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The Passengers by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 @DelReyUK #AudioBookreview #ThePassengers

Hello bookie buddies!!

I woke up this morning thinking it was Friday, when I woke up and realised it was only (insert any day here except Friday ๐Ÿ˜‚) I was bitterly disappointed! – This is me Every. Single. Day

So in true grumpy style I decided to start another audio book, and this was the one I picked up.

Why Did You Pick It Up Vicci?

This will be the 4th book of John Marrs that I have read, and it certainly won’t be the last.

I love the way that he builds the story, and that you get really invested in the characters lives. And I’m super excited about his book “The One” that is soon to be a major Netflix series.

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My Thoughts

๐”น๐•ฆ๐•”๐•œ๐•๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•ค๐•–๐•๐•— ๐•š๐•Ÿ ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐•’ ๐•“๐•ฆ๐•ž๐•ก๐•ช ๐•ฃ๐•š๐••๐•–!

Set in a not-too-distant-future, Britain is now seeing self-drive cars on our roads every day, they are the saviour of our highways, as they help the environment, as well as cutting down traffic jams, they can see possible problems ahead, so will take alternative routes.

You can just get in the car, and relax, maybe sit and read the daily paper, maybe finish putting on your make-up, or because the windows turn opaque and let you play videos, you can sit and scroll through Facebook and Twitter on the way to work…Sounds great right?

And it is, everyone has embraced the future, except some, some people really don’t like these cars at all!

Libby is one of these people, she is called for jury duty, but not for what you think, these juries consist of just one member of the public, and they are held in secret to discuss accidents involving Driverless cars, and also to determine who (or what) is at fault.

Headed by the obnoxious MP Jack, the trial is in full swing when the hacker joins the conversation, and he makes it clear very quickly who is in charge!

You see, it turns out that the cars that “could never be hacked” actually could be, and the hacker will show you what happens when you do not pay attention.

A live feed has been set up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram showing the courtroom and all of the Jurors, it also shows the random 8 people that are now stuck in their cars and are all driving to the same location, the exact location, meaning that they will all crash…but the hacker will allow one person to live, who decides that….Oh…it’s you!!

A wonderful read with a scary look into our near future.

Mr Marrs, I think Ron Weasley said it best:

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About The Book

๐˜Œ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง-๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ. ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด? ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ.

‘๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ’ ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข ๐˜๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜Š๐˜“๐˜–๐˜š๐˜Œ ๐˜›๐˜– ๐˜๐˜–๐˜”๐˜Œ

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ-๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜‰๐˜“๐˜ˆ๐˜Š๐˜’ ๐˜”๐˜๐˜™๐˜™๐˜–๐˜™ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜๐˜Œ๐˜™ ๐˜“๐˜ˆ๐˜š๐˜› ๐˜”๐˜–๐˜๐˜Œ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜›๐˜๐˜Œ ๐˜–๐˜•๐˜Œ – ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜น ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด.

๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง-๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ: ๐˜ข ๐˜›๐˜ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ, ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต, ๐˜ข ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ – ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ – ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ. ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ?
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Until the end of the World by Sarah Lyons Flemming @SLyonsFleming @justjuliawhelan #Audiobookreview #PostApocalyptic

Hello book friends,

I’m super happy to bring you a review for a new series that I think is going to keep me busy for a while as I couldn’t tear myself away from it.

Sorry for being MIA for a while, Real Life bitch-slapped me in the face for a while and I kind of got stuck in a bit of a slump!

But I think I’m back and ready to make up some lost time (and reviews!)

Why did you pick it up Vicci? 

Well, I saw lots of people talking about this book in a Facebook group that I am in, and you know how I don’t like to be left out of anything!!

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Well, I have found myself a new series to binge, I can’t wait to read the next one in this series, I was on the edge of my seat for most of it.

A genre that I wouldn’t usually read was being banded around on a FB group that i am in, then I heard the narrator, Julia Whelan…..and I was invested.

I promptly bagged the who series on KU and upgraded the Audio’s for ยฃ3.47 each!!! what a bargain!

Told in the POV of Cassie, we see her in her home town of New York, there seems to be some sort of “flu” epidemic that is sweeping the city, so people are being quite cautious, but until she gets a call from her friend explaining that people are dying and there is no cure does she really start to worry.

Her friends tells her to get out of town immediately, so her and her friends try and do just that, except it turns out that the people that are dying from this epidemic, have not done being dead yet!

