One of the BEST Books of 2017 // ARC Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Title: This Mortal Coil
Author: Emily Suvada
Publication Date: November 2nd 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books UK
Part of a Series?: Unconfirmed
I Got A Copy Through: Penguin India (THANK YOU!)
Blurb Description: When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta's death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world's leading geneticist, and humanity's best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole's genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine.
Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world's genetic tech. But it's too late to turn back.
There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can save them, and one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything.
In Less Than A Thousand Words:

This Mortal Coil WAS AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, JAW DROPPING, FUTURISTIC MARVEL that I found SO hard to put down. EASILY one of the best books of 2017 and you need it in your lives.

Let’s go more into detail:

As I was unboxing my 15-Book box of mostly surprise book mail from Penguin India, all it took was one look at this ARC and I fell IN LOVE WITH IT. The sides are stained red, the cover art is GORGEOUS and I knew that whatever happened, I would be reading this book.

I took it with me, one fine morning, to college when all my friends decided it would be a great day for them to skip classes. I flipped it open, because what better way to spend a day with no interruptions that inside the pages of a beautiful book and my 2017 reading year will never be the same again.

This Mortal Coil way surpassed my expectations with its AMAZING plot, perfect futuristic tech that was unlike anything I’ve ever read about before, adrenaline, brilliant characters and a well, IT WAS JUST PERFECT, OKAY? This Mortal Coil made me fall madly in love with the futuristic sci-fi genre again and please excuse me while I shove this book in your face.

Here are some reasons why you should get your BookDragon claws into this book:

1.       Emily Suvada is a plotting GENIUS. This futuristic, apocalyptic world she created drew me in and I did NOT WANT THIS BOOK TO END, and I’m dying for a sequel to be announced because I need to be back in this world of biohacking and genomes and viruses and Black out soldiers and tech I haven’t even dreamed about.

2.       I absolutely loved Catarina Agatta who was badass, supremely smart and yet had her human moments where she ran, cried and felt fear. I loved everything about this girl and she had some MAD skills that you need to read the book to truly understand.

3.       There was this plot twist on page 401 of the ARC that LITERALLY MADE MY JAW DROP. I didn’t see it coming from any angle, and it just went to prove what an AMAZING book this debut author is sending out to the world.

4.       I ADORED COLE AND CATARINA. I loved the TECHNOLOGY IN THIS BOOK and the fast pace and the adrenaline just supplemented their relationship and I loved how they fit together. I can’t wait to learn more about what his blackout training entailed and what he can do and more about Catarina herself.

If me shouting in all uppercase through this review wasn’t enough for you, YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE, ON YOUR SHELVES AND MOVED TO THE TOP OF YOUR TBR.

This Mortal Coil is the masterpiece from a new voice that’s going to take the Young Adult world by storm. 5 stars!
Emily Suvada
Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, OR, with her husband.

Have you heard of or already had the chance to read This Mortal Coil? What do you think of it? 
What are some of your best 2017 books? 
What are some of your favourite futuristic books? 
I can't wait to hear from you!

BLOG TOUR: Cinderella, Necromancer by F.M.Boughan - Interview + Giveaway

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my stop on the Sunday Street Team Blog Tour for Cinderella, Necromancer! This book sounds absolutely amazing and I'm so excited that I'm able to share this interview I had with the author, F.M.Boughan, today as a part of the SST tour. 

I hope this medieval Cinderella Retelling with magic catches your attention and that you add this book to your TBRs!

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  1. If you had to travel the world, which five fictional characters would you choose to take with you?

Hermione Granger to keep everyone on track, Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel because she seems incredibly cool and could help get us out of any trouble, Flynn Rider so that he could haggle at markets for us (the smolder! THE SMOLDER!), C-3PO because he could speak all the languages to help us get around and make sure we follow the right customs, and… hmm, let’s say... Caro from Song of the Current, because if we’re traveling the world, it might be helpful to have someone in our group who can sail. A river cruise here and there sounds nice!

  1. Would you rather be locked in a library or in a bookstore?

I’m going to say library, simply because I think the chairs would be more comfortable, there’d be better places to sleep, and there’d definitely be a washroom. And I wouldn’t have to worry as much about dropping a book on my face and accidentally bending the cover when I get tired… thanks, library binding!

That is, unless we’re talking a chain bookstore with a coffee shop inside, in which case I’ll take the bookstore. Food takes precedence, people.

  1. What are your top two ice cream flavours?

The company So Delicious makes an incredible cashew milk ice cream called “Salted Caramel Cluster.” It’s so good, it should be illegal, I’m telling you. (Not sponsored! I wish…) Also, anything with peanut butter. I am weak for salty-sweet flavor combinations!

And now, moving onto your masterpiece:

4. For those readers who haven’t heard about Cinderella, Necromancer yet, could you tell them a little of what the book is about?

