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Review: Six of Crows

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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]

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Review: The Shepherd’s Crown

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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.

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Review: Glaze

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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]

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Review: Pure

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

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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.

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Review: The Quietness

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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.

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Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

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Title: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? At the urge of her lucky-in-love brother, sixteen-year-old Lily has left a read notebook full of dares on her favourite bookshop shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept.
Curious, snarky Dash isn’t one to back down from a challenge – and the Book of Dares is the perfect things to keep him occupied this Christmas.
As they send each other on a snowbound scavenger hunt across Manhattan, they’re falling for each other on paper. But finding out if their real selves share their on-page chemistry could be their biggest dare yet.

(Blurb taken from book)

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Review: Shadowplay

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Title: Shadowplay
Author: Laura Lam
Series: Micah Grey Book 2 (Read my review for Pantomime here.)

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? This picks up from where Pantomime left off, and if you haven’t read that one go do it now!

The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes.
He and the white clown, Drystan, take refuge with the once-great magician, Jasper Maske. When Maske agrees to teach them his trade, his embittered rival challenges them to a duel which could decide all of their fates. People are also hunting both Micah and the person he was before the circus – the runaway daughter of a noble family. Micah discovers there is magic and power in the world, far beyond the card tricks and illusions he’s perfecting…

(Blurb taken from the book)

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Review: Only You Can Save Mankind

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Title: Only You Can Save Mankind
Author: Terry Pratchett
Series: Johnny Maxwell

Who’s it for? Younger Teens.

What’s it about? As the mighty alien fleet from the latest computer game thunders across the screen, Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces. And they send him a message: We surrender.

They’re not supposed to do that! They’re supposed to die. And computer joysticks don’t have ‘Don’t Fire’ buttons…

(Blurb taken from the book)

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