Sunday, 17 June 2018

Ghost Blog Tour: Father's Day Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be hosting a brilliant giveaway for all you lovely people this Father’s Day!  I have one hardback copy of the brilliant Ghost by James Swallow, the latest in the crazy popular Marc Dane series, to giveaway to one of you lucky people!  It’s open to European book addicts only, I’m afraid!  But I’m so so happy to be hosting this!  One of you is going to be very lucky!

Blurb from Goodreads: 
A terrible threat from the depths of the dark net. A devastating betrayal at the heart of a covert strike force. A deadly pursuit across a digital battlefield. A ruthless terrorist fuelled by revenge. As devastating attacks unfold across the globe, Marc Dane must call on all his skills and ingenuity to track down the mysterious figure behind it all - a faceless criminal known only as "Madrigal". Before they plunge the world into war . . .

lso, guys, don’t forget to check out all the other amazing stops on this Father’s Day Special Spotlight of Ghost!  There are other giveaways going on and loads of brilliant extracts to read!  So check out: From First Page To Last, My Little Library in the Attic, Stephen’s BookishLife, Night Resplendent and Whispering Stories for loads more content!

Now for the actual giveaway!  All you have to do is follow the instructions in my Rafflecopter giveaway widget thingy (I am so good at this tech thing...)  You have to leave a comment on this blog post to be entered for the giveaway – all the other choices are optional for more entries! 

Because I figured since this is for Father’s Day, it would be nice to share something you love about your dad.  One thing I love about mine is how totally supportive he’s been of my blog – I started when I was fourteen and he was always happy to drive me to my blogging events, even though he really doesn’t like books!  So thank you Dad – I really don’t know where I’d be without you! 

Thank you to BonnierZaffre for organising this giveaway!  Again, it's only open to those in Europe, you have to be 18+ or have your parents' permission and this giveaway closes 24th June!  The winner shall then be randomly selected and the lovely people over at BonnierZaffre will send you your brand new book!  So get entering, spread the word and have a great Father's Day, everyone! 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

The Girl in the Broken Mirror Blog Tour: Savita Kalhan's Top Ten YA Books That Deal With Sensitive Topics

I am so absolutely thrilled to have the wonderful Savita Kalhan here with us today!  Her newest book, The Girl in the Broken Mirror, is a powerful and moving book about such a difficult but important topic.  I am so very excited to be helping get the word out there about this wonderful book and I really hope you all go and grab a copy!  But first, let me just say thank you so much to Savita for including me in the tour and for putting together this amazing list of books!

Hi Megan! Thank so you much for inviting me on your blog today. 
The Girl in the Broken Mirror came out on May 1st, and it’s SO exciting seeing it out there and seeing people reading it! Yes, it’s a tough subject matter, so keep a box of tissues handy, but it’s necessary that books about rape and sexual assault are there for teens and young adults, for them to know that they are not alone, and that there is help and light at the end of the darkness.
So here’s my list of books that deal with sensitive issues for teens and young adults.
All the books below have left an impression on me. Each of them tackles a difficult or sensitive subject in teen/YA literature, subjects that need to be written about and read, and discussed, voices that need to be heard. All these books deserve a place on a bookshelf in a school library and a bookshop.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Subject: racism/class. Angie Thomas was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement to write this story of Starr who witnesses her friend Khalil being shot at point blank range by a police officer. Khalil had committed no crime. This is such an important book for the times we live in, well-written, hard-hitting. Brilliant.

Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell – terminal illness/suicide. Set in Kyoto in Japan, the story follows seventeen year old Sora, confined to a wheelchair at home with a terminal illness ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease – he has months left to live. It is a devastatingly moving story about loneliness, friendship, and death. This book had me in tears!

No Virgin and No Shame by Anne Cassidy – Subject: rape/trial. Anne Cassidy gives voice to her teen victim, Stacey Woods, raped by a privileged middle class white man who thinks he did no wrong, much in the way that my own book explores this issue from the Asian perspective. It is a powerful uncompromising book.

