Shatter me series by Tahereh Mafi – review 

   
Synopsis – 

I have a curse

I have a gift

I am a monster

I’m more than human

My touch is lethal

My touch is power

I am their weapon

I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Review – 

There is a lot of hype surrounding this book series and I will admit that I really do like the series as a whole however if I pick out the books one by one I would have to day that as the series progresses the books get better. 

Starting off with shatter me we are introduced to Juliette who is locked away and is shown as slowly going insane. Mafi’s writing is very poetic which is why some may dislike it. It is not written as a poem but the short sentences and the crossing out along with other aspects make it a very unique style of writing. I will admit that at first I found it quite annoying but I soon got into it and enjoyed it. Going back to Juliette who, herself throughout the book is very stubborn and whiny (think Bella Swan and America Singer mix). Throughout the entire book she is trying to convince us (the readers) that she is not a monster or crazy… Just different. 

Warner and Adam are the other town main characters in the book and I will be honest and say that I didn’t care much for either of them, however my opinion changed after reading Unravel Me. All in all, Shatter me was a decent dirt book as the character introduction was great, and so was the world building however I can’t say that it was action packed. Lots of people really don’t like the first book because they seem to think that it is simply a 338 page introduction. Read it! Then move on and enjoy the other two amazing books! 

Goodreads rating – 4,03/5 stars 

My rating – 3,5/5 stars 

Unravel me – 

As mentioned above I really did like Mafi’s writing style and it just got better in this book because the character development is amazing as throughout the book you see Juliette slowly stop doubting herself and understanding her true potential (awesome power) and how to use it for good. New characters are introduced such as Kenji ( fangirl moment!) who becomes Juliette’s best friend and is the one that puts an end to her self pity parade. It’s refreshing to have a guy that’s a main character but not part of a love triangle or any form of romantic involvement! Juliette once again was moody and annoying but towards the end of the book you could see her character develop into a stronger person both mentally and ability wise (powers).

The love triangle… Team Warner all the way! Adam is so moody and rude, he wanted Juliette to stay helpless and weak so that he could always be there to take care of her, but that was selfish and I’m glad she gave him the whole “It’s not you, it’s me speech”. OMG CHAPTER 62 was just…. Hot. Warner and Juliette have the most amazing chemistry and no matter what anyone says it is undeniable. 

Goodreads rating – 4,30/5 rating 

My rating –  4,5/5 rating 

Ignite me – 

An absolutely brilliant conclusion to the trilogy! The character development was excellent and it was nicely finished for all of the main characters ( Juliette,Adam, Warner and Kenji). The book was absolutely hilarious even though there were some moments that made you want to cry. Kenji was great at lightening the mood throughout the book with his snarky and sarcastic remarks. He was an awesome friend to everyone, especially Juliette who finally stopped doubting herself and therefore there were no more cross outs! 

Juliette’s character developed so much throughout the series, and she had an amazing ending. Throughout the transformation I was finally able to connect with her and stop wanting to kill her myself… Same was with Warner who got over his self-Pity and fears. This book was so action packed and  was so difficult to put down due to the short chapters I read it in one sitting without even realising it. I have a place in my heart for each and every one of the characters (Adam…not really). It ended nicely but with room left for a continuation… Go read this trilogy!!! 

Goodreads rating – 4,47/5stars 

My rating – 4,5/5 stars 

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Poem – Ghost in the mirror

One question, one bloody question,

Perhaps a theory or a suggestion.

It tortures me, chokes me, kills me,

Please can someone just tell me,

Please can someone just listen,

Or am I a ghost, a mirage.

Just another figure on this planet,

Irrelevant, unwanted and abandoned.

Please I beg of you, whoever you may be,

Please listen, please help me.

My heart is beating louder and louder,

I can’t hear myself anymore.

Who am I, what am I, where am I?

I need to know, I must find out,

How do I stop the pain, the screaming, the fear.

How do I rid myself of the ghost in the mirror

The answer seems very simple,

So bitter, so sweet.

But like every other child,

It will come knocking at the door,

Death welcomes you, oh what a treat.

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Half Wild – Sally Green (Review)

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Half Wild – Sally Green 

Synopsis – “You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad.”

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he’s on the run–but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.

Average Rating – 4,03/5 Stars

Review –

Spoilers !!!!

Nathan is amazing! His friendship/attraction to Gabriel is just perfect! I love the fact that even though he wants angelic perfection (Annalise) in his dark and tortured life… there is still a part of him that wants Gabriel.

Markus is so cool, even if he does kill loads of people! I really have/ had a place in my place in my heart for him, because he loves Nathan and he is awesome to him at the end of the book! The bonding time they have together is so perfect! Why Annalise?! why did she have to ruin it! This is such a fun book because lots happens. The betrayal and love and action is all so intense.

