This review is completely spoiler free for the series (and all spoilers are hidden in spoiler tags).
Books like Every Move restore my faith in YA series enders. Why? Because I’ve just had the worst luck with series enders lately. *cough* Ashes to Ashes, In the Afterlight and Isla and the Happily Ever After *cough* But enough of complaining, let’s talk (or just ramble, in my case, as I’m experiencing a book hangover currently) about the fabulousness that is Ellie Marney’s YA romantic mystery thriller series.
I think one of the best things about the Every series is how I had the opportunity to see it grow – slowly – but in large, brave steps. (Now, let me pamper this review with some nostalgia because why not?) When Every Breath (the first book of the series) first arrived on my doorstep back in 2013, I literally had no clue what to expect. The reason why I picked Every Breath up was simply due to this one tag-line: “what if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door?” Back then, I didn’t even know Sherlock (yes, I know, so tragic) but knowing how popular and well loved the TV show was to my friends, I gave it a go... and found myself pleasantly surprised. (So yes, thank god for Sherlock.) Just reading this last instalment made it so obvious how strongly this series has developed. I admit – I wasn’t the hugest fan of Every Breath, but Ellie Marney totally won me over in Every Word, and Every Move left me thinking of ways to kidnap her so she can write books for me every day. (So… that escalated quickly.) What I’m trying to say is: each book got consistently better than its predecessor, and the success of this series really shows it.
Rachel and Mycroft have a special place in my heart. They’re both (very) stubborn and imperfect, and I love them even more so because of it. Can I also just take a moment to praise Ellie Marney for how well Rachel’s PTSD was dealt with here? I absolutely loved this new aspect that was taken aboard here, and I felt that it was drawn out realistically. Talking about realistic things, Rachel and Mycroft’s romance remains to be one of the most authentic and wonderful teen romances I’ve read about. Too often, romances in YA books are overdone with cheesiness; but nope, this is never the case here. It’s evident how much they care for each other, and the two brought me to the brink of emotional tears so many times in this book. RACHEL AND MYCROFT – I SHIP IT. HARD.
(view spoiler)[Also, EVERY TIME RACHEL CALLED MYCROFT ‘JAMES’ MADE MY HEART CRY. I just… IT’S TOO MUCH. Stop being so amazing, seriously. (hide spoiler)]
Every Move would’ve been 5 stars for me if it weren’t for the love-triangle-that-wasn’t-a-love-triangle. I don’t want to scare anyone off, but there is a new character introduced in this book called Harris and well, he ends up being this potential love interest that just lurks in the corner while PISSING ME OFF. NO ONE TOUCHES MY SHIP, OKAY? It’s never truly acted on, but it’s obvious that there is something there. Okay I’ll shut up now before I spoil anything.
If you want a series to thrill you, if you want a series with amaze you with it's brilliantly flawed characters, if you want a series to blow you away with it's plot line and romance, this is a series I highly recommend.
~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy!~
Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks is one of those super cute, swoon-worthy contemporaries that you can pick up atSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks is one of those super cute, swoon-worthy contemporaries that you can pick up at any point in the series, and love them just as much as the next person. For me, I started reading her books since Racing Savannah (book 4) and this book, Jesse's Girl is undoubtedly my favourite one up to date. While the first 5 books have all been about sports, this one is different in the sense that the two leads are musicians.
Things that I loved about Jesse's Girl:
1. A strong-willed female main character. In another world, Maya could have totally been my best friend. She's a really quirky girl who dresses like in the eighties, and really values trust and loyalty in a relationship of any sort. I loved her passion for music, it was definitely one of the first things that struck me about her. She may be lacking in self-confidence, especially after finding out that her crush actually never liked her back and that the band she created no longer wanted her as lead guitar, but I loved her strong-will and clear vision of pursuing music as a career by herself, and not by using her new relationship with Jesse, big time musician, as a handicap to get her there. Saying that I admire her is one helluva understatement.
2. Greatest family dynamic ever! If I were to ever list my top ten favourite family relationships, Maya's family would definitely be on that list. Family plays a huge role in this book and it seriously just had a lot of feels from it. I love how warm and supportive Maya's family is, and how every one can argue with each other but you can still see how much love they have for each other. THINKING OF IT JUST MAKES ME SQUEEE AND HUG MY KINDLE. Also: Maya's older brother is actually Sam, one of the main characters from Catching Jordan, so fans of the first book will surely be over the moon. I found it seriously amusing and adorable how protective Sam was over Maya. BROTHER OF THE YEAR, PEOPLE.
3. One cute as heck romance with witty banter. I've always had a love to hate relationship with celebrity/normal person romances because they can be melodramatic as fuck. Thank God that's not the case here because I am so. done. with that kind of drama. That is not to say that there aren't instances where for example, Jesse thinks that Maya is using him to get to her dream as a musician - but it's never as full blown or ridiculous as some books can portray it. Their relationship is healthy, realistic and also sex-positive which is always another huuuge plus.
4. YAY LGBTQ characters! There are some LGBTQ+ supporting roles in this novel which are so cute. I totally ship, Maya's best friend, Dave with Xander. THEY ARE SO CUUUUUTE. There are also nods towards other LGBTQ+ people as well, so THANK YOU Kenneally for all ze diversity!
My only gripe is that I felt like I predicted most things that were going to happen in this novel from the very beginning, but in the end, it's not a huge deal for me because of how brilliant all the other components were.
Miranda Kenneally's contemporaries are the ultimate reads for the summer, and Jesse's Girl is no exception with it's amazing cast of people.
When Joss Met Matt is not a type of book I’d normally pick up at the bookstore. I do not read much NA at all, dueSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
When Joss Met Matt is not a type of book I’d normally pick up at the bookstore. I do not read much NA at all, due to several reasons. One of them being that the majority of NA novels I’ve encountered seem to follow the same recipe each time. The same tropes, the same clichés; you get the point. Anyway, when I found out that this book was actually written by one of my favourite contemporary authors—Liz Czukas (under the pen name Ellie Cahill), I knew I had to take the chance and give it a shot. Alas, despite all hopeful feelings, When Joss Met Matt fell flat.
This story is told by Joss through a series of flashbacks. We do get present day snippets here and there, but about 85% of this novel just consists of the flashbacks that begin 7 years earlier when Joss met Matt and soon build up to the present day. Personally, that was immediately problematic for me. We don’t really get to see Joss and Matt being together as a couple all that often and for majority of the time, all we get is Joss and Matt being in relationships with other people. Its hard to ship a couple when you have them in other people’s beds, y'know?
