Review: A Thousand Pieces of You (Kindle edition)

9780062357694

Publisher: Harper Teen

Author: Claudia Gray

Series: Firebird; Book One

Genre: Young Adult/YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dimension Travel, Adventure, Romance

Read: 29th June 2015


Summary

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their ground breaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes – and promise to revolutionise science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered and the killer – her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul – escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows – including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt – as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.


Review

This book was amazing! An alternate life at each turn, Marguerite follows Paul through the different lives she could have led instead of her one. Along with Theo, her parent’s other assistant, they go in search of Paul, determined to take down Henry Caine’s killer. We see an alternate London, another San Francisco, Russian Royalty and underwater settlements. Beautifully portrayed and an excellent read, this book is a page turner. I could not put it down once I had started it! It’s so well laid out and fab, I’m so glad that I’ve read it! And because we follow through with Marguerite’s perspective, the science-y parts (for us who are not so science inclined) are all clearly explained in layman’s terms, making it an easy read while keeping everything exciting.


Recommend

Just read it. Just – read it. It is fab and you will not regret it.


Rating

FIVE OUT OF FIVE!!!!!! AHHHHH! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

You can find it here and buy it here

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Review: The DUFF (Kindle edition)

9781444927986

Publisher: Hodder’s Children’s Books

Author: Kody Keplinger

Series: Hamilton High; Book One

Genre: Young Adult/YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, High School Life

Read: 29th June 2015


Summary

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is smart, cynical, loyal – and well aware that she’s not the hot one in her group of friends. But when high-school jock and all round moron Wesley Rush tells her she’s a DUFF – a Designated, Ugly, Fat Friend – Bianca does not see the funny side. She may not be a beauty but she’d never stoop so low as to go anywhere near the likes of Wesley… Or would she? Bianca is about to find out that attraction defies looks and that sometimes your sworn enemies can become your best friends…


Review

I super, super, super enjoyed this book! I found it realistic and fun and loved how cynical and down to earth Bianca was.
We see from the get go how Bianca doesn’t enjoy being in a club, doesn’t enjoy places where she can’t be herself and gets headaches from constant techno music. (Understandable) It’s here at the Nest, an underage club, that Bianca is found by Wesley Rush, the school’s resident manwhore. It’s with this encounter that Bianca first hears of a DUFF – the Designate Ugly, Fat Friend. Naturally, Bianca doesn’t take this well and Wesley ends up with Cherry Coke over his head.
Unable to keep the word DUFF off her mind after that night, Bianca finds herself paired with her most hated person – Wesley Rush – for an English paper.  With it, she finds herself using Wesley and finding herself addicted to him. She still hates him, until he finds out that her parents are getting a divorce and her dad is drinking again after 18 years of sobriety. He’s there when things take a turn for the worse and Bianca confides in him.
And hates herself for it. Realising that she’s left her friends behind to get her high, Bianca goes back to her friends and cuts Wesley off. She finds her long time crush Toby Tucker asking her out and, delighted and trying to keep Wesley off her mind, Bianca accepts.
Wesley, however, isn’t going to give up that easily, or let Bianca run away from her problems again. They confront each other and part ways, Bianca with Toby and Wesley hung up on Bianca.
A thoroughly enjoyable book about friendship, labels and boys, I thought this book was amazing!


Recommend

If you liked To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before or Since You’ve Been Gone, you’ll find this book very enjoyable. I would recommend that if you’re getting tired of all the star crossed lover stories, this would be a book for you.


Rating 

I have given this book a 5/5🌟

You can find it here and buy it here

Review: Delirium (Kindle edition)

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Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Author: Lauren Oliver

Series: Delirium; Book One

Genre: Young Adult/YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Read: 29th June 2015


Summary

They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them.

Until now.

Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie.

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.

Then, at last, they found a cure.


