The X-Files: Ground Zero

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments in this series. You can read my reviews of these novels by clicking the links below:

Goblins | Whirlwind

I apologise for the lack of reviews over the last few weeks – I’ve had a bit of a rough time of late. Still, hopefully that is now all over with and so I can get back to working through my ominous “to read” pile…

For tonight’s review, I will be returning to the series of original The X-Files novels that were published between 1994 and 1998. This was a collection of six full-length stories by three different authors that presented self-contained adventures for Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully which were never made into episodes. Today, I’ll be looking at the third novel – Ground Zero by Kevin J Anderson. And there will be spoilers. You have been warned…

Dr Emil Gregory has worked as a nuclear weapons researcher for decades and is proud to have been involved with dozens of top-secret projects. Yet his most recent one – code named Bright Anvil – is set to be the most incredible of them all. Unfortunately, Dr Gregory does not live to see it come to fruition. He is found in his remarkably intact office, burned to a crisp by radioactive fire.

As the death occurred on Federal property, Mulder and Scully are quickly called upon to investigate. However, it’s not long before they realise that Dr Gregory is not the only one to have died in such a way. Several other victims are found with similar injuries and the only thing connecting them is that they have each had some association with nuclear weapons tests in the past.

It’s not long before Mulder and Scully discover a link to a protest group lead by a former assistant of Dr Gregory. Is it possible that they have something to do with the murders and, if so, what possible weapon could they have developed to exact their revenge? As Operation Bright Anvil draws closer, Mulder and Scully enter a race against to clock to find out who is responsible before they can endanger everyone involved in the project…

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This Spring on Arkham Reviews

Sorry readers. I have had a very busy and stressful couple of weeks and therefore have not had time to prepare my Wednesday review. However, that does mean that I can take the opportunity to give you a hint of what to expect on the next couple of weeks on Arkham Reviews.

At the moment, I am reading both Skyward by Brandon Sanderson and The X-Files: Ground Zero by Kevin J Anderson, so expect to see reviews of them very soon. After this, here are some more of my planned reviews to take us up to the summer!

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Atlantia by Ally Condie

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Flame and Fury by Lisa Gail Green

Battle of the Beetles by M.G. Leonard

Zeroes by Scott Westerfield

Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell

Dreamland by Robert L Anderson

The Girl Who Dared to Descend by Bella Forrest

Aiden’s Quest for Apollo by Tanvi Kesari Pasumarthy

The Stone of Kuromori by Jason Rohan

Yokai and Mermaids and Hollows, Oh My!

Hello everyone!

Now that my SantaThing reviews are all posted, it’s time to settle back into business as usual here on Arkham Reviews. And boy do I have some exciting reads lined up for the next couple of months! Although I am very likely to get distracted by some new releases, here are some other examples of what you can expect next on the blog:

Evermore by Sara Holland

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

Firestarter by Tara Sim

A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

The Shield of Kuromori by Jason Rohan

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

Glow: Book 1 – Potency by Aubrey Hadley

Day 7 by Kerry Drewery

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Ice Kingdom by Tiana Warner

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

It’s a lovely selection of new releases, stand alone novels and sequels, and I really can’t wait to share them all with you. Look out for my review of Evermore in the next few days.

Happy New Year from Arkham Reviews

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year! I hope that you’ve had a fantastic festive season, however you chose to celebrate it.

Following the tradition of my previous years on this blog, I decided to take part in LibraryThing‘s “SantaThing” event. This is a Secret Santa in which you post up your reading preferences (such as young adult novels) and a random person selects a handful of books for you on that basis.

As my books did not quite arrive in time for the holiday, I’ve decided that I will dedicate my next few reviews to looking at them all. Here’s what you have to look forward to over the next couple of weeks:

Arabella of Mars by David D Levine

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Jumper by Steven Gould

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

It’s quite a varied selection and so I’m really excited to get started. If none of these take your fancy, check back in two weeks time for a sneak peak of my reading plans for the next few months!

The Sobeks 2018 – Part 4

Woohoo! We made it! Happy New Year everyone!

Yet, before I start on my substantial pile of 2019 reads, it’s time to take one last look back over the previous year. The Sobeks are my prestigious annual awards that showcase the very best novels that I have reviewed. These are the ones that I have awarded 4 stars or above to on Goodreads, which is a select few as I am a bit stingy when it comes to giving out high ratings!

Just in case your Christmas money is still burning a hole in your pocket, here is the last set of winners. They are all taken from novels that I read and reviewed in October, November and December. Check back on the 3rd January for a sneak peak about what will be coming up next on Arkham Reviews over the first few weeks of this wonderful new year!

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The Sobeks 2018 – Part 3

Hello again. There isn’t much left of 2018 now and so it’s a good time to look back and remember all the brilliant worlds that I have had been able to explore in the last year.

