I Was Born For This by Alice Osman | Non-Spoiler Review + YA Room BOTM

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This month I’ve actually decided to revise my TBR slightly and finally make time to participate in The YA Room’s book if the month: I Was Born For This by the talented Alice Oseman

If you don’t know who or what The YA Room is, they’re a book club in Melbourne, Australia (and also on Instagram, twitter, etc.) run by two girls who organise book meets once a month at Dymocks on Collins St. To discuss the book of the month. This month we’re reading I Was Born For This by Alice Osman and it is everything people beg for in a book.

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Blurb:

For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.

Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.

Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

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Reign the Earth by A.C.Gaughen | Semi-Spoiler Book Review

This book was kindly sent to me from Bloomsbury late last year in exchange for an honest review. It was released on the 30th of January 2018 and is approximately 340 pages.

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TWO REVIEWS IN TWO WEEKS?!!! Damn, I am on a roll and so so proud of myself!

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Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

Despite this book taking me a month and a half to read (*insert dates*) I absolutely enjoyed every moment of reading it, and if you are in need of a diverse dystopian-type fantasy novel, this is the book for you.

Review!

This book, written by A.C. Gaughen is marketed as the first in a new series titled The Elementae. This book has made appearances on my February, March, and April/ May (unofficial) TBR’s, to the point where I’d finally picked it up on the 20th of March, finishing it only a few days ago on the 3rd of May.

There is one quote that I really love from this book; and to the protagonist, it is very much a survival mantra; “I am a daughter of the desert, and my feet will never fail me.” I loved how she still has values and morals despite being in the clutched of a selfish crazed ruler. This leads into her love of family and her heritage, and how despite the repression she’s faced while married to a king, she stayed true to the woman she was raised to be.

The family values in this novel were tremendous. It was made to seem like an underlying issue under all the torture, fight for rights and survival, but it was really at the forefront of the reasons behind everyone’s actions. Whether it was love, rebellion, and loyalty, everyone did things that they believed was the right thing to do by their family, and half the reason people stuck by one another was due to a blood relation they had or a traumatic upbringing that kept them loyal to one another.

The ending just petered out, where a cliffhanger would’ve left me begging for the next book, whereas now I’m quite content and sadly a little disappointed with how it ended. The book was so packed with action, suspense and magical elements, I thought the ending would really leave me screaming and crying for answers; where now I’ve fallen into an everything will be okay mood with this book and I don’t like that!!!

I feel that they could’ve made more mention of the dark colour of her skin. It’s not a big issue but the representation in the novel was slightly underrepresented, especially when there is a powerful white male trying to overshadow her.

★ Rating ★

I rated this book ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars) on Goodreads because of the strength Shalia had despite being in a situation where she was being repressed and ignored because her husband believed he was a God and she was only there to bear children and show off like a trophy. The ending as mentioned above decreased the rating from 4/5 to 3/5, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the book.

I had a wonderful time reading this book and I took away the value of humanity, family, and that as a woman I should stand up for what is right even if a crazy white male is being overbearing and suppressive. I’d recommend you read this book especially if you love books about women who aren’t afraid to shy away from a fight and will fight for peace and equality regardless of the benefit to themselves.
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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!

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Thank You so much for reading! I hope to see you all back here on Wednesday 🙂

BREE XOXO


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Control Freakz by Michael Evans | I Didn’t Finish This Book Spoilery Review

This book was kindly sent to me in eBook format from YA Bound Book Tours this week in exchange for an honest review.

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I apologise that this review is almost four days late, but I’ve been so so busy with uni assignments, work, and professional interviews, it took me a lot longer than expected to read this book – considering I didn’t even finish it!

Today I bring to you all, a book review for a book I DID NOT FINISH (DNF)!!!

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Goodreads Summary:

Alone. Abandoned. Threatened. Natalie has lost all hope for a better future. Everything she’s known and everyone she’s ever loved is gone, and it’s up to her to get her old life back. In Michael Evans’s first novel, Control Freakz, Natalie’s journey toward a better life begins.