(Un)arranged Marriage by Bali Rai – Subject: arranged marriage/culture clash. This was Bali Rai’s debut novel and it was based on a personal experience. It is set partly in the UK and partly in an area in Punjab, and explores what it is to be a British Asian who is expected to conform to his parent’s wishes – even when it comes to who he should marry.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – Subject: war. This subject of this book is a little known but devastating tragedy of the Second World War – the German ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff, was sunk in port in early 1945 and it had over 9000 civilian refugees, including children, on board. Nearly all were drowned. Told from the perspective of four different characters from four different backgrounds, it follows them as they make their way across Europe to where refugee ships await. It’s a heart-breaking story.

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence – Subject: drugs. This is more than a gripping urban thriller. It is about sixteen year old Marlon who finds himself embroiled in a murder. The book explores themes of family and loyalty and the lengths Marlon feels he has to go to in order to protect those he loves.

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelsen – Subject: extreme disability. Fourteen year old Jemma is a clever, engaging teenager with extreme cerebral palsy – she cannot communicate at all and is reliant on others for everything. When her carer goes missing, Jemma knows who has taken her, but she cannot voice her suspicions, until a new trial technology is developed which might allow her to finally find her voice. This is such a unique book. You will love Jemma and be rooting for her all the way!

I am Thunder by Muhammad Khan – Subject: grooming/terrorism. Fifteen year old Muzna has what she calls #BrownGirlProblems – her parents want her to be a doctor and she wants to be writer. With super strict Pakistani and feeling stifled by them and the traditional community, she falls for a boy in her class and ends up embroiled in a terrorist cell. The book was inspired by the author’s shock at the news that three Muslim girls had left the UK to join the Islamic State.

Looking at the Stars by Jo Cotterill and Hidden by Miriam Halahmy – Subject: refugees. Looking at the Stars is set mainly in a refugee camp where Amina has ended up sheltering in after her family were forced to leave their home. Their life is grim, the conditions harsh, yet Amina finds a way to give some comfort to the kids of the camp with her story-telling. It’s a story of keeping hope alive. In Hidden, a refugee is washed ashore on Hayling Island and rescued by fourteen year old Alix and Samir. The book explores the issues of illegal immigration, refugees, bullying and xenophobia. It is due to be republished soon – and is being produced as a play, too.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten – psychiatric disorders/OCD. Adam has extreme OCD, a condition which makes every day things like opening a door difficult. He joins a counselling group, who meet in Room 13b, and finds that other kids struggle with similar problems and other conditions. He also falls in love for the first time. I loved this book – it’s sad, it’s funny, and very poignant.

Thanks so much for inviting me here today, Megan. I hope your readers look up all the books I’ve mentioned – they are all really great reads.

Previous Stop on The Girl in the Broken Mirror Blog Tour: Tales of Yesterday
Next Stop on The Girl in the Broken Mirror Blog Tour: The Teen Librarian

Wow, thank you so much for this list, Savita!  I have a few new books to add to my TBR now!
And, everyone, do check out Savita’s website, follow her on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook, and add The Girl in the Broken Mirror to your Goodreads TBR list ASAP!


About Savita Kalhan:
I was born in my grandparent’s home in a small village in the north of India. The family home has been transformed into an amazing charity hospital, which is pretty cool. I moved with my parents from that small village in India to a small town in Buckinghamshire when I was 11 months old. No, I’ve never got used to the cold or the damp or the rain
I went to uni in Aberystwyth, where the winters were colder and the seas stormy, and got happily stuck there for a few years before heading to London and life as an impoverished batik artist, before taking the plunge and getting married in Manila. Then I headed off to the desert heat of the Middle East where I lived and taught English for several years, read like a demon, and started writing.
I’ve never stopped writing. I hope I never do.

