The Emergent by Nadia Arifi- book review and blog tour

I’m so pleased to be part of the Random Things Tour blog tour for The Emergent by Nadia Arifi-science fiction thriller set in a future that doesn’t seem to distant.

Amira Valdez’s adventures continue in the sequel to The Sentient,as she finds herself in unprecedented danger. The ruthless new leader of the fundamentalist Trinity Compound seeks to understand his strange neurological connection with Amira and unleash an army on an unstable, North America. The first human clone has been born, but thanks to the mysterious scientist Tony Barlow, it may unlock the secret to human immortality– or disaster. Together, Amira and Barlow form an uneasy  alliance in pursuit of scientific breakthroughs and protection from shared enemies. But new discoveries uncover dark secrets that Barlow wants to keep hidden.

REVIEW

The Emergent by Nadia Arifi is a sequel but you don’t need to read The Sentient to enjoy or understand this fast-paced science fiction set in a slightly dystopian US of the future. In fact, I haven’t read the first book but I had no problems following the story or understanding the characters from the start.

The world-building is interesting and easy to understand after a few chapters- this book covers a lot of ground with cloning, what happens to consciousness after death, space travel, religion, evil scientists and my favourite- a visual memory reading machine.

The story is told in the third person point of view from Amira- an ambitious scientist and former runaway from one of the compounds ( a walled religious community where women’s rights have been completely trampled). I found it hard to like Amira at the start as she seemed a bit too ambitious and blind to what was happening but I did want her to succeed. Amira, I felt was written well- a real woman with flaws and strengths. The secondary characters were equally diverse and the evil scientists were more nuanced than usual with their motives being more grey than black and white.

The plot races along but explores issues around consent to experimentation, women’s rights, abuses of science and religion which seem to be relevant in today’s strange climate.

I will be reading the next book to find out what happens to Amira after that ending!

Perfect for fans 

I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys thought-provoking science-fiction with a cracking story.

Content warning

Forced pregnancy, forced experimentation

Beat the Backlog – April

I joined the beat the backlog challenge created by @owlbesatreading to deal with my unread kindle books neglected for years. But instead of posting individual reviews, here is my end of month summary.

The Raven Spell by Luanne Smith

Why did I get the book:  an Amazon Prime pick and I love fantasy

How long has this been on my Kindle? : Not that long compared to some- 2021

Review

This fantasy set in Victorian England was an easy and enjoyable read.

The book switches between the third person points of view from Ian and Edwina’s perspective. Ian and Edwina are nice, straight forward characters and the hint of romance between is sweet. Mary is more a complex character and I have to say her motivations for her actions remained unclear to me by the end.

The underlying mystery was engaging but I could guess this eventual outcome. The descriptions of Victorian England were vivid but there were few ‘American words’ that made me grit my teeth.

Content warning

Suicide

Do I kick myself for not reading this sooner?

No- While I didn’t hate the book, I didn’t love the book either.

Fallen by Karin Slaughter

Why did I get the book: I love Karin Slaughter and saw this on a daily deal

How long has this been on my Kindle? : 2020

Review

I started to read this book and soon realised I had already read this!

Do I kick myself for not reading this sooner?

No. But I do regret buying this

Perfectly impossible by Elizabeth Topp

Why did I get the book: This was an Amazon Prime pick and it looked like light and fun read.

How long has this been on my Kindle? : 2020

Review

This was a DNF. I couldn’t get into the story and gave up after two chapters. I found the main character annoying as were the secondary characters.

Do I kick myself for not reading this sooner?

No. I don’t think I will be reading this one.

Top Ten Tuesday- Bookish Merchandise I would like to own

It’s Tuesday, so it’s time for another Ten Top Tuesday and this week it’s Top Ten Book Merchandise I would like to own.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

An interesting one this week and I have to say it was nice to think about non-book objects. Here are the top ten book mech I would like to own. The photos have been taken from the sellers webpage on Etsy UK. Click on the item for sellers webpage.

