Sunday, 14 February 2016

Losing Francesca by JA Huss

Title: Losing Francesca
Author: JA Huss
From: Amazon
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, YA
Release Date: 1st July 2013
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

If there's one thing that Francesca is certain of it's that she's not Fiona Sullivan. On entering the US her face was recognised as that of a girl who had gone missing at age 6 and after lengthy court battles she is required to live with the family she was taken from until her 18 birthday. At first those 7 weeks couldn't go fast enough but she soon finds herself slotting into the Sullivans' world and experiencing family life in a way she never had before. And then there's Brody, who has mourned for the loss of Fiona, the girl he thought was his soul mate, for 12 years.

I'm not sure where to start with this. Losing Francesca is different from most of Huss' books simply because it lacks the sex element (though I'll get to the romance in a moment) and I can understand how some readers may be disappointed in that. However I loved this book. It was such a good read and had me completely hooked from beginning to end!

So the romance. It was definitely there, and there was definitely sexual tension between the two leads (even though they didn't act on it beyond kissing). However they acted their age (20 and 17/18) and talked about sex and wanting to take that step. I actually really felt like these were real teenagers! The tension was offset by the other aspects of the relationship, including some super sweet moments.

I found the focus on Francesca's identity. At the beginning she very adamently thinks one thing, but she does slowly begin to doubt herself and though it is hinted at that she has more of an identity than she lets on it isn't revealed until quite late in the book. It's the struggle that most people go through when finding themselves but magnified because of her situation. I liked that as a reader you were part of her finding who she was and beginning to find her independence.

There was also a lot of focus on family, and I liked that there was a more grey bad guy than Huss could have gone for. Because very few of the characters were blood related (which is revealed in the first two chapters so no spoiler) the real focus was on family being where you feel comfortable and who you choose that to be with. It's a very beautiful concept, and something I can definitely relate to.

This was a great read, it was gritty and real with a good level of suspense. Though I wouldn't change her other books, this one is certainly as good as some of her other works!

The Sunday Post (14-02-2016 )

Sunday Post

Thank you to Kimberly @ caffinatedbookreviewer for hosting!

My Life This Week 

Well last weekend I gave up most of my spare time to do training I needed for Girlguiding, and though some parts were interesting I don't think I learnt much that I hadn't already encountered in my 2 1/2 years with my unit, but oh well! Other than that it's been a pretty standard week. We're just gearing up for next week when I take my 7 year old brother to Butlins (a holiday camp) while my parents go to Dubai.

Oh also with the beginning of lent I had to give something up and after being told by my friends that my first idea wasn't acceptable because I'd already gone 40 days without, I've given up buying books. So until Easter Sunday I'm not allowed to spend a penny on books. Which is going to be really hard because there's so many I want to buy right now!

My Writing This Week 

So technically I haven't actually written anything this week, but I have been having a lot of ideas both for my Phantom retelling that's my current project, and for book 3 in Alventia; Reawakening. Saying that Reawakening (which is it's working title) is actually third on my list for being written at the moment as I have a book 2.5 in the works, which tells the story of the main characters' parents. It doesn't have a name yet, but it is important to the story!

Review copies of my novella, Awakening, on instafreebie. This is the first book in my on going Alventia series and is mainly a retelling of Sleeping Beauty (though Hansel and Gretel also get a look in, and the prequel Betrayed which is in the Amidst the Shadows anthology, is a Rumplestiltskin type retelling) You can get a copy here!

Reading This Week 

I've had a really slow reading week I must admit. Though it has been a really enjoyable reading week so there aren't many complaints here! With one exception...I DNF'd No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday by Tracy Bloom, though there wasn't anything glaringly wrong with it, I just didn't care about the characters so stopped reading. 

