Review: Contagion by Teri Terry.

Title – Contagion
Series – Dark Matter #1
Author – Teri Terry
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 464 pages
Publication Date – May 18th 2017 by Orchard Books
ISBN – 9781408341728
My Rating – ★★★★/5

“Callie is missing. Her brother Kai is losing hope of ever seeing her again. Then he meets Shay, a girl who saw Callie the day she disappeared, and his hope is reignited.

Their search leads them to the heart of a terrifying epidemic that is raging through the country. Can Kai and Shay escape death and find Callie?”

I received a copy of Contagion from Hachette New Zealand to review. I’ve read a few of DBMCI7fVoAA2i6cTerry’s books so I was really excited to read her new book.

The start of this was unexpected. I know the tag line was something like ‘not everything can be cured’ but I didn’t think it would be so obvious at the beginning of the book. I can’t say too much without giving things away. This might be a difficult book to review because I don’t want to spoil things…

There was one thing I thought was really obvious from the start of the story. That was the cause of this virus or whatever it is and why it was spreading so fast. Well, not why it was spreading so fast because I don’t even know what the virus is or how it happened. This is a lot harder than I thought it would be to talk about. It was obvious to me who patient zero was. Yes, that’s what I was trying to say. But of course no one else could figure it out. You’ll understand if you’ve read the book. What I don’t understand why how Shay and Kai were so oblivious to the path the virus was taking. I understand how they wouldn’t have figured out the cause.

I liked Shay and Kai. Some things they did annoyed me but I can’t say what those things were because spoilers. I did think they “fell in love” kind of fast but then I don’t do the whole love at first sight thing so…

I wasn’t really sure what to think of Callie. I felt bad for what had happened to her but I also thought her decision at the end of the book and what she did was really selfish. I don’t know how many people had already died in Contagion and now even more may die. Well, more people probably will die. I can understand her motivations but there’s only a small chance she’ll even find the person she’s looking for. So, really selfish decision.

I really enjoyed Contagion and all the mystery in it. I still have some questions about the virus that I’m hoping will be answered in the next book which I can’t wait to read.

I’d definitely recommend Contagion if you like mystery, diseases and lots of death. Oh and cover-ups. I almost forgot about that.

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

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [June 7th 2017] –


This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at 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 you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –
2I’m going to start this later today. I haven’t actually started yet though.

I don’t know much about this other than it follows three women in London (I think?) and something tragic/horrific that brings them together. So guess they don’t know each other at the start of the book. But I’m honestly not sure.

I’ve heard really good things about this and it’s been a while since I read an adult fiction book that wasn’t a psychological thriller so I’m excited to finally start it.


Recently Finished –
I finished One of Us is Lying yesterday and I loved it.

This book starts with five students going to detention and one of them dying. Then everyone is trying to figure out which one of them killed Simon.

One of Us is Lying reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl and even Pretty Little Liars. There’s no texts messages or anything but there are a lot of secrets and obviously a death and a lot of people die in PLL. It’s also been compared to The Breakfast Club and I can kind of see why, I mean they have detention in common, but that’s about it. And I didn’t like 14The Breakfast Club, this book is so much better.

I also read Contagion this week. It was really good. There was a part of the story that annoyed me but I’ll talk about that more in my review.

Contagion follows Shay and Kai as they look for Kai’s sister Callie, who went missing a year ago. Their search takes them across the country and to the heart of a new, incurable, virus. One that’s spreading very fast.

Contagion in the first book in a new series/trilogy (I don’t know) from Teri Terry. I’ve read her Slated trilogy, Mind Games and Book of Lies. I enjoyed them all and can’t wait for the next book to come out. 7

The last book I read this week was Letter to the Lost. This is a contemporary and I haven’t read a lot of them but I really enjoyed this.

It follows Juliet and Declan as they write anonymous letter to each other. They don’t think they know one another in person but they do. Then an event in their past could tear them apart before they have a chance of being together.

I’ll be reviewing this soon hopefully so I’m just going to leave it there for now.


Reading Next –
I’ve had a copy of The Names They Gave us for a while now and it comes out sometime this month so I thought it was about time I read it.

I don’t really know much about this other than the main character (not sure what her name is) goes away to a camp for the summer and meets a guy. Oh and I think her mum’s sick or something. I can’t remember much.

I read When We Collided last year and I really liked that so I’m looking forward to reading this soon.

What have you read recently?

– Aimee.

