Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT OY YEW by @anasalote #KidsLit #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s team review is from Noelle, she blogs at http://saylingaway.wordpress.com

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Noelle has been reading Oy Yew by Ana Salote

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Book Review: Oy Yew by Ana Salote

Oy Yew is book I of the Waifs of Duldred Trilogy and was longlisted for the Times/Chicken House prize for children’s fiction. I would have awarded it first place. Occasionally I pick up a YA book to read and the title of this one intrigued me. I discovered it is a terrific read, one I could not put down, and I think anyone from 12 to 100 would love it.

The author has created a totally believable and engrossing dystopian world, one in which goodness blossoms and evil exists but is not spelled out. It begins with a small boy, so small and pale that no one notices him. He lives outside a bakery, living on the wonderful smells of bread and sweets and scraps from garbage. When he is mistakenly nabbed as a Porian – a child discarded from that land and sent by raft to drift to Affland or die on the way – he is brought to a factory to work. When asked his name, his captors say he responds to “Oy, You!” and he is named Oy Yew.

Oy Yew slaves away in the factory along with other waifs, who are fed little and worked hard. He makes his first friend and is enjoying his life for the first time, but one day he is chosen to serve at Duldred Hall. ‘Lay low and grow,’ is the motto of the waifs of Duldred Hall, because if they reach the magical height of 5 thighs 10 oggits, they get to leave their life of drudgery. But their Master, Jeopardine, is determined to feed them little and keep them small.

The manor is populated by all sorts of great characters with names that look familiar but aren’t, and the waifs themselves are given names according to their assigned work. Oy becomes Drains, because he is small and can get into drains and sewers to clean them. There’s Stairs and Ceilings and Peelings, too. The waifs get around to clean, polish, change linens and sheets, etc by a system of small waif tunnels that run between floors and rooms, so they are not seen. When the head cook falls ill, and Molly, her assistant, is unable to make the complicated dishes demanded by Jeopardine for himself and his guests, Oy steps in. It seems he has a real knack for cooking, although where he learned it, no one, not even he, knows.

Even the diseases which strike Master and waif alike are fascinating. Oy is afflicted for a short while by seeing small, incredibly hued fish swimming around in his eyes.

Jeopardine is a collector of bones and will do anything to become the next President of the Grand Society of Ossiquarians. Even though Oy becomes invaluable as a cook, the reader gradually becomes aware that Jeopardine values the bones of Oy even more, and his methods of working the waifs and particularly Oy, become sinister.

There are many mysteries in addition to the fate of the waifs. Who and what is Oy? He is not a Porian but doesn’t know where he came from or who he is, just that he is different. Can the waifs escape? Who can they trust? What will happen as Jeopardine descends into madness?

Oy Yew is a children’s classic for adults, too. It tickles the brain as a lighthearted fairy tale with a murder mystery and an adventure story. This is a book I will definitely read again, and if I could give it ten stars, I would. I can’t wait for the second book in this series.
Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

THE DARK CITADEL BY @MJDougherty33 #Fantasy #Bookreview

The Dark Citadel (The Green Woman #1)The Dark Citadel by Jane Dougherty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Dark Citadel is a fantasy and book 1 of a series, it touches on a Dystopia style society left living in a dome surrounded by an inhospitable land full of demons. Inside the Eternal City a harsh system of High Class and Ignorants live where men are superior and women treated like a lesser class. Rules exist about families, only two children are allowed, one boy one girl and the authorities intervene and enforce this by taking children away and “giving” them to others. Food is scarce and there is talk of culling the ignorants to reduce demand.

A young girl called Deborah resists rules and is a trouble maker, unbeknown to her she is a hostage having a rare ability to recall the memories of the people before life in the Dome began. Rumours amongst the lower classes talk of The Green Women, the keeper of memories who will one day return to rescue them. Escaping a correction centre Deborah meets her imprisoned father, another hostage, he urges her to escape the City and find her mother.

There is quite a lot to take in, and the storyline is mixed between myths, legends and real time as the author drip feeds the reader layers of the storyline. I never quite got to grips with the mythical side and ancient beings waking to a calling. Plus there were all the demons and at times I was uncertain who the good guys were and who couldn’t be trusted.

More will be revealed in the next book in the series, this is a good start to a fantasy series.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Future Perfect by Katrina Mountfort @curlycats #bookreview

Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

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I invited Terry to read Future Perfect by Katrina Mountfort

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FUTURE PERFECT by Katrina Mountfort

5 out of 5 stars

I LOVED this book! Read it over a period of 24 hours, hated having to put it down.

