Nov 142015
 
Guest Post: Kate Blair author of Transferral

Thank you so much to Sarah for hosting me as part of my blog tour. I really appreciate being featured on Workaday Reads. My debut novel is Transferral, a YA novel set in an alternative present day UK, published by Dancing Cat Books. The initial idea for Transferral came in 2010, when I was listening to a nurse talking about her experiences during the SARS epidemic. She said she was treated like a criminal; when she wore her scrubs, people crossed the road to avoid her. That got me wondering. What if criminals were indeed contagious? What if instead of […]

Oct 212015
 
Review: Red Rising

This was a brutal book. Violent, but brilliant. I’m very certain the only YA element is that the main character (and most others) are in their teens, but what they go through is definitely an adult hell. What they have to do is horrible, and nothing anyone should have to suffer, let alone a teenager. I’m not convinced this should be listed as a YA book, but regardless, the story is amazing. The plot is divided into three different parts, each with a different focus and feel, but it’s the final section, the Institute ordeal that really stands out. I’ve […]

Jul 212015
 
Review: Agents of the Internet Apocalypse: A Novel

I want to like this, but I didn’t. It felt like the story was trying too hard to be funny, and ended up failing. There was too much college frat boy humour for me to enjoy, and once you removed the humour, the story fell apart. I read more than half of the story, but it just didn’t keep me interested enough to continue.

Jun 102015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Red Queen

I picked up this book because I thought it would be a light, entertaining read that would be engaging, but wouldn’t leave me an emotion wreck or anything. Unfortunately, it just made me mad by how light this thing really was. Red Queen is a mashup of all the YA books that have come before it, without adding any interesting twists. The beginning is very similar to The Hunger Games. The main character is in the middle of doing an illegal activity that she’s been forced to do because Oppressive Society (In Hunger Games Katniss is hunting, in this book […]

Apr 232015
 
Review: Suspected

The first book in this series blew me away with it’s incredible look at, and treatment of, gender. This second book does something similar with technology. The book showed two very different extremes of technology use, with East Country almost completely tech-free, and Mid Country totally tech focused. It was an interesting contrast, and helped to show how extremes of any nature are not healthy. Some of the technology that Mid Country employed were interesting and amazing. But some options were extremely scary, and extremist in the worst possible way. Being able to draw the line between the two types […]

Apr 022015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Golden Son

It took me a long, long time to write a review for this book because it left me with such a book hangover. It was very, very good, and it was so easy to get caught up in the story. But the ending was just crushing. Really good. But crushing. Golden Son picks up two years after Red Rising ended. Darrow is just finishing up at the Academy, which is sort of like the Institute from the first book, only with space ships. And like the Institute, the Academy isn’t lessons in class so much as it is war games […]

Feb 202015
 
Review: The Windup Girl

I’ve had this book on my wishlist for a long time, and finally had a chance to pick up the audiobook version. Unfortunately, my experience with it fizzled quite quickly. I found the story very slow and I finally gave it up and DNF’d partway through. The plot seemed to move really slowly, and the characters blended together so that I had a hard time separating their stories. More than once I mixed up who was who. The narration of the audiobook was okay, but I think part of the mix ups came from the fact that there was no […]

Jan 222015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Red Rising

This is a gritty, dark story. There are no punches pulled in this novel. It makes The Hunger Games look like a sweet, bedtime story. I’ve read quite a few YA dystopian novels, and this one blows them all away. It’s more like Game of Thrones than any young adult novel I’ve read. Red Rising is definitely one of those books that pulled me in and took over my head for a few days. The book is about Darrow, who gets recruited to join a rebellion after the death of a loved one. He’s the strong and silent type, but […]

Jan 152015
 
Review: The Maze Runner

I feel like I’m one of the last people to read this book. That seems to be the case for most really popular YA series that turn into movies. As such, I’m not really sure what I can say that hasn’t already been said. I really liked the book. The action was fast paced, and Thomas didn’t sit around questioning everything, instead, he actively tried to figure things out, and make things better. He had a surprisingly positive attitude considering everything that was happening. I liked how the maze wasn’t just a setting, but it was a character in its […]

Dec 192014
 
The Maze Runner Twitter Event and Giveaway

I’ve very excited to be taking part in a special #MazeRunnerFriday Twitter event today for The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I also have an awesome giveaway to share too. To celebrate the release of the Blue Ray/DVD of The Maze Runner, there is a “Twitter Viewing Party” event tonight, Friday, December 19, at 5 pm PST/8 pm EST. At that time, I will be pushing play on my movie and tweeting while watching, alongside @JamesDashner, @MazeRunnerMovie and @FoxHomeEnt. Hopefully you can join too! Whether you’re able to join in the Twitter party, or not, I have a giveaway for […]