Monday, December 19, 2016

Review: The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Title: The Accident Season
Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
Publisher: Corgi (August 2015)

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear. 
But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free? 
The Accident Season is one of those weird, little novels that people will either love or hate. I had a similar experience reading We Were Liars. Basically, I can say right off the bat that if you enjoyed We Were Liars, then you need to read this. I found them to be very similar in mood and execution.

I really don't want to say anything specific about this for fear of giving away something critical. So this is going to be a very vague review.

This novel is, at its heart, a mystery. You are not entirely sure what the hell is going on for most of the book. But I found that to be compelling and kept me reading and guessing.

There is also a focus on the relationships between characters. The one relationship is a little bit... weird. And it might make some readers a little uncomfortable. It is not the conventional romance one would expect and, while it is not strictly wrong, it still kind of is.

I know, I am doing the review version of vaguebooking and I am sorry.

I did enjoy this book. It's a different YA which diverts from the usual tropes and I think those readers who are tired of reading the same, rehashed plots would really enjoy picking this up. But, it is far from perfect and can feel a little slow, even though the book is pretty short.

I also enjoyed that it wasn't set in America and felt like it too.

If you do want something easy and less than 350 pages, give this a go.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

UrbanisedGeek Update

Hey, guys!

Welcome back to the new-look blog! I have decided I definitely need to post more reviews, but that it was also time for a fancy overhaul too.

2016 has been one hell of a year and I am sure I am not the only one who feels that way. I took a break for a while because my review pile was reaching ridiculous levels and I was getting some serious guilt over not getting to everything. I just wanted to step away from the blog for a while and just read books for the sake of enjoyment.

But, I have realised the need for dedicated reviewers, especially in South Africa! Our blogging community is growing steadily, but I am not helping anyone by stepping away indefinitely.

So I am back!

Next year, I plan to have some new features on the blog:

  • GeekEats - where I will feature awesome places to eat and drink in and around Jozi.

  • GeekMeets - where I will chat about awesome events and venues that will especially cater to the geeky crowd.

  • GeekBeats - a feature where I will showcase local and international music.
Obviously, I will keep on reviewing books and interviewing authors where possible. But it's all about getting some great new content on the blog that will hopefully open us up to a whole new audience.

I am very excited to see where this little blog goes in 2017 so please keep popping in and please feel free to comment with ideas and suggestions!

Have an awesome rest of the week! I will be back soon with some book reviews and highlights of 2016.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Top 10 Best Beach Reads - 2016

Yes, folks. I have discovered Canva! Revel in my creativity!

Also, I apologise for being quiet. The past few months have been crazy busy with a new job and moving (twice!). But I plan to make up for it with this awesome, shiny blog post featuring books you should get for the upcoming holidays.

These are not necessarily 2016 releases, but more of them are fairly current and were chosen purely because they offer a fun read to get over the crazy year that is 2016.

1. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

This is one for those books that will stay with you forever. Not because it is exceptional but because everyone loves the story of an underdog challenging the status quo.

It is an easy, fast read and reminded me of teen films like She's All That and that one with Drew Barry more where she pretends to be a teen again and basically tries to have a do-over of her shitty school experience.

2. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton

This one made the list because it is the most awesomely fun and ridiculous YA historical novel I have read. Ever. It is a slightly (ok, very) tweaked retelling of Lady Jane Grey. It has humour, romance and enough action to keep the pages turning.

3. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

This one has a great, summery vibe to it. It follows Andie, the daughter of a Politician whose summer plans are thrown off kilter when her father gets involved in a scandal. Expect dogs, sunshine, romance and one of the most endearing male protagonists ever. Ever.

4-6. Recoil Trilogy by Joanne Macgregor

Recoil is the first in a dystopian YA trilogy by local author Joanne Macgregor. All three books are out, by the way, and can be ordered off Or, alternatively if you based on SA, you can contact the author directly and order a gorgeous paperback.

Jinxy is a fun heroine and the story is very fast paced with loads of actions, guns and dangerous rats!

I have included all three because once you start, you will not want to stop until you have read them all!

7. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I am offering this one up as a more adult choice for this list. Can just recommend YA, right?

Set in 1999, this is the story of a romance from afar. With Rowell's trademark writing style and humour.

It is perfect for the beach and you will absolutely love Lincoln!

8. Sanctuary by Jennifer McKissack

Sanctuary was a bit of a surprise read for me. I received a copy for review not knowing anything about it and I absolutely loved it.

Part romance, part ghost story, this book kept me up until late in the night! I actually don't want to say more than that other than the fact that I was reminded a little of Jane Eyre, one of my favourite books ever.

9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

So this is being made into a movie, which gives you the perfect excuse to read it before seeing the movie. It is also probably Lauren Oliver's best book.

Think Groundhog Day with a sprinkle of Clueless. It's all about how the small things can make big differences to those around you.

10. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

I love, love, love Sarah Dessen. You can probably substitute this for any of her other titles and still be golden.

This one made the list because it was the first one I read and fell in love with. Plus it takes place in summer. Plus it has romance and a whole cast of characters you will fall in love with.

...and there you have it. Now there is no excuse not to have something to read over the December break!