Mini Review series #2

Refraction by Naomi Hughes

“Refraction: the way light bends and breaks and scatters when it’s caught by a prism or by a lens.”

RefractionAfter an attack on earth, all reflective surfaces become weapons to release monsters, causing a planet-wide ban on mirrors. Despite the danger, the demand rises, and 17-year-old Marty Callahan becomes a distributor in an illegal mirror trade―until he’s caught by the mayor’s son, whose slate is far from clean. Both of them are exiled for their crimes to one of the many abandoned cities overrun by fog. But they soon realize their thoughts influence their surroundings and their deepest fears begin to manifest
— Goodreads

The premise for this book is top notch. I love in books when the world goes to shit, it really brings out the best and worst in people. Some just try and get by, some help those around them and some are out for themselves. Marty falls into the last category. He is a selfish arse, who just wants to get to his brother, unfortunately he is on the other side of the world.
Elliot is the mayor’s son who is willing to cross the line to catch the bad guys. Unfortunately for him that makes him a bad guy in his mothers eyes.
These two men couldn’t be more different and now they are stuck together in the fog, learning about the new world, themselves and each other. They have to learn how to survive and in doing so they may discover the truth about their world.

Having your deepest fears come to life is probably as bad as it gets really. For Marty, who suffers from OCD and has severe anxiety symptoms, it is literally the stuff of nightmares. He struggles to control his thoughts at the best of times let alone when they could manifest monsters. The tension built throughout really well. The story moved a long quite quickly so you never got bored. You could easily sit down and read this in a day, it’s incredibly compelling.
This is a book that I think is best read without knowing to much about the story. Let that gorgeous cover suck you in and avoid the detailed reviews until afterwards.

I will say that my favourite part of this book was Marty’s character arc. Damn he had some growth. Also the description of his symptoms and mental health issues were so spot on. While I was reading it, I was convinced that the author had been through the same or similar issues to Marty, because the way she explained them and the shame we attach to our inability to control them was incredibly relatable.

“I lift my zip-tied hands, tap the door frame three times on the left and five on the right, hoping Elliott doesn’t notice. Relief saturates me; now I’ll be safe from the Beings, safe from the fog. Three and five are good numbers. They’ll protect me.
But barely a second later, a tidal wave of shame rips through me, drowning the relief. I curl my hands into fists, furious with myself. I’ve just broken a yearlong streak of not performing any of my compolsions. How hard is it to simpily walk through a damn doorway? All I had to do was not tap it, but somehow I couldn’t even manage that. I know tapping won’t protect me. I know the relief never lasts long. I know all about the lies OCD is telling me – and I still gave in to them anyway.”

I don’t have OCD but I know those feelings of shame and frustration. It is something I think many with mental health issues can understand. It turns out that this is “own voices”, so she was very much writing what she knows. And she does it honestly and respectfully.

I received a copy of Refraction via Netgalley. The kick ass banner for SciFi Month is courtesy of Sebastien decoret via 123RF.com

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Title: Refraction
Author: Naomi Hughes
Released: 5th November 2019
Publisher: Page street publishing

The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher

I always forget that I enjoy historical fiction, its not a genre I automatically gravitate towards. But when I saw The Absinthe Earl pop up on NetGally, the cover grabbed my attention and then the synopsis sucked me right in; A historical fantasy, set in Ireland in the 1800’s, full of mythology, faeries and romance. Yes please. Continue reading “The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher”

Silverlegs part 1- Seeds of Rage by Camilla Monk

“And it was done; I no longer had a face. I wasn’t Constanter; I was Silverlegs, and in that moment I felt like I could take on an entire army.”

SilverlegsA Roman style setting, vicious, well written battle scenes, epic sword fights. A female mc who refuses to be used and abused. Hell yes. Fantasy has been spoiling me lately with some fantastic books and Silverlegs by Camilla Monk is another top notch read. (How badass is the title and cover by the way!!) Continue reading “Silverlegs part 1- Seeds of Rage by Camilla Monk”

Meet me in the future: Stories by Kameron Hurley

Meet me in the future by Kameron HurleyElephants and Corpses was my very first introduction to Kameron Hurley’s writing several years back when Tor had it on their site. It was a first class story that made a lasting impression, yet its only in the last year that I have started buying and reading more of Hurley’s work. I sit back now and want to kick myself. So of course when I saw this on NetGalley I hit request as fast as I could and then put everything else on the backburner as soon as I was approved, even though I had a couple of months before it’s release day. Continue reading “Meet me in the future: Stories by Kameron Hurley”

Stacking the Shelves

A weekly post where I can brag about my new books? Yes please. Granted I definitely won’t have something to post every week, I’ll just do it as required. I will be including everything from my purchases, to NetGalley, gifts and books from authors.
For more information head over to Tynga’s Reviews

Stacking the shelves Picture - Saturday meme

I may of accidentally had a clicking spree on NetGalley and found a couple of total bargains. Continue reading “Stacking the Shelves”

Stacking The Shelves

A weekly post where I can brag about my new books? Yes please. Granted I definitely won’t have something to post every week, I’ll just do it as required. I will be including everything from my purchases, to NetGalley, gifts and books from authors or publishers (haha as if I’ll get a book sent to me from a publisher).
For more information head over to Tynga’s reviews

Stacking the shelves Picture - Saturday meme

I went op shopping last weekend for the first time in what felt like forever and picked up a couple of books. I was lucky enough to be sent an arc by an author for review and I got approved for a book or two via NetGalley, one of which is the second book in a series, so I have to grab the first book in the next couple of days.

Physical books
Toffee by Sarah Crossan
The Thousand Names Django Wexler

NetGalley
Priest of Lies by Peter McLean
The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Blood Awakens by Jessaca Willis

Review
The Sentinel’s Alliance by Suzanne Rogerson

The Sentinel's Alliance

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Pack Bound by Leisl Leighton

Aaah, paranormal romance. This genre is my fairy floss. I love it and tend to overindulge and then avoid it for a while, before coming back and repeating the cycle.

Pack Bound

Skye has magic, she has grown up with it but she fears it. She has been told she has great power but because she can’t control it, she is dangerous and must be bound. She hurt her twin River as a child and has never forgiven herself. An adult now, she lives with her friends, runs a successful childcare centre and visits her housebound brother as often as possible. Continue reading “Pack Bound by Leisl Leighton”