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‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt

‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt.20891344_682216991971699_1396833340_n

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Published: May 30th, 2017.

Page Count: 416 Pages.

Genre: YA, Contemporary.

ISBN: 9781489239754.

RRP: $14.99 AUD.

Synopsis:

Meet Oakley Ford-teen. Celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls and… restless troublemaker. On the surface, he has it all. But with his home life disintegrating, his music is suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits. Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett life. Devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances, she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

Review:

Firstly, we would just love to say thank you to Harlequin Teen Australia for sending us this amazing novel to review!❤️

“This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me”.

Okay, this novel ‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt was honestly just amazing and overall very addicting! Once we got into it we just couldn’t put the novel down!35135822

The novel begins with a completely normal and down to earth girl who has sacrificed her college and social life being a waitress to try and financially support her family after her parents were killed. Vaughn is offered an unexpected and really well pad job which is to become a member of a publicity team behind Oakley Ford, the most famous teenage pop star on the planet!

Every teenage girl has been obsessed with him at once stage of their life. He is willing to pay Vaughn $20,000 a month just to be his pretend girlfriend to help his career and his image. When Vaughn accepts the job. She has no clue, what’s going to happen next!

Oakley is not happy at all about this predicament. He grew up surrounded by the spotlight as a child star so. Now, he is trying to grow up and be taken seriously as an artist. The music he has produced just isn’t the sound he wants to be creating. He’s lost his focus, inspiration and his mojo. As he tries to find himself again, he meets Vaughn. They are both complete opposites, in more ways than you would expect. Will she be his muse?

We absolutely recommend this novel to you all as it is just so interesting and exciting!

We absolutely loved this novel especially the characters! Oakley and Vaughn grew so much throughout this novel. They are both just so loyal, they have their own opinions and sarcastic comments to make however, they are both definitely real and honest to each other and that was really just perfect.

As soon as we started reading this novel, it was just so hard to put down. Erin Watt created a fun, addicting and exciting novel which we can’t recommend enough!

Book Rating 4/5 stars.

Have you read this novel. If so, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments! 😊

~Georgia and Morgan

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‘Recruits’ by Thomas Locke

‘Recruits’ by Thomas Locke.

Publisher: Revell – Baker Publishing.20427916_673943842799014_224458495_n

Published: February 14th 2017.

Page Count: 384 Pages.

Genre: YA, Science Fiction.

ISBN: 9780800727895.

Synopsis:

For a decade now, seventeen-year-old twins Sean and Dillon Kirrell have been drawn to a mysterious alternate world they’ve translated into hand-drawn images covering their bedroom walls. It’s a world they’ve only seen in their dreams until now–when a stranger recruits them to train for a mind-bending mission of survival.

Review:

Firstly, we would just like to say a huge thank you to Baker Publishing Group for sending us this really interesting novel to review!

So today we wanted to share with you our thoughts about ‘Recruits’ by Thomas Locke. This was the first time that we have ever read a book by the author Thomas Locke. This novel just sounded so interesting so we knew we had to give it a go!

This novel focuses on the two leading characters Sean and Dillion Kirrel who are actually twins. They have both dreamed about a world that wasn’t their own since they were children, their dream always came back to a glass train station. Their far-off world comes within their reach when a mysterious man moves in next door. What Sean and Dillon don’t know is that they share unique gifts one of which includes the ability to transfer between worlds. They are offered the opportunity to become new recruits to prove themselves and possible save the human race.

We found this novel to be just so interesting! It was full of adventure which was mixed with a futuristic/fantasy feel.

This novel definitely had bits of everything including the ability to travel between planets, conflict filled battles and a huge mystery of a quest. We really did love the whole premise to this novel. Unfortunately, we felt a little left down as the writing style just wasn’t for us.30259147

We just found that the characters weren’t really developed and we found the novel itself really lagging for us. The novel was a little confusing at times although towards the end of the novel, the author really explained things and concluded the story line really well.

Despite having thought this the novel was really interesting, creative and the characters were quite funny with their twin habits. Both twins could just read each other well not to mention the powers that they developed we just really cool and interesting! They even had the ability to leave their bodies for short periods of time and walk around with their subconscious of sorts before they were reeled back by an anchor!

We aren’t sure whether or not we will pick up the second novel to this story in November when it is released as ‘Recruits’ really just had a perfect ending!

Overall, we did really enjoy this novel despite the writing style and development of characters. We would definitely recommend this novel as we would just love to know your opinions on this novel as well!