Review

Set in Portland and fictionalised, Delirium follows Lena Haloway, a seventeen year old girl who’s counting down the days before she can get the cure – the one thing that will make sure she never gets amor deliria nervosa and become infected by love.
With 95 days left until her birthday and the day she’ll be cured, Lena, short for Magdalena, is determined not to mess up, to get through the 95 days and get the cure. She saw what it did to her mam and she’s seen how it’s helped her sister. She knows this is  what she wants, to have this happy and safe life free from love.
Until her assessment goes wrong and she sees him, a laughing boy, up on the railings. She guesses that he’s an invalid until she meets him again with her friend Hana while they’re out running.
He is Alex, part time guard and college student.
After her initial meeting with him, and what she takes as a failed rendezvous, she forgets about him. She looks forward to graduating from high school and spending the summer with her best friend before they get cured.
But Hana changes all that when she discovers loops in the intranet system and finds illegal concerts going on around Portland. She pushes Lena into going, but Lena only decides to go after Hana’s words get to her. Not expecting anything from going, she’s surprised when she runs into Alex and finds her world changing.
Summer becomes Lena, Hana and Alex as Lena counts down the days to her procedure. Until Alex becomes her full time distraction and she reconsiders what love is – maybe, after all, it’s not a disease, but something to be treasured?
I really enjoyed this book, which surprised me because I don’t usually like romance novels but I found that after about 20% I really got into it and found great enjoyment in reading it.

Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie


Recommend

If you liked The Selection series, Jenny Han’s writing and a well developed world, this is the book for you.


Rating

I have given this book a 4/5🌟

You can find it and buy it here

Review: Branded (Kindle Edition)

9780989527415

Publisher: Month9Books

Author: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Series: Sinners; Book One

Genre: Young Adult/YA, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Read: 28th June 2015


Summary

A teenage girl is accused of a crime she didn’t commit, and is forced to live in the Hole, a place where all criminals are forced to endure inhuman horrors and all hope seems lost, until she falls in love with her captor, a crime punishable by death.


Review

I’m going to start with an unpopular opinion – I didn’t enjoy this book all that much. I was really annoyed with Lexi at times and Jesus did Cole make me want to stop reading.
Lexi suffered a trauma and it shows through how she acts but it confuses me why she would fall in love with Cole so quickly. Her abuser was her stepfather, a male authority figure, which is what Cole is. I have no experience with trauma or abuse but I would guess it would stand to that a person who has been abused would shy away from someone who’s in the same position their abuser had been in?
I thought, personally, that Cole was portrayed unrealistically. I haven’t met a guy who would act like that, and my boyfriend is very sappy/lovey-dovey and all that (while retaining some of his masculinity because he would hate me if he ever saw this and I didn’t defend it) type.
I did love Zeus though. And Bruno! I found those two to be portrayed really well, how Zeus is cuddling up to Lexi and licking her the way dogs do and Bruno is like, yeah, bro, I’m your guard but you’re a scrawny little thing so I’ll show you how to defend yourself.
Sutton… I feel like he was just there for a plot device a lot of the time, especially at the end for when we find out who the commander is (now that was a shock! I did not see that one coming!) rather than being the good doctor who’s there to help.
I don’t have any brothers so I can’t really comment on the way Keegan acts, but from what I can tell it was in typical big brother fashion and I enjoyed his character a lot.
The settings and the revolution for a free justice system are what got me through this story. Cole and Lexi really irritated me and my boyfriend even asked me why I was continuing to read it when I was so frustrated at it.
I will admit that for a while, Lexi does redeem herself for me but then after the whole plot twist shebang and when she’s back with Cole I was like omg pls stop.
I also found that when they action was happening, it was going too fast. Some parts were so slow and I was wishing it would hurry up and get to the point and then others were like whoa, wait, what actually just happened?
Another thing that I didn’t like about this story is how quick these two are to fall in love. I felt like the story took place over a very short period of time and it was like BAM! We’re in love.
I just generally didn’t like this book, I found very little enjoyment out of reading it compared to all the hype around it, it really just flopped for me. The only redeeming qualities were what was going on in the Hole, outside of Lexi and Cole’s little world, because at the beginning I did feel like this book had a lot of potential, but then it all just went downhill for me.


Recommend

A lot of people were comparing this to the Hunger Games and Divergent, but I find that it falls very below these series. I would more put this on par with Twilight, just without the vampires and werewolves. I can understand why it would be compared to these books, there’s a rising against the ones in control, but the Hunger Games and Divergent were more about the revolutions and freeing the people whereas Branded was about how Lexi and Cole want to be able to love each other freely.


