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ARC Review: Breaking the Gladiator by Nicola Rose

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Breaking the Gladiator by Nicola Rose 4/5

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I’m trained to kill… for the amusement of others.

Slave. Fighter. Beast.

Emotions are a weakness, so I have none; except anger and hate. All the good ones were beaten and starved out of me long ago. I barely even feel pain anymore.

But when she touches me? Feelings thrash to the surface, and in my world those are dangerous. She’s poison, feeding off my rage for her own sick pleasures. I hate her. She keeps finding cracks and opening them up, squeezing herself inside my chest.

She’s going to get me killed.

Livia

I’m Domina of the Atticus ludus, where we train gladiators to compete for victory.

Wealthy. Attractive. Powerful husband.

It appears I have it all… and I wish I could make myself feel that way. But I’m numb. Too broken to even care. The only time I feel alive is when I’m with my husband’s champion gladiator. My slave. In the arena, and the bedroom.

It’s disgusting for a woman of my rank to sleep with a man like him. He’s a dirty, worthless animal. His touch should feel repulsive. His gaze upon me should make my skin crawl.

But he’s mine. And I want more.

Review:

Whoo, is it hot in here? Nicola Rose’s debut novella is something dark and steamy. I wasn’t sure what I’d make of an erotic romance set in ancient Rome, but I was sucked into this story from the off. Gladiators and powerful women shouldn’t mix, but in this story they well and truly do.

The characters are not loveable, but you understand where their darkness stems from. There are uncomfortable scenes of violence and abuse, but the scenarios were sadly true to the time and make the story more believable. It is rare to find an erotic romance that is as much about the story as it is about the passion and relationships.


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Thoughts On: Evo Nation by K.J. Chapman

It is always great to hear someone who is new to the series is enjoying my books. Thank you, Rebecca Howie for taking the time to read and review.

FOR THE LOVE OF FICTION

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Minor spoilers ahead.


Earlier this month, K.J. Chapman was kind enough to give me an ARC of her latest novel, Evo Ghost, the final instalment in her Evo Nation series. I downloaded Evo Nation the last time I went through a phase of using my Kindle, but when I bought yet more books, the Kindle was forgotten.

Until now.

Evo Nation surprised me continually from start to finish, and I’m so relieved that I can move onto the second and third books without having to wait for answers.


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Title : Evo Nation

Author: K.J. Chapman

Published: 2015

Genres: Fantasy, superhero, genetic engineering

Buy from: Amazon


Blurb:  The government tortures her, her own kind use her, and she is learning the true meaning of ulterior motives. Teddie Leason has been dragged into the festering underbelly of the secretive world of EVO; a world about to be blown wide…

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Review: The Girl with the Green-Tinted Hair by Gavin Whyte

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The Girl with the Green-Tinted Hair by Gavin Whyte 3/5

27419129When a boy finds a girl singing and dancing under his favourite tree he didn’t realise he had been chosen to be the one-off witness to something out of this world. The boy is shown how to live in joy and is reminded of how to pursue his life’s calling. His fear of ageing is overcome and dying is no longer what it seems – all because of the girl with the green-tinted hair.

In this truly comforting tale of wonder and intrigue, which has been called a “hidden gem”, we discover for ourselves how to live in harmony with that which is forever flowing; that which we call life.

Review:

I have mixed feelings about this book. The messages and life lessons the boy learns are important, but this was a non-story in regards to narrative. Yes, I suppose the narrative is the passing of time, growth, and learning, but that was it. Simply put, not my cup of tea. I also didn’t like the narrators voice. The fable vibe was strong, and I have a preference for updating and modernising such types of tales. Younger people may have a totally different view of this book than me.

I cannot fault the writing. The author has a clear, easy to read style.

I have read differing reviews. It’s clear that age and genre preference play a huge factor. I reckon this is a ‘marmite’ kind of story.


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Review: The Borrowers by Mary Norton

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The Borrowers by Mary Norton 4/5

348573.jpgBeneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers — Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter, Arrietty. In their tiny home, matchboxes double as roomy dressers and postage stamps hang on the walls like paintings. Whatever the Clocks need they simply “borrow” from the “human beans” who live above them. It’s a comfortable life, but boring if you’re a kid. Only Pod is allowed to venture into the house above, because the danger of being seen by a human is too great. Borrowers who are seen by humans are never seen again. Yet Arrietty won’t listen. There is a human boy up there, and Arrietty is desperate for a friend.

Review:

Another reread of a children’s classic to kick off 2018. It has been many years since I have read The Borrowers and I wasn’t sure what my daughter would make of it, but when she woke up asking for me to read more of The Borrowers to her at 5 in the AM, I knew it was a winner.

