THE SECRET SCIENCE OF MAGIC BOOK REVIEW!

THE SECRET SCIENCE OF MAGIC BY MELISSA KEIL BOOK REVIEW!!

SYNOPSIS:

The unsolvable problem: If Sophia is a genius, why can’t she crack the puzzle of what to do with her life?

Fact: Sophia is smart. As in, certified-child-prodigy, breezing-through-uni-subjects-even-though-she’s-only-in-year-twelve smart. This terrifies her, because geniuses have a tendency to end up as recluses and weirdos – and with her current social ineptness, she’s halfway there already.

Truth: Joshua is good at magic tricks, ignoring most things about year twelve, and not thinking at all about life after high school.

Fact: Sophia can’t even talk to her best friend Elsie about her anxieties, because Elsie is firmly focused on her own future – and on plans that will mean leaving Sophia behind.

Truth: Joshua has had a secret crush on Sophia since forever, but he doesn’t have forever to act on it.

Fact: There are some things no amount of genius can prepare you for … and the messiness of the real world is one of them.

Truth: Timing is everything.

The long-awaited YA novel from the award-winning author of Life in Outer Space and The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was such a cute and fluffy read set in Melbourne with the main character Sophie also having a Sri Lankan heritage, this book was diverse and also all I wanted out of another Melissa Keil book.

The writing of this book was beautiful, just like Keil’s other books and she has quickly become one of my favourite Australian authors as I also love that I can relate and connect more with where the story is set, as I have been to Melbourne a lot and I know how it feels to be there, therefore I can vividly picture the characters surroundings more which is something I don’t get a lot of in books and wish for more of!

I think my favourite part of the book would be the diverse set of characters and also how the plot weaved in science and magic in a very cute way that I don’t recall reading about before. I also found that I adored all of the characters, in particular I really liked Josh.

Overall, I found this book to be a very cute, diverse and had an amazing writing style that just flowed beautifully. I would recommend this to anyone that likes romance/contemporary books and also to those that like to read something diverse and Australian Literature.

STAR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

THANK YOU TO HARDIE GRANT FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW!

BUY HERE: http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-secret-science-of-magic-melissa-keil/prod9781760127763.html

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STARGAZING FOR BEGINNERS BOOK REVIEW!!

STARGAZING FOR BEGINNERS BY JENNY MCLACHLAN BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:

Science geek Meg is left to look after her little sister for ten days after her free-spirited mum leaves suddenly to follow up yet another of her Big Important Causes. But while Meg may understand how the universe was formed, baby Elsa is a complete mystery to her.

And Mum’s disappearance has come at the worst time: Meg is desperate to win a competition to get the chance to visit NASA headquarters, but to do this she has to beat close rival Ed. Can Meg pull off this double life of caring for Elsa and following her own dreams? She’ll need a miracle of cosmic proportions …

Fans fell in love with the warmth, wit, romance and fierce friendships in Flirty Dancing, Love Bomb, Sunkissed and Star Struck, and Stargazing for Beginners has all that and galaxies more. This is the best kind of real-life fiction – with big themes and irresistible characters, it goes straight to your heart.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was one of those ones that was short and sweet and you can easily read in one sitting. This book for the most part I found very entertaining and even found myself laughing out loud while reading at some points.

The main character Meg’s dedication and love for science and space is a really big aspect of the book and I surprisingly loved it even though I don’t like those topics myself I genuinely liked learning new things from Meg and I think that Meg as a character in general was just really interesting and something a little different from the usual.

The plot of this book was also very cool and something I’m not usually into however when my friend read and adored it I just knew I had to check it out for myself as she said that I too would love it, which I really did!

The only little problem that I had with this book was with the adult characters of the book being a little unrealistically irresponsible, Meg’s mother just dumped her kids who are under aged well and truly without making any plans for them to stay with anyone and the Grandfather I found to be just as worse. I also don’t really understand how the nursery and school didn’t see through Meg’s lies as they were not the most believable in my opinion.

However overall, apart from the small roles of the adults in this book, I found it to be a really fast and easy read that was pretty enjoyable and bittersweet. I think that anyone that adores space should pick this book up!

