Review: I Am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdottir.

Title โ€“ I Am Traitor
Author โ€“ Sif Sigmarsdottir
How I Got It โ€“ From the publisher
Pages โ€“ 292 pages
Publication Date โ€“ย ย September 7th 2017 by Hodder Children’s Books
ISBN โ€“ 9781444934472
My Rating โ€“ โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

“London, present day. Extra-terrestrial visitors have landed.”

Amy Sullivan felt safe at home in the middle of London. Now it’s one ofthe worst places to be because of the metallic arms coming down from the sky to transport victims up to the waiting spaceships.

Amy is now on one of these spaceships. The visitors are prepared to do whatever they need to do to destroy everything Amy, and Earth, knows.

To save Earth, Amy will have to trust those she’s scared of. But what if it makes her a traitor to everyone she loves?ย DIbjfWkUMAAxTEN

I received a copy of I Am Traitor from Hachette New Zealand to review.

I was so excited to pick this up because I love stories with alien invasions. I don’t know why. But there was just something about this story that I just didn’t click with. I don’t know if it was because I found some (or most) of the characters annoying or if the reason these aliens were abducting teens was just so disgusting and wrong or just all of it. I don’t know. I just know that it was just okay.

So I think the biggest shock for me was the reasons these twisted aliens were taking teenagers and then just expecting them to be grateful. Like “we’re giving you food, water and allowing you to live” but you just have to do this one thing for us. Which by the way was just too gross to even think about. But I guess that shouldn’t be so shocking considering these freaks have no empathy or even any emotions. I didn’t like them at all and just didn’t care that their species were facing extinction. What a shame.

And then there were the human characters and they annoyed me during most of the book. But I did finish I Am Traitor because I wanted to know what happened to them all. Maybe with the exception of one. I would have left him with those aliens.

I think the ending was kind of left open for a sequel but I haven’t looked into it to see if there will be one. Because to be honest I’m just not interested in reading it if there is another book. I guess this book just wasn’t for me. I think the story was okay up until the motivations of the aliens was revealed and then I was just like no. But, like I said, I still finished the book because I wanted to know how it ended.

*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

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September Wrap Up.

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I haven’t posted in a few days and there are some things going on in my life right now that have me a bit busy. So I’m not reading or posting on my blog at the moment. I’m hoping things will settle down again soon but I’m not sure right now.

But this post isn’t about me. It’s about the books I read in September. Which wasn’t a lot.

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I was in a reading slump last month and still kind of am – but also have other things happening. I only managed to read six books last month and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was a re-read. I was hoping that would help me with the slump and it did for a couple of weeks and now I’m pretty much back where I started.

Anyway, onto what I rated the books.

I Am Traitorย by Sif Sigmarsdottir –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
Wonder Woman: Warbringerย by Leigh Bardugo –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fireย by J.K. Rowling –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
Because You Love to Hate Meย by Ameriie –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
The Loneliest Girl in the Universeย by Lauren James –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
Genuine Fraudย by E. Lockhart –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

I didn’t have the best reading month and by the looks of this October will be the same. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.

What did you read in September?

–ย Aimee.

WWW Wednesday – [September 13th 2017]

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This meme is hosted by Sam over atย Taking on a World of Words.ย All you have to do isย answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over atย Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think youโ€™ll read next?

Currently Reading โ€“ ย DJemDEDUIAAt_1L
So if you haven’t been reading my posts lately you may have missed that I’ve been in a reading slump lately. I have no idea why. I’ve been reading some pretty good books but I’m still in a slump. So I decided to pick up the next book in my re-read of the Harry Potter series.

I started my latest re-read of the Harry Potter series earlier this year. I think. I haven’t re-read these books in a couple of years according to Goodreads. Which is weird. I usually try to read them once a year. Anyway, I’m up to Goblet of Fire and I can read my new editions too. I put my original copies away in a box because they are getting old and I needed the shelf space. What gets you out of a reading slump?