Rating

I have given this book a 3/5🌟
(Purely for what is happening outside of Lexi and Cole. That stuff seemed interesting. The way it focused on Lexi and Cole dragged it down for me)

You can find and buy it here

Review: Clockwork Princess

9781442485419
Publisher:
Walker Books

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Infernal Devices; Book Three

Genre: Young Adult/YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical, Steampunk

Read: 27th June 2015


Summary

As Tessa Gray prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain needs one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.


Review

It would be a shame for me to go into too much detail about what happens in this book. My copy has only the summary as seen above and I think it allowed me to enjoy the book more. There were many moments that had me in shock, laughing, hoping, and fearing for the characters. I would advise that you read this book before you read the last book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire. I read CoHF first and it spoilt the ending of this for me. Not that I minded all that much because I was going to be reading it anyways, but if you don’t like spoilers, make sure to read it in publishing order!
This book is very well done and we see the beginnings of the Shadowhunter world that Clary steps into while still having that Victorian London backdrop. Tours of London and a trip to Wales with some plot twist and romance, this is a beautiful written conclusion to the Infernal Devices series.
Tessa is brilliant and Jem is courageous while Will is… Well, Will is Will in all his Herondale glory.


Recommend

If you liked the Mortal Instruments series and the other two books from the Infernal Devices, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. As much as I hate to walk away from the Shadowhunter world, it’s ok because the Dark Artifices will be out (hopefully!) next year and we can dive back in again. Not to forget the Shadowhunters TV series will be out next year too! There’s so much stuff,  Shadowerhunters will be coming out of my ears soon (but I love it so who cares?).


Rating

I have given this book a 5/5🌟

You can find and buy it here

Review: Through the Ever Night

9781907411069
Publisher:
Atom

Author: Veronica Rossi

Series:
Under the Never Sky; Book Two

Genre: Young Adult/YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Fantasy

Read: 26th June 2015


Summary
Worlds kept them apart. Destiny brought them together.

Aria has struggled to build a life for herself outside Reverie. It hasn’t been easy adjusting to life in the wilderness, but the struggle has been worth it with Perry by her side.

But Perry has other challenges. His people are looking to him for answers. Answers about what happened to his nephew, and what’s happening to their world. And they don’t trust the privileged Aria, one of the enemy, in their midst.

Soon Perry’ll be forced to choose between the tribe that looks to him for leadership and the girl that looks to him for love.


Review

Continuing on from where Under The Never Sky left off, Through the Ever Night sees Aria and Perry searching for the Still Blue – the part of the earth that isn’t being ravaged by Aether storms and ending up scorched.
Perry is searching for his tribe, the Tides, to give them a better life while Aria is searching to save Perry’s nephew Talon.
When Perry brings Aria to his tribe under the guise of an alliance, things start to go bad for Aria. There’s resentment towards her for being a Dweller and having her Audile powers and there’s more resentment towards her because the Dwellers took some of the younger members of the tribe. After Aria is almost poisoned at her Marking ceremony, she and Roar decide to go off to the Rim and try to find Perry’s sister and Roar’s great love, Liv, while at the same time find out what the leader of the Horns (the tribe that reside in Rim), Sable, knows about the Still Blue. Along the way, Aria finds herself in an alliance with Soren, Counsel Hess’s son, something she wouldn’t have considered after what happened in Ag 6 until she realises that Soren can help her.
Meanwhile, Perry is preparing his tribe for the worst, more Aether storms and attacks from other tribes. He begins to set them up in a cave, much to their disapproval, until an Aether storm almost kills them and they realise Perry is trying to save them.
It’s in this Aether storm that we finally see what Cinder is capable of and the real reason Sable sent his warriors with the other half of Liv’s payment.
Meeting on the road again, Aria and Perry quickly rush to Reverie to try and save Talon and anyone else they can on the way out when Aria learns from Soren’s recordings of Sable and Hess that only 400 people will make it out of the Pod – and she knows Talon won’t be one of them.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading Into the Still Blue soon.


Recommend

If you enjoyed Under the Never Sky, this is an excellent sequel to it. If you like Shatter Me or the Selection series, there are similar themes that you might enjoy from this trilogy too.


