#Bookreview: Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton.

Hi guys, I’ve been in the mood for some Dystopian this month and this copy of Kill or Cure arrived just in time to satisfy my craving, but without further ado, let’s see what I thought of it!!

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I was provided with a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Genre:  YA Dystopian

Year Of Publication: February 2018

Publisher: Troubadour Publishing

Pages: 178

  My rating: 3.5

 

 

38353476Kill or Cure is a YA romance-infused sci-fi novel.
It focuses on human relationships in an undead, apocalyptic world.
A girl who will stop at nothing to protect her brother.

In a dystopian world ravaged by infection, society as we know it has fallen to the mouths of the dead. The remaining fragments of civilisation survive in walled compounds, scattered in the depths of the countryside. When her little brother becomes sick with a suspected flu virus, Alyx Silverthorne will do anything to keep Tommy alive.

 

THE PLOT…

The story focuses on the relationships between Alyx and her “family” and their attempt to keep her brother Tommy safe after he seems he may have succumbed to the virus. The plot is paced well enough that I felt a sense of urgency and importance, and also made everything else really. The was a good amount of action scene, but also time to get to know the characters and their personalities. The idea was interesting and there are a few plot twists that were done really well, however towards the end it felt like it was a little bit too lucky and convenient the way in which events unfolded so that Alyx could achieve her objectives. I bet she was surprised herself. There were some pacing issues in my opinion once they get into the new camp when the romance seemed to have taken the attention from the main plot. I am hoping that there will be more bloodshed in the sequel.

THE CHARACTERS….

Alyx is a 17 years old girl who in the beginning is trying her best to save her brother who was ill, so she and Will go to collect this supposedly healing plant outside the compound. I really liked her for her selflessness and her ability to keep her shit together when things turned sour and for most of the part did what she was told even when she wanted to rebel. The ability to keep one’s mouth shut is actually, in my book, an incredibly good asset. Throughout the plot, she is trying to keep her family safe and together so when they end up in a worse place from where they left, she has to collect her courage and do her best to save her family. However, after she meets Colt, she seems to go into silly mode giphy.gifaround him; I wanted to shake her a few times and point her towards Will since she was so blind towards him. Like you could see that attraction from a mile away, but she wasn’t having it. Sigh.

I liked Will, he was there for her at all times, he even left his own mother behind to go with them (not that said mother was much of a mother, but still his mother, capisce?). I could see that he had strong feelings for her and he was willing to walk with her to the end of the world to keep her happy and safe, but that did not make him a loser. He was also dead funny and wicked, and I liked him a lot. On the other hand, Colt, besides the fact that he was strong and handsome I do not know more about him and because he kinda forced himself into the story, I did not really like him. Yes, he proves himself to her, but I was just not with him (maybe because I really don’t like love triangles). Team Will!

The villain aka The General wasn’t that terrifying to me and did not care much about him. I would’ve liked his character to be explored a little bit more. We only meet him on a handful of occasions so his motivations for being an assholes felt a little bit meh. I am hoping that in the next instalment we will find out more about what makes him really tick.

THE WRITING…

The writing was in tune with the tone of the book, it was easy to read because the story flowed nicely. There were a few cliches here and there (Eg.: hot girl is hot but doesn’t know she’s hot until she wears tight clothes to show curves she didn’t know she had…), but overall it was a good reading experience.

THE ENJOYMENT…

I really enjoyed this book. I think I read it 2-3 days and I do recommend it especially if you want something dystopian to read quickly, but also with some romance.

3-5-stars

Here are the links to her website / social media/amazon:
https://pixiebritton.com/about/
https://m.facebook.com/PixieBritton/
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kill-Cure-Pixie-Britton-ebook/dp/B079L7822J

Top 6 Favourite books I’ve read in 2017

… because I could not reduce it to top five no matter how I looked at it, so this is the besthangover-maths-gif of the best that I’ve read in 2017. Overall, I had a pretty good year in reading. Since starting bookstagram I had been a lot more careful with my reading choices than in the first half of the year when I was reading mainly romance.

I will do a December and yearly wrap-up in the nest few days and add a few stats as well because… why not?!

