BOOK REVIEW | QUEENS OF GEEK, BY JEN WILDE

Title: Queens Of Geek

Author: Jen Wilde

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: March 14, 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: When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

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BOOK REVIEW | RISE OF THE ERIFS, BY ATLANTA BUSHNELL

Title: Rise of the Erifs

Author: Atlanta Bushnell

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: December 27, 2015

Genres: Fantasy

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

Star rating:★★☆☆

Summary: “What the hell is an Erif?!”
“A killing machine. If they catch us, they’ll kill us. That’s all you need to know.”
The Erifs are ruthless, powerful and unforgiving. They feed on rage and hatred.
And Prince Torin is all that stands in their way. He is young and impulsive. Determined to protect those he loves at any cost as their kingdom prepares for war with the Erifs – a fierce race of warriors – even if it means paying the ultimate price. But little does he know that those closest to him are hiding dark secrets.
And in a land where battle lines are drawn in blood and carved out with fire, secrets could end them all.

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BOOK REVIEW | THE BONE WITCH, BY RIN CHUPECO

Title: The Bone Witch

Author: Rin Chupeco

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Genres: Fantasy

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

Star rating:★★★

Summary: When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

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there was so much potential for this book. honestly, the summary and everything i’d heard about online painted this book in a positive light. sadly, this book was a lot less than what i’d hoped for. the writing style was beautiful. some reviews i’ve seen say it’s too descriptive, but i really enjoyed it in this book. even though it’s so poetic, i felt confused a lot of the time. i had no idea what was going on or why.

this could also be due to the lack of actual plot. it felt as if nothing was actually happening. i didn’t particularly mind this, but it did make the book very slow to get through and to understand what’s going on. i feel like this is a good setup for the next few books, and could’ve been a novella rather than a full-length novel. there is definitely potential here.

The two timelines thing was very confusing. I honestly had no idea what was going on and skim read it as I was so lost. According to some reviews I’ve looked at, it’s like a flash forward type thing(??). it didn’t add anything to the story and it would’ve been better had it been cut out.

the beginning/first 50% of this book was very good. i was hooked. i loved the world, the characters and nearly everything. unfortunately, the second half of this book was totally different. there’s hardly any action (when i thought there’d be quite a lot). i wish there was more dealings with the necromancy stuff. i found that really interesting. pretty much all that happens is a whole bunch of tea party stuff and socialization. and her training consisted of dancing and singing, which made no sense to me and wasn’t really explained. like, how is dancing or singing going to help her use her dark magic?

on a good note, i really liked tea. although her name is very strange. i liked fox, her brother, and their relationship. i wish there was more development with these characters (as well as their relationship, especially since fox is dead). i absolutely loved likh, and how he wanted to do something even though it was looked down upon as a “woman’s thing”.

overall, yes this book is fairly boring and confusing, i still really enjoyed it. i think it sets up everything well for the sequel, and i can’t wait to read it. (i certainly hope there’s more use of magic and action).

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BOOK REVIEW | CARAVAL, BY STEPHANIE GARBER

Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 31, 2017

Genres: Fantasy

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

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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BOOK REVIEW | THE SEVERED LAND, BY MAURICE GEE

Title: The Severed Land

Author: Maurice Gee

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 30, 2017

Genres: Fantasy

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

Star rating:★★★

Summary: From the high reaches of a tree, Fliss watches the soldiers attempting yet again to break through the invisible wall. Amid the explosions, a drummer boy tries to escape. As he is about to be shot, Fliss reaches through the wall and pulls him to safety. But Fliss is dismayed to find she has saved an overfed rich boy. She is even more dismayed to learn that she must accompany him back through the wall on a special mission to rescue the Nightingale.

The world they have to travel through is a perilous one, full of predatory thieves, slave masters, beggars, dippers, mudlarks, drain-sliders, spies and wall-men. It is a world where the ruling families are caught up in a lethal power struggle.

Will Fliss and the despised drummer boy learn to trust each other? Who is the Nightingale? And will they all make it back alive?

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BOOK REVIEW | AWAKEN, BY G.R. THOMAS

Title: Awaken

Author: G.R. Thomas

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: November 11, 2015

Genres: Urban Fantasy

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

Star rating:★★★

Summary: SOME PEOPLE AREN’T DESTINED TO BE ORDINARY.
With a special gift held close to her heart, it was always going to be hard for Sophia Woodville to live an ordinary life.
As a 20 year old nursing grad, she thought she had her future all sorted.
However, destiny was about to intervene.
Her secret was not so secret. The gift she possessed was just a hint of something far beyond her wildest imagination.
Sophia will be pulled, kicking and screaming, into an unseen, ancient world that challenges all that she thought to be true of herself, her family and the origins of humanity.
Original sin, forbidden love and her life in constant danger.
Will Sophia survive this dark twist of fate?
Will the devil be her saviour?
Will an Angel be her downfall?

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BOOK REVIEW | THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM, BY ELISE KOVA

Title: the Alchemists of Loom

Author: Elise Kova

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Genres: Fantasy

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

Star rating:★★★

Summary: Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

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BOOK REVIEW | FROSTBLOOD, BY ELLY BLAKE

Title: Frostblood

Author: Elly Blake

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 10th 2017

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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

Star rating:★★☆☆

Summary: The frost king will burn.
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

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BOOK REVIEW | THE BLAZING STAR, BY IMANI JOSEY

Title: The Blazing Star

Author: Imani Josey

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: December 6, 2016

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction

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

Star rating:★★☆

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.

Great.

Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.

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BOOK REVIEW | DEFENDER, BY G X TODD

Title: Defender

Author: G. X. Todd

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 12th 2017

Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia

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

Star rating:★★☆☆

Summary: ‘On the cusp of sleep, have we not all heard a voice call out our name?’
In a world where long drinks are in short supply, a stranger listens to the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road.
The moment locks them together.
Here and now it’s dangerous to listen to your inner voice. Those who do, keep it quiet.
These voices have purpose.
And when Pilgrim meets Lacey, there is a reason. He just doesn’t know it yet.
Defender pulls you on a wild ride to a place where the voices in your head will save or slaughter you.
#HearTheVoices

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