I will say that the banter was insanely fun and entertaining. If there’s one thing that Liz Czukas ALWAYS manages to excel at, it’s the liveliness she brings to the dialogue. I’d eat it all up, if I could. Unfortunately, despite Joss and Matt’s brilliant conversations, I could only see them as friends with benefits; I found it hard to accept them as a couple because like aforementioned, they were with other significant others for almost the entire novel and they lacked the chemistry that I was promised.
Additionally, I spent a lot of this book being bored out of my mind. I guess we can all agree that this book has a very predictable ending—and so therefore, it’s the journey to the end that matters. I felt that this book didn’t have much plot other than Joss simply recounting the past 7 years of how she started falling for Matt. There didn’t seem to be anything else. No depth, no character building, just a lot of sorbet sex, really.
Furthermore, I failed to see how Matt was appealing as a love interest. He seemed like a pretty subpar character with a pretty face and not much else. He doesn’t really even try to be romantic, if that makes sense. I’m not saying that every guy has got to be romantic but man this guy didn’t even try.
And to those who are wondering, this book is perfectly suitable for YA readers. Ellie Cahill skips over the details and keeps everything clean. I would say the only reason why this book is pitched as a NA novel is due to the fact that the main characters are in their early twenties and also because of the concept: sorbet sex.
In all, When Joss Met Matt turned out to be inherently disappointing with an incredibly shallow and predictable story. I was seriously expecting better from Ellie Cahill for her YA novels are utter brilliance.
~Thank you Ballantine Books for sending me this copy!~
With it's witty humour and cuteness in general, I can definitely see why Erin Gough's YA debut, The Flywheel, wonSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
With it's witty humour and cuteness in general, I can definitely see why Erin Gough's YA debut, The Flywheel, won The Ampersand Project. Just as some general knowledge, Melissa Keil's Life in Outer Spacewas the the winner from a previous year that Hardie Grant Egmont Australia picked up, so if you trust their tastes, then you should most certainly check this one out as well! I mean, seriously, who can go wrong with Aussie YA?
4 Reasons Why You Should Read The Flywheel
1. It's a LGBTQ+ themed Aussie YA contemporary. YUP. YOU HEARD ME RIGHT PEOPLES. THE BOOK GODS HAVE FINALLY GIVEN US WHAT WE'VE BEEN WANTING. Some more diversity + more Aussie badassery. Seriously guys, it's 2 in 1, who could ask for more? The way the diversity is represented in this novel is not only authentic, but it also messes with your emotions and made me wanna give Del a big big hug.
2. The main character is fantastically imperfect, but still an incredibly strong girl that I am in awe of. Due to Del's sexuality, she got a lot of crap from the people at school who tease and mock her on a daily basis. It didn't feel like a cliche situation where you have the mean and popular girls beating up on the small, for Gough creates such a believable high school atmosphere, which reminded me jarringly of the high school days at my old school.
3. The supporting characters have their own shining moments as well. More often than not, the supporting roles in books tend to get no backbone at all, but Gough ensures that this isn't the case here. I particularly loved Charlie as a character and the way he grew throughout this novel was something insanely amazing to see. Furthermore, yay for platonic girl/boy relationships! Charlie and Del's banter was a beautiful thing, guys.
4. The romance made me wanna squeeeeee! The adorableness is strong in this one, guys.
I would've liked to see Del and Rosa as a couple more in this book, but regardless, these two made me grin like a total fool.
In all, I fell in love with The Flywheel from the very first page. While I have a few tiny quibbles in regards to how irritable Del got, there's no doubt that I'll be stalking this author for her future novels. THROW THEM AT MEH.
~Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me this copy!~...more
I'd firstly like to point out that Emmy & Oliver is a really misleading title. While the title screaSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
I'd firstly like to point out that Emmy & Oliver is a really misleading title. While the title screams a romance-dominated story, I would say it's anything but that. Sure, there is a hella adorable romance... but at it's core, Benway's story is one about friendship, growing up, making your own path in life, and more importantly, family.
"Sometimes love isn't something you say, it's something you do."
At it's surface, this book is about Oliver who is finally found 10 years later after being kidnapped by his father at the age of seven. And now he's trust back into his hometown and surrounded by these people that he has no recollection of, but everyone seems to remember him. And in particular, Emmy. Emmy and Oliver used to be the bestest of friends when they were younger - they share a birthday and are next-door neighbours, and while Emmy wants to go back to how they used to be, she isn't sure that's possible since they're both not the same people they were 10 years ago.
I fell in love with Emmy almost instantly. She's grown up for the past 10 years with a leash held ever so tightly by her parents since Oliver disappeared. And all she wants to do is follow her own dreams and make up her own mind. Surf, go to the college of her choice... She's undeniably independent and also a wonderful friend. I loved how thoughtful she was, but also sarcastic and embarrassingly awkward at the same time. After 10 years of not seeing her childhood best friend, and the first thing that she does? Pokes her tongue out and crosses her eyes. Honestly... what's not to love?
The world continues to spin even when we want it to stop, I thought. Especially then.
I really appreciated how this book highlights the importance of friendship. Despite Oliver disappearing, Emmy has always had Caro (Caroline) and Drew. They're both wonderfully complex characters that are each explored with so much detail, I feel like I know them enough to be my best friends. I seriously ADORED their dynamic, and it's one I envy. No joke.
I think this book deserves an award for just how brilliant family is portrayed here. And not just Emmy and Oliver's families. But also Drew's and Caroline's. Family is never going to be perfect, and that's why it is so special. I think it's about dealing with each other's shit, fighting and arguing but still caring for each other at the same time. I think it's about loving each other for the good and the bad and the worst parts. So thank you, Robin Benway, for such an honest reflection of what it can really be like.
"Mom," I groaned, covering my eyes with my hand. "People don't really date anymore, they just... I don't know, hang out together."
"Is that the same as 'hooking up'?" my dad asked.
"Oh my God!" Now I covered my ears with both hands. "Am I grounded? Can you just ground me? Hearing you two talk about 'hooking up' is cruel and unusual punishment."
Of course, I cannot finish this review without dedicating part of it to just fangirl over the cuteness that is Emmy and Oliver. Their romance takes the backseat in this one and reading it was like cotton candy. There's no instalove or stupid drama, thank God! Also, those flashbacks that were inserted every now and again? MY FEEEELS. I just felt like jumping into my kindle, to be honest.
I did cry reading this book. Surprisingly, most of the time it was just because how sweet and heartfelt this book was. But also sometimes because it was truly heartbreaking.
Emmy & Oliver is a highly important novel that zooms in on all the important things about growing-up, family, friendships and everything in between. It's incredibly bittersweet and honest, which is effortless in it's storytelling. And it's why I know it's a story I'll never forget. *hugs book* Cannot recommend this one highly enough, especially if you want to feel all the emotions.