When Protocol 00 is enacted, Natalie’s family is taken by the government, along with the families of her two best friends, Ethan and Hunter. With nothing to lose, and the threat of government hitmen kidnapping them at any moment, the three must battle to survive in a horrid, post-apocalyptic world run by President Ash and his invasive government. They want answers. And they’re willing to jeopardize everything in desperate pursuit.

Risking ruthless leaders, attempted mind control, and her very existence on the planet, Natalie, along with Hunter and Ethan, will stop at nothing in their quest to regain everything they’ve ever known. Her spirits crushed and her will to live destroyed, Natalie knows everything is dead and gone, and soon she will be, too.

Memories connect us to the past, and can often cause us to long for a better future, but they can drive our minds into a state of hell if a better future is unattainable. Nevertheless, Natalie’s hope for a better a future remains.

DNF? Why?

The decision to DNF a book is a hard one, especially if

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Warcross by Marie Lu | Spoilery-ish Review

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I finally read Warcross. 

If you haven’t yet seen my March TBR that was posted two weeks ago (please click the link and read it!), Warcross was a book that I had started at the end of Feburary (21st is not the end but who cares…) and made it my life goal to finish before mid-March. I did that and I have a bit to say about the experience.

Warcross Book CoverGoodreads Synopsis:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson | Non-Spoiler Review

This novel was sent to me by Bloomsbury Publishing Australia two months prior to it’s UK release on February 8th 2018, in exchange for an honest review. I am very grateful to have been chosen to review this book.

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I honestly do not know what to say in this review, other than I loved this book so so much though it wasn’t perfect, it was engaging, captivating, and oddly haunting.

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Goodreads Summary:

Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good.

In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.

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Storm and Grace by Kathryn Heyman | Non-Spoiler Review

This 360 page novel was sent to me by Allen & Unwin prior to it’s release on February 1st 2017, in exchange for an honest review. I am very grateful to have been chosen to review this book.

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Last Monday, I did not post a review, but today I am posting one of my most controversial and opinionated reviews yet.

I have many mixed emotions about this book with many stronger ones developing within the last 30 pages of this novel, where it really started to pick up and provide a certain sense of enlightenment as to where the story had been leading.

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Goodreads Summary:

Their love knows no limits – but the further you go, the more dangers there are. Love becomes obsession and lust becomes control. A riveting thriller in the tradition of Girl on the Train andBefore I Go to Sleep.

… fear swam beneath her, baring its teeth, telling her lies …

World-famous freediver Storm Hisray hits Grace Cain like a bolt from the blue. Instantly smitten, she abandons her life in the city to follow him to his idyllic Pacific island. There he teaches Grace the ways of the deep, and she learns to sink to unimaginable depths on one single breath. As their world narrows to the two of them, she learns, too, the exquisite pleasures of her body – but also that Storm hides as many secrets as the sea.

As he pushes Grace further and further beyond her limits – both in and out of the water – her resistance grows, but so does Storm’s need to control her. With a secret of her own to protect, Grace starts to realise that she is in deeper and more dangerous water than she has ever imagined possible.

Brilliant, mesmerising, incendiary and haunting, Storm and Grace explores the dazzling thrill of the deep, and the terrors that lie in its shadows.

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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green |Review

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It has come time for another review, and believe it or not I am somewhat on top of my reading schedule! (Watch me jinx myself right now)

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Goodreads Summary:

#1 bestselling author John Green returns with his first new novel since The Fault in Our Stars!

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

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Gregory & The Grimbockle By Melanie Schubert | Review

I received the book direct from the Author in return for an honest review. This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own, and passages from the book referenced will be quoted. Massive thanks to the Author Melanie Schubert for this opportunity.

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It seems like it’s been forever since my last book review with all the wrap-up, haul, TBR and New Years posts that have been consuming my blog; although I really loved to share all of that with you guys, I’m glad to be reviewing again!