Now, I’m in North London, with a view of the woods, a stone’s throw from my allotment where I fight a daily battle against the onslaught of an army of slugs and wrestle with plotlines, and the tennis club where I slug a few balls, and my writing shed at the bottom of the garden where I write.


The Rest of the Blog Tour:

Friday, 4 May 2018

The Company of Eight by Harriet Whitehorn: Blog Tour Review

Hello, book addicts! I'm so very excited to be taking part in The Company of Eight's blog tour! I adored this book and I can't wait for children everywhere to experience the Longest World and go on adventures with Cass and her friends! If you like circuses, pirates and adventure, this book is definitely for you! So give my review a little read and then go out and buy yourself a copy!


The Company of Eight by Harriet Whitehorn
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Format: ARC**
Published: 3rd May 2018
Number of Pages: 208
Book: For Review* 
Genre:  Fantasy, Adventure, Coming-Of-Age, Middle-Grade
Recommended Age: 9+
Contains: Violence, Alcohol References
Author's Site: Harriet Whitehorn

Blurb From Goodreads:
When Ravellous's Circus Ship comes to Minaris, Cass is determined to audition despite her guardian Mrs Potts's disapproval. But when her chance is snatched away from her, Cass refuses to give up. She sets out to follow the Circus Ship and the journey leads her into dangers that challenge even her adventurous spirit. Will she succeed in following her dream, or is her destiny something altogether different? 
A beautifully written adventure story for fans of The Girl of Ink and Stars from Harriet Whitehorn, award-winning author of the Violet series.

“I am afraid I cannot name them all, but overall they were known as Mele’s Sword Fighters or the Company of Eight.
“The Company still survives today, helping those in need and vanquishing evil, as they did in Mele’s time, but these days, it has become an underground organisation and the identity of its eight members is a closely guarded secret.”
All Cass wants to do is get out of the Magical District and join the Circus Boat.  She wants to be an acrobat aboard their ship – where her utterly un-magical nature isn’t seen as being weird.
But when she misses her audition, she is forced to re-evaluate, and decides she wishes to spend the next year on the Island of Women until she can try out again.
And when she manages to impress Lord Bastien, the Protector of the Longest World, she decides to travel with him aboard his Palace Ship.
But she soon realises Bastien and his son have ulterior motives – ones Cass is entirely uncomfortable with!  Before long, she has become entangled with thieves and slavers... and the Company of Eight, a legendary set of female sword-fighters who could be her only hope...
When I saw Company of Eight on Stripe’s Instagram page, I commented instantly because it sounded and looked brilliant.  And when they offered me an ARC to read?  Of course I said yes please!  I won’t lie, I’ve been so stuck in my YA fantasies lately that getting into this took a little time, but I was soon totally wrapped up in the story!  This is the kind of book I would’ve been absolutely obsessed with ten years ago – and one I thoroughly enjoyed today, aged twenty-one.  It was magical and exciting and full of adventure and kick-butt women. 
Cass was such an awesome character – brave and clever and loyal.  While she made a few decisions I didn’t really agree with, I still loved her character.  She was great fun and a real role-model (running away aside!) who was never afraid to stand up for herself and went out of her way to help her friends.
I really loved all the supporting characters too!  Especially Rip – he was so sweet and just such a good friend!  And Elsba was amazing – such a wonderfully strong female!  She was just so very strong and so kind.  
However, I was not a fan of the pirates or a certain lord.  At all.  The pirates were just cruel and that lord was just an absolute jerk!   I also want to say that even though a lot of the characters weren’t around long, as Cass is often moving around the Longest World, I felt all of them were well developed and different and just good fun!  My favourite minor character just had to be Lion – he was adorable.
Ah, this story!  It was the perfect amount of thrills, excitement, humour, magic and suspense and I thoroughly enjoyed it!  It’s honestly the perfect bedtime story read – only be prepared for a lot of ‘just one more chapter’.  I literally finished this book in two sittings (it would have been one, but my friends insisting on badgering me with messages in the middle of my binge read).  I was constantly excited and engaged in the plot – I loved the twists, turns, pirates and sword fighters!  It was just such a fun read.
And, as I pointed out earlier, I’ve been reading too many adult and YA fantasies lately so the writing did take a little getting used to, since it’s far simpler compared to what I was used to.  But it’s engaging and exciting and soon had me within its grip!  It’s the perfect level for its intended audiences, although the fairly short chapters are a danger – I literally just kept thinking ‘one more chapter... one more chapter’.  And then it was 2a.m and I wanted book two, please.  Please tell me there’s going to be a book two!  I’m not done with Cass and the Eight yet!
Oh and I really enjoyed this world – I’m so happy the finished book comes with a map!   I’m a big map fan.  Plus this map is gorgeous – and shows me where all my favourite places in the Longest World are!
This is the perfect book for young readers to read alone or as a bedtime story – it’s fun, exciting and magical.  Plus it has acrobats, pirates, Lords and a team of awesome female sword fighters!  What isn’t to love?

