Short Story Review: Finding a Voice by Jeffrey Hollar

Finding a Voice is a wonderful collection of dynamic stories, it is a collection that will leave you wanting more.

“No author writes in a vacuum. Everything we see and everything we do is fodder for a story. Everyone we know and anyone we associate with influences out process and our product in ways both too subtle and too monumental for me to ever hope to explain.”

Finding a voice
Finding A Voice is the material realization of one writer’s quest to find his place, to establish his identity, to find his niche in the ever-expanding world of independently-published literary offerings.”

~Goodreads.com


WHAT DID I THINK?

Finding a Voice offers an eclectic selection of wonderfully written short stories by Jeffrey Hollar. The range includes stories written both in the first person and the third person, he manages to place himself in a massive variety of situations resulting in dynamic and believable stories. The stories are only a few pages each making them perfect to read in short moments like when you have a break at school or work.

There are stories in the collection that are truly touching like ‘Beautiful Princess Dreams’ (which made me cry) and ‘From Wheat to Rice: An American Tragedy’, there are magical stories like ‘Shifter’s Quest’ (Which made me want to be Jaldana!) and ‘Wonderland’s Call’ (Which I definitely want to hear more about…). Hollar also writes some really surprising stories like ‘Urban Outdoorsman’ with a twist that you won’t want to miss!

I loved reading Finding a Voice, the only ‘criticism’ I can think of is that I wish some of them were full length books, I want to read more about some of Hollar’s characters. This book is a fantastic taste of Jeffrey Hollar’s outstanding writing and has left me thirsting for more of his work.

WHAT IS MY RATING?

I’m giving Finding a Voice five stars, it’s a fantastic collection of short stories with a brilliant range of voices throughout.

I would recommend this to teens and adults, I think there’s something in it for everyone.
If you enjoyed Tales by the Tree: An Anthology of Holiday Flash Fiction or Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Unexpected Fairytales you’ll enjoy this collection.

5stars

WHERE CAN YOU GET IT?

You can get Finding a Voice on Amazon in eBook and Paperback here: Finding a Voice

Learn more about Jeffrey Hollar and his writing here: http://www.jeffreyhollar.com/

Visit Jeffrey Hollar’s Facebook page: Jeffrey Hollar Facebook

Find out more about the Visionary Press Collaborative here: http://www.visionarypresscoop.ws/

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Book Review: Seal Island Trilogy by Sophie Moss

Sophie Moss’ enchanting trilogy is filled with mythical creatures and excitement. A modern day adventure intertwined with real life situations, this romantic trilogy will have you on the edge of your seat. This trilogy had me captured from the very first page.

Seal Island Trilogy

The Seal Island trilogy consists of ‘The Selkie Spell‘, ‘The Selkie Enchantress‘ and ‘The Selkie Sorceress‘. Giving you each story from a different perspective this series keeps you engaged throughout.

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THE SELKIE SPELL

“Tara’s eyes met his across the deck. “How can you not know the ending? All legends have endings.””

“In this modern-day fairy tale romance, American doctor Tara Moore’s life is transformed when she travels to an enchanted Irish island and discovers she has the power to break a 200 year old curse. At first, Tara laughs off the villagers’ speculation that she is descended from a selkie–a magical creature who is bewitching the island. But when a ghostly woman appears to her with a warning, Tara realizes it was more than chance that brought her to this island. Desperate to escape a dark and dangerous past, Tara struggles against a passionate attraction to handsome islander, Dominic O’Sullivan. But the enchantment of the island soon overpowers her and she falls helpless under its spell. Caught between magic and reality, Tara must find a way to wield both when a dangerous stranger from her past arrives, threatening to destroy the lives of everyone on the island.”
~Goodreads.com

WHAT DID I THINK?

13020731The Selkie Spell brings Irish mythology to life combining the very real story of a woman running from her abusive husband with the absolute beauty and wonder of the selkies. Moss’ flawless writing enchants and keeps you hanging on at every page. She takes obscure Irish folklore and makes it so real and believable that you can truly believe this place exists.