Losing Francesca by JA Huss (Winter COYER 2015-2016
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (Winter COYER 2015, 2016, 2016 Reading Assignment, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge
Burning Rivalry by Aubrey Parker (Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge
Seaside Embrace by Melissa Foster (Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge

Forest of Demons

I'm not one to often do things like this, because I have strict rules with myself about promoting authors; I'll only do it if I can guarantee the product I'm promoting. Well I've loved a lot of Debbie Cassidy's work before (she is part of the writing duo Amos Cassidy) and I have read an early draft of Forest of Demons which was a great read, and so I'm going to ask for my fellow bloggers' help! Forest of Demons is currently up for a Kindle Scout contract, and it would be great if you could help nominate it! There's also a Headtalker campaign going on!

On the Blog Last Week (and the Week Before) 

Because I did last week's Sunday Post so quickly, I didn't include any links to anything from the week before. So I'm including them here! This is basically a recap of Feburary so far, so it includes my End of the Month Round Up for January and the launch of this month's Online Book Club and My TBR Meme (hosted by Michelle @ because reading)

I have been on a little bit of a Brandon Sanderson binge so far this month, so you can check out my reviews of Firefight and The Alloy of Law, and next week reviews for Calamity and Shadows of Self will go live, I'm completely hooked, not that I expected any less!

I also discovered a fantastic new author to me, Aubrey Parker, and I wanted more as soon as I finished Burning Offer (thankfully I've now read Burning Rivalry which releases next week, but I still need more!!) My review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is now live, and I can't believe it took me so long to read this book!

Slightly less exciting for me were The White List by Nina D'Aleo which was just missing something (not too sure what) and A Single Girl's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse by JT Clay, which just came across really preachy about veganism.

Other reviews included Michelle M Pillow's new release, Surrender to the Sea, and one of the three books I've read for my reading assignment so far this month, The Major's Faux Fiancée by Erica Ridley, as well as ticking off another Netgalley book, Midnight's Surrender by Donna Grant. I definitely gave in to peer pressure and read (as well as loved) January by Audrey Carlan, and was surprised by The Lion and the Unicorn by Dara Fraser. I was also suprised by Heirs & Spares by J L Spohr, which wasn't what I expected, and enjoyed The Seduction 2 by Roxy Sloane (one of my COYER Secret Santa gifts...thanks Berls!)

My TBR Meme

This month's winner is Panic by JA Huss, which is also the JA Huss book that's on my Reading Assignment list!

Online Book Club

This is a meme that I started with the intention that several people read the same book and then link back their reviews. This month's book is The Trouble With Being Wicked by Emma Locke, I hope you'll join me in reading the book and sharing your thoughts in the link up on 22nd February! 

You can also now vote for March's book, and if you want to find out more about them than what's available in the voting thing, then you can check out the original post here
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Saturday, 13 February 2016

Challenge Sign Ups!

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Laura has read 0 books toward her goal of 365 books.


I had fun with this one, though I may need to just try to beat my total of 327 points as my own personal challenge!
  • 1 point for each prequel or sequel novella read and reviewed
  • 2 points for each full-length sequel read and reviewed
  • 10 points for completing and reviewing a full series (doesn’t require novellas)*†
  • **You do not get points for the first book in a series
Goal: 101+ Points (Veteran)

Falling For YA

Hosted by Falling for YA. I did super well this year with this challenge so it seems logical that I go for a big challenge!
Goal: 100 Books (Diamond)

Because Reading is better than real life

Hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading & Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun. I have just 4 books to go before completing the 2015 version of this challenge, without any passes or anything (just a little proud of myself there! So I'll still be going for 48 books (4 books a month) for 2016...May have to admit to having started my list some time around the start of November too...
I may also have used this list to make me read  a lot of the Netgalley books I have stored up...I doubt I'll ever managed to clear them all but I can at least try! (Though there are some books I've bought and some from other places!)
Goal: 48 Books (4 Books per Month) 