Star Rating:
4 Out of 5

Read this book if you liked:
The Huntress Series by Sarah Driver
The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Happy Reading
* This book was received from Stripes in exchange for an honest review
** Quotes used are from a proof copy and may have been changed in the finished book


Previous Stop on The Company of Eight Blog Tour: Chrikaru Reads
Next Stop on the The Company of Eight Blog Tour: Tanya's Allsorts


Ah, I really hope there is a book two! Everyone, go and read The Company of Eight! 
Also definitely check out Harriet's website, follow her on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook, and add The Company of Eight to your Goodreads TBR ASAP list! 

Friday, 20 April 2018

Every Day: A Film Review!

Guys, this is my first ever official film review!  I hope you enjoy!  Every Day is now out at a cinema near you so don't forget to go and check it out!  You won't regret it - I loved it, if you can't tell from the gushing review you are about to read...  
So last Saturday, I was lucky enough to be invited to an early screening of Every Day, based on the book by the wonderful David Levithan and made by Orion Pictures.  I was really excited – because the book is incredible and absolutely like nothing I’d ever read before.  I always love watching film adaptations of books – and yes generally brutally comparing them to the book.  I’m a book blogger, this is what we do.
I was also really curious about how they’d show A’s life.  Because, if you haven’t read Every Day yet, A is someone who wakes up in a new body every day.  Never the same body twice, all A’s own age.  And A has accepted this – until A wakes up in Justin’s body and meets Rhiannon.  And then everything changes.
So you can see why I was intrigued about how this would be handled!  Because the book it’s all narrated from A’s perspective, so we get the inside scoop – we get this information right from the source.  
So, I arrived at the very swanky Soho hotel, armed with a notebook, a Molly (my plus one) and a lot of excitement.  Instantly, the glittery pre-film fun began.  I got my hair curled, my face painted with amazing blue glitter and my nails painted in a beautifully mermaid-y emerald green.  There was also cake and tea and all kinds of exciting things going on.  
After an hour of the glittery fun, we all headed into the cinema (this hotel was incredible - it had a mini movie theatre!) and took our seats.  And then Every Day began.
I took a notebook to make notes as I watched the film.  I completely forgot about it.  I was just utterly enthralled.  Every Day was so beautifully translated into a film – I just loved it.  It’s possibly one of my favourite ever adaptations for how faithfully it stuck to the book.  I adored Rhiannon – Angourie Rice, the actress portraying her, was perfect!  Also her interactions with her sister (played by Debby Ryan) were just everything!  And as for A – all the As were just amazing.  My favourite A is probably Nathan (Lucas Jade Zumann) – because the adorable dancing scene at the party is just too cute and perfect!  But seriously, I loved all the varied people who were chosen to select A – how they were all different but had the same sweetness I feel A has.
I also really loved how they showed A’s unique situation – they managed to explain it without the use of a narrator even before A explained everything to Rhiannon.  They very cleverly slipped in things such as A saying ‘Hello. Justin’ and setting an alarm for 11pm and 11:50pm to give those who haven’t read the book an idea of what is going on.
I am pretty sad that they missed out the Nathan story line though!  In the books, there’s this whole subplot involving Nathan (one of the bodies A inhabits, who after getting his body back is sure he was possessed by the devil) and a priest with some secrets...  I think they definitely decided to focus more on the love story between A and Rhiannon – and I can’t really complain because it was wonderfully done!  
The book is one of the most unique and beautiful books I’ve ever read.  And I honestly feel the film adaption is a brilliant translation.  It is moving and inspiring and beautiful – it made me laugh and cry and smile so very much.  I just know it’s going to be such a huge hit with the teen audience – and adults too, if the theatre was anything to go by!  So if you have a chance, definitely go and see Every Day because it is just a stunning film and definitely not something to be missed! 

