Book Review – Future Threat

Title: Future Threat (Future Shock #2)

Author: Elizabeth Briggs

Genre: Sci-fi (YA)

Published: By AW Teen on March 1st, 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Six months ago Aether Corporation sent Elena, Adam, and three other recruits on a trip to the future where they brought back secret information – but not everyone made it back to the present alive. But Aether’s not done with her – or Adam, or fellow survivor, Chris. The travelers on Aether’s latest mission to the future have gone missing, and Elena and her friends are drafted into the rescue effort. Now every trip through time reveals new complications, and more lives lost – or never born. Elena and Adam must risk everything – including their relationship – to save their friends.

Thoughts

Note: I received an e-copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

There’s friendships, family issues and an actually believable relationship in here as well, and I enjoyed all of that. The plot got more intricate and the stakes were higher as compared to Future Shock.This was my second series involving time-travel this year and I’ve loved it so far. I felt that this book was better than the first, so I’m eagerly anticipating the third, which I’m hoping will be bigger in scale.

Read the detailed review here.

Recommendations

I recommend this book to fans of sci-fi and time travel, adventure and a strong female main character of colour.

For the music, I didn’t listen to anything while reading, so I don’t have a particular recommendation for this. Any futuristic kind of soundtrack should be a good accompaniment, in my opinion.

To keep your taste buds busy, I’d suggest some cool fusion food with cuisines of your choice to go with the feel of the book. I just had some warm soup because I had a cold.

Links

Book: Website | AmazonGoodreads

Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

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Book Review – In Truth & Ashes

Title: In Truth & Ashes (Othersleves #3)

Author: Nicole Luiken

Genre: YA Fantasy

Published: By Entangled Teen on January 2nd, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

On the True World, Belinda Loring has known from childhood that she must Bond with the son of another noble First Family. But when the ceremonial magic goes disastrously wrong, Belinda becomes a national disgrace. Scorned as Broken, she turns to Demian for help getting revenge on the man who ruined her: the radical Malachi. But the seeds of Malachi’s murderous plans lie buried in Belinda’s past, in the dark days of her kidnapping – a period of which she has no memory. And Demian may hold the key to recovering all that she’s lost – and saving the worlds.

Thoughts

Note: I received an e-copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

Being approved to receive the ARC of the third book is what got me into the series and I’m so glad I did. I honestly didn’t want the book to end and would’ve loved to see more of what happened in the other worlds after the climax. It’s definitely made it to my favourites list. I wish more people would pick this up and give it a chance because it has some amazing characters, fantastic world-building, a superb plot and an easy-to-follow writing style.

Read the detailed review here.

[Check out my reviews for the first book, Through Fire & Sea, here, and the second book, Amid Wind and Stone, here.]

Recommendations

I recommend this book to everyone who can read because, believe me, it is THAT good!

For music, I’d recommend some ambient nature sounds for about 50% of the book to enhance the feel of the setting and the soundtrack of Doctor Strange for the latter half owing to the spectacular world-building.

In terms of food, pick whatever comfort food you love because this will hit you in the feels and the ground will start to shake beneath your feet towards the climax. Mine is a piping hot bowl of noodles.

Links

Book: Website | Amazon | Goodreads

Author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Book Review – In Calabria

Title: In Calabria

Author: Peter S. Beagle

Genre: Fantasy (adult)

Published: By Tachyon Publications on January 16th, 2017

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Claudio Bianchi has lived alone for many years on a hillside in Southern Italy’s scenic Calabria. Set in his ways and suspicious of outsiders, Claudio has always resisted change, preferring farming and writing poetry. But one chilly morning, as though from a dream, an impossible visitor appears at the farm. When Claudio comes to her aid, an act of kindness throws his world into chaos. Suddenly he must stave off inquisitive onlookers, invasive media, and even more sinister influences.

Thoughts

Note: I received an e-copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

It’s a simple narrative, but at the same time comes off as deep and profound. Maybe it is because of the snatches of poetry and the thoughts of the farmer Claudio Bianchi, or the quiet majestic presence of the immortal unicorn. I went into this book without having read any of Peter S. Beagle’s earlier works, but I’d definitely heard of them. Being such a celebrated author in the circles of fantasy literature, I think I expected a lot more than what the book offered me.

Read the detailed review here.

Recommendations

I’d recommend this book first and foremost to animal lovers, those who enjoy good writing and readers of fantasy looking for a tale that is off the beaten path.

In terms of the music, rustic country or folk music would be the perfect accompaniment.

It is best digested with a cup of warm tea and a hint of oregano or Italian basil in the food, so use this is an excuse to gorge on pastas.

Links

Book: Website | Amazon | Goodreads

Author: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Top Three Thursdays #6

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (09/02/17) is: Favourite Books with Blue Covers

I wanted to spread a little bookshelf love with this week’s topic. I’m not a person who owns a lot of physical books even though I’d love to, but have an extensive collection of eBooks. When I was rifling through my small collection, I noticed that I own several books with blue covers. It’s not that I’m biased towards the colour; it seems I might have an unconscious attachment to it. Or maybe all the books I love have blue covers, coincidentally. For this post, although I loved the book and have talked about it in this post, I will leave out the Fantastic Beasts screenplay book because it’s been previously featured on here.

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1. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

3. The Secret to Teen Power by Paul Harrington

What are your three favourite blue books on your shelf? Share them with me if you’d like to.

Book Review – Trapped in Wonderland

Title: Trapped in Wonderland

Author: Dani Hoots

Genre: Fantasy

Published: by Dani Hoots on February 1st, 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Meredith Alice Hughes has found herself falling through a portal and into Wonderland. There, she finds some of her classmates, who are actually fictional characters from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, and they use a potion to make her forget everything. Everything would have been fine, that is, until the White Rabbit tries to murder her and she finds herself in Wonderland once more. Apparently, according to a prophecy, Alice is the only one who can save Wonderland from the Cirque de Rêves, a group that is trying to destroy and takeover the world. Will Alice believe in herself enough to defeat the Cirque de Rêves? Or will she fall victim to the dark thoughts that reside in her heart?

Thoughts

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

This is light-hearted read that fans of Lewis Carroll’s work will certainly enjoy. There is no complex plot or any unexpected twists, but the adorable characters and the magical setting are the strong points of the book. The journey that the main character goes through is something we all need to be reminded of and I believe people of any age group can get something out of this simple tale of magic and friendship.

Read the detailed review here.

Recommendations

I would recommend this book to fans of Lewis Carroll’s original and those looking for a good teenage adventure.

For the music, I listened to the soundtrack of the Tim Burton movie, Alice in Wonderland, which fit the atmosphere of the book perfectly.

Recommended food would be mushrooms and tarts, of course. If you’ve read the original, you know why.

Links

Book: Amazon | Goodreads

Author: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest