Blogtober 2018 · Reviews

Blogtober Day 18: City of Ghosts by V. E. Schwab // Review


Title: City of Ghosts by V. E. Schwab

Rating: ★★★★.5

Release: 6th September 2018

Synopsis:Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost. So things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stranger. When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift,” she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil — and herself. And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.divider-2461548_1280Review:

Victoria Schwab is back with a bang – this middle grade novel is not one to miss out on.

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Blogtober 2018 · Reviews

Blogtober Day 17: We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt // Review


Title: We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 8th February 2018

Synopsis: Rob Coates can’t believe his luck. There is Anna, his incredible wife, and most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. Rob feels like he’s won the lottery of life. Or rather – he did. Until the day it all changes when Anna becomes convinced there is something wrong with Jack. Now Rob sleepwalks through his days, unable to bridge the gulf that separates him from his wife, his son and the business of living. But he’s determined to come to terms with what’s happened-and find a way back to life, and forgiveness.divider-2461548_1280Review:

One of the biggest surprises of the year, and a story that will keep you thinking and make you realise to love the ones around you.

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Blogtober Day 15: Renegades by Marissa Meyer // Review


Title: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 5th April 2018

Synopsis: The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies―humans with extraordinary abilities―who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone . . . except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice―and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.divider-2461548_1280Review:

Doesn’t everyone want to be a superhero? Saving lives and having people shouting your name? Well sometimes the heroes are the bad guys…sometimes it pays to be an Anarchist…

This is the superhero book we’ve all been waiting for.

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Blogtober Day 14: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer // Review


Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 29th January 2019

Synopsis: Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed. Forced to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he can only be freed by love. But at the end of each autumn he is transformed into a beast hell-bent on destruction, and after so many failed attempts, his kingdom and its people are barely holding on. Harper’s life has never been easy, but she’s learned to be tough enough to survive. She won’t let anything hold her back, not her cerebral palsy or her mother’s deteriorating health. But when she is sucked into Rhen’s world, nothing is as it seems. Powerful forces are standing against Emberfalll … and it will take more than a broken curse to save it from utter ruin.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with added magic, beautiful writing and characters to make you want to dive right into Emberfall.

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Blogtober Day 12: Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva // Review


Title: Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 11th February 2018

Synopsis:Changing how you think is possible. I wasn’t always so sure that was true until I experienced it myself, but I know now we don’t have to just accept unhappiness. Not always anyway. This book is my collection of tips and suggestions that have helped me achieve happier thinking. It’s sort of a gym for my mind. I’d love to tell you it was easier than the real gym but well… it’s not really. It takes time, effort, and practice but it’s absolutely well worth the rewards.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A beautiful and inspirational book focusing on how to take each day at a time, and trying your best to focus on the best parts of life and battle your mental health.

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Blogtober Day 7: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli // Review


Title: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 12th October 2017

Synopsis: ASHA IS A DRAGON SLAYER. Since she was a young princess, Asha has killed to protect her father’s kingdom. She longs to atone for the terrible deed she committed as a child – one that almost destroyed her city, and left her with a terrible scar. But no matter how many dragons she kills, her people still think she’s wicked. So now she plans to slay the most powerful dragon of all. And the only person standing in her way is a defiant slave boy, leading a rebellion she can’t possibly be a part of . . . divider-2461548_1280Review:

A captivating fantasy novel filled with betrayal, murder and dragons!

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Blogtober Day 6: Invictus by Ryan Graudin // Review


Title: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 21st September 2017

Synopsis: Farway McCarthy was born outside of time. With nowhere to call home and nothing to anchor him to the present, Far captains a crew on a dangerous mission into the past. When he collides with Eliot – a mysterious, secretive girl, whose very appearance raises questions about time itself – Far immediately distrusts her. But he must take a leap of faith, following Eliot on a race against time, if he is to protect everything he’s ever loved from disappearing forever . . .divider-2461548_1280Review:

Ryan is back with a truly brilliant novel that will leave you wanting to re-read it the second you put it down.

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BLOG TOUR: The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccareli // Review


Title: The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccareli

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 27th September 2018

Synopsis: Roa and her sister Essie were born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. It was a magic they cherished – until the terrible day Essie died and her soul was trapped in this world. Dax, the heir to the throne of Firgaard, was responsible. Roa swore she would never forgive him – yet when he came begging for her help to dethrone his cruel father, Roa made him a deal. She’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen. Now she is royalty, but an outlander; far from home and married to her enemy. And even after everything she has sacrificed, Dax’s promises go unfulfilled. Roa’s people still suffer. Then a chance to right every wrong arises – an opportunity for Roa to rid herself of this enemy king and rescue her beloved sister. During the Relinquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa can reclaim her sister for good. All she has to do is kill the king. . .divider-2461548_1280Review:

A brilliant addition to the Iskari series focusing on the lengths you will go for love, even if sometimes it could cost you your happiness.

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That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger // Review


Title:That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 28th August 2018

Synopsis: It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story – that she died proclaiming her faith. But it’s not true. I know because I was with her when she died. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did – and didn’t – happen that day. Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what’s right. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .divider-2461548_1280Review:

If you read one book this year – make it this one. A story of lies, secrets and trauma. It will leave you speechless.

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The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed // Review


Title: The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 10th October 2017

Synopsis: Who are the Nowhere Girls? They’re every girl. But they start with just three: Grace, the preacher’s daughter who unwittingly moved into the old house of a victim whose pain adorns the walls. Bold Rosina, whose heart has become hardened by all of the straight girls who broke it. And misunderstood Erin, the girl who finds more solace in science and order than she does in people. They are brought together by the idea of changing the narrative of a girl they had never met, Lucy Moynihan, the victim of a sexual assault who was victimised further by people who found it easier to believe she had cried wolf than to confront what had really happened to her. A girl who, through the course of one evening, went from an excited teenager who felt wanted by a boy for the first time, to someone else entirely, with ‘a voice in the darkness, giving her a new name: Slut’. Together, they form the Nowhere Girls, and decide to avenge the rape of a girl none of them knew.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A powerful and poignant debut sure to make you angry, sad and completely empowered.

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