Book Review | Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval

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WELCOM TO CARAVAL,
WHERE NOTHING IS
QUITE WHAT IT SEEMS.

Scarlett and Tella have never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caracel is Magic. Mystery. Adventure.

When the sisters’ long-awated invitations finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is an elaborate performance. But she quickly becomes entangled in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak.

And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

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Book Review | The Special Ones by Em Bailey

Esther is one of the four Special Ones, chosen to live under his protection in a remote farmhouse. They are not allowed to leave, and they must always be ready to broadcast their lives to eager followers on the outside.

But on renewal day when he decides that a new Esther, Harry, Lucille or Felicity must take their place, the old ones disappear – forever. The new ones don’t always want to come, but soon they… realise. Until one day Esther has a realisation of her own, and it changes everything.

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Book Review | No Virgin by Anne Cassidy

Title | No Virgin
Author | Anne Cassidy
Genre | Teens & YA, Contemporary
Publisher | Hot Key Books (November, 2016)
Edition | eARC

Rating4-stars

I would like to thank Net Galley and the publisher, Hot Key Books, for providing me an eARC of the novel, No Virgin by Anne Cassidy.

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Book Review | The Gift-Knight’s Quest by Dylan Madeley

The Gift-Knight's Quest by [Madeley, Dylan]

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Title: The Gift-Knight’s Quest
Author: Dylan Madeley
Published by: Matador (Troubador Publishing Ltd)
Publication date: 26 March 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Historical
Format: eBook
Source: Review copy from the author/publisher

*I would like to thank the author, Dylan Madeley, for entrusting me with his work and in giving me the chance to give an honest review of his novel The Gift-Knight’s Quest

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Book Review | Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

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  • Title | Faceless
  • Author | Alyssa Sheinmel
  • Publisher | Chicken House
  • Publication Date | 7 January 2016
  • Pages | 343
  • Genres | Young Adult, Contemporary
  • Format |  Paperback

When Maisie is burnt in a terrible accident, her face is partially destroyed. She’s lucky enough to get a face transplant, but how do you live your life when you can’t even recognize yourself any more?

As Maisie discovers how much her looks shaped her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what ‘lucky’ really means.

In an industry where uniqueness can be hard to come by, Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel truly stands out from the broad spectrum of YA fiction. It is unique in the sense that it explores what life is like for a 16-year-old who had had a terrible accident involving lightning and electrical fires, resulting in her having to have a face transplant. This obviously isn’t something that often pops up in any YA stories, what are the odds someone will need a face transplant due to electrical fires caused by lightning? Not very high. The way Alyssa went about writing her story is fascinating in itself – doing her research about the science behind face transplants and the drawbacks post-operation (in terms of immunosuppressive medication, and the psychological effects the transplant may have on the individual).

Also, I liked how honest he protagonist is with her situation – although her reasonings may sound shallow, it is completely understandable, as what she has gone through has changed every single one of her relationship – with her parents, friends, teachers, school mates, and especially her relationship with her boyfriend. But everything about Maisie’s personality and character is fresh and new.

I found Maisie’s story as something inspiring, it is full of hope and determination to be who she wants to be as a person – and accept who she really is as an individual, and redefine every aspect of her life in the way she wants it to be and not what others want it to be.

Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Book Review | Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

  • Series: The Serafina Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Egmont
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Supernatural, Historical Fiction

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Book Review | How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne

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  • Series: Normal
  • Format/Pages: Paperback, 480 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing
  • Publication Date: 1st February, 2016
  • Genre: Young Adult, Romance

“So I’m spending the Summer in CALIFORNIA, with the mum who upped and ABANDONED me – and I think I’m falling for a guy guaranteed to BREAK MY HEART. This is a SITUATION DESTINED TO FAIL.”

All Amber wants is a little but of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to America. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.

And then there’s Prom King Kyle, the serial heartbreaker. Can Amber really be falling for him? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact: love is hard.

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