Posts Tagged ‘YA’

Eve of Man by Tom Fletcher and Giovanna Fletcher

May 30, 2018 - 9:44 pm No Comments

Eve of Man by Tom Fletcher and Giovanna Fletcher
Published by Penguin on 31st May 2018
408 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

50 years where only boys were born. The earth is in trouble, then an unlikely couple have a miracle. Eve the first girl born. Living in a dome to protect her, is she the answer to save the world.
Bram, pilot and son of one of the powerful men in the EPO. He has know Eve for a long time thanks to high tech technology.
But what if they both want something different?
Eve lived a lonely life, whilst she lived in beautiful surrounds and had the “Mothers” with her throughout her growing up, she had no one of her own age. What she learned was from archives and watched 24/7. Her only companion was Holly an AI. Even though she had a sheltered life, she was wise to the EPO tricks. As she grew up she started to question her existents and the reason behind her imprisonment.
Bram was one of the pilots of Holly. Being the son of one of the big bosses, did not go down well with some of his team. But he was good at what he did. However when he began to get to close to Eve and question authority, he had to make a stand.
With an unique storyline, this story captured my attention from page 1. As the story progresses you find out the character’s history and even though Eve and Bram had not officially met, they had a similar background. Bram was a strong character and this was probably due to his abusive father. His true leaderships skills comes to force further in the book. The relationship between Eve and Bram was innocent and sweet and you want to carry on reading to see how their friendship developed. Whilst some of the mothers’ history was revealed in the story, I would like to know about the them as they remind me of a group of nuns.
Like any dystopian story, you have the downtrodden and this book is no different. The Freevers are a group of people that are not happy with the situation with the EPO. Wanting to free Eve, they work in the shadows for their cause. Whilst technology plays a big part in the story, the authors managed to blend some lower tech into the mix, so look out for a Rubiks cube the bane of many 80s child’s life. The book has a steady flow to it, and the action builds up to a dramatic climax which leaves you wanting more.
Although this book is written by two authors the style of the writing makes it impossible to tell who had written what. This book is ideal for young and old alike and if you are looking for your first dystopian novel this will be a perfect read. Be warned this does finish on a cliff hanger and I hope that I do not have to wait to long for book 2. A great start to this series.

Ever Shade( A Dark Faerie Tale Book 1) by Alexia Purdy

May 7, 2018 - 8:14 pm No Comments

Ever Shade( A Dark Faerie Tale Book 1) by Alexia Purdy
Published by Lyrical Lit Publishing 24th October 2012
282 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Shade like most teenagers had the usual worries, what was she going to do after high school, would her best friend ever stop getting into trouble and what where the voices in her head. Whilst walking home from school, the voices lead her to an abandon warehouse and the start of an adventure.
At the start I felt that some of the plot did not make sense. Getting drawn into a magical battle and then being introduced to a lightening faerie, most girls would have freaked but Shade took it all in her stride and followed him to the Faerie world. However once I got past that I did enjoy the story. Shade at times showed her vulnerable side which proved that she was not completely comfortable with the task at hand and the news about her heritage. Going on a quest enables the author to introduce us to all different type of faerie folk and I liked that each clan had different powers. It also helps you learn more about Shade and the speculation of her ancestry.
The story is like a rollercoaster and at times it was a good job that Shade was not 100% human as she would have been dead as soon as she walked out the cave. Soap and Jack add some fun and whilst they are older they sometimes act like proper teenage boys. With the addition of Dylan, there is a hint of a love interest and I cannot wait to see how she explains his appearance to her mom
Whilst this is a good introduction to the series there is still a lot of questions unanswered and I hope that some off them will be in answered in future books. This is ideal for teenagers and anyone who likes the faerie folk

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.

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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.