Recently Finished โ€“ ย 8
So I didn’t get to post my WWW Wednesday last week because my laptop decided to upgrade Windows and it took half a day so when it had finally finished I just couldn’t be bothered with it. But luckily for me with my reading slump I haven’t actually read that much in the last two weeks so this isn’t going to be a long post.

Anyway, I’ve finally finished Wonder Woman: Warbringer. It took me a lot longer than I thought it would but it wasn’t the books fault. I really enjoyed Warbringer. It was just my slump or the mood I’m in. I don’t really know. But I will hopefully be reviewing this soon. If you love Wonder Woman then you should definitely pick up a copy. This is the first book in the DC Icons series. I think the next book is a young Batman written by Marie Lu and comes out next year.ย DIbjfWkUMAAxTEN

The other book I managed to read in the last two weeks was I Am Traitor. I was really looking forward to this because I love alien invasions but it was just okay. I’m not sure if there’s going to be a sequel but I don’t think I’ll be picking it up if there is.

I’ll be posting a full review of this soon-ish so I don’t really want to go into it too much here but I found some of the characters kind of annoying and I just wasn’t really invested in the humans or their story. Or the aliens either. It was just a little weird.

Reading Nextย โ€“ย 6
I’m thinking my next read will be Because You Love to Hate Me. I’ve wanted to read this ever since I first heard about it. I love retellings and even though I’m not into villains I’m still interested in reading this book. But if there’s some retelling of Snape and how he’s misunderstood you can forget about it. There will be no changing my mind about him.

See, even though I didn’t post do one of these for a week I didn’t manage to read very much. If you have any tips about how to get out of reading slumps then leave me a comment.

What have you read lately?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [August 30th 2017]

This meme is hosted by Sam over atย Taking on a World of Words.ย All you have to do isย answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over atย Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think youโ€™ll read next?

Currently Reading โ€“ย DIbjfWkUMAAxTEN
I started I Am Traitor this morning. I think I’ve read one chapter so I can’t really say much about it yet. All I know about this book is that there’s an alien invasion and by the looks of the cover some people are getting sucked up into a spaceship. And I’m assuming there’s something to do with someone (I assume the main character) being a traitor.

Like I said, I haven’t read a lot of this and so far all I can tell is this is following a teenage girl, Amy, and is set in London. Well I think it’s set in London from the cover. I guess I’ll find out more when I actually sit down to read it.

Recently Finished โ€“ ย DIWdvtbUQAAlVIo
I finished Moonrise yesterday. I would have finished this in one sitting but the say I started it was the Game of Thrones finale and I just couldn’t read after I watched that.

Moonrise follows Joe as he goes to visit his brother, Ed, who is on death row and might be executed in a month. I think it was a month. Anyway, Ed says he’s innocent but Joe’s never asked him what happened. He hasn’t seen his brother in ten years.

Moonrise is written in verse. I think the only other book I’ve read in verse was also a Sarah Crossan book, One, and I loved it. I loved Moonrise too and I will admit that this book made me cry. Not a lot of book have been able to do that. I’ll be posting a review on this soon I hope.ย DH8o8PzV0AANaMY

I also read And Fire Came Down. This is the sequel to Resurrection Bay which I read a couple of months ago and enjoyed.

Caleb, the main character, is still struggling with the events in Resurrection Bay (I won’t say what because of spoilers if you haven’t read the first book) when a woman he’s never met tries to get his help and dies in front of him. Caleb won’t stop until he finds out who she is and who sent her to him.ย But Caleb’s search for answers has more consequences than he thought possible.

I hope there’ll be another book after this. I really liked Caleb and his family.

Reading Nextย โ€“ย 8
So I’m planning on reading Wonder Woman: Warbringer next. I loved the Wonder Woman movie and have been wanting to read this book for months.

I can’t really remember much about this book other than it follows Diana and some girl who can cause war or something along those lines. To be honest I just saw Wonder Woman and wanted to read it no matter what the story is about. Hopefully I’ll find out soon.

