Stock-Up Sunday

stock up sunday

Stock up Sunday is a weekly post where I showcase the books I have added to my eclectic bookshelf that week! Credit goes back to the Stacking the Shelves weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

This week I joined the library in Bath, so I have some library books to add to my pile! I have also been a bit absent recently so this week I am featuring books from the last two weeks, which includes my birthday, so a pretty big haul!

Books I Bought

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

the narrow road to the deep north

Looking for Alaska by John Green

lookingforalaskaUK.indd

Books I was Given

Settled Wanderers- The Poetry of Western Sahara

Settled Wanderers

I was bought this book by my parents on my birthday at a poetry night where Sam Berkson was the featured poet. He is amazing, if you ever get the chance to go and see him perform I highly recommend it! He also wrote a lovely message in my copy! This book is a really important poetry book that I highly recommend. One of my favourite poems from it is called Particulars, it tells the story of individuals rather than the huge numbers.

Western Sahara is a former Spanish colony on the north west coast of Africa. Following the death of Franco (1975) and subsequent invasion by Morocco and Mauritania, the territory has been under occupation, the people denied self-determination and the land annexed as the ‘southern provinces of the Kingdom of Morocco’. Around half of the former nomadic people of Western Sahara (the Saharawi) live in refugee camps around the isolated desert of Tindouf over the border in Algeria. 2015 marks the 40th year of exile. Poetry is a cultural tradition in the Western Sahara that goes back millennia.In 2013 poet Sam Berkson was invited by the charity Olive Branch to visit these camps as a poet in residence. In March 2014, following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Influx Press raised enough money to send him back to gather and translate some of the contemporary poetry of the Saharawi.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

colorless tsukuru tazaki

Books From The Library

Neil Gaiman’s Eternals

Eternals

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm

That’s all this week!

Have you read any of these books? Link me up to your Stacking the Shelves posts!

Booky love,
E. St. C
xxx

“Waiting on” Wednesday: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

illuminae

Expected publication: October 20th 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books

From Goodreads
   This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
   This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
   The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
   But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on.      As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
   Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Why I Am Waiting Anxiously…

This book first came to my attention when Little Book Owl (Catriona) marked it as read on Goodreads, and her reaction was pretty epic. Then I read the description and from what I can gather, it seems like a multimedia-type novel, which I am really into after starting House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I just hope this book lives up to the mega-hype surrounding it!

What is your “Waiting on” pick this week? Anyone else excited for Illuminae? Have any of you lucky reviewers read it?

Booky love
E. St. C.

“Waiting on” Wednesday: Of Dreams and Rust

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Of Dreams and Rust

From Goodreads

War erupts in this bittersweet sequel to “Of Metal and Wishes”, inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and called “relentlessly engrossing” by The Romantic Times.

In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. She works in the clinic at the weapons factory and sneaks away to nurse Bo, once the Ghost, now a boy determined to transform himself into a living machine. Their strange, fragile friendship soothes some of the ache of missing Melik, the strong-willed Noor who walked away from Wen all those months ago—but it can’t quell her fears for him.

The Noor are waging a rebellion in the west. When she overhears plans to crush Melik’s people with the powerful war machines created at the factory, Wen makes the painful decision to leave behind all she has known—including Bo—to warn them. But the farther she journeys into the warzone, the more confusing things become. A year of brutality seems to have changed Melik, and Wen has a decision to make about him and his people: How much is she willing to sacrifice to save them from complete annihilation?

Why I’m Waiting Anxiously

I absolutely loved the first book in this Duology (I know, not many authors go for Duologies nowadays, so knowing that Of Metal and Wishes is a duology kinda excited me- weird? Maybe!) but there were some things left unresolved at the end of the first book. Will the Noor win their fight? Will Wen and Melik be together again? Is Melik still as idealistic as he always was or has war hardened him? Is this book going to live up to the five star rating I gave Of Metal and Wishes?

Also, that cover is beautiful! These books have had such lovely covers!

I read the first book on PulseIt and I really want to buy it, so I might be making a dual purchase of both books once I have some monies in my bank account!

What is your Waiting on Wednesday this week? Anyone else out there excited for Of Dreams and Rust?

