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 […]

Nov 122015
 
Review: Feed

This book started off feeling clunky. It’s full of futuristic teen speak, and has a selfish and entitled teenaged narrator. It was hard for me to get into, but once things started happening, it seemed smoother. This is not a fluffy, happy ending style story. It’s actually quite dark. Not only when you consider Violet’s issues, and Titus’ reactions, but the entire societal set up with advertising and capitalist embedded in every second of life, and every inch of brain space, is quite unsettling. It’s easy to see how how current society could become the situation portrayed in the book, […]

Nov 092015
 
Review: Salt

I usually love apocalypse books. There is something about the end of the world via natural disaster that excites and thrills me. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this book, mainly because it felt a little clunky. It seemed to take a long time to explain exactly what happened to cause the world to drown. Yes, it’s briefly mentioned in the summary, but there doesn’t seem to be a good explanation in the actual story. Also, how did that many boats come together? It just felt under explained, which left me doubting. And what was Eva’s back story? She alluded to it […]

Oct 222015
 
Review: The Martian

This book has been on my wishlist since it came out, and now that it’s in theatres, I had to read it before I saw the movie. That’s a serious requirement for any book-to-movie adaptation. I’m so happy I did, because I really loved the book, and can now put the energy into getting to the theatre. I was impressed at how much science was in the book, without becoming overwhelming or confusing. Everything Mark did was explained well, in a believable way, and all with a sense of humour. Mark’s humour was probably my favourite part of the story. […]

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 […]

Oct 152015
 
Review: The Drafter

Yes, yes, and yes. This is an urban fantasy with a unique and original time travel twist. Peri is a drafter, which means she can rewrite time in small chunks, but it costs her as she can’t handle having both timelines in her head. She relies on an anchor to help her sort out her memories and cement only the rewritten part into her head, which means she loses the original timeline. Bad side effect: she loses time from before the rewrite as well. This premise takes a bit to comprehend, but once I understood it, the story was slightly […]

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 […]

Jun 032015
 
Review: The Fold

This is science fiction done right! I was sucked into this story about Mike with his brain ants, and his investigation into the teleportation project that just feels wrong. Mike has a photographic memory, which he describes as ants in his brain, and hates it. His desire for a normal life is so extreme that he goes out of his way to avoid overstimulating his ants. So he works a normal high school teaching job, doesn’t read, and doesn’t do anything exciting with information. But that all changes when his friend Reggie convinces him to audit a secret government project. […]

May 202015
 
Review: Revive

This was a very exciting and fun story, with a ton of twists and reveals. These elements, which made for a great read, make this book extremely hard to review. There are so many surprises which affect everything that happens after that point, that mentioning almost anything would be a spoiler. The story is told with alternating present time events, and flashbacks as Sophia remembers things. It was never confusing, and lent to the mysterious feel of the story. It helped me connect with and understand Sophia as she never seemed to know anything that the reader didn’t. It made […]