Review: The Dream Protocol by Adara Flynn Quick


The Dream Protocol: Descent
Adara Flynn Quick
Publication date: April 20th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T GET OLD. In fiery young Deirdre Callaghan’s home of Skellig City, no one has dreamt their own dream in over a thousand years. Dreams are produced by the Dream Makers and sold by the Ministry, the tyrannical rulers of the city. In Skellig City, years of life are awarded equally and the ruined are cast away beneath the city on their 35th birthday.
Unbeknownst to the Ministry, Deirdre’s handsome friend Flynn Brennan is afflicted with a terrible disease – a disease that accelerates the aging process. Knowing his fate if the Ministry should ever discover his illness, Flynn has lived his whole life hiding from their watchful eyes. When Flynn’s secret is finally discovered, Deirdre is determined to free him from the Ministry’s grasp. But to save him, she will have to reveal herself to a shadowy enemy…one that none of them even knew existed.

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Review
I’m not normally a fan of reviewing books that are part of a series as I always feel obliged to review the whole series so that you, my dear reader, don’t miss out, but I made an exception for this book because I LOVED the cover art. I’m a fickle reader and when faced with a row of books with little time to study each one I will always pick the cover I like best….which  has varying degrees of success! 
But, my book shallowness came through for me this time and I couldn’t have been happier with The Dream Protocol.  I found the story engaging and fast paced and a tale that kept you guessing….and leaves you guessing!! 
I loved the theme, it reminds me a little of a Hunger Games style of life with a little bit of social inequality thrown in for good measure. And after the teaser at the end of Book 1 I cannot wait to read book 2!! 
The idea of the Ministry is a unique one and the depiction of people buying and living out their fantasies in their dreams could be a glimpse into our own future and the author depicts this life with creativity and flare that captivates the reader.
This book is definitely worth a read and kept me up until the wee hours! 


Author Bio:
Irish-American author, Adara Flynn Quick, is the writer of The Dream Protocol series. Early in her career, Adara was fascinated by dreams, the unconscious, and the healing stories of many cultures. As a contemporary author, she writes young adult literature that brings ancient myths and legends into futuristic worlds. She is an accomplished visual artist and uses her background as a psychotherapist to inspire the finest and darkest moments of her characters.
Driven to distraction by her computer, Adara writes all of her stories longhand. Pen and paper are two of her favorite things. The author tortures her husband with a passion for downtempo electronica and too many pillows. She is a firm beleiver that there are never enough                                   pillows.


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Disclosure: I have received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own

Review: If I Forget You by T. C Greene

Love like this is far closer to insanity than it is to reality”


Synopsis

Two former lovers reconnect in this beautiful and haunting tale of great lost love from the critically acclaimed author of The Headmaster’s Wife
Deeply affecting and compulsively readable, The Headmaster’s Wife was a breakout book for Thomas Christopher Greene. Now, Greene returns with a beautifully written, emotional new novel perfect for his growing audience.
Twenty-one years after they were driven apart by circumstances beyond their control, two former lovers have a chance encounter on a Manhattan street. What follows is a tense, suspenseful exploration of the many facets of enduring love. Told from altering points of view through time, If I Forget You tells the story of Henry Gold, a poet whose rise from poverty embodies the American dream, and Margot Fuller, the daughter of a prominent, wealthy family, and their unlikely, star-crossed love affair, complete with the secrets they carry when they find each other for the second time.
Written in lyrical prose, If I Forget You is at once a great love story, a novel of marriage, manners, and family, a meditation on the nature of art, a moving elegy to what it means to love and to lose, and how the choices we make can change our lives forever

Review

A book that follows the usual star crossed lovers theme…..but….with the intriguing twist of loving, losing and finding what you lost!
The author brilliantly captures that initial infatuation stage of love…that can’t leave you alone, can’t sleep with out you, can’t stop thinking about you stage before moving on to look at it from another angle….the what happens after the losing part! 
What do I mean by that?
Who hasn’t daydreamed about what an ex you were totally in lust with is doing now or imagining what would happen if you bumped into them again!  In If I forget you, T.C Greene allows you to explore all that from the safety of your daydreams!
I enjoyed reading this story especially the twist on the star crossed lovers plot line.  
The unexpected twist in the plot line at the end of the book pulled it away from the usual boy meets girl, boy can’t have girl story line and gave it an extra bit of electricity for me.
All in all I found it to be an enjoyable, easy read even with the author switching from character to character.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own

Cover Reveal: A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe


A Mortal Song
Megan Crewe
Publication date: September 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Sora’s life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.
Heir to Mt. Fuji’s spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother’s last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents’ true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world’s natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.
As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she’s ever known.

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Author Bio:
Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives with her husband, son, and three cats in Toronto, Canada (and does on occasion say “eh”), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she can’t look at the night sky without speculating about who else might be out there.
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Review: Lust by Lola Blake

Synopsis

Lust is the sin that has condemned Linda to spend nine months of her life isolated from the world she knows. 
In 1964 Australia, the world around her is rapidly changing but she finds herself in a situation where the world has virtually stood still. 
For seventeen year old Linda, she is about to discover a dark side of life that she never knew existed. When her parents discover that she is pregnant they leave her at Loxely House, a secluded home for wayward girls ran by a group of strict nuns. 
Among the other girls, Linda is about to discover more about life and the harsh realities that their innocence once protected them from. As her pregnancy moves forward, Linda’s life becomes more and more distanced from the world she had always known. She must battle constant change as the world at Loxely House takes its toll on her and the other girls, friends that she will never see again. Linda’s story is that of her punishment for her sin of Lust, a story that many women in Australia endured in this time period without choices for women who were unwed and pregnant
Review

This book is so much more than Linda’s story! The Author carefully builds the other girls characters even though you don’t even know their second name let alone anything else about them! This book has it all. Romance and running away to defiance and darkness! Once I got started it swept me up in the injustice of it all and by the end I was willing Linda not to do what was expected of her!
The suspense is brilliantly crafted, ebbing and flowing throughout as girls come and go to that horrible place. The story is fast paced and not for the faint hearted in places; a captivating read that I found myself thinking about long after putting down for the day.
I’d love to see what happens to the other girls in this story and understand their lives which is testament to the author’s ability to leave you wanting more.
 The only thing I wish was different was the ending….I felt a little deflated that it didn’t lead where I so hoped it would.  
But don’t let that put you off picking up this book this summer I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! 
Author Bio

LOLA BLAKE grew up in Australia’s Surf Coast Shire before moving to Melbourne to study creative writing. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she spent the next ten years trying out various careers and travelling before finally deciding on teaching. She is now a full time author and is currently working on her upcoming Seven Sisters book series. 

Coming Home is Blake’s first novel and was written in eight weeks, during a visit to the seaside. Dying to be Thin was Blake’s second novel and was inspired by true events. Lust, which will release next month, is the first book in Blake’s upcoming Seven Sisters series. 

Lola is an avid reader and regularly updates her blog (www.lolablake.net) with book reviews and news about her upcoming series. She loves networking with other readers and writers and can be contacted at her twitter handle @lolablakes. 

She now lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children and still retains her love for the beach. 

You can find Lola Blake’s novels on Amazon.

Coming Home 

Dying to be Thin 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author free of charge in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own