This story of Tara is one of escapism followed by hope and love, Sophie Moss manages to find that fine line between clichéd romance and glaring fairytale and has created a wonderfully beautiful story that combines pain, love and magic.

THE SELKIE ENCHANTRESS

“Caitlin’s gaze fell to where a single white rose had bloomed overnight in the dead of winter, ice water dripping from its frozen petals.”

“In this modern-day fairy tale romance, Irish islander, Caitlin Conner, has been in love with professor of Irish folklore, Liam O’Sullivan, for as long as she can remember. But just when he’s starting to look at her as more than a friend, a mysterious woman arrives on Seal Island and captures his heart. As Caitlin discovers the truth behind the woman’s lies, she realizes Liam is trapped in a dangerous enchantment and the only way to break the spell is to uncover a secret Irish fairy tale that has remained hidden for hundreds of years. But when the petals of a white rose grown in winter start to fall, the legend is set in motion. And Caitlin must find a way to change the ending before the last petal falls.”
~Goodreads.com

WHAT DID I THINK?

The Selkie Enchantress tells the intriguing story of Caitlin, a character who was part of the enchanting sub-plot in The Selkie Spell. This book explores deep, dark secrets. Secrets that didn’t want to be found.13559398

In the first book the magic was kept very subtle, this book involves a lot more myth and magic. Despite this, the story is still very real and nothing seems forced. Moss has managed to write a steamy romance without making it ‘tacky’.

You really can lose yourself in the depths of the seal island and its mythology, you’ll find yourself connected with the characters, good and ‘bad’. Excited at every turn of the page and completely entranced. The Selkie Enchantress was definitely my favourite of the trilogy.

THE SELKIE SORCERESS

“”I think,” she said, lifting her amber eyes to his, “that you have a knack for finding people who don’t want to be found.””

“American detective Sam Holt has a knack for finding people who shouldn’t be found. When his last case almost killed an innocent woman, he swore off detective work forever. But when that same woman asks him for one last investigation–to find her husband’s long lost mother–Sam cannot refuse. Clairvoyant Irish artist Glenna McClure will do anything to stop Sam, even if it means teaming up with a powerful sorceress who she knows she cannot trust. But when the petals of a mysterious night-blooming rose begin to turn black, Glenna realizes that an even darker force is at work. To protect the people she loves, Glenna will have to face a terrible curse that has haunted her all her life before the final petal fades to ash.”
~Goodreads.com

WHAT DID I THINK?

17564484The Selkie Sorceress takes us to the story of Sam Holt, the detective from The Selkie Spell, and Glenna, the mysterious friend of both Tara and Caitlin. Here you learn of deep secrets put across in such a wonderful way by Sophie Moss. This book keeps you guessing and ties everything together brilliantly.

I was thrilled with this conclusion to the trilogy and I only wish it had been longer! Moss tied in the Irish folklore and modern storyline flawlessly and it was an utter delight to read.

I love the way Sophie writes and I can’t wait to read her new romance ‘Wind Chime Cafe’.

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WHAT IS MY RATING?

My overall rating for the Seal Island Trilogy is five stars. Sophie Moss combined such different elements to create a wonderful mixture of the old and the new.

I would recommend this to young adults and adults. It is a truly beautiful read but there are sexual references (extremely tastefully written, but they are there).
If you enjoyed Stardust by Neil Gaiman or The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard you’ll love this.

5stars

WHERE CAN YOU GET IT?

You can get Book 1: The Selkie Spell in eBook or Paperback here: The Selkie Spell
Book 2: The Selkie Enchantress is available here in eBook or Paperback: The Selkie Enchantress
And you can get Book 3: The Selkie Sorceress in eBook or Paperback here: The Selkie Sorceress

Find out more about Sophie Moss and her new book Wind Chime Cafe here: http://www.sophiemossauthor.com/

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Book Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Stardust is the perfect book to bury yourself in and escape reality with. This elegant fairytale is filled with beauty and wonder, it is well worth the read.

