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June 08, 2019 (Updated: June 08, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
An incredible start to a new series!

Now I am huge huge fan of both Jay and Amie as individuals and as co-authors. Their Illuminae series completely changed the genre of YA with such intelligent and thought provoking plots and characters and that's not to mention their genius idea's of how their words on the page should...

April 16, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The best book of 2019!

I honestly didn't think anything could be better than book one The City of Brass but I was so so wrong. The Kingdom of Copper picks up five years after the devastating ending in Brass and the three main characters we all grew to love are separated and living completely...

March 13, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Holly Black is back!

Having only read one book of Holly's I wasn't caught up in the hype of her writing a new YA trilogy. But I liked enough of her magic writing to dive right in and see what the fuss in all about... and oh fiction gods! The...

January 09, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
More dragons, what more could you want!

More dragons, what more could you want? Julie has done it again, not only has she written another fantastic series, she has created a killer follow up! First off this book picks up where Talon left off, which I loved as there was no unnecessary build up;...

November 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Redux was an excellent follow up and readers will enjoy this from start to finish.

So after the explosive and frankly what the hell ending to Nexis, Redux is finally here! Nexis left me with more questions than answers due to Davroe’s cunning plot twist so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Redux and dig in. ...

November 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Daughter is an incredibly fresh debut filled with strange wonders and creepy illusions.

Daughter of the Burning City was nothing like what I was expecting. For some strange reason I thought it would be similar to Caraval and The Night Circus but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Daughter is an incredibly fresh debut filled with strange wonders and creepy illusions. ...

October 23, 2018 (Updated: October 23, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A thrilling follow up to Book of Fire

City of Dust is the follow up to Book of Fire which for me was the perfect blend of history, mythology and science all set in a vividly imaginative dystopian setting. I originally thought that City of Dust would take place immediately after the catastrophic and emotionally crippling ending of...

October 21, 2018 (Updated: October 24, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The True Queen of Fantasy Returns!

I honestly didn't think any book could top Strange the Dreamer, it was such a fantastic start to a new series but Muse of Nightmares has completely blown Strange out of the water. Muse of Nightmares is everything and more fans could ever want from this duology. ...

October 21, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Seize Today kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end!

Seize Today is the thrilling conclusion to a fantastic dystopian series. I’ve been a huge fan of this series since the beginning, Pintip writes such compelling characters that you can’t help but love them and want to follow them everywhere. I was dubious when I found out that each book...

September 24, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
An utterly brilliant instalment to the Iskari series!

The Caged Queen is the sister novel to The Last Namsara, which I absolutely adored - it has everything I could have wanted from a YA Fantasy novel; action, adventure, lies, danger, romance and of course dragons! Although you technically don’t need to have read The Last Namsara in order...

March 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Girl in the Tower is a bewitching sequel!

It’s become quite clear that I will read anything Katherine Arden writes. Her debut The Bear and the Nightingale was one of my favourite reads of last year. I dare say that Bear is a mere drop in the ocean when it comes to Arden’s writing and clever plot twists...

October 14, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Last Namsara is easily one of my favourite fantasy books of this year.

The Last Namsara is easily one of my favourite fantasy books of this year. I mean, a princess who slays dragons, dark forbidden fairy tales and romance? I was pretty much hooked from the very first line…. “Asha lured the dragon with a story.” ...

October 11, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
N/A
An explosive follow up to a fantastic Fantasy series!

I don’t think I’ll ever not love this series. It came out of nowhere, demanded my attention and has kept me gripped book after book after book. Reap the Shadows is the explosive follow up to the devastating cliffhanger of Yield the Night. Reap the Shadows takes...

October 11, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Book of Fire is a unique and interesting start to a new dystopian series.

Book of Fire is a fast paced and action packed debut that dystopian fans will not want to miss. It’s set in a world divided: those who live inside the Dome and those who live outside of the Dome. Those inside the Dome think they safe after the nuclear...

September 15, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A thrilling adventure with time-travelling thieves, there's nothing better!

Time-travelling thieves. Who doesn’t want to read about that? Invictus follows Farway Gaius McCarthy, a wannabe time-traveller who was actually born outside of time. Farway is desperate to travel back in time in the hopes of finding his mother who never made it back from a mission...

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