Don’t let the rainbow cover deceive you; this book is far from the happy-go-lucky story you might expect. Following Charlie Calloway in her Junior year at high school, things gradually begin to turn serious as she’s offered the chance to join secret – though dangerous – exclusive society, dubbing her as one of the elite. When things turn darker and a family secret is unexpectedly involved, the mystery needs to unravel for Charlie to know where she stands.
In a world where natural death has been eradicated and immortality is a standard expectation from life, Citra and Rowan are chosen as apprentice scythes – scythes being professional killers chosen to keep the population at bay. Thrown into a morbid world forever testing their morals, we learn about this new world order as we watch the two train for the hardest job of their lives.
So I recently received some very exciting news…I’ve been added to Macmillan’s (@MyKindaBook) YA blogger list! I feel so lucky, and I just thought I’d mention it because you’ll probably be seeing some more books from them over the next few months. Though don’t worry – I definitely won’t be bombarding you with them! Most of my books will still be self bought 🙂
Anyway, this book was one of the first ones to be sent my way. And though I’d not heard much of it beforehand, I’m SO glad it was sent to me because…well, let’s just say this is DEFINITELY a positive review.
Let’s talk about A Quiet Kind of Thunder!
This book suits my aesthetic perfectly. Just saying.
Title: A Quiet Kind of Thunder
Author: Sara Barnard
Series Status: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Number of Pages: 305
Release Date: 12th January 2017
I FINALLY READ THIS BOOK
LET’S SHOUT OUR THANKS TO THE HEAVENS AND SING HALLELUJAH!
Seriously though. I only needed to read this book to finish the Lunar Chronicles series. It took me months, but finally FINALLY I’M DONE.
Which is funny really, considering this was one of my top priorities/anticipates releases and yet when I got it…nope. But here we are today.
Since this is a novella bind-up, the review will be slightly different. I’ll give a rating for each individual novella with a couple of sentences, then at the end give an overall summary and rating.
Let’s talk about Stars Above!
(P.S. Sorry for the lousy photo. Darn you, artificial yellow lighting)
Title: Stars Above
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Series Status: A novella bind-up companion to The Lunar Chronicles, to be read after Winter
Genre: Young Adult, SciFi, Fairytale Retelling
Number of Pages: 369
I’m actually really glad this was a short read, because I had a mess up with my reviews. Last Friday I finished a book, in time for me to write and schedule it on Monday when I had time. Only to then realise it’s an ARC, and the review was planned to go up mid December. Meaning there was no book to review this week.
Then lo and behold, this book turned up on my doorstep, my weekend plans were unexpectedly cancelled, and the planets aligned to let me read this book over the weekend.
So let’s talk about Illusion!
Author: Nadette Rae Rodgers
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Series Status: The 1st in the Illusion trilogy
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy/Supernatural
Number of Pages: 249
This book is one of those that has been sat on my bookshelves for many months now, and it was about time I finally read it.
Plus with it looking quite dark and creepy, I figured the lead up to Halloween was the perfect time for it.
So let’s talk about The Lie Tree!
Title: The Lie Tree
Author: Frances Hardinge
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Series Status: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Number of Pages: 410
Oh, how the premise of thing book intrigued me so. I mean, it’s described as a SciFi novel with a Gossip Girl feel to it – how could I not wonder about that?
I actually didn’t think I’d be able to get this book for a very long while, since I’m on a book buying ban basically until Christmas (pray for me), but then the lovely people at SocialBookCo contacted me through their review programme, asking if I would like to review this for them. So of course, I said yes!
This is the 2nd book I’ve reviewed for them, so you’d think I’d have come up with a better way of explaining the site by now – but basically This is a site that compares all the different prices of books from different retailers, showing you where you can buy each book for the cheapest price. And then there’s the reviewing side – If you join their programme, there are opportunities for you to be sent books for free in exchange for an honest review by a given date. So check it out if you’re interested!
But enough with the rambling…
Let’s talk about The Thousandth Floor!
Title: The Thousandth Floor
Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher: Harper Collins
Series Status: The 1st book in a series
Genre: Young Adult, SciFi,
Number of Pages: 437
When planning my reading schedule for the next few weeks
(yes I had to actually plan my reading because I have about 2786874 books I need to read in the upcoming weeks), I gave myself an entire week to read this book. Then I realised it was literally just over 100 pages long. And it took me 2 hours at most.
So YAY for quick reads!
Let’s talk about Naming the Stars!
Title: Naming The Stars
Author: Susan Koefod
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Series Status: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 144
A folklore story set in the Isle of Man? Count me in!
And that was probably about as far as my thoughts went when considering whether to accept this review or not. And here we are today 🙂
You know the drill by now…
Let’s talk about Blue Sun!
Title: Blue Sun
Author: Tracy Abrey
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Series Status: The 1st in a series
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Number of Pages: 360
Remember the blogger tips from last week? Well, here’s round 2!
So for this week, I decided to make it about the actual writing of blogs. Because like everything when it comes to blogging, that stuff can be hard.
But never fear. I’ll be acting as your li’l fae friend today, frolicking around and sprinkling words of advice in an attempt to make your task that little bit easier.