This was such a great story, I was so invested in all of the characters, and they were all brilliantly narrated by the awesome Julia Whelan, one of my favourite narrators, ho bought every one of them to life in my head.

This is not a gory book, there is a little gruesome talk, but nothing too bad, if you liked The Walking Dead then you will probably like this, as it is about a group of people trying to survive.

Try it, You never know, you might like it!!

Book 1 is only ยฃ2.49 on audio or free on KU, what have you got to lose?
Until the End of the World – Book 1

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About the book 

Until the End of the World
By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Series: Until the End of the World, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
Publisher: Podium Publishing

Cassie Forrest isn’t surprised to learn that the day sheโ€™s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, sheโ€™s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: sheโ€™s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk.

Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parentsโ€™ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too. This is difficult enough, but Cassieโ€™s tag along ex-boyfriend and her friendโ€™s bratty sister have a knack for making everything, even the apocalypse, more unpleasant.

When the two attract a threat as deadly as the undead to their safe haven, Cassieโ€™s forced to see how far sheโ€™ll go to protect those she loves. And itโ€™s a lot farther than sheโ€™d anticipated. This, coupled with Adrianโ€™s distant voice on Safe Zone Radio and, of course, the living dead, threaten to put Cassie right back into the funk she just dragged herself out of. Survivalโ€™s great and all, especially when you have leather armor, good friends and home-brewed beer, but thereโ€™s something Cassie must do besides survive: tell Adrian she still loves him. And to do that, Cassie has to find faith that sheโ€™s stronger than she thinks, sheโ€™s still a crack shot and true love never dies.

 

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The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind by Jackson Ford @orbitbooks @Netgalley #NewRelease #JacksonFord

Hello Book Friends,

I’m excited to bring you a new super fun book that is going to hit the shelves in a couple of weeks.

Why did you pick it up Vicci? –  Ummm have you seen that title???

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My Thoughts

This was such a fun read, it follows the main character Teagan, who has Psychokinesis or PK for short, so she can indeed move shit with her mind.

Tegan works for the Government, who send her on secret missions, simply because she is able to do things that other people can’t.

But all in all Tegan is a young girl, she thinks her abilities are cool, but that’s really about it, she wants to be able to drink beer and have a good time, she really isn’t that bothered about working for the Government, but she does know what will happen to her if anyone ever found out what she can do, so she does the bare minimum, much to her teams frustration.

Tegan’s real passion, is food, and not any old food, she really wants to own a restaurant, and her dream is to eat in every swanky place she can to get ideas for this, but this is just a pipe-dream.

The last job that she took on with her team didn’t go according to plan, and now a body has turned up, but he could only have been killed with powers the same as Tegan’s, she is adamant that she didn’t do it, but her team-mates are not so sure, so she is given 24 hours to prove her innocence before she is reported.

A really fun read, I loved Tegan, she was funny and sometimes really really stupid, but i think that made her more likeable.

A crazy ride that drops you right in the centre of it on the first page, you will never get bored with this story, some great characters and a bit of a cliffhanger that makes you think that book 2 will probably be coming your way soon!

**Many thanks to Orion Books and Netgalley for my copy of this book**

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About the Book

For Teagan Frost, sh* just got real.

Teagan Frost is having a hard time keeping it together. Sure, she’s got telekinetic powers — a skill that the government is all too happy to make use of, sending her on secret break-in missions that no ordinary human could carry out. But all she really wants to do is kick back, have a beer, and pretend she’s normal for once.

But then a body turns up at the site of her last job — murdered in a way that only someone like Teagan could have pulled off. She’s got 24 hours to clear her name – and it’s not just her life at stake. If she can’t unravel the conspiracy in time, her hometown of Los Angeles will be in the crosshairs of an underground battle that’s on the brink of exploding . . .

Full of imagination, wit, and random sh*t flying through the air, this insane adventure from an irreverent new voice will blow your tiny mind.

    

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green @hankgreen @orionbooks @audibleuk #AudiobookReview #YoungAdult

Hello book-lovers,

I’m so happy to be sharing my review for this wonderful, absolutely remarkable read!

Oh how I loved this book!

Why did you pick it up Vicci?? 

I’d seen it here and there all over BookTube and people seemed to be loving it, so I thought “what the Hell” and watched my new credit fly away….sob!

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My Thoughts

How many times have you thought to yourself I wish I was famous? How many times have you thought that all of your troubles would go away if you were?

