BOOK REVIEW | BREAKWATER BY CATHERINE JONES PAYNE

Title: Breakwater

Author: Catherine Jones Payne

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Genres: YA Fantasy

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: A red tide is rising.

As the daughter of one of the mer-king’s trusted advisors, seventeen-year-old Jade has great responsibilities. When her fiancé murders a naiad, plunging the underwater city of Thessalonike into uproar, tensions surge between the mer and the naiads. Jade learns too late that the choices she makes ripple further than she’d ever imagined. And as she fights against the tide of anger in a city that lives for scandal, she discovers danger lurking in every canal, imperiling her family and shattering the ocean’s fragile peace.

Can the city’s divisions be mended before the upwelling of hate rips apart everything Jade loves?

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BOOK REVIEW | ONE OF US IS LYING, BY KAREN M. McMANUS

Title: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: June 1, 2017

Genres: YA Contemporary, Mystery

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

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

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BOOK REVIEW | PIECES OF YOU BY EILEEN MERRIMAN

Title: Pieces of You

Author: Eileen Merriman

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: May 29, 2017

Genres: YA Contemporary

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

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: 

Wise, tough, heart-breaking, funny, this compulsive love story is about facing your demons.

Fifteen-year-old Rebecca McQuilten moves with her parents to a new city. Lonely but trying to fit in, she goes to a party, but that’s when things really fall apart.

I couldn’t tell anyone what had happened. Especially since I was the new girl in town. Who would want to believe me?

Things look up when she meets gregarious sixteen-year-old Cory Marshall.

‘You’re funny, Becs,’ Cory said.
‘You have no idea,’ I said, and clearly he didn’t, but I was smiling anyway.
And after that, he was all I could think about.

Cory helps Rebecca believe in herself and piece her life back together; but that’s before he shatters it all over again . . .

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BOOK REVIEW | THE DARK PROPHECY BY RICK RIORDAN

Title: the Dark Prophecy

Author: Rick Riordan

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: May 1, 2017

Genres: YA Urban Fantasy, Mythology

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Penguin Random House NZ in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

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BOOK REVIEW | STRANGE ALCHEMY, BY GWENDA BOND

Title: Strange Alchemy

Author: Gwenda Bond

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Genres: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley to review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: Gwenda Bond’s first book Blackwood has been reimagined and brought back to life with new vision. On Roanoke Island, the legend of the Lost Colony—and the 114 colonists who vanished without a trace more than four hundred years ago—still haunts the town. But that’s just a story told for the tourists.

When 114 people suddenly disappear from the island in present day, it seems history is repeating itself—and an unlikely pair of seventeen-year-olds might be the only hope of bringing the missing back. Miranda Blackwood, a member of one of island’s most infamous families, and Phillip Rawling, the sherrif’s son, who has demons and secrets of his own, find themselves at the center of the mystery.

As the unlikely pair works to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony, they must dodge everyone from the authorities to long-dead alchemists as they race against time to save their family and friends before they too are gone for good.

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BOOK REVIEW | ANNE BOLEYN: A KING’S OBSESSION, BY ALISON WEIR

Title: Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession

Author: Alison Weir

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: May 18, 2017

Genres: Historical Fiction

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ to review.

Star rating:★★★☆☆

Summary: A novel filled with new insights into the story of Henry VIII’s second—and most infamous—wife, Anne Boleyn. The second book in the epic Six Tudor Queens series, from the acclaimed historian and bestselling author of Katherine of Aragon.

It is the spring of 1527. Henry VIII has come to Hever Castle in Kent to pay court to Anne Boleyn. He is desperate to have her. For this mirror of female perfection he will set aside his Queen and all Cardinal Wolsey’s plans for a dynastic French marriage.

Anne Boleyn is not so sure. She loathes Wolsey for breaking her betrothal to the Earl of Northumberland’s son, Harry Percy, whom she had loved. She does not welcome the King’s advances; she knows that she can never give him her heart.

But hers is an opportunist family. And whether Anne is willing or not, they will risk it all to see their daughter on the throne…

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BOOK REVIEW | BLINK AND YOU DIE BY LAUREN CHILD

Title: Blink and You Die

Author: Lauren Child

Series Number: 6

Publication Date: May 1, 2017

Genres: YA mystery, thriller.

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins NZ in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: 

Say goodbye to Ruby Redfort: every smart kid’s smart kid. The mind-blowing conclusion to the thrilling series by award-winning author Lauren Child.

Ruby Redfort: undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius – you can count on her when the ice starts to crack.

All good things come to an end… Ruby Redfort is running scared, a whole bunch of people want her dead and worst of all one of them is on her team. But just who is this agent of doom?

You can run, Ruby, but you can’t hide…

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BOOK REVIEW | THE SEAFARER’S KISS, BY JULIA EMBER

Title: The Seafarer’s Kiss

Author: Julia Ember

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: May 4, 2017

Genres: YA Fantasy

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

Star rating:★★★★★

Summary: Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

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BOOK REVIEW | PERFECT BY CECELIA AHERN

Title: Perfect

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: April 6, 2017

Genres: YA Dystopia

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins NZ to review.

Star rating:★★★★★

Summary: When we embrace all our flaws, that’s when we can finally become perfect…

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed…?

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BOOK REVIEW | THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED, BY BECKY ALBERTALLI

Title: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: April 11, 2017

Genres: YA Contemporary

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley to review.

Star rating:★★★★★

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

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