Book Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

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~ Georgia and Morgan.

 

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‘The Love Interest’ by Cale Dietrich

‘The Love Interest’ by Cale Dietrich20751294_679447525581979_1532419023_n

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Published: May 16th 2017.

Page Count: 377 Pages.

Genre: YA, Romance.

Synopsis:

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

Review:

“A love Interest is who I am, and it’s all I’ll ever be. Questioning that, or letting other people know that I’m questioning it, will result in my death – Caden”.

We were both just so excited to get into this novel as it was one of our most anticipated reads of the year. We did find that we enjoyed this novel however, at the same time we felt as though it didn’t live up to our full expectations, if that makes any sense?31145148

There was just so many plot holes and the writing was just really jumpy for us personally. As soon as the author started describing something, the writing would just jump to another situation.

Although, the overall premise and idea of this novel was honestly just so unique and really amazing! The author pushed the usual YA boundaries to fight to introduce us to an idea that’s completely new, which it exciting and never before seen.

We also really enjoyed how the author strayed away from the normal ‘boy next door’ vs ‘bad boy’ expectations.

“A particularly important young woman has shown signs that she’s ready to select a partner, so two of you have to be sent in right away. We’re looking for a boy-next-door Nice and a mysterious, tortured-soul Bad”.

The author really picked up on everyday ‘flirtation’ and what you ideally realize when you start to like someone including the old tucking your hair behind your ear trick. We have to say we also really enjoyed the plot twists throughout this novel!

In regard to characters, we have to say that this wasn’t the authors strong point. We just found that the characters were really bland and their personalities just didn’t reel us in or keep us excited. Leading on from this point, the plot did have some evident holes as the story line was a little jumpy, meaning this added to the poor character development.

However, having said all of this, we did truly enjoy this novel due to it’s overall uniqueness and we will absolutely look into the authors future novels. Just because we didn’t absolutely love this novel does not mean that you won’t. So, we definitely recommend for you to check out this novel!

Book Rating: 3/5 Stars.

Have you read ‘The Love Interest’? If so, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments! 😊.

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‘The Impossible Vastness of Us’ by Samantha Young.

‘The Impossible Vastness of Us’ by Samantha Young.

Publisher: Harlequin Teen.

Published: July 1st 2017.

Page Count: 384 Pages.20561986_676422962551102_1978520194_n.png

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance.

Synopsis:

I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever… 

Review:

“Life is what you make it, no matter where you come from”.

We would just like to say a huge thank you to Samantha Young and Netgalley for allowing us to read a digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

So we had no clue what to expect going into this novel as we have never heard or read any other novels by Samantha Young previously.

Although, we can honestly say we were really surprised with just how much we quite enjoyed this novel. We just couldn’t put this novel down which is one reason why we read it in one setting!

‘The Impossible Vastness of Us’ follows the leading female character India who is the so called ‘popular girl’ at her California school. Despite what many of you may be thinking from reading that last sentence, no one would call India a ‘mean girl’ or a ‘bully’. She has a past that allows her to embrace everyone and to see things more clearly which includes seeing the good in everyone.

India and her mother don’t have the best relationship. So, when her mother tells her that they are moving across the country to Boston, all India can do is refrain herself from freaking out! Her mother decided to marry a rich attorney which alternatively causes them to move.

When India arrives in Boston, she has no clue what to expect as she is not only moving in with a man she doesn’t know but also with a step-sister named Eloise who turns out to be the same age as her. Working her way around the school, India becomes close with her step-sister’s friends. In particular, a guy named Finn. They come from totally different worlds but bond over similar circumstances.

We honestly really loved how the author was able to combine two families from totally different backgrounds in particular between Eloise and India. We also really enjoyed how the characters grew from personal experiences whilst also managing to show compassion and forgiveness to those around them.34848140

The characters were also amazing! Although there were a lot of characters, the secrets that consumed them definitely kept the novel really interesting and intriguing!

We felt so weak at the knees throughout this novel as we loved the romance that was involved between Finn and India! Although it wasn’t perfect, they just understood each other so well!

Oh, we really loved this novel and we did tear up many times! The author’s message within this novel proves that everyone of us is loved and that we are capable of more than we ever imagined! We just loved this YA Contemporary read, so we definitely recommend it to you all!

‘I get through everyday because I remind myself that I have things that other people don’t, and I have love in my life, but most importantly I have hope, India’.

Book Rating 4/5 Stars ⭐️

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‘The Ones that Disappeared’ by Zana Fraillon.