That book dress!

I have seen this on twitter and I have to have one

from Etsy

Wuthering heights scented candles

Would this candle smell like the Yorkshire moors or angry passion ?

from etsy

Book Duvet

I love this duvet cover

from Etsy

Gorgeous book mark

You can never have enough bookmarks

Book lovers water bottle
 
No matter how many water bottle I buy, I never can find one when I need one!
From Etsy

Kindle case covers

I love this kindle cover and I hope someone will get this for me on my birthday!

from etsy

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Top Ten Tuesday -Authors I haven’t read but want to

It’s another Top Ten Tuesday and this time it’s about authors I haven’t read but want to

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I have only been blogging a year and one of the things I love about blogging is all the new books and authors I find out from other bloggers, book tweeters and Bookstagramers. So, here is my Top Ten authors I want to read.

Martha Wells

I keep hearing about Murderbot and I really need to start reading this series

Thomas Olde Heuvelt

I came across a book review of Hex and Echo – I like the idea of small town horror.

Sherwood Smith

This is an author that seems to have passed me by- she has a written an amazing number of books that seem to be in set in the same world.

Lara Elena Donnelly

I like a completed trilogy and this urban fantasy set in a 1920’s like New York seems perfect

T. J Klune

This is an author that keeps popping up and I must try one of his books.

Fonda Lee

This is another completed trilogy I read rave review about and the non- medieval European setting is definitely part of the reason.

Dorothy Sayers

I love the Lymond Chronicles and the author Dorothy Dunnett was said to be inspired by Dorothy Sayers. So I would like to try a book featuring her detective Lord peter Whimsey.

Laura Lam/Elizabeth May

The Seven Mercies have been on my TBR list for a while now and really to get on and read a book

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March Wrap up

It’s been a difficult month, so my book choices have erred on the light and easy.It’s great to be able to escape in a book and forget about work.

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Challenges

Beat the Backlog

click here to see how I did on my beat the backlog challenge- spoiler alert- I have not much of a dent in my huge backlog!

Historical Fiction Challenge

I’m keeping on top of challenge and have to say I am enjoying this.

The York King by Amy License

Edward the Fourth’s story continues in this book that could almost be fantasy except it’s all true.

The Book of Perilous Dishes by Donni Rusti

A magical recipe book and a girl quests to retrieve it- I loved the heart warming end and world I haven’t come across before

The Spring of the Ram by Dorothy Dunnett

Nicholaes story continues when he tries to save 13 year stepdaughet

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Top Ten Tuesday-21st Century books I think will become classics

An interesting one this week and one that made me think- out of all the books I’ve read in this century which ones do I think will become classics.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I have read so many books in the last 22 years, but I wonder how many will stand the test of time, will be become classics or still be read in fifty years’ time. So, in no particular order, here are my favourites.

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Beat the Backlog March

I joined the #beatthebacklog challenge created by @owlbesatreading to deal with my unread kindle books neglected for years. But instead of posting individual reviews, here is my end of month summary

Cunk on Everything by Philomena Cunk

How Long has this been on my Kindle?

2020

Why did I get this book?

I love Philomena Cunk, played by Diane Morgan- a clueless journalist who can get away with some hard-hitting questions in amongst the stupid ones.

Review

I couldn’t help laughing at some of Cunk’s take on various serious topics. Here are a few examples

King Arthur was the greatest King of England that never existed” and  “ Books are a way of storing information and passing it on to anyone who can read and isn’t put it off by being a book.”.

A lovely book that is hilarious but hides a cynical view of the world.

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Top Ten Tuesday -Books on my Spring TBR list

An easy one this Top Ten Tuesday. Here are the books on my to read list this spring.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

There are so many great book coming out this year , so making this list has been really easy. So in no particular order the books on my spring TBR list

One Foot in the Fade(The Fetch Phillips Archives #3)by Luke Arnold 

I love the hapless Fetch who is trying to make amends in a world where he destroyed magic. In the third book in the series (review here), Fetch has to solve the mystery of the man who fell out of the sky.

