Patrick Ness’ New Release

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First off can I just say that the UK(right) edition is much nicer than the US(left) edition. It is more aesthetically pleasing and looks way cooler than the US edition. The whole colour scheme works much better and I like how it’s all centered in the middle of the page. With the US cover there’s so much going on, it makes it difficult to look at. I think it looks more juvenile as well with the drawings on it.

Anyway this was published on August 27th by Walker Books. It is a new release as you can tell and is about the people who aren’t the heroes of the story. As in the ones who don’t kick zombie ass or fight Immortals, the people who are going about a normal life in the midst of a totally not normal world. A world filled with supernatural creatures and the fear of not being able to ask out the girl you like before the school might get blown up again. The not Chosen One’s.

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Weekly Recommendations #8

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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Published October 12th 2010 by Random House Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young Adult, Historical

Pages: 472

Rating:5/5 stars

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This book isn’t just a YA Historical, it’s much more than that. It’s half set in modern time and half set in the french revolution. A fantastic mash up of coming of age, romance and how life was if you were a member of the royal family in france at the time. It’s a truly captivating story and I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a bit of history thrown in there with a mystery to solve. This book is suitable for teens of any age.

Synopses:

Readers of If I Stay and Elizabeth George will love Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light. Revolution artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love; it spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.“

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Published May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 388

Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5 stars

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A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.“

So before I even started reading this book I knew I was going to like it. There was so much hype going around about it and everyone seemed to be reading it and absolutely loving it. I can say that from the moment I sat down to read this book, I was hooked.

The writing was so beautiful, I mean it really was. I don’t even know how to describe it but it was just such a nice book to read. It had a calming effect on me and I found that I could not put this book down. It was set in the desert, and had a sort of Arabian thing going on that I found really interesting and it just added that element of something different to the story. This was nothing like the YA fantasy that I have read before.

I loved all of the characters. There was some much to each one that I found myself wanting to hear about Shazi’s handmaid and all that was happening with her. I wanted to know about each of the characters, never finding them lacking description wise, they were all formed really well.

Shazi herself was really clever. The things she said would not be something you would expect to come out of a sixteen year old’s mouth. She was so wise and knew exactly what to say at the right times. I really enjoyed reading from her point of view and seeing her inner struggle as the book progressed as to what she was going to do about Khalid made me sympathize for her.

Khalid on the other hand, I can’t say if I ever thought him to be a bad person. I think the author revealed to us that he was “good” before Shazi knew it herself. So I was always kinda rooting for him throughout the novel. He was just a heart throb all over!

Now there were one or two things I had an issue with. I won’t go into exactly what they were, but there were certain moments that seemed to not fit with the story. That were not as believable and just didn’t sit well in it. Also one thing that has been bugging me since finishing the book, was the ending. What a whopper of a cliff hanger! I had no idea going in to this book that it was not a stand-alone. So when it was getting nearer to the end and things weren’t being resolved I was staring to freak out.

So there I am, unbeknownst to me, reading the last page of the book. I turn to the next page and I’m like, where is the rest of it? The book just finished! Now I have to wait an entire year to know what happens next, the torture. However, it was a pretty epic ending. But I’m still not happy about it(she says whaling like a child). I shall wait and I will wait for the next book to come out. Besides that, overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

I would recommend this to lovers of fantasy, with a mature edge to it. There are non of the teenage angst’s found in this book.The romance was fantastically handled and you just have got to read it. This book is suitable for 15+.

Weekly Recommendations #5

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Numbers by Rachel Ward

Published November 8th 2008 by The Chicken House

Genres:Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Pages: 285

Rating:5/5 stars

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This is literally the most unique amazing book I have ever read. I loved this story so much. The characters were very well developed, the whole concept was so interesting. This is one of my favorite books and I highly recommend it. This book is suitable for 15+.

Synopses:

Ever since she was child, Jem has kept a secret: Whenever she meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. The two plan a trip to the city. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem is terrified to see that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode!”