The story takes place in year 2181. 120 years after various events that devastated the world as we know it, the chosen people of ‘State 11’, formerly the UK, reside in ‘Citidomes’, in which their lives are easy, comfortable – and controlled. Residents live not in families or couples but with their selected ‘resmates’, and aspire to join the BodyPerfect clan: women who look like anorexic supermodels, men so metrosexual they are no longer masculine. Televisual entertainment has returned to the age of baying crowds and gladiators with non-stop reality shows in which those not conforming to Citidome standards are cruelly mocked. Bodily ‘imperfections’ are considered a sign of inferiority, emotion is discouraged; residents have ‘connections’ rather than friends. There is no religion, no creativity, no literature, and sex is outlawed, seen as dirty. Children are created by artificial means only. Details of the country’s history is available from the ‘Knowledge Fountain’, but there is little information available about life before the Citidomes. However, underneath all this shallow perfection and unquestioning conformity there is a rumbling of discontent; the ‘subversive thinkers’ want to discover the truth, and find out if life on the outside is really as savage as they are told…

I suppose this is the modern ‘1984’! Aside from being entertaining, it all seemed frighteningly possible, especially when I found out, later, what really happened to the UK back in 2065. I’m very interested in the way the population can be controlled by those in power, in ways more underhand and seemingly innocuous than many imagine (who needs Big Brother when you have the internet?), and how quickly what once seemed to be a ludicrous idea can very quickly become accepted as the norm. This book is a brilliant portrayal of subtle mind control.

Of course, a great story is only as good as the way it’s told, and this is SO well written, the superficial atmosphere and hidden horror of life in State 11 Citidomes told so artfully. Once the book moves outside (to what was Derbyshire), I loved reading Ms Mountfort’s vision of a country left to its own devices for over a hundred years, and how her Citidome residents discovered the old, forgotten ways of their ancestors.

Although the main character, Caia, is only seventeen, I didn’t realise the book came under the heading ‘YA’ until I came to write the review; there’s certainly plenty to think about in it that I perhaps wouldn’t have seen if I’d read it when I was sixteen!

A terrific novel, I’m so glad it came my way and, Katrina Mountfort, this is me hassling you for the next one in the series NOW!

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Terry reviews The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan

Today’s review is from Terry, she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

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Terry chose to read and review The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan

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Right. I don’t like Sci-Fi. I have zero interest in spaceships and mutant beings. I do, however, love the whole post-apocalyptic thing, which is what made me want to read this book, as well as its excellent title. I am so glad I made that choice!

Basic plot: a motley crew of soldiers are sent from one planet to save the president of a second planet. President has lain in cryogenic suspension since an end-of-world nuclear war a hundred years before.

Dylan Morgan is one hell of a writer. Each character comes alive immediately; we are given no description, physical or otherwise, but I could tell EXACTLY what each person was like almost as soon as they were introduced – a rare talent indeed. The Deadlands is told mostly from the point of view of Lane, a former soldier and current bounty hunter, but also with guest appearances from other members of the team and connected characters, including one chapter from the point of view of one of the mutants. Very, very clever indeed, and actually put a different slant on the whole thing.

Morgan’s writing is clear, concise, never rambling. He understands dramatic impact, suspense, pathos, emotion, though I suspect all this is executed automatically, as it is with those who can write this well. If you like this sort of book you will LOVE this, and I think you will even if, like me, you suspect it might not be your sort of thing. Why? Because Morgan realises something important. A truly great novel is all about the CHARACTERS, not about the plot. The plot is terrific, too, but this story is about human nature: love, loss, greed, betrayal, despair, optimism, friendship, family and strength.

Highly, HIGHLY recommended. I suspect I might be raving about this book for quite a while! An easy 5 out of 5 stars from me.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Romancing September – Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie (Day 13)

Day 13 of Romancing September and today my guest is Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie, after this you can head over to Georgia in just a few hours to catch up with Kristy once more at Stephanie Hurt’s blog. Here Kristy will talk about writing romance in today’s society.

Kristy Feltenburger AuthorSo let’s get straight on and learn more about Kristy’s writing;

