Tag: Books: Young Adult


Review: Brave New Girls

Posted 11 September, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets
Edited By: Paige Daniels
Format/Source: Review eBook courtesy of the editors/promotional team

This collection of sci-fi stories features brainy young heroines who use their smarts to save the day. Girls who fix robots and construct superhero suits, hack interstellar corporations and build virtual reality platforms. Who experiment with alien chemicals and tinker with time machines. Who defy expectations and tap into their know-how—in the depths of space, or the bounds of dystopia, or the not-too-distant future—to solve despicable crimes, talk to extraterrestrials, and take down powerful villains.

All revenues from sales of this anthology will be donated a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Let’s show the world that girls, too, can be tomorrow’s inventors, programmers, scientists, and more.

STORIES BY:

Martin Berman-Gorvine, Paige Daniels, George Ebey, Mary Fan, Kimberly G. Giarratano, Valerie Hunter, Evangeline Jennings, Stephen Kozeniewski, Jason Kucharik, Kate Lansing, Tash McAdam, Kate Moretti, Ursula Osborne, Josh Pritchett, Aimie K. Runyan, Davien Thomas, Lisa Toohey, and Leandra Wallace

With a foreword by Lara Hogan, Senior Engineering Manager at Etsy and author of Designing for Performance

Featuring artwork by Hazel Butler, Ken Dawson, Adrian DeFuria, Evelinn Enoksen, Mary Fan, Christopher Godsoe, Kayla Keeton, Jason Kucharik, Jennifer L. Lopez, Tash McAdam, and Josh Pritchett.

I learned about this anthology from Ula, book blogger of Blog of Erised (now closed). The premise of what this anthology was all about was interesting, and what’s also really cool about this collection is that all revenues from sales will be donated a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Had I been more patient with math and physics growing up, I would’ve stuck through with astronomy, but anyway the focus of this book is really cool. I was provided a review copy of this collection in exchange for an honest review. This book was published on 2 June 2015.

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So You Want to Read… (Brandon Sanderson)

Posted 15 June, 2015 by Lianne in Lists / 8 Comments

So You Want to Read… is a new monthly feature here on eclectictales.com in which I recommend books by particular authors to readers who have never read a book from certain authors and would like to start. I’m always happy to recommend books and certain authors to my fellow readers and bloggers! 🙂

For this month, I will be featuring Brandon Sanderson. He’s pretty well-known in the fantasy genre, both in adult fantasy and YA fantasy. I first encountered his novels sometime in the mid-2000s but I didn’t really get around to his books until a few years after that. He’s written a ton of novels, both full-length and shorter novellas, not to mention he finished Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series. The scope of his novels are astounding, imaginative, and the stories are just entertaining with great characters and dialogue. And I wish I wrote as fast as him 😛

So without further ado, here’s 5 titles I’d recommend by Brandon Sanderson if you haven’t read of his stories yet (which you should 😛 ):

  • Mistborn (review) — Naturalmente 😛 Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn books (especially the first trilogy) is absolutely amazing and engrossing: it’s funny, it’s epic, it’s fascinating, just all the feels. I cannot recommend this book enough, go read it now!
  • Elantris — This was Brandon Sanderson’s first novel (incidentally also the first novel by him that I read). People say it’s his weakest novel of his bibliography, but I find it just as fantastic as his other novels. That he was able to tell such a tale in one novel was very impressive (normally you’d see such stories stretched into a trilogy or more) and the worldbuilding was absolutely vivid. This book still holds a special place for me, I recommend it 🙂
  • Warbreaker (review) — Another standalone (for now, at least) that tells quite a story on an epic scale. Brandon Sanderson’s pretty good at writing antiheroes and this book epitomises this quite nicely. The main character is so totally not meant to carry out anything resembling “the right thing” or “for the good of everyone” and just wants to be left alone but gets sucked into events. Oh, and like every other Brandon Sanderson book, the magic system here is pretty awesome.
  • Legion — For a change of pace, Legion is a start of a sci-fi series of novellas about a guy who has the ability to converse with other avatars within one person and whom you can gather skills and information from (like Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse). I haven’t read the second novella yet but I really enjoyed the first one. And it’s shorter than the other books listed if you’re looking for something a little on the short side to start with.
  • The Rithmatist (review) — I’ve only recently gotten around to checking out some of Brandon Sanderson’s YA titles, starting with this book. Again, the magic system is intriguing, along with a rather interesting alternative history look for the setting. The tone’s different from his other books but younger readers and YA readers will have a lot of fun with this book.

And that’s about it! I hope this list of books helps if you’re interested in reading any of Brandon Sanderson’s books 🙂 Which books of Brandon Sanderson have you read? Which were your favourites? Which would you recommend for first-time readers?

Review: The Dark Lord of Derkholm

Posted 27 March, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm #1)
By: Diana Wynne Jones
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

A humorous fantasy from Diana Wynne Jones. In a world next door to ours, the tourist industry is devastating the population by its desire to experience all the fantasy cliches – Dark Lords, impoverished villages, dragons etc. The Head of the University resolves to shut the tours down; the only problem being the ruthless tour-master – and his all-powerful demons. To save them all, the incompetent wizard Derk is appointed as Dark Lord in the hope that he will ruin the tours, and sure enough proceeds to fail at everything due to his general uselessness. But can failing at everything lead to a win this time?

Firstly, I love these re-released covers, they’re so eye-catching but also very cool; all of my copies of the three related novels to Howl’s Moving Castle (review) feature these kinds of covers. Anyway, this book sounded pretty amusing: a fantasy world overrun by a tourist industry? Should be an intersting, fun, mad read!

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Review: Throne of Glass

Posted 13 March, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 12 Comments

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
By: Sarah J. Maas
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Meet Celaena Sardothien.

Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Again, another book I have heard so much about on the blogosphere. I actually wasn’t planning on picking up this book any time in the near future but last year I came across a tweet that mentioned there was a sale on this title, so I decided to pick it up on a whim. Fantasy, lead character is a female assassin, why not? At this point in the week, you may have noticed that I seem to be on a YA fantasy roll because I’m catching up on a number of titles I’ve long been hearing about and that have been sitting on my TBR pile for some time now…

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Review: Shadow and Bone

Posted 12 March, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 14 Comments

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)
By: Leigh Bardugo
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

Okay, this is another book has long been in the radar as I heard much about it from book bloggers. You think I would have picked it up sooner as I love Russian elements in novels but yeah, no, I only got around to picking up a copy sometime last year and even then it took me a while to get around to it 😛

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