Book Review: Shatter

Shatter (Glitter, Bk. 2) by Aprilynne Pike Random House, 2018, 373pp. Trigger warning: This book contains disturbing thematic material that may be unsuitable for all ages. I finally finished the duology that is Glitter, and I can say that as a reader, I appreciate that the story can be summed up in two books, rather [...]

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Book Review: Glitter

Glitter (Glitter, Bk. 1) by Aprilynne Pike Random House, 2016, 367pp. Trigger warning: This book contains instances of self-harm. No matter what you are going through, you don't have to be alone. Reach out to someone near you that you trust. Ask for help to get through your situation. Don't abuse yourself. In an alternate [...]

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross (Steampunk Chronicles #2)

Character List from The Steampunk Chronicles series: Finley Jayne - a former ladies' maid whose dual natures of light and darkness battle for dominance. The darkness manifests itself as extraordinary strength, combat abilities and an attraction to danger and the criminal world. Griffin King - an orphaned duke with unlimited financial resources at his disposal. [...]

Fiendish Schemes by KW Jeter (Infernal Devices #2)

In 1987, K.W. Jeter coined the term “steam-punks” to refer to the cyberpunk variant of literature that he, and others, had begun to write, novels set in an alternate Victorian England with advanced steam technology. Considered one of the founding fathers of steampunk, it is only now that Jeter has returned to the genre, picking [...]

The Elite by Kiera Cass (The Selection #2)

Cover Design: I absolutely adore the crown emblem used in both books’ titles.  It conveys ‘beauty pageant’ and ‘contest’ without saying anything else.  Book covers should tell the story for you before you crack the cover open.  This one tells me that this fiery-haired beauty (who we learn is America Singer) is in a competition [...]

All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen

Labyrinth basements, talking animals and abandoned automatons are a few of the wonders waiting at Illyria College for the next generation of Her Majesty’s best scientific minds. Illyria’s closed-door policy means that Violet Adams, a promising scientist, cannot set foot inside, until she decides to impersonate her twin brother, Ashton. Hijinks ensue as Ashton and [...]

The Selection by Kiera Cass (The Selection #1)

In The Selection we are introduced to America Singer, who comes from a musical family and is in one of the poorest castes imaginable, a Five.  Although America is in love with Aspen Leger, a Six, marrying below your caste as a female is not only frowned upon by society, it dooms you to a [...]

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games #3)

What can I say about Mockingjay, the third and last act in the explosive Hunger Games Trilogy ... it's a piece of work. Catching Fire Spoilers!! [spoiler]Katniss and Peeta have survived the Quarter Quell but Peeta is now (essentially) a prisoner of war in the Capitol, tortured and used to talk down Katniss and District 13 from the [...]

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games #2)

During the tour, we are reunited with Effie, Haymitch and Peeta, Cinna and the fabulous fashionistas, and we meet some of the past winners including the cunning Finnick. This year is the 75th annual Hunger Games and as a special treat, the contestants this year will be drawn from each district's pool of past winners. [...]

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games #1)

A friend first told me how great the Hunger Games was and I dismissed it, prematurely, as a YA novel, much in the same vein of Twilight as fantasy YA books goes.  I couldn't have been more wrong. The country is divided into the capital (based in the Rockies) and thirteen districts, each in charge of [...]