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The iron king / Julie Kagawa.
Author: Kagawa, Julie.
Publisher: Chatswood, N.S.W. : Harlequin Teen, 2010.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 11/12/2018 3:59:30 PM
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I was disappointed with this book, and that was mainly due to the main character. Meghan is weak and idiotic. Throughout the whole story, every time she gets in trouble by doing something stupid she needs a male character to save her. And one of those is even a cat! In one memorable scene she trips over a tree root to fall into the arms of the handsome, brooding and dangerous Prince. Puh-lease! I hurt myself rolling my eyes when I read that. Which leads me to my other reason for not liking this book - the use of pretty much every YA trope there is. I don't mind tropes, it's ll part of the plot line, I just like it better when they are don well. This story has a love triangle, a silly weak girl falling in instalove with a dark, mysterious and dangerous guy, and being able to instantly use magical powers perfectly that you never knew you had - without any training - amazing! I truly think Meghan cold have been a strong, independent and tenacious character, risking her life to save her younger brother from the Iron King all the while fending off threatening High Fae kings and queens. Someone young women could look up to and respect. But of course, it's a love story, and women have to be weak in love stories, right? I really wanted to like this book and its characters although Puck was the ONLY thing that kept me reading. If you want a light, quick read, or if you're in the mood for some trash, then go for it. But for me, I won't be continuing with this series.
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This savage song : a monsters of verity novel / V. E. Schwab.
Author: Schwab, Victoria, author.
Publisher: London, England Titan Books Ltd, 2016. -- ©2016
Review by: Azaelia  on: 20/11/2018 5:00:17 PM
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I really enjoyed this book, it's dark and dangerous setting, and the two main characters who could not be more different from each other but in the end are seeking the same thing. I think Schwab has a talent for drawing relatable characters that you feel invested in. I adored August straight away and wanted to protect him, and I really felt for Kate and understood why she did what she did. The other characters were intriguing too, and seemed to be used to show different points of view of issues and other sides of human nature. The concept of monsters being born from the crimes people commit was interesting, and also the way this was used to shine light on the often monstrous nature of human beings. It begs the question who are the real monsters? Although the main characters are teenagers, there's no romance between them, maybe just a hint of something possible in the future. So this book would appeal to both male and female readers.
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Caliban's war
Author: Corey, James S. A., 1969-, author
Publisher: London : Orbit, 2012
Review by: Lisi  on: 15/11/2018 4:47:50 PM
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Second installment in excellent soap opera. Well drawn characters, complex politics, exciting situation and maybe aliens - what more could you ask for? Need to read Book 1 - Leviathan Wakes - first. These are not stand alone books, they build as a series. Also, there is a great tv series, called The Expanse, based on these books. I saw the tv shows first and am now reading the books. Both are excellent.
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A court of thorns and roses / Sarah J. Maas.
Author: Maas, Sarah J., author.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2015. -- copyright2015.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 25/10/2018 11:20:24 AM
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Hhmmm. I'm not sure exactly how I feel about this book. I enjoyed the setting of the story, it's quite dark and dangerous. Maas is a great storyteller who can suck you in and leave you gasping for air and then crush your heart. I also liked the added tale of Tamlin from an old Scottish ballad. I thought this gave more depth to the plot. But there were some things that just did not sit well with me. Mainly, it was the interactions between the characters, especially one scene towards the end. It almost made me not want to finish. I accept that authors may write scenes which make you feel uncomfortable or shock you to teach you something or get you thinking about issues, but I just don't understand Maas' reasoning behind it. Also, the big showdown at the end of the story, which the entire story was leading up to! was a big letdown. I was expecting more. ACOTAR is definitely a more mature take on the Beauty and the Beast tale, and I appreciate Maas' talent in putting a new twist on it. Some people absolutely love this book, some people hate it. You'll need to read it to find out which side you're on.
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Crown of midnight / Sarah J. Maas.
Author: Maas, Sarah J., 1986-, author
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2013. -- ©2013.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 8/10/2018 12:16:34 PM
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In the second book in the series we get to see more of the backstory to Celeana, the growing love triangle, and more story development from Dorian. The plot progresses well and keeps you interested, but you feel that there is so much more of the story to tell. We also see the darker, gruesome side of the assassin. Maas will break your heart with what happens to Nehemia and Chaol. It is quite a dark book, and you are glad of the smart remarks that come from Mort to give the story an emotional lift.
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Wonder / R.J. Palacio.
Author: Palacio, R. J., author.
Publisher: London Corgi, 2014. -- ©2012
Review by: samarah123  on: 27/08/2018 6:26:52 PM
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It is an emotional book. Teaches you about how you should be grateful about what you get.
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Unearthed / Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
Author: Kaufman, Amie, author. -- Spooner, Meagan, author.
Publisher: Crows Nest, New South Wales Allen & Unwin 2017 -- ©2017
Review by: Azaelia  on: 5/07/2018 2:12:38 PM
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A fun and exciting read, fast-paced with a good twist at the end. Kaufman and Spooner write really well together, each picking up where the other left off, keeping the flow of the story smooth and steady. I enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters, Jules and Amelia, and the riddles they must solve together. The book does bring up questions of social structure and judging others based on this, which I think adds a little more depth to the story. An enjoyable read.
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Nevermoor : the trials of Morrigan Crow / Jessica Townsend.
Author: Townsend, Jessica, author.
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Hachette Australia, 2017. -- ©2017.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 26/06/2018 4:36:28 PM
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What a fun read! I loved the magic and enchantment, reminiscent of the Harry Potter series, but still holding its own place. The world of Nevermoor and its magic is described so wonderfully you can't help wanting to be there. I also loved the characters, with their different personalities and quirks, and their strong bond of friendship. Throughout this book Morrigan learns to face her fears and not allow them to hold her back, and that family is more than just who she is related to - it's her friends as well. Even though the main character is a girl, I think boys will like this too - and adults!
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Anne of Green Gables / L.M. Montgomery ; introduced by Lauren Child.
Author: Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud), 1874-1942. -- Child, Lauren.
Publisher: London : Puffin, 2008.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 29/05/2018 10:54:16 AM
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Poor Anne! I really do feel for her in her struggles. She is such a lively, loyal and passionate character who dreams big and doesnt let fear hold her back. I loved seeing her mature into a bright young woman, and the often comedic situations she went through. It does read like a TV series, with each chapter an episode of the trials and tribulations of Annes life and the lessons she learns from them. I also loved the descriptions of the little village of Avonlea, Montgomery has a talent for painting a beautiful setting you want to escape into. Even though the language is quite old fashioned I feel it adds to the romance of the story and doesnt impede the message of Anne staying true to herself but also learning from her mistakes.
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Disruption / Jessica Shirvington.
Author: Shirvington, Jessica, author.
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : HarperCollins Publishers, 2016. -- ©2014.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 21/05/2018 5:38:28 PM
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I actually liked this more than I thought I would. It has a few tropes which you need to push through to get to the message of the book - how much should we allow technology to control our lives, our choices, our hearts? The technology that governs people's love lives seems quite believable, and the main characters are all different but work well together. It isn't always action-packed, but there's enough going on in each chapter to keep you turning the pages. I also liked the idea that the main character is tough and not completely innocent, but still struggles with herself when she makes an immoral desicion. And a twist at the end, too!
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