“‘Well,’ he said, ‘f’r example, if they ask where you’ve come from, you could say “Behind me,” and if they asked where you’re going, you’d say “In front of me.”‘”

818478Stardust is the story of a boy, or rather, it begins with the story of a boy and moves on to the story of another boy and a star.

“One fateful night, Tristran promises his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star for her from beyond the Wall that stands between their rural English town (called, appropriately, Wall) and the Faerie realm. 

No one ever ventures beyond the Wall except to attend an enchanted flea market that is held every nine years (and during which, unbeknownst to him, Tristran was conceived). But Tristran bravely sets out to fetch the fallen star and thus win the hand of his love.”
~Goodreads.com

WHAT DID I THINK?

Stardust is a stunning fairytale full to the brim of wondrous beings and unmatched story-telling. Written in the vein of The Princess Bride (which I have yet to read but the film is wonderful) Gaiman has created the realm of Faerie within our world; filling it with the creatures of our imagination. Faerie is populated by everything we could imagine that cannot exist in our world.

“‘Because,’ announced Tristran, ‘every lover is in his heart a madman, and in his head a minstrel.'”

I didn’t realise Stardust existed as a book when I watched and loved the film but when I discovered the book I had to read it and I’m so glad I did. This book adds an entirely new, magical perspective to Stardust, there is an underlying beautiful sadness that you don’t get in the film. A subtle expression of magic and wonder.

“‘Perhaps we could arm ourselves,’ said Tristran.
‘Arm ourselves?’
‘Before they come.’
‘Before they come? Why — they’re here, you puddenhead. It’s the trees themselves. We’re in a serewood.'”

Gaiman’s magical prose is phenomenal, his characters fantastically built. Even the evil characters aren’t plain evil, there are more sides to each and every character. This dark fairytale is more than your traditional fairytale, it’s realistic and beautiful.

I look forward to reading more from Neil Gaiman and I can’t believe I hadn’t read his work before!

WHAT IS MY RATING?

Stardust gets all five stars from me, the beautiful prose in this fantastic fairytale left me yearning for more.

I would recommend this to teens and adults, there is a sexual scene, although wonderfully written and tasteful (and probably wouldn’t be recognised by a child). There are also scenes of gore.
If you love The Princess Bride by William Goldman and The Neverending Story by Michael Ende this is the book for you.

5stars

WHERE CAN YOU GET IT?

You can get Stardust in eBook or Paperback from Amazon: Stardust on Amazon

Find out more about Neil Gaiman and his work visit: http://www.neilgaiman.com/

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Short Story Review: Burn by Daniel Swensen

I love a good short story to read when I don’t have much time, but I love a short story that leaves me thirsting for more is even better and that is just what Daniel Swensen’s ‘Burn‘ did for me.

“”I don’t think you’re getting me, Alexa,” he says. “The Project can give you your life back. They can also take it away.””

16179602“Alexa Bernell can do what no one else can — or so she thought, until the Omen Project found her. Shaped by drugs and brutal training, she was their weapon. Until she got loose.

Haunted by the memories of what she’s done, Alexa ran. Now the Project is hunting her. They’ve sent Cav, her friend, her lover, and her only confidant, to bring her back — no matter the cost.

If she ever wants to be free, she has to kill him.”
~Goodreads.com

WHAT DID I THINK?

Burn is a fantastic short, it left me craving more about Alexa —her history, her future — I wanted to know everything, I still do. Alexa is a wonderful anti-hero, she has a history that Swensen hints at in her flashbacks giving just enough to tease. Unlike many short stories, Burn is compelling and full of action, keeping you reading and wishing for more.

At a tiny 20 pages, this one is a very fast read allowing you to read it on a break at work or whenever you have a little spare time and, after falling into Alexa’s dystopian world, lets you return to work with it lingering in your mind. 

Swensen’s writing is refined and engaging, this small preview of his work has left me desperate for another fix of his enticing words.
I’m actively looking forward to reading his upcoming release ‘Orison’ and I hope to read more about Burn’s ruthless anti-hero Alexa in the future.