Rating

I have given this book a 4/5🌟

You can find and buy it here

 

Review: Dorothy Must Die

9780062347046

Publisher: Harper

Author: Daniella Paige

Series: Dorothy Must Die; Book One

Genre: Young Adult/YA, fantasy, retelling, fiction

Read: 25th June 2015


Summary
I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. But I never expected Oz to look like this. A place where Good Witches can’t be trusted and Wicked Witches just might be the good guys. A place where even the yellow brick road is crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy.
My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and I’ve been given a mission:
Remove the tin woodman’s heart.
Steal the scarecrow’s brain.
Take the lion’s courage.
And then –
Dorothy must die.


Review

Bullied for most of her life, Amy Gumm doesn’t think that her day can get any worse when the pregnant girl that’s been bullying her since she was nine years old punches her and gets her suspended. She doesn’t even find the way her mam is going to work in the bar, even though she’s been sitting in a comatose state on the couch for the last three days, all that surprising.
What’s strange about that day in Dusty Acres, Kansas, is that there’s a tornado coming her way. Think that like all the others, it’ll pass her by, Amy is in for a bit of a shock when she gets swept up in it and finds herself being rescued by a boy with green eyes.
Soon, she finds that she’s landed in Oz, with the Wizard and Dorothy Gale. Only it’s not the Oz she grew up reading about and watching on TV – it’s desolate.
Amy learns how Dorothy came back and how she’s stealing all the magic from Oz and destroying the land in the process before she finally meets Her Royal Highness, Princess Dorothy, given her title by Queen Ozma, the true ruler of Oz. Only she’s turned a few shades of evil.
Thrown into the dungeons, Amy is rescued by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked and comes to find that Good and Wicked maybe not be so concrete anymore.
With bubble gum pink hair and now a kick ass fighter, Amy is sent into the palace in disguise and has only one mission – learn Dorothy’s every move and when the time comes, take Dorothy down.
I enjoyed Amy’s character and how while she found a spark with the character of Nox, she put the mission in front of it. She found a friend in Gert, the old witch, and Ollie the educated, wingless, talking monkey. She found a cause and she’s sticking to it and finding her real self along the way.


Recommend

If you like kick ass heroines such as June Iparis, or if you just like the world of Oz and the story of Dorothy, I think you’ll find this an enjoyable read.


Rating

I have given this book a 4/5🌟

You can buy it here

 

Review: Shadow and Bone

9781780622262

Publisher: Indigo

Author:  Leigh Bardugo

Series: The Grisha: Book One

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult/YA,  Science Fiction

Read: 22nd June 2015


Summary

‘I’ve been waiting for you a long time, Alina,’ he said. ‘You and I are going to change the world.’

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she ne the key to setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a man of seductive charm and terrifying power. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future. why can’t she ever quite forget him?



Review

Reading this book on holidays means that I had lots of time and was able to read it very fast. Alina and Mal were orphans who joined the army and Mal became a tracker while Alina became a map maker. They were set to cross from one side of the country to the other by passing through a dark fold that cut the country off from it’s ports. But of course, it being a dark fold full of evil, human eating creatures, things go bad and when Mal is hurt, Alina protects him the best she can. And it means dragging up the power she’s kept hidden inside of her since she was a small child. It leads to Alina being dragged in front of the handsome Darkling and being sent off to the capital of Os Alta where the Grisha live and train.
Set against a Russian type background and bordered by what I can assume is a take of Germany and China, I don’t think I liked this book all too much. The words, such as Corporalki, Etherealki, Materialki, Novokribirsk, Petrazoi and Tsibeya, were hard for me, as someone who has grown up speaking English, Irish and German, to pronounce and I found that they took from my enjoyment of the book.
I enjoyed Alina’s character, she was quiet and dedicated to her work as a map maker, and determined to develop her powers once she unlocked them. She was held back by her childhood best friend, Mal, who I found was a bit like your typical childhood-best-friend-turned-popular kind of guy until Alina’s powers start showing. This isn’t to say he wasn’t a good friend, he did save her life and look out for her and we see on their journey that he is a good person.
I found the Darkling to be a very interesting character. Aside from being described as handsome and appealing, and as well as having his natural charm around Grisha given that his power is to amplify their powers, he has his agendas and he’s determined to make them happen. He knows what he wants and he isn’t afraid to get it, leading him to do very cruel things in the book but I think the fact that once you see his goals, you see all of him makes him my favourite character in the book.
Overall, the plot twists and the palace life as well as the magic training make this book a good read but the language in it took from it for me.


