Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems. Scarlett has 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. Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father. When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval 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 only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed 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.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - What a wonderful, magical story! This book took me on an adventure I was not expecting and I enjoyed every moment of it.
Scarlett and her sister Tella have been told stories of Caraval and ever since then they have wanted to go. They have never left the island they live on as they have a very strict father but, Scarlett has been writing letters to Legend in hopes of visiting Caraval and taking part in the game. On year, a few weeks before she is meant to be married, she gets a letter back with tickets for her and her sister.
As soon as they arrive Tella is kidnapped and now part of the game. Scarlett has to find the clues to find her sister before Caraval is over. Everyone is involved and she has to do what she can and remember; it's only a game.....or is it? She will be thrown into a world of magic, sisterhood and love and she has to find her sister before it's too late.
I love that this story was about sisters and what sisters would do for each other and the love they share. I loved reading about Scarlett and the adventure she goes on to find Tella. They both want to escape their life back home and being at Caraval gives them that escape, even if it does come with consequences.
I was immediately gripped from the first page of this book and didn't put it down until I had finished it. I just fell in love with this world and Stephanies writing! She is able to grab the reader from the first page and bring them into this fantasy world of magic and legends. I love how this book had other themes but was based around these sisters and I loved reading their story.
PLUS THAT ENDING?!?!?! I need more. It was beautifully written and definitely a must read for all!
Steffi doesn't talk. Rhys can't hear. They understand each other perfectly. Love isn't always a lightning strike. Sometimes it's the rumbling roll of thunder...Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life - she's been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He's deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she's assigned to look after him. To Rhys it doesn't matter that Steffi doesn't talk and, as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she's falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
My review - I adored Saras first novel, Beautiful Broken Things and I was really excited when I heard she had another book out and I had to pick it up ASAP.
I read it in one sitting as I just couldn't put it down and instantly fell in love with this book and the characters. I was hugging the book after I read it because I just couldn't cope with how amazing and adorable this book was. Not only that, it had some important topics in it to do with mental health and diversity.
In this book we meet Steffi. She doesn't speak. She can speak, mainly to her family and her best friend but, she feels more comfortable not speaking. Rhys is new at her school and they get introduced as Rhys is deaf and Steffi knows some BSL and they instantly hit it off. They have their ups and down but, being with Rhys has made Steffi more confident and she starts to use her voice a little bit more.
I just can't get over how cute this book was. It did have me at some moments where I just wanted to wrap these characters up and tell them everything will be okay. They really help each other in this book but they do have some fallouts as they don't talk to each other about their problems but, they learn to grow and fall in love and I just loved this book.
I also loved her best friend Tem! She was a wonderful character and I enjoyed reading about her when she was in the story(would love a story about her, just saying)
If you loved Beautiful Broken Things then you will ADORE this! If not, you need to pick both of Saras books as they are just wonderful and Sara really puts a lot of heart into these books.
When a monstrous beast attacks in Eurona, desperate measures must be taken. The king sends a proclamation to the best and bravest hunters: whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter Princess Aerity as a reward. The princess recognizes her duty but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger—she was meant to marry for love—until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. And while there’s no denying the fiery chemistry between them, Princess Aerity feels that Paxton’s mysteriousness is foreboding, maybe even dangerous.Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He is determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the secrets he’s buried begin to surface against his wishes.
~I was sent a copy from the publisher - all opinions are my own~ I give it - 4/5
My review - I am very excited for the sequel of this book. I really enjoyed The Great Hunt and excited to see what happens in the next one. Some parts of this story felt a little slow but other than that I really enjoyed this retelling and the characters.
A creature is on the loose and killing everyone in sight. When the creature kills someone close to the kingdom the King declares a hunt and whoever kills this creature gets his daughters hand in marriage. Hundreds of hunters come from all over hoping to kill the creature but after a few nights of trying the numbers start to dwindle as the creature is terrifying. The princess, Aerity hates the thought of marrying one of the hunters and not knowing who they are or even being in love with them but, she does this knowing that her kingdom will be safe and she is willing to sacrifice for it. She meets Paxton, one of the hunters who just wants to kill this creature and get it over with. He doesn't care for nobody but feelings start to arise and before he can stop it, the truth comes out about him and he has to do everything he can to stay hidden and safe.
