December TBR 

  
*THE FOLLOWING SYNOPSIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!*

Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare 

Synopsis – 

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

Heir of Fire – Sarah J Maas

Synopsis – 

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.
Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight. 
Forbidden – 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. 
Emerald Green – Kerstin Gier 

Synopsis – 

Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along. Emerald Green is the stunning conclusion to Kerstin Gier’s Ruby Red Trilogy, picking up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate. 

An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir 

Synopsis – 

Laia is a slave. 

Elias is a soldier. 
Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. 
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None of the Above – I.W.Gregorio 

  
Synopsis – 

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self? 
Goodreads rating – 3,94/5 

My Review – 

This is a brilliant book, and in my opinion an absolute must read for everyone. Not only is the story line great, but it also highly informative, as it shows us the reality that many people have to go through if born intersex. It is also much deeper than that as it has the hint of a classic saying, that love and understanding is much more than skin colour, sexual orientation or chromosomes.

If any of you have ever taken a  multiple choice exam and there’s a ‘none of the above option’, you’d find it odd, or sometimes simply ignore it because you are certain of your answer. It may be a simple question for you, such as are you male or female, but in truth it’s actually one of the most difficult questions for intersex, transgender and many other people nowadays. This is what happened in Kristin’s life at the age of 18, where she discovered that her biological sexual category is technically “none of the above.” 

Kristin, mostly known as Krissy in the novel is a pretty and popular young woman. After an extremely painful first time with her boyfriend, Sam after their homecoming party, she decided to go visit the OB. That’s when she was diagnosed to have an Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome-Disorder of Sex Development also called intersex. More commonly known as a case of hermaphrodite. 

Word spread fast, as it tends to in our modern day world with all of the technology. The cruelty she had to endure from people at school made me cringe, cry and feel so protective of Krissi. This really goes to show that people are scared of what they do not understand. That’s why I think it is vital that people are knowledgable about something before they condemn it. Everyone goes through difficult life experiences and we all know that they determine which people are genuinely concerned and care for you and which do not. 

Everyone should read this book! It is truly inspiring and touching! 

My rating – 5/5 stars 

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Independent Study – Joelle Charbonneau 

  
Synopsis – 

In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her. 

Goodreads rating – 3,96/5 stars 

My Review – 

This series is just fun and entertaining, but doesn’t really stand out from any other dystopian series. The main character, Cia, is a perfectionist and her character is simply annoying. She never does anything wrong and doesn’t have any flaws, which makes her seem unrelialistic and makes me indifferent to her.

Additionally the author creates many questions for the readers by using cliffhangers and excluding certain information, however Cia asks all of the questions in her narration, so therefore, the reader doesn’t get to really think about anything. It seems like the author was overly cautious in making sure that the readers know what is going on and which questions should b highlighted. It is aggravating and makes the book seem like it was intended for younger viewers. 

The first half was disappointing. It was almost a recap of the first book but in less words and with the addition of some new characters. The new characters development wasn’t very good and I didn’t really feel an attachment to any of the characters. Things only started to get interesting in the last 100 pages. I am looking forward to reading the last book, hopefully it will be better than this one and rounds of the series nicely. 

Overall, it was a decent book. This series is good if you love fast paced Dystopian novels. There is not much else to it. 

Rating – 3/5 stars 

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Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo 

  
Synopsis – 

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. 

Goodreads rating – 4,08/5 stars 

My Review – 

I heard so many amazing things about the Grisha Trilogy on book tube, Instagram and many of my friends, so when Shadow and Bone arrived in the post I was so excited! 

The book was good overall, however in my opinion it lacked in character development and world building. The narrator frustrated me and I wasn’t sure whether it was because her character didn’t develop throughout the book, or because she reminded of every other protagonist in YA books. There is death and danger all around her in a world full of war and destruction, but she hardly seems to notice it.  A friend of hers dies tragically and she hardly mentions it or mourns him at all. This gave me the impression that he wasn’t really dead and that he would return at some point throughout the book… No such luck. You can imagine my disappointment…

 Typical of a YA novel, the protagonist is obsessed with her looks (as our society seems to think that all girls are, making it more relatable, however this is not necessarily true and just becomes repetitive and boring). For a main character Alina doesn’t really  have a back bone, as she always put herself down and doesn’t stand up for herself. Even towards the end of the novel, she’s still second guessing herself, regretting past decisions, and just seems weak and boring. 

The romance (sexual tension) between the Darkling and Alina was the most interesting part of the novel. He is a brilliant character and was the highlight of the novel for me, and I truly didn’t see him as the villain and was able to get caught up in his charm. When I found out about the treachery, I was shocked and didn’t want to believe it myself. I will admit that I did enjoy the relationship between Alina and Mal, but there will always be a special place in my heart for the Darkling.

