The Third Day, The Frost by John Marsden – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Third Day, The Frost
John Marsden
Series: Tomorrow #3
YA War Fiction
Publication Date: April 26th, 2012 (first published in 1995)
Pages: 278 (Paperback)
Publishers: Quercus
4 and a half star

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Ellie and her friends have achieved more than they ever thought possible as an unarmed bunch of amateur teenage fighters. But it’s not enough. The war wages on, their families are in captivity and their country is on its knees. Hiding back in Hell, the friends face a big question: what to do next?

The gang have another success when they manage to rescue Kevin. He returns to them equipped with a new knowledge of explosives. Suddenly the question of what to do next becomes clear – launch an attack on the major enemy target of Cobblers’ Bay.

Can Ellie, Homer, Fi, Robin, Lee and Kevin really stage a major military attack on the enemy? And in their attempt to pull it off, what will they have to sacrifice? They have already lost Corrie and Chris; who else will the group have to lose in their desperation to defend their country?

The Third Day, The Frost, draws the reader deeper into the struggle of these ordinary teens attempting to survive in extraordinary times. A tense and moving read that will stay with you forever.

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Click the title to see my spoiler free review of Tomorrow When the War Began & The Dead of the Night

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I don’t really understand this cover. I just don’t get the shell or pearl. But I do prefer these editions visually than the other covers, hence why I choose these. But I don’t understand!

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I love the writing of these books! The writing is really unique! The book is written as if the main character has written it after the events of the book. So you get what happened, Ellie’s thoughts while the things happened and also her thoughts while writing the story. I love this method of writing and John Marsden does it amazingly!

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These books are action-packed and extreme in every way! Even when there isn’t much going on it still feels kinda full because we are getting Ellie’s thoughts. But also they skip over the parts that would be really dull as this is Ellie telling the story of what actually went on and all the action, so that is good. It makes for quick and gripping reads.

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I love all the characters in one way or another. Ellie feels like the most realistic character I have ever read. Even though she is appearing brave and in charge to the others, she is falling apart inside and it’s good to see that. Even though she is struggling she gets in and does what she needs to do and will always do anything to protect the group.

I felt like in this book the other characters were slightly more distant than in previous books. They do spend a majority of their time together but as they are all so broken and most of the time they just want to sit in the quiet alone, there isn’t as much connection between Ellie and the other characters. However, I didn’t mind it. I love reading from Ellie’s POV and they still got altogether when they were planning stuff and doing big things, so it didn’t feel like they were completely absent.

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Overall, I love this series. It gripped me when I read the very first book in high school for English class and it only gets more intense. It is kind of a scary book in a way as this is the most realistic dystopian type book I have ever read. It’s the closest to what could actually happen and that is terrifying and also it’s set in Aus. So it feels way too close to home for me.
Also, there is something that happened in the last couple pages of this book that killed me. I don’t remember if I have cried in either of the last 2 books, but I did in this one.





Everless by Sara Holland – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Everless
Sara Holland
Series: Untitled
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Jan 4th, 2018
Pages: 362 (Paperback)
Publishers: Hachette Children’s Books, Australia
4 star

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In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.



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I really love this cover! I really like the simple colours on this cover. Also, the design is amazing and it fits the book so well!

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The writing was pretty enjoyable. I feel like the book started a little slow and there were a few points throughout the book that was a bit slow and dull. But for the most part, it was interesting and there was a fair bit of action.
There was one part of the book that I found really predictable basically from the start but for the most part, there were a lot of things that were unpredictable which I really enjoyed.
The world was also really well explained and I never had an issue when being introduced to it.  Also, the world was extremely interesting and I can’t wait to see what else happens in this world!

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The plot was really well done besides the few dull parts that I mentioned earlier. I also loved that even though there was a slight romance vibe it was definitely not the main focus at all! Which if you know me? Is great as I’m not a fan of many romances and it’s nice to see books with little to no romance!

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Okay, so I won’t be talking about my full feelings of a couple of the major characters as it would possibly give away some spoilers as there are a few characters that you start out with one opinion and then you find out that it’s not as it seems.