I cannot believe how this book ended and I'm excited to see what happens in the next one. I have so many feelings after reading it and I just want to hug all these characters. Things are about to change in Aerity's life, some things not for the better, but she is willing to do everything she can to protect her people from the dangers that surround them and I cannot wait to see her kick ass.
A fantastic fantasy book that will have you gripped and ready for the next one.
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok's lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna's survival depends on the world believing she is dead.But that doesn't stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.
~I was sent a copy from the publisher - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - What a wonderful start to a new series! This book has left me with a lot of feelings and I need the next book badly! It ended crazily and left me wanting the next book to see what happens with these wonderful characters.
Luna has been in the tower for all of her life. She has to be hidden away but, she wants to be able to travel the forest by herself, to leave the tower and see what the world is like outside. She knows there are dangerous hours when the dwellers come to life and kill. The forest around the tower is cursed and you have to be very careful when out there and Luna knows the forest, she has been taught well and one day when she sneaks out she finds some people and brings them back to the tower.
Then the tower is attacked and Luna has to leave. Perla and Sivo, who have taken care of her since she was a baby, make Luna go with Fowler, one of the people she found in the forest, as they will be able to get faraway from the tower and hopefully to safety. But, trying to get away comes with a few ups and downs and they need to do all they can to survive before Luna is found.
Luna is wanted and Fowler doesn't know why and when he finds out the truth he must do everything he can to protect her before she get's captured and killed. Can their love survive this all? And what could Fowler be possibly hiding?
I was not expecting some of the twist and turns in this book. Especially that ending. THAT ENDING WAS CRAZY and I cannot wait to see what happens to Luna and Fowler. I loved how the story built up the plot. It didn't rush it and it went at a really nice pace. I believe it was a great first book that gave us some answers but left enough questions for me to have already pre-order the second book. I'm so excited to see what happens in this wonderful fantasy series. I adore Luna. She takes no bull from anyone and is so strong and just amazing. Excited to see where this series takes her.
'Frost-demons have no interest in mortal girls wed to mortal men. In the stories, they only come for the wild maiden.' In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church. But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods...
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What a wonderful, wintery, magical story! I felt like I was transported into the heart of the story, next to Vasya.
One thing I adored about this story was that it wasn't rushed. I felt it built up nicely to the main part of the story. We got to see life before Vasya and then when she was born and growing up. What was going on with her family and things around her and it worked perfectly! I felt the story was perfect they way it was set.
There is something dark growing in the woods. When Vasya was younger she got lost and saw something in the woods-something that would come after her when she is older. She also sees spirits around her house and is usually caught talking to them and before she knows it, people think she's a witch. Her stepmother wants to marry her off or send her to a convent but she knows she can't leave the forest. Can Vasya save herself and her family before the dark magic starts to descend?
I loved Vasya. She is born in a time where she has do what she's told and has to marry by a certain age and be spoken too as if she is beneath others but, she is so strong and is able to stick up for herself.
I haven't read many books inspired by Russian Folklore so I was really intrigued when I got this book and it exceeded all my exceptions. It was so interesting to read and I enjoyed reading about all the stories within this book. It was very gripping from the first page and I just didn't put it down until I finished it and I didn't want it to finish. It was a brilliant story that I believe everyone will enjoy and love. I'm so sad it's over but, I can't wait to re-read it over and over again and go on this journey with Vasya again and again. She is so fierce and I just loved this book!
All eleven-year old Alex wants is to launch his iPod into space. With a series of audio recordings, he will show other lifeforms out in the cosmos what life on Earth, his Earth, is really like. But for a boy with a long-dead dad, a troubled mum, and a mostly-not-around brother, Alex struggles with the big questions. Where do I come from? Who's out there? And, above all, How can I be brave? Determined to find the answers, Alex sets out on a remarkable road trip that will turn his whole world upside down ...
