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review 2017-09-03 18:05
Review: Ultraxenopia by M.A. Phipps

Published by: Seven Sisters Publishing (1st August 2017)

 

ISBN: 978-1546934400

 

Source: ARC via author

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis:

Don’t stand out. Blend in. Remain invisible. Those are the rules I lived by—the rules I thought would keep me alive. 

I was wrong.

Wynter Reeves is a law-abiding citizen of the State, a willing conformist whose daily life is haunted by terrorism and oppression. With the constant threat of death hanging over her like a shadow, she forces herself to live by a strict set of rules, all in the hope of ensuring she is never noticed. However, on her twenty-first birthday, as she prepares to take the placement exam that will determine her future within society, she begins to show symptoms of a rare and debilitating illness—ultimately attracting the attention of the State. Taken into the custody of the feared research facility known as the DSD, her worst nightmare becomes reality.

Ripped away from the life she knew, Wynter is forced to become the test subject of the mysterious Dr. Richter. Through him, she learns the true and terrifying nature of her condition: a disease called Ultraxenopia.

 

Review:

I initially read and reviewed Ultraxenopia when it was self-published and it was my number one read of the year. It's now been completely revised, together with the most breathtakingly beautiful front cover image I have ever seen. This is my review of this new, revised publication.

 

I was immediately struck by the author's fantastically descriptive writing style. There is such meticulous attention to detail that every possible query is accounted for. This debut novel is intelligently written and haunting with a gripping plot. It is just extraordinary. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars! It is in turn shocking, thrilling, horrifying yet so beautifully written.

 

Wynter is a great character. She's vulnerable yet feisty, determined and resilient. She is so likeable and I believe that readers, be they fans of young, or new, adult, or other genres, they will find it very difficult not to feel empathy for Wynter. Dr Richter, on the other hand, is the complete opposite; he's the epitome of every evil villain you could ever encounter.

 

I'd pretty much stopped reading dystopian books because many of them were so alike and I got disheartened, but Ultraxenopia has restored my faith in the genre. It is, hands down, the best dystopian novel I've ever read - better than all the Divergent, Hunger Games and Maze Runner books.

 

It is difficult to say much else without giving away too much of the plot, but suffice to say, I read it in one sitting as I simply could not put it down! I was utterly engrossed and unaware of my surroundings. It felt as though I was experiencing every emotion alongside Wynter, and was as desperate as she to fight for survival. I simply cannot praise it highly enough!

 

 

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review 2017-08-26 13:53
Enjoyable fantasy comic collection with great illustrations
Seven to Eternity, Vol. 1: The God of Wh... Seven to Eternity, Vol. 1: The God of Whispers - Jerome Opeña,Rus Wooton,Matt Hollingsworth,Rick Remender

 

 

This collection is Volume 1 of a series taking place in a fantasy world in which the Mozaks are rebelling against the Mud King who makes people offers of the greatest desires to enslave them. It is well-written although a little wordy in places but the beautiful illustrations make up for that. They are reminiscent of the work of Philippe Druillet, a real compliment. (If you don't know Druillet's work, look it up or buy it!)

 

Highly recommended and I look forward to the next volume.

 

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review 2017-08-22 11:06
Seven for a Secret - Lyndsay Faye
Set in 1845 New York, when the potato famine in Ireland was flooding the city (and a few others in the US) with poverty stricken Irish and at the same time the US hadn't dealt with slavery, yet. It was perfectly fine to kidnap a person of colour and claim that they were an escaped slave, I have seen mention of it before in Barbara Hambly's Benjamin January Series but didn't realise that this happened in New York. Of course Timothy gets involved and of course things get complicated by politics and enemies.

Entertaining series.
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review 2017-08-19 14:07
#55 - Seven Ways we Lie by Riley Redgate
Seven Ways We Lie - Riley Redgate

I bought this audiobook with my Audible credit of the month and I had not a lot of expectations because I had not heard too many things about this book. I just found the topic interesting and I assumed it would be a light contemporary read. It was not a light read. And I LOVED it.

 

All these characters have so many qualities about them, I was scared they would only be the embodiment of the sin they represent, but they were way more complex than that. Honestly, I'm not even sure I know which character was which sin, which is positive because it means they were not too clichés. Still, I think I managed to identify some of them.

 

Seven Ways We Lie is one of those books where the storyline is not the most important thing about the book. The plot has a purpose, but after reading it I forgot almost everything that happened. But I remember all the characters so vividly. It was just a typical high school setting with typical high school drama; but the characters were everything to me.

 

If you are searching for diverse characters, read this book (there was even a pansexual MC which is so rare in YA books). They all have with their own problems and flaws and you discover more about them bit by bit. It was confusing at first to understand who was who, but I think it is because I listened to it. Once I remembered all the names, it was easier to follow. The character building was nicely done.

 

I won't describe every character because I really think it is important to read about them without knowing anything but I just want to mention Olivia who is such a great female character: I love everything she represents. Olivia is not scared of who she is and she is not ashamed of what she likes, which is sex. I am so glad I read a book about a young girl not being okay with the fact that men can talk about sex and women cannot. It is not something new, but it is so damn rare to find it in YA. I love her passion and how she stands for herself, even if most guys are being total jerk (to stay polite) with her.

 

It was a great read and I really recommend this (edit; I think it is a debut novel which is even more impressive!!).

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review 2017-08-18 22:27
A new twist for this pair
Jewels and Panties (Book, Seven): Dark Diary - Brooke Kinsley

Book seven in the Jewels and Panties series sees some happy, together time for Lincoln and Etta, or so they think. Just when I thought the series was winding to a close, Brooke Kinsley throws another wrench into the works and the couple has another problem. This one may be the biggest yet, considering it's personal and as far as Lincoln is concerned, coming out of nowhere.
This whole series has been one nail-biting thrill after another, with characters that seem like good guys, but maybe aren't so good, and bad guys that are the worst of the worst. It's packed full of enough twists and turns to give you whiplash, cliffys that will leave you holding your breath and keep you guessing, and the creep factor is over the moon. Add in the steamy fun and even some romance, and this series has it all. Each book is about an hour's read time and impossible to put down.
Overall, Dark Diary has a bit more romance in it, but it's still dark and of course, leaves you wanting more. I can't wait to see what's next in Lincoln and Etta's journey.

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