The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee | Book Review

THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR BY KATHARINE MCGEE

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction/Dystopia

“I believe in happiness. I’m just not sure love will actually get you there.”
― Katharine McGee, The Thousandth Floor

Synopsis:
NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

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A Futuristic Manhattan Gossip Girl!
~Drama, Lies, Friendships, Secrets, Relationships~

I really had not heard much about this book except for when it first came out. I saw it at my library as an audiobook and thought I would give it a try. I was extremely happy that I did. This book was no mean perfect, it had its flaws but overall it was fun and delivered on what it was. I struggled with a rating because there were areas in which I wanted more, but I decided that I really enjoyed the read, it surprised me and had a lot going on that I definitely thought it could earn the 5 stars from me.

If you have ever watched/read Gossip Girl you will definitely notice some parallels with some of the characters, but don’t let that deter you because it is completely its own story with some awesome futuristic creations and a mystery that the whole books lead up to solving.

The book starts off with an event that happened with little detail and has you trying to figure out the whole time who it was and what happened. It is told in multiple POV and had tons of drama, lies, secrets and intrigue that keep me flying through the story. So much was going on with all of the characters that had that guilty indulgent pull of needing to know more and had me lapping up all of the drama going on. On top of the dramatic pull there was the layer of science fiction. This is one area that I would have loved more on, but it was not needed for the overall story. The concept of this futuristic Manhattan and all the cool innovations that are in this world definitely added to the story. I really enjoyed the idea of how the tower works and thought it very well described the way our society would look like in this setting. The mode of transportation was definitely my favorite, especially the transatlantic.

The cast of characters were all diverse and each had their flaws. No one is safe from secrets and lies, but it was true to the way people that age act. And although there was not a lot of parental presences, I enjoyed that they were there and that it wasn’t like much of futuristic/dystopian YA with all of the parents missing.

I do not want to go into much because I do not want to give anything away. But overall I really found this book to be a fun quick read that was full of surprises and had me trying to figure out the ending the whole way through. It is loaded with drama and has some really interesting innovations and science fiction add ons that make this a great thriller that can be enjoyed by a variety of people. And even though the one mystery is solved at the end, the book definitely leads off with you needing more and wanting to know what comes of the event that takes place.

My biggest struggle with audiobook usually falls onto the narrator. I really enjoyed Phoebe Strole. She had a narration style that did not bore me to pieces or annoy the crap out of me. She did not try and change her voice to sound like a male (which is my biggest pet peeve with narrators). I would definitely listen to other books she narrated!

 

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Kindle E-Book Tour | Young Adult – Fantasy & Science Fiction

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Insanity by Cameron Jace

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Blackout by Meredith McCardle

Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A. Thompson

Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun

Shadows & Secrets by Chautona Havig

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A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice

Land of Shadows by Jeff Gunzel

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Dangerous by Alycia Linwood

Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

Ancient Guardians by S.L Morgan

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This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

More Than This by Patrick Ness

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch

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Puppet by Paulina C. Harris

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Realm Keepers by Garrett Robinson

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Origins: The Fire by Debra Driza

Mechanical by Pauline C. Harris

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Whispers of the Fallen by J.D Netto

Make sure to watch out for the next section of my Kindle Book Tour. And if you haven’t yet check out the Fantasy & Science Fiction, Classic and New Adult section!

Kindle E-Book Tour | Fantasy & Science Fiction

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The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller

Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

The Book of Deacon Joseph Lallo

Dark Realms by Kristen Middleton

Only Blue Will Do by Mark Rippon

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The Bloodstained God by Tim Stead

Burden of Souls by Andy Monk

City of Rogues by Ty Johnston

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

The Fifth Vertex by Kevin Hoffman

Everville: The First Pillar by Roy Huff

Darkness Rising by Ross Kitson

The Descent Series by S.M Reine

 Make sure to watch out for the next section of my Kindle Book Tour

The Martian by Andy Weir | Book Review

18007564THE MARTIAN BY ANDY WEIR

Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller

“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”
― Andy Weir, The Martian

Source: Blogging For Books in return for an honest review

Synopsis:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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*I would like to thank Blogging For Books for a copy of this book in return for an honest review*

The Martian is an intense thrill ride that causes you to develop an attachment to the main character, Mark Watney, you are rooting for him the whole time and become emotionally invested in his survival. It is a gripping survival story that showcases the humor, ingenuity and resilience of one man that is left behind on a mission to Mars.

