Monday, 25 May 2015

REVIEW: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding AudreyI received an ARC of this book from Penguin Random House via NetGalley for free, in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect the content of my review in any form.

Author: Sophie Kinsella
Published by: Doubleday Children's on 4th June 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Heath
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, NetGalley
Links: Goodreads | Wordery | Hive | Kindle

Summary: 

Audrey can't leave the house. She can't even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

The her brother's friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again - well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she'd thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back the real world seems achievable.



This was my first Sophie Kinsella novel.

Nearly everyone I knew who had read this book, absolutely loved it. A LOT of people loved it. A YA book solely focusing on social anxiety? YES. BRILLIANT. SIGN ME UP.

So how did I end up in between loving it and wanting to rip the hairs out from my head? I'll explain.


Finding Audrey started off quite well. It was a standard run-of-the-mill contemporary opening with a curious element as we are briefly informed something happened to Audrey in her past and she doesn't want to talk about it. The book was funny - no, it was HILARIOUS. I instantly took a liking to Frank - Audrey's brother - because let's face it, sarcasm and gamer are two traits that most people have and are traits that I like. We all know someone like Frank, or we are a Frank. I could relate to him in more ways than one. This was no doubt, a quirky and fast read and I almost wished it wasn't. Fast, I mean.

Audrey is suffering from high levels of social anxiety after, what I assume, she was bullied or physically attacked by a group of girls at her former school. This was mildly excruciating because we never actually get to know what happened to her, so I wouldn't know how traumatizing it must have been. She wears sunglasses both indoors and outdoors, avoids eye contact and the outdoors. She's even anxious around her family, save for her little toddler brother, Felix. It was going great, I was beginning to understand just how trapped and hopeless she felt and how difficult it is to treat anxiety because there is no medication that can make it go away instantly. Sadly.


But then the second half of the book just went downhill for me. Quite literally. You know when you go down the stars and it's much quicker than going up? Yeah. It was like that. The story just zoomed by and jumped from scene to scene which made the whole Audrey recovering thing go awry. It just happened way too fast for me to actually believe she got better. We're told the event that caused her illness was huge and affected her in a bad way, I actually thought we'd never get to see her recover fully and that was a good thing.

The Audrey/Linus relationship was cute and fluffy. I won't lie, I enjoyed that quite a bit so it's definitely a positive! It was like reading Violet and Finch's story all over again in a way, without the angst and pain. Obviously. Niven is a heartbreaker. I guess the highlight of the book was Frank. His character was just so enjoyable and entertaining. I love how despite knowing Audrey's illness, he doesn't tiptoe around her and baby her, instead treating her like any other person. He's just cautious not to set off her anxiety when he has people round. Considerate Frank.


All in all, I really did enjoy it, just not as much as I hoped I would. There were just a few disappointments but the humour and romantic fluff was worth it. Some good character development and it was good to see the impacts anxiety can have on a person's life. I'd still recommend this to everyone.

Rating:
Bronze Wreath

Monday, 11 May 2015

One Year Blogoversary & Giveaway!


On 11th May 2014, The Dark Dictator was born. I sit here trying to think of what to say because to be honest, I didn't think I'd still be here a year on. I have a lot of commitments and time is becoming scarce but blogging for me, has become a part of my life. An important part.

A year ago, I was nervous, awkward and a little terrified when I first considered to start my own book blog. Books mean everything to me, they are the bane of my existence. Before I stumbled upon the book blogging community, I barely shared my thoughts about books. It was just something I did. None of my family members were active readers, my friends barely show an interest in books (until now that is after my book pushing skills) so it was just me. Little ol' me caught up in all my bookish feels and thoughts.

To discover a place where hundreds of people openly share their love and thoughts about books and reading, I thought I found a goldmine. I wanted to do more than tweet about books I've read or bought, I wanted to become a part of an incredible community who felt the same strong passion for books like I did. So I pushed away the panic and finally created The Dark Dictator.

People have asked me where did the name originate from, and to this I sit here smiling stupidly. The name lit up like Christmas lights in my head when I decided to start a book blog. I knew what I was going to call it. It's funny because most book bloggers blog name's are related to books in some way. Mine wasn't. I wanted it to be a reflection of me as well. My non-bookish side. Somewhere I could share my love for books as well as be my normal crazy, awkward self who plans to become Earth's Overlord. 


So I used to play trading card games, and one card from a specific set, had a character named The Dark Dictator. I was a little too attached to the card and the name stuck with me until I decided it was perfect for my blog name. It just worked.

I look back now, and think about how far I've come. I've met so many awesome people and made so many new friends which I'm thankful for! New authors, new friends, new books and a community I fit into. What more could I ask for? I discovered UKYA, attended the first ever UKYA Extravaganza and YALC! So much has happened in a year and I've grown to love blogging so much, it just makes me really happy!

Thanks to blogging, I've also have come out of my shell more! Everyone is just so friendly and welcoming, there was no need to feel so nervous or afraid! Thanks to blogging, I was able to read some FANTASTIC books I probably would never have discovered on my own! There's a lot I have to be thankful for. This has been a great year and I really hope it's the first of many blogoversaries!

Thank you to publishers, authors, friends, fellow bloggers and all my followers who have kindly supported me since I started book blogging. I especially want to thank Lucy (Queen of Contemporary) whose amazing blog inspired me to start my own!
And huge thank you to the readers who spare a moment of their day to read my blog posts! It means a lot to me. It really does.

So in celebration of this special day, I'm holding a GIVEAWAY and yes, it's international!


One lucky winner will receive £12 credit to spend on books from WORDERY. Whether it's one book or two, however many but you must stay within the £12 limit. 

PLEASE NOTE: To enter, your country must be eligible for free shipping so please check the Wordery website to see if they ship to your country. 
Winner will be contacted by email on 1st June 2015 and will have 48 hours to reply with your address and chosen books (Note: Any information you give me will NOT be shared with anyone else) or another winner will be chosen.

GIVEAWAY ENDS 11:59PM GMT ON 31st MAY 2015

Good luck!


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Thursday, 7 May 2015

REVIEW: Rogue by Julie Kagawa

I received an ARC of this book from Mira Ink via NetGalley for free, in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect the content of my review in any form.

Author: Julie Kagawa
Published by: Mira Ink on 7th May 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dragons, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Series: Talon #2

Summary:

Deserter. Traitor. ROGUE. Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her - Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George. A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day... or start an all-out war?




So I read Rogue straight after finishing Talon, as you do. As it's the sequel, I'll try and keep this review as non-spoilery as possible but just giving you a warning in advance. There was a lot of potential for this series, I could see it once I finished Talon, it had a great start, sure, and I was interested to see how things played out after the insane aftermath of Talon.

Rogue picks up from where Talon left off. Ember is now a rogue alongside fellow dragon, Riley and his human hacker accomplice, Wes. Hiding from the eyes and muzzles of guns of both the dragon organization Talon, and the dragonslayers of St. George, they assemble to plan their next steps on freeing the hatchling dragons trapped at Talon. Rogue, in my opinion, was even better than predecessor reason being it had way more action and heart-stopping moments! There was betrayal, tension and exciting battle scenes galore, I lapped it up quite happily. There were twists in the plot and great character development too!


We get to see more about Riley AKA Cobalt, our charming rogue dragon. We learn more about how he left Talon and became rogue, his reasons for what he does now and what his goals are. I grew to love him even more and despite the seriousness of certain situations, he still finds time to be hilarious and make me laugh! I really enjoy reading about characters like him. 

My only issue was with Ember, who I liked in the first book but felt as if she irritated me in the second. In Rogue, her rebellious attitude gets a little out of hand making her take reckless decisions when the dangers were clear before her. Some of her thoughts during certain situations just seemed silly. But aside from all that, I did feel sympathy for her after everything that happened/is happening with her brother - Dante.

The romance was quite enjoyable, like I mentioned in my review of Talon, there was a love triangle in the making and it does become official in Rogue. Lot's of conflicting emotions guys! Overall, great relationships.


There's still a lot we don't know and I'm anxious to find out what! Especially after such a dramatic and somewhat heartbreaking ending! (Another cliffhanger!) It pains me that there's going to be quite a wait for Book 3 but I feel as if Julie will surprise us and make the wait worthwhile! Really fast-paced, invigorating and gets your heart-racing in parts with really great characters! This series is definitely getting better and I cannot wait for the next one!

Rating:
4.5
Silver Wreath

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

REVIEW: Talon by Julie Kagawa

TalonAuthor: Julie Kagawa
Published by: Mira Ink on 15th January 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dragons, Romance
Pages: 445
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
Series: Talon #1
Links: Goodreads | Wordery | Hive | Kindle

Summary:

To the outside world Ember Hill is an ordinary girl, but Ember has a deadly secret. A dragon hiding in human form, she is destined to fight the shadowy Order of St. George, a powerful society of dragonslayers. St. George soldier Garret is determined to kill Ember and her kind. Until her bravery makes him question all he's been taught about dragons. Now a war is coming and Garret and Ember must choose their sides - fight to save their bond or fulfil their fate and destroy one another.




