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Review: Close Enough To Touch by Colleen Oakley

Close-Enough-to-Touch-02I absolutely loved the novel Close Enough To Touch. It was enjoyable, relaxing, and laugh out loud funny. The story is told between two perspectives: Jubilee Jenkins and Eric Keegan.

From an early age, Jubilee discovers she is different. She is allergic to human touch. When she was in school, a kiss from a boy nearly kills her. She eventually becomes a recluse, hiding away in her home for nearly nine years. But after her mother’s death, Jubilee is forced out of hiding, stepping out of her comfort zone and must face the world again. She learns to connect with people and learns how to fit in. Continue reading

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Review: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The-Diabolic-03If you’re a fan of science fiction or if you’re just looking for a great book to read, S.J. Kincaid’s The Diabolic should be on your reading list. I haven’t been this excited and impressed with a book in ages. I’d even dare to call it perfect because I really don’t have anything bad to say about it.

The Diabolic revolves around the story of Nemesis, a diabolic—a powerful engineered humanoid designed to protect the person it is created for. She belongs to Sidonia, an heir to a galactic Senator. As tensions rise in the galaxy, the cruel and power-hungry Emperor summons Sidonia to the court as his hostage. To protect her, Nemesis takes her place, pretending to be her. She must fool not only politicians and their children but ultimately the Emperor that poses a threat to anyone who crosses him. It’s up to Nemesis to find in herself her humanity if she wishes to play a convincing role. Continue reading

Review: Robot Boy by Simon Curtis

Boy-RobotRobot Boy primarily revolves around Isaak, a boy who discovers he was not born human, but was created as a weaponized robot. One night, a girl named Azure helps him escape from a group of soldiers who are hunting him down in order to destroy him. Isaak and other robots find refuge with a secret organization called the Underground—a place where humans and robots work together towards a future where they can co-exist. Isaak struggles with the choice to hold onto his humanity and risk death or become the very thing he was made to be in order to survive. Continue reading

Review: The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

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Erin Bow’s The Swan Riders is the sequel to The Scorpion Rules. In a post-apocalyptic world, AIs rule and young royals are kept hostage to ensure peace throughout the world. Greta was once a hostage and now she has become an AI. If she can survive the transition, she will stand alongside Talis, the most feared AI who rules the world and keeps everyone in line. In this novel, it explores the magnificent Swan Riders in great length, sharing their conception and their rituals. They are Talis’s devoted human army. After Greta’s transformation from human to AI, a rebellion sparks. Talis and a pair of Swan Riders begin on a trek to headquarters to ensure her survival. Continue reading

Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

cry-wolf-patricia-briggsBook recommendations are a great way to discover new books, but sometimes they don’t make the cut. Patricia Brigg’s Cry Wolf was mentioned to me by a friend and I was pretty pumped for it considering it has one of my favourite supernatural creatures—werewolves. I even heard about its short story prequel Alpha & Omega, which I decided to read first.

The story revolves around Anna who is attacked one night, changed into a werewolf against her will, and then for the next three years her own pack mates abuse her emotionally, physically, and sexually. The prequel helps readers understand her plight and how she eventually meets Charles, a true born wolf who explains that they are destined to be mates. Also, he reveals to her that she is an Omega with a powerful presence that calms the wolves around her. In Cry Wolf, Anna goes with Charles to see his home and meet his pack. They learn about a rogue werewolf who is bound to dark magic that could threaten all of the pack, so they go hunting for it before it causes too much damage. Continue reading

Review: Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui

squawking-chicken-coverThis year, I’ve tried to make a bigger effort to be open-minded about nonfiction. My reading list tends to be strictly fantasy and science fiction, and in most cases, part of the young adult genre. Over the years, I’ve associated nonfiction, biographies or memoirs to be mundane pieces of literature—chronicling lives of the dead or white-haired politicians. Sometimes, I won’t bother because the busier the person the less likely they would have written the book themselves. Despite having their name on the book, a lot of the time they have ghost writers do the work for them. Continue reading

Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

conversion-cover-novelWhen I first read the synopsis of Katherine Howe’s Conversion, it caught the attention of my curiosity. I’m a fan of fantasy books. After the Harry Potter craze, I’m very open to reading about witches and witchcraft. As a Halloween lover, I even have a fascination with the Salem Witches Trials, having done my own research or watched documentaries about them. I was pretty excited to read this book at first, but I’m going to have to be honest, I stopped reading after the one hundredth page. Continue reading