As both Nathan and Markus can turn into animals they are even more awesome! When Annalise comes and destroys everyone’s hearts.

*gently buries my face into a very soft dog and cries*

Nathan does the nasty and gets all of Markus’s powers! (Stopping time and invisibility is pretty cool). I cannot wait for the second book. Annalise needs to die, Gabriel and Nathan need to accept that they love each other and this fictional England needs to stop discriminating against the Black Witches! This book really does have an underlying topic of racism, which shows us how cruel everyone can be. and the aftermath of it.

Rating – 4,5/5 Stars

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Half Bad – Sally Green ( Review )

Synopsis – Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Average rating – 3,81/5 stars

Review –

** spoiler alert **

This is not just about magic and how cool it is! This is about segregation, child abuse, cruelty, discrimination and much more. An absolute must read!

Nathan is a half black/half white whet. Until the age of 18, witches are called whets. At 18 a relative must give a whet their blood to drink and three gifts, so that they can become a witch and have a gift. Nathan’s mother died and his father is the most feared black witch of all time named Markus.

The council of witches within England tries to segregate black witches from white, which proved to be problematic as Nathan lives with his grandmother and half siblings who are all white witches. Some in family care for him such as his grandmother, but one of his sisters has always hated him and treated him badly. He is later taken away by the council and held by Celia, who keeps him in a cage, yet takes care of Nathan in the most simplistic way. He is fed, and trained to make sure he is healthy, as the council had planned to use him to find his father.

He escapes, in search of his father to give him his gifts and turn him into a witch, however he meets many people along the way. This book is amazing, and I seriously do recommend it. It truly shows how some can be cruel and some can be kind all due to what they have been told from a young age ( black witches are evil). Annalise is a complicated character, and the slight insta-love was annoying however I believe that she is not all as good as she seems. Her fear of standing up for Nathan was so annoying, and I feel like she will betray him at some point. 

Rating – 4/5 Stars

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Every last breath – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Every last breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

Synopsis – Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

Average rating – 4,38/5 stars

Review – This is the last book in the Dark elements trilogy. I have to say that some parts of it were amazing, such as the lack of a love triangle! ( YAY!)  Layla finally makes up her mind, in the first 70 pages of the book. This however just increases the passionate “love scenes” which do get a little annoying.

The actual plot is brilliant, as they go hunt for the Lilin. At the end of Stone cold touch we find out who the Lilin is, and how it is connected to Layla in many ways other than just blood. The connection is how they are always able to find each other. The walk to Hell was fascinating as once more we see some of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sarcasm and epic humour through Layla’s meeting with Grim… as in the Grim Reaper! Oh and Bambi… the Warden eating snake can actually turn into a woman down under! ( That is Hell… not Australia).

Abbot… oh you are still kind of an ass… but you shall be forgiven!

Danika and Nickolai! yes I am so happy about this small fact, because they are important characters, and they good wardens. Nickolai lost his wife and child during child birth… and Danika loved Zayne. Them getting close in the end was awesome!

Same goes for Stacey and Zayne! They are friends, and they are able to talk and support each other through tough times. Stacey being human and thrust into the world of Wardens and demons. (Thumper did destroy her house).

Overall, it seemed to end a little to perfectly, but perhaps that is me being just overly critical. This series is an absolute must read! Please ignore the terrible covers and titles, because at first I was sceptical of reading these books but now I love them!

My rating – 4,5/5 Stars

Happy Reading!

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Stone Cold Touch – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Stone Cold Touch – book 2

Synopsis – Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

Average rating – 4,47/5 Stars

Review – Team Roth! Zayne is so annoying… all he does is be overprotective and pretend to be bad ass when in actual fact he always does what he is told, especially when it comes to Abbott ( his father). The love triangle was so incredibly frustrating, as Layla kept going from Roth to Zayne and back again, pissing both of them off and confusing both the readers and herself. Laylawas annoying on a ”Bella-Swan-level” and that says a lot (once again sorry Twilight fans)! It felt like the issue wasn’t deciding whom she loved as a person, but who’s body was hotter. Every time she would look at one of them, a description of abs or some other body part would occur.

The actual plot was interesting, as Roth returns from hell and the Lilin is on the run. Throughout the book, both the Wardens and demons try to figure out who the Lilin is, and many come to the conclusion that it is Layla. This causes a lot of turmoil along the way, and the book ends in a huge plot twist.

My rating – 3,5/ 5 stars

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White Hot Kiss – Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

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White Hot Kiss – Book 1

Synopsis – One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Average rating – 4,29/5 Stars

Review – First of all, ignore the cover and the title of the book because in my opinion they look bad and make a lot of people feel sceptical about picking up this book. Seriously, no amount of great marketing can help when the cover and title of the book looks like a continuation of 50 Shades of grey.It seem like it could be some sort of cheesy romance story along the lines of Twilight ( no offence Twilight fans), that is actually rather messy and very cliche. Either way the title “White hot kiss” does not say much about the book, however it does have some relevance to the main character ( Layla) who has never kissed anyone due to her demon – soul sucking powers.

