Reading Slumps and Book Reviews

Reading Slump

I’ve had a bit of a reading slump this year as I’m studying a Digital Marketing MSc and my focus has been that and working. I’m currently working on my Dissertation which focusses on Digital Marketing in Publishing (if you have anything to say about this please let me know in the comments I’d love it!)

BUT in the last week I’ve managed to read 6 books! (5 of those in 4 days).


I’ve also had a bit of a blog slump so I’ve decided to write a bit of a roundup of the books I’ve read here before writing my more in depth reviews later!

Purge by Kat Ellis – NEW RELEASE September 6th!
Unboxed by Non Pratt
The Territory by Sarah Govett
ARC: The Deviants by C.J.Skuse – September 22nd 2016
ARC: Contagion by Teri Terry – Release date 2017
ARC: Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick – October 6 2016

Book Review Roundup

PurgePurge by Kat Ellis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! It had me gripped from the start, I wanted to know more about the world they lived in and how it differed from ours. I was invested in the character’s stories and I needed to know what was happening.
I loved the structure of the book with different narratives and how they related to each other. Both Mason and Eden aren’t typical YA protags – they have issues and some of them they don’t really ‘grow’ out of, but I won’t say more about that for spoilers.
There was always something more going on beneath the surface and it’s well worth the wait for each reveal! I’d LOVE a sequel to this book…
Definitely recommend!

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UnboxedUnboxed by Non Pratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED this book! Short and sweet, I really related to the characters. The feelings that arise when confronted by old friends in such a situation were captured beautifully.
This book really got me thinking on diversity and my own experiences of it, it made me see some things in a new light and a book that can do that is brilliant indeed.
The Territory (The Territory, #1)The Territory by Sarah Govett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the way this book was written, it was almost like diary entries detailing the life of Noa as she got closer and closer to her TAA exams, the exams which would determine whether she would live or die.
This story really gets you thinking, what will those in power decide for us when the decisions are that hard? Who gets to live and who has to die when the land is running out disease is spreading?
It makes you question what you would do, to save yourself or your family. Would you leave?
It also brings up the theme of genetic modification, which is very quickly becoming a reality in our lives.
Amazing compelling story which was well written, cannot wait for the next one!

The DeviantsThe Deviants by C.J. Skuse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cliche I know but I couldn’t put this down. I picked up up last night and stayed up to finish it. I had no idea what the book was about when I started and I was just so gripped right from the first scene!
I loved the way the narrator tells the story, prompted by a question at the end of each chapter, which draws you further and further in until you can’t escape.
It was beautifully harrowing, touching upon such sensitive topics so well. I kept thinking I knew what was happening/going to happen/had happened but I was shocked each time!
It left me in tears, my soul sore from their pain.
The way it was written was brilliant and realistic – with a lot of things I could relate to in terms of the language they used etc.

I would definitely recommend this book but it’s not for the faint hearted!

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Contagion (Dark Matter, #1)Contagion by Teri Terry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was brilliant. I love virus narratives and I was not disappointed with this one. There were definitely more than a few surprises in this book, needless to say you’re kept guessing a lot in it.
It combined the very real threat of virus outbreak with futuristic theories on dark matter and physics which was really interesting.

I’ve always been fascinated by the curing and creating of disease in fiction – where science is messed around with to disastrous consequences. This fits the bill completely. Definitely add it to your TBR pile!

The only negative I have about this book is the ending. It is a severe cliff hanger, almost to the point where they story feels cut off short. I definitely cannot wait for the next installment!

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Saint DeathSaint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Admittedly I didn’t read what this was about before I started it, if I’d had I probably wouldn’t have read it.
The writing itself was great, however the plot itself just did not appeal to me. I didn’t feel particularly invested in the characters and didn’t feel particularly satisfied at the ending of the novel.
Don’t let my review put you off though! I’m sure to someone who’s interested in this type of thing would love it!

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Have you guys read any of these? Let me know what you thought! I think my reading may slow down again a bit now but at least I’m out of my slump!

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