Saturday, September 27, 2014

Review: Elegy by Tara Hudson

Elegy (Hereafter #3) by Tara Hudson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Goodreads Summary: A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths—Amelia Ashley has faced them all. Now her greatest hope is to spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.

Amelia fears she might really be doomed, until the forces of light give her another option. She can join them in their quest to gather souls, with a catch: Once she joins them, she can never see Joshua again.

Faced with impossible choices, Amelia decides to take her afterlife into her own hands—and fight back.
Rating: 5 Stars
Review:  Amazing. Stunning. The conclusion to the hereafter trilogy summarises all aspects of the tale, and ends on a peaceful but wondering note, making you want Tara Hudson to write another book. Amelia and Joshua have to make more and more sacrifices and choices with devastating consequences- everyone has to make a sacrifice. Amelia learns more and more about herself and who she really is, while Joshua eventually learns that sacrifices must be made and that life cannot be perfect. Amelia bravely makes a sacrifice that no one should have to make. Tara Hudson has amazing ideas, making this novel brilliant and intoxicating.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition: Paperback
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Recommended for:  I can't really think of anyone in particular who will enjoy this! I think just any fans of Paranormal and YA books.

Movie Review: The Maze Runner

Title: The Maze Runner (based off the novel by James Dashner)
Rating: 7/10 Stars
IMDB Summary: Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.
Review: The Maze Runner movie is an epic action film, based on James Dashner's bestselling novel The Maze Runner. I thought the movie was great, and it was mostly around the storyline, although I thought some of the changes made the movie very different. But overall I thought it was a great movie, and I'd strongly recommend it.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Goodreads Summary: If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.
Rating: 5 Stars
Review:  Terrifying. James Dashner creates a beautiful tale that pulls you in from the first word- as soon as you start reading you are caught up in Thomas' deadly world, and as you read it is as if you are Thomas himself, facing all his challenges and making his decisions. Not long after, you feel terrified- after, what if the maze is really just a joke? What if none of it is true? The maze runner is just stunning, and filled with suspense. James Dashner has created a brilliant action packed novel.
Edition: Paperback
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Recommended for: Fans of Divergent, the Hunger games, Partials and other Dystopian/ Mystery novels will love this! Action is key.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott

Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: HarperTeen
Goodreads Summary: Get this, I'm supposed to be starting a journal about "my journey." Please. I can see it now: Dear Diary, As I'm set adrift on this crazy sea called "life" . . . I don't think so.

It's been seventy-five days. Amy's sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her.

And she's really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia's gone now, and she doesn't want to talk about it. They wouldn't get it, anyway. They wouldn't understand what it feels like to have your best friend ripped away from you.

They wouldn't understand what it feels like to know it's your fault.

Amy's shrink thinks it would help to start a diary. Instead, Amy starts writing letters to Julia.

But as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past wasn't as perfect as she thought it was—and the present deserves a chance too.
Rating: 5 Stars
Review:  Beautiful. Amy is the perfect character for the tale, her personality really fitting the theme. Elizabeth Scott chooses and makes her decisions well, and create and absolutely stunning tale. From groups homes to therapists to her best friend dying, Amy suffers a lot. By her therapist's suggestion she starts a journal of letter to Julia. With her therapist's help she discovers her past wasn't as perfect as it seemed, and that the present deserves a chance. Elizabeth Scott's breathtaking tale is filled with all the right kinds of emotion and suspense, making it an amazing novel.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition: Hardcover
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Recommended for: Fans of Group homes, therapists "shrinks", psychology.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Review: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1) by Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: HarperCollins
Goodreads Summary: My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost - and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House...before its skeletons come back to haunt me.
Rating: 5 Stars
Review:  The summoning is a richly woven tale, where nothing is as it seems. What seems like a normal group home for unstable teens is not as normal as Chloe thought. Chloe and her friends soon learn the truth about the home and escape. But soon they are tracked down, and realise they've been betrayed... In this imaginative tale thinking before acting is critical, or there are deadly and drastic consequences. Kelley Armstrong has created a novel that has a mind of it's own. Knowledge is power.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition: Hardcover
Buy the book: Book Depository Recommended for: Fans of mystery tales with a paranormal element will love this. Chloe is a different kind of Nancy Drew.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Goodreads Summary: Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
Rating: 5 Stars
Review:  Amazing. Beautiful. Stunning. Intoxicating. Breathtaking. Heir of Fire cannot be described by one word- it is just too good.In the sequel to Crown of Midnight, Celaena faces more challenges than ever, has to control herself, and learns lots and starts to become the queen she was destined to be. She travels to Maeve's territory in Wendlyn and has to prove herself to get to Doranelle were the queen is waiting with information. Meanwhile Dorian is beginning to master his Magic, and becoming the King he is destined to be. Chaol is plotting with the rebels, after bargaining with his father for more time to appoint a new Captain of the Guard.

Sarah J. Maas uses everything in her favor, and creates a beautifully twisted tale of destiny, love, friendship and wisdom. Once you start reading you won't be able to stop.
Purchase Location:
Borrowed From Library
Edition: Paperback
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Recommended for: Fans of any books with major kick-ass heriones will love this.