May Book Haul.


Watercolor flower wreath background for beautiful designI’m going to be posting the books I bought and received to review in May. I think I only bought one book in May and I’ve read it before but it was pretty and I couldn’t resist. But I don’t have a photo of it yet so I can’t show it in this haul…

Anyway, onto the book haul! 🙂 1

The first book I received in May was sent to m from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’ve heard really good things about Dear Ijeawele and I was surprised that it’s under 70 pages.

I haven’t read this yet and I have no excuses because it’s such a small book that I should have been able to fit it into May but I just didn’t pick it up. Hopefully I’ll get to it sometime in June because I really want to read it. I haven’t read a lot of books about feminism.. Or any really now that I think about it. So it’s about time I do something about that.

2I also received a copy of The Cows from HarperCollins New Zealand. This is on my June TBR.

I don’t know much about this and I kind of want to keep it that way. I do know it follows the lives of three different women. I’m not sure if they know each other or not. But this sounds like a really good book and I know a few people who have read and loved it so I’m excited to read it.

The Cows will actually be my next read. I’ll probably be starting it tomorrow after I finish my current read. Which I’m hoping to finish today. 3

The next three books I also received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review.

I haven’t read a lot of LoveOzYA books and I’ve only read books by three of the authors who wrote short stories for this collaboration. I’ve read books by Amie Kaufman, Lili Wilkinson and Melissa Keil. But I’m looking forward to reading all the stories in this book. I think I put this on my TBR for June so hopefully I can pick this up soon. I’ve seen some good things about this but I haven’t looked into it because I don’t want to read any spoilers.

4I was intrigued by The Lucky One when I read the synopsis in April but now I cannot remember what it’s about. April was a loooong time ago and synopsis never stick in my head.

So, clearly I haven’t read this or I’d be able to talk about it. I haven’t put this on my TBR because I have so many books I want to read and I don’t want to pressure myself because that’s when I get into reading slumps. And I’ve already had too many of them this year thank you very much book gods.

If I have the time I’ll try to squeeze it in though. 5

The last book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand was Red Sister.

I haven’t read this but I do remember what it’s about because it reminds me of Nevernight. This is about female assassins. And they’re Nuns too I think. So I have to read it because it sounds badass.

I really want to read this in June but it’s kind of big and I have a full TBR right now. I’ll just have to see how the month goes. I’ve been reading about 10 books a month so maybe.. Maybe not though.

The next two books I received from Bloomsbury Australia to review. I think Royce Rolls 6is about a reality show following the Rolls family but Royce wants out? Kind of reminds me of Keeping Up with the Kardashians which is probably why I remember what it’s about.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this. It sounds okay. I mean I watch KUWTK so I’ll probably actually enjoy this. It’s just I have so many books to read already. But I’m not complaining. It means I’ll never need to join the library anytime soon. I’ve heard my local one is rubbish anyway. I really hope not though. I like going to libraries.

The second book I received was Letters to the Lost. I actually read this last month and I really enjoyed it. I don’t read a lot of contemporaries but I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read 7recently so maybe I should start reading them more often. They’re a nice break from all the fantasy books.

Anyway, this book follows Juliet and Declan as they write letters to each other. But they don’t know they’re writing to the other person, when they start its anonymous. But then something that happened in both their lives could tear them apart before they get a chance to be together.

It sounds really cheesy but it wasn’t for me. I liked this and the only other book I’ve read by Brigid too, Thicker Than Water.

I did a book swap with someone on Twitter last month. I got rid of an ARC that was just 8sitting on my shelf and I have a finished copy of and got Roseblood. I’ve never read anything by A.G. Howard or about The Phantom of the Opera but I thought this sounded like something I’d like and I love the cover.

I’m not sure if I should read the original story or not before I read Roseblood. I never have before when I read retellings so I’ll just read it.

I’m not in any hurry to read this because I wasn’t sent it to review. So it’s just sitting on my TBR shelf for now. It can go with my small collection of ARCs when I’ve read it. 9

Bonnier Publishing Australia sent me a copy of Ida to review.

I can’t remember what this is about now but when I was offered a copy to review I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy.

I’ve put Ida on my June TBR. It’s not a very long book so hopefully I can read it quickly. This is a LoveOzYA book so that’s two on my June TBR. I need to find some good NZ YA books as well!!

