Should I read this: Shatter Me

Again, something new!

I’ve recently been thinking about all the books I read about on blogs and hear about on BookTube. There are honestly so many books out in the literary world and even though I’ve only heard of a small sliver of them I am still so overwhelmed with all there is out there to read.

This coupled with the snap judgements I made about books I’ve decided to see what others think and not only based on reviews.

In these posts I’m going to ask one thing… tell me what you think if the book/series!

I want to know if I should read the series or not!

Lets start with our first series…

Should I read the ‘Shatter Me’ Series?!

This is a series that I have seen everywhere, but I haven’t been drawn to pick it up, so I need your help!

I’m leaving it up to you! Let me know in the comments if I should read the Shatter me series or not.

What do you think of the Shatter Me series?

Review: ‘Even the Darkest Stars’ By Heather Fawcett

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‘Even the Darkest Stars’
By Heather Fawcett
Book #1 in the Even the Darkest Stars Series

Publisher: Blazer and Bray
Publish Date: 2017
Pages: 427
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

“I also knew that most stories were like the shadows painted by the late afternoon sun: deceptive and exaggerated. I wasn’t going to be afraid of stories” – Kamzin

Synopsis

Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.
But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.
The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.

Thoughts

I’ll be honest, I definitely found this book a touch slow at the beginning. for the first 50 pages or so I struggled to get into the story and commit to wanting to know what happened to the characters. Once I passed about the 50 page mark though, I was in.

There are some names that are difficult to decipher, which could 100% be something that’s totally on me.

I ended up really loving the characters and really felt that both Lusha and Kamzin are great determined female characters, which I absolutely love.

A lot of this book is traveling, however it’s kind of the main point of the story so is to be expected.  There was great description of the different locations that our expedition of characters passed through and there were moments where I really felt like I was there.

There is a great glimpses into the culture of the people within the book and a solid structure to the world we are being introduced to, everything makes sense in this world with no outlandish areas that make you question the fluidity of the world.

Overall I enjoyed reading this book and am really looking forward to picking up the sequel in a few weeks time!

Rating

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 5.5/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 7.5/10
Stars:  4/5

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Have you read ‘Even the Darkest Stars’? What were your thoughts?

 

Review: ‘The Hidden Oracle’ By Rick Riordan

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‘The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle’
By Rick Riordan
Book #1 in the Trials of Apollo Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: May 2016
Pages: 361
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

‘Wait. I’m mortal. Murder would kill me. Never mind.’

Synopsis

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

‘Check your spam folder
The Prophecies might be there
No? Well, I’m Stumped. Bye’

Thoughts

This has to be one of the most well written books by Rick Riordan (and if you know me at all you know I love Rick Riordan’s writing) It really incorporates an amazing amount of humour which is perfect for a book narrated by Apollo.

After reading ‘The Heroes of Olympus’ series, I’d kind of gotten used to reading multiple perspectives but this book brought me back to my Percy Jackson reading days – I know I made that sound like a long time ago even though it was literally last year – and really got me feeling the Rick Riordan books again.

Reading another book in the same Percy Jackson universe really increased my ease of reading. I already knew about demigods, camp half blood and that strange things always happen when demigods and Gods are involved.

I found the plot completely engaging from the first page I wanted to see where the story was going to go. The development of the plot really goes at the appropriate pace and I never felt like the story was moving to fast or to slow.

‘The Hidden Oracle’ has really encapsulated the Apollo myth and taken his attitude and self appreciation to an amazingly comical level.

‘Kayla muttered an ancient Greek curse. If I had been a proper godly father, I would have washed her mouth out with olive oil.’ 

Rating

Plot: 8.5/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5

Review: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson…

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By Rick Riordan
Book #2 (of 5) in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)
Publish date: 2013 (my copy)
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians book #2; Camp Half-Blood Chronicles book #2
Pages: 265 
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy 
Purchase Location: Book Depository Amazon Audible

Synopsis:
The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read instalment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each instalment. 
In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come. 

My Thoughts: 

Sea of Monsters was just as engaging as ‘The Lightning Thief’. It picks up a year after ‘The Lightning Thief’ ends, with Percy ending his year at a new school. At the school he has made a new friend Tyson, a completely loveable character.

