Posted in Audiobook Review, Young Adult

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas @angiecthomas @TheRealBahniT @HarperAudio #AudiobookReview #YoungAdult

Hello from a sunny UK!!

I’m not sure how it happened, but we have an orange ball of fire in the sky, and the sky is blue!

I’m super happy to tell you about a fantastic book that I listened to, from the author of The Hate U Give.

Why did you pick it up Vicci? –  I LOVED The Hate U Give so I knew that I wanted to read this one, also it is narrated by one of my favourite ever narrators Bahni Turpin, I would literally listen to her read an instruction manual if she released it haha.

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My Thoughts

Sixteen-year-old Bri is an OK student, she is easily distracted though and the teachers are noticing it more and more, Bri is also black.

She lives in Garden Heights, yes that Garden Heights where THUG was based, and although you don’t meet any of the old characters from the other book, it certainly references the riots etc that it held.

The school is still taking no chances because of the riots, and have installed metal detectors and security guards at the entrance, but they seem to have a problem with a few of the kids, especially the black ones.

Brianna, Bri for short lives in a poor part of the neighbourhood, her family is poor and her single mother raised her and her brother after her father, who was a famous up-and-coming rapper was murdered, her mother has now lost her job.

Her auntie is part of a gang, and drugs and guns are pretty much every day things, but Bri doesn’t want to be part of this, her auntie is her music manager,  not her life coach.

You see, Bri is a rapper, just like her father, and her dream is to make it big, so school isn’t a huge part of her life, but rapping, that is everything!

After finally getting her chance to perform her stuff at the local “ring” Bri nails-it, and makes a bit of a local name for herself, unfortunately for her, this isn’t always a good thing.

🎧🎧 – Narrated by the incredibly talented Bahni Turpin, this book is well worth a credit…..”But wait, does she rap?” OF COURSE SHE DOES, and she does it brilliantly!

Fancy listening to  a little snippet?

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About the book

On the Come Up
By: Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
Release date: 07-02-19

Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip-hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself at the centre of controversy and portrayed by the media as more menace than MC.

And with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it – she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.

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Posted in Audiobook Review, Mystery, Thriller and Suspense, Young Adult

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus @writerkmc @PenguinUKBooks #AudiobookReview #YA #Mystery #Thriller

Hi Book lovers! Vicci again,

I love a good YA read, but I also love to get my teeth into a good Thriller, so this one was killing two birds with one stone.

Why did I pick it up? – This is the author of One of Us is Lying, a great YA book that I really enjoyed last year, so I grabbed this one as soon as I could.

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Two Can Keep a Secret
By: Karen McManus
Narrated by: Sophie AmossKirby Heyborne
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 10-01-19
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

My Thoughts

This was a great little Thriller that kept me on my toes, and thinking “It was him…NO it was her…NO it was them..NO, who the hell is it?”

Ellery and her twin brother Ezra are going to live with their grandmother, while their mother is away in Rehab, Echo Ridge is their mothers hometown and this is the twins first time there.

The twins soon find that the town is seeped in secrets and lies, and it also seems that girls seem to go missing.  5 years ago a girl went missing and was found murdered, this is not the first time this has happened int this town, and it seems like history is going to start repeating itself again!

Ellery is a True Crime nut, and things just don’t seem right to her.

🎧🎧 – Narrated by Sophie Amoss, and Kirby Heyborne,

They did a fantastic job narrating this book and kept me on my toes throughout.

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About the Book

Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it. It’s where her aunt went missing at age 16, never to return. Where a homecoming queen’s murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. No one knows what happened to either girl, and Ellery’s family is still haunted by their loss.

Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the homecoming queen’s death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother’s remarriage vaulted her and Malcolm into Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but their new status grows shaky when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. No one has forgotten Malcolm’s brother – and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town.

Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them wants to believe.

And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.

