Let’s Get 10 Know You: J. M. Bush

Interview with J. M. Bush

Storm in Shanghai (Mage Father #1)

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Goodreads Description

In modern day China, an American expat leads a law enforcement team of Mages and Wizards, whose sole purpose is to keep Magic hidden from the ordinary world. One morning, Jaret King finds Shanghai facing the return of the most deadly magical terrorist in history, a monster who has long been thought dead. Jaret must now continue to keep the secret of Magic concealed from all Regs, including his wife, while attempting to stop this monstrosity − known only as the MAELSTROM − from murdering thousands more innocent people. Of course, once he discovers the motivation driving this violent lunatic, Jaret may have to step in and help complete the Maelstrom’s plan. But if so, at what cost?

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Lets get to know you

1. Hello and welcome to The Reading Rose, Can you tell us more about your book please?

Hi, thanks for having me! My debut novel, Storm in Shanghai, is an urban fantasy that takes place in modern day China, but has flashbacks that stretch from Italy to Vietnam, Croatia to France, America to Egypt… you get the picture, right? These flashbacks reveal little by little the history of magic, and what exactly the differences are between mages and wizards. Jaret King, the protagonist, is the lead agent of a magical police force in China. Day to day tasks include keeping mages and wizards from using spells to take advantage of regs (non-magical people) and to keep the secret of magic hidden from the world. But with the possible return of history’s most violent magical terrorist, Jaret’s job is about to get a whole lot more dangerous.

2. Out of all your characters, who was the most fun to write and why?

Aurora was fun to write because the real life inspiration for that character is so soft spoken and shy, but once you get to know her she is incredibly silly just like the character in the book. It was fun to put her in situations where she could be funny, brave, scared, loyal, or sad because I got to picture the real Aurora doing those things, and it always made me smile.

3. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

The main character is loosely based on my own life as a stay-at-home dad living in China, and having a “secret” life that has very little to do with his daddy duties. Instead of touring China in a punk rock band, which is what I did, Jaret is a mage. Of course, my life wasn’t a secret, it was just vastly different from doing the cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping that filled my days. Dad during the day, punk rock bassist by night. Not only that, but experiencing life as a minority in a foreign country was a heavy influence on writing this book, as well. The isolation and loneliness is briefly touched on in the way Jaret feels, him having the added layer of being a minority within his own people as well – being someone that can control three schools of magic (very rare).

4. What tips would you give to anyone aspiring to be an author themselves?

Just write it. Write it. Write it. Write it. Once you’ve finished, then you can worry about how good it is or isn’t. You can edit it, rewrite it, think about who wants to read it, and figure out which route to go – chasing the elusive literary agent and looking for that golden book deal, or just saying to hell with it and self publishing. That is a personal choice that most authors will eventually be forced to deal with, but I see no reason to worry about that crap before you have a finished book. Write your story. Worry about the rest later.

5. What inspired your book cover and what do you love most about it?

I took the photo during my time living in Shanghai. It is from one of the scenes in the book, a location called Yu Gardens. It’s an iconic Shanghai tourist spot and ideal for spell fight! My lifelong friend Chris Granger at Southern Fried Creations designed the cover around the photo I provided. The colour green plays an integral role in the book, so we thought it fitting to use it for the book’s cover.

6. Why did you decide to become a writer?

I started writing in high school, but was embarrassed by the mocking critique of a friend’s father and decided that I couldn’t take more name calling. I grew up fat and nerdy, so I tried to avoid doing anything that would paint a bigger target on my back for insults to be thrown at. It wasn’t until March 2015 that I decided to start writing fiction again. I had been writing travel stories for about a year prior to that.

7. What would you say is the best thing about having your own book published?

Holding it in my hands, opening the book to a random page, and reading part of something that I created. It’s there forever, good or bad, and I’m proud of every single detail.

8. What do you like to do in your free time when you are not writing?

When not being a daddy and not writing, I like to play the guitar. I used to play in bands, but these days I just relive my rocking youth with an acoustic guitar and some decent singing.

