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Rebel Heart by Moira Young

Rebel Heart by Moira YoungRebel Heart by Moira Young
Series: Dust Lands #2
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: 30th October 2012
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Bought
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Rating: one-star

Saba thought her world would return to normal after they defeated the Tonton and rescued her kidnapped brother Lugh. The family head west for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But a formidable enemy is on the rise. What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants?

Rebel Heart was a massive disappointment of a book. I remember loving Blood Red Road when I read it, and I have been eagerly anticipating reading the sequel, even though it took me forever to get to it. But I almost wish I’d never tried to read it.

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The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith

The Last to Let Go by Amber SmithThe Last to Let Go by Amber Smith
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 6th February
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

How do you let go of something you’ve never had?

Junior year for Brooke Winters is supposed to be about change. She’s transferring schools, starting fresh, and making plans for college so she can finally leave her hometown, her family, and her past behind.

But all of her dreams are shattered one hot summer afternoon when her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father. No one really knows what happened that day, if it was premeditated or self-defense, whether it was right or wrong. And now Brooke and her siblings are on their own.

In a year of firsts—the first year without parents, first love, first heartbreak, and her first taste of freedom—Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction, as she struggles to embrace her identity, finds her true place in the world, and learns how to let go.

The Last to Let Go was so. good. I was drawn in by the premise, as I’m always curious to see how authors portray domestic abuse, and I was certainly not disappointed by how this book turned out.

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Mini Review: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Mini Review: Crank by Ellen HopkinsCrank by Ellen Hopkins
Series: Crank #1
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: October 1, 2004
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Bought
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Rating: two-stars

This is a story about a monster. Not a dragon or a mythological beast, but a very real, very destructive monster--crystal meth--that takes hold of seventeen-year-old Kristina Snow and transforms her into her reckless alter-ego Bree. Based on her own daughter's addiction to crystal meth, Ellen Hopkins' novel-in-verse is a vivid, transfixing look into teenage drug use. Told in Kristina's voice, it provides a realistic portrayal of the tortured logic of an addict.

I appreciate what Ellen Hopkins is doing here, I really do. Raising awareness for drug abuse and mental illness is A+ and she should carry on doing what she’s doing. That said, I didn’t enjoy this book for one sole reason: the writing. I’d never read a book written in verse before, but I figured Ellen Hopkins would have been a great starting point. I didn’t like it. I really struggled to get sucked into the story and to feel anything at all for the characters. Crank was a quick read because sometimes there were barely any words on a page, but I didn’t fly through it because I loved it.

I’m almost tempted to carry on with this series out of curiosity over what happens next, but I’m not sure I can bring myself to do it. Maybe I need practise with such books? If I read more books that are written in verse, maybe I’ll get used to the writing style? I’m not sure. But I’m disappointed.

Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: August 31st, 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...

I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s previous series – The Mortal Instruments – and I have to say that, to start with, I was a little worried about Clockwork Angel because I had a feeling that the storyline and the characters were going to be repeats of those in TMI. However, being the huge fan that I am, I couldn’t wait to start CA, despite my reservations. I was very pleased to find that I loved Clockwork Angel! I thought it was really good. Continue reading