So a couple months back, when I searched up reviews that were flooding in for Talon, I noticed thee were a lot of mixed feelings about it. People compared it to her earlier published series like The Iron Fey and Blood of Eden, and I came across a few things that put me off. Talon would have been the first Julie Kagawa book that I would have read, would it be a good idea to start off with it? So as you can guess, I was quite hesitant to pick it up. BUT, I wanted to be able to judge it for myself and might I say, I'm glad I did.


Talon wasn't anything like I thought it would be. Set in a more modern era on Earth, we follow Ember - a Dragon with the ability to Shift into human form to hide from the brutal dragonslayers of St. George that hunt her kind. Alongside her twin brother, Dante, they both undergo secret intensive training to prepare them for survival by their superiors, who are part of a dragon organization known as Talon. But even then, Talon is keeping secrets from Ember, and she's determined to find out what.

Despite it being a little tough to get into at first, as there were multiple narratives all written in 1st Person, I quickly found myself drawn into the story and really connecting with the characters. Ember was a rebellious and defiant teenager and her relationships with the other characters were really enjoyable to witness. The multiple POV chapters helped to expand my view of the plot and made it entertaining to read from others perspectives! For example, with Garret - our St. George soldier - who has to work undercover and hunt Ember. His scenes were a mix of battles that reminded me of Call of Duty, and his conflicting thoughts about choosing between Ember and his purpose. There was also Riley, a rogue dragon with a goal that I will not mention. You're gonna have to read it to find out what!


Riley was perhaps my favourite character, for one thing he made the book that much more fun and exciting to read with his perky, teasing and arrogant attitude. Honestly, this guy really knows how to make an entrance and he's absolutely hilarious! There was some really great character development in this book!

The plot itself was pretty interesting, tense and exhilarating, I really look forward to seeing what becomes of Talon especially after that cliffhanger ending! I should also point out that there is a love triangle in the making and although the romance between Ember and Garret felt a little instalovey at first, I was won over after watching their relationship grow and there were scenes that even got my heart racing!


Quite fast-paced and very thrilling, unpredictable in areas that took me by surprise but a really good start to the series! Now I must read the sequel. If you're hesitant like I was about reading Talon, I'd definitely say give it a try. It just might surprise you!

Rating:
Silver Wreath

Waiting on Wednesday (3) - The Secret Fire


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by BreakingtheSpineThis is where you can talk about your most anticipated novels that are soon to be published.




Hello, and welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday post! So I do a monthly post where I feature my most anticipated reads for the upcoming month, which kind of made me think 'Hey, won't I just be repeating myself if I include a book I've already mentioned?' so I thought I would bring you a different title.

THE SECRET FIRE

The Secret Fire (The Secret Fire, #1)Author: C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfield 
Series: The Secret Fire #1
Release Date: 3rd September 2015 by Atom
Links: Goodreads | Wordery | Hive

Summary:

French teen Sacha Winters can't die. He can throw himself off of a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She's also the only person on Earth who can save Sacha.

There's only one problem: the two have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other.

Will they survive long enough to save the world?


NOW THAT IS ONE FREAKING GOOD SUMMARY. Doesn't it just make you want to go and pre-order it? Eh? (*whispers* Do it.) A duology is bring brought to us by one of my most favourite author's EVER who had written my all-time favourite books - the Night School series. C.J. DAUGHERTY. And alongside Carina Rozenfield!

HOLY CRAP.

This is going to be totally awesome. Two fantastic authors combine their talents to bring us a book.

I'm so ready. And yet not ready. I can't believe we'll be getting this AND Night School Endgame this year. I can't handle this excitement and amazingness.

BRING ON SEPTEMBER.


What book are you most looking forward to?

Feel free to let me know in the comments, I'd love to know!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

REVIEW: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

24886378I received an ARC of this book from Orchard via NetGalley for free, in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect the content of my review in any form.

