TIN HEART BOOK REVIEW!

TIN HEART BY SHIVAUN PLOZZA BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer ‘The Dying Girl’.

But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn…

MY THOUGHTS:

Tin Heart was absolutely beautiful, from the quirky characters to the amazing plot with the added bonus of veganism being a huge part of the novel, this book was well worth the wait and anticipation.

Family was such a huge theme of Tin Heart and I think it was very refreshing to see as not a lot of Young Adult novels have the aspect of family let alone as strong as it was in Tin Heart. Pip, Marlowe’s younger brother was one of the best side characters I have ever read, he was beyond unique and such a sweet and loving brother to Malowe, his self confidence was beautiful and I think it was a big inspiration to Marlowe as she struggled a lot especially at the beginning as she was going back to school for the first time after her heart transplant. Marlowe herself was a quiet character and didn’t like drawing attention to herself which wasn’t the case as she was going back to school for the first time after everyone thought she was never coming back. The growth and development of Marlowe throughout the book was also very inspiring, she struggled to find the new Marlowe after not having her old heart and watching her grow as a person while finding the new Marlowe was truly beautiful.

In terms of the writing of Tin Heart, Shivaun was very raw, one minute you were laughing and the next you would be sobbing. I never thought I could love anything of Shivaun’s more than I adored Frankie but Tin Heart just blew me away. Tin Heart also talked about a lot of things that heaps of Young Adult Novels haven’t mentioned (well I personally haven’t read any YA Books that have) such as veganism, a character that has been through a heart transplant and also just the topic and importance of family isn’t talked about as much as it should be.

Overall, Tin Heart was a beautiful, raw, emotional and inspiring novel with a lot of unique and important topics that more novel’s should include. I really would recommend this book to everyone as I feel a lot of different people could get different things out of it and especially if you are looking for a unique read, this one is for you.

STAR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.booktopia.com.au/tin-heart-shivaun-plozza/prod9780143786276.html

Huge thanks to Penguin Teen Australia for providing me with a copy of Tin Heart in exchange of an honest review.

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GRAEVALE BOOK REVIEW

GRAEVALE BY LYNETTE NONI BOOK REVIEW:

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS BOOK 4 OF THE MEDORA CHRONICLES, IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE PREVIOUS BOOKS, CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

SYNOPSIS:

Light or dark, only one can win. This world cannot survive in shades of grey.

Now that Aven Dalmarta sits upon the throne of Meya, Alex must race against the clock to save the rest of Medora from the Rebel Prince’s wrath.

Haunted by an unspeakable vision of the future, Alex and her friends set out to warn the mortal races. But making allies out of ancient enemies proves difficult.

With her nights spent deep in the Library under the guidance of a mysterious new mentor, Alex is desperate to strengthen her gift and keep all those she loves safe. Because in a world where nothing is certain, she is sure of only one thing:

Aven is coming.

MY THOUGHTS:

I feel like I say this every review for a Medora Chronicles book but I swear i mean it – THIS BOOK WAS MY FAVE OF THE SERIES SO FAR.

As always its always a blast to read about Alex and co and their adventures, if you compare Graevale to Akarnae you can see such a huge character development between the books and it makes me so happy to see my faves change and become better people. Alex in particular has grown to be such an independent and also an amazing leader to the crew, if you compare her to the scared and mundane Alex in Akarnae its like having a proud mum moment seeing her in Graevale she’s so grown up ahh. Also just like Draekora, one of the other character highlights for me are definitely Niyx he grew on me so much more in Graevale I didn’t even think it was possible to adore him even more.  Basically what I’m trying to say in this long as paragraph is that the character development in this book is insane and I just can’t handle it.

In typical Noni form, this book is beautifully written, her world building is always so vivid and it leaves you with such a detailed picture of Medora and it honestly makes me sad that I can’t visit. Not to mention that Noni is also VERY good at breaking your heart, soul and wishes, go into this book with a box (or two) of tissues – you’ll need it I assure you!

Overall, Graevale is a heartbreaking and beautiful book filled with a cast of amazing characters who only seem to get better every chapter, this book leaves you in huge anticipation for Book 5! Honestly still crying over 1) the book and 2) waiting for the next book.

STAR RATING: ALL THE STARS EVER

Huge thanks to Pantera Press for sending me a copy in exchange of an honest review.

