Category: Espionage


Review: 4 stars to Vicious by V.E. Schwab #Adult #Superpowers

Posted 28 May, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Espionage, Mature, Mystery, Paranormal, Reviews, Supernatural / 0 Comments

four-stars
A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers. Victor and Eli started out as college roommates?brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognised the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find?aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge?but who will be left alive at the end? In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.
Review:
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I’ll admit, I’d not read anything of V.E. Schwab’s before Vicious and I had heard wonderful things about it. I knew it was an adult book, but I didn’t expect the back and forth “flashbacks” as it were, with the characters Victor and Eli. It helped me, because I think if it had been purely “adult” I might have struggled. I don’t know. It usually has nothing to do with the writing style, but more because I generally PREFER YA. 
In any case, Vicious was a great tale of super heroes gone rogue. Or something like that. Eli and Victor didn’t always start out as enemies, but something happened when they both took on an experiment. How were EO’s (ExtraOrdinaries) created? Were they born or made to become through death? It was truly fascinating the research that went into this on the characters behalf. Please humour me, it felt like Victor and Eli were REAL. It’s such a thrill to find a book that does that to me. To make me so invested in the characters lives. I don’t usually like superhero stories, either. Not like this, anyway. It had an element of ‘Steelheart’ by Brandon Sanderson to me, but at the same time, the story was SO much better than that. 
I had liked Eli and first, but then after a while he started getting a bit too…I wanna say preachy? I think my non-religious mind was getting too “eye-rolly” of his attitude. The whole “He made me like this for a reason.” nonsense. Um…no. Sorry but that got annoying. He did nothing. YOU did this. Anyway, my ranting apart, it was nice to have a bad character have their reasons, as opposed to just being ‘evil’. He thought HE was the hero of his own story, and he really wasn’t. Neither, admittedly, was Victor. They both had their reasons for doing what they did, and it intrigued me. At one point I was getting restless, I just wanted to know what was going to happen. But I didn’t want to skip any pages. I was HOOKED!
Sydney and Serena were like opposite ends of the pole. I instantly became attached to Sydney. I felt for her on every level, I understood her (though not from personal experience, but because she was so well written) and I stuck by her when her sister, Serena, became someone to be feared.
Serena irritated me. She seemed to think she was the exception and though she apparently hated her power, and wanted people to fight back, she still continued to do bad things. It bugged me to no end. 
Every other character was so…well done. Mitch was a person I didn’t expect to like so much, but like with the others, he made a mark. Same with the investigators. They all became important to this story. I was left stunned at the ending. I was like “What? That’s it? No!” Because of how it ended, I thought there might be a sequel. I thought this WAS a series, or something. 
Anyway, I am so glad I gave this book a shot. I think it’ll be one to reread in the future. I give this 4 stars. 1 star knocked off because of the irritating Eli and Serena. Everything else was perfect. 🙂
-Kat
four-stars
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(Video) My January Wrap Up | 2016

Posted 2 February, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Espionage, Middle Grade, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Updates, Video, YA / 0 Comments

I thought I’d try to share what I put on youtube these days on my blog and so here we are. I made a mild mistake on my video, where I didn’t explain what any of the books are about. (FAIL!) So at least now I know for next time. I’m still learning. I hate it. I also need to learn to do cover photos.
It’s funny, I filmed a whole load, but then realised I couldn’t really spoil on a video compiled of a few books, as that would be awkward, so I had to cut. And it’s sad because any other time I wouldn’t know what to say. Anyway.
Here you go.

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#RYBSAT / Winter’s Respite challenge | Day Two

Posted 20 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Espionage, Reading Challenges, YA / 0 Comments

Hello again,

So it’s kinda like.. What.. Day two slash three now?  To be honest I’ve lost track. I’m still all ughhhh from this cold but my spirit levels haven’t been totally destroyed. I’m determined not to let it beat me.  😕

So since these readathon challenges started,  I’ve read 200 pages of See How They Run by Ally Carter. Yes I am loving this.
I should have it finished by tonight bc there’s only 130 pages left.

I’ll keep you posted tomorrow on how it goes. 
Peace out,

-Kat

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#Video: Ruby Red/These Broken Stars review + update

Posted 1 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Espionage, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

 

So I’m testing out a little thing. I sometimes can’t always be bothered to write a review (yes yes we all know I’m lazy!) and depending on my mood, and depending on how well the videos are received, I’ll do video reviews.
So…it’s all up to you. If no one wants to see my mug on screen (which I can’t blame you for, really) then I’ll not do anymore.

