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Runebinder by Alex R. Khaler – Spoiler Free Review

Title: Runebinder
Author: 
Alex R. Kahler
Series Name: The Runebinder Chronicles
Genre: YA Diverse Fantasy
Publication Date: Nov 20th, 2017
Pages: 400 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Harlequin (Australia) TEEN
Rating:
3 and a half star

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Magic is risen.

When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity, but greed and thirst for power caused mankind’s downfall instead. Now once-human monsters called Howls prowl abandoned streets, their hunger guided by corrupt necromancers and the all-powerful Kin. Only Hunters have the power to fight back in the unending war, using the same magic that ended civilization in the first place.

But they are losing.

Tenn is a Hunter, resigned to fight even though hope is nearly lost. When he is singled out by a seductive Kin named Tomas and the enigmatic Hunter Jarrett, Tenn realizes he’s become a pawn in a bigger game. One that could turn the tides of war. But if his mutinous magic and wayward heart get in the way, his power might not be used in favor of mankind.

If Tenn fails to play his part, it could cost him his friends, his life…and the entire world.

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Well, I don’t love it. As I have said many times before, I don’t like covers with people on them and that is still the case with this one. But it’s not horrible, at least the character is how he is described in the book! Well as much as we can see of him anyway.

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The writing took some getting used to. I prefer 1st person POV is most cases but this book was 3rd person POV and it was a little hard to follow at times. Also, there wasn’t a huge amount of explanation in this book which annoyed me and I will talk about that a bit more in the plot section of the review.

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Okay, so it wasn’t the best. It felt very tropey (I’m making that a word, okay?!) and it also felt similar to other books I have read! At the time I was also listening to the audiobook of Half Lost by Sally Green and I felt like they were similar. I don’t know if it was that they are both following the Chosen One trope to some degree, magic and both had GLBT main characters. I don’t know exactly, but it was a weird similarity.

Also, on the topic of the Choose One Trope, it was never explained as to why exactly he was chosen. Maybe this will be explained further is book 2 but after finishing this one I am none the wiser which is annoying! I would have liked even a little bit of explanation or a theory as to why like is done in most Chosen One books!

I also found the book a bit predictable! As soon as a certain thing happened I thought ‘I bet ……. will happen’ and then a hundred pages or so later it did and I guess you could call it one of the big plot twists. There were also a fair few other things I guessed too! It doesn’t make for an extremely exciting book if I’m guessing most things that happen.

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So this will be the smallest characters section I have ever written! Because of the 3rd person POV I feel like I still don’t know the characters and I definitely didn’t connect with any of them!

So this is the small opinion of I have of each of the major characters
Tenn was okay, a little annoying at times
Jarrett was okay but felt like the kinda typical charming, attractive love interest
Tomàs was just creepy and they way he spoke was infuriating
Dreya was pretty cool, she was a bit of a badass I guess
Devon was also the typical badass but shy/quiet character
Leanna was simply the typical bad guy character

Yes, I am using the word typical a lot.

Overall, there wasn’t too much that impressed me about this book. I didn’t hate anything but it was just a little ‘meh’ for me. The writing wasn’t my favourite. The plot was predictable and felt like the same thing I have already read 10 times. The characters were unimpressive and there was only one charactre that I actually really liked which was Dreya.



 

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I am sorry for the possible errors and the design of this blog post! Also why half my post is centred and the other is on the left side. I was half way through writing my review and the internet stopped working! Ever since they started putting the NBN lines done in my area in Aus, the normal network has been playing up something shocking! Extremely slow and not even working half the time! NBN won’t be fully connected in my area till May or something next year! So there is a large possibility that I will have to put up with the shit for a few months yet! So as I was half way through writing my review and it was failing to save a draft I had to copy and paste it to a pages document and send it to my phone. Luckily that went through! I then had to finish it off on my phone. Hopefully all the links will be working and everything will be fine but I just don’t know. I also don’t know how it’s going to go uploading this review to my NetGalley account now! Thank goodness for Copy & Paste!!

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Shatter Me
Author: 
Tahereh Mafi
Series Name: Shatter Me
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publication Date: Oct 2nd, 2012
Pages: 338 (Paperback)
Publishers: HarperCollins
Rating:
4 star

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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.

