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Reviews Masterlist

All the books I’ve reviewed EVER!!! 😄:

(Author’s Surname A-Z, Series In Order)

🎃 = Halloween Reads

⭐️ = 5/5 stars

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ⭐️

(Love, Simon Movie Vs. Book Review)

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo ⭐️

Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

The Selection by Kiera Cass ⭐️

The Elite by Kiera Cass ⭐️

The One by Kiera Cass ⭐️

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare ⭐️

City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City Of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Death Cure by James Dashner

(The Death Cure Movie Vs. Book Review)

Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery

Day 7 by Kerry Drewery

On The Edge Of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle 🎃

Coraline by Neil Gaiman 🎃

The Mermaid And Mrs. Handcock by Imogen Hermes Gowar ⭐️

The Rosie Project by Simsion Graeme ⭐️

Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray

Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge

I Am Thunder by Muhammed Khan ⭐️

The Gunslinger by Stephen King ⭐️

(The Dark Tower Movie Vs. Book Review)

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich 🎃

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee ⭐️

A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas ⭐️

A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J. Maas ⭐️

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas ⭐️

Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Empire Of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Tower Of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Truth Or Dare by Non Pratt

Dynasty: Secret Heir by M.J. Prince

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman ⭐️

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan ⭐️

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan ⭐️

The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan ⭐️

The House Of Hades by Rick Riordan ⭐️

The Sword Of Summer by Rick Riordan ⭐️

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 🎃

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ⭐️

The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton ⭐️

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

One Of Us Is Lying Book Review

Author: Karen M. Mcmanus

Rating: 2.5/5

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I’m in two minds with this book. It both enforced and defies traditional teen stereotypes in a way which I’m not sure I’m comfortable with. It was as if each character was a 2-Dimensional trope – one side completely stereotypical, the other the total opposite. Usually, I wouldn’t have a problem with defying the norm (in fact, I’d celebrate it), but I felt like the characters had no depth to them besides these points. Exhibit A: Addy. I’m the perfect princess meets I cheated on my boyfriend. Exhibit B: Nate. I’m a criminal meets I’m a good guy. Exhibit C: Cooper. I’m a jock meets I’m gay. Exhibit D: Bronwyn. I’m a straight-A student meets I cheated on a test. I wish that there was more to these characters!!

However, I didn’t hate the book. There were moments that I adored, such as Bronwyn and Nate’s epilogue, the discovery of Kris being a boy, and the initial death scene. I enjoyed how the author fed us subtle clues and information. I liked the POV setup – in 1st person from 4 different perspectives but with clear definition of who was narrating (looking at you 5th Wave). There were a lot of things that this novel did right.

I’m split about the ending, too. The novel is called One Of Us Is Lying and WOW none of them were lying. But I did enjoy the shock of the plot twist, and it was well-executed (even if a little anticlimactic).

The final thing I want to talk about is Simon’s suicide. I felt like it was a bit of an afterthought, as if it were a side-effect if his death and not the cause of it. The whole way it was addressed concerns me. For people with suicidal ideations due to bullying or other reasons concerning there peers, Simon’s plan may be considered an option. Once again, suicide is being advertised as a revenge plot (looking at you 13 Reasons Why). It upsets and angers me, suicide is a tragedy which needs to be dealt with, not disfigured until it’s a way to get you attention. Not only does this encourage the act of causing yourself death, but it damages the view of suicide and suicide victims. The majority of suicide victims didn’t do it ‘for the attention’ for god’s sake – but that’s what the media is spreading.

So, there you have it. There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this novel, but it was the content that I disagreed with.

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I just finished A Reaper at the Gates.

I am dead. Take my heart and soul, Sabaa, I didn’t need either of them anyway. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT UNTIL 2019 FOR THE LAST ONE?!

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The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas

The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas

Oh, my, do I still love Scarlett Thomas. This book was very different from her earlier works, focusing on a family rather than just one character, changing perspectives/narrators, and not dealing so much with science as with spiritualism. While this was not my favorites of Thomas’s works, she remains an author to read, in command of prose and the ability to pull at the heartstrings and get at the truth of human emotions.