9. What is your favorite childhood book and why?

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Hands down favourite book from my childhood. Why? It’s part of my favourite series, The Chronicles of Narnia, for starters. Also, I love that there is no bad guy… no villain to battle throughout the story. It’s an adventure with bumps in the road and mysteries to solve, but no super-powered evil dude trying to destroy the world. I have two tattoos from that book, the actual boat on my chest and Reepicheep on the calf. So, yeah, I kinda have to choose this as my favourite.

10. If you were stranded on an island which 3 book characters from any series would you want with you?

Bruenor Battlehammer, the most awesome dwarf ever. We could get drunk together and he could teach me how to fight with an axe and shield. Reepicheep, because he is the most trustworthy character in literary history and would do anything for his companions. And Bean from the Ender Saga because he is the smartest dude ever. He’d figure out how to get us off of that damned island!

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The Hidden Oracle (TOA #1)

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Title: The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo #1) Author: Rick Riordan Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Children. Release Date: 3rd May 2016 Pages: 375.

Where Acquired: Amazon.co.uk I had this book on pre-order since February.

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  • Best Book Price: £8.65 (Hardcover)
  • Kindle Price: £8.99
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Goodreads Description: 

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

 

Review (all of my reviews come with a spoiler warning):

As my regular readers most probably know, I am a huge Riordan fan. So, back in February when I realised that The Hidden Oracle was finally available to pre-order, I did so straight away. The book finally turned up a couple of weeks ago and I finished it within two days. However due to revision and exams I am only getting round to writing up the review now, sorry about that.

First of all I have to say I was super excited about this book. Not only was it set in Percy’s universe, but it was also based around one of my favorite Greek Gods; Apollo. We managed to catch up with many characters from the previous two Greek series which was nice, and we got to see how they got on after the events in the Heroes of the Olympus series. The first of the old characters we meet is Percy himself. It was really interesting to see Percy from the point of view of one of the gods and I loved how he was just determined to live out his days without any more god drama. Percy’s mum is also pregnant which is exciting, it will be cool to see a mini Percy around the place. We also managed to catch up with Nico (One of my favorite characters in any of Riordan’s books) and his boyfriend *fan-girl moment* Will and the rest of the camp half-blood staff. Finally we got to see Leo (another favorite of mine) which was fantastic enough but to make things even better, it looks like he is going to be a permanent member of Apollo’s team on his quest for the oracles.

Apollo’s voice was interesting, I liked how much he grew as a character throughout the pages. He was both arrogant and funny at the same time, and you just couldn’t help but root for him. His story was also great, he was so different from the usual protagonists of Riordan’s stories. Until the end, he wasn’t really a hero as such, he was more of a whining victim and I loved it! His companion Meg was the unlikely hero we were craving in this book, she was hilarious and so, so, so unexpected. And that’s what made it even more heartbreaking when she betrayed him.. I could see a romance blossoming and everything… I was so disappointing at that point, I actually felt like crying. I had began to really love Meg, I couldn’t wait to read the rest of the books full of her oddball antics, the *BOOM* she upped and left, betraying everyone in the process. I was heartbroken, I should have seen it coming, but I didn’t. Remembering this is just bringing it all back, so I will move on… The villains in this book were interesting, they were a perfect mix of Roman and Greek. They also seem to be one of the biggest threats that the Greeks had faced so far, which could be awesome (in a good way)! I didn’t think it could get any worse, but Riordan somehow managed it, and that is what makes a good story. I just loved how every single terrible event was framed by Apollo’s sarcastic humor, and we can not shy away from the brilliant fact that THE CHAPTER TITLES WERE BACK! I do love Riordan’s chapter headings, the humor is just too cheesy, but that’s the kind of humor I like.

This is just another great book from one of my favorite authors, and with two series out a year now (Apollo and Magnus) what more can any girl want?

 

Quotes:

*These guys are just too cute  ❤

“Nico,” I said at last, “shouldn’t you be sitting at the Hades table?”

He shrugged. “Technically, yes. But if I sit alone at my table, strange things happen. Cracks open in the floor. Zombies crawl out and start roaming around. It’s a mood disorder. I can’t control it. That’s what I told Chiron. “

“And is it true?” I asked.

Nico smiled thinly. “I have a note from my doctor.”

Will raised his hand. “I’m his doctor.”

