BOOK REVIEW | FROSTBLOOD, BY ELLY BLAKE

Title: Frostblood

Author: Elly Blake

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 10th 2017

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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

Star rating:★★☆☆

Summary: The frost king will burn.
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

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BOOK REVIEW | THE BLAZING STAR, BY IMANI JOSEY

Title: The Blazing Star

Author: Imani Josey

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: December 6, 2016

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley to review.

Star rating:★★☆

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.

Great.

Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.

AMAZON | BOOKDEPOSITORY

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BOOK REVIEW | DEFENDER, BY G X TODD

Title: Defender

Author: G. X. Todd

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 12th 2017

Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia

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

Star rating:★★☆☆

Summary: ‘On the cusp of sleep, have we not all heard a voice call out our name?’
In a world where long drinks are in short supply, a stranger listens to the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road.
The moment locks them together.
Here and now it’s dangerous to listen to your inner voice. Those who do, keep it quiet.
These voices have purpose.
And when Pilgrim meets Lacey, there is a reason. He just doesn’t know it yet.
Defender pulls you on a wild ride to a place where the voices in your head will save or slaughter you.
#HearTheVoices

MIGHTYAPE | WHITCOULLS | PAPERPLUS

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BOOK REVIEW | CARVE THE MARK, BY VERONICA ROTH

Title: Carve the Mark

Author: Veronica Roth

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction

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

Summary: On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

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BOOK REVIEW | MAGNUS CHASE AND THE HAMMER OF THOR, BY RICK RIORDAN

Title: Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor

Author: Rick Riordan

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Genres: Fantasy

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

Star rating:★★★

Summary: Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

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WWW WEDNESDAY | JANUARY 25

this book meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. this post just answers the 3 questions below. i know i don’t really have much to say at the start of the tag, but i’ve read so many books recently. i’m currently at 40% of my goodreads goal already. all i can really do is thank this wonderful thing called audiobooks. i’d love to know if anyone else listens to them. i know they’re not really popular in the book community, but as an extremely slow reader, they’re really handy.

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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BOOK REVIEW | THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS, BY EMILY BARR

Title: The One Memory of Flora Banks

Author: Emily Barr

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 3rd 2017

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

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

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

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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.

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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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