Review: Cress

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13206828BOOK REVIEW: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
by Marissa Meyer
Publication date: 6 February 2014
Publisher:
Puffin Books

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Cinder / Scarlet

Goodreads: In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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Review: Gemina (Spoiler Free)

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29364863BOOK REVIEW: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)
by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff & Marie Lu
Publication date: 26 October 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

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Illuminae

Goodreads: The saga that began with breakout bestseller Illuminae continues aboard Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station commander’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station crew one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon, Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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Mini Review: The Assassin’s Blade

review18315788BOOK REVIEW: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5)
by Sarah J. Maas
Publication date: 13 March 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

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Throne of Glass / Crown of Midnight / Heir of Fire / Queen of Shadows

Goodreads: Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…

Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

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Review: Empire of Storms

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29559052BOOK REVIEW: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
by Sarah J. Maas
Publication date: 6 September 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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Throne of Glass / Crown of Midnight / Heir of Fire / Queen of Shadows

Goodreads:The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

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23766623BOOK REVIEW: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
by Sarah J. Maas
Publication date: 3 May 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Goodreads: Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

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Review: Nevernight

review30969076BOOK REVIEW: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)
by Jay Kristoff
Publication date: 25 July 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager

Goodreads: Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.

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Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

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24612656 BOOK REVIEW: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)
by Maggie Stiefvater
Publication date: 29 December 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Goodreads:Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.

Mothers can disappear.

Visions can mislead.

Certainties can unravel.

In a starred review, The Bulletin called The Dream Thieves, the previous book in The Raven Cycle, “a complex web of magical intrigue and heart-stopping action.” Now, with Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the web becomes even more complex, snaring readers at every turn.

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Mini Review: The Selection #1-3

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SERIES REVIEW: The Selection (Books #1-3) by Kiera Cass

I recently reread the first three books in the Selection series and with The Crown coming out (very) soon I thought I’d do a quick, brief review of the first three books. And when I say brief, I mean brief, they’re probably no more than 100 words each.

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Review: Cinder

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BOOK REVIEW:  12139510 Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
by Marissa Meyer
Publication date: 5 January 2012
Publisher: Puffin

Goodreads: 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.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

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Review: Summer Skin

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BOOK REVIEW: Summer Skin
by Kirsty Eagar
Publication date: 27 January 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Goodreads: Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even.

The lesson: don’t mess with Unity girls.

The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold . . . and smart enough to keep up with Jess.

A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig – sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable?

It’s all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy’s stuff. Just your typical love story.

A searingly honest and achingly funny story about love and sex amid the hotbed of university colleges by the award-winning author of Raw Blue.

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