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Blog Tour – The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs

The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs (The Inventory #1)

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Summary:
The Rules: if you find a secret inventory of utterly deadly battle tech.
1) Do not try it.
2) Do not tell anyone.
3) Do NOT let thieves in behind you.

What’s more secret than top-secret? The Inventory. Home to the deadliest inventions the world isn’t ready for. Invisible camouflage. HoverBoots. Indestructible metals. Plus a giant creature of chaos: war robot Iron Fist. No one has ever broken past the state-of-the-art AI security system. (Seriously, most bad guys have no idea this stuff is even there.)
Problem 1: the security robot wasn’t ready for a gang of kids wandering in.
Problem 2: they’ve ONLY brought the ruthless Shadow Helix gang in behind them. Seriously dumb, but it’s a bit late for ‘sorry’.
Say hello to trouble: the Iron Fist is in the wrong hands!

Title: The Inventory: Iron Fist (The Inventory #1)

Author: Andy Briggs
Release Date: 5th May 2016
Genre: MG Sci-Fi / Adventure
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Paperback
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29919809-the-inventory
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Iron-Fist-Inventory-Andy-Briggs/dp/1407161792

My Review

4/5 stars

Thank you very much to Faye Rogers for organising this blog tour, and to Scholastic for the copy of this book.

Iron Fist is a Middle Grade novel about a boy called Devon, who lives with his uncle at The Inventory, a store of the world’s most dangerous objects. He’s unpopular and bullied at school, and then he gets trapped in The Inventory, with his bully, Mason, and a girl, Lot. Not only that, they’re trapped in there with invaders, who are there to find the Iron Fist.

Dev and his unlikely friends go from zone to zone, each zone getting more and more dangerous – knocking something over could kill them all, as they’re pursued by the invaders.

If you’re wondering what reading this book is like, the way I would describe it is an episode of Doctor Who (like a really good one you don’t want to end, probably David Tennant era) crossed with… I definitely had a TV programme in mind, but I’ve completely forgotten… but Doctor Who should probably cover it (without aliens, but with super cool technology).

I loved the technology element to this book – even though it’s Middle Grade, I felt it didn’t skimp on super cool inventions, and science – and there was a good mix of male and female characters (not sure if it passes the Bechdel test, but there are female characters, at least).

This book is full of twists and turns, and so many dead ends and plot twists – I didn’t see the ending coming, but it also didn’t feel out of place.

This is the first book in the series, and I felt the book ended well, and setup for future books.

Overall, a fast-paced, fun MG rollercoaster, and one you should definitely give a shot (especially as I will be giving a copy away – see pinned tweet on my Twitter (@annalisebooks)).


Author Information

Andy Briggs is a screenwriter, producer and author of the Hero.com, Villain.net and Tarzan series. Andy has worked on film development for Paramount and Warner Bros, as well as working with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee and producer Robert Evans. With a strong social media following, Andy tours the UK regularly, doing festival, school and library events.

Website: http://www.andybriggs.co.uk
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/aBriggswriter


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Tour Schedule

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my stop on the Iron Fist blog tour (I certainly have!) and don’t forget to enter the giveaway (see pinned tweet on my Twitter (@annalisebooks)).

Annalise x

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

Disclaimer: Review copy received from netgalley.com in return for an honest review.

This book took me a week to read – and a little longer to get round to reading. It took me a while to get into Passenger – but once I was in, I was in hard. I read during my lunchbreaks, I read at work in the middle of running experiments, I read in the evenings curled up with a duvet by the window. I genuinely loved this book and the world it created.

I felt like this book was set into two parts – the setting, when Etta meets Nicholas and discovers about her abilities, etc. and the quest, where Etta and Nicholas jump from time to time, city to city, looking for the astrolabe, a magical object that Etta’s mother, Rose, has hidden somewhere in time and space. The setting up was a little slow, but enjoyable, but woah, the quest. I loved the places we visited (some of them ones I have visited myself), and the whole book is so interesting.

The concept – time travel, with passages between certain times and places – is so cool – like Doctor Who but with more rules, higher stakes. This book is definitely world-driven, rather than character-driven, but I still liked the characters.

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Nicholas is African-American, and (unfortunately) interracial relationships are still rare in fiction and YA. Etta battles with feminist ideas and the status of African Americans and women in the different time periods and places that they visit. I think this is the future of YA – more diversity, more discussion of prejudices and discrimination. In Passenger, diversity and feminism never feel forced, they are a welcome and interesting addition to the conversation.

Treating this book as the start of a trilogy, I’m going to give it five stars because I really enjoyed it. If I went into Passenger expecting a stand-alone novel, the ending is a cliffhanger, with some unresolved issues, and I may have been disappointed. Now, I’m just excited for Wayfarer (out Jan 2017) – which has an equally beautiful cover as Passenger does.

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This book gave me deep The Mortal Instruments vibes – the start of a beautiful series, with memorable characters and an interesting lore and world.

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Annalise x