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Way Down Dark by J. P. Smythe

Way Down Dark by J. P. SmytheWay Down Dark by J. P. Smythe
Series: The Australia Trilogy #1
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: 2 July 2015
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

There's one truth on Australia: You fight or you die. Usually both.

Seventeen-year-old Chan's ancestors left a dying Earth hundreds of years ago, in search of a new home. They never found one.

The only life that Chan's ever known is one of violence, of fighting. Of trying to survive.

But there might be a way to escape. In order to find it, Chan must head way down into the darkness - a place of buried secrets, long-forgotten lies, and the abandoned bodies of the dead.

Seventeen-year-old Chan, fiercely independent and self-sufficient, keeps her head down and lives quietly, careful not to draw attention to herself amidst the violence and disorder. Until the day she makes an extraordinary discovery - a way to return the Australia to Earth. But doing so would bring her to the attention of the fanatics and the murderers who control life aboard the ship, putting her and everyone she loves in terrible danger.

And a safe return to Earth is by no means certain.

I acquired a copy of Way Down Dark at a publisher party, and I thought I had better pick it up since Hodder were kind enough to give it to me. It’s not a very big book, and not a whole lot happens, but it keeps you entertained throughout most of it, and then it ends on a giant The 100-esque cliffhanger and I need the next book NOW. Continue reading

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce BrownRed Rising by Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Bought
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Rating: one-star

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope. Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all al lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought. Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda. Break the chains. Live for more.

You know, for a book with such a high Goodreads rating and so many screaming fangirls, I honestly expected Red Rising to be better. I at least expected it to be good. Instead, I was almost sent to sleep by the tragically slow plot and the bland writing. Those two things along with an unremarkable main character (who tried so hard to be remarkable) made for an awful reading experience. Continue reading

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Panic by Lauren OliverPanic by Lauren Oliver
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: March 6, 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars
An utterly gripping thriller from bestselling author Lauren Oliver. Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She'd never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought. Dodge has never been afraid of panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he's sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he's not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for. For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them-and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most. In this gritty, spellbinding novel, bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping narrative of friendship, courage, survival, and hope.
I love Lauren Oliver. Seriously, I have a full on, somewhat creepy girl crush on her and her stories. I read Before I Fall back when I first started blogging in 2010, and it completely won me over with its plot, its characters, and its ending. I sobbed. Since then, I’ve made it my mission to read every book that Oliver brings out. Well, her YA stuff, since I have yet to read any of her Middle Grade. But that’s not the point I’m trying to make here! My point is that I was so freakin’ excited to read Panic that I almost fainted when I was approved for it on Edelweiss.
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DNF: Night Witches by L. J. Adlington

DNF: Night Witches by L. J. AdlingtonNight Witches by L. J. Adlington
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Publisher
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Rating: DNF

TWO NATIONS AT WAR. ONE GIRL CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE.
Rain Aranoza is a teenage bomber-pilot from Rodina, a nation of science and fact ruled by the all knowing Aura, where the belief in witches or any type of superstition is outlawed. Rain's regiment is made up of only teenage girls and their role is vital to the war effort against the Crux, a nation of faith and belief, where nature and God are celebrated and worshipped.

But Rain is struggling with another battle. She's always had a sense that her nature is different from everyone else's, and that a dormant power threatens to burst out of her.

When she encounters a young Scrutiner she falls in love with him, but is torn between what she has been taught is right, and what feels right. As her understanding of her latent power grows, the enemy threatens both her friends and her love. She can no longer ignore the power but she must choose how she uses it ...
But what will she lose in the process?

 

It’s probably best to jump straight into this, and tell you the reason that I stopped reading. Well, on page 13, “the most beautiful boy I’ve ever seen” showed up. Yeah. Page 13. After that, I knew this book would just be about the romance, like so many YA books are, so I must admit that I didn’t try very hard to get into it.

You see, I was expecting this to be a book driven by tough female leads, and, like I have heard about Code Name Verity, that the relationship between the Night Witches would be the most important part. I wasn’t interested in any guy showing up, especially if he was the most beautiful boy ever. Just, please, shut up.

Well, how as that for the shortest review ever? I think this might be a new record. Basically, don’t promise me a book about badass women, and then throw in a romance that is clearly going to turn into instalove within the first thirty pages.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan EeAngelfall by Susan Ee
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: May 23, 2013
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...

Ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious.
Angelfall first entered my radar back when it was released in the US, and I knew it was receiving a lot of amazingly positive reviews, but… angels. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of angel books. There are a couple that I have loved, but once the they started to become more heavily involved with religion I was out of there. Still, I got sent this as a surprise from the publisher, and friends had highly recommended it, so I decided to give it a go. And I’m very glad I did!

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