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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: Book review

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Publisher/Year: March 1st 2016 Quercus Children's Books Genre: YA Fantasy Series: Passenger #1 Pages: 496 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Quercus!) Rating: 3/5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
Synopsis


New York City, present day
In one night, Etta Spencer is wrenched from everything she knows and loves. Thrown into an unfamiliar world, she can be certain of only one thing: she has travelled not just miles, but years from home.
The Atlantic, 1776
Captain Nicholas Carter is tasked with delivering Etta to the dangerous Ironwood family. They are searching for something - a stolen object they believe only she can reclaim. But Nicholas is drawn to his mysterious passenger, and the closer he gets to her, the further he is from freedom.
The Edges of the World
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey
across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by a desperate thief. But a…

Mini reviews #17

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Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky Publisher/Year: May 19th 2016 Macmillan Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Macmillan!) Rating: 2/5 I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
I was so disappointed with this book! Although I wasn't expecting to be mind-blown by the writing or plot, this sounded like a fun take on the classic boy band trope. Instead, I got a book that seemed to mock a whole generation of girls and twist their obsession into something that I just didn't find funny. I've never really been a fangirl, but if I was I think I'd be hurt by this portrayal. Maybe this just wasn't my type of humour but I'm sad that I didn't enjoy this book.
Unrivalled by Alyson Noel Publisher/Year: May 10th 2016 MIRA Ink Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/MIRA Ink!) Rating: 3.5/5 I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my op…

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin: Book review

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Publisher/Year: November 5th 2015 Orion Children's Genre: YA Historical Fiction Series: Wolf by Wolf #1 Pages: 400 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Orion!) Rating: 4.5/5
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
Synopsis
Germania, 1956. Over ten years since the Nazis won the war. 18-year-old Yael is part of the resistance, and she has just one mission: to kill Hitler.
But first she's got to get close enough to him to do it.
Experimented on during her time at Auschwitz, Yael has the unique ability to change her appearance at will. The only part of her which always remains are the five tattooed wolves on her arm; one for each of the people she's lost. Using her abilities, she must transform into Adele Wolfe, Germany's most famous female rider and winner of the legendary Axis Tour; an epic long distance motorcycle race from Berlin to Tokyo, where only the strongest (and wiliest) riders survive. If s…

Stacking The Shelves [16]

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you're adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual, buying or borrowing. This meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and I'm excited to continue partaking in it!


Bought:


Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare, Pelican)
Taming of the Shrew, The (Pelican Shakespeare (Paperback))

Gifted:


We Are Okay




Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys Trilogy 3)




Holding Up the Universe




The Hate U Give



The Beauty and the Beast

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces by Iain Reading: Book review

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Publisher/Year: February 14th 2015 Createspace Genre: YA Adventure/Mystery Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5 Pages: 222 Source/Format: Paperback | Publisher (Thanks Book Publicity Services/Iain!) Rating: 3.5/5 Buy on Amazon
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
*This review may contain spoilers!*

Synopsis
After meeting up with an old friend in the eternal city of Rome, Kitty Hawk unexpectedly stumbles (almost literally) into a bizarre mystery involving creepy disembodied voices, secret hidden rooms, unbreakable mathematical codes, ominous chain-smoking strangers and an array of plundered artworks by such famous masters as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh - all of it wrapped up and entwined in an enigmatic riddle hanging in plain sight right in front of everyone's noses. 
With the help of friends both old and new, Kitty Hawk follows a trail of cryptic clues that leads her on a breathless tour …

Mini reviews #16

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Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black Publisher/Year: May 17th 2016 Amulet Books Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Amulet Books!) Rating: 3/5 I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
I was really intrigued by this book, because I love anything to do with music, and this was a concept I'd never heard of before. However, I didn't end up enjoying it as much as I thought I would. For me, it wasn't panned out well enough, and I felt that too many secondary characters were introduced throughout the story and were never properly fleshed out or made real. I did enjoy the family element to the story, and it was never bad, but I think I just wanted it to be better.
The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse Publisher/Year: April 21st 2016 Macmillan Children's Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Macmillan!) Rating: 4/5 I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest r…

Mini reviews #15

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The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi Publisher/Year: April 7th 2016 Atom Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Atom!) Rating: 2/5 I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
I had heard good things abut the author, so going into this book I had decent expectations, and sadly I was left disappointed at the end. Although thrillers aren't really my thing I did find it actually being the best thing about the book, because for me the characters certainly weren't. From the beginning, Alix annoyed me - her immediate obsession with this idiot that punches teachers and "smiles at her" just showed her to be nothing more than a spoiled brat that loves to rebel against her dad.

Recreated by Colleen Houck
Publisher/Year: August 2nd 2016 Hodder & Stoughton
Source/Format: Paperback | bookbridgr
(Thanks bookbridgr/Hodder & Stoughton!)
Rating: 3/5

Despite not loving Reawakened, I still decided to give Recreate…

Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic by Iain Reading: Book review

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Publisher/Year: February 16th 2014 Createspace Genre: YA Adventure/Mystery Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #4 Pages: 234 Source/Format: Paperback | Publisher (Thanks Book Publicity Services/Iain!) Rating: 4/5 Buy on Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Tragedy-Titanic-Flying-Detective-Agency-ebook/dp/B00IIY8V1U
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is the thrillingly cryptic fourth installment of the exciting Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series featuring the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot Kitty Hawk and her various adventures of mystery and intrigue as she follows in the footsteps of Amelia Earhart on an epic flight around the world. This fourth book in the series brings Kitty to the emerald hills of Ireland where she meets a handsome stranger and is quickly swept up in a perplexing hundred-year-old family treasure hunt invol…

Stacking The Shelves [15]

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you're adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual, buying or borrowing. This meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and I'm excited to continue partaking in it!


Bought:

Mistborn #1-3 by Brandon Sanderson

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
For review:

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

Front Lines by Michael Grant
Gifted:

Series review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4-5 by Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan Publisher/Year: August 21st 2013 Penguin Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4 Source/Format: Paperback | Bought Rating: 4/5
Synopsis
HONESTLY, BLOWING UP ANOTHER SCHOOL WAS THE LAST THING I WANTED TO DO.
As the son of a Greek god, I've had my share of near-death disaster - and now my arch enemy Luke wants to invade our camp via an ancient Labyrinth.
If he succeeds, thousands of bloodthirsty monsters will attack. So it's goodbye sunshine, hello darkness as four of us descend into the terrifying underground and beyond...
My review
I was really excited to get to this one as the story of Daedalus and Icarus is one of my favourite Greek myths. Thus book did not disappoint at all and I honestly think it is my favourite of all 5.
The introduction of Rachel really added another element to the story and showed both Percy and Annabeth's growth as characters, having to face a challenge so different from their normal quests, and…

Mini reviews #14

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The One by Kiera Cass Publisher/Year: June 5th 2014 HarperCollins Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/HarperCollins!) Rating: 3/5
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
I have finally gotten round to finishing this trilogy (which is what I consider it to be because I will not be reading on). As much as I have many complaints about this series, and I understand why people dislike t so much, they're not the worst. There is a time and place for this level of drama in a book, and it is enjoyable and comforting to be able to breeze through books like these. Although, I have to say that the covers are still my favourite part about these books.
Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley Publisher/Year: April 7th 2016 Bloomsbury Children's Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Bloomsbury!) Rating: 4/5
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
When I h…