Much booky love
E. St. C
xxx

 

“Waiting on” Wednesday: Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

eve

Expected publication: 12th August 2015

From Goodreads

    Eve is an outcast. A chimera.
After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in sunny Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human.
But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve.
Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?

Why I am waiting anxiously…

I have been looking forward to this book for what seems like forever! I read the first three chapters here and couldn’t wait to get more of Eve! Poor Jenna Moreci is probably quite fed up of my excited messages and semi-stalker comments! Sorry Jenna! You are just so darn awesome!  I think this is definitely my most anticipated book of the year, so when it got it’s release date last week I was really excited that I could now feature it on WoW!

Need more reason to check out Eve?

1. Eve is badass. Like combat boots and snarky attitude badass. Is it weird that I want her for my friend?

2. Jason Valentine, my future book boyfriend. H-O-T. Although Eve might not want to be my friend then?

3. Jenna takes the rules of writing, holds them up and then stomps on them before burning them. This is her voice, and hers alone. And honestly? I think New Adult has been waiting for an author like that.

4. Madison, Eve’s roommate. She is all kinds of awful and I think I am going to enjoy it when Eve takes her down. I really hope she will!

5. The fact that this is set in an alternate world, but it is basically a US college, in the future. I love reading about schools in the US!

Jenna also has a really awesome YouTube channel for all of you would-be writers out there containing loads of tips and tricks for writing and publishing your book. I have shared the first video I ever saw by Jenna below. Enjoy!

What is your “Waiting on” Wednesday pick this week? Are you excited to read Eve: The Awakening? Comment below and link me up!

Booky love,
E. St. C.
xxx

Late April Wrap-Up/ May TBR

So I realised to day that it is in fact May…I have been so busy with applications and other things recently that the new month just took me completely unawares and so I am well behind on my blogging schedule. So this is just an incredibly quick post of all the books I read in April and the books I hope to read in May.

April Wrap-Up

I read 14 books in April. They are:

ARCs

The Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep- see my review here

Cold Burn Magic

The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs- see my review here

fangirls guide to galaxy

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon- Review to be posted closer to publication

Free Books for Review

The Selection by Keira Cass- Review to be posted tomorrow

Books I Own

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- See my Review Here

Fault in our stars

The Other Side of Envy by C.L. Stone

other side of envy

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Homo Sapiens

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

warm bodies

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

These Broken Stars

Books From The Library

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

metamorphosis

Tales of the Otherworld by Kelly Armstrong

Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell

Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine

Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

May TBR

In May the books I need to read for review are

Citadel of the Sky by Chrysoula Tzavelas

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

reader broken wheel

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Fire & Chasm by Chelsea M. Campbell

TBR Tin

I didn’t get a chance to read Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor in April so I am going to roll this book over to the May TBR Tin.

dreams of gods and monsters

May looks like it is going to be an incredibly busy month for me. This week I am going to Cork in Ireland to visit University College Cork as I found out on Friday that I was accepted to study an MA in Creative Writing! Yay!

At the end of May I am going to Dubai in UAE to see my best friend get married. I am really excited as I have never been to Dubai! I plan on posting full updates of all my travels when I get back!

All this travelling will either provide me with ample time for reading or cut into my reading time so much that I don’t get any done! It will definitely be one extreme or the other!

So what is on your May TBR? Have you read any of the books I have featured here? Have you been to a wedding in Dubai or to Cork University? Comment down below and link me up to your blog, I will do some blog travelling this month as well!

Much booky love,
E. St. C
xxx

 

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Fault in our stars

From Goodreads

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

My Review

I do not want to watch the film. I think it would spoil the utter perfection that is this book. It is 1.23 am, my eyes are swollen, my skin is blotchy and I am in love with Augustus Waters, Hazel Grace and John Green.

This is the reason I am glad I don’t give five stars to all of my books, I keep them for the really special ones!

Go, read this book. Don’t do what I did and let it sit on your shelf unread because you didn’t trust the hype. The hype is totally undeserved- this book isn’t about two kids with cancer who fall in love. This is a book about two teens who fall in love, find the lack of meaning in their lives, get pretty angry at the universe, get pretty philosophical towards the universe and then break your heart. See? Much, much worse! And far better!

Fivestars

Update: One day later and I still can’t stop thinking about Hazel and Augustus. I have a major book hangover, I can’t read anything else!