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - This book pulled at my heartstrings. I was instantly gripped with this book and I fell in love with Alex as he goes on his adventure. This book is told from Alex as he records himself, telling whatever is out there what earth is like and he likes to record all kind of conversations-this did have me laughing out loud a lot during certain moments.
Alex is determined to send his iPod of into space with all his recordings but some things go wrong and before he knows it, he is on an adventure. He finds friends and people adore Alex. He is so lovely and so determined to get his iPod sent up.
Things aren't great at home for Alex. His mother is hardly around, his father is dead and his brother lives far away and hardly sees him or talks to him. But, during his journey he finds out some truths about his family-is this enough to bring them back together? He is about to go on the journey that is out of this world.
I love how beautiful this story was. I feel like anyone could read this and they would all fall in love with Alex and his story. He was an amazing character to read about and of course all the other characters in this book really brought it all together. It was crazy to read how many people wanted to help Alex with his project. It was also fun reading it as the recordings on the iPod.
I loved his relationship with the other characters and just all in all I loved him. I wanted to give him a big hug during his journey and I was rooting him on the whole way.
This is definitely a book that I can see everyone loving when it comes out. You will fall in love with Alex and the adventure he goes on and wishing you where there as well. He is so smart and really knows how to take care of himself and just be an awesome person. A must read for all as you will want to re-read this book over and over again and of course, Carl Sagan, Alex's wonderful dog! The way Alex views the world is just so remarkable.
This book will make you laugh and cry and I can guarantee you are all going to love this book when it's out.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN'T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF? I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE. Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can't remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is. Then she kisses someone she shouldn't, and the next day she remembers it. It's the first time she's remembered anything since she was ten. But the boy is gone. She thinks he's moved to the Arctic. Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?
~I was sent a copy from the publisher-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What a heartbreakingly beautiful story! I teared up at the end as I couldn't cope with this story. It was so beautiful and every should give it a read.
In this story we meet Flora. Flora can't make new memories after she had a tumor when she was 10 and she can only remember things from before that age and what ever she writes down on her hands. Her mother made her a notebook of her life for her to read for when she forgets what happened to her. One night at a party she kisses a boy, Drake. Drake is going away and wishes they could spend the night together but Flora's mother is very overprotective so she says no. She writes down that she kissed him as she doesn't want to forget it but when she wakes, she remembers everything from that night. She remembers their conversation and the kiss and now that has fueled her to find out what's going on with her parents and to possibly go after Drake to see if something is there, since the kiss between the made her remember.
Flora sets of on an adventure to find Drake and on the way she finds out some more interesting things. Flora finds out she can't trust her parents. They have been lying to her and with some help from her friend and brother she is able to piece together the truth.
I enjoyed following Flora on this adventure. Her little quirks are what make her, her. She constantly writes down every little thing so she can think about it the next day and important things on her hands.
Certain parts had me tearing up as I just wanted to give Flora a big hug and tell her everything would be okay. I would love to see what becomes of Flora after the book ended. Emily has written a fantastic book that will pull at your heartstrings. A story about a girl who doesn't forget and finding out who she can really trust and also, showing that she is brave.
Enter a world where fire and ice are mortal enemies...Ruby is a Fireblood. In a land ruled by frost, her very existence is a crime. She's spent her whole life in hiding. Until the day Frostblood soldiers raid her village and kill her mother. The day she swears to avenge her people. She must travel deep into the heart of the enemy, to the court of the Frost King, with only the mysterious warrior Arcus - a Frostblood rebel - by her side. But with alliances between flame and ice strictly forbidden, is Arcus friend or foe? Ruby will only have one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her. But she has no idea just how hot her fire will burn...
~I was sent a proof copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - What a wonderful start to a new trilogy! I was gripped from the very beginning of this book and couldn't put it down until I had finished it and now, I badly need the next one. I also love Arcus, just saying.