PRE ORDER HERE: https://www.booktopia.com.au/graevale-medoran-chronicles-book-lynette-noni/prod9781921997945.html

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ZENITH BOOK REVIEW

ZENITH BY LINDSAY CUMMINGS AND SASHA ALSBERG BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

MY THOUGHTS:

I actually really liked this book more than I was anticipating, there has been a fair bit of mixed feedback which had me a little iffy but I actually for the most part enjoyed Zenith.

In terms of characters I found that Androma was a little back and forth – one second she’s killed someone and the next she’s moaning that she didn’t want to do it but at the time of the killing she’s made out to be this mega badass? However Androma was also a very strong lead character that many compare to Celena from Throne of Glass but in space and I think that is a fairly accurate description as she is a very kickass character and a leader like Celena is. Androma besides the above stated was a very good leader and was a pretty good captain of the ship and her backstory was really interesting. However the one that stole the show for me was Dex – he was another great leader, him and Androma clashed so much and their constant bickering and sass had me crying laughing at some points. For the most part the characters were very head strong, sassy and badass and I did enjoy them, but no character is ever perfect.

The writing of the story flowed, you couldn’t tell that two people had wrote it which is one thing I always find with two authors writing one book. I did find the beginning of the novel a little slower than the end, making it a little harder to get into but the ending was worth it and once you got past the first 150 pages it gets faster and more action packed and the pace moves faster. Another thing that confused me was at the start of the chapters, a character was named whose ‘point of view’ the story was from but the book was written in third point of view so I kinda found that it confused me when I think I’m reading from Androma but next minute we are reading about what Dex is doing. I must say though that I read the advanced readers copy and therefore the characters names on the chapters may have been taken away but if they are still there and you are finding yourself getting confused – I just didn’t read them and the story made more sense and flowed a little better for me.

Overall, this book was addicting and has a very female based cast filled with some kick ass characters and a hint of space. It wasn’t the most perfect book ever but I did read an Uncorrected Proof copy and it is a debut novel on Sasha’s part so for those aspects in place I found that it was fairly enjoyable. If you like space and reading about very head strong sassy characters with little romance then I think you would enjoy this book!

STAR RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS

Huge thanks to Harlequin Teen Australia for sending me a copy for review in exchange of an honest review

PRE ORDER HERE: https://www.booktopia.com.au/zenith-sasha-alsberg/prod9780008228330.html

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TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BOOK REVIEW!

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BY JOHN GREEN BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

MY THOUGHTS:

I finished this book in the one sitting pretty much on the release day, a lot of John Green’s work is either a hit or a miss for me and my favourite thing of his will probably always be Looking For Alaska and when I heard he had a new novel coming out I was rather intrigued to see if this would be up to par with Looking For Alaska or if this would just be another typical John Green book. I went in without reading the synopsis, I knew it was obviously a contemporary story and wanted to go in blind due to the title being a little bit of a mystery to me.

The plot itself was alright, it wasn’t something that kept me hooked on and wanted to drop everything for to finish or it didn’t really blow my mind of the sorts but it was an alright read and I did finish it in the one sitting so it wasn’t a bad read at all I just found that I wasn’t really 110% invested in the plot and found it to be nothing special to me personally.

The characters are what I really struggled with, I did not connect to Aza at all and sometimes struggled read from her POV and found myself getting a little lost in her words because I just did not connect with her as a character at all. I didn’t really find Daisy much better either and Davis wasn’t one of the fictional guys that I would swoon over so to me the characters were just really average and I just found myself not caring much about them, making me not as invested in the story as I wanted to be. I will mention that I adored the way that John added in the OCD portrayal and found it to be one of the points that I did like in the story as not a lot of books have OCD rep so it was good to see that in there.

Overall, I did enjoy the book and it wasn’t bad I just didn’t personally connect to the characters and didn’t find the plot as interesting as I wanted it to be. The writing of the book was typical John Green and was very poetic. This book just wasn’t something I see myself re reading anytime soon and it didn’t really leave a mark on me like John’s other book Looking For Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. I would recommend this to anyone that is a fan of John Green’s writing and to those that think the plot sounds interesting, however if you are not a huge fan of John’s other works and don’t like the sound of the plot I think that this is something you could probably pass on.

STAR RATING: 3 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY A COPY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Turtles-All-the-Way-Down/9780525555360

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GODSGRAVE BOOK REVIEW!

GODSGRAVE BY JAY KRISTOFF BOOK REVIEW:

(This synopsis and review contains spoilers from the first novel, please read with caution. No spoilers for Godsgrave itself though!)

