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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song by Victoria SchwabThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: 5th July 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Apparently I just don’t get one well with Victoria Schwab’s YA books. I don’t know what it is, but I felt fairly neutral about The Archived books, and unfortunately I felt the same way about This Savage Song. Schwab’s adult books? Wonderful. I adore Vicious, and ADSOM was excellent. Can’t wait to finish the trilogy. But her YA just doesn’t click with me.

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The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

The Dark Days Club by Alison GoodmanThe Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Series: Lady Helen #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: 26th January 2016
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

I was so ready to dive into The Dark Days Club and absolutely adore it. Eon has to be one of the earliest hyped fantasy books in the YA community, and I have had it sitting on my shelf unread for years. Everyone loves it, and everyone has recommended it to me. So you can imagine how excited I was to have a month of reading everything by Alison Goodman, right?

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Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

Zeroes by Scott WesterfeldZeroes by Deborah Biancotti, Margo Lanagan, Scott Westerfeld
Series: Zeroes #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: September 24th 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

Don't call them heroes. But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart

Ethan aka Scam has a voice inside him that'll say whatever people want to hear, whether it's true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn't - like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren't exactly best friends these days.

Enter Nate, aka Bellwether, the group's 'glorious leader.' After Scam's SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

Books about people with superpowers give me life, and this book was great for it. There was a nice collection of superpowers here, and a couple of them were different to anything I’d seen (or read about) before which made for a nice change. That said, I didn’t love Zeroes as much as I wanted to, although it was still easy to fly through and I will definitely be reading the sequel. Continue reading

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

The Witch Hunter by Virginia BoeckerThe Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: 4th June 2015
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-star

Witches, watch out... Half Bad meets Kill Bill in this incredible new supernatural series.

Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Grey doesn't look dangerous. A tiny, blonde, wisp of a girl shouldn't know how to poison a wizard and make it look like an accident. Or take out ten necromancers with a single sword and a bag of salt. Or kill a man using only her thumb. But things are not always as they appear. Elizabeth is one of the best witch hunters in Anglia and a member of the king's elite guard, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and bringing those who practice it to justice. And in Anglia, the price of justice is high: death by burning.

When Elizabeth is accused of being a witch herself, she's arrested and thrown in prison. The king declares her a traitor and her life is all but forfeit. With just hours before she's to die at the stake, Elizabeth gets a visitor - Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in Anglia. He offers her a deal: he will free her from prison and save her from execution if she will track down the wizard who laid a deadly curse on him.

As Elizabeth uncovers the horrifying facts about Nicholas's curse and the unwitting role she played in its creation, she is forced to redefine the differences between right and wrong, friends and enemies, love and hate... and life and death.

Just gonna start this off by saying this book was so bad I literally skim read from about ten percent in right to the end because I just couldn’t bear to actually suffer through entire paragraphs of terrible everything. Continue reading

Mini Review: Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Mini Review: Rampant by Diana PeterfreundRampant by Diana Peterfreund
Series: Killer Unicorns #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: July 1, 2009
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
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Rating: two-stars

Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns . . .

Astrid Llewelyn has always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one attacks her boyfriend—ruining any chance of him taking her to prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient Cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.However, all is not what it seems at the Cloisters. Outside, unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from bone-covered walls that vibrate with terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to her growing attraction to a handsome art student . . . an attraction that could jeopardize everything.

I had been avoiding Rampant for a while. Five years, in fact. And I should have avoided it for a bit longer. Continue reading