ARC Review: Cold Burn of Magic

Cold Burn Magic

Review format: ARC on my Kindle

Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by K-Teen

Disclaimer: I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my review.

From Goodreads

There Be Monsters Here. . .

It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call–get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her. .

My Review

Well, let me start by saying that I made the big mistake of starting this book at 9pm and promptly lost all respect for the following morning. When I finished it at three in the morning, I lay there for another hour saying to myself “Oh my goodness. OH MY GOODNESS!”. Why? Because this book is awesome, that’s why! Jennifer Estep has done it again, in so many ways!  Here is a list!

  1. The Main Character. Jennifer Estep always manages to create really kick ass, strong, independent female characters, one of the many reasons I love her. However, in Lila Merriweather, Jennifer has surpassed herself. I loved Lila so much, I made a list within this list with all the reasons.
    • She is bad-ass. Seriously, even when she isn’t brandishing her sword, she has this belt that hides three throwing stars which she uses like a pro. 
    • She lives in a library. Can I say jealous? All the books she has at her fingertips? Admittedly it is in the abandoned basement, but it is still in the library!
    • She has pretty much been taking care of herself since her mother died when Lila was thirteen. I call that independent and capable!
    • She gets hired as a bodyguard for a boy! Go Jennifer, switching stereotypes! 
    • She totally owns a sexist pig at one point during the book. I can’t reveal due to spoilers, but honestly, I loved her even more after that. We all need to stand up for our sisters more! 
  2. The love interest Devon. He is capable, strong and handsome but he doesn’t try to always protect Lila. he understands how awesome she is and was totally ok with asking her for help! Plus he is genuinely a nice guy! Finally, a YA love interest who doesn’t act like a total meanie for the first half of the book before being “magically transformed into a nice person” by the heroine. Also, there is no insta-love here! Jennifer makes these characters work for their feelings, which I love because when they finally start to fall for each other I get all the butterflies.
  3. The plot. I already told you I stayed up to read this book, and the plot was a huge part of this. I have to admit that I knew pretty early on that I didn’t like one particular person that turned out to be bad, but I had no idea I was meant to not like him! It was pretty subtle- I thought it was just me being difficult! The plot was exciting and fast-paced but it still showed you the normal bits of the world Lila lives in (which is totally not normal!).
  4. The monsters. I love how the monsters in this are actually scary and bad.
  5. The other characters. I already absolutely love Felix, I want him as my friend! And Jennifer Estep hasn’t held back with her baddies either. The evil people are really evil!  Yay! I mean, you still get that they are human and everything, but the things they do are really bad. Mean people are Mean! 
  6. The town. I am going to admit, when I first started the book, I wasn’t really sure abut the whole tourist and magic town thing, but as the book went on and I understood the world more, I really liked this aspect.
  7. The way Lila admits when she is wrong. There is no forced arguing or tension here because one character is just being annoyingly obstinate. You know the way I mean, when you are sitting there screaming, “Just explain you stupid girl!”. Well, Lila is like you or me, she actually talks to people! Refreshing!
  8. Oscar the pixie. Is it weird that Oscar kinda reminded my of Vic from the Mythos Academy series? I don’t know why!  Oscar was really good to have around to provide a respite from all the sword slashing and family drama. Also he made Lila’s bed for her, which I could totally get used to!
  9. Lila’s obsession with bacon. And food in general. Although this did make me want to cook bacon at 1am. But I love how Jennifer actually makes her characters do things we all have to do, like eat, shower and exercise. I always wonder if you can’t see this happening how on earth characters survive when a book follows them through non-stop action for a week. Plus I guess I just like to see the normal side of characters, especially when they live in fantastical worlds.
  10. The fact that this is a series. Which means that there will be a second book. Which I KNOW will definitely find a place on my eclectic bookshelf!

So in conclusion? I am going to give this book

fourstars

FOUR STARS- really liked it, this is definitely going to find a place on my eclectic shelves, go and buy this book!

I would recommend this book to fans of Young Adult who like strong lead females and lots of action.

Add this book to your TBR on Goodreads.

Find this book on Amazon (UK) or Amazon.com (US) to preorder.