STAR RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/search/Stargazing-for-Beginners-Jenny-McLachlan/9781408879757

THANK YOU TO BLOOMSBURY AUSTRALIA FOR SENDING ME AN ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

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DRAEKORA BOOK REVIEW *SCREAMS*

DRAEKORA BY LYNETTE NONI BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:
(BEWARE SPOILERS FOR BOOKS 1 AND 2 IN SYNOPSIS)

“I swear by the stars that you and the others slain tonight will be the first of many. Of that you have my word.”

With Aven Dalmarta now hiding in the shadows of Meya, Alex is desperate to save Jordan and keep the Rebel Prince from taking more lives.

Training day and night to master the enhanced immortal blood in her veins, Alex undertakes a dangerous Meyarin warrior trial that separates her from those she loves and leaves her stranded in a place where nothing is as it should be.

As friends become enemies and enemies become friends, Alex must decide who to trust as powerful new allies—and adversaries—push her towards a future of either light… or darkness.

One way or another, the world will change…

MY THOUGHTS:

Wow, Lynette didn’t think I would love any of the books more than the others but this one certainly left me in a worse of mess than even Raelia did which I did not think was possible. I also have a very strong need for book four like right now ahh!!

Without turning this review into a spoiler fest, because lets be real we do NOT want that, I just want to make this review very simple and it may sound very standard but just know that on the inside I’m dying to go into more detail trust me.

The characters are still as amazing as they were in the previous books but some other new and interesting characters are introduced into this book that I think a lot of people are going to be intrigued about. There are also dragons in this book which alone was SO COOL, I myself have never read a book with dragons in it and Draekora was a pretty good start if I do say so myself.

The world building in this book also keeps getting better and better and I have so many vivid imaginations of all the beautiful places that Alex and co went to and I just wanna visit them myself (cries to self because they are not real).

Overall, this book was full of twists and turns and magic and full of an amazing set of characters in which I adore to pieces, this book will break your heart and soul but will also make you laugh at some points to with Alex’s usual sarcastic comments. This book will also leave you hanging at the end (typical Noni style). I recommend this book to everyone of all ages.

STAR RATING: 1 MILLION OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE:
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HUGE THANKS TO PANTERA PRESS FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE OF AN HONEST REVIEW

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THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS BOOK REVIEW!

THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS BY EMILY BARR BOOK REVIEW!!

SYNOPSIS:

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was a rather interesting one and I really was intrigued by the main character suffering from amnesia as one of the movies that I always watch with my mum called ’50 First Dates’ where the main character suffers from amnesia too.

I found this book to have a really nice writing style and I throughly enjoyed the descriptions of Flora’s amnesia and found that I did indeed learn some new things that I never knew about the illness. I also found the ending of the book to be very satisfying and one of the best parts of the novel.

However one of the problems I had with the book was the trope of romanticising Flora’s illness with the romance, which is what I found happened between Flora and Drake and somehow even though Flora has amnesia I found it weird even that she forgot everything that happens every few hours that she always remembered that she had kissed a boy.

Overall, this book was a very fast read with a very interesting plot. I would recommend this to people that like reading books with a unique plot with some also very informative content in it as well. I also found that for the most part I did enjoy this book and found mostly good parts in it, but it was also not perfect (as nothing is really!)

STAR RATING 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/search/The-One-Memory-of-Flor-Banks-Emily-Barr/9780141368511

THANK YOU TO PENGUIN TEEN AUSTRALIA FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

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VIGILANTE BOOK REVIEW!!

VIGILANTE BY KADY CROSS BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:

A brutally honest, uncompromising story about a teen girl who decides to take matters into her own hands.

It’s senior year, and Hadley and her best friend, Magda, should be starting the year together. Instead, Magda is dead and Hadley is alone. Raped at a party the year before and humiliated, Magda was driven to take her own life and Hadley is forced to see her friend’s attackers in the classroom every day. Devastated, enraged and needing an outlet for her grief, Hadley decides to get a little justice of her own.

