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BZRK Reloaded – Michael Grant

Published June 30, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
THE FIRST BATTLE IS OVER, BUT THE WAR RAGES ON

SANITY OR MADNESS?
TRUTH OR HAPPINESS?
LOVE OR SURVIVAL?

IN THE NANO, YOU DON’T GET TO DECIDE

Noah and Sadie are now trained twitchers, They know how to wire a person’s brain from the inside, and how to get out alive. But they’re still reeling from their first encounter withe the Armstrong twins, and there’s no time for grief. As long as Bug Man has control of the US President’s mind, the future is on a knife edge.

THE FIGHT TO STAY SANE WILL DRIVE YOU BERSERK 

Welcome to the world of the nano, with your sanity resting on the line and the other option being death why would you ever want to be dragged into this world? In the second chapter of BZRK a few characters find themselves asking the same question, and even fewer, such as Sadie McLure also known as Plath in this new life finds herself wanting out, will she escape or stay?

Her relationship with Keats a.k.a Noah is more than what she want’s it to be, can they love but not be in love? With their leader, Vincent, in a world of madness after having ones of his biots killed by none other than Bug Man, Nijinsky is forced to take the plate, but could he ever really be the right man, not wanting what was given but longing for what was taken Nijinsky struggles with trying to do what Vincent would in the situation.

Down in the meat, with the US President’s mind being controlled, one of the world most powerful minds is in the hands of another, the enemy. With more elements coming into the story at this point, than the last book, you can feel a heightened sense of tension. Vincent has come back, slightly, aware at m-sub level, with Plath deep wiring his brain previously and burning some memories will he ever come back fully, only time will tell.

The twins, Charles and Benjamin Armstrong are kidnapping, wiring, and basically controlling people upon a LNG that they call the Doll Ship, but with their twitcher of ‘sick’ one girl was left with her own mind, Minako, having OCD she uses numbers a direction for whether something is good or bad, and is a new part in the story of BZRK.

With Bug Man neutralizing himself in the end neither sides have control of the President’s mind, what are they fighting for now? Everything being controlled from a higher authority, the mysterious Lear, finally Sadie has decided where she belongs and now she must find him.

This really is sci-fi like never before, with the ghastly descriptions of ‘down in the meat’ Grant gives it all a heightened sense of reality, if the technology were ever truly made possible he’s outdone himself with his advancements. Eagerly awaiting to see if there will be another book on BZRK.

Rating 8/10

For more on Michael Grant go to http://www.themichaelgrant.com/

Book Haul

Published June 29, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
Right, well its the end of the month and what better way to end the month than to go shopping! What did I buy? Books! – what else? So, this post is gonna be a book haul, yay!

Over the next few weeks I’m going to read and review these books, so that’s something you can look forward to. And here they are:

My book haul, starting from the bottom:

1 – The Dead by Charlie Higson
2 – Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3) by Patrick Ness
3 – BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant
4 – All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls
5 – My Name is Mina (Skellig Prequel) by David Almond
6 – Refugee Boy by Bemjamin Zephaniah

If I did what I usually do at least two of these books would of already been read, but I’ve got an entire summer to go so this time I’ve decided to take it slow, unfortunately…

I have read BZRK and was seriously happy that there was a second one so I really can’t wait to read it, but I must, haha.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. ‘Tha-That’s All Folks!’

Takedown – Joyce Sweeney

Published June 28, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
Joe Anderson is tired of being the smallest boy in his class. But he’ll grow up faster than he wants the night he has an unsupervised part. Just as Joe, his twin sister, Elizabeth, and their friends settle in for an evening of pizza and pro-wrestling, an uninvited guest shows up – escaped killer Quentin Charles Dorn! Confused and angry, Dorn holds the seven teenagers hostage while nervously negotiating with FBI agents stationed outside. As the ordeal frays his nerves, Joe turns to thoughts of his hero, wrestler Jack Shine, an underdog who always come out on top. Are there lessons in the ring that can work in the real world? Or will Joe risk every-one’s life trying to be a hero?

This book has become another of my favorites! When I was browsing in the book shop I was a little skeptical when I read the inside the cover but decided to buy it anyway. And I am so glad I did. All my fears of the book being too ‘fantastical’ were instantly cancelled, this book is the perfect rendition of the situation these teenagers, and their holder (Dorn) are in. It’s realistic enough to have you on the edge of your seat, but still holds the mystery of ‘whats-going-to-happen-next’ that only books do.

With the main character, Joe, being someone many people can relate to the reader can really become part of the book and its story. Adding on to the realism, the way Sweeney portrays Joe’s and Elizabeth’s relationship, with them being twins, is very genuine. I really had no bad comments on the book apart from: ‘I want more!!’. Right from the opening paragraph I was hooked on the book, I finished it all in one sitting and read it again two days later!