Reading Slump

Okay, so I have literally just finished reading The Wrath And The Dawn and my mind is exploding. I just had to get my thoughts on it down pronto. Everyone has been talking about and reading this book recently, so obviously I picked it up. This was a freaking amazing book! I cannot convey how awesome I thought this book was, the characters, the plot, everything was just great. But seriously, that ending though! I will not be giving away any spoilers here, but if you have read the book you will know what I mean. All I’m going to say it that there is a whopper of a cliff hanger. So I was just going along reading happily and then right in the middle of the action the book ends. I am in agony. I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR. A whole year for the next book. Give me the strength to get through this please.

Other than that I have not been reading as much as I would like to. I was busy helping out at a kids camp all of last week and had absolutely no time to read. Which was really difficult because a few days before it I started reading The Wrath And The Dawn, which was a completely consuming story and all I wanted to do was stay up all night reading it. But I couldn’t because I was just so tired, and had to get up early every morning.That meant that I hadn’t really read very much since the read-a-thon.I have only read two books since then which is not much at all. And sadly I won’t be getting much time any time soon to read because I will be working a lot over the next two weeks and then going abroad. But I will try my best.

I still have to put up one more review from the read-a-thon, which is Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. It’s in the works at the moment and I will try to get it up sometime during this week hopefully. I’m in the mood now to read a really quick contemporary romance or something because I feel like all the books I have been reading at the moment have been really intense. I need a break!

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

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Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Published October 8th 2008 by Flux

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal,Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 325

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5 stars

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Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She’s about to find out she’s also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.”

I personally didn’t think this book was very good. When I began reading it, it was almost like I had missed the start or something, because I had no idea what was going on. There was no setting the scene and a very quick character introduction, it left me feeling confused from the first page. There was also the fact of insta-love between Deirdre and Luke. There is no situation where I may find that acceptable. It came across very fake and was not done well, which was disappointing because Stiefvater has written some good books.

The writing was good but there wasn’t much character development. They were very much two dimensional and I never felt like there was anything interesting about them. Deirdre seemed very lost and didn’t know what she wanted. She was a very fragile character and was easily swayed with things. So trusting of Luke when she had never met him before. It never once occurred to me that Luke was actually going to kill her like it said in the synopses. He gave no inclination as to why he was following her, which I suppose was the point of the story but it came across quite random.

There were moments in the story where things just didn’t make sense. Like how it seemed that her mom was a single mother because there was never any mention what so ever of a father, then all of a sudden he just popped up out of nowhere. It was confusing and made the story difficult to get into when things like that happened.

I read this book quite quickly, but it wasn’t fast paced nor did much happen in the story. As I got closer to the end of the book I started to wonder how the story was going to end and be wrapped up well. There just didn’t seem to be enough pages to finish the story well with. The ending came across very random to me and it wasn’t something that I was expecting to happen. It seemed like the author just went, oh I think I’ll just change things around and make the book end the complete opposite to how it should. It just made no sense.

The whole aspect of magic in this book didn’t go very well. It wasn’t described well and I never really got what was going on. It’s made to seem like her being a cloverhand is a big thing when it’s really not. Also this character Aodhan isn’t in the story very much at all. The whole synopses is very misleading actually. Deirdre isn’t even “painfully shy” like it says either, she’s a completely normal teen, just quiet. But then again it’s hard to tell if she’s quiet because the book is set during the summer and there are like no interactions between her and other people.

Redeeming qualities, there wasn’t really any. I mean I suppose it would be an okay book to get you into the genre, but because I have read so many books like it, it fell a little flat for me. I was disappointed with it needless to say. Stiefvater has written some really good books that I have enjoyed immensely. Sadly this book was not one of them.

I would recommend this book for beginners of the YA fantasy genre, or just the YA genre in general. This book is suitable for teens of any age.

Weekly Recommendations #4

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

Published January 2nd 2008 by HarperTeen

Genres:Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 297

Rating:4/5 star

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I absolutely loved this book when I read it. It was so filled with action and adventure, I found the concept really intriguing and could not put it down. It was different than the other books I have read and I got a darker feeling off of it than I’ve gotten with other books before. I would highly recommend for lovers of paranormal romance. This book is suitable for teens of any age.

Synopses:

Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma. Time freezes. Nobody moves except dark creatures that haunt the shadows and the few people who are free to move at midnight, Midnighters. Their different powers strongest at midnight are: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. All changes when Jessica Day comes to Bixby High with a hidden power.