winged reviews
Young Adult / July 18, 2016
Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay CummingsZenith
Author: Lindsay Cummings, sasha alsberg
Series: Androma Saga #1
Publisher: Self-published
Date: 21/06/2016
62 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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There is darkness sweeping across the stars.

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector.

When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal.

Meanwhile, on the far side of the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The final pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles towards the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only thing certain is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

There are a few things I’d like to state before getting into this review. First of all, I am still hovering between 2.5 and 3 stars with this book. Secondly, it is only the beginning of this story – it is serialised, however it hasn’t been announced when the second instalment will be out. read more

By: Vicky
Review, Young Adult / September 21, 2015
I Am Her Revenge by Meredith MooreI Am Her Revenge
Author: Meredith moore
Publisher: Razorbill
Date: April 2015
336 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Mystery
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She can be anyone you want her to be.
Vivian was raised with one purpose in life: to exact revenge on behalf of her mother. Manipulative and cruel, Mother has deprived Vivian not only of a childhood, but of an original identity. With an endless arsenal of enticing personalities at her disposal, Vivian is a veritable weapon of deception.

And she can destroy anyone.
When it’s time to strike, she enrolls in a boarding school on the English moors, where she will zero in on her target: sweet and innocent Ben, the son of the man who broke Mother’s heart twenty years ago.

Anyone…except for the woman who created her.
With every secret she uncovers, Vivian comes one step closer to learning who she really is. But the more she learns about herself, the more dangerous this cat and mouse game becomes. Because Mother will stop at nothing to make sure the truth dies with her.

In I Am Her Revenge, Vivian is our heroine that has been honed into a killing machine by her mother, a woman wronged. The reader learns pretty early on that Vivian has been brainwashed and trained by her mother to enact a revenge that the mother has lived with all her life. Vivian’s mission takes her to a boarding school in England. Her mission, and she cannot fail, is to win the affection of a young man on campus, who is the target. read more

By: Sara
Review, Young Adult / May 7, 2015
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle PaigeDorothy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date: April 2014
480 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy
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The New York Times bestselling first book in a dark new series that reimagines the Oz saga, from debut author Danielle Paige.

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a road of yellow brick—but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas. I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I've been trained to fight. And I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman's heart. Steal the Scarecrow's brain. Take the Lion's courage. And—Dorothy must die.

When I first heard about the sick and twisted retelling of the famous Wizard of Oz story, I have to admit I was very interested. A friend read the book, devoured it really, only to tell me to skip the story. She didn’t recommend it at all. She didn’t care for any part of it. That certainly didn’t stop me! It actually pushed me even more to read the book. My friend and I will always be friends and I will do anything for her, but our taste in books differs (I usually really like to read what she can’t stand and vice versa). read more

By: Sara
Review, Young Adult / April 27, 2015
Threads That Bind by Brant WilliamsThreads That Bind
Author: Brant Williams
Series: Havoc Chronicles #1
Publisher: Self-published
Date: March 2012
327 pages
Source: Amazon Kindle Lending Library
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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At 16, Madison has accepted herself for who she is: smart and witty, but overweight with thick glasses and the social life of a Tibetan monk. Everything changes the summer before her junior year of high school when her eyesight inexplicably corrects itself, and she begins to rapidly lose weight. However, her new look comes with an unexpectedly expensive price. Madison’s first kiss with the boy she has had a crush on for years triggers powers she can’t control, almost killing him.

She discovers she is a Berserker, a powerful being chosen to guard the world from the Havocs, ancient creatures brought into our world by magic thousands of years ago. They cause destruction and death, but cannot be killed. Only the Berserkers’ life-blood can bind – and free – the Havocs. One Havoc is free and wants Madison’s blood to free another. Instead of enjoying her new look and popularity at school, Madison must now work with the Berserkers to master her powers and bind the Havoc before it kills her.

Oh, and if that weren’t bad enough, it turns out she is the first female Berserker since, well - ever.

Reviewed by: Mary

It can be a little hard sometimes to read young adult books when you’re more of a loser grown up, because your perspective on life is so different from the main characters of the book. Which is why I tend to read fantasy novels, because often those teenagers have problems beyond “what if he never asks me out?” Which is the case with Madison, who used to be a complete outcast with a huge crush on a popular boy who barely acknowledged her but thanks to a complete mysterious transformation she’s now popular. read more

By: Daphne
Adult, Review / September 13, 2013
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose ClarkeThe Mad Scientist's Daughter
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Date: January 2013
400 pages
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Science Fiction
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The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is the heartbreaking story of the journey from childhood to adulthood, with an intriguing science fictional twist.

There’s never been anyone - or anything - quite like Finn.

He looks, and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task is to tutor Cat.

When the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

Reviewed by: Mary

The plot of The Mad Scientist’s Daughter sounds familiar to anyone who has been reading science fiction for a while. If you read only the summary, it’s likely you might even pass the book by, assuming there’s not much new to offer. I certainly would have without a combination of good reviews and a sale on my Nook. read more

By: Daphne