If you liked this review, want to read this book or just generally want to gush about how much you love Jennifer Estep’s books, leave a comment below!

Much Booky Love
E. St. C.
xxx

Book Haul: 20/02

Wow, so this is probably going to be the last book haul in a little while, as I probably shouldn’t even have bought these books, but I was kind of having a bad week last week so I went a little crazy!! Oops!

Anyway, here you go!

Notes from the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell

Notes from Teenage Underground
I bought this after thoroughly enjoying Girl Defective by the same author!

The Shadowhunters Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis

The shadowhunters codex

The Bane Chronicles (finally!) by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

Bane Chronicles
I have been meaning to get this for so long I am really glad I bought it now. I am hoping this lives up to expectations as I LOVE Magnus Bane (from the mortal instruments/infernal devices in case you didn’t know!)!

Finally some graphic novels/manga I am super excited about! (I included the amazon links so you can go check them out!)

Clockwork Princess: The Mortal Instruments Prequel: Volume 3 of The Infernal Devices Manga

Clockwork princess

Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy Graphic Novels )

frostbite graphic novel

 

That’s all folks! Have any of you had any book hauls recently? Or a bad week? Or read any of these books? I am also really getting into manga and graphic novels recently…thinking I should start reviewing these too…what do you think?

Booky Love
E. St. C
xxx

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet

Format: Paperback
Published February 5th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends

From Goodreads
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My review
Oh please!! Scarlet, who wears a red hoody, and meets a street fighter called Wolf who offers to help her find her kidnapped Grandmother?! This book was never going to be anything other than amazing! Marissa Meyers writing ensured it was, in fact, AH-MAZING!

This is the second book in a series. You know when you read a second book and it is a huge disappointment, nowhere near as good as the first? Yeh, this wasn’t like that. This was BETTER! This was the book that made the Lunar Chronicles a series that is going to be sitting in prime position on my eclectic bookshelf for a very long time!

The book follows the two main protagonists, Cinder from the first book, and Scarlet who is introduced in this book. At first, I couldn’t really see how their stories were going to connect, but when they did, I was grinning, it was perfect!

Cinder actually gets even more likeable in this book, she breaks out of jail with a fellow inmate, Thorne. Or Captain Thorne as he would like to be called! There isn’t much of the romance between Cinder and Kai, seeing as Cinder has totally lied to and betrayed him, but you can still feel how much he wishes she hadn’t, even as he orders for her to be found and handed over to Queen Levana.

For example, at a press interview:

“Did you know that she was cyborg?” asked a woman in an unhidden tone of disgust.
Kai stared at her, appearing confused, then let his gaze dance over the crowd. He shuffled his feet
closer to the podium, a wrinkle forming on the bridge of his nose.
Cinder bit the inside of her cheek and braced herself for adamant disgust. Who would ever invite a
cyborg to the ball?
But instead, Kai said simply, “I don’t see that her being cyborg is relevant. Next question?”
Cinder’s metal fingers jolted.”

At one point, I wondered if Cinder and Thorne were going to get together, but that sort of wore off when her story connected with Scarlet’s. For which I am grateful! They are, after all, a retelling of the fairy tales! One true love and all that! Here is one of the great quotes between the pair!

“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”

“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.”

I also have to add in a bit about Iko in this review. Iko was Cinder’s Android, but her Aunt had her disassembled. However, Cinder saved Iko’s personality chip and she becomes a SPACESHIP! Which makes for some really funny statements on poor Iko’s behalf. Iko would really like an escort android body so she can be pretty, being a ship is not what she wants!

“Cinder,” Iko said after a few silent minutes of explorations. “I’m enormous.

And then there is Scarlet. Oh, Scarlet, where do I begin! Scarlet lives in future France on a farm with her grandmother. I can’t really say a lot about Scarlet without spoiling the story, apart from perhaps, stubborn, willful and quick witted. Her connection with Wolf the street fighter was a little insta-love, but as the story progressed there were definitely some pretty high walls thrown between them, which made it believable.

“She sighed, annoyed at her restlessness. “So,” she said, disrupting Wolf in another backward glance.
“Who would win in a fight—you or a pack of wolves?”
He frowned at her, all seriousness. “Depends,” he said, slowly, like he was trying to figure out her motive for asking. “How big is the pack?”
“I don’t know, what’s normal? Six?”
“I could win against six,” he said. “Any more than that and it could be a close call.”
Scarlet smirked. “You’re not in danger of low self-esteem, at least.”