*Poor Apollo  😥

“Nothing is more tragic than loving someone to the depths of your soul and knowing they cannot and will not ever love you back.”

*His arrogance  ❤

“Zeus needed someone to blame, so of course he’d picked the handsomest, most talented, most popular god in the pantheon: me.”
*Meg just kills me, literally in the end  😥

“You’re gonna be like Aquaman?” she asked. “Get the fish to fight for you?”

“Thanks,” Percy said. “I haven’t heard enough Aquaman jokes for one lifetime.”

 

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END OF THE WORLD SPECIAL

Inspired by Channel 5’s End of the World Weekend. If any other bloggers would like to take part and create an end of the world post of their own, send your links to me and I will feature your posts within this one. 
This List is made up of Goodreads Recomendations of some of my favourite Apocolyptic and Dystopian books so I have not read any myself and it is a kind of End Of The World TBR. All of these books are the first in their series. Happy Reading!

THE LEVELLER
Julia Durango
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Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.
Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.
But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?
Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?
Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, thanks to Julia Durango’s cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance adds some heart to Nixy’s vivid, multidimensional journey through Wyn’s tricked-out virtual city, and constant twists keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.



ROT AND RUIN
Johnathan Maberry
 
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In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

 TUMBLE AND FALL
Alexandra Coutts
 
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The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.
 
TWINMAKER
Sean Williams 
 
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High-stakes action combines with issues of friendship and body image in this timely and thought-provoking exploration of the intersection of technology and identity. 
You can be Improved….
In a near-future world in which technology can transport you anywhere instantly, can a coded note enable you to change your body—to become taller, stronger, more beautiful? Clair is pretty sure the offer is too good to be true. But her best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try, longing for a new, improved version of herself.
What starts as Libby’s dream turns into Clair’s nightmare when Libby falls foul of a deadly trap. With the help of Jesse, the school freak, and a mysterious—but powerful—stranger called Q, Clair’s attempt to protect Libby leads her to an unimagined world of conspiracies and cover-ups. Soon her own life is at risk, and Clair is chased across the world in a desperate race against time.
Action and danger fuel Sean Williams’ tale of technology, identity, and the lengths to which one girl will go to save her best friend.


BLACKOUT
Robison Wells
 
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Laura and Alec are trained terrorists.
Jack and Aubrey are high school students.
There was no reason for them to ever meet.
But now, a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible powers. And these four are about to find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger—where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all
 
REPLICA
Jenna Black


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Breathtaking new YA SF from the author of the Faeriewalker series
Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake comes from a high-class Executive family in the Corporate States. Her marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in her state, which means she lives a life of privilege but also of public scrutiny, followed everywhere by photographers, every detail of her private life tabloid fodder. But her future is assured, as long as she can maintain her flawless public image — no easy feat when your betrothed is a notorious playboy.
Nathan Hayes is the heir of Paxco — controller of the former state of New York, and creator of human replication technology, science that every state and every country in the world would kill to have. Though Nadia and Nate aren’t in love, they’ve grown up close, and they (and the world) are happy enough with their match.
Until Nate turns up dead, and as far as everyone knows, Nadia was the last person to see him alive.
When the new Nate wakes up in the replication tanks, he knows he must have died, but with a memory that only reaches to his last memory backup, he doesn’t know what killed him. Together, Nadia and Nate must discover what really happened without revealing the secrets that those who run their world would kill to protect.
  
STUNG
Bethany Wiggins
 
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There is no cure for being stung.
Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she awakens, her world no longer exists. Her house is abandoned and broken. Her neighborhood is barren and dead. And there is a tattoo on her right hand. A tattoo Fiona doesn’t remember getting…but somehow she must conceal at any cost. Because humanity has been divided.
Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded, while a select few live protected inside a fortresslike wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.
And Fiona has awoken branded, on the wrong side of the wall, and…normal.
From the author of Shifting comes this remarkable reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, where the sting of a bee, rather than the prick of a needle, can destroy the world.
 
THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM
Mary Gray

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A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields–a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus–she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.
At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne’s heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.
The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now “Persephone,” and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.
If they play it right, then they’ll be safe.
But if they play it wrong, they’ll die.
 