😀

Also, I’m REALLY new at this, so I’m still learning what to say and stuff. As you’ll be able to tell, I’m not anywhere near as articulate on video as I am in writing. LOL.

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#Review: 4.5 stars to All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter #YA

Posted 4 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Espionage, Fun, Funny, Mystery, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay – in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I was given a copy off Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Also…I explain at the end about what happened. 😛 Also, there may be the odd spoiler. It’s hard to tell what’s classed as a spoiler or not. Sorry in advance. If anyone spots one in time, tell me and I’ll cut it. Also, sorry it’s long. I may have gone over board on the padding thing. >_<

Forgive me, it’s been a while since I’ve written a review, so I may be a bit rusty with words. All Fall Down has been the first book I’ve managed to finish in 2015, and that’s both great and sad, because I’ve been reading about 5 books… I wish I was one of those monsters that has lots of eyes. Maybe an octopus? Yeah. Then I could hold lots of books as well. *sigh*

Without sounding too basic: I really liked this book.

Now, I guess I need to…what is it you people say? ‘pad it out’? Well, alrighty then.

I’ve been a fan of Ally Carter since I first picked up I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You. Which, now that I think about it, was maybe about 5 years ago? Wow, how time flies. I fell in love with the Gallagher Girls series and its characters and the basis that a girl can be a terrific spy without a dudes help!

I then followed Ally with The Heist Society, and there’s just 3 books, but I don’t care. ( I’m really hoping there’ll be more!) Because we all know Ally has something else up her sleeve. 

Yeah, like Embassy Row. Jeez, it feels like forever ago since she was talking about writing it, and now it’s HERE, and I’ve READ IT, and it’s EVERY BIT AS AMAZING AND COOL AS I EXPECTED IT TO BE!

*breathes* How’s THAT for padding out? Oh, you want more?

Grace is the main character in this fabulous tale of politics, mystery, murders and teenage rebellion. Oh and spying. There has to be spying and espionage. (Wait, isn’t that the same thing?) 

There’s even a line in the book that made me squeal, where Grace thinks “If only I knew a spy.” I just instantly thought “CAMMIE!” but that’s me going off on a tangent. ha.

The secondary characters are just as awesome. You’re first introduced to the ever elusive Alexei Volkov (I instantly thought of the evil guy from Chuck, but again…tangent) and he’s Russian (duh!) and he’s cute. I think. I can’t always trust my imagination. He’s also sworn to keep Grace out of trouble because he’s her brother, Jamie,  best friend. Confused yet? No? Good.

Then you have Noah, who runs into Grace’s (and our) life like a gust of wind, and he never fails to keep us on our toes. He’s been assigned as Grace’s best friend by Ms Chancellor (who we’ll get to in a bit.) and he’s every bit the friend. He’s trusting, caring, eager to lead Grace into trouble (or is that the other way around?). I wasn’t sure about him at first, to be honest. I much preferred to see more of Alexei. Noah seemed too..one sided. Not much to him besides acting like puppy. I don’t know.

There’s Megan and Rosie, who are pretty cool, though we don’t know much about them besides they are good at stalking and hacking into things (computers, mostly). 

Now, where was I? Grace witnessed her mothers death when she was 13, and since then she’s been haunted by  the image of what she saw there, a man with a scar on his face. She’s accused of making it up, and everyone says it was “an accident” but Grace doesn’t believe that, so when she has to move back with her Grandfather on Embassy Row, she sees the scarred man and plots to take him down, so to speak. Little does she know…literally. There’s so much plot twisting in this it almost gave me whiplash. The hidden tunnel system under the ground was genius, I must say, and made me want to know more. 

Grace and Friends go on a quest to find out what the Scarred Man is up to, after hearing some things, and finds herself caught in a web of lies and…maybe a bit of brainwashing. I’m still trying to figure it out. 

I didn’t think much to her grandfather, and I had liked Ms Chancellor up until the point where I didn’t…and then I did…see what I mean by the ‘whiplash’? It’s like “woah there slow down!” lol But yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed getting jolted here there and everywhere. I heard there was a cliffhanger, but in my opinion, I’ve read much worse. It was an ending that certainly makes you want to know what the hell is happening! But it’s not one that’s left me screaming off the rooftops. If that makes sense?

I take half a star off because, mostly, I had started reading this off an ARC I recieved off Netgalley, and if you know me, it takes a long time to read ebooks, until I got the paperback and read it much swifter. There were the odd moment where the pacing could have been better, but 98% of the time, I had no trouble. 🙂 

Can’t wait for book 2. I hear it’s set in the Med? Oooh…sweet. Anyway, that’s it from me. Go add this to your goodreads, if you haven’t already.

😀

-Kat

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