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Posted in Audiobook Review, Poetry Verse, Young Adult

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo @AcevedoWrites @HarperAudio #AudiobookReview #Poetry #Verse #YA

 

Hello book buddies, Vicci Here,

Sorry for being away for a while, real life got in the way for a spell.

Anyhoo, it hasn’t stopped me from reading some great books, and this one was just stunning!

This book is written all in verse, but it wasn’t the “Roses are red” type of thing, oh no, it is done Slam Poetry style!

Why did i pick it up? – I stumbled across Slam Poetry after reading Colleen Hoover’s Slammed a few years ago, I wanted to see what else was out there so I went to the go-to place, YouTube! While there I discovered so many wonderful video’s, some made me laugh, and some made me cry, while some just made me sit and hold my breath, if you haven’t seen any I would really recommend it, it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen.

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The Poet X
By: Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
Publisher: HarperAudio

My Thoughts

I listened to the audiobook, which was OUTSTANDING, the narrator Elizabeth Acevedo is also the author of the book, and her words, her voice, it is just B-E-A-Utiful!

I am going to purchase a copy of the book just to be able to highlight the whole thing!

The story is from the POV of Xiomara Batista (pronounced C O Mara), a pretty young Dominican girl living in Harlem, daughter to a very religious mother who is desperate for her to be confirmed.

Xiomara is a believer, but also questions her religion much to her dismay, she is scared to tell this to her mother.

The only way she feels that she can release her thoughts is to write them down in a notebook that was gifted to her by her brother.

That’s when I feel like a fake.
Because I nod, and clap, and “Amen” and Aleluya,”
all the while feeling like this house his house
is no longer one I want to rent.

She is also a young girl, getting thoughts about boys and sex, normal young girl thoughts, but it also shows the other side of this and the unwanted attention that young girls get.

When I’m told to have faith in the father, the son, in men – and men are the first ones to make me feel so small.

Her teacher introduces her to slam poetry, and it is like a lightbulb has been switched on in her mind, all of her thoughts, and feelings can now make a kind of sense to her when she writes them down and performs them.

She tells me words give people permission to be their fullest self and aren’t these the poems I most needed to hear?

This is an incredibly powerful book, a few times I cried listening to it, and most of the time I was just in awe of the beautiful way she writes.

I would recommend listening to the book, but i would also tell any young girl to read it, it has some brilliant and very powerful messages in it.

I only know that learning to believe in the power of my own words has been the most freeing experience of my life. It has brought me the most light. And isn’t that what a poem is? A lantern glowing in the dark.

🎧🎧 – Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo the author of the book, her voice is so wonderful, I can not recommend this book highly enough, it is just so stunning!

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About the book

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers – especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, whom her family can never know about.

With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

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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 Audiobook Review, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris @RealCharlaine #JohannaParker #AudiobookReview #UrbanFantasy #Paranormal #Romance #Mystery

Hello from over here is a wet rainy UK!

I kind of knew what i was getting into with this one as I had watched the True Blood series on TV,  however I only watched about half of the first season, so I have no idea where it goes from there.

Why did I pick it up? – Well Urban Fantasy isn’t something that I would chose to pick up as a rule, but it was for a reading challenge, so I pulled up my big-girl panties and dove in, I’m so glad I did as I loved it!

Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress in a bar, she is very ordinary and has nothing special about her, well apart from the fact that she can read your mind and hear your thoughts!

She hates that she can do this, and tries her best not to, but it isn’t always that easy.

Now the town that she lives in is very open, in fact it is so open that they are OK with the fact that vampires live there, they keep themselves to themselves and there isn’t usually any trouble.

I loved the way that it is seemed as quite normal for Vampires to be living there, I mean they are not your normal neighbourly have-a-chat friendly type, but the world has grown used to these things now, Vampires can go into a local bar and have a beer, or a synthetically modified bottle of blood, and nobody really cares that much.