The world that this story is set in is great, but I feel like it wasn’t developed enough. The book moved too fast to really develop the world and the characters, so all I can judge on is the plot and the relationships. Even after reading it, I can’t tell  the difference between the Grisha and all the types and Kefta colours. I was just getting comfortable with the plot and the characters when the plot twist was thrown in my face, so I was a little surprised and confused. That said I am excited to continue with the series and then move onto reading Six of Crows. 

My rating – 3,5/5 stars

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The Diviners by Libba Bray Review 

  
Synopsis – 

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened. 
Goodreads rating – 3,96/5 stars

My review –

I absolutely loved this book, to the point where it may be one of my favourite reads of the year! Libba Bray’s writing was beautiful and I thought that the characters were great, especially Evie and Memphis. I will admit that It was a bit slow to start but when it picked up I couldn’t put it down and flew through it in two days, which was surpring considering the book is almost 600 pages long.  The World building was great and plot was pretty good too, even if it was a little difficult to keep up with in the first 100 pages. Overall the novel was enjoyable! 

 The references to the Bible and the really intense and realistic  occult setting was a pretty big part of plot and certainly made the book creepy and entertaining . Reading this book in the 21 century is great, because Libba Bray was able to really make the novel authentic. The idea of religion being a big aspect of their lives, the introduction of science as an evolutionary explanation, sexism and racism were all portrayed really well. At some points I was cringing because if we acted the way the characters  did in this novel in our modern day society we would have to deal with major consequences. 

What I loved about the characters was that each one was so perfectly crafted and had such vivid personalities that you couldn’t get them confused. Evie was portrayed as a typical flapper from the 1920’s – selfish, naive, and quite a trouble maker! She was full of life, which had a strong influence on the characters she meets and her own character development throughout the novel. Memphis is an African American teenager living in Harlem, where he is trying his best to take care of his brother and write poetry in his free time. I loved the idea of “forbidden love” in the 1920’s and how everyone’s stories were somehow connected. 

Naughty John is the antagonist of the novel and just wow… Did he scare the living day lights out of me. I was warned against reading this book in the dark and I will carry on those words of wisdom. The thing that made this book so real and touching for me was the authenticity. That is also what makes it so creepy and horrifying because Naughty John believes with every ounce of his being that what he is doing is the right thing, the will of God, and it is necessary to humanity. This can strongly be related to the problems we have in our modern day society with ISIS, who attack innocent people because they believe that it is the will of God, and could be classified as a cult. This book really does make you think outside of the box. 

My rating – 4,5/5 stars 

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The Jewel – Amy Ewing Review 

  
Synopsis – 

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for. 

Goodreads rating – 3,82/5 stars 

My review – 

The storyline of the book is very original. I’ve never read a book like this before but the writing did remind me of The selection by Kiera Cass as did the main character. I was very intrigued with the story when I started to read it and I couldn’t stop. The idea of young girls having to carry the royalty’s babies was certainly unusual and a refreshing read. It’s a very easy read, though it go a little complicated at some point with the world building, overall the writer did a great job creating the image of this society. I really really liked this book and I can’t wait to know how the story develops in the next two books. 

The downside of this book was the main character – Violet, our heroine, was a little boring. Nothing about her made her stand out in any way.  The author obviously tried to make her unique by naming her Viole because eyes are like a light purple, violet color. However this just makes the novel seem childish and unoriginal. 

So other than the boring name, Violet is just like any other protagonist. She’s kind, puts her loved ones first, naive and stupid when it comes to boys and romance. Why do all YA novels have a naive and stupid protagonist that turns out to be extremely brave. They can never create a character with a unique personality. Being at an institution with only girls for the majority of her teenage life, may have had an effect on her teenage brain,but STILL! She’s a surrogate in a royal house, completely aware that she is not allowed to have a relationship with anyone and what does she do? Find “forbidden” romance.

Overall I did enjoy the book and am very excited to read the second book! I would recommend it, but it is not very original. The storyline is, but the characters are so boring, but it’s a fun read. 

My rating – 4/5 stars 

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Soundless – Richelle Mead review 

  
Synopsis – 

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. 

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever…

Goodreads average rating – 3,60/5 stars 

My Review –  * NON – SPOILER*

This is not a vampire book! That is what Richelle mead is know for, and what she does well, but many people are dissing this book because they can’t get their heads around reading something else. There is a similar issue with people reading The Casual Vacancy after reading Harry Potter, and they just don’t like it because the author’s writing style seems completely different and mentally there are always comparing it to Harry Potter or in this case, the Bloodlines and Vampire Academy series. Sometimes comparisons are okay, but everyone needs to keep in mind that the plot is different, even if the characters may have some similarities. 