What have you read recently?

– Aimee.

July Book Haul.

 

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I was meant to be on a book buying ban this month. That lasted like three days? I only bought five books but they did cost me a lot of money… Well not a lot but more than I usually pay for books in a month. But I did get a pretty good deal. I’ll talk about that later though.ย 1

So the first book I got was sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’d seen this on Booktube I think and thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy.

I think this is about siblings, a brother and sister, competing for the throne? I’m not 100% sure so don’t quote me on that.

This would totally have been a cover buy for me had I not had the opportunity to review it because this cover is gorgeous.

I think I’ve read two books by Charbonneau. So I’m looking forward to reading this.

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The second book I received to review was from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. I didn’t realize this was a sequel until it arrived so I won’t be reading it until I have a copy of the first book. Which I haven’t gotten around to buying yet.

I haven’t really read much about this because it is a sequel but I know it’s about mermaids, or a mermaid.. Whatever. I’ll figure it out when I get a copy of Lorelei.

This is another book with a gorgeous cover. And it’s even better in person because the gold scales are holo I think.

The next five books I bought for myself. I went into a local second-hand bookstore and these were sitting on the counter. Apparently they were an unwanted gift and the guy3ย took them into the store. I already had the paperback editions of the A Song of Ice and Fire series but I couldn’t just leave them.

So I started talking to the woman in the store about the books and she took $10 off for me and then I was like “okay I’ll take them.” Now I have to sell my other editions.

I have read the series up to A Dance with Dragons twice and I’ve read A Game of Thrones three times. I still want to re-read A Dance with Dragons before the next book comes out. If it ever comes out. So obviously there’s no rush for that re-read.

The next book I got was a surprise fromย Penguin Random House New Zealand. I’d read 4the synopsis of this but didn’t request it. I do plan on reading this for ARC August though.

So from what I remember of the synopsis a woman is at home making dinner and the next thing she knows she’s waking up in the hospital… The police are saying she was up to no good. Her best friend doesn’t know what to think. Her husband is on her side. But she’s not sure who to believe. I think it sounds pretty good and I’m looking forward to reading it.

I don’t know when I’ll get to it though because I’m in another reading slump at the moment so yay me. I’m reading The Crown’s Game to try to get out of it.ย 5

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of City of Circles to review. This is another book I have on my ARC August TBR.

I think this follows a girl who lost her parents and is trying to find out what happened to them. And something about a circus. But I’m not really sure what.

Fans of Erin Morgenstern will apparently like this. I haven’t read her books though so I’m not sure what to expect. Which I think is good because it won’t let me down.

Okay so this isn’t the kind of book I usually read but it said fans of Jojo Moyes will enjoyย 6this and even though I’ve only read two books by her I did enjoy them.

I’m just going to admit that since I read the synopsis a couple of months ago I cannot remember what this is about. But I am looking forward to reading it. It’ll give me a break from the books I usually read, which is always a good thing for me.

I don’t know when I’ll be reading this though. My TBR is a little crazy this month but I’ll hoping that I can get to it soon. There was also something mentioned about keeping the secret once you’ve read the book. Which seems really interesting…ย 7

Allen and Unwin New Zealand also sent me a copy of Sparrow to review. This was a complete surprise as I didn’t request it. But because it’s by an Australian author I think I’ll give it a chance. One day.

I don’t remember what this is about either. Obviously it has something to do with alligators or crocodiles… I guess I’ll find out whenever I pick it up. I think my mother plans to read it as well. I’m not really sure why… But whatever. I don’t care if she wants to read it first. She probably will get to it before I do.

Hachette New Zealand also sent me a copy of The Taste of Blue Light to review. This isn’tย 8out til next month but I do have it on my ARC August TBR. I’ll probably read this at the end of August though.

I think this is about a girl who wakes up from a coma and her dreams, or nightmares, are all in red. I don’t know what that has to do with blue light but I’m sure it’ll make sense when I read the book.

