Rating: 5 stars
“Lorina had to write about “A Special Place”, and the Castle had come into her mind the moment Mr Blair had set the subject.”
This adventurous and humorous tale begins with the young and inquisitive Lorina who’s making her way to the Castle on top of the hill. But what started out as an exciting trip soon turns into a quest to try and save the green people, the ‘Outsiders’ who are dying from starvation and air pollution. Lorina must go in the Castle and seek help from the ‘Insiders’ who are actually all animals. There are mechangaroos, undertigers, haredressers and even osteopythons but the ones in charge are the likes of The Piggident, Mr Hogg and The Piggy Banker… Being pigs, it’s not hard to imagine what a battle Lorina will have with them!
Genres: Fantasy, Magic
Rating: 3 stars
Note: I was sent a copy of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review.
One moment, Miles is troubled by the quarrels of his mum and dad floating through to his bedroom. The next, Miles is surrounded by thick violet bushes, being asked whether he’s a spy for the Queen by what appears to be a cross between man and scorpion. Somehow, Miles has ended up in the faraway kingdom of Rompu, completely alone and defenceless but with the help of a friendly Rompun, he’s soon on a journey to not only find his way back home, but to master his emerging elemental abilities, and to help save Rompu from a deadly creature known as the Veratt.
A new year, new reading challenges, and of course new book releases!
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
This is the very much anticipated third instalment of the Red Queen series! With the cliffhanger that left me with so many questions at the end of Glass Sword, I really cannot wait to dive into King’s Cage. I’ve also kind of (really) missed the Silvers and their petty politics back at the palace, so I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ve been handling recent events. Plus, have you seen all the snippets Victoria’s been teasing us with? If not, be sure to check them out by clicking here because they’ve got me even more hyped for the release! There’s just a month to go, so mark 9th February in your calendars! Read more
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 4 stars
At one point or another, we’ve probably heard about someone who’s suffered second or even third degree burns. But I know I was shocked when I read about the main character, Maisie Winters, suffering burns so severe that parts of her face were completely destroyed.
“Destroyed. The word sounds out of place here, in a hospital. Destroyed is what happens to villages in the path of tsunamis. To buildings when bombs drop. To ships that sink to the bottom of the sea. Destroyed isn’t something that happens to a thing as small as a person’s face.”
I saw this over at Spines and Covers and couldn’t resist taking part!
♫You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch♫
Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.
Manon Blackbeak from the Throne of Glass series! I like that despite the risks and inevitable backlash she’d receive, she still always chose to follow through with what she believed in.
♫All I Want for Christmas is You♫
Which book to you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?
Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah 🙂
Genres: Classics, Young Adult
Rating: 3 stars
Kicked out of school (for the fourth time now) because of his poor grades, Holden Caulfield finds himself in a bit of a predicament when he spontaneously decides to pack his bags but it’s not home he’s headed… no, Holden isn’t ready to face his parents and so, opting to just make do with what money he has saved, readers accompany Holden on what promises to be an odd few days in New York.
Genres: Historical Fiction, Cultural
Rating: 5 stars
This rich historical account follows the life of Orchid, a 17 year old Manchu girl from Wuhu who’s been facing severe hardships due to the death of her father. We see that life for Orchid and her family has become increasingly discouraging, and all Orchid wishes for is a chance to better all of their lives. That chance arrives when it’s officially announced that Emperor Hsien Feng is on the lookout for future mates. Being eligible, Orchid puts herself forward and eventually, is selected out of thousands of girls to become one of the Emperor’s 7 wives. The rest of the story tells of Orchid’s journey in the Forbidden City and how eventually, she rises the ranks to become an Empress of China.
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 5 stars
Maddy’s spent all her life inside the same four walls because she’s allergic to everything outside of them- all because of a rare illness that leaves her immune system majorly defective. And so 18 year old Maddy’s world is about as big as her air filtered home with only her mum, her nurse, and beloved books for company. But all that changes when new neighbour Olly bursts into Maddy’s life, and it’s not long before she falls for him… and that’s when everything changes. Read more
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars (I think it’s more of a 4.5!)
Celaena Sardothien has arrived in Wendlyn with the intent of finding out as much as she can regarding the mysterious Wyrdkeys, all in hope of gaining the upper hand on the tyrant King of Adarlan. She knows that there’s only one person who can give her all the answers she desires: the chilling Fae-Queen, Maeve. But before she can get anywhere, Celaena’s continuously challenged and pushed to reach into the depths of her soul to accomplish the unbearable, and face the unspeakable.
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: 3 stars
Warning: The end of this review contains spoilers.
In this second instalment of the Throne of Glass series, Celaena Sardothien is working as the King’s Champion. She fulfils her duty by assassinating any threats to the Crown but as she gets caught up in a world of mysterious beings and forbidden magic, it’s not long before she has bigger duties to fulfil. The First Queen of Adarlan herself has asked Celaena to stop an evil that threatens to tear their world in two, but the young assassin is conflicted as to what path she should take. Her life has become a very dangerous game, and one wrong move could ruin everything. Read more