~Thanks HarperTeen for sending me this copy for review!~
Two of my main reactions while reading this book:
This isn't just a romance book - Emmy & Oliver brings a lot of focus on family relationships, which I absolutely loved.
And I totally cried at the end. Not even crying... just full on bawling.
Veronica Mars is a recent addiction and addition to my oh-so-monotonous lifSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
This review is COMPLETELY spoiler free
Veronica Mars is a recent addiction and addition to my oh-so-monotonous life. As I write this review, it’s the last day of my summer holidays before I’m back at school for the new school year—and just less than two months earlier when the holidays started, I clicked play on the very first episode of the Veronica Mars TV series. I soon became absolutely smitten with the TV show (maaaaaaybe because of Logan Echolls) and I soon jumped onto the movie that came out in 2014, which is a continuation of the TV show. While I’d love for another movie to come out, I highly doubt my wish will come true anytime soon, but I do have these wonderful books to keep me company.
This is the second book to the Veronica Mars books, and it basically picks off after where the movie left off. For all you unfortunate souls who are unaware of who Veronica Mars is, firstly, I feel incredibly sorry for you. You’ll need to hurry off now and binge watch the TV show and movie (in that order) right now, because if you don’t, I’ll come after you with a paper shredder. That’s right, I’ll shred all your books. MWAHAHAHAHAHA. (I’m evil.) (Don’t convince me otherwise.) But anyway, like I was saying, if you don’t know who Veronica Mars is, she’s a Private Investigator who used to be a receptionist for her father’s Mars Investigations. Now they run the PI business together, and it’s truly the best thing ever—take my word for it.
While there’s no point in denying that the books (and movie, to be honest) don’t have the same magic that the original TV show possesses, we are still given another intriguing excerpt of Veronica Mars’ life. In this installment, Veronica’s caught up in an investigation that involves a claimed rape at Neptune’s ritziest hotel: The Neptune Grand. For what seems should be a simple case—to find the rapist—turns out to be much harder when there are mysterious pieces of information that don’t add up, uncooperative witnesses and barely any leads.
Despite the fact that I found the mystery here to be really engaging, it didn’t seem to be as twisted or as well built as the story line in The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. Moreover, I did find myself rather bored at times. This book does spend more time dabbling here and there, and while I loved the further exploration of our beloved characters, it moved a little too slow for a typical Veronica Mars story, in my opinion.
Guys, we finally get our Logan back in this one! When I found out that he’d be back for this installment, I was over the moon. I love that their relationship is further explored here, and that they talked more about their pasts—especially those (achingly painful) 9 years. Their relationship is a flawed one, but beautifully so, and that’s what makes them so special in my heart.
If you love good mysteries, or if you are a fan of Veronica Mars, you need to read these books. We get to catch-up with our favourite characters as well as revisit some unexpected acquaintances too. Combine them in with a thrilling mystery and the best sassy dialogue, and there you have it—a classic Veronica Mars story. I do hope Thomas and Graham decide to write more installments because one thing’s for sure; I’ll never get sick of Veronica Mars! So keep ‘em coming.
~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy!~...more
Celine and I discussioned (that's a word) this on the blog and we both gave Hellhole 4 stars! Come and check out the awesomeness (and for a giveaway oCeline and I discussioned (that's a word) this on the blog and we both gave Hellhole 4 stars! Come and check out the awesomeness (and for a giveaway or two) here.
Things we discussioned: - How this was hella funny but also dark. And totally Gina Damico style - How hilarious Burg the devil was - And we agreed that he totally stole the spotlight here - We admire Damico's ability to create some great character growth - And talk deep stuff like being good and evil - We also discuss Max's mum (aka the deeper stuff) - And how we liked the romance but not so much that we shipped them like FedEx - We also admire how fabulous Lore is - Because she really is - And so is Gina Damico.
Doesn't this have such a lovely cover? It reminds me of those heart shaped lollies that I used to be addicted to.
So let me break it to you now: this book actually consists of lots of excerpts from already published books. I KNOW. Imagine my face when I found out.
Anyway, I still enjoyed this book nonetheless. It's an anthology made up of lots and lots of love stories and extracts. If I had to sell this book with one word it would be: DIVERSITY!But seriously guys, this book is insanely diverse. There's all kinds of love here, some are sad, some are happy, some are amusing, some have LGBTQ themes etc. You get the point. This anthology had it all. If you enjoyed My True Love Gave to Me, then I certainly recommend you give this one a go because it was a lot of fun to read through....more
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is one of those laugh out loud, quirky contemporaries with fantastic underlySee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is one of those laugh out loud, quirky contemporaries with fantastic underlying messages that every contemporary junkie needs to read. It’s definitely a book that I enjoyed, and apparently a spider agrees with me (it’s now dead though). Oh yes, I went to the bathroom the other day and when I came back to my desk, there was a huge ugly spider resting on my book. The horrors. I legit screamed and spent the next half an hour (okay, that’s an exaggeration) having a staring competition with the spider; I didn’t dare to leave the room because that dodgy spider would have totally ran off to hide, which would then consist of me flipping the entire house upside-down in search for it. IT’S ALWAYS WORSE WHEN YOU KNOW THERE’S A SPIDER BUT YOU CAN’T GODDAMN FIND IT. And I didn’t want to try and kill it with my old textbook because 1) WHAT THE HELL WOULD I DO IF I MISSED? THE SPIDER WOULD START SPAZZING AND I’D HAVE A PANIC ATTACK and 2) do I really want spider guts on my old textbooks? I mean, REALLY? Anyway my mum soon came home and saved the day. I think I’m just going to live with my mum when I grow up so I never have to deal with spiders. Ugh.
ANYWAY. I have obviously strayed off topic here. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is not a book about spiders taking over the universe by stealing all of Mel’s precious books. No, it is so much better than that; it’s a romantic comedy that is told in dual POV by two seemingly totally different people over the course of one day, set at a sci-fi themed convention (think ComicCon or any other geeky festivals). Con-goers and pop-culture addicts, meet your next favourite book.
Brian Katcher’s latest follows two teens who seem jarringly different on the surface. You have Ana, who sticks with the rules and is a straight A student. Then there’s Zak; he may seem like a slacker but he’s clearly been through more pain than anyone would have ever guessed. I don’t know how Katcher does it but he manages to create two fantastically well-rounded characters that held my equal attention. It’s not all that frequent that I can enjoy both perspectives in a dual POV novel, so I was really glad that these characters captivated me equally as much. Both Ana and Zak both have their flaws and are far from perfect, but their character development hits strong and feel so three-dimensional to me. Heck, I can even identify these characters with people I know in real life.