Let’s face it. The title isn’t exactly subtle. Haha! It’s a fairy-tale retelling of the Cinderella story, but this time, there’s no fairy godmother coming to save her. Cinderella gains the power to fight back… but this power has a cost beyond anything she could have imagined.  

5. What does your everyday writing routine look like? What’s the most you’ve ever written in a day?

A couple of years ago during NaNoWriMo, I wrote just over 11K in one day. It was terrible. I don’t recommend it. My wrists ached like they were going to fall off and my eyes felt like they were bleeding. Also I have no idea if what I wrote made any sense. Do not attempt!

Typically, I do promo work in the morning or other less-brain-heavy tasks, then do my actual writing in the afternoon. Preferably at a coffee shop (fewer distractions than at home), but it doesn’t always work out that way.

I call it quits after I’ve made word count (usually the target is between 1.5K-5K, depending on what I’m working on and how much time I have to complete it) and then set it aside until the next day. I do more promo/marketing tasks & email answering in the evening.

6. If you could give one piece of advice to your main characters, what would it be?

Would it be cliche to say “have courage and be kind?” I know that’s a quotation from the live-action Cinderella movie that Disney made a few years ago, but when I was watching it, I realized that the saying would also apply perfectly to my main character, Ellison. (For comparison purposes: I first drafted Cinderella, Necromancer back in 2012!)

7. If you could pick one favourite quote from Cinderella, Necromancer, what would it be?

It would be something with spoilers!!!!!!! I can’t give you that! Hahaha. But I am, to be quite honest, particularly fond of my opening chapter. This line...

The blood of my enemies drips down my forearms, fleeing the confines of the spaces between my fingers, traveling toward freedom on the cold, stone floor.

...didn’t change from the very first time I hand wrote it in my notebook, and as it took shape, so did the entire rest of the story. The first chapter is called “The Ending,” after all...
F.M. BoughanF.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic. Her debut YA fantasy, CINDERELLA NECROMANCER, publishes Sept. 5th, 2017 from Month9Books.

Title: Cinderella, Necromancer
Author: F.M. Boughan
Publication Date: September 5th 2017
Publisher: Moth 9 Books
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
Buy Links: Amazon US || Barnes and Noble || The Book Depository ||  Chapters Indigo ||
Cinderella, NecromancerDescription: Cinderella, Necromancer is Chime meets Anna Dressed in Blood and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany.
Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He's happy and doesn't quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters. When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father's mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom. Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters' every whim and fancy.
Stumbling into a chance meeting of Prince William during a secret visit to her mother's grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival. But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince once more? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother?
As Ellison's power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, she will have to decide whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster. 

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READ THIS BOOK // ARC Review: Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Title: Speak Easy, Speak Love
Author: McKelle George
Publication Date: September 19th 2017
Publisher: Greenwillow Books // Harper Collins
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Edelweiss (Thank you McKelle George)
Buy Links: Amazon US || Barnes and Noble || The Book Depository ||Wordery || Kobo || Books A Million || Chapters Indigo || Google Books

Blurb Description: Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.
Hilariously clever and utterly charming, McKelle George’s debut novel is full of intrigue and 1920s charm. For fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Anna Godbersen.
READ MY INTERVIEW with the author, McKelle George and enter an INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY where you can win an ARC of Speak Easy, Speak Love + other goodies here

 “Words. What a tricky, tangled science.”

When the AMAZING McKelle George got me approved to read an eARC of her debut, Speak Easy, Speak Love, I WAS OVER THE MOON. The cover was beautiful, I don’t remember the last time (if there ever was one) that I read a book set in the 1920’s during the Prohibition and DID YOU SAY SIX MISFITS FALLING IN LOVE BECAUSE I COULD NOT BE MORE ON BOARD WITH THAT.

When I flipped open Speak Easy, Speak Love, it took me all of three chapters to get hooked and read it all through my most recent trip and two flights back home whenever I wasn’t being made to socialise (SO RUDE – WHY CAN’T I READ IN PEACE?) and now, McKelle George is on my auto-buy author list because I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH I CAN’T EVEN.

Let’s break it down:
“What are you rambling about, you nonsensical contradiction?”

McKelle George writes from the viewpoint of three different characters – Benedick, Beatrice and Maggie – and tells a story through them about other characters; about their lives, who they are, where they came from and who they want to be and it was BEAUTIFUL. She managed to capture the eccentricities of the 1920’s with the booze and the jazz and the love. I was so in awe because every time I picked it back up again, I found myself transported as if in a movie flashback and I LOVED IT!


More than anything else, Speak Easy, Speak Love was a coming of age story of six teenagers, one of whom was trying to run her dead mother’s illegal speakeasy, one was trying to become a female doctor, one a writer, one a professional singer even though people didn’t accept her because of her skin colour and it was AMAZING.