Personally, I have only read Vampire Academy and Frostbite, so I didn’t have much to compare with but I can say that the writing style was different, but it was a good different. The storyline is so unique and I loved the idea behind intertwining Chinese folklore with other aspects of fantasy. The book is short but it tells the story well and there is good structure in the sense that the pacing is good and it does not seem rushed which is hard to accomplish in a limited amount of pages. I could see Richelle Mead’s writing style peak through the main character as she reminds me of Rose Hathaway, in the sense that she is rebellious and headstrong but still follows the rules and is loyal. For those of you that worry about the romance being overly cheesy or instant… Do not fret because it was perfect. It was not a highlight of the book,but it was present. It was presented well, and intertwined well with the plot. 

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This book was great! It did have a few downsides to it but I will get to that a little later. The writing was descriptive and powerful as you would expect with Richelle Mead’s writing. The world building was good for such a short novel, and I was able to really related to both characters within the world and the world itself. The idea of having a social heirachy is not uncommon to us in the 21st century, especially throughout Asia. Poverty and disease is also something that we are all aware of and can relate to in some form, therefore I think that the setting of this book was truly powerful. 

The characters – Fei, the main character is badass, talented, loyal and will stop at noting to protect her sister. She is the perfect character due to the fact that she is not perfect. She too believes that the world she lives in, is the only world she will ever know and that if being of a higher station that the man she loves means she can’t marry him, then that is the way she shall live her life. This however begins to gradually change and she questions her life once her sister starts going blind and gets kicked out of the apprentice programme, as she might have to become a beggar. As Fei and Li Wei climb down we begin to see the romance between the two but it isn’t cheesy or “in your face”. Li Wei brings out the best in Fei as he pushes to question everything, and shows her that she is more than just a talented artist. 

Romance – It was well executed. No insta-love, even though we knew that they had a history, they didn’t jump back into being with each other. It was a little cliché that in a time of “will I ever see you again” they had their whole romance thing, but it wasn’t to cringe worthy. I loved the idea of adding athenticity by talking about an arranged marriage and how in the culture, men and women would be separated as reltionships outside of marrital obligations would be seen as distractions. 

What I didn’t like – The part where Fei was climbing the mountain and she nearly gets to the top but then slips and falls back down onto the ledge where she started. Richelle Mead  wrote one motivational sentence and Fei was off trying to climb the mountain again and succeeding in the span of 2 sentences. It seemed a little rushed and it made the journey back a little to easy and uneventful. 

Overall I thought the book was great and I would recommend it to both fans of Richelle Mead and any others that have an interest in YA fiction.  

My rating – 4,5/5 stars 

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Legacy – Ellery A. Kane

  
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis – 

How do you want to feel today?

In 2041, the choice is yours. 

San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

Goodreads average rating – 3,84/5 stars 

My review – 

This story had me intrigued from the first couple of chapters and the synopsis.  The story is told from Alexandra “Lex” Knightley’s POV. An eighteen year old girl living in the suburbs of San Francisco with her mother, who created emotion altering drugs that led to utter destruction and chaos. The story revolves around Lex leaving the safety of her mother to go find the Resistance, a group of people who are working to change things and stand up to the corrupt government. Sounds cool right? 

I tried to like this book because I really wanted to like this book. I love dystopian novels and tied in with this are a lot of elements from popular dystopian books – a unqiue setting, interesting history, a “communist” government, mind-altering drugs, and romance. As great as all of this sounds, I just did not like the book. 

Lets start with the writing – It reminded me of a few other dystopian novels in the sense that the author gets to involved in the plot line and loses touch with the characters and character development. That had a huge impact on the book as I could not relate or connect to any of the characters. Even though the author was good at describing the horrific events and traumas that they went through, westill didn’t get to really know the characters. They all seemed paper thin, and completely unreal to me. The pacing was slow in the sense that little things happened here and there but they were not of much importance. The end was predicatable and some characters, such as Lex’s father just seemed random and out of place. 

With the characters, even though I knew they were all different and since thereweren’t  many within the book it was easy to remember who was who but I still saw them as the same people. I knew each person had a different background but they all acted the same. Distant, moody and untalkative. The dialogue at times seemed so forced because of their lack of emtion bringing us to the next point. 

The romance in this book was painful. It came out of nowhere. I could see that perhaps the author was trying to show us that in a crumbling society people may just want to be with one another, but then it isnt love so much as lust or seeking comfort. The romance was intense and awkward, and it was just random. It seemed weird because once again, the characters didnt feel real and they didn’t seem to have real emotions, but it did get better towards the end.

