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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword by Victoria AveyardGlass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 9th February 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

I requested Glass Sword right after finishing Red Queen because the book was just THAT GOOD. I couldn’t wait. And I absolutely flew through Glass Sword as well because it certainly didn’t disappoint.

I’ll start with the negatives first because I like to get those out of the way. And, really, there’s only one major point that I want to bring up. Cal and Mare is obviously a relationship that has been building up since Red Queen, and in Glass Sword it made a bit more progress. I was okay with that. I don’t OTP them, but they’ll do as a ship. But what I didn’t like was the fact that Mare kept repeating the fact that Cal was oh-so-bad for her and she “can’t let him go”. She said this so many times, and it was annoyingly redundant and repetitive. I was unimpressed. Like, I ship it, but you’re in the middle of a war and there’s no need to keep telling me what you should do but can’t at the most inopportune moments.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria AveyardRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 10th February 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart ...

I had put off reading Red Queen for over a year. In the beginning, it’s just because I forgot about it, and then the mixed reviews started rolling in and no matter how hard I tried to avoid them, I still caught a glimpse of people’s thoughts or star ratings. I honestly wasn’t going to pick this up any time soon, until Joan asked if anyone wanted to buddy read it with her. I jumped at the chance because I needed motivation, and 48 hours after the buddy read started, here we are.

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This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke NijkampThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 5th January 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

I thought I was prepared for This Is Where It Ends, considering I’d been looking forward to reading it for months prior to reading it. Spoiler: I was not prepared in the slightest.

This Is Where It Ends is a truly harrowing story of a fictional school shooting. It follows four students who are caught up in the shooting in different ways. They’re all connected to the shooter in some way, and we watch as their entire world starts to fall apart.

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The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi HeiligThe Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl From Everywhere #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 16th February 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.

I don’t even know where to start with this review because I have so many things to talk about, and yet my brain and fingers are not co-operating and my thoughts have turned into a mush of incoherent gibberish. That’s what great books do to you, and that’s what The Girl From Everywhere has done to me. It’s the morning after and I still haven’t properly recovered.

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The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

The Alloy of Law by Brandon SandersonThe Alloy of Law Series: Mistborn #4
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: November 10, 2011
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

Centuries after the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity - railroads, electric street lights, and skyscrapers. Waxillium Ladrian can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After 20 years in the dusty Roughs, in the city of Elendel, the new head of a noble house may need to keep his guns.

Since The Alloy of Law is sigificantly smaller that Sanderson’s other books, it’s understandable that it feltlacking in some places. There wasn’t as much going on, which meant there wasn’t enough build up or development for me, which meant I didn’t spend enough time with the characters to really fall in love with them. That said, I still really enjoyed the book, and I’m so happy that Sanderson is continuing to write in the Mistborn world. Continue reading