Book Review – The Dead House

22396591Author: Dawn Kurtagich
Series: None
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy, Horror
Release Date: 6th August 2015
Publishers: Orion Children’s Books
No. of Pages: 440
Source: Netgalley
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Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . . 

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

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Book Review – King of Scars

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Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Nikolai Duology
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 29th January 2019
Publishers: Orion Children’s Books
No. of Pages: 528
Source: Purchased
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Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

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Book Review – Take The Key and Lock Her Up

30336923Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery
Release Date: 26th January 2017
Publishers: Orchard Books
No. of Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley
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The third and final instalment in the thrilling Embassy Row series.

Grace has discovered that she’s the lost princess of Adria … but some people would prefer she stay lost. With her brother’s life hanging in the balance and secret assassins everywhere, life on Embassy Row has never been more dangerous.

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Book Review – See How They Run

26016282Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery
Release Date: 14th January 2016
Publishers: Orchard Books
No. of Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley
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The second thrilling book in the EMBASSY ROW series.

Grace thought finding her mother’s killer would bring her peace. But the truth has only made her a target. on Embassy Row, trust is a luxury. Death is a very real threat. And a girl like Grace should be very careful about which secrets she brings to light…

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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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