SYNOPSIS:

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

MY THOUGHTS:

Godsgrave was just as badass as Nevernight, filled with complex and badass characters and a plot that leaves you in a constant state of ‘what the fuck’ I was beyond in love with Godsgrave just as much as I was book one.

The plot of this novel was A+ and had so many twists and turns and was completely and utterly beautiful and also very brutal at the same time. Mia has got to be one of, if not the most badass main character to read about and it’s honestly such a breathe of fresh air to see a main character stand up for herself instead of having a male lead ‘save her’ like some of the other fantasy novels I have read. There was also bisexuality rep explored more in depth in this book which was good to see more explored in Godsgrave.

The characters in Godsgrave were just as sassy and mysterious as Nevernight. Mia somehow grew EVEN MORE on me which I didn’t even know was possible? Mister Kindly was back at it again being his usual shadow self. ALSO TRICCCCC – That’s all I’m gonna say about Tric for now before I turn this into a spoiler review.

Overall, this book was fucking badass, filled with blood, sarcasm and beautiful writing. I can’t wait to get my hands on book three already because I have so many unanswered questions. If you loved Nevernight, then I highly recommend you get your hands on this book asap!

STAR RATING: ALL THE STARS

PRE ORDER HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Godsgrave-Jay-Kristoff/9780008180034?ref=grid-view&qid=1504053176414&sr=1-1

Huge thanks to Jay, for providing me a copy an early copy of Godsgrave so I could devour it in a day

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THE HATE U GIVE BOOK REVIEW!

THE HATE U GIVE BY ANGIE THOMAS BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book left me with so many different thoughts and feelings, I couldn’t and still can’t fully put together all of my thoughts into words but I really wanted to share some of the thoughts and feelings I have as I feel as though I need to convince everyone to read it.

This book dealt with so many deep and powerful issues that are very relevant to today’s society and was based off of the Black Lives Matter movement and also deals with the topics of racism and I really liked that there wasn’t many white characters at all and it was really great to read a book that was for the most part POC characters.

This book was also an Own Voices book and also Angie’s debut novel, the plot and characters were the best aspects of the book and Starr was such an empowering, strong and smart character to read about and the importance of family was a very big plus for me as a lot of books these days seem to neglect the importance of a characters family. This book was filled with both sad and funny moments and also had a wide range of Harry Potter remarks, this book makes you feel a lot of emotions and deep emotions at that.

The one thing that I would say I didn’t like was the writing style at some points wasn’t as strong or didn’t flow as I wanted it to but honestly the plot and the storyline made me overlook this very easily and because it was a debut novel I totally didn’t expect it to be perfect (It was better than some books that aren’t even debut let me tell you that).

Overall, this book was filled with honesty, it had me both in tears and in laughter and I learnt so much and it honestly made me think of a lot of things that I hadn’t before and being a young adult white reader I was very educated by this book and I can’t wait to meet Angie later this month at Melbourne Writers Festival. If I could I would give this book all the stars in the universe, I also would love everyone to read this book as it was just so educational and I can’t stress that enough.

STAR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

Huge thanks to Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Hate-U-Give/9780062498533

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THE BONE WITCH BOOK REVIEW!

THE BONE WITCH BY RIN CHUPECO BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

MY THOUGHTS:

I was fairly pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book, I had heard some mixed things about it and I wasn’t sure it was going to be up my alley, but I found that I did really like it. Even though this book wasn’t the most perfect book ever, I still found it to be a very great book.

The start of the book was a little slow, I will admit this, but as I kept on going I did find myself to be getting addicted to the story and I honestly couldn’t put it down and ended up reading it all in one sitting. Once the story began to develop it was heaps easier to enjoy it and after I was a quarter in it really started to pick up.

The story was also very character based, which is what I loved most about the book as I am a person that likes to really connect with a character and if I don’t like the characters there is a high chance that I will not enjoy the book. There also wasn’t much romance in the book which is something I always find good especially in the first books of new fantasy series as I do find that sometimes the romance does take away from the world building especially if it is a complex building of the world, however I do hope for a lot more romance in book two.

Overall, this book was a very nice debut novel and a very character based story. I absolutely can’t wait to get the second book in my hands and read more of Rin’s books in the near future. I also love the diverse aspects in this book as it is also an Own Voices novel too! This book is perfect for those that love reading high fantasy, and witches!

STAR RATING: 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Bone-Witch-Rin-Chupeco/9781492635826?ref=grid-view&qid=1500610050414&sr=1-1

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