Recommend

If you like magic, you might find this book enjoyable. I’m finding it hard to think of other comparisons to this book because it is a unique book in its settings and characters.


Rating

I have given this book a 3/5🌟

You can buy it here


June Wrap Up

  

So, in the month of June I read thirteen books and one novella and I’m very proud of myself 😊 some of them were on kindle and some of them I’ve given to a friend so they aren’t featured here. I’ll be posting the individual reviews soon, so watch out for them too 😜 

• Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson – 5/5🌟

• To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han – 5/5🌟

• Deity – Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4/5🌟

• Elixir – Jennifer L. Armentrout – 3/5 🌟

• The 100 – Kass Morgan – 3/5🌟

• The Heir – Kiera Cass – 4/5🌟

• Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo – 3/5🌟

• Dorothy Must Die – Danielle Page – 4/5🌟

• Through the Ever Night – Veronica Rossi – 4/5🌟

 • Clockwork Princess -Cassandra Clare – 5/5🌟

• Branded (Kindle edition) – Abi Ketner/Missy Kalicicki – 3/5🌟

• Delirium (Kindle edition) – Lauren Oliver – 4/5🌟

• The DUFF (Kindle edition) – Kody Keplinger – 4/5🌟

• A Thousand Pieces of You (Kindle edition) – Claudia Gray – 4/5🌟

What did you guys read this month? 

If any of you guys follow me on Instagram (my name there is also @eveningreads) I’m holding a giveaway so feel free to check it out and join! 

My Current Read and TBR

(This will probably be a long post)

So my TBR list is pretty long and I thought I might share it with the world.

Currently Reading: Outlander (Cross Stitch)
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Arrow Books
Series: Outlander, Book One
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
9780553393699
Summary:
In 1945, Claire Randall is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon in Scotland. She walks through a stone circle in the Highlands, and finds herself in a violent skirmish taking place in 1743. Suddenly she is a Sassenach, an outlander, in a country ravaged by war and by clan feuds.
Marooned amid the passion and violence, the superstition, the shifting allegiances and the fervent loyalties, Claire is in danger from Jacobites and Redcoats – and from the shock of her own desire for Jamie Fraser, a gallant and courageous young Scots warrior.
Jamie shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire, and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
What Goodreads says

TBR List

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Indigo
Series: The Grisha, Book One
Genre: Young Adult/YA, fiction, fantasy
9781780622262
Summary
The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a man of seductive charm and terrifying power. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?
What Goodreads say

Title: Dorothy Must Die
Author:
Danielle Paige
Publisher:
Harper
Series:
Dorothy Must Die, Book One
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, fantasy, retelling, fiction
9780062347046
Summary
I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. But I never expected Oz to look like this. A place where Good Witches can’t be trusted and Wicked Witches just might be the good guys. A place where even the yellow brick road is crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy.
My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recuited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and I’ve been given a mission:
Remove the tin woodman’s heart.
Steal the scarecrow’s brain.
Take the lion’s courage.
And then –
Dorothy must die.
What Goodreads says

Title: Through the Ever Night
Author:
Veronica Rossi
Publisher:
Atom
Series:
Under the Never Sky, Book Two
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Fantasy
9781907411069

Summary
Worlds kept them apart. Destiny brought them together. Aria has struggled to build a life for herself outside Reverie. It hasn’t been easy adjusting to life in the wilderness, but the struggle has been worth it with Perry by her side. But Perry has other challenges. His people are looking to him for answers. Answers about what happened to his nephew, and what’s happening to their world. And they don’t trust the privileged Aria, one of the enemy, in their midst. Soon Perry’ll be forced to choose between the tribe that looks to him for leadership and the girl that looks to him for love.
What Goodreads says

Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher:
Walker Books
Series:
The Infernal Devices, Book Three
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical, Steampunk
9781442485419

