Blog Tour-Review for Breeder by K.B Hoyle


The Breeder Cycle Book 1 Published December 11th 2014 by The Writer's Coffee Shop

Breeder to me, is a dystopian novel aimed at the Teen market, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story myself and I am way past being a teenager. It reminds me of a number of novels I have read including, The Hunger Games and the Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver. If you are a fan of these types of novels then I don't think you will be disappointed with Breeder.

What is the novel about?


We first meet the narrator of the book, number 17 who is a Breeder for the Unified World Order. Her genetics are perfect, her life is perfect in her home, the Sanctuary. There she lives with her 'sisters' about 30 other girls who are all genetically and physically superior to other humans, which is why they have been chosen to be a carrier. They have their lives controlled, from what they eat to how much exercise they do, and to how to behave. They have been taught about the devastation of mankind and that the only way to stop it happening again is to have all deformities removed from the gene pool, this include those with freckles, those with ginger or blonde hair, the list goes on. Number 17 and her sisters are given the best nutrition and care so that they can carry a baby and create a healthy genetically perfect child.

Number 17 has already carried one child, but during the second carry she has to have a procedure to get rid of the child which leaves her questioning the UWO, 'Mother' who runs the Sanctuary and everything she thought about her life. As she comes round from the procedure she sees a man who tells her his name is Pax and asks for her name which is Pria. No men are allowed in the sanctuary so it leaves her feeling uncertain. When she asks Mother, she tells her she made it up in her head, but as Pria starts to become more and more unhappy, will Pax be the escape she needs and what happens when she learns the real truth of the United World Order?

The next novel in the series is called Criminal and is out in 2015, and I for one, cannot wait. 






Breeder Blog Tour December 2014

Look out for my review of Breeder by K.B Hoyle tomorrow as part of a blog tour for this fantastic new book!


Graphic Novel Review- Sex Criminals Volume 1

Suzie learns one evening as a teenager that when she orgasms, time stops. At first she wonders if this happens to everyone, but after much research, she realises that it seems to be just her that this crazy thing happens to. That is until she meets Jon at a party and they both realise they stop time during sex and a certain part of Jon's anatomy glows... Jon decides that they should actually use the freezing of time to have fun, so they go wild in a sex shop before deciding to rob banks to save Suzie's local library. This is when things start to go slightly wrong...

Original and witty


I wasn't sure what I was expecting from this graphic novel, but I found it to be witty, dark humoured, clever and a real breath of fresh air. I realised how much I liked it when page after page of Suzie singing Queen's Fat Bottomed Girls had to be left out because of legal issues, instead of shying away from this fact, it became one of the highlights of the novel.

I found Suzie to be really likeable and funny and I enjoyed the relationship elements of Suzie and Jon getting to know each other. Obviously there is sex in the novel (shock, horror) but it wasn't offensive or done just for the sake of it. As I have said in the past, I am not into the superhero type graphic novels, so this is a great, entertaining and very funny alternative. The artwork was really impressive on the cover pages, see below.I can't wait to read Volume 2 in the New Year.



Review of Daughter by Jane Shemilt


Does anyone else agree that the cover of this reminds them a lot of Room by Emma Donoghue? Just me then...The premise of this novel is that the teenage daughter of Jenny and Ted goes missing one night and as they start to search for her, secrets and lies slowly unravel.

Then and Now

The story is told both from the days leading up to and after Naomi's disappearance, then over a year on. It is told from the mother's point of view, Jenny who is a GP and has teenage twin boys as well as Naomi. We learn about the days leading up to Naomi going missing and the hunt for her afterwards. We also learn of what has happened over the past year, how the family have fallen apart and still they have no answers about Naomi. That is until a secret is revealed and finally both Jenny and the police start to unravel the truth about what happened to Naomi.

I found the parts talking about what happened around her disappearance more interesting than the year on, which tended to be quite slow.Also, I didn't find any of the characters to be very likeable, especially Jenny the narrator of the novel. Whilst I did feel sorry for her over her missing daughter, another part of me kind of blamed her to a degree. Saying that, it did seem that Ted, the father was at home even less, yet we are made to blame Jenny for not knowing what was happening to her teenage children. I did find some of the many secrets to be far fetched but I suppose it was to highlight how little Jenny and Ted knew about their children.

Conclusion

It was one of those novels which you have to keep reading to find out what happened to Naomi and I wasn't disappointed, especially with the extra twist at the end. With this kind of novel, I don't mind not liking any of the main characters as I was reading ti to find out what happened, rather than to have any emotions for them. If you like to bond with characters in novels, you may find it difficult to in this case. I did have high hopes for this novel, especially with all the hype, and whilst it was gripping at times, it wasn't as good as I had hoped.