Percy is intercepted on his last day of school by Annabeth who informs in of trouble at Camp Half Blood. They make their way back then to discover there is a problem. From that leads Percy and Annabeth to head on a new quest which will help both Grover and the Camp.

I thoroughly enjoyed the extension of the Greek mythology throughout the story. It was great to see more of it including bringing in some monsters which also exist in the mythology.

It also really built on the story from the first book. which makes me want to keep reading (which trust me –  I did!)

The book continues Percy’s development really well, you can tell from how the story is told that Percy has matured since the first book. The writing is yet again, Incredible!

My Rating: 

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Book Haul

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Sooo.. Once again I went a little bit crazy on the book buying… I know. I keep telling myself this is it for a while, but I don’t know what happens I just always end up back on Book Depository! Its a blessing and a curse, let me tell you!

Without further ado, here are some more books I purchased…

IMG_0135‘Otherworld’ By Jason Segel and Kristen Miller
(Book #1 in the Otherworld Series)

The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.
Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.
And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.

 

‘The Diabolic’ By S.J Kincaid
(Book #1 in the Diabolic Series) 
IMG_0130Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.
She must become her.
Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Emre.

IMG_0128‘Renegades’ by Marissa Meyers
(Book #1 in the Renegades Series)
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

‘Firstlife’ By Gena Showalter
(Book #1 in the Everlife Series)
IMG_0125ONE CHOICE.
TWO REALMS.
NO SECOND CHANCE.
Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.
There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.
In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision.

IMG_0123‘Fireblood’ By Elly Blake
(Book #2 in the Frostbood series)

All hail the Fire Queen.
Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…
Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fire Queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax—which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, Ruby no longer knows whom to trust. The fates of two kingdoms are now in her hands.

‘Rift Uprising’ By Amy S. FosterIMG_0121
(Book #1 In the Uprising Trilogy)

Seventeen-year-old Ryn Whittaker is a Citadel: an elite, enhanced soldier specially chosen to guard a Rift, a mysterious and dangerous portal to alternate Earths scientists cannot control or close. Trained from the age of fourteen, Ryn can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which is good when you’re not sure if a laser-wielding Neanderthal or an axe-wielding Viking is trying to make it through the Rift and into her world.
But the teenager’s military conditioning and education have not prepared her for the boy who crosses through—a confused young man, seemingly lost and alone. Because while there’s an immediate physical attraction, it’s his intelligence and curiosity that throws Ryn off balance. The stranger asks disturbing questions about the Rift that Ryn herself has never considered—questions that lead her to wonder if everything about her life and what she’s been told these past six years has been a lie. Are the Rifts as dangerous as her leaders say? Should her people really try to close them . . . or learn how to travel through them?

IMG_0119‘Horizon’ By Scott Westerfeld
(Book #1 In the Horizon Series)
When a plane crash-lands in the arctic, eight young survivors step from the wreckage expecting to see nothing but ice and snow. Instead they find themselves lost in a strange jungle with no way to get home and little hope of rescue.
Food is running out. Water is scarce. And the jungle is full of threats unlike anything the survivors have ever seen before — from razor-beaked shredder birds to carnivorous vines and much, much worse.
With danger at every turn, these eight kids must learn to work together to survive. But cliques and rivalries threaten to tear them apart. And not everyone will make it out of the jungle alive.

‘A Shadow Bright and Burning’ By Jessica CluessIMG_0116
(Book #1 in the Kingdom of Fire Series)
I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

IMG_0115‘The Lost Hero’ By Rick Riordan
(Book #1 In the Heroes of Olympus Series)
Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?
Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognise her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.
Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

‘The Sea of Monsters’ By Rick Riordan
IMG_0112(Book #2 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series; Book #2 in the Camp Half Blood Chronicles)
The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read instalment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each instalment.
In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

IMG_0108‘Hunted’ By Meagan Spooner
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ By Leigh BardugoIMG_0106
(Book #1 in the DC Icons Series)
Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.
Daughter of death.
Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Together.
Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
 

IMG_0105‘The Adventurer’s Guild’ By Zack Loran Clarke & Nick Eliopulos
(Book #1 in the Adventurer’s Guild Series)
Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild. . . . Their members often died young.
In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone’s only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he’ll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild.
But just as it seems the boys’ dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild.
Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies-Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf-must prove their worth once and for all.
This start of a thrilling new series is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with tons of humor and heart.