Bill is such a character, Sookie is drawn to him because unlike the others, she cannot hear his thoughts or read his mind, it is quiet for her for the first time, and she likes that.
They soon become friends and then more.

Her grandmother is horrified that she is seeing a vampire, until she meets Bill and is taken by is manors and how handsome he is.

With a mystery, and a few sub plots going on, I think that this is a series that I am going to really enjoy, there was lots of blood, violence and actually a nice love story.

🎧🎧 – Perfectly narrated by Johanna Parker, I just fell in love with her accent, the way she pronounces words was just beautiful, I’ve always been a sucker for a southern accent, and this made my heart swell with love for it even more

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About the book

Dead Until Dark
Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
By: Charlaine Harris
Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Series: Sookie Stackhouse, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 10-08-09
Language: English
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much – not because she’s not pretty – she’s a very cute bubbly blonde – or not interested in a social life. She really is…but Sookie’s got a bit of a disability. She can read minds.
And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill: he’s tall, he’s dark and he’s handsome – and Sookie can’t ‘hear’ a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’sbeen waiting all her life for. But Bill has a disability of his own: he’s fussy about his food, he doesn’t like suntans, and he’s never around during the day….Yep, Bill’s a vampire.
Worse than that, he hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble – of the murderous kind. And then one of Sookie’s colleagues at the bar is killed, and it’s beginning to look like Sookie might be the next victim….

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Posted in Romance, Young Adult

5 Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott @rchllipp #YoungAdult #Romance

Happy Sunday book lovers!

Excited to share with you today Vicci’s review for this interesting book, that will soon be in a theater near you!🎞🎬

About the Book

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Young Love Stars

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

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My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Young Love Stars

So this never would have come up on my radar if I hadn’t seen a trailer for the new movie coming out.

This could have been the new TFIOS (The Fault in Our Stars) but it just fell short of that, not to say that it wasn’t a fab read, but it didn’t hit me as hard.

This is the story of Stella Grant, she has Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and has been struggling with the illness since she was born, she is currently in hospital, where all of the staff know her, considering she is in there so often.

Everything is sterile, and also in the right place, Stella is a little OCD with things, probably because that is the only thing that she can control.

Will however is not so OCD, he arrives on the CF ward and is not in control, he doesn’t take his meds when he is supposed to and doesn’t really take into consideration how ill he really is, especially as he has B.cepacia along with his CF (This rare disease could be fatal to someone with CF, just a simple touch can infect them)

Therefore the rules are, no touching, and you must be AT LEAST 6 feet apart!

So why does the book have the title of 5 feet you ask?

Well, this is a YA book after all, these guys take risks for love!

A few things did nag at me, I won’t spoil them here but if you read the book you will probably see them too, however it didn’t sway me from reading the book, and I will certainly be looking out for the movie and see what they do with it.

I really had no idea how devastating this disease really is, so I’m really pleased that the author has brought it to the attention of everyone that reads the book, and with a movie also coming out it will reach a lot further and teach a lot more people about CF.

A Fab YA Read

Link for the movie trailer – https://youtu.be/3YKnbJGM95I

Hope You Enjoy

Vicci

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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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 £2.99 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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.

🎧🎧 – 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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Posted in Best of 2018, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult

The Diviners by Libba Bray @libbabray @justjanuary @audible_com #AudiobookReview #YoungAdult #Mystery #Historical #Fantasy #bestof2018

5 Naughty John Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Well colour me surprised, one of my final reads for 2018, and a new favourite added to my shelf!

I have seen a few people recently mention this audio book, and saying that the narration is great. I had a spare credit, so I thought ‘what the hell’ and clicked the purchase button, hoping that I wasn’t going to be disappointed.

Judging by my 5 ⭐ rating, you can see that it was a credit well spent!

The Blurb

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

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My Thoughts

5 Naughty John Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells ’em off for a coupla stones.”

Set in the 1920’s, New York City the time of Flapper girls and prohibition, Evie O’Neill is desperate to visit there.
She is a bit of a misfit, and manages to get herself into trouble wherever she goes.

