BOOK REVIEW | GAME OF THRONES 20th ANNIVERSARY ILLUSTRATED EDITION, BY GEORGE RR MARTIN

Title: Game Of Thrones, 20th Anniversary Illustrated Edition

Author: George R. R. Martin

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

Genres: Fantasy

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

Star rating:★★★

Summary: Published in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of George R. R. Martin’s landmark series, this lavishly illustrated special edition of A Game of Thrones—with gorgeous full-page illustrations in every chapter—revitalizes the fantasy masterpiece that became a cultural phenomenon.

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the North of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall.

At the centre of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a region of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavours to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

MIGHTY APE

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BOOK REVIEW | CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO

Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: September 27th 2016

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ to review.

Star rating:★★★

Summary: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

AMAZON | BOOK DEPOSITORY | MIGHTYAPE

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BOOK REVIEW | COLLIDE BY MICHELLE MADOW

Title: Collide

Author: Michelle Madow

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: February 1, 2017

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Where I received the book: I received an eARC of this book to review from the author

Star rating:★☆☆

Summary: I should have died when I was shot at the Halloween dance.

Instead I woke up—one week earlier, in a parallel universe where my mom’s fatal car accident six months ago never happened.

A world with my mom still in it was all I ever wanted. But in this timeline, everything is different—my grades, my friends, and even my boyfriend. I’m a stranger in my own body, and I don’t like who I’ve become.

But one thing is the same—that shooting will still happen at the end of the week.

I’m the only one who knows. Which means I’m the only one who can stop it.

But first I need to convince someone—anyone—that I’m telling the truth… and then get them to help me.

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BOOK REVIEW | UNITED AS ONE BY PITTACUS LORE

Title: United As One

Author: Pittacus Lore

Series Number: 7

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Genres: YA, Science Fiction

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book to review from Penguin Random House NZ

Star rating:★★☆

Summary: The seventh and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! With United as One, this action-packed series comes to a surprising, breathtaking, and utterly satisfying conclusion. The Garde didn’t start this war, but they’ll do whatever it takes to end it once and for all. . . .

The Mogadorians have invaded Earth. Their warships loom over our most populated cities, and no country will risk taking them head on. The Garde are all that stand in the way, but they’ll need an army of their own to win this fight.

They’ve teamed up with the US military, but it might not be enough. The Garde need reinforcements, and they’ve found them in the most unexpected place. Teenagers from across the globe, like John Smith’s best friend, Sam, have developed abilities. So John and the others must get to them before the Mogs, because if they don’t their enemies will use these gifted teens for their own sinister plan.

But after all the Mogadorians have taken from John—his home, his family, his friends, and the person he loves most—he might not want to put any more lives in danger. He’s got nothing left to lose, and he’s just discovered he has been given an incredible new Legacy. Now he can turn himself into the ultimate weapon. So will he risk his life to save the world, or will he realize that power in numbers will save us all?

WHITCOULLS | PAPER PLUS | MIGHTYAPE

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MOST ANTICIPATED DIVERSE YA BOOKS OF 2017

2016 is quickly coming to an end, and i decided to share a list of diverse young adult books that i’m looking forward to in 2017. there are so many amazing diverse books coming out next year and i’ve managed to compile a short(ish) list to share. at the bottom of this post, i’ve got some links to other blogs and lists with even more diverse books (you can never have too many).

i would really like to thank taryn (twitter/instagram) personally for making me more aware of the books that i’m reading. i’ve always thought that marginalised people are important but it wasn’t until i followed her that i noticed the lack of diverse books i was reading. of course there are many other people promoting the “we need diverse books” movement, and i thank you all for raising awareness for something that’s often overlooked.

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BOOK REVIEW | THE FATE OF TEN, PITTACUS LORE

Title: The Fate Of Ten

Author: Pittacus Lore

Series Number: 6

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Genres: YA, Science Fiction

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

Star rating:★★☆

Summary: The sixth book in the thrilling, action-packed, New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can’t find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation.

There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan—one which the Garde are finally starting to understand. In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of the Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary. There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations. Now this power can save the world . . . or destroy it. It will all depend on who wields it.

BOOK DEPOSITORY | AMAZON

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BOOK REVIEW | THE REVENGE OF SEVEN, PITTACUS LORE

619pb0r3umlTitle: The Revenge Of Seven

Author: Pittacus Lore

Series Number: 5

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Genres: Science fiction, YA

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

Star rating:★★☆

Summary: The Garde have suffered an unbearable loss. Number Five has betrayed them. Eight is gone forever. Ella has been kidnapped. The others are now scattered.

In Chicago, John makes the unlikeliest of allies: Adam, a Mogadorian who turned his back on his people. He has invaluable information about Mog technology, battle strategies, and weaknesses. Most important, he knows where to hit them: their command base near Washington, DC. During the assault, however, John and Adam learn the unimaginable truth: it is too late. The Mogadorians have commenced their ultimate invasion plans.

With a front-row seat to the impending invasion, Ella finds herself in the hands of the enemy. For some reason she’s more valuable to them alive, and they’ll stop at nothing to turn her.

Meanwhile, Six, Nine, and Marina make their way through the Florida Everglades, hot on the trail of the traitorous Five. With the development of a new Legacy, Marina finally has the power to fight back—if her thirst for revenge doesn’t consume her first.

AMAZON | BOOK DEPOSITORY

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BOOK REVIEW | WE AWAKEN, CALISTA LYNNE

30341730Title: We Awaken

Author: Calista Lynne

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: July 14, 2016

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Where I received the book: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Star rating:★★☆

Summary: Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.

But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price.

AMAZON | BOOK DEPOSITORY

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BOOK REVIEW | CHALLENGER DEEP, BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN

challengerdeep-final-cover-hi-rezTitle: Challenger Deep

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.

BOOK DEPOSITORY | AMAZON

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