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Absolutely gorgeous! Have no idea what the meaning it to do with the book but they are really nice covers!

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I really enjoyed the writing of this book. It was descriptive and easy to follow. The writing also flowed well. I did enjoy the words that parts that were crossed out. It was an interesting addition and a lot of the time it was used for things that Juliette didn’t think she should be thinking if that makes sense. At times it made it easier to understand her as we had those little extra bits of information. This happened mostly through the first half of the book and in the last half it was only every now and then.

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To be completely honest it’s a little predictable. A girl with a dangerous power and being locked up and then saved by someone who wants to use her for torture or getting information from others (very Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken vibes). Even though it was kinda predictable I did enjoy it. The only thing I didn’t love was the romance. As I say in every damn post, I don’t like reading about romances, especially in Fantasy books. If I am reading a fantasy/sci-fi I want the main focus to be the events and the world but a lot of time in this book the romance was the main focus and that is just not something I enjoyed. The romance was a little iffy for me too. I get that they knew of each other before the events in this book but in reality, it was ‘know of’ them before not actually knowing them. So for that reason, I would definitely call this instalove. Also slightly a love triangle which neither I am definitely not a fan of!

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Juliette was an okay character. I did like that even after everything she has been through she is still trying to be a good person at heart. Adam was enjoyable, he is kind and caring and would do anything for the people he cares about. Warner is the last of the major characters and I don’t like him in the slightest. I will never agree with a character like him who is just cruel and expects to get everything he asks for. He acts like he is patient and caring but he is actually cold, calculating and twisted. I feel like he is written and feels a lot older than he is as well. He is around 19 I think but he is kinda written as a creepy older man.

So as I said there is a slight love triangle in this book. I hate it, I don’t care who the characters are, I don’t like it. But especially with these character as Warner is just cruel and an animal and I don’t understand at all how anyone could even consider him as a love interest.

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Overall, I enjoyed the story and the world a lot but the romance I didn’t like in the slightest. The writing was also enjoyable. I didn’t love Juliette, she was just okay and Warner was horrible, but also the perfect bad guy I guess. I did enjoy Adam though, so at least there is 1 out of 3 I like. I probably won’t be continuing this series soon, but I do want to as I want to know what happens next and I’m just hoping the romance improves!



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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – Mini Spoiler Free Review

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Title: One of Us is Lying
Author: 
Karen M. McManus
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Pages: 358 (Paperback)
Publishers: Delacorte Press
Rating:
5 star

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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. From the Hardcover edition.

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So this is just going to be a short spoiler free review. I 100% think this is a book that you just need to jump into and figure out on your own, so that is why I this is just a mini review.

As for the writing, it was so well written. The entire time you were left guessing with absolutely no clues as to who is the real bad guy until the Bayview Four start doing their own investigating and start bringing up clues. This book hooked me so much, it was so suspenseful when it came to finding out who killed Simon! I didn’t want to put it down.

The plot is really good too! Not predictable at all! When you start suspecting one person there is something that pops up that changes your mind. The whole time you are just shuffling around in your mind who it could be. Very well done mystery book! And also, that bloody ending!!!!

Overall, I loved it! It was so well written and I never wanted to put it down! It was suspenseful and mysterious and just an amazing debut from Karen M. McManus and I can’t wait to see what she does next!!



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*GIVEAWAY CLOSED* – YA Diverse 2017 release Giveaway!

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Yes, I am doing another giveaway! Why? Well, I don’t actually know! I was planning on doing this giveaway just on my Instagram but I wanted one of the entry options to be to join my bookish facebook group The YA Book Nerds and there was no easy way to do that on Instagram! So here it is!



Prize:

The choice of any 2017 YA Diverse release up to the value of $20 AUD.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!?

This giveaway is international as long as Book Depository ships to you!

This giveaway runs from today 24th of October until the 31st of October! So that is a week!



RULES!

I will keep this short and sweet.

– Click the Rafflecopter link at the bottom of this post to find out how to enter

– You MUST follow me on either Instagram or Twitter as that is where I will be contacting the winner! *See those entry sections in RaffleCopter*

– Entrants must be 18+ years or have parental permission as I will need your address!

–  Please understand that once I have purchased the item I am no longer responsible for it, the shipping process will be up to Book Depository. I will send a screen capture of the receipt to you once it is purchased as proof, as  Book Depository doesn’t offer tracked free shipping.



