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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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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