The romance is something I’m very neutral about. This being a novel set around only a couple of days, the romance obviously had to move quickly. I wouldn’t call this instant-love though. I think Ana and Zak’s chemistry is very much real and the way their relationship developed seems completely acceptable to me. They don’t end up saying their “I love yous” by the end of the book (thank God) but you can tell that their relationship is going to bloom with possibilities. The two of them are pretty darn cute together, and their banter managed to pull a smile on my face on several occasions.
My largest complaint about this book was that things got quite ridiculous about halfway into the book. I’ve never been to something like ComicCon but I was bewildered and just weirded out by some of the things that happened in this book. Many situations seemed unlikely to happen in real life. Basically, it got so unbelievable to the point where it really ruined my enjoyment and I had to put the book down.
Despite that, I really loved that this book had strong messages woven into the story line. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is a coming-of-age story that shows you that there are always two sides to a story, and that first-impressions aren’t always the impressions that are intended to stay, because everyone has more to than what they appear to be on the surface.
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~
I am a mess right now. Honestly, I have no idea where to begin because Corruption has my mind reeling. BSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
I am a mess right now. Honestly, I have no idea where to begin because Corruption has my mind reeling. But let's start off with this: I will read anything this woman writes. I've read pretty much every novel written by Jess Shirvington with the exception of Empower (the last book to the Violet Eden Chapters) and each book gets better than the next; I can see this author's writing skills getting better and better with each book. And this latest series she's just written? Totally swept me off my feet.
I'm going to tell you a story about a girl who lost her dad and had her world fall apart. And then I am going to tell you the story about the woman she became.
Maggie's world came crashing down when the person she had always believed in and loved, betrayed her. Now, after being trapped in a dark room for weeks and weeks, she's more than ready to fight back. Maggie Stevens has become a female protagonist that I've become to idolise. Sure, she's a bitch at times, struggles to trust people, is always manipulating, but her inner strength, resourcefulness and witty remarks are what bring her on top. She isn't your typical kick-ass protagonist and brings a wagon-full of flaws with her, but it's hard not to love her for all her other qualities.
Corruption brings us constant heart-stopping action and an intense storyline. There wasn't once where I didn't feel like my hands were digging into the covers of the book, and yes, I finished this book in one sitting. Corruption, while is very much action-centered still explores all our characters more. We do get into finer details with Maggie's character--and her struggle with trusting people--but also her relationships with her family, Quentin and good ole' Gus. There's so much more character development in here, and each page was well spent.
Romance-wise, Jess Shirvington doesn't disappoint. Quentin and Maggie's relationship is a very fragile one, and I absolutely loved watching them try to mend it and make it stronger. The romance for me was a little overpowering and over-done, admittedly (just like in Disruption), but I'm not complaining! These two are full of swoons.
Now, it's time to talk about that terrible thing. ONLY, click the spoiler if you've read Corruption. (view spoiler)[GUS. GUS GUS GUS MY GUS. I didn't see this one coming at all, and my heart broke into so many tiny little pieces. I've always adored Gus and Maggie's snarky dialogue and their relationship, and I couldn't bear to see him go. I cried, there's no point in denying it. *sniffles* Just a random note, I was not happy about Gus and Maggie kissing, and then making it seem like Gus had non-platonic feelings towards her. I got pretty pissed, because I love their relationship and that did taint it for a while there. (hide spoiler)]
Corruption was exactly the kind of conclusion I was looking for. Full of action, absolutely thrilling and characters you can root for, this is definitely a series that I will be recommending highly of for several years to come. I am curious to see what Jess Shirvington has brewing for her next book, and there's no doubt that I will be reading whatever it is!
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~
It's been 3.5 weeks since I've read Magonia and since then I have bought this book for 2 people, recommended it tSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
It's been 3.5 weeks since I've read Magonia and since then I have bought this book for 2 people, recommended it to all of my friends, given away a copy as a Twitter giveaway and broken my book buying ban (that only managed to last 3 days) to buy myself the hardcover of the book. So I guess it's safe to say that I really really like this book.
They weren't kidding when they said that Maria Dahvana Headley's writing is comparable to the works of Neil Gaiman. Because Magonia? This book had me eating up each and every word.
If you look at the sky that way, it’s this massive shifting poem, or maybe a letter, first written by one author, and then, when the earth moves, annotated by another. So I stare and stare until, one day, I can read it.
Magnolia is about Aza Ray who is slowly dying. What I feared most was for this book to be about a self-pitying girl who would sit in the corner and wallow away about how her life totally sucks. But thank God, this is not that story. No - this is the story about a girl with a peculiar lung disease who soon dies and awakes in a completely new world where she can not only breathe, but also finds herself in the middle of a feud between two worlds. And to top off a completely refreshing story line that plays a lot with mythological aspects, we get an incredibly entertaining main character. Aza Ray is sassy, smart and funny without really trying. She definitely has that dark humour thing going on and I absolutely loved that about her.
I myself have never gotten my period, which I'm actually not too upset about. Postpone the misery, I say. It's because I'm too skinny, and have no luck gaining weight.
Clarification: by "too skinny," I don't mean Sexy Goth Girl in Need of Flowery Dress and Lipstick to Become Girl Who Was Always Secretly Pretty but We Never Saw It till Now. I mean: dead girl walking. Corpse-style skin, and sometimes when I cough, it's way gross. Just saying.
I was very surprised to find out that this book is actually in told in dual POV. While at first I found it really irrelevant for Jason (Aza Ray's best friend and possibly hopefully something else by the end of the book) to have his own chapters, you soon see why it's so necessary for his voice to be present throughout, and I seriously loved it. Jason is one of those really nice and sweet guys who are just so darn reliable and authentic. He's undeniably cute and loved how he was always looking out for Aza, but isn't just stupidly and blindly 'in love' and has no life apart from Aza. The guy has a brain and knows how to use it.
In general, I loved the world that Headley has introduced to us. It's ethereal, magical, and painfully spectacular. I loved the creation of a new Magonian race and the complexity and detail the Headley gave them. This author has an amazing imagination that I truly envy.
Magonia is definitely not a book you want to be missing. It is certainly going down as one of my top 15 of 2015, and I'm sure it'll make many of your lists as well. Read. This. Book.
