Who Are You? by Megan Henley

Who Are You crop

Who Are You? by Megan Henley

Who Are You? is a courageous memoir of a horrific hoax and I hope that many are able to avoid a similar fate by the warning. Having said that, this was a very difficult book to like. Several times while reading I wished Ms. Henley had employed a ghostwriter. It was only after I had finished the book that I discovered on Goodreads that she did so in my opinion, there is no excuse for the amateurish, clumsy writing.

Many memoirs are written to give the author an opportunity to express their innocence in the situation and Ms. Henley is portrayed in a good light which gives the story a selfish, unrealistic and subjective edge. It was easy to pick out the parts which were supposed to evoke emotion because they were repeated over and over again while the rest of the book was very slow and drawn out. I felt little of the emotion I may have with a better written book.

I found Ms. Henley’s personality very frustrating. There are many instances where I just could not understand why she made the decisions she did. For example, it is initially made abundantly clear that she was not romantically attracted to Vic  but soon after it seems they are in a  relationship…2 Star

Recommended age: 16+

Title: Who Are You?
Author: Megan Henley
Ghostwriter: Linda Watson Brown
Publication Date:
Who Are You re28 January 2016 
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Source: Review copy

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A dramatic and terrifying memoir of a ‘catfish’ scenario – when a woman meets a man online but nothing is what it seems.

25-year-old Megan Henley put her five-year-old daughter to bed one evening and switched on her laptop. A Facebook ‘friend request’ seemed to be genuine. There were a few common friends and very similar interests, so Megan accepted.

With that one simple act, she changed her life forever. In her words: ‘looking back on it, it was as if I had opened my front door to a stranger, as if I had thrown away every precaution I’d ever put in place, as if I had freely given access to my whole world – all because of some naïve belief that it was ‘just’ a friend request on a social media site.’ Megan is tricked into a relationship, paranoia and ultimately betrayal by the man she loved and trusted but nothing is as it seems.  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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

Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

Recoil is an unpredictable, fast-paced, exhilarating ride. While I have been avoiding dystopia lately, tired of the predictability and lack of originality I am so glad I accepted this ARC from Joanne Macgregor  a well-known, talented South African author whose previous books have been amazing. Recoil did not disappoint in fact I was glued to the book as I rushed to the finish trying to pace myself so it would last.

“In the pause between breaths, in the space between heartbeats, I squeezed the trigger”

Brilliant world building, characters that you’ll wish were your friends and a fresh, exciting storyline that will glue you to your seat. I really hope we will not have long to wait for the second book in this trilogy which promises to be one of the best YA dystopian I have read.5 Star

 

Recommended age: 13+
Title: Recoil
Series: Recoil Trilogy
Author: Joanne MacgregorRecoil by Joanne Macgregor
Publication Date:
14 May 2016
Publisher: Joanne Macgregor
Source: ARC

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When a skilled gamer gets recruited as a sniper in the war against a terrorist-produced pandemic, she discovers 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. 

Sixteen-year-old Jinxy James spends her days trapped at home – immersed in virtual reality, worrying about the plague and longing for freedom. Then she wins a war simulation game and is recruited into a top-secret organisation where talented teenagers are trained to become agents in the war on terror. Eager to escape her mother’s over-protectiveness and to serve her country, Jinxy enlists and becomes an expert sniper of infected mutant rats.

She’s immediately drawn to Quinn O’Riley, a charming and subversive intelligence analyst who knows more about the new order of government and society than he is telling. Then a shocking revelation forces Jinxy to make an impossible decision, and she risks losing everything.   — 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.

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

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