1) Where is your home town?
I was born in Johnstown, PA (known for several horrific floods) but I reside in Warrenton, VA now.
2) How long have you been writing romance?
I consider Jaded more a young adult thriller, but there’s definitely a love story there.
3) “Jaded” has been entered on the “Swoon Reads” web site, can you tell us what Swoon reads is all about? Who is behind it? Who can join? and How we can support your work there?
Swoon Reads is an imprint of Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan Publishers. Anyone can submit a young adult novel in the romance genre as well as read, rate, and comment on the ones listed. If you’re interested in reading Jaded, it would be awesome if you could give it a rating (5 stars is the best) mark whether the novel has heat, tears, thrills, laughs, and a quick comment. Follow the link folks and get voting to help Kristy get her book published by Swoon reads, Kristy didn’t tell you but the book with the most votes after a period gets the chance to be published.
4) Please can you remind us the age group your book is aimed at?
My novel is aimed at high school students as well as adults, however, I’m a middle school counsellor and it’s appropriate for mature middle school students as well. I’ve kept it PG.
5) You have chosen an interesting setting for your book, a commune. Have you ever lived in a commune?
No, I’ve never lived in a commune but I have lived in several small towns, which is how I got the idea.
6) There are all sorts of sub divisions in romance what made you choose thriller/ romance?
I had originally placed Jaded in the dystopian genre but was told by several agents to change it to thriller because “dystopian” is dead. I sure hope that isn’t the case because that’s my favorite genre to read.
7) The character Jade, sounds as if she has a lot of growing up to do fast to deal with what she soon discovers, what life lessons can come out of your book?
Jade learns that even the people that love you are capable of lying to you, that ignorance is not bliss, and nothing in her world is as it seems.
8) How does the daughter of the commune leader help Jade, does she cross rules of the commune and put her own relationship with her family at risk?
Peaches, the commune leader’s daughter, and Jade have a symbiotic relationship- they both rely on each other. Peaches does break the commune rules and puts her relationship with her family at risk but she’s done this before she even meets Jade. Peaches has been a rebel the entire time.
9) Are you planning a sequel, one reviewer wrote about several unanswered questions?
Yes, I’m working on a sequel which starts off where Jaded left off. I’m also working on a novella that tells the history of the commune, circa 1860.
10) Do you have a working title for the next book? Will you also be planning to submit it to Swoon reads?
For the title of the sequel, I’m leaning towards Hunted, after Ty’s uncle Hunter, who Jade becomes close to in the sequel. If I finish in time, I’ll definitely submit the next one to Swoon Reads- it’s a great opportunity for writers!
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Thank you Kristy you’ve opened my eyes to a new publishing opportunity for writers. Swoon Reads Good luck with the new book.

Land of the Unaltered by Leti Del Mar

Land of the Unaltered (Confederation, #1)Land of the Unaltered by Leti Del Mar

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced review copy of this book from the author and was delighted to read the story. A young adult romance set in a futuristic world where there is a liking to have repeated medical alterations. However there are people who don’t want the high life of the city, Rose goes to live with her aunt to escape the world that her parents live in. She meets Flynn, but he refuses to be friendly. A romance blossoms, but what will become of their future? A great story with the promise of its continuation in the next book.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Land-Unaltered-Confederation-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00DD158FK/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1371369693&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=land+of+the+unaltered

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Blog Tour for Land of the Unaltered by Leti Del Mar

Today I began reading an advanced copy of this book ready for the launch and blog tour. So I thought I’d post ahead with a little information for you about the book.

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Here is the pre-release synopsis to wet your appetite;

Rose comes from the capital of the Confederation of Cities where its  citizens live in luxury and the greatest fashion statement of all is  being Altered.  People change everything about the way they look as  often as they do their hairstyle but Rose is different.  Her position of privilege has made her an outcast and led her to suspect that something sinister is happening to the citizens and flees the capital along with a past that imprisons her in search of a fresh start in the Land of the  Unaltered.

Flynn lives in the Land of the Unaltered and hates the capitol and everything it stands for.  So when a spoiled capital girl is assigned to work with him, he wants nothing to do with her and is prepared to make her life  miserable.  But Flynn was not prepared for someone like Rose.  She  doesn’t fit the mould he expected and finds himself strongly attracted to her.  As she continues to surprise and outwit him, they begin to forge a bond that is tested when they discover a secret that could change  everything they know about Land of the Unaltered.

Land of the Unaltered is a Dystopian Romance and is the first instalment of the Unaltered Trilogy.

Leti Del Mar

Blog tour tab on my website (contains tour schedule):

http://wordswithletidelmar.blogspot.com/p/blog-tour.html

Book Links:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Land-Unaltered-Confederation-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00DD158FK

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/325731

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17875009-land-of-the-unaltered

“U” from the AtoZ Challenge

Today the letter on the challenge is “U”. My book today is “Under the Never Tree” by Veronica Rossi. As part of the daily challenge we are asking all readers of our post to leave a comment, thanks.

WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.

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One reader wrote this about the book;

Despite the slow start, Under The Never Sky turned into a fast paced, thrilling ride which had me hooked. It’s tough, bloody and action packed at times with some heart stopping moments that kept me turning pages as fast as I could. Although I was baffled with the world to begin with, Rossi captures it so well that once you get it, it becomes believable, detailed and developed, so much so that while reading it I felt I was actually there. I would like to know what happened to make the world how it is in Under the Never Sky, as this isn’t
covered. Maybe that will come in following books in this series, which judging by the ending of this one promise to be every bit as good. If you like your
dystopia worlds bleak and ruthless with an action packed and fast paced plot, then I recommend Under The Never Sky.

Here are 5 randomly chosen links to other AtoZ Challengers;

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http://partysmartypants.com/wordpress/

http://atozmcr.blogspot.co.uk/

http://nolagirlatheart.wordpress.com/

http://nwogenalogy.blogspot.co.uk/