  1. Manic by JA Huss
  2. Panic by JA Huss
  3. Slack by JA Huss
  4. Taut by JA Huss
  5. Bomb by JA Huss
  6. Guns by JA Huss
  7. Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb
  8. Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan
  9. Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
  10. Nearly Almost Somebody by Caroline Batten
  11. The Captain’s Blue Stocking Mistress by Erica Ridley
  12. The Major’s Faux Fiancée by Erica Ridley
  13. The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley
  14. The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway by Erica Ridley
  15. Cutlass by Ashley Nixon
  16. Flintlock by Ashley Nixon
  17. Need by N Isabelle Blanco & K I Lynn
  18. Renegade by Erica Stevens
  19. Heat of the Moment by Lori Handeland
  20. Smoke on the Water by Lori Handeland
  21. 25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius
  22. Wool by Hugh Howey 
  23. Shift by Hugh Howey
  24. Dust by Hugh Howey
  25. Tigress by J E Taylor
  26. Aberrant by Ruth Silver
  27. Moirai by Ruth Silver
  28. Pawn by Aimee Carter
  29. Angelbound by Christine Bauer
  30. The Bane by Keary Taylor (Also known as Eden for some reason)
  31. Ignite by Erica Crouch 
  32. Entice by Erica Crouch 
  33. Incite by Erica Crouch 
  34. Engage by Erica Crouch 
  35. The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L Higley
  36. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  37. Darkest Flame by Donna Grant
  38. Fire Study by Maria V Snyder 
  39. The Maiden at Midnight by Kate Harper 
  40. The Mistress at Midnight by Kate Harper
  41. Phantom's Dance by Lesa Howard
  42. Sunset Rising by S M McEachern
  43. Remember to Me by Nina Croft
  44. Death Defying by Nina Croft 
  45. Temporal Shift by Nina Croft
  46. Blood and Metal by Nina Croft
  47. Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
  48. Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

Blogger Shame

Hosted by herding cats & burning soup and Addicted to Happily Ever After. I am terrible at keeping up with my review copies, so this is actually a really good challenge for me! I am going a tad conservative on my estimate here though!
Goal: 50 Books

2016 Bookish Resolutions

This is the challenge hosted by myself and Michelle @ Because Reading. You can check out the rules and sign up here!

Blogging Goals 
  1. Schedule posts before the day they are 'due' (especially for challenge updates!) 
  2. Reintroduce non-review content 
  3. Cross post Blog Posts regularly, preferably in under a week since post date 
  4. Tidy up the Trips Down Imagination Road Facebook & Twitter Pages 
  5. Visit other blogs regularly (I used to but this dropped off the radar a bit) 
Reading Goals 
  1. Improve Netgalley ratio by at least 10% (if this is achieved by the half way mark then it will be upped to 20%). I did succeed in improving my ratio in 2015 and was actually quite surprised to find I'd improved it by 7% (at the time of writing). 
  2. Finish 10 series this year. (I get distracted a little easy! I can have already started the series previously) 
  3. Complete 3 year long challenges (may change the number depending on how many I sign up for). Bookish Resolutions does not count for this sub-goal. 
  4. Read 3 books a month that were already on my kindle at the start of 2016 (can be from Netgalley, Amazon etc.) 
Personal Goal
  1. Finish Cloaked (the sequel to my published Novella)

Because Reading is better than real life

It's COYER time again! Which is exciting in itself! This time around it's going back to basics, though I think most of my books from last time would still count! I'm going to try for my normal goal of a book per day of COYER
Hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading & Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun
Goal: 77 Books

Seeing as I did so well on this challenge for 2015 I don't think I have any choice but to go for the top option this time around either! 
Goals: 45+ Books - New Release Enthusiast   

Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge 2016 Badge

Hosted by The Book Date, I am a little late with this one, but I do think it's one that I really want to do! Obviously I'm aiming for 80% or above (based on books bought June 2015 onwards, and I'm hoping I can stick to that!

