Tag: YA

Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

“While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.” Warning: Minor spoilers. A while back I read the first book in Maggie Stiefvater’s popular Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, and was disappointed to find it didn’t quite live up to the hype for me. It’s such a well-loved series in the book blogging world, that I’d hoped to be blown away, but instead found it to simply be OK. However, I decided to give the series a proper go by reading the second book, to see if I liked it better, but unfortunately I felt exactly… Read more »

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Review: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

Review: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

‘”Monsters, monsters, big and small, They’re gonna come and eat you all!”‘ I’ve heard so many good things about Victoria Schwab’s books that I’ve been meaning to try them out for ages! Oddly though, despite having owned A Darker Shade of Magic for ages I ended up reading this one first after I bought it as part of an offer with Empire of Storms.  Thie Savage Song tells the story of Katherine Harker and August Flynn, the children of two bitter enemies, each of whom control a different side of a divided City. Kate wants nothing more than her father’s approval, and tries to… Read more »

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Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

‘Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she’d bleed for Erilea.’ Warning: Spoilers!  As a big-time fan of the Throne of Glass series, I was super excited for the release of Empire of Storms! I bought it on release day and began devouring it pretty much as soon as I got home from work later that day. However, now I’ve finished it, I do have some slightly mixed thoughts on it. In many ways it’s my favourite book of the entire series, and in others it’s my least favourite. Therefore I thought the best way of… Read more »

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Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

‘Arin wondered if she would lift her eyes, but wasn’t worried he would be seen in the garden’s shadows. He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.’ A couple of weeks ago I published a blog post about just how crazy my physical TBR pile had become, and I asked readers to suggest which book I should tackle next. The one that seemed to come up the most in the comments was The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, so I decided it was time to finally read it after having owned a copy… Read more »

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

‘”There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”’ Warning: Minor Spoilers. Maggie Stiefvater is an author whose work I’ve been meaning to check out for some time, and the Raven Cycle is a series that I’ve heard so much about that I was really excited to finally get to start it. I did enjoy it, but if I’m entirely honest (and please don’t kill me in my sleep Maggie Stiefvater fans!), I didn’t love it quite as much as… Read more »

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YA Heroines: Likes and Dislikes

YA Heroines: Likes and Dislikes

These days YA fiction (or Young Adult fiction) is an absolutely huge genre, and one that is home to some of the most successful books and series in recent times (I’m looking at you, Hunger Games and pretty much everything written by John Green!). It’s no longer purely the realm of teenagers either: anyone familiar with the book blogging world knows that a huge variety of ages and people can enjoy YA. I myself am now 23, so several years past being classified as a ‘Young Adult’, and I regularly read YA fiction. There is still this idea though that… Read more »

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

‘Cinder’s netlink took over, as it did in moments when she couldn’t think for herself. Searching, connecting, feeding information to her she didn’t want. Letumosis. The blue fever. Worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of thousands dead. Unknown cause, unknown cure.’ Cinder is a talented mechanic in New Beijing, providing for her stepmother and two stepsisters in a society ravaged by a terrible plague, for which no cure can be found. Reviled by both her stepmother and society for being a cyborg (a human with mechanical parts) she feels like a constant outsider and longs only to escape from her humdrum life, until… Read more »

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Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

‘I was used to being invisible. People rarely saw me, and if they did, they never looked close. I wasn’t shiny and charming like my brother, stunning and graceful like my mother, or smart and dynamic like my friends. That’s the thing, though. You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are.’ As a teenager, I absolutely adored Sarah Dessen’s books. I read Just Listen in a day and was hooked from there on, devouring This Lullaby, The Truth About Forever, Lock and Key and Along For The Ride soon after. Her combination of relatable protagonists, tough real-life… Read more »

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Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

‘A queen – a raging and fiery and perhaps more than a little cruel – had found him tonight…Despite the dirt and blood on her, Aelin’s face was tan and flushed with colour, and – different. Older, as if the stillness and power she radiated had honed not just her soul but also the very shape of her.’ Warning: Spoilers When the long-awaited fourth Throne of Glass book was released and the flood of reviews started coming in, it’s fair to say I was a little worried. Despite the Throne of Glass books’ status as a hugely loved series in the… Read more »

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Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

‘Is today a good day to die? This is something I ask myself in the morning when I wake up. In third period when I’m trying to keep my eyes open while Mr. Schroeder drones on and on. At the supper table as I’m passing the green beans.’ Warning: Spoilers This is another one of those super-hyped books that it has taken me forever to get round to reading, and whilst I did enjoy it, I do feel like it didn’t quite meet my expectations. All The Bright Places tells the story of two high school students, Theodore Finch and… Read more »

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