BOOK REVIEW: SHATTER ME BY TAHEREH MAFI



Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.




No spoilers ahead.


The writing style. My god, the writing style. I will forever be falling in love with Tahareh Mafi's way with words. And even if in several months' time I forget some of the scenes, if the exact quotes slip away from me and I find I have to re-read the book to recall it perfectly, I am positive the writing style will never, not once, leave me for a moment.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE SCORPIO RACES BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER

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It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.


Some riders live.
Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn't given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.





In the author's note at the end of The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater recounts all the times she's tried and failed to tell variations of this story over the years: first, when she was in college. Then again, immediately afterward. Once more when her Shiver trilogy had been published. And finally in 2011, when the world was finally graced with The Scorpio Races. She notes how sometimes stories which take research are hard to tell, and sometimes the stories you want to tell the most are long in the making.

All the effort, all the research and all the failed attempts that converged to make this novel happen were well worth it. Because what Maggie Stiefvater won't tell you is this: in the end, it was a masterpiece.

No spoilers ahead. 

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TOP 10 MOST ANTICIPATED 2015 BOOK RELEASES

Happy Winter Solstice to all! Strictly speaking, the solstice marks the official beginning of another season. In broader terms, the winter solstice marks yet another thing - the beginning of a new year being mere days away. And with the new year come the new book releases. So far, 2014 has seen a lot of our favorite series end (with trumpets and fireworks, more often than not), but it has also marked the inception of a whole array of new, gripping reads which are sure to keep us occupied, on the edge of our seats (and occasionally crying for the next book in said series) for years to come.

So in honor of the new year being just around the corner, this Monday we're choosing our most anticipated book releases for 2015 - from Adult Fantasy to New Adult Romance, and from Middle Grade Children's Lit to Young Adult Contemporary reads. We want it all. And we want it now. (You know which meme we're thinking of here.)




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BOOK REVIEW: CLIPPED WINGS BY HELENA HUNTING



An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn't ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley's past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side...or run?
 




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BOOK REVIEW: THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER BY MICHELLE HODKIN

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Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.
They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?



Spoiler-free review


"The Evolution of Mara Dyer" will make you write your review twice. The first time, your thoughts will be so scattered and there will be so many exclamation points and caps that it'll appear entirely illegible to anyone who might come across it. Then you'll take a deep breath, go through the five stages of grief and rewrite it.



Anyone? No? Then maybe it's just me.

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BOOK REVIEW: THIS IS FALLING BY GINGER SCOTT




First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it. 

When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, to live with the living. I just didn’t know how. 

And then I met Nate Preeter. 

An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn’t. 

My heart was dead, and I was never supposed to belong to anyone. But Nate Preeter had me feeling, and he made me want to be his. He showed me everything I was missing. 

And then he showed me how to fall. 



non-spoilery


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BLOG TOUR: FAERY MARKED BY MARY WAIBEL






When Callie Rycroft wakes to find purple flames flickering on the ceiling, she believes she’s still dreaming. But soon she’s forced to accept that she has magic―a special magic that grants her entrance into the Faery Realm.

For centuries humans have been banned from Faery, but dangerous times call for dangerous measures. Declared Champion by the Faery Queen, Callie is assigned a Guardian, and tasked with finding the Cordial―a magical elixir needed to keep the portal to the Faery realm a secret from humans.

The upside? Reece Michaels, the boy she's been crushing on for years, is her Guardian. Callie hopes that, by spending time with Reece, he'll start to see her as more than just his best friend's sister.

The downside? She's in a race not only against time, but against another Champion, and a rogue Guardian―a Guardian who stands to threaten her developing relationship with Reece.

Magic, mistaken identities, and hidden agendas are the least of Callie's worries when she learns that the Cordial requires a sacrifice. Will Callie be willing to risk everything―even Reece―to complete her task as Champion? Or will she let the portal open, and doom both realms?



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TOP 10 CHRISTMASTIME BOOKS

It's finally December. The Christmas tree is going up, the decorations and lights are up and shining brightly at you, reminding you that it's that time of year again. The most wonderful time of the year. So we decided to pick out our favourite books that bring out the Christmas spirit or something to warm us up during these cold winter nights. 

With the winter holidays and Christmas breaks just around the corner, snuggling up with a good book and a warm beverage has finally gone from fantasy to reality. So from fantasy to contemporary, from historical to modern, we're sharing our picks of the top ten reads which will be keeping us warm in the following months.


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ANNOYING THINGS PEOPLE DO TO READERS




I really lose my patience with people when it comes to reading. 

We all have those friends who don't read, family members, or even random people in public that nag at us about our books. I'm sure you know who they are. We also know those readers who are pretentious or judgmental. It gets to that point when you just want to hit them over the head with a book and tell them to go away. Sadly we can't always do that and we have to put up with it. 

You might read this and end up going '
Oh God, yes! I hate these people' or even say that you have your own. Share your thoughts in the comments if you recognize any of the types listed below.

So behold, a list of the most annoying people who won't leave us alone when we're reading or trying to have an intelligent conversation about a book. 


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BOOK REVIEW: MAYBE NOT BY COLLEEN HOOVER



When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.


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FRIENDLY REMINDER - CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!


Incase you didn't know, we're hosting a giveaway! We're giving away a UK edition of My True Love Gave To Me, a book of short Christmas romance stories by a bunch of very talented authors. I'm currently reading my own copy and so far, it's wonderful! 


ABOUT THE BOOK


On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ...This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays



It's open internationally, the terms and conditions are on the original post and you have until December 10th to get those entries in. Best of luck!


TO ENTER, VISIT THE POST 


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TOP 10 SIDE CHARACTERS THAT NEED THEIR OWN BOOK/POV

POVs. I love reading one of my favourite books in the perspective of another character that I love. How can you not? You want to know what's happening in their head and you also want basically anything from the author. They need their story told and you're on Twitter, waiting for the author to announce a new book but it never comes. So you do what any normal fan would do - tweet at them. Although when I do it, I don't get an answer. One day it will happen, they will write the POV I've always wanted!
So, here's a few POV's and extra books we'd love to read about.



And don't forget to let us know which characters you'd love to read from!



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