 
 

PAWN
Aimee Carter

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For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.
There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.
Previously titled Masked.
 
ABERRANT
Ruth Silver
 
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In the future Dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government’s match in marriage and “The Day of the Chosen”, a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn’t existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she’s arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from “The Day of the Chosen.” The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.
With Joshua’s help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.
 
THE DISSAPEARED
C. J. Harper

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In a future where children are segregated into institutions that range from comfortable ‘Learning Communities’ to prison-like ‘Local Academies’, 17-year-old Jackson is an academic high flyer, living in a top Learning Community and destined for a position in the Leadership. But when he is sent with his best friend Wilson to deliver a package to a factory block, the two boys are attacked leaving Jackson badly beaten and Wilson dead. Confused and upset, Jackson returns to his Learning Community only to be dismissed by his teachers who claim not to know him. Sent to an Academy, Jackson finds himself immersed in a world that couldn’t be further removed than the one he’s used to. 
 
 

REVOLUTION 19 
Gregg Rosenblum
 
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Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.
Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.
Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else. With a dynamic cast of characters, this surefire blockbuster has everything teen readers want—action, drama, mystery, and romance. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story shouldn’t be missed.
 

Top Ten Books on my Autumn TBR

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This is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Where Fellow Book Bloggers Share Their Top Ten of The Given Subject.
Ten Ten Books on my Autumn TBR
1. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.
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2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone (Illustrated Edition Harry Potter #1) J. K. Rowling
Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike. When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
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3. Carry On (A Spin-off from Fangirl. Cath’s Fanfiction of Simon Snow) Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl. Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.
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4. The Cage (The Cage #1) Megan Shepherd
The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy. When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone. Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans. As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?
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5. The Grave of Lainey Grace Aaron Galvin
Every year, when the last leaf of summer falls, roses are laid at the grave of Lainey Grace. No one knows who steals into the cemetery after the gates are closed and locked, least of all the head groundskeeper, Bob. When Bob is warned he’ll be fired if the rose-givers sneak in again, his ten-year-old granddaughter, Briar Ann Wade, decides to find out who the perpetrators are and why they only come each fall. Briar discovers the answer to the mystery only to learn, as her grandpa says, grief and love take many forms…and there is healing in both.
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6. Days of Throbbing Gristle Kevin Cole
Does Heaven know you’re miserable now? It’s 1987. Sam Henry Hay, a 17-year-old exchange student from Sheffield, hops into Texas, USA, with one burning ambition: Manipulate his gullible host parents into funding his university, and leave his dead-end life in Yorkshire behind. But is Sam manipulating America or America manipulating Sam? The clever lad schmoozes his way into many a bed and purse, yet can’t get rid of anyone. He executes careful plans, only to watch them disastrously fall apart. Worst of all, this once proud nihilist watches in horror as he reveals a conscience, in a world growing ever darker around him. Days of Throbbing Gristle is not your typical teenage tale. It’s a razor-slashing journey through a time and place that really was as bad as you’ve heard. For some, high school is the best time in their lives. For others, it’s a miracle they make it to the other side.
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7. Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Companion Book) Rick Riordan
Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this.
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8. The Kill Order (The Maze Runner #0.5) James Dashner
Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees. Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive. 
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9. The 100 (The Hundred #1) Kass Morgan
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now. Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission. CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth. Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.
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10. The Games Ted Kosmatka
Jurassic Park meets The Hunger Games in this stunning new high-energy, high-concept tale from first-time novelist Ted Kosmatka, a Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist.
  NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 
Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, The Games envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than you think. Silas Williams is the brilliant geneticist in charge of preparing the U.S. entry into the Olympic Gladiator competition, an internationally sanctioned bloodsport with only one rule: no human DNA is permitted in the design of the entrants. Silas lives and breathes genetics; his designs have led the United States to the gold in every previous event. But the other countries are catching up. Now, desperate for an edge in the upcoming Games, Silas’s boss engages an experimental supercomputer to design the genetic code for a gladiator that cannot be beaten. The result is a highly specialized killing machine, its genome never before seen on earth. Not even Silas, with all his genius and experience, can understand the horror he had a hand in making. And no one, he fears, can anticipate the consequences of entrusting the act of creation to a computer’s cold logic. Now Silas races to understand what the computer has wrought, aided by a beautiful xenobiologist, Vidonia João. Yet as the fast-growing gladiator demonstrates preternatural strength, speed, and—most disquietingly—intelligence, Silas and Vidonia find their scientific curiosity giving way to a most unexpected emotion: sheer terror.

