26 April, 2015

REVIEW: BLOODLINES by Richelle Mead

Title: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
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SYNOPSIS: I wasn't free of my past, not yet.

Sydney's blood is special. That's because she's an alchemist - one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside - and within - the school grounds. Now that they're in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

25 April, 2015

REVIEW: BIRTHMARKED by Caragh M. O'brien

Title: Birthmarked
Author: Caragh M. O'brien
Series: Birthmarked #1
Genres: YA, Science Fiction
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 316

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SYNOPSIS: In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother's footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be "advanced" into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

23 April, 2015

REVIEW: FEAST OF FOOLS by Rachel Cane

Title: Feast of Fools
Author: Rachel Cane
Series: Morganville vampires #4
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
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SYNOPSIS: In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though, especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town's living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It's only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he's set for Morganville.

22 April, 2015

REVIEW: A DANCE WITH DRAGONS by George R.R. Martin

Title: A Dance with Dragons
Author: George R.R. Martin
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
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PLOT SUMMARY: In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance — beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys's claim to Westeros forever.

Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone — a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.


20 April, 2015

REVIEW: HUSH, HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Hush, Hush #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
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PLOT SUMMARY: Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.


15 April, 2015

REVIEW: THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater

SPOILERS ON WHAT WATER HORSES ARE!

Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: -
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 409

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PLOT SUMMARY: It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

14 April, 2015

REVIEW: THE BONE CLOCKS by David Mitchell

Title: The Bone Clocks
Author: David Mitchell
Series: -
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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PLOT SUMMARY: One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking...

The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly's life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland's Atlantic coast as Europe's oil supply dries up - a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality. For Holly Sykes - daughter, sister, mother, guardian - is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may prove to be its decisive weapon.

Metaphysical thriller, meditation on mortality and chronicle of our self-devouring times, this kaleidoscopic novel crackles with the invention and wit that have made David Mitchell one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. Here is fiction at its spellbinding and memorable best.


REVIEW: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Series: -
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Penguin Books
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 313

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PLOT SUMMARY: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

REVIEW: DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver


Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy
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PLOT SUMMARY: "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't." The story is concentrated on the girl names Lena who is about to be cured. However, things do not go as she expects. One day she meets a guy and suddenly secrets starts to unravel faster than she can grasp.

13 April, 2015

REVIEW: A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray

SPOILERS ON THE DIMENSIONS!
 
Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: ARC / Paperback
Pages: 357

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SYNOPSIS: Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father's killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent's handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

REVIEW: THE CUCKOO'S CALLING by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)

Title: The Cuckoo's Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)
Series: Cormoran Strike #1
Genres: Mystery, Fiction, Crime
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PLOT SUMMARY: A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.
 

REVIEW: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Paperback
Pages: 383

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SYNOPSIS: This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart...

12 April, 2015

REVIEW: THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer

Title: The Host
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Series: The Host
Genres: Science Fiction, YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 620

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PLOT SUMMARY: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

11 April, 2015

REVIEW: RUBBERNECKER by Belinda Bauer

Title: Rubbernecker
Author: Belinda Bauer
Series: -
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Bantam Press
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 313

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PLOT SUMMARY: 'The dead can't speak to us,' Professor Madoc had said. But that was a lie. Sometimes, only an outsider can get to the truth. Patrick has been on the outside all his life. Thoughtful, but different, infuriating even to his own mother, his life changes when he follows an obsession with death to study anatomy at university. When he uncovers a crime that everybody else was too close to see, he proves finally that he has been right all along: nothing is exactly as it seems. And that there have been many more lies closer to home...


07 April, 2015

BOOK HAUL: MARCH 2015



Hey guys!
So today I decided to share with you my adventure "The paradise called Bookstore"!
I love reading books in English. I speak two more langauges but something about English just does it for me. I cannot enjoy the book much if it is not in English!
So now that I currently live in  UK again even if just for a few months I love to go on the Book Hunting Trip! So this month I visited a store which I have been passing in my bus and meaning to visit for a few weeks now! I must say I have visited it twice! 
So without further ado!

04 April, 2015

TBR: APRIL of Laura

APRIL TBR
Buenas lectores :) I am currently super busy with my internship but I will try to read all these books + maybe some extra, if not those extra ones will go to next month's TBR.

TBR: APRIL of HannahCassie


APRIL TBR
Hey guys! So as I am still living in the UK for a few more months I decided it is time I buckle up take a high speed of using the amazing City Library I have just five minutes away! Therefore, this month I am going to read a total of 8 books! So lets not waste any more words and get on it!