So the top 6 books I read are, in no particular order:

7094569Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant. I feel like I am repeating myself, but I LOVE ZOMBIE BOOKS! I’ve had my eyes out for this book for quite some time, so when I found it for cheap, I had to buy it. It did not disappoint me at all. I got all the action, character development and zombie extravaganza to keep me happy and hooked it. I really loved the intrigue/mystery feel to it as well, so for me it was a solid 5/5 stars. Can’t wait to pick up the sequel: Deadline.

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman. This book was on my list of most surprising books of 2017 as I was expecting it to be ok, not AMAZING! This book was incredible. I cannot talk too much about it without spoiling it, but if you get a chance to read this book, please give it a chance. It did not disappoint me at all. Personally, it was a feast.

22841994Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling. I am very late in joining the bandwagon for Harry Potter, but it’s never too late, is it? I am in love with this book and I am wondering why I haven’t picked it up so far. Definitely a series I’d be looking at finishing this year.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo was incredible. Out of 23437156this world. Fantastic. I loved every damn minute of it. Kaz and Inej are my favourite characters and their backstories are done sooooo well. Hell! the whole crew is fantastic! Loved it from start to finish. I need to buy Crooked Kingdom and I am set for life. A little bit worried that it’ll not be as good? Yes, but I need these characters in my life again, so I am reading it.

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A monster calls by Patrick Ness was one of those books that make your heart to bleed for the characters. Beautifully written and in point, with characters that come to life from the page, and a monster to show the way, A monster calls is the book I would recommend you read, now! Can’t wait to see the movie now.

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff wrote a beautiful book. I am just over the moon in love with this book. I read this book in 2 days, and it’s not a small book either. I don’t even like Science Fiction in general, I find them confusing and pompous, but this book was incredible. The writing was great, the characters were alive, and the format was actually brilliant. The format worried me the most as I haven’t had a good history with books consisting of messages and emails (Fifty shades anyone?), but it was amazing, enhancing the reading experience rather than hindering it.

So what have you read that blew your socks off in 2017. Any of these on your lists? Anything you can recommend for me to read in 2018?

Lots of Love,

Jane.

 

August 2017 Wrap-up & Mini-reviews

This beginning of August caught me in a right reading slump and I barely read anything. I hoped that once WWReadathon will begin in the last week of August, I will be once again cured, and thank Heavens that I was actually right! Only the sight of a book would induce me into a right panic and I am betting my money to fault is the huge pile of Books To Be Read next to me. It is literally huge!

So this month I only managed to read… four books! FOUR books!!!!! Like what’s that?! 😞At least, with the exception of one book, all my reads have ticked at least 4 stars, although I am gutted that I did not manage to complete the WWReadathon. I went quite strong until I was coming home from work too tired to read. I am quite upset as this is the second one that I am unable to complete, however I am still going to finish my TBR for it. I have three books left to read in the pile, and this are thankfully smaller in size than Feed (had a lot of pages!).

                  What I read:
  1. Two Cabins, One Lake (Alaskan Romance #1) by  Shaye Marlow. I actually started this book in July, but didn’t finish it until August. I really struggled to get to the end as after the first few chapters, the book was fuelled only by sexual desire and and incredible amount of stupidity. I ended up skipping through pages just to see how it would end, and omg! I do not know where that ending came from. I really tried, but unfortunately it wasn’t for me. ⭐
  2. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I was waiting for quite some time to read this book and I was so not disappointed. It pulled me right out of my reading slump and hooked me in. I will do a full review on it soon. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  3. Feed by Mira Grant. This is another book that I’ve been dying to read and it was amazing! A little slow paced for my taste, however it was very well executed, so another ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  4. His Viking bride by Olivia Norem. Last, but not least, this romance novel was actually well written, with interesting characters, and a spunky female protagonist. I really enjoyed reading this, so ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

 

I also went halfway through I am number 4 by Pittacus Lore, but I am struggling to finish it. For some reason I cannot get to care that much for the main character so had to more or less force myself to continue reading and I have 100+ more pages to read! I know this is a really hyped up book, and that a lot of people love it, however it did not work for me. Have you read any hyped-up book and you ended up not liking it?

Xoxo 💋

Jane

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