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Top Ten Tuesday Mash Up

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This is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Where Fellow Book Bloggers Share Their Top Ten of The Given Subject.
Top Ten Tuesday Mash-Up 
 25th August – 15th September
As this week is a freebie I am going to use it to catch up with the Top Ten Tuesday weeks that I have missed but with twelve entried covering Films and Tv as well as Books.

August 25th: 12 Books, Films and Tv shows that would be on my syllabus if I taught Apocolypse 101

1. TV Show: The Walking Dead
Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies.
 
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2. Book: The Maze Runner
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.

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3. Film: The World’s End
Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

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4. TV: Z Nation
Three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood.

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5. Book: Under the Dome
There’s a reason why Stephen King is one of the best selling writers in the world ever. He knows how to write stories that suck you in and are impossible to put down. The New York Times describes it as a ‘relentless tidal pull’ and Stephen King has done it time and time again with stories like The Shawshank Redemption, Misery, The Green Mile and The Stand.
In Under the Dome, he has produced another riveting masterpiece. The end of every chapter hooks you into the next, drawing you inside a psychological drama that is so rich, you don’t read it, you live it.
It is the story of the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine which is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can get in and no one can get out.
The normal rules of society are suddenly changed and when food, electricity and water run short, the community begins to crumble. As a new and more sinister social order develops, Dale Barbara, Iraq veteran, teams up with a handful of intrepid citizens to fight against the corruption that is sweeping through the town and to try to discover the source of the Dome before it is too late.
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6. Film: The Host
When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

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7. TV: Revolution
Fifteen years after a permanent global blackout, a group of revolutionaries seeks to drive out an occupying force posing as the United States Government.

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8. Book: Divergant
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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9. Film: Warm Bodies
After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world.

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10. TV: You, me and the End of the World (Apocolypse)
When a group of ordinary people learn that an eight-mile wide comet is on a collision course with Earth, they hunker beneath the town of Slough to watch the end of the world on television.

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11. Book: The Hunger Games
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
 
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12. Film: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.
 
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September 1st: Twelve characters I just didn’t Click With.

1. TV Show – EastEnders: Abi Branning
I just can’t stand her. She whines and is really pathetic around her ‘boyfriend’ Ben. I am not a fan of her father Max either but Abi has to be my most hated character on EastEnders.
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2. Film – The Host: Jared
I’m team Ian all the way so Jared just annoyed me, especially his attitude and inability to see the good in Wanda for most of the film.
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3. Book – The Selection: Aspen
The same reasons as above really. I am team Maxon all the way and Aspen got in the way of that so I dislike him. Well until the end anyway when he finally manages to let America go and moves on to Lucy which was adorable.
 
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4. TV Show – Arrow: Laurel Lance
I can’t stand her. I don’t know what it is about this character but I cringe every time she comes on the screen. Maybe it is because, like Abi she is a weak character who can’t stand on her own feet without a man around.
 
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5. Film – E.T: E.T
E.T is my phobia. He is just so damn creepy. Even putting his picture here is giving me the creeps. Give me Wall-E any day.
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6. Book – Watersong: Gemma
I found her really selfish, I am a massive fan of her sister Harper and Gemma’s disrespect and her unappreciation of Harper just annoyed me.
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7. TV Show – Doctor Who: Missy
The master can not be female. It isn’t right and I prefer John Simm as the master anyway due to his crazy villain tendancies like devouraring a whole chicken, he is a little Moriarty and I like that. I just don’t like the idea of a time-lord changing genders either. They change their apperence and some of their personality traits but inside after being male for so many years, it must be a little odd for them? Plus female Timelords even have different qualities to males so that puts them as seperate genders right? Females can choose how they regenerate and choose what they look like where males can’t. It all gets a little confusing if they can switch genders. Moffat, don’t you dare make the doctor female okay? To hell with femanist tendancies, I am female and do not mind at all that there hasn’t been a female doctor as River and a whole group of strong independant companions has made up for it anyway.
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8. Film – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Frodo Baggins
I just watched the first film for the first time since I was about 6 or 7 and I can’t belive how much Frodo annoyed me. He nearly died about twenty times and never fought in battles until everyone else had done the leg work. He is literally the weakest member of the fellowship and just lets everyone else do everything for him. I could just be a little biast though beacuse I love Bilbo’s brave personality so much, but I think Bilbo is a much better protagonist. Whether he gets less annoying in later films I don’t know but I guess I’ll see when I watch the others.
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9. Book – Fangirl: Wren
I identify with her twin Cath so much that I dislike Wren for the most of the book for being so mean to Cath. She goes behind her sister’s back, doesn’t look after her when she is terrified and takes the micky out of her fandom like every bully we have ever encountered. Nope, I do not like her at all.
 