There was a few moments when she didn’t understand a turn of phrase or a wordy description, but overall, the story resonated with her. The description on the Borrowers under-floor house was a favourite. My daughter particularly liked the use of postage stamps as art work and using ‘borrowed’ handwritten letters to wallpaper. The thought that Norton put into her Borrower’s world is outstanding.


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Review: Isle of Winds by James Fahy

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Isle of Winds (The Changeling #1) by James Fahy 5/5

28173857Robin Fellows lives with his grandmother and lives what appears to be a rather ordinary life for a normal twelve year old boy.

But when Robin’s Gran dies, quite suddenly and a bit mysteriously, his world is turned upside down. A long lost relative comes out of the woodwork and whisks him away to a mysterious new home, Erlking Hall, a quiet estate in the solitary countryside of Lancashire.

Suddenly Robin must adjust to his new reality. But reality is no longer what he thought it was…

Erlking has many secrets – as do his newly found Great-Aunt Irene and her servants. After a strange encounter on the train and meeting a cold, eerie man on the platform, Robin begins to notice odd happenings at Erlking.

There is more than meets the eye to this old, rambling mansion.
Little does he know that there is more than meets the eye to himself.

Robin is the world’s last Changeling. He is descended from a mystic race of Fae-people, whose homeland, the Netherworlde, is caught in the throes of a terrible civil war.

Not only this, but in this new world there is a magical force that has infiltrated the human realm.

Before he can wrench power from the malevolent hands of the Netherworlde’s fearsome tyrant leader, Lady Eris, he must first search for the truth about himself and the ethereal Towers of Arcania.

Review:

A coming-of-age, fantasy book with hints of Harry Potter and Narnia. Readers big and small will enjoy this descriptive, vivid tale of Robin Fellows and his plunge into all things other-wordly, fantastical creatures, tyrannous rulers, magic, and heritage.

There are two factors that have to be on top form to bring such a story to life. Firstly, characters. Well-rounded, relatable, memorable characters that readers can love or hate are essential in making an unforgettable reading experience. Isle of Winds has characters that are effortlessly written and relatable whether human or not. The second factor is worldbuilding. The sights, sounds, tastes, smells have to draw you in until you are walking within the pages. Fahy’s worldbuilding is first rate. I love Erlking and everything odd and peculiar about it. The ordinary mixed with extraordinary was a hit with me, and don’t get me started on the brilliant Neverworlde and its occupants.

This is a book that I shall be happy to read to my daughter. I don’t mind sitting through Robin’s story for a second time.


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Review: The Alpha Plague by Michael Robertson

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The Alpha Plague by Michael Robertson 4/5

25815168Rhys is an average guy who works an average job in Summit City—a purpose built government complex on the outskirts of London.

The Alpha Tower stands in the centre of the city. An enigma, nobody knows what happens behind its dark glass.

Rhys is about to find out.

At ground zero and with chaos spilling out into the street, Rhys has the slightest of head starts. If he can remain ahead of the pandemonium, then maybe he can get to his loved ones before the plague does.

Review:

I can’t say that this isn’t your typical zombie/ infection novel, but I can say that the writing was good, the narrative was believable, and the action was intense. Sometimes, we just need a little of what we know done well. The Alpha Plague was that for me.

Rhy’s motivation throughout is to get to his son. I can understand that Vicky’s participation in getting him off the island stems from guilt, but the way their relationship grows in a few hours felt a little forced. I did enjoy how they bounced off of each other, each with their own personality traits and opinions which aided in keeping them both alive.

The storyline behind the ‘release’ of the infection is well believable in this day and age. Biological warfare gone wrong is a scary thought, especially if the enemy know what you are doing and how to use it to their advantage. I hope to hear a little more about The East and what they gained from their actions in the sequel.


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Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Winter by Marissa Meyer 4/5

13206900Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Review:

I am a huge fan of Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. Winter, however, took a little longer to get into. I think it was about chapter fifteen where I found my foothold in the story, picked up pace, and couldn’t put it down.

The fairytale retelling is a Meyer masterpiece yet again. I usually detest retellings, but I LOVE The Lunar Chronicles. The loved, kind-hearted Princess ruled over by her villainous step-mother storyline is executed in a fresh, original way, and blends beautifully with the rest of the series.

I’m still a Wolf girl. Scarlet and Wolf’s reunion was just ahhhhh. I won’t say anymore. The characters have their flaws, but you can’t help but get swept up in the camaraderie. Their personality traits work well together, and the narrative/ character development progressed naturally and truthfully.

The ending was exactly what I wanted for my favourite team of buddies. If you like fairytale retellings, why not try this sci-fi series with a hint of romance? It is unputdownable.


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