Dystopian, Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Teen, Young-Adult

/ARC-Book Review / True Born (True Born Trilogy, #1) / by L.E. Sterling /



Release Date-May 3rd 2016
Genre-Dystopian YA
Publisher-Entangled Teen
Kindle Edition-304 Pages

Welcome to Dominion City.

After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair.

The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…

And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.

When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?

As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood.

True Born by L.E. Sterling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


⭐⭐⭐1/2 STARS
Release Date-3/5/16

So True Born is book one of a trilogy that takes place in Dominion.
A city devastated by ruin caused by a plague on mankind.
There seems to be three tiers of people Splicers, Lasters and True Born.
The rich and entitled seem to be the splicers as only the rich can afford to splice there DNA to survive and the poor take up the majority of the Lasters who are really just waiting for the virus to take effect and finish them off.
Thrown into this mix are the True Born, In my opinion, the most fascinating of the three castes.
These True Borns are immune to the virus due to there throwback animal DNA this is evolution at its finest.
So True born is a clean YA book set in a dystopian future.
It features twins Lucy and Margot Fox the daughters of a wealthy high-placed splicer couple and is told from Lucy’s POV.
As this pair approach their eighteenth birthday there orderly efficient life is about to change as they know it.
Into this background is dropped Jared who as well as being a True Born himself is also quite taken with Lucy and really just wants to keep her safe while also opening her eyes to the atrocities being committed in the city.
Jared is part of Storm Logans team who along with other True Borns have been hired to provide protection to the twins while their parents are out of town.
So that is the basic gist of this book and while I did enjoy it, I do have some minor issues as well.
So first it did take me quite a while to become invested in this story.
I’m not actually sure why that was.
Maybe because this was quite slow moving and took a while to actually get going.
Or maybe it was the information overload initially and trying to get this world straight in my head.
That being said the world building here was fantastic and very thorough indeed.
And when I did finally merge with True Born I’ve got to say I was so glad I’d persevered here as it was well worth the wait.
I also really liked both girls they’d lived a very sheltered life which had definitely impacted there outlook on things and I adored Jared and the other True Borns.
Jared had such a protective vibe towards Lucy even when he was trying to distance himself he couldn’t help but adhere to her side like glue.
I also enjoyed the diversity of the different characters here all being very unique in themselves.
The parents, well they were just a waste of breath, what rotten child-rearing skills.
True Born for me really sent the message that even in this dystopian landscape the rich and powerful holds all the cards while the little man is left to suffer in vain.
Nothing had changed with the powers that be just the surrounding settings.
I found True Born to be an enjoyable start to a YA trilogy with a powerful message to also impart.
I was provided with an ARC of “True Born (True Born Trilogy, #1)” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Teen, Young-Adult

/ ARC-BOOK REVIEW / To Kill A Kingdom / Alexandra Christo /



Release Date-6th March 2018
Genre-Sci-Fi & Fantasy Teens & YA
Kindle Edition-352 Pages
Publisher-Hot Key Books

Dark and romantic YA fantasy for fans of Sarah J Maas – about the siren with a taste for royal blood and the prince who has sworn to destroy her. 

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most – a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. 

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavoury hobby – it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of siren-kind for good. But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

To Kill a KingdomTo Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-6/3/18

I really enjoyed To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. I was so looking forward to this.
One of My daughters favourite Disney movies growing up was the little mermaid and although this was about vicious Sirens and not cute princess like mermaids I was clapping my hands together in glee so excited to start this.
Stealing a prince’s heart has a whole new meaning when it is literally ripped out of your chest.
This book is a vicious tale of Killer Sirens, An evil sea witch of a mother, and a whole ship of sirens hunters led by a royal prince, Prince Elian who has made it his mission in life to rid the seas of these killers and in particular the Prince’s Bane, None other than Princess Lira herself along with her sea witch of a mother.
So after Princess Lira is punished by being made mortal and sent into the mortal world with the task of bringing her mother the Prince’s heart by her birthday it’s a whole new world with new experiences and emotions she finds herself feeling.
And after Prince Elian saves a strange girl in the ocean from drowning and brings her aboard his ship this Prince and Siren’s journey are ready to collide for an altogether better future for all.
So, this is aimed at the YA community in general and as I said earlier is a completely engrossing read.
And although a romance between Lira and Elian is anticipated the story here is more action based than romance based and is also completely clean in nature.
But be aware this is definitely not a sweet Disney story, There is actually a fair bit of violence involved here.
To “Kill A Kingdom” actually reminded me a whole lot of an Old Sinbad movie in as much as there on a quest they need to fulfil and that there are beasts beneath the ocean that are common knowledge to all, as is the magic that rebounds in this world.
I adored all the magical kingdom lore we got to experience here.
There were no great plot twists, but they weren’t really needed.
There was plenty of imagination and visual pictures portrayed by this author that I found this didn’t need any fancy twists at all.
Also, I would like to say I loved the cover image for this story it was so beautiful I’d have picked this up for that reason alone.
so, Yeh, this is a thumbs up from me, a great new imaginative YA novel which gives a whole new twist to an old favourite.
I was provided with an ARC of “To Kill A Kingdom” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.

