Book Review, Contemporary, LGBTQ, YA

Review: They Both Die At The End


★★★★★/ 5

Author: Adam Silvera
Genre:  Contemporary, YA, UK edition
Buy Links: Amazon , Book Depository
MVP: Rufus

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day. Continue reading “Review: They Both Die At The End”

2017, Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge

Are we really already halfway through January? Last year flew past and with moving down the coast and the  many end of year parties/family gatherings I never got a chance to publish the results of my 2017 reading challenge. With full time study in mind, I kept my challenge goal low and only set out to read 20 books during the year of 2017.  To my surprise I managed to smash the goal and ended up reading 34 books last year. Below is a snap shot of all the books I read. Continue reading “2017 Reading Challenge”

Science Fiction, YA

Review: Unearthed


 ★★★★★/ 5

Author: Aime Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Genre:  Science Fiction, YA
Buy Links: Amazon , Book Depository
MVP: Jules

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…

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Book Review, Fantasy, Middle Grade, YA

Review: The School for Good & Evil


 ★★★★/ 5

Author: Soman Chainani
Genre:  Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Buy Links: Amazon , Book Depository
MVP: Agatha

The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away…

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

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Book Review, Contemporary, Romance, YA

Review: Attachments


★★★★★/ 5

Rainbow Rowell
Genre:  YA, Contemporary, Romance
Buy Links: Amazon, Book Depository, Booktopia

MVP: Dorris
A heartwarming and hilarious romantic debut about falling in love from afar.

It’s 1999 and for the staff of one newspaper office, the internet is still a novelty. By day, two young women, Beth and Jennifer, spend their hours emailing each other, discussing in hilarious detail every aspect of their lives, from love troubles to family dramas. And by night, Lincoln, a shy, lonely IT guy spends his hours reading every exchange.

At first their emails offer a welcome diversion, but as Lincoln unwittingly becomes drawn into their lives, the more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for one of them. By the time Lincoln realizes just how head-over-heels he really is, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say to her? ‘Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mails – and also, I think I love you’.After a series of close encounters, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart, and find out whether there really is such a thing as love before first-sight.

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Book Review, Science Fiction, YA

Review: Otherworld

★★★★★/ 5

Author: Jason Segel & Kristen Miller
Genre:  YA, Science Fiction

Buy Links: Amazon , Book Depository, Booktopia

MVP: Busara

The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.

Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.

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Anthologies, Book Review, Fantasy, Retelling, Short Stories, YA

Review: Because You Love To Hate Me

★★★★/ 5

Author: Ameriie (UK edition)
Genre:  YA, Short Stories, Fantasy, Anthologies
Buy Links: Amazon , Book Depositry
Favorite Story: Beautiful Venom by Cindy Pon
13 Tales of Villainy…

Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world. In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. 

No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . . Authors: Renee Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon
BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoe Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).

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