163. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (#1)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Rating: ★★★★★

On the Shelves: Young Adult> Fantasy

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. (Goodreads 2017)

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122. The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)- Rick Riordan

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Title: The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Fantasy

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over (Goodreads 2014)

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Top Ten Tuesday: 31- Top 10 New Series I want to start soon!

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This weekly meme hosted by Broke and the Bookish allows us to post a themed “top ten” each week. This week asks for you to list your top ten new series you wish/hope to start soon!- Well I’ve interpreted this as “new to me” series, so they won’t all be brand new out, just series I’ve not started yet but really, really want to!

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120. Black Ice- Becca Fitzpatrick

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Title: Black Ice

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Rating: ★★

On the Shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Suspence/Thriller/Romance

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there… and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? (Goodreads 2014)

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118. Tuck Everlasting- Natalie Babbit

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Title: Tuck Everlasting

Author: Natalie Babbit

Rating: ★★★★★

On the Shelves: Young Adult> Fiction/Fantasy

Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten year old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks kidnap her and explain why living forever at one age is less than a blessing that it might seem. (Goodreads 2014)

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115. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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Title: The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Author: Catherynne M Valente

Rating:  ★★★★

On the Shelves: Young Adult fiction> Fantasy

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful. (Goodreads 2014)

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Discussions: Dystopia vs Post-Apocalyptic

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It’s been over 5 months since my last discussion post- if you click this link, it will take you to my list of discussion posts, which so far include one about Epigraphs in books, and one not so eloquently discussing John Green’s writing.

Anyway, I decided to attempt to write a discussion post about the trend of dystopian novels , specifically in young adult literature, and how people seem to keep stamping novels as “dystopian” when they actually aren’t…

Disclaimer: I am rubbish at debates. I get carried away with my thoughts and often forget to slow down enough to explain my points thoroughly, which is why I rarely do these discussions haha- I apologise if there are any spelling errors or unexplained points, but I think it reads okay…

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114. Apple and Rain- Sarah Crossan

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Title: Apple and Rain

Author: Sarah Crossan

Rating: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Contemporary

When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bittersweet. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to see things as they really are.

A story about sad endings.
A story about happy beginnings.
A story to make you realise who is special

(Goodreads 2014)

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104. The Girl of Fire and Thorns- Rae Carson

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Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1)

Author: Rae Carson

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On the Shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Fantasy

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do (Goodreads 2014)

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Top Ten Tuesday 22: Overhyped books

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As usual, this is hosted by the broke and the bookish, and this week’s theme is the top ten books you aren’t sure you want to read.

Basically, for me, this tends to mean overhyped books. So here is my list. Can anyone change my opinions/prejudices on these books?

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