Summary
As Tessa Gray prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain needs one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
What Goodreads says

Title: Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Author:
Laini Taylor
Publisher:
Hodor
Series:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book Three
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Fiction
9781444722734

Summary
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil pressed their hands together and started the apocalypse.
Common enemy, common cause.
When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.
And, perhaps, for themselves.
But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva and, in the skies of Eretz… something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.
What power can bruise the sky?
From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim alike will fight, strive, love and die in an epic theatre that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.
At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?
What Goodreads say

Title: All I Know Now
Author:
Carrie Hope Fletcher
Publisher:
Little Brown
Genre:
Advice, Personal Development, Non-fiction, Memoir
9780751557510

Summary
I pushed and persevered through the crap all teenagers go through – the bullying, the boys, the peer pressure, the friends, the enemies, the frenemies… Now I’m here, watching as you guys go through almost identical experiences; trapped on the wrong side of a computer screen. Helpless… until now.
What Goodreads says

Title: Red Queen
Author:
Victoria Aveyard
Publisher:
Orion Books
Series:
Red Queen, Book One
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Paranormal, Romance
9780062310637

Summary
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until a twist of fate brings her before the Silver court. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly ability of her own.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the king hides her in plain view: betrothed to his youngest son. Trapped, Mare decides to use her new position to bring down the regime – from the inside.
But this is a game of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…
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Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher:
Harper
Series:
Shatter Me, Book Two
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Dystopia, Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
9780062085535

Summary
Our lips
touch
and I know I’m going to split at the seams. He kisses me softly then strongly like he’s lost me and he’s found me and I’m slipping away and he’s never going to let me go.
Juliette has escaped from The Reestablishment. Now she’s free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. Haunted by her past and terrified of her future. Juliette knows that she will have to make some life-changing choices. Choices that may involve choosing between her heart – and Adam’s life.
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Title: The Sin Eater’s Daughter
Author:
Melinda Sailsbury
Publisher:
Scholastic Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter, Book One (I’m not sure if this is going to have a sequel?)
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance
9781407147635

Summary
I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.
Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has its price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla’s fatal touch.
Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla’s chilling role to the girl she truly is. Yet in a court as dangerous as the queen’s, some truth should not be told…
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Title: Apollyon
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Hodor
Series:
Covenant Series, Book Four
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Fantasy, Mythology, Greek Mythology, Romance
9781444798012

Summary
Enter the world of Covenant…
Alex has Awoken and become the Apollyon. She has connected with Seth and now the thing she feared most has happened: her true self has been lost. But love is stronger than fate, and Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to break the connection and get Alex back.
And then there’s the fact that the whole Alex-and-Seth combination is pretty dangerous: if Seth drain Alex of her power, he’ll become the God Killer and the most powerful being on the planet. The one person needed to stop the impending destruction has been dead for centuries – and Alex will have to search for him in the Underworld.
Finding her way into the Underworld to search for one soul among countless millions will be hard enough. Returning will be even harder. Alex needs to prevent Seth from becoming the God Killer… but the cost will be higher than she ever imagined.
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Title: Half Wild
Author: Sally Green
Publisher: Penguin
Series:
Half Bad, Book Two
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches, Magic, Fiction
9780141350882

Summary
Nathan Byrn is on the run
White witches hunt him
Black witches hate him
His gift from his murderous father
Is a wild new power he can’t control
He must find the girl he loves
Who may have betrayed him
In a war between black and white witches
With his loyalties spilt between both
The greatest danger Nathan faces
Might be himself…
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Title: Into the Still Blue
Author:
Veronica Rossi
Publisher:
Atom
Series:
Under the Never Sky, Book Three
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Fantasy
9781907411076

Summary
Worlds kept them apart. Destiny brought them together.
Outside the dome of Reverie, Aria and Perry are struggling to keep their people from tearing each other apart. Their situation is desperate and, with the Aether storms worsening, time is running out for them to rescue Cinder from Hess and Sabel.
Cinder is both the key to unlock the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, so Aria and Perry assemble an unlikely team to attempt a daring rescue mission. They know that in a dying world, the bond of friendship is what matters most.
In this final book in the Under the Never Sky trilogy, the stakes are raised to the absolute limit and Aria’s love story is brought to an unforgettable close.
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Title: The Wicked Will Rise
Author:
Danielle Paige
Publisher:
Harper
Series:
Dorothy Must Die, Book Two
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, fantasy, retelling, fiction
9780062280701

