Book Teaser: Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

 Book Teaser: Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

 Book Teaser: Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

Book Teaser: Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

 

Recoil by Joanne Macgregor is due for release on 14 May 2016.

I am so fortunate to have an ARC and I can’t put it down. If Recoil is not on your TBR list add it now!

There’s more than one enemy and more than one war. The Game is real. Three years after a series of terrorist attacks flooded the US with a lethal plague, society has changed radically.  – abstract from Goodreads.com

The teasers…

As gently as though I was touching a raw wound, I squeezed back on the trigger. The recoiling rifle stock slammed into my shoulder. A vicious expletive from down the avenue told me I’d hit something.

“What the hell did you do, Blue?” he said. His voice was a mixture of amazement and confusion.
“I took the shot,” I said, closing the distance of the last few metres to Sarge and Leya.

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My full review of Recoil and the sequel Refuse.

Other books by Joanne Macgregor: Scarred, The Law of Tall Girls & Hushed.

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Of Pens and Swords by Rena Rocford 

Of Pens and Swords by Rena Rocford

Of Pens and Swords by Rena Rocford

This is such a difficult book to review. I loved the storyline but not the characters who were stereotypical and lacked depth. Cyra stomps around with a huge chip on her shoulder regarding her missing hand and her sarcasm came across as bitchy instead of a more understandable defense mechanism. Her friendship with Christine appeared to change in a blink from dislike to best friend and nearing the end (no spoilers here) the emotion felt forced.

The story itself is melodramatic and at times trite. The ‘real’ romance was lacking… just that – romance, I did not see the spark between Cyra and Rochan.

On the positive – the cover is beautiful and the font used for the chapter headings is to die for.

The fencing side to the story was brilliant and a refreshing change from stories featuring the more common sports such as football and ballet (except not ballet because I love ballet books!). I am not a sporty person and am often bored by the play-by-play descriptions and explanations of the rules, but the author handled the sport really well, allowing it to shine but not dominate.3 Star

Recommended age: 12+

Title: Of Pens and SwordsOf Pens and Swords by Rena Rocford
Author: Rena Rocford
Published: 21 March 2016
Publisher:
Curiosity Quills Press
Source: ARC

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Seventeen-year-old Cyra Berque wants two things in life: a date with Rochan and a chance to fence at the Olympics. But people with one hand don’t normally fence, and girls with big thighs don’t get the boy. Knowing that she wants to make the Olympics, Cyra’s coach sets her up with another coach, one who could take her all the way to the top, but the new coach costs more. Feeling her dreams slipping out of reach, Cyra agrees to tutor a ballerina with a rich father and a D minus in English. It’s triple the pay and triple the pain. The ballerina isn’t interested in passing classes―she wants Rochan, and she’s promised she’ll turn her D minus into a full-fledged F if Cyra doesn’t help her win the heart of Rochan.     — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a free advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

As I Am by AnnaLisa Grant

As I Am by AnnaLisa Grant

As I Am by AnnaLisa Grant

‘As I Am’ explored many important themes including self-esteem and bullying. But, I felt the author was so focused on these themes that she forgot to allow the story to flow resulting in stereotypical characters flopping around in an unoriginal, predictable storyline that lacked realism – who really forgives/changes their personalities so conveniently?

Long boring descriptions (often including clothes and make-up) and over-explained circumstances left me skim reading at times, desperately hoping that it would improve.2 Star

Recommended age: 14+

Title: As I Am
Author: Annalisa GrantAs I Am by AnnaLisa Grant
Published: 20 March 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace
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“You’re not invisible. You’re invaluable.”

When Kinley Carmichael looks in the mirror, she doesn’t see her blonde-haired, blue-eyed, size 4 twin sister. She sees her dark-haired, brown-eyed, size 12 self. 

Kinley and her twin sister Addison are excited to start their second summer as counselors at The Camp at Lake Hollis. All Kinley wants is to earn enough money to meet up with her mother so they travel the world as professional photographers. All Addison wants is to work on her tan, seduce a boy, and build her fashion budget. And while Kinley and Addison couldn’t be more opposite, nothing has ever stopped them from being the best of friends. 

It’s an especially great summer for Kinley as the official camp photographer and Notre Dame Quarterback Cal Harper showing interest in her. But when poet Miller Conrad arrives and rejects Addison’s advances, showing more interest in Kinley, true colors will shine and the sisters’ bond will be tested. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a free advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

For the Love of Reading

For The Love Of Reading

For the Love of Reading . . .

Any bookworm will have a list of the things they love most about reading. Fanatic Avid readers who take the love of reading to the next level (to consume their identity and (if they are lucky) become their bread and butter) will easily jabber on for hours testing the patience of anyone but a fellow book lover soulmate.

The Escape

I have always fallen head first into story worlds which I find far easier to navigate than real life. I recall three-day-long annual treks to my grandparents’ home near the beach where despite the distractions amazing views I spent every day on the road wrapped up in a book (or six). Packing for holidays meant trying to fit in enough books to ensure I was never without another world to escape to. Painfully shy, the books played the additional role of protecting me from unwelcome conversations.

The Covers

Shallow? Maybe. But I’m the first to admit that the cover determines which books I add to my reading list. I know it’s subjective and that there are many great books with unfortunate covers that I have probably missed, but I have judged the book long before I’ve seen the title, the author or possible content. Unless bribed strongly encouraged books are immediately assigned a category somewhere between hell yes and never.

The Ritual

Before eBooks ruined my life made themselves so useful, I followed a personal a bookish ritual every time I started a new book. Every new (to me) book was held like a precious gem while I admired its cover, contemplated the thickness of the spine, stroked the crisp pages, breathed in the new book smell of ink and paper and read the blurb. The anticipation of the treasure within heightened by the wait.

First Lines

Sometimes, if you’re lucky you’ll find a book that you know is going to be great from the very first few lines. The joy of finding such a treasure where the author seems to be talking directly to you is exceptionally rare. Living between Southern Africa and South East Asia the opportunities to attend bookish events are few and far between. This is probably fortunate for authors with whom I have felt such connection as they’d probably run wailing to the hills in response to my enthusiastic ambushing barely contained fandom.

Browsing

If you have never wasted spent time amongst the books lining the shelves of a library or bookstore (virtual or physical) then you’ve never experienced the bittersweet joy of possibilities. You know you’ll never live long enough to read all the books you want to and you have no idea how to choose which will be next but you find yourself greedily drooling in the anticipation of devouring as many as you can!

Sharing 

My heart sings every time I see someone lost in a book. Wanting to find out what they are reading and wallow in the pleasure of discussing books with other bookish people, I have a hard time stopping myself from intruding. If you catch me staring, please put me out of my misery and initiate a bookish conversation!

Characters

Sometimes, if you’re very lucky you’ll come across a character that will jump out of the pages and into your heart. You’ll know straight away that carrying them with you will forever change how you see the world. For me these characters are rare and so precious I am reluctant to share in case you tell me they meant nothing to you… Don’t read on unless you can agree or keep silent! Park, Verity, Lily, Cath, Zuzana

Fantasy Story Worlds

The pleasure that 3comes immersing yourself into a well-constructed story world where life is far from reality but makes perfect sense within the world itself is something that is exceptionally difficult to put into words. These are worlds that you can easily lose time in. Think Narnia or Middle-Earth.

Titles

I love when I discover within the story the reason a particular title is chosen and of course without titles we wouldn’t have fun constructing book spine poetry.

I know I am not alone in smothering myself with printed pages, what are your bookish pleasures?

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