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Review: Impulse by Steven Gould

piranha stars turquoise 5“A sci-fi delight.”

About the book:

Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents’ arms. She’s teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she’s never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger.

Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom. That was the first time.

Cover of Steven Gould's Impulse

Review by Katy Haye:

I adore Jumper. It would go with me to that mythical desert island. Impulse, which follows original jumper Davy’s daughter, is another sci-fi delight.

If I’m being completely honest, Impulse doesn’t fit completely within the YA classification since there are POV scenes from Davy and Millie (parents), but it’s still a great read for teens. I’d also say it’s probably best to start reading at the start of the series (Jumper, followed by Reflex – skip the movie tie-in Griffin’s Story; it’s not a patch on the others). Block off a weekend for this – it won’t be wasted!

What Impulse is, is quite simply a fabulous sci-fi read. It’s the kind of science (spontaneous teleportation) where you really wish it existed – and that you could do it (that’s not just me, surely?). This is the kind of universe I want to be a part of, even with the dangers.

I loved Impulse. If you enjoy science fiction at all, you should read this.

Katy Haye is reading her way through the alphabet during 2017. Check in next week for her review of her “J” read. When not reading, she writes speculative fiction for YA readers. Creeping sci-fi mystery, Discord, is now available.

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Discord and Dissent – cover reveal and a freebie!

Piranha Katy Haye’s new novel, Dissent, is now available for pre-order (and it’s only .99 until release on 28th April!). Check out the gorgeous cover! (with thanks to Deranged Doctor Designs).

Dissent cover, second in the Echoes of Earth trilogyDissent, second in the Echoes of Earth trilogy, tells Hiran’s story. The Casians will accept no dissent from their human slaves. But when rebellion is the only thing keeping you going, how can you stop?

To celebrate Dissent‘s arrival, first in the series Discord is available free until March 7th (that’s today and tomorrow ONLY). Grab your copy today for a “clever, slow-burning fantasy mystery” (Goodreads).Katy Haye's Discord: The Matrix meets Planet of the Apes

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Review: The Cursed Child by JK Rowling

piranha stars turquoise 4About the book:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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Review by Katy Haye:

Well, I liked it; I didn’t love it. And to set the context for that, I adore the Harry Potter books, but in a normal, sane booklover manner. E.g. I ordered and read the last four on the weekend they were released, but I wouldn’t stay up late in a cloak and pointy hat waving around a twig in order to get a copy the moment midnight strikes.

Probably a big part of my lack of adoration was the presentation as a script rather than a novel (I am aware it’s a play, so I’ll accept the argument that its formatting is fair enough). But I found myself conjuring how various scenes could be done from a technical perspective, which was slightly distracting.

I like a nice time travel yarn and the story itself was smashing, the structure was good and the relationships were touching. (Snape, I fall in love with you a little more each time).

It made me want to see the play, which I guess means it’s done its job. I just didn’t quite sink into the world as thoroughly as I wanted to.

When not reviewing books, Katy Haye writes speculative fiction for YA readers. Check out her latest, Discord. It’s FREE this weekend only!

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Review: Non-Heir by Rachel E Carter

 

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Flawless.

About the book:

Prince. Prodigy. Mage.

Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Falling Kingdoms, and Tamora Pierce.

This novella follows Prince Darren as a child through adolescence and his first run-in with Ryiah at the Academy of Magic. Readers discover the dark backstory between the two princes and their father, as well as the ensuing events that shaped Darren into the Academy’s most prodigal mage.

Cover of Rachel E Carter's Non-Heir

Click to start reading … you won’t want to stop!

Review by Katy Haye:

My “H” read for my alphabet challenge got off to a rocky start. After two false starts I decided this could count as an H title, or I might not manage to read one!

And once I started reading, I didn’t look back. This was a wonderful story to vanish into. The world-building is superb, the writing is SOO accomplished and the characters are wonderful. These are not the pampered Princes you might expect, their lives are utterly brutal, and they reflect that in complex ways. Darren is hard to like, but totally compelling.

I don’t generally do more than cast an eye over reviews before I pick up a book, but one snagged in my memory as I read. The reviewer said Non-Heir was okay, but didn’t really reflect the full strength of Rachel E Carter’s writing. Well, if that’s the case, I can’t wait to dig into the rest of the series (and there are four waiting for me – bliss!), because I really can’t see how this can get better!

