Alien Love Story – A.K.Dawson

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Synopsis – 

Life is a headache for 15-year-old Dan. This isn’t some kind of metaphor. Dan suffers from migraines that make just about everything he does unbearable. Added to that he’s lost almost everyone he cares about. So he feels lonelier than the last puppy in a pet shop.

But one day he sees a mysterious girl digging in the rubbish bins behind his house. Just by being near her, he finds that all his pain goes away. So he wants to see her again, of course. And get to know her. But she’s a bit strange. And her big eyes make her look, well, like an alien.

Does she really exist? Or is she just a figment of an overactive, under-loved imagination?

Goodreads Rating –  3,64/5 Stars

My Review – 

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

I want to start of with the fact that I was expecting this book to be for a younger audience based on the cheesy title and the childish cover, however once I started reading it, I realised that it is certainly intended for a teen audience primarily due to the large amount of sexual references (non graphic). I have to admit that I found this rather refreshing, as many authors try to downplay the heightened hormones of teenagers, however I think that it was a useful tool in creating the confused and traumatized character of Dan. 

I thought that the romance was out of the blue, and not really all that romantic but simply awkward which is why it took me a while to get through this book because I just couldn’t connect with the characters as their relationship was so unnatural, but then again we are talking about a human and an alien so perhaps that is too be expected. 

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book and found it amusing and entertaining, however the second half was a tad confusing and it seemed like this novel has a lot of potential to be excellent but that it has just been a little rushed. I adored the secondary characters of Gran and Tony and thought they added a sense of reality to the story. 

Of Course this book also deals with the topic matter of death and as an audience we feel sorry for Dan, however I think that the theme of loss could have been explored in more detail however I did enjoy the fact that as an audience we were forced to question Dan’s sanity. Overall, this was a quick and entertaining read. 

My Rating – 3/5 stars 

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All the Rage – Courtney Summers

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Synopsis – 

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 

Goodreads Rating – 3,84/5  Stars

My Review – 

When I first heard of this book I thought that it would be similar to “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson, but thankfully that didn’t put me off picking this up and giving it go. I was pleasantly surprised by this book as the author managed to find a fine line between providing the readers with a tragic and heavy tale and something entertaining and that we can all relate too as YA readers. 

The topic of rape is common in many novels nowadays however the victims usually come from terrible families and have another 100 things that makes their life miserable that the story just becomes so depressing that I tend to lose interest. 

Now within this novel, our protagonist – Romy, is living with her mother and her boyfriend, who are both lovely characters and so incredibly supportive of her. Of course within this book there is also an element of romance which softens the situation and reminds us as readers that there is a bright future available for the victims of rape, like Romy. Even though the author portrays her as feeling all alone, we are constantly reminded of the fact that she isn’t, which refreshing. 

The writing was beautiful if not a little graphic at times. It was almost poetic which made it easy to imagine this issue in such a small town somewhere in the US. This book shows us that sometimes adults act worse than kids do, and that even though you leave high school, the system tends to stick when living in small town. One family may have all the power, and it doesn’t take much to plot people against each other. 

My Rating – 4,5/5 Stars 

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The Iron Trial – Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

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Goodreads Synopsis –

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .

Goodreads Rating – 3,93/5 stars

My Review –

I must admit that I went into this book thinking that it would be childish and boring, however I was pleasantly surprised. In my opinion the cover isn’t great and makes the book seem very juvenile, however upon reading it I believe that it is a good YA novel. Cassandra Clare and Holly Black are yet to disappoint me.

Call, the main character was unique which made him interesting and likeable, which seems rare nowadays with YA as the male protagonist are always “perfect” and frankly quite annoying, but our protagonist is complex and weird which makes him intriguing.

The book was fast paced and contrary to what some may say I was surprised by the ending and the little twist in the plot. Some may say that the entire book was very predictable, however I didn’t see it that way and really enjoyed it.

In terms of friendships, I was pleased that there were no love triangles (yay!), and that romance wasn’t a key part of the boom at all, but it looked more at friendship and how characters with very different personalities were able to put their differences and parents beliefs aside and become friends. It some small way the book did remind me of the Percy Jackson series, just because of the awesome friendships within that series and the well paced character development throughout the series.

My Rating – 4/5 Stars

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Paranomalcy – Kiersten White

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Goodreads Synopsis – 

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Goodreads Rating – 3,92/5 Stars

My Review – 

When I first picked up this book I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. Usually when I read books with teen protagonists they are always incredibly whiny and cocky, but Evie was actually a decent and realistic sixteen year old.

It was an incredibly fact paced and entertaining book that didn’t take much thought or concentration and is probably targeted at a middle grade audience. The plot line was interesting as was the world building as it was unique but not overly complex however I do think that some things could have been better explained ( for example the faeries), but overall It was well written. 

Of course there is a love triangle but that is too be expected of most YA books, however I must say that it was a weak triangle… in the sense that from the start you know exactly who the Evie will end up with, which makes the other guy a nuisance. 

My Rating – 3,5/5 Stars 

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

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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.

Goodreads Rating – 3,59/5 Stars

My Review – 

Many look at this book and their minds will automatically go to “The Fault in our Stars”, which it shouldn’t because even though the books have a similar subject matter they are completely different. 

 Where TFIOS brings you to tears through the characters struggles and the authors beautiful writing, Jesse Andrews uses lots of sarcasm and humour which made me laugh and cry. This book made me cringe so many times because all of the characters are so awkward and weird, but that is what makes it realistic. I found it amsuing when the author made fun of cliche’s because it really makes you rethink the way we live and see people. 

There was a lot of swearing within the book, but once again that is what makes it so realistic and funny, because there is no ‘insta-love’ or ‘perfect teenagers’, it’s just 3 real human beings that got stuck with a bad situation and tried to make the best of it.  

My rating – 4,5/5  Stars

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