Book review: Linked by Imogen Howson (@imogenhowson)

Linked (Linked #1)Linked by Imogen Howson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elissa keeps having these weird nightmares and wakes up covered in bruises. She feels like she’s someone else sometimes. But when she realises that the visions belong to the real life of her twin Lin, Elissa has to question everything she’s ever believed in.

I was completely hooked from the first chapter. The world building is thorough and intriguing. Elissa is, at first, the girl who has it all. Her response to meeting Lin and the way she deals with her familiar world being torn away from her is very realistic (so much so that I got a bit panicky at one point!).
While the story is a YA adventure, it also makes you think about how people dehumanise other in order to perpetrate terrible crimes on them.

I really enjoyed this book. I whizzed through it. I will be reading the sequel.

The usual disclaimer: I know the author through the Romantic Novelists Association. I paid for the book though, and genuinely enjoyed it.

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Book review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met RishiWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this book. It’s a cute NA romance about career focused coder and hopeless romantic Rishi.
I sometimes go on about diversity in fiction and this is exactly the sort of thing I go on about. It’s a lovely, quirky romance about a coding geek who meets a comic book geek. Dimple is serious, intense and completely focused on her goal of getting her app made. Rishi is courteous, charming and the quintessential dutiful son. They are both Indian, but they are also realistic and compelling characters without slipping into stereotypes. I was really invested in them and desperately wanted them to have their happy ending. When it came, I was grinning.

This is a fantastic book. Sweet, funny and moving.

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The Last Dreamseer blog blast – all about the Superpowers

My friend Katy Haye has a new book out! Yay! To celebrate, I’m taking part in a blog blast on the theme of superpowers. One of the questions Kate asked was: If you had a superpower what would it be?

We-ell, I’ve thought about this a lot over the years. Flight is a good one, but really, with the skies as crowded as they are, you can’t fly very high, so you’d have to stick to somewhere in between the powerlines and the skyscrapers. Plus, you’d be seriously limited in your clothing choices (people in high rise building WILL look up your skirt, you know they will). It’s be pretty cold too, so you’d need some sort out warm jacket, which would be bulky. If you wanted to change your clothes once you got to your destination, you’d have to carry your outfit with you, which brings me to another problem – luggage. How would you carry your stuff? What happens if you’ve got to take something that doesn’t fit in a backpack? So, for practical reasons, maybe not flight.

Next up, invisibility. This is of limited use, really. Quite apart from the issue of what happens to your clothes, it’s just an invitation for people to tread on your feet.  Besides, what would I use it for anyway? If anything, the complete opposite would be more useful – so that I could project my presence into places, without actually having to be there. This would be useful for meetings, or when one of the kids wants me to sit with them while they fall asleep.   Of course, I’d have to be able to occasionally respond as though I really am there, otherwise the kids would notice. So, not invisibility either, then.

Third choice would be telekinesis. I’d love to be able to just will things to come to me across the room, especially if I’ve got a small child sitting on my lap. Accio book.  With practise, I’d be able to fill the kettle, boil the water, make myself a cup of tea and get it to my hand, without having to get up.

Having recently spent 3 hours in the car to travel a distance that should only take 20mins, I have now added teleportation to my list of coveted  super powers – but only if I can carry stuff with me. Just think of all the hours I’d save! On the other hand, I quite like the hours spent on trains. There’s something therapeautic about sitting still while the countryside slides past you.

Then there are all the really virtuous superpowers – the ability to heal (I’d love that one), the ability to keep calm ALL the time (that too), the ability to resist chocolate…

After some serious consideration, I think I’ll go for teleportation (so long as I can take bags) because it’s probably the most practical. Failing that, I’ll take telekinesis, please. *sits back to wait*

While we’re waiting for the superpowers to show up, why not check out Katy’s new book, The Last Dreamseer. You can read the review of the first book in the series here.

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Blurb for The Last Dreamseer

The queen is dead. Long live the queen…

Deena endured her first dreamseer vision at the age of six. Now sixteen and having seen how her mother’s abilities were abused by Fane’s rulers, she would do anything to escape the future that lies ahead when her mother dies and Deena inherits her role.

When she meets Zan, Fane’s last gatekeeper, she sees the chance to escape her fate. But Zan is accompanied by Cal, rebel thorn in the old queen’s side whom she was once forced to betray. Deena can’t risk Cal discovering her secrets – but she needs him if she’s ever to escape.

For launch week only (November 27th – December 4th) the novel is on sale for 99c./99p, after which it will return to a permanent price of $2.99/£2.49 so don’t hang around, get your copy today!