I loved getting to know Prince, Claude, John, Maggie, Beatrice, John and Benedick and the chemistry and camaraderie they had with each other. It felt like a privilege, getting to see a little bit of their lives and I COULDN’T RECOMMEND IT MORE.

I think I especially loved the sparks that flew between Benedick and Beatrice when they met, because they were such different people, with such different backgrounds and world views and them clashing was one for the history books!

More than that, I ADORED JOHN AND MAGGIE’S ENTIRE RELATIONSHIP. It was EVERYTHING to me and I flailed about when I realised that they were romantically inclined.



Not only will you have, on your hands, a COVER THAT IS TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR WORDS, but also a GORGEOUS retelling about Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and characters with such life and chemistry, they’ll stay with you for a long while! 4 stars. 
McKelle George
McKelle George is a reader, writer of clumsy rebels, perpetual doodler, and associate librarian at the best library in the world. She mentors with Salt Lake Teen Writes and plays judge for the Poetry Out Loud teen competitions (but has no poetic talent herself). Her debut young adult novel Speak Easy, Speak Love comes out from Greenwillow/ HarperCollins in 2017, and she currently lives in Salt Lake City with an enormous white german shepherd and way, way too many books.
Have you had the chance to read an early copy of McKelle George's debut novel yet? What did you think of it?
What are some of your favourite Shakespeare plays? 
What are some of your favourite retellings?
I can't wait to hear from you!

Honest and Unflinching // REVIEW: Editing Emma by Chloe Seager

Title: Editing Emma
Author: Chloe Seager
Publication Date: August 10th 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Harper Collins India (THANK YOU!)
Buy Links: Amazon IN || Amazon UK || The Book Depository || Wordery || Infibeam || Foyles || Waterstones || WHSmith || Kobo || Google Books
Blurb Description: When sixteen-year-old Emma Nash is ‘ghosted’ by the love of her life Leon Naylor, she does what any normal teenage girl would do…Emma spends the summer lurking in her bedroom, avoiding all human contact (and the shower), surrounded by the collection of chewit wrappers she saved from packs Leon gave her, back when he actually acknowledged her existence…
But seeing Leon suddenly ‘In a relationship’ on Facebook with the perfect Anna, spurs Emma into action and she embarks on a mission to make positive changes to her life (or ‘edits,’ if you will) and vows to use the internet for more than obsessively stalking Leon’s activities! Instead, she will use it for good and noble causes like finding someone who will actually be nice to her, and recording her findings for the rest of the world to see (i.e. BFF Steph and her mum) on her new Editing Emma blog.
But Emma soon discovers her ‘habit’ is harder to break than she first thought – turns out she’s not the only one ‘editing’ herself online (thank you Tinder for finding her mum’s profile, age 35, really?) and that life through an Instagram filter isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. But it could be worse, she could have outed her best friend, accidentally chatted up a 12 year old boy and revealed to the world why Leon Naylor is worth no girl’s time or virginity… oh no wait, that’s exactly what happened…

A book about a girl blogging about her life, discussing issues like periods, masturbation, boys and booze like they shouldn’t even be ‘issues’ to talk about? I’d been hoping for a really long time for Editing Emma to be released in India and when I got the opportunity to read and review it for Harper Collins India, I was BEYOND overjoyed!

I finished Editing Emma in a mere two days (or should I say very busy evenings) and while at times, the book frustrated me, I did really like going on this journey with Emma through her blog posts.

Here are my thoughts:

1.       After reading this book from end to end, I can HONESTLY say teenage girls are confusing and I AM A TEENAGE GIRL, so you could tell how confusing it was for me. I really liked Emma – she was honest and spunky and slightly irritating and I spent 330 pages immersed in her innermost thoughts and I came out of them confused.

2.       In fact, even the boys confused me. (WAIT: IF I DON’T GET TEENAGERS, DOES IT MEAN I’VE GROWN PAST TEENAGER-DOM?) They were cute and charming and nice until they were needy and rude and GHOSTED GIRLS FOR NO REASON?

3.       I actually think all the confusion that I’m talking about above just goes to show HOW ACCUTARELY the life of a high-schooler was portrayed. It felt real and it also annoyed me, and I laughed and felt for the characters. ESSENTIALLY, THIS BOOK CAPTURED EVERYTHING YOU FEEL AS A TEENAGER.

4.       I REALLY like that this was told through blog posts. Essentially it was The Princess Diaries, but in the form of a blog and not a diary.

5.       Emma’s sense of humour and sarcasm levels were OFF THE CHARTS, which was what made this book funny. There are resolutions and lists and awkward first text-versations with boys and also not to mention, a beheaded stuffed giraffe. I loved the hilarity of her life and her spin on it.

6.       This book was about growing up and learning to love yourself in a world where nobody will let you. It was about finding your corner and your people and what’s important and it was done through a teenager which I TRULY applaud.

