Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls by Lauren OliverVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-half-stars

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

I’ve always said that Lauren Oliver is one of my favourite authors. It started when I read Before I Fall when I first started blogging in 2010, and since then I’ve been fangirling over Oliver a lot. But after reading another meh book by her, I’m starting to rethink my life. Continue reading

The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne

The Ice Twins by S. K. TremayneThe Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: January 29, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.

But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity—that she, in fact, is Lydia—their world comes crashing down once again.

As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past—what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?

I read The Ice Twins during October while I was on a great Halloween reads binge, and let me tell you, it was PERFECT for what I wanted. If you’re looking for a creepy read that will have you covering up the mirrors at night, then The Ice Twins is the one for you. Continue reading

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: 7th June 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-half-stars

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.

Protip: do NOT let Gillian and/or Meg talk you into reading this book. Honestly, if the urge ever comes over you to pick up The Selection just like, go and roll around in a garbage pile for a while because it’s basically the same effect. Continue reading

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep by Neal ShustermanChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 21st April, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.

Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence, to document the journey with images.

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.

Caden Bosch is torn.

 Challenger Deep is one of the saddest books I’ve ever read; I was completely unprepared for how starkly devastating it would turn out to be when I started reading it. Like, I literally thought that it was about the deep sea and stuff? But no, instead it’s metaphors about terrible things that hurt deeply.

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha ChristieMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Series: Hercule Poirot #10
Release Date: 4th June 2007
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again...

 This was my first Agatha Christie novel, picked mostly because I like trains, and it was actually a fun, quick read! I’m so glad I got to finish this challenge off on a good note. Continue reading