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

Are you kidding me?! What a let down! One Dark Throne review/RANT

I CANNOT talk about this book without giving out spoilers. I’m that pissed off at certain parts of the story and characters that I just don’t have it in me not to rant about them. So…you know…SPOILER WARNING from here on out. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

This is also going to be more of a rant with review elements, rather than a legit review of One Dark Throne, but I just can’t help it.

Here’s a quick recap of the main plot point so far: a set of triplet queens must fight to the death for ruling rites to the throne of their island. Mirabella is the elemental queen, the strongest and most gifted queen who is starting to falter. Katherine is the poisoner queen, once thought to be the weakest but who is now a real player in the game. Arsinoe is the naturalist queen with a game changing secret. Continue reading

The so-bad-it’s-good continues! Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Twisted Ones Review

Here we go again! The second book in the Five Nights at Freddy’s book series! It’s almost everything you want in a sequel: a changed but familiar protagonist, familiar enemies and a good supporting cast.

It’s still cheesy, it’s still as poorly written as an extremely low budget horror movie and I still enjoyed it! Butnot as much as its predecessor. Continue reading

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland {ARC Review}

Each member of Esther Solar’s family is consumed and obsessed by a fear and Esther believes it’s because of a family curse bestowed upon her grandfather and passed down through the family that eventually results in that family member’s death. Trying to outsmart the curse and the reaper, Esther makes a semi-definitive list of worst nightmares of things to avoid for the rest of her life, but then Jonah Smallwood comes back into her life and Esther, reluctantly, comes to realise, with Jonah’s help, that it’s time to face her fears. Continue reading