Summary
My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz.
But it wasn’t like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, and she was stealing magic from the land. The Wizard was back. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They’d joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me.
My mission? Kill Dorothy.
Except my job as assassin didn’t work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn’t wait to leave behind might be in danger. But in a place where the line between good and evil shifts with a strong gust of wind… who am I supposed to trust? And who is actually Wicked?
FIND Dorothy.
DESTROY the road of yellow brick.
SAVE her home.
The wicked will rise.
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Title: The Bane Chronicles
Author:
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnston, Cassandra Jean
Publisher:
Walker Books
Series:
Bane Chronicles One to Eleven
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Fiction
9781442495999

Summary
It is not easy being Magnus Bane. As a warlock, he’s often called upon to fix the problems of others. His life has been long, and his loves have been many. And Magnus has a way of making sure he’s in the right place at the right – or perhaps wrong – time. The French Revolution, Prohibition, the first great battle between Valentine and the New York Institute… Magnus was there, and usually in the middle of it. Magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. No one would believe him. But these eleven stories shed a little light on his inscrutable character. They are stories he probably wishes had never got out.
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Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author:
Michelle Hodkin
Publisher:
Simon and Schuster
Series:
Mara Dyer, Book One
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Contemporary
9780857073631

Summary
When Mara Dyer wakes up in hospital with no memory of how she got there, or any explanation as to why the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her boyfriend and two best friends eft her mysteriously unharmed, her doctors suggest that she start over in a new city, at a new school, and just hope her memories gradually come back.
But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere and now she’s started to see other people’s deaths before they happen. Is she going crazy? As if dealing with all this isn’t enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen, can’t seem to leave her alone. But does he have her best interests at heart, or another agenda altogether?
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Title: Cinder
Author:
Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Puffin
Series:
The Lunar Chronicles, Book One
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Retelling, Steampunk, Romance
9780312641894

Summary
A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth’s fate hinges on one girl…
Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
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Title: Specials
Author:
Scott Westerfeld
Publisher:
Simon and Schuster
Series:
Uglies, Book Three
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction
15058687

Summary
“Special Circumstances”… the words have sent chills down Tally’s since her days as a repellent, rebellious Ugly. Back then, the Specials were a sinister rumour – frighteningly beautiful, dangerously strong and breathtakingly fast.
And now Tally’s become one of them: a super-amped fighting machine, engineered to keep the Uglies down and the Pretties stupid.
But one tiny corner of Tally’s heart still remembers something different. When she is ordered to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke, he is forced to make one last choice: carry out the mission she’s been programmed to complete, or listen to that faint yet persistent heartbeat telling her that something’s wrong.
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Title: Second Chance Summer
Author:
Morgan Matson
Publisher:
Simon and Schuster
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Contemporary, Fiction
12296601

Summary
Taylor Edwards has made leaving things behind into an art form. When things get tough, she gets going. Then her dad gets some terrible news and the whole family decides to spend the summer at their old lake house, where Taylor is forced to confront her past. She hasn’t been to the lake for years and isn’t keen to go back, but then she stats to reconnect with the people she thought she’d left behind – including Henry, her first crush, who’s even cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve…
With fireworks, fireflies and midnight swims, the summer feels full of possibility and, for the first time, Taylor wants to hold on to the moment but is one summer really enough to have a second chance – with family, friends and love?
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Title: Ignite Me
Author:
Tahereh Mafi
Publisher:
Harper
Series:
Shatter Me, Book Three
Genre: Young Adult/YA, Dystopia, Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
13188676

Summary
The fate of Omega Point is unknown.
Everyone Juliette has ever cared about could be dead. Juliette may be the only one standing in The Reestablishment’s way. But to take them down, Juliette will need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together to defeat their mutual enemy, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew – about Warner, her abilities and even Adam – was wrong.
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If you’re still here after all that, then let me know what’s on your tbr list 🙂