Right from the start this book is brilliant as it sucks you in with the action and humour from Chapter 1! The high level of humour and sarcasm keeps the book light, where in some places it can discuss uncomfortable topics such as virginity and child abandonment. Layla is a kick ass character, yet she isn’t made out to be completely perfect and unbeatable, which makes her more realistic. Roth’s character is portrayed at first as the stereotypical demon, but as the book progresses, the character development is excellent. All the character change in their own ways, mostly becoming more mature as they deal with many crisis. Sam and Stacy are two human characters that make the world building more realistic. They are funny, and in the next two books very important.

The book has a love triangle between Layla, the boy she grew up with (Zayne the warden), and a demon (Roth) that she meets unexpectedly at the start of the book, and who turns her beliefs about demons and warden upside-down. I don’t hate  love triangles as a concept, but I still found this one to be a little forced and irritating at times. No matter how many times Layla wanted Zayne, it seemed obvious straight away that Roth took his place the moment they met, and that Zayne was more of a brother than a boyfriend. I hope that the love triangle doesn’t continue for the rest of the books.

My rating – 4/5 Stars

New books from Amazon! What to read next…?

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 Ashes – Isla J. Bick – First book in the Ashes trilogy.

Synopsis – It could happen tomorrow . . .

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.

Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling post-apocalyptic novel about a world that could become ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.

Average rating – 3.94/5 Stars

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Shadows – 2nd book in the Ashes trilogy

Average rating – 3.76/5 Stars

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Monsters – 3rd book in the Ashes trilogy.

Average Rating – 3.70/5 Stars

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Throne of glass – Sarah J. Maas (1st book)

Synopsis – After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Average rating – 4,23/5 Stars

My rating – 4.5/5 Stars

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Crown of Midnight – 2nd book in the Throne of glass series

Average rating – 4.53/5 Stars

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

Heir of Fire – 3rd book in the series

Average rating – 4,60/5 Stars

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Stolen by Lucy Christopher 

Synopsis – It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere.

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.

Average rating – 3,94/5 Stars

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Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma 

Synopsis – She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

Average Rating – 4,07/5 Stars

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Read in July 2015

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Synopsis – “They were indeed a queer-looking party that assembled on the bank-the birds with draggled feathers, the animals with their fur clinging close to them, and all dripping wet, cross, and uncomfortable. All of them were covered in Alice’s now cold and congealed blood, which made them even tastier looking to poor hungry Alice.”

When little Alice follows the Black Rat down into the gaping darkness of an open grave, she falls and falls. And soon finds herself in an undead nightmare of rotting flesh and insanity. Venturing further into this land of zombies and monsters, she encounters characters both creepy and madcap along the way. But there’s something else troubling poor Alice: her skin is rotting and her hair is falling out. She’s cold. And she has the haunting feeling that if she remains in Zombieland any longer, she might never leave.

Can Alice escape Zombieland before the Dead Red Queen catches up to her?

Rating 2/5 stars.

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Synopsis – In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he’s on the run–but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.

Rating – 4/5 stars

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Synopsis – Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Rating 5/5 stars

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Synopsis – Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

Rating – 5/5 stars

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Synopsis – Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

Rating – 4/5 stars

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Synopsis – Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Rating – 5/5 Stars

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Synopsis – Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

Rating – 4/5 stars

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Synopsis – Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

5/5 Stars

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Synopsis – Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

Rating – 5/5 Stars

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Synopsis – In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, 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 her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned 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 just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Rating 5/5 Stars

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Synopsis -It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Rating 4/5 Stars

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Synopsis – The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

Rating 4/5 Stars

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Synopsis – Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

Rating 5/5 Stars

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

Synopsis – In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Rating 4/5 Stars

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Synopsis – Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

Rating 5/5 Stars

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Synopsis – Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined…

Rating 5/5 Stars

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Synopsis – Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.

At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.
Rating 4/5 stars

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin

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Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

Review –

I am so confused at whether or not I liked this book. It is well written, and always keeps you at the edge of your seat. However it seemed like all that was happening was the Author throwing information at us without answering any of the many questions building up. This continued to occur more at the end of the book, when we found out about the mysterious powers? What is the deal with court case? They all seem to link but very vaguely. Jamie was never mentioned once he left, which seemed a little odd. Lastly throughout the whole book Noah and Mara are technically a couple however not once did they kiss, unless you count the dream. She believes that she sucks the life out of him, and is afraid of killing him, yet seemed ok with the idea to have sex with Noah. Overall I would like to continue with the series as I have many questions that need answering!

4/5 Stars

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