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~
The Start of Me and You was one of the few books that I read and actually finished during the months of August and September aka my huge life slump moThe Start of Me and You was one of the few books that I read and actually finished during the months of August and September aka my huge life slump month. I guess I really really liked this book, so much that I read this in one sitting, in fact. Emery Lord's newest novel is a beautifully written story that is bound to leave anyone who reads it with a huge smile on their face. It's got a powerful friendship theme going on, which was probably the strongest element of this book, and of course, a hella cute romance element as well. The romance in this one was really well developed and drawn out... so basically MAJOR SLOW BURN. Only one of my favourite romance tropes of all time. I obviously cried towards the end of this book, because anything remotely emotional will just get me going, heh.
Highly recommend this one. Sweet and gorgeous novel in and out....more
I went from start to finish with a grin on my face when reading this. Yep, The Incredible Adventures of CinnamonSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
I went from start to finish with a grin on my face when reading this. Yep, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl (gosh that's a mouthful) is one of those feel good contemporary reads. If that hasn't sold you, I know exactly what will: IT'S AUSSIE YA! Clearly you need to read it now, yes?
And to all of those who are going 'nope' because they think they're oh-so-fabulous (but deep down have already got their money out ready to buy a copy), let me persuade you by showcasing some more major selling points.
- It's written in this seriously awesome, laid-back style. The main character is literally telling us her story TO US, guys. 1) It makes the reader feel included and 2) you don't get this a lot, so the narrative was really refreshing. I certainly kept me turning the pages. Perhaps this style won't work for everyone, but I loved it.
- Every character has the utmost detail. No character is wasted here, folks. Each and every single one of these characters had a lot of depth and personality. It's definitely one of the highlights in this book, because it's like they're all your BEST FRIENDS. Well...maybe not Daniel. Blurgh, I'm so-so about that guy, but that was probably the author's intention.
- There's no love-triangle, contrary to what the synopsis might suggest at first. I mean, I totally freaked when I read the synopsis--it's never a good sign when it mentions two different guys. Basically, LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT. But nope, this IS NOT THE CASE here. We have platonic girl-boy relationships and well...we have a beautiful romance too. YOU'LL SHIP IT GUYS, I promise. I certainly jumped aboard the second I cracked open this book--no exaggeration. It's a very sweet, slow build up, and I approve of it so very much. *nods*
- It's set in Melbourne! So it was awesome before the story was even written, clearly.
- COMICS. Alba here is quite into them, draws them, so if you like comics, well THEN YOU PRACTICALLY NEEDED THIS BOOK LIKE, YESTERDAY. But no seriously, I really loved this aspect despite not being a comic fan myself, and how it was incorporated into the novel.
In all, I really enjoyed this book (if you couldn't tell), the characters were all spot on, the romance was so genuine and just boootiful and well, JUST READ IT! If you loved Life in Outer Space, then there's no doubt that you'll fall in love with this one too.
~Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me this copy!~
WOW. This book was one heluva ride. It had me laughing and sniffling... I was basically just a huge mess reading this book. I read this book in one siWOW. This book was one heluva ride. It had me laughing and sniffling... I was basically just a huge mess reading this book. I read this book in one sitting because it's one of those books that you just don't wanna stop reading until the very last page. I read Demetrios' Something Real about a year ago, and while I really enjoyed that one, I loved this one more in every aspect. Honest characters, super atmospheric and touching, I know this is a story I won't be forgetting in a long time....more
*This review is spoiler-free for the entire series. Spoilers are hidden in spoiler tags*
It is Paula Weston's fault that I haven't done anything productive lately. Yup that's right, I'm putting ALL the blame on her. I've been stuck inside this world that Weston's created and just can't seem to get out. SEND HELP.
So. If you haven't heard of/read The Rephaim series, I highly recommend you reconsider all your life choices and ask yourself: what am I doing with my life? I clearly haven't lived yet because I haven't picked up this series! This series is set mainly in Australia (AND DID I MENTION AUSSIE AUTHOR) and only takes place a little over a week (!!), which follows backpacker Gaby who was in a car crash that supposedly killed her brother a year ago. However, a guy called Rafa comes into town and tells Gaby that her past isn't what she thought was, and that she isn't just a backpacker living in the forever sunny Pandanus Beach. Nope, she's actually more than a hundred years old and totally knows how to kick some demon ass. The Rephaim has totally grown onto me. I picked up the series just prior to book 2's release and now here I am, singing this series' praises and still helplessly stuck in Gaby's world. You want an angel series that is actually badass and thrilling? Here you go.
I feel like I know each and every one of these characters better than the back of my hand. Paula Weston excels at creating characters, and not just main characters, that are worth rooting for and are wonderfully well rounded. Each character here has a story, a backbone - Gaby, Rafa, Jude, Jason, Daisy, Mya, Daniel, Ez, Zak etc., and Weston doesn't let that go to waste. Gaby just clicked with me from the get go. She's witty, sarcastic and she's got a quick tongue. She's definitely developed since book 1, particularly mentally. (view spoiler)[And I honestly just love that despite she got her memories back, she's the best of old Gabe and new Gaby. I think her having amnesia was a good thing because it made Gaby relearn from a new perspective on life. (hide spoiler)]
And of course, the Rafa and Gaby banter is just as brilliant. It's impossible not to giggle when reading their dialogue - it's refreshingly witty and I cannot get enough of it. I honestly wouldn't mind if someone gave me a whole book of just Rafa and Gaby doing back and forth dialogue. The romance department certainly wasn't lacking either. Reading this book involved a lot of swooning and I loved that Rafa and Gaby actually talked their issues out LIKE THANK YOU FOR NOT BEING ANGSTY TEENAGERS I'M SO DONE WITH IT (and well, they are both over a hundred so...).
Burn only spans over one day and I loved how much detail Paula Weston put into this book. She ties up all the loose ends and burning questions from the previous books so smoothly, and personally I find it quite insane how neatly everything just linked up. I do have a small issue (that clearly wasn't worth taking off any stars for) was mainly to do with the ending. (view spoiler)[While it's great and all that no one precious dies and everyone can live happily ever after, it is a little bit unrealistic. If this was a gritty contemporary book, I certainly would've taken a star off but I feel like considering this book for what it is, all the characters seriously deserve something that is close to a HEA. AND THAT EPILOGUE. SO FREAKING ADORABLE O.O (hide spoiler)]
It's no doubt that I'll be rereading this series some day. These characters have all found a place in my heart and it's a story I won't be forgetting for a long time.
(And yes, I AM QUOTED ON THE COVER OF THIS BOOK. WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING!??!?! And on the reprint of Shadowsfor that matter omfg.)
