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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UPDRIFT BOOK REVIEW!!

UPDRIFT BY ERRIN STEVENS BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

For Kate Sweeting, love isn’t in the air. It’s in the water.

Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.

Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.

MY THOUGHTS:

I have never read a mermaid book, but always been in love with the little mermaid as a child and I’m so glad I picked this one up cause it started an obsession for me!

The romance in this novel was very nice and I loved the relationship between Kate and Gabe, their romance had me intrigued and addicted so much that I did not want to stop reading. I really loved that they didn’t have an insta love, and that they actually grew up together unlike a lot of books now days, it was really refreshing

I also love Errin’s writing style, I found it very easy to imagine everything that she created and it was all very clear and fast paced. The only thing that I could have wished for is more of the story, as I found that I flew through the book way too fast (Guess I’ll have to just have to wait until the sequel)

Overall, this book was a beautifully crafted, fast paced romance mermaid novel. This book got me absolutely obsessed with the genre of mermaid and sirens that I just wanted to find more. If you love The Little Mermaid or just mermaid books in general I think you will adore this one!

STAR RATING:4 OUT OF 5 STARS

HUGE THANK YOU TO ERRIN FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF YOUR BOOK FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Updrift-Errin-M-Stevens/9780692544082

ALSO IF YOU KNOW ANY GOOD BOOKS BASED AROUND MERMAIDS OR SIRENS PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!!

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REMIND ME HOW THIS ENDS BOOK REVIEW!

REMIND ME HOW THIS ENDS BY GABRIELLE TOZER BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:

It’s the summer after high school ends and everyone is moving on. Winning scholarships. Heading to uni. Travelling the world. Everyone except Milo Dark. Milo feels his life is stuck on pause. His girlfriend is 200km away, his mates have bailed for bigger things and he is convinced he’s missed the memo reminding him to plan the rest of his life. Then Layla Montgomery barrels back into his world after five years without so much as a text message.

As kids, Milo and Layla were family friends who shared everything – hiding out in her tree house, secrets made at midnight, and sunny afternoons at the river. But they haven’t spoken since her mum’s funeral. Layla’s fallen apart since that day. She pushed away her dad, dropped out of school and recently followed her on-again-off-again boyfriend back to town because she has nowhere else to go. Not that she’s letting on how tough things have been.

What begins as innocent banter between Milo and Layla soon draws them into a tangled mess with a guarantee that someone will get hurt. While it’s a summer they’ll never forget, is it one they want to remember?

A boy-meets-girl-again story from the award-winning author of The Intern and Faking It.

MY THOUGHTS:

I got this book just after I myself had finished high school, and I found that this is a book incredibly needed as I myself was stuck in a 1) reading slump 2) in a HUGE state of ‘what do I do now’ and 3) because at that time, it was probably as relatable as it would ever be.

This book has your three main necessities needed from your typical OZ YA book: road trips, romance and kangaroos.

I saw a lot of myself in the character Milo, I don’t (and still don’t) know what to do after high school while all my friends go off and go to uni, I also would LOVE to work in a bookstore (who doesn’t though??) and I also found Layla to be a fun and intriguing character to read about, also found her to be a very strong, courageous and independent character which I admire in her.

Overall, I found this book to be very relatable, fast paced and raw. This book was everything I ever wished for it to be and certainly doesn’t disappoint! The characters development throughout the book was really inspiring. I recommend this book to everyone that loves boy-meets-girl (again) books and especially to those that have just finished high school and don’t know what to do next, THIS WILL INSPIRE YOU.

STAR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

THANK YOU TO HARPER COLLINS AUSTRALIA FOR SENDING ME THIS NOVEL FOR AN HONEST REVIEW!

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