BOOK REVIEW | JANE SEYMOUR: THE HAUNTED QUEEN, BY ALISON WEIR

Title: Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen

Author: Alison Weir

Series Number: 3

Publication Date: May 8, 2018

Genres: Historical Fiction

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from hachette nz in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★☆

Summary: Ever since she was a child, Jane has longed for a cloistered life as a nun. But her large noble family has other plans, and, as an adult, Jane is invited to the King’s court to serve as lady-in-waiting for Queen Katherine of Aragon. The devout Katherine shows kindness to all her ladies, almost like a second mother, which makes rumors of Henry’s lustful pursuit of Anne Boleyn—who is also lady-in-waiting to the queen—all the more shocking. For Jane, the betrayal triggers memories of a painful incident that shaped her beliefs about marriage.

But once Henry disavows Katherine and secures his new queen—altering the religious landscape of England—he turns his eye to another: Jane herself. Urged to return the King’s affection and earn favor for her family, Jane is drawn into a dangerous political game that pits her conscience against her desires. Can Jane be the one to give the King his long-sought-after son or will she meet a fate similar to the women who came before her?

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BOOK REVIEW | GENERATION ONE, PITTACUS LORE

Title: Generation One

Author: Pittacus Lore

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: May 28, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from penguin nz in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★☆

Summary: The first book in a pulse-pounding new series that’s set in the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series. The war may be over—but for the next generation, the battle has just begun!

It has been over a year since the invasion of Earth was thwarted in Pittacus Lore’s United as One. But in order to win, our alien allies known as the Garde unleashed their Loric energy that spread throughout the globe. Now human teenagers have begun to develop incredible powers of their own, known as Legacies.

To help these incredible and potentially dangerous individuals—and put the world at ease—the Garde have created an academy where they can train this new generation to control their powers and hopefully one day help mankind. But not everyone thinks that’s the best use of their talents. And the teens may need to use their Legacies sooner than they ever imagined.

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BOOK REVIEW | SMALL SPACES, BY SARAH EPSTEIN

Title: Small Spaces

Author: Sarah Epstein

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: April 1, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Walker Books AU in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★★

Summary: We don’t pick and choose what to be afraid of. Our fears pick us.

Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure young Mallory Fisher away from a carnival. At the time nobody believed Tash, and she has since come to accept that Sparrow wasn’t real. Now fifteen and mute, Mallory’s never spoken about the week she went missing.

As disturbing memories resurface, Tash starts to see Sparrow again. And she realises Mallory is the key to unlocking the truth about a dark secret connecting them. Does Sparrow exist after all? Or is Tash more dangerous to others than she thinks?

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