Monday, 5 June 2017

'One of Us is Lying', by Karen M. McManus

Title: One of Us is Lying
Author(s): Karen M. McManus
Release Date: 1st June 2017
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: YA, Thriller
Source: Publisher (ARC)

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
 Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
 Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
 And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


Friday, 5 May 2017

'Star Wars: Thrawn', by Timothy Zahn

Title: Star Wars: Thrawn
Author(s): Timothy Zahn
Release Date: 11th April 2017
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher

In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn’s rise to power—uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again—even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics, where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy.

All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire’s grip on the galaxy—and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

This goes the opposite way from last week's Top Ten Tuesday, and I definitely struggled to make this list more than just a negative side to that post. However, like most things, it is always easier to know what you don't like than what you do, so here is my list of turn offs in books!

1. Love Triangles

If you are new here: Hi. I'm Sofia. I absolutely hate love triangles. I've documented this hate plenty here on the blog, and I will not stop until this disappears from the face of the Earth. If I read a blurb and there are only three named characters and it smells like a romance will happen between them at some point in the book, I will run away from that book quicker than if it was the plague itself.

2. Unnecessary Romance

Why, oh why does every story have to revolve around romance? There are other things that any human being worries about and has to deal with in their lives, and so seeing characters in books, especially in settings where they definitely should be worrying about bigger things, spend all their time fawning over a love interest bores me. Again, it is very easy to see this coming in blurbs most of the time, and so I do the equivalent of a swipe left on those ones... Thanks, but no thanks.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

I was debating whether or not to try and do this Top Ten Tuesday, since I think what draws me in books is very run of the mill (and probably boring), but as I've been struggling to keep the blog updated (I'm almost done with uni for the year, so that should turn around soon!), I'm going with it anyway. Who knows, maybe it turns out to be interesting?

Here are the top ten things that make me want to read a book instantly!

1. Originality

This might seem like a given (I don't know who would like to read the same things over and over again), but originality not only in plot but in concept will immediately make me want to read a book that much more. For example, even if I wasn't an absolute fan of science fiction, as soon as the idea for 'Illuminae' was revealed, I needed that book in my hands ASAP.

There are thousands of books coming out every year, so something that makes one pop out of the pile will obviously bump it up in my interest! There is no time for boring books, am I right?

Friday, 31 March 2017

February/March Wrap Up

If reading slumps are the worst and you know it clap your hands... *clap* clap*

These last couple of months have been the absolute worst reading wise for me. I could barely manage to make myself read the books that I had to for classes, and outside of that I've been either too busy with work or just can't get myself to pick anything to read. Which explains why the blog has been so quiet lately... (I feel like I've been apologizing for this every post I make, but, again, sorry!)

However, I am now officially done with classes for the year and just have to push through my deadlines in the next couple of weeks and I will see myself with a lot more time to read! I've been craving some fun reads for a while, so hopefully this slump will go away, because my TBR won't tackle itself.

So, during February and March I only managed to read five books (hence why I waited until now to make a wrap up, because it's already really sad to look at as it is). Overall it was a more positive than negative balance on my opinions, so at least there's that!