Book Review; Coral – Sara Ella

There is more than one way to drown…

Page Count 384

 Publication date November 2019/ Publisher Thomas Nelson

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Synopsis

Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease, said to be carried by humans—emotions. Can she face the darkness long enough to surface in the light?

Above the sea, Brooke has nothing left to give. Depression and anxiety have left her feeling isolated. Forgotten. The only thing she can rely on is the numbness she finds within the cool and comforting ocean waves. If only she weren’t stuck at Fathoms—a new group therapy home that promises a second chance at life. But what’s the point of living if her soul is destined to bleed?

Merrick may be San Francisco’s golden boy, but he wants nothing more than to escape his controlling father. When his younger sister’s suicide attempt sends Merrick to his breaking point, escape becomes the only option. If he can find their mom, everything will be made right again—right?

When their worlds collide, all three will do whatever it takes to survive, and Coral might even catch a prince in the process. But what—and who—must they leave behind for life to finally begin? Continue reading “Book Review; Coral – Sara Ella”

Book Review; Disasters Children – Emma Sloley

As the world dies, a woman must choose between her own survival and that of humankind.

Page Count 315

 Publication date Nov 2019/ Publisher Little A

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Synopsis;

Raised in a privileged community of wealthy survivalists on an idyllic, self-sustaining Oregon ranch, Marlo has always been insulated. The outside world, which the ranchers call “the Disaster,” is a casualty of ravaging climate change, a troubled landscape on the brink of catastrophe. For as long as Marlo can remember, the unknown that lies beyond the borders of her utopia has been a curious obsession. But just as she plans her escape into the chaos of the real world, a charismatic new resident gives her a compelling reason to stay. And, soon enough, a reason to doubt—and to fear—his intentions.

Now, feeling more and more trapped in a paradise that’s become a prison, Marlo has a choice: stay in the only home she’s ever known—or break away, taking its secrets of survival with her.

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Book Review; The Furies – Katie Lowe

How Far Would You Go For Acceptance?

Page Count 352

 Publication date October 2019/ Publisher St Martins Press USA

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Synopsis;

In 1998, a sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on her boarding school’s property, dressed in white and posed on a swing, with no known cause of death. What happened to her? And what do her friends know? To find out, it is necessary to go back to the beginning.

The school is Elm Hollow Academy, an all-girl’s boarding school located in a sleepy coastal town, with a long-buried grim history of 17th century witch trials. A new student, Violet, joins the school, and soon finds herself invited to become the fourth member of an advanced study group, led by the alluring and mysterious art teacher Annabel.

Annabel does her best to convince the girls that her classes aren’t related to ancient rites and rituals, and that they are just mythology. But the more she tries to warn the girls off the topic, the more the girls start to believe that magic is real and that they have the power to harness it.

Violet quickly finds herself wrapped up in this addictive new world. But when she comes to learn about the disappearance of a former member of the society, one with whom Violet shares an uncanny resemblance, she begins to wonder who she can trust, all the while becoming more deeply entangled in her newfound friendships.

Was it suicide, or a foul play more sinister? How far will these young girls go to protect one another…or to destroy one another?

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Book Review; The Grace Year – Kim Liggett

Survive The Year…

Page Count 416

 Publication date October 2019/ Publisher Wednesday Books

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No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden. 

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive. 

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other

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Book Review; The Hive – Barry Lyga & Morgan Baden

Going Viral Just Got Deadly!

Published by Kids Can Press

Released Sept 2019

Page count 418

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Cassie McKinney has always believed in the Hive.

Social media used to be out of control, after all. People were torn apart by trolls and doxxers. Even hackers – like Cassie’s dad – were powerless against it.

But then the Hive came. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble, get too many “condemns,” and a crowd can come after you, teach you a lesson in real life. It’s safer, fairer and perfectly legal.

Entering her senior year of high school, filled with grief over an unexpected loss, Cassie is primed to lash out. Egged on by new friends, she makes an edgy joke online. Cassie doubts anyone will notice.

But the Hive notices everything. And as her viral comment whips an entire country into a frenzy, the Hive demands retribution.

One moment Cassie is anonymous; the next, she’s infamous. And running for her life.

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Review:

An absolutely fantastic read!
A terrifying look at modern day vigilantism born from online trolling.
In a time where one wrong comment can (and often does) ruin a person’s entire life The Hive gives us a look behind the curtain, what happens when you make that split second mistake?

When Cassie makes a joke in poor taste with the hope of trending online she becomes the ‘condemned’. But for a misdeed usually punishable by public humiliation, Cassie instead finds herself at the centre of a political plot on a scale she could never have imagined.

Happily there wasn’t too much coding jargon in this book, just enough for me to believe in what I was reading. When we first start getting into the creation of the Hive I thought ‘uhoh, they’re gonna lose me here!’ but even this simpleton followed and understood it easily.

My heart was in my throat whilst Cassie and the Ohm attempt to evade The Hive mobs and the police, those rapid pulse-pounding action scenes were my favourite parts of the book. I can think of nothing scarier than being hunted out in the world with no refuge.

Cassie made a fantastic protagonist, they really nailed the teen angst. Her inability to communicate her emotions openly and the constant underlying anger and pain of bereavement made Cassie belligerent and disconnected her from all those around her.
Cassie wasn’t always likeable which made her more authentic and added depth.
I really sympathized with her mother who was unable to do right from wrong.

Tish, TonyStark and RedDread were brilliant as the righteous opponents of Hive mentality. Their unwavering moral compasses and commitment to ending internet-led corruption was uplifting, especially given our current social climate.

The only minor issue for me was inclusion of an instalove plot. I felt it unnecessary and a little too cheesy for my liking. However, as someone who prefers to ignore romance in this type of story it probably bothered me more than it would other readers so I just glossed over it.

It seemed as though the end was set up for a sequel but for me this book works perfectly as a stand alone.

The entire concept of The Hive was honestly terrifying. In a world where the most heinous actions are somehow becoming legal, this fictional future is not as inconceivable as I wish it were.

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I received an ARC of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.