Review of ‘Silver Beasts’ by Emma Sterner-Radley

‘Silver Beasts’ is the story of four teenagers chosen to represent their respective counties at the Hall of Explorers, a prestigious training academy. Their aim is to learn all they can before they leave for new lands, where they hope to find a way to escape the silver beasts that threaten their very existence. Cavarra has been blighted by these insects, mutated into metal by absorbing magic. Avelynne, Hale, Sabina and Eleksander must work hard if they are to save their people. Do they have what it takes? And is everything quite as clear cut as they are lead to believe?

This story had impressive world-building, magic, a steampunky vibe and mysteries and secrets that kept me engrossed. But it was also about finding out the truth and discovering who they really were and what they were capable of. The young people began to learn their strengths and weaknesses. I liked seeing how they they grew in confidence and changed as they got to know each other. The writing was skilled and imaginative and I really enjoyed being in Cavarra for a few hours.

It’s obviously the first in a series and left me keen to find out what happens next. I hope Emma Sterner-Radley doesn’t keep us waiting too long.

I was given this ARC to review.

Review of Quarterling by Natasja Hellenthal

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The Comyenti have animal abilities and are very empathic. They feel the pain of animals and Fay wants to do more for them. She feels she has to leave home and go on her own to do this.  Fay sees cruelty to animals wherever she goes and wants to help those animals. She has to be very careful that her abilities are not seen though. This book is about her journey. It is a thoughtful book. It’s not all action but sometimes I really want to get lost in a book that makes me pause and think about issues in a different way. There is a strong message about veganism so it may not be everybody’s thing but I found it interesting. It’s an intelligent story with a message behind it and I enjoyed it.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Pieces’ by G Benson

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‘Pieces’ is an emotionally deep story, dealing with very difficult subject matter. At one point I found the issues  upsetting and hard to read but the characters really got to me and I had to find out how their story ended.  

Carmen has been looking after her brother Mattie since he was a baby, as their mother was a neglectful junkie/alcoholic. The teenager showed such strength and determination and her desire to keep them together was astounding. After meeting Ollie at school she has something of her own, something beautiful.  She has a very difficult journey ahead but so many good people want to help. There is so much about this book that I want to recommend, I’d be here all day extolling it’s virtues. A well deserved 5 stars!

I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

 

 

Review of ‘Future Leaders of Nowhere’ by Emily O’Beirne