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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BOOK REVIEW | THE HATE U GIVE, BY ANGIE THOMAS

Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: February 28, 2017

Genres: YA Contemporary

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Walker Books Australia to review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

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BOOK REVIEW | THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE, BY BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ

Title: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: March 7, 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: Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

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BOOK REVIEW | ROYAL BASTARDS, BY ANDREW SHVARTS

Title: Royal Bastards

Author: Andrew Shvarts

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Genres: YA Fantasy

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

Star rating:★★★

Summary: Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . .

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BOOK REVIEW | THE MOONSTONE, BY EVELYNE CONTANT

Title: Enchantment: the Moonstone

Author: Evelyne Contant

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: February 21, 2016

Genres: Fantasy, Romance

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

Star rating:★★★

Summary: Fear, love… and betrayal; that’s what I feel about my new life.
It’s a life I never asked for, at least not like that.
I certainly dreamed of adventure, of escaping from my ordinary life, but nothing prepared me for what would happen when my normal life flipped upside down.
On that fateful day, a witch, a real one, revealed to me that I’m not human! That’s right, I, Lou Mills, am an enchanter like her! It seems that I’m the key to an ancient prophecy and that I must save the world from the imminent war between humans and enchanters. What waits makes no sense; in fact, nothing seems to make sense to me since meeting her.
And then there’s this man…dark and mysterious…but so attractive. If only I could forget him. Duality is the way the Earth remains in balance, black and white, right and wrong, love and hate. What side should I fight for when the war finally breaks out? How to choose between my family…and the people who I belong to?

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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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