‘The Ones that Disappeared’ by Zana Fraillon.

Publisher: Hachette Australia.

Published: July 13th 2017.

Page Count: 320 Pages.

Genre: YA, Contemporary.20401081_673498316176900_796942956_n.png

ISBN: 9781510101586.

RRP: $19.99 AUD.

Synopsis:

Kept by a ruthless gang, three children manage to escape from slavery. But freedom isn’t just waiting on the outside.

Separated, scared and looking after a small child, Esra will do whatever she can to reunite with her friend Miran, who was captured by the police – the police who she mustn’t trust.

Hiding in the shadows of the forest, Esra is found by a local boy, a boy with his own story. Together they will create a man out of mud. A man who will come to life and lead them through a dark labyrinth of tunnels until they finally have the courage the step above ground. Until they finally have the courage to speak their story. Until they finally have the courage to be free

Review:

“I understand then, more than ever, that free is free from fear and I’ve been running too long. I haven’t let myself remember so my heart wouldn’t burn. But I’m ready now. I am the speaker for the dead, and I will find my home”.

Thank you to Hachette Australia for sending us this novel to review ❤️

‘The Ones that Disappeared’ is a recent YA novel written by the very powerful and influential author Zana Fraillon. This is actually the first novel we have read by this author. We were actually really surprised with the concept of this novel, we really just loved how well her writing flowed! So we will definitely pick up ‘The Bone Sparrow’ by this author in the near future!

The plot follows three trafficked young and frightened Syrian children who are searching for both freedom and hope whilst finding the means to survive each day. All across the world, you may already know that children trafficking is an issue that continues to rapidly increase in numbers. Zana has done an incredible job in bringing forth an issue into our own personal radars so we can all understand more about this heartbreaking global issue.

With the novel being set in Australia, we just knew we had to read this novel to be part of this powerful and surprisingly beautiful journey.

The novel portrays three trafficked children: Esra, Miran and Isa. They have all had the roles of different jobs since leaving their families, homes, culture and identities behind.

The three children are instructed with a role to care for a room full of opium plants however, something goes completely wrong, a fire starts from an unknown source. When the chance to escape from beatings, starvation and this job arises, the children jump at the chance to take charge of the situation and break free of the caged room of which they have been kept in. However, just after this happens, the police turn up just in time and Miran is taken into custody, not knowing what to do as Esra and Isa run to find refuge.

We have to say we actually really loved Zana’s writing style throughout this novel. It was just so poetic and it followed and linked beautifully! It was an incredibly short read despite the major topic that was explored. We really loved how the author was able to go above and beyond with this novel whilst including magical realism! Esra and Isa meet a young boy, Skeet who also finds that he is ignored. The three of them design and construct a figure of which they call the Riverman with materials they find along a bank to a flowing river. The following day the children find that the Riverman has come to life and helps lead them to Rescue Miran.20403602_673498296176902_832242541_n.png

This novel is about stories of survival and courage and what one must do to find and hold onto hope. Zana shows us that human rights and decency are worth fighting for! This novel gives everyone a voice especially those which have personally experienced child slavery.

The novel highlights a heartbreaking and emotional issue that truly needs to be eliminated. With the help of this novel, we caught a brief look at what dangerous situations these children are constantly placed in and let us tell you, it’s definitely not okay!!!

“I’ll soar their souls from my tongue, and build back all they cared for and tell of all they loved”.

Have you had the chance to read ‘The Bone Sparrow’? If so, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!😊

Book Rating 4/5 Stars ⭐️

 

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‘Tell It to the Moon’ by Siobhan Curham

‘Tell It to the Moon’ by Siobhan Curham.

Publisher: Walker Books.tell it to the moon

Published: August 3rd 2017.

Page Count: 304 Pages.

Genre: YA, Contemporary.

ISBN: 9781406366150.

RRP: $16.99 AUD.

Synopsis:

To make a dream come true, tell it to the moon! Tell It to the Moon continues the story of Moonlight Dreamers Amber, Maali, Sky and Rose, who are not like everyone else and don’t want to be: becoming friends gives them the courage to be themselves.

After failing to find her surrogate mother, Amber is left unsure of who she is and what she wants to do; Maali’s spiritual faith is tested when her father becomes ill; Sky, previously home-schooled, struggles to adapt to the pressures of the school system; and after having found the courage to come out, Rose begins to pursue her dream of becoming a patissier. Once again the four girls band together to help one another overcome their individual challenges and fulfill their dreams in this fabulous and heart-warming celebration of friendship.

