THE BUILD UP SEASON REVIEW!

THE BUILD UP SEASON BY MEGAN JACOBSON REVIEW:

TRIGGER WARNING: If you are sensitive to the topic of Domestic Violence be aware that this book goes into very graphic details on the topic, if this is something you struggle to read about, please tread carefully 

SYNOPSIS:

Seventeen-year-old Iliad Piper – Ily for short – is named after war and angry at the world. Growing up with a violent father and abused mother, she doesn’t know how to do relationships, family or friends. Her love-hate friendship with Max turns into a prank war and she nearly destroys her first true friendship with misfit Mia. She takes off her armour for nobody, until she meets Jared, a local actor and someone who’s as complicated as she is.

From the author of Yellow comes a powerful exploration of family and identity set against the humid build-up to the wet season in Darwin.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was a rollar coaster of emotions. I was very excited to read Meg’s new book as she is a complete sweetie and I loved her book Yellow and as soon as I saw she had a new book I just knew it was destined to be read as soon as I could get my hands on it.

Iliad Piper was a very fierce, stubborn and tough protagonist and she was also very quirky and not your average YA novel protagonist, for me Ily was for sure one of the best parts of the novel. Ily goes through a lot of self discovery throughout the novel, starting out as a vulnerable child who has been a target of domestic violence, Iliad soon goes through so much heartbreak throughout the novel. I also really liked Max, he is super into filming and photography which is something that I myself am really into and I found myself really interested because of our similar hobbies. Max also represented the Indigenous Australian which I love that Meg added because it isn’t evident in Oz YA as much as I would like it to be. To me this story was a very character based story and I loved to pieces watching Iliad grow as a person.

The writing style as usual Meg style was addicting and being in Iliad’s head was just as awesome as reading about Kiera in her debut novel Yellow, however I for sure loved The Build Up Season a fair bit more than I liked Yellow which is a huge thing for me because I also adore Yellow to pieces.

Overall, The Build Up Season was heartbreaking, addicting and filled with a large range of unique characters that all went through a journey of self discovery. Iliad was also a very inspiring character to read about and I truly loved watching her grow from a scared child to a grown up fearless woman. While reading this I couldn’t help compare this to one of my all time fave books ever, Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow as the main character in that Charlie also goes on a huge self discovery journey much like Iliad does.

STAR RATING: ALL THE STARS IN THE UNIVERSE / 5 STARS

PRE ORDER HERE: http://www.booktopia.com.au/build-up-season-the-megan-jacobson/prod9780143573388.html

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IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW BOOK REVIEW!

IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW BY JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend, Sebastian, know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian could never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

MY THOUGHTS:

I have never read a JLA book in my life and let me tell you I’m so mad at myself that I haven’t before picked up any of her stuff because its goddamn addicting!

The main character Lena, starts off as a typical high school girl who likes to gossip with her girl friends and go to parties and has a crush on her boy best friend who is also her next door neighbour. That is until something changes everything and Lena hardly has the room for self love let alone to go out and be social and doesn’t feel she deserves happiness. The development of Lena was a rollar coaster of emotions and had me laughing at one moment and then the next sobbing my eyes out. Lena was also a huge reader and book nerd, we got to see her through reading ACOTAR which was pretty cool.

JLA had a VERY addicting way of writing the story, I swear she left every single chapter on a little cliffhanger that had me page turning non stop (actually had to have the book physically taken off me so that I would sleep LOL). I found that Jennifer’s writing style just flowed really well and I for the most part really had no problems with it. I haven’t actually read a book that has stood out to me like this one has in a long while, and I think this book is going to be one that leaves me thinking about it for a while after reading.

Without spoiling the main message of the book because I feel like you should go in without knowing, but just know that it had a very good message in it that I think a lot of teens could learn from and it was a breathe of fresh air to actually read about because I don’t actually think I’ve read a book that really deals with it before which is a shame because it is a huge deal in the non fictional world.

