Posts Tagged ‘YA’

Snowbound by Maria Alexander

September 11, 2018 - 7:39 pm No Comments

Snowbound by Maria Alexander
Published by Ghede Press on 8th September 2018
151 pages

I read Snowed back in December2016 and I have been waiting with anticipation to see if Aidan survived being kidnapped by his dad St Nick. Continuing with the story, we find out what happened to Aidan.
Imprisoned by his sadistic father, he lives his days being tortured by his dad and Charity’s brother Charlie who did not need any excuse to torment Aidan. The only thing keeping him strong is his love for Charity. Charity on the other hand has got a job with Volertech, an organisation making high tech gadgets for the government. Whilst she spends her days working with technology, she ponders how to rescue Aidan and kill his dad.
The story is told using alternate POVs, this helps the story flow quickly as I got to know Aidan and Charity actions. The story was more intense as they both had risks to take, putting their lives in danger. Charity had her old friends beside her which did help her with the pressure of what she had to do. Judy had hardened as due to her loss she was out for revenge and Michael and Ricardo were one of the cuties couples I had read about in a while. What surprised me was evil Charlie had become and I could see how he thrived on St Nicks attention.
Whilst I had waited awhile for book 2, I got back into the story straight away. This was a page turner and whilst YA, adults will also love this story. This story explored mythology and turned it on its head. The addition of the Gods added another level to the story and there were times when it all looked hopeless for Aidan.
The twist at the end left it on a cliff hanger and I hope that book 3 is in the pipeline as I want to see if Aidan and Charity will survive. Another good book and a great story.

Trapped in Room 217 (Haunted States of America) by Thomas Kingsley Troupe

September 3, 2018 - 6:51 pm No Comments

Trapped in Room 217 (Haunted States of America) by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
Published by North Star Editions on 30th August 2018
110 pages

Jayla and Dion were on break from school. When their dad had to work in Colorado they thought it would be one great adventure. Little did they know that they were staying at the Stanley Hotel, one of the most haunted hotels in the area.
Jayla and Dion were typical children they were curious and looking for adventure, so when a ghost made an appearance in room 217, they were up for investigating. Plus, if it got Jayla out of maths homework than that was even better.
This story is perfect for children and adults who want a gentle ghost story, with its atmospheric feel to it, you got instantly drawn into the story. As I was reading this, Jayla and Dion reminded me of my own children and I did wonder what they would have done in that same situation.
A special touch was this hotel and room exists and if I lived in the Colorado I would definitely pay a visit. This was a quick read and I read it in one sitting. I am curious where this author will take us on his next haunted visit.

Dragon Lightning by JS Burke

August 20, 2018 - 2:12 pm No Comments

Dragon Lightning by JS Burke
Published by Lind Press on 10th October 2016
266 pages

Arak has once again returned to the seas, this time to find the mythical Ice Dragons. Accompanying him on his journey, is fellow dragons healer Dorali and Taron and his best friend and octopus Scree with her mate Orm. Drakor is an Ice Dragon, he has a talent of predicting danger, but when his clan dismisses his warnings, he goes off to look for proof. Injured and weak, can the dragons escape the volcano.
It’s been awhile since I read Dragon Dreamer, but as soon I started reading this book, I was transported straightaway back to the ocean. Drakor was so like Arak, ridiculed by his clan for being different. However, when he was found by Arak, he found a kinship. Seeing Arak a highly thought of member of his group, gave Drakor hope.
With the pending eruption from the volcanoes, this story is one big adventure. Arak and Scree are working to deadline to rescue their families, but it does not help that other species are working against them and Scree must put all her cunningness to use to survive. The addition of the Ice dragons enables the author to add different dragon skills to the story and you get to learn just how more powerful they are and the uphill struggle Drakor must convince them to move.
The idea of reading is to take you to another world and this story does that 100%. I got so involved in the story that I forget that I was reading about creatures as they are so human. The fine details add depth to the story and the picturesque scenes help you visualise how beautiful the ocean is.
As like Dragon Dreamer this will be perfect to read to your young ones as a bed time story but will be enjoyed by all ages.
I hope that Arak’s adventures continue

Seasons Within: Nature has its own will by Lele Iturrioz

August 16, 2018 - 12:07 pm No Comments

Seasons Within: Nature has its own will by Lele Iturrioz
Published by Acorn Publishing 1st December 2016
282 pages

What if you wandered out of a forest, 6 years old and no memory of who you are. G was that girl, 12 years on she still lives in the orphanage with her best friend Priyam. However, things soon change when a new teacher starts at school and G soon learns more about Mother Nature.
Whilst there quite a few books out there with a similar theme, this book had something different. G had not got the perfect life, with an unusual name and an odd birthmark, she was a target for bullies. However, she loved her life, having a strong affiliation with animals, she thought it was nothing having animals following her home. The only strange thing was she had a tree called Bobby. Priyam was a true best friend, a bit of a geek, she was very protective over G and would fight her battles for her at school and when the time came for G to leave, Priyam thought nothing of packing her bags and going with her.
As you read this story you are following G on a journey of discovery. As she learns more about her former life and her predicted future, you see her take everything in her stride. There were times when things did not go to plan and it was funny seeing how she had to adapt. Being with the Six was the closest thing she had to a family and as each had a different element, it was interesting to see what they did with their gifts. There is a budding love interest but there are choices G needs to make. Each of the Six had their own characteristics and I enjoyed how even though they were all different, they were really close. Hunter was one of the Six I want to know more about and I hope that we get to learn more about their history further in the series.
The author had descriptive style that made even the boring actions like setting up camp more magical and you could imagine being with G. This is a perfect book for fantasy lovers and as it is YA can suit all ages. The story captured me from page one and I was transported into an animated adventure. I have now picked up book 2 so I can carry on the G’s adventure.

The Survival Game by Nicky Singer

July 27, 2018 - 9:38 pm No Comments

The Survival Game by Nicky Singer
Published by Hodder Children’s Books on 26th July 2018
384 pages

Global warming is affecting the world and Mhairi Anne Bain is with her parents in Sudan. But when they get asked to leave the country, Mhairi ends up on a journey that puts her life in danger.
The majority of the story follows Mhairi as she is tries to get to her Grandma’s house in the Isle of Arran in Scotland. However, throughout the book more of Mhairi’s perilous journey from the Sudan is revealed. Whilst I was reading this story I kept forgetting that she was only 14 as the things she had done made her seem so much older. To stop her getting further hurt, she had put up a wall, but once she found the young orphan boy she began to soften and even though it was only slight she did begin to care. The relationship between Mhairi and Mo was perfect and was just like being brother and sister.
Not only did Mhairi had to worry about getting home, the political problems was also a concern and the author added an interesting concept for culling the population. People could only live till 74, you could give away years to someone you love or get them taken off you if you do wrong. All this was recorded in your papers, which were more valuable than gold. If you lost your papers you were more likely end up in a detention centre.
The story is evenly paced. The tension is built up near the end as more is known about Mhairi’s past and as I was reading this I wanted to shout that she was a child and that she should be treated as a child. I am not going to say much about the end but I am still thinking about it know whilst I am writing this review. The story was beautifully written and I am going to recommend this to all my friends who like a dystopian read.
This story will make you think about the what ifs especially as here in the UK were are getting a very unnatural heatwave and global warming is mentioned more on the news. A good dystopian read, which even though it is tagged for children, is a good read for teenagers or adults alike.