Review:

“With freedom, books, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy? – Oscar Wilde.

Firstly, we would love to say a huge thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending us this beautiful book to review. You have definitely helped us fall in love with this stunning series!😊.

We finished ‘Tell It to the Moon’ a couple of days ago and we are more than happy to say that we really loved this amazing and inspirational novel!

‘Tell It to the Moon’ is actually the sequel to ‘The Moonlight Dreamers’ novel which we reviewed a couple of months ago. We will leave our review here.

This novel takes place around Brick Lane, London with a couple of chapters in New York and Paris! The leading characters, Amber, Rose, Sky and Maalie are all beautiful and headstrong young ladies that look out for each other and encourage dreams to be followed. They all stand up for what they believe in and set individual goals to share throughout their secret meetings by moonlight with their fellow dreamers.

Moonlight Dreamers – The Rules:

  1. The Moonlight Dreamers is a secret society – members must never speak a word of it’s existence or what happens at the meetings to others.
  2. Meetings will begin with members reciting the ‘moonlight’ quote from Oscar Wilde.
  3. This quote is the Moonlight Dreamers motto and must be memorized by all members and never forgotten.
  4. All members must vow to support the other Moonlight Dreamers in the pursuit of their dreams – always.
  5. Moonlight Dreamers are proud of being different. Being the same as everyone else is a crime against originality; the human equivalent of magnolia plant.
  6. Moonlight Dreamers tell one another everything – especially the bad stuff.
  7. Moonlight Dreamers never give up.

Without giving too much away, we will try and describe the novel without giving spoilers in case you haven’t read either book in the series.

Siobhan Curham once again surprised us! The characters are back, wiser and more stronger than ever. Since the first novel, the girls have grown together through thick and thin. Their frienship is just so inspirational and fierce. They have definitely created bonds that will last a life time.

Like the first novel, the author portrayed each girl to be working through issues that are absolutely relevant to every teenager today. Many of these issues described include bullying, anxiety, pressures of school and society, coming out and overcoming personal fears. Once again, all four girls band together to help one another to overcome their individual struggles to work towards their hopes and dreams for the future.

With her stunning novel, we were just caught off guard once again by the author’s ability to incorporated inspirational and positive messages that encourage everyone to follow their dreams and to find their own confidence within themselves. We also really loved how the author included links to Oscar Wilde as his words are just so relevant and wise!20270006_672566742936724_1645932775_n

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world”.

Do yourselves a favor and pick up this series as it is honestly just so beautiful and relevant to our everyday lives! It’s inspirational wisdom will lead you to follow your own dreams.

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars⭐️.

Make sure to check out our giveaway here 😊.

 

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‘Godblind’ by Anna Stephens

‘Godblind’ by Anna Stephens.

Publisher: Harper Collins.19988932_667264940133571_74011269_n

Published: 17th June, 2017.

Page Count: 488 Pages.

Genre: Adult, Fantasy.

ISBN: 0008215901.

RRP: $29.99 AUD.

Synopsis:

There was a time when the Red Gods ruled the land. The Dark Lady and her horde dealt in death and blood and fire.

That time has long since passed and the neighbouring kingdoms of Mireces and Rilpor hold an uneasy truce. The only blood spilled is confined to the border where vigilantes known as Wolves protect their kin and territory at any cost.

But after the death of his wife, King Rastoth is plagued by grief, leaving the kingdom of Rilpor vulnerable.

Vulnerable to the blood-thirsty greed of the Warrior-King Liris and the Mireces army waiting in the mountains…

GODBLIND is an incredible debut from a dazzling new voice of the genre.

Review:

“Rilpor will belong to blood again and, after it has fallen, all the world will know my wrath”.

Firstly, we would just like to say a huge thank you to Harper Collins Australia for sending us this amazing novel to review! ❤️.

With having heard not much about this novel, we were originally drawn to the novel by the cover art alone! The cover art is just truly amazing. However, we found ourselves interested for many more reasons as well! The synopsis was just so intriguing and left us just so enthusiastic to start reading this novel!

Before getting into our thoughts about this novel, we would just like to mention that this is a grimdark fantasy. This means that it’s more of an adult novel as darker and more ruthless things occur throughout the story line.

This is actually our first ever grimdark fantasy novel that we have read. We originally found the novel a little hard to get into at first as we felt as though we were just bombarded with so many characters all at once. However, once the plot progressed we began to really enjoy the novel.