After a drunken mistake at a party one evening, she manages to rat out the local Lothario by showing everyone her ‘party trick’
Unfortunately this doesn’t go down too well with her father, who is sick and tired of her antics, so his punishment is to send her to New York to stay with her weird Uncle Will.

Pretending to be oh so sorry, Evie can’t wait to get to NYC, in fact she thinks it is Pos-i-tute-ly the Cat’s Pajamas!

After arriving in New York, she is promptly pick-pocketed, and arrives at her Uncles house, which also doubles up as The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, or as the locals call it, ‘The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies’.

Then the murders start happening, horrible, gruesome murders! But who is doing it?

Memphis is a ‘runner’, he gets everyone’s numbers to put on the draw (like a lottery)
He also looks out for his little brother Isaiah, who seems to have a strange ‘gift’ that he doesn’t want anyone else knowing about.

“The time is now. They are coming… Diviners

You see, there are rumours around that there are people with ‘powers’ they call them Diviners, and they are not wanted around there.

This book was so character driven, there are so many brilliant characters that I fell in love with, from Evie’s good friend Mabel, to Theta Knight, a glamorous Ziegfeld girl, to the the smooth talking Sam.

If you are thinking about reading this book, I would highly recommend the Audio Version, if you’ve never listened to one before, this one would be a great starter, simply because of the fantastic narration.

🎧🎧 – Narrated by January LaVoy, a new narrator for me, but certainly is going to be added to my favourites.

Her narration was Pos-i-tute-ly AMAZING! All of the characters has their own voices, I was not confused at any point, we also had a little bit of singing, and her Naughty John voice was just downright terrifying!

This was not a scary book, it is Young Adult after all, but it was I suppose a little creepy, but all in all it was a fantastic read, and I have book 2 lined up when my next credit drops in!

I hope you find this book the elephant’s eyebrows!

Vicci

Grab your copy here:

Audible US – https://amzn.to/2RsJlIi

Audible UK – https://amzn.to/2BQN3BD

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Posted in Dystopian, Young Adult

Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman @NealShusterman #JarrodShusterman #AudioBookReview #YoungAdult #Dystopian

Hello everyone, hope you are having a fabulous day!

I’m super happy to bring you this fantastic Dystopian read from the brilliant Neal Shusterman.

If you haven’t read any of his books before I would highly recommend it, my review for his other book Unwind is on the blog somewhere.

⭐⭐⭐⭐·5 Thirsty Stars

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐·5 Thirsty Stars

Do you know what’s lovely? being able to go to the tap…turn it on…and water come out of it.
To be able to fill your glass and quench your thirst with a lovely cool glass of water.

To be able to run a bath, or have a shower, an extra long shower at that!

But what would happen if that all of a sudden stopped one day, without even a warning, just stop!

I mean there has been a drought in the area for a while, everyone knows that, and the usual bans have been in place, don’t water your lawn, don’t take long showers, don’t fill your pools…..but this is… different!

You’d check around your area right? Then you’d check the news to see if something was wrong. Then you’d see that there was a “Tap-Out” and the water had been turned off, so you sit and make a plan.

You would obviously then run to your nearest supermarket to stock up on bottled water right?

But everyone else has the same idea, and there isn’t enough water for everyone, so you manage to buy a few bags of ice and get out of the store before the fighting and riots start.

You keep checking the news but it’s not even mentioned on there, just a throw away comment about 3 million people without water.

And even though the government say that water is on the way, there is a heatwave and you are…just…so…thirsty!

And days…weeks later…there is Still. No. Water!

So what would you do for a sip of water?
Ask someone nicely?
Beg someone?
Lie to someone?
Steal from someone?
Hurt someone?
Kill ……….

This is what our characters have to deal with, and there are a lot of characters, we have 4 main ones, but it also jumps between others so that you can see how the Tap-Out is affecting everyone.