How about being famous by accident?

This story is being told by our main MC 23 year old April May, who while wandering through NYC one night spies something that she doesn’t remember seeing there before.
Being super quirky and arty, she does the only thing she can think of at this time in the morning, and excitedly calls her best friend Andy.

Andy isn’t too happy about being woken up at 3am, but of course he goes along to see what April May is so excited about, and when he gets there, so is he.

A huge statue has appeared in the middle of New York, and no-one seems to be paying it much attention, April May is astounded about how much work has gone into this statue, and there is no artist name attached to it to give any credit.

Andy has his own YouTube channel where he uploads random videos, the natural response is for them to make a silly video of this, so April “interviews” the statue, names him Carl, and Andy later uploads the video.

The next morning, it seems that the video has gone viral, and April May is hot-stuff due to there not being just one Carl, oh no, that one is just New York Carl, there are also Carl’s in cities all over the world, and it also seems that they all appeared at the same time, and Carl seems to be the name of choice, i.e Beijing Carl, Buenos Aires Carl, Tokyo Carl etc.

But April and Andy are the original Carl discoverers, and fame is instant for them.

April has to deal with fame with the whole world watching, and I really do mean the whole wide world!

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Narrated by Kristen Sieh with a cameo by the author, who both did a fantastic job, I will definitely be looking out for book 2 and more by Kristen.

Until I was about 2 or 3 hours into this book I had no idea that Hank is the brother of the super duper famous John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars!

Comparing both authors is inevitable, but Hank held his own, and dare I say it, even manages for me to slightly outshine his brother **ducks the flying objects**

Happy Reading

Vicci

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About the book 

An Absolutely Remarkable Thingโ€ฉBy: Hank Greenโ€ฉNarrated by: Hank GreenKristen Siehโ€ฉLength: 9 hrs and 25 minsโ€ฉRelease date: 25-09-18โ€ฉPublisher: Orion Publishing Group

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., 23-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship – like a 10-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor – April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life.

News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world – everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires – and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the centre of an intense international media spotlight. Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are but what they want from us.

Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social Internet is changing fame, rhetoric and radicalisation; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring from the same dehumanisation that follows a life in the public eye.

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Posted in Audiobook Review, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Scythe by Neal Shusterman @NealShusterman @audibleuk #AudiobookReview #YoungAdult #SciFi

Hello literary lovers!

I’m super pleased to bring you a review for this fantastic YA book, from the master himself.

Why did you pick it up Vicci? –  Neal Shusterman always seems to write the best books, it always has a little ‘what if’ in there, and he always makes you sit back and think, could this really happen?

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My Thoughts 

Another brilliant read by Mr Shusterman, who is becoming one of my favourite YA authors, his stories are always new, unique and interesting.

Set place in the future, us humans have managed to eradicate disease, ageing and even suicide, they have even put a stopper in death itself!

Obviously if you cannot die then the world would become over populated, this is where the Scythes come in.

Scythes are death, they are trained in the art of death, you don’t know when it will be, but one day while you are sitting around the table having your evening meal with your family, or on the way to work on the bus, or driving your car, you will be met, and killed by a Scythe!

But who chooses who is going to die?, well the world is now being run by an AI called The Thunderhead, the Scythes are instructed and they will find you to “Gleen” you, the only way that you can actually die, or they can randomly choose someone, after all they do have targets to meet!

Because of this the Scythes are treated as celebrities, they will never have to wait in line, or pay for their meals, they are waited on hand and foot, presumably to try and get a pardon from them.

After finding a couple of teenagers that Scythe Faraday deem to be suitable for apprenticeships, Rowan and Citre have big decisions to make, do they take the job, do they want to be killers? If they do then they can get immunity for their family, but it is a big gamble to take, because only one of them can be a Scythe, so what happens to the loser?

I loved the world building in this story, and Shusterman always plants the ‘What if’ seed into all of his stories, they make great BookClub reads.

๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽง – Brilliantly narrated by Greg Tremblay, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series

Happy Reading

Vicci x

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About the Book

Scytheโ€ฉBy: Neal Shustermanโ€ฉNarrated by: Greg Tremblayโ€ฉSeries: Arc of a Scythe, Book 1โ€ฉLength: 10 hrs and 32 minsโ€ฉPublisher: Audible Studios

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end lifeโ€”and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scytheโ€”a role that neither wants. These teens must master the โ€œartโ€ of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

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Posted in Audiobook Review, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch @blakecrouch1 @audible_com #AudiobookReview #JonLindstrom #SciFi #Thriller #Mystery

Well this fancy little mindfluff was certainly something that I didn’t see coming.

