Review: Lorali by Laura Dockrill

1Lorali by Laura Dockrill
Genre:
Mermaid
Published by: Hot Key Books
Pages: 208
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find:
Goodreads | Author | Amazon

Mermaid fiction + Summer = The perfect read. I was beyond excited to read another YA about mermaids, as ‘Deep Blue’ by Jennifer Donnelly fell a little below the mark. I knew what I wanted from this book, and Dockrill certainly delivered, I couldn’t put it down! Warning: there will be an excess of exclamation points in this review! (!!!)
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Review: Wings by Aprilynne Pike

6474771Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Genre: Faery, Romance
Published by: Harper Collins
Pages: 360
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★
Series: Spells (#2) | Wild (#3) | Destined (#4)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

Wings is my favourite faery story of all time. This was my fourth re-read of the book, and I can promise you now that it never gets boring! The world will completely suck you in and the folklore is different to anything that is normally portrayed in faery fiction. Aprilynne Pike has somehow made this stunning and complex world that absolutely leaps off the page. Laurel’s story is so dear to me and I can’t wait to continue re-reading the series and reviewing my thoughts, because I first read these books in 2011 when YA was still very new to me.

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Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

13132816Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Genre:
Contemporary, Romance
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 352
Format: ARC E-Book
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

Emmy & Oliver completely blew me away. It was a really beautiful and heart breaking (at times!) character driven story that explores the pain of separation and being left behind. What I loved about this book, was that it didn’t focus so much on the before, but the after. Oliver has been gone for 10 years, leaving his family and best friend Emmy to deal with the media storm that followed. It was so well written and I savoured every word.

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Review: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

extraordinary meansExtraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Genre: 
Contemporary, Romance, Medical (?)
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 336
Format: ARC E-Book
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

I’ll start this review by saying that ‘Extraordinary Means’ has become one of my new favourite books, and is the best book of 2015, I’ve read so far. Good. I think that pretty much sums up the review!

Robyn Schneider classifies this book as a ‘young adult medical narrative’ in her author’s note. I guess this makes it similar to other books of the genre, such as ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. But, whereas John Green’s novel has slightly glittery edges (made shiny by tears), ‘Extraordinary Means’ is grittier. It was humorous without being pretentious. It was realistic without glorifying disease. And, yes, there were a few extended metaphors, but it wouldn’t be a YA book without them.
So why did I like it so much? Well….
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Review: Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

10662420Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery/Thriller?
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 450
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★★★★
Series: Burn for Burn (#1)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

The ending of Fire with Fire was so unbelievably unexpected that I literally gasped and slapped my hand over my mouth. I was literally on the edge of my seat for the last twenty pages because OH. MY. GOSH. I enjoyed Burn for Burn – mostly because I could read it in a day – but I wasn’t completely blown away by it. This sequel, however, is probably one of THE BEST sequels I have ever read. It’s no secret that I’m not a big Jenny Han fan (sorry!) but these books are above and beyond what I’ve read from her before. I definitely must read Siobhan Vivian’s novels too! Basically, if you haven’t started this series yet: get on it!

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Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

17670709Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Published by: Bloomsbury
Pages: 418
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★
Series: Throne of Glass (#1) | Heir of Fire (#3)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

This book was so action packed, it literally never stopped! The amount of content in this series so far really is incredible, and the pacing is perfect for a fantasy novel, where the world needs detailed explanations. I was literally in shock after Part One, after which I thought the story went downhill, but about 100 pages from the end, man, did it pick up rapidly!

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Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

12127810Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
Published by: Harper Collins
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

This. Book. Was. Incredible.
If you have no idea what to read, but want something incredibly REAL then you need to pick up Solitaire straight away, because it will have you on the edge of your seat and probably spread-eagle on your bed contemplating your life. This book was a true gem and it really deserves so much more hype than it’s received. I absolutely loved it, and I can imagine myself  re-reading this again and again, it really has become one of my favourites. Here’s why:

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Review: Legend by Marie Lu

15753977Legend by Marie Lu
Genre: Dystopian, Action, Sci-Fi
Published by: Speak
Pages: 305
Format: e-book
Rating: ★★★★★
Series: Prodigy (#2) | Champion (#3)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

I haven’t given a five star review in what feels like forever, but I can say with absolute certainty that Legend is a five star book. The action never stops, and it’s the perfect mix of everything good about dystopian fiction. It was thrilling and fast-paced, I loved the characters, and the Oh No! and WHAT? moments. Legend had me on the edge of my seat. I was literally unable to put it down. I may even go as far as today Legend is the best book I have read so far this year.

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Review: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

embassy rowAll Fall Down by Ally Carter
Genre: Adventure, Mystery
Published by: Orchard Books
Pages: 320
Format: ARC E-book
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

I cannot contain my excitement over this book. Ally Carter is one of my favourite authors, the Gallagher girls is one of my favourite series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the first book in her new series ‘Embassy Row’, starring Grace, a girl prone to injury and jumping off things from a height.

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