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Book Friday: The Body Electric

TGIF EVERYONE!DANCING

Today’s book is by a wonderful author whose sci-fi books give me all the space squishy feels. Beth Revis is the author of Across the Universe series and her new book The Body Electric is a unique read that takes us into a futuristic world of nanobots, androids and a girl who wants to remember the truth.

Hooked yet?

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Yeah me too!

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Synopsis: The future world is at peace.

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift–the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother–to help others relive their happy memories.

But not all is at it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things–images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience–and influence–the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love–even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…

Someone’s altered her memory.

Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.

So who can she trust?


 

My Review:  In the future, it’s a peaceful world where nanobots, robot molecules, help repel diseases and relive your greatest dreams, androids assist people and the government doesn’t want a war.  Who doesn’t? The setting is in the country of Malta, which is nice to see in a dystopian world. Usually it’s the United States and it’s nice to see different cultures. This is where our main character Ella lives working at a Memory spa. At the spa nanobots can make a person relieve their best memory. It’s called the Reverie. With a sick Mom and a deceased Dad she has to take care of the family. But when she inserts herself in her Mom’s memory something happens, she can control the memory. Of course this makes the government curious and they recruits her to spy. She can control memories! Dystopian worlds have corrupt governments and in Body Electric there’s no exception. There’s so much going on throughout the story that I don’t want to spoil much. So I’m keeping mum.

The characters were wonderfully written. We follow the point of view of Ella. She’s intelligent and logical. With the realization her Dad was murder, omg they showed her the video, she begins to question everything. It was nice to see a character who delved into figuring out the truth. She didn’t rely on anyone else. Jack was an enigma. He knew things about Ella. He knew her Dad. Their chemistry was slow and graceful, which was nice to see. Ella didn’t trust him and questioned his every move. Which she should!

Beth did a wonderful job weaving twist and turns throughout the plot with surprises at every page. And surprises do come. The descriptions were wonderful and the future technologically savvy. The concept of governmental corruption in a dystopian world isn’t new, but Beth does a good job spinning her own story and taking us into a unique world.

Kudos for Beth for naming her character Jack after Captain Jack from DR WHO. Love it!

And I must not forget the bees. I’ll never look at one the same again.

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Should you read it? YES, it’s a unique sci-fi adventure that gives us a a peek into a world of technology and governmental control but with a twist. I give it four stars.

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 About the Author:

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Beth Revis is the NY Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series. The complete trilogy is now available in more than 20 languages. A native of North Carolina, Beth is currently working on a new science fiction novel for teens, The Body Electric, which releases October 6, 2014.

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Book Friday: Review of Josephine Angelini’s Trial by Fire

October is just around the corner and that means Halloween is almost here. It’s the perfect time for witch books! Bring on the witches.

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Witches are one of our favorite Halloween characters, beside vampires and werewolves. Movies, books…doesn’t matter. They’ve always interested us because there are so many ways witches can be perceived.

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Bad

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Or a little of both

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So it’s time to get into the witch craze and start reading! I picked up Josephine Angelini’s Trial by Fire to start off my Halloween reading. What first drew me to the book was the cover. It was eerie looking with a girl walking to a big citadel, fire blocking her path. Was this going to be a good witch book? Bad? Or a little of both?

 

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trial by fire    Plot: This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan.

But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

 

Review:   Lilly Proctor has a condition that make her allergic to everything. Everything you could think of. With an embarrassing event at a party, Lilly wishes she could disappear. A familiar voice from nowhere grants her wish and she’s suddenly transported to another Salem. This alternate Salem is vastly different, ruled by witches. GO GIRLS! But their’s a problem. Lilly’s alternate self is the biggest, baddest witch of them all.

The first chapter left me a little weary with the whole ailments and the fight between Lilly and her best friend turned boyfriend Tristan. It was a set up that had to be written for us to immerse ourselves into Lilly’s own world. I wasn’t sure where the story was going and I wasn’t sure if I would like the turn out. But once Lilly was taken to the alternate Salem by her doppelgänger Lillian, things get exciting.