Why did I pick it up? – Well, if you know me at all you will know that I cannot let everyone have all of the fun, I saw this book being read, reviewed and enjoyed all over the place…..That was my queue to jump into that madness, and what a ride it was!

Jason has a great life, he is married to the woman of his dreams Daniela, and they have a fantastic 15 year old son Charlie.

Did his life go the way he planned it? Not really, he didn’t see himself as a Physics Professor at a college, and his wife Daniela didn’t see herself giving up her budding art career to be a housewife, but they are happy with the choices they made, I mean who ever manages to get there ultimate dream?

Jason pops out one evening, to quickly say congratulations to his buddy at a bar as he has just won a prestigious award, Daniela tells him that dinner will be ready for him when he comes back, and to grab some Ice cream for her. He does exactly that.

Except he gets back to the car, only to be held up by a masked gunman, who makes him drive at gunpoint to the middle of nowhere, just before he promptly bonks him on the head, the man asks him โ€œAre you happy with your life?โ€

After eventually waking up with a sore head, Jason finds he can’t move, looking around he finds that he is strapped to a gurney, surrounded by people in hazmat suits, asking where he is, he is told โ€œWelcome back, my friend.โ€

Jason doesn’t understand what is going on, he tries his best to get back to his wife and child, but the thing is, he was never married to Daniela, and Charlie was never born, even stranger than that, Jason is a celebrated genius who was the person to discover the impossible!

๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽง – Narrated by Jon Lindstrom, this crazy clever little Sci-Fi book had me sitting on the edge of my seat multiple times.

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About the book

Dark Matter
By: Blake Crouch
Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 11-08-16
Language: English
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

โ€œAre you happy with your life?โ€ Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jasonโ€™s never met smiles down at him and says, โ€œWelcome back, my friend.โ€ In this world heโ€™s woken up to, Jasonโ€™s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible. Is it this world or the other thatโ€™s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he couldโ€™ve imaginedโ€”one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe. From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly humanโ€”a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far weโ€™ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

May all of your dreams come true!

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Posted in Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction

Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster @DarkMarkTarryn @WillowAster #BookReview #Romance #SciFi #Dystopian

Hello again, I’m so pleased to bring you this review for a fantastic series that had me flipping those pages and staying up late to finish!

Why did I pick it up? – HELLO …Tarryn!!!!! As you all probably already know by now, I am a sucker for a Tarryn Fisher book, she writes the most messed up characters, and they all have depth to them.

In this book Ms Fisher has collaborated with Willow Aster and created a world where the Women are in charge, in fact Men are on the verge of extinction!

Think of this book as a little like a reverse take on the Handmaids Tale and you will be nearly on the right track.

Men are no longer in charge, in fact there are barley any of them left, this is why they started the “End Men” 12 men who’s sole job is to save the world, their sole purpose is to repopulate the Regions.

The rich people can afford to buy Folsom for a day, however the poor are not so lucky, they must rely on a national lottery to have their numbers pulled out, and to have the opportunity of maybe becoming pregnant by one of the End Men, if you do, well your life will change for the better, you will become a celebrity, coveted by others.

Folsom actually hates being and End Man, although he gets to have meaningless sex with strangers all the time, it isn’t as fun as it sounds, he is unhappy, empty and lonely.

Gwen’s number finally comes up! She gets to have the chance at something she has always wanted, a child of her own, she has seen Folsom in the fancy magazines and on the TV, and now she finally gets the chance to actually meet him, not only to meet him, but to potentially bare his child.

Only she finds much more than a man looking to have mindless sex with her, she sees the person underneath, she sees the injustice of what is happening to him, and she does her best to save him.

By looking at the blurb of the book, and the picture, you probably will already have guessed that there is going to be sex in the book, this is necessary to the story, you can’t have a story about men having sex with people, to not have sex in the book.I loves me some smexy times in my books, but if lots-of-lovin’ isn’t really your thing, then maybe look in the other direction, but you will be missing out on a great read, I can’t wait to read book 2.

