Book Review – Lair of Dreams

16060716Author: Libba Bray
Series: The Diviners
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Release Date: 25th August 2015
Publishers: Little Brown Books, for Young Readers
No. of Pages: 613
Source: Netgalley
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The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.

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Book Review – The Return

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25016155Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal fantasy
Release Date: 26th February 2015
Publishers: Hodder & Stoughton
No. of Pages: 335
Source: Bookbridgr
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Covenant and Lux series comes a novel of danger, Gods and Titans… and an electric love story which will send you reeling.

A year ago, Seth made a deal with the gods – and pledged his life to them. Now, Apollo has a task for Seth: one which sees him playing protector over a beautiful, feisty girl who’s strictly off-limits. And for someone who has a problem with restraint, this assignment might be Seth’s most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal is, but he arrives in her life just as everything she’s ever known is turned upside down. Either she’s going insane, or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is heading her way.

Josie can’t decide which is more dangerous: an angry Titan seeking vengeance? Or the golden-eyed, secretive Seth – and the white-hot attraction developing between them…

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Book Review – Flame in The Mist

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Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: Flame in the Mist
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 16th May 2017
Publishers: Hodder & Stoughton
No. Pages: 392
Source: Netgalley
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The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires. Continue reading

Book Review – Long Dark Dusk

27278661Author: James P. Smythe
Series: The Australia Trilogy
Genres: Young Adult, Science fiction, Dystopia 
Release Date: 7th April 2016
Publishers: Hodder & Stoughton
No. Pages: 400
Source: Bookbridgr
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The moment she learned the horrible truth about her life on Australia, the derelict ship overrun with violent gangs, Chan Aitch made it her mission to save everyone she could from their fate worse than death. But her efforts were in vain. Now, everyone she cares about is dead or in prison, and Chan is more alone than ever before.

As the only person to have escaped Australia’s terrible crash-landing back to Earth, Chan is now living in poverty on the fringes of a huge city. She believes Mae, the little girl she once rescued on the Australia, is still alive – but she has no idea where Mae is, or how to find her. Everything on Earth is strange and new, and Chan has never felt more lost.

But she’ll do whatever it takes to find Mae, even if it means going to prison herself. She’s broken out of prison before. How hard could it be to do it again?

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Mini Reviews – Blood For Blood, The Sun is Also a Star & This is Where it Ends

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Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

26864835Wolf by Wolf  was one of my favourite reads of 2016, so my expectations for its sequel were naturally high. The first half of the book feels a lot like Wolf by Wolf, in that the characters are mainly on the road. Unfortunately, it wasn’t nearly as interesting. Thankfully things pick up in the second half and my initial expected 3 star rating was boosted to a solid 4 stars.

Throughout the book we were introduced to some new faces, reacquainted with some old ones and given some backstory into both Luka’s and Felix’s pasts. Whilst these snippets into their history didn’t feel entirely necessary I enjoyed them nonetheless and it helped me, as the reader, understand both of them more. I will add that whilst my love for Luka grew, Felix annoyed me several times.

Overall, I really enjoyed the writing and I’m satisfied with the ending. I’ll definitely be checking out more of this authors work.

4stars

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 

28763485You’ve probably already seen a lot of praise for this book already, and I’m here to add my voice to the already large crowd. This book follows Natasha, a girl who in twelve hours will be deported back to Jamaica alongside her family, and Daniel, a Korean-American  who has always been the ‘good son’.

The story spans over one day, and yet it didn’t feel rushed. I really enjoyed the plot and whilst there was still the sense of urgency, due to Natasha’s looming deportation, there were still some fun scenes. Whilst the story is primarily told from both Natasha’s and Daniel’s POV, we also get to learn the lives about some side characters who they encounter, which whilst not necessary, mad the story feel more realistic.

The two main characters really complimented and contrasted each other. My only complaint was Daniel seemed to be pushing the love thing a little too much, but it was easy to ignore and didn’t really ruin the story for me.

Overall, the pacing of the story was good and I’m very happy with how it ended.