The teens holder, Dorn, is shown as a little unstable throughout the book with mood swings. He’s nervous at times, and, like in all good hostage stories, he has a gun. With the possibility of being shot hanging over them you’d think the teens would have been in a stalemate, but often the best things come wrapped in small packages. The hostage and the holder have one thing in common though; both Dorn and Joe don’t have a dad in their life.

Looking to his wrestling hero, Jack Shine, Joe tries to get all of his friends out, and his crush, safely. His struggle with emotions and thoughts are completely real. With something of this subject completely possible in the real world, it can make you take a step back an look, really look, as it did with me.

Rating: 7/10

For more on Joyce Sweeney visit: http://www.joycesweeney.net/

Books I Did Not Finish!!

Published June 28, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
Unfortunately I, like others, have a few books in my book-case that I never got to the end to. Some of them were classics, and some weren’t. My goal for this summer is get to the end!! But meanwhile I decided I might as well share some of the books that I haven’t finished and why.

DNF #1 –

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

So, yes, this is one classic that I did not finish. I read about a quarter of the book, then
 moved on to other things, and never really got back to it. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the book more of the fact that there were so many other books i found more interesting! But I’m hoping to get to the end, ‘by hook or by crook’!

DNF #2 –

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrel

Ah.. yeah, another book I haven’t finished. I actually did like, I picked this book up at about fifteen different times started to read it but again I never got further than half-way, its been about six months since I opened the cover of this book, ashamed? yes I am, but I do remember that the descriptions were very well written, so, in all honesty, I really don’t know why I never got round to finishing it…

DNF #3 –

Invisible City (The Joshua Files #1) by M.G. Harris

Now, apart from BSRK – by Michael Grant – I don’t generally tend to read Sci-Fi books, unless they include another type of genre I like, e.g. horror, adventure action, I really don’t read things to do with alien invasions of earth etc. But that wasn’t the reason why I didn’t finish it, I think it was because I’ve read books styled the same way, and it was a little… well, boring. But its a good book if you’re into that kind of genre.

Now you know some of the books I did not finish, but am hoping to finish within the next few weeks!

My Best Releases of 2013

Published June 27, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
For this post I’ve decided to compile a list of MY best releases for 2013 for you guys to use if you’re stuck on choosing a book to read this week! Or you’re just looking for suggestions/recommendations!!

1. Mind Games – Kiersten White

‘Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. 

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.’

2. This Is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith

‘When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?’ 

3. Taken – Erin Bowman

‘There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?’

4. Prodigy – Marie Lu

‘June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. 

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.’

5. Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi

‘tick
tick
tick
tick
tick
it’s almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.’


I hope you enjoyed that little list!! xx

Lucky Star – Cathy Cassidy

Published June 27, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
One boy. One girl. Waiting for their chance to shine…

Mouse is doing his best to stay out of trouble.
Cat is doing her best to land herself in it.


They’ve both had it pretty though so when they meet by chance they thank their lucky stars. Weird and wonderful things happen when they’re together – but how long can it last? Because everyone has their secrets – and there can only be one winner in a game of cat and mouse. Can’t there?

I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for a few years and only read it a handful of times compared to all my other books, but when I picked it up to read and review the other day I realized why I still had it – its just one amazing book!

Mouse is a fourteen year old, living with his mum on the Eden Estate. Mouse is a street artist and when he gets busted for tagging a wall at school, that’s where this whole adventure begins. He keeps all his bad memories tucked away neatly in boxes but when he meets Cat, a confident, cute, rich girl, things begin to slip out from his past.

I instantly liked Mouse because of how real Cathy made him and his surroundings, he felt like a person you could walk up to on the street some day. It wasn’t to far fetched. I admit that most of the time that my hand was hovering over the book I thought it was a little childish but once you read it, you get sucked into it, and that’s a great element in the book.

The book is a roller-coaster of drama, love, and ‘glad-to-be-alive happiness’, it made a great get-away from exam revision and getting to jump into someone else’s world even if it wasn’t real. And the fact is that when a book has these elements of ‘realism’ you keep turning pages, wanting to know what’s going to happen next.

The book is suited for 9 – 13 year old’s, but I’m sure older readers will enjoy it as well.  Some people don’t go looking for trouble, but sometimes trouble finds them. If you’re one of those people, you’ll find more than a few things in common with Mouse!

Rating – 6/10

For more on Cathy Cassidy visit http://www.cathycassidy.com/

Chat w/ Cathy Cassidy & Sarah Dessen

Published June 26, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
Just quickly giving an update:

Can’t wait until Friday, for those of you who don’t know Sarah Dessen and Cathy Cassidy will be doing a twitter feed chat with fans!!! Have your questions ready for this opportunity to talk to your favorite authors; Sunday 6pm BST just follow #PenguinChats on twitter for more updates you can also find out more at their website: 

Enjoy! xx