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About the book

The nation as we know it is a thing of the past. With the male species on the verge of extinction, a society called the End Men is formed to save the world. Folsom Donahue is one of twelve men whose sole purpose is to repopulate the Regions. The endless days spent having sex with strangers leaves Folsom with an emptiness no amount of women, money, or status can fill.
Until Gwen.
Gwen has wanted a child for as long as she can remember, but when she finally gets a chance to have her own, she uncovers a long-hidden truth. The injustice she sees moves her to help save the men whom no one else believes need saving.
A forbidden love, grown in a time of despair, ignites a revolution. Folsom and Gwen, torn between their love for each other and their sense of duty, must make a choice. But some will stop at nothing to destroy them.

Folsom is book one of the End of Men series.

Hope you enjoy

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Posted in Dystopia, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction

Year One by Nora Roberts #NoraRoberts @justjuliawhelan #AudiobookReview @audibleuk #BrilliancePublishing #Dystopian #Fantasy #Magic #aktbmbookblog

4 Dystopian Stars โญโญโญโญ

I do love myself a Dystopian story, most of mine that I have read have been Young Adult, and I haven’t really thought about reading any others.

Nora Roberts isn’t really an author that I have picked up, which is strange because her one other book that I have read, ‘The Witness’ is one of my favourite books (Which i still need to review)

It also isn’t a secret that Nora’s pseudonym is J.D. Robb, and her hugely successful ‘In Death’ series is something that keeps getting recommended to me time and time again, but quite frankly the size intimidates me (insert joke here)

Anyhoo, Audible UK had a Boxing Day sale, and I may (or may not) have seen all of the books for ยฃ2.99 and went a bit crazy…12 books crazy! This was one of my bargain buys, so I thought let’s try it.

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The Blurb

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed–and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practising in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river–or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travellers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a saviour, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

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My Thoughts

4 Dystopian Stars โญโญโญโญ

Looking at the cover picture, I honestly thought that this was going to be a fantasy book…and it is, but it also isn’t, clear as mud right?

I was crossing my fingers that this wasn’t going to be a High Fantasy book, I’ve tried so many times to read them, and each time I’ve failed…HUZZAH…It isn’t!

The story starts on New Years Eve, and here begins the end!

After the Doom Virus is contracted, it soon starts to spread like a plague, first through the hospital, then to the streets, then to the rest of the world, wiping out EVERYONE!

Well, almost everyone, you see some people seem to be immune to the virus, a good thing right? But some of these people also seem to have developed a side effect of the virus, giving different magical powers to those left alive that varies from person to person.

Some have developed wings (Fairies) some have ‘The Sight’ some can also Shape-Shift, these people are now known as Uncannies, and are very unwelcome.

We watch three separate groups, coming to realise that they are probably the only people left, we watch them try to survive in a place that is now full of people that wish to do more harm than good, how would a pregnant woman cope?

We see how people help each other out, and how power hungry others can get when faced with certain decisions.

๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽง – Narrated by Julia Whelan

You won’t be surprised to hear that Julia Whelan is one of my favourite narrators, in fact, if I hadn’t seen that she was narrating this book, then I probably wouldn’t have picked it up, because as I mentioned earlier, I thought this was going to be a High Fantasy book.

As usual, Julia gives a fantastic performance, her narration always makes me feel comfortable, and wraps me up in her gorgeous warm blanket voice.

If you are thinking about trying a new genre and are a little worried about it, then give this one a shot, I’m so glad I did, and will be adding book 2 to my Audible Wishlist

Try it, You might like it!

Vicci

Grab your copy here:

Audible UK – https://amzn.to/2St9ns0

Audible U.S – https://amzn.to/2SqGOeO

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab @veschwab @audible_com #AudiobookReview #Fantasy #SciFi

Howdy folks,

I’m thrilled to bring you my review for a little cracker I stumbled across while tumbling down the BookTube rabbit hole!

โญโญโญโญยท5 Anti-Hero Stars

The Blurb

Victor and Eli started out as college roommatesโ€”brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other.

In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can findโ€”aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revengeโ€”but who will be left alive at the end?

My Thoughts

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Well this one was a complete wonderful surprise for me, and I love that.

It is completely nothing that I would have picked up, but as I fell down the #BookTube rabbit hole (as you do) this one kept popping up time and time again.
So off to Goodreads I go to read some other reviews….I like to be certain!

With an average of 4.29 stars out of 5 I was certain that this was going to be another one for my “Everyone loved it but me” shelf, but nope
I LOVED it!!!

The story follows 2 friends Eli and Victor between past and present.

