BOOK REVIEW | CHALLENGER DEEP, BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN

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Author: Neal Shusterman

Series Number: –

Publication Date: April 21, 2015

Genres: YA, mental illness, contemporary

Where I received the book: CW was kind enough to buy me a copy of this book (thanks!!). Twitter | Blog

Star rating:★★★★☆

Summary: Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.

Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence, to document the journey with images.

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.

Caden Bosch is torn.

A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today’s most admired writers for teens.

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BOOK REVIEW | NEVERNIGHT, BY JAY KRISTOFF

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Author: Jay Kristoff

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: August 1, 2016

Genres: Fantasy, YA

Where I received the book: I received a review copy of this book from Harper Collins.

Star rating:★★★

Summary: In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

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BOOK REVIEW | A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, SABAA TAHIR

atorchagainstthenight_cv-4-14Title: A Torch Against the Night

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Genres: Fantasy, YA

Where I received the book: I received a review copy of this book from Harper Collins.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

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BOOK REVIEW | THE REVELATIONS OF CAREY RAVINE, BY DEBRA DALEY

Title: The Revelations of Carey RavineThe Revelations of Carey Ravine

Author: Debra Daley

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: June 14, 2016

Genres: Historical fiction

Where I received the book: I received a review copy of this book from Hachette!

Star rating:★★☆☆☆

Summary: London in the 1770s is bursting with opportunity. It’s a city fuelled by new ideas and new money, where everything is for sale – including entr e into the ruling class.Making their way in this buccaneering society are Carey Ravine, a spirited young woman of enigmatic background, and her husband, the charming, endlessly enterprising Oliver Nash. Carey and Nash share a historic connection to India and a desperate ambition to better themselves. But as Nash’s plans draw them into a restless association of gamblers and secret societies, Carey begins to question what’s really hidden behind the seedy glamour of their lives. Her unease grows with the appearance of a mysterious man whose appearance unearths a troubling secret from the past. Carey finds herself forced to investigate the truth behind the stranger’s claims – and to confront her own illusions about herself.

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BOOK REVIEW | THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR, BY KATHARINE MCGEE

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Author: Katharine McGee

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: September 1, 2016

Genres: Fantasy, YA

Where I received the book: I received a review copy of this book from Harper Collins.

Star rating:★★☆

Summary: NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

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BOOK TOUR | CONQUESTS: HEARTS RULE KINGDOMS, BY EMILY MURDOCH

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Author: Emily Murdoch

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: August 12, 2013

Genres: Historical fiction, romance

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the author as part of a book tour.

Star rating:★★☆

Summary: England, 1069.

The nation is still recovering from the Norman invasion three years earlier – and adjusting to life under its sometimes brutal new rulers.

A young girl trembles in the shadows of what was once her home.
Avis is homeless and penniless, and with no family left alive she is forced to become a ward of Richard, the Norman lord who has taken her home. But when King William decrees that Norman lords must marry Anglo-Saxon women Avis must make a terrible choice.
Either marry the repulsive Richard or take a else chance on another Norman, Melville, a man she has never met.

Soon she realises that survival in a time of turmoil and war depends of putting aide the prejudices of the past And if she can do so, kingdoms and hearts can still be among her ‘Conquests’.

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BOOK REVIEW | AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, SABAA TAHIR

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Author: Sabaa Tahir

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Genres: Fantasy, YA

Where I received the book: I purchased a copy of this book from booktopia.

Star rating:★★★

Summary: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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