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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Well, this is the most heartbreaking book I’ve read so far this year, and I feel like it could easily stay on top in that regard. If you haven’t heard of The Bone Sparrow, then you need to know that a.) it’s about the refugee crisis (it’s specifically set in Australia) and b.) it’s very eye-opening. Oh, and c.) it’s heart-breaking. (And for those reasons, I feel kind of guilty for only giving it three stars).
But despite the three star rating, I do highly recommend reading The Bone Sparrow.
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I’ve got to be honest, this was one weird book. But at the same time, it’s incredibly captivating. And as this review is going to show, my feelings about this one are pretty conflicted.
The Graces tells the story of River, who is obsessed with the mysterious Grace family, who are rumoured to be witches. Shenanigans and magic follow.
Why are my thoughts so conflicted?
Well, on the one hand, it was full of drunk parties, some hating on “normal” people, and cliches, along with a slightly confused plot at the end. Oh, and it had a protagonist who I just couldn’t bring myself to like.
But then, the story completely drew me in. A story of magic and lies and secrets, and I needed to know what was going on. And there were some lovely moments between River and the Graces.
So my overall feelings? This one’s a bit of an oddball. Let me give you a list so that I can explain myself a little better.
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I remember reading the blurb for this one long before its release, and thought it sounded amazing. When I saw it at Waterstones, I eagerly picked it up and bought it almost straight away. I mean, it’s a story about three sisters whose only way to the throne is to kill the other two. They’re separated at the age of six and then each is trained in her particular gift, before they’re let loose to kill each other. How great does that sound?
Sadly, my expectations were wildly unfulfilled. Although there were parts that I really liked, most of it just wasn’t what I expected.
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To be honest, I’m not really sure what to make of this book. Or how to even write a review for it. It’s very…. different to your usual YA book. If you’re a fan of fast-paced action, this probably isn’t the book for you. If, however, you like lyrical books which have a slower pace, then definitely go try it.
Which camp do I fall into? Well, it seems A Thousand Nights really isn’t my sort of book. Which is such a shame, because I thought I’d really love it. And I did really like the writing. It was beautiful, and there were lines that I had to reread because they were so lovely. It also had the most wonderful setting. It was really vivid, and I did feel like I was right there in the sands.
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There’s always that sense of anticipation when you start reading the final book in the series. That feeling of “is this book going to be the best thing ever?” or “is this going to entirely ruin the whole series?” It’s kind of scary, opening up that book and reading. And sometimes, often, the book is fantastic – the author has done an incredible job and you’re in awe.
Other times? You’re left a little confused and, well, kind of underwhelmed.
Sadly, that was the case with The Last Star, the final book in The 5th Wave trilogy.
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I am a huge fan of dragon books. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m Welsh, but whatever the reason, I’ve always loved dragons and books about dragons. Whether they’re good dragons, bad dragons, dragons who turn into people, people who ride dragons. Whatever.
Just give me all the books about dragons.
So, obviously, when I read Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, I fell in love.
It had dragons and they turned into humans. It had an uneasy truce between dragons and humans. It had half-dragons. It had the most beautiful descriptions of music. It had the adorableness that was Seraphina and Kiggs.
This month, I finally got around to reading its sequel, Shadow Scale. I’d been putting it off for ages (why? I have no idea), and so it was a treat to finally revisit the world of Seraphina. Was it worth the wait? Yes, definitely, but then it wasn’t quite as good as the first book. Here are my thoughts, in a neat little list.
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I’ve loved Ally Carter’s books for years. The Gallagher Girls hooked me with its spy school and entertaining characters, and I adored the Heist Society books (especially Hale, because he was fab). And I did enjoy All Fall Down, the first book in her new Embassy Row series.
However, I have yet to fall in love with the Embassy Row books, and See How They Run, the second book in the series, didn’t do much to help. There are definitely things I like about these books, but I also have a few issues. And I’m going to share those with you in a little list!
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