~Thank you Text Publishing for this review copy!~...more
Last year in January (2015) I made a plan to read one short story per month from this anthology/collection/book-tSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
Last year in January (2015) I made a plan to read one short story per month from this anthology/collection/book-thingy (seeing as there were 12 stories and I thought that would be cool (it's really not)) And, like most of my other plans, it totally failed. So here I am in January 2016 reading my way through the last bunch of stories all in one go because damn, this book has been sitting on my bedside table for long enough. Anyway, I ended up loving some of the stories, and downright disliked some too. Here are just my brief thoughts:
Midnights by Rainbow Rowell | ★★★★★
I DIED OF CUTE. It's a beautifully told story, with a hint of sadness and a lot of adorable banter, and I absolutely loved the way it unraveled. She managed to create such authentic characters in just a handful of pages - I SHIP MAGS & NOEL
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link | ★
Whelp, that escalated quickly. Probably not the best story to follow right after Rowell's, tbh. I did love the concept but I soon got confused and ended up skimming the last few pages, unfortunately. :( Was that just me? o.o
Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Peña | ★★★ and a half
This one was really cute! To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of the romance but I love how much the author managed to pack into just a few pages. Definitely will be checking out his other work!
Polaris Is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han | ★★
Soooo definitely not my favourite thing I've read by Ms. Han. I loved how creative this one was but the romance didn't feel real at all, and it was basically an attempted love triangle in the matter of 20-30 pages. Wanted to love this one but just couldn't.
It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins | ★★★★
YAAAAAAAAAS!! This is a 'love story' that spans over just a couple of hours and well, Perkins pulled it off perfectly that made it seem so natural and non instant-lovey. This little story made me realise how much I've missed this author's books! Perhaps it's time for a reread of Lola and the Boy Next Door (aka my favourite novel of hers)!
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan | ★★
Meeeeeh... I really wanted to love this one (and yay for LGBTQ characters!) but I just wasn't invested in the characters. There isn't much of a romance in there. Sure, a guy dresses up as Santa for his boyfriend's sister, and it's cute, but I wanted to see them actually together as well.
Krampuslauf by Holly Black | DNF
I read 3 pages and gave up ._. Maybe I just wasn't feeling it at the time? I might get back to this one later but I couldn't get into this one at all.
What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? | ★★ and a half
Definitely some great themes going on here but I just didn't feel really invested in the story. The dialogue was a highlight and felt realistic, even though I didn't really like Sophie initially (I don't even know why). Ending was a little bit too much on the cheesy side, though.
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus | ★★
I feel like I'm a black sheep for this one. I just didn't get invested in it?
Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White | ★★★★ and a half
White's novels have been a hit or miss with me, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I absolutely adored this one! The characters are layered and three-dimensional, and I feel like I really got to know them within the couple of pages that this story was.
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter | ★★★
I wasn't really convinced by the storyline that was presented here... but I think that this was just me? Despite that issue, I found this one to be quite enjoyable, and I loved the hanging mystery about exactly who the main character was. A fun read!
The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | ★★★★★
I've only read the first instalment to DoSaB and after all these years I forget how beautiful and magical Taylor's writing is. This was a great choice to end the collection with - love, love, love.
Being someone who hasn't read anything by Ally Carter before, I went into this book... not expecting allSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
Being someone who hasn't read anything by Ally Carter before, I went into this book... not expecting all that much. But knowing that Ms. Carter's previous books have all been something along the lines of a mystery thriller-y espionage kinda thing, let me assure you now, this isn't anything like that. Heck, this book is definitely something that I wouldn't think you've picked up beforehand. It's original right to it's roots.All Fall Down combines a world of diplomacy and the repercussions of death into one fun mess--I told you this wasn't like anything you've read before.
Grace Blakely is one of those characters you really wanna love and sympathise with. She lost her mother at the age of 13 and she was there to see it happen. Grace doesn't even get to see her father or brother anymore because they're both away on duty as they're soldiers. And her grandfather? He's the US Ambassador and now Grace has to live with him in Adria. It also happens to be the place where her mother was murdered right in front of her eyes. Not that anyone would believe Grace, for they all say the death was an accident.
My first impression on Ally Carter was that she's a genius. A GENIUS, I TELL YOU. Why? Because I absolutely loved the idea of a place where all the embassy houses happen to be on the same street and for each step you make, you could be visiting the other side of the world. For instance, the Russian embassy is next door to the US embassy. Take a step out of the US half and BAM you're basically in Russia. I mean, we have embassies in existence in the real world but to incorporate it into a story line? I repeat, GENIUS. Though, I would recommend people to have some understanding of embassies and how they work in our world before heading into this book, because I imagine it can be a little confusing at the start for some when nothing is yet explained.
Anyway, back to Grace. *coughs* I totally didn't get carried away there. *coughs again* I wanted to love the girl. Her situation is pretty unfortunate and well, witnessing your own mother's death? That's just unimaginably horrific and traumatic. But, Grace turned out to be a really annoying girl who loved to jump to conclusions instead. I mean, there's this scene where Grace comes across a girl who's got a pretty face and seems to hold an authoritative voice, and Grace seems to just loose all reason and starts going on and on about how that chick must be one of those kind of girls. Like what the hell? You just met her!
What I did expect to see in All Fall Down was a romance. I don't know how that idea got into my brain but... all YA novels seem to have romances these days, so I guess I automatically drilled that into my mind. ANYWAY. There isn't necessarily a romance in this book. While I can foresee one appearing in the future instalments, this book was purely character and plot driven. I do believe Alexei is supposed to be the love interest. I mean, hello? Hot Russian dude? Personally, I wasn't a fan of him. He has this cold demeanor and he's so domineering. I barely understood the guy, honestly. BUT, then there's Noah. *squees* HE'S MIIIIIINE. He's half Israeli and half Brazillian. He spends half his time in the Israel embassy and the rest in the Brazillian embassy. It's pretty awesome if you ask me. And what else is awesome? The fact that Noah is a totally adorable and sweet guy who has the best humour and made me chuckle on multiple occasions. Can I please have a Noah too?
'OK,' he says. 'First lesson.' Noah broadens his stance, taking his place firmly on the embassy side of the threshold. 'In the United States,' he says. Then, with both feet, he leaps on to the sidewalk. 'Out of the United States.' Quickly, he jumps back toward me. 'In the United States.' Another jump across the threshold. 'Out of the United States. In. Out. In --' 'Is this the part where I hit you?'
Other than that, I would've liked to see more political involvement in this book. I'm not sure if I'm being just plain picky here but I love love loved the whole embassy idea being presented in a novel, and taking it up a notch in the upcoming instalments would be very much appreciated, because I can see that Ms. Carter definitely has to skills to make it work.
If you want a fun and quick read with a little more substance and politics than your typical lighthearted contemporary, this is one I'd highly recommend.
