Ground Floor, Second Room to the Left by Chris Sarantopoulos Book Review

Book Blurb: Be careful where you venture.

When Joe and Lucy, lovingly married, enter a derelict house to scavenge, the door locks behind them. When they try to break out, unnerving messages appear on the walls. Each one sees a different message, but they soon realise the messages ask the same thing from both. The price for freedom is steep, and demands sacrifices.

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Star Seer by April Marcom Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Sleigh lives in a city at the very tops of the age-old valor trees, where babies born defective are taken and delivered to the other defects living on the Surface. When Sleigh’s sister is born one of these fire-breathing, earthquake-inducing monsters, she follows the transporters to the Surface in secret , desperate to learn what will become of her. There, she discovers a new world of incredible people she’s instantly drawn to, one man in particular. Everything she’s been taught is a lie. She also finds out the Avarice will have her killed if her disappearance is detected, so she’s forced to return to her city after only a brief escape, feeling more like their captive than someone living under their safeguard. Four years later, the stars foretell her sister’s capture and enslavement by centaurs, along with the murder of her beloved, Gabriel. No matter the cost, she’s determined to return to the Surface and do whatever it takes, even offering herself in their place, to prevent both such disasters. If only she’d known what sort of trouble this reckless act would really get her into: putting her at the heart of a prophecy to end human slavery to centaurs, being forced to seek out and wear the lost wings of Hendraya, which makes her the leader in a massive Surface war against a most deadly race of centaurs thought to have gone extinct over a century ago.

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The Watchmaker’s Doctor by G. M. T. Schuilling Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): If you could go back in time and redo one thing in your life, what would it be? The Watchmaker’s Doctor is the first novella in Erase and Rewind, a collection for new adults that delves into the biggest regrets of the dying, and follows their stories of what might have been. Anaya, a disillusioned, thirty-five-year-old doctor, has been looking after Gregory, a retired watchmaker and resident of an aged care facility. On her last visit, he gifts her his final creatiokn, an exquisitely-crafted watch, knowing she will die tragically that very day. It will turn back time. With one condition: she must choose the time and place to reset the clock, and redo just one thing in her life. Regrets, it seems, are easy to realise when you’re dying. Hers was dropping out of school at seventeen. But what if, after one small change, her life would become much worse than it was? Or unthinkable disasters result from a single step off her path? When the alternative is die now, her choice makes itself. And so, Anaya’s story begins with her last thought. Would I have done this if I had any option but the grave? Would you?

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Chipless by Kfir Luzzatto Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): In a post-apocalyptic, dystopian society, health authorities implant a chip in the brain of every infant to prevent the spread of disease. But the rulers exploit the chip to manipulate the population and to create a distorted vision of the world. When Kal, a young physicist, accidentally discovers the truth about the chip, his life is in danger.

But Kal is not alone. Amber, a young, chipless girl from a distant society, who is on a personal mission, helps him to get away before the city police find him. The knowledge that Kal holds is a potent weapon against the tyranny of the rulers, and he has no choice but to join Amber and her fellow rebels in fighting them.

Kal and Amber escape together from the city, but the hunt for them is on. They must travel through dangerous, lawless territories to reach a safe destination. It’s a race in which time is running out for Kal. If they don’t make it in time, both his life and the hope of fighting the city tyrants will be lost.

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Broken Ties: Prequel by Kenechi Udogu

Book Description (via Goodreads): “There was nothing unusual about the night everything changed. No flashing lights in the sky, no searing fire in my belly; no sign whatsoever to suggest the shift which was to come…Nora Brice did strange things to me. Strange and awful things…” Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That’s what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all? Don’t fall in love. Ever. This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule. This prequel novella to the Mentalist Series can be read before or after Aversion, Book One of The Mentalist Series. Continue reading

Keepers: Book Three by Kenechi Udogu Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): The dust appears to have settled after the brief descent of the Progressive Empaths on Sandes. But, if there is any truth to Anthony’s story, Gemma and her friends know they might soon have to face the mysterious Keepers. Myth or real threat, one thug is for certain; running is no longer an option, for any of them. Can Gemma protect the ones she loves without forming an unlikely alliance?