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Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

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Title: Before She Ignites
Author: 
Jodi Meadows
Series: Fallen Isles Trilogy
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Sept 12th, 2017
Pages: 496 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating:
5 star

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Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the peace treaty named after her, an agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira never felt perfect. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

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Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit—the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles—and herself—before her very world begins to collapse.

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I still don’t like covers with people on them but you can’t deny that this book is gorgeous. I love the colours of the cover and how dark it feels. I also love the back cover! The forest/woods with the dragon’s tail is so simple but represents the book really well.

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This is my first Jodi Meadows book and I have heard pretty good things about her writing and I was not disappointed. For a 500 page book this was fairly quick. There were parts in the middle that was a bit slow but they were building the characters personalities and also the characters’ friendships, so they were needed and worth it.

I also really enjoyed the swap of past and future in the 2/3 or so of the book. It was good to have a break from those slower parts and it was also good to see what happened to Mira rather than just hearing it her thoughts and convos.

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So even though the basis of this plot is fairly basic, it was done really well that it didn’t feel like ‘just another …….. book’. The whole book felt like it was building to a certain event and then there was something that happened about 3/4 of the way in that threw a spanner in the works and I no longer knew what to expect. I liked that this book had those unpredictable bits, however, there were some parts that were predictable too.

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Mira was an enjoyable character. Even though she was kinda the ‘chosen one’ trope she felt a lot more realistic than most. She struggled most of the time to figure out what was wrong and right and what she should do. Also, the anxiety played a pretty big part of her life while in the pit which made her feel more real too. Even with all the struggles, she was still a strong character and I really enjoyed her.

Ilina & Hristo were also enjoyable characters. We mostly see them in the chapters that show the past. Hristo is loyal and caring & Ilina is passionate and strong. They would both do anything for what is right and their best friend.

Gerel was a pain, but the kind of enjoyable pains that you can’t help but like despite yourself. She was stubborn but smart and but also loyal to what she believes in and the promises she has made to the Fallen Isles. Aaru I still don’t know how I feel really. He is shy and quiet but also kind and interesting.

Altan is a pathetic person. He is one of those cruel characters that you aren’t meant to like. Even though he knew why Mira was in prison and knew it was a load of bull he still acting like she was no better than a murderer. It was pathetic considering he wanted the information she held.

Elbena, was also cruel. Again acting like Mira was at fault when it was actually her and her people that were doing the wrong thing. And delibertly allowing  a certain thing to happen just so she could turn the situation to fit her needs! In that moment, if I was there I would have strangled her. So much outright curelty.

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I loved this book! It is an amazing start to a new fantasy series! The writing is amazing and I loved he use of chapters from the past and future. The main character is great and so are her friends! The plot is really well done and the world is amazing! I can’t wait for book 2 to be released! The only thing this book is missing is a map! This would be the perfect book to have a map in!



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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Title: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: 
Francesca Zappia
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Pages: 385 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Rating:
4 and a half stars

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Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

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I like the cover art but I also don’t like it. I think the cover art is awesome but it doesn’t fully match the book. At no point in this book do they mention Eliza painting! It’s always drawing, so even though I like the look of the cover, it’s still not accurate and that annoys me.

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I really enjoyed the writing in this book! It flowed really well and was really easy to understand even for someone who has 0 experience with webcomics and that hole of the internet. I also loved the addition of my text messages & drawings! I love a book with little extra things in them and this was definitely one! I really liked the drawings and also little bits and pieces of the webcomic. Even though the webcomic story was a little confusing as it’s part way through the webcomic that they show and trying to keep track of the characters in the webcomic story was a bit of a task too as I would forget between each part of the comic as it was only ever 20 or so pages! But besides those little things, I really enjoyed the actual story itself.

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**TRIGGER WARNINGS!**
Mentions & thoughts of suicide within this book.

To be completely honest the main plot of this story I guessed before even starting the book. So it was just a point of waiting for it to happen. I also found this part of it kinda similar to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda when it came to the ‘everyone finding out the secret through the internet’ type of thing. But besides that, I really enjoyed everything else in the plot of the book! I also think that everything was done really well and realistically. Sometimes I feel like some contemporaries just go overboard and border on unrealistic, but I definitely think that this book was done really well and never went too crazy!

