Well, another month of reading down, and I am so dis-heartened by the fact that, I only read THREE books this month! Where did all of that time go? So with no further ramblings, I shall begin. (Bare with me kids, this may be a little lengthy
Cold Summer – Gwen Cole
Published May 2nd 2017 by Sky Pony Press. Australian RRP: $22.00
Rating 4/5 Stars
Review Copy Source: Library
Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future. Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.
Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-travelling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers–friends–die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.
When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.
But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article–and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Is Kale’s death inevitable? Does this mean that, one of these days, when Kale travels to the past, he may not come back? Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-travelling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.
I originally picked up this book due to my love of the authors other work – Ride On. wow I was not disappointed!
This book is honest and raw , it deals with the trauma and pain of world war II in such a gentle and moving way, it gives you goose bumps to read the war scenes. I think what makes it even more special and haunting, is that it is from the perspective of a teenage boy who is trying to find his place in the world. Trying to survive with the guilt of what he is doing in the War.
this book is easy to read and packs a punch, it is so refreshing to read something that isn’t all about love within the YA genre. Yes there is a love story, but it isn’t the point of the plot.
A LITTLE SPOILER-Y
I wish there was a follow-up book, I need to know what happens in Kale’s future, if he becomes the teacher he dreams of being. I need to meet Kale’s little sister and learn about what happened to his brother. I need to know if Harper patched things up with her mum and went home for Christmas, or if she couldn’t stand leaving her uncle alone in the holidays. So many questions!!
All in all, this was a fantastic book, one that I will be reading again, and you should too!
Nyxia – Scott Reintgen
Published June 19th 2018 by Ember. Australian RRP: $28.00
Rating 5/5 Stars
Review Copy Source: Library
Synopsis: Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family. Forever. Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden–a planet that Babel has kept hidden–where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe. But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.
Review: Wow, this book has been on my TBR since it came out, and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read it!
The characters are fantastic, their growths and arcs are easy to relate to and understandable.
This book is like a sci-fi Hunger Games, it is brutal and consumes you, as you read.
Emmett is the perfect protagonist, he is honest, witty and isn’t afraid of protecting or standing up for those whom he cares about. This is also his fatal flaw, trying to be the person Babel is making him into, all while remaining the man his ‘moms’ and ‘pops’ would be proud of.
Fantastically well written and engaging from the first page, I am dying to read the next book!
Champion – Marie Lu
Published November 5th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile. Australian RRP: $17.99
Rating: 4/5 Stars
He is a Legend.She is a Prodigy.Who will be Champion?
June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic – and each other – and now their country is on the brink of a new peaceful existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles while Day has been assigned a high level military position.
But when a plague outbreak, deadlier than any other, causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities, the two are thrown back together. June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defence. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has.
This book left me feeling, a little bit ‘hmmm’ so to speak…
The writing style is fantastic and it was engaging, but I feel like it was one huuuge wrap up, that didn’t really go anywhere other than the direction that was so very easily seen at the end of book two.
I feel like this book was wasted, that Day could have had so much more of a character arc in this book, even with his SPOILERS
illness. Which, I actually think was such a convenient addition, making him forget June and all that they had together, right when her world was falling apart. But what I hate the most about that scenario, is that it forced her straight into Anden’s arms… after all of his creepiness and possessiveness… ugh.
Overall, it was a good read, just I think I expected more from this book… The ending left me hopeful that June and Day may get their second chance… well third chance. But I think his memory loss was a convenient way for there to be some last minute content… I still gave this title 4 stars, as mentioned above, the writing was fantastic and the action and pace was still there, it just left me feeling like too much happened within the last few pages, but also nothing happened throughout the entire novel…
So that’s my wrap up, I only read three books this month… But two of them were incredible, seriously, Gwen Cole is such a fantastic author, her other book Ride On, is a western, sci-fi. You need to read it, if you love those genres, it isn’t too long either, the link is here!
Comment below if you have read any of these three books, and what you thought of them!
Thanks for reading ,