Published by: Orchard Books on 4th June 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches, Magic
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Source: Publisher
Links: Goodreads | Wordery | Hive | Kindle

Summary:

Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Grey doesn't look dangerous. A tiny blonde wisp of a girl shouldn't know how to poison a wizard and make it look like an accident. Or take out ten necromancers with a single sword and bag of salt. Or kill a man using only her thumb. But things are not always as they appear. Elizabeth is one of the best Witch Hunter's in Anglia and a member of the king's elite guard, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and bringing those who practice it to justice. And in Anglia, the price of justice is high: death by burning.

When Elizabeth is accused of being a witch herself, she's arrested and thrown into prison. The king declares her a traitor and her life is all but forfeit. With just hours before she's to die at the stake, Elizabeth gets a visitor - Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in Anglia. He offers her a deal: he will free her from prison and save her from execution if she will track down the wizard who laid a deadly curse on him.

As Elizabeth uncovers the horrifying facts about Nicholas's curse and the unwitting role she played in its creation, she is forced to redefine the differences of right and wrong, friends and enemies, love and hate... and life and death.




If you need a good witchy-themed book with a vivid historical and medieval setting, look no further! The Witch Hunter is what you seek.

The Witch Hunter gave off that feel like I was watching another episode of Merlin (and we all know how awesome that show was. Sigh, I miss it) with a hint of Supernatural (AKA the best show ever). Two of my all-time favourite TV shows meshed together into one book! What could be better? 


 We follow the life of Elizabeth Grey, living in the historical period of 16th century England, alternate to the England we know now. But there are many names of areas that I am very familiar with because they're areas in London, and as a Londoner, it was a huge plus for me because I loved reading about alternate versions of the places I see myself almost every day! It was like envisioning what I know in a different time period, my imagination ran wild!


Elizabeth is a Witch Hunter, with a rare ability to heal that are only gifted to the elite guard working under the King. She works under the royals to track down any supernatural/paranormal beings and those who practice magic. Magic is banned and those who practice or wield it are condemned to the ferocious flames at the stake. But when Elizabeth is accused of using magic herself and labelled a witch, earning a death sentence, she discovers a whole lot more about those she works for and it sets off an array of twists and turns!

This was such a fantastic, different and hugely exciting book. I was instantly sucked into the world Virginia had crafted. I am a sucker for medieval settings, it just interests me so much! It was old-school magic with historical themes. So herbs, potions, hexes and all sorts! You have the lot! It was definitely a fun experience. I thought the characters were pretty cool. Did I mention there were pirates? THERE ARE FREAKING PIRATES. Just tell me your book has pirates and a medieval setting and I'm sold.


Nicholas Perevil was an interesting character, in some ways reminding me of Albus Dumbledore but still his own person. I would really love to read the story of how he was cursed especially after reading that fantastic ending! Let's talk about Elizabeth. I found her to be quite the fun and entertaining character with a fear of being trapped in closed-in places like claustrophobia. As a Witch Hunter, she made a pretty good one making the odd mistake here and there. I loved what she did.
Though I do feel a lot of the characters have room for development including Elizabeth, I have to say I really enjoyed Elizabeth's friendship with George. Their banter and lively relationship was refreshing and realistic! Moving on to romance, it does take up a generous share of the book, but sadly it just didn't work for me.

The main love-interest, John, namely. It was kind of insta-lovey and I really didn't feel a connection between them. There was more chemistry between George and Elizabeth in my opinion. Which was the only let down for me. But aside from that, the intense mixed-paced plot really got my heart racing! So much mystery! So much drama! So much EXCITEMENT. An extraordinary finale which left me wanting more and I cannot wait to dive back into this world once again with the sequel! It's a huge world that I really want to explore more of and I'm also intrigued about the royals, there just wasn't much on them!

A great start to a promising new series, I'd definitely say to give it a go!

Rating:

REVIEW: The Novice by Taran Matharu

The Novice (Summoner, #1)Author: Taran Matharu
Published by: Hodder Children's Books on 5th May 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Demons
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Books With Bite (Giveaway)
Series: Summoner #1
Links: Goodreads | Wordery | Hive | Kindle

Summary:

Fletcher was nothing more than a humble blacksmith's apprentice, when a chance encounter leads the the discovery that he has the ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, he must travel to the Vocans Academy, where the gifted are trained in the art of summoning.

The academy will put Fletcher through a gauntlet of gruelling lessons, training him as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire's war against the savage orcs. Rubbing shoulders with the children of the most powerful nobles in the land, Fletcher must tread carefully. The power hungry Forsyth twins lurk in the shadows, plotting to further their family's interests. Then there is Sylva, an elf who will do anything she can to forge an alliance between her people and Hominum, even if it means betraying her friends. Othello is the first ever dwarf at the academy, and his people have long been oppressed by Hominum rulers, which provokes tension amongst those he studies alongside.

