Posts Tagged ‘YA’

Strong Like Me by Laurel Veil

March 18, 2018 - 10:45 am No Comments

Strong Like Me by Laurel Veil
Published 26th June 2014
153 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Jessica is about to turn 16. Having rich parents, she is used to getting what she wants. All she wants in life in a red convertible BMW and a bi party. What she gets is a paranormal visit, but what is the spirit trying to show her.
Jessica was one of the most annoying characters I have read in a long while, she was a proper little rich brat, always getting what she wants and was rude to everyone. Although do not let this put you off the story. As the story continues you get to find out about her so called “amazing life” and by the end of the story I felt sorry for her.
The story is a quick read as there is always something going on. As you follow Jessica on her paranormal journey, you are drawn in to her life and you soon come to realise what her life was really like. There is a similarity to A Christmas Carol as you get to know about her past, present and future, but she is not alone. As I have said I felt sorry for her and whilst I could not condone her attitude, I understood her. The addition of Jed and Amanda showed the true description of friendship and whilst I thought I knew where this story was going there was one revelation I did not see coming.
This is not horror as you are used to but then when A Christmas Carol came out that was also classified as horror. An enjoyable quick read

The Coven Princess by Lily Luchesi

March 7, 2018 - 7:55 pm No Comments

The Coven Princess by Lily Luchesi
Published by CHBB Publishing on 28th February 2018
354 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Harley Torrance was orphaned when she was a young girl. Adopted from the age of 3, she had always been different from other children. She did not know how different until an eccentric visitor came calling and took her to a hidden village in Inverness. There she finds out who she is in the magical community and for the first time has people who love her.
I loved Harley straight from the prologue. Although she was bullied at school, just for being different, she never changed who she was and became a stronger person. Moving to Inverness she embraces her magical heritage and excelled at school. Being a genius at potions, she was still a target for bullies but she rose above them. The relationship with her hosts children helped her in the difficult times and their friendship was really strong, very similar to the friendship in books like the Famous Five.
Running through the story was battle between good and evil and the search for Harley’s dad. Whilst I was hoping for a certain character to be her dad, when it was revealed was let out a cheer.
The story draws you in, the characters come to life as you read this story making you want to carry on reading. Each character has an important role to play in the story and you will love or hate certain characters. The style of writing takes you on a journey spanning 4 years of Harley’s life making this a quick read as there was always something going on. The final scenes were full on so reading the epilogue brought tears to my eyes as it was so beautifully written.
If you are looking for something to fill the gap left by Harry Potter or other magical books then look no further. This a great YA read that will suit the older reader as well. I hope it will not be long for further books in this series.


The Tree of Rebels by Chantelle Atkins

February 14, 2018 - 6:05 pm No Comments

The Tree of Rebels by Chantelle Atkins
Published 8th November 2017
442 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

70 years after the last war, people were surviving. Now living in Provinces, children studied until the age of 14 and then put to work. Museums housed items from the “Old World” like laptops and books. There food was rationed and families were only allowed one child. The majority of people were happy but some knew what the world was like before. Lissie Turner lived in Province 5 with her parents and her 105 year old Great Grandma. Having listened to her Great Grandma talk about the olden days and then finding a dog and an isolated apple tree outside the fence, her curiosity gets the better of her and she starts to ask questions.
The majority of dystopian books I have read tend to have main characters that were older than Lissie and it took me a while to get my head around that she was only 13. She was a curious child and the more she found out the more she kept digging and like most children always had a sense of guilt when she knew she was doing something wrong. Once Ned her best friend found out her secret, she was more determined as he helped her share the guilt and was a true friend who stuck with her.
This was different to many dystopian books I have read as it was a slower pace. I enjoyed that whilst I was reading about Lissie’s life, I was also finding out about her great gran in the “Old World” as Lissie read from her diary and then there were the stories from the Rebels. The action picks up near the end of the book and you are wondering with everything going on can Lissie survive.
For lovers of Divergent and The hunger Games then this is a must read and whilst there is an age suggestion, as an adult I enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to reading Return To The Tree of Rebels.