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Okay, so I may be a bit prejudice as the MC and I share a name, but I really liked Eliza. I loved that even though she struggled with a lot of social situations she never let it actually get her down. She pushed through and knew her limits in situations she could control. She also felt relatable even though I don’t have much in common with her.

Wallace, I liked for the most part. However, after the secret was out I did not like his attitude in the slightest and even though he apologized it was only because he realised how far he had pushed her. But before that, he was selfish and obsessive and I was not okay with it at all.

I really like Eliza’s brothers! Church and Sully were so funny but also super understanding. They were also super surprising too and some of the stuff you find out I was not expecting at all! I kinda wish we could have a companion novel following them as they were my fave characters!

Eliza’s parents are a bit hard to judge.  I understand them completely as all they were trying to do is be involved in their daughter’s life but they didn’t understand how and Eliza never seemed to try and help them be in her life. And it frustrated me sometimes how Eliza reacted to them, but they also did kinda push some boundaries sometimes. Family dinner is not the right time to discuss whether your daughter should start birth control for an example! That is something that should be discussed in private, not with both parents and 2 brothers in the middle of dinner. So some of the time I did understand Eliza but also a larger part of the time I understood her parents struggle. That’s also another reason why I like Church and Sully because they took the time to actually explain to their parents what they did wrong to Eliza when she was just pushing them away and getting angry at them when they had no idea the whole situation! How could they know when she never told them the whole truth and kept the money side of it a secret from them.

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I enjoyed the writing and the addition of the texts and drawings in the book! Even though the main plot was obvious I really enjoyed the rest of the plot. I liked Eliza and loved her brothers a lot and wish they were a bit more in the book or get a companion about them. So yeah, overall I really enjoyed the book!



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The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Last Namsara
Author: 
Kristen Ciccarelli
Series Name: Iskari
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 432 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Rating:
4 stars

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In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

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Generally, I don’t like people on the cover of books, but covers with part of someone’s face don’t bother me and I really like this one. I like how simple it is and how well it represents this book! I also love the design on the knife too.

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I didn’t love the writing to be completely honest. Every now and then there were a couple paragraphs that really didn’t make sense. When this happened a lot of the time it was the movement of a character. It’s hard to explain but it was just kinda contradicting itself I guess. Like they would say this person was somewhere or doing something and then the next second they were somewhere else or doing something else that shouldn’t have been possible. That’s the best I can explain it.
But as I am reading an eARC of this book, this may have been corrected for the final copy but I’m not fully sure obviously. But it was a little annoying when that happened as it just wrecked the flow of the book.

But besides that, there was also the romance. It wasn’t my favourite either. Not only am I not a romance reader but it was also pretty predictable and typical of a “forbidden love” story. But I’m really glad that the romance didn’t overtake the rest of the plot of the book.

I also enjoyed that they included some of the stories they talked about in the book. I thought that was a cool touch.

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I really enjoyed the plot of the book and I didn’t find it predictable even though I found the romance predictable. The plot was fairly unique and I loved the stories. And come on, the book has dragons!

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Asha was a little annoying at times. Through most of the book, she acted like she was better than everyone else because she was the ‘Iskari’. I get that yes she may have been a more powerful person but that doesn’t mean you have to act stuck up about it. Her personality when it came to this really annoyed me but besides that she was okay.

I really enjoyed Safire though. She was awesome and such a badass. She is also really strong! No matter the crap she had to put up with she was strong all the way and was there for her family the whole time.

Jarek was a horrible person. He is so controlling and obsessive. Honestly, at a couple points, I cringed when he came up to Asha and I’m only reading about it!

Dax I also enjoyed. He wasn’t that present for most of the book but in the end I really enjoyed him and what he did. He cared for Asha a lot and even though she was the ‘Iskari’ and was meant to be this fearless person he still saw her as his sister and looked out for her rather than treating her like a prop or a weapon like others tried.

Torwin I don’t really know how I feel about. I did enjoy him for most of it but for some parts, he just felt like ‘the forbidden love interest’ and that was it. I would have really liked if this book was in Multi POV with Torwin & Asha because seeing him through her eyes that was all he was really, the forbidden love interest. I would have liked to see him as his own person a bit more but the only time we see that is the part with the dragon and when he was telling stories about the woman who raised him.