I haven’t read much science fiction and have wanted to explore the genre more. I had heard superb reviews and praise for The Martian and found out it was being turned into a movie so I had to pick it up and see what it was all about. I was completely blown out of the water by this book. I do not think I can express my feelings and thoughts about this book without raving, fangirling and rambling, so bare with me.

Weir’s writing did so many things and his writing style was unique and worked so well in creating a story that sucked me in completely and made me feel like I was one of those people sitting at home glued to the television and keeping up with “Watney Watch” The book is written in journal entries from the main character Mark Watney who was left behind and now trying to survive all on his own on Mars. Watney has such a smart-ass humor that makes you forget at times that he might die at any moment. He is a kickass scientist and his ability to problem solve and survive situations that I would definitely never make it through, is absolutely amazing. There are emotions that come through while reading his entries and you begin to realize that he is doing this to try and maintain his sanity.

Weir incorporates a lot of science (chemistry, physics etc) into the story (I mean it is a science fiction novel), but it is done is such a fantastic way that I actually understood what was going on. (I am not scientifically inclined at all). Everything is explained and it helps you realize how long Watney has to survive or how important a certain thing is to his survival. Of course we also get some of the story from the crew members that left Watney behind and people from NASA back home. I thought that this added information and perspective really rounded out the story. It added to the suspense and created a situation much like that of Apollo 11 (have you ever seen the movie? This book has that kind of feel). Although Watney was the main character and one I extremely enjoyed, especially with his smart-ass attitude, I enjoyed the other characters and the development that happened with them.

Overall, I do not know if I could recommend this enough. I believe everyone could find aspects of this book they enjoy and it could appeal to all ages. At its core it is a Mars survival story, but it explores the human psyche, the coming together of the human race, sacrifice and the scientific field.

5s

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | Book Review

9969571READY PLAYER ONE BY ERNEST CLINE

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Format: Audiobook

“Being human totally sucks most of the time. Videogames are the only thing that make life bearable.”
― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

Synopsis:
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

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WOW! This is every nerdy kid’s dream! Listening to this book on audiobook being narrated   by Wil Wheaten made this book 10x better if that is even possible.

I was a little hesitant when I first picked up Ready Player One because I have heard nothing, but good things about this book. I was 1.) worried about it being over-hyped (and oh man was that a mistake. It is so worth all the hype!) 2.) although I have an intense love of books and a nerdy side, gaming has never really been an obsession of mine. At the beginning of the book there were times I felt a little confused and trying to keep up on all the gaming and way the system works but Cline does an absolutely amazing job with details and descriptions that it did not take me long to understand and see the world unravel before my eyes. I have to say being a huge movie fan ( and one that loves movies from the 80s) I totally loved all of the 80s pop culture references and the part it had played in the whole story.

The story was action packed and Cline took the story in interesting directions. I was never quite sure what to expect. I feel like this book was filled with content that can appease to so many different readers. It was a super fun read and I had a hard time putting it down because I was completely captivated and totally immersed into the story and characters. At times I also felt like I was getting a peek at the future. There are so many parts of this story that are already starting to take place (like peoples dependance on technology etc) The characters were also an amazing part of this book.

Being in a situation where you have two different lives, a real and virtual. It was interesting to see the characters develop and evolve from both sides. Wade as well as the other characters had complex backgrounds and it was nice to see their back story unfold as well and give more insight to their life and the actions they take in Oasis.