The next two books were sent to me by Allen and Unwin New Zealand. The first book, 10The Girl from Everywhere is about time travelling pirates. I think. I love books about time travel and who doesn’t like pirates? Sounds like an awesome combination to me.

There was something about a girls boyfriend being kidnapped and trapped in time somewhere by her father or something like that.

But I think this sound amazing and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve seen a different cover of this book and I have to say I prefer this one. I don’t think thee sequel has a cover like this though so that sucks.


The other book I received from Allen and Unwin New Zealand was Defy the Stars.

I recently finished the last book in The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray and wanted to read more of her work so this was great timing.

I’m not too sure if I’ll like this or not. It sounds a bit weird to me but I’m willing to give it a chance. I know there’s a romance or something going on in this but I think there’s a twist to it. Something about artificial intelligence. I think. Don’t quote me on that because I could be way of the mark. But that’s why it sounds weird to me.

I received the next two books from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I’m a12ctually reading One of Us is Lying at the moment. I think I’ll be finished with this later today because I need to know what the hell is going on.

This has reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl and I can see why people are saying its like The Breakfast Club too. But I didn’t like that movie. I prefer this to be honest,

Like I said, I’m sure I’ll finish this today. But if you loved Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars (because it’s got that kind of vibe too, although there are no texts) then I definitely recommend getting a copy of this.

The second book I received from Penguin Random House New Zealand was Pieces of 13You. It also came with an awesome box full of things I assume relate to the story.

I haven’t read a lot of New Zealand YA books so I’m excited to read this. I think this is another contemporary but I’m not really sure what it’s about. I guess I’ll find out when I read it.

I really want to squeeze this onto my June TBR because it came out June 1st so fingers crossed I can.

I did share what’s in the box on my Snapchat when I first got it. The chocolate has gone but everything else is still in there.

The next four books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. The first is 14Contagion which is the first book in a new series by Teri Terry. I’ve read a few of Teri’s books so I was looking forward to reading this and it did not let me down.

I read this last week I think. It was the first book I read in June anyway I know that much.

This follows Shay and Kai as they look for Kai’s sister Callie. Callie went missing a year ago and Shay remembers seeing her. Their search takes them across the country to the heart of a new, incurable, virus.

I really enjoyed this but I’ll be talking about this more when I post my review. 15

I finally have the last book in the Waterfire Saga and I cannot wait to see how this series ends.

I’m not going to say anything about Sea Spell because it is the last book in the series and spoilers but I will say that the first three books were really good and I could not put them down.

I think it says on the first book that it’s like the Percy Jackson series with mermaids and I have to agree. It’s not Percy but it has some badass mermaids!

I also received Flame in the Mist and I am really looking forward to this. I don’t think I have to say what this book is about because it’s been everywhere for months. But I have 16heard that it’s a Mulan retelling set in feudal Japan. I’ve never seen Mulan so I’m not really sure what it’s about other than some badass woman saving her country.

Anyway, I’m not sure if any of that is correct but I’m just going to move on. I’ve been sitting on this computer too long and my back is killing me. I need to finish this post soon.

So, Flame in the Mist is on my June TBR and I’m hoping to read it soon because it sounds really good. Should I watch Mulan first though??


The last book I received Hachette New Zealand was Since We Fell. And yes, you’re right, I can’t remember what this is about either. But I think it’s a psychological thriller and I love those kinds of books so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I didn’t put this on my TBR because it was already so I might just put this on my July TBR. Maybe. I don’t know yet.

Omg I forgot how long these posts take me to type up….

I received another four books from Bloomsbury Australia. I wasn’t expecting these at all. 18I’ve already read The Possible and really enjoyed it. I have The Names they Gave Us on my June TBR.

But I don’t know when I’ll get to the other two yet. They both sound really good and I will read them but I’m just not sure when. I think these are all out this month some time. But I’m not sure when, the media releases just said June.

I think I’ll read Countless first though. It grabbed my attention more than Stargazers for Beginners did.

The last book I received in May was from Walker Books Australia. I think this is about the19 Roman Empire and I haven’t read a lot about that time so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I think I put this on my June TBR so I will be reading it at some point this month. If I stick to it this time.

Anyway, that’s my book haul for May. My back is killing me so I’m done. I can’t sit here anymore.

What books did you get in May?

– Aimee.

May Wrap Up & June TBR.


It’s that time of the month again when I do my wrap up of what I read last month and my TBR. I didn’t really stick to my May TBR so it’s probably good I’m not sharing it. Hopefully I’ll do better this month.