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Contemporary, Paranormal, Reviews, Teen, Young-Adult

🌹ARC-Book-Review🌹Fix Me by Lisa M. Cronkhite🌹



Release Date-28th November 2017
Kindle Edition-205 Pages

Penelope Wryter‘s life has been a mess ever since her sister committed suicide a year ago. Now Pen’s hooked on Fix, an illegal drug that makes her feel, think, and see differently. The hallucinations are intense, but there’s one vision that keeps Pen coming back for more—Nate. He’s the only person who cares about her. Too bad he’s just a side effect of the drug. 

Pen knows she’s going nowhere fast. She’s desperate to change. But when she tries to say goodbye to Nate, he professes his love for her making her more confused than ever. Then, when a girl from school goes missing during a bad Fix trip, Pen realizes she may be in a lot more danger than she ever imagined. Unless Pen straightens up and faces reality quick, she might be the next missing girl on the list.

Fix MeFix Me by Lisa M. Cronkhite

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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So Fix Me By Lisa M Cronkhite was the first book I have read by this author.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect of this as wasn’t quite sure what it was about from the book blurb. I found this a trifle vague in style if I’m honest.
So firstly, Fix Me is a YA novel and it follows Penelope Wryter’s life after the suicide of her older sister a year ago.

Ever since this tragic event Pen’s life has been in a tailspin shes split up from her boyfriend and she’s addicted to the illegal drug Fix.
While under the influence of this drug Pen makes what she thinks is an imaginary friend “Nate” and he seems to be the only person who cares what happens to her.
So I can’t really say more than this without giving the plot away, but its safe to say the anticipation is better than the actual conclusion.
The whole time I was reading this I kept waiting for the shoe to drop.
But it never did.
Fix me was very good at building the actual moment, while not delivering on the promise.
And though “Fix Me” wrapped itself up nicely it all felt a bit flat.
I found it rather predictable with very few surprises.
I know this is aimed at a YA audience but the young readers of today are a savvy bunch and as such expect a lot more complexity nowadays in their fiction.
This was an easy read and it is well written, so “Fix Me” has these pluses in its favour.
It was just I felt lacking in its overall originality.
I found this such a shame as the onset held such promise.
So, in conclusion, This was just an alright read for me.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with an ARC of “Fix Me” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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Paranormal, Reviews, Teen

Wrong Side of the Grave by Bryna Butler

Release Date-March 3rd 2015
Publisher-Swancrest Publishing
Genre-Teen Paranormal
Kindle Edition-158 pages

When Eric Jansen takes a seat behind his drums, every girl in the place takes notice. Not that he’s surprised. He’s had decades to practice. The guy is almost perfect. Still, there’s that one tiny thing…

Eric Jansen is an alien. Offworlder. Take me to your leader, fall from the sky, space invading, phoning home, UFO jockey. A swipe of the tattoo on Eric’s arm will reveal his true form which locals call Mothman, a winged creature formed of ashen gray skin and glowing red eyes. Eric is one of the last of his kind.

So when the recently deceased of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, start walking and talking, the Men in Black mark him as suspect number one. It will be up to Eric and his inner circle to solve the mystery before the black suits lock him up and throw away the key.
A fun read, Wrong Side of the Grave is a fast-action Teen Sci-Fi Mystery with a paranormal twist.
Parent Approved: Contains no profanity or sexual content.

Wrong Side of the GraveWrong Side of the Grave by Bryna Butler

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Wrong side of the Grave was something I mainly chose to read because of the book blurb.It sounded so different to anything I had read before, Vampires and Mothman Type things who are all aliens and to top it off the vampires for once are not top of the food chain. Well, it just tickled my fancy I had to find out more.
So Wrong side of the grave is a totally clean, no hanky-panky, no bad words, just wholesome fun and mystery sleuthing aimed at I would say the teen genre.
It reminded me a bit of a nancy drew novel if Nancy was an ashen-skinned, red-eyed 7ft winged creature, oh and male he he.
So we have Eric Jansen aka Mothman and his meddling sidekick Bridge. colluding together to solve the local mystery of why the local dead are mysteriously coming back to life.
This was an interesting read, I would have liked this story more if it was aimed at an older audience.But for the market, Wrong Side Of The Grave was geared towards it did an excellent job.
I would certainly recommend this story to my Sons I think they would find it super cool and fascinating. This story does what it says on the tin a good solid teen read.
I receive a free e-copy of this book and this is my honest unbiased opinion.


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