Overall, the book is one of my favourite reads of January, so…

I am going to give this book
Fivestars
FIVE STARS
It was amazing, mind-blowing, let me live in this story world for ever and ever and never leave!

Add to your TBR pile on Goodreads

Book Haul! 29/01

I love this time of year! Cold crisp mornings, long rides on my horse followed by cosy evenings in by the fire with a good book! And I had the most exciting packages arrive this week!

Amazon box
The most exciting boxes to ever arrive out of nowhere!

I went a bit overboard on the books this week, and spent a lot of Christmas money. However, I am sure it is money well spent, as I cannot wait to get stuck in to these books, hopefully my reading slump is soon to be over!

Paperbacks

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress
I absolutely love this cover, look at that hair!

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

The Blue Book By A.L. Kennedy

Brick Lane by Monica Ali

London Fields by Martin Amis

The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall

The Electric Michelangelo

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Hardbacks

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy 3) by Deborah Harkness. I absolutely loved the first two in this series, but I was trying to wait for this to come out in paperback. However, I reached a stage of such desperation, I thought I would use my Christmas money! 

Girl Defective by Simone Howell. I read the first three chapters on Pulseit as an extended excerpt, and I loved it so much I new I would have to buy it! 

Girl Defective
I love how this book cover is like a vinyl case, it is just perfect for this book.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Kindle

Broken by Dean Murray

And a preorder arrived today…Fake (The Scarab Beetle Series) by C.L. Stone on my Kindle

fake cl stone
I am so excited to read this, sleep might be an optional tonight!

Non-fiction

I also ordered a new creative writing book called Back to Creative Writing School by Bridget Whelan.

Back to Creative Writing School

 

Review: Of Metal and Wishes

Of Metal and Wishes

Author: Sarah Fine
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: August 5th 2014
First in a series. Next book to be released August, 2015.

Add to your TBR pile on Goodreads

Format: I read this book on Pulseit. Every week, Pulseit features full books or exclusive extended excerpts of the latest in YA.

Summary from Goodreads

There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.

My review

I have to admit, the cover of this book really intrigued me and I think it fitted the book really well.

I am so glad I made the time to read this book this week because I really enjoyed it. Let me start with the characters. Wen is an incredibly intense character, and although she changes throughout the book she always stays true to herself, by the end of the book she is basing her attitude and beliefs on the actions of others rather than her preconceptions. At the same time, she is a really relatable character, not impossibly strong or brave. As for Melik, I think he is a really dynamic character, his flaws make him imperfect and relatable and he has this touch of innocence despite having seen a lot, or maybe I should call it idealism? As for the Ghost, he has a childlike demeanour, and even though he does horrible things you still can’t dislike him because he seems to be trying to help Wen the whole time, even though it is often in a misguided way.

As for the plot, it was great! Lots of twists and turns and the ending was crazy! Not exactly a cliffhanger as it closed the book off really nicely, but it definitely left it open for more!

Normally I would say here what I didn’t like about the book, but honestly I cannot think of anything. the writing was seamless, the protagonist was relatable and some very important issues were addressed, including rape, blame and discrimination. the love triangle that developed was believable and

I wish to add to this review a common misconception some readers have had about this book. Lots of readers were upset at the rape culture insinuated in this book. I totally get where they are coming from as Wen often feels that the sexual harassment is her fault and at one point totally forgives it, but I guess in my mind I read that as what the protagonist and her society believed and it was written from her point of view. Lots and lots of women believe rape is their own fault and wanting Wen to be stronger would make her, well, not real. I guess I read it knowing that these things were wrong, but that she felt she had no choice and had not been told otherwise by anyone. I do not think the author was writing this book believing that what she was writing was true in any way! Okay, rant over!

The next instalment of the series is called Of Dreams and Rust and is being released on August 4th 2015.  I for one cannot wait!

Star Rating

I loved this book so much it has made me want to read all the other books by Sarah Fine and for that reason I am going to give it

Fivestars

Five stars: it was amazing, mind-blowing, let me live in this story world for ever and ever and never leave!