Book Review: Passenger

General Information:

Pages: 486

Genre: Sci- fi

Publisher: Disney- Hyperion

Best book ever! Sarah J. Maas was totally correct in saying that this book reels you in, keeps you reading late into the night, but then flings you into the sand, with a final cliffhanger.

The blurb is as follows:

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever…

I had hoped that it would be a stand- alone book, but alas, it was not to be. Nevertheless, it was a fabulous, seductive book that I would give 5 stars in a heart- beat. So here you are Passenger and Alexandra Bracken, 5 stars!

-Laurena😇

Book Review: A Night Divided

General Information

Genre: Historical Fiction

Page count: 336

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Synopsis (from back of book):

With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family divided overnight. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can’t help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbours and friends are prisoners in their own city.

But one day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Then, when she receives a mysterious drawing, Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom?

My Thoughts:

Oh my gosh, this book. Words cannot describe how much I loved A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen. It was a whirlwind of action, history and hope. The main character, Gerta Lowe, is a character that will stick with you for the rest of your life. There are moments that will make you laugh, cry, smile and plead. It is the perfect historical fiction book with all the elements that create a perfect story. When I finished the book, I needed more. Every turn of the page presented more struggle and hope. There is not much more I can say without spoiling you. I recommend you pick up A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen from your local book store.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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MeliaTheReader

Book Tag: Dinner Party!

Hi, it’s Melia,

I am doing The Literary Dinner Party Book Tag.

This tag is super old but it seems really fun. This was originally a YouTube video by NEHOMAS2.

In this tag, you’re hosting a dinner party and there are ten categories and eleven spaces for your fiction character guests. Here are the groups:

 

  1. One character who can cook/likes to cook
  2. One character who has money to fund the party
  3. One character who might cause a scene
  4. One character who is funny/amusing
  5. One character who is super social/popular
  6. One villain
  7. One couple – doesn’t have to be romantic
  8. One hero/heroine
  9. One underappreciated character
  10. One character of your own choosing

 

Okay, let’s begin!!

One character who can cook/likes to cook

For this category, I have chosen the obvious. Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I don’t care if he only makes bread for the party. It will be some really good bread. Really, really good bread. Also, Peeta is awesome!

 

One character who has money to fund the party

Prince Maxon from The Selection by Keira Cass. He is a prince. Of course he has the money to fund my amazing dinner party. Plus, he’s funny and better than Aspen. (Sorry to anyone who is on Team Aspen)

 

One character who might cause a scene

I am going to assume that the scene is having a fist-fight in the middle of the dinner or something. Celaena! Celaena is from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. For those who have not read this series or have never heard of it, Celaena is an assassin and she can be aggressive at times. Trust me, she is not all scary and mean, she is also devoted and friendly when you get to know her.

 

One character who is funny/amusing

Oh, gosh. This was a very difficult decision to make. There are so many funny characters in the book world/s but I somehow narrowed it down to Jace from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Jace has an… um… annoying sense of humor, but his is still invited to the dinner party. He would most definitely make me laugh (and hopefully everyone else at the party).

 

One character who is super social/ popular

Social characters… there really aren’t that many, and none that I really like either. I have chosen a popular character in the book world/s. This character is… *cue drumroll* … Hermione Granger!! I don’t think I need to state what series she is from, but I will anyway. Hermione is from the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling. She is not overly social or popular at Hogwarts, but in the muggle world, everyone loves her. She could teach me MAGIC!!!

 

One villain (The 5th Wave SPOILERS)

Um… I don’t think I want a villain at my dinner party. He/she would ruin it. Oh! Does Evan from The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy count as a villain. He is an Other. That sort of makes him a villian. Yep, Evan, you’re invited.

 

One couple- doesn’t have to be romantic

PERCABETH!!!!!! My two favourite characters in the whole book world/s (I think). They are coming to my dinner party whether they want to or not. Go Percabeth!!!

 

One hero/heroine

If Peeta’s coming, then so is Katniss. Katniss is a remarkable heroine from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. She is strong and determined and would become one of my best friends after this dinner party.

 

One underappreciated character

I don’t really have a character for this category but if you have any suggestions, post them in the comments below!

 

One character of your own choosing

Oh! Oh! Oh! I know this one! Evelyn from the Tomorrow Girls series by Eva Gray. This is not a very well know series, but I highly recommend that you try it. Evelyn is so cool. She has conspiracy theories and is super secretive.