‘The Circle’ By Dave EggersIMG_0101
When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle links users’ personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency. Mae can’t believe her great fortune to work for them – even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public.

IMG_0097‘The Girl Who Dared to Think’ By Bella Forrest
(Book #1 in the Girl who Dared Series)
A gargantuan glass-walled tower looms over a deadly wilderness. They say it’s all that’s left.
The Tower’s survival is humanity’s survival, and each must serve it faithfully…
Twenty-year-old Liana Castell must be careful what she thinks. Her life is defined by the number on her wristband — a rating out of ten awarded based on her usefulness and loyalty to the Tower, and monitored by a device in her skull. A device that reports forbidden thoughts.
Liana is currently a four, the lowest possible acceptable score, and despite her parents’ perfect scores of ten, she struggles to increase it. Rebellious ideas come all too easily, and resentfulness seems part of her being. She is an overseer-in-training, but her future will be dark if she cannot raise her worth…
Threes require drug treatment.
Twos are isolated.
Ones disappear.
When Liana’s worst nightmare comes to pass and she drops to a three, desperation spurs her down a path few dare to tread. A chance encounter with a cocky young man whose shockingly dissident attitude toward the Tower couldn’t possibly have earned him the perfect “ten” on his wrist, sets her on a trail to save herself–even at the risk of dropping lower.
Stalking the young man seemed like a simple enough task, but after events take an unexpected twist, Liana finds herself taking a treacherous dive into the darkest depths of the Tower… and the decades’ old secrets buried within.
In a society where free thinking can make you a criminal, one girl dares to try…

IMG_0096‘Writing Radar: Using your Journal to Snoop out and Craft Great Stories’ By Jack Gantos
The Newbery Award-winning author of Dead End in Norvelt shares advice for how to be the best brilliant writer in this funny and practical creative writing guide perfect for all kids who dream of seeing their name on the spine of a book.

With the signature wit and humor that have garnered him legions of fans, Jack Gantos instructs young writers on using their “writing radar” to unearth story ideas from their everyday lives. Incorporating his own misadventures as a developing writer, Gantos inspires readers to build confidence and establish good writing habits as they create, revise, and perfect their stories. Pop-out text boxes highlight key tips, alongside Gantos’s own illustrations, sample stories, and snippets from his childhood journals. More than just a how-to guide, Writing Radar is a celebration of the power of storytelling and an ode to the characters who–many unwittingly–inspired Gantos’s own writing career.

IMG_0093‘Warcross’ By Marie Lu
(Book #1 in the Warcross Series)
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

IMG_0091‘Furthermore’ By Tahereh Mafi
(Book #1 in the Furthermore Series)
Alice Alexis Queensmeadow 12 rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and colour, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

IMG_0089‘The Last Magician’ By Lisa Maxwell
In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artefacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artefacts before the Order even realises she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

IMG_0085‘Akarnae’ By Lynette Noni
(Book #1 in the Medoran Chronicles)

With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings’s world changes—literally.
Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.
While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.
An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?
Will Alex risk her entire world—and maybe even her life—to save Medora?

IMG_0084‘The Golden Compass’ By Philip Pullman
(Book #1 in the His Dark Materials Series)
Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the alethiometer. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers”—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.

‘Nyxia’ By Scott Reintgen IMG_0083
(Book #1 in the Nyxia Triad) 

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Forever.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

‘This Mortal Coil’ By Emily Suvada IMG_0078
(Book #1 in the Mortal Coil Series)
Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.
That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.
When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.
Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

‘Atremis’ By Andy WeirIMG_0075
Jazz Bashara is a criminal.
Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

IMG_0074‘The Wizards of Once’ By Cressida Cowell
This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide.
Perfect for boys and girls who love fantasy adventure …
Once there was Magic, and the Magic lived in the dark forests.
Wizard boy, Xar, should have come in to his magic by now, but he hasn’t, so he wants to find a witch and steal its magic for himself. But if he’s got any chance of finding one, he will have to travel into the forbidden Badwoods.
Xar doesn’t realise he is about to capture an entirely different kind of enemy. A Warrior girl called Wish.
And inside this book, at this very moment, two worlds collide and the fate of the land is changed forever.
Xar and Wish must visit the dungeons at Warrior fort, and face the evil Queen.
But something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring.

