Jennifer Niven – Holding Up The Universe

I LOVED this book so much! I was desperate to keep reading, but unfortunately I was back at work yesterday so I couldn’t devour it in one sitting as I had hoped – but I still read the whole thing in less than two days. I don’t think I’ve identified with a character recently as much as I identified with Libby. Previously ‘America’s Fattest Teen’, she had to be cut out of her house and lifted out with a...

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Jennifer Niven – All the Bright Places

I don’t know if I even have the words within me to describe how beautifully this book was written, and how much it left my emotions tied in knots after being repeatedly wrung through a wringer. Finch and Violet meet at the top of the school bell tower, both perilously close to the edge, both physically and mentally. And after Finch talks Violet down from the railings, it seems like he might be her lifeline and the only one capable of...

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Lisa Williamson – The Art of Being Normal

After such a terrible last book, I needed something to perk me up. And this book was brilliant. Not the kind of book I usually read, but something about it just made me pick it up in the supermarket and I’m so glad I did. The book runs from two parallel perspectives; David, who longs to be a girl; and Leo, who longs to be invisible. They’re both hiding secrets from their families and the world in general, but may have more in common...

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Logan Byrne – Banded

Wow. Seriously, just wow. It’s not often that I give a book a 1 star rating as I’m usually quite a good judge of what books I will enjoy reading, but I judged this one way off. I just cringed most of the way through as it was so blatantly a rip-off of other books, most obviously Divergent. Oh, it’s a society where everyone lives in different zones depending on their abilities and contribution to society? Stalwart (strength)...

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J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Well I can’t really say anything at all about this book as I really don’t want to risk posting an accidental spoiler, so all I’ll say is that Rowling has hit the nail on the head once again. I’ve never really read a script before so I was a little worried that the format would get in the way and prevent me from really getting into the story, but I needn’t have worried, I was fully absorbed from page one, most of the...

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Victoria Aveyard - Red Queen

Victoria Aveyard – Red Queen

I don’t think I’ve had my heart played with recently as much as with this book. The dynamic of the love ‘quadrangle’ changed so dramatically and so often that I feared I might get whiplash. In a world where your status is determined by the colour of your blood; Mare, a lowly red blood, stands no chance in a world dominated by silvers. She doesn’t have long left until she’s due to be conscripted to the front...

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Steve Ross – Marked

I recently went on our Church Parish Weekend, and had the pleasure of helping out with one of the youth groups for the weekend. One of the resources given to each of the children during the weekend was a copy of Marked by Steve Ross. It’s a graphic novel representation of the Gospel of Mark, something I would never have even though of reading. But like some of the kids, I went back to my hotel room the first night we’d been given it...

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Maria V. Snyder – Magic Study

So while I was reading this book, I kinda broke my blog a little bit, so I haven’t been able to post this review, even though it’s been well over a month since I read it. So I do apologise if this review is lacking a bit. I’ve also been in hospital for the last 3 weeks, so I think I can get a reprieve in this instance! The book follows on from Poison Study, which I loved, and this book was much the same. Yelena is...

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Maria V. Snyder – Poison Study

If you’re following my reviews, you’ll have probably noticed that I haven’t read very much this year, I just haven’t found myself wanting to pick up a book and read very much. But if I needed a book to renew my desire to read, Poison Study was perfect. My friend Abi bought it for me for Christmas, so I should have known it would be awesome, I literally couldn’t put it down. I always used to think that a standard...

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Kody Keplinger – The DUFF

I’ve had this book for ages and it’s been in my suitcase on at least 3 holidays, but I never actually got around to reading it. I guess I was a bit scared that it would be a bit too childish. But after reading, I don’t think I had much to worry about. I mean, obviously it’s a book aimed at teenage girls, but it wasn’t as dumbed down as I thought it would be, and I found myself caught up in the story much more than I...

