Dystopia

Review: Only Ever Yours

Only Ever Yours Book CoverOnly Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill, published July 2015 by Quercus.

Read: October 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Feminism
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 400
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Add to GoodreadsGoodreads Synopsis: eves are designed, not made. The School trains them to be pretty. The School trains them to be good. The School trains them to Always be Willing. All their lives, the eves have been waiting. Now, they are ready for the outside world. companion… concubine… or chastity? Only the best will be chosen. And only the Men decide.

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Author Spotlight: Interview with Catherine Linka and Giveaway!

A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka Book CoverOne of the first ARCs I received when I started blogging was A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka. I really enjoyed the first novel, and was super excited for the sequel, A Girl Undone (you should definitely check out my review, I basically reviewed it with  the author!). I ended up corresponding with Catherine, and invited her to be interviewed on Confessions of a Book Geek. To celebrate the release of A Girl Undone, the first novel in eBook – A Girl Called Fearless – is currently on offer on Amazon US / UK.

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R: Hi Catherine, introduce yourself to Book Geek readers, and tell us a little about you – what do you do when you aren’t writing/blogging?

C: Right now my life is dedicated to keeping our Labrador puppy, Carter from destroying the house, but when I’m not saving carpets and table legs, I love to travel. The places I love the most are Svalbard, Iceland and Antarctica. The landscapes are stark and dramatic, the light is constantly changing, and seeing killer whales and polar bears in the wild is amazing.

R: Sounds pretty magical! So, what made you want to become a writer?

C: I’m not sure I had a choice. For me, writing is like a compulsion, and if I don’t write, I’m miserable. Words and stories have been part of my life since I was little, and every job I’ve had was connected to some form of writing (publishing, advertising, book-selling).

A Girl Undone Book CoverR: A Girl Called Fearless and A Girl Undone are YA dystopian novels set in a patriarchal society, where did you get the inspiration for your story, and what were you hoping to explore?

C: I was a big fan of speculative fiction when I read a book that so stupidly portrayed how Americans would behave after a population catastrophe that I got really annoyed that the author had wasted such a good idea. So I started thinking about what would really happen if millions of adult women died suddenly in the US. There were two forces I imagined would wreck havoc in the country: politicians who would exploit men’s fears to capture political power, and American consumerism which would treat teenage girls as if they were the next luxury good.

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Review: A Girl Undone

A Girl Undone Book CoverA Girl Undone by Catherine Linka, published June 2015 by Pan Macmillan.

Read: March 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 320
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Goodreads Synopsis: On the run with government secrets, Avie must decide if she can truly become fearless for the cause, or if it’s better to just give in.

Having survived a violent confrontation with the US government, Avie is not out of danger. Both she and the young man she loves, Yates, have been declared terrorists, and Yates is hospitalized in critical condition, leaving Avie with the perilous task of carrying information that can bring down the Paternalist party, if she can get it into the right hands.

Forced on the run with handsome, enigmatic woodsman Luke, Avie struggles when every turn becomes a choice between keeping the two of them alive or completing their mission. With her face on every news channel and a quarter million dollar reward from the man who still owns her marriage Contract, Avie’s worst fears are about to come true.

Today, I’m bringing you a different kind of review altogether!

When I finished A Girl Undone I tweeted about it, and when I did the author and I ended up having a fantastic discussion about my thoughts on the book. It was both a surreal and amazing experience. You know the feeling you get when you can fangirl with someone over a book, well imagine doing that with the author of the book!? I’ve condensed our conversation to create this review, enjoy!

Note: There’s also a special offer announcement for book one in this duology, A Girl Called Fearless, at the end of this review, and stay tuned because I will also be doing a giveaway for an eBook copy on the blog!

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Review: Requiem

Requiem Book CoverRequiem by Lauren Oliverpublished September 2013 by Hodder & Stoughton.

Read: October 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi/Dystopia/Romance/Adventure
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 352
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Goodreads Synopsis: It is the rule of the Wilds: You must be bigger, and stronger, and tougher. A coldness radiates through me, a solid wall that is growing, piece by piece, in my chest. He doesn’t love me? He never loved me. It was all a lie.

‘The old Lena is dead’, I say, and then push past him. Each step is more difficult than the last; the heaviness fills me and turns my limbs to stone. You must hurt, or be hurt. Lena can build the walls, but what if there’s no one left to take them down?

*Warning* This review contains some spoilers

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Review: Pandemonium

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Book CoverPandemonium by Lauren Oliverpublished 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton.

Read: October 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi/Dystopia/Romance/Adventure
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 329
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Goodreads Synopsis: The eagerly anticipated sequel to the international bestseller Delirium, one of the most addictive books of last year. Unflinching, heartbreaking and totally addictive, this novel will push your emotions to the limit.

Lena’s been to the very edge. She’s questioned love and the life-changing and agonising choices that come with it. She’s made her decision. But can she survive the consequences? Pandemonium is the explosive sequel to the critically acclaimed and best-selling Delirium.

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Review: Delirium

Delirium CoverDelirium by Lauren Oliverpublished 2011 by Hodder.

Read: September 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi/Dystopia/Romance/Adventure
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 393
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Goodreads Synopsis: They say the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. I’ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

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Tore: Divided Love Review and Giveaway!

Tore Divided Love CoverTore: Divided Love by K D Fergusonpublished and available to purchase.

Read: August 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Dystopia
Source: Book Tour

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Synopsis: A future set in stone. For eighteen year old Krissa Channing a government ruled pairing with Braiden Connor and a move to Headquarters were her set fate. Until Braiden’s sudden disappearance threatens Krissa’s entire future.

After months of endless worry, Krissa has an unexpected meeting with Duke, a perfect suitor that could offer her the future she’s always dreamed of. Just when she begins to regain hope, Braiden returns. Now, Krissa must find where her heart truly lies. Torn between two loves, she must decide which of their worlds she belongs in. But is such a decision even possible when the choice rests between freedom and love?

Giveaway!

There is a tour-wide giveaway for a $5 Amazon Giftcard, mini quote book and signed coaster set, to enter click here.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One Trailers! *UPDATE*

This post will surely be ridiculously long by the time I’m finished with it… The first actual Teaser Trailer has been released that isn’t a faux propaganda piece from The Capitol. The marketing guys for this movie are smart, very smart.

First Teaser Trailer – 28/07/2014

Second Faux Propaganda Trailer – 10/07/14

The second trailer for the next installment of The Hunger Games movie saga has been released. These are so simple but effective and they’re getting me really excited for the movie. Props to the PR and Marketing guys behind these, using Panem propaganda is amazing, and this broadcast is interrupted by District 13 – LOVE it!

Original Post and First Trailer Below:

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