The Major's Faux Fiancée by Erica Ridley

Title: The Major's Faux Fiancée
Series: The Dukes of War (#4)
Author: Erica Ridley
From: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: 1st June 2015
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Reading Assignment, 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

After the death of her father, Daphne is left in the care of a new Guardian; Captain Steele, and she can only think of one way to avoid the marriage he's forcing on her; a false engagement to her childhood friend. Since returning from war without his twin brother or half his leg, Major Bartholomew Blackpool has led a reclusive life away from society. But Daphne's cry for help has him coming out of hiding and into the limelight...

There's always a feel good factor to reading one of Ridley's The Dukes of War series. There's something about knowing that the story will end well when you start it, but not knowing quite how the characters will actually get there that's enjoyable, easy to read and good fun.

In this case there were two characters who quite clearly liked each other a lot from an early stage. What I liked was that they remembered a childhood with each other, but at the same time they both accepted that their original attraction was physical before growing into more.

Daphne is a progressive character for her era, very into charity work and wanting to avoid marriage. It was interesting, especially considering she wasn't titled and was a Vicar's daughter, and that gave her an edge over some of the more traditional Regency heroines.

There was a good chemistry between Blackpool and Daphne, and for the most part their insistance at abstinence helped build the tension between them. There was also a good amount of intellectual sparring and though they disagreed at times, I did feel that they respected each other as characters.

Once again this was an enjoyable read from Ridley and I look forward to more!

Friday, 12 February 2016

Burning Offer by Aubrey Parker

Title: Burning Offer
Series: Trevor's Harem (#1)
Author: Aubrey Parker
From: Review Copy
Genre: Romance, Erotica
Release Date: 2nd February 2016
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 New Release Challenge 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

When Bridget gets an invite under her door saying she can have $1000 for just turning up to a meeting she decides to go. When she gets there she sees that it's the same man that found her the night before; Daniel. Daniel knows how to push all Bridget's buttons and she soon finds herself entering a contest she knows nothing about. Taken to the home of Trevor Stone she finds 11 other women there for the same reason...but winning might not be the thing that Bridget wants...

I need more. When I started Burning Offer I was enjoying it, but then the more I read the more hooked I got and now that I've finished it all I want is to read more of it. I need to know the answers to some questions (including Daniel's motives, what's going on there!) and just want to dive in.

For the most part Burning Offer was from Bridget's point of view, though there was the odd chapter from Daniel's point of view in there too (which were probably evenly spaced but I was too busy being into the story to actually notice). It worked well, especially when you got the same events from different vantage points.

There was definite chemistry between Bridget and Daniel, and though I don't think either of them were denying it, it was mounting because of the contest "rules" (which I'm not too sure they're going to be sticking to!) Saying that there was also something else between them and I can't quite work out what it is, but it is compelling and makes them human.

Bridget's past was troubled, and her present doesn't seem much better. It was interesting to see her motivation for what she was doing, particularly when she was focusing on how she wasn't morally okay with what was gong on.

This book had me well and truly hooked! I can't wait for more in the series!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

Title: The Alloy of Law
Series: Mistborn (#4) - Alloy Era
Author: Brandon Sanderson
From: Amazon
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 8th November 2011
Challenges: 2016 Reading Assignment, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Waxillium is the last heir of House Ladrian and has to return to Elendel in order to restore his finances. Putting his days as lawman to the Roughs behind him he aims to become the expected noble, including potential marriage. But soon he finds himself caught up in the mystery surrounding the Vanishers, a group of bandits who seem to be making the contents of railway cars disappear. Armed with his trusted guns, Allomancy and Feruchemy and alongside his sidekick Wayne and fiancée's cousin Marasi, Wax will get to the bottom of things.