WHAT IS MY RATING?

Burn gets five stars from me, I couldn’t put it down and I can’t wait to read more of Swensen’s enthralling work. I always love the opportunity to read a preview of an author’s work, in a case such as this it makes me excited to read anything else the author as written.

I would recommend this short to older teens and adults. Alexa is wonderfully bad-ass, a fantastic character.
If you enjoyed ACID by Emma Pass or Moth Girl versus The Bats by Michael Wombat you’ll love Burn!

5stars

WHERE CAN YOU GET IT?

You can get Burn in eBook from Amazon: Burn on Amazon

Learn more about Daniel Swensen’s upcoming release Orison here: http://ninemusepress.com/books/orison/

Visit his Facebook page here: Daniel Swensen
Or his website: http://danielswensen.com/

See more from Nine Muse Press here: http://ninemusepress.com/

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Book Review: ACID by Emma Pass

I was looking for a shiny new dystopian novel to read and I found a truly fantastic one in Emma Pass’ ACID. I loved the action and excitement, this was one that I couldn’t put down.

“‘What’re you in here for, anyway?’ he mumbles thickly, spitting red froth.
[…] I lean down until our faces are so close we could kiss.
‘I killed my parents,’ I murmur, and watch his eyes go wide.”

coverIn the year 2113, Jenna Strong is the sole female in an all-male prison.

Why is she there?

She killed her parents.

ACID is the brutal police force of the IRB (Independent Republic of Britain) “They rule with an iron fist. They see everything. They know everything.”
When a rebel breaks Jenna out of prison, she learns to keep ahead of the opposition. Her and her rescuers fight against all odds to keep her hidden.

“They have taken her life, her freedom, and her true memories away from her. How can she reclaim anything when she doesn’t know who to trust?”

WHAT DID I THINK?

ACID was full of dynamic imagery and a compelling story. The dystopian society reminded me a little of Matched by Ally Condie but more dangerous and exciting.

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Jenna was a strong –see what I did there?– character, just how the heroine of a YA dystopian fiction should be: feistybadassawesome… Although I was a little disappointed by the romance of this story, it seemed somewhatout of place. More on that later.

I loved that the rebellion was realistic in that they made mistakes and did stupid things just as would happen in real life, it was also nice to read a dystopian YA based in the UK where I actually understand where they are and where they’re going.

*SPOILER BELOW*

More on the romance aspect of ACID.
I have yet to read an awesome YA dystopia that doesn’t have an oddly placed romance.

Jenna’s romance with Max just didn’t sit right for me, she seemed to be very protective over him and I would have loved if he had been, perhaps, a few years younger and the relationship had been more of a protective older sister/younger brother one which would make complete sense because he is the son of the man who saved her from prison. It would be only natural for her to feel some sort of maternal instinct towards him.
As it was, I found Max tiresome, immature, and quite frankly, a bit of a wuss. I couldn’t see Jenna being so taken by this –in my mind– skinny, nerdy boy after being this hardcore chick who could hold her own in prison with a bunch of sleazy men!

*END OF SPOILER*

ACID compelled me with its thrilling twists and turns, I never knew where the story was going. The first-person perspective allowed us to know only what Jenna knew, and the frustration I felt was reflected in the character of Jenna which really added to the dynamics of the novel.

I love Emma Pass’ writing and I cannot wait to read her next book ‘The Fearless’ when it’s released.

WHAT IS MY RATING?

I’m giving ACID four stars I didn’t like the romance and there were a few points that seemed a little convenient in the second half of the book. I loved the first half and the storyline though.

I would recommend this to all teens and adults alike. It’s a dynamic, exciting novel which I loved.
If you enjoyed Matched by Ally Condie but you’re looking for something a little more dangerous or if you loved The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins, you really will love ACID.

4stars

WHERE CAN YOU GET IT?

