January has definitely been a jam-packed month! Hopefully, you’ve been enjoying all my content this month, especially all my book reviews. It’s no different today, I am sharing you my fourth review of January, which is very exciting! I have left the best till last as I will be sharing with you my review of Skeletal by Emma Pullar. Normally these book reviews are thanks to a book blog tours hosted by either Neverland Blog Tours or The Book Marketing Expert.
For today’s review though, I actually came across Skeletal when Emma reached out to a variety of bloggers on Twitter. I jumped at the opportunity to help her find her audience, she’s currently finding it hard because the novel isn’t Young Adult as it’s too gory and sweary, yet with the protagonist having a young voice, she feels it should fit this genre/audience. In her own words, Skeletal has been created to fuel her want of Young Adult dystopian with more adult themes.
Right enough chit chat, shall we get into the review of Skeletal?
Skeletal? Let me tell you a little bit about it;
Gale City is the last city in the world and under the strict control of the illusive Centrals. When females reach adulthood, they’re given the chance to compete at Showcase for the honour of becoming surrogates for the Morbihan – a highly intelligent, obese race of people, unable to procreate naturally. All the other girls are excited to become hosts, all except Megan Skyla.
Convinced there’s more to life, Skyla teams up with an unlikely friend and they go in search of a cure for the Morbihan condition. Things don’t go to plan and their journey becomes a harrowing quest fraught with danger and deceit. How can Skyla discover the truth when everything she’s been told is a lie? Can anyone in Gale City ever really be free?
Skyla is about to discover that freedom has a price and
she’s going to have to fight to survive.
I am addicted to this book! Emma is such a great writer and wow, she’s drawn me and I can not stop reading. Her writing style is very easy to understand and she brings out a lot of different emotions in her words. The storyline and universe are soo unusual but it’s amazing how much I’ve fallen in love. It kind of reminds me of our world where some people don’t have the option to make their own choices.
Fortunately, it doesn’t remind me of anything I’ve read, which actually I think is a good thing as I hate books where you can tell that it’s tried ripping off another book. We need more unusual storylines as I feel most books out there could be similar if not the same. I love the action that’s included from the start. You can certainly tell that Skyla is not happy with her new life and she’s going to do everything in her power to change it.
She’s one of those people that know exactly what she wants from life and doesn’t want to be involved with the Morbihan world, to be honest, I don’t actually really blame her. Suddenly her life has changed for the worse and she has to go against everything she believes in. There is also no one in her new life that she knows and must be a ‘good person’ to fulfil her job.
Skyla is a lot smarter than the other girls around her because she doesn’t want to continue her new life, she’s trying to find ways to go back to her old life. This includes recruiting Bunce to try and find the mysterious cure for the Morbihan condition to stop her scary future from happening. I love how Emma has incorporated a variety of new characters to understand Skyla a little better.
I love it when authors do this, instead of allowing the main character to speak for themselves, she uses these new characters to get the story out of Skyla. You’re understanding a little more about what life actually means for her, from day one you can tell this isn’t what she wants and will do anything to get out of it. I’m really happy to continue Skeletal and finish it to see what happens with Skyla.
Books that create a host of questions in my mind are definitely the best! They get you thinking about everything and wondering about what’s actually going to happen. Is there a cure for the Morbihan condition? Will she find it in time? Will her life easily just go back to how it used to be? What will happen to all the people with the Morbihan condition? What will be her happily ever after?
How about a little about the author, Emma Pullar;
Emma was born and raised in London but moved to New Zealand when she was sixteen, she’s both a British and New Zealand citizen. She’s a massive fan of travelling and hopes to visit more countries, to meet more people, learn but also share exciting stories. Writing has always been a passion for Emma, as soon as she could pick up a pencil, she’s been writing stories.
Dark stories have always been her preference while growing up she always read horror, paranormal and fantasy books. This fueled her passion to write Skeletal, which was published Autumn 2017, the first book a part of a duology, with the second book being published later this year.
I would love it if you could share some love to Emma by following her on her social media platforms, you can also check out other blogger reviews by searching for #Skeletal on Twitter. If you can not wait any longer to read it for yourself, you can buy Skeletal to read in Ebook (Kindle Format) and Paperback from Amazon. You can also find it on Goodreads now!
I hope you have enjoyed this little review! I highly recommend Skeletal to all those who love a little something different from the norm.
*Thank you Emma Pullar for gifting me Skeletal, the Ebook was kindly sent to me for free, in return for an honest review. The feature image and those included within the post, were sent to me from Emma, for more information please see my About Page.