Suffering the Fate has never been so much fun! – The Fates Divide Review

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In all honesty I’ve been looking forward to The Fates Divide for a long time. I’ll be even more honest here in the interest of transparency: I was not Roth’s biggest fan after the Divergent series. This was mostly because I felt that the entire series was pretty derivative of The Hunger Games (yes I know that The Hunger Games isn’t 100% original, calm down Divergent die-hards) to such an extent that I thought Roth was a bit of a hack.

But I was willing to give her another shot as an author as she was branching out into a whole new area of YA with Carve The Mark and boy am I glad I did. I really enjoyed Carve The Mark (plus it has a special place in my heart as it was the very first review I did on my website! ) and whilst it wasn’t perfect, I was excited to continue the series. Continue reading

I’d prefer to be anywhere else but here… Nowhere Else But Here review

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Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton is one of those books that I’d imagine, whilst not my usual auto-buy genre, is a go-to for a palette cleanser or lighter book if I’ve read something particularly heavy or dark. So I knew going into this that I likely wouldn’t be discussing the intellectual credentials, theme and moral compass of the narrative, characters and plot with my fellow readers. But I didn’t expect to be left feeling so…disappointed.

Now I feel like I have to say something before I really get into the meat of my review. Rachel Cotton, the author, is only 17 years old. Now don’t get me wrong; she should be extremely happy that she is a published author at such a young age. But her age is not going to be a factor for me in this review. If I like, or dislike, something it won’t be good or bad ‘for the author’s age’ – it’ll just be good or bad. What can I say? I’m an equal opportunities reviewer. If you put a book in front of me I will review it honestly regardless of age, sex, race, religion etc. Continue reading

You won’t feel like you’ve bled your time! Everless review

I have to get this out of the way first: I’ve heard a lot of people compare Everless to a movie called In Time – I’ve not seen this movie so I went into Everless with a fresh perspective. So I don’t wanna see any comments saying “but it’s just like that movie!” – I don’t care. I’ve not seen it, so I had no comparative material and my opinion reflects that. Continue reading

All the fun of fantasy is missing here. The Cruel Prince review

Time for another unpopular opinion! I did not rate The Cruel Prince at all. Seriously, if you liked it, what did you see in it? I’m curious. I just don’t get the hype around this book (other than very successful marketing) because the whole book felt like a watered down version of what a book should be.

The characters – especially our protagonist, the antagonist(s), plot, world building and the writing all had one thing in common; they were frustratingly sparse and minimal. And to top it all off, the book has a bloody boring title considering its contents.

Victoria Aveyard has given a very positive quotation on the back dust jacket of the edition I have – but she’s the author of the Red Queen series, so she wouldn’t know a good book if it hit her in the head. Continue reading

Not quite a novel, not quite a short story. Orbiting Jupiter review

Orbiting Jupiter seems like one of those books that I should be able to go on and on about…but I just can’t.

I found it a very quick read because of its simplicity – and yes, I know the target reading age is a lower one that YA is used to, but I think this hurt the book overall. I’m kinda saying that this book was wasted on the target age of the intended reader. I’m not saying that younger readers can’t or shouldn’t have serious subject matter to read about (within reason), but what I am saying is that in this instance, the subject matter was handled poorly and felt a bit all over the place and unsure of who it was aimed at. Continue reading

Want actual YA issues addressed and have them be relatable? This is the book for you! Our Chemical Hearts review

I first came across Krystal Sutherland’s work when I was given early ARC access to her second book A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares last year, and I was insanely impressed. I genuinely loved that book. So I was a little nervous about starting this because this was Sutherland’s debut novel and debuts aren’t always that great. But I’m pleased to say that my high hopes were met and, dare I say, exceeded!

Our Chemical Hearts is a deceptively deep read yet it can easily be read in one sitting! Not because the word count is low or anything, it’s just so encapsulating.

One of the best things about this YA novel is that it actually addresses YA issues, rather than presenting some over-blown stereotype and trying to make it relatable (and no, I’m not talking about fantasy YA, I’m talking about the bullshit John Green wants you to believe is normal for the average, semi-socially awkward, working-middle class and oh-so-quirky teenager).   Continue reading

Ready Player One for the YA readers! Warcross review

Marie Lu’s work tends to be very hit or miss for me but Warcross, whilst by no means perfect, was a hit.

Whilst there were some issues with the writing (such as lacking descriptions and world building flaws at times, but we’ll get to that later) the way this book was written allowed me to fall straight into it. It was easy to read 100 pages without really noticing!

Did you love Ready Player One? Well, you’re going to be disappointed by this.  Now I’m not saying this is a bad book, it’s not. But the premise is similar to Ready Player One and Warcross isn’t in the same ball game here, in fact it’s not even the same sport. But it is still enjoyable; I just don’t want people to go into this hoping for a story on par with Ready Player One. Continue reading

Mean Girls did it better, much better…and was more fun. 13 Minutes review

This book was on my ‘wish list’ pretty much since I first heard of it, and my wonderful friend Dena sent me a copy for my birthday this year so naturally I pushed it up my TBR pile! The thing that attracted me was what The Times had said about it: “Mean Girls for the Instagram age” – I mean, who wouldn’t be drawn in by that? I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like Mean Girls, and I like YA and Instagram, so 13 Minutes seemed like a match made in heaven!

But unfortunately this book is less ‘the popular kid’ and more ‘generic student #12’ – it’s not even in the ‘cool loser’ clique or the ‘outcast’ clique, it literally just blends into the background. Now that’s not to say that it’s a bad book, or a good one, it’s just that the good and bad cancel each other out pretty equally. Continue reading

Proof that it only takes John Green’s name to sell a book now. Turtles all the way Down review

Turtles all the Way Down is one of those books that’s just kind of…there. The plot (what little we get outside of Aza’s head – but more on that soon) just seemed to be all over the place. You know how some people spin a globe and stop it on a random country to decide whether to go on holiday next? It feels like John Green has a similar plot planning mechanism that he uses to write his books.

Turtles All The Way Down is a random collection of interesting things that, when put together, become pretentious.  Do you know what a Tuatara is? Well the one in this book becomes a billionaire due to a last will and testament. Plus there’s also $100,000 up for grabs, mental health issues and teenagers circumnavigating their lives through puberty in the throes of a philosophical existential crisis. See what I mean? Pick one or two John Green! Not all! Continue reading