You can buy ACID in paperback or eBook from Amazon: ACID on Amazon

You can also get it in Waterstones: ACID in Waterstones

Find out more about Emma Pass’ next book ‘The Fearless’ (to be released April 2014) here: http://www.emmapass.com/p/my-books.html

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Short Story Review: Lavender by Paul Ramey

After reading and reviewing Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire by Paul Ramey I was eager to download his FREE short, Lavender. An introduction to the upcoming sequel of Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire. At only 60 pages this is a great one to read if you only have half an hour or so.

“”I do got somethin’ heyah, though. Somethin’ wicked strange, if ye ask me. Thought ye could shed some light.””

20643180“”Lavender” is a FREE Edgar Wilde short story, available exclusively on the Nine Muse Press website as an ebook download here.

This little tale falls after the first novel, “Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire,” and before the currently-in-progress second novel in the series! Some groundwork is laid here for future plot lines, including the introduction of a new character or two.

Parts of the “Lavender” short story first appeared in their original form as part of an Edgar Wilde contest run on Facebook during October 2013. Each week a new mystery “artifact” object was posted, with participants submitting their best guess as to what each one was. A new character based on the grand-prize winner would be written into the “Lavender” story being written by the author as the contest proceeded, as well as will continue as a significant character in a future Edgar Wilde novel.

Nine Muse Press and Paul Ramey heartily congratulate the grand-prize winner of the October 2013 Artifact Contest ~ Mr. Bryan Snowden!
~Goodreads.com

WHAT DID I THINK?

I read and loved Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire and thoroughly enjoyed reading a little about the aftermath and our new curator, Amos Jones. Lavender was somewhat interactive as it was intertwined with the previously mentioned competition on the book’s Facebook page, it was fun being able to look back on the page at the objects being described!

Victorian Posy Holder for a tussie-mussie.
Victorian Posy Holder for a tussie-mussie.

I love the character of Amos Jones already and Ramey captures his eccentricities and accent perfectly. Just like with all the characters of Edgar Wilde, they develop wonderfully.

At only 60 pages this was the perfect length for my moments of boredom when I need something to read. I love to have a few short stories on my Kindle to read in between longer books and this one really lived up to my expectations. It leads well into the next book, which I am also eager to read, introducing some new characters and laying the groundwork for an exciting story.

WHAT IS MY RATING?

Lavender gets four stars from me, this short was fun and interactive. I would have liked a little more action but there’s only so much you can pack into 60 pages! I loved being able to get my Edgar Wilde fix while I wait for the next book.

I would recommend this to children, teens and young adults, it’s a great way to introduce new characters ready for the next book.
If you enjoyed Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire by Paul Ramey or Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, get your mitts on this!

4stars

WHERE CAN YOU GET IT?

Lavender is available for FREE exclusively on Nine Muse Press as an eBook: http://ninemusepress.com/lavender-an-edgar-wilde-short/

Visit the Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire Facebook Page.

See more from Nine Muse Press here: http://ninemusepress.com/

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Book Review: Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

Ashes, Ashes was full of potential and really interested me from the onset. Unfortunately that interest waned and rather than being a fantastic, wonderful book it became a good book with great potential.

“There’s something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.”

Ashes-Ashes“A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl’s unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.”
Ashes, Ashes is the post-apocalyptic story of Lucy, a young girl left to fend for herself in Central Park after a plague wiped out 99% of the population.
After being chased by a pack of hunting dogs Aidan, a mysterious boy, saves her. She joins his group of survivors and finds she needs to adapt to their teamwork based lifestyle. Lucy soon discovers there is a worse danger when the Sweepers start taking people and realises they’re looking for her.
What is special about her? Will she survive for much longer? 

WHAT DID I THINK?

At the beginning of Ashes, Ashes I was enthralled and excited about what would come. The concept was different and had so much potential. The story opens with Lucy living her life of solitude after a disease had wiped out 99% of the population, we see her fending for herself and surviving. This opening was interesting to me, I hadn’t read anything quite like it and I’d hoped for so much more from it. Unfortunately the story spun downhill for me once she found civilisation apparently not too far from where she was living. I had hoped to read a very different post-apocalyptic story about Lucy and her life alone but that isn’t what I got.

