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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I’ D BEEN TOLD ALL MY LIFE THAT I WAS MY FATHER ’ S SPITTING image, and after years apart, I could see it more than ever. The dark, unruly hair—though his was beginning to gray at the temples—and dark eyes, a certain stubborn set to the jaw. Watsons might be stubborn, he’d told me when I was younger, but we temper it with a love of adventure.
The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.
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Red Rising By Pierce Brown (Book 1)

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free. That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.’
‘I live for you,’ I say sadly.
She kisses my cheek. ‘Then you must live for more.”

I absolutely loved this book. Why? Who wouldn’t want to read about a society split into different functional levels on Mars? About a school for the elite that starts off with the brutal murdering of half of the applicants by their peers, about a rise from rags to riches and a struggle to the top when everybody is perfect. A book about a Mockingjay that sings the start of a revolution and then is hanged to death in front of friends and family and her devoted husband.
About wits and courage and loads of hate.

“Sharpened by hate. Strengthened by love.”

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Alis * Naomi Rich Book Review

This is one I found in the discount bin at my local library sale so I didn’t have a lot of expectations but this teen novel set in a dystopian future exceeded my meagre wishes. This was a story of growing up, questioning absolute authority, finding the path to walk on, making a choice and standing up for the core truths despite danger.

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Evernight (Book 1) Claudia Grey

Vampire-Academy-poster-vampire-academy-15999884-1000-1200If you are looking for a vampire romance in the same class as Twilight or Vampire Diaries, you have come to the wrong place. Claudia Grey’s book is a lukewarm romance with a predictable twist and a lot of padding. The first half of the novels centers about a young girl entering an elite academy due to her parents being teachers there. She decides to run away on her first night there but she encounters a teenage boy who convinces her to turn around and give the school a go.

It didn’t phase me so much as a Hogwards re-try more like a Vampire Academy prequel. She falls in love with the first guy who showed attention to her and does not understand why he won’t acknowledge her during school hours. She then finds out that he is an outcast and getting into fights often did not want that dark light to shine upon her. Oh, so Gallant. I was nearly yawning at this point…

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Running Girl (The Garvie Smith Mysteries #1) by Simon Mason

I liked this book! Not my normal cup of tea but still a great read for a rainy evening. This is the story of “How to catch a predator” gone wild. Garvie is a genius and when his ex-girlfriend is found murdered and dumped in a nearby lake, he joins in the man hunt and offers his brain to the police in order to catch who did it.

The novel is quite good, all the way through – it even offers up another suspect until the end with a massive reveal that will leave you reeling.

The clues are there for you to piece together and you might be able to realize who the culprit is before the rest, but you also might not.

The first half of the story is really light-hearted and then it turns very dark soon as everyone seems to be involved. The girl was bullied at school, she had older, more mature men after her, she used to go clubbing and crash celebrity parties in order to make it as an actress. She wasn’t liked by many (as most people keep repeating).

The people looking for her are lead by detective Singh from the London met police and unfortunately he seems like a mediocre detective – allowing our hero to shine through like a young Sherlock Holmes.

The dark side of the novel deals with pedophiles, murder, rape and the whole lot together. Described quite vividly in some parts or through re-enactment in Garvie’s brain.

All in all, Running Girl is a very solid teen detective novel with a strong protagonist who grows in the end. I believe it deserves more praise than it’s received

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The Raven Boys – by Maggie Stiefvater – Crappiest book of 2018 (just getting started)

While I absolutely adored Maggie Stiefvater * The Wolves Of Mercy Falls Trilogy, I could not finish The Raven Boys. Three times I attempted to read it and three times I put it down in sheer boredom. It could not spike my interest and the characters were so bland I could not help thinking Maggie drew some names out of a hat and made a terrible plot just to cash in some more.

If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human.

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What a Boy Needs (book 2) by Nyrae Dawn

So, I picked this up in the Library 25p sale and I had my first bout of doubt when I realized it was a woman talking about what a man needs. So it’s a story about a woman thinking she knows what men want. Not a man doing it.

The story starts simple enough: a crush, a troubled family background, a vile parent (the dad in this case), a secret and a trip to New York.

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Maggie Stiefvater * The Wolves Of Mercy Falls Trilogy

I picked up these three gorgeous books at a sale at The Works (paid £5 for something that made my life a lot nicer, filled my heart with love and light and made me forget the horrors of Twilight). The book covers are amazing but they give nothing away of the subject (btw, mine are the middle ones).

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Beautiful Creatures Novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl * Book Review

Do you remember The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare where a normal teenager gets mixed up with creatures like faeries and werewolves and angels?
Or Ink Exchange from Melissa Marr dealing with faeries and tattoos?
Or maybe the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy?

Well, there is this book about a teenage girl just turning 16, moving schools into a new town and finding out that when the clock ticks on her 16th birthday she will turn either into a destructive dark witch or a good-natured white witch. She falls in love, meets some villains and has a great time in a small minded town when her powers start showing.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

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Book Review – Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Forever: the final installment in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and the final story of Grace and Sam.

‘And then I did laugh, even though the future was a dangerous place, because I loved her, and she loved me, and the world was beautiful.’

When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their loved moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.

Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment – a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.