Ten years ago Eli and Victor meet in college and become roommates, and soon become firm friends, they are inseparable, and when a college assignment allows them to work together to discover whether EO’s (Exta-Ordinaries) exist, they follow the clues,and find out not only the truth about EO’s, but how to MAKE them, this also adds fuel to the bitter jealousy that is hiding in both of them, and does so for years.

The present tells the story of a recently escaped convict by the name of Victor, who is trying to find his old buddy turned Nemisis Eli, he is looking to find him for some good old fashioned Retribution!

Now, what is an EO I hear you saying?

Well an Extra-Ordinary (or EO for short) is a person with supernatural powers, and how do you get them?? Well you have to read the book obviously, but let me tell you this…

Forget everything you’ve read about Heros and Villians, because this book blurs the lines of each of them and flips them over and over till you don’t know which way is up, this is not the sweet Clark Kent that turns into Superman kind of read, oh no, this is dark, violent and bloody brilliant!

There were some fantastic characters in this story, from the protagonists, to the fabulous secondary characters and some great EO’s that were frankly downright frightening!

I was kind of catapulted back to an 80’s movie that I loved (which was then ruined by a remake a few years ago, sigh)

Anyhoo, as you may already know I am not a Magic/Fantasy/Paranormal kind of chick, I’ve read some I have loved, but most of the time I’ve tried…and hated them!

This one, well this one isn’t really any of those genres, but it is too, it is difficult to describe, but the author herself describes the book as X-Men + Hannibal, and that is a great definition.

I guess you had better just grab it and read it and see for yourself!

๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽง Narrated by Noah Michael Levine who is a new narrator for me, he did a great job, I already have book #2 ready to listen because of that ending!!

Posted in Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Marking Time by April White @ahwhite #GemmaBarrett #YoungAdult #Historical #SciFi #Paranormal #AudiobookReview #VNerdsRare19Challenge

Marking Time

Marking Timeย byย April White

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸยท5 Re-Read but still loved it Stars

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old tagger Saira Elian can handle anything… a mother who mysteriously disappears, a stranger who stalks her around London, and even the noble English Grandmother who kicked Saira and her mother out of the family. But when an old graffiti tag in a tube station transports Saira to the 19th Century and she comes face-to-face with Jack the Ripper, she realizes she needs help after all.

Saira meets Archer, a charming student who helps her blend in as much as a tall, modern American teen can in Victorian England. He reveals the existence of the Immortals: Time, Nature, Fate, War and Death, and explains to Saira that it is possible to move between
centuries โ€“ if you are a Descendant of Time.

Saira finds unexpected friendships at a boarding school for Immortal Descendants and a complicated love with a young man from the past. But time is running out for her mother, and Saira must embrace her new identity as she hides from Archer a devastating secret about his future that may cost him his life.

Review

Phew! This was a relief, i read this book a few years ago and was worried about revisiting it, but Huzzah! I still loved this book.

This little cracker of a book can be found free on Kindle, and thats exactly how i found it last time, this time i listened to it.

Saira is a young girl that hasn’t really had the best upbringing, moved around from pillar to post her mother disappears, nothing new, she does that for days or even weeks at a time, and Saira can look after herself.

As a freerunner Saira loves the freedom of the city, and often leaves her “tag” in places she has stopped at, unfortunately this time she gets caught by the cops, and with her mother not there, she gets shipped off to stay with her Grandmother in London, who isn’t best pleased to see her, considering she threw Saira’s mother out.

Meeting new people and travelling around London is a new experience for Saira, and being chased by a strange man calling her “Clocker” has her hiding in a tube station.
She notices an old “tag” there and puts her fingers on it to trace and admire it…….big mistake!

Turns out that Saira is a Clocker, someone who can travel through time, and she finds herself in 1888 and being chased by no other than Jack the Ripper, and she’s sure she also spotted her mother at some point!

Finding her way back to present day she learns the family history, and also that things like Werewolves, Shifters and Seers exist!

Oh and she also meets Archer, who is a vampire!

For someone who is not a Paranormal fan i was truly engaged in this story, even though it had vampires and wolves in it, it didn’t focus on the “magicky” part of it, if that makes sense.

It’s like a Harry Potter meets Oliver Twist meets the White Chapel murders!

๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽง Narrated by Gemma Barrett who is a new to me narrator.

Fantastic narration and such a good story, give it a try, it’s free on Kindle, what have you got to lose?

Happy reading

Vicciย