2015 Book Reviews

The Moon Pool – Sophie Littlefield Buy (Worldwide)

The Holy Machine – Chris Beckett “Chris Beckett’s The Holy Machine is short, snappy, and doesn’t overstay its welcome…” Buy (Worldwide)

The Naturals – Jennifer Lynn Barnes Buy (Worldwide)

Resistance – Jenna Black “…Resistance is another five-star read in this amazing trilogy…” Buy (Worldwide)

Emergent – Rachel Cohn “…I love Demesne’s setting, such a vibrant and vivid world of colours. It’s fascinating to learn about cloning, and the plight for clones’ rights…I’m very much looking forward to the next book, or books, in this series…” Buy (Worldwide)

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter – Cassandra Rose Clarke “…a quietly elegant unfolding, of two people just trying to cope with the way society works…It’s often a sad tale, but one well worth reading. I bloody love this book. This is sci-fi romance the way it should be – real and relatable; simple on the surface, but deeply exploring everything. Realistic characters and scenarios, keeping the heart of the story down to earth. It’s magnificent, and a must-read.” Buy (Worldwide)

The Fire Sermon – Francesca Haig “…The Fire Sermon grabbed me from its concept, and kept me with its post-apocalyptic intrigue. Francesca Haig’s well-crafted secondary characters and fleeting glimpses of technology left me wanting more – and there are two books to go in the trilogy, so onward and upward!…” Buy (Worldwide)

Captive – Aimée Carter “…flashes of brilliance…definitely thought-provoking…” Buy (Worldwide)

The First Wife – Erica Spindler “…another gem…plenty of surprises in store. I’ve always enjoyed Erica Spindler’s thrillers, and she’s in even better form with this Gothic suspense. The First Wife is totally binge-read-worthy, and goes down a treat. Now eagerly waiting whatever the author has in store next.” Buy (Worldwide)

Dark Alchemy – Laura Bickle “…Laura Bickle brings a fresh approach to alchemy…makes learning chemistry fun. Petra Dee is a clever and relatable heroine…But it’s the gobsmacking, vivid imagery of the caves and the Lunaria that will really grab readers. This fascinating novel provides a great look at a proto-science about which I’d love to learn more. Dark Alchemy is brilliant as a stand-alone, yet a return trip to Temperance wouldn’t be unwelcome. Come for the western, but stay for the weird science!” Buy (US)

Echoes of Dollanganger – V. C. Andrews “…The ghost-writer deals with the reveal of the final Foxworth secret rather well…” Buy (Worldwide)

Before You Die – Samantha Hayes “…family-based paranoia like its predecessor, and it still has a twist for the very last chapter…well-written and engaging…” Buy (Worldwide)

Atlantia – Ally Condie “…Rio Conwy is an alright heroine, working towards her goal by breaking it down into components…” Buy (Paperback)

Vivian Versus the Apocalypse – Katie Coyle “…the most nuanced character is Vivian’s best friend…” Buy (Worldwide)

The Beautiful Ashes – Jeaniene Frost “…BONDAGE LIZARD PARTY…world-building is intriguing…” Buy (Worldwide)

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins “…Paula Hawkins has crafted an intoxicating story with flawed-yet-familiar characters and page-turning twists. The Girl on the Train is an international best-seller for a reason: it’s bloody good, and should appeal to fans of Brit crime. An intriguing read that’s left me impatient for news about the author’s next novel.” Buy (Worldwide)

The Girl in 6E – A. R. Torre “…well-researched…The novel’s premise is a winner…” Buy (Worldwide)

House Immortal – Devon Monk “…I’m firmly entrenched and along for the ride. Mix Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Amy Ewing’s The Jewel, and you get Devon Monk’s House Immortal: an intriguing blend of science, technology, politics, and who knows what else is in store.” Buy (Worldwide)