Seven Devils(Seven Devils #1)by Laura Lam , Elizabeth May

Space opera, strong women, evil empire, and a race to save the world – that’s all my boxes ticked

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Enjoyed but haven’t mentioned on the blog

An interesting Top Ten Tuesday this week-books I have read and enjoyed but haven’t mentioned on my blog.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.,

I love reading and read widely but when I started my blog, I decided to focus on science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. But there are so many books I have enjoyed but haven’t reviewed on my blog.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Dynamic duos

This week’s TTT theme is the intriguing Dynamic Duos and I had  fun with this one.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

My top ten Dynamic duos ( or trios) in no particular order.

Horowitz and Hawthorn (The first book in the series The Word is Murder) by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is the author of the famous Alex Rider series but also solves crime with a mysterious and deeply annoying ex-policeman, Hawthorne. Horowitz’s books in this series are funny ( Horowitz isn’t afraid to portray himself as the inexperienced amateur sleuth, with a cast of nice suspects, an in intriguing murder but the main attraction for me is the tetchy relationship between Hawthorne and Horowitz.

Aziraphale and Crowley ( Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman)

Aziraphale and Crowley have been enemies for millennia working for God and the Devil respectively, so of course, they become friends of a sort, enjoying a comfortable existence on earth. But then a child is born who will bring about the end of days who is placed under the careful guidance of Aziraphale and Crowley and they have managed to lose him.

Aziraphale and Crowley are like an old, married couple but amazingly incompetent despite their God-given gifts.

Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect ( Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)

Dent is the hapless human who somehow manages to hitch on a spaceship and escape the destruction of earth. He is joined by Ford, an alien journalist and they bumble their way through four books to solve the mystery of life.

The Bronte Sisters ( Red Monarch by Bella Ellis) My review here

A dynamic trio of Anne, Charlotte and Emily race to London to help their friend find her husband and end up embroiled in London’s seedy underworld. The sisters’ personalities compliment each other and they form an effective crime-fighting team.

Robin Blyth and Edwin Courcey ( A Marvellous Light by Freya Maske) My review here

Blyth is this civil servant reluctantly dragged into the world of magic and Courcey is his equally liaison to this world. They have to overcome their differences to solve the mystery of what happened to Robin’s predecessors and boy do they overcome their differences 

Michael Childs and Anaba ( Forging a Nightmare by Patricia Jackson) My review here

 Childs is an FBI agent who finds out he is a Nephilim and Anaba is the dead marine whose soul has been forged through hell to create a Nightmare, a powerful being dedicated to protecting Childs. Together they will save the world ( and argue while doing so,)

Hercule Poirot and Hastings by Agatha Christie

I don’t think I need to say more but what would Poirot have been without Hastings there to be his sounding board and to make him more likeable. The Poirot books without Hastings just wasn’t quite the same to me.

Csorwe and Tal (The Unspoken Name by A K Larkwood) My review here

Csorwe and Tal hate and dislike each other right from the start but they have to work together to help the man they are loyal to. But they get the job done.

Jack Winston and Riley ( The Dead of False Creek by Sarah M Stephen) review

I enjoyed this strange pairing between A Detective in the past and an archivist in present times who solve a murder by communicating through a special journal despite being in different times.

Rune Saint John and Brand ( The Last Sun) by K D Edwards my review here

The friendship and affection between the last scion of a powerful family and his bodyguard formed the heart of this urban fantasy set in a city called New Atlantis 

Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis ( The Alex Delaware series of books by Jonathan Kellerman)

I’ve been reading this series for at least 20 years if not more and I still love the dynamic between Psychologist Delaware and detective Sturgis and their ability to solve the most complicated crime.

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