All posts tagged: dystopia

GIVEAWAY: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Hello book lovers, would you like to win a new edition of ‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon? It’s the first instalment in one of my favourite dystopian book series, and I’ve got two copies up for grabs! The giveaways are being held on Twitter and Instagram, so go check out my accounts to enter! (@tesscatiful) The competition closes on Wednesday 22nd February and is open to U.K. entrants only (sadly!). Winners will be announced on my respective social media platforms shortly after the closing date. Best of luck! COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to everyone who entered! _________________________ The ads below help to pay for this website. If you can see them, thank you for not using an ad-blocker. If you’re a fan of my content and you would like to support a self-employed writer further, please feel free to share the love and buy your girl a coffee. The caffeine jolt may just get me through my final edits! _____________________________________________________

Review: The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon

Prequel to The Bone Season, this e-novella is a perfect introduction to the series if you haven’t experienced it yet. It’s a future world in which clairvoyants of various sorts are hunted and terminated by the government, spirits are used in combat, and mysterious forces from another world intervene at will. It’s a fabulous series, and The Pale Dreamer is a fabulous bite-sized chunk to stick your teeth into over a cuppa tea. It follows protagonist Paige Mahoney as she first learns to use her clairvoyant powers and seek out a poltergeist to impress her boss, Mime Lord Jaxon Hall. There’s enough to keep you intrigued; there’s a good introduction to the characters, the fiendishly political underworld and the fabulous supernatural world within the series. It’s exactly what I want out of a Bone Season book, a heavy focus on the supernatural with just enough character world, world-building and political tension to mix it up a bit. If you haven’t joined the fandom yet, start today by downloading The Pale Dreamer!

Review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

The highly-anticipated third instalment in The Bone Season series, The Song Rising is ultimately my least favourite so far. Personally I haven’t had the best ride with this series; the first book had me proclaiming it was my favourite series since Harry Potter, the second disappointed but left me optimistic for the third, and now … honestly, I’m a bit worried. The Bone Season gave us original, fantasy/dystopian magic. It was wonderful and everything I never knew I wanted. The Mime Order was a Victorian murder mystery jaunt around London and, though I could appreciate it, it wasn’t to my taste. And now The Song Rising, which just felt like Mission: Impossible in a slightly more futuristic London and everything fell just a little bit flat. It picks up where the second left off, with Paige having won the crown of Underqueen and discovered the terrible truth about Jaxon. And then … we just flounder for a few hundred pages. Paige becoming Underqueen was not a story choice I really got on board with, mainly …

Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

The second book in The Bone Season series, probably the most highly anticipated read of 2015 for me and, to be frank, only a three-star book in my eyes. The ending, however, was so damn exciting it earned a star all on its own. Sadly the rest of the novel didn’t quite live up to the first instalment. Samantha Shannon has said many times that each book in this series is going to have a very different feel to it, so that the reader has a different experience with each book. Book #1 was an introduction; survivalist and fantastic, dystopian and almost YA but not really. (And it was fabulous.) The Mime Order follows protagonist Paige Mahoney on the run in Scion London, and has much more of a murder mystery feel to it. It’s futuristic but has a Victorian London twist, which was highly enjoyable. I just couldn’t get on with the plot. I had a similar problem with book #1; Shannon’s plots just don’t really do it for me. They’re not bad, but …

Review: The Obelisk Gate by N.K Jemisin

It seems even the best authors can fall victim to Middle Book Syndrome. I still adore N.K. Jemisin, I still think she’s a goddess. The Obelisk Gate just didn’t do it for me. The first book in this series, The Fifth Season, was just so exciting. It was filled with incredible world-building and a well-paced journey with a complex and likable heroine. But whereas The Fifth Season was probably 70% backstory, I should really have known this instalment would focus more on the present. The first half of the book was (comparatively) dull as mud. Nothing of much interest happens to Essun, she appeared stagnant and incapable. We got more about Nassun, Essun’s daughter, and her life-changing journey after the beginning of the latest apocalypse. Ultimately, she was interesting, but not for a long while. By the time things really started happening, I had already given into my boredom. I really wasn’t invested, and all I was really hoping for was more of Schaffa’s backstory. He had quickly become the most intriguing character, as my …