Posts Categorized: Reviews

Apr 18
Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Reviews 0 ★★★½

Picking up immediately after the end of Monument 14, Sky on Fire is told in alternating points of view and finally shows us what's going on outside the Greenway store while keeping us in contact with those inside it.

Firstly, I love that there's a neat summary of what happened in the last book right at the beginning of this one. It's written as a letter - one of those 'in case you find this and we're dead' scenarios, and i think it was perfect because it brings readers up to speed without behind condescending or obvious about it.

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Apr 09
Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Reviews 1 ★★★★

I was expecting yet another run-of-the-mill dystopian book but what I got was something so well crafted and believable that I can’t wait to dive into the second book as soon as I can.

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Apr 07
The Glass Republic by Tom Pollock

The Glass Republic by Tom Pollock

Reviews 1 ★★★★★

Tom Pollock writes a mind-blowing sequel with The Glass Republic, adding spice to the story he began in The City’s Son by switching protagonists and introducing a previously unexplored aspect of his alternate-world London.

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Apr 01
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Reviews 4 ★★★★★

Laini Taylor’s gorgeous story-telling will sweep readers away from the first page, and then excite, horrify, generally agonise them until the last page is turned. Her writing is indescribably mesmerising, somehow managing to capture hearts and imaginations and allow us to immerse ourselves fully into the world she has created.

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Mar 31
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I’m rarely moved to hug a book and breathe a sigh of contentment when I’ve finished reading it, but that’s exactly that I did when The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making ended. Although it took me a while to immerse myself in it and to appreciate what the author was doing, once I got there I didn’t want to put the book down!

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Mar 27
The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris

Reviews 2 ★★★★½

This is the story of the Norse Gods told from Loki’s point of view. The Gospel of Loki is narrated in first person in an easy, conversational style using contemporary language. It is entertaining, humourous and brilliantly conceptualised, and readers will be hard pressed not to fall in love with every page, with every word.

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Mar 25
The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite by Kiera Cass

Reviews 1 ★★★

I enjoyed The Elite significantly more than The Selection because I knew what I was getting myself into this time – a love triangle with a sprinkle of dystopia and intrigue. I was still disappointed that the author didn’t choose to delve into the rebellion, however, and the lack of growth in America’s character really frustrated me.

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Mar 24
While We Run by Karen Healey

While We Run by Karen Healey

Reviews 0 ★★★★

An accomplished sequel, While We Run continues to explore a dystopian Australia which has closed off its borders to refugees and jealously guards her wealth and good fortunes. When Tegan Oglietti woke up after being cryogenically frozen for 100 years, she thought she’d been brought back to a better world….

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