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Jan 29
When We Wake by Karen Healey

When We Wake by Karen Healey

Reviews 2 ★★★★

When We Wake is an entertaining novel, a great read, that explores humanity in an honest, chilling manner. There is a lot to like, especially the characters and the terrifying future that seems all too plausible, but I had a few issues with the world building. Tegan's plight in waking up in a century in the future makes her immediately accessible, and I love her voice - she's a wonderful story-teller and I liked the spin she puts on things. The story is told through Tegan talking to us - she's making a video statement - and she's great to...

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Jan 24
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Reviews 0 ★★★

This is one of the most interesting premises I have ever encountered in fiction, and I was immediately drawn to the book when I heard about it. An afterlife of limbo, where memories are a currency and everyone blisses on recollections of their lives? How awesome, right? Level 2 is…

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Nov 22
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Date Published: 1st November 2011 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Format: Paperback, 338 pages Series: The Juliette Chronicles, Book 1 ISBN 13: 9781742378206 ISBN 10: 174237820X Categories: Science Fiction, Young Adult Goodreads / The Book Depository Source: provided for review by the publisher Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. “You can’t touch…

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Nov 08
The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Deliciously creepy and entertaining, The Diviners is not a book I’ll be forgetting any time soon. At just under 600 pages, it’s a long, spine-tingling read that will impress even the most discerning readers. The skill with which Libba Bray has executed this unique novel is to be commended, and…

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Oct 17
Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Reviews 1 ★★★

Date published: 4th October 2012 Publisher: Faber & Faber (through Allen & Unwin AU) Format: Paperback, 360 pages Series: The Crewel World, Book 1 ISBN 13: 9780571282890 ISBN 10:  057128289X Categories: YA Fantasy, Dystopian Goodreads / The Book Depository / Booktopia (AU) / Bookworld Source: provided by the publisher for review Challenge: 2012 Debut Author Challenge Incapable. Awkward. Artless….

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Sep 26
Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Date published: 1st October 2012 Publisher: Allen & Unwin AU Format: Paperback, 350 pages Series: Elementals, Book 2 ISBN 13: 9781743310748 ISBN 10: 1743310748 Categories: YA – Paranormal Goodreads / The Book Depository / Booktopia (AU) Source: provided by the publisher for review Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the…

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May 31
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Earth. Fire. Air. Water. When Becca Chandler saves Chris Merrick from being beaten-up in the school car park, she has no idea how dramatically this one action will change her life. Chris is no ordinary guy and neither are his three older brothers. The Merrick boys are Elementals. Hot. Powerful….

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Apr 16
The Rebel Prince by Celine Kiernan

The Rebel Prince by Celine Kiernan

Reviews 0 ★★★★

I was looking forward to finally meeting Prince Alberon after reading about him in the previous two books. But when we meet him it is instantly clear that Alberon is no longer a boy, but rather a harsh and somewhat unhinged young man who is sure of his power as…

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Mar 13
The Crowded Shadows by Celine Kiernan

The Crowded Shadows by Celine Kiernan

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Just like The Poison Throne, this book is heavily driven by its characters and their relationships. While the plot moves slowly and is punctuated with long discussions, readers are kept engaged by the interactions between characters. These discussions also provide insight into the politics and history of the world as…

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Mar 08
The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan

The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

It’s the characters and their relationships that really make this book. Wynter’s relationship with Prince Razi, whom she calls ‘brother’, was especially sweet. I think they behaved very much like siblings. Her sudden and irrational jealousy of Christopher, Razi’s best friend, irritated me until I realised acts just like a…

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