Cold White Marble – Keturah Paice

When you start this book you are drawn to the amazing imagery and visual picture which is evident from page one.  The world that is designed by this author is simply stunning.  The author has create mystery of her characters, whilst still giving the reader enough to allow you to bond with them.  The book quickly explains that this is a dystopian society where status is based on hair colour.  Gold being the top authority and brown being the bottom.  Through the book the author introduces new concepts such as apporting which is described in such depth and realism the word quickly becomes part of your vocabulary.

From the first chapter to the last this books twists and turns.  I have to admit to changing my opinion on several characters as their journey continued.  There are areas of this book where the violence that occurs to the characters maybe hard to read especially for younger age groups.  The violence is well written and pivotal to the storyline but in places I found myself putting the book down for five minutes before continuing with the read.

The book is written in the first person for all the individual characters which can be hard at times to keep up with at times.  The author helps the reader with this with naming all the chapters so you know who’s voice you are seeing the story through.  The author has helped further with this by including a short passage from the end of one chapter at the start of the new, when changing voice.  This is a technique I have not observed previously but works very well.

The characters in this book are rounded and well written as previously mentioned I changed my opinion of them several times as the story developed.  I have to admit however, to having one favourite with sat with me throughout the story.  The characters at times all show that they are flawed and make mistakes.  There are enough characters to make the story engaging but not so many that you lose track of the plot.

It is hard to quantify just how good this debut novel from Keturah Paice is but it is simply stunning.  It is a book that I greatly enjoyed.  This book deserves the success that The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies have had, the writing is clearly to that standard.  The end of the first novel leaves you hungry for more and I can not wait to finish the adventure I have started with these characters.  I urge anyone who likes fast paced, exciting adventure to pick up this book, when it is released fully in March 2015.


In a parallel world, perhaps not so different from our own, a marble ‘City of Enlightenment’ has been built, claiming to have eliminated negative emotions from day-to-day life. But what the oblivious ‘Whitehead’ race – citizens of the City – do not realise is that such emotions have not been abolished; only obscured behind the City Wall.

When ten-year-old Zulu accidentally steps into the other – secreted – half of her seemingly perfect world, she discovers a new existence, where the Blackhead race endure every negative emotion possible in order to ensure that the Whiteheads never learn of them. The slave force behind the Wall, working to keep the City functioning, is frightening and undeserving. But, as Zulu comes to learn, the truth almost always is…

Cold White Marble tells the story of eight people from every status and corner of the City, thrown together by fate and by circumstance, but not by choice. Along with Zulu, these include Goldhead (and leader) Jufu Delani, Blackhead Savanyah and the fiery – but ultimately loathed – Brownhead, widely believed to be the lowest being in existence: Tai. Their individual views and opinions of each other, distorted by hatred and prejudice, are challenged in a way they have never been before, in an epic quest to find a better world for all of them…

Cold White Marble is a gripping work of adult fiction that will be enjoyed by fans of science fiction. Many elements of the story reflect the western world we live in, challenging readers’ perceptions of their own ‘perfect city’ and what secrets are hidden behind their walls.

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One by One – Chris Carter


I consider myself a bit on an expert when it comes to anything horror. I love horror films and devour horror books.  However, there were times in this book where I had to put it down and walk away.  Sold as a detective novel this is so much more.  The descriptions of the horror that befalls the victims in this book leaves you having to move away and think of something else.  This is how good the writing is.  I have always been a fan of this author and have followed his novels throughout.  This one does not disappoint in anyway.

The violence is just as good as previous novels.  The familiar lovable characters of Hunter and Garcia are back as well as a new supporting characters being introduced.  I have to say there are a few of the characters that I hope will make an appearance in later novels.  The story is quick flowing and keeps you guessing throughout.  I never guessed the twist and I defy anyone to say they did.  This can be read as a stand alone or as part of the series.

This is a thoroughly amazing horror, detective novel.  I can’t wait to read the next.

Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD’s Homicide Special Section receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address – a private broadcast. Hunter logs on and a show devised for his eyes only immediately begins. But the caller doesn’t want Detective Hunter to just watch, he wants him to participate, and refusal is simply not an option. Forced to make a sickening choice, Hunter must sit and watch as an unidentified victim is tortured and murdered live over the Internet.

The LAPD, together with the FBI, use everything at their disposal to electronically track the transmission down, but this killer is no amateur, and he was more than prepared for it. Before Hunter and his partner Garcia are even able to get their investigation going, Hunter receives a new phone call.