May Wrap Up

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige – ★★★/5
Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin – ★★★★★/5
Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic – ★★★★/5
Silver Stars by Michael Grant – ★★★★/5
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan – ★★★★/5
Perfect by Cecelia Ahern – ★★★★/5
The Possible by Tara Altebrando – ★★★★/5
Release by Patrick Ness – ★★★/5
A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray – ★★★★/5
Fatal Crossing by Lone Theils – ★★★/5
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer – ★★★★/5

I didn’t do too badly in May. I managed to read 11 books. I think my favourite was Finding Nevo.

June TBR

I tried to keep my June TBR small because I didn’t really stick to my TBR last month. I’ve already read Contagion and I’m currently reading One of Us is Lying, which reminding me a lot of Gossip Girl. I think my next read will be The Cows.

What’s on your June TBR? How many books did you read in May? Leave me a comment and let me know.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [May 31st 2017] –


This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at 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 you’ll read next?

Currently Reading – DBCMnD6UwAEVOpr
I started Letters to the Lost yesterday and I’m pretty sure I’ll be finishing it today. I probably would have finished it already if life didn’t get in the way of my reading. But whatever.

This is the second book I’ve read by Brigid and I really enjoyed the other book, Thicker Than Water.

This book follows Juliet and Declan as they write letters to each other. But they don’t know they’re writing it the other person, its anonymous. At least at first it is.

I’m really enjoying this so far and can’t wait to see how it ends.

Recently Finished – DA3e3F_VoAEvka4
I finished Fatal Crossing on the weekend. This follows Nora as she buys a suitcase in an antique shop and finds some photos of girls in there. In one of the photos are two girls who went missing on a ferry in 1985.

This book started very slow for me and I felt like there were some things I didn’t really need to read about. But I’ll talk more about that and the rest of the book in my review.

When I did get into the story I enjoyed it. But it did take me probably half the book to get used to the flashbacks into Nora’s past. DAYmIy9V0AEZjq6

I also finished A Million Worlds with You last week. This is the final book in the Firebird trilogy and I really, really liked all three books.

I’m not going to say much about this book here because I still have to post my review and it’s the last book in the trilogy. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read these books.

I will say that they are about dimension travel and all the worlds that are included in these books were so descriptive. I didn’t want this book to end but I’m glad I finally read it.

Reading Next – 14
I’ve decided to read Contagion by Teri Terry next. I’ve read Teri’s Slated trilogy and Mind Games so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I’m just going by the sentence on the cover but it sounds like there’s some kind of virus, or contagion, that there’s no cure for so I’m expecting a lot of death.

And I do know that Callie, an 11-year-old girl is missing. But that’s all I know. I didn’t want to know too much before I started this.

What have you read lately?

– Aimee.


Top Ten Tuesday (July 19th): Ten Books Set Outside The US.


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. You can check out the themes (if that’s what they’re called…) here. This week’s theme is books set outside the US. So I read a lot of fantasy but I’m assuming they don’t count. Now I actually have to think.

1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. 
This is set in a small village in England but Will and Louisa do travel a bit to other places. It’s mostly set in England though. I think most people know what Me Before You is about now.

2. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.
If you haven’t read this series yet it’s set in England too. Mostly at Hogwarts but still. I don’t think I have to say what this series is about. I can’t wait to read The Cursed Child!!!

3. The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare.
More books set in England. I think I see a theme… But this is set in the 1800’s I think. I can’t really remember what they’re about though.

4. Tomorrow When the War Began Series & The Ellie Chronicles by John Marsden.
This series is set in Australia and follows a few (six I think?) teenagers as their country has been invaded by an unknown country. It’s never mentioned who comes into Australia and starts taking over and killing people but these teens decide to fight back. I read this series a few years ago and really enjoyed it.

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
The Book Thief is set in Nazi Germany. I will admit that I saw the movie first, which I’ve only done a handful of times, but this book and the movie are amazing. I loved them both.

6. Slated Trilogy by Teri Terry. 
Another series set in England lol. The main character, Kyla, has had her memory and her personality wiped clean, she’s been Slated. Kyla was told she was a terrorist and the government is giving her this second chance, but only if she follows their rules. Things from her past are coming back to her and nothing is as it seems. I liked these books, they were really fast reads for me.

7. A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielson.
This is set in East Berlin, Germany, after the Berlin Wall goes up and follows Gerta as she realises her family is now separated and what she’ll do to be free.

