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Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman

Lying About Last Summer by Sue WallmanLying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 5th May 2016
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-half-stars

The story centres around a girl called Skye, who is sent to a camp for troubled teenagers after her sister dies in an accident. However, once she is at the camp she starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister.

Ever since I listened to Wallman talk about her debut at a recent blogger event, I’ve been wanting to read it. It is obvious how much care and passion went into writing it, not only from the way she talked about it but also from the writing itself.

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Magical Realism
Release Date: 22 October 2011
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Bought
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Rating: two-stars

Every year, the Scorpio Races are run on the beaches of Skarmouth. Every year, the sea washes blood from the sand. To race the savage water horses can mean death, but the danger is irresistible.

When Puck enters the races to save her family, she is drawn to the mysterious Sean, the only person on the island capable of taming the beasts.

Even if they stay together, can they stay alive?

I’m about to upset so many people. Ha. Hahaha. Don’t kill me.

I was told by a once trusted friend and co-blogger that I would enjoy The Scorpio Races the most out of all of Stiefvater’s books. I had been commenting on how The Raven Cycle seems a little too try hard quirky with not enough plot, especially after Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and Tatum said I would probably like The Scorpio Races more if I’m not into quirky reads. WELL YOU WERE WRONG WEREN’T YOU TATUM.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanTo All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: August 7, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control...

I bought To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before back in September when Tatum and I went on a book buying spree and I got a bit carried away. I had enjoyed Han’s previous two series – Burn for Burn and Summer – so when I saw that this book was on sale I decided to pick it up. But as is the case with most of my book purchases, I was never really in the mood to read it. That is, until I sought out a light contemporary novel to read in between some giant fantasy books last month. And ohmygod, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is exactly what I wanted.

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves by Maggie StiefvaterThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: September 5, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. 

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. 

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...

I don’t even know how to go about starting this review because all I want to do right now is fangirl over Blue and Gansey and complain about Adam. So I guess that’s what I should do? It’s probably not what everyone else has done because The Dream Thieves puts more of a focus on Ronan, but I don’t really have much to say about him in comparison to the previously mentioned characters. Am I a bad fan? Perhaps.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: September 19, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.

Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour.

Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?

Since being bored to death by the Wolves of Mercy Falls series (I got halfway through Linger before I had to put it down or risk falling into a coma), I had very little interest in reading Stiefvater’s other books. Then The Raven Boys was released and and I decided that four guys x one girl x Welsh mythology was something I might like to read about, so I bought it for my birthday last year. I didn’t get around to reading it for a few months, but I’m glad that I was finally in the mood to pick it up, because I very much enjoyed it!

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