August Round Up
Spotlight ARC of the Month:
5 / 5
Babel pushes us over cliffs and expects us to fly. Sometimes we do.
“Friend,” I plead. “My friend. I need you today. Will you help me?”
“One more time,” he says. “And the next time you ask? I’ll say one more time again. And the next. And the next. Forever.”
Emmett is a young black guy from Detroit, his mother has cancer and his father can barely make ends meet. His family has worked themselves to the bone, generation after generation, for a better life, sacrificed chances over and over for family, until now. When Emmett might finally be able to shed the chains the Atwater family has borne since slavery, and lift them out of poverty. Emmett’s an imperfect, human character. He’s driven and kind and wary and angry and he’s got duty carved into his bones and family written in his blood.
The rest of the cast is just as amazing. Nyxia is definitely going to be one of my favourite reads of the year.
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.
Spotlight Read of the Month:
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4 / 5
Everyone believed that Diabolics were fearless, but in my earliest years, all I knew was fear
Nemesis dan Impyrean doesn’t give a damn about the fact that the known universe is ruled by a tyrannical Emperor or that scientific enquiry is forbidden. Her only concern, the reason she was made and trained and tortured and treated as a wild animal, is the protection of Sidonia von Impyrean, the Heir of the Impyrean family.
Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her.Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire
This book had such a strong voice! I loved Joanna, it’s just a shame that the plot to This Body Won’t Break was so incredibly similar to another book I read recently: Body Parts. This also turned out to be only one third of a whole book.
From the very first page of Fireblood I could tell that, as a writer, Blake had improved massively. The writing style was so much better! Whilst the plot was still bland and full of tropes, Ruby got a bit of spice and the writing was just so much more pleasant to read.
Inventive, funny, and based in Chinese folklore and a legend I was entirely unfamiliar with. Featuring Genie Lo, an ancient reincarnated spirit in the form of a sixteen year old American girl, struggling to prepare to get into Ivy League schools whilst the demons of hell are intent on destroying her life.
This was the kind of book I would have loved when I was 10 – a snarky young boy who is good at sneaking around, a man with suspicious motives, and a shot for a poor orphaned boy to become a prince. However, the entire premise of the book was utterly absurd.
Antisocial is a male/male romance novel that reads like a fanfiction with original characters, which is by no means a bad thing. Whilst it tackles some difficult topics, it does get really sexual, and Xander and Skylar are really, weirdly obsessed with Japan.
I’m not really an alien book person: books about UFOs and strange government programmes and weird aliens impersonating humans, all really not my thing. Which is, weirdly, exactly what My Side of the Diamond turned out to be.
I Am Traitor was quite a confusing read, but definitely imaginative: teenagers are being abducted by aliens and nobody is quite sure why. I didn’t connect very well with main character, a fourteen year old girl who is very obsessed with having her first kiss.