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Sentient: Book Two by Kenechi Udogu Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Mastering her Progressive Empath abilities isn’t going as well as Gemma hoped. In fact, months after finding out what she really is, she still has no clue what this truly means. All she can do is wait to see if any new abilities will eventually manifest. Things aren’t going great with Russ either. Unsure of how to handle her Sentient Link with him she tries to integrate herself in his busy social life but struggles to adjust to her new circumstances. When she is plagued by recurring nightmares, Gemma realises things are changing and knows she has to do something, fast. The arrival of two sets of strangers in town, both offering the much needed assistance she needs to unearth her powers, escalates the situation even further. Gemma attempts to decipher whose intentions are genuine, but does she have enough time to figure out who has her best interest at heart?

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March Wrap Up

In the month of March, I completed reading four books (one more than last month, that’s a little better!).

Off topic of the bookish wrap up subjects for the next two paragraphs.

I would have loved to have read more books but over March I focused most of my attention on training for the London Landmarks Half Marathon. My sister, my sister’s sister-in-law and I took part in this half marathon to raise money for Tommy’s Charity. Our finishing race times are as follows:

  • My sister’s sister-in-law (Julez, who came all the way over from Sydney, Australia for the week to take part and then fly back on the evening of the half marathon!) finished in 2 hours 18 minutes.
  • I finished the half marathon in 2 hours 33 minutes.
  • My sister finished the half marathon in 2 hours 43 minutes.

We all thoroughly enjoyed participating and raising over our targets for Tommy’s Charity and have pre-registered to do it all again for next year! You can call us crazy if you want to!

Below I have inserted a couple of photos from the day and the medal that we won!

Back to the bookish wrap up post!

The books I completed in March were:

  • All That She Can See: Every Little Thing She Bakes is Magic by Carrie Hope Fletcher
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • Daisy Jones by Mack Mama
  • Aversion: Book One by Kenechi Udogu

I gave All That She Can See: Every Little Thing She Bakes is Magic by Carrie Hope Fletcher four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really loved the concept of this novel and the message that it gets across to the readers about looking at feelings in a completely different way. I really liked the main character of the novel, Cherry and her baked goods sounded delicious! The side that let me down to this book, was the second half of the book where I became confused how the dystopian and sci-fi genres came into play. If you would like to read my review for this book click here.

I gave Wonder by R. J. Palacio four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book needs to be read by everyone! Such an eye-opening, heart warming novel about a young boy called August “Auggie” Pullman. Auggie is looked upon differently by a lot of people as he was born with a facial difference. The book is about how Auggie learns to deal with bullies and how to be an ordinary kid in the real world, especially as he’s been homeschooled by his mum for his entire educational life but will now be attending Beecher Prep middle school! The only thing I marked down on this book was that there was no real plot to the story I could find, however I did enjoy learning about Auggie’s life from his perspective and others throughout the book. If you would like to read my review for this book click here.

I received Daisy Jones by Mack Mama in exchange for an honest review. I gave this book two out of five stars ⭐️⭐️ Trigger warnings: sex, drugs, crime and sexual abuse. Unfortunately this book was not my cup of tea, but I did enjoy how easy it was to read and appreciate that this story hold memories of Mack Mama’s past which has lived through. I did like how she is trying to get across that the hustler life is not glamorous and can lead people down a dangerously fatal path. If you would like to read my review for this book click here.

I received Aversion: Book One by Kenechi Udogu in exchange for an honest review. I gave this book four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really enjoyed the first book in the young adult, paranormal series called: The Mentalist Series. I thoroughly enjoyed the concept of this book and thought that the storyline was very refreshing and interesting compared to other books I have read in this type of genre before. The characters; Gemma Green and Russ Tanner were very likeable and I really enjoyed reading the scenes with them in, I hope there will be more a sweet romance between the two but who knows with the information you find it about them towards the end of the book! I was pulled in from the first page and hope that the rest of the series does exactly the same! If you would like to read my review for this book click here.

I started Sentient: Book Two by Kenechi Udogu yesterday and so far I’ve recapped over the events which happened previously in the first book and a new character has popped up, I hope I enjoy this book as much as I did with Aversion!

How many books in the month of March did you read? How many are you hoping to read in April? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

Aversion: Book One by Kenechi Udogu Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tanner doesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her? YA Paranormal Romance novella

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