Saturday, 31 December 2016

The Last Grey Sky - Natalie Scrivener

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There were two things that brought the world to its knees. First the colours. Then the insanity.


So I found this book on an app called Inkitt, it just attracted me instantly and I couldn't turn away. The book is all about Gwen, who is part of a camp who are trying to survive in the world that is overtaken by a disease that makes you see colour when infected. After shocks which included seeing the execution of an infected camp member and later seeing colour, she is faced with 2 choices to leave, or be put down. At first she aimed to leave and die alone away from her friends so she isn't any harm to her campmate, but after a short while she cant find it within herself to do it, that's when Ryan who she had encountered in camp finds her, begging for him to do it all over again like she had seen him do before, she begs to be put down by him because he unlike her is stronger than she is. He can't face it, she's just a child and after a short argument, they both run away together, away from the threat of death towards the hope of surviving without fear.

Like they both thought, after a while as they head towards the city where they heard a cure was being made, they both end up seeing colour and Gwen holds her guilt to infecting Ryan close to heart but he doesn't blame her at all, he knew the risk and took it anyway. The city sounds like its too good to be true but is it or not?  it's really a book to read if you want to find out if all is as it seems.

The characters were so easy to connect with, I felt the pain for Gwen as she experiences the highs and lows of her journey to surviving the new world. The highs were in fact that the colours she experience were truly beautiful. She's 17 years old and being only a year younger than me I felt like it was much easier to connect with her although I'm not living in a world like she is, but I felt like we had certain emotions and reactions to certain situations that mirrored each other.

Ryan was a great character too, he was willing to risk all for a girl he knew very little about and he didn't give it a second thought. He was a gentleman and really decent male character, he was the sort you wished were real because he seems better than half of the guys you actually know in real life.

There are so many characters that come into the story, they're all well written, well explored and each have a great part to play in the unravelling of the plot. The plot was very unique and beautiful, I was really gripped by each page. The ending blew me away really, each chapter blew me away so it all came together and blew me half the way around the world. It's definitely a book worth reading if you like adventures and action and if you're looking for something that will keep its hold on you. I really want to speak to the author and have a good old chat about it all. its a 5/5 from me with no second thought needed.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Best Books Of 2016

I've read 49 books this year give or take, each and everyone has been their best and my best in their own way yet I couldn't exactly fit all of them in this post, well I could fit 14 at least.

The Food Of Love - Amanda Prowse
Caraval - Stephanie Garber
The Easy Way Out - Steven Amsterdam
The Two O'clock Boy - Mark Hill
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Ravens Peak and Ravens Fall -  Lincoln Cole

  Risen, Ascent and A Strange Chemistry - M.T.Miller
The Edge of Juniper - Lora Richardson
The Art Of Being Normal - Lisa Williamson
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Just Juliet - Charlotte Reagan
The Sign of One - Eugene Lambert
Geek Girl Head Over Heels - Holly Smale
Gravedigger - Michael Israel Jarvis
 Reasons To Stay Alive - Matt Haig
The Flight Of The Pickerings - John Grayson Heide

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Saturday, 24 December 2016

A Strange Chemistry - M.T.Miller


A novella from the world of the Nameless Chronicle, a bestselling Dark Humor series.
Aaand, stepping into the center ring!
—the streak of color with the dirty mouth!
—the pummeling you never saw coming!
—five time champion of the level two fighting pits, Ruuush!

Or so it used to be. Made into a killing machine by a unique combination of drugs, Rush has been living like a force of nature, always moving forward, never once looking back.

But after helping overthrow the city’s Management, Rush is bored. Bored. Luckily (or not), a conspiracy is brewing in the city of Babylon, threatening everything Rush ever fought for. Dragged into its gaping jaws, Rush is forced to fight for her fix and her freedom, as well as her life.
And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Featuring the faster-than-light violet-haired cage fighter from Ascent: the Second Book of the Nameless Chronicle, this novella takes place between Ascent and Strife, due out in 2017


A Strange Chemistry takes place after Ascent and is a little shorter than Risen which was the first instalment of The Nameless Chronicle. The whole of this story is told from Rush's point of view, we saw her in the last book and didn't have a chance to get to know her much. I have to start by expressing how happy I am to see Rush and the city of Babylon once more.

Rush still has nightmares about her part in overthrowing Management, she just can't seem to shake it and any sound that comes anywhere close to snakes coats her in anxiety and panic. She has since moved into a new apartment much like the one Bones received in Ascent and she doesn't use half of what lies within it.

On the second floor now lies a 10 foot tall statue, in a long coat. the day Nameless declared he will be taking over, the stand that once belonged to The One True Church Of America was gone and now a 10ft tall Nameless stands in it's place.

We end up seeing the cages once more, a place where steam is let out but even now Rush is feared by most competitors, no one is betting against her, this means no money for her or Jake. She's forced to take a break from the scene and it forces her into an even deeper pit of boredom.

Once finding out that she had injured the Turtle so badly that he was taking a long time to recover, Rush cant help but think she's growing stronger and after the last time she goes in search of answers only finding trouble.

The book switches from current Rush to Valentina and Khalid and shows their arrival and start of life at the City of Babylon.

It was really interesting to see how the whole Rush thing came along, seeing her frail and un-Rush like felt so right just so we could see that she was human before now, she was just an ordinary human willing to do whatever she needed to to survive the time in Babylon even if that meant becoming a tester of concoctions created by Khalid.

Everything was pretty much a shock to me, there was always a surprise factor to the novella. Each chapter grips you and urges you on into the next one. I absolutely love how all of these books are written. M.T.Miller has truly got a skill to write not just books but also novellas, even though small and easy reads, they help fill in blanks and build up suspense for whats next to come. It's a definite 5/5 for this novella, it was great to explore a character more more deeply and to have some suspense built up for whats to come.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll

Persuasion - Jane Austen

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Dracula - Bran Stoker
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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with The Merry Men & Other Stories - R.L.Stevenson
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 The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

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Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
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Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
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Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

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Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte

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Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
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