Deirdre Riordan Hall – Sugar

I don’t really know what drew me to choose this book from Amazon – I know that it was free to read, but I think as usual it was probably the cover. ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ sounds like an admirable thing to say, but when there’s hundreds of thousands of books to choose from on Amazon, it’s kind of impossible not to. I binged this book in one sitting, it was compulsive reading and...

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J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I know, I know. I’ve read this book so many times. And with the amount of books on my to-be-read pile, I should probably make a dent in that rather than re-reading my favourites again – but it’s HARRY POTTER. And when I saw that it was free on Amazon Prime reading, I just couldn’t say no. I guess there’s not much point doing an actual plot review, since we all know exactly what happens (and if you don’t...

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Emily R. King – The Hundredth Queen

I’ve been really slack at this whole book review thing recently. I finished this book over a month ago, but I just haven’t been able to get the motivation to log on and write up my review. That’s no reflection on this book, which was absolutely great. As it’s been over a month since I read it, I don’t feel like I’m really going to do it justice in this review, for which I apologise. Kalinda is an orphan...

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Jay Asher – 13 Reasons Why

Urgh. Can I start a book review with ‘urgh’? I guess I just did. I’ve been waiting to read this book ever since I saw the Netflix show announced, and I am utterly disappointed. But also a little relieved that I won’t be wasting my time watching 13 hours of TV. I don’t really know what I expected from the book, it was such an unusual concept – audiotapes left by a girl (Hannah) who committed suicide, detailing...

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Nicola Yoon – Everything Everything

This book was SUPERB! I sat down to read this book yesterday afternoon and didn’t get back up again until I’d finished it. It was that good. I just couldn’t stop turning the pages even for a second. At the start of the book, we meet Madeleine. She hasn’t left her house for as long as she can remember – she has a disease that means she’s allergic to the world. But she’s 18, and she’s lonely. So...

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Bella Forrest – The Gender Secret

I was in two minds about the first book in this series, it had good moments and bad moments, but the shock ending left me wanting to read more. Unfortunately, I’m a bit disappointed that I did. As expected Viggo and Violet are reunited again, but then we spend the whole book going back and forth between ‘I trust him’ and ‘wait, no I don’t’. And it started to get on my nerves just a little bit. But once...

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Bella Forrest – The Gender Game

I thought the concept of this book was a very intriguing one. Two societies separated by a river: one ruled by women, one ruled by men. To be a man in Matrus is to have no rights or responsibilities, and to be a woman in Patrus is possibly worse. You are the property of your husband and cannot go anywhere without him. If he beats you and no-one else sees it, your word is not enough to prosecute him. Our story begins with Violet trying to smuggle...

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Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers

I wasn’t sure if I could include this on my 2017 reading challenge, but it appears on Goodreads, so I’m going to say yes. It was my first ever comic book (at the grand old age of 27), and I had a lot of fun reading it. I just saw it on my kindle available for free, so I thought I’d give it a try, and since I’ve seen the Guardians of the Galaxy films, I thought it would be a good place to start as I would know kind of what...

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Todd Hasak-Lowy – Me Being Me Is Exactly As Insane As You Being You

I had such high hopes for this book as it looked like quite an interesting idea – a book written entirely in lists. But at some point, I put the book down and didn’t pick it up again for 8 months, so it definitely left me feeling cold. In fact, I only picked it up again because I was fed up of seeing it in my ‘Currently Reading’ list on Goodreads, and by the end it felt more like a hard slog than an enjoyable...

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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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