A new website address. A new victim. But this time the killer has upgraded his game into a live murder reality show, where anyone can cast the deciding vote

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The Forgotten Holocaust – Scott Mariani – Ben Hope is Back


A lost, aimless and hard-drinking Ben Hope has wandered back to his old haunt in Ireland. The ex-SAS soldier is searching for peace, but trouble soon appeard when Kirsten Hall, a young journalist, is brutally murdered right in front of him. Unable to prevent it, Ben is driven by guilt to hunt down the killers. All he has to go on is a handful of clues from Kirsten’s research – but how can the journals of Lady Stamford, the wife of an English lord during the time of the Irish Great Famine, have put Kirsten in mortal danger?

Ben’s quest for the truth leads him across the world and finally Oklahoma, USA, where a deadly secret awaits. What connects the journals, a wealthy American politician and an intrigue surrounding the Irish Famine?

What Ben uncovers is a shocking historical conspiracy linked to the deaths of some two million people: a varitable holocaust that time has all but forgotten. Those who are still profiting from the lies and corruption of the time, and who are ready to kill anyone to protect their secret, are about to pay…

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The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood


It has taken me much thought as to how to put into words how good this book is.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Margaret Atwood did not write historical romance, like I thought, but actually wrote thought provoking science fiction.  The Handmaid’s Tale is one of those rare books that was written in 1986 but showed some amazingly accurate insights into the future.

Some of the events that have occurred to create this world that Margaret Atwood wrote are strangely linked to the political climate at present.  The book tells the story of one main character who we never find out her name.  Through her reflections back we slowly learn what has happened to her and how the world that is described came about.  There is interesting visual references made to the colour of dress that main characters wear and this has left me thinking what the author was trying to tell us with the colours she used.

This is simply a beautiful tale that I urge anyone to pick up.  I thoroughly enjoyed this read and have added Margaret Atwood to my list of authors I would like to read more from.  A must read.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.

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The Silence of Six – E.C Myers


Overall this book was a thoroughly good adventure / mystery that was fast paced and intriguing throughout. The story starts with out lead character losing his friend in mysterious circumstances. Through the course of the book Max follows a number of clues left by his friend Evan in order to unravel the mystery of Evan’s death and life.

The book features around the topic of computers and computer hacking. There are times that the computer language can become very in-depth which I loved as a fellow geek but I was left wondering whether this would be too much for a technophobe. However, there is enough adventure and simple explanation I believe to keep anyone hooked.

Although this book has a quiet mid section typical to most books in this genre it is not as long as some novels. Overall this is an extremely engaging book that I was hooked on from the first page.

“What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?”

These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein’s best friend, Evan: Just moments after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school, he kills himself.

Haunted by the image of Evan’s death, Max’s entire world turns upside down as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting to prove his own innocence, Max goes on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.

Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances, and virtual identities — all while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late

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Through the Ever Night – Veronica Rossi


I have read mixed reviews about this book but, I have to say I simply love this trilogy.  I thought long about why I like it so much and others don’t.  I came to the conclusion that it is the romance I love throughout the book.  It is so tender and well written it also doesn’t shy away from the physical side of attraction that other YA novels do.

It has been a criticism with may trilogies that the second book can drop off and be the poor relation to the other two.  This is certainly not the case with Through the Ever Night.  In fact I would say that this book is better than the first.  The characters are well developed and engaging my favourite actually is one of the supporting characters.  Roar for me is someone that I wish was my friend he is loyal, funny and charismatic.  I have to also say that I love the two main characters although some have said they do not.

Another strength of this trilogy is that the books finish.  Both novels have a start, middle and end and do not rely on the other two books to complete part of the story.  There is also enough joy in reading them to make you want to continue with the series.  For me this is fast becoming one of my favourite YA trilogies and with competition such as The Hunger Games and Divergent that is quite a claim.

It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

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Hollow City – Ransom Riggs


The mixture of photo’s and novel is one of the factors that led me to this series and this book is no different from the first.  The book picks up right where the last one left off and consists of the group continuing there journey.  The mix of humour, excitement and adventure is just right in this book, which makes the story progress and flow well.

Although this book has all the familiar characters from the first novel it also introduces enough new characters to keep the story refreshing and exciting.  I have to say if there was any criticism I felt there were not as many pictures in this book than the first.  However, this may have been my perception.  I have always wondered whether the author fits the story to the pictures of the pictures to the story.

The ending of the book is a real cliff hanger which means I am now counting down the weeks to the new one is released.  A very good second book in the trilogy.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike.

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

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