The Young Elites – Marie Lu

Goodreads Synopsis – 

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Goodreads rating – 3,95/5 stars 

My Review – 

I really did not like this book, which is a shame as I have not read the legend trilogy and now am not to keen to pick it up.

I thought that the world building was weak, as was the world building and there was little to no character development. I didn’t like any of the characters, and they were portrayed so vaguely that I couldn’t connect with any of them even though I knew that I was supposed to sympathise with the protagonist Adelina but she just annoyed me. It was like Bella Swan meets America Singer with scarred face. Don’t know much about any of the characters as they all just blend into one.They were all meant to have different powers but I had no idea as to who was who and what powers they had because it was all so vague. The “missions” seemed useless and out of the blue.

Adelina was weak, boring and incredibly irritating, constantly whining about all of the “bad” things she has done and how terrible her life has been. She is s0 innocent and naive that we are supposed to sympathise with her but I just couldn’t.

 I should have flown through this book as I am usually a fairly fast reader, but it took me days to finish. I was so tempted to just put it down but I had a tinge of hope that it couldn’t be this boring and hoped that it would get better, however It didn’t. The ending wasn’t terrible though and I have to say that the best part of the book for me was the epilogue. 

My rating – 2/5 stars 

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Little Peach – Peggy Kern 


Goodreads Synopsis –

What do you do if you’re in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.
Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.
But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.
This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.
Goodreads Rating – 3,97/5 stars

My review –

In this book, Michelle runs away to New York to get away from her drug addict mother and her “creepy” boyfriend.  On arrival, she gets taken in by a called Devon who gives her food, buys her clothes and treats her with fatherly affection that both Michelle and I, as the reader, fall for. Even though I knew what this story was about, the author was able to make the reader fall into Devon’s trap and crave the “love and care” he was offering.

When Michelle meets Devon’s other girls – Kat and Baby – and finds herself caught up in the world of child prostitution and the comfort we sought with Devon dissapears just as she on as it appeared. I felt sympathy for all three of them but found a little bit of comfort when the author made them so strong, clever and sneaky individuals who were far more than just victims and understood that they were able to take care of themselves.

I want to say that is an excellent book… Which it is, but in the most terrible way. This shows the real brutality of our world. How children, young girls are thrust into prostitution of sorts at a young age as they have no other choice. This sugar – coats nothing. In the 200 or so pages you will understand all the gruesome details and see it through the eyes of a child. It is a difficult read, psychologically. However I would certainly recommend it.

My rating – 4/5 stars

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The Ruby Red Trilogy 


Goodreads Synopsis –

Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

Goodreads rating – 4,12/5 stars

My review –

This book was fast paced and extremly fun! Its great for anyone who has finished Cassandra Clare’s TMI series and needs something just as action packed. Whilst reading this book, I found myself thinking “I wish this would speed up and something interesting would happen” And managed to read it in one sitting. As this is the first book, there is a lot of descriptive writing for the world building but it’s done very well… And who doesn’t love a book set in london!? The Plot gets top points for constantly keeping me intrigued and not being completely generic.

The characters in the book were great. You can have a fantastic plot but terrible characters and the book will be ruined, however this is certainly not the case with this series. The main character grows up around this world, but she’s never really in the know about it, and shedoesn’t  jump straight into it, but is scared and confused which makes the book more relatable, as we often see characters being thrown into “supernatural” situations and becoming accustomed to it within 10 pages. So when Gwenyth, the protagonist is pushed into those situations she reacts in a normal human way.  It was refreshing to have a character that admits that she doesn’t understand her surroundings but that she’s willing to try snd learn. I liked that the main character wasn’t stereotypically”perfect” as she had flaws but was still considered a heroine, where as her cousin Charlotte was considered to be “perfect” but turned out to be a right….

The love interest was a little unoriginal but it was enjoyable and consists of a “plot twist” in the later books. It wasnt too chessy and boring, and no love triangles ( thank the Lord of Cheese) so it was yet another great aspect of this book!

My rating – 4/5 stars

Goodreads rating – 4,20

My review –

Sapphire Blue picks up right where Ruby Red leaves off as the entire series takes place in the space of a couple of weeks which is pretty cool. Since it is the sequel, I didn’t have too high expectations and wasn’t expecting it to live up to its predecessor. But I liked it even more that Ruby Red because of the great Character development  and awesome plot line!

