The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge Review

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Summary from Goodreads

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015, The Lie Tree is a dark and powerful novel from universally acclaimed author, Frances Hardinge. It was not enough. All knowledge- any knowledge – called to Faith, and there was a delicious, poisonous pleasure in stealing it unseen. Faith has a thirst for science and secrets that the rigid confines of her class cannot suppress. And so it is that she discovers her disgraced father’s journals, filled with the scribbled notes and theories of a man driven close to madness. Tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth: the greater the lie, the greater the truth revealed to the liar. Faith’s search for the tree leads her into great danger – for where lies seduce, truths shatter … 

My Review

5 out of 5 stars

Can I just start of by saying that I am totally in love with this cover. It’s is absolutely stunning. Don’t you agree??
So to the book. Wow this book blew me away, it was so intriguing and had me captivated to the point where I couldn’t put it down because I just had to find out what happened next. The writing in this book was top class and I can totally understand how this book won an award.
The Lie Tree centres on Faith as the main character. Her family have moved to a place called Vane but it’s not all as it seems. When her father is found dead Faith knows it wasn’t suicide and begins investigating what happened to her Father. This brings a lot of twists and turns throughout the story and just when you think you know who done it, it changes and suddenly your aren’t sure. I must say that when you found out what happened to her Father the people involved weren’t the ones I originally thought had done it.
Faith is a wonderful character and there were times I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. Because of society at the time of the 19th century, it is deemed in proper for girls and women to be clever and I personally think that all Faith wanted to do was to make her parents proud, but she wasn’t allowed to and when ever she said something clever she would received looks from everyone around her as if she was an alien. I loved Faith’s determination throughout the book and that no matter what happened she never gave up in finding out what had happened to her Father. She was a very likeable character who you could easily connect with and I felt as though I was there helping her with her mystery.
I want to mention Howard who is Faith’s younger brother. Although he doesn’t play a huge part in the story, the parts that we did learn about him made my heart go out to him. He is left handed and because at that time it was wrong to be left handed Howard was made to wear a jacket with the left arm sown into the pocket so that he was forced to used his right hand. I felt so sorry for him.
Just to end this was an amazing book and I would recommend this to everybody. Even if it’s not your usual genre you should try it because it is a great read and I can’t wait to read more by Frances Hardinge.

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Artificial by Jadah McCoy Review

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Summary from Goodreads

She struggles to feel human.

In 2256, the only remnants of civilization on Earth’s first colonized planet, Kepler, are the plant-covered buildings and the nocturnal, genetically spliced bug-people nesting within them: the Cull. During the day, Syl leaves her home in the sewers beneath Elite City to scavenge for food, but at night the Cull come looking for a meal of their own. Syl thought gene splicing died with the Android War a century ago. She thought the bugs could be exterminated, Elite city rebuilt, and the population replenished. She’s wrong.

Whoever engineered the Cull isn’t done playing God. Syl is abducted and tortured in horrific experiments which result in her own DNA being spliced, slowly turning her into one of the bugs. Now she must find a cure and stop the person responsible before every remaining man, woman, and child on Kepler is transformed into the abomination they fear.

He struggles not to.

For Bastion, being an android in the sex industry isn’t so bad. Clubbing beneath the streets of New Elite by day and seducing the rich by night isn’t an altogether undesirable occupation. But every day a new android cadaver appears in the slum gutters, and each caved in metal skull and heap of mangled wires whittles away at him.

Glitches—androids with empathy—are being murdered, their models discontinued and strung up as a warning. Show emotion, you die. Good thing Bastion can keep a secret, or he would be the next body lining the street.

He can almost live with hiding his emotions. That is, until a girl shows up in the slums—a human girl, who claims she was an experiment. And in New Elite, being a human is even worse than being a Glitch. Now Bastion must help the girl escape before he becomes victim to his too-human emotions, one way or another

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REVIEW

5 out of 5 Stars.

So I have just finished reading this and I must say I was pleasently surprised with how good it was. It was one of these books that pulls you in and refuses to release you until you finish. And that’s exactly what happened to me. I want to write a great review that conveys just how great this book was so that you guys will go out and read it, but at the same time I don’t want to spoil the story for everyone so I am going to be as vague as I can but still convey how much I loved this story.
I’ll start with Sylvia or Syl as she prefers to be called. Syl was a great character, she had attitude and wasn’t afraid to say it how it was. She was so well written and because it was partly written in her perspective I felt like I was connected to her and her story as we followed it along.
That then brings me to Bastian. Some of the story was written from his point of view and even though he is a robot he is definitely my new book crush. I totally ship him with Syl and I loved watching there friendship develop throughout the story.
All in all this was a great read and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Sci-fi and books set in the future. I also can’t wait for the others to come out because the way it ended there definitely needs to be more books.

I hope you enjoyed my review.

Disclaimer : I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

The Princess of Tyrone

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Summary from Goodreads: 
Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.
All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.
Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms.
But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever.
A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess! 

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My Review

4 out of 5 Stars.

DISCLAIMER – I was sent a free ecopy in exchange for an honest review.

So I am a big fan of fairytale retellings and this retelling of Sleeping Beauty did not disappoint. I loved the futuristic spin on it and how it’s set on various planets. Although it was a bit predicable in places and I’m not always a fan of instant love, I throughly enjoyed reading this story. Apolline is not you typical princess because she was brought up away from that however she was a really strong character and I enjoyed reading more to see how her character developed. I was a big fan of the fairies, I loved there own little quirks that was brought to the story. I also love Allard and I totally ship him and Apolline. Bryanna was an excellent villain but it was a good addition that you got to see her weaker side and find out how she became the way she did. I also enjoyed the other fairytales that were included, which was snow white and cinderella.
Over all this was an enjoyable read and I recommend it to anyone who loves fairytale retellings with a sci-fi twist.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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