Sunday, 26 June 2016

Review: Ghost Hope by Ripley Patton

Title: Ghost Hope (The PSS Chronicles #4)
Author: Ripley Patton

Release date: June 15th 2016
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format: eARC
Pages: 203

Source: Author
Purchase links: Amazon | Kobo | Google Play

Olivia Black does not feel safe. Nightmares plague her sleep and haunt her days. If she has to endure one more minute stuck in a safe house in rainy Portland, she's going to lose it. When Mike Palmer sneaks off to find her sister Kaylee without her, it's the last straw. She has to do something.

Then Palmer's hackers find the Dome on a satellite feed: dark, abandoned and smack in the middle of the Oregon desert three hundred miles from where it started. If they can reach it before anyone else, they can crack the computer systems and access every piece of information on PSS the CAMFers and The Hold have ever collected.

But in order to do that, Olivia must return to the origin of her fears in a race against all the forces that have ever pitted themselves against her. She must unravel decades of deceit to reveal the true origins of Psyche Sans Soma to the world at last.

Ghost Hope is the fourth and final book in the PSS Chronicles, and I've got to say it was a very satisfying finale. Though the novel itself is on the shorter side, it's packed with action and intensity and lots of emotion. I've gotten to know these characters so well over the series and can't help feeling like I'm a part of their lives. When that ends, it's inevitably sad, but I really enjoyed this last part of their journey.

The book picks up where Ghost Heart left off, with the main characters still split into different groups. Marcus and Kaylee are together looking after each other, and I loved getting to know what Kaylee is like. She intrigues me the most out of the characters in this book, and I just wish I got to see more of her. She's innocent but incredibly wise at the same time, and her unpredictability makes for some interesting plot points.

I was still iffy about the new Marcus, because he's not the same guy he used to be, the guy I loved in the first book. But I warmed up to him in this book. He steps up and really tries to do good instead of staying rooted to his past and what he remembers. It still hurts to see Marcus and Olivia interact like strangers, but from the title of the book, you can tell that there's always some hope.

Olivia is still up there among my favourite YA protagonists. She's stronger and more determined than ever, and her drive to protect those she loves is so admirable. Especially after everything she's been through, and with Marcus not remembering her, and now with her long-long sister being back in her life. Olivia takes up the role as a leader, and she doesn't shy away from it. Her tenacity is incredible, and I applaud the author for writing such a strong but realistically flawed character.

I won't say anything much about the plot, but there are a few big things we find out related to PSS, its nature and beginnings. Questions I've had since the first book have been answered! The ending of the book (and series) is bittersweet for many reasons, but like I mentioned before, the title of the book is a key indicator of the events that happen. All in all, The PSS Chronicles is a unique YA paranormal series, and Ghost Hope closes it out superbly.

*Thank you to Ripley Patton for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, 4 June 2016

The Fallen Prince Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

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We hope you're ready to be transported by Amalie Howard's THE FALLEN PRINCE, a Young Adult Science Fiction novel and the sequel to THE ALMOST GIRL! Publishers Weekly calls the first in the series “a high-octane thriller.” Grab your copy of this amazing novel today!

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Riven has fought for a hard-won peace in her world, and has come to shaky terms with who and what she is—a human with cyborg DNA. Now that the rightful ruler of Neospes has been reinstated, Riven is on the hunt for her father in the Otherworld to bring him to justice for his crimes against her people.

But when she receives an unwelcome visit from two former allies, she knows that trouble is brewing once again in Neospes. The army has been decimated and there are precious few left to fight this mysterious new threat.

To muster a first line of defense, her people need help from the one person Riven loathes most—her father. But what he wants in return is her complete surrender.
And now Riven must choose: save Neospes or save herself.



Praise for THE FALLEN PRINCE:

"[P]acked with action . . . Imagery is the highlight of this book."—VOYA

“A parallel-dimension–jumping cyborg soldier must make questionable alliances to save her country from an existential threat in this sequel to The Almost Girl. [O]ffers a solid conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This sequel to The Almost Girl was everything I wanted: non-stop action, smart science, new and intriguing characters, and a satisfying romance. I couldn’t put it down!” —Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and the Cursed

“[T]he next step in a dark, clever and thrilling scorched-earth, world-hopping adventure.” —Jet Black Ink

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Excerpt

Cale and I used to dare each other to go outside the dome as kids, knowing we’d get into trouble if we were ever caught. Leaving the safety zone had been illicit and thrilling. It had been our secret spot, a tunnel in the bedrock carved by a long-dried underground stream when Neospes had fresh running water. I stare at the old access hole, now filled with titanium, as the memories rush back.

It was the first time I’d seen a Reptile. Cale had just turned eleven. Thinking himself braver than ever, he’d dared me to accompany him on an early morning adventure beyond the dome. As much as I hadn’t wanted to go, he was my responsibility.

“Come on, Cale. This is far enough. We need to get back.” We’d turned around only to see a horse standing between our secret exit and us. Only, it wasn’t a horse.

“What is that?” Cale had whispered.

“Cale, get behind me.”

“No way.” He’d stamped his foot. “I want to see.”

Steam had blown from the creature’s distended nostrils, and then it had charged. I remember the rotting smell and the chunks of flesh hanging off its wired frame. It was also the first Reptile I’d ever killed.

Cale became obsessed with Reptiles after that. He would lure and catch smaller ones, keeping them in cages. He studied the creatures, torturing them—ripping them apart and piecing them back together. I’d always thought his morbid fascination was odd, but, in hindsight, it was understandable. After all, he was a clone with a failing body, searching for a way to reconstruct himself.

But Cale is dead. He’d died months ago in the Outers.

About the author:

Amalie Howard - headshotAMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn't entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid's INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

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Amalie Howard’s THE FALLEN PRINCE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

May 30th
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May 31st
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Escape Inside the Pages – Review & Excerpt

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Mes Livres – Review & Excerpt
The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Review & Excerpt

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The book slayer – Review & Excerpt
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YA Book Divas – Excerpt
Book Lovers Life – Excerpt
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