Friday, 9 March 2018

The Exact Opposite Of Okay by Laura Steven

Publisher: Electric Monkey
Format: Paperback
Published: 8th March 2018
Number of Pages: 352
Book: For Review* 
Genre:  Contemporary, Coming-Of-Age, Comedy, YA
Recommended Age: 13+
Contains: Swearing, Bullying, Drug, Alcohol, Sexual, Suicide References
Author's Site: Laura Steven

Izzy O’Neill
Impoverished Orphan
Aspiring comedian
Slut extraordinaire – apparently...
Izzy never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled.  But when photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench emerge, the trolls set out to take her apart.
Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she must figure out who’s behind the vicious website – while keeping her sanity intact.
Izzy is about to find out that the way the world treats girls is not okay.
It’s the Exact Opposite of Okay.
A novel for anyone who’s ever called themselves a feminist... and anyone who hasn’t.

Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a total fantasy addict.  It is insanely rare to find me reading anything set in the real world that doesn’t include magic, demons or dragons.
But when Egmont sent me The Exact Opposite Of Okay, I was just instantly intrigued.  The cover is adorable and the synopsis just appealed to the feminist in me.  So, of course, I decided to read the first chapter to check out the story.  And then, suddenly, I was eighty pages in, had forgotten to have a shower and was absolutely hooked!
Because Izzy O’Neill is just a legend.
She might be an orphan and poor as dirt, but she’s an aspiring comedic legend and prolific blog writer.
Life is pretty okay for Izzy – well, sure, BFF No 1 has developed a weird crush on her and BFF No 2 seems to be interested in the new Victorian Secret model, plus Izzy is too broke to go to college.  But other than that!
Until The Night.  The one where Izzy sleeps with two guys at a party – one being the son of a super racist politician...  And pictures are possibly leaked...   And, yeah, things kind of escalate rapidly from there.
But with the help of BFF No 2, Ajita, her grandmother Betty and a lot of nachos, Izzy is determined to find whoever is besmirching her good (ish) name and let the world know that what they’re doing right now?  IT IS NOT OKAY.
Seriously, guys.  This book.  It is a feminist manifesto told in the most fun, hilarious, addictive way.  It is empowering and angering and touching and did I mention hilarious?  It’s a book every teenager should read, girl or boy.  Because the things that happen to Izzy in this book?  They aren’t okay – at all – and they happen to so many people, especially young and vulnerable girls.  And it just – it made me so angry and upset for Izzy, but somehow this wasn’t an angry book.  It was a book about dealing with revenge porn and bullying and violation with humour and nachos and pride and panache.  And I just – I love it.  I love this book so much.
Largely because of Izzy.  Izzy is amazing.  She is such a brilliant character – absolutely comfortable with herself and her sexuality, charismatic and hilarious and brilliantly odd.  And then she is absolutely betrayed and violated by someone, bullied and shamed and teased and judged.  And she’s broken and hurting, but she deals with it so amazingly.  She does everything to remain upbeat, even when she’s dying inside and hiding her pain with humour.  Everything she went through, all the pain and humiliation she felt, it honestly made me cry more than once.  And yet Izzy never failed to make me smile – she’s the kind of person I would just love to be around.  And, yes, she makes mistakes and sometimes seems flippant or uncaring, but I just loved that about her.  I also loved that she’s honestly one of the strongest characters ever, to deal with all of this and survive.  I don’t know what I’d do in her place, I really don’t.