Review of The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop


Publisher-Headline Review
25th September 2014


This long awaited new novel by Victoria Hislop is based around real historical happenings, this time in Famagusta, Cyprus in the summer of 1972.At the beginning of the novel, Famagusta is one of the most popular resorts in the Mediterranean. Both Turkish and Greek Cypriots work together in harmony, two sets of families decide to make Famagusta their own after escaping violence in other areas of the island.We follow what happens to both sets of families and that of a couple who have built a luxury hotel 'The Sunrise" there after a Greek coup ensues.

Worth the wait


I was really looking forward to reading The Sunrise, as a big fan of Victoria's previous novels and I wasn't disappointed. It was a little slow to get going, in order to establish the main characters, and a number of chapters in until the coup happened. She brings the history to life in a very personal and tragic way and describes perfectly the island as it was before the Turkish invasion and how it affected the inhabitants afterwards.

For any fans of Hislop's previous work, you will not be disappointed, and for those that like historical fiction, or even a good heart wrenching story, I would thoroughly recommend giving this a read.



Review of Butter by Erin Jade Lange


Butter is the story of a sixteen year old boy who is morbidly obese, weighing over 400 pounds. He narrates the story and we learn how alone he is both at school and at home. Butter has a great sense of humour and this is executed well throughout the novel, given the subject matter that unfolds. I found myself getting really annoyed and upset for him with how his schoolmates treat him, but at the same time I could understand why they behaved in that way. His mother overfeeds him and his Father ignores him, and he just can't stop eating.

"The only thing that ever really fitted was food.Inside me.And the more food I fitted in me, the less I fitted anywhere else."

There is quite a harrowing story of how and why he got the nickname 'Butter', but everyone calls him this. One of his only friends, a music teacher at the school, calls him Butter as he thinks he plays his beloved saxophone 'like butter'. Butter spends his days at school alone, eating at the oversized table in the canteen and the oversized desks in class. At home he plays the saxophone or speaks to the gorgeous Anna online. She only knows him as 'SaxMan' and doesn't know he is the obese guy that sits at the back of the class. He often drives to the mountains he used to visit with his dad, before his dad stopped talking to him and plays and plays his saxophone.

New Years Eve


One day he gets so fed up of living this life of overeating and being isolated, he decides that on New Year's Eve he will eat himself to death...live on the internet.He creates a website called butterslastmeal.com and as his classmates start to see what he is going to do, they give him attention, invite him to social occasions, parties and Butter starts to realise that having friends and socialising is all he ever really wanted. As the story progresses he starts to learn that maybe they aren't genuine friends after all, and they really do want to see him have his last meal. 

As a reader I was really intrigued as to wether he would go through with it, hoping he wouldn't and I have to say it was really well written in the end.Somehow, Erin manages to make Butter seem so real, not perfect, full of flaws but so very relatable and human. His every emotion is captured so well and at times can be uncomfortable, sad and upsetting. Other main characters include Tucker, Butter's friend from FatCamp, who annoyed me with his lack of empathy for Butter and Anna, I could never really work out why Butter liked her so much apart from being beautiful. For me, Butter is the only character that comes to life off the pages and the rest of the characters are merely background.

This novel is definitely for fans of John Green, the humour and writing style, the characters set in high school, are all very similar. This is a unique story but also a coming of age story, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would recommend to all.


Published 4th September 2012
Publisher Bloomsbury USA books



Eren by Simon P Clark- Blog Tour Stop



"People are keeping secrets from Oli. His mum has brought him to stay with his Aunt and Uncle in the countryside, but no one will tell him why his dad isn't with them. Where is he? Has something happened? Oli has a hundred questions, but then he finds a secret of his own: he discovers the creature that lives in the attic...
Eren."c

A beautifully written story about stories, beginnings and endings, imagination and storytelling. The story centres around twelve year old Oli, who knows something has happened to his father, but no one will tell him the truth. He goes up into his uncles loft one day and meets Eren, a strange creature who likes, if not craves, stories. It is hard to decipher now, after reading the novel, what Eren is or if he is an evil being as his physical appearance suggests. After all, he was the only one who truly listened to Oli and tried to teach him the truth about stories.But does this come at a price?



The book itself is a beautiful small hardback with gorgeous illustrations throughout. It is a modern day fairy tale where reality and fantasy meet and submerge together. It is about the truths of myths and legends, of stories past down the centuries and how the end of a story is just the beginning.



All in all a lovely read, incredibly well written and highly recommended for adults and children alike.

Read more about Simon P Clarke here
http://www.simonpclark.com/

Published 18/09/14
You can buy it here