controlled Cities, the siblings venture into the woods, but when they are attacked by bot foot soldiers, the siblings are separated...and for the first time, they are on their own.
Created in conjunction with Alloy Entertainment; Howard Gordon, showrunner of 24 and Showtime's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Homeland; and James Wong, writer-director of the Final Destination films, Fugitive X is the gripping next installment in the cinematic Revolution 19 series.
Despite the fact that I thought Revolution 19 was a fairly average read, I was still excited to check out the sequel. The ending of Revolution 19 opened up a lot of possibilities for the sequel, and I wanted to see where the characters could go next. But Fugitive X was a book that I just couldn’t get into, no matter how hard I tried.
by L. J. AdlingtonGenre: Fantasy Release Date:
November 5, 2013 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Source: Publisher Add it: Goodreads Rating:
TWO NATIONS AT WAR. ONE GIRL CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE.
Rain Aranoza is a teenage bomber-pilot from Rodina, a nation of science and fact ruled by the all knowing Aura, where the belief in witches or any type of superstition is outlawed. Rain's regiment is made up of only teenage girls and their role is vital to the war effort against the Crux, a nation of faith and belief, where nature and God are celebrated and worshipped.
But Rain is struggling with another battle. She's always had a sense that her nature is different from everyone else's, and that a dormant power threatens to burst out of her.
When she encounters a young Scrutiner she falls in love with him, but is torn between what she has been taught is right, and what feels right. As her understanding of her latent power grows, the enemy threatens both her friends and her love. She can no longer ignore the power but she must choose how she uses it ...
But what will she lose in the process?
It’s probably best to jump straight into this, and tell you the reason that I stopped reading. Well, on page 13, “the most beautiful boy I’ve ever seen” showed up. Yeah. Page 13. After that, I knew this book would just be about the romance, like so many YA books are, so I must admit that I didn’t try very hard to get into it.
You see, I was expecting this to be a book driven by tough female leads, and, like I have heard about Code Name Verity, that the relationship between the Night Witches would be the most important part. I wasn’t interested in any guy showing up, especially if he was the most beautiful boy ever. Just, please, shut up.
Well, how as that for the shortest review ever? I think this might be a new record. Basically, don’t promise me a book about badass women, and then throw in a romance that is clearly going to turn into instalove within the first thirty pages.
The Burning Sky
by Sherry ThomasSeries: The Elemental Trilogy #1 Genre: Fantasy Release Date:
September 17, 2013 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Add it: Goodreads Rating:
It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.
Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he's also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.
But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.
I was very excited to read The Burning Sky, because I had heard great things coming from earlier reviewers. Everyone said that it was a fantastic fantasy novel with great world building to boot, but unfortunately I did not get the appeal. Continue reading
Gameboard of the Gods
by Richelle MeadSeries: Age of X #1 Genre: Dystopia Release Date:
June 4, 2013 Source: Bought Add it: Goodreads Rating:
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.
When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.
My heart is broken, guys. I can’t believe I just put down a Richelle Mead book. What has my life become? Anyway, I do have a few reasons for not being able to finish this one, and you’ll find those below. To put it briefly, I didn’t like it. To elaborate a bit more, I wasn’t a fan of the characters. Which is awful because normally I am in love with at least a couple of Mead’s characters in her books. I had two favourites in the Dark Swan series, and Vampire Academy was packed full of awesome characters. Agh, what happened with this one? Continue reading