Fletcher will find himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with nothing but his demon Ignatius to help him. As the pieces on the board manoeuvre for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands...




What better day to post your review of a book, than on its official release day? Very exciting.


See, this is why I love social platforms such as Wattpad. Not only is it a great way to share your stories with other people (a huge audience by the way), but it enables us to find potential superstar authors - and Taran Matharu is one of them. I've only recently started using Wattpad, joining up a couple months ago. So when I heard that a certain book that had been swimming around the blogosphere, was actually a Wattpad sensation before it was picked up by a publisher, I was super intrigued. 

I just thought to myself 'wow, that's actually possible?'


So let's talk about this really great book I've just read. The Novice is the first book in a new YA Fantasy series about a boy named Fletcher, who discovers that he can summon demons. There is an ongoing war against an army of orcs so battlemages are sought, trained and prepared to join the front lines. Fletcher travels to Vocans Academy where he will be taught to master the art of summoning and spellcasting.

Now I'm a huge fan of the TV show Supernatural, so yeah, I like demons and if your book has demons then you can pretty much find me there at the front of the queue waiting for a copy. I've seen people compare Fletcher to Harry Potter and I can see why - orphan, orphan discovers he has powers, orphan destined for something great - they share that in common but Fletcher is still his own character. I loved his bursts of confidence when he spoke up against those that insulted him. You can also feel just how much he cares for his friends, it really made him shine and likeable. Really great protagonist that kept me reading!

Speaking of characters, I think my favourite was Arcturus - one of the seniors at Vocans who helps to train novices. Why? Because he had this mysterious persona when we're first introduced to him and like Fletcher, he was also an orphan. He comes off as being quite an intimidating man but you can sense he has a kind heart inside, especially when it comes to Fletcher. I should probably add that his pirate-like appearance may have been another reason as to why I liked him so much...


There's so much to say, I'm actually struggling to narrow my thoughts down into a few words so I don't bore you. It's a huge world, in fact I can't wait for the sequel so we can discover more about it. I also loved how the battlemages could actually be non-human. And by that, I mean dwarves and elves! There's a lot to take in about how summoning works and how summoners came about, but we are given explanations that don't clog up our brains and leave us with even more questions than we started with. That's what was great, I love a Fantasy that isn't so complex that we need to keep a dictionary beside us, ready to look up words we don't understand!


The Novice was a great start to, what I believe will be, a really exciting series! Great characters, great friendships, loved the demons (I would happily take Ignatius) which I hope to see more of in the sequel and a very interesting plot that left me wanting to know more. Also, that cliffhanger ending! It kills me to know I'll have to wait for book 2 to find out what will happen next! Quite a fast-paced ending but it got my heart racing from anticipation, I would highly recommend this book to all! A really really fun and enjoyable read!

Rating:
(4.5)
Silver Wreath

Monday, 4 May 2015

April Wrap Up & Recommendations 2015


Another reading month has passed and a new one begins. LET'S DO THIS.

So after my apocalypse of a reading month during March, I decided to kick myself and up my reading game for April. I told myself I couldn't buy a particular book I desperately wanted, unless I read at least a generous number of books first. So April was somewhat a successful reading month for me, but I know I could have done better!

After reading a measly six books last month, I read a total of ELEVEN during April, which is pretty good for me. Almost double in number! Thanks to the #readUKYA readathon hosted by Lucy, I got to catch up on reading and read some incredible books, including a reread!! And what a reading month it was! - Every book I had read, I rated 3 stars or higher. Mostly 4's and 5's because a majority of them were pretty fab-u-loussss.

Witch Hunter
AUTHOR: Virginia Boecker
MY RATING: 4 STARS

If you loved the TV show Merlin, or if you love old-school magic, witches, medieval themed books with exciting plots, LOOK NO FURTHER. You need to read this! My review will follow soon so keep an eye out but oh my word, this book was so good guys. Hit's shelves June 2nd 2015!

Lobsters
AUTHOR: Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
MY RATING: 5 STARS

This book was laugh-out-loud HILARIOUS. I actually shedded tears from snorting with laughter from reading some of the parts in this book. A fantastic take on social awkwardness - which I suffer from blergh - and a cute, light and funny story about love and friendship and growing up! I've been wanting to read this book FOR EVER and I don't regret picking it up. One of the best books I've ever read.