An honest, unflinching and hilarious (if at times eye-roll worthy) coming of age book that should be added to the top of your ever growing TBRs. 4 stars and definitely worth a read!

Chloe SeagerChloe Seager grew up in London with her mum and her much loved cat, Katie. She studied English Literature and Drama at the University of East Anglia where she realised she couldn't act, but did rediscover her love of children's books. 

Children's literature was one of her favourite modules and it made her wonder why grown-ups ever stopped reading them. She now works with YA and kids' books full time. Chloe lives back in East London with her boyfriend and pet fish.

Have you had the chance to read Editing Emma yet? What did you think of it? 
Have you ever had a dairy/ blog/ some form of writing down what went on in your everyday life? How old were you then? 
I hope you guys check out Editing Emma because it's definitely worth the read!

BLOG TOUR: Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows - Interview & Giveaway

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my stop on the Before She Ignites Book Nerd Addict Blog Tour. When I heard from the QUEEN, Jodi Meadows, herself that I would be one of the lucky souls to get my hands on an ARC of the first book of her BEAUTIFUL new series, I freaked out for at least two days in pure excitement.

You can read my review of Before She Ignites here, but basically this book is EVERYTHING with DRAGONS and MENTAL HEALTH IN YA FANTASY BOOKS and just TOTALLY GORGEOUS TO LOOK AT. Read a little about the book and then my lovely interview with Jodi and DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY (and visit the other tour stops!)


Title: Before She Ignites
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1/3 of the Fallen Isles
Buy Links: US Amazon || UK Amazon || Barnes & Noble || Book Depository ||
Synopsis: BeforeMira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland. But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.AfterThen Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect. No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

1. Creating the world a fantasy novel is set in is just as important as the characters in it. Could you give your readers a brief history of the Fallen Isles and their Fallen Gods?
Jodi: That is a big question! I have lots and lots of history for the Fallen Isles and the world of Noore, most which won’t make it onto the story.

The quick version is that there was a planet called Noore, and gods that lived in the heavens. One day, for unknown reasons, seven of those gods crashed down into the ocean. (Lots of people died.) Those gods are called the Fallen Gods, while those who remained in the heavens are the Upper Gods.  

2. There are various dragon species in Before She Ignites. Could you give us their species names and a small description about each of them?
Jodi: There are way too many species of dragons to list here! We’d never move on to the next question, haha! But the main species of dragon that’s in the book is the Drakontos raptus, a small hunting dragon. While they aren’t domesticated, they can be taught, like a ferret or a bird of prey.

In the book, LaLa and Crystal are the main two representatives of this species, and they’re honestly pretty silly creatures. (Don’t tell them that, though. Dragons like to think they are dignified.)

3. If you were a Drakon Warrior, which of the above species would you choose to ride and what would you name your dragon?
Jodi: Frankly, I’d be a terrible Drakon Warrior. I am an inside person. But if I had to be one and I somehow survived the training, I would like to ride a Drakontos rex. They’re very large dragons, and I feel like if I were to slip, there’d be a lot of dragon for me to catch myself on before I fell to my death.

I might name it Sandblaster. Not for any specific reason. It’s just the first thing that came to my mind.

So sorry, Sandblaster.

4. Noorestones play a very important role in Before She Ignites. For readers who haven't read the book yet, do share one fact about noorestones that you know will intrigue them!
Jodi: Noorestones are crystals mined from inside the earth. When sunlight touches them, an inner fire is activated and they begin to glow. Since they’re plentiful, they’re an inexpensive (and pretty) source of light for everyone in the Fallen Isles.
5. Mira Minkoba is an atypical YA heroine as she struggles with her self worth and panic attacks. If you could give one piece of advice to Mira what would it be?

Jodi: I would ask her to believe in herself. That’s hard for all of us, I know. But I would remind Mira that she is strong--stronger than she knows--and she can endure.

6. Everyone talks about the challenges a debut author faces as their first book or series goes out into the world. The Fallen Isles trilogy will be your third series coming out into the world. What changes as each new book comes out and what parts remain the same?
Jodi: When my first book came out, I sort of felt like the world would shift on release day. That my life would be forever altered. And in a way, it has, because people can buy my books now. But overall, the day felt rather anticlimactic.

Now, I know what to expect, which is a relief, but I think there’s always a fear of losing people. Writers always hope to grow their audience, and the last thing they want is to disappoint existing readers.

7. What can you tell us about books two and three in the Fallen Isles trilogy? Might there be some badass dragon riding in on of them?

Jodi: I think reader will kill me if there isn’t badass dragon riding, and I want to live to write more books.

Thank you, Sarah, from the book blog The YA Book Traveler for designing the beautiful images and for creating the amazing book trailer which we can't stop watching! We can't appreciate you enough.
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