I really enjoyed Jules and she was an awesome MC to read from. She was kind and caring but also brave and kinda stubborn.
Roan, I actually didn’t particularly like. He seemed to change his mind a lot and there were hints at him possibly cheating on his fiance. Which I am not a fan of, even if it is an arranged marriage.
Ina was just so sweet and innocent feeling. She was also kinda naive to some degree. Well, that is the way she was made out to be anyway.

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The writing is really good and the world building is amazing! I really enjoyed the MC as well! There are a few slow parts and a little bit of predictability too which I wasn’t as much a fan of but not enough to really affect my enjoyment.
I did really enjoy this book but I had a couple small issues that means that I didn’t give it a higher rating. But still, a really good book and I’m keen to find out what happens next!

I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Hachette Children’s Book Australia NetGalley for this opportunity.

So on some sites, this book is currently available but on others it’s a pre-order. According to NetGalley this book releases on the 4th of Jan though. But I will leave links below on a few places you can purchase or pre-order the book.

**This is only links for the Hachette/Orchard edition but you can also get the HarperTeen editions around with a different cover.**

Hachette Website
Hardcover, Paperback & eBook

Book Depository (Pre-Order)
Paperback  /  Hardcover

Paperback  /  Hardcover

Dymocks (Pre-Order)

Amazon  Aus
Paperback  /  Hardcover  /  eBook  /  Audiobook





Most Anticipated 2018 Releases!

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It’s this time already! I will still be doing monthly anticipated releases but this is just an overview of all the books I’m really looking forward to, that I know about in 2018! The reason I still do monthly anticipated releases is that there are so many more books that aren’t announced yet!

**I will put synopsis’s for all books! So if you haven’t read the books before it in the series then beware!**

Let’s get into this!

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Untitled (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu

**Cover not released yet**

Release Date: Unknown
Series: Warcross #2
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Goodreads Synopsis:

Not Released Yet

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Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

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Release Date: 2nd Jan
Series: DC Icons #2
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


Release Date: 2nd Jan
Series: The Folk of the Air #1
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Unearthed by Meagan Spooner & Amie Kaufman


Release Date: 9th Jan
Series: Unearthed #1
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert


Release Date: 30th Jan
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen


Release Date: 30th Jan
Series: The Elementae #1
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarletwill hold readers spellbound.

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Graevale by Lynette Noni

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This is one of my TOP ANTICIPATED!! I have already pre-ordered this too!

Release Date: 1st Feb
Series: The Medoran Chronicles #4
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Light or dark, only one can win. This world cannot survive in shades of grey.

Now that Aven Dalmarta sits upon the throne of Meya, Alex must race against the clock to save the rest of Medora from the Rebel Prince’s wrath.

Haunted by an unspeakable vision of the future, Alex and her friends set out to warn the mortal races. But making allies out of ancient enemies proves difficult.

With her nights spent deep in the Library under the guidance of a mysterious new mentor, Alex is desperate to strengthen her gift and keep all those she loves safe. Because in a world where nothing is certain, she is sure of only one thing:

Aven is coming.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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Release Date: 6th Feb
Series: The Belle #1
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

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Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

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This is one of my TOP ANTICIPATED!!

Release Date: 6th Mar
Series: Rebel of the Sands #3
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

When gunslinging Amani Al’Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she’d join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn’t have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn’t exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.

Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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This is one of my TOP ANTICIPATED!! I have already pre-ordered this too!

Release Date: 13th Mar
Series: The Illuminae Files #3
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.


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Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody


Release Date: 10th April
Series: The Shadow Game #1)
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian 

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Release Date: 24th Apr
Series: Untitled Trilogy
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Release Date: 24th Apr
Series: Companion to Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Genre: YA Diverse Contemporary

Goodreads Synopsis:

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes centre stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.


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The Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir


Release Date: 22nd May
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #3
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber


Release Date: 29th May
Series: Caraval #2
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling and breakout debut Caraval, following Scarlett’s younger sister, Tella, on a journey to the empire’s capital to fulfill a mysterious bargain.