I was flung back into the amazing humor and fast-paced plot. The characters were still enjoyable; and Gwenyth grew more of a backbone. In this book, Xemerius (a gargoyle/demon) comes into play and he was absolutely hilarious and the highlight of the novel as he wad able to make awkward sitautions amusing. My only issue was Gideon. He was so moody and treated Gwenyth badly which made me really frustrated. Sapphire blue left me craving for Emerald Green for so many reasons!

My rating – 4,5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating – 4,21/5 stars

My review –

The pace started out slow which put me off reading this for a while, but once things got going they never slacked, and so many secrets were uncovered that I just couldn’t stop reading!

I was very satisfied with the character development—before starting it, I worried that Kerstin Gier would brush over important details about the minor characters but she didnt as each and every character was portrayed excellently.
Overall, I didn’t enjoy Emerald Green quite as much as Sapphire Blue. Emerald Green was a good conclusion to an epic series; it was a little rushed towards the end and their was a little bit of insta – love but overall it was a very enjoyable series that kept me both entertained and  amused throughout all three books.

My rating – 3,5 stars

Overall Series Rating -4/5 stars

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Stand Alone Recommendations 2015

  1. Soundless by Richelle Mead 

2) The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh 

3) Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell 

4) Simon v. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

5) When – Victoria Laurie 

6) Made you up – Francesca Zappia 

7) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

8) Between Shades of Grey – Ruta Sepetys 

9) All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven 

 

10) Little Peach – Peggy Kern 

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The Christmas Book Tag! 


–  This tag was created by ThatArtsyReaderGirl! Thank you to BooksaRica for tagging me to do this! It was a lot of fun.

1) “All I want for Christmas Is You” – Name your favourite bookish couple. 

 

Layla and Roth… Need I say more! ❤️

2) “I’ll be Home for Christmas” – Name a book where a character is away from home ( school, vacation, etc) 

 

Who wants to go to a boarding school in Paris and meet St. Clair?

3) “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Name your favourite “little” book (Children’s book, short story, novella, etc;)


Warner… That’s perfection right there!

4) “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” – What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year? 

 

Must complete my Cassandra Clare collection!


This is self explanatory, can’t wait to read this!

5) “Rudolph the Red – Nosed Reindeer” – Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)

 

6) “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – What’s your favourite book to read during the holidays?


7) “We Three Kings” – What’s your favourite trilogy? 

 

8) “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” – Which character would you not mind being snowed in with? 

   


9) ” Last Christmas” – Which book seriously let you down? 

 

10) “White Christmas” – Which upcoming release are you dreaming of? 


I LOVE THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THIS SERIES! CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS TO COME OUT!

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All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven 

  
Goodreads Synopsis – 

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

 Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

 When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven. 

My Review –

This book really touches upon heavy topics. It’s about a mental illness that drives someone to the brink of suicide. The author creates this character, Finch, who is so alive, real and spontaneous yet he is running away from his problems and wS ready to give it all up. I absolutely loved him. I felt a huge connection to Finch. He made the novel so personal and relatable as I’m sure many people out there have witnessed or experienced first hand the effects and struggles of depression. 

  

The novel is also about Violet, who’s suffering from PTSD after losing her sister. Both Violet and Finch want to die, but then they don’t want to die, they simply want to escape their problems and cannot see a solution. Suicide is the main theme of the novel and its heavy but beautifully portrayed. The two characters meet on a tower and both want to jump off yet they realise that they are not completely alone. 

The book broke my heart because the reality is that people really do hide their feelings because they think that nobody will understand. If someone is suffering from a mental disorder they should get help, difficult as it may be to believe, there are people out there that care. Mental disorders are just as serious as physical disorders and should be addressed by a professional, there is nothing degrading or embarrassing about asking for help. 
The thing that really drew me in was the portrayal of characters. They felt so real, they capture the reality of bent a teenager and the emotional roller coaster that they endure. It captures anger. It captures heartache. It captures loss. It captures the fear of the future. This book showed me that no matter how bizarre someone’s problems, emotions, circumstances, etc may be to you, they are still very real and they should never be ignored or dismissed.

My rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 

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Series I want to start in 2016 

  
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor 

Goodreads Synopsis – 

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself? 
  