Ring around the roses
A pocketful of posies
Ashes, ashes
We all fall down
~ englischer Kinderriem, Verfasser unbekannt

After the first third of the story I wanted action and excitement but everything seemed a little too… safe… for me. If you know me, you know I don’t like a ‘safe‘ story. I found the book a little dull and slow throughout, it wasn’t for me but I won’t slam it because I’m sure it’s something that a lot of people would love.

I think Ashes, Ashes could have been ten times better if Treggiari had omitted the rather odd love triangle. I really want to read a YA fiction without some pointless romance. Why can’t a feisty young girl go it alone or even simply make great friends? Why the romance..?

This book had real potential, I loved the idea of the disease (although I wish more was made of the S’ans…) and the way the remaining people had banded together. Seeing how Lucy had survived for the past year was fascinating and I love that she’d thought to loot a survival manual!
All in all Ashes, Ashes was a good book but it really should — and could — have been better.

WHAT IS MY RATING?

Ashes, Ashes gets three stars from me. I was only going to give it two but it picked up at the end and would have been better if I was better at concentrating on somewhat slow story-lines.

I would recommend Ashes, Ashes to teens and young adults. Although it is a little slow it does have its exciting parts and would be good for people who can pay more attention that me.
If you liked ‘The Maze Runner’ by James Dashner or ‘Allegiant’ by Veronica Roth this could be for you.

3stars

WHERE CAN YOU GET IT?

You can get Ashes, Ashes in paperback or eBook here: Ashes, Ashes on Amazon

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Book Review: The Death Cure by James Dashner

Finally we have my thoughts on the final book in the Maze Runner trilogy, The Death Cure.

The Death Cure was an interesting one, it kept me reading but seemed to have less action than book two. I wanted it to answer all the questions I had but it just didn’t…

“I don’t think there is a right or wrong anymore. Only horrible and not-quite-so-horrible.”

61FoV2P8eqL._SL1000_The Death Cure continues the story right where we left of in The Scorch Trials, this time the trials are over but Thomas finds himself with a whole new problem.

“Thomas knows that WICKED can’t be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they’ve collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It’s up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.

What WICKED doesn’t know is that something’s happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can’t believe a word of what Wicked says.

The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.
Will anyone survive the Death Cure?”

~Goodreads.com

WHAT DID I THINK?

I wanted to love the conclusion to this trilogy, I really wanted to but I just didn’t. It seemed a bit…boring. The Death Cure took a long time to become involved in. There were some parts that kept me reading and really were brilliant but for the most part I was unimpressed.

I found Thomas tedious and angsty, he annoyed me a lot in The Death Cure where in the other two books he seemed far more interesting. I think this book may have been better if it hadn’t needed to live up to its action-filled predecessor. The Death Cure was far slower and, perhaps, more political. maze_runner___the_death_cure_by_carpet_crawler-d4rzl7g

There were action scenes, albeit few and far between, but they were exciting and compelling just like they should be. Those scenes are the only reason this book will get the rating it’s getting from me.

I was utterly disappointed that all the questions that had arisen throughout the books were not answered.

– SPOILER BELOW –

Who was Chancellor Ava Paige? Why did she help? Where did she go? What about the rest of the world? Where did the immunes even end up? What happened to Rat Man? Why on earth didn’t Thomas get his memories back so we could see what had happened? I honestly can’t imagine not wanting to know why I did what I did even if it was a horrible memory!
None of this is answered and that drove me mad.

– END OF SPOILER –

I did, however, absolutely love the character of Newt. I found the scenes that involved him — especially as they reached the end — touching and wonderful.

The book ends on a rather anticlimactic point and felt somewhat unfinished.

I also didn’t like the love triangle. Some day I’d love to read a fantastic dystopian novel without a pointless love triangle… It can be done, it’ll just take a wonderful writer to do it!

WHAT IS MY RATING?

