Title: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman // Review
Release: 7th February 2017
Synopsis: The great Norse myths, which have inspired so much of modern fiction, are dazzlingly retold by Neil Gaiman. Tales of dwarfs and frost giants, of treasure and magic, and of Asgard, home to the gods: Odin the all-father, highest and oldest of the Aesir; his mighty son Thor, whose hammer Mjollnir makes the mountain giants tremble; Loki, wily and handsome, reliably unreliable in his lusts; and Freya, more beautiful than the sun or the moon, who spurns those who seek to control her.
A wonderful insight into the world of Norse Mythology, and the trials of the gods.
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Title: You by Caroline Kepnes
Release: 25th September 2014
Synopsis: When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…
This was unlike anything I have ever read before. Truly a unique story from start to finish.
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Title: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Release: 29th September 2015
Synopsis: Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams – but he can’t pull it off alone.
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction – if they don’t kill each other first.
From the amazing world building to the character and plot development, I am truly in awe of this book.
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Title: Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
Release: 27th February 2018
Synopsis: My father’s ships will be at the siren’s mercy. We will be the ones to reach the island first and claim its treasure for ourselves. Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will be facing her father’s justice. When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first… after all, she’s the daughter of the Siren Queen.
The final installment in the duology is truly an outstanding story of love, betrayal, and finding yourself.
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Title: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Release: 28th February 2017
Synopsis: If you want something done right…When her father, the ruthless Pirate King, discovers that a legendary treasure map can be found on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows that there’s only one pirate for the job – herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her welcome on the ship. After all, who’s going to suspect a girl locked in a cell…But Alosa has skills enough for any three pirates, and has yet to meet her match. Although she has to admit that the surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden, the lucky pirate charged with finding out all her secrets, comes the closest. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will…Can Alosa find the map before Riden figures out her plan?
Pirates, Sirens, treasure and badass women? A jolly ol’ novel all rolled into one!
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Title: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
Release: 17th May 2018
Synopsis: Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans. When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.
The Wolf Wilder is a beautiful and illustrated journey through love, determination and standing up for what you believe in.
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Title: LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
Release: 17th May 2018
Synopsis: It’s just another day on the Scrap: lose the last of your credits at the WarDome, dodge the gangs and religious fanatics, discover you can destroy electronics with your mind, stumble upon the deadliest robot ever built… When Eve finds the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend and her robotic sidekick in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, battle cyborg assassins, and scour abandoned megacities to save the ones she loves…and learn the dark secrets of her past.
When I heard that Jay Kristoff was writing a new series I knew I was going to love it, but I had no idea just how much.
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Title: The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig
Release: 18th October 2018
Synopsis: ‘Wherever she is, whatever the day, She only has one kind of thing to say. Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo, The Truth Pixie can only say things that are true.’
If you don’t know who Matt Haig is, I beg of you to add him to your TBR. His writing is magic, and The Truth Pixie is a book you want to read to every kid in the world.
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Title: After The Fire by Will Hill
Release: 1st June 2017
Synopsis: Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming. Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out.What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?
A murder. A cult. A fire. If you thought you knew the story, think again.
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Title: Sadie by Courtney Summers
Release: 1st October 2018
Synopsis: A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial – like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him. When West McCray – a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America – overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
My favourite read of 2018, and one that will stay with me forever. With it’s gripping writing, nail biting story with a heartbreaking twist, one you pick it up you won’t want to put it down.
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