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The Diseased Ones Blog Tour + Book Review.

The Diseased Ones
Danielle Harrington
(The Hollis Timewire Series, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: February 8th 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

On the morning of her 16th birthday, Hollis Timewire receives the worst possible news. She can’t become a citizen of the world. She’s a Diseased One.

Born with a biomarker that bestows dangerous, brain-altering powers, Hollis is forced to hide underground with other Diseased Ones, who believe that the government falsified history to cover up their genocide.

Now Hollis must discover the truth, and is willing to risk anything, including her powers, to go back home.

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My thought on the bookHollis’s world seemed terrifying – the way the government have so much control over people’s minds. I couldn’t imagine living in a world where I was supposed to suppress every emotion.

I loved Hollis as a character – tough, spirited, but also had this sense of vulnerability. It was so interesting to watch her finding her feet, so beautiful to see her go from a brainwashed, emotionless robot to flourishing into herself. I admired her quality of searching for the truth, of being brave enough to seek out answers even after everything she was taught to believe.

The relationships and friendships that developed over the book made this story shine. The way that none of them gave up on her, even when she was still convinced the government were the good guys. I loved Jonah – an incredible teacher and the drive of never giving up on anyone. Keith – who I wished we got to read more about, and hopefully we’ll get to see more of him in the following books. Tiffany – who was such a little sweetheart. I didn’t like Ashton – he struck me as a big bully and was horrible to pretty much everyone, but I got the impression he wasn’t supposed to be likeable!

The writing was incredible. Engaging, unique and I could feel the author’s voice coming through. It kept me reading right until the very end and I couldn’t stop.

I’m excited to see where this series goes. The author is so talented and has such a gift for storytelling. There’s a cliffhanger of an ending and I’m desperate to know how this story continues as I have so many burning questions.


Author Bio:

Danielle Harrington is a high school chemistry teacher with a passion for the pen and a knack for storytelling. She got her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Biola University, and although she’s a hardcore science nerd, she’s always been a lover of the arts.

She grew up acting and singing and has turned her love for drama into writing. Danielle lives vicariously through her characters and considers it great fun because she “gets to play all the parts”.

Danielle lives in LA with her husband, Steven, and her two cats, Moose and Turtle. She is working on a four book young adult dystopian fiction series, and she’s beyond thrilled to be launching her debut novel, THE DISEASED ONES, through Acorn Publishing.

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4 Popular Books I Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

popular books i haven't read yet but want to | charleigh writes

With so many books out in the world, it’s no surprise there are so many popular books I haven’t read. I don’t have the best track record with popular books, so I tend to avoid reading them until the hype dies down. I’ve heard great things about all of these books so I’m excited to read them very soon.

*All book titles go to Goodreads*


The Raven Boys Series.

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Synopsis

“It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.”

I haven’t read any of this author’s work before but I’ve heard good things. This series has been on my shelf for the longest time but I’ve never been in the mood for it. With so many great reviews how could I not want to pick this series up?


The Book Thief.

popular books i haven't read yet but want to | charleigh writes

Synopsis

“It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.”

I first started reading this back when the film was released, however, I never finished it. It wasn’t because it was a bad book, in fact, it’s far from it, but I either wasn’t in the mood for it or my concentration wasn’t great. Either way, I did enjoy what I did read and I’d love to get back into it. 


Children of Blood and Bone.

popular books i haven't read yet but want to | charleigh writes

Synopsis

“They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.”

This is a relatively recent addition to my TBR, but I’ve heard amazing things about this book. After reading the blurb and other people’s reviews, it sounds like a fresh and exciting addition to the YA world. 


Red Queen Series.

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Synopsis

“This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.”

This is another series I’ve had on my shelf forever, however, I have a pretty valid reason for not having read it yet! When I first purchased Red Queen, the series was close to been finished so I decided to wait (because let’s face it, who here hates having to wait for the next book?!)


What popular books haven’t you read yet but want to? 

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Book Review | Frayed by Kara Terzis.

Title – Frayed.

Author – Kara Terzis.

Publication date – 7th June 2016.

Publisher – Sourcebooks Fire.

Series status – standalone.

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Synopsis

‘Dear Kesley,

My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I tell her it’s a stupid idea.

But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. Where do I start? Where did our story begin? From the moment you were born…or died?

I’ll start with the moment I found out the truth about you. Your lies and my pain. Because it always begins and ends with you.

And that end began when Rafe Lawrence came back to town…

Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister’s killer…although she’ll wish she hadn’t. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kesley, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was a liar. A sneak. A stranger.

And Kesley’s murderer could be much closer than she thought…

A debut novel from Wattpad award-winner Kara Terzis, Frayed is a psychological whodunit that will keep you guessing!’


My thought on the book

4 star book review

I enjoyed this book. It started out a bit slow but it soon picked up. It was a quick and easy read – even with the heavy subject matter.

Ava was a fantastic character and I connected with her pretty much straight away. She was sweet and came across as a bit naive but it worked for her character. The relationship Ava had with her foster mother was beautiful. However, when I found out what her mother had done, I was so mad.

The mystery surrounding Kelsey’s death was interesting. When I thought I had it all figured out, the story turned upside down and confused me all over again. I like it when a book does that though, I love the shock factor. I didn’t see it coming in the slightest.

I thought Amanda was a brilliant character. She was a bitch, yes and she was super mean but the character development was right on point.

I don’t feel like Lia was much of a character. She felt a bit flat and boring which was annoying and I hated the Jackson and Lia storyline. I felt like Lia should’ve fought for her best friend a bit more but I guess thats how teenagers can be sometimes.

And wow, the ending. I wasn’t expecting that at all! I’m not going to spoil it but it was a brilliant way to end the book.

The writing was amazing and it was an easy read. For a debut novel, it was good and I think Kara will go far in the writing world.


About the author

‘Kara Helen Terzis was twelve when she wrote her first novel, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Later she started publishing her work on Wattpad, where in 2013 she won the Sourcebooks Story Development Prize, leading to the publication of her debut novel, Frayed (June 7th, 2016—out now!), which SLJ called, “[A] plot-driven, suspense-filled spine-tingling tale that ends with an unforeseen twist.” She adores fairy tales, photography, rainy days, and film soundtracks. When she’s not writing, you can find her buried in a good book and daydreaming. She lives with her family in Sydney, Australia.’

Find Kara: Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Tumblr | Facebook.


Have you read Frayed? If so – what did you think?