Also Ajita is the best friend everyone should have – that girl’s sass and snark is legendary and I bow before the Queen.  And Betty, Izzy’s grandma?  Literally amazing.  The coolest grandmother in the history of ever.  I love her.  Oh, as for Meg – Izzy’s classmate who happens to be a wheelchair user... for some reason, I really loved her.  I wonder why...?  Hmm...  And if you’re thinking it’s because I’m also called Meg and a wheelchair user, you are only partly right.  Mostly it’s because she’s an absolute sweetheart.
But seriously now.  This book might be so very funny, but it deals with so many sensitive topics with a truly effortless grace.  Revenge porn, slut-shaming, misogyny, classism, racism, sexism... so many topics that can so easily be too heavy, but they were all handled with humour that lightened them but also didn’t take away from their impact.  We live in a world where patriarchal dicks are constantly trying to put restraints on women’s behaviour.  As Izzy says, it’s a lose-lose situation.  If women enjoy sex, they’re a slut (a man, however, would just be a player, a legend).  If women don’t want to have sex or refuse to send nude images, they’re frigid, a tease.  Society is still so messed up, even in this day and age, and the double standards and stupid judgmental idiotic opinions are just so infuriating.  
The Exact Opposite Of Okay deals with this anger and hopelessness and frustration beautiful.  It was totally empowering and such a brilliant feminist manifesto that everyone should read.  It was also moving and addictive and fun
I honestly just loved this book.  If you haven’t gathered.  My only complaints are that although the book is set in America, sometimes Laura’s Britishness definitely showed.  And that maybe Izzy referred to herself as a ‘poor orphan’ a little too often.  Other than that, I just adored this book and everything about it.  We need more books like this in the world because only when people stop accepting and perpetuating the same idiotic prejudices and sexism will society be equal and able to move forwards.  
So read The Exact Opposite Of Okay.  Read it now.  And then let’s all go for some nachos, because I’ve been craving them ever since I started this book, and teach the world that Bitches do indeed Bite Back.

Star Rating:
4½ Out of 5 

Read this book if you liked:
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Asking For It by Louise O’Neil

Happy Reading
* This book was received from Egmont in exchange for an honest review

Monday, 12 February 2018

Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds

Series: Prefect Dreyfus Emergency, Book Two
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Hardcover
Published: 25th January 2018
Number of Pages: 416
Book: For Review* 
Genre:  Science-Fiction, Space Opera, Crime Fiction, Thriller-Suspense, Mystery, Adult
Recommended Age: 13+
Contains: Violence, Death, Swearing
Author's Site: Alastair Reynolds

Blurb From Goodreads:
Featuring Inspector Dreyfus - one of Alastair Reynolds most popular characters - this is a fast paced SF crime story, combining a futuristic setting with a gripping tale of technology, revolution and revenge.
One citizen died a fortnight ago. Two a week ago. Four died yesterday . . . and unless the cause can be found - and stopped - within the next four months, everyone will be dead. For the Prefects, the hunt for a silent, hidden killer is on . . .
Alastair Reynolds has returned to the world of The Prefect for this stand-alone SF mystery in which no one is safe. The technological implants which connect every citizen to each other have become murder weapons, and no one knows who or what the killer is - or who the next targets will be. But their reach is spreading, and time is not on the Prefects' side.

