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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BOOK REVIEW | ATLANTIS, BY EVELYNE CONTANT

Title: Atlantis

Author: Evelyne Contant

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: March 20, 2017

Genres: YA Paranormal, Urban 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: I dreamed of an imaginary island lost in the middle of the sea. A legendary island where anything is possible, everything except telling him the truth. Black, my destiny is keeping me from revealing my true identity to you; I have to find the Emerald Tablet so we can finally be together. My dream is for enchanters and humans to live together in peace and harmony, or at least to avoid this war that is looming on the horizon. I’ll go to Atlantis with my team to uncover the first clue in our quest. I’m sure my friends will be able to help me accomplish this extraordinary mission! Atlantis! Can you believe it? Will you join me on my adventure?

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BOOK REVIEW | GEEKERELLA, BY ASHLEY POSTON

Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: April 4, 2017

Genres: YA Contemporary

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers on Net Galley to review.

Star rating:★★★★★

Summary: Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

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BOOK REVIEW | KING’S CAGE, BY VICTORIA AVEYARD

Title: King’s Cage

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Series Number: 3

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Genres: YA Dystopian

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

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

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BOOK REVIEW | THE CHANGEOVER, BY MARGARET MAHY

Title: The Changeover

Author: Margaret Mahy

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: April 4, 2017 (originally 1984)

Genres: YA Contemporary

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

Star rating:★★★☆

Summary: Carnegie medal-winning supernatural romance from Margaret Mahy.

The face in the mirror. From the moment she saw it, Laura Chant knew that something dreadful was going to happen. It wasn’t the first time she’d been forewarned. But never before had anything so terrible happened. The horrifyingly evil Carmody Braque touched and branded her little brother – and now Jacko was very ill, getting steadily worse.
There was only one way to save him. Laura had to change over: had to release her supernatural powers. And that meant joining forces with the extraordinary and enigmatic Sorenson Carlisle…

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BOOK REVIEW | SILVER & BONE, BY CLAUDIA CAIN

Title: Silver & Bone

Author: Claudia Cain

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: October 31, 2016

Genres: Paranormal

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

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: Jennifer Jones is trying to be a better person.

It’s not easy. She has a lot to make up for, considering that she’s an immortal blood-sucker with a history of serial killing. But at least she probably can’t get worse.

And for the last seventy years, things have been going well. She’s got a job, friends she cares about, a steady relationship, and she hasn’t killed a single human.

But something dark is on the horizon. A body appears in an alley, bringing up unsettling memories. A Necromancer warns of an approaching menace, and as more and more bodies begin to appear, repeating a very familiar pattern, Jennifer finds herself being framed for murder.

Someone is out for revenge, and they’re willing to kill to get it.

You might be able to ignore your past, but you can’t outrun it, and Jennifer’s has just caught up to her.

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BOOK REVIEW | STRANGE THE DREAMER, BY LAINI TAYLOR

Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: December 27, 2015

Genres: YA Contemporary

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

Star rating:★☆☆☆☆

Summary: The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

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