Review: And I Darken

Review: And I Darken

 

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

Genre: Young Adult

Published: 7 July 2016

Rating: ★★★★☆

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This book is bad-ass.

And good. Oh so good.

Lada is one heroine you do not want to mess with – anti-heroine, I should say, because she is most definitely not your conventional idealistic protagonist. She is strong, determined, purposive and takes no shit from anyone. And I mean anyone. Even the sultan. Take that Ottoman Empire.

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Review: Lady Midnight

Review: Lady Midnight

25494343Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Published: 8 March 2016

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 stars)

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Do I think the shadowhunter world is the best thing since sliced bread? No. 

Is this the best book of 2016? No. 

Is this a damn good story? Yes, that it is.

This is a story about choices – the choices we make for love, for family, for friendship and freedom. The choices we make despite what we’re told is right, despite what convention and society, and even the law dictate as ‘correct’. The story unravels as we wait for each of the characters in this book to make a choice – and it climaxes as we see the impact of those various choices. And it is a good read – enjoyable, interesting and fairly well written.

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Review: These Broken Stars

Review: These Broken Stars

13138635These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Published: 10 December 2013

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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First, the Good: Oh my God that cover blew my mind. I’ll be completely honest – I judged this book solely on it’s cover.

But it is true what they say – because the cover was damn misleading. Unlike the cover, the book did not blow my mind. It didn’t do very much to my mind at all actually. Read more

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You

17234658.jpgA Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Adventure

Published: 4 November 2014

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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I always find it hard to talk about books that I give 3 stars to. Anything below that and I’m happy to dive into a blow by blow account of why I disliked it so much, and anything above sends me into a never-ending fangirl babble. But the middle is just like meh.

It was ok. It wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t particularly great. 

My annoyance with this book is that it had potential. The multiverse theme presented a colossal opportunity for a sci-fi novel. It could have been grand, it could have been deep, it could have made me ponder the meaning of life.

Could have, could have, could have.  Read more

Review: Fangirl

Review: Fangirl

16068905Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Published: 10 September 2013

Rating: ★★★★☆

Review

So I really, really enjoyed this book, and that is coming from someone who is not generally the biggest fan of contemporary young adult fiction.

I can’t pin down what it was that I liked so much about it, but I think it was something about the way it made me feel: warm, carefree, and 17 years old again. Read more

Review: Firstlife

Review: Firstlife

25785357Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult

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I’ll be honest from the start: After about 100 pages I did way more page-skipping in this book than I did reading. 

Really, this book would have received just 1 start is it wasn’t for the totally awesome concept of the ‘Firstlife’ and ‘Everlife’. I was so excited to read this book the second I read the blurb in the bookstore. The idea of people knowing there is a second life sounded like a super cool setting for a book – where Read more

Review: Red Queen

Review: Red Queen

 

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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For me the hype of this book did not live up to expectations, I am sad to say.

The fact that it has such a high rating on Goodreads is actually worrying.

I felt that the characters and the entire plot were all undeveloped and hollow. They didn’t feel real, and I just could not relate to them. There was no substance or depth to anyone’s personality; every one of them was a typical I’ve-come-across-this-stereotype-a-million-times-before character. Read more