Overall this was a fantastic book that completely surprised and shocked me. It brought out my nerdy side and added to my already obsessive love for some of the great accomplishments of the 80s (John Hughes movies!) I loved that this book had more than just a gaming aspect and really covered some topics of love and life! I recommend this to everyone who enjoys gaming, 80s pop culture, fun adventures, gripping action packed stories, basically I think every person could find something they love about this book!

5s

The Eighth Guardian by Meredith McCardle | Book Review

17357347THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN BY MEREDITH McCARDLE

Genre: YA, Sci-fi (Time Travel)

Format: Audiobook

“Enhancement, Not Alteration.”
― Meredith McCardle, The Eighth Guardian

Synopsis: 
Amanda Obermann. Code name Iris.

It’s Testing Day. The day that comes without warning, the day when all juniors and seniors at The Peel Academy undergo a series of intense physical and psychological tests to see if they’re ready to graduate and become government operatives. Amanda and her boyfriend Abe are top students, and they’ve just endured thirty-six hours of testing. But they’re juniors and don’t expect to graduate. That’ll happen next year, when they plan to join the CIA—together.

But when the graduates are announced, the results are shocking. Amanda has been chosen—the first junior in decades. And she receives the opportunity of a lifetime: to join a secret government organization called the Annum Guard and travel through time to change the course of history. But in order to become the Eighth Guardian in this exclusive group, Amanda must say good-bye to everything—her name, her family, and even Abe—forever.

Who is really behind the Annum Guard? And can she trust them with her life?

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I think this book does not receive enough attention, it is severely underrated. I was hesitant to pick it up although I thought the synopsis sounded interesting because it is not talked about much and I saw a few reviews of people not happy with the book and not to add the fact that I have never read a time travel book.There were some slight issues I had with this book, but for the most part it was intriguing, action packed, fast paced and filled with fantastic shocks and twists!

Although I listen to this on audiobook, I could not put it down. It captivated me right away causing me to stay up for hours at a time listening instead of sleeping. The historical elements woven into the story were so well done paired with the time traveling and missions of Annum Guard really makes you think “What if?” It made me think of when people ask “if you could redo it or go back and chance the outcome, would you?”. It is so crazy how every fabric of our world weaves to together and how one small change can cause a chain reaction. The pacing of this book was fantastic and the book is layered with huge unexpected twists that keep you on edge wondering where McCardle is going to take the story. For the most part the world was greatly developed and all the components of the time travel were well thought out and the system was unique, but there were times I was a little confused because some small things did not stay consistent or match up.

The Annum Guard was an interesting organization. The way the whole system works, the outcomes, the awesome watches and everything else was just fantastic. Although there is a lot of the time in the book that Amanda/Iris spends alone and not much time with the other characters, they were all so well developed. McCardle did a phenomenal job with creating and developing complex and dynamic characters that fit into her story line and worked well for what she was trying to achieve (at least what I felt like she was trying to achieve.) I do admit there were times that I was annoyed and frustrated with Amanda/Iris. She was whiney and acted without thinking. Some of that I understand from the situations she was put in and there was some character growth seen with her as well, but she just was not the best protagonist (in my opinion). She was clever, intelligent and pulled off some kickass moves, but I enjoyed some of the other characters more and wish that she wasn’t so selfish.

Overall I thought this book was super great and needs more attention. If you have any interest in time travel or history this is a book for you. It was packed full of twists that kept the book gripping and leaving you with no idea what the outcome was going to be. It was sprinkled a little with romance, sassy and fierce characters, action packed scenes and leaves you wishing that you were able to project as well! It was brilliantly done, completely surprised me and I am so happy I picked it up!

RATING-4

Audiobook rating : 4/5

NPR’s Top Science Fiction & Fantasy Books!