The Death Cure is getting a generous three stars purely because of the action, it did compel me in some areas, and Newt’s story. I wanted this book to be better than it was and I really hoped it would at least begin to answer all those questions.

I would recommend this to younger teens and teens. I just wish Dashner had done away with the love triangle.
If you loved Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari or Divergent by Veronica Roth you’ll probably enjoy this.

3stars

WHERE CAN YOU GET IT?

You can get The Death Cure in eBook or paperback from Amazon: The Death Cure
You can also get the trilogy box set here: The Maze Runner Trilogy

Find out more about this series here: http://jamesdashner.com/books/maze-runner-series/

To see my review for The Maze Runner visit: https://bekahshambrook.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/book-review-the-maze-runner-by-james-dashner/
To see my review for The Scorch Trials visit: https://bekahshambrook.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/book-review-the-scorch-trials-by-james-dashner

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Book Review: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

This time I’m going to tell you what I thought of book number two, The Scorch Trials.

This book was better than The Maze Runner by far. The story is very different due to the fact that the setting is entirely different. In contrast to my two star rating of book one, I loved this one.

“When they’d settled into bed last night, everything had seemed good and safe. Yeah, maybe this was worse, to have that suddenly taken away.” 

scorch trials ukThe Scorch Trials is the second book of the Maze Runner trilogy and continues its story where The Maze Runner left off, the boys have escaped the Maze but now face a far worse terror. Their trials are far from over and so begin the Scorch trials. WICKED continues to manipulate the Gladers using mind tricks and hellish real-life nightmares. They are told they have been infected with the ‘Flare’ — a debilitating mental disease that turns the infected into zombified, blood-thirsy ‘cranks’ — and that they must fight their way through the all by abandoned Scorch and make it to the ‘Safe Haven‘ in order to receive the cure.

In The Scorch Trials Thomas and the Gladers undergo horrific weather conditions, fight biotech grotesques, run from ‘cranks‘ and lose friends.
Can Thomas survive in such a violent world?

WHAT DID I THINK?

Thrown into the action right from page one, The Scorch Trials is infinitely better than its predecessor. Thomas can’t catch a break even when he thinks he’s safe. To me, this book reads more like a zombie story with the ‘Flare‘ disease, I welcomed the new found action after the slow, boring, almost too safe life in the Maze.

This book kept me reading with its constant danger, and lack of conveniences which was something that had really annoyed me in the first book. If I hadn’t had to put it down to go to work I would have finished it in only a few hours, it was engaging and compelling.

The use of fake swear words still annoyed me but they were used less in the ‘real world’ so they were easily ignored. The_scorch

I liked the character of Brenda (what’s with the old fashioned girls names though?) she seemed feisty and handled herself well although I was suspicious of her most of the way through. Theresa became less likeable and I became more suspicious of her as this book progressed but I do feel she should have been more of a main character in The Scorch Trials.

The Scorch Trials is a book to make you think, it makes you wonder if human beings could really go to such lengths in desperation.

I think this is the best of the trilogy and it was worth persevering with The Maze Runner just for this sequel.

WHAT IS MY RATING?

I’d give this book four stars in contrast to The Maze Runner’s two. This book was more compelling and more exciting, the twists and turns were interesting and kept me thinking.

I would recommend this book to teens and young adults purely because it was much more interesting than the first one and therefore is more likely to keep an older reader gripped.
You’ll like this if you enjoyed the Dead Sea Games by J. Whitworth Hazzard or Divergent by Veronica Roth.

4stars

WHERE CAN YOU GET IT?

You can get The Scorch Trials in eBook or paperback from Amazon:The Scorch Trials
You can also get the trilogy box set here: The Maze Runner Trilogy

Find out more about this series here: http://jamesdashner.com/books/maze-runner-series/

To see my review for The Maze Runner visit: https://bekahshambrook.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/book-review-the-maze-runner-by-james-dashner/
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o see my review for The Death Cure visit: https://bekahshambrook.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/book-review-the-death-cure-by-james-dashner/

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