Diverse Books, YA Books

Unleashed by Amy McCulloch – Book Review

Last year I read Jinxed by Amy McCulloch and absolutely loved it and it ended on a cliffhanger so I had been waiting for Unleashed to release ever since and the sequel did not disappoint! I loved it as much as Jinxed!

You can read my review for Jinxed here

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Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Lacey Chu wakes up in a hospital room with no recollection of how she got there, she knows something is up. But with her customizable smart pet, Jinx, missing in action and Moncha, the company behind the invention of the robot pet, up to something seriously sinister, she’s got a lot of figuring out to do. Lacey must use all her engineering skills if she has a chance of stopping Moncha from carrying out their plans. But can she take on the biggest tech company in North America armed with only a level 1 robot beetle … ?

Once I started reading Unleashed I could not put it down and basically read it in two evenings. These books deserve all the love and I need everyone to go read them. It’s STEM girls saving the world, what more could you want?!

The story starts a month after the ending in Jinxed and there is a lot of mystery and intrigue because we don’t know exactly what’s happened and we are slowly given the information through Lacey trying to find out what has happened. It kept me hooked because I just needed to know what was happening and what had happened to Jinx.

This book was a little different to Jinxed because while Jinxed took place mostly in the school with the battles and classes, this book happened mostly outside of school. It gave the sense that the situation was bigger than just school, it was a community problem and could become an even bigger problem if it wasn’t dealt with.

One of my favourite things about this duology was the focus on friendships over romantic relationships and especially female friendship. Lacey and Zora are both smart, capable badass young women in their own ways. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses and they work together so well, encouraging and supporting each other. It was so great to see such a beautiful friendship. In the end it was the both of them who found out what was happening was able to put a stop to it. They did get some help from their other friends but it was two young women who saved everyone!

And lets not forget my favourite baku, Jinx! I love him so much! His sassy and sarcastic remarks and I adored his relationship with Lacey! They really looked out for each other and cared for each other. Honestly I just want my own baku like Jinx!

The ending was really great too, it wrapped up the story but also left it open in a way that we can imagine what these group of teenagers will do next. I really loved the message that the youth shouldn’t be dismissed because they’re young. They are capable of bringing about change and fighting for justice and a better world.

You should all read these books, they’re such great reads and will leave you with a lot to thing about and crying about baku’s not being real and so you can’t have one of your own.

Fiction Books, YA Books

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – Book Review

I have been meaning to read this book for ages as I keep hearing such great things and I am so glad I finally did! This book was amazing!

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Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.
That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.
When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.
Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

I had no idea what to expect when I started but after I read the first chapter I was completely hooked! The first chapter literally blew me away! It is intense and the descriptions of the plague and how it kills are brutal and detailed. This first chapter was so good that I completely fell in love with the book and knew it would become a favourite!

The book is fast paced with lots of action and so intense! I just could not put the book down and ended up reading it in one evening. There are plenty of plot twists which I didn’t see the twists coming which I loved because normally I can figure out what will happen. This kept me guessing about what will happen next and kept wanting to read, just one more chapter.

I really enjoyed seeing Cat develop throughout the book and how at the beginning she is so unsure of herself and by the end she becomes more confident and sure of herself. She is smart, resourceful and capable of looking after herself and I loved that she is a scientist! I hope that we will see more characters in STEM areas in books.

I think my only issue was the romance. I felt like I could have done without it. And Cole was just there as a love interest rather than him having his own story arc. Though I did like that despite Cat having feelings for Cole, she didn’t instantly trust him and questioned his motives throughout the book until she learnt more about him.

I really enjoyed seeing the science and genetics being incorporated into the story. It was so interesting and although there was a lot of it, it was well explained so everyone will understand what is going on, and it made my science nerd heart happy! There was also some discussion about ethics and animal testing and I’m glad this was included in the story as it makes it more real.

This story was amazing and I cannot wait to continue with the series. It’s fast paced and intense and the plot twists were insane! I loved this book so much!