Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The Last Five Books I've Read with Kat Ellis

I'm pleased to welcome back Kat Ellis, author of Black Fin Sky and recently published, Breaker, onto the blog today to tell us all about the last five books she read.
I set myself a Goodreads Challenge goal of reading 75 books this year. A pretty steep target for me, but with a TBR pile threatening to bury me at any moment, I’ve been racing through books like a rabid thing. These are the last five books I read.
As a thriller junkie, the premise for this made me snap it up. A girl drowns, and is dead for 13 minutes before being miraculously revived – with no memory of how she ended up in the water. That initial idea is similar to my debut, Blackfin Sky, where the main character drowns and shows up 3 months after her funeral, acting as though nothing has happened – so naturally I was curious to see where Sarah Pinborough took the story. It was ace! 13 Minutes is a gripping UKYA thriller, with unreliable narrators keeping you guessing what really happened right until the end. All the characters felt so real and raw, I couldn’t step away until it was finished. 
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Seven Days of You, which doesn’t actually come out until March 2017. Sophia has only a week left before she is due to move to the US from her home in Japan, and Jamie - the boy who left her devastated when he left two years ago -- shows up a week too soon for Sophia to avoid seeing him. Intense and romantic, it had definite flavours of Anna and the French Kiss, and I loved this glimpse into ex-pat life in Japan. The cover is just perfect with all the vivid colours and bright lights, and everything but Sophia and Jamie blurring into the background… I know readers of contemporary romance are going to be swooning over this when it comes out. 
This is the only book on my list which isn’t YA, but it was good to step out of my groove for a while. I’d heard people raving about this book, but wasn’t really sure what it was about going in. It’s an interesting take on zombie horror, told from the perspective of a little girl who struggles to contain her zombie nature, with all the action and heartbreak you’d want to see along the way. To be honest, I prefer my zombies to be a bit more terrifying, but I did enjoy seeing their warm and fuzzy side.
Oh, this book. Not only is it UKYA (score) with a goooorgeous cover, but it’s also sci-fi with strong romance. Chasing the Stars is a reimagining of Othello in space, about a girl and her brother who are the only survivors of a plague on board their ship … until they rescue fugitives who are being attacked on an alien world. Olivia falls hard and fast for the fugitive leader’s son, Nathan, but with mutinies and deadly plots being hatched all around them, it isn’t long before deep fractures start to show. I really, really hope there’s going to be a follow-up to this, because Malorie Blackman definitely left the door open for one, and I kind of need it. 
This is the first in a sci-fi romance trilogy, and I waited for all 3 to come out before starting as I had a strong feeling I’d want to binge them all one after another. I wasn’t wrong. Lilac and Tarver are from completely different social circles, and when the space cruiser they’re travelling on crashes on a strange alien world, they’re forced to work together to survive. I can’t lie – I’m a sucker for romance, and my geeky sci-fi heart loved the setting and the adventure. As planned, I will now be grabbing books 2 & 3 to binge! 
Published May 2016 by Running Press Teen
Summary
Kyle Henry has a new name, a new school, and a new life. A year has passed since his serial killer father’s execution, and it finally looks like he has a chance to escape the stigma and fear that haunts him. 
Until he recognizes the girl sitting in the back row in homeroom.
Naomi Steadman is immediately intrigued by Kyle, but she doesn’t know he is the son of the man who murdered her mother. What she does know is she and Kyle have a connection—and a spark that Kyle continues to back away from.
Pretty soon, the death count on campus starts to rise. Someone is set on finishing what the Bonebreaker started, and reliving the horrors of their past may be the only thing that can stop the spree.

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Breaker and Blackfin Sky are available now, with Purge coming in September 2016. Find out more about Kat here:

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