I love books based on mythology, especially when it’s mythology I know nothing about. So when I heard about Aru Shah and the End of Time, I knew that I would definitely be reading it at some point very soon. Did it meet expectations? Not completely. I did end up enjoying it, but it wasn’t as amazing as I was hoping it would be.
Aru Shah has messed up.
Desperate to impress her snooty schoolmates, and embarrassed to be living in the museum where her mother works, she lights the cursed Lamp of Bharata. It can’t actually be cursed… can it?
After accidentally freeing an ancient demon and freezing her classmates and her mother in time, Aru must fix things before the ancient God of Destruction is awoken. Accompanied by a wise-cracking pigeon and her long-lost half-sister, she must find the reincarnations of the five Pandava brothers and journey through the Kingdom of Death.
But how is one girl in Spider-Man pyjamas supposed to do all that?
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When I saw that Sara Barnard had a new book out this year, I knew that I had to read it! I loved A Quiet Kind of Thunder, so I was really hoping that Goodbye, Perfect would be right up my street too. And, to an extent, it was. However, this book and I didn’t really have that great a time together.
When I was wild, you were steady . . .
Now you are wild – what am I?
Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with the boyfriend Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. Especially when the police arrive on her doorstep and Eden find outs that the boyfriend is actually their music teacher, Mr Cohn.
Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay. There’s no way she’s betraying her best friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts.
As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.
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I’ve been a fan of Rick Riordan for quite a while now (I think I started reading his books around when The Heroes of Olympus started?), and I always get pretty excited about his latest releases. However, I have to admit, some of his newest books haven’t quite gripped me in the way that they used to, and I’m afraid that’s the case with The Burning Maze, the third book in The Trials of Apollo series.
I WAS A GOD, ONCE. UNTIL I WAS CAST OUT BY MY FATHER, ZEUS.
NOW I’M AN AWKWARD MORTAL TENNAGER CALLED LESTER.
My way out? A series of scary and dangerous trials, of course.
For my third mission, I must:
Journey through the Labyrinth to free an Oracle who only speaks in puzzles.
Defeat a vicious and bloodthirsty Roman Emperor – the most vicious of three very vicious and bloodthirsty Roman Emperors.
Is that all? No, I’ve to do everything without any of my godly powers. Wonderful. Looks like I’ll be needing all the help I can get. From new friends, and old . . .
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If you follow book blogs at all, there’s a pretty high chance that you follow Cait @ Paper Fury (or at least have heard of her). And if you do, then you’re probably well aware that she’s just published a book! (And if you don’t know of her, definitely go check out her blog, because she’s amazing). Anyhow, my preorder of her debut, A Thousand Perfect Notes, arrived a couple of weeks ago, and unsurprisingly, I devoured it. Obviously I had pretty high expectations for this book (and was slightly worried about not liking it), but I shouldn’t have worried – Cait definitely delivered!
An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.
Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.
When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?
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Last year, I read The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, and absolutely adored it. Today I can tell you that I’ve finally finished catching up on her other books (you know, all three of them). Not gonna lie, The Names They Gave Us is still my favourite, but Open Road Summer was exactly the type of book I wanted to be reading this summer. Road trip, country music, best friends, summer romance? Can a YA contemporary sound any more perfect than that?
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts.
But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.
This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
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I love a fantasy book about missing royalty and princesses and dragons and politics and wars between countries, but the fantasy books I love even more are the ones about small groups of thieves/criminals/rebels who pull off incredible heists and run rings around the people who are trying to stop them. The Lies of Locke Lamora is definitely the second type of book.
I’ve had it on my shelf since forever, and finally got around to reading it recently. If it’s on your TBR, please bump it up to the top because it’s FANTASTIC. As in one of my favourite reads of 2017 fantastic. And I’ve read some fab books this year.
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First off, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Marie Lu’s Legend series. I liked the first book, not so keen on the second, and then never read the third after hearing spoilers about the ending. However, I’d seen good things about the Young Elites (and also I bought the trilogy for a fiver) so I thought I’d read it.
My thoughts? I’m very confused about how I feel about this book. On the one hand, there were so many things that I loved! And on the other, boredom and disappointment.
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I was majorly excited about Seven Days of You. I actually bought it without reading a single review or even hearing anything about it because it sounded so good. I mean, it’s a whirlwind romance set in Tokyo, and it sounded like exactly the kind of read that I wanted.
And I did enjoy it. Sure, there were a few things that annoyed me, but overall the cute romance and the setting won me over. And also all the food. SO MUCH FOOD.
A brief summary: Sophia is a girl who’s moved around a lot in her life, and having been in Tokyo for the past few years, is now moving back to the US. But then her former friend Jamie turns up in Tokyo the week before she leaves, which brings back a load of (not completely unwelcome) feelings. Cue adventures in Tokyo!
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First things first, isn’t The Invisible Library a great title? Just those three words got me excited about reading this book! But what exactly is The Invisible Library about? Well, it’s got librarians, alternate universes, book thieves, magic, steampunk and dragons. There’s a lot going on in this book.
The book tells the story of Irene, a librarian who winds up trying to steal a book which a lot of other people are after (including fae, detectives, and other librarians). Did I mention that Irene is no normal librarian? You see, she’s from a library that exists between universes which essentially preserves unique copies of books from the different worlds. So basically Irene is a librarian/thief/time traveller.
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So I’ve left this review a little late – I read it several months ago, but I really wanted to say a few words about The Hammer of Thor. I’m a massive Rick Riordan fan, and I loved the first book in this series. And happily, I really enjoyed this book too. It made me laugh, it took me on a wild adventure full of norse mythology, and it had wonderful characters. If you’re a fan of Riordan’s books, then it’s more than likely that you’ll enjoy this one too.
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