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Saturday 28 November 2015

Stacking the Shelves #19

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's main purpose is to showcase the books you've obtained (borrowed, won/gifted, given for review or purchased) for the week gone by. To participate, link to your own STS post here

Books for the week!

Publisher - Many thanks to Pan Macmillan

The Book of Days by K.A Tucker; my review

Firewalker by Josephine Angelini, book 2 in the Worldwalker Trilogy


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Never, Always, Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Courtesy of Author and The Fantastic Flying Bookclub
Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams; my review


My #OTSPSecretSister gave me Red Queen AND The Secret Lies of Minnow Bly, this was my first ever box so she totally spoilt me! 

For those that do not know the #OTSPSecretSister it is somewhat a Secret Santa for the book blogging community but it goes on for 6 months, if you want to join the next round click here for more info. It's International too! 

Have a Great weekend! 

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Friday 20 November 2015

Zeroes by Westerfeld, Biancotti & Lanagan ~ Book Review + Giveaway


by Scott Westerfeld + Margo Lanagan + Deborah Biancotti 

Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Released: September 23, 2015
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Softcover 496 pages
Source: Publisher
Buy It Now: Publisher | Booktopia | Book Depository

Don't call them heroes. But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart

Ethan aka Scam has a voice inside him that'll say whatever people want to hear, whether it's true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn't - like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren't exactly best friends these days.

Enter Nate, aka Bellwether, the group's 'glorious leader.' After Scam's SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

Filled with high-stakes action and drama, Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening instalment of a thrilling new series.

~ Review ~  

I am a huge Scott Westerfeld fan so when I heard about this book I knew I had to get my grubby hands on it and boy was I not disappointed. Like all other Westerfeld books I have read in the past this was definitely astounding, well written, great characters and lots of action! I truly loved it and was seriously amazed at how well three writers could write a book that read this well, it was well written and flowed nicely which is not what I would expect from a book written by multiple Authors.

Zeroes takes us on an adventure with six American teens who all have superpowers and were all born in 2000, this is where their similarity ends. Each teen has a different power and a different personality to boot. Together the team were simply playing on their powers, doing fake "assignments" to further improve their power and to gain a better understanding as they were truly just learning about themselves, however, an unfortunate team drama shattered their group, separated and no longer corresponding with each other...until now!

Zeroes was seriously astounding and I cannot wait for the second instalment! The characters are very dimensional and the premise of superpowers but the price you have to pay for these powers are very intriguing. I loved seeing these"heroes" not be so "heroic" and perfect, making stupid decisions, but working together to fix the problem as they arise. I love the team work, despite the drama from the previous year and no longer being "friends" they still came together immediately when one of them was in danger, I loved this aspect of friendship.

What I really love about Heroes is the reality of the characters, it is unlike the thousands other teen superhero stories we have watched or read in the past, these superheroes are geeky, totally selfish, and all the other adjectives of a teen, on top of that they've been blessed/cursed with superpowers, so we are seeing these teens coming to terms with their superpowers and totally screw up alot on the way to their self discoveries. It is truly refreshing to see these teen superheroes in a very realistic manner, hence why the story was so captivating to me. It is unlike the other plot lines done before with world changing, world saving teen superheroes, not at all!

Zeroes is a well written, fast-paced, action pack start to what I could imagine in becoming a fantastic series! The characters were all real and likeable, their fumbling through their superhero status and powers is what I truly loved about this book. The writing is great, coming from three spectacular Authors, and it flowed smoothly despite it being written by three Authors. I cannot wait till the release of the consecutive books.

Many Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia

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