~Thank you Scholastic Australia for sending me this copy!~
As most of you already know, I've been having the trashiest luck with books. DNFs and 1 stars left and right. ButSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
As most of you already know, I've been having the trashiest luck with books. DNFs and 1 stars left and right. But this brilliant, brilliant book totally swept me off my feet. I read this whenever I had the chance; in between classes, while on public transport and even during my Autumn Concert. If you haven't figured out already, I found Disruption to be insanely addicting.
Disruption is set in the future where all citizens must wear M-Bands. These M-Bands are designed to make everyone's life easier--they even help identify your perfect match by giving a rating of how well you will go together. However if you get more than 3 negative interactions a month, you will be taken away from society to be questioned and rehabilitated. Being rated negatively means that you'll do something terribly bad in the near future. In Jessica Shirvington's world, she calls them "Negs". Then enter Maggie Stevens, a girl whose father got taken away from her when he suddenly started getting negative interactions all the time. After a long period of planning, Maggie is now prepared to go and find her father. However the key to her sucess lies with Quentin Mercer--heir to the M-Corp Empire.
I absolutely loved Maggie. Her situation is really tough as she has a father who was taken away from her and a mother who is working night shifts to pay back the debts that Maggie's father left her with. Maggie's brother doesn't even want anything to do with them. For a tough situation, Maggie deals with it realistically. She's not huddled up in a corner sobbing or night, what she is determined to do, she will do to the best of her ability. She'll fall and trip and take wrong turns, but her determination and passion for her goals is what pulls through. That's not all. Maggie is also very witty and has the best comebacks, I find myself grinning ear to ear. I am already missing her. (Can Corruption come out now?)
Disruption also excels with the relationships. I loved the family dynamic, though it was not a strong focus. However the relationship between Gus and Maggie was. Gus is a bit like Maggie's helper. He helps her on her missions and finds contacts for information that can help Maggie achieve her goal to save her father. However, Gus only does it because Maggie blackmails him. Their arguments are always highly entertaining but it is clear to us readers that they have grown emotions--PLATONIC EMOTIONS--for each other and always have each other's backs no matter what they claim to say.
The romance is a pretty big focus in Disruption. While I could have done with less focus and less angst, it was sweet. It started off with a reluctant partership after Maggie manipulated Quentin's view and fooled him into believing that he was a Neg. Soon it grew into a very sweet and squeal-y romance that I adored.
A book brimming with gorgeous writing, a witty female lead, strong world building and fantastic relationships--platonic and romantic, I highly recommend people to read Disruption. While I'd say that I loved Between the Lives better, this one comes as a close second.
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~
Top Five Reasons Why I Adored Top Ten Clues You're Clueless
1) Diverse mix of characters
I absolutely loved the diversity that was in Liz Czukas' latest novel. It's absolutely amazing to watch completely different types of people bond and grow friendships. Sammi was definitely one of my favourite side characters, she's a brick and doesn't let crap get to her. And when I say diverse, I don't only mean diverse in terms of personality, most of them are from different racial backgrounds, so yay!
2) Awesome main character
Speaking of diverse characters, the main character, Chloe has diabetes. She's rather secretive about it, not because of anything but the fact that she hates people treating her specially because of it. She also happens to be a bit of a clutz--she did crash shopping carts right into a customer's car in the parking lot and her brain seems to always be one step behind her mouth. I absolutely adored Chloe for her flaws and how realistically portrayed she was.
3) Lists. Allll the lists!
I could absolutely relate to Chloe because she is constantly making lists. And like my friends like to point out constantly, I make 'too many' lists. I don't make as many as Chloe does, but apparently 3 is considered a lot according to my friends. For example: I make one when I'm on the train, for the things I must do for homework. I even write out my schedule if I'm feeling particularly overloaded with homework. Anyhoo, Chloe is obsessed with making lists and I don't know about you but I love lists! There was about one at the start of each chapter.
4) Cute romance
I actually expected the romance to have a bigger focus in Top Ten Clues You're Clueless but that's not really the case. Sure, it's there but it wasn't one of the main plot lines like in Ask Again Later. I definitely appreciated it, and when the romance was on the spotlight, so many squeals! I admit there isn't as much banter and swooning like in Ask Again Later, but it was still very sweet and convincing.
5) A whole lot of fun
Liz Czukas is so far delivering with the amount of fun she has to offer in her novels. This read flew by quickly and I enjoyed every bit of it. It might be a little too dense for some, but it is all about the fun and fluff in these novels. Having running races around in a supermarket and zooming around in shopping carts, anyone?
Ignoring the fact that this doesn't release until December. Also ignoring the fact that I have 5 assessment tasks due next week. And the fact that I have enough review copies coming up. MUST. READ. NOW....more
THE SWORD OF SUMMER was released today! Whoop xD GET YOUR BUTTS MOVING PEOPLE AND GO BUY A COPY FROM YOUR LOCAL BSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
THE SWORD OF SUMMER was released today! Whoop xD GET YOUR BUTTS MOVING PEOPLE AND GO BUY A COPY FROM YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE TODAY :D
*This review is spoiler-free*
Rick Riordan’s books were some of the first novels I read as a reader, and throughout these past years, his books have always remained my all time favourites. Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and now you can add Magnus Chase to that list of awesome. Why? BECAUSE THE SWORD OF SUMMER WAS FANTABULOUS.
In fact, I loved this book so much that I bookmarked all the funny bits + my favourite parts… which was basically the whole book. Whoops.
Just a note: The Sword of Summer is perfectly readable and spoiler free if you have not read any Percy Jackson book. But, it would certainly add to the enjoyment of the novel if you did because in usual Riordan style, there’s some inside jokes here and there.
CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW WE GET ANNABETH CAMEOS?!?!? She doesn’t have a role in the main plotline of the story but she’s there and as fabulous as she is and I totally flailed each time she popped up.
The Percy Jackson and Magnus Chase books do have parallels and similarities, but it didn’t feel like I was just reading the same book with different names. While both books have gods and goddesses and demigods and monsters and badass characters and truck loads of humour… yet the characters themselves were all very much unique as well as the plotline and world building etc.
Talking about Riordan’s out-of-this-world sense of humour, can we just admire it for a while?
“Could you do a glamour and turn into something smaller?” I asked it. “Preferably not a chain, since it’s no longer the 1990s?” The sword didn’t reply (duh), but I imagined it was humming at a more interrogative pitch, like, Such as what? “I dunno. Something pocket-size and innocuous. A pen, maybe? The sword pulsed, almost like it was laughing. I imagined it saying, A pen sword. That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.
EXCUST ME MY HEART JUST STOPPED. RICK RIORDAN, YOU ARE SNEAAAAAKY.