…. And thats a wrap (she says like thats not way to many books to of bought, with some still coming in the mail)
I am genuinely excited for a summer break filled with reading and relaxing!

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
By Rick Riordan
Book #1 (of 5) of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Publish Date: 2013
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book #1, Camp Half-Blood Chronicles Book #1
Pages: 
375
Genre: 
Young Adult Fantasy 
Purchase Location: 
Book Depository  Amazon

Synopsis:
Look I didn’t want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. 
I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing baseball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporised my maths teacher. Now I spend my time battling monsters and generally trying to stay alive. 
This is the one where Zeus, god of the sky, thinks I’ve stolen his lightning bolt – and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.  

My Thoughts: 

The way the story is told though Percy (our protagonist) perspective, is one of my favourite ways to read a story. We get to follow along as Percy discovers himself and where he really belongs. I thoroughly enjoyed reading along as Percy discovers his half-blood status and learns how Greek mythology is woven seamlessly into western civilisation.

Throughout the story we meet characters who become an integral part of Percy’s story and his survival. We meet Chiron early on who becomes a mentor to Percy as well as Grover, Percy’s best friend and Annabeth Chase a camper who begins the book disliking Percy based solely on his parentage.

The story quickly picks up pace as Percy is attacked by a monster in his day to day life, leading his mother to take him to the only place he will be safe, a special camp for half bloods.

From this point the story snowballs and events are discovered along with different gods of the Greek mythos.

As a huge fan of Greek mythology, I loved this book, I genuinely could not put it down!

I was so interested in the plot and what was going to happen next in the story that i managed to finish the book in 4 days – during the end of term- which is an incredible feat for me!

Rick Riordan’s writing is amazing and showcases his passion for mythology as well as the thorough research that obviously went into the story. I’m already onto the next one and excited for the rest of the series to come.

My Rating: 

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My TBR

So I know this is kind of the purpose of Goodreads.com which I do use. (link If you’d like to check it out) You have a digital bookshelf of all the books you want to read, all the books you’ve read and all the books you are currently reading. I do like to keep it updated with what i want to read and currently reading etc.

But… I kind of wanted a place to list the books that are on my To Be Read (TBR) but only the books I own so I can update it and all that.

So these books are all books that I own and I want to read.

The list is in alphabetic order by Author.

A

 

B

Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo
Wonder Woman: War Bringer, By Leigh Bardugo
The Girl Who Drank the Moon By Kelly Barnhill
Frost Blood By Elly Blake
Fire Blood By Elly Blake

C

The Selection, By Kiera Cass
A Shadow Bright and Burning By Jessica Cluese
Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins
Wizards of Once By Cressida Cowell

D

E

The Circle, By Dave Eggers

F

The Gender Game, By Bella Forrest
The Girl Who Dared to Think, By Bella Forrest
The Secrets Spellshadow Manor, By Bella Forrest
The rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster

G

Writing Radar, By Jack Gantos
Big Magic, By Elizabeth Gilbert
A Thousand Pieces of You, By Claudia Gray

H

Always and Forever Lara Jean, By Jenny Han
The Odyssey: Graphic Novel By Gareth Hinds
The Law of Attraction, By Esther and Jerry Hicks

I

J

K

Adventures for your Soul, By Shannon Kaiser
The Library of Fates By Aditi Khorana
The Diabloic By S.J. Kincaid

L

The Young Elites, By Marie Lu
Warcross By Marie Lu

M

Furthermore, By Tahereh Mafi
The Last Magician, By Lisa Maxwell
The Thousandth Floor, By Katherine McGee
Before She Ignites By Jodi Meadows
Renegades By Marissa Myer

N

Akarnae, By Lynette Noni

O

P

50 Ways to Yay!, By Alex Panos
Confessions of a Murder Suspect By James Patterson
Maximum Ride: School’s Out Forever, By James Patterson
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, By James Patterson
More Moaning, By Karl Pilkington
His Dark Materials Series, By Philip Pullman

Q

R

Nyxia By Scott Reintgen
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian, By Rick Riordan
Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero By Rick Riordan
York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby

S

Extraordinary Means, By Robyn Schneider
A Darker Shade of Magic By V. E Schwab
Otherworld By Jason Segel and Kristen Miller
Firstlife By Gena Showalter
Hunted By Meagan Spooner
This Mortal Coil, By Emily Suvada

T

Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers X Marks the Spot By Kate and Jol Temple

U

V

W

Artemis By Andy Weir
Horizon By Scott Westerfeld
The Young World, By Chris Weitz

X

Y

Z

 

This list is up to date.

