ARC Review: The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood


Title: The Hazel Wood

Author: Melissa Albert

Series: N/A

Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: February 8th 2018

Rating:

Four Stars

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away—by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.

To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began…

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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ARC Review: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black


Title: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black

Author: Emily Barr

Series: N/A

Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: January 11th 2018

Rating:

Two Stars

Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for…

Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.

And realises her life has been a lie.

Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look—the favelas.

But there she learns a terrible secret—the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago…

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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ARC Review: Zenith

Zenith


Title: Zenith

Author: Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg

Series: The Androma Saga, #1

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: January 16th 2018

Rating:

Three Stars

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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ARC Review: The Sacrifice Box

The Sacrifice Box


Title: The Sacrifice Box

Author: Martin Stewart

Series: N/A

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Release Date: January 11th 2018

Rating:

Three Stars

Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient stone box hidden in the forest, they decide to each make a sacrifice: something special to them, committed to the box for ever. And they make a pact: they will never return to the box at night; they’ll never visit it alone; and they’ll never take back their offerings.

Four years later, the gang have drifted apart. Then a series of strange and terrifying events take place, and Sep and his friends understand that one of them has broken the pact.

As their sacrifices haunt them with increased violence and hunger, they realise that they are not the first children to have found the box in their town’s history. And ultimately, the box may want the greatest sacrifice of all: one of them.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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ARC Review: The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince


Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Series: The Folk of the Air, #1

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Release Date: January 2nd 2018

Rating:

Five Stars

By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him—and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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ARC Review: Everless

Everless


Title: Everless

Author: Everless, #1

Series: Sara Holland

Publisher: Orchard Books

Release Date: January 4th 2018

Rating:

Four Stars

Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire—a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything—even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.

Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.

There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever…and possibly the future of time itself.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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ARC Review: The City of Brass

The City of Brass


Title: The City of Brass

Author: S.A. Chakraborty

Series: The Daevabad Trilogy, #1

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Release Date: November 14th 2017

Rating:

Five Stars

Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty in which the fate of a magical kingdom rests in the hands of a defiant young con artist.

Among the bustling markets of eighteenth century Cairo, the city’s outcasts eke out a living swindling rich Ottoman nobles and foreign invaders alike.

But alongside this new world the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the desert, full of enchantment, desire and riches. Where magic pours down every street, hanging in the air like dust.

Many wish their lives could be filled with such wonder, but not Nahri. She knows the trades she uses to get by are just tricks and sleights of hand: there’s nothing magical about them. She only wishes to one day leave Cairo, but as the saying goes…

Be careful what you wish for.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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ARC Review: Blackbird

Blackbird


Title: Blackbird

Author: N.D. Gomes

Series: N/A

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: November 16th 2017

Rating:

Four Stars

My name is Alex. I am fifteen years old, and I don’t know where my sister is. Or if she will ever come back.

On New Year’s Eve 5,000 blackbirds dropped dead. The same day Olivia McCarthy went missing from a small coastal village in Orkney.

Now Her younger sister Alex is on a mission to find out just what happened to Olivia. But does she really want to know all the answers?

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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ARC Review: All the Wind in the World

All the Wind in the World


Title: All the Wind in the World

Author: Samantha Mabry

Series: N/A

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Release Date: October 10th 2017

Rating:

Three Stars

Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt work in the vast maguey fields that span the bone-dry Southwest, a thirsty, infinite land that is both seductive and fearsome. In this rough, transient landscape, Sarah Jac and James have fallen in love. They’re tough and brave, and they have big dreams. Soon they will save up enough money to go east. But until then, they keep their heads down, their muscles tensed, and above all, their love secret.

When a horrible accident forces Sarah Jac and James to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch called the Real Marvelous, the delicate balance they’ve found begins to give way. And James and Sarah Jac will have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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ARC Review: The Fandom

The Fandom


Title: The Fandom

Author: Anna Day

Series: N/A

Publisher: Chicken House

Release Date: October 5th 2017

Rating:

Four Stars

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world—for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands…

A fast-paced, genre-flipping YA fantasy adventure from a brand new author, writing in homage to the best YA fiction.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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