 

This tag is really fun and I tag anyone who wants to do it.

MeliaTheReader

 

Books to look forward to for 2016!

By Laurena😇

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Hidden Oracle= 03/05/2016

First Life= 23/02/2016

The Crown= 03/05/2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child= July, 2016

Throne of Glass 5= 06/09/2016

Court of Mist and Fury= 03/05/2015The Last Star= 24/05/2016

Lady Midnight= 08/03/2016

The Legend of the Rift= March, 2016

Sea Spell= 14/06/2016

The Bronze Key= 30/08/2016

The Calling= 03/08/2016

Can’t wait for these incredible books, and I will update them over the year so you can keep updated! De.jpg

 

 

Book Review: The Dead Girl’s Detective Agency

General Info:

Pages: 384

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal

Publisher: Harper Teen

Series:  The Dead Girls Detective Agency

I had previously heard a lot of positive feedback prior to reading this but honestly I was slightly disappointed. The book started off fast-paced but from then on it went steadily downhill. The author had so much opportunity and freedom with the story and yet she chose to have the classic cliche- teen falls for a boy, boy falls for girl, relationship slowly dies then girl finds another boy- and so on so on.

I did however enjoy the way Suzy Cox portrayed the characters, making Nancy and Lorna in particular, burst to life. I felt that even though the storyline was extremely disappointing, the characters made up for that. Suzy shows Edison as a torturted bad boy with a hanuted past (no pun intended), whilst Tess is portrayed with having anger issues and is slightly mentally unstable. I have included the blurb for this book below.

Solving the mystery behind your death can be murder. Charlotte wakes up at Hotel Atessa, home to murdered New York teenagers and HQ of The Dead Girls Detective Agency. Before she has time to adjust to her new, erm, dead self, she’s thrust into the arms of her new afterlife companions, Lorna, Nancy and the cute – if slightly hostile – dead boy, Eddison. But where does this leave Charlotte and her boyfriend David? Is it possible to have a long-distance relationship from beyond the grave? The only way out of this limbo is to figure out who killed her, or she’ll have to spend eternity here. But who could hate her enough to want her dead?

Despite the drab storyline and the cliches, overall I found this book enjoyable to read, no matter the constant irony. And finally, I rate this book three stars with the age requirement set at 12 ages.

-Ally

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: The Choosing

General Information:

Pages: 449

Genre: Sci- Fi

Publisher:Tyndale House Publishers

Series: The Seers

My thoughts: The Choosing is a totally individual book that will always stay in your life. It is incredible! The words, the way it is set out, the characters, beautiful! Honestly, Rachelle Dekker should be going for the Booker Prize! At some points, I burst out laughing, crying, squealing, with my eyes still riveted to the page. I usually take a couple of hours to read books, but this took a day. It was set out so incredibly that I continued to re- read parts that simply stood out to me. I loved every bit of this incredible, futuristic book and I look forward to the next book in the series, coming out in 2016. I give this book 4.5 stars.

The blurb:

Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for―her Choosing ceremony―to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. Though the whispers contradict everything she’s been told, they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, yet she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.

By Laurena

Book Review: WinterCraft

General Information:

Pages: 278

Genre: Fantasy, Gothic, Sci-Fi

Publisher: Headline Book Publishing

Series: WinterCraft

For those who love a good fantasy world with loveable fictional characters, than this one is for you! The book starts off slow but builds up as we explore life in Fume. I have included the blurb below:

Ten years ago Kate Winters’ parents were taken by the High Council’s wardens to help with the country’s war effort.

Now the wardens are back…and prisoners, including Kate’s uncle Artemis, are taken south on the terrifying Night Train. Kate and her friend Edgar are hunted by a far more dangerous enemy. Silas Dane – the High Council’s most feared man – recognises Kate as one of the Skilled; a rare group of people able to see through the veil between the living and the dead. His spirit was damaged by the High Council’s experiments into the veil, and he’s convinced that Kate can undo the damage and allow him to find peace.
The knowledge Kate needs lies within WinterCraft – a book thought to be hidden deep beneath the graveyard city of Fume. But the Night of Souls, when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest, is just days away and the High Council have their own sinister plans for Kate and WinterCraft:

I really loved this book due to the level of depth in the way the story is woven. The characters are easy to follow and the storyline is exciting and very different to you average book. I loved the way the author described the characters and the plot; its almost like the story unfolds before your eyes.

-Ally