I am currently reading ‘Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters’, let me know what you think I should read next!

November Book Haul

IMG_9316-2October/November was a month that I went, one could say, a little book crazy. I got really into ‘book-tube’ also known as the book black hole of YouTube – which I love – where there are so many amazing people with incredible recommendations. Most of which this haul is based off.

Through my job, I have been able to really get back into reading, which i take as an incredible blessing. My book binge began from there with three fiction books and a text book on the go at any one time. One of the things i love about reading.

These are just some of the books i picked up.

IMG_5381-2‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ Illustrated edition. I’ve been wanting this 20 year anniversary edition of the first Harry Potter book since it came out. Finally i just bit the bullet and bought it, no regret there!

‘The Gender Game’ By Bella ForrestIMG_9358-2
Book #1 in the Gender game series.
‘A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender. 
Women rule the East. Men rule the West. 
Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus. 
Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet’s life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes. 
But one decision could save her life. 
To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit. 
Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. 
But abiding by rules has never been Violet’s strong suit.
When she’s thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom … including forbidden love. 
In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive…’

I’ve already finished this book and I LOVED it, Review to come!

IMG_1430-2‘The Gender Secret’ By Bella Forrest
Book #2 in the Gender game series
Gliding over the treacherous Green in a shaky aircraft that she has no idea how to land, Violet Bates is still in shock. The harrowing events of the previous night play over in her mind as she asks herself question after question.
Why did Lee Desmond Bertrand behave the way he did?
What is the truth about the mysterious silver egg stowed beneath her seat?
What happened to Viggo and where is her brother? Is either of them still alive?
When Violet manages to reach the toxic ground alive, she has landed in a world of unimaginable danger. She has barely time to catch her breath before she is sucked into a perilous journey at breakneck speed – to uncover secrets guarded for centuries and find the only two people that matter.

The Gender Secret is on the to read list, its so hard to decide what order to read in!

‘What Would Nietzsche do?: How the greatest Philosopher’s would solve your everyday problems’ By Marcus WeeksIMG_6322-2


What Would Nietzsche Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 philosophical thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today’s everyday problems. Ever wondered if Schopenhauer could fix your broken heart? How Heraclitus might help you if you lost your phone? Given the chance, would Foucault leave the toilet seat up? With sections on Relationships, Self and Identity, How to Live, Art and Aesthetics, and Politics, there is an answer to each of modern life’s questions here. Each section is comprised of a collection of questions, from ‘Is Shakespeare better than the Simpsons?’ to ‘Should I get a takeaway tonight?’; from little niggling questions, to the great mysteries of human existence. With Marcus Weeks’s illuminating commentary on each philosopher’s answer to the question at hand, you’ll be spouting Socrates and discussing Descartes before you know it. A guide to life, of sorts, and also a fantastic introduction to philosophy for anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of the subject.

I’ve loved this book so far, I love the use of different philosopher’s thoughts through the ages. It’s a great book to pick up and work through slowly over time. I’ve been working through it one everyday life question at a time.

IMG_1244-2‘Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me’ By Lily Collins
In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins—star of Mortal Instruments and the upcoming Rules Don’t Apply—is opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more.
For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She’s learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realise they’re not alone.
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered.

Another on the TO READ list. I’m a big fan of Lily Collins and con’t wait to read this one.

IMG_7481-2‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ By Jenny Han
Book #1 in the Series
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
 

To all the boys I’ve loved before was one of the first contemporary young adult fiction book I’d read in the longest time. It was so worth it! It was such a good book and an easy read, a great step back into the world of books! Would definitely recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys the contemporary young adult fiction genre, or really any genre.
Completed and enjoyed!