The novel is focused in the world of Gilgoras where people either worship Dancer, the Goddesses of Light and her Fox Godson or the Red Gods which consists of the evil Dark Lady and the God of Blood. The people who follow the Dancer thrive in Rilpor whilst the people who believe in a darker path follow the Red Gods where they are exiled to miserable places.35386112

We were really surprised with the Mireces people who not only worship the Red Gods but they make huge sacrifices as well like to feel tremendous pain and death! They eventually became strong enough to try and overthrow Rilpor and leave their shadow lives behind.

The story is told in many different character’s points of view. We were really confused with all the characters as they were all introduced at once however, all the different points of view linked really well together.

It was truly just an amazingly written dark fantasy tale and we just couldn’t put the novel down!

The author included betrayals, dark rituals, strong friendships and even a little romance. This novel was just so gripping and really interesting!

We just loved all of the characters and strong friendships. The author is just a truly incredible writer! She portrayed each female character with such strength, power and intelligence! We loved the growth and strength that was shown throughout each friendship!

The message that we took from this novel would be that you are never the bad mistakes that you make. Each day is a brand-new day so live in the present and look forward to each new day as it comes!

Overall, we definitely recommend this novel, keeping in mind that it is a dark fantasy. This novel is just something new, unique and exciting!

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars⭐️.

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‘Fallen Flame’ by J.M. Miller.

‘Fallen Flame’ by J.M. Miller.

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Published: June 19th 2017.

Genre: YA, Fantasy.

Synopsis:

Nineteen years ago, on the island kingdom of Garlin, a girl was born. With charred skin as rough as rock, Vala was instantly feared. For how could one be scorched by magic when it had perished ages before?Recognizing an asset, the royal family welcomed her on their Guard. Her detail: the prince.

To watch. To protect. She has grown with him, lives her life for him.
When the high kingdom’s princess comes to assess the prince, assassins of rival courtiers come to claim his life. One nearly succeeds in his mission. But with shadowy movements and charred skin like her own, Vala knows he is not like the rest. As threats to the prince continue and questions about Vala’s life begin to rise, she faces a fear worse than fire or water, worse even than losing him.
She fears finding out who she truly is

Review:

“My thoughts, my dreams, they had been nothing in comparison. They were a single drop of water, and this, the whole sea”.

We would just like to say a special thank you to J.M. Miller and Netgalley for this opportunity to review a digital copy of this novel in exchange for our honest opinions.

Okay, firstly we have to say that this novel was just filled with lots of action and shocking surprises! We weren’t quite sure about this novel going into it as we hadn’t previously read books written by this author. We can happily say that we were really caught off guard by this novel, we are still just so pleasantly surprised by it!

This novel follows the leading character Vala, a girl who is feared by many due to her appearance as it is believed that she has been scorched and perhaps cursed by magic. Her scorched, rough skin burns anything with just a single touch. She was soon recognised as an asset to the royal family, as part of the prince’s guard.34209180

Whilst reading this really intriguing novel, we found that we really enjoyed the characters and how they grew within themselves in each situation throughout the plot. If we are being completely honest, we did find it hard at first to get into the novel as we found the beginning a little rushed however. Over the course of this novel, there was definitely an improvement in pace.

This novel was just so action packed! We were sitting on the edge of our seats right to the very end. The characters relationships and plot development were really planned out and developed, even though the plot seemed very fast paced. We really enjoyed the romance in this novel. Without giving anything away, we just really loved how the characters noticed each other’s differences in appearances and personalities. They didn’t discriminate each other. Although appearing very different, they welcomed each other with their traits and abilities.

The writing of this novel was just so exciting and really creative. We couldn’t put this novel down, we just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next! This is meant to be a first book to a trilogy which we will definitely be on the lookout for. We will be waiting quite eagerly to see where the author will take the series next!

Although we really enjoyed this novel, we just wish we had more background information on the character Vala and the history of the kingdom. However, this information might be introduced in the second novel. We do feel as though this novel was similar to some books that we have read before in regards to the plot. However, the book was just so unique and exciting to read!

There was just so many situations in this novel that left us in shock. The writing in the novel really just gripped us from the beginning! We felt so many mixed emotions whilst reading this novel. In different stages of the book, our emotions were a mixture of being excited, intrigued, being thrilled and heart-broken.

Overall, we really enjoyed this novel. We recommend this novel for those of you who enjoy quick fantasy reads!

Book Rating: 3.5/5 Stars ⭐️.

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‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness

‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness.

Publisher: Walker Books.19866649_664034950456570_985522053_n.png

Published: August 2016.