Lilly is thrust into a world with new people, different rules and witches. She meets the handsome Rowan and an alternate Tristan. Her sister’s alternate is in this world as well and her relationship with Lillian is complicated. In this world things are different with a sickness spreading, outlaws living in the outskirts of town and willstones. This concept captured my attention right away. Every person in Salem has a stone, magic or not. These stones are like extra data storage, like an iPhone or computer. They store information, places and power. A witch’s willstone is very powerful and she can tap into her magic and share it with others, who she has claimed as her mechanics. These lucky few are at her will, using the magic for strength and power to help the witch. A willstone is also like an extra heart, beating and pulsating. Anyone who touches it, the wielder feels it. It’s intimate. And it can be brutal. I love the willstone. I even loved it so much I searched my jewelry drawer, yes I have a drawer, to see if I had a cool necklace that could even match those in the book. This is the closest I could come.

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It’s small but sparkles! I think my willstone would sparkle.

Willstone comes in many sizes, small, large. Doesn’t matter but there’s usually only one willstone per person. But Lilly has three! A little one golden in color, a medium size rose colored one, and a large one that’ platinum with smokey colors.

The writing was wonderful. The characters had their flaws. Rowan didn’t trust Lilly because of what Lillian did to him. And boy did she do a number on him! Lilly doesn’t know how to react around Tristan because of what her Tristan did to her in her own world. It’s the relationship between Rowan and Lilly that I earned to see grow. It grew slowly, which I loved. It wasn’t love at first sight, which I don’t believe in. First time I saw my husband I loathed him. He made fun of me. HAHA. Rowan couldn’t trust Lilly and he hated her at fires. Love does grow between Rowan and Lilly, soon they begin to trust each other. Rowan teaches her the ways of his world, how to harness her power, and claim others. It’s a tough path for Lilly but the adventure is fast pace and I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it.

A wonderful unique story about witches that left me contemplating one thing….

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When will the sequel come out? It ended in a cliffhanger. GAH!

I loved this book and highly recommend it for this Halloween where witches rule.

 

Love

Tawney Twin

 

A little about the author:

Josephine Josie was born in a tiny town in Massachusetts called Ashland. When she meets people from Massachusetts and tells them ‘what part’ she hails from, she usually gets one of two answers. The first is: “Isn’t that in Oregon?” And the second is: “I drove by it once on Rt. 9, I think.”

Her next stop was about as different from Ashland as it gets without leaving the country. As soon as Josie was legal, she packed a bag and moved to New York City to attend NYU. Somehow, she managed to squeeze in a little higher learning between bartending shifts and graduated with a BFA.

Massively in debt with college loans, she then moved to Los Angeles for reasons that are still a little blurry. Something about the weather was mentioned, and a vague idea to write poetry and find herself. She found that she is a terrible poet, but she never gave up on the writing bit.

Josie still lives in Los Angeles with her husband and now writes YA fiction.

Find it at: Amazon  Barnes and Noble

Follow her on: TwitterFacebook, blog.

 

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Book Friday! Review of The Bees by Laline Paull

Hi darlings!

Tawney Twin here and it’s Book Friday where we talk all about the books we read for the week.

I wanted to tell you about one book in particular, that completely blew me away.

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I read it in one day. Maybe just a couple of hours. It grasped my attention from the beginning. What book could have grabbed hold of me in such a way? Well….a book about bees. Yes real bees that fly around and get honey.

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Review:  I wasn’t sure what to think about this book. How the heck would bees interest me? I love honey and bees always intrigued me so I wanted to give it a try. What could it hurt? I was very happy I did read it. From the moment I read chapter one, the main character Flora 717 had me hooked. She has just emerged from her comb as an adult. Here new life has begun. We are thrust into the bee world with cast systems, oppression, societal rules, a mother religion and many many bees. This world drew my attention right away. Laline brings their world to life with Flora in an exceptional way.