IMG_4251-2‘P.S. I Still Love You’ By Jenny Han
Book #2 in the series
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.


The second book in the ‘to all the boy’s I’ve loved before’ series. Just as good as the first one. I was worried about starting it because I always feel so disappointed when the first book in a series is amazing but the second isn’t as good, NOT THE CASE. The second book is just as good.
Another I can check off as completed.

‘Always and Forever Lara Jean’ By Jenny HanIMG_3198-2
the 3rd book in the series
Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.
Life couldn’t be more perfect!
At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.
Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

On the to read list.

IMG_2344-2‘The Thousandth Floor’ By Katherine McGee
Book #1 in the thousandth floor series
NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.
A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.
WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.
A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.
LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.
RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?
WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.
And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

From what I’ve heard, this book is very gossip girl/pretty little liars- esque. Ready to read this one on a nice summer day lounging on the beach.

‘Roar’By Cora CarmackIMG_7073-2
Book #1 in the Roar series
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. 
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough. 
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Another on the COMPLETED list. Roar is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It was so good. I was addicted to reading it, I couldn’t put it down.

IMG_8777-2‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ By Rick Riordan
Book #1 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

The Percy Jackson series is one that I’ve always wanted to read but the mixed reviews really got me and I couldn’t commit… until now! Excited to start this series and see what my own thoughts on it are.

‘The Young World’ By Chris WeitzIMG_7610-2
Book 1 in the young world trilogy
After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he’s secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos.

But when a fellow tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure for the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip, exchanging gunfire with enemy gangs, escaping cults and militias, braving the wilds of the subway – all in order to save humankind.

This is a book that I started but then put down, I really love the concept and dystopian society books are my jam but for some reason in the moment in time that i started it I couldn’t get into it. I am going to try again over the summer when I’ll have a bit more time, fingers crossed.

IMG_0984-2‘The Selection’ By Kiera Cass
Book #1 in the Selection series
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

I picked up this book from my local bookstore while I was waiting for an order from bookdepository.com. I didn’t have much time to actually read it unfortunately so it is still on the to read list.

‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ By Claudia Gray IMG_2360-2
Book #1 in the Firebird Series
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

I love the idea of the multi-universe. I am so excited to read this book.

IMG_2335-2‘The Secret of Spellshadow Manor’ By Bella Forrest
Book #1 (of 6) in the spellshadow manor series
What would you do if you spotted a man following a young woman, but no-one else could see him?
Like most sane people, student Alex Webber thought he was hallucinating – perhaps he’d consumed something bad at the party he’d been attending that night, or he was severely overtired. But when he sees the mysterious man following Natalie again the very next day, he can no longer disbelieve his eyes.
Although Natalie denies the man’s existence, Alex sees her walking with him down a road in his neighbourhood he’s never seen before – and can’t help but follow. After a bizarre, but strangely short journey, he finds himself standing before a towering iron gate wreathed in grey ivy, behind which looms a decrepit old mansion named Spellshadow Manor.
Spellshadow, with its beautiful yet sinisterly decorated hallways, ever-changing outdoor scenery and very unusual residents… Alex will quickly learn it is a place that is as wondrous as it is deadly.
Especially for a normal person like him.
What if you found yourself recruited to an institute of magic, only to discover you really couldn’t do magic?
What if your enrollment there was all one big, terrible mistake?
If you were at Spellshadow, you’d keep it a secret. A deep, dark, deadly secret…
Because Spellshadow’s elusive Head is hiding a secret of his own, one that Alex soon realises he and Natalie must uncover at all costs if either of them wishes to leave the Manor alive… and before it’s too late.

Excited to read a second series from Bella Forrest! I am a big fan of the way she writes.

‘The Young Elites’ By Marie LuIMG_9182-2
Book #1 in the young elites Trilogy
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
 

Another book in a dystopian society, I wasn’t lying when I said i love them! Still on the to read list.

Last but not least…

IMG_7007-2‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ By J.K Rowling & Illustrated by Jim Kay
Book #2 in the Harry Potter series.
again, no synopsis needed!
Once I saw the illustrations in the first book I knew I needed the second!

 

To anyone who made it to the end of the post, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

-Kate