Ruby is a Fireblood. She has been hidden away since she was born as the Frostbloods rule. Being hidden away means she can't use her power or learn to control it. So, when things go bad she doesn't know how to stop her power from getting out of control and hurting people. One day she is given the option to learn how to use her fire in exchange for her doing something for them. She has the chance to get revenge for what happened to her mother and her village with the help of Arcus, a Frostblood who she just loves to annoy over and over again, but, what is Arcus hiding from her? Would this change everything for Ruby? Can she defeat the darkness before it gets her?
I just loved this book so much. Ruby was a fantastic character. It was great seeing how much she grew in this and I can't wait to see where the next books take her. She is very strong willed and knows what she is fighting for. She tries her hardest and she wants to avenge her mothers death. I loved how she sassed back Arcus. They have a crazy relationship that I just adored.
Ruby is a girl living in a Frostblood world. She needs to learn how to survive and how to use her fire to help people and maybe, just maybe, things will go back to how they where. When Frostbloods and Firebloods lived together and Ruby won't have to keep her fire a secret and she won't be someone who people are looking for because of her Fire.
A brilliant start to a new trilogy I am sure I am going to love. This was a great start to the trilogy and I can't wait to see what Elly does with the other books and I can't wait to see Ruby grow more and more stronger with her fire....and Arcus, love him.
A sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing's speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.
My review - This was a fantastic debut novel from Katherine! It had me tearing up at certain parts and it was just so wonderful. I felt like I was there, cheering Wing on as she ran.
I read this in one sitting as this book was so gripping from the very beginning. It took me on a rollercoaster of emotions that I just fell in love with this book and it's characters. Especially, the grandmothers! Wing is 16 and she adores her older brother. He has everything, the looks, the perfect relationship, on the football team and has scouts coming to the game to check him out. Until, one night there is a knock at the door and Wing and her families world shatters. They have to deal with the consequences of what happened that night and now Wing hate's to go to school and she is starting to grow closer to her brothers best friend, Aaron, who she's known her entire life.
But, that isn't the only thing. Wing can run, and she can run fast. She tries out for the track team and then there is a competiton and if she wins she will be able to help her family out and then maybe some things will be okay. Can Wing help her family?
This book was just so beautiful. Full of drama, romance, heartache. A family having to deal with certain things and how to go on with life after it happened. The diversity in this book was so good and it really gave you an insight to her family life in 1995.
A book I believe everyone should read. It was so heartbreakingly beautiful and I can't wait to re-read this over and over again.
A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago. Protected by an infamous Mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can't last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie's the prime target of a rival clan. She's determined to seek revenge on her mother's murderers, but can she pay the price - can she be a Mafiosa?
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - On one hand, I'm so sad this is the end of this wonderful saga but on the other hand this was the best ending and I couldn't have asked for more. It took me on rollercoaster of emotions that I just couldn't put this book down after I picked it up. I was gripped from the very beginning and I have to say this has to be my favourite book out of all three of them.
If you haven't read this saga before it is about a girl named Sophie, 5 brothers move in next door and it is like a take on Romeo & Juliet. She is not allowed anywhere near these brothers but has an attraction to one. Before she knows it she is brought into the life of crime, violance, murder and there are some secrets that she is going to find out and it makes her look at her family a whole different way.
I just couldn't cope with what happened in this book. I almost cried at certain points.
Also, Luca, Luca is a babe and I wish he was real.
Sophie has to do things in this book to survive and she has became so much stronger since the first book. After certain events she has grown a thicker skin, to survive with these boys she needs to have a thick skin, and also, saracastic as hell.
I also love Millie, I need a best friend like Millie.
A wonderful wrap up to what has to be one of my favourite series of all time. I'm so sad it's over but, Cat has written such a fantastic saga that I can't wait to re-read it over and over again. If you haven't started this saga yet then please do as it is full of drama, murder, romance, Luca ;)