“This is an important battle – the fire lord Surt, Fenris Wolf. Surely that’s worthy of your attention.” Thor’s right eye twitched. “That’s a fine offer. Really. I’d love to, but I have another pressing appointment – ” “Game of Thrones,” Marvin explained. “Shut up!”
And let’s not forget chapter titles like this: “The Man with the Metal Bra”, “You Had One Job”, “Hearthstone Passes Out Even More than Jason Grace (Though I Have No Idea Who That Is)” (!!!!!) and “How to Kill Giants Politely”.
Other than his funny dialogue, one of the strongest aspects of The Sword of Summer is in its diverse set of characters. Samirah al-Abbas, who is Magnus’ Valkyrie, is a young Muslim girl and wears a hijab. She’s in an arranged marriage that she’s happy is happening (she’s in luuuuurve) and has big dreams for her future. There’s also Blitz (a dwarf) and Hearth (an elf, who also happens to be deaf), and they just bring another level of hilarity to the novel. They pretend to be homeless dudes when they were undercover, looking after Magnus before he was introduced to the whole world of Vikings and monsters and magic.
I will say there is ZERO romance in this book, which I did quite like because dammit, not EVERY romance just happens to begin at the start of a series. Thanks for keeping it realistic, Riordan. I do hope there is a romance in the future books, and I can sorta see one (but maybe that’s my crazy fangirl mind speaking) – we shall see!
So why not a full 5 stars?
1. I feel like Magnus character could use some more brushing up and development. I love his goofy snarkiness, but feel as if I don’t know him all that well other than his funny side of his personality.
2. I feel like the last 1/4 to 1/5 was less enjoyable than rest of the book. I felt a little bored, and you can even tell from my bookmarks because there is less in that area.
BUT that being said, The Sword of Summer lived up to my expectations and I loved this book through and through. Diverse and lovable characters, complex world-building, hilarious dialogue (in usual Riordan fashion)… hands down one of my favourite books of 2015. BRING ON BOOK 2.
GUYS. LOOK. WHAT. I. HAVE. GOODBYE INTERNET. SEE YOU IN A FEW HOURS.
GUYS WE HAVE A SYNOPSIS:
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he's never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die...
SO MUCH EXCITEMENT. SO IT WAS THE COUSIN.
My thoughts: Magnus needs to be some close relative of Annabeth's. I highly doubt he'd make Magnus Annabeth and Percy's son, because that would be TOTALLY weird seeing Percabeth all grown up and I'd honestly hate that. So no, let's hope that doesn't happen.
We can't forget Annabeth has step-brothers...However, SPOILER FOR THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS: In the book, Annabeth mentions she has an uncle and cousin in Boston but she doesn't really know them because her dad and uncle don't get along well. WAIT WHAT NOW. The only reason I can see for Rick Riordan to include that is to give us a little hint towards who this Magnus Chase guy is.END SPOILER
But regardless, there will have to be Percabeth cameos, right? THERE HAS TO BE. THERE MUST. *nods quickly*
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The Geek Girl series are some of those books that are perfect for a lazy day; they read easily and fly by in one sitting, and are stuffed with cuteness. While I do have my nitpicks, Picture Perfect was a highly enjoyable read, and I’m very curious about what Holly Smale has in store for us next.
Ever since Harriet stopped modelling, her life has pretty much gotten back to how it started; with her best friend, Nat, stalker, Toby and Alexa who just cannot pass Harriet without a snarky remark. Once again, there’s no failing to make me click with Harriet, I absolutely love her; she stands strong by her own beliefs and doesn’t just let a mean girl change the way she views herself. However, I did find Harriet to be a little overly-dramatic at times—which I didn’t mind, but sometimes it became a little too ridiculously absurd. Qualm aside, Harriet’s overflowing supply of totally-random-facts were a great touch.
Admittedly, I was worried about a love triangle arising in this novel after reading the synopsis; but that’s not the case at all. Harriet and Nick’s relationship stayed true—and we as readers can tell that Nick truly cares about Harriet—even though Harriet herself might not see it. However, their romance did hit a huge bump in this novel because Nick barely has time to stop and breathe as he is a model, let alone have time to be with Harriet. There are some misunderstandings and other dramas going on—including another interested party—but it wasn’t as annoying as I had thought it were to be. In my opinion, everything was developed realistically and I found it to be very entertaining.
While I find the Geek Girl series to be very fun, I feel that the characters need—deserve—more substance. We get a lot of background about Harriet since she’s the main character, but I think there should be a greater focus on the supporting characters, especially Nat; I want to know more about her life. As for Nick, we do get to know him better in this novel, mainly towards the end of the novel since he’s pretty MIA throughout the first half (don’t worry, we still get flashbacks of Harriet and Nick); and he’s still as sweet and caring as ever.
Criticisms aside, Picture Perfect was a pleasant novel that kept me entertained during the entire novel. It’s cute and fun (like I’ve said a million times already), so I recommend you all to pick up a copy.
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~...more
Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this reviSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.
The Geek Girl series has always been those books that I turn to when I'm feeling down or just lazy in general to work my brain with dark conspiracies and run down worlds. Model Misfit was exactly what I needed--typically fun and drama-filled.
What I love about Holly Smale's debut series is how she always starts her books with something shocking and not really in Harriet's character. It really helps draw readers into the novel. In Geek Girl, Harriet's story begins with her faking an abnormal sickness with red spots all over her body but soon turns out she was just faking ill. In Model Misfit, Harriet seems completely under control with her new modelling job, a true top model; but a chapter later we find out Harriet was just fooling with us. Moving on, in Holly Smale's latest novel, Harriet soon finds herself in Tokyo, Japan modelling once again. Only a day before she was sad as her summer holiday plans were all ruined when her best friend Nat was forced to go to France, leaving Harriet all alone.
Model Misfit is very much a character and drama orientated read. We are once again reunited with Harriet's narration, fun facts and excitable but awkward charisma that I ended up to enjoy in Geek Girl. I love how Harriet is talking to us readers, like we are sitting next to her and she's telling us her life story. It contains certain perks such as her inner dialogue which I appreciate dearly. Harriet can always get some laughs out of me. Nat does not hold a great role in this instalment, but her relationship with Harriet is fantastic. There are distinct flaws in this friendship however that makes it feel more genuine--though I must admit some dramas get way too unrealistic and unbelievable.
My main dilemma was how most complications that Harriet came across were just misunderstandings. Sure, a few are okay but Model Misfit was packed with them and it began to irritate me to no end.
Other than that, Model Misfit was just as good as Geek Girl and I look forward to see how things continue in Picture Perfect. I recommend this to young teens/middle grade readers....more