Recently I have gotten back into reading a lot (duh Ashley! Why else would you have a book blog) I have been expanding my tastes and exploring new genres and some of what I really want to get more into is adult sci-fi and fantasy! I have heard some people talking about this list and looked over it and really want to read more from this list since I have sadly only read two and am currently reading another. I don’t have any set date, number or anything for when I hope to read them by, but I just really want to dive into this genre(s) more!

Have you read any of these books/series? What do you think of them?What should I read first?

 

Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin

6. 1984, by George Orwell

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov

9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan

13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson

15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore

16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov

17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss

19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick

22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King

24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

25. The Stand, by Stephen King

26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman

30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey

34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein

35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller

36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells

37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne

38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys

39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells

40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings

42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley

43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson

44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven

45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin

46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien

47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White

48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke

50. Contact, by Carl Sagan

51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons

52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks

55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman

57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett

58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson

59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold

60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett

61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind

63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist

67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks

68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard

69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb

70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne

73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore

74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi

75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson

76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey

78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin

79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire

81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson

82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde

83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks

84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart

85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson

86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher

87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe

88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn

89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan

90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock

91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley

93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge

94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov

95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson

96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis

98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville

99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony

100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen | Book Review

17070772AQUIFER BY JONATHAN FRIESEN

Genre: YA, Sci-fi/Dystopian                      

“Don’t look back. Protect her. Save the world. Got it.”
– Jonathan Friesen, Aquifer (Luca)

Buy Link: Amazon

Synopsis: 
Only he can bring what they need to survive.

In the year 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. Sixteen-year-old Luca has struggled with this truth, and what it means, his entire life. As the son of the Deliverer, he will one day have to descend to the underground Aquifer each year and negotiate with the reportedly ratlike miners who harvest the world’s fresh water. But he has learned the true control rests with the Council aboveground, a group that has people following without hesitation, and which has forbidden all emotion in the name of keeping the peace. This Council has broken his father’s spirit, while also forcing Luca to hide every feeling that rules his heart.

But when Luca’s father goes missing, everything shifts. Luca is forced underground, and discovers secrets and mysteries that cause him to questions who he is and the world he serves. Together with his friends and a very alluring girl, Luca seeks to free his people and the Rats from the Council’s control. But Luca’s mission is not without struggle and loss, as his desire to uncover the truth could have greater consequences than he ever imagined. [Goodreads]

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In a world with a limited water supply, there is one person who goes underground to the Aquifer to negotiate with the people who live down there in order to maintain peace and have access to the water source. This story takes place in New Pert, Austrayla which is an interesting component of the story because they are isolated and surrounded by salt water when fresh drinking water is a limited supply.  Luca is next in line for this role and has been trained his whole life to take over after his father. Luca is forced into the role a lot sooner than expected when his father goes missing and must risk his life to save his people and the water source. Feelings, emotions and reading is forbidden and what Luca discovers will change his whole life.

This story was unique and had some interesting elements that I have not read about before in a book. As in most dystopian worlds, the living conditions and circumstances were hard to deal with. The book has some magical/supernaturalish elements to it as well which I was not expecting. The citizens are forced to wear these metal detectors that show if they are experiencing too many emotions and such and I felt like this concept was not explained and presented well enough. I thought the world building was great, but I thought there were a few things left unexplained leaving unanswered questions and the overall writing was good, but there were some problems I had with the style and use of italics. Luca was an intriguing character. He feels so alone in the world and makes such great sacrifices for the community. I did feel like a lot of the time I was feeling really sad for him and I do not believe there was enough character development as there should have been. I was not totally sold on Luca being the hero. The underground world was so fascinating and I wish that more time was spent on that part of the story.

Overall it was a unique setting and situation presented in the genre of YA Dystopian. I feel that those who love and devour dystopian novels would be interested to pick this up. It is a good book, but I wouldn’t say it was outstanding so I feel like those who are so-so on dystopian might not be able to enjoy it.