I thought this sounded really interesting when I read the synopsis so I’m looking forward to reading this as well. There’s a note at the start of the book that made it sound really good too but I can’t remember who wrote it.

I can’t remember who sent me a copy of Slave Power. I think it actually came from the author but that’s not who I requested it from….ย 9

I did read the synopsis of this but it was so long ago that I don’t remember what the book is about. I know it’s the first in a new series and that it’s meant to have a strong female lead. But that’s all I can remember.

Oh, it’s also by a New Zealand author which is a big reason behind me wanting to read it. I love supporting local authors. I’ve never heard of Raewyn Dawson until I was sent an email about the book.

Anyway, this is on my August TBR, which I will be sharing this weekend.

Bonnier Publishing Australia sent me a copy of And Fire Came Down to review. This isย 10the sequel to Resurrection Bay which I read and reviewed a couple of months ago. If you want to read that review you can check it out here.

I really enjoyed Resurrection Bay so I’m excited to read And Fire Came Down. I think Caleb, the main character, is investigating the death of a woman when it leads him back to his hometown again.

I have And Fire Came Down on my August TBR and am hoping to read it soon. But I also have a couple of other books to read first.ย 11

I received some surprise book mail from Bloomsbury Australia in July. These two were completely unexpected but definitely welcome.

I don’t know when I’ll get to these, hopefully soon, but I have another book from Bloomsbury Australia on my TBR for August. If I can fit one in I’ll definitely will but I’m not sure I will.

I can’t remember what either of these are about but I did like the sound of them when I first read the synopsis.

Walker Books Australia sent me a copy of Tell It to the Moon to review. This is the sequelย 12to The Moonlight Dreamers. Which I read recently. I’m not going to talk about Tell It to the Moon because it is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil things for anyone who hasn’t read The Moonlight Dreamers yet.

But The Moonlight Dreamers was so good. It was about four girls, all completely different and from different backgrounds, that come together and not only become friends but better people as well.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ll be holding a giveaway for both books when I post my review of Tell It to the Moon (sometime in August). So if you live in New Zealand or Australia then keep an eye out for that. The books will be sent from Walker Books Australia.ย 13

The next two books are both from Hachette New Zealand. Friend Request is a mystery/thriller (I don’t know which).

A woman gets a friend request on Facebook from someone she knew in high school. But this friend has book missing for years and people assume she’s dead. So, who’s sent the request? And is this Maria actually dead?

I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy so I’m looking forward to finding out what’s going on in this book. I do like thrillers so I couldn’t resist requesting this.

I Am Traitor is about an alien invasion and one girl thinks she’s found a way to saveย 14humanity (I think) but it means trusting the enemy. I’m pretty sure I got that right. But again, don’t quote me on it.

I love alien invasion books. Not that I’ve read a lot of them but out of the ones I have read I enjoyed them.

I can’t wait to see what this alien invasion is about and what exactly is going on. I think this is set in London if I remember correctly. But my memory is shit so I doubt it. I think this is also out in September so I won’t be reading it this month. Unless I can fit it in right at the end.ย 15

So a couple of months ago I was contacted through my blog about reviewing this book. I don’t normally say yes because it’s always an e-book and I can’t read digital books. But they offered to send me a physical copy of the book.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold has adventure, pirates, stolen gold, criminals, ship wrecks and some curses.

I’d never heard of this before I read the email but I am always happy to help out indie authors if I can. This is the first book in a series and is also on my August TBR.

So the last two books I received in July were sent to me from Hardie Grant Australia to review. I totally forgot to take a photo of these so I’ll have to just link to their Goodreads pages.

The first book was I Have No Secrets and I thought this sounded really good. This is on my ARC August TBR so I’ll be reading this soon. The second book was In the Dark Spaces which also sounded really good. I’m hoping to get to this soon too.

So that’s my July book haul. How many books did you get last month?

– Aimee.