8. The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub. 
The Yearbook Committee is set in Sydney, Australia and follows six teens in their last year of high school. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this because I’d heard it was like The Breakfast Club, which I didn’t like, but I really enjoyed it. It was a bit cheesy in places but I still liked it.

9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. 
I think this is mostly set in France. Although Anna does go home to America (I think) for a holiday.. It’s been so long since I read this. But Anna is in France most of the time so it still counts.

10. The Martian by Andy Weir. 
Okay so I’m cheating. Yes, NASA is in America and sometimes there’s a POV from someone at NASA but Mark is on Mars for most of this book and the majority of it is in his perspective so I think this counts as “outside the US.”

This was harder than I thought it would be. Especially as I tried not to have books set in the same country but apparently I read a lot of books set in England… I was born there so it makes sense.

What books have you read that aren’t set in the US?

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (May 17th): Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim.


I’m not sure how many books I’ll be able to find for this one but I’m going to go through my books on Goodreads to help. I can think of two off the top of my head though. I’m just going to put books in here that I’ve picked up with out hearing anything about them even if I still haven’t read them.

Throne_of_Glass_UK1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass.
I was at the library two years ago and Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight were displayed on the ‘new’ shelf, which just means they are new to our library and not new releases. I’d never heard of them before but they seemed like something I might like, I wasn’t too sure about them even after taking them home.
I’m glad I gave them a chance though. I flew through Throne of Glass and then picked up Crown of Midnight as soon as I’d finished. Then I had to wait months for Heir of Fire to come out.

181669362. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.
I think I bought this almost two years ago in a clearance sale. I am guilty of getting this because of the beautiful cover and it was $7 NZD for a hardback and I just couldn’t resist at that price.
I haven’t read this yet. I’ve heard mixed reviews which has put me off a little but I will get to it one day.

cover_shiver_3003. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.
I can’t remember why I picked this up, maybe the cover caught my attention but I’m not sure. It was at a library when I was working in Australia three years ago and I’d never read any of Maggie’s books or heard of her before. This was before I joined Bookstagram and started blogging.
I did finish the trilogy but it wasn’t that great. I didn’t like Sam so that kind of put me off the story.

Legend_Marie_Lu_Book_cover4. Legend by Marie Lu.
This is another book I picked up while working in Australia. I found a lot of books while I was over there in the local libraries because they have so much more books than the one I’m a member of in New Zealand.
I think I’d just read Insurgent and was in a dystopian kick and I found this. I’d never heard of this before I read it but I loved it. I love the trilogy, even though I was kind of frustrated with the ending.

123672675. The Glimpse by Claire Merle.
I remember getting this from the library and reading it but I cannot remember what it’s about or if I liked it.
I don’t know anyone else that’s read this.

124255326. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks.
Another cover buy because look how pretty and because it said Poseidon on the cover. I’ve read the trilogy and it was okay but the possessiveness of the male Syrena really drove me mental and I just couldn’t get passed it.
I’m actually planning on selling my copies of Of Poseidon and Of Triton.

135060897. Legacy by Cayla Kluver. 
I remember finishing season one of Reign (which I stopped watching when Mary started being a dick) and I wanted some way to stay in that kind of world. So, I found Legacy at the library, I don’t even remember how I linked them though. I’ve read this twice now but haven’t read the other two books in the trilogy.

419rjQNqYhL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
I’d never heard of Cinder or The Lunar Chronicles when I got this from the library. It had Cinder but not Scarlet and Cress so I had to ask my friend to get them from her library for me to read.
I could not put Cinder down when I first read it and needed the next books immediately. I plan on finally reading Winter next month.

127434729. Slated by Teri Terry.
These are another two books that I found randomly at my local library. Both Slated and Fractured were sitting on shelves, not being displayed, so I don’t know why they stood out but I’m glad they did. I had to get my friend to get the third book from her library though.
I’ve read a few of Teri’s books now and am looking forward to her new trilogy.

1723465810. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.
Yes, I am guilty again of  picking a book up because of the cover. I am glad I did because I loved this when I read it last year but still. It’s not the best reason to pick up a book.

This was surprisingly difficult. As I was going through my read books on Goodreads I noticed that most of them were there because I’d either been recommended them, they were from authors I love or because there was a movie/TV show based off the book and I wanted to read it first.

What books have you picked up on a whim?