Review: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

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Summary:

I’m dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs – the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother – who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

Review:

* Internally screams till the end of times* I know that when this book came out I was barely 10 and I wouldn’t have been able to understand anything but I will keep shaming my self for not reading it the moment it came out. Let me start this review by saying that I loved this book. So. Much.

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That gif was basically me throughout the whole story. I know most of you have probably already read this book (if not, stop reading this and go do it NOW) but I can’t help myself but to write my thoughts on it down on the interwebs.

“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.”

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Review: Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

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Summary:

When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do… or think they do.

Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.

But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden… until now.

Review:

Hello there! This is Alexandra who may or may not be dead because of college. So, please do excuse my absence of reviews these following weeks.

Even in Paradise has been featuring my to be read list for quite a long time now and I’m so happy I finally decided to pick it up. Although I must admit that due to my high expectations about this book, I found myself thinking there was something missing. Regardless, I do believe this is just because I was really excited and expected some kind of mind-blowing plot, or I don’t know. But it was good. Really good.

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Recommendation Saturday

Thank God It’s Saturday! Which means time for a good book! Don’t you know what to read this weekend? No fear, we have some killer recommendations for you. Which one do you want to read this weekend?

Amy’s pick: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Summary:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.

Why should you read this book?

This book is unlike anything you have ever read. The writing style is original, as are the characters and the story is simply magical.

“Something about the circus stirs their souls, and they ache for it when it is absent.”

The moment you turn that first page, you’ll be hooked and you won’t be able to put the book down until you turn the last page.

I wrote a review for this book, which you can read here. Please, check it out. It’s definitely a book worth reading.

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Review: Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1) by Victoria Aveyard

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Summary:

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

Review:

Hi, it’s Manu and Alex reviewing this epic book that as we have been hinting in previous posts it’s one of our most anticipated releases for this year. So, as soon as it came out, we got our copies and oh did we enjoy it.

We have seen lots of this book meets this book comparisons, but to us it would mean something like Game of Thrones plus Graceling meet X-Men’s powers with its very own Mockingjay and a brand-new Darkling. Even though all of this doesn’t do justice to the book, you must read it to understand what all the hype is about and, obviously, fall in love with it, like we did. It won’t disappoint you.

Many things led to this day, for all of us. A forgotten son, a vengeful mother, a brother with a long shadow, a strange mutation. Together, they’ve written a tragedy.

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Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han

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Summary:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Review:

Hi, it’s Alex here! So, some people spent their Valentine’s Day with their beautiful dates, and, I couldn’t be less, I spent the whole day cuddled up with this book. It definitely did not disappoint, not at all. I have read The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han, but let me tell you that trilogy has nothing on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I thought that trilogy was a good read for the summer and I certainly enjoyed it, but this one I loved.

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Review: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead

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Summary:

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here…

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

Review:

We already knew we couldn’t get through this review without shedding tears, so let’s go.

This is it. This is the end. The conclusion to the Bloodlines series. We have never felt more sad in our lives than for this to end. No more Adrian, no more Sydney, no more Eddie and Jill. It feels like a piece of our heart has been ripped out,  stomped on and shattered and we’ll never be able to glue the pieces back together.

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Review: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

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Summary:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

 

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Summary:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Review:

Hey, Alex here, continuing her lunar trip. I thought Cinder was refreshing, emotional and well-written, but Scarlet was something else.

“She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.”

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Review: World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

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Summary:

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

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Review: Angelfall (Penryn & the End of the Days #1) by Susan Ee

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Summary:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Review:

Hey, it’s Alex with another review!

Angelfall is an apocalyptic, dystopian and science fiction novel, all in one. When I first heard about the premise of the book I was a little hesitant ‘Will I still enjoy a book about angels?’, ‘Won’t it be like all the other angel books I have read before?’ But to be quite honest, this book is quite surprising. It is dark, intense, action packed and creepy, I certainly didn’t expect it to be so good. It’s completely different from all the angel books I have read before and you will definitely not regret it if you decide to read it too.

This novel narrates the journey of Penryn, a seventeen-year-old living in a post-apocalyptic world where the angels have taken over the humans’ home.

“Angels are violent creatures.”
“So I noticed. I used to think they were all sweet and kind.”
“Why would you think that? Even in your Bible, we’re harbingers of doom, willing and able to destroy entire cities. Just because we sometimes warned one or two of you beforehand doesn’t make us altruistic.”

Six weeks after the traumatic event; Penryn and her family, her sister, Paige, and her mom try to move out of their old house because it isn’t safe anymore. Not only do they have to deal with the angels, but also with human gangs that steal and damage everything they can find in the already ruined city.

While Penryn and her family are running away, they find a group of angels cutting another angel’s wings. But one of the attackers decide to also kidnap Paige. After that, Penryn has no other option than try to keep the wingless angel, Raffe, alive to get information so she can rescue her sister.

“In the long second before everyone absorbs what just happened, I see the angel rolling his eyes heavenward, like a teenager in the presence of overwhelming lameness. Some people just have no sense of gratitude.” 

Raffe and Penryn’s conversation are just so funny, witty and sardonic that you’ll find yourself laughing, face-palming and smiling like a fool. Of course, we need to add the fact that they’re supposed to be enemies and that makes any kind of relationship between them forbidden. During their trip to where Paige is and where Raffe can get his wings sewn back, they will have to face different kind of treats and creepy situations that will make your heart race, while they try not to blur the lines of their out of limits relationship.

“I never kid about my warrior demigod status.”
“Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.”

All in all, it was a good read, I enjoyed it but when I finished it I felt like there was something missing. But that feeling may have been caused because it’s such a hyped book that somehow I expected more. Nonetheless it’s worth giving it a shot. Penryn is a very interesting character that I already love, I can’t wait to read World After to find out what more is going to happen to her, how the war between the humans and the angels will develop and if Raffe and Penryn can have a future together in the near future.

“I never thought about it before, but I’m proud to be human. We’re ever so flawed. We’re frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I’m proud to be a Daughter of Man.”

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