Overall, I found this book a heartbreaking and addicting book with a very important message that I think should be put more into books to raise awareness. This book was sad but also had its very beautiful moments and had me both sobbing and laughing. I really do recommend this book to everyone, I think a lot of teens especially could take something from this book. If you liked Windfall, I think you would like this one too!

STAR RATING:  ALL THE STARS / 5

PRE ORDER HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/If-Theres-No-Tomorrow-Jennifer-L-Armentrout/9781848456877?ref=grid-view&qid=1498039643454&sr=1-2

HUGE THANKS TO HARLEQUIN AUSTRALIA FOR PROVIDING ME AN ARC FOR MY HONEST REVIEW!

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A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN REVIEW!

A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN BY SARAH J MAAS BOOK REVIEW!

(WARNING – SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO BOOKS, READ AHEAD AT YOUR OWN RISK)

SYNOPSIS:

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book wasn’t what I was anticipating. I was rather underwhelmed but still rather enjoyed it and still read it all in the one sitting.

For those of you that have read ACOMAF, you would know that anything wouldn’t beat that book and for me ACOWAR was just no where in its league and I think that was why I was underwhelmed by the book because of how outstanding I found ACOMAF.

This book however, did have its fair share of good moments and SJM even introduced the first ever diverse character into the mix which was a real shock to me because SJM hasn’t before of all the many books that she has wrote added any diversity to her work.

Feysand was obviously evident, the scenes weren’t anything like Starfall or the Cabin scenes from ACOMAF for me but there was a fair few of them that stood out to me in this book, I found that there were more Inner Circle moments than there were Feysand moments that I liked.

PAGE 666, DO I HAVE TO MENTION ANYTHING MORE?!?!? *INSERTS CRYING FACE EMOJI*

Overall, I found this book for the most part to be very fast paced, addicting and a good end to one of my favourite series. However comparing it to ACOMAF it was not nearly as good and I was rather underwhelmed comparing the two. Still though I was for the most part pleased with the ending and felt so many emotions for my fave characters.

STAR RATING 4/5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/search/Court-of-Wings-and-Ruin-Sarah-J-Maas/9781408857908

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A SEMI-DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES BOOK REVIEW

A SEMI-DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES BY KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.

The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.

Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was a rollar-coaster. It was everything I wanted from it and so much more. It was mysterious, fast paced and intriguing and also had some added diverse elements to it. (POC main, mental illness: anxiety, depression, selective mutism)

Krystal’s writing style never fails to have me hooked from the beginning, with her unique and always refreshingly new characters to her really mysterious plot that had me page turning non stop for hours until I had read the whole book in the one sitting, the plot was filled with twists and turns, sarcasm, and also had its dark moments, it had a really nice contrast of laughter and tears.

Esther was a really quirky character to read about, her love for movies and dressing up as different fictional characters was a trait I really liked about her and especially because I myself am obsessed with movies (certainly not to Esther’s taste of horror though lol!) and all of us readers adore fictional characters. I also found myself in Esther as she suffers from social anxiety and I myself do suffer from anxiety and felt a really strong relate to Esther in that sense. Jonah was a really hidden and mysterious character, I liked learning more about him as the book went on and also him being a POC was a really cool diverse addition to the story.

The message of the story was also a really good one and I got a lot out of it, the lesson I learnt from it was that having fears is normal, and facing fears was better than just letting yourself live in fear of them. With the helping hand and some courage you can do just about anything.

Overall, this book was mysterious, quirky and a real breathe of fresh air to what I’ve read lately, I haven’t read anything like it and after finishing I still have a lot of thoughts on the book that I can’t fully put into words yet. I really do recommend this book to anyone that is looking for something unique, and something that isn’t your normal typical Young Adult read.

STAR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

PRE ORDER HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/search/Semi-Definitive-List-of-Worst-Nightmares-Krystal-Sutherland/9780399546594

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