Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 5/5

Goodreads rating: 4.62/5

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher:  Orion Children’s Books

Summary (Goodreads):

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.
Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.
A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
 

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Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah.J Maas

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Title: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah.J Maas

My rating: 4.25/5

Goodreads rating: 4.57/5

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Publisher:  Bloomsbury

Summary (Goodreads):

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

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Informal Review: Harper and the Sea of Secrets by Cerrie Burnell

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Title: Harper and the Sea of Secrets

Author: Cerrie Burnell

IllustratorLaura Ellen Anderson

My rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads rating: 3.08/5

Genre: Fantasy

Summary (Goodreads):

The Songs of the Sea festival is about to start, but disaster has struck! The royal musicians will be performing, but all their instruments have disappeared…Harper and her friends use her flying umbrella to come to the rescue, and that very night they start hearing beautiful music coming from Melody Bay. Will they have the courage to walk along the pitch-black smugglers’ tunnels passing under the sea to find out who has stolen the instruments? A captivating adventure story all about friendship, creatures of the sea and magic. This is World Book Day UK book for 2016. 

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Review: Golden Sun by Pierce Brown

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Title: Golden Son

Author: Pierce Brown

Publisher: Del Ray

My rating: 5/5

Goodreads rating: 4.5/5

Genre: Science Fiction

Summary (Goodreads):

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

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Review: Legend by Marie Lu

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Title: Legend

Author: Marie Lu

My rating: 4/5

Goodreads rating: 4.20/5

Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult

Publisher:   Putnam Juvenile

Summary (Goodreads):

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

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Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Title: Everything Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

My rating: 3.75/5

Goodreads rating: 4.04/5

Genre: Contemporary, YA

Publisher:  Delacorte Books

Summary (Goodreads):

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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Review: Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

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Title: Seven Ways We Lie

Author: Riley Redgate

My rating: 4/5

Goodreads rating: 4.22

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Amulet Books

Summary (Goodreads):

Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.

When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.

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Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Title: A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness

My rating: 5/5

Goodreads rating: 4.23

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Walker Books

Summary (Goodreads):

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

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Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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Title: The Wrath and The Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

My rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads rating: 4.23

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Publisher: P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Summary (Goodreads):

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

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Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.52/5

Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Summary (Goodreads):

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.


Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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