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10. TV Show – Grimm: Juliette
I admit I did like Juliette for the first three series but then, in series four, it all went horribly wrong. I don’t want to include too many spoilers here but really it comes down to destroyed books and hostory to where my hate stems from the most (Those who have seen it know what I mean. That perticular event had me seething for DAYS after I watched it, I’m not even kidding about that either)
 
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11. Film – The Hunger Games: Gale
I never really liked Gale as a Peeta fan but there was just somthing about him that I didn’t like before that too. I mean, I liked him in the book (well in the first one, hate him in all the others) But there is just something I couldn’t stand about Film Gale even in the first film.
 
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12. Book – The Maze Runner: Teresa
I never liked Teresa even in the first book, but by the end my dislike was absolute hate. Team Brenda all the way!!!

September 8th: Twelve Series I Have Yet to Finish.

1. TV Show: The Fosters
I just havn’t had a chance to finish this yet.
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2. Film: The Hobbit
I still have Battle of Five armies to watch. I will do but I just havn’t had the chance.
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3. Book: Across the Universe
I just havn’t the time to read the second book yet even though the first one was amazing.
 
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4. TV Show: Teen Wolf
I have slowed down in watching this show now. I am going to finish it sometime, but considering I loved the show so much at first I am kind of losing interest now a little at season three. Maybe it can catch my interest again sometime.
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5. Film: Star Wars
I have the rest on my planner to watch, I just havn’t got round to it yet.

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6. Book: Goddess Test
Havn’t had time to read the rest yet even though the first book was great!
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7. TV Show: Supernatural
Soooo maaaany seeeasons…
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8. Film: The Lord of the Rings
I have watched these when I was younger but I was so young I really don’t remember them. So I am re-watching it for what feels like the first time anyway but I have only had time for the first one so far as they are so long.
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9. Book: Goddess Summoning
I love this series but the next book I have to read Goddess of Love doesn’t sound as interesting as the others. I will read it at some point though.
 
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10. TV Show: The Vampire Diaries
I have grown a little fed up of this show at three seasons in. Plus i hear Alaric dies and I love him and that can’t do so I probably will not finish this series. I never finished the book series either because it became so weird. I think I may move on to The Original’s instead as they are awesome and I need me some Klaus.
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11. Film: The Amazing Spider-man
Just havn’t had the time to watch the second film yet, it’s on my shelf.
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12. Book: Hush Hush
I’m not sure why I never finished this as I loved this series when I was abut 13, but I never did and it’s been so long I can’t remember the plot now. Anyone got a summary for me please?
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Now For Something Different: Pemberly Digital Spotlight

 

Web Series Spotlight – Pemberly Digital

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Pemberly digital is an award winning company that creates awesome web series based on classic novels. Set in all media from facebook, twitter, tumblr, lookbook and youtube among others it is a fully immersive expereicnce. 
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
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An adaption of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set in modern times with a fantasic cast and talented actors. This was the first web series I watched and now I am hooked. 
 

Emma Approved

This is the only other Web Series I have watched so far but I am planning on watching the others! Emma is a stunning modern adaption of Jane Austen’s Emma.
 

The March Family Letters

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A modern adaption of Little Women.
 

Frankenstein MD

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A modern adaption of Frankenstein set in a University.
 

Welcome to Sanditon

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A modern adaption of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sanditon.