Ashes Trilogy – Isla J Bick

Goodreads Synopsis –

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.
Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.
For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.
Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling post-apocalyptic novel about a world that could become ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation. 
  
The Gemma Doyle Trilogy – Libba Bray 

Goodreads Synopsis –

A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy—jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.

   

The Darkest Minds Trilogy – Alexandra Bracken  

Goodreads Synopsis –

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.
  
The Iron Fey series – Julie Kagawa 

Goodreads Synopsis – 

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
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The DUFF – Kody Keplinger 

  
Synopsis – 

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Goodreads rating – 3,89/5 stars 

My review – 

It’s very common for female protagonists to be stubborn and overly girly ( Bella Swan, America Singer, etc), but it isn’t often that they are the pessimistic and poetically sarcastic type which is probably what caused me to find Bianca to be so refreshing. Wesley…was certainly an ass. Yes, further on in the book we see another side of him ( what a surprise), but his bluntness and humour was entertaining. 

The book was relatable in many ways to women of all ages. It teaches us about relationships, and the objectification that many women face in our modern day society and how there are many derogatory terms used to refer to women. Keplinger uses them too, but she uses them as a way of mocking the men that degrade women, and a way of showing women how to stand up for themselves. 

Bianca was such a good main character. She was a realist and I just admired that about her. There is a touch upon some family issues that she has but it isn’t over dramatised, she simply dealt with it. Bianca was the DUFF, the Designated Ugly Fat Friend of her two best friends. At least she believed she was the DUFF when Wesley appointed her the title and explained its significance. You’d think that her gorgeous friends probably treated her badly, her being the DUFF and all ( Mean Girls) . In fact they were good friends and stood by her.

Bianca sought escape and numbness through fooling around with Wesley. But … ( Here comes the cliché)  there was no escaping his charm. Bianca’s image of Wesley, the bad boy who got whatever and whoever he wanted changes as she learns that he can listen and be open to her problems and that he also has some of his own and isn’t the epitome of perfection as everyone seems to believe. 

My only real issue about this book ( and so many other YA books) was it’s predictability. Other than that, I read it in one sitting and loved it. 

My rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare 


Synopsis –

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

Goodreads rating – 4,32/5 stars
My Review –

The hype about the Infernal Devices trilogy has become apparent and understandable to me. The Infernal Devices is the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. The Mortal Instruments is unfortunately not one of my favourite series, but I heard great things about the Infernal Devices so I had to read Clockwork Angel! I love the world of shadow hunters, warlocks, demons, vampires, werewolves, and fairies that Cassandra Clare had created because it is truly magical.

The setting of the trilogy is 1800’s London. The culture and sexism of this era was very well described and gave the book an interesting touch. The main character Tessa Gray reminds me of Clary from TMI, but they still do have their differences which I really like and I can easily say that I prefer Tessa. She is a really cool character and I found it easy to connect with her. Where there is Jace from TMI, there is Will who is just as sarcastic and witty with his humour and gets on my nerves just as much. Even though this series has characters that remind me of TMI it’s a completely different story and I really do prefer it to TMI.

Now I have to say that before reading Clockwork Angel I thought that Will was a character that I would like after hearing so many great things about him from booktubers, bookstagramers, etc; . However, after reading Clockwork Angel now, I can say that I don’t seem to see what everyone else does because all he did was annoy me and occasionally amuse me with his witty sarcasm. I don’t understand why Tessa likes him. He’s rude never really apologises which frustrates me but I am hoping that there is a reason behind this that I will find out as the series progresses.

Jem, who is also a shadow hunter in the book, happens to be kind and caring. He seems like the perfect guy so Tessa’s weird attraction to Will was frustrating. The plot line was amazing and I just could not put this book down! The pacing was great and the plot twist was really well portrayed. There were very few things that I found annoying but one of them was that both Tessa and one other female character kept whining that only men should fight, and that they were ‘ladies’. I know that it adds authenticity to the book due to the time period but as a feminist myself I found myself getting annoyed with the characters.

All in all, I thought that this was a great book  and I look forward to continuing with the series. It was nice to see some old friends (from TMI) such as Magnus Bane and Camille! I look forward to reading Clockwork Prince and The Bane Chronicles.

My rating – 5/5 stars

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