ARC Review : Pop Sonnets

24869805Title : Pop Sonnets, Shakespearean Spins of Your Favourite Songs
Author : Erik Didriksen
Published : October 6th 2015

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(I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and Quirk Books)

The Bard meets the Backstreet Boys in Pop Sonnets, a collection of 100 classic pop songs reimagined as Shakespearean sonnets. All of your favorite artists are represented in these pages—from Bon Jovi and Green Day to Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, and beyond. Already a smash sensation on the Internet—the Tumblr page has 20,000+ followers—Pop Sonnets has been featured by the A.V. Club, BuzzFeed, and Vanity Fair, among many others. More than half of these pop sonnets are exclusive to this collection and have never been published in any form.

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Shakespeare would approve

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REVIEW : Gnomon

25765861Title : Gnomon
Author : Luchia Dertien
Published : September 1st 2015

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Emile Delaurier is a beautiful militant revolutionary, a living beacon of righteous justice for the world. For Renaire, an artist in a constant battle against the demons in the bottle, it was obsession at first sight. His devotion led to two years of homicidal partnership as Renaire followed Delaurier in his ruthless quest for equality through the death of the corrupt […].
Then Delaurier breaks his pattern, leading Renaire into Russia to kill a reporter with no immoral background, and gives no explanation for his actions.
When Interpol contacts Renaire, he already has enough problems—keeping Delaurier alive, dealing with the shift in their relationship, and surviving the broken past that still haunts him. But when he learns what Interpol wants from him, Renaire must face the truth about Delaurier: that a noble man isn’t always a good one.

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As much as i like the original, this version needs more

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Review : American Gods

american godsTitle : American Gods
Author : Neil Gaiman
Published : 2001 (first publication)

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Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

Rating :

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Magical and gritty and deep, all at the same time

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Review : The Institute

24340711Title : The Institute
Author : Kayla Howarth
Published : January 7th 2015

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(I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute. They claim to protect Defectives, but it’s human nature to fear the unknown [and] to Allira and the rest of her family, the Institute seems more like a prison than the safe-haven they promote themselves to be. When Allira stumbles across a car crash involving two of her school classmates, she ignores all of her father’s warnings of laying low and not drawing attention to herself. By doing so, she may have just caught the eye of the Institute.
Allira and her family need to make decisions. Do they stay, or do they flee again? Will they be coming for her?
Are you Defective? The Institute is coming for you.

Rating :

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COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER, but it’s got potential

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Review : Inked

22511892Title : Inked
Author : Eric Smith
Published : January 20th 2015

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Tattoos once were an act of rebellion. Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin.
And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can’t escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice.
But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.
Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel.

Rating :

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Not quite up to my expectations, but I LIKED IT NONETHELESS

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Review : Pride & Prejudice

1885Title : Pride & Prejudice
Author : Jane Austen
Published : 1813 (first edition)

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

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TAKE THESE FEELINGS AWAY FROM ME, I’M A PILE OF GOO ON THE FLOOR

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Review : Pretty Dancer

24964637Title : Pretty Dancer
Author : Cora Graham
Published : February 17th 2015

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(I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

A story about a girl who pours everything she has into her dancing. Her dream? To get accepted into The Elite Academy of Dance, and spend the rest of her life dancing on stage. To her, that’s easier than dealing with the demons from her past and the scars they left on the person she has become today. A smart mouthed, take no shit, tough girl who’s also scared, lonely, and closed off to accepting anyone new into her heart.
But in the process of wearing a hole in her ballet slippers, and the help of an ever faithful best friend, her bull headed and overprotective twin brother, and a certain boy who knows how to push her buttons, leaves her wanting for things she never thought she’d want, and just does it for her, she starts to think that maybe, just maybe, there is something more worth fighting her demons for.

Rating :

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It manageD to hook me

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Review : Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

14201Title : Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Author : Susanna Clarke
Published : September 8th 2004 (first edition)

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At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England–until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight.
Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell’s student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear.

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I want to be buried with this book

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Quick reviews : Eden’s Ore (Book 1&2)

(I received free digital copies of these books in exchange for an honest review)

Untitled designTitle : Eden’s Ore
Author : B.V. Bayly
Published : May 1st 2014 / May 1st 2015

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BOOK 1 : This is a fast-paced science fiction thriller in which a near-future Earth has solved its energy crisis with… the Ore. Powerful crystals of endless energy, they promise to reshape the world into the Eden it once was, but at what cost? When one man gets a shard of the Ore embedded in his chest during an freak accident, he gains unexpected powers – and is set upon a dangerous path where he is hunted by those who control the Ore. As he struggles to unlock his own abilities, he discovers the terrible secret of the Ore… 0000000000000 BOOK 2 : Gabriel is left for dead.
The Horsemen have spread their corruption, targeting the Church’s highest order and forcing the Patriarchs to fracture. As Gabriel’s life hangs in the balance, Nate and his allies must scramble to awaken him before the Church falls. An alliance with the Spheres—hidden sanctuaries of ores users—provides a single hope.
To destroy the corruption, they must travel into the dark zones—areas abandoned by the civilized world—and hunt down the source. In the dark zone, they come face to face with a warped reality, ruled by violence and savagery.
With the world on the brink of war, Gabriel is forced to become what he never wanted to be.

Rating :

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Good idea, poor execution

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Review : Afterworlds

afterworldsTitle : Afterworlds
Author : Scott Westerfeld
Published : September 23rd 2014

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Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

Rating : rating4cookiesThe right balance between dark and fluffy

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