I won’t talk about my opinions about anyone else as I don’t want to spoil anything!

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Overall I didn’t love the writing or the MC. I hope that in the next book she comes down off the high horse she has been sitting on for most of this book. The romance was not my favourite either, but I’m not a romance fan so that doesn’t mean too much. I did enjoy the plot of the book and some of the characters.

*For my rating I did not take into consideration the trouble I had understanding some parts just because I’m not sure if that is a fault with the eARC or not.*



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Thief’s Cunning by Sarah Ahiers – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Thief’s Cunning
Author: 
Sarah Ahiers
Series Name: Assassin’s Heart
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 416 (eBook)
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Rating:
4 stars

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Allegra has always had to look over her shoulder. As the niece of the infamous assassin Lea Saldana, Allegra is used to hiding from people who want her dead. Once the strongest clipper family in the Kingdom of Lovero, the Saldanas—or what’s left of them—are now the most hunted. Their number one enemy is the Da Vias, whose thirst for retaliation is almost two decades in the making.

But lately Allegra’s getting fed up with everything being kept from her—including her parents’ identity. When she finally learns the truth about her family, though—that she’s a Da Via—her world crumbles. Feeling betrayed by the people she trusted the most, Allegra turns to Nev, a Traveler boy whose presence makes her feel alive in ways she’s only dreamed of.  But getting caught up in Nev’s world has consequences Allegra never saw coming.

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I really enjoy the covers of these books. They are simple but represent the book really well! In the first one we just had the Saldana coin and the city below (I’m not sure if it’s Yvain or Lovero) and this on we have the Singura and the city Mornian (I think) at the bottom. They are eye-catching and gorgeous!

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My opinion is the same for this book as it is for Assassin’s Heart. The world building is amazing and continues in this book. I loved learning more about the other gods and other cultures in this book. The book flows really well and is very descriptive! My only small issue is I still have no idea how to pronounce the MCs name, Allegra. I am pretty sure I pronounced it differently every time it came up in the book! It’s such an uncommon name, as are many of them, but most of the other characters had easy nicknames so it was okay that I didn’t know how to pronounce Les’s full name (I don’t know how to spell it and I’m not hunting through the last two books to find it as it’s only mentioned a couple times).

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I didn’t enjoy the plot of Thief’s Cunning as much as I did Assassin’s Heart. It was still good and I enjoyed it but the first book was better in my opinion. This book was filled with a few plot twists of sorts and that was enjoyable as I didn’t see them coming.

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So, I didn’t love the MC for this one. Allegra was annoying at times and complained and whined so much. She also repeated the same thing over and over again. It also annoyed me that when she found out a certain truth that she didn’t go straight to Lea and ask for her side of the story and the truth from her. She didn’t even try and give her a chance and that annoyed me considering everything that Lea and Les had done for her. It also annoyed me that she wouldn’t listen to Lea about the truth when Lea tried to explain herself, but she listened to Les.

*Side note – I hate that it’s ‘Lea’ & ‘Les’ because if you aren’t concentrating on every single word or just reading quickly than those two names look the same and you don’t read it properly and then get confused*

I still love Lea & Les in this book. Les is so caring, awesome and calm. I wish we saw a bit more of his Clipper side as that was what he wanted the most in Assassin’s Heart. Lea is still a badass and she will always do anything for the people she loves.

Nev was a character that you are suspicious of and your thoughts go back and forth about whether he is actually a good guy or a bad guy. I won’t say anything more about that because I’ll let you figure it out yourself if you decide to read this series!

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I really enjoyed this book, however, it was not as good as the first book in my opinion. I love this world and magic system. The MC was not my favourite for this book and I prefer the POV of Lea a lot more than Allegra. The writing is amazing and I can’t wait to see what comes next from Sarah Ahiers!



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Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Assassin’s Heart
Author: 
Sarah Ahiers
Series Name: Assassin’s Heart
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 2nd, 2016
Pages: 448 (eBook)
Publishers: HarlequinTeen
Rating:
4 and a half stars

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With shades of Game of Thrones and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a tale of love, lies, and vengeance. Fans of Kristin Cashore and Rae Carson will devour the flawlessly crafted action and inventive world building.

Seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana is a trained assassin. She was born into one of the nine clipper Families in the kingdom of Lovero who lawfully take lives for a price. As a member of the highest-ranking clan, loyalty to Family is valued above all, but that doesn’t stop Lea from getting into a secret relationship with Val Da Via, a boy from a rival clan. Despite her better judgment, Lea has fallen in love with him; but she’s confident she can anticipate any threat a mile away.

Then she awakens one night to a house full of smoke. Although she narrowly escapes, she isn’t able to save her Family as their home is consumed by flames. With horror, she realizes that Val and his Family are the only ones who could be responsible. Devastated over his betrayal and the loss of her clan, there’s just one thing on her mind: making the Da Vias pay. The heart of this assassin craves revenge.

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I love the simplicity of this cover but also how well it fits the book. The single coin in the middle which I’m assuming has the Saldana Family sign on it and the city street the bottom. It’s a simple but beautiful cover and I wish I owned a physical copy of this book purely for the cover.

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Extremely enjoyed the writing of this book! I didn’t know what to expect as this is the Authors debut novel but I was very pleased with what I found in this book. The writing flowed well and was very descriptive. The writing was also easy to follow and I didn’t find myself confused at any points. The world building was well done and everything was explained really well! The idea of this book and the world was fairly unique from anything I have read in the past and it was very enjoyable.

Also, the romance was not bad. I’m not a romance reader, I say this in every review I write but the romance in this book wasn’t that bad. It didn’t overtake the plot at any point, it just kinda worked in with everything. I can say that I saw it a mile away before the MC even had any idea and it was a tad insta-lovey.

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I really enjoyed the plot of this book, like I said in the writing section, the world is very unique and the same can be said for the plot. I also really enjoyed the many twists towards the end of the book. I may have found the romance a bit predictable but for the rest of the story that was definitely not the case!

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I really enjoyed our main character, Lea. She was loyal and determined and I really enjoyed her. She was a great badass female character. I loved the sarcastic attitude that popped up occasionally too!

I also really liked Les too. He was a really interesting character, he was thoughtful, caring and also had a bit of a sarcastic attitude which I loved. He was also a bit of a badass too.

Val, I was iffy about from the start of the book. I don’t know what it was but he just gave me this off feeling right from the beginning.

There aren’t too many characters I can talk about without giving away spoilers so I think I will leave it at that!



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The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Mime Order
Author: 
Samantha Shannon
Series Name: The Bone Season
Genre: YA Fantasy Sci-Fi
Publication Date: January 27th, 2015
Pages: 510 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Bloomsbury
Rating:

4 stars

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Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

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I still don’t like these covers. They aren’t horrible but they aren’t my favourite and I highly prefer the other editions!

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Okay, so the only issue I had with the writing in the last book was not understanding the terms! So every time I read a book I flip through the book and check the back of the book to see if there is a glossary, prequels, previews of the next book and that kinda thing!  But because I read it via eBook I couldn’t like flip through so I wasn’t aware there was a glossary at the back! So the terms were confusing at first, but I didn’t have this issue in this book as I already understand what all the terms and names mean now!

So because I didn’t have that issue this time, I really enjoyed the writing! These books are a bit slower to read and they take me forever! I can usually read a 500 page book in 2 days but this book took me like 5 days! But I don’t hate that, it’s still good but it was a little frustrating to try and read during a ReadAThon haha.

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I didn’t enjoy the plot in this book as much as the first book but it was still good. I feel like a lot of the middle of the book was just kinda filling time until we got to the bigger events. But I also didn’t mind those points because we got to know the characters a lot better, so that was really good!

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Okay, so it will be hard to talk about certain characters without spoiling the first book. So I will talk about the MC as obviously, she is still here! But as for the others, I am not going to talk about them. But I do enjoy all the characters whether I enjoy them as the bad guys or good guys!

So the MC! Paige is an awesome character. She is a badass and will do anything for what she thinks is right! She is also really resourceful and always has some crazy idea up her sleeve! She is an awesome badass female MC!

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I really enjoyed this book! I didn’t love it as much as The Bone Season, but it was still really good! The characters are great and I love Paige. The world is intense and full on and I love it! I’m a massive epic fantasy fan and this is a really good extreme world! The writing is amazing. The book is slow and the plot was a bit slower than the first book and that is the main reason I didn’t rate it higher.



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