Overall I would recommend this to some younger readers, as an introduction to the dystopian genre, but It is is not one of my favourites. It is a really good story line, which is pretty much what I liked about the book. 

My rating 3/5 stars  

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The Wrath & The Dawn 

  
Goodreads synopsis – 

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

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

Goodreads rating – 4,23/5 stars 

My review – SPOILER ALERT!!! 

  
As you may know this is a retelling of the Arabian Nights. This was nothing like I expected because even though I knew it would be great, it was betters ham expected! The ending left me confused and in desperate need of the second book! I have so many questions that need answering, and I need more cuteness and excitement. If you love action packed books with secrets and betrayal and awesomeness then just read it already! 

  
If you hate love triangles but love sarcastic charming guys that will do anything to protect their princesses then you will love this book. Tariq was kind of a pain and I didn’t really like him, so In my mind their was no love triangle at all, though some may say otherwise. King of Kings, Khaled on the other hand… Is perfection! 

The protagonist – Shahrzad was a great character as she stands up for what she believes in and protects the people she loves. She reminds me of Celaena  Sardothien from the Throne of glass series, as she has awesome fighting skills and is not afraid to stand up for herself. Her weird friendship with Despina (the handmaiden) was a highlight of the book as their arguements were simply hilarious. Despina referred to Shahrzad as “brat calipha”which always set me off into a fit of giggles.  

 
As I mentioned before so much happened in this book and I can’t wait to get the second one! I have so many questions, because of the cliff hangers at the end which were just not very nice! If you haven’t already, please go and get this book because it is really good! We can all impatiently wait for The Rose and The Dagger together! 

Roses were a big part of this book as they seemed to appear many times, as did a dagger which is connected in some way to Shahrzad’s father. It all seems so confusing but also extremely intriguing. Can’t wait to find out what role her father plays in all of this and where Shahrzad’s heart will lead her! What will happen to Tariq, Khaled and Jalal? 

My rating – 4,5/5 stars 

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Unhinged – Tempest C.Avery

  
Book Description – 

Spencer Perry lost everything the day her boyfriend died. Even when he came back as a ghost, she was never able to return to her old self. Determined to find a way to bring both of them back–him from the dead and her from her depression–Spencer hops a ride with a Reaper across the river to the Underworld where she meets the god of the dead. Hadrian isn’t what she expected Hades to be like, but when he agrees to a deal that can get her Micah back, she puts all caution aside and accepts. Too bad she didn’t realize that she’d also just accepted a lot more than one gorgeous yet frustrating god. Bad things are happening all around her, and now she not only has to worry about keeping Micah’s ghost status a secret from their friends, but also figure out who’s behind all of the accidents. All signs point towards Hadrian, but something about that just doesn’t feel right to her. Something that she hopes has nothing to do with her growing attraction towards him. 

Goodreads rating – 4,27/5 stars 
My review – Spoiler Free! 

I received a free e-book copy of Unhinged in exchange for an honest review for the We YA Books! club on Goodreads.

 Unhinged is the first book in the Underworld series and is based around Greek Mythology. If you are like me and adore Greek Mythology with a twist, then you will fly through this book. Spencer Perry loses her boyfriend one night and is devastated. She shuts the world out and spends most of her time in her room. That is, until she travels to the Underworld via the Ferryman where she makes a deal with Hades – known as Hadrian through the book. She has to spend one year (12 hours a day) in the Underworld in exchange for Micah’s life due to the myth about Persephone spending 6 months out of every year with Hades in the underworld. Bad things start happening to her and her friends and all the signs point towards Hadrian, but something doesn’t feel right as she doesn’t see him as the mythological evil God of the dead. 

The characters were amazing and they felt so real to me that I wanted to just jump into the book and be a part of their world. I could feel their emotions and could easily visualise what was happening, which shows that the author created an amazing fictional world within our own real one. I enjoyed the book and wished it would never end, yet I was extremely eager to find out what happened next after each chapter. I loved the development of Hadrian and Spencer’s relationship as there was no insta-love!  Their arguments were amusing and sarcastic but the caring nature that Hadrian possessed was presented quite well as it was subtle but evident. I honestly didn’t like Micah from the start, but I love Spencer’s friends.

I loved the book, although I did have some issues with Spncer and Micah as I found them a bit annoying and their relationship unrealistic however, I adored the book from the very beginning and I need to get to the rest of the series soon. Unhinged definitely became one of my favourite reads of 2015 and I definitely recommend it to you, especially if you love Greek Mythology, sexy bad ass men (Gods) and awesome sarcastic friends that are supportive no matter the crazy stories you tell them. 
My rating – 5/5 stars 

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