BOOK REVIEW | THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR, BY KATHARINE MCGEE

Title: The Thousandth Floorthousandth-floor-cover

Author: Katharine McGee

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: September 1, 2016

Genres: Fantasy, YA

Where I received the book: I received a review copy of this book from Harper Collins.

Star rating:★★☆

Summary: NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

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BOOK TOUR | CONQUESTS: HEARTS RULE KINGDOMS, BY EMILY MURDOCH

Title: Conquests: Hearts Rule Kingdomsconquests

Author: Emily Murdoch

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: August 12, 2013

Genres: Historical fiction, romance

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the author as part of a book tour.

Star rating:★★☆

Summary: England, 1069.

The nation is still recovering from the Norman invasion three years earlier – and adjusting to life under its sometimes brutal new rulers.

A young girl trembles in the shadows of what was once her home.
Avis is homeless and penniless, and with no family left alive she is forced to become a ward of Richard, the Norman lord who has taken her home. But when King William decrees that Norman lords must marry Anglo-Saxon women Avis must make a terrible choice.
Either marry the repulsive Richard or take a else chance on another Norman, Melville, a man she has never met.

Soon she realises that survival in a time of turmoil and war depends of putting aide the prejudices of the past And if she can do so, kingdoms and hearts can still be among her ‘Conquests’.

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BOOK REVIEW | AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, SABAA TAHIR

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Title: An Ember in the Ashes27774758

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Genres: Fantasy, YA

Where I received the book: I purchased a copy of this book from booktopia.

Star rating:★★★

Summary: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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BOOK REVIEW | PERCY JACKSON AND THE GREEK HEROES, BY RICK RIORDAN

Title: Percy Jaskcon And the Greek Heroes51qSv7f04EL._AC_UL320_SR210,320_

Author: Rick Riordan

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: May 30, 2016

Genres: Fantasy, YA

Where I received the book: I received a review copy from Penguin Random House NZ.

Star rating:★★★

Summary: Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this.

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REVIEW | NEVER NEVER PART 1, BY COLLEEN HOOVER AND TARRYN FISHER

Title: Never Never24378015

Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 7, 2015

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA

Where I received the book: I purchased the ebook.

Star rating:★

Summary: Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

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REVIEW | THE WINNER’S CURSE, MARIE RUTKOSKI

16069030Title: The Winner’s Curse

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA

Where I received the book: I borrowed the book from the local library.

Star rating:★

Summary: Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

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BOOK REVIEW | DEVOLVE; THE WOLF, BY MIKE HOOPER

29216254Title: Devolve; the Wolf

Author: Mike Hooper

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: June 23, 2016

Genres: Dystipian, YA

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

Star rating:★

Summary: Spending your life underground isn’t living, it’s surviving.
But with the surface of the earth left ravaged from war, those surviving in the Burrows might be all that’s left, and their lives come at a cost.
As an orphan born in the depths of the Burrows, Foren has spent his life dreaming of this day. Amongst a group of unlikely friends, he’ll step foot on the Surface for the very first time. Together, they’ll pay their dues to the Burrows as they search for what’s needed to keep the human race alive.
They don’t exactly know what they’re looking for, what they do find … will change them forever

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BOOK REVIEW | AND I DARKEN, BY KIERSTEN WHITE

andidarkenTitle: And I Darken

Author: Kiersten White

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Genres: historical fiction, YA.

Where I received the book: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Random House!

Star rating:★

Summary: 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.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

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.

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BOOK REVIEW | THE HIDDEN ORACLE, RICK RIORDAN

1812Title: The Hidden Oracle

Author: Rick Riordan

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Genres: mythology, urban fantasy, YA.

Where I received the book: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Penguin!

Star rating:★

Summary: How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

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REVIEW | ELEMENTALS: THE HEAD OF MEDUSA, MICHELLE MADOW

Title: The Head of Medusa28176867

Author: Michelle Madow

Series Number: 3

Publication Date: June 29, 2016

Genres: Romance, urban fantasy, YA.

Where I received the book: I received this book in exchange for an honest review through the author.

Star rating:★

Summary: When Nicole Cassidy moved to a new town, she discovered that she was a witch descended from gods. But that was nothing compared to learning that it was up to her and four others with mysterious elemental powers to help save the world from the Titans, who would soon return to Earth.

Now her relationship with Blake — the fire Elemental — is finally heating up. But she must remain focused, because Typhon, one of the deadliest creatures in history, has escaped from the weakening prison world. Only one object can destroy him — the head of Medusa herself.

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