The Beloved
AUTHOR: Alison Rattle
MY RATING: 4 STARS

I requested this from Hot Key after reading the synopsis and immediately was interested to see what this book was about. I wanted to get into more YA historical fiction so thought this was a good place to start. Holy crap. This book had such a high creepy-factor. It was intense, seriously gripping and freaking insane. My review is coming so keep an eye out because I'll go into more detail about what I thought, but all in all, this was one fab book!

Crow Moon
AUTHOR: Anna McKerrow
MY RATING: 3.5 STARS

I loved the idea of this book so much. The fact that the world has been divided and there's chaos and magic and witches! I really liked the protagonist Danny, I loved the diversity too and this Greenworld where the people are trying to preserve the Mother Earth instead of destroying it. It was intense in parts and really enjoyable though I did have my issues. Still a great read, you guys should check it out!

Noble Conflict
AUTHOR: Malorie Blackman
MY RATING: 5 STARS

This, in my opinion, was even better than Noughts & Crosses. I KNOW. I KNOW. Many of you may beg to differ, but for me, this book just won me over. A standalone dystopian with diversity, great characters, heartbreaking moments and a action-packed story, it had everything I would ever want in a book. It packed a punch and god, I loved it so much!

Night School (Night School, #1)
AUTHOR: C.J. Daugherty
MY RATING: 5 STARS
(REREAD)
MY REVIEW: Here

My review says it all. My favourite series ever so of course I was going to reread it.

Seed
AUTHOR: Lisa Heathfield
MY RATING: 5 STARS
MY REVIEW: Here

I cried in delight when this GORGEOUS book came through my letterbox. There was a lot of buzz surrounding it and the synopsis kind of reminded me of Crow Moon, only, the people worshipped Mother Nature and they were in a cult. Really took me by surprise this one did, it was a real heartbreaker and truly addictive read! Loved it.

Only Ever Yours
AUTHOR: Louise O'Neill
MY RATING: 4 STARS

I was torn between wanting to burn this book then scatter the ashes into a volcano, and wanting to hug it and cry. My thoughts about this book are pretty scrambled, I just don't know what to tell you because for me, this was a pretty bizarre book. An incredible book. I see why it won the YA Bookprize. Really powerful message behind it and a truly astounding read. Just read it.

Better Left Buried
AUTHOR: Emma Haughton
MY RATING: 5 STARS
MY REVIEW: Here

My review says it all. ALL MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS. This was just one of the best books I've ever read, definitely one of the best I've read this year. Emma's writing just gets better and better and I want a sequel to this. I NEED. AND I NEED FOR YOU TO READ IT.

Vicious
AUTHOR: V.E. Schwab
MY RATING: 5 STARS

It's THE V.E. Schwab guys. Need I say more? This was my second Schwab novel and it did not disappoint. Marvel fans need to read this book but even then, so does EVERYBODY ELSE. It's right up there with A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC and god, I am SO READY for Vicious 2! (Victoria is working on a sequel. YAAS.)

One
AUTHOR: Sarah Crossan
MY RATING: 5 STARS

This book. Oh, this book. I'm still not over it. When I found out I won a proof of this book, my heart literally stopped. Such beautiful writing, as expected from Sarah but it was a real tearjerker! This book toyed with my feels and it was a wonderful story about conjoined twins, something that certainly needs more coverage in YA. The writing style is different too with it's poem-like layout, which made it quick to read. Such a privilege to have gotten the chance to read this book - early too! Thank you Sarah! This hits shelves 26th August 2015. Get pre-ordering!

The Game of Love and Death
AUTHOR: Martha Brockenbrough
MY RATING: 4.5 STARS

I had a feeling this book would be pretty special. Special it was. Beautifully written? Check. Diverse themes? Check. Great characters? Check. Unique storyline? Check. Basically, it had EVERYTHING, and I will go more into it in my review (coming soon!) but holy moly, I loved this book to the moon and back and I just want more. Such an enthralling and heartbreaking read!

And that's all of them! Click on their titles for their Goodreads pages to get more details about their plots but all of these books were absolutely fantastic! Such a good reading month guys and I hope May brings some great reads too!


ALL OF THE ABOVE. Seriously. They were all fan-freaking-tastic and deserve to be picked up and devoured. Read them. Love them. Then tell me about your thoughts.


What books did you read this month?

Have you read any of the above on my list?

Feel free to let me know in the comments, I'd love to know!