Page Count: 225 Pages.

Genre: YA, Fantasy.

ISBN: 9781406365856.

RRP: $19.99 AUS.

Synopsis:

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments.

The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

Review:

“Stories are important, the monster said. They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth”.

Firstly, we would love to say a huge thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending us this beautiful book to review ❤️.28588061.jpg

A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness has been a book on our wish lists for a while now! We have been looking forward to it as we continue to hear fantastic things about the book from everyone. With it’s release in Australian cinemas coming soon, we knew we just had to start reading it!

We really loved how respectfully Patrick Ness acknowledged Siobhan Dowd who originally began transforming and writing this unique tale.

If we are being completely honest, we really enjoyed this read however, there were some parts of the novel that we found really confusing. For example, the magical realism side to the novel.

The messages that were constantly portrayed in this novel are incredibly powerful and will definitely remain with all readers.

The idea of this novel was such a beautiful idea! It was very simple yet very powerful and surreal at the same time! There were hints of magical realism however, what we really took from this novel would be the stories that the monster shared as they are just so wise, important and relevant. They definitely taught us a lot!

We loved how grief was explored and how you have to learn to process and work through it. There were many times when we found ourselves just tearing up.

Ness really does keep all readers on the edge of their seats. Whether you like or don’t like his writing style, Ness never fails to amaze us. His writing style is just so unique that you never know what’s going to happen next!

We also liked how the author managed to allow the novel to appeal to both adults and children which is often really hard to come by. Ness presented it just amazingly.

Unfortunately, we found that we couldn’t really connect with Conor, the main character. We have been in similar situations before however, it may have been his age and school life that prevented us to really connect to him and find other similarities.

We really did feel so much for Conor. If we could communicate with him through this book, we would just reach in and give him a hug. If we could, we would! Although, this read didn’t live up to the big hype for us, it was just to heartbreaking!

We took away so many life lessons from this novel so we just can’t wait to watch the film! We would definitely recommend this amazing read!

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars ⭐️.

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‘The Disappearances’ by Emily Bain Murphy.

‘The Disappearances’ by Emily Bain Murphy. (non-spoiler review)

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.19512534_659952610864804_1400763575_n

Published: July 4th 2017.

Page Count: 400 Pages.

Genre: YA, Mystery.

ISBN: 0544879368.

Review:

Firstly, we would just like to say a huge thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for sending us this gorgeous book to review! ❤️.

“Maybe there is still something of her here for me to find, like sunlight catching a handprint on glass”.

How do we find the words to emphasize just how much we loved and enjoyed this novel? ‘The Disappearances’ had us captivated within it’s spell from the very first page!

Short Summary: 

The novel focuses on the leading character, Aila Quinn after her mother’s recent death and her father’s deployment in World War two. Following these recent events, Aila and her brother, Miles are sent to live with there mothers close childhood friend, in a quite unusual town named Sterling. Within their first couple of days upon arriving in the town, they soon realize that not everything is as peaceful and normal as the town folk would like it to seem. There is a dark secret blowing throughout the breeze, one that unwittingly visits every 7 years. They call it ‘The Disappearances’

By now, you may have guessed that not only is this debuting YA novel a mystery but, it also has a historical concept within it’s pages.

It’s very difficult to properly explain the powerful magic behind this mystery without including a wide range of spoilers however, we will say that the suspense had us on the edge of our seats! We were left in disbelief and awe by this inspiring and beautiful novel!

The mystery itself was just so intriguing! It kept us up very late at night thinking over the words we read whilst trying to solve the mystery ourselves. We absolutely loved the clues that Aila was left to follow! We will give you a clue, they may include literacy clues for example, Shakespeare.19866557_664507313742667_2004600959_n.png

Hence our immediate love for this novel!

We also really loved the historical feel this novel gave us as it was set in the 1940s. The plot just worked extremely well with this time period. The author’s beautiful writing style definitively brought the characters and plot to life!

The way the characters were described was brilliant! We were very suspicious of all the characters and we began trying to crack the mystery ourselves! The author really did make this novel just so extraordinary and a really engaging. Not to mention, she even included a cute and strong romance!

This novel was just beautiful, heartbreaking and irresistible! This novel has absolutely encouraged us to branch out and pick up more mysteries! We definitely recommend this read and we are warning you, remember the name ‘Emily Bain Murphy’ as she is a rising author who will just leave you in awe, page after page!

Book Rating: 4.5/5 Stars⭐️.

~Georgia & Morgan ❤️.