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Review: Cinder

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Title: Cinder

Author: Marrisa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

[Blurb taken from the book]


Review: Illuminae

Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck.

Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the spaceships and it is mutating with terrifying results. Their ship’s protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on.

As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him.

[Blurb taken from the book]


Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here


Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Not everyone has to be the chosen one. The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death.

What if you were Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

And what if there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life?

Even if your best friend might be the God of mountain lions…

[Blurb taken from book] (more…)

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Review: Six of Crows


Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: it’s part of the Grisha novels

Who’s it for? Older teens (unflinching violence)

What’s it about?

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retreive a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his rewards (and spend it)

[Blurb taken from the book]


Review: The Shepherd’s Crown


Title: The Shepherd’s Crown

Author: Terry Pratchett

Series: Discworld (5th in the Tiffany Aching mini-series)

Who’s it for? Teens and up

What’s it about? The barrier between worlds is growing thin and an old enemy is threatening the land that Tiffany Aching, witch of the Chalk, holds dear. She must make a stand with her allies against the oncoming threat of darkness.


Review: Glaze


Title: Glaze

Author: Kim Curran

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world together into one global family. But when a peaceful government protest turns into a full-blown riot with Petri shouldering the blame, she’s handed a ban. Her life is over before it’s even started.

Desperate to be a part of the hooked-up society, Petri finds an underground hacker group and gets a black market chip fitted. But this chip has a problem: it has no filter and no off switch. Petri can see everything happening on GLAZE, all the time. Including things she was never meant to see.

As her life is plunged into danger, Petri is faced with a choice. Join GLAZE… or destroy it.

[Blurb taken from Goodreads]


Review: Pure

I said I’d do a mini review and ended up doing a full one instead… whoops!


Title: Pure
Author: Julianna Baggott
Series: Pure (Book One)

Who’s it for? Older teens. It’s graphic and at times a little confusing.

What’s it about? The deathly house all fell down. The sick souls wander ’round and ’round.

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations. But, living amongst the devastation, every day a dangerous struggle for the survivors who are marked by their fused, burnt, damaged bodies, she is starkly aware of what has been lost.

Burn a pure and breathe the ash…

Partridge is one of the lucky few sheltered inside the Dome. They escaped the apocalypse unmarked, pure. But he doesn’t feel safe. Smothered by the rigid order of the Dome’s regime, he suspects all is not as it seems.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their world shatter all over again.


Review: The Quietness

The Quietness

Title:  The Quietness
Author: Alison Rattle

Who’s it for? Older teens, with scenes of rape/sexual assault it’s not really suitable for younger readers (but as always, that depends on the reader)

What’s it about? Queenie lives in the slums with her family, living a hard hand to mouth existence that she dreams of escaping from. But all that changes when she takes a job as a maid at a seemingly well-to-do household.

Ellen lives a fortunate life, her father is wealthy and all her basic needs are provided. But it’s a gilded cage and the arrival of her cousin soon changes her world forever, flinging her out of everything she knows and down a path that will lead her and Queenie to the truth.