The Change 1-3 by Guy Adams

October 20, 2017 - 7:59 pm No Comments

The Change 1: London: Orbital by Guy Adams
Published by Solaris on 13th July 2017
122 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

The world has changed, after an appearance in the sky, what it was no one knows. Howard wakes up on the road to London, with no memory of who he is or what has happened. Hubcap comes to his aid after rescuing him from a pigeon attack, where the pigeons had black tentacles. This was the start of a special friendship.
As the story progresses you get introduced to the group that Hubcap lived with and they were a very diverse group. Tank and Tiger leaders of the group were not what you expect and they ideas for Banquet night were ingenious. Whilst they lived in a dystopian world the group have camaraderie and fun. Whilst there are hints to what is attacking the people, it is near the end when the monster is introduced. With its mixture of steampunk and sci-fi, it attacks brutally and without guilt. An added touch was the back story on how the monster developed.
This story is fast paced and from the moment Howard wakes you are captivated, as you want to know what happened to the world. A good start to what is going to be an interesting series

The Change 2: New York: The Queen of Coney Island
Published by Solaris on 13th July 2017
127 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Moving to another country, this story follows Grace as she journeys through New York. Her goal is to get to Rickers island, but she needs the permission from the Queen to cross the river.
Most of the people she encountered on her journey to Coney Island were dangerous and she went out of her way to avoid them, but when she met an eccentric man who thought he was God, her instincts told her was harmless and, yet another strange friendship was formed.
When Grace and God arrived at Coney Island it was like some strange carnival and freak show all rolled into one. The descriptive writing gave you a clear idea on how Coney Island had developed since the change. One favourite scene was Grace’s fine dining on the rollercoaster. The Queen reminded me of the Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland). When Grace had to do her quest in Dreamland, there was something eerie about the place, and as the story progressed you learnt more about the strange group of people that lived there.
This series is just getting better and better

The Change 3: Paris: A City of Fools by Guy Adams
Published by Solaris on 13th July 2017
102 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

The 3rd in the series and we are whisked off to Paris. Loic is a homeless man living in the sewers. Since rescuing Adrian a young boy, he has someone else to look after and at times he fears the responsibility. There is a strong bond with everyone who lives in the sewer and they all watch out for each other. As well as trying to feed everyone living there, they also must protect themselves from the Impressionist, a very colourful liquid monster. It was not till Adrian was kidnapped do we find out more about these monsters. However, they were not the only weird creatures roaming around Paris, Loic also comes across an eccentric opera singer and her partner. The sadistic owner at the Grand Guignol had an audience to entertain and plenty of people wandering around to become unwilling victims. Written from Loic POV, you could sense his loneliness and despair with the world. Some of the scenes were darker than the first 2 books and I felt that with this book the style of writing change. Whilst there were quite a few minor characters, the author just glanced over them and whilst Loic story was interesting there was not the backstories that the other 2 books had.
Each story can be read as a standalone book. They are a quick read and with each book you will either have a favourite character or monster. Whilst reading these stories, I was amazed at the authors imagination. With a mixture between dystopian, horror, Sci-Fi and fantasy, these will please teenager and adults alike. There are a further 3 books in this series

Dalysian Hope by Jamie Summer

July 28, 2017 - 9:27 pm No Comments

Dalysian Hope by Jamie Summer

Published 20th March 2016

421 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

What would you do if you started hearing strange noises and get awaken by mysteries creatures trying to kill. This is the dilemma that Sophia Evans has, all she has been told was to follow her instincts and she will know who to trust. Fleeing for her life she is drawn in to a magical world that will see her fight for her life and is she the one to save a race.

As a 17 year old, Sophia was very independent and I think that was due to the fact that she had lived by herself for quite a few years. When she met Ren and Ash she was like every hormonal teenager and I was shocked that she did not scream when they appeared in her bedroom. As her powers were revealed she handled it very well, as  the stronger she got and as more of her purpose was revealed, she was even more determined to do her best. The two men in her life were completely different. Ren was all serious and had a sadistic feel to him whilst Ash was all flirty and fun loving, Despite their differences, when Sophia was in danger they both were there to protect her.

I loved that no-one would give Sophia the complete story, only snippets of what she need to know and as a teenager you could feel Sophia’s frustration, from a reader’s perspective this added mystery to the story as I was always second guessing the author and did not know what to expect. The story flowed easily and the suspension was building to the final scene. With more of her history explained at the end it leads nicely into book 2. This is perfect for young teenager and adults alike. A good start to a fantasy series with a difference