And check out that cover. I could drool for weeks.

This is so highly recommended that if you were here with me now I’d be grabbing your Kindle and uploading it for you. It’s as strong as Leigh Bardugo – and anyone who follows this blog knows what high praise that is. Get a copy. Now. Oh, and it’s free, so you’re really out of excuses now.

Katy Haye is reading her way through the alphabet during 2017. Check in next week for her review of her “I” read: Impulse. When not reading, she writes speculative fiction for YA readers. Her new release, Discord, is now available.

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REVIEW: THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR by Sarina Bowen

Great New Adult love story challenging homophobia

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I’ve read and enjoyed all 5 books in Bowen’s ‘The Ivy League’ New Adult series. I chose to review ‘The Understatement Of The Year’ because a) it is a gorgeous love story and b) it challenges prejudices, specifically homophobia, without being at all preachy. It also has a really great ice hockey background!

Warning – this book includes a lot of sex, most of it male/male, so if you don’t like that you won’t love this book.

The heart of the story is about how two 15-year-old boys from a conservative Christian background cope with a violent homophobic attack. Rikker is badly hurt and comes out as gay to his parents who are horrified and send him away to live with his grandmother. Graham escapes physical injury but is terrified of anyone ever again knowing he is gay.

Five years later the two meet up again when Rikker transfers to the university attended by Graham and joins the same ice hockey team. Graham’s attraction to Rikker and his fraught attempts to ‘prove’ he is straight make gripping reading. In addition, there are lots of lovely sub-plots around homophobia in sport, attitudes to sexually confident women and Rikker’s relationship with different members of his family and his ex.

Altogether this is a very satisfying read. My only complaint is that some of the characters tend towards the stereotypical, but overall Bowen is to be congratulated on making such a great read from what could be a difficult subject.

Review by Gill-Marie Stewart


Gill-Marie writes YA mystery/romances as Gill-Marie Stewart. As Gilly Stewart she also writes women’s contemporary fiction. The first book in her YA series about George and Finn is Music and Lies (try out the first chapter here).

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Book Blitz: The Piper’s Price by Audrey Greathouse

The Piper’s Price
Audrey Greathouse
(The Neverland Wars #2)
Published by: Clean Reads Publishing
Publication date: February 21st 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Retelling, Young Adult

Peter is plotting his retaliation against the latest bombing. Neverland needs an army, and Peter Pan is certain children will join him once they know what is at stake. The lost boys and girls are planning an invasion in suburbia to recruit, but in order to deliver their message, they will need the help of an old and dangerous associate—the infamous Pied Piper.

Hunting him down will require a spy in in the real world, and Gwen soon finds herself in charge of locating the Piper and cutting an uncertain deal with him. She isn’t sure if Peter trusts her that much, or if he’s just trying to keep her away from him in Neverland. Are they friends, or just allies? But Peter might not even matter now that she’s nearly home and meeting with Jay again.

The Piper isn’t the only one hiding from the adults’ war on magic though, and when Gwen goes back to reality, she’ll have to confront one of Peter’s oldest friends… and one of his earliest enemies.

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EXCERPT:

They found the forest’s hiking trail moments before breaking the tree line. “Where are we going, Peter?” He was heading toward a mobile home community next to the state park.

He continued to walk with confidence. His usual cocky stride looked surprisingly like the swagger of an ordinary teenage boy. “My friend lives here. Don’t worry. Don’t look like such a stranger here.”

She didn’t want to appear conspicuous, but Gwen was too baffled to help it. The unkempt lawns were boxed in by chain-link fences covered in varying degrees of rust. They passed a lawn littered with bicycles; on the other side of the gravel street, two different cars were parked on the lawn, clearly non-functional. Satellite dishes were on every trailer home. Despite all being painted differently, the track housing still managed to present a uniformity of depressing color.

Multiple houses had motorcycles out front or a dog milling around their yard. When she and Peter passed a pack of Rottweilers, the dogs ran up to the fence and began snarling until all the other dogs in the neighborhood were barking too. “Ignore it,” Peter advised her.