The Sobeks are my annual awards where I showcase my favourite reads of the year. These are the ones that I awarded 4 or 5 stars to on Goodreads. As I don’t give high ratings out to just any book, you can consider these to be the absolute cream of the crop and certainly worth your time.

Curious? Well, read on to find out what my recommendations are. This time, I’ll be looking back at the novels which I reviewed in July, August and September.

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The Sobeks 2018 – Part 2

Hello and welcome to my continuing retrospective of my favourite reads of 2018.

In case you missed my previous post, the Sobeks are my prestigious annual blog awards. I take a look back over the previous twelve months and showcase every review that I awarded 4 stars or above on Goodreads. As I’m very stingy when it comes to giving high ratings, you just know that all of these books are of the highest quality.

In this post, I’m going to be talking about the winners from April, May and June. If you’re looking for some great ideas of things to read in the new year, look no further. My recommendations lie beneath the cut…

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The Sobeks 2018 – Part 1

Hello Everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful festive season and welcome to the third annual Sobek Awards.

Named for this blog’s crocodilian mascot, this is a series of four posts that showcase the very best books that I have had the pleasure of reviewing in the past year. As I’m a bit stingy when it comes to giving “starred” reviews on Goodreads, I have selected my choices for each month based on the novels that I have awarded four stars or more. Hopefully, it will give you an idea of what to spend your obligatory Christmas book tokens on!

Anyhow, without further ado, here are winners for January, February and March:

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments in this series. You can read my review of these novels by clicking the links below:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The fact that I’m returning to Hogwarts can only mean one thing. That’s right readers, today marks my 450th review on this blog! Thank you so much for your continuing support and recommendations. I wonder what gems we will find amongst the next 50…

Anyhow, with that out of the way, let’s continue. As always, please note that this post will undoubtably contain huge spoilers, as I do kind of expect that a lot of you are at least acquainted with the movie that is based on this book. However, in case you’re not familiar with this series, Harry Potter has been a worldwide phenomenon for over 20 years. It was written by J.K. Rowling and the main series consists of seven novels – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (1997), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003), Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2005) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007). This has since been supplemented by a play, a spin-off movie series and number of short-stories and reference books that further expand the world.

Unlike the previous summer, Harry has found that he has not been left to wallow in his misery. In the aftermath of the battle at the Ministry of Magic, it is not long before Dumbledore comes to Privet Drive to ask for his assistance. It soon becomes apparent that he is necessary to convince an elderly teacher by the name of Horace Slughorn to return to Hogwarts, though Harry isn’t entirely certain why this is important at all in the greater scheme of things. Every day, Voldemort’s Death Eaters seem to be becoming bolder and people who defy them are meeting unpleasant ends.

On the way back to Hogwarts, Harry becomes suspicious that Draco Malfoy may have an inside knowledge of what the Dark Lord is planning. However, no one else seems to share his concerns. They only see Malfoy as an arrogant teenage boy and just can’t accept that he would have anything to offer Voldemort. Yet Harry knows that Malfoy is hiding something and vows to keep a closer eye on his rival than ever before.

As the school year begins, Harry starts to have secret lessons with Dumbledore in which he learns more about Voldemort’s childhood. During these lessons, Dumbledore reveals the truth about Slughorn to Harry. Dumbledore believes that the professor once told a terrible secret to Voldemort and he needs Harry to discover exactly what that was. However, as Harry starts to get closer to Slughorn in his potions lessons, he stumbles across another mystery. An old potions book hidden in the classroom that has been annotated by a student who seems to know more about the subject than his teacher and has a definite malicious streak. A student that goes by the name of the Half Blood Prince…

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Spotlight – Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil

This post is brought to you in association with Xpresso Book Tours. Look out for my full review on 11th November!

Author:  Mary Fan

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  Flynn Nightsider #1

Page Count: 615

Release Date: 15th May 2018

Synopsis:

Break the enchantments. Find the truth. Ignite the revolution.

A century ago, the Enchanters defeated the evil Lord of the Underworld, but not before he’d unleashed his monsters and ravaged the earth. The Enchanters built the Triumvirate out of what remained of the United States, demanding absolute obedience in exchange for protection from the lingering supernatural beasts.

Sixteen-year-old Flynn Nightsider, doomed to second-class life for being born without magic, knows the history as well as anyone. Fed up with the Triumvirate’s lies and secrecy, he longs for change. And when he stumbles across a clue that hints at something more – secrets in the dark, the undead, and buried histories – he takes matters into his own hands.

Before long, Flynn finds himself hunted not only by the government, but also by nightmarish monsters and a mysterious man with supernatural powers … all seeking him for reasons he cannot understand. Rescued by underground rebels, he’s soon swept up in their vision of a better world, guided by a girl as ferocious as the monsters she fights. But as the nation teeters on the brink of revolution, Flynn realises three things.

The rebellion is not what it seems.

Flynn himself might be more than he seems.

And the fate of the world now rests in his hands.

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