I've put off reading Alloy of Law since before it even came out (which shocks me in part how long I've been a fan of Sanderson!) It's not that I didn't think it was good, but rather that I loved the original trilogy so much that I was worried The Alloy of Law wouldn't stand up. Now I'm of two minds, I enjoyed The Alloy of Law and want to continue the story, but it wasn't quite as good as the original three books. Though I do think this is because guns and magic aren't something I'd necessarily pick up without the prior fan status of the author.

I love the idea of fantasy settings progressing with technology. This isn't what you'd call traditional epic fantasy like the original setting, mainly because of the introduction of technology, but nor is a modern setting. To my mind the characters appeared as if in a Western front type setting which actually worked really well. I shouldn't be surprised considering Sanderson's talent at creating unique magic systems, but the magic and technology worked together really well.

The Alloy of Law could be read as a stand alone (I think) as everything is explained and there is a new set of characters. However I enjoyed seeing little nods to the events in the first trilogy (though I found it quite strange having some of the characters turned into Godlike figures after getting to know their flaws!) Little things like earings, street talk, even the name Elendel, all made me smile and appreciate that I knew the back story.

I did feel like I got off to a slow start with The Alloy of Law, but it then picked up for me and I thought it had a great pace. By the time I was about 30% done I didn't want to put it down at all, which is definitely a good thing!

I loved the new characters by the end too! Wax and Wayne have a great amount of banter between them, as well as some good stories from the past. In a way they kind of reminded me of Breeze and Ham, though they were definitely still their own characters. Marasi was my favourite though (and I hope Wax opens his eyes a bit more there). She held her own, and though she was new to action and got nervous, she also came across as brave. Sanderson writes imperfect characters and that makes them better!

I'm looking forward to continuing this part of the series, and I think I was wrong to put off reading it for so long!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The White List by Nina D'Aleo

Title: The White List
Author: Nina D'Aleo
From: Netgalley
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopia (mild)
Release Date: 13th March 2013
Challenges: 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, Winter COYER 2015-2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Silver and her partner Dark are front men for Chapter 11, a secretive world wide organisation whose job is to stop Shaman Syndrome from becoming common knowledge. When a person is at risk of going 'green' they are picked up by agents like Silver and Dark and taken in for 'recapping'. But Silver has been asking questions, and the fact that she doesn't like to kill her charges has started to raise eyebrows. With Silver now personally involved things take a turn and she finds herself stuck between two rivals.

When I got to the 'genre' section above I actually found it quite difficult to catagorise The White List. There is plenty of action, some paranormal elements, though with a scientific explanation which could lean towards sci-fi. Chapter 11 also was almost dystopian in nature, though that was just one organisation rather than a state.

I wasn't blown away by The White List, though I did enjoy it. Once it got going there was plenty of action to keep a reader entertained and I didn't figure out the identity of the "bad guy" until a couple of pages before he was revealed (which is a good thing as it kept me guessing).

There was a lot of information given about the background, as well as about the characters. It was clear that a lot of thought and focus had gone into creating the world in which the characters lived and it really showed. It was certainly an interesting concept and it kept me engaged in the book.

This was an enjoyable read, and though it didn't blow me away, I did find it riveting enough to keep my attention!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Surrender to the Sea by Michelle M Pillow

Title: Surrender to the Sea
Series: Lords of the Abyss (#4)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Romane, Paranormal, Fantasy
Release Date: 9th February 2016
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

When Laurel went on vacation looking for an adventur the last place she thought she'd end up was the bottom of the ocean in a city full of Merr. Merr, Brutus, thinks he'll always be alone, until he saves Laurel from certain drowning. Returning with her to his home he finds himself growing more and more attracted to her, though after too long without women around he's not all that sure how he should interact with her...

I found it very easy to get back into the Lords of the Abyss world. Each of the previous stories came back to me and all I had to do was slot them into the plot of Surrender to the Sea. Technically this could be read as a standalone as the main plot points and the lore of the Merr are explained in sufficient detail. However I do believe that the series works better when read in order.