After always having the rest of the neighbourhood laughing at him because of him preparing for an Apocalypse, Kelton is the one having the last laugh as he and his overprotective father sit and drink their water from their self sufficient, no-thanks-I-don’t-need-your-electricity-I-have-my-own house.

On the other side of the street however Alyssa and Garrett are not having such a great time, their parents are who-knows-where, and they don’t have any water…

Jacqui is a badass, nothing more needs to be said about her, you’ll love to hate her, she’s a bitch, but she’s brilliant!

The “Water Zombies” are just scary, again because it could be any one of us.

I can’t tell you how many gallons of water i must have drunk listening to this, it just made me so thirsty, and the thought of not having anything, and how quickly this can escalate made me very uncomfortable.

Neal Shusterman is a master at these sort of stories, Unwind was the first series of his i read, and it soon turned into one of my favourites.
He makes you want to discuss the book, they are fantastic for Book Clubs, because even though they are Dystopian reads, they could actually happen!
The fact that he has written this with his son, and that they are looking to bring this to the big screen brings me all kinds of joy.

🎧🎧 Narration – This was a full cast audio, including narration from both Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, now at the beginning it gives the “This is Audible” section, and says that it is narrated by the authors, i was a bit 😨 about that, because in *most* (not all) cases, authors that narrate their books are a bit 😲 So i was shouting “Noooooo” at my phone.

But i am happy to say that 1. There is a full cast of narrators, and they do it brilliantly, and 2. Neal and Jarrod Shusterman are FANTASTIC narrators!!

If you like a Young Adult book then you should get this. If you like Dystopian books you should get this. If you like a great story, well you should get this book!!

Drink Up!

Vicci

Posted in Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult

All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire @JamieMcGuire #YoungAdult #Mystery #WhoDunnit #AudiobookReview #VNerdsRare19Challenge

All the Little Lights

All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Juniper Stars

Synopsis

The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.

Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.

Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.

Review

Well i certainly didn’t see that one coming in this one!

All the Little Lights is a YA book with a cracking little twist in it, the book is based around Catherine and Elliot.

Friends since they were young children, Catherine and Elliot spent every minute they could together, walking and talking, and Elliot taking pictures with his camera that he seems to be surgically attached to.

They were very sweet together, and they made plans to travel the world together when they grow up…..except that doesn’t happen, Elliot’s mother hates the town, and the people in it, she grew up there and was bullied because of her heritage, her family are Cherokee and she was not made welcome in the town.

She doesn’t want this happening to her son (even though he’s quite popular) so she literally drags Elliot to the car one day and takes him away, the thing is that she doesn’t give him a chance to say goodbye, and on this particular day Catherine really needs him.

With no access to phones and his father taking away his car, Elliot has no way of getting in touch with Catherine to apologise, and it stays this way for 2 years!

In the meantime Catherine is helping her Mother keep their guesthouse in shape by working herself to near exhaustion with the cleaning / cooking etc, as well as keeping up with her schoolwork.

The guests are very “in-your-face” and won’t hardly leave her alone, and some of them downright scare her.

Catherine has never forgiven Elliot for leaving her, so when he shows up out-of- the-blue asking for forgiveness she has to make a decision on whether she wants to spend time with him, or help out at the guesthouse where her mother is slipping into a more depressed state.

In the middle of this story pops up another one, a girl in Catherine’s class goes missing, and the finger seems to be pointing in Elliot’s direction…….

With a twist that i actually didn’t see coming for a change, i thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The reason why i didn’t 5 star it, is because it was very lengthy, there was a lot of mundane information that i feel could have been skipped that wouldn’t have impacted the story at all, and still kept me interested.

🎧🎧 Narrated by 2 new narrators for me Karissa Vacker and Darrell Dennis, both did a great job but i think Karrissa may have stolen the show on this one, she was excellent.

Happy listening

Vicci