Flora is born into a low cast system, the lowest in her hive. It’s a matriarchal hive ruled by one Queen. But the moment Flora is born its obvious she’s different. At her birth a deformed bee gets killed by the fertility police because of being different from the others, which they call sickness. Because Flora is bigger and different it could get her killed. But she’s saved by a priestess bee named Sage. She’s a priestess part of the caste system that rules the hive and takes care of the Queen. The Sage sees potential in Flora, so she gives her different positions with different bees, which is unusual. Normal bees usually die in their positions. She helps newborns hatch from their eggs, moves to the nursery to help raise them then becomes a forger flying for pollen only to move back to the servitude of her low caste system, a sanitary worker. Laline moves us flawless through the hierarchy of the hive with Flora’s job hopping to show us how unique Flora is and her world.

The first half of the book does a wonderful job in introducing us to the bees world on their religion for the Mother. The biggest rule is only the Queen can breed. Given that its a female hive with only few drones, male bees, it shouldn’t be that hard. But surprise are in store and Flora was born to bend the rules. She also meets many different bees along the way including a drone named Sir Linden. And boy are these male bees spoiled! But Flora was born to bend the rules. The bees communicate through their antennas, scent and touch. Many things happen to Flora that she needs to block her antenna from other bees reading her thoughts. And boy does she need to keep her secrets!

The book is written wonderfully, so much so that sometimes I forget that I’m reading about a bee! Flora was a character I grew attached to and concerned for throughout the book.  I loved the language Laline developed for the bees. “The Queen’s Love”, “The Blessing,” “The Visitation” are a few of the words used for the bees rituals.  I whipped through this book in one day. It was so unique that I highly recommend it for others to read.

The Bees Plot:

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Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive’s survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw but her courage and strength are an asset. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect pollen. She also finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers mysteries about the hive that are both profound and ominous.

But when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all—daring to challenge the Queen’s fertility—enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, her society—and lead her to unthinkable deeds.

The Author: Laline Paull

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Laline Paull studied English at Oxford, screenwriting in Los Angeles, and theater in London. She lives in England with her husband, photographer Adrian Peacock, and their three children.

 

Thank you for joining us today. Until next time!

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Love Tawney

 

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Book Friday: Afterworlds Review & ARC Giveaway

Helloooooooo lovelies!

 

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It’s Tawney twin here and today we’re talking about Scott Westerfield’s Afterworlds. We had the pleasure of reading this book before publication by receiving an ARC from BEA. Here’s a little about the book.

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Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.

Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.

 

Afterworlds is a great concept for a story! This novel is actually a story within a story. Scott weaves both stories together using every other chapter for us to follow each story. There are two main characters. the first is Darcy Patel. Her story is told in third person. Darcy just signed her first publishing deal for a story she wrote while in high school, Afterworlds. With her book deal she moves to New York where she discovers the ins and outs of being a newbie author. She mingles with other authors at a YA Drinks Night. This is where she meets another debut author Imogen. They become fast friends but soon love blooms and the two are together 24/7. But Imogen has her secrets and they begin to unravel while Darcy is trying to figure out the world of publishing. Darcy’s story is a contemporary story where we follow her trying to edit Afterworlds, write the sequel to Afterworlds, talking to her agent, hanging with other authors and trying to survive first love. It’s a wonderful story of what the publishing world is about.

Our second main character is Lizzie. She’s Dacy’s main character in the book she just signed Afterworlds. Her story is told in first person. We begin Lizzie’s story at the airport when terrorists attack. The only thing Darcy can do is play dead, and dead she does. A little too much to the point she crosses over to the world of the dead.  There she meets Yami and her brother Yamaraj, Yama for short. Yama tells her she’s a psychopomp and begins to teach her how to survive with the dead. But soon she wants to help the ghost of her mother’s childhood friend against a pedophile. But with power things can go wrong and they do. Lizzie grows close to Yama and we watch her love grow for him as she even finds out what he truly is. Lizzie’s story is a paranormal adventure which starts off with a bang.

Back and forth we follow both girls through their trials of first love and the obstacles life brings. I have to admit I liked Darcy’s story a lot better than Lizzie’s.  Lizzie’s was a great paranormal story but I didn’t connect with the character more than I did with Darcy. I wanted to see more in the world of publishing and her connection with Imogen. It was nice to see a diverse relationship that isn’t much offered to readers. I give this book 3 stars. I liked the writing and how both worlds flowed together but I just wasn’t interested in Lizzie as I was Darcy. Both worlds also seemed to become depressing with the downs and out of relationships. I would like to see Darcy sell her second book and how the relationship with Imogen is going. I want more about the publishing world. Lizzie’s story I’m not sure I would follow again so I’m probably I wouldn’t read a sequel. 

