• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:


    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!

     

     

Insurgent by Veronica Roth: review

Our resident YA expert Tim reviews one of the most anticipated books of the year:

I finished Divergent in one day. It was so good I couldn’t put it down. Actually, good is an understatement. Fantastic, Brilliant, Amazing. Veronica Roth was my new hero. She turned the YA genre on its head for me. Up until Divergent, I was wondering if there was nothing but the supernatural; that vampires, angels and werewolves were all that I would be reading for the next decade. After reading even just the first few chapters you can totally understand why it was a New York Times bestseller.

For those of you who haven’t had the chance to pick it up, Divergent is a story about choice. Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior lives in a world divided into five factions — Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent) — each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a ‘perfect society’.

At sixteen, all teens must choose which faction they will join for the rest of their lives, and on her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris, rejecting her family’s faction and chooses Dauntless. Initiation is brutal, but amongst it all, Tris finds romance with a super-hot, super-fearless Dauntless boy, Four. But their perfect society is crumbling, and as the pair discover growing unrest and conflict they must face the truth about their own identities in order to save those they love.

Divergent has had 2 covers: the first was the international cover: blue cityscape with the Dauntless symbol of a ring of fire which I thought was brilliant. It was striking and immediately grabbed your attention. The second format by comparison, evokes very different aspects of the book. The clinical blue gives way to a smouldering red and instead of the ring of fire dominating the page, we have instead a solitary girl sitting on a rock, three birds hovering above her.  This cover captures Tris’ loneliness she experiences going through the initiation and the birds represent a pivotal moment of the story, highlighting the heavy personal sacrifices and the hardships that Tris has had to endure to become a member of this gruelling new world.

BECAUSE THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING I immediately wanted to read what happened next. Only I had to wait, what felt like an eternity, (which wasn’t really — 11 months, but still …) to get my hands on Insurgent.

It was everything I hoped for.

Veronica Roth delivered.

I read Insurgent even faster than Divergent, I practically raced through it, pouring over the description, the dialogue, with a desperate need to know what happened. (SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU HAVEN’T READ DIVERGENT SKIP OVER THIS, AND JUMP BACK IN WHEN I TELL YOU THAT YOU MUST READ THIS SERIES AND THAT I RATE IF 5/5!) Insurgent picks up exactly where we left Divergent in the wake of the simulation, the Dauntless Faction divided and society talking about the threat of the Divergent. Tris is dealing with everything, and is trying to come to terms with what she had to do to survive, which is made harder by the fact she can’t reveal any of it to Four. It is the best sequel anyone could ever ask for.

All I will say is that Insurgent is mind-blowing. There were so many twists that I didn’t see coming. The entire story just builds. The next chapter is better than the one before. The action sequences are brilliantly choreographed.  The pivotal scenes will have your heart up in your throat. This is totally 5/5, I can’t fault it.

BRING ON BOOK 3!

While you read this, I’m going to start reading Insurgent again …

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks, Tim… I can’t wait! I was actually lucky enough to win a copy of “Divergent” through Voyager last year and read in within days of its arrival. Then I passed it onto my hubbie, who also read it fast. It’s a captivating world… and I can’t wait to be captivated again 😀

  2. omg I so need that book been looking online 4 free books no such luck

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