Flame – Amy Kathleen Ryan “…What I’ve most loved throughout this whole series is the marvellous setting, complete with nebula. This is science fiction the way it should be: more about actual SCIENCE, rather than military/war/invasion. And there are medical issues all the way to the end…” Buy (Worldwide)

The Bone Tree – Greg Iles “…the DIY-surgery scenes are riveting…The Bone Tree really packs a punch…flashes of brilliance…” Buy (Worldwide)

Never Never: Part One – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher “…I’ll be tuning into parts two and three to solve the mystery…” Buy (Worldwide)

Red Rising – Pierce Brown “…Red Rising blasts off with the brilliant Part 1, about family, work, life, and death. This section is sci-fi…” Buy (Worldwide)

Deceptions – Kelley Armstrong “…a high-quality page-turner…The characterisation is thorough, the psychiatric care facility is fascinating, and the piece-by-piece reveals are handled well. It’s a solid read, and I’m very much looking forward to Book 4.” Buy (Worldwide)

White Out – Cassandra Rose Clarke “…White Out is an atmospheric stunner…” Newsletter

Silent Creed – Alex Kava “…Fans of thrillers and dogs alike will find Alex Kava’s combination a winner. The story trots along, and never outstays its welcome. Another great read in this author’s arsenal.” Buy (Worldwide)

Danger is Still Everywhere – David O’Doherty & Chris Judge Buy (Worldwide)

Our Lady of the Ice – Cassandra Rose Clarke “I can sell Our Lady of the Ice with just two words: Antarctic noir…With an irresistible concept, Our Lady of the Ice captivates with secrets and betrayals, intriguing characters, and a deadly location. Cassandra Rose Clarke writes some of the best sci-fi currently on the market, and this latest addition is sure to gain new fans.” Buy (Worldwide)

Z for Zachariah – Robert C. O’Brien “…It’s simply brilliant…the characterisation is wonderfully executed…The tension builds as the novel turns from suspense to thriller. It’s a genuinely scary read, and easy to understand why it’s such a classic tale to be shared with the next generations…” Buy (Worldwide)

The Martian – Andy Weir “Believe the hype. This. Is. AWESOME…From the affable characters, to the stunning ingenuity, the deadly location, and fascinating space scenes, The Martian excels on all accounts. But the real winner is the mind-blowing research Andy Weir undertook and used to make his story the best it can be…” Buy (Worldwide)

Killer Instinct – Jennifer Lynn Barnes “…Killer Instinct does what every good sequel should: match the quality of the first, or improve upon it…The author’s studies in psychology are shown off fabulously here…With strong character studies and a complex plot, Jennifer Lynn Barnes has crafted an immersive YA novel in which even the adults have their own fascinating storylines. Now that the series has been well and truly established, I can’t wait to see what the Naturals will get up to next. Bring on All In!” Buy (Worldwide)

Soundless – Richelle Mead “…The scenery is breathtaking, and I’d love to learn more about the Chinese folklore that inspired Soundless…” Buy (Worldwide)

Katy – Jacqueline Wilson “…Katy’s a wonderful character…” Buy (Worldwide)

Life and Death – Stephenie Meyer “…I like Edythe more than Edward…The Host proved she’s not a one-trick pony…” Buy (Worldwide)

The Anatomy of Curiosity – Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, & Brenna Yovanoff “…shows how authors’ minds work in different ways, and may give readers new methods of idea development to try…as a reference text it’s well worth rereading.” Buy (Worldwide)

The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine – Krissy Kneen “…an irresistible WTF concept…” Buy (Worldwide)

Alienated – Melissa Landers Buy (Worldwide)

The Fixer – Jennifer Lynn Barnes “…The longer you read The Fixer, the better it gets – more complex, more emotional, and with higher stakes….The Fixer is a triumph with perfect pacing, intriguing interpersonal relationships, and a complicated mystery. Jennifer Lynn Barnes gets better with each book, which means The Long Game can’t come soon enough.” Buy (Worldwide)

City of Light – Keri Arthur Buy (Worldwide)

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