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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

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

All Fall Down by Ally CarterAll Fall Down by Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row #1
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 28 February 2015
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay - in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

Honestly, I read this book ages ago and have been trying to find time to sit down and write the review. The distance between my reading it and sitting down to review it is probably a good thing because about the kindest thing I can find to say about this book is that it is not at all memorable. The blurb looked interesting and Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series is fairly popular in the book crowd, so I thought I’d give this one a go. @ myself: why do you do these things to yourself. Continue reading

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14 by Emmy LaybourneMonument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14 #1
Genre: Post Apocalyptic
Release Date: April 4, 2013
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong ...
Fourteen kids stranded inside a superstore. Inside they have everything they could ever need. There's junk food and clothes, computer games and books, drugs and alcohol ... and without adult supervision they can do whatever they want.
Sounds like fun?

But outside the world is being ripped apart by violent storms and chemicals leaking into the atmosphere that, depending on blood type, leave victims paranoid, violent or dead.

The kids must remain inside, forced to create their own community, unsure if they'll ever be able to leave. Can they stop the world they've created inside from self-destructing too?

Monument 14 has an interesting premise. There’s a series of natural disasters which set off a whole chain of events, and eventually cause toxic waste to be released into the air. I really like post-apocalyptic stuff, and I was looking forward to this one because I thought it might help me edit my own apocalypse survival plan. Instead, it was a dull. So. Dull. Continue reading