Monday, September 19, 2016

The Catalyst by Helena Coggan | Review

Title: The Catalyst
Author: Helena Coggan
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

In a thrilling debut by sixteen-year-old Helena Coggan, a girl with a terrible secret is tested to her limits as her fractured world teeters on the brink of war.
Eighteen years ago, a dimensional break ripped open the sky, drawing humans into an ancient conflict. Otherworldly souls rained down and fused with those of people, dividing the population into the green-eyed, magical Gifted and the dark-eyed, nonmagical Ashkind. A devastating war followed, and the Gifted have managed a fragile peace ever since, largely through a brutal law enforcement organization known as the Department. Fifteen-year-old Rose's father, David, has a leading role in the Department. Rose and David are Gifted, but they are also something else-something terrible. Their lives depend on keeping it secret. But when a mysterious murder threatens to tear Rose's world apart, forcing long-buried secrets into the open, her loyalties are put to the test. How much does Rose really know about her father's past? How far is the Department willing to go to maintain order? And, when the time comes, who will Rose choose to protect?

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

 I was so excited to start The Catalyst because the premise was absolutely mind boggling. The whole idea of Gifted people with magic just sounded so awesome!

The whole idea of the Gifted and the Ashkind was pretty awesome. I especially loved that the non-magical people had a name: Ashkind. I haven't read a book where the non-magical people had their own name like the magical folk since the muggles in Harry Potter.

The amount of mystery revolving around David and Rose was so intriguing. I know that the synopsis kind of says that they're different but they're gifted too. I don't really want to say too much-you'll have to read and find out for yourself!

The description kind of hides a big part of the novel, such as the fact that there are Angels. I haven't read that many books with angels besides Hush, Hush, so I thought that was so great. 

Rose was more than just Gifted and different. She was freaking intelligent. I was so surprised when I read that she was only fifteen! She just had such a put-together demeanor and she even had a job pretty much. It was practically incredible.

It takes place in London. I LOVE LONDON. Needless to say, the setting was spectacular.

The Catalyst was honestly such a surprising book. It ended up being one that I'll never forget!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Meet Ronyell! | Blogger Interviews

Hey guys! Today I'm featuring Ronyell from Rabbit Ears Book Blog. 


1. What's your favorite book and why? What song would you use to capture the essence of your favorite book?
Ooh boy, this is a toughie!  I would have to say my most favorite book of all time would be "The Fool and the Flying Ship" by Eric Metaxas!  The song I would use to capture the essence of this book would be "X-Defect" by BIS!

2. What is your dream career?
My dream career would be to start a business where I would sell books and do fashion clothing in the same type of store!

3. Where do you want to travel to?
There are so many places that I would love to travel to and they are Japan, France, Jamaica and Spain!

4. If you could have your own friend squad made up of book characters, which characters would you choose to be part of the squad?
I would choose: Harry Potter, Katniss, Peter Rasputin (Colossus), Kitty Pryde, Ororo (Storm), Logan (Wolverine) and Augustus Waters!

5. What's your favorite TV show? Movie?
My favorite TV shows are The Flash and Steven Universe and my favorite movies are The Avengers, the Lion King and The Nightmare Before Christmas!

6. You finally got your invite to Hogwarts! Which house do you get sorted into and who do you befriend?
I would be sorted into Gryffindor and be friends with Hermoine!

7. What song do you wish could be turned into a novel?
Street Symphony by Monica would be a pretty interesting song to turn into a novel!

8. Which TV series or movie do you wish could be continued through a book series?
I possibly wish for Young Justice and the new Thundercats cartoon be featured in comic books since they were both cancelled too soon.

9. What book do you wish had a sequel?
I would love to see a sequel to Susan Elizabeth Phillips' book "Kiss An Angel!" I just loved that book and I would love to see what happens to the main couple afterwards!

10. Why do you love books?
I love to read because it helps me explore other worlds that I wouldn't be able to explore in real life and it helps me keep my mind off some of the stress going on in my life.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to answer the questions Ronyell!

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay | Review

27969100Title: The Assassin Game
Author: Kirsty McKay
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Source: Netgalley

Who will be left after lights out? 
At Cate's isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game-it's an elite secret society. Members must avoid being "Killed" during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the "Killer" is. When cate's finally invited to join the Assassin' Guild, she knows it's her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.
But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she's the next target?

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I don't know about you, but I've always been a fan of books that seem somewhat creepy and thrilling. I think that's what originally drew me into The Assassin Game. I'm so glad that I got the chance to read it!

Most mysteries are novels that I end up hating, but that wasn't the case with this novel. I really liked the mystery and suspense in this novel. Basically, the Assassin Game is a game (obviously) where one person is a killer and they have to "kill" people off in the game until someone in the game can correctly guess who the killer is. So it's really all fake though someone ends up actually killing someone for real.

I honestly didn't know who the killer was. A lot of the times, I end up hating mysteries because I can guess how it's all going to be played out. That wasn't the case with this novel!

I really liked the setting. It took place on a little island near Wales that Cate's family actually owns. I just found that to be such an interesting setting because it was unlike any other setting that I've explored. Plus, an island for a murder story!? I mean, that's even better because it's even more hard to escape!

In the end, The Assassin Game was an extremely suspenseful and thrilling novel that I'd love to revisit again in the future. It's worth a read!