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Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolcser


Release Date: 5th June
Series: Song of the Current #2
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Caro and Markos have settled into a routine: Wake up, eat breakfast, and try to figure out who might attempt to assassinate Markos today . . . so the currents aren’t exactly calm. Markos is in constant danger, and his claim to the throne is shaky without the support of an army. But then a powerful Archon offers Markos the military might he needs in exchange for marrying his daughter. Markos and Caro must decide which is more important: their love for each other or the fate of Akhaia.

With shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and breathtaking romance, Sarah Tolcser weaves another epic story about chasing your fate and charting your own course.Caro and Markos have settled into a routine: Wake up, eat breakfast, and try to figure out who might attempt to assassinate Markos today . . . so the currents aren’t exactly calm. Markos is in constant danger, and his claim to the throne is shaky without the support of an army. But then a powerful Archon offers Markos the military might he needs in exchange for marrying his daughter. Markos and Caro must decide which is more important: their love for each other or the fate of Akhaia.

With shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and breathtaking romance, Sarah Tolcser weaves another epic story about chasing your fate and charting your own course.

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Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers


** I haven’t actually read book 2 in this series, A Closed and Common Orbit, but I read the first book, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and loved it! So hopefully I will love book 2 as well and want to read this!**

Release Date: 24th Jul
Series: Wayfarers #3
Genre: Sci-Fi

Goodreads Synopsis:

Hundreds of years ago, the last humans left Earth aboard the Exodus Fleet. After centuries spent wandering empty space, humanity was welcomed — mostly — by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way. Their generational journey came to an end.

But this is old history. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but outsiders have seldom seen. Exodans take great pride in their community and traditions, but the cultures from beyond their bulkheads have profoundly influenced their own. Those who have not yet left for alien cities and terrestrial colonies are left grappling with questions: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain among the stars when there are habitable worlds within reach? How can they maintain their carefully balanced way of life — and is it worth saving at all? Record of a Spaceborn Few unravels this complicated reality through a cast of new voices: A young apprentice unsure of his future. A lifelong spacer who wonders if her children might be better suited for the ground. A planet-raised traveler. An alien academic. A caretaker for the dead. And of course, the Archivist, who ensures no one’s story is forgotten.

Set in the sprawling universe of the Galactic Commons, this third standalone instalment of the Wayfarers series travels to another corner of the cosmos — one often mentioned, but not yet explored.

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Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller

**Cover not released yet**

Release Date: 1st Aug
Series: Mask of Shadows #2
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sequel to Mask of Shadows, about a gender fluid pickpocket. Publication is slated for summer 2018.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch


Release Date: 7th Aug
Series: Steam Raiders #1
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas


Release Date: 7th Aug
Series: DC Icons #3
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sizzling with action and suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author SARAH J. MAAS delivers a coming-of-age Selina Kyle who will steal readers’ hearts in a new, highly anticipated YA blockbuster: CATWOMAN!

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

In this third DC Icons book–following Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker–Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?


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The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli

**Cover not released yet**

Release Date: 1st Sept
Series: Iskari #2
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

The sequel/companion to THE LAST NAMSARA. Coming Fall 2018.

As She Ascends by Jodie Meadows

**Cover not released yet**

Release Date: 11th Sept
Series: Fallen Isles Trilogy #2
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Not Released Yet

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

**Cover not released yet**

Release Date: 18th Sept
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #3
Genre: YA Historical Mystery

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

**Cover not released yet**

Release Date: 2nd Oct
Series: Guide #2
Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Goodreads Synopsis:

A sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, narrated by Felicity and featuring travel, pirates, and a science girl gang.

Well that is all the ones I can think of right now! There are so many I am looking forward to! But the ones I am looking forward to the most are Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton, Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman, Graevale by Lynette Noni & Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody! I can’t wait!

What are your most anticipated releases for 2018? Are any of these on your list?!



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Runebinder by Alex R. Khaler – Spoiler Free Review

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


I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Harlequin (Australia) TEEN & NetGalley for this opportunity.

Checkout the Harlequin Australia Website for details on the book!

You can purchase the book here:



Amazon Aus (Hardcover is on special for $14.23 AUD!!!!)
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, Audio CD & Kindle (eBook)


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!!

 **Internet is working now and I have fixed the errors**






Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Spoiler Free Review

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




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

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


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!!




*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!


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

Here are some examples!

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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!


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.