4.5stars

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This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

24529123This was easily the most disappointing out of the three books reviewed in this post. Whilst it deals with an important topic, a school shooting, the story was so forgettable I’m struggling to think of things to comment on. It’s a multi POV story, yet none of the characters stood out to me. The writing was good but I just didn’t care. Which is strange, considering the topic it deals with.

2stars

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Book Review – The Princess Saves Herself in this One

32334098Author: Amanda Lovelace
Series: None
Genres: Poetry
Release Date: 23rd March 2017
Publishers: Andrews McMeel Publishing
No. Pages: 208
Source: Netgalley
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the princess saves herself in this one is a collection of poetry about resilience. It is about writing your own ending.

From Amanda Lovelace, a poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.

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Monthly To Be Read – March 2017

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February was an incredibly good reading month for me, and I have high hopes that March will be either equally as good or even better. However, this TBR is going to include fewer books than what I’m actually expecting to read since I do still want some room for flexibility.

TBR Jar Challenge(s)


Read a book from my 17 books I want to read in 2017 list

I couldn’t have picked this challenge at a better time, since I’ve been doing horribly at actually reading the books I mentioned on that list. For this challenge I’m going to read The Archived by Victoria Schwab. I’ve read only one other book by Miss Schwab, which was the first book her in Shades of Magic trilogy, A Darker Shade of Magic, which I really enjoyed. I haven’t heard much about this one and if I’m being honest, I have no idea what it’s actually about but I’m looking forward to finding out.

Read a 2017 release

Whilst we’re only in the third month of 2017, I still have quite a few options for this one but I do think I’m going to end up reading the second book in The Witchlands series, Windwitch by Susan Dennard. I read the first book in this series last year when it came out and whilst I thought the world building could’ve been stronger, I did really enjoy it for the most part. I’ve heard great things about the sequel and the first book left off on a cliffhanger so I’m eager to finally get some answers.

Buddy Read(s) of The Month


 Keep It Diverse’s Book of The Month

This month we’ll be reading A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson, which whilst listed as the second book in a series on goodreads can be read without reading book one. Both books are set in the same world but the characters and plot is different, I believe. If you’ll be reading with us don’t forget to join the goodreads group, follow us on twitter/instagram because we’d love to discuss the book with you!

We will be hosting a twitter chat at the end of the month where we will be discussing this book so keep an eye out on our account for the date and time, which will be announced soon.

An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

As always, each month I buddy read a book with a friend of mine and this month we’ll be reading An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This book was getting so much buzz when it first came out and whilst I grabbed a copy I never ended up picking it up.

Other Books


Do you ever have a hard time deciding what to read next because you want to read all of the books at the same time? That’s me right now. I had a really hard time picking which books to include in this list but I decided to focus on finishing series which I’d already started this month.

Never Fade & In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

These are the second and third books in Bracken’s The Darkest Minds series. I started this series last year and whilst I didn’t love it as much as everyone else seems to, it was still a solid read. The first book does leave a lot of room for questions, and I’m looking forward to finally getting some answers in these sequels. This series is also becoming a movie soon and I definitely want to have finished the books before that comes out.

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

This is the third book in the Falling Kingdoms series. I listened to book one and book two in this series last month and whilst I really didn’t like book one, book two was a lot better but I still didn’t love it. I have heard that this series gets really good from book three onward, so I do have fairly high expectations for this one.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

This is the third and final book in the Shatter Me trilogy. There was a pretty long period of time after The Hunger Games hype where I really wasn’t in the mood for any more dystopian books. Which meant that I didn’t end up reading half of the really popular series back in 2013/2014 but 2017 seems to be the year where I’m finally completing/catching up with all of those series.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

I read 1984 by Orwell last year, and whilst I loved the concept I absolutely loathed the narrator. However, I do still want to give more of his books a try. I’ve read passages from this book before for school, but I’ve never read the entire thing. I do think now’s the right time to change that and since this is incredibly short I could probably finish it in one sitting.


What books are you planning to read in February? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? If so, what did you think of them? Tell me in the comments!

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