 

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Hi Lovelies!

It’s Tawney twin here! Let’s talk about books!

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I’ve been reading a lot lately due to the fact I’m unemployed at the moment. It could be both a good thing and bad thing! But due to my free time I’ve read so many good books! I’ve decided to share them with you because they’re an excellent, fast reads that you need to add to your “to be read” list!

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Here’s 3 books I’ve read the past week and why you should read them too!

 

Jessica Spotswood SISTES’ FATE

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If you  haven’t read The Cahill Witch Chronicles…you need to get on it! Coming from the last book Star Cursed, we were left with a cliffhanger! The dreaded cliffhanger that makes you wait agonizing months/years to see what happens. But it wasn’t just any cliffhanger, it was a OMG-I-didn’t-see-that-coming-cliffhanger! Cate returns to the world that Jessica beautifully created with the prophecy and for a fight to protect her sisters.  Cate has always tried to keep it a secret that she’s a witch from the Brotherhood. And it gets harder and harder with the amped up security. The Sisterhood doesn’t know what to do and Cate needs to protect her sisters. I’m not going to give much away but it all twines together perfectly when this book is finished. I devoured this book once I got it in my hands! It was a great ending for the series.

Book Description:

A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.

To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.

 

Buy on: Amazon,Barnes and Noble, or Book Depository

 

Lori M Lee  GATES OF THREAD AND STONE

I love fantasy, so when I heard about this book I immediately added it to my TBR list. The cover is gorgeous and the concept of the book sounded fabulous. Once I bought my book and had it in my hands I engulfed this book like it was a rare chocolate treat. And what a treat it was! It’s a story of magic, romance, time bending and a gutsy main character that I loved reading about. We follow Kai through an absolute wonderful world that Lori created. I love world building and she didn’t disappoint with caste systems and magic. There’s the Infinite, the Grays and the mahjo. What’s not to love? Kai is a datermined girl who wants to save her brother Reev, who was kidnapped. Enter Avan who wants to help Kai. What a great friendship they have that slightly moves to the possibility of more. The writing flowed and I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough to see what happened next to Kai. A great adventurous read. I can’t wait to learn more from this world that Lori created. I know she has more in store for us!

Book description:

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In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

Buy on: AmazonBarnes and Noble, or Book Depository

 

Lisa M Basso A SLITHER OF HOPE

I love angel books! When I got the first book in this series, A Shimmer of Angels,  I was hooked! So I immediately snatched the second book when it was released. We have the Fallen, angels, and hottie Kade, (Love that name) and our main character Rayna has wings! The writing was great and I whipped through this book like a road runner, quickly turning each page. Rayna must learn to protect herself form the Fallen and Kade can help with that but when she runs back to her family things get a little complicated….the suspense kicks in as we follow her trying to save herself and those she loves.

 

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Rayna struggles to piece her life back together, but hiding in plain sight from the police, the SS Crazy, and the Fallen isn’t a foolproof plan—something Kade, the World’s Worst Roommate, reminds her of everyday. 

The late nights of failing to teach Ray how to protect herself against the Fallen are getting to Kade, changing him in ways he doesn’t like, and after a family emergency sends Ray back into Cam’s arms, Kade decides he’s had enough. 

News of Rayna’s resurfacing brings both angels and the Fallen to San Francisco by the dozens, all eyes scouring the city for the girl with the gray wings. Rayna will need both Kade and Cam’s help to ensure her family’s safety, navigate the new dangers and enemies springing up all over the city, and manage the surprises that arise with her new set of wings.

Buy on: AmazonBarnes and Noble, or the Book Depository.

 

So those are the books I’ve read this last week! Magic, witches and angels! I just love magic and fantasy!

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How about you? What have you read?

 

Love Tawney

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