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Review: Genuine Fraud

I received a copy of this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: Genuine Fraud
Author: E. Lockhart

What’s it about? The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. 
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. 
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. 
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

[Blurb taken from Goodreads]

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Review: Masquerade

I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So here it is:

Masquerade (Micah Grey, #3)

Title: Masquerade

Author: Laura Lam

Series: The Micah Grey Trilogy

 

What’s it about? Micah’s Chimaera powers are growing, until his dark visions overwhelm him. Drystan is forced to take him to Dr Pozzi, to save his life. But can they really trust the doctor, especially when a close friend is revealed to be his spy?

Meanwhile, violent unrest is sweeping the country, as anti-royalist factions fight to be heard. Then three chimaera are attacked, after revealing their existence with the monarchy’s blessing – and the struggle becomes personal. A small sect decimated the chimaera in ancient times and nearly destroyed the world. Now they’ve re-emerged to spread terror once more. Micah will discover a royal secret, which draws him into the heart of the conflict. And he and his friends must risk everything to finally bring peace to their land.

[Blurb taken from Goodreads]

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Review: The Night Itself

 

Title: The Night Itself

Author: Zoë Marriott

Series: The Name of the Blade (book one)

 

Who’s it for? Teens

 

What’s it about? When fifteen-year-old Mio steals the katana – her grandfather’s priceless sword – she just wants to liven up a fancy-dress costume. But the katana is more than a dusty heirloom, and her actions unleash an ancient evil onto the streets of modern-day London. Mio is soon stalked by the terrors of mythical Japan and it is only the appearance of a mysteriously familiar warrior boy that saves her life. Mio must learn to control the katana’s legendary powers fast or she risks losing not only her own life…but the love of a lifetime.

[Blurb taken from book]

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My not-so-secret love for Gail Carriger’s books

 

I can firmly blame my friend Kirsty for getting me into Gail Carriger’s books. It started with Soulless from the Parasol Protectorate series and pretty much exploded out from there as I motored through all her other books as fast as I could get my greedy mitts on them.

Why do I love her books? To put it simply: werewolves and vampires in high society, with a hefty slice of humour, intrigue and treacle tart.

All the books are such fun reads. Genuinely fun reads. Sure, there’s the odd dip here and there, but on the whole, they’re just so much fun.

And yes, I realise that I’ve now said the word fun three times.

 

How many books are there?

At present, there’s three series that take place within the same universe. If you read by the release dates it’s the Parasol Protectorate series first, then the Finishing School and now the Custard Protocol series.

Chronologically it goes:
1) The Finishing School series (four books)
2) The Parasol Protectorate series (five books, plus a short story)
3) The Custard Protocol series (one book – so far!)

 

Who are they for?

Technically speaking, the Finishing School series is for young adults and the other series are for adults, and you can definitely enjoy one series without reading the other. But! It does add a certain something to the reading experience to get all these little snippets of backstory and character building if you read them all.

As a fan, I say READ THEM ALL!! Perhaps with a slice of treacle tart and a cup of tea on hand.

 

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Review: Blood Red Road

Title: Blood Red Road
Author: Moira Young
Series: Dust Lands (book one)

Who’s it for: Teens

What’s it about? Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries.

Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.

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Review: Allegiant

 

Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent (book 3)

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

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Review: Scarlet

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles (book two)

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.

Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive – when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.

As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner…

[Blurb taken from the book]
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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.

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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]

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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…

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