Donning a pink ski mask and fueled by anger, Hadley goes after each of the guys one by one, planning to strip them of their dignity and social status the way they did to Magda. As the legend of the pink-masked Vigilante begins to take on a life of its own, Hadley’s revenge takes a turn for the dangerous. Could her need for vengeance lead her down a path she can’t turn back from?

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was not perfect in any way, however I found it to be so empowering, raw and emotional that I couldn’t help but love it in a deep and meaningful way that I can’t really explain.

This story deals with the topic of rape and suicide, which I know is triggering for a lot of people so if this is something that you find you can’t read about I don’t recommend you read this book. However this book really shows the effects of Hadley after her friend commits suicide after she was raped and the guilt that Hadley feels afterwards I found to very emotional.

One of the little things I wish that was different in this book would be the writing style at the beginning of the book was a little flat and hard to get into at first but because it was so short once I got into the story it didn’t take me long at all to finish. Also some of the side characters felt as though they weren’t really developed into the story as well as I would have liked but again this would have been because it was a smaller book they didn’t have the time to build them up.

Overall, this book is a very empowering and emotional read, that is a very quick read. This is a book that I would recommend to everyone to read because it is one of those books that I feel a lot of people could take something out of.

STAR RATING 4 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Vigilante-Kady-Cross/9780373211777

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MAGNUS CHASE AND THE HAMMER OF THOR REVIEW!

MAGNUS CHASE AND THE HAMMER OF THOR BY RICK RIORDAN

SYNOPSIS:

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

MY THOUGHTS:

I read the first book of this over two years ago and absolutely adored this book! You can read my review for the first book here first as this is the sequel: https://molliethereader.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/magnus-chase-and-the-sword-of-summer-review/

I can say that once again I loved this book! I mean who doesn’t love a Rick Riordan book??? I spent half my time crying laughing in this book and the other half crying of emotions which seems to be the typical theme for any Riordan book. I also think that I loved this one more than the first book which I thought was unbeatable!

Also the characters in this book are just too good! There is a fair bit of a diverse mix of characters which is always a great feature to find in a book. Whoever said these books were middle grade because I think this is everyone grade (I tried to be funny lets pretend I never tried) but seriously I can still relate to the story and didn’t find it to be childish like I do most books that are aimed at the younger age group and I think that many people of all ages could get into this series and adore.

Overall, this book was fast paced, funny and also had a pretty amazing range of characters and also sometimes made you feel some feelings. I love this series and completely have fell in love with Rick Riordan as an author and if you love Rick as an author and Norse Mythology, I think that you would adore this series if you haven’t read it already. Bring on book 3!!!

STAR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Magnus-Chase-and-the-Hammer-of-Thor/9780141342559

THANK YOU TO PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUSTRALIA FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF THIS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

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THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN BOOK REVIEW!

THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI

SYNOPSIS:

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

MY THOUGHTS:

I found this book for the most part to be very intriguing and didn’t take me too long to read therefore I found it very fast paced.

I loved the writing style that Roshani wrote in, it was very beautiful and poetic that if Roshani ever writes anything else I would be willing to buy and read it just found her beautiful writing style. I also really loved the diverse aspects of this story, it is always good to read something that is diverse, I find that it makes you think about things a lot more and you definitely learn a lot more.

The only reason that I take a star off this book is because I had some troubles with the storyline and found that I got a little lost at certain points and had to re read and try to piece it together a lot more than I am used to. I also found some other parts to not be as interesting and found them to drag on a little. However I did have an uncorrected proof copy of the novel and therefore changes may have been made from the copy I read to the finished copy that has now been printed.

Overall, I found this book to be very interesting and beautifully written. I can not wait to get my hands on the sequel and I am for sure going to buy myself a beautiful hardback finished copy of this book. I recommend this book to anyone that is interested in something unique that is also very diverse and has a beautiful writing style.

STAR RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS

THANK YOU TO HARLEQUIN TEEN AUSTRALIA FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/search/The-Star-Touched-Queen-Roshani-Chokshi/9781250085474

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