RATING-2

The Girl And The Clockwork Cat by Nikki McCormack|Book Review

18980000THE GIRL AND THE CLOCKWORK CAT BY NIKKI McCORMACK

Genre: YA, Steampunk/Science Fiction/Mystery

Source: Entangled Teen (in return for an honest review!)

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

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Synopsis:
Feisty teenage thief Maeko and her maybe-more-than-friend Chaff have scraped out an existence in Victorian London’s gritty streets, but after a near-disastrous heist leads her to a mysterious clockwork cat and two dead bodies, she’s thrust into a murder mystery that may cost her everything she holds dear.

Her only allies are Chaff, the cat, and Ash, the son of the only murder suspect, who offers her enough money to finally get off the streets if she’ll help him find the real killer.

What starts as a simple search ultimately reveals a conspiracy stretching across the entire city. And as Maeko and Chaff discover feelings for each other neither was prepared to admit, she’s forced to choose whether she’ll stay with him or finally escape the life of a street rat. But with danger closing in around them, the only way any of them will get out of this alive is if all of them work together. [Goodreads]

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*I would like to thank Entangled Teen for the copy of The Girl and the Clockwork Cat and the chance to read and review it!*

By reading the synopsis of this book I just knew I had to read it! I have a secret obsession (really not so secret) with adult mystery and have been wanting to get into YA mystery. I was not really sure what to expect from this and had a feeling it might be easy plot of a crime, followed by a girl and a cat solving the mystery, but it was so much more complex than that! There were elements of love and family. I also felt like there were some feminist tones to the story and quite enjoyed that element. I thought it fit the world and time period wonderfully and who doesnt enjoy some kickass females that can protect and handle their own! The world and setting were beautifully done. This had a slight feeling of a Dicken’s novel with the amazing details and descriptions of the streets of Victorian London. I was also a huge fan of the steampunk elements! I always find I am so fascinated by the technology and other industrial components that authors come up with and how well they are executed in the overall story and plot.

This was a fun and captivating story about a girl named Maeko, who is of japanese descent living on the streets of Victorian London. She is a “street rat” , a feisty thief that is making her living out on the streets. Maeko is not lacking in the clever and kickass skills that it takes to make it on her own. She is one badass character that can hold her own on the streets that is predominately “a place for blokes!” The character development and growth with Maeko was well done. I felt like I was not only in the story and could see everything that was happening because of the attention and detail that McCormack went to, but I also felt like I was in Maeko’s head a little and I could understand and see everything from her perspective. I highly enjoyed the other characters as well and thought they added a lot to the story overall. Chaff was like that big brother figure that is tough and smart and uber protective. Then there was Ash who made a fantastic love interest. At the beginning he is quite set in his ways, but throughout the book he really begins to grow on you.  I actually loved Ash as the love interest and enjoyed that it happened naturally and was not insta-love. I found it really adorable and I am always a fan of the hate to like relationships I feel like they add more depth to the characters and help to show character development and growth. I however was a little annoyed with the faint love triangle stuff that appeared, but felt like it didn’t play a big enough role to deter me from the book. I have to say that my favorite character by far was Macak, of course! I love cats and loved the role that he played in this story. He has an awesome geared out fake leg and is one smart cat!

Although I felt the ending was a little rushed and wished the book would have been a little longer (I felt like it was missing some more content) I was left wanting (needing) more! There better be another book, so far from what I have seen this is a stand alone and if that is the case I am not happy. The end did wrap up most of the story, but there are a few things presented at the end that I need answers to.Overall I thought this was a fantastic book! It was an easy fast read that was filled with action and mystery (although a little predictable). It had great strong characters and of course the awesome clockwork cat, Macak! The writing was wonderful, the language and wording were on point and really created a fabulous picture, setting the scene of Victorian London and the gritty and rough life on the streets. The details created a vivid lay out that made the book even more enjoyable. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys great world building, a strong, kickass, witty female lead, action packed steampunk !

RATING-4