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, […]

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 202015
 
Review: Midnight Thief

Meh. This book left me feeling meh. It’s not so much that I disliked it, I just didn’t feel much for it at all. Kyra was very mousy and naive for someone who grew up on the street. She seemed rather bland and one dimensional. I just never came to care for her much. I did enjoy Tristan’s character, although he was rather stereotypical. He did have a little depth to him, which made him my favourite of the bunch, but there honestly wasn’t much to choose from. I found the story really slow to start. It seemed to take […]

Sep 252015
 
Review: Crash

I’m so conflicted. There were elements that I both really loved, and really disliked about this book. I love Jules’ family. The focus of the book wasn’t on them, but that was one of the beautiful things. Jules and her siblings are super tight, with great relationships with each other. Her twin brother is gay, and is open about it. I love that this is just part of the background of the story. This happens so rarely in books, so it is definitely something to celebrate. Also worth celebrating is the inclusion on mental health issues in the form of […]

Aug 072015
 
Review: Awake

Ugh. Just ugh. I quit this book somewhere around the halfway mark, and it’s a wonder I got that far. The premise of the book is just ridiculous. The whole idea is that Scarlet has no memories before the age of 5, and this is supposed to be a big deal. Except, very few people have many, if any, memories before the age of 5. How can this possibly be the basis of an entire story plot? It just doesn’t make any sense. But I kept reading, just in case there was something extraordinary. But nope. Just some stupid instalove […]

Aug 062015
 
Review: Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces

I will admit that after the disappointing last book, I was a little apprehensive about this installment of Kitty’s adventure, but it turned out great. This book saw the return of the upbeat, determined, and adventurous Kitty, the one who knows right from wrong, and wants to solve a mystery, in order to help solve an issue. I was pleasantly surprised that Charlie joined her on this adventure. It was nice to see a returning character, especially one so integral to the original adventure. Kitty and Charlie have a great sibling-like relationship, and it played out very well in the […]

Aug 032015
 
Review: The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

This was a fun paranormal story with lots of action packed into every page. There are ghosts, a family curse, an unsolved murder, and time travel. So much stuff, but it never felt tangled or rushed. The plot was the highlight of the story, but the characters were fun too. I liked the focus on Kat and Evan. They were a good contrast, and I loved the hints at something between them. It struck just the right balance between sweet and teenaged awkward. There were a few developments right near the end that I didn’t care as much about, but […]

Jul 232015
 
Review: Ashes of Life + Giveaway

Before I start my review, I’d just like to apologize to the authors and publisher for missing my original posting date. Thanks for being accommodating with a new date. This book is amazing. I went into it thinking it was going to be really sad, but this turned out to be a beautiful romance. Yes, there were some sad and troubling parts, but the overall feel was hope and love. This caught me off guard, but was the best kind of surprise. This was a powerful story about love, and the power of family, and really highlighted that family is […]

Jul 222015
 
Review: The Memory Game

This was a sad story, but one that really grew on me. In the beginning, I had a hard time connecting to David because he was quite a jerk. Even as a ghost, he seemed to have little compassion or empathy for anyone else. But this changed slowly as the book progressed. It’s too bad David didn’t mature until after he was dead, but I guess it’s better late than never. All my sympathy was with Bethany. She led a hard life, with a horrible father. Every glimpse into her life brought more pain. The ending is what made the […]