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The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda SalisburyThe Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 24th February 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Bought
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Rating: one-half-stars

A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner.As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

I’ve decided that Fridays are going to be my negative review day. Why? Because why not. I kind of need motivation to review the books that I don’t want to gush about, whether it’s because they’re dull as hell, or actually just painful. And The Sin Eater’s Daughter gets the honour of going first because it was truly, truly tragic.

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P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny HanP.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #2
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-half-stars

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

I am so happy that I didn’t have to wait too long for this book. To those of you who read To All the Boys when it first came out, I am sorry. You poor, poor souls. I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before a couple of months ago and it was the perfect cutesy read and I wanted to smoosh it. I have been waiting for P.S. I Still Love You with great anticipation and Waterstones delivered it super early so I DIED.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie StiefvaterBlue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Gift
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Rating: three-half-stars

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

I have let my people down. Not only did I NOT love this book as much as I wanted to/thought that I would, I am also failing at writing a review. I’m just one big failure at this point. So here I am, trying to write a post to justify my non-feels and possibly upsetting the majority of the blogging population. I’M SORRY, FRIENDS.

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The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly BlackThe Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
Series: Magisterium #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 9th September 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-half-stars

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come ...

 This book was the opposite of a good time, I’m (kind of) sorry to say. I’ve had a mostly unhappy relationship with Cassie Clare’s books post City of Glass but Holly Black’s stuff was fun as well as pretty clever. So when I saw this on NetGalley I thought ‘what the hell’ and went ahead and requested it. I have…regrets.

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Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Northern Lights by Philip PullmanNorthern Lights by Philip Pullman
Series: His Dark Materials #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: October23, 1998
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him.

The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies - and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to be spoken about.

Lyra overcomes these strange terrors, only to find something yet more perilous waiting for her - something with consequences which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights...

Why was it banned?

Apparent attack on religion and the church. The main character also goes through a ~sexual awakening later on in the series. How very risqué.

Why did you choose it?

Because I’ve been wanting to reread this series for ages. Simples.

 Lyra and her dæmon moved through the darkening Hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.

I first read this about seven years ago, when I was a young teenager and just picking up whatever I could find in my library. I remember adoring this book back then. I absolutely devoured it. I think this time around I was expecting too much from this book, and I ended up being a little disappointed that I wasn’t sucked in like I was before.

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