She was scared. This was not the sort of place she ever expected to visit with Peter. She didn’t trust his ability to protect her here. This wasn’t his world, but it wasn’t hers either. They were both out of their element. Peter just didn’t have the sense to realize it.

Winding down the gravel road, Gwen matched Peter’s pace almost step for step. They approached a blue-and-grey house. Like the others, it had wooden latticework around the bottom to help obscure the fact it didn’t have a foundation in the ground. The square house reminded Gwen of how she would take shoeboxes and try to turn them into homes for her dolls by decorating them. It was hard to fathom that she was walking up the plastic steps of the porch to knock on the door.

She waited, feeling her heartbeat in her throat, her toes, and everywhere besides her chest. Even the predictable noise of the door opening startled her.

A woman with a long, black braid and beige cardigan stood in the doorway. Gwen looked up at her, and then watched as the sharp features of her dark face dissolved into unadulterated shock.

“Peter?”

The startled woman ushered them in. She was just as uncomfortable with their presence in the trailer park as Gwen. Once inside, they stood in a living room full of old furniture, facing a kitchen with old electric appliances. There was no unity or romance to the orange recliner, chipped mixing bowl, off-white blender, dull toaster, and sunken couch. It was a bunch of old stuff that looked like it represented several decades of objects abandoned at Goodwill. The chingadera and bric-a-brac wasn’t any more cohesive: porcelain angles, an antique pot, a vase full of bird feathers, and a stopped clock made the place confusing and strange in the same way her grandmother’s house had been.

“What are you doing here?” she hissed, pulling her cardigan close and tossing her thick braid over her shoulder and out of her way. She had a shapeless housedress underneath the beige sweater, and a pair of black leggings insulating her legs as she stomped around, heavy-footed in her leather slippers. She looked comfortable, except for the unexpected guests who were putting her so ill at ease. “You shouldn’t be here.”

“I need your help,” Peter said.

“They’re still keeping tabs on me.”

“That’s why I came in disguise.”

“You’re being irresponsible. You’re jeopardizing us both, and Neverland to boot.”

“I took all the right precautions. This is important.” Hollyhock and Foxglove wrestled their way out of the pixie purse and came twinkling out now that they knew they were safely inside.

“You brought fairies here?” she exclaimed. She leaned down and grabbed a hold of his arm, forcing him to look her dead in her dark eyes. Gwen wanted to leave. This wasn’t a friend, not anymore. This was a grown-up, and unlike Antoine the aviator, she was not amused with Peter’s wartime antics.

“What happens if they figure it out and come to question me?”

Peter scoffed. “You won’t tell them.”

“What if they threaten to arrest me? They could put me away forever until I told them what they needed to know, and nobody here would stop them.”
Peter broke free of her hold with ease; she wasn’t actually trying to restrain him. “Preposterous,” he declared. “If they did that, you would sit, stone-faced and silent in your cell until they all died.”

“What if they beat me?”

“You’d take the blows as though you were made of rock, and you would not speak.” Peter seemed to disregard the question.

“What if they tortured me and stuck blades under my nails?” she demanded.

“Then you would not even scream, but stay silent as a stone!” Peter insisted, hopping up onto a wooden kitchen chair at her dining table, looking down at the woman.

“What if they bring knives and cut off my fingers, one at a time, until I told them how to find you?”

Peter yelled right back, “Then you would steal their knives and scalp them all like the redskin princess you are!”

Her anger slunk off her face and out of her shoulders. She shook her head, frowning as a sad laugh escaped her. She clung to her sweater, blinking back tears, until, at last, she flung her arms around Peter. Still on the chair, he had to bend down to return the embrace.

“Oh, Peter,” she muttered, unaware of the tears slipping off her smiling face. “Oh, Peter.”

“It’s good to see you, Tiger Lily.”

 

Author Bio:

Audrey Greathouse is a lost child in a perpetual and footloose quest for her own post-adolescent Neverland. Originally from Seattle, she earned her English B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University’s online program while backpacking around the west coast and pretending to be a student at Stanford. A pianist, circus artist, fire-eater, street mime, swing dancer, and novelist, Audrey wears many hats wherever she is. She has grand hopes for the future which include publishing more books and owning a crockpot. You can find her at audreygreathouse.com.

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