Lady Mechanika: La Dama De La Muerte {ARC Review}

I’d never heard of Lady Mechanika before reading this story. This was my first introduction to her and her story and from the back cover this is what I learned: she’s the result of an evil scientist’s experiment and has no idea who she is, but she knows she’s different – she’s strong and no longer fully human. All of this was wrapped up in a steampunk package and I was intrigued to say the least! Continue reading

The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember {ARC Review}

I didn’t think that The Tiger’s Watch would be for me; I’m not a huge fantasy reader (I’ve dabbled but it’s not my genre of choice) and the page count is low which made me wonder how much of a fantasy world could be built in a believable way in such a short space. But I’m glad I gave it a go!

The Tiger’s Watch is a novel about a society of spies who can bond with an animal and use them to aid in their missions. Once bonded, they are bonded for life, so depending on the natural lifespan of the animal, their life could be cut very short or extended. The same happens with the humans – if a human dies, so does their bonded animal. When invaders arrive in the country, our main character must use their skills to attempt to take down the enemy from within. Continue reading

Mr. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith {ARC Review}

Mr. 60% follows the story of Matt Nolan who is the unofficial care giver for his uncle Jack who is dying of cancer. Matt feels that he is the only real choice for caregiver for his uncle and he can’t get ‘official’ help from the government. Due to this, Matt is forced to sell and distribute illegal drugs in order to pay for Jack’s needed legal ones.

Due to all of this his grades fall but he manages to keep them at a steady 60% so that he isn’t failing. He basically does the bare minimum to get by, and unfortunately that’s how I feel about this story – the bare minimum effort has gone in to get published, but 60% does not make a good book. Continue reading

S.T.A.G.S by M.A.Bennett {ARC Review}

S.T.A.G.S. is one of those novels that drew me in based on its brief cover synopsis: “Nine students. Three blood sports. One deadly weekend.” – I didn’t even need to read the back cover! I was already hooked! Unfortunately, I don’t think this book lived up to its hype and whilst I liked it and really did enjoy it, it had some serious flaws that stopped this from being all it easily could have been. Continue reading

Manga Classics: Les Misérables {Review}

I feel as though I should start this off by saying that I haven’t read Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables but it’s not for lack of wanting! It’s just not happened yet! But I’m aware of the storyline as I saw the 2012 film adaptation when I was a student and spent the following 6 months singing the songs in my student flat with my flatmates. So the story has stuck with me after 6 months of repetition, which is why I was curious about this manga adaptation, especially after I enjoyed the Pride and Prejudice one! Continue reading

Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice {Review}

Pride and Prejudice is a novel that’s very close to my heart, as I’m sure it is with a lot of other readers. It was one of my earliest introductions to sharp wit (alongside Oscar Wilde’s work) and also one of the first drama stories I ever read. It was one of my first classic reads and it gave me my first crush on a fictional character – Mr Collins was everything a girl could ever hope for! JUST KIDDING! How could it possibly be anyone other than Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy?

So when I found out that Udon Entertainment had released an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice in manga form I knew I had to read it! A beautiful story accompanied by beautiful pictures should be a treat for the senses! Continue reading

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus {Review}

One of Us is Lying is one of those books that I had seen all over Instagram and the cover design was enough to pull me in to read its synopsis, and the second I did I was absolutely hooked. It was self-described as “The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars”. I’ve not seen ether of those, so I went in totally blind to any potential references or parallels and still had an amazing experience. Continue reading