He saw it now, what had always been there, always explicit, but which he only now forced himself t acknowledge in all its truth and simplicity.  To destroy Devon Garlin – to destroy the enemy of everything he held precious - it was first necessary to destroy Wildfire.
And so he would.”
The Glitter Band is a man-made system of planets and microworlds.  Run by the people, they are a utopia of sorts, where crime is almost non-existent.
But when it occurs, they need someone who can deal with it.  That’s why the Prefects were formed – a planet of police, ready to deal with anything that threatens to harm the Glitter Band.
Until they were forced to protect it by doing something unthinkable...
Now, dissent is rising among the worlds of the Glitter Band – led by a man named Devon Garlin, worlds are declaring independence from the Prefects.
Meanwhile, Prefect Tom Dreyfus and his fellow operatives are trying to stop a series of deaths – scores of people are dying, their implants overheating for no discernible reason, with no connection between the victims.  And the rate of Wildfire deaths is ever-increasing – soon it will be in the thousands and before long all of the Glitter Band could perish...
But when links begin to appear between the two cases, the risk of the destruction of the world as Dreyfus and the others know it is rising ever higher...
I have never read anything by Alastair Reynolds, but Elysium Fire intrigued me from the moment I received it.  Even though I hadn’t read any of the books in the series, let alone the previous Prefect Dreyfus Emergency, I was soon sucked right into the story.  I need to get my hands on the other books now – I am just in love with Dreyfus and the Glitter Band!  
Also, I’m pretty awful at reading sci-fi – let alone adult hard-core sci-fi space operas.  And there were a few terms I may have had to look up, but I found it really, really easy to just immerse myself in this world, in this story.  I’m a sucker for crime thrillers, although I think crime thrillers in space may have ruined me for the more mundane earthly kind!  
It helped that I just loved all of the characters in the book!  They were all brilliantly complex and three-dimensional.  I just need to read the first Prefect Dreyfus book so I can fully understand them all!  Because I need some more backstories, guys!
I love Tom Dreyfus – he is such a badass.  Plus he’s so driven and dedicated to protecting everyone.  I also love that while he’s very level-headed, he does lose his cool occasionally (to be fair, Garlin was a dick). I really have to read book one because I want to know more about him!
Jane Aumonier was awesome – such a brilliant leader and so very, very badass too.  She was tough, but fair – and when you messed with her, watch out!  I also loved Thalia and Sparver - they were amazing prefects and I just loved how they interacted together.  And I really enjoyed the characters of Julius and Caleb – and trying to figure out what their story was.  Those two intrigued me from the very beginning... 
This story was just genius.  I just loved the multiple story lines – we had the Prefects trying to solve the implant-caused deaths, then them trying to deal with the anarchy Garlin caused, and then there was another storyline following two boys with many a secret in their family past...  I just loved seeing how it all tangled together, all the little clues that we were given to unravel the plots and discover what was happening.  It was just so exciting and utterly addictive.
And I will admit, it probably would’ve helped if I’d at least read the previous Prefect Dreyfus book, because there were quite a few references to what occurred in it – but I managed to guess most things and catch up, so it really didn’t confuse me or take away from my enjoyment of Elysium Fire.
Oh, and have I mentioned the multiple perspectives?  No?  It was brilliant.  It let us follow so much action and mystery and plot lines in a single chapter and it really could’ve been confusing but it just wasn’t.  I loved it so very much! 
I honestly don’t know why I don’t read more sci-fi books – I enjoyed this so much.  Elysium Fire was exciting and intriguing and wonderful and I seriously have to get the rest of this series!  I definitely recommend the Prefect Dreyfus series to sci-fi lovers – and even those who don’t generally read sci-fi!  The crime thriller aspect is just amazing and I honestly can’t wait for my next adventure with Tom Dreyfus!

Star Rating:
4 Out of 5 

Read this book if you liked:
Prefect Dreyfus Emergency by Alastair Reynolds
Agent Cormac by Neal Asher
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
The Androma Saga by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Happy Reading
* This book was received from Gollancz in exchange for an honest review