Twilight Book Review

Author: Stephanie Meyer

Rating: 3.5/5

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If you think this is going to be another rant review of Twilight then you are absolutely WRONG. Whilst there is a lot wrong with this book, I can totally understand why, to some people, it is so loved.

Disclaimer: I read this during exams because I figured it would be easy to read and nothing to intense. I was half-right. The writing is really nothing special but it’s very readable and time passed rapidly whilst I had my nose in it. I got me out of the stress of exams and was generally quite indulgent. 

Yes – indulgent is definitely the right word to describe this novel. As long as you don’t take it too seriously, you can just sit back and enjoy the vicarious emotion that rolls seamlessly off the pages. It took me only 4 days to read even though I was crammed with revision and studying! 

However, there’s a few things I think need tackling. First of all, Bella’s characterisation. Now, I’ve only read the first instalment of the series, but I’ve heard about the “depression” Bella goes through in New Moon. What I want to understand is – did Bella have depression before she moved to Forks? The word “depression” is mentioned multiple times in this book even before she gets with Edward, but I’m not sure if it’s as a mental health issue or just an emotion. 

Secondly, I understand that the morals of this novel are ALL WRONG. No girl should be encouraged to think that her whole life revolves around a boy, that it’s okay for said boy to stalk her and watch her sleep, that they should have to give up anything (let alone her whole life!) for said boy or that she should put herself at physical or psychological risk for said boy. Now, I understand that when you’re in love you might do anything to help that person – but not only has Bella known Edward for a very short amount of time, but that behaviour shouldn’t be encouraged even in beautiful, loving, stable relationships.

Basically, I’ve given up on mindlessly hating Twilight because, when I don’t think about the morals, I actually find it very enjoyable. But I think that any young and/or easily-influenced readers should probably be educated on the immorality of the characters’ actions before reading it. Also, *if anyone knows she official verdict on Bella’s mental health please let me know!*

The Sword Of Summer Book Review

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: 5/5

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Wow am I getting PJO flashbacks with this one! To be honest, I prefer the format of HoO, but I understand why Riordan chose to narrate this story in 1st person. Magnus has such a loud, charismatic voice and I revelled in his sarcasm and cheek. Magnus is an amazing character, and not just as a narrator. Without spoiling anything, near the end of the novel Magnus becomes so overwhelmed by everything that’s happened to him and feels so guilty for things that aren’t even his fault. He isn’t ashamed to cry, and this compassion and emotion is something I think should be showcased in all male heroes.

I think The Sword Of Summer holds possibly my favourite cast of characters…ever. I love Samirah, her stubborn and restless nature perfectly balanced with her soft side. And can we talk about the fact that she has a MAGICAL HIJAB! This is the quality urban fantasy content I need! Hearth is also so precious, I love how Riordan seamlessly incorporated the deaf community into a fantasy setting and made it a subtle but necessary part of the story. The last character I wanna talk about is Otis – what an absolute legend. You can’t help but feel bad for the goat, but his scenes are always comedic and slightly awkward, which I love. The diversity of this series is incredible, but what I appreciate most is that THE DIVERSITY ISN’T FORCED. It’s a basic, integral part of the story.

I learn so much from Riordan’s novels, and I do have a fascination with mythology. But, for whatever reason, I’m least knowledgeable about Norse myths and culture. Now that I know more, I’ve begun to draw parallels between fictional Norse universes (Thor: Ragnarok now makes so much more sense!). 

The final thing I want to mention is the showcase of homelessness. Now, I will admit my ignorance to the homeless society, and for that I have always been sincerely guilty. After reading the beginning of The Sword Of Summer, I have a new understanding even though it’s a work of fiction. It’s helped me realise my ignorance and, now, I’m more empathetic.

Overall, an action-packed, diverse and emotional novel – definitely one of the best of the year so far!