I liked Brutus, and his brother Demon. They were definite alpha males, and had the warrior vibe, and yet when it came to women they were absolutely clueless. Poor Laurel didn't know quite what hit her! But at the same time they definitely managed to be unintentionally cute, and I found myself laughing aloud at one point because of Brutus' idea of capturing a giant squid.

Laurel was the right blend of woman and independant. She did the damsal in distress thing a little bit, but it was actually very equal between her and Brutus. I didn't feel like she was diminished as a character or that Brutus over-alphaed her. Plus there was the point near the end of the book where she proved what she was made of.

The Olympians who appeared in one of the earlier books (and were mentioned in the others) made an appearance in this one again, and I was interested to learn more about them. It adds more to the world as well as creating an issue for the Merr to solve, and I really want to see how they do it!

Monday, 8 February 2016

Midnight's Surrender by Donna Grant

Title: Midnight's Surrender
Series: Dark Warriors (#8.5)
Author: Donna Grant
From: Netgalley
Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 5th November 2013
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Dale has done bad thing in his past, and now in an attempt to outrun them he has been following the trail left by an unknown Druid. Since arriving at the home her aunt left her, something has been holding Rennie there. Though she doesn't like to go near people because of the visions she causes, Rennie is content living where she is. Until a handsome stranger who can sense her magic turns up. Better yet the stranger doesn't seem to think her visions are something to be scared of.

Midnight's Surrender is a short in between book for a series that I haven't actually read (but I figured that it would work as a stand alone, and it does). I don't feel that I was missing any major information by not reading the series as this novella explained the lore well. But I think having read the rest of the series would improve the experience.

There was a case of insta-love in Midnight's Surrender, which I'm not a fan of and that did make it slightly less enjoyable for me. However there was good chemistry between Dale and Rennie. It worked well between them and I didn't feel that it was forced.

The magic in the book was a large part of the story, and the lore seemed interesting, though there wasn't much about how it fit in with the modern world (mainly because this was a short read). There was enough information for the magic to make sense but also little enough to keep a reader interested and wanting to know more which was a good balance.

Midnight's Surrender was a good in between read, and I now have a good feeling about the work of Grant's that I have on my Reading Assignment list!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

A Single Girl's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse by JT Clay

Title: A Single Girl's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Author: JT Clay
From: Netgalley
Genre: Zombie Fiction, Satire
Release Date: 1st November 2013
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

If there's one thing that Q is ready for it's the Zombie Apocalypse. From secret stashs in the school she teaches at, to creating her own martial art and remembering to pack a crow bar when going away. If there's one thing that Q isn't prepared for its being "normal" enough to bag a guy. When vegan, Rabbit, comes into her class she knows that she's found the man for all she has to do is find out where he is and make him fall madly in love with her. Though as soon as she gets that plan in motion something else comes along...

I'm not really sure where I want to start with my feelings on A Single Girl's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. At first I was almost ready to give up (though it did pull me in a bit more after that), then I was wondering just where the story was going, and by the end I was feeling a little bit preached to about veganism.

Veganism was a big part of the plot (particularly in the conclusion of the book, which had a twist that I didn't see coming but did fall a little flat for me). Several of the characters, including the love interest, Rabbit, were vegan and the apocalypse happened during a vegan retreat, which was interesting and added a very different dynamic to the apocalypse.

I liked Q, not sure I'd want her teaching any children I know as she had a rather unique teaching style, but she was fun and quirky. I think a lot of people could recognise a bit of themselves in her (and I will admit that post finishing the book me and my friend did discuss our Zombie plan). It was good having a quirky heroine.

I also liked the element of Q's friend Hannah. She was one of the kids in her class, but it was definitely interesting hearing a child's take on the apocalypse. Though at times I did think that she sounded way too old to be 6! Kind of creepily there were a few mentions of Lord of the Flies type behaviour too.

Still not too sure how I feel about this book over all.