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Jesse Andrews – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

I really wanted to love this book as I’ve had it on my shelf for about 3 months waiting to be read. But I just couldn’t love it. I think the book suffered due to the obvious comparisons I was bound to make to The Fault in Our Stars, which was supremely awesome. Whereas in TFIOS I found myself crying at multiple points, I just didn’t get enough attachment to the characters of Greg, Earl or Rachel to get emotional about the...

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Karen Miller – The Awakened Mage

I was absolutely blown away by this book. After The Innocent Mage ended on such a massive cliffhanger, I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into this and find out what happened to Gar and Asher and everyone else. Whereas The Innocent Mage started off quite slowly, I didn’t have too many problems with the pacing of this book, although as I got about 2/3 of the way through, I did worry about how the author was going to fit in everything I...

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Karen Miller – The Innocent Mage

This was a wonderful birthday present from my friend Abi. She’s the one that got me into reading fantasy, and I don’t think she’s ever suggested a book I haven’t loved. I found that this book started off a little slow, there was a lot of time spent building up the back-story and getting slowly into the action. But once it kicked off, it kicked off good! I loved the character of Asher, elevated from a lowly Olken fisherman...

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Charlie N. Holmberg – The Master Magician

When I found out this book had been released, I had to stop what I was reading and get this right away! Thank goodness for Kindle Unlimited, which meant I could read this without worrying about the state of my bank balance! I fell in love with Ceony and Emery at the end of last year when I read and became enthralled by The Paper Magician and The Glass Magician. I left the second book desperately yearning to find out if Ceony could finally get...

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Cassandra Clare – City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6)

You know you’re not really enthralled in a series when you get to the last book and your main thought is ‘thank goodness this is nearly over’. Granted, the last book in the series did come action packed with drama and suspense, with unexpected twists and turns along the way, but it just wasn’t enough to rescue the series and turn it into something I love. The author seemed quite intent on making sure everyone lived...

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Zoe Sugg – Girl Online

This book was hyped so much that when we were out shopping, I asked Cameron to buy me it for Christmas. And then two days later, it came out that maybe Zoella didn’t write the book herself and had help from a ghostwriter. I personally don’t really care about that, many people use ghostwriters to write their ideas, so it’s not really surprising that someone young and popular like this would do the same thing. Good for her as she...

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Cassandra Clare – City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments #5)

Well this series took a turn for the weird again. No sooner have we got away from the fact that Clary was in love with her supposed brother, but her real brother has now arrived on the scene big style, and their relationship (or should I say how he sees their relationship) is just downright creepy. I do realise that it’s part of his character, but it just feels wrong. The book was still action packed, but there weren’t really many...

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Cassandra Clare – City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4)

Finally this series is getting a bit more dark. There’s a hell of a lot going on in this book, and thankfully we seem to not be solely focusing on Clary and her endless teenage moping. In fact, we spend much of the first part of the book focused on Simon. He’d just about got to grips with the fact that he was a vampire, when Clary gave him the Mark of Cain to save his life during the big battle in the last book. But this Mark has...

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Cassandra Clare – City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3)

While I’m still not finding this series anywhere near as well written as other fantasy series that I have read, it’s slowly improving book by book. The depth of the plot is still pretty shallow to me, although the character development is improving over time. The story was action packed and filled with drama. There didn’t seem to be many points in the book where one character or the other wasn’t in some sort of mortal...

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Cassandra Clare – City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2)

Well it looks like this series may just have earned itself a second chance. Unfortunately, Clary was still stuck in a very teenage love triangle with her supposed brother and her best friend. Slightly creepy, but at least she wasn’t quite as mopey as the first book. The book contained much more action than City of Bones, but still lacked some depth for me, it was a bit one dimensional. I think this probably contributed to me reading the...

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Cassandra Clare – City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1)

I was prepared to fall in love with this book in a ‘this is going to be an awesome series’ kind of way. But unfortunately, the book was less Hunger Games and more Twilight. The female lead was a bit of a wet sponge, moping over her new crush Jace, while being totally oblivious to the fact that her best friend is completely and utterly in love with her. The book wasn’t completely devoid of action, and I did find it quite...

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