Keeper (The Morphid Chronicles #1) – Ingrid Seymour

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Synopsis – 

For fans of The Mortal Instruments series.

Samantha thinks of herself as human, ordinary, and a little too full around the hips—a super cute look for a future chef, if you ask her. And she’s sort of right, except about being ordinary…oh…and human. She also won’t be full around the hips for very long, not with the inevitable metamorphosis coming her way.

In her oblivious existence, all she can think about is going to culinary school, away from her uncaring, bordering-on-hateful parents.

But all that is about to change when Greg—an otherworldly, amazing-looking guy—saves her from an unexpected magical attempt on her life and informs her that he is her Keeper, compelled to protect her even at the cost of his own life. Oh, and by the way, that she isn’t human, after all.

The attempts on her life become commonplace and secrets and threats from a dark, forgotten past reveal themselves and send her life into turmoil.

As Samantha tries to come to terms with this new reality, she must rediscover herself and face the possibility of being the key to the survival of a dying race.

Goodreads Rating – 4,22/5 stars 

My Review – 

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I thought that this book was great! It had great character development, romance, an interesting plot line and a great sense of humour. It is an exciting young adult, urban fantasy for ages 12+. It is written in multiple points of views featuring the voices of Greg, Sam, and Ashby in a POV per chapter regime.

I fell in love with our three main characters – Sam, Greg and Ashby. The characters were portrayed really well. I was able to relate and sympathise with each and every one of them. Sam is a badass protagonist and is portrayed really well. She is a strong female character that deals with her family issues in a realistic manner without the usual over dramatisation that we see way too often in YA novels.

The relationships between the characters made me laugh, cry and giggle. Ashby and Greg were constantly bickering but it was amusing. They both become serious and caring when Sam is in danger and are able to put there differences aside. There is obviously a love triangle, which I thought would be really annoying but the author has made it fit the plot line rather than simply creating a female character that doesn’t know what she wants.

I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in this genre and wants to read an awesome book!

My rating – 4/5 stars

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz

Goodreads Synopsis –  

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Goodreads Rating – 4,32/5 stars

My review – 

Ari and Dante are both of a Mexican decent yet they represent two very different sides of the Mexican community. As I read the first couple of chapters I was surprised at how extremely different the two protagonists were. As I read the book though I began to understand that the author created two very different characters with a purpose… they balanced each other out. Opposites attract. 

There are many amazing things about this book, but the thing that really makes it great is the fact that it feels so real and relatable. The characters aren’t perfect. They have normal issues, such as a loss of identity, problematic homes, problematic social skills, etc; Perhaps the readers themselves won’t have experienced what the characters have but I’m sure that everyone has a friend or family member that has experienced an issue or two in their lives. There were so many ties throughout the book where I just wanted to tell Ari and Dante that everything would ok and that in the end it would all work out. 

The main theme of the novel is the search for owns own identity among the secrets of the universe. It’s the idea of how one single person can become lost among so many people in our vast universe. We see two teenage boys and their dynamic parents figure out who they are and what makes them stand out from everyone else in the society, country, content, planet and universe.

Of course this book is also about secrets. Secrets we keep from our friends, children, parents and most importantly, ourselves. I would recommend this to everyone, both children and adults. 

My Rating – 4,5/ stars

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