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Goodreads Summary:

Ten-year-old Gregory is about to find out that the enormous mole stuck straight beneath his nose is not just a mole, but is actually a humpy crumpy portal of skin that hides a creature called the Grimbockle.

What’s more? The Grimbockle is just one of the many strange little creatures called Bockles tending to the mysterious threads that connect all humans from one to the other. It is a very important job and one that has long been carried out with incredible secrecy…

…that is, before tonight.

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Flight Vol. 1 Edited by Kazu Kibuishi | Review

Hey Ho Bookaholics and Humans Alike,

I have returned with another book review. This time I have read a comic book titled Flight. I got this book for a bargain $6 at The Book Grocer, and looking online last night to purchase the second volume, I noticed that these comics retail for almost $35 Australian Dollars! It’s ridiculous no wonder not many people read comics now days.

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Goodreads Summary:

Flight Volume One features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this first volume of Flight is full of memorable tales that will both amaze and inspire.

 

 

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff | Review

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Today I bring to you a review of the most wonderfully scripted books I have read this year. The characters have stolen my heart, baffled my mind, and gave me a lesson in the history of a place I will (hopefully) never visit thus rendering it useless except for book discussions (so not entirely useless).

When I received this book as a Christmas present from my Best Friend, I read it immediately and was captivated by the elaborate detail and beauty of the writing that I knew it has to be the most perfectly written book ever.

Today, ladies, gents, and those who are neither; I am bringing to you my review of Nevernight by the amazing Jay Kristoff.

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Goodreads Summary:

Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.

Review

Throughout a good chunk of the first quarter of the book I was mostly lost as to what course the story was taking. In the first chapter especially, I was perplexed as to who the woman was and why she was in bed with an older man, and upon reading further, I deduced that the woman was indeed Mia – and not her mother as I guessed – I am still unsure of why and how that scene came about.

As the story goes on it becomes clear who Mia is and what her motivations are for the actions she takes revealed though scattered flashbacks to her childhood where we learn of the horrors she has witnessed.

When reading, I felt confused and often times lost to the story due to the unfamiliarity of not only the setting – which was assisted by the map at the beginning of the book – but the unfamiliarity of the slang that was oftentimes left unexplained and the meaning had to be deduced entirely from context.

I was very taken aback by the witt of the narrator who I actually imagined as Jay Kristoff and the use of modern references as the aforementioned ‘Hogwarts’. There are also parts in the footnotes where the narrator gets all sassy and it’s a great break from the seriousness and foreignness of the story.

Throughout this book, Jay Kristoff has inspired me to be more descriptive and creative with my writing

Jay Kristoff just manages to keep you hooked with this book, and in the parts where the level of action decreases you as the reader begin to feel more on edge; the feeling that something is coming is always there with this book, and until that thing comes you are left hooked hanging on to every word.

I came across a few strong quotes from this magnificent novel, though I read without sticky notes and my phone is typically in the other room so I seldom remember the quotes I loved.

One of the ones I’d mange to capture is:

“Easier to hide in the dark than the limelight.”

I quite like this one as it is very true especially coupled with Mia’s frequent saying “Better to be underestimated.” I’ve thought about this fact even before reading Nevernight, and it’s true in many aspects; though only very useful in things that involve talent and trial, not school.

Rating!

I obviously rate this book a massive five out of five stars! I would give this a higher rating if possible. I’m going to make some comparisons here so you all know how highly I am rating this book, and say that the writing is better than Cassandra Clare’s, which in turn makes the storyline far more intriguing.

I would also like you to all know that I began this book sometime after Christmas in 2016, and have in all you finished it as the clock struck 12midnight on the 21st of December 2017! Almost a year after I had begun it.

Remember;

“When in doubt, it’s best to be polite when dealing with lunatics.”

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here again Wednesday 🙂

BREE XOXO


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