Mini Review: The Edge of Everything

Zoe, still reeling from her father’s sudden death in a caving accident is attacked when she tries to get her brother inside during a blizzard —only to be rescued by a bounty hunter they call X. X is no ordinary hunter. He is from the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules when he falls for Zoe and risk bringing a fate worse than death upon them both. 

For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?

I heard about this book at the YA Showcase, held by the Centre for Youth Literature back in December. The event was all about showcasing the upcoming YA books for 2017. When Bloomsbury hit the stage and spoke about the Edge of Everything I was hooked.

Forbidden romance. Check.

Fantasy/Supernatural themes. Check.

An epic journey about two worlds colliding. Hell yeah!

So I was sitting there thinking, “Just take my money already!”

That was how I felt about this book, and I hadn’t even read the blurb yet. I was already all over it. But it did make me a bit nervous that this book might not live up to my expectations…

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Review: Three Dark Crowns

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. 

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

One thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Three Dark Crowns had so much potential for me. I’ve heard some really positive buzz about it online, so I was really pumped to read it. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it as much as I wanted. While I have a lot of negative things to say about this book, there were some positives and great starting points, they were just never fully developed.

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Review: The Call

The Call follows Nessa as she prepares for the day when 3 minutes in the Grey Land determine the rest of her life. Crippled from birth, Nessa must fight for everything she has in a world that forgives nothing. 

She knows that one day she will be ripped for her reality, forced to fight for her life against the faeries trying to kill her, or worst send her back to the human world twisted and transformed into a monster doomed to be killed by the world she’s fighting so hard to stay in.

This book is set in an alternative modern day Ireland where after humans banished the Faeries to the Grey Land they retaliated by stealing human children and killing them, or ‘playing’ with them in the Grey Land and returning their mangled bodies. Children are sent to training schools to prepare for the moment they are ‘called’. But only 1 in 10 children survive and for our main character Nessa, with her twisted-polio legs, her odds are even slimmer.   Continue reading

Review: And I Darken

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she’ll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.

I heard about this book from a book club meeting I attended in Adelaide (BTW if you live in Adelaide and don’t attend the YA Circle Book Club meetings, what are you doing with your life?) and bought this book solely on the recommendations from the girls, Sian and Tori.  Considering that I hadn’t really read or heard anything about the plot of this book, it was pure luck that this purchase turned out to be a good one.

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Review: Rebel of the Sands

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Was this a cover buy for anyone else? Hands down to the cover designer.

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from. 

Rebel of the Sands is a book following the story of Amani, a young girl living in the desert trying to escape her dead end life in hopes for a better future in the big city. Naturally events occur that disrupt those plans. Mostly in the form of a foreign boy who ruins her chances of winning a shoot out. Unintentionally he brings the Sultan’s army on her doorstep looking anyone connected to him, mainly her.

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Station Eleven

Synopsis
Day one: The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the Earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.

Week Two: Civilization has crumbled.

Year Twenty: A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and it threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

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The 5th Wave

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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Uglies

Synopsis:

Tally Youngblood is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait for the operation that turns everyone from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to party. But new friend Shay would rather hoverboard to “the Smoke” and be free. 

Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn’t very pretty. The “Special Circumstances” authority Dr Cable offers Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

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