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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Book Review – Peter Darling

33358438Author: Austin Chant
Series: None
Genres: Fantasy
Release Date: 15th February 2017
Publishers: Less Than Three Press
No. Pages: 164
Source: Netgalley
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Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

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Book Review – The Blazing Star

32182684Author: Imani Josey
Series: None
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 6th December 2016
Publishers: Wise Ink
No. Pages: 286
Source: Netgalley
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Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.

Great.

Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.

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